A few weeks ago I was in New Orleans with family to celebrate our recently graduated Tulane alum. I had never been to the Crescent City before, and I’m still slightly obsessed with its history and culture, and of course, recent catastrophic events (not just Hurricane Katrina, but the BP oil spill, as well) under which this impressive community endures. So, when I heard about a store selling “FU BP” t-shirts, I had to check it out.
These shirts are being sold at Crawdaddy’s, near Jackson Square and the French Market, in the French Quarter. As the photo below shows, “Crawdaddy & Co. will donate $1 for each shirt sold that is related to oil spill to The Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund!!!!”
Why not contact them (Crawdaddy & Co.), order a couple dozen shirts, invite some friends over, blast a little Rebirth Brass Band, break open the liquor cabinet, and throw an FU BP party?
Or, visit Spill Baby Spill, and participate in a more sober, if not more effective, activist campaign on behalf of the gulf coast.
Remember Robin Leach, the host of the television show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous who charmed us with “champagne wishes and caviar dreams”? Well, two decades later, it seems we’re all still hungover from the uber-affluent-extravaganza buzz we collectively endured. Celebrity gossip. The Fortune 500. Beltway politics. Who can sort through such porous distinctions anymore?
So is it really surprising that Donald Trump is deciding to run for President? He already has a tower, a board (bored) game, and a TV show. Is he supposed to just ride off into the sunset on his yacht, lounge on the beach of his own private island paradise, telling his martini cocktails they’re fired, never to be heard from again?
The uber-wealthy. Seems the more they get, the more they get in everyone’s face.
It’s tempting to reason that it has always been like this. “We seem to be made to suffer,” fatalist philosopher C-3PO reasons. “It’s our lot in life.”
But the reality is that today’s insane-ly rich have become even more brash than their power-wielding forbearers of yesteryear. (If that’s even possible. Which, unfortunately, it seems to be.) Commie-red rose-colored glasses aside, the rich just ain’t what they used to be. And an intriguing new study by (former Barnard College history professor) Thaddeus Russell, A Renegade History of the United States, makes that abundantly clear. Continue reading
Need some paper, staples, or pink, square, sticky-notes, but don’t want to stress about supporting a (dreaded) big box store? Look no further, Give Something Back Office Supplies is here!
As our friends over at Bolder Giving noted via their recent Facebook post, “Some businesses aim for more than just the bottom line.” Every year, office supply store Give Something Back “donates their profits to the causes that their customers vote for … sometimes donating as much as 75% of profits!”
“Over 19 years, Give Something Back has donated almost $5 million dollars in profits back to amazing nonprofits,” their website proudly proclaims.
Sound crazy? Check it out for yourself, buy a highlighter or two, and vote for the non-profit organization you most want to support.
Democratic consumerism, ethical business practices, and sustainably-funded non-profits. Oh my!
As a Boston Celtics fan, the non-Clippers LA basketball team is the last hoops organization I want to see win a championship. But last night, at the hope-springs-eternal-start of this new season, I was reminded that there is one tiny, itty-bitty silver lining amidst the immense darkness that is the Staples Center: Ron Artest is one of the players who received a ring for said championship. A ring he is selling via raffle, to donate the proceeds to charity.
“I’m never going to put it on,” Artest remarked of his first and only championship ring.
After the horrific ending of Game 7 last year, Artest surprised fans by thanking his therapist. Then he visited a local middle school with the co-chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, Rep. Grace Napolitano, “to call for passage of federal legislation and encourage students to reach out to a health-care worker is they need.”
Tonight, on Larry King, he’s auctioning off his ring “as a fundraiser to put more psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists in schools.”
Huh? Continue reading