Aug 6, 2017

I'm a happy dog at the beach

That's Incredible story still an emotional roller coaster ride

Overdraft Protection Costs $450 a Year in Fees,

 Money:

10 Cars Proven to Get to 200,000 Miles and Beyond

Consumer Reports:

When to Get Best Deals on Appliances and TVs

 Consumer Reports:

What You Should Know About School Nurses

 Consumer Reports:

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Glittery Phone Cases Sold At Major Retailers Recalled After Burning People

Consumerist:

Frequent Overdrafters Spend $450 More In Fees Each Year, More Disclosures Could Help – Consumerist

Frequent Overdrafters Spend $450 More In Fees Each Year, More Disclosures Could Help

What to Do About Fungal Infections

Consumer Reports:

Best Cheap Headphones for Back-to-School Shoppers

Best Cheap Headphones for Back-to-School Shoppers

2017 Kia Niro Review: No Hybrid Hero

Consumer Reports:

No, You Don’t Need To Buy A $20K 88-Inch TV

Consumerist

Jul 24, 2017

Wolverines in Wisconsin


A viewer responding to my 2015 video above says she may have seen a wolverine recently near Horicon Marsh, a state and federal wildlife sanctuary in Wisconsin.

Jul 9, 2017

Sunset swan babies

How to Protect Yourself From Ransomware Attacks

The New York Times

GOOP 'energy stickers’ are a scam, NASA expert says

Blasting news

Coconut oil health claims not all they're cracked up to be

 CBC News

Signs Vs. Reality: These Panties At JCPenney Are Not 3 For $6.99

 Consumerist

"Verizon and Sprint charge for a call-blocking service that their competitors AT&T and T-Mobile offer for free"

Consumerist 

Walmart Expands Use Of Giant Orange Vending Machines For Online Pickups

 Consumerist

Lincoln, Mercedes, and Toyota Sedans Earn Top Crash Safety Marks

Consumer Reports

A Guide to Smarter CPR

Consumer Reports

These are the 10 best places to work – And they’re hiring like crazy

Money on Twitter: 

OTC Hearing Aids May Help Some People, Study Say

Consumer Reports

How to Fall Asleep the Natural Way

Consumer Reports

Amazon Shopping Tricks That Save You Money

 Money

Could Dish & Amazon Partner To Become Your Next Wireless Provider?

Consumerist

Jul 2, 2017

Decorah fledglings lack eating etiquette


The Decorah EagleCam looks a little soggy from all the rain, but it dried out for some cool closeups of this year's fledglings

This 4-year CD from Northern Bank Direct shines above the rest

Bankrate

8 ways homebuyers can cut mortgage closing costs

 Bankrate

Consumer World: METRIC MEASUREMENTS ON NUTRITION LABELS MISLEAD MANY

Consumer World

People More Satisfied With Fast Food In New ACSI Survey

 NBC News

Phones with the best battery life: OnePlus 5, Galaxy S8 Plus and more

CNET

Consumers beware of scam Amazon emails making rounds

WISC

These Forms Collect Your Data Even If You Don’t Hit “Submit”

Consumerist

Dunkin’ Donuts Customer Says “Angus Steak” Sandwiches Aren’t Actually Steak

 Consumerist

Cost of Replacement Tires & Save When Buying

 Consumer Reports

Former StarKist Tuna Executive Pleads Guilty To Price-Fixing

Consumerist

Jun 26, 2017

How to Avoid Splitting the Check Evenly When You Order Less Than Everyone Else

 Money

One fine day on Lake Michigan


Relax and enjoy Lake Michigan and seagull flybys in Glen Loyd's music video.
Say “seagull” and most people know you’re talking about a gregarious, white-and-gray waterbird common around harbors and beaches and highly tolerant of humans. Of the 19 North American gull species, the Ring-billed Gull is the one you’re most likely to see around the Great Lakes. It can be found along the ocean coasts, but many of these “seagulls” never see anything except fresh water all their lives. Although referred to as seagulls, a common misnomer, these are properly called gulls.
----University of WI Sea Grant

NASA: Goop’s ‘Healing Stickers’ Are An Expensive “Load Of BS”

Consumerist
My thanks to Consumer Reports and its Consumerist blog for all of the stories and advice. Anytime you are making a major purchase, check it out with Consumer Reports at your local library. A subscription is a good investment, too.
Don't every buy a new or used car without Consumer Reports! They rate new and used cars in their April issue and have advice on how much you should pay. Years ago when I was a TV consumer reporter in Green Bay and passing on advice from Consumer Reports, car dealers got together and withdrew a million dollars in TV advertising!

Amazon’s “Prime Wardrobe” Lets Customers Try Clothing Before Buying

Consumerist

Southwest Remembers Jets Have Two Doors So People Exit Plane Faster – Consumerist

Consumerist

"Mobile versions of retro Sega games are free to play if you don't mind ads, but ad-free versions are also available

Consumerist on Twitter

The Apartment Rental Credit Check Scam Is Alive And Well

Consumerist

Robocall Scammer Faces $120M Fine For Impersonating TripAdvisor, Marriott, Expedia

Consumerist

Best All-In-One Desktop Computers for Every Budget

Consumer Reports

Should Pre-Teens Be Allowed To Own Smartphones?

Consumerist

The FTC doesn’t need your bank info

SCAM ALERT 

Jun 11, 2017

Peregrine falcon rescues her falling baby


Glen Loyd has dramatic video of a peregrine falcon mother saving her baby falling from Great Spirit Bluff on the Mississippi River near La Crosse, WI
The baby is believed to be fleeing black flies which suffocated two other siblings by clogging their airways.
Another sibling fell or jumped out of the nest but was recovered.
A Raptor Resource  climbing team cleans out the out the nest, applies insecticide and returns the two surviving siblings

Discarded Phones A Potential Gold Mine For Identity Thieves

CBS Chicago

Pros and Cons of Induction Cooktops and Ranges

Consumer Reports

Why your personal fitness tracker may not be all that accurate

Consumer Affairs 

Stephen Curry Ranks 82nd Among Highest Paid NBA Players. How he feels about it

Money

Cleaning Products: What's Best for Your Money?

 Money

How Seniors Are Driving Safer, Driving Longer

Consumer Reports

How to Load a Dishwasher the right way

Consumer Reports

5 Best Dishwashers Under $500

Consumer Reports

Jun 4, 2017

"How did the FBI recruit and train Geek Squad employees to search for illegal materials on customers' computers?

Consumerist on Twitter:

Congratulations Wisconsin, You Can Sell Your Homebaked Cookies Like Everyone (Except New Jersey)

Consumerist

Making Cars That Meet the Needs of Older Drivers

Consumer Reports

3 big birds on the Rock River


Glen Loyd likes to show and tell about the Rock River in Janesville. It is not just a Mississippi tributary, he says. It has an interesting history of its own. It was Chief Black Hawk's River. It was Ronald Reagan's River. And Abe Lincoln knew the river as did the French Voyageurs. And today the Rock River helps generate electricity to light up Chicago. In addition to all of this river bragging, Glen shows how the River can make you happy, too.

"Self-driving cars could soon save the average family at least $5,600 a year

Money on Twitter


The Age That You Will Peak at Everything in Life

Money

Prenups: When to Get One and What to Include - even if you are young and don't have money

 Money

Walt Disney World, Universal Studios: Top Tips to Save Money

 Money

How to Buy a String Trimmer in 3 Easy Steps

Consumer Reports

May 30, 2017

May 15, 2017

Cotton Swab Injuries Send 12,500 Kids To Hospital Each Year

Consumerist

World's fastest animal in Wisconsin


Glen Loyd has made a musical of the Wisconsin peregrines with a video produced by the We Energies power company. We Energies has been assisting with peregrine falcon recovery since the early 1990s to help reestablish the raptor since its decimation during the 1960s. More than 230 peregrines have hatched in nest boxes high on We Energies towers.

What Not to Say to Your Interviewer

 Money

How to Find Reliable Car Mechanics and Repair Shops

 Consumer Reports

Before using a car repair shop, check for complaints with state consumer proection agencies and the Better Business Bureau. In Wisconsin call the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Proection 800 422 7128.


Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here’s How to Stop Them

The New York Times (If you are blocked, Google headline)

Is pricey dog food worth it?

 Denver7 

How to Deal With People You Don't Like

Money

Healthy Meals for Weight Loss

 Consumer Reports

Invent the Next Oreo Flavor and You'll Win $500,000

Money

How to Keep Mosquitoes and Ticks Away

Consumer Reports

What Exactly Is a Pre-Existing Condition Anyway?

Consumer Reports

Avoid a tech trap

Consumer Information

May 8, 2017


Glen Loyd's story is about the entertaining and beloved Decorah, Iowa eagles and their babies from two nests (one has three eaglets and the North nest has two). You can also see the nests anytime day or night at the Raptor Resource Project's Live EagleCams.

Counting on Social Security to fund part of your retirement? Two proposals before Congress may alter your plan

 Bankrate

Best Work From Home Jobs

 Money

Home Remedies for Back Pain: What Really Works

Consumer Reports

Super Cruise | GM's Self-Driving Cars Technology

Consumer Reports

A CEO Explains Why He Doesn't Care About Your Resume

 Money

Aunt Jemima Recalls 19 Varieties Of Pancakes And Waffles For Possible Listeria

 Consumerist

Best Vacuums for Pet Hair

Consumer Reports

Business Opportunity Scams

 Consumer Information

Five Types of Insect Repellent to Skip

 Consumer Reports

Remedies for the Common Cold

 Consumer Information

Apr 24, 2017

7 Ways Your Devices Are Spying on You

Wisebread 

Decorah North eaglets turn gray


"The Decorah Eagles begin courtship in October, productive mating in late January or early February, and egg-laying in mid to late February. Hatching usually begins in late March to early April, and the eaglets fledge in mid-to-late June. While young usually disperse between August and October, the adults remain on territory year round," Raptor Resource Project

MyPillow Adjusts its Advertising Without Much Improvement

Consumer World

FTC, New York State Charge the Marketers of Prevagen With Making Deceptive Memory, Cognitive Improvement Claims

New York State and Federal Trade Commission

"The penny auction site DealDash made hundreds of thousands of dollars selling phony name-brand products, according to a class action from a Californian who says he lost thousands of dollars to the scam."

Courthouse News Service

Weber Rolls Out New Genesis II Gas Grills

Consumer Reports

How to Get Cheaper Car Rentals

Money

How to Know When You Should Quit Your Job

Money
Don't quit unless have another job lined up.

FTC challenges bloated weight-loss claims

Federal Trade Commission

Lay’s, Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked Jalapeno Chips Recalled Over Salmonella Concerns

Consumerist

Car ads might promise low payments, no interest, or zero down. But is there a catch? Here’s what you need to know

Federal Trade Commission

Tips on Determining If It’s Really The IRS At Your Door

IRS 

How do scammers in your community connect with you?

Consumer Information

Supreme Court: General Motors Can’t Use Bankruptcy To Avoid Lawsuits Over Deadly Ignition Defect

 Consumerist

Picking the Right White Paint

Consumer Reports

Apr 10, 2017

Decorah eaglet dies; another bullied


This is a sad video about a Decorah eaglet death and bullying of another. Parents might want to screen it before showing to children. The Raptor Resource Project says, "We are sorry to announce the death of youngest North eaglet DN6. We believe that DN6 died of hypothermia...weakening it to the point it could no longer feed."

Some laptop makers overstate battery life

News

What to Do When a Spouse Risks Family Finances

Consumer Reports

How to Shoot Great Video

Consumer Reports

9 Secret Ways to Use Toothpaste That Will Make You Smile

 Money Talks News

From cleaning piano keys to zapping pimples, toothpaste has many great — and cost-effective — applications

You Can Get Into All National Parks For Free Two Weekends This Month

Consumerist

Got Hefty Medical Bills? Try Negotiating to Get Them Reduced

Consumer Reports

Find the Right Lawn Mower Type for Your Yard - Consumer Reports

Find the Right Lawn Mower Type for Your Yard - Consumer Reports: Is a battery-run mower right for you? When is a riding mower justified? Consumer Reports breaks it down for you.

Slowing Down the Rush to Open Heart Surgery

Consumer Reports

"A jewelry store employee must pay $34,500 for posting a fake review of competitor

Consumerist 

The 10 Companies That Control Everything You Buy

|Money

Mar 5, 2017

Nesting Decorah eagle slaps at danger


Green Bay native Kevin MacLeod composed the music and Eagle Whisperer18 recorded the video from the Raptor Research Project Eaglecam and pulled highlights.

Facebook Promises To Quit Snooping On Private Messages For Ad-Targeting Purposes

 Consumerist

How to unsend emails before regret kicks in

Business Standard News

We Dissected This Fake News Site Linking Denzel, Stephen Hawking To Brain-Boosting Pills

Consumerist

5 Things We Learned About Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Claims Against Kay Jewelers, Jared

Consumerist

What's Happening With the Takata Airbag Recall?

Consumer Reports

15 Deals on Amazon That Are Better Than Target, Walmart

 Money

30 Best Used Cars for Under $30,000

Consumer Reports

YouTube Goes Up Against Cable Companies With $35 Live TV Streaming Service

 Consumerist

Wells Fargo Tries, Fails To Explain Why Customers Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Sue Over Fake Accounts

Consumerist

Feb 27, 2017

Downpour on Decorah eagles...golden sunset


The Decorah Iowa eagle couples in the Raptor Research Project are egging each other on and the 35 day countdown to eaglets has begun.


Guide to Streaming Video Services

 Consumer Reports

Best Diets Overall : Rankings

US News Best Diets

Counterfeit cuisine? How food fraud can get into your kitchen

abc7chicago.com

Supply of Affordable Homes Expected To Shrink

 NBC News

Shop at Costco Without a Membership

 Money

Wendy’s Installing Self-Ordering Kiosks In 1,000 Restaurants

Consumerist

We Dissected This Fake News Site Linking Denzel, Stephen Hawking To Brain-Boosting Pills

Consumerist

Consumer Reports experts check out LG’s newly unveiled G6

Consumer Reports 

Walmart Launches Price War With Aldi, Demands Price Cuts From Suppliers

Consumerist

5 Hacks for Lowering Your Prescription Drug Costs

 Consumer Reports

5 Great Big-Screen 4K TV Deals

Consumer Reports

Try Yoga for Back Pain

Consumer Reports

Feb 5, 2017

Western Union to repay scam victims

 The Morning Call
Scammers have used Western Union to scam hundreds of victims in Wisconsin!

Famous artist Norman Rockwell sold Parker Pens


Wikipedia says Norman Rockwell (1894 - 1978) was a painter and illustrator whose works enjoy a broad popular appeal for the reflection of American culture. That's why the Parker family of Janesville, WI hired him to help sell Parker Pens in the late 1950's
Three of the Parker illustrations are art treasures now and were sold recently by the Parkers for more than $400,000. You will seen these illustrations in Glen Loyd's video. The Parkers have helped Janesville and Wisconsin causes with donations and leadership.

Skoal, Copenhagen & Other Smokeless Tobaccos Recalled For Containing Metal Fragments – Consumerist

Consumerist

Consumer protections for prepaid debit card users were about to go into effect, but Congress may prevent that

Consumerist

600,000 Audi Vehicles Recalled Over Fire Hazard, Airbag Issues

 Consumerist

A study of fast food wrappers showed that a third of them may contain harmful grease-blocking chemicals

Consumerist on Twitter

Laundry Detergent Pods Caused Surge in Chemical Eye Burns in Children

 Consumer Reports

NYS Sues Time Warner Over Internet Speeds

 Consumer Reports

Hearing Loss: No More Suffering in Silence?

 Consumer Reports

Jan 23, 2017

Man Says E-Cigarette Explosion Destroyed 7 Of His Teeth

Consumerist

Use your gift cards quickly

 Consumer Reports

Parker Pen heirs sell multi million dollar art and furniture collection


In my music video this week you will see two examples of early American furniture...each worth a half million dollars. The entire collection, owned by heirs of Janesville's Parker Pen, is worth multi-millions.

Opinion: Why You Should Spend Money on Experiences

Money
I don't agree with this. I think that saving money is a smarter idea for a happier life.

Jan 16, 2017

Wisconsin's ancient effigies of man and birds


Wikipedia: "The Man Mound is a prehistoric humanoid earthwork located in Greenfield, Sauk County, Wisconsin, east of the city of Baraboo.

How to Protect Your Car From Rodents | Rodent Tape

 Consumer Reports News

This article was interesting to me, but to me the only practical advice given was mouse poison mixed with peanut butter or mouse and rat traps in the garage.

Free National Park Admission: Canada Celebrates 150 Birthday

Money

Credit Card Data and Other Information Targeted in Netflix Phishing Campaign

FireEye Inc

How Anyone Can Fake an ATM and Steal Your Money

 gizmodo

Deal Dash's Hidden Costs

 Truth In Advertising

Ransomware: Now a Billion Dollar a Year Crime and Growing

NBC News

EPA Notifies Fiat Chrysler of Clean Air Act Violations

EPA

"The salary of every quarterback in the NFL playoffs

Money on Twitter

Products From Hy-Vee, Albertsons, & Tom Thumb Recalled For Potentially Contaminated Milk Powder

  Consumerist

The Truth About Green Tea for Weight Loss

 Consumer Reports

How to Prevent Dry Skin This Winter

Consumer Reports

Jan 9, 2017

Video Of Dresser Falling On Toddler A Reminder To Always Secure Furniture

 Consumerist

Magpies menancing eagles


Wikipedia says magpies are considered one of the most intelligent animals in the world, and the only non-mammal species able to recognize itself in a  mirror.  They often pull the tail feathers of other birds and steal their lunch. They also like to pull this on dogs and cats for fun.

Ransomware Spreading Onto Smart TVs, Is A Pain To Fix

 Consumerist

India’s Call-Center Talents Put to a Criminal Use: Swindling Americans

The New York Times

Block unwanted robocalls to your cell phone

 Story

Even Cheap TVs in 2017 Will Be Smart TVs

Consumer Reports

The Money in Your Wallet Might Be Covered With Poop, Mold, and Cocaine

MONEY

Looking for a new job this year? Use this resume template to impress hiring managers

Money on Twitter

6 Steps to Safer Snow Shoveling

 Consumer Reports

Feds Accuse D-Link Of Failing To Properly Secure Routers & Webcams

Consumerist

When iOS loses the Word Guessing Game. Badly.

David Pogue (@Pogue) | Twitter

Jan 2, 2017

The 3 Big Things We’ve Learned About Your Cable Bill/new customers are getting better packages, for less money, than existing customers

Consumerist


Happy memory to start a new year


Glen Loyd has a video about his parents' home in Hyattsville, MD and their collections. It was the family gathering place for Glen, his sister and three brothers and all the children and great grand children. Sometimes the only place to find a seat was on the front porch.

Why 1/3 of people making $75,000 per year are living paycheck to paycheck

MONEY

Best Vacuums

Best Vacuums of 2016 - Consumer Reports

10 Used Cars Consumer Reports Gave the 'Never Buy' Label

Consumer Reports 

2017 Nissan Altima Has Only a Few Virtues

Consumer Reports

Top 5 Computer Trends We Expect at CES 2017

Consumer Reports

The big tech show will feature machines aimed at gamers and creatives, more security features, and lessons learned from tablets

Success in online dating requires a realistic idea of what the sites can offer and the patience to go on lots of coffee dates.

 Consumer Reports