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Entries Tagged as 'Consumer issues'

NextEra has received almost $2 billion in federal subsidies

March 31st, 2015 · 1 Comment

A new report by Good Jobs First has tracked federal subsidies to U.S. corporations since 2000. Six parent companies have received $1 billion or more in federal grants and allocated tax credits (those awarded to specific companies) since 2000; 21 have received $500 million or more; and 98 have received $100 million or more. A […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Energy · Politics

Reducing a lifetime’s stash of stuff

March 23rd, 2015 · 9 Comments

The Seattle Times’ Pacific NW Magazine captured the problem of what George Carlin referred to as our “stuff” in a story a few days ago (“Too much stuff: We collect it all our lives, and then what?“). These paragraphs seemed to be describing my own situation exactly, as I’m still not finished sorting the stuff […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · General · History

False alarm showed how well our security system works

March 10th, 2015 · 1 Comment

It was about 9:30 Sunday evening when a text message arrived on my iPhone saying a motion detector in our living room, part of the SimpliSafe alarm system installed several months ago, had just been triggered. We weren’t home, far from it. We were 4,400 miles away in a hotel room in Auckland, New Zealand, […]

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Tags: Consumer issues

The New Standard for Transparency: Open Checkbook

February 17th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Take a look at the official website of the Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel, and you’ll be invited to check out OhioCheckbook.com, the state’s searchable, online checkbook detailing all of the state’s spending. And Mandel is now urging all local governments in the state to follow suit and open their checkbooks to public scrutiny (“Ohio […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · Economics · Politics

Lack of TP closes public restrooms in Waikiki on holiday

February 17th, 2015 · 8 Comments

Hawaii News Now reported last night that at least three public restrooms on the Natatorium end of Waikiki Beach were closed and locked yesterday on a busy holiday (“Waikiki restrooms closed on holiday“). HHN reported: Tourists and locals alike reacted with disbelief. “We have a bunch of kids with us and we can’t shower them. […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · Politics