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Holiday Retailers Discover Lost Materialistic Sayings of Jesus

James Napoli | Posted 02.04.2013 | Comedy
James Napoli

In an announcement that many sources are calling "vaguely opportunistic," a large consortium of retail organizations have claimed to be in the possession of ten never-before-seen inspirational messages from Jesus Christ.

America's Real Religion: Shopping

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Lawrence Wittner

By not opposing the corporate cultivation of untrammeled greed among Americans, the churches have left the door open to the triumph of America's new religion -- not liberal secularism, but shopping.

Crisis Is a State of Mind and a State of Place

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

Global transition is, as it says on the tin, a global phenomenon. Yet "crisis" is about a state of place as well as a state of mind; and this state of place is not universal.

The Gift of a Sustainable Economy

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.30.2013 | Business
Ralph Nader

The holidays, once considered a sacred time for family and celebration, have been hijacked by big companies sending out a message to the American people, playing on an endless loop: "Buy, buy, buy!"

When Mom Forgets the Meaning of Christmas

Robin O'Bryant | Posted 01.30.2013 | Parents
Robin O'Bryant

We studied store maps like Indiana Jones planning a crusade for the Holy Grail and figured out where the Barbie Jeeps were hidden. On Thanksgiving night, I tucked my little turkeys in the bed and pushed my husband out the door, into the cold, cruel world that is Wal-Mart on Black Friday.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Gratitude And (Of All Things) Politics

Roger S. Gottlieb | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Roger S. Gottlieb

While gratitude is not always easy to come by, surely it is a more reliable source of human happiness than what we've just been through. And yet, here it gets tricky.

A "Buy Nothing" Holiday Season? Why Collaborative Consumption Makes Sense This Year

Judith Samuelson | Posted 01.26.2013 | Business
Judith Samuelson

The belief that we can grow our way out of our economic woes through buying more stuff is DOA if you consider the effects on a groaning planet. It's time for some fresh ideas.

Deck The Malls With Boughs Of Challah

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

'Tis the season for eliminating guilt by spending gelt to alleviate the feelings that you may not have taken care of your loved ones like you thought you should have during the year.

Why Supporting 'Buy Local' Campaigns Is More Conservative Than You Think

Luke O'Neil | Posted 01.25.2013 | Business
Luke O'Neil

Does buying local actually make me a Republican now? Uh oh.

A Tale Of Two Fridays

Matt Litton | Posted 01.23.2013 | Religion
Matt Litton

As the celebration of American consumerism once again draws near, there's a question we need to ask of ourselves: Which religious Friday are we going to celebrate this season?

The Black Friday Challenge: Buy One American-Made Item

Scott Paul | Posted 01.21.2013 | Business
Scott Paul

The day after Thanksgiving, "Black Friday," is also an American tradition, and it's the most visible symptom of what's really dragging down our middle class: we consume too much from overseas, and we don't produce enough here to make up the difference.

Occupy Your Living Room: An Eastern Orthodox Response To Black Friday

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Rather than delivering us to the peace and fulfillment of a love that will never end, the Black Friday ritual hollows us out, leaving us only with a hunger that can never, ever be satisfied.

'The Most Positive Outlook For The Overall Economy In Five Years'

Reuters | Posted 01.09.2013 | Money

NEW YORK, Nov 9 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer sentiment rose to its highest level in more than five years in November as consumers felt more optimistic ...

Sandy Stops Our Shopping

Reverend Billy | Posted 01.07.2013 | Green
Reverend Billy

Sandy stopped the things that we do that create climate change -- at least slowed down our worst habits for awhile.

Why Commercial Hip Hop Is A Joke

Homeboy Sandman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Arts
Homeboy Sandman

Hip hop is hurting, and so are we the members of the hip hop community. It's gotten so bad that the term "commercial rap," has gone from meaning rap that is commercially successful, to meaning rap that is actually a commercial.

Marketing in the Participation Age

Daina Middleton | Posted 12.04.2012 | Business
Daina Middleton

Never has there been a time more relevant for marketers to understand how to harness participation, but doing so will require a new philosophy and new methods.

Why Check Your Bags When You Can Ship Them?

George Hobica | Posted 11.24.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Delta etc: $90-$100 overweight charge plus $25 ($115-$125 total) FedEx Ground: $36.14 Southwest: $50

Passengers Behaving Badly On Southwest?

George Hobica | Posted 11.11.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

It seems like everyone is trying to get first dibs at the overhead bins and choice seats these days...

How Difficult Should It Be to Prove Fraud?

Brad Reid | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business
Brad Reid

What would be the implications if proving fraud ignored the state of mind of the actor? Would there be less innovation and economic activity due to fear of the consequences if the transaction produced a loss? Should society punish innocent mistakes?

Ask Airfarewatchdog: Your Air Travel Questions Answered

George Hobica | Posted 11.06.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Question: I recently paid $10 each for my wife and I to do the early boarding on Southwest. However when we tried to take two seats together, another passenger was apparently holding five seats for his friends. What gives?

The Crisis of American Consumerism

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Some people buy inflatable Santa Clauses, and they put them on the rooftop. You ask if they really need that, they chuckle and say "no, no, of course not." But, when you ask them about flatscreen TVs, people feel uncomfortable. The truth is, we have very limited real needs.

The Flesh Is Weak: Churchgoers Give Far Less Than They Think

David Briggs | Posted 11.01.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

The people most likely to misreport high levels of giving were those who said faith was very important to them and those who attend services more than weekly.

The Latest Airline Fee: Using A Credit Card

George Hobica | Posted 10.31.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

It was bound to happen. It may be only a matter of time before other airlines follow suit.

The Latest Airline Ripoff

George Hobica | Posted 10.29.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Remember when frequent flyer tickets used to be free? Hah.

Are Thieves Stealing Your Frequent Flier Miles

George Hobica | Posted 10.24.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Whether you have 25,000 miles or 250,000 or 2.5 million, you need to protect them.