Marketplace for Thursday, November 28, 2013

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The consternation over Black Friday's creeping into Thanksgiving might lead you to believe Thanksgiving has always been a sacred (though secular) space for Americans. Yeah. Not so much. Then,  we look at the economics of food philanthropy. Clothing retailer H&M says it's developing a plan to ensure that the people that make their clothes will earn a living wage by 2018.  This week, a judge ruled that Sriracha-maker Huy Fong Foods had to partially shut down because of offensive orders coming from their Southern California factory. And, five years on from the worst of the foreclosure crisis, the federal government still owns close to 200,000 homes not yet on the market. Rowan Moore Gerety reports. 

'Thaksinomics' tries again in Thailand

What's been the impact of populism in Thailand?
Posted In: Thailand, populism, protests

An economic turkey throwdown

You may know former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker as the guy who tamed inflation, but apparently, he cooks a mean Thanksgiving turkey.
Posted In: turkey, cooking, recipes, Paul Volcker, austan goolsbee

Will H&M make good on its "living wage" promise?

Clothing-retailer H&M has said it's drafting a plan to pay its textile worker a "living wage" by 2018.
Posted In: garment factory, clothing, international, retailer

Why Thanksgivukkah = marketing gold!

The intersection of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah make for huge marketing opportunities.
Posted In: thanksgivukkah, holidays, family, tradition, marketing

Tenants fight to stay in foreclosed homes

Nearly half of people living in foreclosed homes are actually renters
Posted In: foreclosure, mortgage, real estate, foreclosed

At food banks, digital donations go farther

While food banks would never turn away that can of about-to-expire lima beans, those donations come with a lot of overhead.
Posted In: food banks, Charity, fundraising, homeless

Sriracha factory feeling heat from its neighbors

Sriracha hot sauce’s unique burn has been drifting out of its factory and into the surrounding neighborhood of Irwindale, CA.
Posted In: Sriracha, shutdown, Environment
People crowd the first floor of a Macy's before the store's midnight opening that kicks off the "Black Friday" shopping weekend. A social-media campaign to boycott Black Friday in protest of events in Ferguson, Missouri, has begun to take shape.

Shopping: As American as apple pie on Thanksgiving

Stores are opening up earlier than ever this Thanksgiving, in an effort to lure shoppers. Not everyone is happy about it.
Posted In: Thanksgiving, Retail, shopping, Black Friday

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Palace Chalice
Mux Mool
Deviant Device
The Juan Maclean
Shooting Holes
Twin Shadow
Sunday (Instrumental)
9th Wonder
Faithful (Instrumental)
Anwarrior
Digital Dub
Daft Punk