CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS

Apr 19 07:55

Pro-Israel boycott group: Dutch Jewish leadership 'abusing' our postal system

A Dutch consumer rights group promoting a ban on Israeli goods is planning to take legal action against one of the Netherland's largest Jewish institutions for alleged "abuse" of the postal system. The Jewish group denies foul play.

Peace, which is advocating a boycott of Israeli goods from the West Bank, says the umbrella group for the Jewish Orthodox communities in the Netherlands, NIK, deliberately caused it losses of thousands of euros.

Apr 17 20:28

No remittance, no ignition: Auto 'electronic repo' in action

The beeping was a reminder that 24 hours remained before a car-loan payment had to be made — or else the vehicle would fail to start.

Apr 17 07:15

Domino’s Pizza’s (DPZ) Special Ingredients [Video]

Video footage of Domino’s Pizza employees adding their “Special Ingredients” to the sandwiches. This video led to the dismissal and arrest of the two employees along with a YouTube apology issued by Patrick Doyle, President, Domino’s U.S.A..

Apr 16 05:29

Video Prank at Domino’s Pizza Taints Brand - Draws Felony Charges - "Defaming a Pizza Franchise"

The New York Times - Stephanie Clifford -When two Domino’s Pizza employees [Kristy Hammonds and Michael Setzer] filmed a prank in the restaurant’s kitchen, they decided to post it online. In a few days, thanks to the power of social media, they ended up with felony charges [...]

[Expressing their solidarity with Hammonds and Setzer, Domino's Pizza employees nationwide promised to defecate in every pizza they make for the next five weeks, or until the two young pop-culture Youtube celebrities are exonerated of the spurious felony charge of defaming a pizza franchise. BOYCOTT DOMINO PIZZA! FREE HAMMOND AND SETZER!]

Apr 15 04:13

With Guilty Plea Pension Fund Thefts Peer out from behind Closed Doors - Hedge Fund Executive Pleads Guilty of Securities Fraud

The New York Times - Danny Hakim - ALBANY — A hedge fund executive has pleaded guilty to securities fraud and is cooperating with New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo’s investigation of corruption at the state pension fund, according to court records unsealed in Manhattan on Tuesday.

Hank Morris [...] -New York Comptroller Alan Hevesi’s top political consultant, was accused of selling access to the state’s $122 billion pension fund and reaping millions of dollars.

Apr 13 02:10

Islands at Risk - Genetic Engineering in Hawaii video

Experimental “genetically modified” and “biopharm” crops have been grown in open fields across the nation. When bees, wind, rain, or birds spread pollen and seeds across the landscape, the drugs and chemicals travel right along with them to pollinate other plants or be eaten by wildlife. They could even end up in your breakfast.

Despite the threat of contamination, the consequences of experimenting with our food supply and environment are being hidden like the crops themselves. The biotech industry downplays the dangers and refuses to share any information – such as the location of test fields. Likewise, the government has been more interested in protecting these companies’ profits than in protecting residents, the environment, or our food supply.

Apr 11 21:27

Best Buy Sells 9-Year-Old Discontinued Hard Drive As Brand New Western Digital, Refuses Refund

Jon spent $250 on a Western Digital VelociRaptor but what he received from Best Buy was a Quantum Fireball, a discontinued hard drive that hasn't been sold for nine years. Best Buy, of course, took no responsibility for the odd swap, and said that Western Digital must have accidentally sold a competitor's discontinued drive. Western Digital, of course, said that a Best Buy employee stole Jon's hard drive.

Apr 10 06:17

Neurosurgeon warns of Aspartame danger to pilots

In the light of deaths of American Airline pilots who heavily used aspartame Dr. Blaylock gives this warning.

We continually receive complaints from pilots about seizures, cardiac problems, vision loss, vertigo, confusion, disorientation, etc. associated with consumption of Equal/ aspartame/NutraSweet/Spoonful/Canderel/E951, etc Aspartame is a compound of phenylalanine, aspartic acid and a methyl ester which converts to methyl alcohol in digestion: wood alcohol, 1 ounce is a fatal dose, then into formaldehyde! Mission Possible Aviation.

I have reviewed reports from airline and private pilots concerning effects of aspartame on various physiological systems. Several of these are related to the nervous system, which puts this in category of great concern to the pilot as well as the general public. The more common complaints include disorientation, difficulty thinking and concentrating, visual blurring or even monocular blindness, seizures and heart failure. It is well known that the ingredients in aspartame, as well as its breakdown products, have deleterious effects on the nervous system and retina.

Apr 07 20:03

Surge in Abandoned Horses Renews Debate Over Slaughterhouses

The New York Times Katie Zezima - As the economy continues to falter, law enforcement officers in Kentucky and throughout the country are seeing major increases in the number of unwanted and neglected horses, some abandoned on public land, others left to starve by their owners.

Apr 05 12:50

The complete Joe Horn 9-11 call

This is what happens to an innocent person who is looking out for a neighbors property that involves crimes that involve illegal immigrants!

This man was forced to move from this property due to being harassed by protesters!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLtKCC7z0yc

Apr 02 11:43

House approves FDA regulation of tobacco products

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Wednesday that would for the first time give the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco products.

Mar 28 09:16

Do New Bulbs Save Energy if They Don’t Work?

It sounds like such a simple thing to do: buy some new light bulbs, screw them in, save the planet.

But a lot of people these days are finding the new compact fluorescent bulbs anything but simple. Consumers who are trying them say they sometimes fail to work, or wear out early. At best, people discover that using the bulbs requires learning a long list of dos and don’ts.

...

Consumers are supposed to be able to protect themselves by buying bulbs certified under the government’s Energy Star program. But experts and some environmental groups complain that Energy Star standards are weak, permitting low-quality bulbs with too high a level of mercury, a toxic metal contained in all compact fluorescents.

Mar 27 07:33

US Government: Nearly Four In Ten Admitted To "Treatment" For Marijuana Haven't Used Pot

These statistics make it clear that it is not marijuana use per se that is driving these treatment admission rates; it is marijuana prohibition that is primarily responsible

Mar 23 04:08

16 Tons, And Wadya Get? Another day older and Deeper in Debt- Selling the credit economy

The New York Times Tara Siegel Bernard - With Eyes Bigger Than Their Wallets, Homebuyers Are Forced to Revisit Old Rules At the height of the housing boom, many borrowers had to stretch to afford a house, in some cases agreeing to spend half their monthly earnings on their home. We all know how that turned out.

And a swath of homeowners was even more thinly stretched. In 2007, nearly 9.17 million homeowners, or about 12 percent of all owners, spent more than half of their gross income on housing costs, according to tabulations of Census data by the Joint Center for Housing Studies [...]

HOW MUCH CAN I AFFORD? - DO THE MATH - DOWN PAYMENT - TAXES - RESERVES

Mar 22 11:11

Seeds - How To Criminalize Them

This year, 2009, one item on the "sources of seed contamination" list is suddenly illegal in some parts of this country - seed cleaning equipment.

To get the drift, perhaps you need to know that the people who clean seed are being wiped out, as well.

How can they make such vital equipment illegal? Quietly, first of all, so as not to alert organic farmers who have a lot of political ties. And by saying it contaminates food. And by applying their innocent and reasonable sounding "minimum standards."

Mar 21 01:19

Is Organic Farming Killer Rep. Rosa DeLauro Becoming the Most Hated Woman in America? (I Hope So)

Seems that Congresswoman Rosa De Lauro, the sponsor of HR 875, the (so called) Food Safety Modernization Act, has a husband employed by Monsanto, a company that would directly benefit from the provisions in her bill that threaten to destroy organic farmers and even backyard gardiners via threats of gigantic fines and massive red tape....

Please utilize the info below to raise bloody hell with De Lauro and your own member of Congress, and if you happen to live in the state of Connecticut, and can help me contact every organic gardening club in the state about this, please let me know your phone number.

We'll organize a Tsunami of opposition to this bill from De Lauro's constituents especially so it can be dutifully buried and De Lauro's congressional career appropriately ENDED.

Mar 16 20:20

Safe juice, or a bug-colored poison?

Monday, March 16, 2009
Product Review: Tree Top Trim Strawberry Kiwi
"Ingredients: Water; Concentrated Juices of Apples Pears and Watermelons; Dextrin; Natural Flavors; Citric Acid; Kiwifruit Juice Concentrate; Orange Juice Concentrate; Strawberry Juice Concentrate; Garcinia Cambogia Extract; Cochineal; L-Carnitine Fumarate; Acesulfame Potassium; Sucralose; Chromium Polynicotinate"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochineal
Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus) is a scale insect in the suborder Sternorrhyncha, from which the crimson-colored dye, carmine, is derived.

http://www.acsh.org/factsfears/newsID.164/news_detail.asp
June 12, 2002
Bugs in Your Food
By Karen Schneider

Mar 15 14:46

Apple Adds Still More DRM to iPod Shuffle

Even as it attacks DRM on music, Apple is continuing to add more DRM to its own hardware (we recently documented all of Apple's various hardware DRM restrictions). The latest example is the new iPod Shuffle. According to the careful reviewers at iLounge, third-party headphone makers will have to use yet-another Apple "authentication chip" if they want to interoperate with the new Shuffle.

Normally, of course, independent headphone makers could simply reverse engineer the interface. The "authentication chip" is there so that Apple's lawyers can invoke the DMCA to block those efforts. So this shows us, yet again, what DRM is for -- not stopping piracy, but rather impeding competition and innovation.

Mar 15 08:59

Partial list of corporate lickspittles who are allowed to know what s in the secret copyright treaty the Obama administration claims is a matter of "national security"

Mar 11 20:06

Codex Alimentarius

Very good speech about an insidious agenda creeping along few have heard about. When you mention it by name, you really sound "in the know", too. ;-)

Mike has been talking about health and nutrition and so I thought I would offer this.

Mar 11 10:12

Pepsi Products Get a Sweet Makeover with Real Sugar

Members of the original Pepsi Generation are about to get a sweet trip down memory lane. The company announced on Thursday that three new "retro" sodas will be hitting beverage aisles beginning in March and April. ... The big difference? Packaging and sweetener. Pepsi Natural, touted as a "premium" cola, replaces the brand's standard sweetener -- high fructose corn syrup -- with natural cane and beet sugar, shaving four grams of sugar per 12-ounce serving. ... High fructose corn syrup has come under fire from opponents who claim that the substance -- chemically identical to sugar -- promotes obesity, though no scientific causality has been found.

Mar 09 13:15

Maine's, New Hampshire's and Vermont's RBOC Appears Headed into Bankruptcy.

Yahoo! Finance AP - FairPoint posts 4Q loss amid higher costs FairPoint posts 4th-quarter loss as expenses weigh on results, company suspends dividend

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Communications service provider FairPoint Communications Inc. posted a fourth-quarter loss Thursday as higher expenses weighed on results. The company also suspended its quarterly dividend to preserve cash and bolster its balance sheet.

For the full year, FairPoint posted a loss of $68.5 million, or 85 cents per share, on sales of $1.27 billion.

Mar 05 04:48

Markets: Your Odds of Winning Are Worse Than The Lottery Because We're Thieves

The New York Times Diana B. Henriques March 4, 2009

14 Trading Firms Settle Charges for $69 Million

More than a dozen Wall Street trading firms systematically cheated their customers of millions of dollars by improperly slicing bits of profit from countless trades, federal regulators said on Wednesday.

Mar 04 13:35

Investors Return to the Market After Heavy Selling - Lies from AP and Yahoo! Finance

Yahoo! Finance - Sara Lepro, AP Business Writer Wed March 4

Stocks move higher after 5 days of heavy selling

NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market is showing signs of life as investors find glimmers of hope for an economic turnaround.

Three stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to a light 1.1 billion shares.

Mar 04 06:08

The debt economy has no shame

The New York Times David Streitfeld March 3, 2009

You’re Dead? That Won’t Stop the Debt Collector

Dozens of specially trained agents work on the third floor of DCM Services here, calling up the dear departed’s next of kin and kindly asking if they want to settle the balance on a credit card or bank loan, or perhaps make that final utility bill or cellphone payment.

The people on the other end of the line often have no legal obligation to assume the debt of a spouse, sibling or parent. But they take responsibility for it anyway.

Mar 04 05:19

Prison Spending Outpaces All but Medicaid

The New York Times March 2, 2009 Solomon Moore

One in every 31 adults, or 7.3 million Americans, is in prison, on parole or probation, at a cost to the states of $47 billion in 2008, according to a new study.

As states face huge budget shortfalls, prisons, which hold 1.5 million adults, are driving the spending increases.

One in 11 African-Americans, or 9.2 percent, are under correctional control, compared with one in 27 Latinos (3.7 percent) and one in 45 whites (2.2 percent).Only one out of 89 women is behind bars or monitored, compared with one out of 18 men.

Mar 03 08:05

JPMorgan Derivatives Group Earned $5 Billion in Wall Street's Worst Year - It's not honest work, but it pays well.

Bloomberg Matthew Leising and Elizabeth Hester

March 3 (Bloomberg) -- JPMorgan Chase & Co. managed to generate $5 billion in profit during the worst year in Wall Street history by trading over-the-counter fixed-income derivatives, two people with knowledge of the results said.

The unit was among the most profitable at the New York-based company, said the people, who declined to be identified because they weren’t authorized to divulge the figures. JPMorgan spokeswoman Kristin Lemkau declined to comment.

Mar 01 06:30

Big Dividends, in a Dangerous Terrain OMFG LOOKOUT YOU FOOLS!

The New York Times VIVIAN MARINO Feb 28, 2009

Exchange-traded funds specializing in real estate can offer some tantalizing returns — or the bottom could fall out of them.

Feb 26 09:00

Brain Training Games Are Not Effective Say Researchers

A team of scientists brought together by the consumer watchdog Which? has disproved the claims that Brain Enhancing devices like Nintendo's Dr Kawashima's Brain Training help in enhancing the memory of their users.

They have asserted that the results with these devices are only as good as with those of conventional methods, such as solving crosswords and searching the web.

A group of experts, comprising renowned neuroscientists, asserted that there were no evidences to back a number of manufacturers’ claims that the devices can help in improving the memory skills or minimizes the chances of various diseases, such as dementia.

Feb 25 18:20

ASU Scientists Develop World’s First Flexible Touchscreen Display

Scientists from the Arizona State University have announced that they have developed world’s first flexible touchscreen display. After they designed flexible displays, and glass touchscreen, the scientists from ASU’s Flexible Display Center in collaboration with military and industry partners, have designed a touch-based flexible display which, at first, will be used in the battlefield by the U.S. Army.

Feb 24 11:23

Prepare Yourself for Higher Gas Prices

Feb 24, 2009 - Aaron Task - Yahoo Finance

With the economy tumbling, joblessness rising, and the stock market at 11-year lows, about the only positive thing for Americans' pocketbooks lately has been (relatively) lower gas prices. But this too shall pass, according to James Cordier, president of Liberty Trading Group in Tampa. Cordier, whose firm specializes in selling options on commodities, notes that while oil supplies are at a 16-year high, gasoline inventories are at a 5-year low.

Feb 23 07:02

How Aspartame Became Legal - The Timeline

In 1985 Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle, the chemical company that held the patent to aspartame, the active ingredient in NutraSweet. Monsanto was apparently untroubled by aspartame's clouded past, including a 1980 FDA Board of Inquiry, comprised of three independent scientists, which confirmed that it "might induce brain tumors."

The FDA had actually banned aspartame based on this finding, only to have Searle Chairman Donald Rumsfeld (currently the Secretary of Defense) vow to "call in his markers," to get it approved.

Feb 23 04:44

After Huge Losses, a Move to Reclaim Executives’ Pay

The New York Times GRETCHEN MORGENSON Feb 21, 2009

As the financial crisis deepens, what might have been a philosophical question is now the topic of the day. With losses mounting at the nation’s largest financial institutions, years of earnings have been erased, investors have lost billions, thousands of employees have been let go, and taxpayers have been tapped to rescue the financial system. But executives who helped set the problems in motion, or ignored them as they mounted, are still doing fine. Humbled, perhaps, but well paid for their anguish.

Feb 18 09:21

Sky to replace 90,000 HD boxes

Thousands of Sky+ HD customers are to have their boxes replaced after a fault was discovered by manufacturer Pace.

Ninety-thousand people, about one in 10 HD customers, will be affected.

Sky says the fault involves the internal cabling and the quality of the connections between components but is not a safety risk.

Anyone affected is also being given three months' free subscription to Sky's HD pack, worth £29.25, when they have their box replaced.

Feb 18 04:06

Would a G.M. Bankruptcy Save Taxpayer Money?

The New York Times Business Michael J. de la Merced Feb 16, 2009

It is a stance that Mr. Altman, who is the director of N.Y.U.’s credit and debt markets research program, has publicly espoused for some time. Chief among his concerns now, however, is not only reaching a way to restructure G.M. and Chrysler in the least painful way for the companies, but also to protect the billions of dollars in government money lent to the companies.

The $13.4 billion that G.M. received in December was made in a way that ensures that the government is what is known as a senior secured lender, with assets backing up the loan.

Feb 17 13:06

U.S. charges Stanford Financial with "massive" fraud

Anna Driver and Simon Evans | Reuters | Feb 17, 2009

HOUSTON/ST JOHN'S, Antigua (Reuters) – U.S. authorities charged Texas billionaire Allen Stanford and three of his companies with "massive ongoing fraud" on Tuesday as federal agents swooped in on Stanford's U.S. headquarters.

The SEC said it was seeking to freeze the assets of the company and appoint a receiver "to take possession and control of defendants' assets for the protection of defendants' victims."

"Recently, as the market absorbed the news of Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme, SIB has attempted to calm its own investors by claiming the bank has no "direct or indirect" exposure to Madoff's scheme," the SEC said. "These assurances are false."

Feb 16 07:08

Mercury Found in High Fructose Corn Syrup

Quantities of mercury have been found in high fructose corn syrup, the ingredient that has replaced sugar in many of our processed foods. Reports have also come out that the FDA knew about traces of the toxic substance in food, and sat on the information. This news comes out just as we've learned that the peanut butter factory responsible for the salmonella outbreak has a storied history of health violations. What a week for food safety.

Mercury in high fructose corn syrup affects many of the most popular foods in America, including yogurt, soda, candy, juice and jelly. Even a small amount of it can be seriously unhealthy.

Feb 15 09:20

Tinnitus time-bomb for iPod generation

MUSIC lovers who listen to their iPods or MP3 players at too high a volume could be creating a tinnitus time-bomb, it has been warned.

Health experts and charities have said that there is a real danger that youngsters in particular are running the risk of incurring permanent damage to their hearing by exposing themselves to sustained loud noise.

Feb 14 17:53

MS sued for charging for Vista-XP downgrade

Microsoft has been sued this week over claims that the necessity to pay for its Vista-to-XP downgrade program abuses the company's Windows monopoly. Filed in a Seattle federal district court, the lawsuit found by the Seattle Times accuses Microsoft of violating Washington state business and consumer protection laws by creating an unfair license that cost plaintiff Emma Alvarado $59.25 to revert from Windows Vista Business to XP Professional when she bought a Lenovo notebook in June 2008.

She believes Microsoft has knowingly exploited Vista's poor reputation and created a captive audience which has no choice but to pay a significant amount to use an operating system it believes is more compatible and reliable.

Feb 13 06:39

Shortage of Critical Commodities Seen Already

Maybe you thought that less trade with China would mean fewer choices of lawn gnomes at Walmart this summer. And since you've recently sworn off, who cares anyway. Turns out China is also a leading provider of the raw materials used to make critical pharmaceutical drugs. We'll have fewer of those too and, in some cases, none at all.

Feb 13 05:49

I.R.S. Study Tries to Assess if Hospitals Earn Non-Profit Tax Breaks

The New York Times | Stephanie Strom | Thu- Feb 12, 2009

Over the last several years, members of Congress have raised concerns over whether nonprofit hospitals provide enough free care and other community benefits to justify their tax exemptions.

The average compensation paid to the top executives of the hospitals responding to the I.R.S. survey was $490,000. But among a subset of 20 hospitals reporting higher levels of compensation for their top leaders, the average was $1.4 million.

Ms. Lerner said that the I.R.S. had identified at least one hospital among those 20 that it believed had paid its leader excessively.

Feb 12 04:34

Millions 'opt for DIY dentistry'

BBC News | Thu- Feb 12, 2009

Millions of people in England have resorted to DIY dentistry, a survey by consumer magazine Which? suggests.

The poll, of 2,631 adults, found 8% had tried to fix their own dental problems - and a similar number knew somebody who had tried.

Of those who admitted trying the DIY approach, one in four had tried to pull out a tooth using pliers.

Feb 11 10:46

India to launch cow urine as soft drink (no, we're not taking the p***)

Does your Pepsi lack pep? Is your Coke not the real thing? India's Hindu nationalist movement apparently has the answer: a new soft drink made from cow urine.

The bovine brew is in the final stages of development by the Cow Protection Department of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), India's biggest and oldest Hindu nationalist group, according to the man who makes it.

Om Prakash, the head of the department, said the drink – called "gau jal", or "cow water" – in Sanskrit was undergoing laboratory tests and would be launched "very soon, maybe by the end of this year".

Feb 11 09:37

9 Humiliating Ways Cell phones Injure People

Despite their usefulness, cellular phones get a lot of negative press. Excessive and improper cell phone use accounts for hundreds of thousands of injuries and deaths around the world every year. A recent study showed that a coordinated 20 year-old has the same reaction time as that of a 70 year old when talking on a cell phone. This waned concentration can lead to many dangerous situations. And while most of us have made it this far without the need of protective shoulder pads or helmets, the risk of cell phone injury still exists. The following is a list of cell phone injuries, ordered in their likeliness to occur, from most to least.

Feb 10 21:47

Is Stupidity Killing America’s Productivity?

When a society makes it a huge priority to protect people from their own stupidity, it will eventually grind to a slow, bureaucratic halt. I have to show my ID to buy Sudafed, spray paint or glue because someone has decided I might use these items to do something stupid. However, I can buy bullets without an ID. I was talking to a policeman the other day and discovered I could be thrown in jail for the amount of decongestant I had in my house. Seriously!

Feb 10 07:52

Desperately seeking $4 gasoline

The New York Times | Tue- Feb 10, 2009 | Stephen Labaton and Edmund Andrews

Geithner Set to Make Public Case for Bank Bailout Plan Google article title Citing ‘Lost Faith’ in Banks, Geithner to Push Bailout NY Times article title

Feb 09 10:57

VIDEO: Merck’s HPV Vaccine Ruins Girls Life

There have been numerous accounts of young girls becoming very ill and even a few who've died after receiving the HPV vaccine from Merck. This is one girls story.

Feb 09 10:45

Illinois River Closed Due to Caterpillar "Oil Sludge" Spill

The US Coast Guard is reporting that 6,000 gallons of “Oil Sludge” spilled into the Des Plaines River from a container at Caterpiller’s hydraulics plant in Illinois. It is estimated that the Caterpillar container spilled 65,000 gallons of the sludge while 6,000 made its way into the river.

Feb 06 13:58

Toys With Banned Toxin Must Go, Judge Decides

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS on The New York Times | Thur- Feb 5, 2009

The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission may not let toys containing toxic manufacturing chemicals remain on store shelves after a ban takes effect next week, a judge ruled Thursday.

Manufacturers have said they would have to take products worth hundreds of millions of dollars off store shelves to comply, but consumer advocates called the ruling a victory for children’s health.

[...] phthalates, chemicals used to soften plastics. They are commonly found in bath toys, books, teethers, bibs, dolls and plastic figures.

Phthalates can be absorbed through the mouth or skin, interfering with reproductive hormones.

Feb 05 19:47

Privacy international identifies major security flaw in Google’s global phone tracking system

One day after the global launch of Google’s “Latitude” phone tracking system, Privacy International has identified what appears to be a fundamental design problem that could substantially endanger user privacy.

After studying the system documentation, PI has determined that the Google system lacks adequate safeguards to protect users from covert opt-in to Latitude’s tracking technology. While it is clear that Google has made at least some effort to embed privacy protections, Latitude appears to present an immediate privacy threat.

Feb 03 17:31

Exploding cellphone kills Chinese man

Here's the thing about batteries: they store energy. Lots of it. Channeled correctly, that energy does really awesome things for us -- but channeled chaotically, and... well, you know where this is going, don't you? A man shopping in a Lenovo store in mainland China has been killed after the phone in his chest pocket exploded, severing arteries and leading to massive blood loss. The make and model of the phone and battery have yet to be identified, but seeing how this is the seventh high-profile case of an exploding phone in China in the last six years, it really gives you pause before installing that shady off-brand juice, doesn't it?

Jan 29 00:17

Anti-Terrorism Law used for Peanut salmonella records

Anti-Terrorism Law Used to Open Peanut Company's Records
Posted By: Cal Callaway
Posted By: Paul Crawley
Updated 1/28/2009 5:59:54 PM

ATLANTA --- Another bombshell was revealed Wednesday morning as Georgia lawmakers heard testimony regarding the ongoing peanut salmonella crisis.

State Agriculture Deputy Commissioner Oscar Garrison told members of the House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee that the Food and Drug Administration had to force a South Georgia company to turn over its own inspection records using the Federal Anti-Terrorism law.

The F.D.A. announced Tuesday that the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Georgia, had a history of problems it failed to correct.

Jan 26 09:13

Microsoft misses memo, launches DRM-laden mobile music store

Retailers from Amazon to Real have launched their own DRM-free MP3 music stores in recent years. Faced with the competition, Apple finally put the last nail in the coffin of á la carte music DRM earlier this month with the iTunes Store, but don't tell Microsoft. The world's largest software maker just launched a mobile phone-based music store in the UK that charges nearly twice the price for media while offering even fewer rights.

Jan 25 15:53

Zsa Zsa Gabor Victim of Bernard Madoff Scheme “Facing Financial Ruin”

Wed- Jan 21, 2009 | PopCrunch | Castina

“We’re mad as hell. We want our money back. We might be forced to sell our Bel Air home, cars, artwork and even our jewellery because of this sick man,” Zsa Zsa’s ninth husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, laments in Thursday’s edition of The National Enquirer.

“This scam artist should be dragged through the streets and flogged,” he adds.

Jan 18 17:18

As Salmonella Recall Expands, FDA Warns Consumers To "Postpone Eating" Many Peanut Butter Products

No, this doesn't mean the jar of Skippy on your shelf, but it does seem to cover cookies, cakes, and ice cream; pretty much any shrink-wrapped peanut butter snack.

Jan 17 18:24

Device helped ensure US Airways plane would float

Planes can float, but the US Airways Airbus A-320 that crashed into the Hudson River Thursday had a better chance than most.

Jan 13 11:06

No need for condoms – GE corn can do the job

India — New research from Austria shows that a commercial strain of Monsanto-made GE corn causes mice to have fewer and weaker babies. What is this doing to human fertility?

Regulators around the world said Monsanto’s GE corn was as safe as non-GE strains.

It has been approved in many countries and regions including the US, the EU, Argentina, Japan, Philippines and South Africa.

China approved the GE corn for animal feed back in 2005.

Until this research, under the Austrian Ministries for Agriculture and Health, none of the regulators had seriously questioned the safety of Monsanto's GE corn.

The biotech industry is playing a game of genetic roulette with our food and with our health.

Jan 13 10:37

Using mouthwash could increase risk of cancer by nine times, claim scientists

MOUTHWASHES containing alcohol can cause oral cancer and should be removed from supermarket shelves, a dental health study claims.

Scientists say there is now "sufficient evidence" that such mouthwashes contribute to an increased risk of the disease.

The ethanol in mouthwash is thought to allow cancer-causing substances to permeate the lining of the mouth.

Jan 11 11:41

Toyota announces expanded hybrid offerings

Toyota plans to launch as many as 10 new hybrid petrol-electric models within the next four years as it seeks to build on the popularity of its Prius hatchback.

Jan 05 09:40

Orange drinks with 300 times more pesticide than tap water

Fizzy drinks sold by Coca-Cola in Britain have been found to contain pesticides at up to 300 times the level allowed in tap or bottled water.

A worldwide study found pesticide levels in orange and lemon drinks sold under the Fanta brand, which is popular with children, were at their highest in the UK.

Dec 27 20:12

Holiday season reminder: Buy cheap HDMI cables

In the bustle of holiday shopping, it's easy to be persuaded by the salesperson at your local retailer that you need to buy a $50 HDMI cable to make your new gear work. They might say the expensive cable "supports faster speeds," "has better video quality," or that "cheap cables don't support 1080p"--pretty much anything to get you to throw that high-margin HDMI cable in your shopping cart. But the truth is that expensive HDMI cables aren't worth it and the cheap cables available online are just as good.

Dec 25 04:18

Paypal Ruins Christmas for eBay Customers

This could happen to you. I recently read a very sad story posted on eBay's (EBAY) Paypal discussion board. It's about a fantastic mom (eBay id: seasonalstuff) who sold holiday decorations to earn Xmas money for her family. Unfortunately all her hard work was for nothing because the Paypal Grinch froze her account two weeks before Santa's arrival.

Dec 21 01:11

EPA veils hazardous substances

Chemical Fallout | Watchdog Report
EPA veils hazardous substances
By Susanne Rust and Meg Kissinger of the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Dec. 20, 2008 10:53 p.m.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency routinely allows companies to keep new information about their chemicals secret, including compounds that have been shown to cause cancer and respiratory problems, the Journal Sentinel has found.

Dec 07 01:00

Sorry, Foundmoney is for-profit search results

My apology for not checking out this business website well enough.

Founder of Found Money, Edward Palonek and Santa Claus Find People that Have Unclaimed Money Belonging to Them Before Christmas
Fri Dec 5, 2:21 pm ET

I used another search website a few years ago, not this one, and it was not a pay-to-get info one. The best route to go is by the specific
State Controller's UNCLAIMED PROPERTY SEARCH such as this:

California State Controller's Office
UNCLAIMED PROPERTY SEARCH
http://scoweb.sco.ca.gov/UCP/

Dec 01 12:19

You are what you eat

Alzheimers nation...no wonder we have such a short term memory and keep falling for political scams..

LONDON: Mice fed junk food for nine months showed signs of developing the abnormal brain tangles strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease Swedish researcher said on Friday.

Nov 30 18:24

PepsiCo Pursues Ancient Leaf - Artificial sweetener - Stevia

Matthew Craze and Duane D. Stanford - Bloomberg
The agency [FDA] now allows less-refined stevia sweeteners only as dietary supplements in the U.S. because it lacks evidence to declare it would be safe as a food ingredient.
-------
WIKIPEDIA on Stevia, politics and the FDA.

Nov 26 06:12

FDA Finds Traces Of Melamine In US Infant Formula

Traces of the industrial chemical melamine have been detected in samples of top-selling U.S. infant formula, but federal regulators insist the products are safe. The Food and Drug Administration said last month it was unable to identify any melamine exposure level as safe for infants, but a top official said it would be a "dangerous overreaction" for parents to stop feeding infant formula to babies who depend on it.

Nov 24 11:45

GM crops 'to be grown in secret'

Trials could also be conducted away from the public in the Government's Porton Down military research site in Salisbury, Wiltshire, it is claimed.

There are currently no GM food trials underway in the country and the more than 50 that have been conducted since 2000 have been affected by vandalism.

Nov 18 01:23

The flying car

To Timbuktu by flying car: it sounds the most unlikely journey on earth; a sci-fi voyage from the pages of Jules Verne. But this is no fantasy. The car really flies. And the journey will become reality early in the new year when two explorers set off from London in a propeller-powered dune buggy heading for the Sahara.

Nov 15 21:40

HDMI Cable Con

In the past when interconnects for audio and visual equipment were analogue the quality of the cable would make a real difference to image and sound quality. However, the same cannot be said of digital interconnects such as HDMI cables. These either work or they don’t work; and there is no difference between a cheap £10 and a £40 cable. The retailers make a small fortune out of these expensive cables as the mark-up can be as high as 80%. In fact, many retailers rely heavily on this as a major source of income due to the high margins and the fact the margins are low on the main products.

Nov 15 21:40

HDMI Cable Con

In the past when interconnects for audio and visual equipment were analogue the quality of the cable would make a real difference to image and sound quality. However, the same cannot be said of digital interconnects such as HDMI cables. These either work or they don’t work; and there is no difference between a cheap £10 and a £40 cable. The retailers make a small fortune out of these expensive cables as the mark-up can be as high as 80%. In fact, many retailers rely heavily on this as a major source of income due to the high margins and the fact the margins are low on the main products.

Nov 13 09:41

LG, Sharp plead guilty to LCD price-fixing, take $585m fine

Allegations of LCD price-fixing have been swirling around for years now, and it looks like at least some of the companies involved have dirt on their hands -- LG, Sharp and Chunghwa Picture Tubes have all just pled guilty to price-fixing in a case filed by the US Department of Justice and will pay a combined $585m fine. LG's taking the biggest hit at $400m for conspiring to fix prices from September 2001 to June 2006, while Sharp's on the hook for $120m for jacking prices on panels sold to Dell, Motorola and Apple during the same time frame. Naughty, naughty.

Nov 12 07:49

Senate Finance Chief Calls for Making Health Coverage Mandatory

Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Senator Max Baucus, presenting the first Democratic health plan since President-elect Barack Obama's victory, said all Americans should be required to have insurance once coverage is made affordable.

Required? Required to have health insurance? This is what the Obamians voted for?

Nov 10 20:48

Statin Drugs Don’t Save Lives and May Increase Your Risk for Diabetes

Americans are being bombarded today by news reports of a breakthrough in the prevention of cardiovascular disease (heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure). The hype is undeserved, the data less than compelling, and when it came to whether the statin drug used in the study (Crestor) actually saved lives, the headlines should have said the drug trial failed and that it raised the risk for diabetes.

Here is how the news media and health authorities portrayed the study (New England Journal of Medicine, Nov. 9, 2008):

Nov 01 22:32

100,000 Sony batteries recalled

About 100,000 Sony Lithium-Ion batteries used in Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba and Dell notebooks have been recalled. 35,000 batteries of these batteries were sold in the US.

Some details about these batteries:

They were sold at the same time as the batteries involved in the widescale 2006 Sony battery recall.

These batteries can “overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.”

The damage so far: “There have been 19 reports of the batteries overheating, including 17 reports of flames/fire (10 resulting in minor property damage). Two consumers experienced minor burns.”

Oct 30 20:03

Mobile phone use 'raises children's risk of brain cancer fivefold'

Alarming new research from Sweden on the effects of radiation raises fears that today's youngsters face an epidemic of the disease in later life.

Children and teenagers are five times more likely to get brain cancer if they use mobile phones, startling new research indicates.

The study, experts say, raises fears that today's young people may suffer an "epidemic" of the disease in later life. At least nine out of 10 British 16-year-olds have their own handset, as do more than 40 per cent of primary schoolchildren.

Oct 30 18:25

Another Blu-Ray Strike

So let's fast forward to Blu-Ray, the rat that won the rat fight. Companies that give you lots of information on the website are fun, so here's a good page from PacificDisc.

Now, I don't expect you to browse this thing closely, so let's go right to the boner:

Oct 21 11:13

Mutant Seeds for Mesopotamia

Programmed famine anyone?

Oct 11 22:19

RIAA v. The People: Five Years Later

On September 8, 2003, the recording industry sued 261 American music fans for sharing songs on peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, kicking off an unprecedented legal campaign against the people that should be the recording industry’s best customers: music fans.1 Five years later, the recording industry has filed, settled, or threatened legal actions against at least 30,000 individuals.2 These individuals have included children, grandparents, unemployed single mothers, college professors—a random selection from the millions of Americans who have used P2P networks.

Oct 10 21:37

Wal-Mart changes its mind, leaves existing DRM servers up

In what can only be described as another "damned if you do, damned if you don't" scenario, faced with the option of thousands of disgruntled customers, Wal-Mart is informing them it's decided to leave its online DRM servers running.

Oct 10 06:34

Ultraviolet radiation warning on unshaded eco lightbulbs

Health officials issued a warning over energy-saving lightbulbs yesterday after research showed that some types could potentially harm the skin and even raise the risk of cancer.

A study by the Health Protection Agency found that some unencapsulated fluorescent lightbulbs, which have a coil that is visible, emitted ultraviolet (UV) radiation above the recognised safety limits.

Oct 09 18:42

Kids need to agree to 120+ pages of EULAs in order to watch BluRay Sleeping Beauty

Over on Boing Boing Gadgets, our John notes that watching Sleeping Beauty on Blu-Ray requires that you accede to over 120 pages of legal garbage in various EULAs before you can start the movie.

Oct 08 06:02

EU battery rule may zap iPhone, blow away MacBook Air

The EU is readying a new set of directives that could spell trouble for Apple's iPhone and any other gadget that lacks an easily removable power pack.

A new, draft batteries directive mandates that power cells inside electronic devices must be "readily removable" for replacement and safe disposal. This isn't the case with the iPhone, which does not have a user-replaceable battery.

Neither do Apple's numerous iPods, or a growing number of handheld devices from other manufacturers.

Oct 05 07:25

Hollywood Illegally Demands Money From Kindergartens

A company collecting royalties on behalf of Hollywood studios has illegally demanded payments from kindergartens in Ireland. The MPLC requested 10 Euros ($14.00) per child per annum, so that they can watch DVDs legally. However, by doing so they breached the 2000 Copyright Act since MPLC failed to register with the Patent Office.

Oct 02 15:26

What Coca-Cola Does to Your Stomach

There has been a lot of speculation about the effect of Coca Cola on the human stomach. There were those that said that the popular beverage could literally cause our intestines to melt if we drink to much of the stuff. Coca Cola always denied the rumors and said that their product is no worse than other soft drinks on the market and there was no official proof of the “dissolving effect“.

Sep 18 09:37

Motorists fume at 'profiteers' as price of petrol goes UP despite huge falls in oil price

Petrol prices are increasing despite huge falls in the cost of oil in recent months.

In the past few days prices at some petrol stations have increased by 2p a litre - or nearly 10p a gallon - adding £1 to the average fill-up.

It comes at a time when wholesale oil prices have dropped by nearly 40 per cent since July and the wholesale cost of the petrol and diesel is down 30 per cent.

Motoring groups accused the oil giants of profiteering at drivers' expense.

The AA called the price rises 'unbelievable, unjustifiable and totally outrageous'.

Sep 16 09:08

Study: Some Water Bottles Linked to Diabetes

An ubiquitous ingredient in plastics has been linked to diabetes and heart disease in adults, according to a study being released today, heightening concerns about the widespread use of the chemical BPA.

Otherwise known as Bisphenol-A, BPA is the chemical once studied as a synthetic form of estrogen, but more recently known to leach out of some plastic water bottles and baby bottles, and that is found in all kinds of plastic products.

Sep 15 15:57

AT & T buries customer rights in 2,500-page 'guidebook'

AT&T has sent customers an 8,000-word service agreement that, among other things, says people will be given 30-day notice of price increases only when "commercially reasonable" and that you can't sue the company.

Oh, and if you don't like AT&T's terms -- providing you can make your way through the company's 2,500-page "guidebook" -- your only recourse is to cancel service.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA