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Beck’s Beer Settlement

Here’s a news flash: Beck’s Beer is not really brewed in Germany, though it claimed to be brewed in Germany and charged premium prices based on that assertion. Pursuant to a settlement in late 2015, consumers can obtain cash refunds from the brewer, Anheuser-Busch, even without proof of purchase. In late 2013, a man named […]

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 […]

Combatting Sexual Assult

According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS): – Each year, there are approximately 293,066 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault (1 every 107 seconds); – 82% of sexual assaults were committed by a non-stranger; – 47% of rapists are friends or acquaintances of the victims; – […]

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: […]

What To Do About Home Invasion

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, more than 2,100,000 burglaries were committed in the U. S. in 2010 and 73.9 % of those burglaries involved residential properties. At those rates, at some point, some burglar just might target your residence. What, then, should you do about home invasions? No measure is 100% […]