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January 2011

On Martin Luther King Day, let’s make a commitment to eliminate poverty

It’s been 43 years since Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and 25 years since a holiday was created in his honor. Two years ago, I wrote about King last book, in which he called for the elimination of poverty by adoption of a guaranteed annual income for all. King... Read more →


Recall of the Week: GE and Professional Series Brand dehumidifiers due to fire hazard

About 198,000 GE and Professional Series Brand dehumidifiers are being recalled by GEA Products and CEM Global (Professional Series). Manufactured in China by GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment, the dehumidifiers have a component in the compressor that can short circuit, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Midea and GE have... Read more →


FDA limits amount of acetaminophen in prescription drugs, but ignores over-the-counter products

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it’s asking makers of prescription acetaminophen combination products to limit the amount of acetaminophen in these products to a maximum of 325 mg per tablet or pill. The FDA believes the limit will reduce the risk of severe liver injury from... Read more →


Top 10 worst environmental stories of 2010

The Environmental Working Group polled its staff and came up with the environmental happenings they thought had the worst impact last year. Here are the results: 1. BP's Gulf oil spill was the top environmental disaster of 2010, with slow response, use of dispersants, and secrecy about what's in the... Read more →


Top 10 positive environmental stories of 2010

Recently, I wrote about the top 10 stories for consumers in 2010. Since what happens in the environment also is important to consumers, I’m posting about this list of the top 10 good news stories for the environment in 2010 by The Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization. 1. Gas... Read more →


As safety agency is poised to launch database of complaints on consumer products, industry opposition mounts

In November, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the agency would work to establish a consumer product safety information database. A rule, which was passed by a 3 to 2 vote of the commission, set out how the agency will work with consumers and manufacturers or private labelers to... Read more →


Recall of the Week: ITT Water Technology pumps due to electrocution or shock hazard

About 21,000 sump and effluent pumps are being recalled by ITT Water Technology. Sump pumps installed without ground fault circuit interrupter or GFCI protection can pose an electric shock or electrocution hazard if touched by the consumer. If you suspect that you have one of the recalled pumps and it’s... Read more →


Watch out for these top 10 scams of 2010 this year

ConsumerAffairs.com, one of my favorite websites, offers this list of the worst scams of 2010: 1. Foreclosure rescue scams 2. Uncharitable charities 3. Phony debt collector 4. Work-at-home scams 5. Facebook scams 6. Gold scams 7. Debt settlement scams 8. Ponzi schemes 9. Unauthorized charge scams 10. Timeshare sales scams... Read more →


Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for baby boomers in 2011

As the first baby boomers begin reaching 65 this year, much discussion is occurring about how boomers will be changing the face of retirement and aging. What steps can baby boomer consumers take to make 2011 a great year for them? The Baby Boomer Retirement Club recommends 10 areas boomer... Read more →