Category Archives: Ideology

Live Simply So People Can Simply Live?


The slash and burn spending cuts that have been used to balance the budget will affect the low-income communities at first, then will gradually creep into the middle class arena, what is left of the middle class.

According to Moody’s the top 20% of the earners in the US account for 60% of all spending. MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse, a research service states that the luxury category has posted 10 consecutive months of sales increase compared to last year. July alone had an 11.6 percentage increase.

Much of this spending on luxury goods is attributed to the Dow Jones being up by about 80 percentage from its low in March 2009.

Even Marked Up, Luxury Goods Fly Off Shelves

By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD
Published: August 3, 2011

Nordstrom has a waiting list for a Chanel sequined tweed coat with a $9,010 price. Neiman Marcus has sold out in almost every size of Christian Louboutin “Bianca” platform pumps, at $775 a pair. Mercedes-Benz said it sold more cars last month in the United States than it had in any July in five years.

Even with the economy in a funk and many Americans pulling back on spending, the rich are again buying designer clothing, luxury cars and about anything that catches their fancy. Luxury goods stores, which fared much worse than other retailers in the recession, are more than recovering — they are zooming. Many high-end businesses are even able to mark up, rather than discount, items to attract customers who equate quality with price.

“If a designer shoe goes up from $800 to $860, who notices?” said Arnold Aronson, managing director of retail strategies at the consulting firm Kurt Salmon, and the former chairman and chief executive of Saks.

The rich do not spend quite as they did in the free-wheeling period before the recession, but they are closer to that level.

Read the full article at The New York Times in Business Day.

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Christian Louboutin Bianca Patent Platform Pump
Neiman Marcus – $775     currently sold out

The shiny patent leather sheen gleams on this quintessential platform pump.

  • Patent leather
  • Low-dipped vamp for leg-lengthening effect
  • Almond toe
  • Leather lining; padded leather insole
  • 5″ covered heel with 1″ platform
  • Signature red sole
  • “Bianca” is made in Italy

About Christian Louboutin:

French designer Christian Louboutin introduced his namesake collection in 1991, and his powerfully feminine shoes soon became must-haves for stylish women everywhere.

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The Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience


GOD BLESS SMILEY & WEST

Smiley & West will be on the road August 6-12, 2011 to meet with the people who are suffering and struggling during this current economy. I don’t know how they will do it in six days. I wish that they made it a summer project.
“With all the talk about deficit reduction, somebody has to tell the truth about poverty in America and the impact the outcome of this debate will have on the nation’s poor,” said Smiley. They also plan to meet with organizers, activist and social entrepreneurs who are using creative solutions to address our biggest challenges: jobs, food, energy, housing, health care and education.
They will be broadcasting while on tour. To hear the daily podcasts visit Smiley & West.
The YouTube clip is from the movie Network by Sidney Lumet. A wonderful performance by Peter Finch as the news anchor Howard Beale. There are many great performances in this film, one not to miss.

Visions of Students Today – Digital Ethnography


A video collage created by students under Michael Wesch and his Digital Ethnography Research Team called Visions of Students Today can be viewed at this link. It is fascinating to watch and it is interactive. To hear each student’s vision, click directly on the thumbnail of each student’s video.

… the basic idea is to create a 3 minute video highlighting the most important characteristics of students today – how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime. We already know some things from previous research (and if you know of any interesting statistics, please list them along with the source). Others we will need to find out by doing a class survey. Please add whatever you want to know or present.

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“Little Adults”


Mesmerizing and haunting photos by Anna Skladmann. “Little Adults” is a series that explores what if feels like to grow up as a privileged child in Russia. I thought about the wonderful Up Series of documentaries by Michael Apted that explores the socio-economic background of British children. It will be curious to see where these “Little Adults” end up in seven years.

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Women2drive to get Wal-Mart


Women2drive protestThe recent protest on Friday by Saudi Arabia women in what the New York Times called “random acts of women driving” follows the May 22 arrest of Manal al-Sharif, a 32-year-old Saudi woman who posted a video of herself driving on YouTube. It is 2011 and woman still can’t drive a car nor get equal pay. The recent decision on Dukes v. Wal-Mart by the U.S. Supreme Court is a victory for Wall Street over Main Street at the expense of women.

Arcelia Hurtado, executive director of ERA, says after 10 years of taking on the world’s largest retailer, they’re not giving up. “The women [of Walmart] have been speaking for the rest of us for the last 10 years. Speak up for your rights. We won’t make progress unless people have the courage to stand up and speak out.”

It’s Ok To Be Takei!


Takei Mug

Takei Mug

In response to state Sen. Stacey Campfield of Tennessee getting the state Senate Education Committee to approve a bill prohibiting teachers from talking about homosexuality “Mr. Sulu” has offered his name.          
“Any time you need to say the word ‘gay,’ you can just say the word ‘Takei,’”.

A RARE OPPORTUNITY!!!


Soy Cuba at The Getty Center on June 11
In 1964 Cuba and Russia joined efforts to produce  a stunning film that paid homage to the Cuban Revolution.  Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov, it was shot in black and white, sometimes using  infrared film with amazing cinematography by Sergei Urusevsky. Soviet poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Cuban poet Enrique Barnet wrote the screen play creating the ultimate visual poem.

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Both Soviet and Cuban governments hated it, critics panned it, and the film found no audience. It was buried for over 30 years but was resurrected in the 1990’s by Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.  True eye candy. This is a great opportunity to see it screened which does not happen very often.