Monthly Archives: May 2011

Featured Link – Get “Red Cross” Ready

Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed Those are the basic steps of the Red Cross preparedness plan. In view of the recent weather-related disasters across the country, we should all take action to be ready for any contingency. The details on this page of the Red Cross Web site will be a great […]

Memorial Day — I Fought For You

This video seems appropriate for Memorial Day. Warning: It might bring a tear to your eye. I Fought For You See Details Buy Now

Friday Fun

This animation is a wonderful tribute to Carl Sagan’s beautiful “Pale Blue Dot.”

Proposal Limiting Consumer-Product Safety Agency Advances

U.S. House Republicans are continuing in their efforts to water down safety regulations in place to protect children. These details are from an article by Bloomberg News: A House subcommittee approved a proposal to roll back the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s authority on issues including lead testing for toys, baby-crib replacements and consumer complaints. […]

USAA Sued Again Over Medical Payouts in Car Wrecks

The Houston Chronicle recently ran an article about insurance company USAA’s practice of submitting claimants’ medical bills to be reviewed by a company in Alabama. That company is supposedly independent, but of course the Reviewing company knows that if it doesn’t produce the results wanted by USAA it will no longer receive business from the […]

Avandia Will Be Pulled From Retail Pharmacy Shelves In November

USA Today reports, “The diabetes drug Avandia [rosiglitazone] will be pulled from retail pharmacy shelves in November because it poses such a big heart attack risk, the federal government announced Tuesday.” Beginning Nov. 18, “the FDA will limit the drug’s use to patients who have already been safely treated with it, those whose blood sugar […]

Prescription Side Effects Causing More Hospitalizations

According to the American Medical Association, in an article on their Web site, painkillers are among the top medications sending patients to hospitals. Here are excerpts: The number of hospitalizations due to medication side effects jumped by more than half between 2004 and 2008, says a federal report that heightened concerns about polypharmacy among an aging […]

Friday Fun

Three-dimensional projections onto buildings are becoming more common, but this one is especially effective. It was done in Portugal.

Social Security Says Goodbye to Paper Checks

You may have heard that the Social Security Administration is switching from paper checks to direct deposits for all people who receive benefits from the agency. New beneficiaries had to switch as of May 1, 2011. Those currently receiving benefits have until March 1, 2013, to make the change. The Social Security Administration has a […]

Health Insurers Making Record Profits as Many Consumers Postpone Care

Health insurance companies have been making record profits the past several years, in part because Americans have been postponing medical procedures because of the shaky economy. Of course, that is not preventing the health insurance companies from charging higher and higher premiums. As a business owner I dread the time each year when our health […]

Featured Link – is the main portal to all other U.S. government Web sites. It’s a great starting point for any federal information you need. Here is the description from the site: Whatever you want or need from the U.S. government, it’s here on Our Vision As the U.S. government’s official web portal, makes it easy […]

Isabella and Jacob Reign Supreme on Social Security’s Most Popular Baby Names List

I enjoy publishing the Social Security Administration’s list of most-popular baby names each year. It’s interesting to see the changes, usually related to popular culture such as trendy TV shows or hot movies. Here is the latest list: Teen Mom Moving Up While Elvis Has Left the Building Jacob and Isabella are king and queen […]

Medicare Offers Financial Incentives to Hospitals for Improved Care, Error Reduction

The Los Angeles Times reported that the “Obama administration issued a final regulation to reward hospitals that provide high-quality care, the first in a series of steps that are designed to fundamentally transform the way that the federal government pays for healthcare.” Indeed, the practice is “commonplace in many industries,” but “setting quality benchmarks and […]

Friday Fun

This naked balloon dance video is 30 years old, but still funny (to some of us anyway). PG-rated.

Who Represents Me in Washington and in Austin?

We are in the midst of some very bad legislative proposals, both in Washington and in Austin. Whether you’re concerned about the loss of Medicare (Washington) or passage of a corporate immunity bill (Austin), you should contact your representatives and make your concerns known. There is a handy site for Texas who want to know […]

FTC Proposes New Rules on Food Advertising Aimed at Children

The New York Times reported the Federal Government “proposed sweeping new guidelines on Thursday that could push the food industry to overhaul how it advertises cereal, soda pop, snacks, restaurant meals and other foods to children.” Citing an “epidemic of childhood obesity, regulators are taking aim at a range of tactics used to market foods […]

Tell Your Senator to Vote NO on the Corporate Immunity Bill

This is a follow-up message from Texas Watch to go along with the blog post from yesterday: Dangerous legislation pushed by lobbyists for polluters, insurance companies and other corporate wrongdoers is on its way to the floor of the Texas Senate. The bill (HB 274) is designed to intimidate Texas families and small businesses into […]

Perry Thinks Corporate Immunity Is an Emergency… Really?

This press release is from the consumer organization Texas Watch: Under the House Rules, an emergency item is one that is “of such pressing and imperative import as to demand immediate action.” After 20+ years of pro-defendant legal changes, Rick Perry believes that making it even more difficult for Texans with valid claims to access […]

Friday Fun

Who can resist a funny video about drunk monkeys…?

Featured Link — Bill of Rights

Years ago I posted a link to the Constitution of the United States. Recent political discussions have prompted me to post another link — this one to the Bill of Rights. If you haven’t read it recently perhaps you should.