Consumer Reports is "a non-profit, independent organization
providing consumers with information on goods, services, health,
and personal finance." Consumer Reports gives "unbiased advice to help
you and your family make important choices."
Consumer Reports also publishs different paperbacks, including
The Consumer Reports Books Guide to Baby Products.
Everything you wanted to know about picking out a crib,
choosing a high chair, unsafe car seats, etc.
Lots and lots of good information.
The book costs about $14.95.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Worth checking out once in awhile for dangerous products to consumers.
For example, in February of 2001, they banned the importation of candles
that have lead in their wicks because of the risk that young children
might inhale poisonous fumes or touch toxic lead dust on furniture.
Center for Decmocracy and Technology.
The Center for Decmocracy and Technology provides Operation Opt-Out,
a single place to remove your name from a variety of marketing and
profiling lists. This site provides ways to remove
your name, both online and by regular paper mail. (This site
provides forms to print out that you paper mail to the respective
companies and marketing firms to remove your name from their lists.)
It also provides information on ways to keep your private information
A book by the 25 year old Public Citizen's Health Research Group, this
contains 20,125 doctors that have been disciplined by
state and federal governments. Such disciplinary action is kept
secret from patients and from almost all physicians.
Yahoo Real Estate
Data from the local county records office is now online.
These two sites allow you to type in an address and usually see
the most recent sales price for a home, as well as
sale prices and dates of other properties in the surrounding
Quoting from the San Jose Mercury News, Real Estate section,
October 27, 2000:
Yahoo's Home Values data come from a company called iPlace, and
it covers all 50 states going back about five years.
For some areas, Domania.com has data going back to 1987, and
it covers all but 17 states. (Data is available for all of California.)