À AIMER: The Joys of Getting Sick in France, Part Four

 Today the Washington Post reported that the Senate Finance Committee's health care reform bill, if passed, "would require people to buy insurance or face penalties ranging up to $1,900, to be assessed on their income tax returns."...more

Privacy. Does it have your attention yet?

Privacy stories and concerns are everywhere. There are constant issues over privacy at Facebook. Look, for example, at 10 Solid Tips to Safeguard Your Facebook Privacy and at Could I have my stuff back, please. ...more

that you are right.

Virginia DeBolt


Almost all U.S. Money is Laced with Cocaine

A recent study done at the University of Massachusetts, has shown that 90 percent of our money is laced with cocaine. Baltimore, Boston and Detroit were the top cities on the list. The study was performed worldwide. Canada and the US were on the top of the world list, while Japan and China were at the bottom. ...more

Password Security Issues Raised when Twitter Hacked

The New York Times reported in Twitter Hack Raises Flags on Security that a hacker had broken into confidential information about Twitter by breaking into a Twitter employee's email account. ...more

It seems perfect, for linking between PC and Mac, as you say, which is GREAT! :) There ...more

FTC: Don't Get Scammed

Get-rich-quick schemes have always plagued our society. ...more

So, about that recession

Not sure if you recall but a few months ago I wrote about my Recession Guilt. The kind that plagued me and made me feel bad for having it relatively easy while so many were struggling financially. And then I went and bathed in hundred dollar bills. Since then my tune has changed because this recession thing is starting to wear me down. There are repercussions and a domino effect that is beginning to slowly suffocate me as other larger entities are hit hard by the happenings in the markets. ...more

I was in the same place... I have always been poor, but the recession just wasn't hitting me. ...more

Credit-card companies are watching your every move (and why you should be very afraid)

Tthere's a scary article in the New York Times Magazine this weekend entitled "What Does Your Credit-Card Company Know About You?", which discusses the manipulative and Big Brother-like ways credit-card companies profile and amateur psychologize their patients, er... clients into paying the money they owe. I must admit I was quite horrified, after reading the piece, and immediately forwarded it to a friend who has worked at various banking institutions over the past ten years. But is this article really something we should be worried about, as consumers? ...more

I Love My Bank..er, Credit Union

  My bank is pretty much amazing! They offer some great services and help all the time. Plus they have a bucket of DumDums ready for the taking at the counter. In fact, I’ve been in the car with my friend DD Momma and her kids and whenever we pass by a Forum Credit Union, her kids point and ask if they can all go get candy. It’s kinda cool when your kids WANT to go to the bank with mom. I remember my mom’s bank. They had free cold water. That was pretty cool but Dum Dums are waaaaaay better! ...more


A certificate of deposit or CD is a financial product commonly offered to consumers by banks, thrift institutions, and credit unions. (http://www.wikipedia.org/). Laddering a CD often refers to buying several CD’s with different maturity days. Laddering a CD is done to maximize the return as well as liquidity of you CD’s. ...more


Enough beating around the bush! ...more