Dec 26, 2016

Guide to Returning Gifts

 Consumer Reports

College Enrollment Dips as More Adults Ditch Degrees for Jobs

 Fortune.com

Season’s greetings from the birds


Glen Loyd's Christmas video is full of wonderful birds, and the music is Carol of the Bells. Wikipedia says Carol of the Bells is based on Ukrainian folk chants...a swallow files into a home proclaiming the family will have bountiful new year.

Why Most People Quit Their Jobs

MONEY

Go to the Wrong Hospital and You’re 3 Times More Likely to Die

The New York Times

Federal Reserve Interest Rate Hike: Winners And Losers

 Bankrate.com

Consumer Reports on Twitter: "A growing number of older Americans are having their Social Security income garnished to pay off student debt

Consumer Reports 

Angelina Jolie’s 2013 Breast Cancer Op-Ed Cost $14 Million in Unnecessary Health Care Spending

MONEY

Ways You Could Get an E. Coli Infection From Flour

 Consumer Reports

In a first, Consumer Reports won’t recommend Apple’s newest MacBook Pros over battery issues - Recode

IConsumer Reports

Dec 18, 2016

Decorah eagles poisoned and electrocuted



The famous Decorah eagles and a back-up pair have returned to their nests, mating and getting ready for the next batch of babies expected early next year.
The eggs and eaglets will be monitored closely because only one in 10 eagles survives to adulthood. At least 5 Decorah eagles have been electrocuted on power lines.
And this year, only two of the five hatched survived. One juvenile was hit by a car while going after road kill. And a mother and her eaglet were unintentionally poisoned by the insecticide Methomyl. The Resource Raptor Project (RRP) is doing public information programs about Methomyl and is working with power companies to make their lines safer for birds.

Cub Cadet Snow Blower Blows Away the Competition

 Consumer Reports

Guide to Returning Gifts

Consumer Reports

Settlements Allow Auto Dealers To Continue Selling Unrepaired Recalled Vehicles As “Safe”

Consumerist

FTC Providing Over $88 Million in Refunds to AT&T Customers Who Were Subjected to Mobile Cramming

FTC

Fake Windows Defender Prevented Malicious Software Scam Removal Guide

 Bleeping Computer

Best Treatment for Bladder Leaks

Consumer Reports

Gift Card Scam: Crooks Can Drain the Money

 Consumer Reports

The Last-Minute Gift Guide From Consumerist and Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports

Dec 12, 2016

Lawsuit: Sears, JCPenney, Kohl’s & Macy’s Misled Consumers On Sale Prices

Consumerist

Malicious Android Apps Have Taken Over More Than 1M Google Accounts

Consumerist

See the attack of the giant two-headed bird!


You will see a two-headed bird in my video, but it really features movie star Kerwin Mathews from Wisconsin. Turner Classic Movies recently had a Mathews film festival.  In addition to acting in plays in Janesville, Beloit and Milton, he performed with Paul Newman at Lake Geneva, WI.  Later in the movies, Mathews worked with Spencer Tracey and Frank Sinatra on The Devil at 4 O’Clock  and Ernest Borgnine and Colleen Dewhurst on Man on a String. His TV appearances include Space Patrol, Playhouse 90, and The Ford Playhouse Theater.

Opinion: Most Advertised Baby Food Not Nutritious

Truth In Advertising

Dec 5, 2016

Wendy’s Will Give You Unlimited Frostys Next Year For Just $2

MONEY

Eagles, coots, goldeneye ducks and the Monterey Dam


The Rock River is an international flyway for birds. Local eagles in Janesville are happy when small diving birds drop by during winter. But I'm among local residents concerned about how the removal of the damaged Monterey dam might effect the bird and fishing habitats and the river's beauty and depth.

Top Gifts for Moms

 Consumer Reports

Half of Americans Don’t Have a Will. Here’s How to Fix That for Your Family

MONEY

The Crazy Way This Janitor Made $271,000 Last Year

MONEY

Why You Should Think Twice About Signing Any Online Petition

 MONEY

At-Home Colon Cancer Tests

 Consumer Reports

Healing Foods for Common Ailments

Consumer Reports

The Real Price of Buying Tires

 Consumer Reports

8 Products on Deep Discount in December

Consumer Reports

‘DirecTV Now’ Streaming Service Will Launch Nov. 30; Starting At $35 For 60 Channels

Consumerist

Scammers Ran A Fake U.S. Embassy In Ghana For A Decade Before Being Shut Down

 Consumerist

Former JCPenney CEO: Sales Have Become A Cancer

Consumerist

How to Check iPhone 6s for Battery Shutdown Problem

 Consumer Reports

These cars have Life-Saving Child Reminders

 Consumer Reports

How to Check iPhone 6s for Battery Shutdown Problem

Consumer Reports

Nov 20, 2016

Full moon encourages frog romance


While the big moon beamed this week, I reprised two moon videos I made several years ago. The refreshed stories are about the moon's relationship to earth and the spell its casts on frogs.

Top Gifts Under $50

 Consumer Reports

2017 Kia Cadenza Sedan Grows, Stays Classy

 Consumer Reports

How to Pick a Health Plan in 15 Minutes or Less

 MONEY

How to Watch All the TV You Want Without Paying a Cable Bil

 MONEY

Dodge Ram Owners Accuse Chrysler Of Cheating On Emissions

Consumerist

How to Prevent a Kitchen Fire This Thanksgiving

ConsumerReports

2017 Subaru Impreza Bodes Well for Brand's Future

Consumer Reports

How to Get High-Quality, Low-Cost Healthcare

 Consumer Reports

A Surprising Way to Limit Your Student Debt

Consumer Reports

Best Frozen Appetizers and Party Foods. You can enjoy your appetizers with no New Year’s regrets if you choose from these tantalizing treats

Consumer Reports

Nov 14, 2016

Red-tailed hawk grooms by gurgling stream


The stream you'll see in Glen Loyd's video springs from the ground near his home in Madison, WI empties into Lake Wingra which empties into the Rock River which passes by his studio in Janesville and finally empties into the Mississippi at Rock Island Illinois.

New Emissions-Cheating “Defeat Device” Reportedly Found In Audi Vehicles

 Consumerist

Toyota To Pay $3.4 Billion To Fix Trucks With Corrosion Issues

Consumerist:

Americans Love to Give Gift Cards, But Hate to Get Them

 MONEY

Opinion: Why You Shouldn't Buy a 15-inch Consumer Laptop

 Laptop

PayPal users falling for official-looking email scam

Komando.com

8 Toxic Foods for Dogs

Consumer Reports

Do Genetic Tests Make Sense for You?

 Consumer Reports

2017 Medicare Premiums for Some to Rise 10%, a Reprieve From Possible 20%

 MONEY

Why Smart Shoppers Should Ignore All Those 40% Off Discounts

MONEY

My Coworker Is ‘Borrowing’ Money From the Company Without Them Knowing

MONEY

How to Prevent Fear of Spending From Spoiling Your Retirement

 MONEY

My Pillow Settles Consumer Lawsuit Over Health Claims for $1 Million

Consumer Report

Nov 6, 2016

Slimed!


Turned off by slimy slugs and snails? Children's book writer Beatrix Potter wasn't. she studied and sketched them. And put them in her books. Glen Loyd has been trailing some of these creature

Here’s When You Can Save the Most Money Buying a TV

 MONEY

Buying at a Used Car Auction? What You Don’t Know Could Kill You

The New York Times

Bogus Claims of ‘Organic’ Cosmetics Mislead Consumers | EWG

EWG

19 things you didn't know you could wash in the dishwasher | Clark Howard

 Clark Howard

Safety Agency, Samsung Recall 2.8 Million Top-Loading Washing Machines - Consumer Reports

 Consumer Reports

Liver Damage From Supplements Is on the Rise

 Consumer Reports

A 6-Step Survival Guide for Living in a Big City

 MONEY

How to Lower Your Utility Bills This Winter - Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports

We've been using these cameras since they hit stores earlier this month and have found a lot to like.

New GoPro Action Cameras First Look - Consumer Reports:

Oct 31, 2016

AT&T Mines, Sells Customer Metadata to Police

 Consumer Reports

Toddler loves autumn leaves


A turkey is a funny bird.
Its head goes wobble, wobble wobble.
And it knows just one word, gobble, gobble gobble.

Glen Loyd has fall colors, turkeys and a happy toddler.

5 Ways To Know If It's A Publishers Clearing House Scam!

PCH Blog

Feds Shut Down Telemarketing Scam That Pitched Money-Making Schemes & Bogus Grants

Consumerist

Beware "Windows is Blocked" Tech Scam; How to Remove

Lawrence Abrams

AT&T's DirecTV Without Dish Now Looking Like a Bargain for Consumers. Will have 100 channels and cost just $35 a month.

Consumer Reports

2017 Cadillac XT5 Review

Consumer Reports

The Best Large-Screen Smartphones: These mega-screened smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Motorola, and more all get the nod from Consumer Reports' testers

Consumer Reports

The Inside Story Of How Samsung Botched The Galaxy Note 7 Recall

 Consumerist

"Many Ikea appliances are stylish, sleek and affordable-- but how do they perform?

Consumer Reports 

Oct 16, 2016

Decorah eagles leave nest


The Decorah, Iowa eagle parents  stay close to home in the winter, but their offspring may travel as far as the arctic circle. Glen Loyd has an update on the Decorah eagles born last winter. The video comes from the live eagle cam of the Raptor Resource Project and was recorded by Eagle Whisperer 18. Glen edited the video.

What to Do When Getting a Knee or Hip Replaced

 Consumer Reports

The Best Travel Deal Sites, According to a Consumer Advocate

 MONEY

Is Dental Insurance Worth the Cost?

 Money Talks News

Study reveals: iPhone 7's awful battery life

Digital Journal

'We have your daughter': A virtual kidnapping and a mother's five hours of hell

Stuff.co.nz

I-TEAM: Best Buy Hit With $3.8 Million Penalty For Selling Recall

Wandtv.com, NewsCenter17, Central Illinois News

“Blank deposit slip” scam is a new twist on an old fraud

Fraud.org

2017 Honda CR-V Is Bigger and Better Equipped - Consumer Reports

 Consumer Reports

The Best Frying Pan You Can Buy for $35

Consumer Reports

How Much Should You Leave to Your Kids?

MONEY

Oct 9, 2016

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin - YouTube

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The old Tale of Squirrel Nutkin has something in common
with professional football and Presidential debates.

How to Choose the Right Car Tires

Consumer Reports

Costco Should Pay $5.5 Million for Selling Fake Tiffany Rings, Jury Says

 MONEY

Former NBA Star Antoine Walker On His Bankruptcy

Bankrate.com

New IRS Email Scam Sends Notices of Balance Due

NASDAQ.com

The Best Laundry Stain Remover of 2016

Your Best Digs

Searching for Celebrities Comes with Malware Risks

 Intel Newsroom

Auto Insurers Charge Perfect Drivers with Moderate-Income More Than High-Income Customers With Recent Accidents

Consumer Federation

DirecTV Now Streaming Service Will Have Some Limits

Consumer Reports

Tattoo Removal Made Easier

Consumer Reports

Samsung says it's 'working diligently' as fifth replacement Note 7 burns

The Verge

E-Cigarette Explosions Are More Common Than Previously Thought, Report Says

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports on Twitter: "Getting the annual flu vaccine during pregnancy not only protects the mom, but safeguards the newborn, too

Consumer Reports



'via Blog this'

Oct 3, 2016

Amazon Says It Puts Customers First. But Its Pricing Algorithm Doesn’t

 ProPublica

Did Wells Fargo Target Seniors? Lawmakers Want To Find Out

 Consumerist

Wisconsin writer Bill Stokes' 85th birthday (within the video you can click (i) which links to videos of Bill's writing)


Bill Stokes, one of Wisconsin's foremost outdoor writers, is celebrating his 85th birthday. But I have a present for you readers. First (below) is one of Bill's  vintage newspaper articles (courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.) And above, a video of Bill's birthday party with his family in Mazomanie, WI.

Saying Goodbye
A Dying Doctor`s Reflections On His Profession And On His Life
January 09, 1987|By Bill Stokes, Chicago Tribune
MARSHFIELD, WIS. — "Delicate snow crystals clung to the tree branches like the spectacular blossoming of winter. They gave a sense of suspended time to the still, gray afternoon in central Wisconsin. A vague sense of waiting prevailed. Something would happen soon, it seemed. Somebody would stomp his foot, a child would shout, a bell would ring suddenly. Then the millions of crystals would fall softly to the earth and the animation of life would resume with a rush.
In a small, single-story home on the southeastern edge of this farm community, where the frosted trees lined the streets in a graceful, motionless dance, the quiet drama of one man`s final goodbye was being played out."(Rest of story: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1987-01-09/features/8701030251_1_marshfield-clinic-predictions-and-plans-quiet

As Student Loan Defaults Increase, So Do the Scams

 NBC News

How to Wash a Pillow to Keep It Smelling Fresh

Consumer Reports

Best Family Cars

 Consumer Reports

Best Cars for Families With Grandparents

Consumer Reports

Recording Industry Sues Site That Lets You Rip YouTube Clips Into MP3s

 Consumerist

Consumer Reports Gives Comfort Zone Humidifier a Don’t Buy Designation

Consumer Reports

Sep 25, 2016

One-legged blue heron fishes Rock River


Living on the Rock River in Janesville, WI,  I've had fun making Great Blue heron videos--except when these birds are maimed and tortured when becoming entangled in abandoned fishing lines and hooks. Filming a Great Blue this past week from a great distance, I didnt notice anything unusual at first. The heron flew up the river and landed on a shore log near Bellrichard bridge which connects Crosby and Willard Streets  The wind blew hard and the heron flapped wings for balance.
But back in my studio looking carefully at the video I was shocked to see the heron had lost most of one leg. The article accompanying my video says some birds "adapt amazingly well to being one-legged. Birds do not suffer the psychological trauma of a lost limb as humans would, but instead adapt their behavior to compensate for the missing leg."
http://birding.about.com/od/birdbehavior/fl/One-Legged-Birds.htm

Avoid Overspending on School Photos

Consumer Reports

Bank High-Pressure Sales Techniques Are the ‘Norm,’ Workers Say

 MONEY

7 Tips to Improve Balance

Consumer Reports

Never Paint Your Home These 4 Dreadful Colors

MONEY

Ease Constipation and Other Tummy Troubles

Consumer Reports

Is Peanut Butter Good for You?

Consumer Reports

Target Ends Kiddie Cart Experiment After Children Terrorize Parents, Stores

 Consumerist

FTC Wins Summary Judgment against Marketers of Supplement That Claimed To Prevent or Reverse Gray Hair

FTC

Sep 18, 2016

Fall's fashion fungus


Glen Loyd says be on the lookout for fall's fashion fungus on trees and forest floors.

5 Class Action Settlements May Owe You Money

 PENNYHOARDER

6 Hidden Credit Card Perks That Can Save You Cash

Bankrate.com

Chemical banned from soap is still put in toothpaste

 New York Times

Lenders eye social media for clues

BostonGlobe

Canadian surgeons urge people to throw out bristle BBQ brushes

 CBC News

Some Big Chains Like To Pretend Their Stores Are Closed When It Comes To Paying Tax

 Consumerist

PA Judge Fines Verizon $3,750 For Leaving Elderly Couple Hanging Without Phone Service

Consumerist

House Passes Bill Outlawing “Gag Clauses” That Try To Punish Customers For Writing Negative Reviews

Consumerist

Mom Says College Stole Her ID, Forged Signature To Take Out Student Loan For Son Who Didn’t Attend School

Consumerist

Online Shopping: Great For Rural People, Less Great For Delivery Services

 Consumerist

Wells Fargo Ditches Sales Goals After $185M Penalty

 Consumerist








Sep 11, 2016

Sep 5, 2016

The High Cost of Storing Your Stuff at a Self-Storage Facility

Consumer Reports

Here’s Why You’re Lucky You Don’t Own a McMansion

 MONEY

7 Products on Deep Discount in September

Consumer Reports

Rock River birds getting ready for migration


Glen Loyd goes birding on the Rock River. And here's The DNR's Statewide Birding Report compiled in late August
 "The calendar says August but fall bird migration is well underway. Shorebird migration, which began way back in early July, is likely at peak, though only Horicon Marsh has featured high numbers. A flock of 53 Hudsonian godwits there on the August 14 was a great find. Several federally-endangered piping plovers were found along the Lake Michigan shore this week, including one in Racine that hatched just months earlier from the first nest on lower Green Bay in 75 years! Birders statewide also noted the first common nighthawks. Look for these zig-zagging aerial insectivores at dawn and dusk over the next three weeks.
 Evenings are also a great time to look for gathering concentrations of chimney swifts, another aerial insectivore whose populations have declined in recent decades. You can help by counting the birds at a site near you. Backyard birders reported building numbers of ruby-throated hummingbirds this week. Adult males, with their flashy red throats, will head south first and be gone soon, while females and this year's young will continue well into September. Among the most beloved groups of birds, warblers have begun their southbound migration statewide. Northern birders saw a good influx on the August 14, while the same day brought smaller numbers into southern counties from Madison to Milwaukee, including Tennessee and bay-breasted warblers.
 Other land birds on the move include olive-sided and yellow-bellied flycatchers, rose-breasted grosbeaks, scarlet tanagers, indigo buntings, bobolinks, and more! Woodlots, shrubby wetlands, and fruit-laden forest edges are great places to seek out a diversity of migrants this time of year. Despite all this migration, some birds are still nesting! Cedar waxwings, American goldfinches, and northern cardinals are notable late nesters. Even some ruby-throated hummingbirds continue to tend chicks in nests this week. Rarities have been few and far between, by far the best being two swallow-tailed kites found in Door County in July and continuing through at least the August 14. As always, help us track the migration by submitting your sightings to ebird.org/wi. Good birding! - Ryan Brady, Bureau of Wildlife Management research scientist, Ashland"

Samsung Announces “Product Exchange Program” For Galaxy Note 7 — But Don’t Call It A Recall

Consumerist

FDA issues final rule on safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps

Press Announcements > FDA

How to Clean a Smoothtop Range or Cooktop

Consumer Reports

FDA Warns About Lead Poisoning From Dietary Supplements

FDA

The Health Benefits of Tea

Consumer Reports

Better TV Sound for Those With Hearing Loss

Consumer Reports

Aug 28, 2016

Don't Bother Priming Walls When You Paint a Room Some self-priming paints can get the job done in one coat

Consumer Reports


"To recreate the faces of our early ancestors, some of whom have been extinct for millions of years, sculptor John Gurche dissected the heads of modern humans and apes, mapping patterns of soft tissue and bone. He used this information to fill out the features of the fossils. Each sculpture starts with the cast of a fossilized skull; Gurche then adds layers of clay muscle, fat and skin. Seven of his finished hominid busts [are] featured at the National Museum of Natural History’s David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins...which are perhaps the best-researched renderings of their kind".---National Museum of Natural History

Watch artist John Gurche create his sculptures of early man
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjuNZ...

What is the Build & Buy Car Buying Service? How subscribers can save money on a new car

Consumer Reports
This great service is provided by subscribers to Consumer Reports and can be accessed at most libraries on line with your library card. I used this service last time I purchased a car and it worked out well. The only problem I encountered was when I went to pay, the car dealer charged me an additional $100 because the "salesman made a mistake in addition."  The salesman could have made many more "mistakes" in the car dealer's favor if I had not used Consumer Reports.  Don't ever buy a car without checking what Consumer Reports says about its price and reliability. That goes for used as well as new cars.

4 Ways to Get Busy People to Read Your Emails

MONEY

The tweaks on Android Nougat, while not revolutionary, should improve the smartphone experience.

Android Nougat: What You Need to Know About the Latest Google Mobile OS - Consumer Reports

With a better ride and smart touches, the Kia Sportage jumps almost to the top of its class

Consumer Reports

Don't Bother Using Hot Water to Wash Your Laundry

Consumer Reports

New Cars Coming Soon - genuine leaps forward.

Consumer Reports

TV news needs verbs

NewsLab

Credit Card Numbers Aren’t Worth Much Now, So Hackers Want Your Mobile Banking Info

Consumer Reports

Aug 21, 2016

Newly discovered Astronaut Graffiti from first moon landing


Glen Loyd says that previously unknown astronaut graffiti from the first moon landing has just been discovered at the National Air and Space Museum.

When Will Fully Autonomous Cars Become a Reality?

Consumer Reports

The 7 Best Deals at TJ Maxx

MONEY

9 Ways to Protect Your Money When Traveling

MONEY

Vitamin C and Other Supplements for Common Cold

 Consumer Reports

What Are the Best Home Remedies for Sunburn?

WSJ

How to Make a Property Tax Appeal Pay Off

Consumer Reports

Honda Accord vs Toyota Camry: Which Should I Buy?

Consumer Reports

Beware the Flood of Flood Cars

Consumer Reports

Police Officer Smashes Window Of Hot Car And Realizes He’s Just Rescued A Lifelike Doll

Consumerist

T-Mobile Getting Rid Of Plans, Now Only Offers Unlimited Everything

Consumerist

What You Must Know About Social Security

Kiplinger

FCC’s Robocall Strike Force Kicks Into Action Today

 Consumerist

Aug 14, 2016

High Tech Helps Aging Drivers

Kiplinger
Because I am old, I purchased a new Subaru Forester with the new safety devices mentioned in this article. The Forester is also easy for an older person to get in and out of. And your view out of the vehicle is unobstructed. In fact, Consumer Reports recommends the car for elderly people.

Why Is My Spousal Social Security So Small?

MONEY

Dogs in the National Gallery of Art Glen Loyd Glen Loyd


The loyal dog has appeared in paintings as far back as 4500 BC when canines were portrayed on cave walls... As the dog's relationship with the human evolved, so did the way he is represented in art. In the early Middle Ages, dogs were valued for their aggressiveness and appeared in paintings in packs on hunting expeditions. In the Renaissance, as dogs begin to be viewed more as domestic companions, they appear in paintings on the laps of ladies as objects of affection. In the 18th century, dog portraits became popular among the wealthy British.--Petcentric

The Average American’s Salary is Highest (And Lowest) in These States

MONEY

Retailers Trying To Lure College Customers Now So They’ll Become Lifelong Shoppers

Consumerist

Why Insurance Companies Don’t Renew Policies

The New York Times

As Phone Companies Pledge to Stop Robocallers, What's the Holdup?

NBC News

Online Trust Alliance Finds Majority of Native Ads Confusing (Native advertising refers to website content that is funded and produced outside the publisher’s editorial review or influence, yet is designed to appear similar or homogenous to editorial on that site)

Online Trust Alliance 

What to Buy for a College Dorm and What to Skip

Consumer Reports

Pogue's Basics: Catch every error when proofreading [Video]

Pogue's Basics'

Aug 7, 2016

McDonald’s Removing Preservatives From Some Items; Nuggets Now 100% Antibiotics-Free

Consumerist

Teen Driving: When Your Kid Takes the Wheel

Consumer Reports

Should You Be Screened for Melanoma?

Consumer Reports

Compare Your Net Worth to the Average American’s

 MONEY

Birding in Washington D. C .


One of the best views from the U.S.Capitol in Washington D.C. is from is from the Balcony of House Speaker Paul Ryan, just off the Speaker's Lounge. Ryan, of course, is from Janesville. WI.  Last year Pope Francis waved to America from the historic Balcony while visiting the Capitol.  As a guest at the Capitol Last week, I took a photograph from the Balcony which you will see at the end of this video.
But my video is really about some of the birds  I saw in Washington.

Jul 17, 2016

The FTC is finally punishing Herbalife.

Slate

Best Laptops for Students/According to our testers, these back-to-school models score high marks for portability, battery life, and power

Consumer Reports

Mermaid Yoga


The only thing as good as living on the Rock River in Janesville, WI is living a block from Lake Wingra when I'm in in Madison. By the way, Lake Wingra drains into the Rock River which drains into the Mississippi.

Some GM SUV owners receiving $500 rebates

WCPO

How to Get the Best Care From the Hospital Nursing Staff

WSJ

Questions To Ask When Buying A Condo

Bankrate.com

Perfect storm brewing in auto loans

Bankrate

Features That Don't Improve Mattress Comfort

 Consumer Reports

If You Inherit a Home, Call the Homeowners Insurance Company

Consumer Reports

8 Awkward Money Moments Everyone Has at Work

MONEY

This is an interesting article on awkward money moments at work. Trouble is the writer has no advice. After experiencing some of these moments,

  • I try to stay away from drinking with coworkers after work. My family is waiting for me.
  •  I have my own charities and won't be forced by social pressure to donate to charities suggested by coworkers and bosses. (When I was in the U.S Army, a payroll officer with a gun at his side forced me and my fellow troopers to donate to the Red Cross.)
  • If a coworker asks me to loan them more than a dollar,  I can't do it because because I buy everything with a credit card and don't carry cash. 

Jul 10, 2016

6 ways greed keeps you poor

Money on Twitter
Many rip-offs are set up to make us greedy.  Greed is an emotion the overrules common sense.
For example, an excited telephone caller says we have just won the $500,000 lottery. The caller congratulates us over and over again and asks what we might do with the money, planting the seeds of greed. Once greed is fully ignited, we are told about the $5,000 lottery tax we need to wire before getting our winnings. Over the years as a consumer reporter, I have talked with many deceived, but still-greedy victims who continued to feel there was a chance of getting the $500,000. A number of them were irritated with me when I told them they were out $5,000.

Stop driving these cars NOW

Air bag recall update

Janesville media pioneers

Gazettextra

FHA Student Loan Guidelines Make It Harder To Get A Mortgage

Bankrate

The AT&T-exclusive Samsung S7 Active failed a dunk test when our @consumerreports colleagues tried it

consumerist

A Month-by-Month Guide to the Best Time to Buy Everything

 MONEY

Millennials Prefer Debit Cards to Credit Cards. Here’s Why They’re Wrong.

 MONEY

Avoid These Common Medication Errors

Consumer Reports

How to Stay Safe on a Ladder

Consumer Reports

Homemade Sunscreen Is a Definite Don't

Consumer Reports

10 Worst Cars To Own

Bankrate

5 Dangerous Seat Belt Lies People Tell Themselves

Consumer Reports

Jul 4, 2016

Consumers age 60 and over primarily complain about government imposter scams

FTC 

Green Bay Packers Sportscaster Larry McCarren voted into Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame


If you are a Green Bay Packers fan, you know him well. Sportscaster Larry McCarren. After almost 30 years covering Wisconsin sports, he has been voted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
I knew Larry 28 years ago and was there with him in Green Bay on his first day as a professional broadcaster. This video captures a side of Larry you have never seen...The Rock cries expressing his love and gratitude to his wife, Becky.

Think Twice Before Buying Another Innerspring Mattress

Yahoo news

In New Jersey Student Loan Program, Even Death May Not Bring a Reprieve

The New York Times

Student Debt: Lives on Hold

Consumer Reports investigation

How to Remove Stains Like Mustard, Red Wine & Ink

Consumer Reports

The 10 Worst Airports for Summer Trave

MONEY

No, the FBI Isn’t Calling You for Money

MONEY

How to Spend Your Volkswagen Diesel Buyback Money

 Consumer Reports

A confounding 11.5 percent of Americans put themselves at risk by not buckling up

Fastening Seat Belts

Jun 5, 2016

May 31, 2016

GM to Make Payments, Extend Warranties for Overstating Fuel Economy on Window Stickers

Consumer Report

Rock River Coalition Paddles to Janesville


Paddling from Horicon Marsh to Beloit in 11 days, the Rock River Coalition is testing the water's purity and stopping at communities along the way to share what they are learning and provide a forum for discussion about water quality solutions.

Keep Your Pets Safe in the Car

Consumer Reports

May 23, 2016

Car Title Loans Can Be Trouble for Millennials

Consumer Reports
This high-cost form of credit, secured by the borrower's vehicle, can be financially risky for younger consumers and catastrophic for others

Debit Card Scam: 5 Seconds for Massive Fraud--watch scam on video

Patch

Testing Rock River's Purity Watch Live


Paddling from Horicon Marsh to Beloit, the Rock River Coalition is testing the river's purity. And you can watch it live.

Many lakes and and streams in the Rock River basin are impaired and polluted from excessive phosphorus coming from water treatment plants, municipalities, industry and agriculture, says the WI Dept of Natural Resources.

Phosphorus keeps urban lawns green but also turn lakes green with algae. Algae clouds water, blocks sunlight to aquatic plants, lowers oxygen levels, and kills fish!

Reduction of phosphorus and sediment will improve water quality, reduce dangerous algae blooms and increase the value and usefulness of the river.

May 15, 2016

Thank you, Consumer Reports

Thanks to Consumer Reports for all the advice appearing in this blog. A CR subscription will save you from ripoffs and physical harm. Don't ever buy a new or used car before checking out what CR says. When I was a TV reporter I would pass along car-buying advice from CR. As a result, major local car dealerships banded together and withdrew a million dollars of advertising from my TV station.

Hello Hawk!


A very big Red-tailed hawk flew very close to me, landed in a nearby tree, and let me take all the photos I wanted.

Best Ways to Treat Joint Pain

Consumer Reports

Payless Pulls Light-Up Sneakers After Report Of Pair Catching On Fire

Consumerist

Best Car Insurance Buying Guide

Consumer Reports

Best Printers to Buy Right Now

Consumer Reports

Mitsubishi Fuel Economy Cheating Dates to 1991

Consumer Reports

Best Cheap Laptops to Buy Right Now

Consumer Reports

Why Retirees with Low Savings Are Happy Anyway

Money

Puny Powerehouses: Best Jump Starter Buying Guide - Consumer Reports

 Consumer Reports

It used to be that a set of jumper cables (and an obliging fellow motorist) or a call for roadside assistance was needed to jump-start a car, but a convenient alternative has recently hit the market: The mini jump starter. These micro-sized battery packs are small enough to fit in your glovebox and powerful enough to jolt your car back to life. 

Which Compact Washer Stands Tallest in Consumer Reports' Tests

Consumer Reports


The CFPB says that a check-cashing and payday loan company instructed employees not to tell customers their fees

Consumerist 


May 9, 2016

Listen to the red wing black bird


Our friends--the red-wing black birds--are fun to watch and hear, but don't get too close to their nests because you might get dive bombed. Look for the female in this video. She is smaller, streaky brown, doesn't have red wings and has a white line over each eye.

The Declining Influence of Consumer Reports

he Atlantic 

When online shopping, maybe you don't want the stars to be your guide

The Denver Post

Dental Care Cost Estimator

Delta Dental

Medical Studies: Should We Believe Them?

Healthline

Ransomware Gets Smarter to Hold Your Files Hostage

WVLT-TV

An HSA Can Help You Save for Retirement

Consumer Reports

10 Stores With the Best Return Policies — and 5 With the Worst. If you shop at Forever 21, plan to keep whatever you buy forever.

Money 

Concerns Over Prince's Estate Show Why You Need a Will - Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports

When an Extended Car Warranty Is Worth It

Consumer Reports

Avoid Unexpected Road Trip Expenses

AOL

May 1, 2016

Do vendors really charge more for a wedding than for a 50th-anniversary party?

Behind the Scenes: How Consumer Reports Put on a Wedding
Thanks to Consumer Reports for its advice on putting on a wedding and paying for it. And thanks to CR for all of the stories I link to every week. A subscription to Consumer Reports is a good investment in keeping families safe and their finances sound!

Crabby and the cool crow


In this video you will see that crabs eat pretty much the way humans do...claw to mouth. In addition to their role in delicate feeding, these claws can savagely pinch predators.  I've seen a crab hold off several menacing  crows with quick moves and threatening gestures. But the laid back crow in this video isn't bothering anyone and has the softest call I've ever heard.

‘Love It Or List It’ homeowners sue over Raleigh renovation

Miami Herald

Kobe Bryant's Retirement Spawns eBay Scams

Ebay Listings for Bags of Air, Sweat from Kobe Bryant's Last Game

Life insurance industry under investigation: Insurance Companies Pocketed Billions After Insureds' Deaths

CBS News

Migraine Treatment, Prevention & Relief

Consumer Reports

Best Ways to Treat Joint Pain

Consumer Reports

Oily Paint Rags Can Spontaneously Combust

 Consumer Reports

Guess which former president racks up more than $1 million a year in expenses

Bankrate

How Much Should a Wedding Guest Give?

Consumer Reports

Why a Sale Isn't Always a Sale

Consumer Reports

Apr 25, 2016

Stuffed Decorah eagle babies


Update from from the Raptor Resource Project in Decorah, Iowa: "The dynamic duo are growing like weeds this week as they sleep, eat, and gain the skills and features they need for the next phase of their lives! Their clown clompers are a nice shade of yellow, their talons are black, their natal down mohawks are clearly visible, and the outer edges of the nest are taking on a splotchy appearance as the eaglets get better at sitting up, bending over, and shooting poop!"

Best Bike Buying Guide - Consumer Reports

Best Bike Buying Guide - Consumer Reports

Employers Can’t Ask These Questions During a Job Interview or Salary Negotiation

MONEY

Most Americans Start Claiming Social Security at This Age

 MONEY

Apr 5, 2016

Decorah eagle eggs begin hatching


The Decorah, Iowa eagle eggs have begun hatching. See if you can spot them on this live EagleCamhttp://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles Meanwhile watch the parents deal with visiting owls, mice and snow in Glen Loyd's video.

How Much Doctors Actually Make in 2016

MONEY

"If you're just getting started with photography how do you know if you need a basic camera or an advanced one?

Consumer Reports on Twitter

From Our President: We’ve Got You Covered

Consumer Reports

Toshiba Laptop Battery Packs Recalled

Consumer Reports

Tesla Model 3 Basically Became America’s Best-Selling Electric Car in 1 Day

 MONEY

Verizon Will Charge Customers $20 To Upgrade Phones Because They Can

Story

Elderly, broke and homeless: The victims of a $200 million psychic scam

CNN

Walmart And Kraft Heinz Sued Over Wood Pulp Content In Cheese

The Alternative Daily

New eBay scam: No product, no refund, too bad

 Story

Mar 29, 2016

Decorah eagle eggs begin hatching today

The Decorah, Iowa eagle eggs have begun hatching. See if you can spot them on this live EagleCam  http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles  Meanwhile watch the parents deal with visiting owls, mice and snow in Glen Loyd's video.

Mar 20, 2016

How to Effectively Negotiate a New Car Price

Consumer Reports

Dramatic video shows how thieves are able to install a card skimmer in seconds

#IDtheft hashtag on Twitter

My weekly video for the Janesville, WI Gazette


Cornwall, a county at the southwest tip of Great Britain, played an important role in the settlement of southern Wisconsin. Starting in 1830 more than half of the population of Cornwall left for America and other places. Now there are 2 million people of Cornish descent in the US which is four times the present population of Cornwall, England. 

It’s Discounted, but Is It a Deal? How List Prices Lost Their Meaning

The New York Times

Scammer Must Repay $7.75M For Running Bogus Prayer Center & Consumer Complaint Service

Consumerist

9 Mistakes You’re Making When Booking a Flight

Money.com

Mobile phone ad-blockers serve an important purpose: preserving users' precious mobile data allowances

 Consumerist

Online reviews from sites like Amazon and TripAdvisor aren't always as innocent as they seem

 Consumer Reports

Insufficient Storage Available Problem Android

Consumer Reports

Simple plumbing tricks you can (really!) do yourself

 AOL

Mar 13, 2016

Consumer Reports' new Ratings show many teaching hospitals fail to prevent this deadly disease

 Consumer Reports

Decorah eagles and humans rebuild downed nest


See Decorah, Iowa eagles rebuild their downed nest on a platform built by people. I noticed the eagles shredding branches to make soft bedding. This video was recorded by Eagle Whisperer 18 from the Rapture Resource Project EagleCam.

How to Make Your Health Savings Account Grow

Kiplinger

Which Tax Software Is Best for You?

Kiplinger

Scam victims aren't dumb; they're human

 LA Times

WV Lawmakers Legalize Raw Milk, Drink Raw Milk, Get Mysterious Stomach Bug

Consumerist

Here’s How Much the Average Household Has Saved for Retirement

| Money.com

Was your vehicle one of the 34 million impacted by the Takata airbag recall?

 Consumer Reports News

Pistachios Sold At Trader Joe’s & Other Stores Recalled After 9-State Salmonella Outbreak

Consumerist

Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Look Like Winners

Consumer Reports

What Your Resume Should Look Like in 2016

 Money.com