Please Continue Shopping.

It's hard to be optimistic on Black Friday. The malls are a madhouse, so many of my fellow north americans acting like puppets on casino capitialism's stage.

But not everyone's at the mall, there are those who are protesting againt the puppetmasters and some folks just have better things to do like a walk with the dog [yum] or cleaning the gutters [yuck].

We, the 99%, hold all the cards but allow ourselves to be deluded and divided. Every exchange is driven by demand. Supply rises to meet that demand. We, the demanders, are the driving force behind the destruction of the planet's enviroment, behind the inequities that create starving children in Sudan and gluttonous consumption at the malls here. We, the demanders, create the 1% with our endless consumption.

"We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because this is more comfortable." -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Will Shopping Save Us? - Shopping may be our real national pastime, but it comes at a price that is not advertised in the malls.