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EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN
Elders get a bad rap for playing bingo; it’s the ultimate media image of boring old folks. But now, apparently, bingo is not just for elders anymore. According to The New York Times, it is a growing fad on college campuses with a twist for this new generation of players:
”This may be a church-lady game, but it’s big at Bryant (University in Rhode Island). And this is bingo for the XBox generation: to break a tie, players bust moves in a dance-off.”
The prizes have been updated too: a prime parking space, textbooks, Snuggies, iPods and even a big-screen TV. Read more here.
Optical illusions have tickled me since I was a kid. From Escher to trompe l’oeil to 3D chalk drawings – I’m hooked on them all. This one is Canada’s attempt to improve road safety:
Yep – the girl is painted on the street. You will find these and hundreds – maybe thousands – more at the Mighty Optical Illusions website where I lost myself for about two hours a few days ago.
Remember last December when Republicans in Congress fought hard to defeat the “Zadroga bill” that would extend medical and financial aid to 9/11 first responders whose health problems continue? It was a mighty fight, but the bill finally passed.
Now we find that during the debate, an unconscionable provision was attached to the legislation. The police, firefighters, construction workers and other who survived
”…will soon be informed that their names must be run through the FBI’s terrorism watch list, according to a letter obtained by HuffPost.
“Any of the responders who are not compared to the database of suspected terrorists would be barred from getting treatment for the numerous, worsening ailments.”
Given all the other pounds of flesh Republicans want from everyone but the top one percent of earners, is there any reason left for Republicans to exist? Read more here.
My friend Kent McKamy sent along a bunch of graphs like this one. I’ll be featuring some more in coming weeks.
REMEMBER MARGE CHAMPION?
She and her then-husband Gower starred in several movie musicals and for a time, in their own television show.
At age 81, she starred on Broadway in a revival of Follies and now, here she is at 91 talking about getting old in a video from Guideposts.
Everybody loves baby animals, but we hardly ever see images of elder animals. This is Pumpkin, a Morgan Arabian who is 28 years old.
Isa Leshko keeps a website of an ongoing project photographing old animals:
“I have been especially drawn toward photographing farm animals. Because of the nature of their existence, farm animals typically do not live out their natural life spans. I was intrigued to observe and photograph working animals that actually reached a geriatric age.”
VIRAL PENGUIN VIDEO
Making the rounds this week, tickling a little penguin who seems to be giggling.
PATIENTS ARE NOT CONSUMERS
Republican budget proposals want to end Medicare and Medicaid as we know them in favor of market-based systems in which insurers compete for customers. In his New York Times Op-Ed column yesterday, Paul Krugman makes the crucial point that patients are not consumers:
“Medical care, after all, is an area in which crucial decisions — life and death decisions — must be made. Yet making such decisions intelligently requires a vast amount of specialized knowledge.
“Furthermore, those decisions often must be made under conditions in which the patient is incapacitated, under severe stress, or needs action immediately, with no time for discussion, let alone comparison shopping.
“That’s why we have medical ethics. That’s why doctors have traditionally both been viewed as something special and been expected to behave according to higher standards than the average professional.
“The idea that all this can be reduced to money — that doctors are just people selling services to consumers of health care — is, well, sickening.”
THE DOLPHINS AND THE CAT
Everything we know about animals argues against this video: cats generally don’t like water; a dolphin could eat a cat for lunch in one gulp. But of course you know this video refutes that.