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  • Fake News: SELF Magazine Claims Trump Ended Background Checks for the Severely Mentally Ill

    03/04/2017 5:24:04 PM PST · by davikkm · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | AWR HAWKINS
    On February 28, President Trump signed the repeal of Barack Obama’s Social Security gun ban. On March 2, SELF magazine reported that Trump had ended firearm background checks for persons who were severely mentally ill. This is Fake News 101 and it is a mantra that many other mainstream outlets have also pushed. For example, also on March 2, NBC News reported that Trump ended firearm “gun checks for people with mental illness” and during the process of repealing of the ban NYT, NYDN, and HuffPost accused Republicans of helping the mentally ill get guns.
  • Five Myths About Landing a Good Job Later in Life; Conventional Wisdom is wrong

    11/29/2016 8:01:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/29/2016 | By ANNE TERGESEN
    There’s a stereotypical view of job opportunities for older workers, and it’s not pretty. It goes something like this. If you’re past 50 and thinking of a career switch, forget it. The opportunities for older workers in the new economy are pretty much nonexistent. And you’re in even worse shape if you’re in your 50s or 60s and retired but want to get back into the workforce in a job that is both challenging and financially rewarding. The only spots available are low-skilled and low-paying—whether that’s burger flipper, Wal-Mart greeter or Uber driver. Boy, have a lot of people have...
  • Not ready to retire, but not finding work: The Over 50's in America

    03/12/2016 11:50:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/12/2016 | Rodney Brooks
    A friend recently called to tell me he had been laid off from a company where he worked for more than a decade. He’s 60 years old and not ready to retire, either financially or emotionally. He is, however, prepared for the reality of the situation. He recognizes that he has a tough road ahead. He knows he probably won’t ever earn the salary he had. And even for a much lower-paying job, he’ll be competing with people half his age. Need proof of that? A GAO report in 2012, the most recent available, said unemployed workers 55 and older...
  • Some New Perspectives on the Age Discrimination Issue in Tech

    11/02/2014 1:58:31 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 8 replies
    Upon Closer Inspection ^ | October 30, 2014 | Norman Matloff
    The national engineering accreditation agency requires that curricula provide students with some exposure to ethics. My department decided to fulfill this requirement by teaching our own, in-house ethics course, and it’s my turn to teach it. I’m taking the theme of ethical decisions the students may need to address as future engineers, engineering managers, tech entrepreneurs and so on. As you can see from the course reading list, I’ve chosen age discrimination as one of the topics. This generated an especially lively class discussion, including on a couple of points that I believe are new to the tech age discrimination...
  • How the growing generation gap is changing the face of fandom

    09/07/2014 3:36:39 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The Daily Dot ^ | August 25, 2014 | Gavia Baker-Whitelaw
    Earlier this month, two fan conventions came to London: Nine Worlds and the World Science Fiction Convention, commonly know as Worldcon. Worldcon is in its 72nd year, a huge old dinosaur (or perhaps an aging dragon) of science-fiction fandom. This year more than 10,000 people paid for memberships, which included entrance to the annual Hugo Awards. The official guests of honor were revered science-fiction and fantasy authors, editors, and illustrators, all of whom were in their 60s and 70s. Nine Worlds was smaller, younger, and catered to a more varied crowd including comics, TV, and fanfic followers. But since both...
  • Magic Johnson fired me for being too old, says flight attendant in his private jet...

    05/14/2014 4:02:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 51 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/26/12
    A former employee of Magic Johnson says the basketball legend fired her for being seven minutes late to work — a delay she blames on his request for a turkey sandwich. Lanita Thomas filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court this week saying her dismissal over tardiness was actually a “pretext” for ageism. She is 45 years old.
  • The Brutal Ageism of the Tech Industry

    03/24/2014 6:30:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    TNR ^ | 03/24/2014 | NOAM SCHEIBER
    "I have more botox in me than any ten people,” Dr. Seth Matarasso told me in an exam room this February. He is a reality-show producer’s idea of a cosmetic surgeon—his demeanor brash, his bone structure preposterous. Over the course of our hour-long conversation, he would periodically fire questions at me, apropos of nothing, in the manner of my young daughter. “What gym do you go to?” “What’s your back look like?” “Who did your nose?” In lieu of bidding me goodbye, he called out, “Love me, mean it,” as he walked away. Twenty years ago, when Matarasso first opened...
  • Ageism In Silicon Valley Is So Bad People In Their 20s Are Getting Cosmetic Surgery

    03/24/2014 7:24:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/24/2014 | LISA EADICICCO
    It's a common for people in the acting, modeling and music industries to feel pressure to maintain a young appearance. Actors and actresses over 30 and 40 complain they cannot get roles. Now, all that anxiety is coming to Silicon Valley. In The New Republic, Noam Scheiber illustrates just how severely ageism plagues parts of the tech business in California. "Silicon Valley has become one of the most ageist places in America," Scheiber writes. Dr. Seth Matarasso, a plastic surgeon that administers Botox treatments in the Bay Area, told Scheiber that he frequently treats middle-aged Silicon Valley workers, saying the...
  • Killing The "We Paid Our Taxes; We Earned Our Benefits" Social Security Ponzi Meme

    11/23/2013 7:09:05 PM PST · by ClaytonP · 79 replies
    Submitted by Gary Galles of the Ludwig von Mises Institute,“We paid our Social Security and Medicare taxes; we earned our benefits.” It is that belief among senior citizens that President Obama was pandering to when, in his second inaugural address, he claimed that those programs “strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers.”If Social Security and Medicare both involved people voluntarily financing their own benefits, an argument could be made for seniors’ “earned benefits” view. But they have not. They have redistributed tens of trillions of dollars of wealth to themselves from those younger.Social Security and...
  • (Democratic) Older hill aides shocked by Obamacare prices [Waah alert!]

    11/21/2013 6:01:22 PM PST · by markomalley · 52 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/21/2013 | Jonathan Allen and Jennifer Haberkorn
    Veteran House Democratic aides are sick over the insurance prices they’ll pay under Obamacare, and they’re scrambling to find a cure.“In a shock to the system, the older staff in my office (folks over 59) have now found out their personal health insurance costs (even with the government contribution) have gone up 3-4 times what they were paying before,” Minh Ta, chief of staff to Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), wrote to fellow Democratic chiefs of staff in an email message obtained by POLITICO. “Simply unacceptable.”In the email, Ta noted that older congressional staffs may leave their jobs because of the...
  • Soak the Youth: Ageism in America

    02/25/2013 2:02:14 PM PST · by FreeMerica · 25 replies
    Rancor News ^ | February 25th, 2013 | Tyson
    The Simpon's Helen Lovejoy iconized the phrase, “Won't somebody think of the children?,” but in an age where every “ism” has a special interest group and being called any sort of “ist” is the ultimate character assault our youth receive very little consideration on the big issues of the day. Social Security, often presented as an investment in your future, is merely a wealth transfer from the young to old. Many youth today see the demographic writing on the wall and understand that, like all ponzi schemes, Social Security can't outrun arithmetic forever. Youth are forced to subsidize the lifestyles...
  • Ageism in hospitals ´leaves elderly heart attack and breast cancer victims to die´

    12/04/2012 7:33:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/4/12 | Sophie Borland
    The elderly are being denied life-saving treatment for heart attacks and surgery following breast cancer, a report warns. [Snip]This year the Government promised to end ageism in the Health Service and introduced laws that enable the elderly to sue if they are unfairly refused treatment. But a report today warns that patients in their 50s are three times more likely to be offered an emergency treatment for heart attacks than those in their 80s. And some hospitals are refusing to offer the treatment to anyone over 75 at all. The procedure--a percutaneous coronary intervention--widens blood vessels and has been credited
  • Sen Tom Harkin: Clint Eastwood 'angry white' nonsense

    09/04/2012 9:41:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 4, 2012 | Kevin Robillard
    Clint Eastwood is the “perfect icon” for the GOP, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin said Tuesday, describing the legendary actor as “an old angry white man spewing incoherent nonsense.” The Des Moines Register reported the 72-year-old Harkin made his comments on the Iowa delegation’s breakfast this morning in Charlotte, N.C. “We’ve got our work cut out for us this week, folks, following the Republican convention,” Harkin told the delegates. “I mean, how are we ever going to match Clint Eastwood? I got to thinking he is the perfect icon for today’s Republican tea party: an old angry white man spewing incoherent...
  • Paul Burstow: 'scandalous' ageism is rife in the NHS

    03/03/2011 9:35:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 3/3/11 | Tim Ross
    Surgeons, cancer specialists and mental health services are failing to see elderly patients as individuals and are too ready to make “snap judgments” on the basis of age, according to Paul Burstow, the care services minister. He told The Daily Telegraph that the health and social care systems will be forced to comply with new rules outlawing age discrimination, which are expected to come into force next year. Pensioners who believe they have been denied the treatment they need, or neglected on hospital wards in favour of younger patients, could even be entitled to take legal action against health trusts
  • Under kidney transplant proposal, younger patients would get the best organs

    02/25/2011 2:26:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 97 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 24, 2011 | Rob Stein
    The nation's organ-transplant network is considering giving younger, healthier people preference over older, sicker patients for the best kidneys. Instead of giving priority primarily to patients who have been on the waiting list longest, the new rules would match recipients and organs to a greater extent based on factors such as age and health to try to maximize the number of years provided by each kidney - the most sought-after organ for transplants. "We're trying to best utilize the gift of the donated organ," said Kenneth Andreoni, an associate professor of surgery at Ohio State University who chairs the committee...
  • Silicon Valley’s Dark Secret: It’s All About Age (age discrimination in the tech sector)

    09/01/2010 8:33:44 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 71 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 1 Sep 2010 | Vivek Wadhwa
    An interesting paradox in the technology world is that there is both a shortage and a surplus of engineers in the United States. Talk to those working at any Silicon Valley company, and they will tell you how hard it is to find qualified talent. But listen to the heart-wrenching stories of unemployed engineers, and you will realize that there are tens of thousands who can’t get jobs. What gives? The harsh reality is that in the tech world, companies prefer to hire young, inexperienced, engineers.And engineering is an “up or out” profession: you either move up the ladder or...
  • Third Inspector General Controversy Emerges (International Trade Commission)

    06/19/2009 2:31:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1,622+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 19, 2009 | Jake Tapper
    As the Obama administration faces questions about the president's firing of the Corporation for National and Community Service Inspector General last week, and about the Treasury Department challenging the independence of the Special Inspector General dedicated to federal bailout dollars for the financial bailout money, a third inspector general controversy has emerged. This week Judith Gwynn, the Inspector General for the International Trade Commission, was told that her contract would not be renewed. The news was delivered to Gwynn within three hours of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sending the chair of the ITC a letter asking about a March 5...

    02/13/2009 11:46:05 AM PST · by andrew roman · 16 replies · 855+ views
    Roman Around ^ | 13 February 2009 | Andrew Roman
    From The "I'm With You, Reverend Joseph Lowery" file ...The naivety of Americans who believe that blacks are not still being asked to get in back, or that brown is not given the chance to stick around, is astounding. No matter how much we shake America, she is not responding to our wake-up call. Racism abounds, along with a veritable rainbow of other juicy "isms." The reality that our President is black, that the majority of American athletes and pop music stars are black, that our favorite motion picture stars are black, that the most powerful star and TV...
  • Age Discrimination Laws Have Unintended Consequences (Not necessarily better for older workers)

    10/13/2008 8:02:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 1,122+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 12, 2008 | Melissa Clouthier
    Too often, laws have unintended consequences. [1] McCain-Feingold comes immediately to mind. A lot of good [2] that law did about getting money out of politics. Other laws are just confusing. Good luck staying in compliance with the ever-morphing IRS code. A layman can’t do it. The laws against hiring discrimination fit both these criteria for bad laws. They have had unintended consequences and employers can easily be out of compliance. Any sort of discrimination laws have unintended consequences. A supremely qualified candidate can be doubted based on race and gender quotas. But the trend in anti-discrimination lawsuits isn’t race...
  • Rock of Ages

    10/02/2008 12:20:53 AM PDT · by Pagan Power · 10 replies · 283+ views
    Pagan Power ^ | October 2, 2008 | Pagan Power
    The Democrats are pushing the spin that John McCain may die in office making Sarah Palin the President of the United States. As if ageism was an acceptable prejudice. John McCain's mother is 96. Even a complete idiot would get that McCain has some genes. Democrats are a whole different story. I stand up to offer them a one fingered salute. It is disrespectful to infer that a person's age may make one incompetent to do the job. John McCain has fought for this country. He has reached across the aisle more than any other member of either party may...