Before spreading rumors and dis-information do everyone a favor -
Please, check the authenticity first.
E-Rumors, hoaxes and other stupid stuff – A word of caution. Even the best sites that have open blogging can contain significant BS from unedited entries. Like anything else you encounter on the Internet, take the time to question what you're hearing or reading.
Snopes.com - The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation. (Contrary to some allegations this is not some liberal agenda forum.)
TruthOrFiction.com -The home of TruthOrFiction.com, the place to get information about e-rumors, hoaxes, etc.
Urban Legends - A good starting place for exploring urban legends at About.com
Hoax Busters- An alphabetical list of Internet hoaxes, scams and chain mail.
Hoax-Slayer - Stay informed about the latest email hoaxes.
Scambusters.org - Good site for detailed Hoaxes, Scams, Phishing, etc.
TechRepublic * - Top 10 Sites to Debunk Internet Hoaxes (some repeats of above.) Many other technical sources and links regarding many other technical links. Worth checking out for tech types.
http://www.factcheck.org/ - A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and Annenberg Classroom. A broad range of subjects and reviews of current political spins. Well worth getting a feel for the material here. Funded by the Annenberg Foundation and describes itself as "a nonpartisan, nonprofit 'consumer advocate' for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics."
General Finance and Investing - http://www.moneychimp.com/features/tax_brackets.htm Know your current tax bracket and how changes may affect you. Calculator is available to show what one needs to save and invest to become a millionaire.
http://stockgumshoe.com/ Researches and reveals the names of companies teased by investment newsletters in their ads, with in-depth analysis and discussion. Email subscription is available at no charge.
http://www.investopedia.com/ General information regarding personal investing.
http://www.sec.gov/investor/brokers.htm Tips for Checking Out Brokers and Investment Advisers. Federal or state securities laws require brokers, investment advisers, and their firms to be licensed. Also see Links to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) http://www.finra.org/Investors/ToolsCalculators/BrokerCheck/index.htm
NEW! SaveAndInvest.org Not-for-profit resource for financial health. Many links and tools.
Congressional Transparency -
Executive Orders - Rumors abound about what Obama is doing via Executive Orders (Outside of most news reporting) Check for yourself! Also see Government Archives - search under "Quick, Start."
Export/Import Bank - Find out what the government is loaning to other countries and foreign companies.
GovTrackInsider - For those seeking un-biased reports concerning Bills and Politics within the walls of Congress. Don't expect left or right bashing. All issues are open for review. This site presents inside information far better than ANY of the national media organizations. Expect details and not spin!
Consumer Protection - http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/consumer.shtm This section of the FTC website offers practical information on a variety of consumer topics. The information here can help you avoid rip-offs and exercise your consumer rights.
http://www.consumer-action.org/about/ Consumer Action is a non-profit, membership-based organization that was founded in San Francisco in 1971. During its more than three decades, Consumer Action has continued to serve consumers nationwide by advancing consumer rights, referring consumers to complaint-handling agencies through their free hotline.
http://www.cpsc.gov/ Consumer Product Safety Commission: official Federal Agency website, including recalls, reports, alerts.
Identity Theft & Fraud - The U.S.P.S has excellent advice to avoid fraud and scams. Their site, "Delivering Trust/Delivering Justice" provides advice and videos. Additional details are also available at: http://www.deliveringtrust.com/index.php?videoToPlay=one
Recommended! > FBI Common Fraud Schemes - Listed tips to protect yourself and your family from various forms of Internet fraud. For more information about common complaints and scams, see the annual reports of the Internet Crime Complaint Center
NEW! ComplaintsBoard.com - Review complaints from customers, searchable database.
Check out charities before making a donation!
American Institute of Philanthropy - Of the over five-hundred charities currently rated by AIP, only a select number qualify for their listing of Top-Rated charities
Charity Navigator - Evaluating the financial health of over 5,500 of America's largest charities.
In General, ask how much the charity spends on fund raising. Any phone telemarketer MUST be able to provide the following information - it's the law! If they can't or won't tell you how much goes for fund raising Hang Up!
A. No more than 35% of contributions be spent on fund raising. (Some use 20% as a maximum.)
B. No more than 50% of the charity’s total income be spent on administrative and fund raising costs.
NEW! GreatNonProfits - Search for specific non-profit organizations.
NEW! BetterBusinessBureau - Charity giving adcice and search from the BBB
NEW! IRS - Search for Eligible Charities 501c(3)
Medical & Professional Services -
Compare Hospitals - U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Compare up to 3 hospitals together.
License look-up for registered nurses. Need special nursing service? Start checking references here.
Doctor and Lawyer search with reviews. Ratings are provided by clients. NOTE: Most but not all states have professional license "look-up" pages. For many professions try Googleing for "Look up a professional license" and then find if your state is listed. Note: Malpractice data is often blocked by political presures. Check your individual state.
Find a Lawyer - Avvo.com - Find the right lawyer based on client reviews, Avvo Ratings, disciplinary history, etc. Search for attorneys near you who specialize in your legal matter.
LegalMatch - Free service to find a lawyer
General Information and Other Sources -
Protecting Your Computer - From Norton Security: Can your Car be Hacked? (and other topics)
Wikipedia - On-line encyclopedia
WebMD - Health Conditions & Communities
US Debt Clock.org - See real-time clock of debt, trade, etc.
Do Not Call Registry - Still getting unwanted telemarketing calls? Register all of your phones including cell phones. You do not have to re-register your phones @ year! This is the national registry.
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Fogcutters.net - Finding Where Truth Hides