BILL MAHER ON AGEISM
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.
AN AMISH BARN RAISING
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.”
THE MOST FRIGHTENING NEWS STORY OF THE WEEK
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.
JOHN OLIVER'S SEASON ONE FINALE
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.
JOHN OLIVER TAKES ON LOTTERIES
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.
WHAT EXACTLY WAS THE NEW DEAL?
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.
KIDS TRICK OR TREATING AS OLD PEOPLE
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?
PUPPY REFUSES TO WAKE UP
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.
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