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Grieving over terrorist attacks in Paris

Our hearts and prayers go out to those in Paris, those who lost family members and friends, the press who have more members of that fraternity due to freedom of speech issues, to the Jewish community, and even to the large Muslim community in France that may suffer as a result, regardless of their opposition to violence and “Al-Qaeda-like” goals and aspirations.


Cartoonists worldwide responded to the killings of 12 people at satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, with many posted on Twitter with #JeSuisCharlie.


To the families of journalists, editorial cartoonists and staff at Charlie Hedbo, we express our sincere condolences, along with those from all over the world, including the ISNA. ( statement here.) and other Muslim leaders worldwide.

To the Jewish community in Paris, and those lost just before Shabbat at Hyper Cacher, the kosher market, who were attacked for no apparent reason other than their race/religion, we express our condolences.


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Fan death – Korean folklore or legitimate fear?

I hadn’t heard about this before. But I guess it’s a well-known truism. PRI even did a report on the belief in Korea that leaving a fan on overnight could cause death and many fans in Korea have timers to make sure no one forgets before going to sleep.

As PRI says, “A number of websites espouse theories about the origins of fan death. One way Koreans believe your fan can kill you is hypothermia. As the theory goes, if there’s a fan blowing all night, it may cause your body temperature to cool down enough to cause death.

They also worry about suffocation: that a fan left on in a sealed room just circulates the heat and prevents proper breathing. There’s even a theory that the South Korean government concocted the idea fan death to persuade citizens to decrease electrical use during an energy crisis in the ’70s. Of course, there’s no evidence to support any of these theories.”

Of course, even more popular is the idea that putting ice in...

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Black Friday or Giving Tuesday?

Have you heard about Giving Tuesday? An opportunity to make a difference while everyone else is trying to make money to pay back the credit card. Usually the fourth Tuesday in November, Giving Tuesday will be held Dec. 2, 2104 this year as an antidote to consumer excess, and a way for people to give back/declare their priorities in relation to those truly in need.

You can use these GivingTuesday logos (and the hashtag #GivingTuesday !) on your social media pages to help us get out the word and take back America from out-of-control consumerism. #GivingTuesday is a day for giving back. To those in real need. In your community. Around the globe. Join us by making a donation Tues, December 2, 2015!


Give to a local non-profit, to a worldwide charity such as World Vision, or a need around the world in the name of Giving Tuesday.

For those of us tired of getting up early and spending more money on more stuff that won’t make you happy…For those who understand the value...

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IMG expanding medical assistance for our GMMI clients

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IMG is expanding their medical assistance to our GMMI clients. IMG just informed us of their purchase of Global Response out of the U.K. to help add true 24/7 response no matter where our clients our throughout the world. Their GMMI career expat insurance is priced right for our NGO (non-governmental organization) clients who are wanting strong international medical cover at a good investment premium.


Here is the information IMG shared with Good Neighbor Insurance today:

INDIANAPOLIS – Oct. 14, 2014 – Indianapolis-based, International Medical Group®, Inc. (IMG®) is further expanding its global footprint with a recent acquisition of Wales-based company, Global Response Ltd.

With over 70 years of senior management expertise, Global Response provides emergency medical assistance and logistical support to travel insurance policy holders and corporate clients who become sick or injured while traveling overseas. “Global Response is one of the most...

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β€œCan I eat this?” – New Travel app from The CDC


Most of us travelers know that no travel app can guarantee you won’t get sick. And that washing your hands frequently may be one of the most important ways to combat diarrhea, as well as eating off clean plates, cups, and utensils. We’ve talked about this at length in the free book, ” The Top Three Risks When Traveling Overseas”( because dirty dishes, or those washed in dirty water can get you sick just as fast as bad food. As a traveler, you know that the risk of getting kidnapped or having your plane go down over water, or of a new Mount Vesuvius blowing up while you are visiting “Pompeii” is pretty remote, BUT the risk of getting a serious case of food poisoning or getting hit by a car while snapping a photo or having something traveling down the road (or tied to a vehicle traveling down the road) striking you while you are minding your own business on the sidewalk is a very real concern (or should be!).


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