Friday, February 24, 2012

A Proposed Box to Highlight Overdraft Fees on Checking Statements - NYTimes.com

A Proposed Box to Highlight Overdraft Fees on Checking Statements - Ann Carrins, NYTimes.com: As part of an effort to educate consumers about overdraft fees, the new federal consumer watchdog agency is proposing a “fee penalty” box to be included on checking account statements.

Carrins writes: "Banks charge overdraft fees when customers spend more than is available in their checking account. The form is the latest in a series of 'plain language' financial disclosures proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau."

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

NIDA creates easy-to-read website on drug abuse | Pharmaceutical Processing

The website's emphasis on plain language supports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's commitment to clear government communication that the public can understand and use. The site goes beyond plain language by using a website design and features that are easy to use, including animated videos that explain the science of addiction and how drugs affect the brain.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Garbl's Pencil: Ready to write, edit and teach for you

I have no interest in working for conservative, right-wing organizations. But I'd be delighted to use my effective writing, editing and other communications skills and knowledge to benefit progressive firms, agencies, organizations, campaigns and individuals. I'm available for temporary, part-time or full-time employment and freelance or contract work.

Monday, February 20, 2012

How to Put People Back in Charge by Sarah van Gelder — YES! Magazine

How to Put People Back in Charge by Sarah van Gelder — YES! Magazine: Corporate power is behind the politics of climate denial, Wall Street bailouts, union busting, and media consolidation, and more. What prospect do We the People have for putting power back where it belongs?

Gelder writes: "The result of having government cater to big corporations? Joblessness. A poverty rate that has gone up 27 percent since 2006. Insolvent state and local governments and school districts. Deferred repairs. Cutbacks in services for struggling families. Meanwhile solutions—like a World War II-scale response to climate change (which could create millions of jobs)—are blocked by the powerful fossil fuel lobby."

Sunday, February 19, 2012

To My Mother | William Rivers Ptt, Truthout

Pitt writes:
Every part of what has been happening in American politics of late is entirely familiar, the stuff of old nightmares, but I have never experienced such a barrage of unrestrained hatred, filth and nonsense to compare with this.
And concludes:
Now is the time to rise up, point at this mess, and say in a voice too loud to ignore, 'This is why these people are not to be trusted with power. This is why they must go.' You fought this war and won it, Mom. The Bastards want to try and re-take the battlefield. I will not let it happen, and I am not alone. I love you with all of my heart, Mom. Don't worry. We got this.
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