(PRWEB) April 20, 2015
Mother’s Day is on May 10 – just around the corner. This day is the perfect opportunity for children of all ages to give thanks for all their mothers have done for them. However, finding the right gift can be a stressful situation, Fortunately, the latest article by Skincare-News.com, “Mother’s Day Gift-Giving Guide: Pamper Mom with Luxurious Skincare & Beauty Products,” offers a variety of skincare and beauty gift ideas for those who want to show Mom just how much she is appreciated on this special day.
Many moms dream of “me time” in a warm tub after a long day. What are some fragrant bubble bath gift sets any mother would love? What are some fragrance choices for a mom who loves to feel feminine? Why is a Clarisonic set a must-have for any woman who wants her skin to look its best? A mom’s hands are always overused. What are some products to help women restore the youthfulness of aging hands? What are some safe skincare products for pregnant moms? What are some product picks for the mother who enjoys gifts for the home?
Get answers to more questions about finding the perfect gift for any mother by visiting Skincare-News.com or http://skincare-news.com/a-12278-Mothers_Day_GiftGiving_Guide_Pamper_Mom_with_Luxurious_Skincare__Beauty_Products.aspx
Makeup can be a great way to amplify natural beauty and conceal flaws, but for most people, learning the cosmetic ropes takes practice. Even for those who only wear makeup on occasion, learning what works and what doesn’t is key to a polished look. Use Part 10 of the Skincare & Beauty FAQ Handbook to demystify cosmetics like primers and mineral makeup, and create the best makeup regimen for individual skin types and lifestyle. Plus, see answers to questions on application tips, proper makeup and brush storage, and tricks for creating a glowing complexion.
For anyone stuck in a beauty rut and tired of feeling ugly, it’s time to revamp those beauty blahs. Many women believe that they either don’t have enough time to really care for and pamper their skin, or assume that good cosmetics will always be too expensive – but it’s time for these excuses to go. With a few convenient, multitasking products and some smart beauty tricks, anyone can afford to feel beautiful again in no time. Read on to learn how to overcome these excuses and adopt a better beauty routine.
A well-rounded beauty routine goes beyond a good cleanser and moisturizer. Knowing how and when to use products, as well as essential lifestyle tips like the potential damage of cigarettes and coffee, are keys to beautifully healthy skin. Learn the ins and outs of exfoliation, the truth about moisturizing and important facts about lifestyle choices and age-specific skincare. Find out more about creating an effective skincare routine in Chapter 14 of Skincare-news.com’s FAQ Handbook.
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Portland, ME (PRWEB) April 08, 2015
Diversified Communications, producers of Seafood Expo North America and Seafood Processing North America, announced that the 35th edition of the exposition had a record breaking year with over 20,680 seafood professionals participating in the three-day event, held March 15-17 in Boston, MA.
The exhibit hall, which featured 220,130 square feet of exhibit space, was represented by 1,204 exhibiting companies from 51 countries— surpassing last year’s record by 22,700 square feet. New and expanded country participation included Brazil, Canada, Senegal, Morocco, China, Ecuador and Spain.
“This is the first time that a Brazilian Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture came to an international expo,” says Boston’s first time exhibitor, Emerson Raiol, Head of Service – International, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Mr. Helder Barbalho was very pleased to see the significant representation of Brazil at the exposition and is considering expanding the Brazilian presence next year.”
“This year’s exposition is by far the largest edition in the event’s history in terms of exhibit space and participation, reflecting the importance of doing business in the North American market,” says Liz Plizga, Seafood Group Vice President at Diversified Communications. “This has been an incredible year and feedback from exhibitors has been positive.”
“Being at the show gave us excellent exposure to the right people and high quality leads. We’re expecting to receive many calls after the expo as a result,” states Christa Svensson, Export Sales, Marketing and Sustainability, Bornstein Seafoods.
In addition to the exhibits, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a series of special events including a conference program on the most relevant topics in the seafood industry, culinary demonstrations by renowned Chefs and networking opportunities.
The 9th annual oyster shucking competition, which took place on the second day of the exposition, was won by Daniel Notkin of Notkins Oyster Bar who competed against 13 other contestants.
Winners of the 2015 Seafood Excellence Awards, which recognizes product leaders in the North American seafood market, were announced during a live judging by a panel of seafood buyers and experts from the retail and foodservice industries. Yihe Corporation won the “Best New Retail” award for its Alaskan Jack’s and High Liner Foods won the “Best New Foodservice” award for its Pulled BBQ Salmon.
“Seafood Expo North America was a great opportunity for Absolutely Lobster® to launch its new products. We definitely reached our goals and created new connections,” says Nickie Boston, Director of Brand marketing for Absolutely Lobster® and Seafood Excellence Awards finalist.
A press release issued on April 2, 2015 by Trade Shows News Network (TSNN) announced that Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America made the 2014 TSNN Top 250 Trade Show List. The list represents the top 250 trade shows held in 2014 in the United States ranked by net square footage.
The 36th edition of Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America will take place March 6-8, 2016 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
Visit http://www.seafoodexpo.com/north-america for more information about Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America. More coverage on the exposition and industry news is available at SeafoodSource.com, the official media for the exposition.
About Seafood Expo North America and Seafood Processing North America
Seafood Expo North America and Seafood Processing North America, formerly called the International Boston Seafood Show and Seafood Processing America, is North America’s largest seafood exposition. Thousands of buyers and suppliers from around the world attend the annual, three-day exposition to meet, network and do business. Attending buyers represent importers, exporters, wholesalers, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, and other retail and foodservice companies. Exhibiting suppliers offer the newest seafood products, processing and packaging equipment, and services available in the seafood market. The exposition is sponsored by the National Fisheries Institute and is co-located with the New England Food Show. SeafoodSource.com is the official media. The exposition is produced by Diversified Communications, the international leader in seafood-industry expositions and media. For more information, visit: http://www.seafoodexpo.com/north-america
About Diversified Communications
Diversified Communications is a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face-to-face events, digital revenue, publications and television stations. Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine and business management. The company’s global seafood portfolio of expositions and media includes Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, Seafood Expo Asia and SeafoodSource.com. Diversified Communications, in partnership with SeaWeb, also produces SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the world’s premier seafood conference on sustainability. Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified has divisions in the Eastern United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Thailand and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit: http://www.divcom.com
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The United States has a long and colorful history of individuals who have betrayed the country and can honestly be called traitors. Even before the country was fully independent from Great Britain during the Revolutionary War, one of its most decorated war heroes, Benedict Arnold, was discovered in a plan to turn over the crucial fort at West Point, later to become the Army Academy, to the British. Fortunately, his plan was discovered before the “redcoats” were able to take up residence in the fort with such a lovely vista of the Hudson River Valley, but he was still named a traitor.
Treason, the crime that makes a person a traitor, was deemed to be an important enough crime with enough grey areas in its prosecution that it is included in the United States Constitution. The U.S. Constitution includes treason in Article Three, the article devoted to the judiciary. It states, in section three of Article Three, that a person “shall not be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.” The section goes on to say that Congress is given the power to determine adequate punishment for treason. Treason was deemed such a volatile charge that special evidentiary rules were included to prevent its misapplication or overuse.
By definition, treason is a crime that punishes extreme instances of disloyalty to one’s nation or sovereign. In the historical context, treason was levied against those who attempted to murder or accomplished a murder of one of his or her social superiors, such as a murder of a husband by his wife. While we no longer recognize the second instance of treason, the first is still applicable.
In order for a person to be named a convicted traitor, the court or prosecution must prove that the individual intended to act against the country. There are two crucial elements to the crime that must be in place before a single person can be charged with treason. First, the individual who committed the act must actually own an allegiance to the United States. This means that an individual that comes to the United States for the purpose of doing something against the state cannot be convicted of treason or even tried for it because he or she does not owe an allegiance to the United States. The person is not a citizen, a resident, etc.
The second crucial part of any treason charge is that there are two witnesses to the action or its planning. The two witnesses are important because it ensures, to a certain degree, that the individual is not arrested on an anonymous tip or some other disingenuous tip made out of spite. The two witnesses do not have to be necessarily “good guys;” they just have to have witnessed the traitorous act or its planning.
An example of a recent individual against whom charges of treason were considered was the young man from the West Coast that was caught in Afghanistan fighting against the Americans. One of the big questions when decided to try him for treason was whether he actually owed an allegiance to the United States.
Treason is a serious crime that is almost as old as time itself.
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Austin, Texas (PRWEB) March 13, 2015
Global sales expansion through international trade growth is helping US mid-market companies and emerging market foreign companies diversify and grow revenues. Executives, supervisors and future managers learn how to participate in this growth in global sales. Register now at: http://pages.national.edu/Managing-International-Trade.html to reserve your place in a newly enhanced practical workshop in growing international sales through risk managed exporting. The export practitioners workshop will be available “online” and in person at the RGC headquarters 6836 Austin Center Blvd. Ste. 270 in Austin, Texas on April 22-24, 2015.
This 3-day unique skill enhancing experience will be delivered by Craig Schurr who is Senior Vice President and Manager of FirstMerit Bank’s International Banking Division. Mr. Schurr is responsible for the overall international business activities of the Bank including foreign correspondent banking, foreign exchange, trade finance and structured finance products and the sale of services to companies throughout FirstMerit Bank’s banking franchise.
Mr. Schurr has over 46 years of experience in banking with 34 years focused on international. Previously he worked for National City Bank, Bank One, Mellon Bank, and Equibank where he held senior management positions in Audit, Treasury Management and International Banking.
Mr. Schurr is a Board member of the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT) and also co-chair of the association’s North American Council and a member of its Education and Membership Committees. He is also a member of the Northern Ohio District Export Council (NODEC), and an Adjunct Professor of International Business at Thunderbird the School for Global Management, a volunteer for the Financial Services Volunteer Corp, an instructor of the International Credit and Risk Management online course for FCIB (An Association of Executives in Finance, Credit and International Business) and a frequent speaker at regional and national trade association conferences.
Over his career Mr. Schurr has assisted hundreds of companies throughout the United States with their global business whether it is improving payment experience for global sales through effective deployment of trade tools, enhancing performance of global sourcing operations through effective management of the financial supply chain or efficient treasury management and hedging of foreign cash operations.
The workshop will focus on the following topics: differences in doing business between countries, preparing a risk mitigation plan for international trade, export organizational structure and operational process, foreign exchange and global payments transactions, domestic and global transportation of goods, responsibilities of freight forwarders and custom house brokers, what to do if goods in international transit are lost or damaged, pricing global transactions, documentary trade practices, accounts receivable –payment methods – sales terms, financing component of exporting, and short and medium term trade finance. Participate and register now at http://pages.national.edu/Managing-International-Trade.html.
A related workshop that may also be of interest to mid-market executives, sales and production managers is “Supply Chain Management Simulation.” This is a 3-day online program that is a “live” interactive workshop simulation. To explore and register go to http://pages.national.edu/supply-chain-management.html.
About the Roueche Graduate Center at National American University
The Roueche Graduate Center at National American University in Austin, Texas offers a range of specializations in graduate business programs, various Executive Education programs for innovation and high-growth industries, and a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership.
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Howard County, Md. (PRWEB) February 19, 2015
It was announced today that Bob Chew and Ronna Corman-Chew have joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty. The Bob & Ronna Group is one of the Maryland area’s top producing real estate groups and a top 1% REALTORS® group nationwide; with home sales in excess of half a billion dollars in the past 12 years.
“We are excited to expand Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty’s market presence in Howard County with the affiliation of the industry leading Bob & Ronna Group,” said Terri Bracciale, senior vice president for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “Bob & Ronna’s commitment to service is beyond excellence and their proven track record of success is perfectly aligned with PenFed Realty’s growth model.”
“We are so delighted that we have affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty because of the strength, trust, and commitment of the brand. We feel very much at home,” said Bob Chew and Ronna Corman-Chew, team leaders of The Bob and Ronna Group.
“Although other brokers have been long-standing institutions in our area, it is very refreshing that a mega-star brand like Berkshire Hathaway will now be positioned to be the new powerhouse brokerage in the country with their brand recognition and their financial strength,” continued Bob and Ronna.
“We are ecstatic to welcome The Bob & Ronna Group to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty family, as they demonstrate the epitome of excellence. They bring a passion for providing unparalleled education to every buyer and seller who hire them as well as remaining a respected resource throughout the communities they serve,” said Chris Constantine, branch manager with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty’s Howard County office.
Bob Chew is originally from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and is a Naval Academy graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science degree. Ronna Corman-Chew hails from Rockville, Md., and graduated in 1986 with a BFA from George Mason University.
About The Bob and Ronna Group
The Bob and Ronna Group’s philosophy for selling Real Estate is to educate clients about the current market, and provide the best information possible so that homeowners and shoppers can make an informed decision. The Group has an extremely comprehensive Internet and Print Marketing program, and leaves absolutely no stone unturned when it comes to selling homes. It is important that every buyer and seller receives first class service and that The Bob & Ronna Group exceeds client’s expectations on many different levels. The Groups strategy is not just about showing homes that are currently on the market; it’s about creating a home client’s want—even if it may not be on the market.
The Group’s response time is very unique; working exceptionally hard and smart to make sure that clients are well taken care of and do not miss any opportunities to get the home the buyer desires. The Group is dedicated and committed to doing the very best job each and every day. The entire Bob & Ronna Group shares the same commitment, and strives to make each detail of a client’s real estate transaction as smooth and calm a journey as possible.
The Bob & Ronna Group is quickly expanding. The Group is looking for exceptional agents to help service the team’s rapidly growing client base. For more information about The Bob & Ronna Group, please visit http://www.bobandronna.com/. To contact The Bob & Ronna Group direct, call 410-300-9500 or email BobandRonna(at)BobandRonna(dot)com.
About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty
PenFed Realty, wholly owned by PenFed (Pentagon Federal Credit Union), is a full-service real estate company with an annual sales volume over $ 2.8 billion. Over 1,700 top-notch sales professionals work out of PenFed Realty’s 50+ offices to provide complete real estate services nationwide.
PenFed Realty is an independently owned and operated franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServices of America, Inc. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in early 2014 was named “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” by consumers in the 26th annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® study of the largest real estate networks. Visit http://www.berkshirehathawayhs.com.
Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. The company is a joint venture of which HomeServices of America, Inc., the Nation’s second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm, is a majority owner. HomeServices of America is an affiliate of world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc. To find out more about Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, please visit http://www.PenFedRealty.com.
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Charleston, SC (PRWEB) February 06, 2015
Black History Month is celebrated by many of us because honoring the achievements of the extraordinary people who have contributed so much to America’s diversity is a noble and meaningful undertaking. Last year marked the 50TH anniversary since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; a fight for equality that took centuries to achieve. And while some studies of slavery in America relegate the “Gullah” culture to a historical footnote, it is estimated that as many as 75% of African Americans entered the country via the “Lowcountry” of South Carolina; the home of the Gullah.
Hundreds of years of blending West African, European and Native American ethnicities have resulted in a culture that is rich in tradition and boasts amazing crafts, art, music and even a distinctive language. Gullah.TV’s mission is to educate the public about the Gullah culture and create an appreciation of the extraordinary history and traditions of the Gullah people. This is accomplished by producing exclusive Gullah music CD’s and DVD videos that entertain and enlighten people of all ages.
The latest DVD, “Circle Unbroken”, tells of the Gullah Journey from Africa to America. It is an inspiring celebration of the Gullah people in words and music, narrated by one of America’s preeminent cultural historians, Anita Singleton-Prather, “the First Lady of Gullah™ and The Gullah Kinfolk. The soundtrack from this television special is also available as an audio CD.
To celebrate Black History Month, Gullah.TV is offering an exclusive promotion to introduce the Gullah story to the entire family. Every purchase of the “Circle Unbroken” DVD will include a free DVD, “Tales from the Land of Gullah for Kids”; a $ 14.98 value.
“This month Gullah.TV celebrates the history of all African Americans and specifically the Gullah people as we recognize the contributions they have made to America. Our DVD’s tell their inspirational story in a way that captivates and educates”, says Ron Small, Senior Partner at Anchor Media Group and the producer of “Circle Unbroken.” “We have a passion for all things Gullah!”
About Anchor Media Group:
Anchor Media Group, LLC is a worldwide content producer and distributor for home entertainment and broadcast programming with its headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina. For further information please contact Ron Small of Anchor Media Group, LLC AT rsmall(at)anchormediagroup(dot)tv or (843) 576-3246
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YELM, Washington (PRWEB) January 14, 2015
Students in the U.S.A., Mexico, and South Korea can learn the basics of the teachings of Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment during the Class 101 and Class 201 courses in January and February.
The Age of Philosophers is coming to an end. Truth does not come from words written in a book. Truth comes when you apply the words in your life to produce a wonder, a profound result. At RSE you will learn grand knowledge and experience it so that the truth is awakened in you. The most marvelous knowledge — the greatest teaching of all — is Behold God.
RSE’s Beginning Events offer participants the environment of a true ancient school of wisdom affording each student the opportunity to participate in a transformative experience away from normal activities. Lessons include a deeper understanding of the brain’s mechanics. Students will learn how to use their brain more skillfully to consciously create reality.
The training at Ramtha’s School starts with Class 101: Remarkable Mind. Students can participate online via streaming or at the Yelm campus and select international venues. The second step is Class 201: Genetics of the Future. The two courses can be taken individually or as a Combo event.
The dates and locations are as follows:
South Korea: January 16-20, Class 101: Remarkable Mind. Seohae Youth Hostel 288 Beongil, Changhu-ri, Hajeom-myeon, Ganghwa-gun Incheon. Class 201: Genetics of the Future, January 21-25.
Mexico: January 30 – February 3, Class 101: Hotel Primavera Guadalajara. Class 201: February 4-8.
USA: January 30-February 3, Class 101: Main RSE campus in Yelm, Washington. Class 201: February 4-8. Both of these courses will also be live streamed via http://www.ramtha.tv.
The first step in the journey is “Class 101: Remarkable Mind” which is facilitated by Ramtha’s appointed teachers who will introduce the audience to Ramtha’s disciplines for creating personal reality. Students will learn Ramtha’s model of reality, his vocabulary, and techniques that initiate each student into a direct experience of personal truth to “Become a Remarkable Life®.”
Students will study the introduction of RSE’s philosophical principles including:
The Greatest Mystery — Self
Who are we really
What is our purpose
How did we get here
Where are we going
Redefining God as the Observer
Understanding our addiction to the past
The seven levels of consciousness and energy
“What is the job of the Master Teacher? To give extraordinary knowledge, enough to make the human mind query questions that are no longer mundane but venture into the outrageous and the unfathomable, because when asking such questions, we awaken the Spirit and we awaken the true spiritual nature of ourself.”
Step two at RSE is “Class 201: Genetics of the Future,” which explores the science that supports your greatness, deepens the training of the disciplines, and build upon the wisdom you gained in the Class 101 about who you really are. Once students have completed both the Class 101 and 201, they are eligible for progressive training in either Live or On-Demand events.
For information on pricing, discounts, travel and lodgings options, please visit http://www.ramtha.com/events/current.aspx.
For more information about the Beginning Event and to view Video clips of Ramtha, JZ, and Students Stories, please visit: http://www.ramtha.com/events/BegIntro.aspx.
To register for the event, students can email email@example.com, visit the website, http://www.ramtha.com, or call 360.458.5201 ext. 110.
About Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment
Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE) was established in 1988 by Ramtha the Enlightened One as an academy of the mind that offers retreats and workshops to participants from all over the world and from all walks of life. Using ancient wisdom and the latest discoveries in neuroscience and quantum physics, RSE teaches students how to access the extraordinary abilities of the brain to “Become a Remarkable Life®.” For more information, please visit http://www.ramtha.com.
Arlington, Va. (PRWEB) January 02, 2015
What: Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization in the country will ring the Opening Bell at the NYSE to raise awareness of efforts to change the picture of education in the U.S. by helping more kids stay in school and achieve in life.
Where: New York Stock Exchange
When: Monday, Jan. 5 – 9:30 a.m.
Who: Lenny Stern – Board Member, CIS National
Jim Purcell – State Director, CIS Delaware
Ryan Riley – State Director, CIS Pennsylvania
CIS Site Coordinators and students
Quotes: “Next week as kids come back from the holiday break, we know that many of them will be coming to class unable to focus on learning because they don’t have food at home, someone to help them with homework or even a safe place to stay,” said Stern. “That places them at greater risk for dropping out. We hope our presence at the NYSE signals that business leaders, policy makers and elected officials need to invest in solutions that give these kids the resources they need to succeed in school and achieve in life.”
Notes: A live webcast of the Opening Bell can be viewed at http://www.nyse.com/bell
Live broadcast video of the NYSE trading floor is available five minutes prior to the Opening Bell via Encompass loop #4009.
Media seeking live video should contact NYSE Broadcast at 212.656.5483.
Photos of the Opening Bell are available via Associated Press/New York, Reuters America, Getty Images and Bloomberg Photo
We are approaching the three year anniversary of the Supreme Court's January 2010 decision, Citizens United. Recall that Citizens United allows unlimited spending on political campaigns by outside groups, including corporations.
Despite two federal elections and 1,000 or so days passing since Citizens United was decided, the coalition determined to roll back the Court's decision has thus far failed to stop corporate spending from poisoning our democracy.
Wal-Mart sent out a press release.
They say they had more than 10,000,000 transactions between 8PM and midnight yesterday.
Bill Simon CEO also tries to down play protest.
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The treatment of peaceful protesters compared to the unruly and sometimes violent crowds of stampeding Black Friday shoppers couldn't be more different. While the former is ostracized and forcibly removed by police, the latter is encouraged to come out for a competitive brawl over marked off goods. Nowhere is this contrast more clearly defined than in the police treatment of Walmart protesters over the last 24 hours.
These are human beings goddamnit, their lives have value!
I’m most likely preaching to the choir and hope the my voice can add to the thousands literally starving for change here in the first world of the United States, and push the issue of labor rights just a bit further. Lets take a look at today’s Huffington Post Black Friday reports. Seriously go take a look I’ll wait… … … … So are you mad or disgusted yet? I hope so. There is a time for anger, righteous anger. That time is now.
Personally I have seen both sides. I worked those way before pre-dawn hours at a big box store for many years. And been a witness to appalling customer behavior, intentional stock shortages and staff pushed beyond levels of decency by management. It would easy to point the blame at retailers like Wal-Mart and say. “You’re an evil corporation that is ruining people’s lives and depriving your employees of a decent standard of living.” And why this is generally true. It’s much harder to stand in front of that dressing room mirror and say “My unconscious consumption is ruining people’s lives and depriving people around the world including Americans a decent standard of living.”
If Americans were more conscious about where and how their money was spent the tide of violence and aggression that has become the day after Thanksgiving could then and only then be stemmed. Private corporations are more democratic than we give them credit for. Your wallet casts a vote every time you exchange currency for goods and the cash register is the ballot box. Every time you purchase a product from a retailer or manufacturer that mistreats its employees you are showing your explicit approval of that companies practices and give them the incentive and capital to not only continue but to expand their immoral practices.
I know its hard not to do this. Most of us work shit jobs that pay shit wages so in return the only places we can shop are places that treat people like shit. It’s a circle that is quickly destroying our nations middle class. I don’t have all the answers on how to break this cycle but I know where we can start. Buy less things for a start. By doing this you can save money. So when it is time to make that purchase of something you need you can spend the extra money to buy something of quality and if possible buy something made in America. We didnt get to this sorry state overnight so it’s going to take time to get us out of it. The only ones with the power to fix this is us, the consumer. The American worker and our very way of life is depending on us.
Look, I’m no hermit. To quote the Dennis Leary song Asshole “I like football and porno and books about war” I like fatty foods and I don’t drive a hybrid and I don’t buy organic. Everyone has their cross to bear. Mine is video games. It’s hard for me to not pull the trigger on the newest murder simulator released every other week. But I have gotten to the point that before I buy that new game I’ll take a look at my shelf and on my computer hard drive and see all the games that have that have gone unfinished and come to the realization that whatever new virtual world that a company is pushing on me at the time is not going to enhance my experience in my actual physical reality. I imagine it’s like kicking an addiction. I still have the trigger to buy new games but I don’t follow through. Your burden might be shoes, clothes or electronics. But make no mistake by consuming these cheap poorly made goods you are consuming the very heart and soul of America.
Before you buy slow down. Think, “Do I need this?” and “what is the real cost of this item in human capital. Am I contributing to suffering or contributing to a living for another human being or a fellow American?”If you do what you know is right with your hard-earned dollars then you will change your life and others for the better.
"Reverend Billy" wants you to stop shopping. Especially today. Your buying products that have been shipped from sweat shops in Asia caused Hurricane Sandy. Why do you continue to hurt the earth?
The Church Of Stop Shopping believes we are the problem, and that the 99% is somehow related to their overall message. Maybe it's just an attention getter.
Billy even has a choir: