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Reliable products, services, and information for health, safety, savings, and life - because there's more to life than computing!

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Advanced Book Exchange
Mature database of out-of-print books, including their exact condition, price, and location.  If it exists, you'll probably find it here.

Air Visual - Earth
Mesmerizing, would be beautiful, except that you're watching air pollution flow across the planet in real time.
This is the Federally authorized source of free annual credit reports - don't be fooled by pretenders.  Combines reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion in a more user-friendly format.

Antenna Search
Whether you'd like to be closer to them or farther away, find cell towers and antennas near a specified address.

Better Business Bureau
Look before you leap.  Investigate businesses, products, and services before you buy.  See also CharityWatch, below.
Independent revelations about Monsanto, from the Alliance for Bio-Integrity.

Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator helps guide wise giving by evaluating the financial health, accountability and transparency of charities and nonprofits in sensible charts and graphs.  It does this without charging public users and without accepting money that might influence objectivity.
The American Institute of Philanthropy is now known as CharityWatch, a nationally prominent charity rating and evaluation service dedicated to helping donors make informed giving decisions.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
The CFPB works to prevent unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices in order to ensure market transparency and disclosure to enable consumers to make informed financial decisions.

Core77 Design Magazine & Resource
Serving student and professional industrial designers, Core77 publishes articles, discussion forums, an event calendar, hosts portfolios, job listings, a database of design firms, schools, vendors and services.
The Direct Marketing Association's mail preference service is the most effective avenue to opt out of postal junk mail.

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Dragon Herbs
Delivers extreme quality and potency Chinese herbs and edibles prepared according to traditional methods, and provides consultations by phone and on-site.

Doomsday Clock
A classic from Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists summarizing the severity of major threats to the global community.

Cars and trucks independent comparisons, reviews, valuation, and buying and maintenance guides.
Unlike that game in grade school, communication errors and outright fallacies can spread like wildfire online. attempts to track the latest hot topics - where they started, where they're going, and whether they're realistic - in real time.

Facebook treats and tricks, but not the friendly kind.  FaceCrooks' mission is to monitor and chronicle the seedy, unsavory, and silly side of social media - providing current news, educational resources, and alerts on social media privacy, safety, and scams.

The first goal of fake news is to misinform.  The end-game is to make you stop caring at all. Choose your weapons: no scoring system is perfect, but these browser extensions help cut through the noise. identifies political robot accounts posing as real Twitter users.
NewsGuard marks pages and search results with trust scores by journalists.
SurfSafe identifies on-page photos as original or altered ("Photoshopped").

Federal Trade Commission (U.S.)
The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them.  Get free information on consumer issues, or file a complaint.
To report hard-core internet crime, see the Internet Crime Complaint Center, below.

Fire Blocking Super-Material
You won't have to wait for it to be declassified or sell a kidney to get it - you can make it yourself so easily that we could tell you right here, but you will be glad that you watched the video.

Paul Graham
Essays on business, computer programming, and life - on sense and sensibility in a chaotic world.  Enjoyable and enlightening reading.

Quick reference maps of the status of current natural hazards:  drought, Earth and space weather, earthquakes, volcanism, wildfire, and more.

The Global Consciousness Project
Random number generators around the world should collectively generate magnificent digital incoherence.

But they don't.

Health Rosetta
Your company and employees may be overpaying 20-40% to cover colossal perks to brokers who design plans that mainly benefit health insurers.  Find brokers that work for employers, not insurers. ProPublica explains.

The free repair guide for everything, written by everyone:  apparel, electronic devices, household, vehicles, and more.

International Dark-Sky Association
Night-time light pollution interferes with health by disrupting natural biological rhythms, threatens astronomical research, and wastes energy and money.  The IDA works to protect the night skies for present and future generations.

Internet Crime Complaint Center (U.S.)
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), accepts online Internet crime complaints from actual victims or third parties.
To report unfair business practices, see the Federal Trade Commission, above.
Did a slave make your clothes?  Probably.  KnowTheChain is a resource for companies and investors to understand and address forced labor risks within their global supply chains.  Consumers can use the handy chart when deciding what to buy.

Life After Hate
Founded by former extremists, Life After Hate is committed to helping people leave the violent far-right, and dedicated to inspiring all people to a place of compassion and forgiveness - for themselves and each other.  Hate is like an addictive drug - Be Free.

MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's MedWatch program for consumers and health care professionals to report adverse events for human medical products, including side effects, product quality problems, and potential and actual product use errors, associated with the use of:
FDA-regulated drugs, biologics (including human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products), medical devices (including in-vitro diagnostics), special nutritional products and cosmetics, foods (including beverages) and dietary supplements.

Missing Money
Free search of governmental unclaimed property records.  Lost or forgotten assets are required by law to be turned over to the states and provinces. is officially endorsed by the states and provinces, and is the only database endorsed by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA).

Mission Possible World Health International
Massive compendium of research and documentation on the ill effects of aspartame, also called "Nutrasweet" and other names, and the history of its nefarious introduction into the food supply.

Mortality Statistics
To put periodic panic about the latest pandemic in perspective:
Top 10 causes of death - World Health Organization
Causes of death by rate - Wikipedia
The third leading cause of death in the U.S.

Mother Earth News
The most popular and longest-running sustainable-lifestyle magazine, providing wide-ranging expert editorial coverage of organic foods, country living, green transportation, renewable energy, natural health, and green building.  The original guide to living wisely.

Move Over America
Across the U.S., current law requires you to slow down and/or move out of the traffic lane adjacent to a stopped police or other emergency or DoT vehicle.  It's the right thing to do - these people may rescue you sometime.

National Do Not Call Registry (U.S. FTC)
Register your telephone number here to reduce your volume of junk calls - seriously.  Government, charities, and companies to whom you have given your number can still call, but other cold-call solicitors can be fined if you file a valid complaint.  Check the FAQ for details.  An excellent resource for seniors.

National Human Trafficking Hotline
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that profits by using force, fraud, or coercion to control people as property.  If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking,  call:1-888-373-7888,  Text:233733,  TTY:711

Native American Rights Fund
Founded in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of American Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide.

The Non-GMO Project
This non-profit organization aims to verify, protect, and build the non-GMO food supply.  Everyone deserves an informed choice about what to eat.

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Nuclear Emergency
Preparedness Products

RadTriageTM Radiation Detector
(formerly: RadDetect) Upgraded model now available!
Accurate: 0-1000R/h  Detects b-e-g-x  EMP Impervious  Instant Response  Military Grade  No Battery Required  Credit Card Size  Least Expensive

An exhaustive search found many other products, all of which react slowly (or too late or not at all), fail above low exposure levels, have no EMP shielding, give false alarms, and all this at far greater cost.  Most use expensive batteries which are not user replaceable.

Potassium Iodide
Blocks thyroid absorption of radioactive iodine during a nuclear event.  Only these products are FDA approved.  Long shelf life.

Decontamination Products
Chemically remove radioactive halogen residues.

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NuVal - Nutrition Value Score
Distills complex information into a simple at-a-glance nutrition value score (1-100) for any food.  Developed from a rigorous independent study of popular and fad diets and current nutrition science.  Look for NuVal scores on market shelf tags.  More:
Science compared every diet, and the winner is real food
"A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention."
You can eliminate postal junk mail offers of insurance and similar by companies who "prescreen" you, based on your credit report by the Big Three agencies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion), either by writing to those agencies individually or via this very secure website.

Comprehensive radio station search engine with links to over 12,900 web pages and over 7,300 audio streams from radio stations around the world.

Good review site for movies, plus a public forum, by James Berardinelli.

The Repair Association
Champions your Right To Repair, modify, or upgrade equipment you already own.  This seems crazy only if you don't realize that you are steadily losing this right through bloated service costs and legislation instigated by original equipment manufacturers and their officially designated service organizations.  If we cannot reduce and reuse (as well as recycle) our environment also suffers.

RYNO Motors
This company sells a self-balancing motor-powered unicycle.  Definitely not a rerun of the Segway - you will just have to see for yourself.

Shows who's polluting, with what pollutants, and where.  Enter your zip code for local conditions.

Slooh Community Observatory
Since 2003 Slooh has connected land based astronomical telescopes to the internet for access by the broader public.  Members have taken 2.4m photos of over 40,000 celestial objects, and participated in discoveries with leading astronomical institutions.

Heard a rumor?  From computer viruses to politics, see if it's fact or fiction!

the StarChild Project
A continuation of Lloyd Pye's decades-long rigorous research and findings on the origin of a skull of extraordinary form and composition.

Still Tasty
Your ultimate food shelf-life guide - save money, eat better, help the environment.

Bob Sullivan
Corporate sneakiness, government waste, technology run amok, outright scams.  Bob Sullivan covers Internet scams and consumer fraud, and is the winner of multiple journalism awards for his coverage of online crime.  A gold mine of valuable information.  Books: Gotcha Capitalism and Your Evil Twin: Behind the Identity Theft Epidemic.

The Sunlight Foundation
This nonpartisan nonprofit organization provides online tools, open data, policy recommendations, journalism, and grant opportunities to catalyze greater government transparency and to create accountability of public officials.

Swanson Health Products
Whether you're a hard-core user, a dabbler, or a complete ignoramus about dietary supplements and natural living, expect low cost, high quality, and fast delivery.

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Health Products
Whether you're a hard-core user, a dabbler, or a complete ignoramus about dietary supplements and natural living, expect low cost, high quality and purity, and fast delivery.

The Tesla Collection
The most comprehensive compilation of newspaper and periodical material ever assembled by or about Nikola Tesla.
Online tutoring, homework help in math, science, English and test preparation.  This is one of the very few academic help sites which provide actual help rather than selling ready-made fake school work.

Go ahead - ask it any question.  It's not all-knowing, but it puts a surprising amount of historical, social, and scientific data (including computations) at your fingertips.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
A private, non-profit organization dedicated to research, engineering, and education to advance understanding of the ocean, its interaction with the Earth as a whole, and its role in the changing global environment.

World Factbook - CIA Library
Yes, that CIA.  This publicly available library provides dense details, maps, and issues for 267 world entities - a trove of information that could be difficult to assemble from other sources.

Zinn Education Project
Introduces students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of U.S. history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula.  Free lessons and articles based on Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States".

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