5 Great Reasons to Celebrate International Buy Nothing Day Instead of Black Friday


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The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, is also International Buy Nothing Day, a day to take a break from buying to question status quo capitalism and consider how we might participate in a more sustainable economy. There are many reasons to participate in International Buy Nothing Day, but in this modern, short-attention-span era, I’ll give you five, starting with the personal and working my way out.

1) It’s good for your wallet.

When I was a little kid, my grandmother would come home and proudly announce how much she had “saved” while she was out shopping. My grandfather would predictably, jokingly reply, “Vivie, you could have saved 100% by staying home.” It wasn’t that he didn’t appreciate her efforts and he wasn’t trying to be a jerk; he was reminding her that he didn’t need a lot of stuff to feel successful…

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I Left My Kids With a Babysitter to Go to a Job Interview—And Came Home to Find Them Hungry, Naked, and Locked Up


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On a beautiful summer’s day last week, a mother was arrested for letting her daughter play at the park, rather than taking her to McDonald’s.

Debra Harrell’s 9-year-old daughter was tired of waiting around the fast-food restaurant in North Augusta, South Carolina, where her mother worked. The laptop Harrell had purchased to keep her daughter occupied during her shifts had recently been stolen from their home. When Harrell’s daughter asked to be dropped off at a well-populated park instead, Harrell agreed, giving her daughter a cell phone for emergencies. This worked fine for two days, but on the third, a woman asked the girl where her mother was. When the answer was “at work,” the woman called the police. Harrell was jailed and her daughter was put in the custody of the Department of Social Services.

Many people were outraged that a mother would allow her child to go unsupervised…

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The Lifetime Cost of Autism Tops $2 Million Per Person


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U.S. and UK scientists have completed the most comprehensive analysis of the costs associated with supporting a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) over a lifetime and found that those whose ASD are linked with intellectual disability can accrue up to $2.4 million while those without intellectual disability require about $1.4 million in medical, non-medical and indirect costs. And that’s on top of the average $241,000 that it takes to raise a child to age 18 in the United States.

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About 79% of that cost is due to services such as medical care, home health care, special education and after-school care—and 9% is due to wages that caregivers give up to tend to an autistic family member. The latter came as a surprise, says the paper’s senior author, David Mandell, director of the center for mental health policy and services research…

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Can A Social Media Campaign Really #BringBackOurGirls?


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It may have taken a few weeks, but the world’s attention has fixated on terrorist abductions in Nigeria, thanks, in large part, to a hashtag.

On April 14, at a school in the Nigerian town of Chibok, 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped while taking their final exams. The girls were taken by the extremist group known as Boko Haram (which roughly translates as “Western education is sinful”), who had disguised themselves as soldiers and forced the girls up into the back of trucks. Yet in the days that followed, appallingly little was done to help. The Nigerian military falsely claimed it had rescued the girls — only to retract the claim the very next day. The story barely registered with the international media.

Then, on April 23, Oby Ezekwesili, vice president of the World Bank for Africa, gave a speech in Nigeria in which she urged the government to intervene and…

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Happy 80th Birthday Gloria Steinem: 8 of Her Funniest Quips


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Gloria Steinem isn’t just the founder of Ms. Magazine and the most recognizable “ face of feminism ” — she’s also hilarious. Herewith, some of her most entertaining nuggets of wisdom.

1) “A woman reading Playboy feels a little like a Jew reading a Nazi manual.” (1970)

Feminist journalist and author Gloria Steinem baring one leg as she relaxes in a luxurious bubble bath at home. Marianne Barcellona—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

2) “A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.”(1972)

Writer Gloria Steinem sitting cross-legged on floor w. sign "We Shall Overcome"

Writer Gloria Steinem sitting cross-legged on floor w. sign “We Shall Overcome” Yale Joel—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

3) “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”

A uniformed officer arrests feminist Gloria Steinem during an anti-apartheid protest outside the South African Embassy in Washington, Dec. 19, 1984. AP

4) “On my…

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Lady Gaga’s Vomit Artist Defends Herself Against Demi Lovato’s Bulimia Criticisms


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Singer Demi Lovato is calling out Lady Gaga for glamorizing bulimia, following a performance at SXSW last Thursday where artist Millie Brown vomited green soy milk on Gaga. Both Lovato and Gaga have suffered from eating disorders and have talked about them publicly.

Brown’s vomit art, which she started doing 9 years ago at age 17, certainly seems problematic. She swallows a mixture of soy milk and food dye, then sticks her fingers down her throat to make herself get sick. Often she vomits colors on canvas, but for the SXSW show, Lady Gaga was her medium. To prepare…

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My Angel


I wake up in the morning
And I look up to the sky
I wonder why he took you
before I said good-bye 

I look up to the stars at night
And know you’re looking down
I’d like to think you’re proud of me
But I’m just stumbling round

I crawl in bed and close my eyes
And realize that you’re gone
Then comes the fears and then the tears
And life just seems so wrong

I glance up at the heavens
And I know you’re flying by
My Angel’s watching over me
I’m happy as I cry

Hold On, Pain Ends