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The Silencing of Whistle Blowers and Critics

Whistle Blowers We all know the challenges that whistle blowers face. They risk having their reputations ruined by companies who have as their only defense an attack on those who reveal their harmful or illegal actions. Whistle blowers risk no longer having a career path since they are perceived to not have a strong loyalty… Continue reading The Silencing of Whistle Blowers and Critics

DOCUMENTARY: “The legacy of the Flint water crisis” (60 Minutes)

Video About the Video Six years ago, lead seeped into the tap water in Flint, Michigan, while state and local officials said everything was fine. Now, the same doctor who proved something was wrong is taking the first comprehensive look at the thousands of kids exposed to lead in Flint. Sharyn Alfonsi reports. About 60… Continue reading DOCUMENTARY: “The legacy of the Flint water crisis” (60 Minutes)

Here’s why reviews of products, services, and businesses are not reliable.

We all rely on reviews of products, services, and businesses on Facebook, and with Google search results, or when purchasing products on Amazon. Services like Yelp promise to provide helpful insights from customers. An abundance of positive reviews can almost guarantee trust and help produce new customers. Unusually High Numbers of 5-Star Ratings Occasionally while… Continue reading Here’s why reviews of products, services, and businesses are not reliable.

Amazon’s Expired Food Problem (CNBC, 4 Mar 2020)

Amazon is shipping out food products from third-party sellers that are expired, stale, or tampered with. Four months after CNBC first reported the problem, a new analysis found the sellers are still shipping expired food, even as regulation begins to catch up. Amazon told CNBC that this happens in very isolated incidents, and that it… Continue reading Amazon’s Expired Food Problem (CNBC, 4 Mar 2020)

Promoting Alcohol and Tobacco by Advertising to High School Students

It’s getting more difficult for companies to advertise tobacco and alcohol products. Tobacco ads are no longer permitted on television.(1) On websites and YouTube, age verification is required to view content purportedly targeting an adult audience. The tobacco industry has a long history of marketing to young people. The goal is to get people addicted… Continue reading Promoting Alcohol and Tobacco by Advertising to High School Students

Briggs & Stratton Definitely Wants You to Buy/Not Buy the Snapper Cordless Lawn Mower

I was researching cordless electric lawn mowers recently and was very encouraged to see that Briggs & Stratton has rebranded themselves in a future-forward way by providing battery packs for Snapper cordless electric lawn mowers. So, in this way they are offering the ‘engine’ of the future. Still powering our lives, but now with a quieter,… Continue reading Briggs & Stratton Definitely Wants You to Buy/Not Buy the Snapper Cordless Lawn Mower

How to Unsubscribe from the Wall Street Journal and Cancel the Digital Access Subscription [SOLVED]

To unsubscribe and cancel digital access to the Wall Street Journal, follow these instructions: From the main Wall Street Journal website visit the Customer Care page (linked under your profile icon). You’ll find an automated chat system under Contact Us. Click on ‘Cancel’ and the toll free number is provided 1-800-JOURNAL or 609-514-0870. You must… Continue reading How to Unsubscribe from the Wall Street Journal and Cancel the Digital Access Subscription [SOLVED]

How to unsubscribe from the Los Angeles Times and Cancel the Digital Access Subscription [SOLVED]

UPDATE: 23 Oct 2020 After more than a year, the Los Angeles Times has finally corrected this issue. As of 23 Oct 2020, one of our site visitors reports: They appear to have listened to the feedback – You can cancel via the Account Management page now: https://myaccount2.latimes.com/SecurePage/StopSubscription.aspx  Below is the original post from 19… Continue reading How to unsubscribe from the Los Angeles Times and Cancel the Digital Access Subscription [SOLVED]

Q: How is spam sent from my own email address? [SOLVED]

Have you ever wondered how or why spam seems to be sent from your own email address? Perhaps you’ve receive a notices of undeliverable messages that you’ve never sent, or a confirmation receipt for a message you never sent. This video with Greg Johnson explains these common issues. (10 Apr 2019) Learn more at ResourcesForLife.com/technology

Dark Patterns Attempt to Manipulate and Control Consumers

Dark Patterns are attempts by advertisers and content designers to manipulate consumers into taking actions that companies desire (like purchasing something) while making it difficult or confusing to take actions companies don’t want (such as canceling an account or opting out). Here are some resources to help you learn more about these deceptive practices. More can… Continue reading Dark Patterns Attempt to Manipulate and Control Consumers

Lessons from Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes

The story of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes offers many teachable moments. Consumers were convinced that Theranos offered a simpler way to get blood testing. Distributors like Walgreens partnered with Theranos believing that the company was offering a viable solution. Investors bought into the Theranos promise and put millions into the company. News media was quick… Continue reading Lessons from Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes