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Ethical Shopping

Boycotting has traditionally been one of our strongest methods of protest. Many of us remember the massive boycotts of the 1990s against retailers using notorious sweatshops. Some of us even remember Kathie Lee Gifford’s tearful comeuppance in 1996 at the revelation that her clothing line was made by 13-year-olds working 20-hours/day in Honduran sweatshops. We […]

Car Rental

Airlines may mesmerize with their charges for this, that and the other…and the other…and the other. However, car rental companies could still teach the airlines a thing or two about weirdly accumulating charges. Car rental companies can pile on fees in ways I cannot anticipate but there are a few common sense steps that can […]

Getting A Tattoo

Many people sport tattoos: one source estimates that 120+ million people in the Western Hemisphere have at least one tattoo. However, concerns have arisen about the medical effects of tattoo ink. Short-term effects of tattooing can include: pain; bleeding; bacterial infection; and allergic reaction to the ink. Long-term effects of tattooing are tougher to gauge: […]

Supercookies Tracking Our Internet Use

Our good friends at Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) have advised the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of their apprehensions about Verizon’s use of “super cookies” to track the internet usage of 100+ million of its cellular customers. In addition, the EFF plans to take legal action against Verizon to stop the tracking program. Verizon has been […]