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Consumerism, Services / Products Review, Best Places, Effective Complaints & Censored News | Military / Disabled Resources | Suicide, War & Poverty Risks & Resources

Community Services / Products Review

Community services/products review—Yelp offers reviews and recommendations of top restaurants, shopping, entertainment and services
yelp.com

Consumer Search website reviews and rates the best products, and pretty much the best of everything
consumersearch.com

Free Promotion of Community Events & Fundraising

Use "What's Up" for FREE to promote your organization's fundraising and community events and reach 807,000 readers!—A free listing of community events and a regular feature on Friday's of eleven San Francisco Bay Area News Group/East Bay publications (Contra Costa Times, Tri-Valley Herald and The Oakland Tribune among others) which reach more than 807,000 readers. Some restrictions apply and listings can only be for a maximum of three weeks.
cctextra.com/whatsup/index.php
cctextra.com/whatsup/sample.php
cctextra.com/whatsup/faq.php
cctextra.com/whatsup/guidelines.php
contracostatimes.com
insidebayarea.com

Best / Safest Places to Live & Retire

Best places to live in the U.S.: Check out numerous sources for finding your own best place to live drawing upon many criteria. Also take a free online quiz to find your best place to live. Money magazine provides their listing of the best small towns to live yearly for 2006 to 2010. Also peruse the ten best cities to live and for jobs.
bestplaces.net/
bestplaces.net/docs/studies/americas_top_relocate_cities.aspx
bestplaces.net/docs/studies/bestplaces05.aspx
findyourspot.com/
kiplinger.com/magazine/archives/10-best-cities-2010-for-the-next-decade.html
realestate.aol.com/blog/gallery/best-places-to-live
money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2010/
money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2010/top100/
relocateamerica.com/top-100-cities/
money.usnews.com...best-places-to-live-2009
realestate.yahoo.com/promo/100-best-places-to-live-in-america-2010-edition.html
cityrating.com/
jobsearch.about.com/od/jobsbystate/a/bestcities.htm

Best places to retire---A Sampling
money.usnews.com/money/retirement/best-places-to-retire
cnbc.com/id/35259928/America_s_Top_Places_For_Boomers_To_Retire
greatplacestoretire.com/best-retirement-cities-map.php
topretirements.com/communities/100_best_places_to_retire.html
americasbestonline.com/retire.html
walletpop.com/photos/best-places-to-retire/
futureyears.com/retirement-locations/us/best-places.html
abclocal.go.com/kabc/gallery?section=news/national_world&id=8037138&photo=1
smartmoney.com/personal-finance/retirement/the-new-best-places-to-retire/
finance.yahoo.com/retirement/article/111017/great-places-to-retire?mod=retire-planning
cnbc.com/id/41407154/The_Best_Places_To_Retire_Outside_the_US
mint.com/blog/goals/9-places-where-you-can-retire-and-live-like-a-king/

Best countries and cities to live in the world---A sampling
newsweek.com/photo/2010/08/15/best-countries-in-the-world.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World%27s_most_livable_cities
rferl.org...Best_Place_To_Live_Prosperity_Index_Offers_A_Few_Surprises~
dailymail.co.uk...France-tops-list-best-places-live-world-fifth-year-row~Britain-languishes-25th~
images.businessweek.com/ss/09/04/0428_best_places_to_live/1.htm
inman.com/news/2010/01/26/top-10-best-places-live-world
wildjunket.com/2010/01/21/worlds-7-best-cities-to-live/
realestate.msn.com/slideshow.aspx?cp-documentid=19711427
businessinsider.com/the-best-places-in-the-world-to-live-2011-1
citymayors.com/features/quality_survey.html
forbes.com/2010/05/25/worlds-best-cities-lifestyle-real-estate-mercer-vienna-geneva~
expatify.com/advice/10-best-places-to-live-for-escaping-world-conflict.html

Safest places to live plus: Given that some places are riskier than others, which are are the highest and lowest risk? A quiz on the website Sperling's BestPlaces offers a free computer quiz to find your best place. A New York Times May 2011 graphic presentation offered some relevant information. According to Sperling's Best Places, metro areas with the lowest risk are: 1) Corvallis, Oregon; 2) Mt. Vernon-Anacortes, Washington; 3) Bellingham, Wash.; 4) Wenatchee, Wash.; 5) Grand Junction, Colorado; 6) Spokane, Wash.; 7) Salem, Ore.; and 8) Seattle, Wash. Metro areas with the highest risk are: 1) Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas; 2) Jonesboro, Arkansaw; 3) Corpus Christi, Tex.; 4) Houston, Tex; 5) Beaumont-Port Arthur, Tex.; 6) Shreveport, Louisiana; 7) Austin, Tex.; and 8) Birmingham, Alabama. Also explore the Farmers Insurance Study in 2010 ranking the most secure places to live in the U.S. with separate listings for large metro areas (500,000 or more residents), mid-size cities (150,000 - 500,000 residents) and small towns (fewer than 150,000 residents). Also see the recent survey of safest cities for families with young children, best cities for seniors, best and worst cities for dating and crime, and most and least stressful cities. Also check out the 10 best places to live for escaping world conflict.
bestplaces.net/fybp/
bestplaces.net/docs/studies/secure.aspx
bestplaces.net/docs/studies/safest_cities_for_families.aspx
bestplaces.net/docs/studies/seniorcities.aspx
bestplaces.net/docs/studies/datingcities.aspx
bestplaces.net/docs/studies/crime1.aspx
bestplaces.net/docs/studies/stress1.aspx
expatify.com/advice/10-best-places-to-live-for-escaping-world-conflict.html

A natural disaster risk assessment map: 05012011-natural-disaster-risk-map[1].pdf

Making Effective 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

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) launches public database of safety complaints from power tools to piggy banks: Newspapers reported in January 2011 that the federal government is poised for the first time to make public thousands of complaints it receives every year about safety problems with various products. The scheduled launch online on March 11, 2011. It is being hailed by consumer advocates as a resource that will revolutionize the way people make buying decisions, even as major manufacturing and industry groups have raised concerns about the public database saying it may be filled with fictitious slams against their brands. Under the new system, a complaint filed by a consumer will be posted for anyone to read within 15 days, and the CPSC has five days to notify the manufacturer which in turn has 10 days to respond. A company can challenge the complaint as false, argue that it will give away a trade secret or submit a response which will also be published alongside the complaint in the database. These safeguards are designed to protect companies according to agency officials.
washingtonpost.com...natlalert
saferproducts.gov.

Censored / Unreported News, Fact-Checking & Polsters

Censored, unreported, and underreported stories of the year: Little as it's mentioned, less than it's recognized and almost not known is how everything (other than "what is") is value-laden and not value-free. This observation includes science in terms of the questions asked, the hypotheses tested, the experiments designed, and the interpretations of the results gathered. Of course, this applies to the media, and specifically the news reported. None of the following links were picked for having any sort of bias, whether conservative, moderate, progressive, libertarian or apolitical. Peruse the censored, unreported, and underreported stories of this year and previous years for foresight, an eye-opener and a wake-up call.
projectcensored.org/top-stories/category/two-thousand-and-ten-book
projectcensored.org/top-stories/category/y-2009
projectcensored.org/top-stories/publications
projectcensored.org
wanttoknow.info
wanttoknow.info/060127newsstoriescensored
listzblog.com/top_ten_censored_world_news_stories_list.html
utne.com/search.aspx?search=censored%20stories
metroactive.com/metro/11.08.06/censored-news-stories-0645.html
rense.com/general57/news.htm
thetruthseeker.co.uk/category.asp?ID=48
moneymaker.com/voxpop/aasub1.htm
worldtribune.com/worldtribune/m-2.html

Fact-checking websites on the Web: Snopes, FactCheck, TruthOrFiction, and PolitiFact are among the most popular web destinations to set the record straight on everything from political smears to old wives' tales. A link is also provided to the American Press Institute that fact-checks urban legends, hoaxes and scams. Read the April 2010 The New York Times article entitled "Debunkers of Fictions Sift the Net" about these websites and more. Peruse the fine resource article "The Best Fact-Checking Websites For Suspicious Email" that looks at general scams and hoaxes, healthcare info, and political fact and fiction. All of these resources aim to separate fact from fiction for the rest of us deluged with way too much information, misinformation and disinformation.
snopes.com
factcheck.org
politifact.com
truthorfiction.com
americanpressinstitute...urban_legends_hoaxes_and_scams...factchecking~
nytimes.com/2010/04/05/technology/05snopes.html
getcontrol.net/icbestfactchecksites.pdf

Pollster offers political surveys, charts, maps, election polls and analysis of all American elections.
pollster.com


Consumerism, Services / Products Review, Best Places, Effective Complaints & Censored News | Military / Disabled Resources | Suicide, War & Poverty Risks & Resources

Resources for Troops, Veterans / their Families & Recruits

Resources for troops and veterans, their families, and those who provide services to them: Resources fall into the three groups of citations of relevant articles, links to helpful organizations and programs that offer aid and assistance, and links to United States military organizations courtesy of Ken Pope. The U.S. department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has launched several new services to help family caregivers of seriously ill and injured Veterans in February 2011 and one of these new services is a toll-free line: the National Caregiver Support Line - 1-855-260-3274. See links below.
kspope.com/torvic/war.php

"Give an Hour" provides FREE mental health care to returning troops and their families.
giveanhour.org/skins/gah/home.aspx

Ten points to consider before signing a Military Recruitment Contract: Here is a poster designed by the Syracuse Cultural Workers with text from the American Friends Service Commitment.
reachandteach.com/store/index.php?l=product_detail&p=65

Resources for People with Disabilities

A Guide for People With Disabilities Seeking Employment (Americans with Disabilities Act): The U. S. Government has put online this simple 2-page guide.
bit.ly/bDKENPope


Consumerism, Services / Products Review, Best Places, Effective Complaints & Censored News | Military / Disabled Resources | Suicide, War & Poverty Risks & Resources

Suicidal Risk

Responding to suicidal risk: A remarkable and important link provides solid information on evaluating suicidal risk using 21 factors, 10 steps to reduce risk, avoidable pitfalls and advice from experts in the field, difficult scenarios and questions, and related studies courtesy of Ken Pope.
kspope.com/suicide/index.php

Please also see Dr. Friedman's "Clinician's and Psychological Professionals Universal Forms, Inventories and Approaches (Downloads)" and specifically his adapted "Assessing Suicidal Risk" that compiles four of the best checklists available.
willjoelfriedman.com/paperPro.html

Business cycles impact U.S. Suicide rates, specifically the overall suicide rate generally rose during recessions and fell during expansions, according to research results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of examining business cycles from 1928 to 2007 in the United States released in April 2011. The strongest association between business cycles and suicide were among people in prime working ages, 25 - 64 years old. An excerpt: "The overall suicide rate generally rose in recessions like the Great Depression (1929-1933), the end of the New Deal (1937-1938), the Oil Crisis (1973-1975), and the Double-Dip Recession (1980-1982) and fell in expansions like the WWII period (1939-1945) and the longest expansion period (1991-2001) in which the economy experienced fast growth and low unemployment. The largest increase in the overall suicide rate occurred in the Great Depression (1929-1933) - it surged from 18.0 in 1928 to 22.1 (all-time high) in 1932 (the last full year in the Great Depression) - a record increase of 22.8% in any four-year period in history. It fell to the lowest point in 2000."
aolnews.com/2011/04/15/study-us-suicide-rate-rises-falls-with-economy/
yubanet.com/usa/CDC-study-finds-suicide-rates-rise-and-fall-with-economy.php
ajph.aphapublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/AJPH.2010.300010v1
nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_110994.html

Costs of War and Debt

Cost of war is a part of the National Priorities Project and gives up to the moment total cost of wars since 2001, cost of war in Iraq and cost of war in Afghanistan for the entire United states, on a state by state basis as well as per household, per person and per taxpayer. There is another link showing the money spent on the War on Drugs on a Federal, State and total basis.
costofwar.com
nationalpriorities.org/costofwar_home
drugsense.org/wodclock.htm

A link of the U. S. National Debt Clock provides a huge amount of information regarding the US National Debt and broken down in many different ways in real time. Several National Debt Graphs show the national debt from 1940 to the present. A March 2010 article asks, "Does American Owe Too Much?" and it found that American's debt is now 53% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and shares the same comparison showing that France is 80%, Canada is 72%, UK is 69%, India is 60% and China is 18%.
usdebtclock.org
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Debt_Clock
blogs.abcnews.com/moneybeat/2008/10/national-debt-c.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_U.S._public_debt
zfacts.com/p/318.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_public_debt
parade.com/news...does-america-owe-too-much~

Engage Consumer Credit Counseling Services when your budget is way out of line—some possibilities in the East Bay San Francisco Bay area and in San Francisco, California are offered at the links below. Please investigate thoroughly!
consumerservicesguide.org...csg_consumer_credit_counseling_service...east_bay~
cccssf.org
managedebttoday.com/california.htm
stopccdebt.com/Agency_List_CA.htm

Debt Consolidation: These services, often advisable in theory when someone is paying credit card debt, entails taking out one loan to pay off many others, apparently having a more negative impact your credit than going through a consumer credit counseling service. The third link below goes through 5 ways to pay off debt. Others consider debt consolidation a "con" given you get the illusion that you've done something about your debt, when you still have your debt and the habits that caused it. Weigh the alternatives and come to your own view.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debt_consolidation
ovlg.com/debt-consolidation/
debtconsolidationcare.com/
debtconsolidationcare.com/
debtconsolidation.com/
daveramsey.com/article/the-truth-about-debt-consolidation/

Poverty

Poverty in American and the world: A May 2011 report found that 14.3% of the U.S. population of 44.2 million Americans—about 1 in 7--relying on the the safety net program of receiving food stamps. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), poverty can directly influence a child's academic achievement, psychosocial outcome, and physical health. For example, children who come from low-income families have a dropout rate that is 10 times the rate of kids who come from high-income families. Children from low-income families are more likely to have poor nutrition, health conditions like anemia and asthma and have greater exposure to risky behaviors like smoking and sex at an early age. Findings show that half the world population—over 3 billion people—live on less than $2.50 a day. Apparently, about 1.7 billion people worldwide live in absolute poverty. See your own life. Do you have anything to complain about? What depth of heart-felt compassion can you feel about the state of humankind?
blogs.wsj.com/economics/2011/05/03/about-1-in-7-americans-receive-food-stamps/
businessinsider.com...45-million-americans-were-living-in-poverty-in-2009-1
huffingtonpost.com/heres-life-inner-city/poverty-americas-children_b_846251.html
apa.org/pi/families/poverty.aspx#
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poverty_in_the_United_States
census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/poverty.html
census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/about/overview/index.html
money.cnn.com/news/specials/poverty/

World Poverty
newsjunkiepost.com/2010/04/15/poverty-half-the-world-lives-on-less-than-2-50-a-day/
globalissues.org/issue/2/causes-of-poverty
web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTPOVERTY~
worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm
world-poverty.org/default.aspx
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poverty 

 

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