Sep 25, 2011

FTC Asks Court To Halt Defendant from Impersonating Federal Agencies While Steering Consumers to Mortgage, Tax, and Debt Relief Services

I contacted the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association about similar questionable ads running on some--not all-- Wisconsin radio stations and asked them to run public service ads warning consumers. They said no. Here is exactly what they said: "We understand the request and the concerns but we are not in a position to run ads questioning the honesty of our advertisers.  We'd rather handle upfront with clients as they come in."  My opinion: Some out of state advertisers and some Wisconsin broadcasters are preying on people in Wisconsin who already have more than their share of trouble.  Shame!

The honest business people in Wisconsin who advertise on these stations lose credibility when lumped in with the dishonest out of staters. I would not advertise on these stations

 Dishonest advertising is bad for consumers, business and broadcasters.  The Better Business Bureau  wasn't created by the consuming public or government. The BBB was created by businessmen losing money because of  skeptical buyers.


Allegation:H&R Block Goofs On My Tax Return, Won't Honor Guarantee To Reimburse Me After IRS Audit

The Consumerist

Bed bugs chemicals making some people ill

Colleges, alumni groups selling personal information Austin

Allegation: Gold's Closes Your Gym, Traps You In Contract Anyway - The Consumerist

The Consumerist

Common Sense can Foil Copper Thieves

Arnold, MO Patch

Young becoming "lost generation" amid recession

CBS News

First look video: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

Consumer Reports

Debt Collectors Fighting Laws Aimed At Making Them Do Their Jobs Properly

The Consumerist

Child care costs are killing us


5 red flags to bust a used car-buying scam


Family of psychics charged with tricking victims out of $40 million

This ripoff happens in Wisconsin, too. Victims may be older people in pain or younger people trying to get back lost loves. Spirited away - WWW.THEDAILY.COM

Sep 18, 2011

The Rise of Tattoo Remorse: Heavy Cost to Erase What’s Often an Impulse Decision

"Pure luminous color fighting the silent shadows until the last"

The last line of a Walt Whitman poem reminds us that a beautiful sunset is a struggle between light and darkness. Darkness always wins, but for a brief moment beauty reigns. As Whitman wrote, "Pure luminous color fighting the silent shadows until the last."
Enjoy Whitman's poem read by a person with an exquisite voice. And see the luminous colors of a stormy Southern Wisconsin sunset.

Insulin nasal spray may slow Alzheimer's

Apples and pears may prevent stroke

consumer reports

Changing your major even just once can add on a year of school.

Dont be fooled by these 5 mortgage scams

Hedging 7 big retirement risks

Fewer homes for sale doesn't necessarily mean improved market

Weight-Loss Surgery Led To Woman Losing Her Legs

CBS Chicago

Find Your Lost Furry Friends With A GPS Collar That Tracks Your Missing Pet

The Consumerist

Who's Had the Worst Recession: Boomers, Millennials, or Gen-Xers?

The Atlantic

Social Security pays millions in benefits to deceased


Where's My Super-Cheap Mortgage?

No, phone app can't cure acne,

ConsumerMan -

Sep 3, 2011

Janesville girl welcomed to Maryland by earthquake and chased home by hurricane

A nine-year-old girl from Janesville recently traveled to the Chesapeake Bay area of Southern Maryland to get acquainted with an aunt and uncle and cousins she had never met. The trip started with an earthquake and ended with a hurricane, but mostly it was family fun. The Van Buren fourth grader saw the Washington Monument just after it developed cracks and she had to leave five hours earlier than planned to escape Irene. Her Maryland family said they wished they had left, too, because their property was getting beat up and they didn't have electricity

82-Year-Old Father of the Cell Phone Buys New Smartphone

Government Agencies Are Big Targets For Phone Bill Cramming

The Consumerist

CVS Pharmacy Settles $2 Million Wights and Measures Consumer Lawsuit

Sierra Madre, CA Patch:

$13,698 to Unclog a Toilet in Wisconsin?

Courthouse News Service:

Five freeware gems for Windows

CNET News:

Just ignore those dings and dents -- your bill is in the mail

Passenger rights when flights are canceled - Travel - Travel Tips

Facebook makes privacy controls easier to use

WGN Radio:

New ADT Sales Tactic: Cold-Call People, Frighten Them


Sprint Raises Early Termination Fees