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August 2018

29 attorneys general file comments with FTC on role of states in consumer protection

Twenty-nine attorneys general filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission on the significant role state attorneys general play in consumer protection, and asked the FTC to include states in the discussion as the agency holds public hearings on “Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.” In June, the FTC... Read more →


Boomer bloggers ponder self-worth, control, social media, and the afterlife

It’s still summer, and I’m enjoying its bounties with warm weather, family visits, garden produce, longer days, and nice summer fruits and drinks. Meanwhile, our boomer bloggers continue to write great articles. Here are their submissions for The Best of Boomer Blogs #560. Self-worth Last week, Sue Loncaric from Sizzling... Read more →


Allure hair dryers recalled by Xtava due to fire, burn, and electrical shock hazards

Xtava is recalling about 235,000 Allure and Allure Pro hair dryers. The hairdryer and power cord can overheat and catch on fire, posing fire, burn, and electrical shock hazards. The company has received 193 reports of the hair dryers or power cords overheating, melting, exploding, or catching fire, including 18... Read more →


Do you know that drinking alcohol can increase your risk of getting breast cancer?

The first article I wrote about the link between drinking alcohol and breast cancer was “One Glass of Alcohol a Day Increases Breast Cancer Risk, But Role of Chemicals Overlooked” on May 24, 2017. The second was “Drinking Small Amounts of Alcohol Linked to Breast Cancer” written on April 21,... Read more →


Weed killer found in kids’ cereals and other oat-based foods, environmental group says

Oat cereals, oatmeal, granola, and snack bars have high levels of the weed-killing poison in Monsanto’s Roundup, according to laboratory tests commissioned by the Environmental Working Group. The findings were released shortly after a California jury awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper who claimed Roundup gave him lymphoma. EWG’s... Read more →


Trump’s idea for reducing the costs of prescription drugs isn’t going to do much

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar’s description recently of the Trump administration’s plan to lower prescription prices for Americans through Medicare negotiations is disappointing “Compared to what the federal government could do to make medicines affordable, these are the leftovers of the small potatoes,” said Peter Maybarduk, director... Read more →


Attorneys general continue to legally challenge Trump administration on environmental and health issues

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood It’s fortunate that we have a group of state attorneys general who is willing to keep challenging President Trump and his cronies as they try to tear apart the structures of our government institutions. Here are three actions filed Monday by attorneys general on... Read more →


Boomer bloggers are enjoying summer and writing about important topics

Summer is one of my favorite seasons of the year. In addition to the sun and nice weather, it brings vacations and get-togethers with family and friends. Recently we had a mini-family reunion at my house. When my daughter and her kids visit from Madrid, her cousins, and aunt like... Read more →


Ascent and Venturist blending containers by Vitamix being recalled due to laceration hazard

Vitamix is recalling about 105,000 Ascent and Venturist Series 8-ounce and 20-ounce blending containers in the United States and about 5,300 in Canada. The containers can separate from the blade’s base exposing the blades, posing a laceration hazard to consumers. Vitamix has received 11 reports of lacerations when consumers’ hands... Read more →


DeVos kills rule that holds for-profit schools accountable

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Friday that the U.S. Department of Education will rescind the Gainful Employment Rule, a federal regulation designed to protect students and taxpayers from predatory for-profit schools: “With today’s announcement, the Department of Education is yet again putting the interests of predatory for-profit schools ahead of... Read more →