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Entries Tagged as 'Consumer issues'

Behind the health care headlines

November 26th, 2014 · 6 Comments

Former Neighbor Bob shared some troubling observations on the state of our health care system. I’m turning the stage over to him this morning. six months ago my dentist sold his practice rather than digitalize his records and other issues [ Affordable Care Act] he had his practice 30 years my pharmacist tells me CVS/Caremark […]

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Google’s Dropcam: Great product or greater threat?

November 19th, 2014 · 1 Comment

After seeing a friend’s Dropcam, an easy to use surveillance camera that can store up to a month’s worth of video in the cloud, I decided to try one out. I consider it a good addition to the SimpliSafe burglar alarm system that I’ve recently installed, an upgrade from my original pair of webcams that […]

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Testing out a home alarm system

November 10th, 2014 · 10 Comments

We’ve been burglarized twice in recent years, and both times my small motion-triggered cameras succeeded in getting photos that identified the thief. But since the latest break-in early this year, I’ve been considering installing a burglar alarm system of some kind that might scare off a burglar or quickly bring police to the scene. The […]

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Civil Beat column takes on the fine print in consumer contracts

October 8th, 2014 · 3 Comments

My column in Civil Beat today takes a look at stuff no one ever reads. I’m talking about the boilerplate language in contracts we agree to when making routine purchases of goods and services (“Hawaii Monitor: Why Consumers Get Speared by the Fine Print“). These are take-it-or-leave-it transactions. And lawyers call the deals “contracts of […]

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How regulators are “captured” by powerful corporations

October 7th, 2014 · 1 Comment

If you’re visiting this site, you’re likely concerned about accountability, and worry about government officials bending over backwards to satisfy demands of influential individuals and corporations. Well, a recent episode of “This American Life” is something you really shouldn’t miss. “The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra” is available as an hour-long podcast and it’s free. […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Politics