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Gamle-ged

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Nokomis, FL
Home country: US
Member since: Wed Nov 5, 2014, 12:58 AM
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About Me

Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

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Elderly face NHS discrimination under new UN death targets

The NHS could be led to discriminate against the over 70s to meet ‘highly unethical’ UN health targets which seek to reduce premature deaths in younger people, senior medics have warned. Under the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, UN member states will be given targets to cut the number of deaths from diseases like cancer, stroke, diabetes and dementia by one third by 2030.

However because many are age-related illnesses people who succumb to those diseases from the age of 70 are not deemed to have died prematurely and so are not included in the target.

In an open letter published in The Lancet, an international group of ageing specialists say the new guideline sends out the message that health provision for younger groups must be prioritised at the expense of older people.
Prof Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, professor of social policy and international development at the University of East Anglia, and lead author of the letter, said: “This premature mortality target is highly unethical, since it unjustifiably discriminates against older people.

“We already know that there is age discrimination in cancer care and surgery and these targets give that the stamp of approval. “The targets are not quite set in stone yet, so we have a final opportunity to impress upon the UN the need to alter this explicitly ageist health target. “If this doesn’t happen, people aged 70 and over will become second-class citizens as far as health policy is concerned.”


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/elder/11637179/Elderly-face-NHS-discrimination-under-new-UN-death-targets.html

Android 5.0 Lollipop update.. I think I like it!...

It just downloaded and installed on my Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tab...

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2471798,00.asp

Government revises .2% growth to .7% contraction. "Winter Weather" rubber stamp dusted off...

The U.S. economy shrank by 0.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015, casting new doubt on the strength of the economic recovery.

The new government estimate shows that the nation’s gross domestic product declined in the first quarter for the second straight year, after the economy shrank by 2.1 percent to open 2014. The new estimate marks the second of three by the government, which previously reported the economy grew a modest 0.2 percent in the first quarter of 2015.

Analysts had expected the second estimate would likely show an economic decline, which the government attributed largely to a trade imbalance and a decline in state and local government spending. Personal consumer spending and some business investment contributed to economic growth, but were outweighed by those negative factors, particularly the decline in U.S. exports.

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The Federal Reserve, which is preparing to increase interest rates for the first time since the financial crisis, has largely brushed off the disappointing opening to the year. Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen has explained the dismal numbers by pointing to temporary factors, like harsh winter weather and the port fight, that weighed on the economy at the time but are not lingering issues.

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/243417-us-economy-shrank-07-percent-at-beginning-of-2015

Let's hear it for Iran, for once!...

Beheadings, suicide bombings and the destruction of ancient artefacts: Anti-ISIS artwork depicting terror group's most horrific crimes go on display in IRANIAN competition

Pens and pencils were the weapons of choice for artists taking part in an anti-Islamic State cartoon and caricature competition held in Iran.More than 1,000 images were submitted to Iran's House of Cartoon competition and 270 were put on display at an exhibition on Sunday.

Artists from more than 40 countries, including the UK and Australia, entered the Daesh (ISIS) International Cartoon and Caricature Contest.

images, some of them extremely emotive and shocking, have gone on display at cultural centres in Tehran, Iran's capital. Graphic artist Massoud Shojaei Tabatabali, head of the House of Cartoon, told Press TV they now have plans to hold the exhibition in other countries like Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

'In order to reveal the true nature of ISIL we decided to hold this contest and have people submit their cartoons or caricatures,' he said. "ISIL tries to associate itself with Islam, but in essence has no idea about Islam.'

The contest, launched in February, focuses on the terror group's horrific crimes, including beheadings, attacks on homosexuals, suicide bombings and the destruction of ancient artefacts. The artwork will be judged by a team of experts and the winners will be announced on May 31.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3100524/Beheadings-suicide-bombings-destruction-ancient-artefacts-Anti-ISIS-artwork-depicting-terror-group-s-horrific-crimes-display-IRANIAN-competition.html#ixzz3bRJYbU2f


Not precisely "fun" but.. what is the most disturbing movie you have viewed? For Me, "Eraserhead"...

... which is disturbing on levels I didn't then know existed. It took most of a year for me to sit through from start to finish in one sitting without taking a desperately-needed break...

Selected reviews of Eraserhead:

The most terrifying film ever made.

Sculpted out of blocks of stark light amid pools of impenetrable darkness.

Gets under your skin in ways that very few movies ever have.

You may never figure out the story or what it is meant to convey, but the lighting, effects, editing and directing are so dead on and beautifully executed that the visuals carry the piece over every question mark. In the end the questions beckon you back.

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I once wrote that, if you want to test your emotional stability VIA video viewing, watch, in sequence, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Lord of the Flies (1963 version) and Eraserhead...

Greece to Euro: Nice little currency you got there. Be a SHAME if sumthin' wuz t'HAPPEN to it!...

Greece to miss IMF payments amid fears of 'catastrophic' eurozone rupture

Greece will be unable to find the €1.6bn (£1.1bn) sum it is due to hand the International Monetary Fund (IMF) next month, one of the country’s ministers has admitted.

Nikos Voutsis, the Greek minister of the interior, said that “this money will not be given and is not there to be given”, speaking on Mega TV. The Greek state is due to hand over the money in four installments in June, as part of its obligations for its 2011 bail-out.

Mr Voutsis’ comments came as Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister, told The Andrew Marr Show that if progress was not made, it would be the beginning of the end for the euro project.

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One possible alternative if talks do not progress is that Greece would leave the common currency and return to the drachma. This would be “catastrophic”, Mr Varoufakis warned, and not just for Greece itself.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11626969/Greece-to-miss-IMF-payments-amid-fears-of-catastrophic-eurozone-rupture.html

Paraphrasing an old saying, "If I owe you 10 Euros, I'm in your debt. If I owe you BILLIONS of Euros, you're in MY debt."

Obama Takes Unexpected Setback On Trade Agenda As Fast Track Passes Senate

President Barack Obama's trade agenda suffered a setback Friday evening during a series of last-minute maneuvers in the Senate. While the upper chamber eventually passed a bill that would help Obama streamline a trade pact with 11 Pacific nations, the final product threw a wrench into the president's plans.

The Senate approved a bill to "fast-track" trade agreements negotiated by the president. The agreement will prevent Congress from amending or filibustering Obama's controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. The TPP deal would have a hard time surviving without fast-track authority.

But a key crackdown on human trafficking survived the legislative jujitsu. The White House considers the provision a deal-breaker, as it would force one of the nations involved in the TPP talks -- Malaysia -- out of the agreement. An immigration-related amendment authored by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) never got a vote, making it far more difficult for Obama to win over skeptical tea party Republicans in the House.

The slavery provision's survival means that the House will either need to amend the bill and send it back to the Senate, which would cause a delay and complicate the House debate, or pass a bill and go to conference with the Senate, also causing a delay. It also potentially could be fixed in separate legislation otherwise moving through Congress.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/22/senate-passes-fast-track_n_7425614.html

US Senator Robert Menendez's revenge...

Hillary, the Lady in the Bubble, isolated from all but the staff - vetted "safe" American public...

Clinton campaigning in a bubble, largely isolated from real people

CEDAR FALLS, IOWA — Here’s how Hillary Clinton campaigned for president this week: She took a private 15-minute tour of a bike shop that had closed for her visit. She spoke to four small business owners chosen by her staff in front of an audience of 20, also chosen by her staff. She answered a few questions from the media following weeks of silence.

And after a little more than an hour, Clinton was off, whisked away by aides and Secret Service agents, into a minivan and on to the next event.

Members of the public who wanted to go inside the building to support her, oppose her or merely ask a question of her were left outside on an unseasonably cool Iowa day. Most didn’t bother showing up.

“I am troubled that so far in this caucus cycle she hasn’t had any public town halls,” said Chris Schwartz, a liberal activist from Waterloo, as he stood outside the bike store hoping to talk to Clinton about trade. “If she had a public town hall then we wouldn’t be out here. We would much rather be in there engaging with her.”

Welcome to Hillary Clinton 2.0. Mindful of her defeat by Barack Obama in 2008, Clinton has embraced a new strategy – one that so far does not include town-hall meetings and campaign rallies, media interviews, even public events.


http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2015/05/21/267463/clinton-campaigning-in-a-bubble.html#storylink=cpy

Walmart Boosts Hiring of Veterans

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) wants to hire 250,000 honorably discharged veterans by 2020. The company said its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment program has been so successful since it launched in 2013 that they want to expand it over the next seven years.

The program was designed to guarantee a job to any eligible U.S. veteran honorably discharged from active duty. Their goal was to hire 100,000 by 2018 but they have already succeeded close to that number by hiring 92,000 veterans in the past two years.

“We’ve experienced a tremendous response to the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment in our first two years, and as more service members transition out of active duty, we know we can do more, “said retired Brigadier General Gary Profit, who is Walmart’s senior director of military programs.

The executive vice president for logistics at Wal-Mart, Chris Sultemeier said veterans already hold positions in retail, distribution and management, and that about 8,000 of the 92,000 already hired have been promoted.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2015/05/20/welcome-home-to-walmart-vets/

Might the act of standing upright be seen as sexist?...

In another thread, I stated "the analogy stands" which got me thinking about "standing for Parliament" which got me thinking about "standing up for what you believe in" which got me wondering, might a devout feminist consider the physical act of standing up for this or that cause as being sexist, the standing being suggestive of an erection?...
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