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Do you buy your clothes at Amazon? Maybe not…or, at least, not yet…but the online retail giant has managed to successfully tap into the millennial (who else?) market, and is aggressively seeking to make a much broader impact as a clothing retailer. According to an article appearing over at Fox Business, Amazon introduced several private label brands last year that run the gamut from casual wear to dress clothes. According to the same report, Amazon is looking to go even further in 2017, with plans to expand into both ladies undergarments and active wear. So, what about trying garments on... Read more →

Just a handful of years ago I went into my local grocery store pharmacy and was confronted with an extremely strange proposition. The pharmacist asked me if I wanted to use my insurance or receive my prescription for free. Yes, if I used my insurance coverage it was going to cost me $30, but if I would allow them to process the order without my insurance, my blood pressure pills would be free. Of course I went with the free option, but what in the world? How could my medication be free without my insurance coverage? The idea of free... Read more →

On this episode, Dr. Elaina George joins Jim Paris Live to discuss a wide variety of ways to save money on medical care and health insurance. Topics discussed - direct pay primary care, concierge medicine, medical sharing plans vs. traditional insurance, saving money on prescription drugs, cash only surgical centers, negotiating your medical bills, supplements like AFLAC, and more. Dr. Elaina George is the host of the program Medicine On Call on American Web Radio. Read more →

Although his first term as president is barely underway, Donald Trump is already casting an eye to his reelection bid, and appears to have selected what he sees as his perfect adversary in 2020. Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a favorite of party progressives and someone who, during the latter stages of last year’s campaign, appeared to have almost as much affinity for using Twitter to lob grenades as Trump himself, is the prospective opponent whose candidacy, the president insists, would represent “a dream come true” for him. The subject came up during an interview that aired last Saturday on... Read more →

Come out, come out, wherever you are? Hillary Clinton made headlines last Friday as a guest speaker at the Society of Irish Women’s 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where she indicated that she’s “ready to come out of the woods.” While the wording is apparently an allusion to well-publicized photos of her taken while walking in the woods near her Chappaqua, New York residence, the statement seems a declaration that she is returning to the public landscape in some form. As quoted by a variety of news outlets, including The Hill, Clinton said, “I am ready... Read more →

On this episode, Jim previews his upcoming article about the 24 hours he spent inside Scientology headquarters in Clearwater, Florida. Is Tom Cruise moving to Clearwater to save Scientology?, the second season of Leah Remini's Scientology reality show, and more. Chelsea Clinton's new gig, the IRS fast tracks non-profit approval for After School Satan Clubs, Sean Hannity accused of pointing gun at Juan Williams, and the president of taxpayer funded NPR enjoys $632,000 salary. Read more →

Are you someone who is meant to be running your own show? In a piece for (what else?), Brian Evans, himself a successful entrepreneur by trade, identifies five tell-tale signs that reveal someone has the nature of a classic business self-starter woven into their DNA. At the top of his list is the inclination to learn by doing. Evans points out that there’s a reason so many business successes are high school or college dropouts. Entrepreneurs, he says, are oftentimes poorly served by the school environment, because they are at their best when out in the world applying themselves.... Read more →

Somewhat-fashionable comedian Amy Schumer says that “alt-right” Internet trolls coordinated in an effort to ensure that her latest stand-up special for Netflix, Leather Special, would be poorly rated. Schumer, who also happens to be a second cousin of U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, became known during the recent political season for her outspoken opposition to anything conservative. It is because of her strong and vocal liberal stances, she believes, that conservatives came together to see to it that reviews for her special were as plentiful as they were bad. As reported by several media outlets, including Fox News, Schumer took to... Read more →

Years ago we had what I called a 'family bank' at our house. It took many forms, but most often it was some kind of a mason jar that I dumped my spare change into at the end of each day. The money would build up into a surprisingly hefty sum after only two to three months. My children used to watch the jar filling up, and when the time seemed right they would say, 'Hey, Dad can we cash in the family bank?' When that day came, we would dump out all of the coins into a plastic bag... Read more →

Is this a case of “birds of a feather flock together?” According to a report by the site Judicial Watch, the “After School Satan Clubs,” initiated last year by The Satanic Temple as a response to the widespread presence of the evangelical Good News Clubs afterschool programs in public elementary schools, were granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service just ten days after making application…a turnaround time that’s nothing short of stunning. If there is any doubt that The Satanic Temple is expressly seeking to counter the “influence” of the Good News Clubs with its own, decidedly-unique program offering,... Read more →

Well, this is a little weird. According to a piece over at CNN Money that has since been reported on by a variety of other news outlets, including The Hill, popular Fox News host and arch conservative Sean Hannity once pointed a gun at Juan Williams, a Fox political analyst and one of the network’s few resident liberal talking heads. So…Hannity really pointed a gun at Juan Williams? According to CNN’s sources, Sean Hannity aimed the firearm at Williams and engaged the weapon’s laser sight, which caused a visible red dot to reflect against William’s person. The report, however, prompted... Read more →

While we tend to think of folks who work from home as being self-employed, the fact is that more and more companies are offering flexible work arrangements to regular employees. As technology and culture continue to evolve, formerly unconventional workplace arrangements have become increasingly less so, and many companies find the accommodative feature of these situations to be something that provides them with quality regular W-2 type employees in places that may be far away from where the firm’s operational base exists. Clearly, working from home is obviously something to which many locked into the daily 9-5 grind aspire…and many... Read more →

Sure you can. Because a scale reading that tells you you’re overweight - which, if you are, is not likely some surprise revealed to you only because you stepped on a scale – may exert an unfortunate effect on your self-esteem, according to Carleton University of Ottawa. A write-up over at Fox News about the school’s move to rid the campus gym of the evil device details that in place of where the scale once stood is now a sign that describes the school’s decision as one that is “in keeping with current fitness and social trends.” Social trends, maybe;... Read more →

Donald Trump tweeted last year that “the United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!” Now that he is president, Trump is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to the U.N., if reports about his soon-to-be-unveiled budget are accurate. Or, more correctly, he’s putting the American taxpayer’s money where his mouth is. According to a Western Journalism article about a piece over at Foreign Policy discussing the proposed budget, it is expected that cuts of up to... Read more →

The march toward madness - not to be confused with NCAA basketball’s March Madness - continues. As reported in the Daily Mail, the University of Minnesota has decided to drop the tradition of crowning a Homecoming King and Queen in favor of gender-neutral “Royals,” in a spirit of what school officials refer to as “gender inclusivity.” According to the university’s website, “This change allows the University to select the best student representatives for the U of M based on campus and community involvement — regardless of gender.” The Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) says that there will be 10 students... Read more →