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In Online Journalism, ‘Fast Doesn’t Always Equal Right’

Once something’s out on the Web, it’s hard to retract, even if it’s factually incorrect; old age may not begin when we traditionally thought it did; meanwhile, Richard Martinez, the father of one of the Isla Vista shooting victims, hits the nail on the head when it comes to the politics behind many mass murders. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 30, 2014 READ MORE



Shutterstock photo of old people.

Relax, Relax at the Dying of the Light

AARP magazine, which boasts the largest circulation of any periodical in the world, used to focus on injustice, something it now calls “negativity.”

Posted on May 8, 2013 READ MORE



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A Simple, Excellent and Surprising Film

I think the message of “Amour,” if it may be said to have one, is that love is sometimes—probably rarely—eternal.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE



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God Bless Cantankerous Old Men

When Michael Jackson died a few years ago, my father, who is 72, called me to complain. “What the hell is this Max Jackoff business?”

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE



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No Time for ’Tirement’

In little over a century, Americans have gone from a life expectancy of 47 to one of 78. By 2025 there will be 66 million Americans over 65. The decisions that we make individually and collectively about how to spend this gift of time will reshape the country.

Posted on Jan 2, 2011 READ MORE



War and Taxes Edition

On today’s list: Behind the Vatican’s blame-the-gays strategy, how much you owe for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the most corporate band and nine myths about socialism in the U.S.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE



Robert Reich Edition

What Noam Chomsky has to say about globalization, why older is wiser, and proof that at least two of the three bozos who most wrecked the economy still don’t get it.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE



‘Health Care Reform Is Law’ Edition

Why are Scandinavians so good at murder mysteries? Was Cleopatra really hot? Plus: Stealing your water and the secret deal Obama made to kill the public option.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


sleeping man
Flickr / Scott McLeod

Study: Older People Need Fewer Zzzs

Here’s another reason why baby boomers are still running various sectors of society: They need less sleep. According to a new study published, fittingly, in the journal Sleep, people in their 60s don’t need to snooze for quite as long as their younger counterparts. This may partly explain why Jay Leno is still on the air.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE


The New Longevity

Sen. Robert Byrd, 91, announced that he will give up the chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee to Sen. Daniel Inouye, 84. The torch has passed to a new generation.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008 READ MORE


McCain and Palin
AP photo / Keith Srakocic

Politico: McCain ‘Desperate’

As a news source, Politico is seen as leaning slightly right, which makes this report, “6 things Palin pick says about McCain,” surely more troubling for Team McCain than if it had run on a less sympathetic outlet.

Posted on Aug 31, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Mary Altaffer

No Country for Old Men

Would President John McCain forget who made that 3 a.m. call to the special White House phone? I suspect that his aides would not just let him nod off back to sleep, even if they were intimidated by the prospect of one of his alleged intemperate outbursts, but might our septuagenarian president be less than fully focused?

Posted on Apr 29, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain?s Prompter Problem

CNN takes a look at John McCain’s tendency to flub lines in the middle of speeches because he has difficulty reading the teleprompter. Apparently it’s such an issue that his campaign has had to experiment with a range of alternatives.

Posted on Apr 1, 2008 READ MORE


McCain?s Age Is No Joke

At the end of two terms, a President McCain would be 80. Should voters care about that? The question is an important one that shouldn’t be avoided just because it’s uncomfortable.

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Trails Democrats in Poll

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows John McCain losing to either Democrat—Barack Obama beats him by 12 points while Hillary Clinton wins by half that margin. According to the survey, McCain’s age is significantly more troubling to voters than either Obama’s race or Clinton’s gender.

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE


U.S. Life Expectancy Hits All-Time High

Here’s the good news: Significant drops in heart disease and strokes, two leading causes of death among Americans, have contributed to the highest life expectancy in the country’s history, which rose to 77.9 years in the latest report released by the National Center for Health Statistics. 

Posted on Sep 12, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and the Queen

God Save the Queen From George W. Bush

Here the president’s Freudian slip is caught on tape in all its awkwardness. Also, it turns out Bush had to be prodded by Condoleezza Rice and wife Laura into making the state dinner a “white tie” affair. Apparently the idea that dinner with the queen should be a formal occasion escaped the man.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


Obama’s ‘Fresh Face’ Could Work Against Him

The baby boomers who were once suspicious of anyone over 30 are now skeptical of Barack Obama because he’s under 50.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


MySpace Grows Up

The popular social networking site MySpace.com was once thought of as the frivolous province of teenagers and indie music geeks.  But new research data shows a majority of U.S.-based MySpace visitors are, in fact, over 35 years old.

Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


Study: Sperm Quality Deteriorates With Age

It apparently isn’t just women who have a biological clock.

Posted on Jun 7, 2006 READ MORE


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