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At an earlier time I was a business analyst. As a retired housewife with grown up kids, whenever possible, I donate my time to local needs or get involved with legitimate blogging websites and focus on a wide range of things with the goal of informing and helping society.

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I'm amazed at the transformation of business marketing from print to the internet. I'm also concerned about how easy it is for businesses to suddenly appear out of nowhere and change the competitive landscape. Many are legitimate, and those that aren’t game the system for market share. This black hat SEO is often used by well known, so called “reputable” companies that offer customers a wide array of services but are really only brokers that exploit small businesses and their customers!

40 Reviews by Ginny

5/17/21

I would kind of like to give Walgreens at least 4 stars. Pharmacists are generally very good at discussing the pros and cons of different medications since physicians aren't always spot on. Also, if you're on Medicare, the AARP Walgreens prescription option is generally less expensive than its main competitor, CVS. But that seems to be where that story ends. Using the interactive voice option to order is a nightmare if you make an error. And the main reason to go to Walgreens is to pick up scripts.
I don't want auto refills every 28 days since they're the monthly dosage is 30 days. Maybe I'm picky, but I like some orderly precision. I evolved this way because I was constantly running into the prescribing physician saying he called them in and Walgreens telling me the opposite. Part of the rub is the people taking the orders aren't always reliable because in a busy pharmacy location, Walgreens creates brain fatigue which is probably why their prices come in a bit lower. In other words, they're slave drivers like Walmarts.
All I ask for in an interactive voice system is simplicity and a little versatility. What I get is "do you want your prescriptions the following day, and if "no", "how about 1 hour." C'mon Walgreens, don't jam it up your employee's butts. I feel their pain. Cut them some slack like "a few hours" or "later that day." The system also doesn't recognize recently called in prescriptions, only the prescription number. Hence, you have to call them unless you're tracking things with a spreadsheet.

Lastly, enough of those child proof containers. I'm an adult and a cap is fine. And because I'm getting older, print a little larger and make life easier by not hiding how many pills are left in the prescription. Perhaps I'm getting older and crankier, but Walgreen makes my head hurt and I might have to order pain killers next.

MyLife
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1/26/21

On the net, if you look hard enough, you can find most things. You become more informed and can make better decisions. Along comes sites like MyLife which focus on one thing: your personal business, your privacy. They extol some ramped up benefits by being a member but the downside is they just want your money and YourLife becomes miserable according to the many complaints filed involving billing issues.
They compile information from a variety of public sources courtesy of the FOIA. While they claim there are benefits to their services, they're just purveyors of things often better left untold.
For example, you're a female and had a few nips and tucks and people are taking notice. Age fibbing is part of your DNA if you aspire to be timeless. Or suppose you had a speeding ticket ~ you're red flagged. Quite often the information is either wrong or dated.
The real service they offer is being a pit stop where you can see if anyone has skid marks. If you want to get them off your back, call them (phone number found online) and tell them in stark terms that you want to be off their site permanently. Emphasize that you have a need for privacy perhaps because you have a local business or gossip can hurt your standing in the community. Anything!

1/25/21

It is said that the universe is expanding at 150,000 mph. I'm not sure if even God knows. But on Earth, as we witness the miracle of the technology revolution, none of us can be masters of our universe and that's where Wikipedia plays an invaluable role. This online encyclopedia is in itself an expanding universe of almost anything you need to know and the "go to" place for everyone. It's so amazing that your knowledge about anything will expand faster than what would have been possible without it. If you're a parent with young children, this site must be bookmarked. In fact, if you're still alive, this should be bookmarked.

The nice thing about Wikipedia is that it is neutral, can be edited by anyone, tends to be highly accurate since changes to content undergo the scrutiny of contributing editors, and is an ongoing self-sustaining body of thought. It's rich in inter-wiki links which will enhance your original search by providing links to critical elements. Your destination starts in one place and depending upon how curious you are, takes you to places you didn't intend to go or knew existed.

So, while most people think in terms of the present, Wikipedia provides you with enough information to think way beyond the beyond and envision what the future beholds. Check it out and just add the magic word "wiki" to your internet search.

1/24/21

I know what you're thinking. I, too, used to be a bit of a Facebook fanatic. It can be addictive. To be fair, it does connect family and friends. But, don't expect for anyone to present themselves in a negative light. Do expect some people to wish they never posted on Facebook. In reality, it's a carefully crafted ecosystem. Everyone likes face time and validation. But all those "likes" come with a price tag. They provide a false sense of entitlement which is often unearned. Worse, kids get sucked in when they should be focusing on school work. But the real damage is lost productivity and brain rewiring. This is borne out by thoughtful studies conducted by psychologists, sociologists and most ologists.

The primary beneficiary of Facebook is Marc Zuckerberg. He accumulates a treasure trove of data that is repackaged and sold to a variety of business interests trying to sell you something. He's been grilled on the Hill to no avail for a lot of things including your privacy exploitation. Small tweaks are more like promises he fails to keep. He's also an autocrat who rules his company by fiat. He's not kidding anyone and he's probably stressing. He'll be challenged when his empire is ultimately deconstructed and split into pieces. He'll no longer enjoy the sordid pleasure of buying out competitors, not as an investment to create real value, but solely to maintain his dominance. Sadly, with each wrecking ball he swings, many people lose their jobs in the name of Marc Zuckerberg's unbridled greed and ego.

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10/16/20

Enlightened makes a decent range of delicious ice cream products that are generally low fat and low calorie. My focus is on my favorite, Chocolate Peanut Butter. At 100 calories per 4 oz serving, 8% sat. Fat, 2% cholesterol, obviously not unhealthy. Best of all, it has a super premium taste, real swirls of frozen peanut butter, and you'll be hard pressed not to eat the entire pint because you won't feel a sense of guilt.
It's not cheap costing about $5-6 per pint. I'd love to see larger size containers. My only pet peeve which cost it a perfect score was that it's not solidly packed. There always seems to be a hollow section of the container. They claim it melts in transit and solidifies a bit smaller. I believe it's more an issue of keeping the price down by shorting the container a bit. For that, and that only, there is no excuse. Pack it to the gills and I'll do some ab exercises to fit into a two piece.

5/13/20

Everyone gets scam calls. Using websites like Whitepages.com to check these numbers and the carrier reveals that many are associated with Level 3 Communications LLC. The question is why do the scammers choose Level 3 as their go to place for dead phone numbers to ply their trade. Sounds like this scummy company is a purveyor of illicit opportunity.
This company merged with CenturyLink in 2017. According to Bloomberg.com, CenturyLink has been accused of running a Wells Fargo type scam to solicit phone accounts by any means possible, fraudulent or otherwise. So, it's not just that rotten apples don't fall far from the tree, the bare root seedling that became the tree should not have been given a start in life.
Aside from the thousands of complaints lodged against the company on the BBB website, the Minnesota Attorney General has been investigating them for grossly overcharging customers for internet services, they have been fined millions for the same unsavory practices, and even the stodgy FTC hit them up with fines.
So, all of this paints a picture of a venomous octopus with tentacles reaching into your wallets.
Best Option: File complaints with the FCC to hound them that CenturyLink is not acceptable. This is the link: https :// consumercomplaints. Fcc. Gov/hc/en-us? Return_to=%2Fhc%2Frequests

6/23/19

I lost my faith in Ford as I became a victim of across the board sleaziness. This extends beyond the fast talking salesman. It includes inferior warranty repair work leading into to brand new repairs for things that were working just fine until you got your vehicle back. This also hinges on those special warranty programs or extended warranties which turn out to be as bogus as the ones offered by used car dealers. SO, much of my beef is with Ford Motor Company which creates chaos in their own backyard.

Ford has typically sold decent quality vehicles. Fast forward 2019 where auto vehicle sales are down according to JD Power https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2019/04/01/Figures-show-new-car-sales-in-US-way-down-in-2019/*******493/. The biggest slump in 5 years. Dealers feel the pinch so neither they nor car salesmen can be trusted. The average price of a new car is $36,000 and car payments vs. the wages for many are out of whack. But, what I would really caution people to watch out for are Extended Warranty Repair Plans. Don't buy the hype that they save you anything. They're sold because they typically make a lot of money for Ford and the dealer. Here's why:

Ford will tell you that the average consumer saves a lot of money for each of its plans. Since most vehicles don't experience a lot of problems for years other than unanticipated recalls, that claim is for those that got stuck with a lemon ~ the robot that assembled it has been drinking too much. So since you'll be out of warranty after 36,000 miles, you might opt for a plan to protect your investment. Here's where the greedy dealer gets you:

Dealers get paid a lot less for per labor hour from Ford on any warranty repair than from the customer with a routine repair. They have to tie up their service bays and make peanuts. However, as part of many repairs, there's often a particular part that is essential but NOT covered by the warranty. So the sleazy dealer unnecessarily replaces the uncovered part and profits on the markup, and then shifts as much labor as possible onto the replacement of the part that was probably fine to begin with. They now get their full labor rate, Ford Motor Company pays out very little warranty labor, if any, and the customer gets sand bagged. Since the dealer often claims there were other parts that went bad also, by not allocating labor to each phase of the repair, they shifted the expense to the consumer. And sometimes, it gets worse. If you notice something different when you pick up the vehicle, the service tech set the stage for a new problem which enable them to come back for a brand new déjà vu.

What can you do? Plenty! Most states have a DMV unit that monitors dealerships. Watch the dealer like a hawk when they do the repair and see if they are replacing a lot of parts. Notice if you have to quickly return the vehicle because the repair wasn't done right because there must have been another failing part that seemed alright but is now on the blink. And if you want to avoid wasting time if you're waiting during the repair, hold them to a reasonable timeline. I've walked to the service bay after a couple of hours only to find that nothing had been looked at. Remember, the customer keeps the dealer and Ford Motor Company in business since you're buying their vehicles. Ford owes its allegiance to you first, not the sleazy dealer. And as a final note, write to FORD and tell them that when you receive a final invoice, you want to see what the itemized cost of each part replaced and its labor is, along with the savings that the warranty claims you received. Dealers always hide that information, particularly the labor since you would CLEARLY know if you were picking up an unfair share.

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3/17/19

There are thousands of complaints by really angry business owners that have advertised with YELP only to find that the sales pitch lacked credibility. Website traffic wasn't better, overcharging took place, and canceling the ads required performing due diligence to avoid another month of billing. Does YELP sound trustworthy for businesses or consumers?

To some, YELP's clever shamrock logo might mean Good Luck. To others, it's just another sham. A closer look at the content makes that more clear.

Since mobile activity accounts for most sales and we're all on the go, we tend to scan things quickly for guidance. As YELP was early to internet advertising, it became a household word and a symbol of trust. The clever "star rating" is a trigger to stay or move on. Since many small businesses don't get many reviews, that type of symbolism is often premature. In fact, many businesses get a lot of legitimate, good reviews that YELP decides are "not recommended". This is often very unfair to the businesses.

Some are reviews from real people with many honest reviews and friends and a real picture. It's well known that many of the reviews not recommended are by people providing their 1st review. That means they were really happy with the service and took the time to register with YELP so that they can express their gratitude about the work somebody did. And how does YELP reward them? For no real valid reason they list them as reviews that "WE DON"T RECOMMEND". That's a slap in the face to the reviewer.

But they believe there exists a method to their madness. YELP craves hyper addicted YELP reviewers, Virgin YELP reviewers with very little under their belt are often overlooked in deference to the compulsive clique of elite reviewers. But this is really madness. These people review more businesses than realistically possible Sometimes the amount exceeds 1000 reviews. Those reviewers should be listed as not recommended since those extremes lack credibility. The result is the review process gets really distorted and unreliable and the YELP ecosystem becomes a rabbit hole.

Lately, as many local businesses have concluded advertising with YELP is a waste of time, when a consumer does a search in YELP they often see businesses located far away. Combine this with all of those people whose reviews are not being counted and what might have started out as a great concept has become increasingly unreliable as a gauge of what is good and what is bad.

So, according to YELP, reviews are handled by an algorithm which in essence is an invisible wizard making decisions that nobody, not even YELP employees, can ever, ever question. So the wizard is really an autocrat who has final say.

Do you trust autocrats? Do you trust the ones that seem to be running our federal government? For most, the answer is NO! And true to form, if businesses challenge YELP sometimes those businesses and any good reviews they have get buried. YELP has to do this otherwise their business model would be questioned, challenged and they would lose credibility.

I thought it might be useful to read what one person had to say about his experience regarding a decision to advertise on YELP:

https://raymondfong.net/a-candid-yelp-advertising-review-is-yelp-ripping-people-off/

1/25/19

In this era of health insurance woes, everyone wants a
Dependable insurer that will also continue to underwrite policies for the
Foreseeable future to avoid finding a new one.

There are 12 companies that comprise 50% of the market that generate roughly $550 Billion in premiums. Depending upon whether they insure in your state is important factor for what is available. So according to one summary, Anthem.com ranks #3 with a market share of 6.3%. So on that basis, they have the resources to deliver. However, in the context of the Health Insurance Swamp, my experience has been somewhat murky when it comes to speaking to their Claims and Benefits Customer Service which is your lifeline regarding your policy with them.

Like all industries, depending upon who you speak with, it's a coin toss as to whether you're getting correct info. It's just as daunting to get Anthem to be accountable if they advise you incorrectly and you make a decision that ends up costing you more than you bargained for. You might want to get that procedure done that's in your best interest and they tell you it's just a small co-pay only for it to mushroom into a $1000 chunk of your deductible. So, you have to be hyper-vigilant, read some of the boring coverage details and either get things in writing or get a reference number. Beware, though, that if they want to go into denial, things have a tendency to get lost. It's all about their bottom line and if you don't cover your butt, you might feel all jammed up.

So a few pointers, if you have to escalate things or appeal anything, use your cell phone where you will have a record of making a phone call. Anthem is not above lying about whether you actually called them.

Don't depend entirely on your state Insurance Commission to bail you out. They have all they can do to make sure that residents have insurance companies with deep enough pockets to sustain the trauma of dealing with most people that have pre-existing conditions that is the centerpiece of the ACA.

In my opinion, the ACA is positive and helps society. It just needs to be tinkered with and things will get better. While some people might disagree, the Individual Mandate is important in lowering overall costs as they get spread over a higher base of people.
Should you have a sudden unexpected illness, you will be supremely grateful that you're properly insured.

So, keep detailed notes on conversations, who you spoke with, a reference number and anything to back up your version of what was said should you find Anthem crossing the line.
As far as pharmacy benefits, most of that very well defined so Anthem will generally follow through. There are plenty of sites that rank health insurance companies so get reviews about insurance companies, their reviewers, etc.

10/22/18

So you thought we moved on from the stereotype "used car salesman". Well, meet the gents from Stanley Steemer. This 70 year old franchisee has great name
Recognition and has been known as a leader in the industry. Normally that implies good will, dependable service and honest pricing. The problem is, typically, their initial quote is a lure, and if you take the bait, they
Might also clean your wallet ~ free of charge, of course.

Their gimmick is old and shop worn. Quote the customer a price that seems very
Fair and then try to upsell them everything and anything. Whether they actually need the products and services to clean and extract their soiled furnishings is secondary to how much money can be extracted from their wallets.

The problem with many of these outfits is that employees are remunerated based on how many add-ons they can push regardless of true need. In addition, many national franchises have high employee turnover so it's a hit or miss when it comes to landing a technician that provides quality work and has the requisite knowledge. Also, many franchises have restrictions on how work should be performed, what employees have to use in the performance of their work, and the end result is a regimented approach with very little flexibility.

If you think about what constitutes a true professional, it is experience, knowledge, resolving errors quickly, being innovative when the need arises, and so forth. So while the spectrum for achieving results has a fairly good range, with this type of
Business model, it's very narrow and predictable. Unfortunately, what is not predictable is how much an unsuspecting consumer might fall prey to hard selling techniques if they haven't experienced them, or, like many people are decent and trustworthy

Word of advice, when getting a quote from Stanley Steemer or any other service, ask questions. Ask them how they arrived at their quotes, specifically what is their pricing method. Ask them if there are exceptions that might affect their quotes. Tell
Them that you're aware that companies sell all types of products and accessories but you might only be interested in paying for their basic service ~ and what specifically does that include.

An informed consumer is a smart consumer. There is nothing worse than unnecessary surprises or suffering sticker shock when a quote of $100 mushrooms to $300. Even worse is when you need the promised service ASAP. When you call them, explain you expect their quote to be reliable.

10/19/18

Everyone likes to watch news programming that reflects their views. Politically we find ourselves in two camps ~ Democrats and Republicans based on candidates that capture the vast majority of all votes. However, there's a spectrum including Independents and left and right of center. Frankly, the system has become confusing, often fueling unnecessary hatred and bias. So I like CNN because its TV personalities are journalists with solid credentials performing due diligence.
Unlike Fox News which tends to have commentators and "personalities" who
Thrive off of unsubstantiated claims such as "The Deep State" and "Obama Birther
Theories" that are without merit, CNN represents legitimate coverage of
Important issues affecting everyone.

I've never bought into this liberal/conservative crap because those are merely convenient labels which tend to isolate and divide rather than unite. We're all people, we all have needs, feelings and beliefs which are shaped by society, social
Interactions, and also the news. But in the final analysis, the news should represent what is true, what is logical, what is informative to provide sensible and well-grounded public policy and most of all, make us feel that in the absence of news programming, we would suffer a vital learning deficit. This, is where CNN delivers.

I enjoy the evening lineup with Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon. Each one of them deliver. I also like many of the political analysts, particularly Kirsten Powers.

With that said, look at the other side of the coin, Fox News. You have conspiracy theorists, inept journalism, and nonsense from the likes of Sean Hannity ~ Trump's shadow Chief of Staff and a leaky conduit for Trump seepage, Tucker Carlson ~ the
Product of an absentee Bohemian mom who has warped political views and is
Another prominent conspiracist, Jeanine Pirro ~ a former respected DOJ official
Who has devolved into Deep State alternative thinking but really wants Trump to
Appoint her Attorney General, and the list goes on and on.

So, CNN appeals to people with a mature point of view that are focused on believable issues. However, Fox News, which in fact, has viewers who rank 2nd from the bottom in educational levels for the top 25 news programs, is the go to source for those requiring 24/7 screwball, screw loose entertainment, and serious surrealism. The upshot, CNN for those with a head on their shoulders, Fox News, a bulwark for Donald Trump to prop up his relevance
And his oversized mushroom head.

8/9/18

If you think Donald Trump is a yoyo when it comes to climate change and immigration policy, imagine this: both issues are about to converge with unintended fashion consequences. It's speculated that in the near future parts of the Persian Gulf will be uninhabitable due serious water shortages. So there will be a migration of wealthy Arabs hell bent on saving their skin. Let's face it, the U.S.A. is where it's at and a likely destination point. So if racist Trump had dreams of blue-eyed blondes, his color spectrum is going to be stretched to the limit. But things will get more radical than that. Fashion will suddenly change. The Ghutra, the red and white Arab headwear that I heard Trump and his kids mistakenly believe is made from a red checkered gingham table cloth typically found in family style restaurants will be so commonplace, confusion is bound to set in causing everyone to run red lights. So while I might fully embrace people of all cultures, this is a warning to Trump and his White Supremacist buddies.

2/14/18

I've read the New York Times for years. Its hands down my favorite newspaper. In an era where our so called President is trying to sow doubt into the importance of freedom of the press for political purposes, we should all be thankful that this paper is rooted in its mission to ensure a well informed electorate, democracy, a public conscience. And most of all, taking notice and commenting on all the things that in themselves are often trivialized or lost as unseen imagery, but are important components of the big picture. As soon as we lose sight of the pain, anguish and difficulties that affect some of us a lot more than others, we lose a sense of empathy that The Times helps restore so that we don't become clones of anything Trump ~ hollowed out.

The Sunday Review is perhaps my favorite section as it is replete with great editorial thought by phenomenal staff and contributing writers. Whether it be Frank Bruni, Maureen Dowd, Susan Collins, Paul Krugman and the list goes on, the sensory experience is myriad: complete delight, sadness, amusement, cynicism, anger and all kinds of feelings gift wrapped in a vastly improved perspective.

Most articles read in any section of The Times are balanced. Some readers might view them as liberal leaning, but from my view, I look at them as possessing a heart. This truly amazing messenger often takes long journeys involving personal commitment and resources to expose things that need to be exposed. Through that journey, positive change evolves as The Times paved the way for a quicker route to progress.

I encourage everyone to not only read what The Times has to say, but think along the lines of Hey Jude: let it into your heart, then you can start to make it better. Reflect on the needs of the needy.

12/10/17

Sometimes you need things that are basic or to satisfy a short term need. Kmart.com stocks things that fit the bill. No muss, no fuss, no need to blow a big wad. Its for those of us that have a quickie mentality. Like Walmarts, its a good source for the type of junk that gets the job done on the fly. Go on the site, zip in and zip out. But keep in mind, you get what you pay for. If youre looking for something to grow old with, you probably wont find it here. Cest la vie.

AOL
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11/10/17

I never really bothered with AOL as I prefer to use Outlook without logging into a site to get my emails. There are tons of sites with local news that you dont have to log in to, so its really a matter of preference. But what drew my attention to them was Verizon purchasing AOL. As a Verizon customer with all three services, emails are a part of the internet service. But, Verizon requested that customers migrate their accounts to AOL and the email accounts would remain intact as original and you could avoid the hassles if they became AOL email accounts and re-linking them because of a change in email provider. But since then, I noticed a pattern Outlook frequently having problems, getting bombarded with ads and notices that could lead you to lose those Verizon accounts if youre not careful.

So I was getting these notices to update settings with a deadline. In my case, I didnt have to do anything. But, I called AOL and asked Customer Support if they could briefly explain if my assumptions were correct and it became a Technical Support issue with a monthly fee of $4.95. So, theyre telling you that the world will cave in if you dont update, but want to charge you to tell you why. Meanwhile, as a Verizon customer, youre already paying for the email support which you can get from Verizon free of charge. So this is merely a ploy on the part of AOL to try to coerce you into taking on this unnecessary support fee by suddenly causing intermittent email problems that didnt exist before. Verizon claims it might be AOLs servers, but thats nonsense because it happens very selectively with maybe only one email account out of a bunch.

Then I log into AOL and now they want to offer ad-free email experience for $4.95 a month because they need advertisers to support their revenue needs. Thats rubbish. AOL makes plenty of money on the fact that they can treat your emails anonymously for compiling statistics that they can use to make tons of money by providing all types of information to companies willing to buy it.

Bottom line: AOL wants to inspire fear so that you fork over a monthly fee for peace of mind by pulling more than your strings. I suspect Verizon would love to lose those legacy email accounts because many customers would rightly or wrongly assume that they now belong to AOL. Dont take the bait. Save $60 a year.

11/8/17

YELP never ceases to amaze me with little hidden surprises as this time I found new razor blades buried in their bag of candy. Thank God I inspect things. Many businesses listed on Yelp are fake businesses that are proxies for other businesses and contain fake reviews. This helps these greedy businesses get larger market share. YELP also has an Elite Yelp Squad of reviewers that just want social acceptance and are willing to review anything for the sake of adding another notch to their review bedpost. And for these elite reviewers, the payoff is an invitation to wine and dine at restaurants with other like-minded YELP Obsessive Compulsives on YELP's tab. It's a reward system to reinforce the YELP review anything culture.

Everyone knows that YELP doesn't hold itself responsible for which reviews it leaves on or takes off since this is done by some algorithm in the cloud over which they have no control, and with their self-induced climate change, this cloud opens up and peepees down the backs of hard working business owners. So, if you're the recipient of any false reviews that follow your business and negatively affect your image, if you have a paid account, cancel it because eventually the review should get get buried in theory and replaced by other subscriber reviews. BUT, just when I thought it couldn't get worse, it did!

YELP resurrected one of my positive reviews that was previously taken off which in turn resurrected my business presence toward the top of YELP's website for a search for my type of service. First I thought they were developing a sense of responsibility because the positive review raised my review average. But then, presto, they took the review down again, recalculated my review average downward, listed the removed review as not recommended, and the damage was done once again. My business shows up more frequently with more negative stats.

Keep in mind that most businesses, other than restaurants, don't get a lot of reviews. So, each one counts.

So this time, instead of stabbing me in the back, they attempted to hide razor blades in my candy and now I lost my sweet tooth.

9/8/17

Placing sensitive credit information of 143 million people at risk is both scary and sad. It can turn the lives of many people upside down. Preliminary reports say this could have been avoided had this big sleeping giant been more proactive in maintaining adequate safeguards.
Granted Equifax provides important credit information and financial services to the business community, it has often acted with an air of indifference and callousness. It was found by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for violating Dodd-Frank provisions by deceiving consumers into buying bogus credit programs. Prior to that, they had a round with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by delaying actions when consumers complained to them. These are the hallmarks of a ratings agency with almost monopolistic power. They've been around the longest since 1899. It's about time they understand how it feels to have your own ratings go down the toilet.
I know of instances where trying to get them to resolve minor credit issues was met with such resistance that the CFPB had to come to the rescue to force them to meet the minimum standards of a credit reporting bureau.
In the final analysis, this should be a serious wakeup call to everyone about how important consumer watchdogs such as the CFPB and FTC are in providing a voice for the average person that finds themselves at the mercy of the likes of Equifax that was apparently asleep at the wheel.

8/2/17

Noticing that the company provides WordPress services, I called to purchase technical support for my WordPress website. As Network Solutions and its parent, Web.com provide hosting services for websites, I made it clear I was using another hosting company and was told that wasnt an issue. Rather than getting what I called about, I was led on a glossy internet marketing odyssey. It started with SEO, Search Engine Optimization, theoretically used to improve site rankings. Everyone wants their site to rank high in searches. I was told I would first be transferred to an SEO specialist followed by a WordPress technician who would solve my technical issues.

Cutting to the chase, this was sort of a Yellow Brick Road replete with brainless people aimlessly wandering around. The SEO was not Network Solutions SEO solution, but placing you on Facebook. Obviously anyone can deal directly with Facebook for those services. When I explained that I was looking for their personalized service, I was told that was a different SEO. This went on for about 45 minutes.

Ultimately I was transferred to their WordPress guru who explained they couldnt provide the service as I was already hosted by someone else and would have to sign a new hosting contract with them. Had all of this been explained up front I would have saved over an hour of wasted time and bait and switch tactics. As it turns out, this company has a history of serious legal problems for misleading customers in which the FTC presided over a settlement. A leopard never changes its spots.

mikeb297
Mike B. – NetworkSolutions Rep

Hey Ginny,

I'm very sorry you had a frustrating experience, and would like to investigate further in an attempt to improve. Would you mind emailing me directly (mbenson@web.com) so that I can look into what went wrong?^MB

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5/8/17

If you were a kid watching regular TV with about 7 channels, you suddenly loved cable. Then cable got saturated and redundant where its been for quite a while. Movies nowadays offer special effects that are eye popping that werent available then. Fortunately original programming from Netflix and Amazon offer some good alternatives and there are some pretty good shows on regular TV. But, I really enjoyed the a lot of the TV series of the 60s and 70s as life was not as fast paced and complicated as things seem today. Also, theres something nice about simplicity and the need to do more with less. So at the risk of sounding like an old fogey, I love MeTV (Memorable Entertainment TV) because I get to watch the TV series I grew up on where CBS, NBC and ABC had to compete heavily for ratings which were paid by TV advertising and therefore had to deliver the best content to command the highest ad dollars on free TV. Programming like Perry Mason, Columbo, Happy Days, The Odd Couple, The Honeymooners and many, many more will always be TV classics to be watched and enjoyed over and over again.

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4/9/17

I've been using Charmin Mega Rolls, 12=48, for as long as my butt can remember. I always figured that Charmin is comfy and mega rolls were probably a great investment as softness is a virtue for a happy sphincter, which is important. However, those mega rolls seemed to fly off the handle. So recently, I decided to take a chance and part with my name brand comfort zone and try Kirkland Signature Brand sold at Costco.

The verdict is in. Charmin Mega Rolls are a MEGA RIPOFF. Kirkland is very soft and my sphincter isn't aware that I made the conversion. Best of all, the rolls last far, far longer and are less expensive compared to the Charmin price. Do yourself a favor ~ pooping is basically a pain in the butt so why enrich some toilet paper company as it's money down the drain.

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