Mastercard does a good thing

Anyone who's ever been on the internet (and that's well in excess of 90% of all Americans) has, at some point, been hooked by a free trial that suddenly turns into an unstoppable stream of monthly charges. Mastercard is stopping that automatic process for charges on its cards. So easy for the behemoth financial in … Continue reading Mastercard does a good thing

Amazon can make sure you see ads for items you want — for a fee from the vendor

I put a very different title on this article than did the NY Times. Yes, Amazon is uniquely able to offer advertising access to vendors based on what you've bought or even looked at thru Amazon.  But (so far as I see here) Amazon is very careful to retain the information that would allow anyone … Continue reading Amazon can make sure you see ads for items you want — for a fee from the vendor

One of shutdown’s next casualties will be mass transit that won’t get their federal share of operating expenses

New Jersey commuters are particularly vulnerable but government funds that support public services are going to be drying up everywhere. https://www.nasdaq.com/article/the-shutdowns-next-victims-could-be-public-transit-systems-cm1080227

Turns out neither parents nor graduates can afford to pay off college tuition debt

Turns out that college tuition debt is simply too much for the graduates to pay while the parents face their own financial obligations and can't pay either. Sometimes, who was to be responsible for payment was never clearly established among family members in the first place -- and that agreement may not be reflected in … Continue reading Turns out neither parents nor graduates can afford to pay off college tuition debt

Amazon releases open letter to NYC justifying all the benefits they’re receiving to open a huge center in Queens

Not everyone is thrilled that Amazon has been offered more than $1 billion in benefits as incentive to open up a major center in Queens. Many of those in the area that's affected by the satellite headquarters are concerned about the additional load on transportation, education, and infrastructure that will have to be funded by … Continue reading Amazon releases open letter to NYC justifying all the benefits they’re receiving to open a huge center in Queens

Apple’s business model is serving customers well even if some investors not happy — an editorial and commentary

An editorial and an article pointing out that there are a lot of happy and dedicated Apple iPhone users who aren't upset at all about a slowdown in sales for iPhones offering features that don't offer them value. They may not be buying the new iPhones, but they're certainly thoroughly enmeshed in the Apple system. … Continue reading Apple’s business model is serving customers well even if some investors not happy — an editorial and commentary

How in the world do bring yourself to move “stuff” on if you’ve never used it once?

The Wall Street Journal and Next Avenue are great sources of encouragement to downsize Now rather than when facing a deadline. So many people suddenly have to empty a home where they've lived for decades -- and to do it in a hurry because of health reasons. So much better to do it while you're … Continue reading How in the world do bring yourself to move “stuff” on if you’ve never used it once?