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Freedom Of Information Requests

Executive Branch government agencies generate and manage a wealth of information and documents, many of which are unreleased. Though the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. §552) has undergone multiple revisions since it was signed into law in 1967, it remains a vehicle for obtaining at least some information/documents from some Executive Branch agencies. How […]

Revenge Porn and other Garbage

The internet is a double-edged sword, concurrently brilliant with potential but terrible with pitfalls. Some of the more contemptible web users exploit both edges by posting revenge porn and other offal to harm others and/or extort money from them. Fortunately, the authorities provide several means for counteracting and punishing these dolts, sometimes even if the […]

Avoiding Scam Charities

On May 19, 2015 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), all 50 states and the District of Columbia filed suit against 4 bogus cancer charities: the Breast Cancer Society; Cancer Fund of America; Cancer Support Services; and Children’s Cancer Fund of America. The suit was also brought against some people behind these false charities, including: James […]

Packing For A Flight

According to AAA, air travel is up for the 2015 Memorial Day Weekend. Unfortunately, thievery of items by baggage handlers is also strong at such airports as Miami International and JFK. How do you avoid losing your jewelry, cash, iPad and cameras to baggage thieves and/or be reimbursed if those items are lost, damaged or […]

Food and Hunger Issues in Los Angeles

Los Angeles County has the largest estimated population of food-insecure people in the U. S., according to “Feeding America’s” report released in 2015. “Feeding America” is a non-profit organization maintaining food banks across the U. S. In furtherance of its work, the organization assembles data and produces a “Mind the Meal Gap” report measuring “food […]

Detecting Government Computer Spyware

As some of us move through life, fat dumb and happy (well, I do), Governments are increasingly spying on activists, journalists and essentially anyone those governments wish to infiltrate, frighten, inhibit and silence. With access to advanced technology and deep pockets to finance it, some governments have developed unconventional spyware undetectable by normal security antivirus […]

Justice For The Deaf

Obtaining justice from the Justice System requires communication; consequently, deaf people can find the system baffling, degrading, isolating and just plain unjust. Though the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires law enforcement officers, lawyers, judges, courtrooms, jails and prisons to provide “reasonable accommodations” for people with disabilities, too often the deaf individual is given little […]

Flooding 101

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), after a year-long study combining the efforts of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of the Interior and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, released a study showing risks from weather patterns and rising oceans along the 31,000 miles from North Carolina to […]

Avoiding Arsenic Chicken

Americans know that chicken feed isn’t just chicken feed: it is mixed with enhancements that make the chickens plumper, more disease-resistant, healthier looking, and better able to pursue lives of religious fulfillment. Despite the presence of X-factor ingredients in chicken feed, Americans have been assured for years by the FDA that our chickens are safe […]

Veterans Brain Injuries & PTSD

We have seen some of the injuries sustained by American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan but the supposed “signature” injuries from those conflicts are Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The Mayo Clinic states that TBI occurs “when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction,” usually from a violent blow or jolt […]