On Alternative Remedies I Paid for in an Attempt to Avoid Spine Surgery

@scn231 "Oh hush, raptoresq." No. This stuff bugs me. And isn't this blog supposed to be about thinking intelligently about money? "As if western medicine is devoid of “flim-flam artists” or ineffective (and even damaging) treatments." It certainly does and you should always be skeptical whenever someone is looking to pick your pocket. Medicine is one of those areas where there's a big differential between those with knowledge and those without. I mean, if a doctor tells me I need to take pill X, do I really need to take pill X or maybe the drug rep was there that morning and pill X happened to be on her mind when she saw me. But at least I have the confidence that if pill x is being sold to the public, someone, somewhere had to actually prove that it's safe and efficacious. There's science involved. Molecule A when combined with Molecule B causes effect Y on the human body when taken under condition Z. Reiki? Not so much.

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm 1

On Alternative Remedies I Paid for in an Attempt to Avoid Spine Surgery

Sometimes I feel like this blog has a serious critical-thinking/skepticism deficit. "I turned to reiki for relief and was mostly pleased with the results" Oh yeah? You were pleased when nothing happened? That's strange. "I’m pretty sure there’s a special place in hell for people who exploit sick people." I kind of feel the same way about people that let themselves be taken in by flim-flam artists.

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 2:30 pm 3

On A Father-Daughter Duo Answers Your Questions: On a Parent-Child Relationship Based on Financial Support

Either get a real job or take the money and run. We should all have such problems.

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm 1

On Times I Thought I'd Go Broke: 2012-2014

Appyling for and getting jos? Being bailed out by your parents? A rent refund (how the hell do you overpay your rent?)? Miracles! All of them! Pennies from heaven!

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 11:38 am 2

On Solidarity Forever! Talking With a Radical Coop-Living Bride

Another remora on the great white shark of capitalism.

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 3:56 pm 0

On WWYD (If You Were Me), Acupuncture Edition

"Traditional Chinese medicine is an odd, dangerous mix of sense and nonsense." http://aeon.co/magazine/living-together/james-palmer-traditional-chinese-medicine/

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 2:44 pm 0

On WWYD (If You Were Me), Acupuncture Edition

Why would having needles stuck in your face induce pregnancy? Do you think that your face has magic buttons only accessible via small needles?

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 2:43 pm 0

On The Cost of Being Robbed While Traveling Abroad

@Stowaway We're talking about a scarf, some makeup, some medicine and like fifty bucks. It's not like "OMG I forgot about my laptop my pearl earrings my cartier wristwatch and eight grand in various currencies." Just be honest. "Hey I was a stressed out by the incident and didn't think to claim this stuff. Here's my amended claims report." Also, re: scam. You got a police report. Very smart thing to do, insurance-wise. If they won't pay, there's a magic phrase you can invoke: "bad faith." Insurance companies are statutorily obligated to resolve claims fairly and expeditiously. They can decline coverage based on exclusions in the policy, but if you have theft protection, I don't know why this wouldn't be covered. Source of knowledge: I'm an insurance attorney (although I've never dealt with travel insurance either personally or professionally).

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 3:34 pm 0

On The Cost of Being Robbed While Traveling Abroad

Why didn't you make a claim for all of the items that you lost, including the Nook books and the cash? Just because you don't have a picture of something or a receipt doesn't mean you can't claim it. And there should be some record of the nook book purchases, no? E-mails or something? Also, you can't recover the nook books via barnes and noble? Aren't they associated with your nook account or whatever?

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm 0

On This Woman Does Not Want to Pay For You To Swim With Dolphins

Cash is king.

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 1:03 pm 0