Monthly Archives: November 2008

Lawmakers Push Government To Enforce Chemical Ban In Toys

As reported in USA Today, the outgoing Bush administration appears to be trying to protect toy makers that produce toys containing dangerous chemicals, despite legislation outlawing those chemicals. Here are excerpts from the story:  Congressional supporters of a new law meant to protect children from dangerous chemicals are trying to make sure that the government […]

Friday Fun

Here’s another Impossible Quiz. I’m sure most people think these are silly, but I enjoy them.

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I hope each of you is having a wonderful Thanksgiving today, and that you are surrounded by friends and family. For those of you brave enough to fight the mall crowds tomorrow, take a look at to learn about all the specials that will be waiting for you. Happy Shopping!

Featured Link – 230,000 Lawyers Recalled

With a hat tip to Bob Ambrogi, comes this startling announcement from the American Bar Association: 230,000 defective lawyers have been recalled!

Keeping Kids Safe During The Holidays

This post was contributed by Kelly Kilpatrick, who writes on the subject of nursing assistant exams. She invites your feedback at kellykilpatrick24 at gmail dot com. 

The holiday season is upon us and many people are making their gift lists and hitting stores to find the best deals on the hottest toys for the children […]

Survey Finds Litigations Too Costly Because Of E-Discovery

Sharon Nelson, of Sensei Enterprises, recently posted this nugget of information to the ABA Techshow Blog: On September 9th, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) and the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) Task Force on Discovery released the results of a survey of trial lawyers from across the country. […]

Featured Link – 100 Blogs That Will Make You Smarter

The title says it all: 100 Blogs That Will Make You Smarter.

Medicaid Covering Unapproved Drugs

Our tax dollars at work – Medicaid is risking patients lives by authorizing potentially dangerous drugs. As reported in the Dallas Morning News, Medicaid has paid at least $200 million since  2004 for medicines that have never been reviewed by the government for safety and effectiveness but still are covered under Medicaid. Excerpts from the […]

Featured Link – Texas State Board of Dental Examiners

What do you want to know about dentists or dental hygienists? Whatever it is, you’ll probably find it at the Web site of the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.

Featured Link – explains their purpose very well. Also be sure to find out how you can help our returning troops. Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Survivor Corps is a global network of people helping each other to overcome the effects of war and conflict and give back to their communities. In 2008, Survivor Corps grew from […]

Friday Fun

How good are you at plane geometry? How good are you at estimating angles and distances? Find out with the "Eyeballing Game."

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I have a bad habit of putting manuals and instructions for cameras, computers, etc. in safe places where I can never find them again. A site like helps me by proving user manuals for dozens of manufacturers and hundreds of products online for me to download as necessary. If you’ve lost a manual, check […]

Featured Link – is a handy Web site for converting files from one format to another. The site handles pretty much every format I’ve ever heard of and many that I haven’t. Here is the explanation from the site:, the world’s first and most complete conversion, file storage, units conversion website allowing internet users to convert […]

Featured Link – Tricks of the Trade: How Insurance Companies Deny, Delay, Confuse and Refuse

The American Association for Justice has published an interesting and helpful article titled Tricks of the Trade: How Insurance Companies Deny, Delay, Confuse and Refuse. The topics include: Denying Claims Delaying Until Death Confusing Consumers Discriminating by Credit Score Abandoning the Sick Canceling for a Call Here is the summary — What you can do […]

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Warning

MRSA (Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) cases have increased in recent months in our Social Security Disability clients. These are essentially infections that are resistant to a major category of antibiotics such as penicillin and cephalosporins. This year we have had several cases involving MRSA that have prevented individuals from having otherwise needed surgeries because of risk […]

Featured Link – Really, Really Basic Computer Tips

This article from the New York Times blog has a list of really basic computer tips that everyone should already know. But I admit that after using computers for at least 30 years, I didn’t know all of them. You might find a few little tricks that you either never knew or had forgotten. Check […]

Friday Fun

In the spirit of Jay Leno’s Headlines, here are some marriage announcements of couples who should not hyphenate their last names.

Featured Link – ALS Association

The ALS Association is dedicated to fighting the disease of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a motor neuron disease. The disease is frequently referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, after one of its most prominent victims. The Web site has a tremendous amount of information about the disease, and links to health resources. Here is their […]

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An interesting search engine for people, not words or phrases, is Here’s the description from the site: About 123people 123people is a real time people search tool that looks into nearly every corner of the Web. Using our proprietary search algorithm, you can find comprehensive and centralized people related information consisting of images, videos, […]

Veterans Groups Sue Bush Administration Over Delayed Benefits Claims

As reported in U.S. News, two groups have filed suit in order to speed up the process of deciding veterans benefits claims. As is, the procedure takes an unacceptably long time – as much as 4-5 years from start to finish. In the meantime, the disabled vets are losing their homes and other assets, while […]