Linda C wonders what TGB readers make of this Volkswagen commercial.
Then there is this one, also currently running, to consider.
I don't mind jokes about old people but I wonder why we must be portrayed as so damned irritating. There are jokes about all kinds of people that don't make their behavior so annoying.
REAL LIFE FACEBOOK
This little slice of social media life was forwarded by TGB reader Sulima Malzin who describes herself as “a non-facebook elder face from King City, Oregon”:
For those of my older generation who do not really comprehend why Facebook exists, presently, I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles.
Therefore, every day I go down on the street and tell the passers-by what I have eaten, how I feel, what I have done the night before and what I will do tomorrow night. Then I give them pictures of my family, my dog and me gardening and spending time in my pool.
I also listen to their conversations and I tell them I love them. And it works. I already have three persons following me: two police officers and a psychiatrist.
LETTERMAN STEPS OUT OF RETIREMENT ALREADY
This video has been all over cable news television so you may have seen it. Even so, it's worth it.
Remember the clip from The Daily Show when Jon Stewart thanked all the comedy gods and few others for providing him with Donald Trump? David Letterman obviously feels the same way. He joined Steve Martin and Martin Short on stage in San Antonio last week to read his Trump Top Ten List.
David Walliams is a British comedian, actor, activist and, since 2008, a wildly successful children's book author. I can't remember how I came to know about this one of his kids' novels, Gangsta Granny, but I it was so good I read it straight through one evening last week.
The story concerns an 11-year-old boy whose parents leave him with his “boring” granny every Friday while they have a night out. Ben goes into paroxyms of complaint over how boring his granny is until he finds out she is an international jewel thief.
They then have a rollicking good adventure together that involves the crown jewels and Queen Elizabeth herself with a lovely, bittersweet ending.
Here's a short video teaser for the book from when it was first published in 2011.
If I had a grandchild of the appropriate age, I give him or her this book right away. It's a great story, so good that you are hardly aware there are lessons being taught about what old people are like. Here's the David Walliams website.
JOHN OLIVER ON STADIUMS
After its one week holiday hiatus, Last Week Tonight was back on HBO last Sunday. I'm getting kind of tired of telling you how wonderful John Oliver and his crew are but they keep delivering magnificently.
I've been to – count it - exactly one professional ball game in my life. I was dragged to it by a friend who was appalled that I hadn't seen one in person - which tells you exactly how interested I am in sports.
But what Oliver is telling us about billionaire stadium owners using our taxes while keeping all the profits – even I care about this.
MEDICARE AND END-OF-LIFE COUNSELING
On Wednesday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced that it is offering a plan to reimburse physicians for conversations with patients about end-of-life plans. According to The New York Times, the agency's chief medical officer, Patrick Conroy
”...said a final decision on the proposal would be made by Nov. 1. The plan would allow qualified professionals like nurse practitioners and physician assistants, as well as doctors, to be reimbursed for face-to-face meetings with a patient and any relatives or caregivers the patient wants to include. Dr. Conway said the proposal did not limit the number of conversations reimbursed.”
You might recall that when these conversations were first proposed during the debate over the Affordable Care Act several years ago, Sarah Palin labeled them “death panels” which, of course, they are not.
This is excellent news and if all goes well, the initiative will go into effect on 1 January 2016. You can read the full story here.
SMILEY FACE FALLS DOWN AND CAN'T GET GET UP
For me, the television show, America's Funniest Home Videos stopped being funny about two episodes into the first season a zillion years ago. But even they come up with a winner now and then.
This the best, out loud, tears running down my cheeks, belly laugh I've had in ages.
You gotta ask, don't you, why the camera person didn't help...
YOUR BODY OVER 24 HOURS
From asapSCIENCE, here is your nifty, little, internet science lesson for this week.
LIMBERBUTT MCCUBBIN FOR PRESIDENT
You may think there are already too many candidates running for president but I don't care how many there are, we need this one.
That's right, according to his 17-year-old owner, Emilee McCubbin, a cat named Limberbutt McCubbin is an official candidate for president.
As Ms. MucCubbin explained to ABC News, back in May a friend asked for her mailing address and a short while later she received an email from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) that Limberbutt is officially registered.
"Personally, I think if you're going to become a leader of the free world you should have to do a bit more of an extensive application process," she said. "You don't even have to put in a social security number, which is a bit worrisome, but you do have to file some papers for tax records and campaign donations. You have to raise $5,000 to get on the ballot.”
You can read more about Limberbutt McCubbin at ABCNews.
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