The average American purportedly has more trust in Amazon than their own government, which makes recent

The average American purportedly has more trust in Amazon than their own government, which makes recent reports on thousands of potentially unsafe products making their way onto the company’s online marketplace particularly terrifying. More than 4,100 products available on the site—everything from motorcycle helmets to children’s toys—were “declared unsafe by federal agencies, are deceptively labeled or are banned by federal regulators” according to an investigation by the Wall Street Journal last week. On Friday, Wired similarly reported that several of the top-selling listings for signal boosters on Amazon lacked federal certification, which is kind of important for a device that has the potential to seriously mess with nearby cell towers. Gizmodo reached out to Amazon and will update this article with the company’s response. Just to give you a snapshot of how pervasive Amazon’s issue is, in a roughly four-month period, the Journal found: Wired also found several cell phone signal boosters being sold for $100 less than their FCC-certified counterparts on Amazon. Some even featured an “Amazon’s Choice” badge, a company recommendation for “highly rated, well-priced products” acc...

My experience/love affair/complex relationship with kayaking has taken a new turn this season. Where as, in

My experience/love affair/complex relationship with kayaking has taken a new turn this season. Where as, in the past I was always up for new and innovative things and gadgets that would put me “on the fish,” I now seek to simplify, simplify, simplify! That’s right! Oh, sure … I could haul off and upgrade with dual-purpose sonar options that would also serve for ice fishing. I could invest in a pedal-drive unit from one of the big companies. Or, perhaps, I could buy one of those kayak-specific trolling rigs that could propel me from one end of the lake to the other without having made a single paddle stroke. And indeed, I could justify all these bells and whistles based strictly on my age. Throw in my current physical condition, mental state and emotional inconsistencies and these options appear to be almost mandatory. However, I could be wrong, but I do believe kayaking comes under the realm of “paddling sports,” where by one actually uses a paddle to physically propel one’s craft through the water and currents in quest of fish, game or wildlife observation. But I’m not. So, with that, I had sought during the off season to improve my upper body strength so I co...