Keyword: ageism

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  • 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...
  • NBA HALL-OF-FAMER CRIES RACISM, AGEISM ... AFTER TWENTY-TWO YEARS

    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...
  • No victims in this race (David Harsanyi)

    09/12/2008 11:51:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 280+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 09/11/2008 | David Harsanyi
    Racism, sexism, ageism . . . evidently, we're all victims now. At least that's what partisans would have us believe. The political reality, of course, is quite different. "Exoticism" in the political realm is no longer an impediment, it's a significant asset. And Republicans, whether they admit it or not, were yearning for the excitement Barack Obama generated — that is, before Sarah Palin came along. Palin's frontier mystique has captivated conservatives. Both the lipstick and the pitbull. It's also discombobulated many Democrats, now fumbling to find a strategy to deal with a conservative woman. We've witnessed accusations of racism...
  • Obama Campaign Ad Mocks and Ridicules Senior Citizens

    09/12/2008 10:14:18 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 40 replies · 300+ views
    The Husaria: For Our Freedom and Yours ^ | 9/12/08 | Winged Hussar 1683
    Official campaign ad is consistent with ageist hate speech hosted at My.Barackobama.comThis official advertisement, "Paid for by Obama for America" and approved by Barack Obama, continues his campaign's proud tradition of mocking and ridiculing senior citizens, and indeed people over 50. The ad opens with a mirror ball from a disco under the caption 1982, and then shows a clumsy portable phone and a Rubik's cube. Then it derides McCain for not knowing how to use a computer or send E-mail. It says, "Things have changed since then, but McCain hasn't." This ad was approved by Barack Obama, and it...
  • AP/Yahoo think they're funny (Hit on McCain)

    08/29/2008 11:12:31 AM PDT · by txroadkill · 4 replies · 150+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 8/29/08 | unknown
    AP/Yahoo think they're funny.This is a photo spread about Anthropology and Archaeology, the 3rd picture in is a hit on McCain.   
  • Is The Tech Industry Guilty of Ageism?

    08/28/2008 7:20:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies · 403+ views
    IT Business Edge ^ | 2008 | Ann All
    Should education and experience always command a high salary? It seems reasonable to think so — yet older employees with advanced degrees may lack the specialized skills needed to satisfy rapidly changing market demand. In perhaps no field is this more true than the tech industry. I recently conducted an e-mail interview with Norm Matloff, a professor at the University of California, Davis, who believes there is widespread age discrimination in the tech industry. (His busy schedule made it impossible to get Matloff on the phone.) In particular, Matloff contends that the tech industry has manufactured a false talent shortage...
  • Vanity Fair Spoofs New Yorker Cover

    07/22/2008 1:16:56 PM PDT · by kristinn · 76 replies · 2,029+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2008 | Foon Rhee
    <p>In a little intramural joshing in the magazine world, Vanity Fair today posted a send-up of the by-now infamous New Yorker cover meant to be a satire of attacks on Barack Obama's patriotism.</p> <p>The New Yorker's version showed Democrat Obama in Muslim garb fist-bumping his wife Michelle while the American flag burned in the fireplace under a portrait of Osama bin Laden.</p>
  • The American Debate: The Age Factor

    05/25/2008 10:11:24 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 2 replies · 116+ views
    Philly.com ^ | May 25th, 2008 | Dick Polman
    When John McCain showed up May 17 as a surprise guest on Saturday Night Live, he pitched himself this way: "I ask you, what should we be looking for in our next president? Certainly, someone who is very, very old. . . . It's about being able to look your children in the eye - or, in my case, my children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and great-great-great-grandchildren, the youngest of whom are nearing retirement. . . . I have the courage, the wisdom, the experience, and, most importantly, the oldness necessary. The oldness it takes to protect America. . . ."...
  • Obama Blogger: McCain is an “Old Man” who Should Die

    04/11/2008 8:58:11 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 8 replies · 113+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 4/11/08 | Bill Levinson
    Obama Blogger says McCain should “pay a deserved visit to the undertaker.” Obama blogs blood libel U.S. and Israel. Every voter over sixty or so needs to see this, and we encourage our readers to copy and circulate this piece. We have also added a list of anti-American and/or anti-Israel blood libels from Obama’s campaign site and his hate-spewing pastor. Key talking points are as follows: (1) my.barackobama.com is under the editorial control of the Obama campaign. (2) The page in question has a link for reporting objectionable material. Either no one in the Obama community felt that a suggestion...
  • [Obama Blogger] "Old McCain the Dinasaur Misbehaving."

    04/10/2008 11:24:50 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 8 replies · 70+ views
    Barack Obama: Change We Can Believe In ^ | Feb 20th, 2008 | Ejike from Canton, GA
    It is very amusing to see the Bomber Mccain mouthing Barack on issues that do not have any relationship to addressing the mountain of issues created for the American people by his party, the Republican party. The last time I checked, the Republican party, with an incompetent Republican president, is still in the White House. This is a glimpse to the type of "HOPELESS" campaign the bomber is going to engage henceforth since he has admitted he does not know anything about the economy or the issues faced by the American people (mortgage, cost of education, healthcare, jobs and so...
  • Keith Olbermann Sees McCain 'Buying More Depends' (with video)

    03/27/2008 9:57:15 PM PDT · by Kleebo151 · 30 replies · 1,003+ views
    News Busters ^ | 3-27-2008 | Ken Shepherd
    Leave it to liberals to pile on Sen. John McCain with cheap shots about his age, and we're not talking making jokes about him serving in the Civil War or what not. Mocking John McCain's age, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann imagined that the senator could easily segue from talking about foreign policy or the economy to talking about "buying more Depends or something like that." (h/t Conservative Punk) "You can dissassociate yourself from that remark if you wish," Olbermann immediately added in his exchange with Rachel Maddow of the liberal Air America radio network. Yesterday NewsBusters noted a liberal blogger who...
  • Obama's Strategy: Honor McCain's 'Half-Century' of Service

    02/09/2008 8:08:12 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 62 replies · 175+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    All we need to know about how Barack Obama would intend to run against John McCain, we learned from this line in his speech to the Jefferson-Jackson dinner this evening in Virginia: This week, this week, we found out that the presumptive nominee of the Republican party will be Senator John McCain [scattered boos in the audience.] Now, I believe John McCain is a good man and a genuine American hero. And we honor his half-century of service to this nation. View video.
  • At Web Site for Journalists, a Campaign Article Becomes a Melee (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/17/2007 12:28:52 PM PST · by abb · 15 replies · 359+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 17, 2007 | Maria Aspan
    A usual round of media self-criticism turned into a schoolyard brawl last week, as editors, reporters and bloggers traded insults over a front-page article in The Washington Post, all at the very online water cooler where they usually get their news about the industry. The Post article, which ran on Nov. 29, was about rumors of Barack Obama’s ties to the Muslim world. snip Then things got really ugly. On Dec. 10, Chris Daly, a Boston University journalism professor, posted an entry on his blog that turned the debate over the merits of the article’s reporting into a debate over...
  • MoveOn.org targets Dingell

    06/28/2007 10:55:55 AM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies · 1,249+ views
    planetgore.nationalreview.com ^ | June 28, 2007 | Henry Payne
    MoveOn.org has taken out radio ads here in Michigan to attack octogenarian – and fellow Democrat - John Dingell as a dinosaur for blocking new Washington fuel economy rules (activists are also donning dinosaur costumes and picketing the congressman’s office with “Dingellsaurus” signs – and I thought lefties were opposed to ageism). Here’s an excerpt from the ad featuring a father and son discussing a dinosaur picture book: Father: And this one? Billy: I don’t know. Father: It’s a Dingell-saurus. Billy: A what? Father: A Dingellsaurus. Someone who’s been in Congress so long, he forgets about the people who sent...
  • Disney Said To Foster Ageism (Seven Dwarfs??)

    06/01/2007 6:05:56 PM PDT · by gpapa · 13 replies · 763+ views
    Daily Telegraph (UK) via NY Sun ^ | June 1, 2007 | Sarah Womack
    LONDON — Even the Seven Dwarfs are guilty. Well, two of them anyway. Grumpy and Dopey are no longer just the loyal friends of Snow White but must now line up with the likes of the Wicked Queen and Cruella de Vil to be accused of fostering negative images of elderly people.
  • NOW would be relieved to learn: CLINTON MISOGYNY FREE OF AGEISM (+ hillary-a-sock-puppet video)

    03/16/2006 10:55:21 PM PST · by Mia T · 26 replies · 870+ views
    C-SPAN, rushlimbaugh.com | 03.17.06 | Mia T
    -- NOW would be relieved to learn --CLINTON MISOGYNY IS FREE OF AGEISM(+ hillary-a-sock-puppet video) by Mia T, 03.17.06   It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem. G. K. Chesterton   ... While America appears not to be ready for a female president under any circumstances, the post-9/11 realities pose special problems for a female presidential candidate. Add to these the problems unique to missus clinton. The reviews make the mistake of focusing on the problems of the generic female presidential candidate running during ordinary times. These are not ordinary...
  • Stones gig bans 'oldies' (Super Bowl Halftime show to bar attendance to anyone over 45)

    01/06/2006 11:07:29 AM PST · by Stoat · 52 replies · 1,789+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | January 6, 2006 | BECI WOOD
    SHOWBIZ LATEST Stones gig bans 'oldies' Energetic ... Mick Jagger on stage     By BECI WOOD Sun Online VETERAN rockers The Rolling Stones are too old to attend one of their OWN concerts - after organisers of their forthcoming Super Bowl gig banned audience members older than 45. The US National Football League (NFL) is offering 2,000 people a chance to watch the band in action at half-time during the final game of the season on February 5. But middle-aged fans and pensioners have been barred from the guest list because organisers fear they are not spritely enough to dance,...
  • The Vice Guide To Killing Yout Parents -re: Baby Boomers; title is satire like A Modest Proposal

    10/10/2005 8:08:11 PM PDT · by weegee · 14 replies · 1,217+ views
    Vice Magaznine ^ | Oct 2005 | Vice Editors
    Before we bust out the .50 caliber rifles and start shooting people from a mile away it’s important to know exactly who we’re talking about. Your parents, the baby boomers, are between 40 and 60 years old. They “stopped a war.” They “can’t remember the 60s” and they ruined everything for every generation to come. Though their politics were knee-jerk liberal 25 years ago, today they combine the worst of both parties. They pretend to be Democrats but secretly vote Republican at the last second so they don’t have to pay taxes on the incredible amount of income they’ve accrued...
  • What Would Kirk Do? m The Medicare bill was inevitable.

    11/26/2003 8:34:48 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 13 replies · 221+ views
    NRO ^ | November 26, 2003, 9:19 a.m. | By James P. Pinkerton
    Most NRO-ers seem angry about the prescription-drug bill on its way to a presidential signature. And maybe they should be. But they shouldn't be surprised. A prescription-drug benefit is what one should expect when there's so much demand (defined as the elderly and near-elderly dominating the electorate), so much supply (defined as the wealth generated by the U.S. economy growing at a Hong Kong-like 8.2-percent pace), and so little restraint on the American people's social-welfaring appetite (defined as the complete collapse of fiscal conservatism). Add those three factors together, and we get the right-tilting politics of the 21st century, which...
  • Ageism is wasted on the old -

    07/05/2003 8:52:26 PM PDT · by UnklGene · 5 replies · 245+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph - UK ^ | July 6, 2003 | Oliver Pritchett
    Ageism is wasted on the old By Oliver Pritchett (Filed: 06/07/2003) The Trade Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, said last week that it was time to tackle age discrimination. Which particular age did she have in mind? I present my own research into the Seven Ageisms of Man - which she may find helpful. 1. Teethism. One of the great injustices of our age is the stereotyping of young males and females around the age of six months when they are teething. They are treated as emotionally unstable and it is assumed that their decision-making powers are impaired. When they raise genuine...
  • There are probably many reasons why Mondale doesn't want to debate Coleman...

    11/01/2002 9:03:07 AM PST · by Registered · 16 replies · 214+ views
    Registered ^ | 11.01.02 | Registered