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Amazon, eBay, and other online retailers are selling skin creams with dangerous levels of mercury, study shows

Almost half of skin lightening creams tested contained dangerously high levels of mercury but continue to be sold by online retailers such as Amazon, eBay, and Flipkart, according to a report from the Zero Mercury Working Group, an international coalition. Read more →


Super Bowl ads continue to be unimaginative in 2022, with violence again being used to sell

The Super Bowl ads for 2022 were mostly disappointing. Although a few had a good message, the overall feel of the game show was dystopian. A QR code drifting across the screen, ads for apps and betting websites I’d never heard of, and supposedly clever ads featuring stars from TV series I’ve never seen. Read more →


On Presidents’ Day, make a plan to stand up for democracy

In the past, I’ve encouraged citizens on Presidents’ Day to take the opportunity to participate in government and make their voices heard. The goal? To help make government work more effectively. That message is even more critically important now. Read more →


The best states to retire in 2022

It’s a question that comes up frequently these days. Where’s a cheaper place to live? Using safety, affordability, quality of life, health-related factors, and more than 40 other categories, WalletHub, a personal finance website, compared the 50 states to help retirees find the best way to retire. Read more →


Cookbooks to help you brighten 2022

If you’re like me, you’ve done more cooking during the pandemic than in any recent time period. In fact, for the first time, I got tired of cooking. This list of 19 cookbooks from the Food Tank brightened my day. The cookbooks are full of bright flavors, personal stories, and rich traditional knowledge. Read more →


Chamber of Commerce, whose members include dozens of lawbreakers, lobbies against FTC enforcement

The Chamber of Commerce is lobbying to oppose tougher enforcement at the Federal Trade Commission because its ranks are filled with corporate wrongdoers, a Public Citizen report says. The 111 known Chamber member corporations have violated state and federal laws 15,896 times with fines of $154 billion since 2000. Read more →


Progress made in public health, climate, and consumer protection during 2021, consumer group says

Since I wrote an article recently on the top consumer and personal finance stories of 2021, I was interested in a list offered by U.S. PIRG on the progress made in health, climate, and consumer issues in 2021. U.S. PIRG, a public interest research group, and its state partners worked on or supported many of these issues. Read more →


Top consumer and personal finance stories of 2021

Consumers are continuing to face tremendous challenges in this, the second year of the coronavirus pandemic. I could probably write an article on 10 ways the pandemic affected people financially. I just hope it will end soon instead of continuing to drag on and on. Read more →


Walmart improperly disposing of hazardous waste in California, lawsuit charges

Walmart is being charged with illegal disposal of hazardous waste by the California Attorney General’s Office and 12 district attorneys. For six years, Walmart violated the state's environmental laws by disposing of hazardous waste products at local landfills that aren’t equipped or authorized to receive this waste. Read more →


At last: Huge infrastructure bill gets signed into law

It’s a great occasion. President Joe Biden signed the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law today. People in the United States should be dancing in the streets. Nationally from 2003 to 2017, federal infrastructure spending dropped more than 20 percent. Read more →