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#PrivateProperty Vs #Commons - #BlackLivesMatter 

The Mall of America was under protest Saturday December 20, the biggest shopping day of the year. The protest brought the #BlackLivesMatter conversation around to questioning the fuel of capitalism and the resulting systemic oppression — that being PRIVATE PROPERTY.

[Read more at DailyKOS]

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She Loves You, Yeah Yeah Yeah  by Mariane marplondon

This series is inspired when people from different backgrounds meet and fall in love. A marriage between the old and the new on so many levels. A validation and negotiation of tradition, customs and rituals takes place and creates a platform for new identities.

It is also looking at the role of the woman as a bride in Holly,wood, Nollywood, Bollywood and Chollywood. How the notion of romantic love is portrayed, which tends to be one dream produced to the masses, but the only very few can afford. How this capitalisation of romantic love manifests itself in love consumerism and finds roots in our desires of how to be desired.

Model: Helen from The Venus Bushfires

Destiny's Unintended Critique of Consumerism

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Simon Parkin analyzes Destiny, a video game that is, by design, "never completely satisfying"

"Like World of Warcraft, when you peel back the metaphor, the game offers a bleak (if unintended) critique of consumerism: once you reach the endgame, you become a character that has everything in world. Everything, that is, except for a purpose."

7 reasons you should definitely stay home on Black Friday 

3. The deals actually suck.

The worst-kept secret about Black Friday is that aside from a few limited-availability doorbusters, the deals are not actually very good. Computer scientist Oren Etzioni, an artificial intelligence writer, used a complex algorithm to analyze the price tags of billions of consumer products and discovered the best bargains aren’t even available until early December.

"The bottom line is, Black Friday is for the retailers to go from the red into the black," he told the New York Times. "It’s not really for people to get great deals on the most popular products."

Why buying online is better 

Everything we buy has an impact on the environment. The developed countries - only 20% of the world population are consuming over 80% of the earth’s natural resources, causing a disproportionate level of environmental damage, and an unfair distribution of wealth.