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'The best thing you can do is not buy more stuff,' says 'Secondhand' expert 5.12.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
"Your average thrift store in the United States only sells about one-third of the stuff that ends up on its shelves," Adam Minter says. His book explores what happens to the things that don't sell.
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Does fast fashion have to die for the environment to live? 3.11.2019 LA Times: Environment

The clothing industry is responsible for about 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions and consumes more energy than aviation and shipping combined, the U.N. says.

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Modern Cities Breed Alienation. Insurgent Urbanists Are Pushing Back. 2.11.2019
Modern Cities Breed Alienation. Insurgent Urbanists Are Pushing Back.
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Former Google X exec Mo Gawdat wants to reinvent consumerism 29.8.2019 TechCrunch
Mo Gawdat, the former Google and Google X executive, is probably best known for his book Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy. He left Google X last year. Quite a bit has been written about the events that led to him leaving Google, including the tragic death of his son. While happiness is […]
People are calling Denver’s newest city council member a communist — but she’d rather be called an anarchist 25.6.2019 Raw Story
On April 10, Candi CdeBaca’s 33rd birthday, Denver’s second “bomb cyclone” of the year brought snow and heavy wind, and knocked out power in some areas, including at CdeBaca’s house in Elyria-Swansea. When CdeBaca, then a Denver City Council candidate, finally got power back and turned on her phone, she saw she had an unusually […]
Cool and close to home for the April 13-15 weekend 8.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

You’ll find Africanized ballet, flowers aplenty, heavy-duty exercise and art, animation and dance next weekend in Southern California.

Beverly Hills

African dance and classical ballet combine in South African choreographer Dada Masilo’s Johannesburg dance troupe’s performance of “Giselle” at the...

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10 Albums to Help You Heal From the Trauma of 2017 16.12.2017 Mother Jones
Reality has been pretty hard to handle—and impossible to escape—this past year. But sometimes we just need a break, a pause to refresh the spirit for the challenges ahead or to remind us that this too shall pass, however dire things may seem. In that spirit, and in no particular order, here are 10 albums […]
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When Buying Nothing Gives You More of Everything 28.11.2017
Ready to make a difference? Help Truthout provide a platform for exposing injustice and inspiring action. Click here to make a one-time or monthly donation. You are likely among the throngs of Americans who go gift-shopping in November and December. Maybe it's for supplies to make homemade candles, or maybe ingredients to bake several dozen cookies. A new television, a new robe, a used book. Face it: You'll want to buy something. This year, Americans are predicted to spend up to $682 billion during the holidays, 4 percent more than last year. In fact, winter holidays are the second most profitable "spending event" of the year, according to the National Retail Association, just behind back-to-school shopping. This is good news for retailers, of course, but what does it say about consumers? Most of us believe climate change is human-caused -- 68 percent -- and fewer of us see "being wealthy" as essential to the American Dream -- 40 percent. To me, that translates into "we see a connection between ...
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The Latest: Macy's says it's fixed gift, credit card issue 25.11.2017 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on Black Friday (all times local):...
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The Latest: Some shoppers find a lower-key Black Friday 25.11.2017 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on Black Friday (all times local):...
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Conference on ‘The Organic Movement: The Way Forward’ 4.11.2017 Voice of Sikkim
04 Nov, Gangtok (IPR) : A conference ‘The Organic Movement: The Way Forward’ was held at Chintan Bhawan today amidst presence of distinguished visiting delegates from leading global Organic bodies. The conference was graced by Chief Minister Mr Pawan Chamling as the chief guest. Mr Markus Arbenz, Director, IFOAM, Germany, made a brief presentation on […]
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In the Wake of US Climate Failures, Don't Look to China for a Panacea 7.9.2017 Truthout - All Articles
A projection of what Shanghai, China, will look like in a world that is 4 degrees warmer (c. 2100). (Photo: Climate Central) While Xi Jinping has been eager to assume the role of leader in the fight against global warming, he is unlikely to reverse China's impact on global resource consumption and pollution. The pressures to produce jobs and bring mass consumerism to over a billion people under China's hybrid bureaucratic collectivist-capitalism economy will ensure that Xi will remain committed to prioritize growth, even at the cost of planetary ecological collapse. A projection of what Shanghai, China, will look like in a world that is 4 degrees warmer (c. 2100). (Photo: Climate Central) Since President Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accord, there has been speculation that China could take the lead in the fight against climate change. China's leader Xi Jinping has certainly been eager to assume this role, just as he took up the cause of free trade against Trump's nationalist posturing. At first ...
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A big weekend for visual arts 25.5.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Three art shows take on the environment, consumerism and police brutality.
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Perfectly on-point comics document the horrors and awkwardnesses of life 20.2.2017 Boing Boing
When you meet someone new, do you know what to say but still say the wrong thing? How much do you overanalyze everything that’s happening in your relationships? What do your brain, your heart, and your uterus think when their expectations of you are too high? Adulthood is a Myth explores these questions and more in over 100 comic strips. Writer and artist Sarah Anderson compiled the best of her work from the online “Sarah’s Scribbles” collection and created plenty more comic strips to explain the insecurities and set back introverts face as they come into adulthood. These crisp black-and-white comic strips cover stressful situations like trying on clothes, being in crowds of people, obsessing over your flaws, and making the inevitable but always ill-advised comparisons to people who have figured out more than you have. Other comic strips show the unnamed main character having fun with her body fat, embracing her imperfections, and finding pleasure in little things like lying on warm laundry, wearing ...
On the Arab page 7.1.2017 Le Monde Diplomatique

Much connects art and comics in Egypt and the wider Middle East, even if publishing houses keep fine art and graphic narratives on different shelves. Arab comics began in Cairo in the 1880s with karikatur (political cartoons) and with Yaacub Sanua, whose periodical Abu Naddara (The Man with the Glasses) and later spin-offs lambasted Egypt's khedive, Ismail Pasha, in drawings and texts. Sanua's anti-establishment, anti-imperial view led to his publications being banned . At the same time, (...)

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The ethics of colonizing Mars 30.10.2016 techCrunch
 Should we take ourselves to other planets? Human rationality and values have woven dark, damaged, all-powerful systems into the tapestry of civilization. Most notably: capitalism and consumerism. Do we see ourselves moving planet to planet, sucking life out of each one for our own survival? If we are to impress ourselves onto this universe, we must solemnly inquire about our impact on it. Read ...
'High-Rise' is a towering display of destruction 12.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The final scene of “High-Rise,” Ben Wheatley’s exuberantly nasty screen adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s 1975 novel, plays over an excerpt of one of Margaret Thatcher’s recorded speeches, extolling the capitalist values she would later implement as prime minister of Britain. Coming as an abrupt punchline...

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What happens when fashion becomes fast, disposable and cheap? 10.4.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Fashion styles are churned out more frequently than ever, giving us more opportunities to buy. But this "fast fashion" trend increases trash -- and some groups are trying to slow down the cycle.
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The National Insecurity State 25.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
(Photo: US Flag via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO) Robert McChesney says "Henry Giroux has outdone himself with America's Addiction to Terror. More than any other book, Giroux chronicles the death spiral of contemporary US capitalist society, and why young people are on the verge of a revolt the likes of which has not been seen for generations. We are very fortunate to have this book." Order your copy with a donation to Truthout today! The following excerpt, "The National Insecurity State," is from America's Addiction to Terrorism: I think it is fair to say, following Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem, that each country ravaged by neoliberalism and its attack on the social state will develop its own form of authoritarianism rooted in the historical, pedagogical, and cultural traditions that enable it to reproduce itself. In the United States, a "soft war" is being waged on the cultural front aided by the new electronic technologies of consumerism and surveillance. There is a full-fledged effort to ...
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Keep your scythe, the real green future is high-tech, democratic, and radical 12.1.2016 Boing Boing


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