Be an Educated Consumer


Ethical Consumerism is an important movement toward corporate reform.   In the past, it was a goal for companies to drain every dollar from your pocket, by using provocative advertisements, catchy slogans, celebrity endorsements, demographic/age/sex profiling, highly developed psychological tactics and expensive marketing campaigns.  In today’s economy, companies stress corporates responsibility to use ethical marketing tactics and build consumer awareness around their products.

Are you an educated consumer?  There are a lot of gray areas that we as consumers are unaware of.  Do you fully understand what factors complete your purchase?  Is it a memorable advertisement you saw in a magazine? Price?  Quality? Brand/Label? Design?  Did you walk in the store because a cute sales person was in the front?  Or did the smell of lemon scented candles entice your senses, envoking energy and positivity?

Today, one of the biggest trends in fashion is “going green.”  The misconception, misinformed consumers face.  Not all green is good.  For example, green cotton may take more energy to crop and care for because the lack of pesticides.  Bamboo is a great new green fabric, however it takes many synthetic chemicals to process is into a fabric.  You need to carefully look into your products and manufacturing to truly understand the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution practices.  For example, hybrid cars are suppose to be “energy efficient” vehicles that run off of electricity vs. gas, and better for the environment.  Although the price of running it is lower, and you may get some free perks in certain cities, such as free parking, the carbon print is actually worse for the environment than your regular SUV.

In the past, I wrote a blog mocking PETA.  I personally am a huge fan of leather and fur.  I have several fur bags and shoes including mink, oscillot, and I would die for a leopard or a tiger fur.  #JUSTSAYING.   Fur and Leathers are a great natural textile that comes from the earth.  It is long lasting, strong, durable, warm, and high in quality.  I viewed some animal cruelty videos sent to me by some angry PETA members.  Although, I do believe they are cruel, I still stand by my opinions, that pushy PETA members trying to push their beliefs on the world is annoying.  Not all companies are run by cruel animal abusers.  I agree, there should be laws to prosecute employees not in correct practice of properly putting the animals under.

Another unethical practice in the world of fashion is the issue of manufacturing.   We all know that Nike pays children .25 a day to make shoes.  And in some areas in China, they are polluting the ocean with chemicals.  Does this affect YOUR purchasing choices?  With China owning our asses, and our nation in debt and economy in shambles, many believe it is ethical to boycott trades form China.  That would mean no more shopping at Walmart.  Did you know that our economy RELIES on the cheap affordable Chinese goods.  So doing so would hurt Americans.  China actually has laws limiting the number of imports that comes into the country.  That means they are hording the debt and hording the American dollar, which is bad for us.  So if we decide to stop buying from them, that could create a huge war between America and China.

I ❤ the Sexy American Apparel ads, but I never shop there.

AMERICAN APPAREL = COOL CAPITALISTS GONE WILD

American Apparel prides itself on it’s ethical employee environment and manufacturing practices.  I don’t ever personally shop there, because I think it is overpriced medium quality clothing that I don’t really care for.  But I believe a major marketing selling point for them is them being an ethical American company.  Turns out, they run illegal sweat shops, and are being sued by employees for sexual harassment, poor working environments, and under minimum wage wages.  As far as their marketing goes, their advertisements are super provocative.  I see nothing wrong with provocative advertising, however, it is wise to recognize this as marketing tactics, and be knowledgable in the fact that it does not negatively impact our buying decisions as consumers.

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That is the way of the world, and I don’t see things every changing or getting better.  Corporations run the world.  Poor ethics have become an irreversible way of trade.  Globalization, corporations and unethical standards have become the standard.

xoxo

Kristie

Taxing us to Live.


Although I think it’s a good idea to take care of the planet, could the extreme measures we have gone to save the planet a way to brainwash America into a political scheme, be an avenue to change laws, and manipulate the country?  Sounds skeptical to me.

Sure, we should use less gas.  It’s expensive.  Carpool to work.   Find alternative sources for automobiles, and to heat our homes.  Maybe use less aerosol hairspray and products.  But carbon taxing?  Taxing us on breathing?  Taxing us on having babies?   To a New World Bank?  Who do they think they are to tax us on what the government does not yield, control, create, nor what never belonged to them?   That is extreme, and our only humanly right is to breathe and live and create life.

Creating a New World Bank, and a New World Government, will lead to New World Order.  Although there are people who oppose it, and it may take a very long time to create, because the consitution protects us, there is always the threat that there are a group of wealthy people in the world, who control it all, looking for a way to make this idea become reality.  Save America, and save the consitution, because America has one of the greatest constitutions protecting us, if wielded correctly.  But that power has been abused, by the puppet masters, the banks, the Illuminati, the Bilderberg Group, whoever you wish to call it.  Greedy people who believe that they should rule over all of us.  Most people call it conspiracies.  I believe in it.   NWO believe in population control, and that is exactly what Carbon Taxing on babies wishes to accomplish.  Less population.  By brainwashing America into believing in Global Warming, they are slowly acclimating us into believe in their ideas.

[“If you allotted 1250 square feet to each person, all the people in the world would fit into the state of Texas…”In Ralph Epperson’s book, The Unseen Hand, he states that if you took the population of the world and split it up into families of four and gave them each a piece of land 50′ x 53′, the entire population of the planet would fit neatly into the state of Oregon.Worried about feeding everyone?Brian Carnell in How Much Food is Available Now? Says, “The world currently produces more than enough food to provide every single man, woman and child alive today with an adequate diet…”What About China?“China, everyone’s favorite supposed example, has fewer than 60 percent as many people per square mile as the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). Obviously, then, China’s problem is not overpopulation, but underdevelopment. Many people think that population growth prevents the economic growth of poor nations, but a number of economists now suggest the opposite: every new person brings not only another mouth to feed, but two hands with which to work. Misguided efforts to help poor countries by suppressing their natural population growth may actually hurt them.”So, what if everyone DID have more children?Professor Budziszewski writes, “Fertility is already declining in every region of the world, and population growth has been slowing down since the late 1970s. In the developed countries, the net reproduction rate is 0.7 and dropping, which means that the next generation will be only 70 percent as large as this one. Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute suggests that we may one day face not an explosion but an “implosion” of population.”]  I found this comment on a blog.

Ice this year is significantly greater than the last.  What happened to Global Warming and the icebergs melting? The main stream media concentrates on a couple of small areas of the Antarctic in order to scare you in to believing that Antarctica is melting, when in fact its gaining ice.

Those behind global warming are using it to control people’s lives and for financial gain.

Is Global Warming a hoax?  You decide.

check out http://www.Globalwarminghoax.com

and a huge list of links @ http://www.wnho.net/global_warming.htm

Check out Oprahs House…  She thinks it’s such an issue

and John Travolta’s home, with his private jet

and just ONE of Al Gore’s homes

Breathing isn’t a privilege you can control.  It is our humanly right to live.  I can see myself in prison next to some thuggish 7-11 liquor store robbers…

“What are you in for?”

“Breathing.”

xoxo

Kristie Manning