For those citizens who oppose yesterday’s SCOTUS ruling and think that states should continue to vote on a citizen’s right to marry, I offer you a quote from Rachel Maddow:
Finally, #SCOTUS is on the right side of #History.
Originally posted on Consumerist:
The Affordable Care Act scored a major victory today as the Supreme Court upheld provisions allowing the government to provide tax subsidies for consumers who purchased insurance through the program,although their statesdon’t have anofficial insurance exchange of their own.
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This is an interesting post that covers part of the sad and horrific slave-trade history in the Americas.
Originally posted on peoples trust toronto:
IRISH: THE FORGOTTEN WHITE SLAVES
They came as slaves: human cargo transported on British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children.
Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment. Some were burned alive and had their heads placed on pikes in the marketplace as a warning to other captives.
We don’t really need to go through all of the gory details, do we? We know all too well the atrocities of the African slave trade.
But are we talking about African slavery? King James VI and Charles I also led a continued effort to enslave the Irish. Britain’s Oliver Cromwell furthered…
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Please take a moment on this Memorial Day to remember the soldiers who have given their lives to defend our country.
The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. – Douglas MacArthur
It’s the last day of Donate Life Month, but it’s never too late to sign up for organ donation and give the gift of life. You can check out more information about organ donation and registration at National Donate Life Month | Donate Life America and GoRecycleYourself.
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. – Kahlil Gibran
Planning on traveling, I had to make a few important phone calls. You would think the calls were to family and friends, but no, I had to contact my bank and credit card companies. After a barrage of interrogative questions from a financial representative asking where I was going, when I was going, and when I was returning, I finally gave out to my interrogator. “You do not need to know exactly when I’m leaving and returning, you only need to know an approximate time frame for each destination. To be frank, I’m uncomfortable about telling anyone that I’m leaving my home on specific dates. In addition, the likelihood of me using your credit card after finding out about 3% fees for each use are slim to none.” And with that, I was finally able to end the call. Thankfully, my debit card company advised me of no fees and was less inclined to act like a stalker regarding my travel plans.
So, with spring break and summer travels coming up, I thought it was a good time for a travel-reminder blog post about credit cards and debit cards. Because card fraud is a concern, consumers should contact financial institutions to ensure out-of-the-area transactions will not be declined. Furthermore, you should ask the following questions to ensure the best rates and avoid fees for foreign travel:
- Are there foreign transaction fees? Do the fees apply to purchases and/or cash withdrawals?
- What charges apply to purchasing foreign currency directly from a financial institution?
- What is the purchasing process to buy foreign currency prior to departure?
Prior to my travel dates, I found out that my two credit cards had 3% foreign transaction fees, but my debit card did not. You can find some helpful information regarding changes in credit card fees in the article, Cards with no foreign transaction fee cards surge. In short, don’t subject yourself to unnecessary fees and let financial institutions know they’re losing out on your business; otherwise, you can pretty much count on having your pocket picked!
Nobody had a credit card when I was a kid. No one had credit card debt. But these big companies and banks wanted to know how to get more money out of people – get them charging things.-Michael Moore
I’m fessing up. There are products I like that I no longer buy. Why? Because I know where the company’s profits go. Now, my purchasing power no longer supports a political party that is not in line with my political beliefs.
More consumers can take advantage of the power of the purse by using the “BuyPartisan” mobile app. With a simple swipe of a product’s barcode, you can find information regarding “political donations of the CEO, Board of Directors, PAC’s and employees of the company you are buying from.”
In short, money is power, so support companies with your ideals when spending your green.
It is money, money, money! Not ideas, not principles, but money that reigns supreme in American politics. – Robert Byrd