Sites of the Week: February 15, 2015

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.”

– Oscar Wilde

Factoid: The combined wealth of the world’s 85 richest people–$1.7 trillion—is now equivalent to that held by the poorest half of the planet’s population, some 3.5 billion people, according to a study by the non-profit group Oxfam.

Los Angeles Times

Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.

Charity Navigator

Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator is the largest charity rating and evaluation service designed to help donors make informed giving decisions. The site relies on an unbiased numbers-based rating system to evaluate over 7,000 American charities. Ratings are based on Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency.

Cellcontrol Family

According to a recent study 49% of American adults and 43% of teens surveyed admit to texting while driving. Cellcontrol Family is a solution that works with any car made after 1996. It’s an inexpensive tamper-proof distracted driver solution that blocks Android and iPhone text messages and phone calls when the car is in motion. The product can also alert you to speeding. It’s available at their site or at Wal-Mart for a 1-time price of $89. Now Cellcontrol is even better. With the addition of the optional Cellcontrol DriveID, only the driver’s phone is blocked leaving passengers free to talk, text and browse. Last month, DriveID received the CES 2014 Best of Innovations Honors and was featured on a Today Show episode: If we still had teen drivers at home, I would be buying this. Even without teens it might be a worthwhile investment so you can avoid temptation.

Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool

Did you hear about the controversial new study whose results raised doubts regarding the benefits of regular mammograms? The Canadian study of nearly 90,000 women aged 40 to 59 concluded screening does not save lives. However, radiologists have said the study was flawed and the American Cancer Society says it’s still best to screen. This site features an interactive tool designed by scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) to estimate a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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