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An Agenda to Make Sure Consumers are Heard

Chris Meyer | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Chris Meyer

Eight of the nation's leading consumer groups are calling on President Obama and Congress to give consumers a greater voice in Washington.

Have An Airline Complaint? Tweet Away

George Hobica | Posted 05.19.2013 | Travel
George Hobica

"We're sorry for your disappointment," the American staffer tweeted quickly, before turning their attention to his case.

Sequestration, Scarcity and America's Values

Mark Moore | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Mark Moore

We have long been reminded of scarcity of oil, and more recently scarcity of water has been at the forefront of our minds. Perhaps the scariest of all scarcity issues is food, where Malthusian projections of calamity have long loomed with concerns of an overpopulated planet.

Pump Fiction

Randall Amster | Posted 05.11.2013 | Green
Randall Amster

The basic equation of how much there is to go around is hard to avoid, and the inflationary bubble we've been living in during the age of abundant energy inputs (primarily through fossil fuels) is bound to burst.

Why America Needs A Public Hearth

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 04.29.2013 | Taste
Kurt Michael Friese

Cooking is a simple act of love.

WATCH: Do Michelle Obama's Fashion Picks Set A Poor Example?

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington | Posted 02.22.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

First Lady Michelle Obama has been praised for embracing mainstream, affordable fashion lines. But do those choices come at a cost? Elizabeth Cline...

Why Evangelicals Have All The Bestsellers

Mickey Maudlin | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Mickey Maudlin

Are "The Prayer of Jabez" and the "Left Behind" series the most God-blessed products because of their miraculous sales numbers?

Is the American Dream Becoming Too Materialistic?

Shanzeh Khurram | Posted 04.19.2013 | Teen
Shanzeh Khurram

Unfortunately, the American dream is becoming more and more materialistic. When I look at America today, I see a nation obsessed with shopping and buying unnecessary products.

Changing The Story

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Like a green shoot in early spring, a new story is trying to break through into our collective consciousness. How can we help it to emerge and grow, help it to change our fractured world?

Boomers: Engineered to Consume

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 04.06.2013 | Fifty
Laura Lee Carter

Everywhere I look, someone is trying to influence my decisions. They think that if they can say just the right words, they will succeed in transferring my money into their bank account. To these people I say: "How stupid do you think I am?"

Dear Republicans, What Makes Life Worth Living?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

What is life worth living for? Gerrymandering a district, buying another gun and believing in a six-day creation of the universe? None of that matters if we get Hurricane Sandy every year. None of that matters if hundreds of millions have no potable drinking water.

Seek a Balance Between Consuming and Creating

Robert Pagliarini | Posted 03.30.2013 | Business
Robert Pagliarini

That bloated sensation you feel isn't just from the excess eggnog and stuffing you ate over the holidays. It's far worse. It's actually the end, not the beginning, of each January that's the most important time of the year.

My Drug of Choice Is More: Getting Serious About Our Addiction to Consumption

Jed Diamond | Posted 03.07.2013 | Green
Jed Diamond

Only an addict would smoke more after they were diagnosed with lung cancer. Only an addict would drink more after being arrested for their third D.U....

Consumer is a Four-Letter Word

Kent Valentine | Posted 03.04.2013 | Business
Kent Valentine

We like to put people into buckets so we can think about more of them at the same time, and one of the biggest buckets we use is "consumer." Ironically enough, people are "better consumers" when they're treated like anything but.

147 Meals Later

Jeff Shinabarger | Posted 02.27.2013 | Religion
Jeff Shinabarger

A five-word question changed how I will see the world forever. Do I have food? It wasn't a question about eating. It wasn't about the credit card bill. It was a question about me. It was a question I needed to hear. That question transformed an experiment into a life lesson.

Christmas Has Only Just Begun

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

Whereas in Christmases of the past, the day came and went amid gift giving, caroling and holiday parties, each rushed to be included before December's end, perhaps this year might be the occasion to slow down and ponder that which stands in the background of this hectic time of year.

The Real War On Christmas

Richard Brand | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

The war is the constant push of Santa to claim the holiday and the constant message of fear, self-protection, violence and the "look out for me and kind and shoot the rest of them" that opposes, negates and drowns out the good tidings of "peace on earth" among people.

Thinking Big About Consumerism

American Anthropological Association | Posted 02.18.2013 | Green
American Anthropological Association

Al Gore had an inconvenient truth. Mine is worse: We need to have conversations about the unthinkable, about living with less.

What Does Your Christmas Wish List Say About You?

Posted 12.18.2012 | Black Voices

We can't all be Rihanna, unapologetically professing our love for the sparkly wonderment formerly known in hip-hop circles as "bling." Not without bei...

Shopping After A Factory Fire

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

The commitment of consumers and stakeholders to a more deliberate and sustained demand for safe working conditions and wage levels can at a very minimum send a clear message of solidarity to factory workers and communities everywhere.

The Rise of the Connected Consumer

Lin Humphrey | Posted 02.10.2013 | Business
Lin Humphrey

Clearly, social and mobile technologies are fundamentally changing the way people communicate and share with their peers. The intersection of mobile and social technologies has given rise to the connected consumer, and I've found myself in the perfect laboratory to study them.

The War On Advent

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

Ancient Christian saints, theologians and evangelists would be horrified that those who claim to stand for tradition have forgotten the most important aspect of it. Jesus Christ was not born that human beings would spend December shopping or saying, "Merry Christmas."

Project December: Take Back the Holidays

Terra Trevor | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Terra Trevor

This is what I want to claim as a mother, for the time I give to be remembered. That is why I now wrap it, and not objects, and give my time as a gift to my family.

War On Christmas? Sign This Minister Up!

Mark Sandlin | Posted 02.08.2013 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

A war on worshiping consumerism in the sacred halls of Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy while the world is swallowed up in the darkness of not having enough food to eat - sign me up!

Abundance Gifting

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 02.05.2013 | Good News
Craig K. Comstock

Somewhere in the holiday season between shoppers breaking down Walmart doors on Black Friday and the wise men showing up with gifts for the baby Jesus, my town has been holding an event known as the "Abundance Swap."