Dec 11, 2014

The snowstorms of youth

"It was one of those Christmas-card snowfalls: big, fluffy flakes coming down in gentle swirls and building up in a soft layer over eveything." --Bill Stokes

Why Paying Off Those Holiday Gifts May Be Harder Than You Think

Buying a Snow Blower vs. Hiring a Plow Guy

Consumer Reports

How to save up to 50 percent on car rental

Consumer Reports

FTC Shutters Wide-Ranging Operation That Perpetrated Phony Mortgage Relief Scam

 Federal Trade Commission

Android 5.0 Lollipop Tips & Tricks


Bank Of America Must Pay Family $1 Million For 5 Years Of Unwanted Robocalls


Couple Tired Of Holiday Package Thefts Fills Box With Excrement, Sets Up Camera


Federal Trade Commission Continues Crackdown on Fad Weight-Loss Products

 Federal Trade Commission

Military Families Besieged By Door-to-Door Alarm Salespeople

ABC News

Here’s Why You Should Always Read The Details Of Free Trials


Why All Those Great Holiday Deals Aren’t Really Great Deals

Dec 1, 2014

Here's what a new car looked like in 1937

Getting new-car fever with all those great holiday car commercials on now? Back in 1937, car commercials played in movie houses and were almost as exciting and glamorous as they are today.
Though vehicles look much different today, one thing hasn't changed for car buyers: If you trying to save your money and stay out of debt, you should buy a used car recommended by Consumer Reports for reliability and fuel economy.

Nov 23, 2014

FCC Proposes Some Consumer Protections As They Inch Closer To Killing Off Copper Landlines


Goldeneye ducks return to Rock River's open water

Goldeneyes generally fly south in late fall. These ducks spend winter as far north as open water can be found. Right now they are on the Rock River and will soon be targeted by returning eagles.

Women Panhandling With Babies


Black Friday 2014: Walmart deals spread over 5 days for 'New Black Friday'

Can Money Buy Happiness? Here’s What Science Has to Say


McAfee - 12 Scams of the Holidays!


5 Areas Where You Can Cut Expenses Today

Only 37% of Americans said that they really want to receive gift cards this year.


You're not only likely to live longer. You're likely to have a healthier retirement too

Heating is the largest expense in the average American home

Price-Matching Scam Had $400 Sony PS4 Selling for $90 at Walmart

Nov 16, 2014

Oct 27, 2014

Camel and Pall Mall Maker Finally Bans Smoking in the Office

Holding hands with the Rock River

Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

Consumer Reports

How to Beat Online Price Discrimination
A new study found that major e-commerce retailers show some users different prices or a different set of results.

Court Shuts Down New York-Based Tech Support Scam Business

Federal Trade Commission

Craigslist scam targets renters

Your Electric Company Will Not Call And Demand Payment By Prepaid Card


Reliable Laptops

Consumer Reports

What should I do if my wallet is lost or stolen?

My Offer Was Accepted; How Can I Back Out?

How to Tell If You’re Safe From Auto Recalls

What You Really Need to Know About When to Buy Flights

Oct 6, 2014

Bogus Ebola Treatments

Consumer Reports

Happiness along the Rock River

A river can tickle our emotions and make us happy!

Oct 5, 2014

GM Recalls Yet Another Half-Million Cars Over Increased Crash Risks


5 ways you're being duped by the labels on whiskey, produce, health food, beer & more

Hey You! Consumerist Is Looking For A Weekend Writer


Hey You! Consumerist Is Looking For A Weekend Writer


Microsoft Windows 10 Brings Back Favorite Features

Consumer Reports

Best Upright And Canister Vacuums - Consumer Reports News

Consumer Reports

How To Save Money On Holiday Gifts

4 ways to win at Social Security


Analysis: Mortgage Rates Fall As Home Price Appreciation Slows

Analysis: Mortgage Rates Fall As Home Price Appreciation Slows

Used Car Prices Are Plummeting. Here’s Why


Don't dare buy a used or new car with checking with Consumer Reports. If you have a library card, you may be able to log onto Consumer Reports from your personal computer. Among other things, Consumer Reports will tell you about car reliability and how much you should pay.

Sep 29, 2014

CONSUMER ALERT: Utility Scams Target Wisconsin Small Businesses

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection

Woodpeckers make homes for many creatures, but they damage human weekly Janesville Gazette Video (No that's not my roof)

Interesting facts about woodpeckers from Wikipedia: "To prevent brain damage from the rapid and repeated impacts, woodpeckers have evolved a number of adaptations to protect the brain. These include small brain size, the orientation of the brain within the skull (which maximises the area of contact between the brain and the skull) and the short duration of contact. The millisecond before contact with wood a thickened nictitating membrane closes, protecting the eye from flying debris. The nostrils are also protected; they are often slit-like and have special feathers to cover them."

Hyundai Hyrdogen Fuel Cell Car Available for Lease-Kiplinger

Hyundai Hyrdogen Fuel Cell Car Available for Lease-Kiplinger:

'via Blog this'

GM Ignition Recall Death Toll Increases Again, 23 Deaths Now Linked To Defective Switches


What to Say to a Colleague Who’s Been Fired

Consider These Things Before Buying a Prepaid Cell Phone

DailyFinance Savings Experiment

Facebook’s New Ad Service Lets Advertisers Get Up Close And Personal Everywhere You Are


How to Get Late Fees Waived, Interest Rates Reduced: Just Ask!

60 Minutes Video - Since 2008, con artists have been filing bogus tax returns and collecting millions -

60 Minutes Video 

Beware of Unauthorized $49.95 Credit Card Charges

Krebs on Security

Sep 21, 2014

Acrobatic swallows can eat, drink, and bathe while flying

11 Tips for Avoiding Casting Scams


Casting scams are common in our communities because there is always a new batch of naive young people who want to be stars.

The Most Counterfeited Products and 8 Ways to Avoid Purchasing Them

Money Talks News

Top 500 U.S. E-Retailers - Sears adds in-vehicle returns and exchanges to curbside options

Internet Retailer

Consumer Federation warns about automobile insurance pricing ‘scheme’

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Procter & Gamble Removes Microbeads From Toothpastes, Still Insists They’re Safe


Do your homework before selecting an online school, some programs are neither legitimate nor accredited

Federal Trade Commission

Consumerist: "Former Peanut Butter Moguls Found Guilty Of Knowingly Shipping Contaminated Food"


Here’s What To Do About the Home Depot Hack

Why Millennials Should Have Kids—and Soon

10 Places Millennials Are Moving For Bigger Paychecks

Sep 15, 2014

Talking to Sandhill Cranes in Janesville

Sandhill cranes are fairly social birds that usually live in pairs or family groups through the year. During migration and winter, non-related cranes come together to form "survival groups" which forage and roost together. Such groups often congregate at migration and winter sites, sometimes in the thousands.--Wikipedia

Top Tailgating Gear | Tailgating Tips

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Sep 8, 2014

Bill Stokes: Everywhere, the young

His writing is reminiscent of Mark Twain and there is a lot of sparkle in his 82-year-old eyes. Bill Stokes was an outdoor writer for the Milwaukee Journal and Chicago Tribune. His newspaper days are over, but thankfully he is working on two new books

10 Social Media Blunders That Cost a Millennial a Job — or Worse

American, Delta Sue Operators Of Travel Clubs


Teen Counterfeiter Blames Crime On “Too Much Freedom” From Mom


Court Summons Scam Emails Carry Malware


6 Tips To Being A Frugal Car Buyer

Knee Defender Puts Blame on Passengers | Air Travel

Consumer Reports

Wearable Technology: Worth Buying Or Waste Of Cash?

Mouse Print* – Sneaky Fine Print

Mouse Print

Google to Refund Consumers at Least $19 Million to Settle FTC Complaint It Unlawfully Billed Parents for Children’s Unauthorized In-App Charges


Sep 1, 2014

Bill Stokes and the wind

Glen Loyd recently spent time with 82-year-old Bill Stokes, Wisconsin's most famous outdoor writer. When the Chicago Tribune hired him, Stokes told the whole midwest about the beauty of the Wisconsin. Bill was with the Trib for ten years, retiring in 1994 at the age of 63. Currently he is writing two books. This is Glen's third video with Bill. The final one comes next week.

Website Hyperlink Alone Does Not Establish User’s Assent to Arbitration Agreement, Ninth Circuit Holds


Used Car Buyers Beware! - Title Washing Is Growing

Auto Channel 

Can a simple phone call really speed up your PC?


5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Yourself in Job Interviews

Get the right blood thinner for an irregular heartbeat Comparing effectiveness, safety, side effects, and price to help you choose the best drug

Consumer Reports

What to do if you downloaded malware from a scam site or allowed a cybercriminal to access your computer

 Consumer Information

Why Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games

How To Counter A Lowball Offer On Your House

Aug 25, 2014

New York Times’s Digital Subscription Growth Story May Be Ending


40% of transfer students lost their old college credit. Here's how to keep it

Bill Stokes on Horicon Marsh .

Bill Stokes on Horicon Marsh - YouTube: ""
82-year-old Bill Stokes is Wisconsin's most famous outdoor writer. He was hired away from the Milwaukee Journal to become a columnist for the Chicago Tribune.

One of Stokes' Tribune articles told Midwest readers about the major rivers in Wisconsin, including our Rock River. He also wrote a series about paddling the Rock River from its origins north of Horicon Marsh.

Stokes told me about the trip and read from his book entitled, "The River Is Us,"  a collection of nature essays he wrote for the Chicago Tribune's OPED page.

Retirees Fare Poorly in Pension Advance Deals


What Bank of America Did to Warrant a $17 Billion Penalty

Creator Of “Your Baby Can Read” Program Settles False Advertising Charges


Following Deaths Of 2 Children, 2.2 Million Bean Bags Recalled


Worst Mistakes People Make In Their 20s

Worst Mistakes People Make In Their 20s 

Inmates charged in tax fraud scheme

Bankrate, Inc

‘Google for Kids’ Is Coming

Most Fun to Drive | Driving Enjoyment

Consumer Reports

Home Remedies for Back Pain | Do They Work?

 Consumer Reports

Get Rich Quick Schemes Move to Social Media


Aug 16, 2014

Bill Stokes at home

Glen Loyd talks to 82-year-old Bill Stokes who made a career out of writing about outdoor Wisconsin. Stokes has written six books including "The River Is Us", and coauthored three more including "Wisconsin's Rustic Roads."  And stokes was a columnist for the Wisconsin State Journal, Milwaukee Journal, and the Chicago Tribune. He's now working on two more books: a novel and a career memoir.

Regulations Help To Rein In Runaway For-Profit Colleges, But Schools Still Find Loopholes


What You Can Do About Facebook Tracking


“As Seen on TV” Company Telebrands Sued by NJ


Best Vanilla Ice Cream

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Best Ways to Control Mosquitoes and Ticks

 Consumer Reports

2 Bargain Sound Bar Speakers that Will Pump Up Your TV Sound

 Consumer Reports

Aug 2, 2014

Wisconsin do-not-call list offers permanent registration

Public Investigator

Eagles as common as robins?

Bob Anderson of the Raptor Resource Project in Decorah, Iowa tracks an eagle to the Polar Circle and speculates on the growing eagle popluations of Iowa and Wisconsin.

Former Work-At-Home Schemer Hid Assets From FTC, Must Now Pay Previously Suspended $26.9M Fine


Jul 27, 2014

WI photographer spends weeks tracking fox kits

Wisconsin consumer writes to me about a grandpa scam he didn't fall for

 Hi Glen.
Scammer called saying he was a grandson of mine. Said he had gotten drunk,
ended up in Florida, had an accident and could I help.
Red flag immediately went up and I asked to talk to his lawyer, asked him
for a contact number but phone beeped and that was that.

5 Great, Cheap Headphones for Back to School

Consumer Reports

Whole Foods Recalls Dozens Of Products Containing Potentially Listeria-Ridden Fruit


Cruise Ship Passengers Tell Senators Their Horror Stories During Committee Hearing On Industry Safety


There’s no shortage of ads promising quick & easy weight loss w/o diet or exercise. But the claims just aren’t true::


The Latest In Wearable Fitness: A Wristband That Shocks You For Not Exercising Enough


Sunless Tanners - Consumer Reports Video Hub

Consumer Reports Video Hub

Man Who Tried To Rob Pizzeria Sues Restaurant For $260K, Claiming Unnecessary Roughness


Watch Out For IRS Scam | Fraud Continues Beyond Tax Season

 Consumer Reports

The Do's and Don'ts of Using Facebook for Business [Infographic]


Car safety technology: What’s available today, and how it’s trickling down to more models


Tourist Scams to Watch Out for This Summer


6 more recalls at GM: See if your car’s on the list


Landlord Relationship Advice – Relationship with Landlord

Jul 20, 2014

Answer Cycle: Solutions To 4 Common Laundry Problems


Journey to Glen Loyd Island and see deer, blue herons and butterflies

It may have been for fun when a Rock County, WI Parks maintenance worker named an island after me, but I'm taking it seriously!

10 things home-improvement stores won’t tell you


3 On Your Side: Is Your Car Spying On You?

 CBS Philly

5 reasons you shouldn't buy a brand-new car

Company To Refund Consumers $3.5M Because Cactus Juice Isn’t “Inflammation Relief Without A Prescription”


Door-to-door sales of security systems scamming Wisconsin consumers


US Airlines “Free Ticket” Offer Leads to High Pressure Vacation Seminars


How to find great used-car deals

 Columnist - Autos - MSN CA

Yes, There Is A Toaster That Will Toast Your Likeness Onto Bread


Lowe's Shopping Advice | Home Product Reviews

 Consumer Reports

Prep Before You Paint | Exterior Paint Reviews

 Consumer Reports

Jun 29, 2014

$3 movies all summer

AMC Theatres

Flying insects harrass whooping cranes and eagles

Why Senior Travel Discounts Aren’t Always the Best Deal


New Law Would Give USDA Authority To Recall Contaminated Meat & Eggs


Red Cross Raised More Than $300 Million After Hurricane Sandy: How Did They Spend It?


‘Employee Of The Year’ Postal Inspector Charged With Stealing Passports, Pills, Playboys From Packages


Gut Check: A Reference Guide for Media on Spotting False Weight Loss Claims


Pay With Phone: Questions to Ask Before You Do It


Have the kids in a summer day camp? Hold on to the receipts. The IRS counts this toward your child care credit claim



Consumer World

BBB Warns of Robocalls


Fake Package Delivery Emails Carry a Virus


Your 4 Favorite Things to Eat & Drink Are Getting More Expensive

Jun 22, 2014

Decorah eagle babies talk take flight

Keep Your Passwords Safe and Manageable

Consumer Reports

Target 2: Driveway Crew Scams Thousands from Brown County Woman


Keep Your Children Safe Online This Summer


“This Looks Like My Hearing Aid”: What Happens When The Older Set Tries Google Glass


Invited to attend a destination wedding? Use this one word, if it's a budget-buster

Sophisticated scammers pose as IRS agents


VIDEO: Our testers watch #paint dry so you don't have to--here are our top interior paints

Consumer Reports

Money alleges: "The Worst Dropout Factories and Diploma Mills: Is Your School on the List?"


Consumer Reports Calls for Ban on “Natural” on Labels

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Ford Overstated MPGs on 6 Cars; Will Pay Back Buyers

Campbell Facing Lawsuit Over Deceptive V8 Juice Drink Marketing

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Jun 15, 2014

Secrets of the Green Heron

Wikipedia says that green herons are one of the few species of animals known to use tools. Here's a hard-to-find green heron in Rock County. The bottom video lets us actually see a green heron fishing with bread crumbs

Jun 8, 2014

Wisconsin Wildflowers

Don't judge Wisconsin wildflowers by some of their names: skunk cabbage, blood root and hepatica, named after the Latin word for liver. These flowers are beautiful no matter what you call them!

BBB Offers Tips on Hiring Lawn Care Services


Saving Money Secrets Of Rich And Frugal

Ninth Circuit opinion offers insights into illegal pyramid schemes

 BCP Business Center

Maureen Dowd Says Her Pot-Munching Experience Was “Ill-Advised.

I agree with Maureen Dowd and feel that pot is not good for you!

"Chrysler Recalls More Than 10,000 SUVs Because Cruise-Control Is Supposed To Be Controlled," says The Consumerst


SEC Fines Brokerage Firm $2M For Improper Use Of Customer Data


WCPO:alleges "Movers tell woman: Pay more or we won't deliver"

This can happen in your hometown, too.

"For-Profit Schools Are More Flexible & Convenient Than Community Colleges, But Can Land You In Debt Hell,"says The Consumerist


The “consumer groups” opposing net neutrality? Actually funded by the cell industry?


The Big Mistake More Car Buyers Are Making

10 Tips For Getting Rid Of The Junk In Your Life


Your Grocery Store May Soon Be Cut in Half

Don’t Let A Hacker Hold Your Phone for Ransom


May 11, 2014

Prediction: By 2020, 9 in 10 who have health insurance through work now will buy plans from exchange

 Bankrate, Inc

Bird babies/Glen Loyd videos

Great grandmother loved birds as much as we do. Here are bird babies from her time.

WI Gov. Lucey was my first TV interview and led to a friendship with the outrageous Stanley Siegal

Wisconsin Gov. Patrick Lucey was my first television interview when we started the news at WLUK-TV in Green Bay in 1971.
Our well-read, creative, funny, and outrageous TV-11 anchor Stanley Siegal had set up the interview for himself and was kind enough to let me interview Lucey on a different topic. I had come from investigative print journalism in Chicago and Stanley took me under wing and helped me learn tabloid TV. Like a grade school teacher, Stan made me spit out my gum before the interview and gave me other helpful tips. It was the start of a long friendship.
When Stan was fired at TV-11, his career began to skyrocket and ended up as a star in New York City with TV talks shows on WABC and WCBS. He also spread the word about the things I was doing at WLUK-TV and I began to get offers from major cities. One of those offers was from KDFW-TV in Dallas, Texas and I became the Action 4 reporter there and started making headlines as I had done in Wisconsin.
I owe a lot to Stan and other mentors at WLUK. Although I was successful in Dallas and won major reporting awards, I eventually came back to WLUK where the staff was younger but could challenge major markets in reporting, photography, and producing. It was more fun and friendly in the Green Bay TV market.
Stanley invited me on his New York talk show in the late 1970's. Waiting in the Green Room, I chatted with famous heart surgeon Michael E. Debakey and Joe Torre, manager of the New York Yankees. When it was my turn, Stanley asked me to describe his firing at TV-11 the day after he dunked himself into a bathtub full of Jello so he could tell what it would be like to be a maraschino cherry.
Stan and I were pals, and I had helped him with the stunt. When he was fired, Kaaps, his favorite restaurant in Green Bay, wouldn't take his check anymore. I invited him to my house for dinner. When my two little children had gone to bed and my wife was cleaning up in the kitchen, Stan began to cry. He told me I was fortunate to have a family. He said he was so ambitious that he would probably never have one of his own.
After very successful runs on WABC-TV and WCBS-TV in New York, Stanley continued on in cable TV and now produces his travel show called "On the go with Stanley Seigel" in Los Angeles. His lives in a hotel near Beverly Hills.
For more on the birth of WLUK-TV's outrageous newscast, listen to TV-11 historian and former sports anchor Bob Schulze:
"We knew the audience had to have some compelling reason to watch a new newscast when they already were comfortable with what they were viewing on TV-2 and 5. We wanted to make viewers uncomfortable if they failed to tune in. The answer was a newscast so 'off the wall' in its approach that it would be the topic of conversation the next day around the water cooler at work. If you hadn't watched, you didn't know what they were talking about. You were out of the loop. You weren't with it.
Being with it started with Stanley Siegel. Stanley was the son of a rich southern California banking family. He was ahead of his time, if that time ever came. Try to imagine the skits on Saturday Night Live (a late-night network comedy show that would debut later on NBC) done as semi-serious news.
We tried for comic, timely openings to the newscasts that bordered on the absurd.
In one of the most memorable, we came out of a World War II network movie to three of us [including co-anchor Ray Wheeler] on set in Nazi uniforms. "If the Germans had won the war," Stanley intoned, "this is how your news might look." My contribution that night: "Der ver two hafs to die Packer-Raider game today. Die furst haf vas very interesting. Die udder haf vas yucky."
On another Monday night, the first season for ABC's Monday Night Football and the first of those games in Green Bay, we parodied the television game show I've Got a Secret. The three of us were in silhouette as we did our best to imitate ABC's controversial and colorful sportscaster. When we got to the fourth person on the set, the lights came up. It was him.
"Good evening everyone. I am Howard Cosell, and this is TV-11 News."
Nothing was too outrageous for Stan. How about eating dog food to check out the diet of man's best friend? Or driving a Volkswagen into a lake to see if it really did float the way they showed in the television commercials? Arm wrestling George Wallace, the notorious racist governor of Alabama and a presidential candidate? Challenging Senator Bill Proxmire, a physical fitness freak, to see who could do the most push-ups? Rolling out competitive toilet tissues the length of Lambeau Field to see which really gave you more for your money? Going through the garbage of Green Bay's most famous and finding a bunch of booze bottles in the trash of a competing anchor? Stanley applying massive quantities of Nair to his hairy legs to see what women had to put up with as part of their beauty ritual? Trying to chip his way out of a block of ice to verify the strength of a Bic pen? Having a train at the Railroad Museum crash into a piece of American Tourister luggage to see how tough it was? Or submerging himself in a bathtub full of Jello so he could envision what it would be like to be a maraschino cherry?It wasn't a surprise a year-and-a-half into our run that he was gone. In November of 1972, he hooked on with a station in Nashville where he was soon notorious enough to earn a guest spot on the syndicated Hee-Haw show. His next stop was his own talk show in New York City. His very personal, live-on-the-air sessions with his shrink were enough to briefly put him ahead of Phil Donahue, the biggest name in the country at the time."

Apr 27, 2014

Watch Out For Car-Flippers Who Pretend To Be Private Sellers

Some of these car-flippers will use their mother, wife or girl friend to sell cars. This happened in northeast Wisconsin with a ring of skunks rolling back odometers.

Best Products for $15 or Less

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Flash flood and wild critters at majestic Zion National Park

My Janesville Gazette video this week. Janesville tourists will visit Zion National Park this fall.

10 Dogs Most Often Blacklisted By Insurers

Do these 4 drug ads tell the truth? Here's what they promise and what Consumer Reports cautions


Nissan Touts First Self-Cleaning Car After Testing Water, Mud Resistant Paint


You Can Control Windows 8 with Your Voice. Here's How.


BBB Advising Couples Looking to Get Married to Choose the Right Photographer

Former Comcast and Verizon Attorneys Now Manage the FCC and Are About to Kill the Internet


Does Anyone Like the FCC’s Proposed Net Neutrality Rules?


What If Your Tax Refund Is Wrong?

New Vulnerability Hits Internet Explorer, and It’s Serious


Lotto Scam Poses as Consumer Protection Bureau


2015 Dodge Challenger preview

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