Two News reports that seem to report that School Children leaving School and making their way home were caught up in the Israeli Airstrikes!
Once again it seems that the "Advanced Targetting" of the F16's targetted civilians, with such advanced weaponry can this be an accident or is it deliberate!
Consumerism is a social and economic order that is based on the systematic creation and fostering of a desire to purchase goods or services in ever greater amounts. The term is often associated with criticisms of consumption starting with Thorstein Veblen or, more recently by a movement called Enoughism. Veblen's subject of examination, the newly emergent middle class arising at the turn of the twentieth century, comes to full fruition by the end of the twentieth century through the process of globalization.
The term "consumerism" is also used to refer to the consumerist movement or consumer activism, which seeks to protect and inform consumers by requiring such practices as honest packaging and advertising, product guarantees, and improved safety standards. In this sense it is a movement or a set of policies aimed at regulating the products, services, methods, and standards of manufacturers, sellers, and advertisers in the interests of the buyer.
In economics, consumerism refers to economic policies placing emphasis on consumption. In an abstract sense, it is the belief that the free choice of consumers should dictate the economic structure of a society (cf. Producerism, especially in the British sense of the term).
The term "consumerism" was first used in 1915 to refer to "advocacy of the rights and interests of consumers" (Oxford English Dictionary) but in this article the term "consumerism" refers to the sense first used in 1960, "emphasis on or preoccupation with the acquisition of consumer goods" (Oxford English Dictionary).
Anti-consumerism refers to the socio-political movement against the equating of personal happiness with consumption and the purchase of material possessions. The term "consumerism" was first used in 1915 to refer to "advocacy of the rights and interests of consumers" (Oxford English Dictionary) but here the term "consumerism" refers to the sense first used in 1960, "emphasis on or preoccupation with the acquisition of consumer goods" (Oxford English Dictionary). Consumerism is a term used to describe the effects of the market economy on the individual. Concern over the treatment of consumers has spawned substantial activism, and the incorporation of consumer education into school curricula. Anti-consumerist activism draws parallels with environmental activism, anti-globalization, and animal-rights activism in its condemnation of modern corporations, or organizations that pursue a solely economic interest. One variation on this topic is activism by postconsumers, with the strategic emphasis on moving beyond addictive consumerism.
In recent years, there have been an increasing number of books (Naomi Klein's 2000 No Logo for example) and films (e.g. The Corporation & Surplus), popularizing an anti-corporate ideology to the public.
Opposition to economic materialism comes primarily from two sources: religion and social activism. Some religions assert materialism interferes with connection between the individual and the divine, or that it is inherently an immoral lifestyle. Some notable individuals, such as Francis of Assisi, Ammon Hennacy, and Mohandas Gandhi claimed spiritual inspiration led them to a simple lifestyle. Social activists believe materialism is connected to war, greed, anomie, crime, environmental degradation, and general social malaise and discontent. Fundamentally, their concern is that materialism is unable to offer a raison d'être for human existence. Critics of consumerism include Pope Benedict XVI, German historian Oswald Spengler (who said, "Life in America is exclusively economic in structure and lacks depth"), and French writer Georges Duhamel, who held "American materialism up as a beacon of mediocrity that threatened to eclipse French civilization."
http://www.GrantCardone.com - Grant Rant #23: ADHD & ADD Big Pharma Drugging Our Children - You probably have been "diagnosed or know someone who's been "diagnosed" with ADD ADHD OCD Bipolar Depressed, the list goes on. The Pharmaceutical Companies are drugging our children, our youth, and they're drugging you. The drug companies are spending 20 billion a year in advertising. Big pharma is handing out prescription drugs and antidepressants for everything. Foster kids are being prescribed 13 times more drugs than kids with parents. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, OCD, these are not the problem. I want to be alive, not drugged, don't drug your kids, don't drug yourself, be alive.
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12/12/11: Monday afternoon, hundreds of Vermont school kids celebrated the grand opening of the Pump House, Jay Peak's indoor water park. Eva found her inner kid - floating along the river that encircles the park, hurtling down La Chute and slipping down the blue and green tubes over and over again.
Music: La Strada, New Home, "Wash On By"
And for more info check out Sarah Tuff's article, "Just Chute Me."
A huge thank you to Trevor for linking to this video on his blog!
NOTE: This is a fan edit, NOT the official version that is shown by the WKUK on tours.
This is all 10 parts of CWOD spliced together to form one long movie. Never having seen the 'real' version, I took some creative freedoms with this edit (but I like to think it's close enough).
The awesome CybertechWKUK has another edit up on The Pirate Bay if you want a real file. Here is the link (please thank him for seeding, he deserves it!): http://bit.ly/ieHrOJ
Special thanks go to the WKUK - without them, we wouldn't have The Civil War on Drugs, and we wouldn't have the last 10 years of their hilarious sketch comedy to give us all a lift. So thank you to the WKUK, Jim Biederman, their crew and IFC.
NOTE: No copyright infringement intended. I do NOT take credit for anything except having edited together the ten separate parts that were uploaded to the IFC website. Content belongs to The Whitest Kids U' Know and the Independent Film Channel (IFC). I'm only uploading this so other people can watch it. I am NOT profiting from this video and do not intend to profit from it.