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Health and Business Reviews

Consumer reviews of services and products, including Consumer Reports, Consumer Affairs, Yelp, Measured Up, ValueStar and more (even on-line dating services): For a local review of Pleasanton, CA in the East San Francisco Bay area, peruse the Pleasanton Weekly's 2010 Readers Choice Pleasanton Winners.
consumerreports.org/cro/index.htm
topconsumerreviews.com/onlinedatingsites
consumeraffairs.com
yelp.com/pleasanton-ca
yelp.com
measuredup.com
valuestar.com
reviewcentre.com
pleasantonweekly.com/news/show_story.php?id=4722

Resources for consumers of health and business services: Information is available for checking professional licenses and complaints with a given licensed practitioner and reporting complaints regarding health services, business, identity theft, automotive repair, home improvement, landlord/tenant and so on through the California Department of Consumer Affairs. An invaluable set of resources for consumers. Several links are provided to two websites to run focused background checks to verify personal identity data and professional credentials when you are seriously considering a business partnership, hiring an employee, detecting possible fraud or a primary relationship or marriage. Lexisnexis.com provides what they call "26 solutions" for identity verification and authentication, while Intelius.com offers many protection services including a background check, people search and employee screening among others. While these services are controversial given serious privacy concerns, they are provided purely as informational and does not imply a recommendation in any manner. it may be prudent to consider such services or even hiring a private investigator (PI) depending on how much you are investing---forewarned is forearmed and what you don't know can hurt you very badly. Links to several fraud hotlines and related information and resources are listed below to avoid scams and help stop fraud. Links are also provided for reporting of suspected child, elder, couple, and developmentally disabled adult when "reasonable suspicion" is present. The national reporting of child abuse is available through the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-422-4453) and the county Child Protective Services child abuse hotline. The California Department of Social Services is directly responsible for all the child and adult protective services in California. The Childhelp's Children's Center of California has a long history of making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children in California along with providing the national child abuse hotline above. The April 2010 issue of Psychiatric News offers the article "What's behind soaring number of 'Emotional Neglect' cases?" which notes how according to a new government study, the number of children removed from families and placed in foster care continues to rise, even as the number of cases of other forms of child neglect and abuse has fallen substantially in recent years.
dca.ca.gov
dca.ca.gov/about_dca/entities.shtml
mbc.ca.gov
psychboard.ca.gov
bbs.ca.gov
privacy.ca.gov
bar.ca.gov
cslb.ca.gov
dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/index.shtml

Consumer Complaints

Making consumer complaints that get results: Resources to effectively make complaints, including the writing of complaint letters
nytimes.com/2010/05/23/your-money/23haggler.html
webcache.googleusercontent...in.gov...Consumer+complaints+that+get+results~
today.msnbc.msn.com/id/21644060
consumeraffairs.com/news04/2010/01/how_to_complain.html
consumer.org.nz/category/legal-rights/letters-that-get-results
hodu.com/complaints.shtml
savvy-discounts.com/complaint_resolution/complaint_resolution_3_0.htm
reviews.ebay.com/How-to-write-an-Effective-Complaint-Letter~
ehow.com/how_2304643_write-consumer-complaint-letters-that.html
businessballs.com/complaintsletters.htm
bhg.com/health-family/finances/write-complaints-that-get-results

Volunteer Opportunities in East SF Bay

Volunteer opportunities in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area and surroundings
volunteerinfo.org/eastbay.htm
habitateb.org/volunteer
sanfrancisco.about.com/od/greenliving/a/habitatrestore_2.htm?once=true&
ebparks.org/getinvolved/volunteer
calacademy.org...enviro_volunteer_opps...in+the+east+bay~
eastbayspca.org/volunteer
hopehospice.com/volunteering.html
sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/vol
volunteerinfo.org

Fraud Hotlines / Background Checks / Abuse Reporting

Fraud hotlines and resources:
ssa.gov/oig/hotline/index.htm
oig.hhs.gov/fraud/hotline
www.ed.gov
dhs.gov/xoig/about/gc_1163703329805.shtm
in.gov/fssa/2385.htm
medicare.gov/fraudabuse/HowToReport.asp
irs.gov/compliance/enforcement/article/0,,id=121259,00.html
irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=106778,00.html
insurancefraud.org/report_fraud.htm
insurancefraud.org/insurer_hotlines.htm
sec.gov/investor/pubs/cyberfraud.htm
ic3.gov/default.aspx
usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Internet_Fraud.shtml
mortgagenewsdaily.com/mortgage_fraud/National_Resources.asp
consumerfraudreporting.org/reporting.php
419legal.org/frauds/reportingcreditcardfraud.php
fraud.org
fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel03/mueller022503.htm
pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/45/7/8.1.full

Background checks
lexisnexis.com/risk/solutions/accurint.aspx
lexisnexis.com/risk/solutions/fraudpoint-fraud-prevention.aspx
lexisnexis.com/risk/identity-verification-authentication.aspx
lexisnexis.com/risk
intelius.com/background-verification.html
intelius.com/employment-background-check.html
intelius.com

Child and Adult Abuse resources
pediatrics.about.com/cs/childabuse/a/reporting_abuse.htm
nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childabuse.html
standagainstdv.org

Privacy Protection

Protect yourself from Internet Data-Mining companies who gather and then sell every detail of your life!—what you buy, where you go, and whom you love: Peruse the March 2011 Time magazine article "Your Data, Yourself" and particularly look at the link that lists sites to protect yourself and your information. This is vital information to know and use given that privacy is important to you. Other links look at data mining, specifically does data mining violates Fourth Amendment protections and asking the question "Who owns your social network data?"
time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,2058114,00.html
time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,2058114-6,00.html
beforeitsnews.com...Does_data_mining_violate_Fourth_Amendment_protections~
csoonline.com/article/675463/big-data-mining-who-owns-your-social-network-data-


Consumer Reviews / Complaints of Health & Business Services / Products / Volunteering | Environment, Pets & Social Networks / Technologies Impact on Human Behavior

Gender Wage Inequities

Wage inequities are to be corrected for greater prosperity for all: New York Times Op-Ed piece by Robert B. Reich on "How to End the Great Recession
nytimes.com/2010/09/03/opinion/03reich.html?_r=1&th&emc=th

Gender gap in pay?: Women still earn less than men—In 1963 women earned 59% of the wages men earned in the same job it appears; in 2008 women earned 77% of men's wages. A late September 2010 report from the U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) found that women managers make 81 cents to a man's buck, and that managerial women with children haven't gained on men at all from 2000 to 2007. A March 2011 White House report states that across educational levels, women only made an average of 75% as much as their male counterparts in 2009 and women are making solid gains in education with 87% of women 19 and older having graduated high school, slightly higher than men, and about 28% of both women and men had at least a college degree, a huge gain for women over only 8% in 1970. However, since part-time work pays less and many more women work part-time, this may almost completely close this apparent wage gap!—March 2010 research conducted by the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital found that even highly qualified women in academic medicine paid less than equally qualified men. At the same time a 2009 study mentioned that this apparent gender wage gap almost completely disappears to an adjusted gap between 4.8 and 7.1 percent once a number of variables are factored in, such as a greater percent of women than men tend to work part-time, and part-time work tends to pay less than full-time work, pregnancy leave, and other factors. Denise Venable, a research assistant with the National Center for Policy Analysis, says: "The "wage gap" is not so much about employers discriminating against women as about women making discriminating choices in the labor market." A July 21, 2010 New York Times Op-Ed piece by Nicholas D. Kristof entitled "Don't Write Men Off Just Yet" makes the case that gains for women in society and the workplace are helping put the genders on a more equal footing. With a rising tide lifting all boats, Kristof notes "The truth is that we men have typically benefited as women have gained greater equality."
infoplease.com/spot/equalpayact1.html
physorg.com/news189233838.html
time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1983185,00.html
latimes.com/business/la-fi-women-managers-20100928,0,1131366.story
businessweek.com/careers/workingparents...working_women_a~
mjperry.blogspot.com/2010/03/gender-wage-gap-explained.html
nytimes.com/2006/12/24/business/24gap.html
en.wikipedia...Male%E2%80%93female_income_disparity_in_the_United_States~
...gimi.us/CLUTE_INSTITUTE...gender+wage+gap+for+doing+the+same+work~
docs.google.com...iwpr.org...gender+pay+gap+2010~
mjperry.blogspot.com/2010/03/gender-wage-gap-explained.html
ncpa.org/pub/ba392
nytimes.com/2010/07/22/opinion/22kristof.html?_r=1&th&emc=th
online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703749504576172700990018240~

Noise Pollution

Noise pollution or environmental noise: One definition offered on Wikipedia for this phenomenon is "displeasing human, animal or machine-created sound that disrupts the activity or balance of human or animal life": This same source notes tha the word "noise" is derived from the Latin word nausea that means seasickness. Noise health effects are both health and behavioral in nature and are not to be undervalued. Protecting oneself by mitigating and controlling the noise you are exposed to is essential. Noise Free American is a national, non-profit organization that aims to reduce noise pollution in the community, especially boom cars (automobiles with loud sound systems), leaf blowers, motorcycles and car alarms. The Infoplease.com encyclopedia writes: "Subjected to 45 decibels of noise, the average person cannot sleep. At 120 decibels the ear registers pain, but hearing damage begins at a much lower level, about 85 decibels. The duration of the exposure is also important." Being aware of the warning signs for noise pollution and recognizing that noise threatens hearing and well-being are important for everyone.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noise_pollution
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_effects_from_noise
epa.gov/air/noise.html
who.int/topics/noise/en
quiet.org/faq.htm
infoplease.com/ce6/sci/A0835810.html
library.thinkquest.org...Effects of noise pollution~
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noise_Free_America
noiseoff.org
htnonoise.org
what-is-what.com/what_is/noise_pollution.html

Service Dogs

Service dogs provide help for people to better manage their disabilities/challenges: Service dogs help in so many ways, including as skilled assistance dogs for the disabled, hearing dogs for the deft, diabetes dogs, Alzheimer's helper dogs, Parkinson's disease helper dogs, and psychiatric service dogs (including those with severe psychological challenges, anxiety, and epileptic seizures. Many breeds can be trained as service dogs, with Labradors and Golden retrievers being the most commonly used.
mayoclinic.org/news2009-mchi/5553.html
catanddoghelp.com/index.php
catanddoghelp.com/servani/index.php

Pets Care, Find Missing, Traveling, Emergencies & Cruelty

Important Resources for Traveling With Your Pet: A May 2011 New York Times article "What to Know When Traveling With Your Pet" provides important information for traveling both in the United States and internationally. Also peruse the large number of comments by readers who share strategies that have worked for them on their travels. Other links provide more useful tips and information.
travel.nytimes.com...what-to-know-when-traveling-with-your-pet-practical-traveler~
community.nytimes.com...what-to-know-when-traveling-with-your-pet-practical-traveler~
aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/pet_travel/pet_travel.shtml
travelsense.org/tips/pets.cfm
seniors-site.com/travel/pets.html
ifly.com/traveling-with-pets

Finding missing pets: Ken Pope provides practical information and resources in locating a missing pet.
catanddoghelp.com/animals/missing.php

Keeping pets healthy during hot weather
bva.co.uk/newsroom/2368.aspx
humanesociety.org...10_tips_for_summer_pet_safety_052510~
docs.google...petpeoplestores.com...Keeping+Pets+Healthy+During+Hot+Weather~
gazettes.com/lifestyle/pets/article_2fe2b80f-06ac-524a-b787-88d7ce555ee1.html
movingtoday.com/keep-your-pet-healthy-in-hot-weather/
herald-dispatch.com...Keep-your-pets-healthy-in-the-heat-with-these-tips~

Animal Emergencies, poison & First Aid: Pet Resources—Once again Ken Pope offers vital resources for pet owners
catanddoghelp.com/animals/poison.php

The animal-cruelty syndrome describes connections being drawn between animal abuse and other forms of violence
nytimes.com/2010/06/13/magazine/13dogfighting-t.html

Pet Bereavement Resources for all pet lovers: Ken Pope has produced an excellent list of resources for pet lovers in showing care, love and respect to their pets when facing terminal illness, pending death, grieving the loss, pet hospice care, pet loss hotlines, a virtual pet cemetary and more. Resources include free phone hot lines, email support lists, help with decisions about euthanasia, recommended readings, online articles, bulletin boards, information for families and veterinarians, and ways to memorialize a pet.
catanddoghelp.com/animals/bereavement.php

Social Networks / Technologies

Social Networking—Advantages and disadvantages: Malcolm Gladwell writing in October 2010 in The New Yorker makes the case that the new tools of social media are not a "strong-tie" (social ties, that is) and hierarchical association most related to high-risk activism, like the civil rights movement in the 1960's under the tutelage of Martin Luther King, Jr. Rather modern media-driven social networking is a "weak-tie", flat-decentralized network associated with increasing participation and motivation. According to Gladwell, "This structure makes networks enormously resilient and adaptable in low-risk situations." Networks are not very good at design, can't think strategically, and are prone to strife, errors and conflict given that everybody has an equal say. Moreover, the structural features of networks, such as no formal mechanisms to arbitrate arguments and disagreements, no central authority, a flat all-have-equal-say, and no checks and balances for cliques or the independence of oppositional groups, makes networks less than desirable for a great number of organizations, especially those oriented toward social activism. He sees how the social network increases the efficiency of the existing order instead of empowering social activists and change agents. Overall in regard to modern social networking, Gladwell concludes: "But it is simply a form of organizing which favors the weak-tie connections that give us access to information over the strong-tie connections that help us persevere in the face of danger. It shifts our energies from organizations that promote strategic and disciplined activity and toward those which promote resilience and adaptability. It makes it easier for activists to express themselves, and harder for that expression to have any impact. The instruments of social media are well suited to making the existing social order more efficient. They are not a natural enemy of the status quo." Coupled with Gladwell's analysis is an October 2010 Op-Ed piece by Frank Rich that cites Gladwell's article and sees how it translates into the current political environment and the highest critical raves for the current movie "The Social Network." Both articles are recommended.
newyorker.com/reporting...fact_gladwell?currentPage=all~
nytimes.com/2010/10/10/opinion/10rich.html?th&emc=th

 


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