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October 2012

Watch out for scammers who prey on consumers after natural disasters

Natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and fires often bring out scam artists who take advantage of the victims. Some of the most common "after-disaster" scams involve auto, home and yard repairs, or clean up. The Better Business Bureau offers the following tips to consumers who suffer auto and property... Read more →


Books, food, jobs, finances, mortgages, Islam, and brain changes are the topics for this week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival

Laura Lee Carter of the Midlife Crisis Queen is the host of this week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival #283. Although she doesn't like the leaves falling and the snow starting, she's celebrating up a storm because her blog turns five this week. The carnival is a collection of like-minded blogs cooperating... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Tricam Industries Easy Reach step stools due to fall hazard

Tricam Industries Inc. is recalling about 84,000 Easy Reach step stools. The top step/standing platform can break, posing a fall hazard to consumers, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. Tricam has received five reports of the standing platform breaking, one of which included a... Read more →


My best consumer experience this week is avoiding banging up my car, while service and food at Dairy Queen disappoints

Today, a fall storm gave me a big present on my driveway. Earlier this week, rushing to get my yard work done before the storms set in, I stopped at Dairy Queen. My best consumer experience: Missing a big tree limb Today, I was in a hurry to go see... Read more →


Chemical industry spending staggering amounts to continue to use toxic chemicals in food and consumer products

After posting an article yesterday about the Breast Cancer Foundation’s recommendations for reducing toxic chemical use to prevent cancer, it was discouraging to read a Common Cause report that says chemical interests are spending massive amounts to block efforts to strengthen the 36-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act. More than $375... Read more →


Breast Cancer Fund offers tips for cancer prevention

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I agree with the Breast Cancer Fund that it’s time to move beyond breast cancer “awareness” to prevention. Early this month, the BCF launched a breast cancer prevention campaign. It urges women to: Chose safe cosmetics. Eat and live better by eating fresh organic... Read more →


Bank of America sued by feds for mortgage fraud

It’s good news that federal prosecutors today filed a $1 billion-plus lawsuit against the Bank of America Corp. The lawsuit charges that the bank engaged in a scheme to defraud Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, government controlled companies that resell mortgages. The lawsuit alleges that from at least 2007 through... Read more →


Celebrate Food Day today by taking action for better food and food policies

Today is Food Day, the nationwide celebration for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Food Day offers events consumers can take part in such as those focusing on health, sustainable agriculture, farmworker justice, and animal welfare. It’s coordinated by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group,... Read more →