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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

‘Leave me alone!’

By Randy A. Salas


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Phone solicitations, customer-service run-arounds, spam, e-mail registrations — sometimes they make you want to scream like Drew Barrymore in, well, the movie “Scream” (pictured). Save your breath. These websites will let you actually do something to curb those annoyances.

National Do Not Call Registry
scream.JPGThe Federal Trade Commission's National Do Not Call Registry offers an easy way to register your phone number so that you don't receive calls from telemarketers. Once you sign up, you should stop receiving unwanted phone solicitations after 31 days. If you don't, you can register a complaint at the same site. The registration expires after five years, at which time you can re-up.

Spam Abuse
Spam, or junk mail, in your e-mail in-box is much harder to fight. There's no way to "get off the list,?? so to speak. But the Spam Abuse site can help you curb its effect with tips such as not posting your e-mail address on the Web, creating e-mail filters to weed it out of your in-box and installing blocking software.

BugMeNot
Websites that require you to register your e-mail address and other personal information just to read their content and use various features, even if free, can be annoying. To the rescue comes the user-contributed BugMeNot. Enter the URL of the website you want to visit in the form at BugMeNot, and you'll get a list of user names and passwords that others have created to access that site. Not all user names and passwords still work — some have expired — but BugMeNot users rank their success with each entry as a guide.

Gethuman
Several years ago, Paul English started a grass-roots effort to list short cuts for callers to get to a real person when calling companies' automated customer-service numbers. That list on his personal website became so popular through media exposure and Internet buzz that it spawned its own website, Gethuman, this year. Look up a company in the database, and its entry will provide the customer-service number and instructions on how to break out of the automated menu choices and talk to a real person. When calling MetLife, for example, you press the # key four times to get a human. Some don't even require action. If you don't say or press anything when calling Chase, for example, a real person will come on the line to see if anyone is there. Gotcha.

OptOutPrescreen
OptOutPrescreen is a service cooperatively run by the major consumer-credit reporting companies — the folks who provide your personal and credit info for insurance and credit-card companies to send you unsolicited offers, aka junk mail. The website helps you get off those junk-mail lists. You have to provide your personal info, including Social Security number, for the best results, but the site is encrypted for security. You can opt out from unwanted credit and insurance offers for a five-year period online, or you can opt out permanently by submitting your info online and then printing and mailing a form. The site also allows you to opt in so that you get as much junk mail as the credit and insurance companies can send you. Ha! That's a good one.

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Randy A. Salas is a columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Do you have a favorite Web site or a question about how to find something on the Internet? Send a note by clicking here.



Previously:

Special deliveries
Weight-loss journeys
Daily routines
Working without a map
Just you watch!
New year, new diet
Your mail answered
Chatting: Central characters
Wonders never cease
Secret messages
For your consideration
Freaky food forays
Best of 2006 online
Missed marketing
H.G. Wells’ legacy endures
A quest for dragons
E-mails you've sent
In the news
It's free!
Websites that help you find books that are right for you
Coping with illness
Some serious face time
Some serious face time
In reply to your e-mail ...
Turn your handwriting into a computer-based font that will allow you to churn out homespun greetings
Music for everyone
'Elusive planet' can be viewed clearly from Earth with the naked eye
Central characters
E-mail @ 35
Idle chatter
Funny money
Classic artwork in motion
For an unusual Thanksgiving
Your slip is showing
Best of the worst
Test your mind power
Remain anonymous

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