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May 2007 - Posts

Proving again that the truth is stranger than fiction, an article in the Toronto Star tells the story of a dying woman who is going to donate a kidney to the winner of a bizarre reality show. The Dutch government will not stop the broadcast of the show, Read More...
Posted on May 30,2007

Wondering why you are paying a lot for insurance? Perhaps some of your premiums are going to help pay the divorce settlement of insurance bigwig, John Charman. According to an article on Business Week, Britain's court of appeals has upheld a previous Read More...
Posted on May 28,2007

In an article on SignOnSanDiego.com, it's been announced that the legal battles between the builders of the World Trade Center and seven insurers has finally been settled. The $2 billion settlement announced today is in addition to $2.55 billion that has Read More...
Posted on May 24,2007

Democratic Presidential candidate and Senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton, said that the US is unprepared for a serious disaster. In an article by Time, she indicated that the Bush administration had made a grave error in putting the Federal Emergency Read More...
Posted on May 24,2007

Hang onto your hats: according to an article on Science Daily, the Colorado State University forecast team is increasing its storm predictions for the 2007 season to 17 "named" storms. While this is a significant number of storms, it's far less than the Read More...
Posted on May 22,2007

Do you live in California? Are you at potential risk for wildfire? Don't be surprised if your insurer starts making demands that you clear brush, cut down trees or install a fireproof roof before you get your next policy, according to an article on Read More...
Posted on May 21,2007

Jerry Seinfeld, best known for his self-titled tv show, made a bit of "buzz" about his new movie with an aerial stunt in Cannes. According to an article in the Toronto Star, Seinfeld donned a bee costume and rode a wire that was strung between the roof Read More...
Posted on May 18,2007

Now here's a great reason not to trust everything that comes out of your doctor's mouth: in an article from the LA Times, 3 doctors are being held for doing "unneeded" procedures at a Buena Park clinic. What they were doing is recruiting patients for Read More...
Posted on May 17,2007

You may have heard advertisements for critical illness protection. You may have decided it's a lot of hype. I had too. Perhaps it's the way that it's advertised, with a lot of focus on the terrible illnesses that people can get. Then I read an article in Read More...
Posted on May 14,2007

According to an article from the East Bay Business Times, Allstate will stop writing new homeowners insurance and landlord policies as of July 1st in the state of California. This is part of Allstate's ongoing actions to reduce risk in its insurance Read More...
Posted on May 11,2007

Every day there is something more about the EF5 tornado that destroyed Greensburg, Kansas. It was an astounding storm -- at EF5, it was a monster tornado, that ripped homes from their foundations and destroyed the majority of the town. According to an Read More...
Posted on May 9,2007

In an article from the Toronto Star, I saw the first arguments in favour of Universal life that made some sense to me. Basically, universal life benefits the wealthy more than any other segment of the population, despite how it is sold. So, while this Read More...
Posted on May 7,2007

Today's topic comes courtesy Robert Hruzek of Middle Zone Musings. This is all about learning from an unusual source. You might not think you could learn a wide variety of life lessons from a weight problem, but you surely can. And, dear readers, this Read More...
Posted on May 6,2007

Your car insurance is a contract. As with any contract, if you don't keep up your end of the bargain, the contract will be null and void. Despite the threat of loss of coverage, according to a PRNewswire release, it's estimated by the UK Motor Insurance Read More...
Posted on May 4,2007

With only a month until the official start of hurricane season, and the courts full of Katrina lawsuits in Louisiana and Mississippi, FEMA is asking people to remember to buy flood insurance. Now, why would you need flood insurance? Wouldn't hurricane Read More...
Posted on May 2,2007
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