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#OCCUPYXMAS begins

Here comes the new Normal.

This years’ Black Friday was a resounding success. Fifty-five billion dollars chimed through cash registers across the USA. Two hundred and fifty-thousand people went into the malls and spent on average 400 hundred dollars each, the biggest shopping day ever. Some notable purchases included ten limited edition Ferraris with matching luggage from Neiman Marcus’s exclusive holiday catalogue, $395,000 each, gobbled up in under an hour.

We in the 99%, alongside our sympathetic friends in the 1%, need to challenge this “normal” way of doing Xmas and come up with a new normal. The holidays need another paradigm.

So what are we occupiers going to do different this season? For starters, we’re going to take the personal plunge and move our money. We’re going to take it away from the big banks and put it into our local credit unions. And that will be the one great first step in breaking beyond the encampments and into the new Xmas imagination.

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Ruperttt

I'm concerned about all this x-mas commercialism ballooning up everyone's debt.... thats just not good.

I actually got a funny link for you guys about the whole debt situation: www.debtcock.com
-its a bit rude, but hilarious lol. Check out what they did to all the politician pics in the Wall of Shame

Ruperttt

I'm concerned about all this x-mas commercialism ballooning up everyone's debt.... thats just not good.

I actually got a funny link for you guys about the whole debt situation: www.debtcock.com
-its a bit rude, but hilarious lol. Check out what they did to all the politician pics in the Wall of Shame

greg_2

Read Danny Schechter's take on Black Friday: Black Friday Was Blacker Than We Know: How Media Coverage Distorts Economic coverage

http://www.newsdissector.com/2011/12/02/it-is-so-not-over-ows-fights-on-how-black-was-friday-more-on-war/

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We all saw the shopocalpyse, as Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping calls it, on Black Friday. You saw the hype afterwards—calling this year’s shopping surge the biggest ever, up 30%.

Wow.

This news was viewed as a sign of consumer confidence that, with an earlier consumer report in November, sent the markets up.

But, as is so often the case, figures like these are designed more to foster public perceptions, not necessarily report truth. I have been following these numbers ever since making the film IN DEBT WE TRUST in 2006 and find them misleading, perhaps by design.

First there is the good news as in this report on Bloomberg that gets picked up widely:

“Black Friday sales increased 6.6 percent to the largest amount ever as U.S. consumers shrugged off 9 percent unemployment and went shopping.

Consumers spent $11.4 billion, ShopperTrak said in a statement yesterday. Foot traffic rose 5.1 percent on Black Friday, according to the Chicago-based research firm.

“This is the largest year-over-year gain in ShopperTrak’s National Retail Sales Estimate for Black Friday since the 8.3 percent increase we saw between 2007 and 2006,” ShopperTrak founder Bill Martin said in the statement.”

Once this “big fact” of alleged economic recovery establishes itself in the public mind through pickup and reinforcement in every media, outlet, reality slowly begins to intrude

First, to go is the notion of who benefits from this annual ritual. Are consumers really getting the buys of their lives?

Not really, reported the NY Times on the basis of a study by an artificial intelligence expert at the University of Washington who studied pricing over the years and found they are not necessarily the lowest

“The bottom line is, Black Friday is for the retailers to go from the red into the black,” Oren Etzioni said. “It’s not really for people to get great deals on the most popular products.”

So much for the myth about deep discounts or deference to the all mighty consumers whose “confidence” is supposedly being sought! (Bear in mind that word confidence can be used in another context as in confidence game or being conned.)

What about the retailers?

Are they in hog heaven?

Not necessarily.

...

[end quote]

Read much more, and some takes on OWS, in the link.

--
Let's start a class war! "Class, class, class! Shut up!"

greg_2

Read Danny Schechter's take on Black Friday: Black Friday Was Blacker Than We Know: How Media Coverage Distorts Economic coverage

http://www.newsdissector.com/2011/12/02/it-is-so-not-over-ows-fights-on-how-black-was-friday-more-on-war/

[begin quote]

We all saw the shopocalpyse, as Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping calls it, on Black Friday. You saw the hype afterwards—calling this year’s shopping surge the biggest ever, up 30%.

Wow.

This news was viewed as a sign of consumer confidence that, with an earlier consumer report in November, sent the markets up.

But, as is so often the case, figures like these are designed more to foster public perceptions, not necessarily report truth. I have been following these numbers ever since making the film IN DEBT WE TRUST in 2006 and find them misleading, perhaps by design.

First there is the good news as in this report on Bloomberg that gets picked up widely:

“Black Friday sales increased 6.6 percent to the largest amount ever as U.S. consumers shrugged off 9 percent unemployment and went shopping.

Consumers spent $11.4 billion, ShopperTrak said in a statement yesterday. Foot traffic rose 5.1 percent on Black Friday, according to the Chicago-based research firm.

“This is the largest year-over-year gain in ShopperTrak’s National Retail Sales Estimate for Black Friday since the 8.3 percent increase we saw between 2007 and 2006,” ShopperTrak founder Bill Martin said in the statement.”

Once this “big fact” of alleged economic recovery establishes itself in the public mind through pickup and reinforcement in every media, outlet, reality slowly begins to intrude

First, to go is the notion of who benefits from this annual ritual. Are consumers really getting the buys of their lives?

Not really, reported the NY Times on the basis of a study by an artificial intelligence expert at the University of Washington who studied pricing over the years and found they are not necessarily the lowest

“The bottom line is, Black Friday is for the retailers to go from the red into the black,” Oren Etzioni said. “It’s not really for people to get great deals on the most popular products.”

So much for the myth about deep discounts or deference to the all mighty consumers whose “confidence” is supposedly being sought! (Bear in mind that word confidence can be used in another context as in confidence game or being conned.)

What about the retailers?

Are they in hog heaven?

Not necessarily.

...

[end quote]

Read much more, and some takes on OWS, in the link.

--
Let's start a class war! "Class, class, class! Shut up!"

Anonymous

I've proposed a new holiday: Consumeristmas.

http://www.hollandsentinel.com/mobile_opinion/x60135564/LETTER-Christians-wouldn-t-accept-a-holiday-of-greed-would-they

Anonymous

I've proposed a new holiday: Consumeristmas.

http://www.hollandsentinel.com/mobile_opinion/x60135564/LETTER-Christians-wouldn-t-accept-a-holiday-of-greed-would-they

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