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Lost Your iPad? Buy It Back In Alabama

If you want to try to track down your misplaced possessions, try the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama. Just make sure to bring your wallet.

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A Whole Foods Grows In Detroit

Not everyone has the luxury about worrying about the comfort of chickens.

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Elizabeth Warren Vs. Walmart

Champion of the left Senator Elizabeth Warren has been feeling a little “is that all there is?” lately, so she’s decided to take on Wal*mart.

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Thank Goodness for Gratitude: It Bolsters Willpower

It tricky to go shopping and not return with more than you expected. That’s because of Willpower.

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This Is Just To Say

I have purchased
the Crocs

that are in

this picture

and that

I am going to wear

exclusively

until April

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It’s National Singles Day in China, Buy Something!

I walked out of the shower this morning and NPR was like, “Today’s date is November 11th, which is ELEVEN-ELEVEN, ONE-ONE-ONE-ONE…” and I was like, “Wow is this the state of radio today?” I thought they were going to remind me to make a wish.

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The Uniform I’ve Chosen for Myself

Some people express themselves through their clothes; they stretch the parameters of office dress codes with unexpected cuts, vintage menswear, and statement jewelry. I admire those people, but I am not one of them. The last thing that I want to do on a weekday morning, or at anytime, honestly, is think about what to wear, but I still want to look good.

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American Girl Dolls Are Still Expensive (But Not As Expensive As They Could Be)

Are American Girl dolls and their clothes more expensive than they were when the dolls first debuted nearly 30 years ago? (Yes, that’s right: nearly 30 years ago.)

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On Food, Cancer, and the Illusion of Control

The organic spinach costs 70 cents more, and weighs four ounces less. The regular spinach, eaten every week, could make my husband’s cancer come back. Maybe.

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Thing I Did Not Buy On The Internet Today: A Leather Party Hat

“Party Hat” available on Need Supply Co., $80 plus shipping (standard domestic flat rate of $7.95).

A metallic cone party hat from Otaat in premium leather. Crafted from a single piece of cowhide leather and features an interior headband and grosgrain ribbon ties.

• Metallic cone party hat • Interior headband • Grosgrain ribbon ties • 100% cowhide leather • Made in USA

We all live in the shadows of our aspirational selves. Usually my aspirational self resembles the platonic ideal of an Eileen Fisher customer: linen-clad, breezy but mysterious, the host of dinner parties with handmade ceramic plates and nary an elastic chin-string in sight. Today, however, my aspirational self desperately wants to wear this gold, beribboned leather party hat while listening to house music, drinking Coronitas, and reading Wallace Stegner on the couch. All that’s standing in the way of my best life are 80 cold American dollars, which I will, in all likelihood, spend on books and stomach medication instead.

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It Depends on What the Definition of “Unlimited” Is

Were you recently screwed by AT&T? You may have been and don’t even know it; or maybe you noticed that slight burning, achy feeling, but didn’t think there was anything you could do about it. Don’t worry, the FTC has got your back.

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced it is suing AT&T. The commission is charging the carrier for allegedly misleading millions of its smartphone customers by changing the terms while customers were still under contract for “unlimited” data plans that were, well, limited.

“AT&T promised its customers ‘unlimited’ data, and in many instances, it has failed to deliver on that promise,” FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said in a statement. “The issue here is simple: ‘unlimited’ means unlimited.”

In a federal court complaint filing, the FTC says AT&T reduced the data speeds on “unlimited” accounts. The carrier did so by 80 to 90 percent for affected users, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. … The FTC says AT&T began reducing data speeds in 2011 for its unlimited data plan customers. Although the carrier no longer offers unlimited data plans, the FTC estimates AT&T throttled at least 3.5 million unique customers a total of more than 25 million times.

That’s a lot of throttling. No wonder my neck hurts. OK, so maybe AT&T sucks to the point of fraud and deceit. Is it time to switch or are all carriers terrible? As CNET puts it, more tactfully, “there are no guarantees. So all you can do is make your choice, hope for the best, and be your own advocate if you aren’t pleased.” Uh huh. T-Mobile apparently doesn’t do contracts anymore and Sprint has “Framily” plans. Pick your poison.

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