Topic: The Story of Stuff

What is the Story of Stuff?

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

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That was great Solo, thanks!

In man's analysis and understanding of himself, it is as well to know from whence he came as whither he is going.   Edgar Cayce

Beliefs are tools for social conditioning, rather than expressions of inner realization or inner truth.   unknown
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What a find, Soloflecks!  And very timely with the holidays just around the corner.  While I was watching it I thought about emailing it around to some people and then had second thoughts because I didn't want to bum them out and leave them feeling powerless.  But after seeing the end and all the suggestions about what a person CAN do I've changed my mind again, especially after reading #3 here:

And given the time of year, I think #10 is great.  THINK before you buy.  Or don't buy at all.

The greatest gift truly is the gift of time, isn't it.  It's the most valuable thing we have at our disposal.  Reminder to self...spend it wisely.  I'm glad I spent 20 of my minutes watching this.  It was well worth the investment.  It's very effective and really puts things in perspective.

Thanks, Solo.

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It's so depressing to buy anything nowadays.  Every label says "Made in China".  Not being a shopper I hadn't realized how bad it was and how prices have fallen over the past 5 years on clothing, appliances, and "stuff".  That's how folks are still buying on less wages than ever (for the US).  And the same stuff at a high end store is priced up to make one think they're buying quality.  The workmanship is poor, and the stuff may be contaminated with toxic chemicals.  Not a good situation at all and getting worse daily.  I mean, when Colorado (Denver) is importing effing boulders.......that turn out to be substandard.......well it's a bit surreal.

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I just found this movie. It's 20 minutes of your life well spent. No pun intended.