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INTERESTING STUFF – 15 November 2014


Too often comedians are among the worst offenders with age jokes that are mean rather than funny. As accomplished as they are otherwise, Jon Stewart and John Oliver regularly take aim at elders and although I don't know for certain, I doubt Bill Maher is pristine in that regard.

However, last Friday on his HBO show, Maher gave an righteous rant on ageism. Could it be that he feels a cold wind on his neck as he approaches 60? Whether or not, this is worth your time.


In such a modern age as ours, a people-powered barn raising is an amazing event to see. This took place in Ohio last May. Some information about the time lapse from the YouTube page:

”My husband, Scott Miller, shot this video...from 7:00am until 5:00pm and compressed the 10 hours into 3 minutes and 30 seconds.”


Most of us at this blog are long past child-bearing age and old enough to remember what life was like for women when abortion was illegal.

That was a terrible time for women and there are plenty of people trying to return us to that awful era but I had no idea how bad it has become. I'll quote at a bit more length that usual:

”Based on the belief that he had an obligation to give a fetus a chance for life, a judge in Washington, D.C., ordered a critically ill 27-year-old woman who was 26 weeks pregnant to undergo a cesarean section, which he understood might kill her. Neither the woman nor her baby survived.

“In Iowa, a pregnant woman who fell down a flight of stairs was reported to the police after seeking help at a hospital. She was arrested for 'attempted fetal homicide.'

“In Utah, a woman gave birth to twins; one was stillborn. Health care providers believed that the stillbirth was the result of the woman’s decision to delay having a caesarean. She was arrested on charges of fetal homicide.”

These are an outrage and are not isolated cases; there are hundreds of similar events. We must stop this fetal personhood nonsense. Learn more here.


Last Sunday marked the season's final episode of John Oliver's HBO show, Last Week Tonight.

It has turned out to be much more than the fine comedy we expect from Oliver: actual journalism of the sort hardly any “real” news organizations attempt these days is being done with enormous success. But they haven't forgotten inspired silliness too.

This, from last Sunday, is Oliver's Salmon Cannon. I dare you, even if you are sitting alone at your laptop, not to laugh out loud.


This segment was the meat of Oliver's season finale and you won't see better reporting anywhere on television (and even some print). I'm already eager for the show's return.


Flying cars have been a staple of science fiction TV shows and futurists' dreams for as long as I can remember – so far without success. Darlene Costner sent in a video of this proposed car/airplane. Take a look:

You can find out more about it at this website.


Some years ago, a group of people got together to document all the New Deal sites in California. But that wasn't enough for the hard-working volunteers:

”In late 2010, the Living New Deal was expanded to cover the whole country: to inventory, map, and publicize the achievements of the New Deal and its public works to all 50 states and outlying territories.”

The collection of information is astonishing. In my state alone, Oregon, there are 81 New Deal Projects each documented with photos, historical information and more. There are 781 in my previous state, New York.

You can find out about the entire project here and find your state's public works projects here.


TGB reader Joan McMullen sent this photo of little kids out trick-or-treating disguised as elders. The idea does not seem to be to use tiny old people to scare anyone and I think it's kind of cute. What do you think?



Another in our ongoing series of cute overload.

Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” in the upper left corner of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I probably won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog IF you include the name of the blog and its URL.


On abortion: My mother had surgery for a ruptured ectopic (tubal) pregnancy which, if left in place, would have killed both the embryo and my mother -- and me. I was the embryo's twin. My father, a physician, observed the surgery and vetoed a D & C because he thought the uterus showed a second pregnancy in place. Eight months later, I was born. Without that therapeutic abortion, not one but all three of us would have died.

The anti-abortion activists are fanatical and it's shocking to know that an educated Judge would force a woman to undergo a cesarean section on the basis of a possible life for a fetus. I can only assume he used religion and not sound medical advice to influence his decision.

Using the same logic of some anti-abortionists that a fetus is a person, that Judge should be arrested for murder.

We need a ton of John Olivers to educate our ignorant populace on the reality of what is going on in politics and the corporate world. Maybe then they would stop voting against their own best interests.

The Bill Maher "righteous rant" on ageism was extremely well-done. He's absolutely right that most countries in the world respect old people and the wisdom they've accumulated. He's also quite funny discussing our apparent preoccupation in this country with the asses of young women.

Love Bill Maher........well most of the time, but anyway this time he is spot on.

Do not like the Halloween depiction of elders by the kids. No wonder we have so much ageism! Have a great w/end everyone. Dee

Hmmm...aren't they a little old to be out trick or treating?

Another interesting Saturday and appreciate your efforts.

Here's an idea that would work:
Each abortion based on a mother's not dying from childbirth AND/OR

Each abortion based on the mother-to-be having been raped will be a basis for cutting the taxes or deregulating the production of any corporation that cuts jobs in America OR gives no insurance benefits to any but its executives.

We'd see abortion clinics on every corner and each clinic would have a poker machine in the family waiting room to let them be part of the funding of education.

And, why deprive the children of learning to help fund their own educations? Poker can both help them learn arithmetic AND help them learn their existence is allowed so they can benefit
the state—Teaching patriotism never starts too soon.

We might even see the machines under the viaducts of every big city to allow the homeless to help educate the children.

Sorry. Is that too cynical? uh--is there anything that can be too cynical for the current scene?

Good rant by Maher - believe that's Bernie Sanders to his right.

John Oliver's first season has been exemplary.

Praise Jerry Brown to the skies, just not at the expense of Hillary Clinton, the only pol I'd crawl over glass to support.
I do like "Generation Ass", though. Must add to my repertoire.

The doctor who sentenced the young woman to death for no crime should indeed be arrested for the murder of her AND the foetus, since he thinks it has "personhood." The dirty little secret in this country is that girls and women of means have always had access to safe, clean abortions, regardless of the law. As most of us are, I am from an era when most of us just had to deal with an unplanned pregnancy, which generally meant having the baby whether or not we were prepared for motherhood and whether or not it would be a hardship. But I'm sure we all remember those girls whose parents were rich or who were the daughters of doctors who got to "visit an aunt" for a short period and then come back and go on with their lives. Both pre-and post Roe, thousands of upper middle class women have simply used their access to sympathetic family doctors or doctor friends to augment their "family planning." No back alleys or questionable "abortionists" or side-street abortion clinics for them. As many girls and women gradually lose their rights, these women will go right on with their lives, knowing they can take care of any mistakes without having to drive to another state or be vilified as they walk through a nasty group of "pro-lifers."

Bill Maher and John Oliver are spot on with their rants. I look forward to more of the same by them.

Generation ass? What next? Generation Toenails?

Generation Forehead Moles?

Maher and Oliver both wonderful -- didn't care for the salmon but the lottery facts need to be repeated and repeated. Likewise the "news" that seventy is not too old ... although I kept thinking about another California governor who became President and it made me a little squeamish about Jerry Brown.

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