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The Real Big Social Bubble
The corporate world has designed our social standards and in this era of too much, we are going to pay the maximum price one way or another.

Memories: Keep Only the Good
Remove worries, guilt, and all bad feelings. Review the positives and bury the negatives and feel good with clear and pleasant thoughts.

Business in Bad Faith 
Clever and deceitful techniques flourish in the market place with new ones appearing regularly. Double-dealing is a creative booming business.

Ideas That Can Make Life So Good 
Life Happiness Tips self-esteem, worry, fear, stress, confidence, anger, problems, relaxation, values, guilt..

Greed and Credit
The credit market business is a great big fat, heavily marketed mean money making machine. 

2061 What a Wonderful Year
50 years ago they were so devoted to consuming and wasting. We are so grateful to those who demanded social improvement and a redesign of democracy for the people. 
 
Materialism and Happiness
Protect yourself against affluenza, it is contagious. Many of us in richer countries are edging past the material-happiness threshold and are not all that happy.

77 and Wondering About Life and Society
 Birthday boy muses on social ills, consumerism and values, happiness and the good life. 

Blog Writers Block? Article Reposts are a Win-Win!
Or Article, Journal, Book Writing Using A Blog Program. Edit, rewrite and re-post your existing work into a website of articles or future book.

Stress Tips for Stressful Times
Serious about reducing stress? Then read and learn about stress, just as you would study and become knowledgeable on any art, sport or trade that you wish to master

Democracy for SALE
The corporate-citizen, persuade-consume routine has ballooned unabated, and uncontrolled.

From Bank to Credit Union
Credit unions exist to serve members, not to pay high dividends to share holders.

Our Precious Natural Environment
It is so important that we all pay attention to what is happening.

Consumer Complaints vs Customer Service
Gooey replies to bad product and service complaints can be totally frustrating, "the advertisement meets all legal requirements... subject to industry standards..."

Corporate and Consumer Greed  
"Greed is not good." It is not good for the victim of a greedy transaction. Nor is it good to be greedy if over years it returns distrust, anger and personal value lost.

Obesity and Starvation
Will these generations be remembered for the times when thousands of people died daily from malnutrition and hunger - while so many others lived shortened unhealthy lives - from obesity?

The Work-Family Life Balance

With all the advances made in production, technology and commerce we should be very happy; not overworked, anxious and stressed with daily routines.

20 Top Life Happiness Quotations
Best self-help quotations dealing with stress, anger, worry, fear....
Positive tips on living healthfully, confidently, happily, and peacefully..

Over sized Homes Costly and Wasteful 

The wasteful production and consumption of over sized houses, cars, meals, services... have created over sized headaches for society and the world.

TV Addiction Wasteful and Harmful 

Television today is an overbearing medium for the corporate promotion of products and services.

Bullying Information Ideas and Resources
Advice and help is available for victims of bullies. Resources on this serious topic are listed.

Cars, Commerce, Consumption
This bigger, pricier strategy is not new. In the dealer showroom way back in the 50's I had my mind set on a certain economy model but I was continually steered away.

A Simple Happy Life in a Just and Sensible Society
At some time in the future the world's bloated affluent societies will be much simpler and more enjoyable.

Kids, Home and Nature
The lifestyles of families and children are changing as exercise and activities in the fresh outdoors air decline.
 
 The Great Advertising Bubble
Advertising is everywhere. In print, on TV, spam and junk mail, telephone marketing, product labels, sport venues, and our valuable public spaces.

Sellers are Shrewd. Are Buyers Stupid?
Shoddy products and services, excessive misleading advertising, sales trickery, hidden costs, fine print, credit gouging.You're not a stupid consumer but are you treated like one?

TV Commercials Excessive, Intrusive, Annoying
How much advertising can be put into programming until viewers will no longer watch? Lots it seems as ad length, frequency and intensity increase yearly.

Gambling is a Sick and Greedy Government Tax
Why do elected representatives actively promote gambling when it can be so addictive and destroy lives? They want that revenue! - For their citizens?

Does Commerce Govern Society?
Social justice is not keeping pace with world wide business expansion. As corporations expand globally the world's natural environment and so many of its people are neglected or abused.

Managing Fear, Worry and Stress
Seems like unhappy and anxious times for many today as they angrily honk their horns, gulp down pills, and ram my shopping cart without comment.

Poor, Hungry and Hopeless
Sickness and starvation in a world of wild consumption and great waste is a shameful blot on this rich era in history.

Ads, Contracts and Fine Print
"Accepts no responsibility... Terms are for one year after... Use of this product is entirely... Warranty does not include... Valid only with the activation of... Company reserves the right..."

Selling Bad Health to Kids
Marketing cheap unhealthy junk food to kids is another blight on our prosperous society. It does not make sense. Where is government?

Recycle Questions Need Answers
Recycling efforts of local jurisdictions or businesses can be well below what is required to adequately deal with today's environmental destruction.

Life: Stressful or Simple Happy
How do your days pass? Are they mostly lacking fun and buzzing with just too much to do? Are they filled with upsetting problems or simply wasted?

Shopping Traps and Scams
Consumer tips to watch for. Avoid scams, rip-offs and costly bad purchases. Where has the corporate ethic gone?

Consumption vs Environment  
Consumption: damage, destruction, exhaustion, loss, ruin, waste. Interesting, synonyms for today's popular social occupation of consuming.

Product Quality Disappointing
Shortened life, bad design, high price - low quality, useless features. Inferior products and services are not a rarity in the marketplace today.

Nature, Kids and Family Losing
There is a healthy, free wonderful nature out there. Getting children interested in the outdoors when they take their first steps is a lifetime benefit to them.

Advertising Ethics, Truth and Lies
Lies: false statements intended to deceive; untruths; falsehoods. Consumers beware the words of advertising.

Consumer: Corporate Enemy?
Deceptive ads, sly contracts, unhealthy food marketing, disinformation campaigns, fine print, bad service, switch and bait selling, price gouging, marketing to children!

Store Shopping: Feels Like Theft
Lots of new retail scams popping up. "Our computer must not have been updated." Check that receipt printout for the sale price. 


Relax: Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Depending on your personal situation it may not be all that easy to have a calm day, and a restless night too often lies ahead. But this can be made better.

The Great Advertising Bubble
is everywhere, steering society along the road to a massive garbage dump, and we are paying for this with money and with true life values.

Buying a home: Tips and Traps
Slick ads and fast talk can give the wrong impression about the quality, features and value of that home for sale.

Money, Values and Happiness
It's a hectic routine; after each acquisition sights are set on the next new or better thing to own. And consuming anxiety continues and the need for more money.

Branding Children for Profit
If children are allowed to be brainwashed in any way it should be towards living a healthier and happier life.

Corporate Controlled Media
We get biased reports, excessive advertising and what ever business chooses to dish out. Public broadcasting is so much more useful but lacks the corporate funding.

Worry, Anxiety and Fear Tips
Worry can weaken and sicken us, and turn our days into nightmares if left unchecked

Social Bullying is Big Business
Marketing can be cunning, often convincing us that life will not be OK, unless we buy their product and be 'accepted' by others.

Live and Learn Like Kids
Children know how to apply determination to do what they want to do, like a baby learning to walk. They know how to laugh and have fun...

Greed Maximizes Profit
Marketers can make much more money if they shock, annoy, lie; but would their moms be proud of them?

Bad News Media's Good Stories
The NEWS carries shock for attraction while uplifting stories are few. Here is one inspiring story about acquiring true riches to help others.

Simple Living Neighborhoods
Intentional communities include cohousing communities, residential land trusts, ecovillages, communes, housing cooperatives....

Children, Life and Happiness
Example ideas and little positive gems that can be collected for pleasant travels into a positive future.

Deceptive Food Labels
If you care about your family's health analyze what's written on the label.

Noise Pollution and Health
"There is however, a true music of nature - the song of the birds, the whisper of leaves, the ripple of waters upon a sandy shore, the wail of wind or sea." - John Lubbock

Social Improvement Movement
There is a growing concern regarding the polarized relationships of business-consumer, wealthy-poor, and an increasing commercial bias by governments.

Retail Store Scams
The greedy and hostile treatment of the 'dear valued' customer trends downward.

Food Labels-Ingredients-Additives
Reading food product labels is a must if you are interested in your and your family's health.

Sleepless Society
Solutions that have worked well for grampa with resources.

The Declining Business Ethic
How widespread are questionable or unethical business practices? Very!

Consumer Tips to Save Money
Tips and resources on frugal living, fraud, supermarket shopping, credit and charge cards.

Public Relations Mouthpiece
When discussing a consumer complaint be prepared for a lot of hot air.

Brainwashed Generations
Profit hungry enterprise has targeted kids to keep the ball rolling.

Rich-Poor Gap Very Wide
Unacceptable and inhumane but will our enterprising society take serious action?

TV and Media Fluff Your Local News with accidents, fires, crimes, weather and many commercials






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The Real Big Social Bubble

Commerce and consumption and social stress near the limit?

We may be entering times of great social unrest. There are too many corporations, selling too many products, with too many varieties, too aggressively!

We, who are able to, are consuming too much, resulting great waste and pollution.

There has been some talk of a long term commercial bubble that is strained considerably and about to burst. Perhaps like previous occurrences when business, markets and spending were pushed too high by investment, business and consumer recklessness. They then slumped and later returned to a more normal trend line. While we may again repeat that cycle there is also concern circulating about double dipping to yet new lows and perhaps worse.

Much of the populace is in worry mode about finances, family, and the environment and what lies ahead for our lifestyles and the world in general. These are both confusing and stressful times if we consider some of the negative trends in the way commerce, government and people are acting and interacting. The circumstances this time might be quite different than in earlier serious setbacks as there have been so many social changes for so many years, both positive and negative.

In my 77 years I have seen so many great advances made in living standards, for most; yet there has not been accompanying success in attaining greater social happiness, world peace or eliminating poverty. Over the past decades in the developed world, our society has turned into a consumption monster where more is never enough. So many excesses have been pumped into the way we live under the intense pressure applied by corporate marketing. Commercial interests are now always in the forefront 'encouraging' us onward.

Have we come too far down the wrong path for a gentle turnaround?

The ideology of free enterprise is total devotion to maximizing profits in any manner allowed and increasingly without fairness. There is also a lack of effective laws to control unethical business practices, or the will to enforce those that exist. This infected free enterprise system is allowed to grow with little obstruction and in such a way that social abuse for personal or corporate gain becomes more acceptable with each passing year. Competition for consumers' money, to increase shareholder value, is always a priority. This has some very undesirable effects on society as corporate methods intensify and become less ethical.

The overall results are obvious. We are living in an era of ongoing dissatisfaction with what we have, and with what we must have. We have been told over and over that we need more stuff - and we believe it. Most of us. We are going to pay the price for allowing this, in our living standard values, and with world social distress and environmental deterioration.

Democracy's 'free enterprise' has been too free as it has allowed the corporate world to design our social habits and standards to their liking and financial benefits. We have been programmed to always expect more, much of which is non-essential or promotes unhealthy or stressful living and resulting in great amounts of waste being dumped every day.

Too many, too large corporations are producing and marketing too many goods and services that do not make life better or may even be harmful. The costs of material and wages are wasted when the production is unneeded whereas they could be directed to producing more goods and services that have social and family values, such as in education, health, peace, poverty assistance and world friendly projects. Regularly today newer products and services are unimproved, of poor quality, defective or unworkable and simple junk. But too often it can be sold for no good purpose other than for profit, depleting and spoiling our world's natural resources needlessly.

Can pumping money into a faltering enterprise system, to encourage more buying to boost the economy and markets really help society? Perhaps.

But we must consider some of the material things that are now aggressively merchandised that are excessive in quantity, size, style and cost; proud possessions such as cars, homes, clothes, appliances, gadgets and toys. Increasingly these have too many features so they can be proclaimed 'New and Improved'. There are too many varieties of too many products, which might not differ significantly but will waste more retail space and fill our shelves at home, perhaps to be trashed unused.

And while exorbitant riches may come from this and be too easily or unjustly accumulated for some, others in this world live in devastating and cruel poverty.

A more valued, equitably distributed lifestyle lies ahead for the world's citizens, but not with the underlying commercial and political strategies of today.

Perhaps we will continue this trend another decade or more until it no longer holds together. An unfortunate outcome, but at some point in time consumers will have had enough. They will become dissatisfied with democracy's hang-ups and begin to regret life's stresses used in the processes of acquiring those things which do not make for a better life at all. In very recent years there has been a backlash slowly arising. The serious issues of global warming and environmental deterioration have had increased attention that will hopefully expand significantly.

But to fix this once and for all we also need to return to a more rational way of existing that is satisfying and fair to all, and sustainable. We cannot continue with our high flying market-consume way of living if we want a society that we can feel good about. Simpler living is one prescription, from the super rich corporate executives, athletes and entertainers, down to so many middle class citizens we need to downsize our artificial desires. And the lives of the unfortunate lower class must be improved and poverty eliminated.

This will require a new way of thinking about ourselves and our place in the world and it will be necessary for citizens to voice their dissatisfaction with the commercially oriented society. We must insist on strong and innovative systems of government for all that do not favor corporations and the elite.

Consumers will become dissatisfied with democracy's hang-ups and begin to regret life's stresses used in the processes of acquiring those things which do not make for a better life at all. In very recent years there has been a backlash slowly arising. The serious issues of global warming and environmental deterioration have received increased attention in recent years and hopefully will become mainstream in future social planning.

But restoring normalcy to the artificial aspects of our way of living will involve less commercialism and consumption. Outlawing excessive and deceptive or harmful advertising would be a good start towards long term social healing. Imagine the changes if there were strict regulations in place, with goods and services purchased more wisely, not by persuasion but out of necessity or by word-of-mouth recommendation.

Marketing and consumerism are due for severe trimming, in this decade or perhaps much further on. Profits will shrink, businesses will suffer and markets will drop as we begin to return to a more natural existence.

Sooner or later, quickly and harshly, or gently over time, a simpler and happier society lies ahead.

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Business in Bad Faith

A Crumbling Corporate-Consumer Relationship
Scamming today's consumers appears to be an increasing and ongoing trend in the manner of doing business. Consumers are being abused at various levels of marketing, sales, product quality and support. It is a common buyer experience to make a purchase only to discover that it is not as was presented by the seller, and that there is little or no recourse. Nor is it much of a corporate public relations concern anymore - everyone else is doing it and there are no repercussions worth worrying about.

More often than not, with costly transactions it is not impossible to find someone to write to, or to complain to in person. If there is, frustrated purchasers are easily turned away with scripted words of fluff.

"... the advertisement meets all legal requirements."
"... subject to the ethical standards in the industry."
"... our intent has never been to mislead and I believe our practices are . . ."

Purchasing products or services that increasingly turn out to be much less than what was expected for the price, or just no good at all, is part of the business model. It is commonly expected and too often accepted by shoppers. A tricked buyer's only reaction might be; "It was stupid of me to fall for that one!" And the retailer rings up another bit of profit in yet another underhanded transaction.

So many clever and deceitful techniques flourish in the market place with new ones appearing regularly. Double-dealing is a creative booming business.

I have read of large retailers that were fined for unethical marketing practices like bait and switch. In this scenario you are attracted to a store by an advertisement for a bargain-priced product. Even though you rush to the store on the first day of the sale you discover that the product is sold out or otherwise not available as perceived in the ad. While there you may be tempted to purchase a similar product at the regular price; they expect.

Not much hinders business from using dirty tricks in marketing. On the rare occasion where they are charged and fined the public is unaware. The company will simply tweak the sales technique for the next ploy, to its advantage.

There are many sleazy methods such as deceptive ads, displays and price tags. One must study the complex words and look for double meanings. And then there is the use of fine print that is immensely popular with corporate marketers including many of the largest, most successful companies.

The communications, credit and some large retail corporations quickly come to mind as leaders of the pack.

Admittedly there are still a great many shoppers that do not pay attention to price at all and gladly pay top dollar with little concern if the item or service is overpriced or unsatisfactory. These deficiencies are the retailers' advantage and if it does not work out these customers simply buy something else. The rest of us feel cheated and are upset. We know from experience that an adjustment or rebate may not be a possibility or is not worth the annoying effort required in dealing with the issue.

Such is our free enterprise system, allowing business almost freely to take advantage of individuals. But heck, it's good of commerce.

But that's the way it is, and that is the direction in which a more or less self-regulating market has taken us. And it will continue as sellers want more sales and profits and the competition is vigorous. It is unfortunate that there is little negative publicity about bad business ethic and the dwindling consumer reaction. Thank private media and owners. Shoppers today expect bad treatment in certain industries and must be studious and alert or be sorry.

So the business-consumer relationship continues to evolve in a very negative way.

The 'good old days' is somewhat of a misnomer because so much in our lives is so much better now than then. Some things however, are very much worse.

55 years ago I had just purchased my first car and I was ordering insurance for it, over the phone. After supplying the details to the agent and completing the transaction verbally, I then asked how they considered the information adequate and truthful when not related to them in person.

He replied that the transaction was conducted in good faith.

As I recall businesses were more trustworthy back then and customer complaints were taken seriously. There were easily accessible complaint departments and public relations personnel. A familiar store motto was; "The customer is always right."

Where have these nice business principles gone?

What is good faith? It's trust of course, but what we have in our present day consumer world is bad ethic and greed. I don't long for the good old days but it's time for a corporate trend back to transacting honestly and kindly and in good faith. Positive change will not be happening until the nature of government changes to reflect a deeper interest in citizens rather than in corporations.

Free Enterprise: Free to conduct business and maximize profit in any creative manner, preferably without being convicted of breaking the law. - Grampa Ken

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