Should You Buy Pet Insurance? View From An Expert

January 17, 2011
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Should You Buy Pet Insurance? View From An Expert

The phone rings at 1 a.m. on a Sunday morning (true story). “Doc! My puppy ran outside and into the street and just got hit by a car! I found your number on-line so I called you. He’s bleeding all over the place. You need to come out right away! I think he’s dying!”...

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How To Evolve From Our Worst To Our Best

January 17, 2011
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How To Evolve From Our Worst To Our Best

In the beginning we were reptiles with one mandate — survival. This is still who we are at our core. The reptilian brain embraces the four f’s: fight, flight, feeding, and fornicate. However, millions of years of evolution have made us into mammals. Reptiles lay eggs and move on. Young, if they are to...

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WikiLeaks Journalist Guest On Internet Radio/Television Program Today

January 16, 2011
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WikiLeaks Journalist Guest On Internet Radio/Television Program Today

Andrew Kreig, a journalist, attorney and author, who recently turned his investigative talents on attempts to silence Wikileaks disclosures, will be the guest today  as part of the Connecticut Watchdog Newshour. Kreig is a former investigating reporter at The Courant, where I had worked for 40 years and tried to follow in his large...

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Students Still Target Of Credit Card Offers Despite New Law

January 15, 2011
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The CARD Act may be having little effect on students, according to new research. The University of Houston Law Center surveyed over 300 undergraduates in November and found that “there are some things that haven’t changed.” Some 76% of those surveyed under the age of 21 said they had received a credit card offer...

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Checking Utility Bills Could Catch BIG Errors

January 15, 2011
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Most of us will go out of our way to save a few pennies for a gas station with cheaper gas. But almost as many will waste or throw away really big money by not checking other bills – including credit card statements, heating oil, and other utilities. Two readers who do look at...

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LIFE GOES ON: Narcissistic Media & Politicians

January 15, 2011
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LIFE GOES ON: Narcissistic Media & Politicians

The day after the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona, I was shocked when I heard the reactions from many politicians and the media. Almost all were blaming each other, taking responsibility and motivation off of the shooter and placing it onto each other! Blaming harsh political rhetoric. Blaming gun control laws. This only contributed...

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Some Banks Assess Checking Account Fees to Recover Lost Revenue

January 14, 2011
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Here is an easy New Year’s resolution that may save you over $100 in 2011: pay attention to the notices and fine print from your bank. Fees are rising with many major banks, and there may be more you have to do to get or keep a free checking account. When Congress passed regulations...

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Advocacy Groups Take Drug Firm Money Without Disclosure

January 14, 2011
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Advocacy Groups Take Drug Firm Money Without Disclosure

by Marian Wang ProPublica, Jan. 13, 2011, 3:14 p.m. Photo by Andrew Magill We’ve reported extensively on the ties between pharmaceutical companies and the physicians they fund to speak, consult and do research . But doctors aren’t the only ones taking money from drug companies—and they’re not the only stakeholders in the field...

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UConn Co-up ID Breach Investigated By Ct Atty Gen

January 14, 2011
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The breach of a database for online purchases from the UCONN Co-op “raises substantial concerns of financial fraud” and affected consumers should be provided with identify theft and other credit protections, Attorney General George Jepsen said Thursday. “The situation calls into question the effectiveness of the Co-op’s measures to protect the confidentiality and security...

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