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Socrates and the Win/Fail of Everyday Life

Death declines during depressions, reports Mother Jones' Blue Marble Blog. Blogger Julia Whitty traces the causality back to the stressful working habits, overindulgent fast-food eating practices, and increases in cardiovascular and respiratory deaths related to atmospheric pollution. This all g...

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Tags: Health, Material, Mortality, Philosophy, Recession

NYT Reporter Asks Economists About the Future of Consumer Culture

A few days ago, New York Times reporter and Dot Earth blogger Andrew C. Revkin asked a handful of prominent economists what they thought about evidence showing a substantial and sustained cooling of consumer spending habits. In addition to Nobel laureate, Kenneth J. Arrow, a few others weighed in...

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Tags: Consumption, Culture, Economy, Environment, Policy, Recession, Shopping

Squeaking by on $300,000 a Year - A Portrait of Two Economies

If you haven't read the Washington Post's article about the hidden effects of the recession upon families that seem to have it all, or the comments, it's a must-read. For many of us, $300,000 is much more than our yearly household income, so the article's descriptions of an affluent community's s...

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Tags: Bailout, Downturn, Recession, Stuff, Wall street

The Nouveau Poor vs. The Already Poor: Recessionomics and Class

Many of us are feeling the pinch from the current economic climate, or know someone who is. While it has been said that the recession may act as a great leveler, bringing people of different means closer as we all experience the uncertainties of this time. This may be true on some level, but does...

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Tags: Class, Homeless, Housing, Poverty, Recession, Volunteer

Villains "Phantom Energy" and "Vampire Plugs" Steal 10 Burritos Every Year

Use That Leaking Energy for Something More Productive I know that all my co-workers at New Dream are getting creeped out because I talk about Phantom Energy and Vampire Plugs nonstop. I send out regular emails reminding people to turn off their power strips at night and every time we have a new ...

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Tags: Burritos, Electricity, Electronics, Energy, Energy efficiency, Green office, Green school, Phantom energy, Plugs, Recession, Reduce waste, Save, Save money save energy, Saving money, Savings, Thrift, Vampire plugs

Spreading the Wealth Without Spending a Dime: Donate sports equipment and bicycles

Here's another installment of our periodic feature on how to be generous, even during a recession. It might be a casualty of a fitness resolution unkept, or maybe stuff outgrown by your kids, but if you have sports equipment gathering dust in your basement, you can donate it to charity. Hauling...

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Tags: Bicycle, Charity, Recession, Shoes, Sports

Shabby Chic: The beginning or the end of an era?

In Today's New York Times the article Conspicuous Consumption, a Casualty of Recession discusses how all this economic crisis talk has seeped up into the well-off echelons of society through the capillary action of uncertainty...or is it style? One woman who could afford to do otherwise yet skip...

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Tags: Fashion, Recession, Rich, Solidarity, Style, Wealthy

Living in Interesting Times

The Great Depression has been mentioned a lot recently – Google searches on the subject have risen sharply in the past couple months. The Depression and its Black Tuesday – October 29, 1929, the day of the stock market crash that signaled the beginning of the economic downturn that was to last ov...

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Tags: Great depression, History, Population cohort, Recession, September 11

Staying ahead of the curve while cutting back

A letter from the Executive Director The Center for a New American Dream, like so many other non-profits, faces some stressful financial uncertainty as volatile markets and talk of total financial meltdown dominate the public discourse. At the same time, we are perhaps, perfectly positioned. As ...

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Tags: Green office, Green workplace, Recession

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