2013 Consumer Action Handbook

2013 Consumer Action Handbook.

The Consumer Action Handbook is your go-to guide for planning a purchase, knowing your consumer rights, and filing a complaint.

The new interactive edition of the handbook features additional resources, including:

Downloadable templates for a sample complaint letter (MS Word) and social media will (MS Excel).
Easy access to tools that can help you get updates about product recalls, calculate college costs, check the background of an investment professional, compare health care providers, or conduct a home inventory.
How-to videos on getting a free credit report, protecting your privacy in everyday life, avoiding job search scams, and more.
Infographics to help you navigate a purchase, file a consumer complaint, and understand your credit card statement.

The Gun Report: June 25, 2013 – NYTimes.com

A woman was shot and wounded after an argument escalated while driving on a highway in Woodbridge, Conn., early Monday. The suspected shooter, 20-year-old Patrick Young, was riding north on Route 69 with three women at about 1:30 a.m. when they began to argue. Young ordered two of the women out of the car and opened fire. One of the women suffered gunshot wounds to the hand and upper torso. Young is at large.

via The Gun Report: June 25, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

Settlers assault Israeli activists near Qalqiliya | Maan News Agency

Masked Settlers

Settlers on Tuesday assaulted members of the Yesh Din Israeli human rights organization near Qalqiliya, a local official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activity in the north of the West Bank, told Ma’an that settlers from Havat Gilad attacked a car for the organization and its passengers.

Yesh Din members were visiting the village of Farata to see the suffering of Palestinians there, Daghlas said.

Palestinians managed to move the settlers away, but one activist was injured and taken to an Israeli hospital.

via Settlers assault Israeli activists near Qalqiliya | Maan News Agency.

Off the Charts Blog | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities | Rep. Brady’s Stunning Mischaracterization of the Estate Tax

Pants on Fire Liars!

Only the richest 0.14 percent of estates pays any estate tax at all. Only the estates of the wealthiest 0.14 percent of Americans — fewer than 2 out of every 1,000 people who die — now owe any estate tax whatsoever, according to the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC), because the tax is levied only on the portion of an estate’s value that exceeds $5.25 million per person (effectively $10.5 million per married couple).

via Off the Charts Blog | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities | Rep. Brady’s Stunning Mischaracterization of the Estate Tax.

Beef 101: NCBA Addresses Congress on Antibiotic Use in Livestock

The best Congress money can buy! SuperBugs? Propaganda! Profit before People…

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) gave an overview Monday to more than 70 congressional staff members on antibiotics used in food producing animals as part of NCBA’s “Beef 101” educational series.

“Beef 101” is an educational program for members of Congress and their staff, developed to continually educate those on Capitol Hill on issues important to the beef industry. Today’s session featured a presentation by Dr. Mike Apley, DVM, PhD, a clinical pharmacologist with Kansas State University, who discussed with attendees the judicious use of antibiotics in the beef industry as one of the critical tools to prevent the spread of disease and maintain a healthy herd.

via Beef 101: NCBA Addresses Congress on Antibiotic Use in Livestock.

Conservative Supreme Court Justices Strike Down Key Voting Rights Act Provision: Gothamist

Indeed, voter ID laws have sprung up to disenfranchise minorities all over the country, most notably in Texas and South Carolina, where the Department of Justice has fought to declare them unconstitutional. An attorney who filed an amicus brief in the case described several months ago the possible impact of today’s decision:

How much will be lost if the Court strikes down Section 4 and thus Section 5? One might think, listening to the voices of alarm, that without federal surveillance, renewed disfranchisement would become a serious threat. Jurisdictions would become free to relocate a polling place from one side or a street to the other. A polling place change is the most frequent type of submission to the Justice Department for preclearance, the Solicitor General, Donald Verrilli Jr., explained to the Court. Last-minute changes before an election “can be source of great mischief.” 

via Conservative Supreme Court Justices Strike Down Key Voting Rights Act Provision: Gothamist.

German Police Suspect Remote Controlled Airplane Terror Plot – SPIEGEL ONLINE

According to the Stuttgart public broadcaster SWR, some of the suspects are students at the University of Stuttgart, where they are taking courses in aerospace engineering. As part of those courses, they learn how to use GPS to program model airplanes to fly specific routes.

German security officials had long been aware of the possibility that extremists might attempt to mount an attack using remote controlled aircraft. Last fall, a man in the United States was sentenced to 17 years in prison for planning to fly explosives into the Pentagon and the US Capitol using remote controlled aircraft.

via German Police Suspect Remote Controlled Airplane Terror Plot – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

The Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act decision: Live updates

The problem will be every getting the House and Senate to pass new legislation. If they cannot, then attempts by those states which had been covered and change their election laws to restrict voting access however they want without DOJ review and approval!

The Court did not issue a holding on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Basically, what this means is that while the Justice Department still has the authority to approve voting-related statutes in areas with a history of racial discrimination, the formula used to determine what those areas are is outdated. “Congress may draft another formula based on current conditions,” Roberts wrote.

via The Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act decision: Live updates.