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  • Baby boomers get their drink on

    08/25/2009 10:48:17 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 121 replies · 2,532+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 25, 2009 | MELISSA HEALY
    The early baby boomers may be known as the generation of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. But it turns out, they're hitting the bottle pretty hard as they age, as well. And that portends significant alcohol-related health problems ahead as those mid-lifers become seniors. A new study finds that among men and women 50 to 64 years old, almost 1 in 4 men and 1 in 10 women is a "binge" drinker -- meaning that at some point in the last 30 days, he or she has downed four (for women) or five (for men) servings of alcohol in...
  • Many Baby Boomers are Continuing Illicit Drug Use into Their Later Years...

    08/25/2009 10:42:46 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies · 1,626+ views
    Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration ^ | August 19, 2009 | SAMHSA Press Office
    Many baby boomers (Americans in the generation born between 1946 and 1964) are continuing to use illicit drugs as they grow older, causing the rate of illicit drug use to go up within the 50 to 59 year old age segment of the population. According to a new analytical publication produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), those aged 50 to 59 reporting use of illicit drugs within the past year has nearly doubled from 5.1 percent in 2002 to 9.4 percent in 2007 while rates among all other age groups are statistically staying the same...
  • The Week Obama Lost The American People

    08/22/2009 8:17:51 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 59 replies · 2,911+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | Saturday, August 22nd, 2009 at 6:53 am | Scott
    There’s just no other way to look at it. President Obama is fleeing Washington D.C., and with good reason! Now, we could easily list the issues of the day and how he’s screwed up on each and every one, but that ignores the bigger, strategic problem he has: After 3 years of campaigning (of which he continues even after being elected), people are finally discovering Barack Obama’s lack of substance. Whether one describes that as inexperience, amateur, inept, as sizzle without steak, or as something else, the core argument against a President Obama has always been that he was making...
  • Some Baby Boomers Still Getting High

    08/19/2009 7:05:28 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 81 replies · 2,115+ views
    Newsmax ^ | August 19, 2009 | Associated Press
  • Obama's Imperial Decree: Target Oklahoma

    08/07/2009 7:06:37 AM PDT · by sovereignty2 · 107 replies · 4,592+ views
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | 08-06-09 | Bryce Shonka
    Remember the good old days, when one only had to watch out for the Federal Government’s twisted interpretation of the commerce clause to justify tyranny? Well those days seem to be long gone. The Obama Administration has been employing an old tactic lately – what some might call an imperial threat – and they’re not doing it overseas, either. The state of Oklahoma is now the target of a direct challenge from US Attorney General Eric Holder, who is using the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as justification to violate Oklahoma’s sovereignty as affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the...
  • Of Diapers and Deficits

    07/27/2009 8:33:04 AM PDT · by victim soul · 9 replies · 354+ views
    Life Dynamics ^ | Jul;y 14, 2009 | Mark Crutcher
    Earlier this year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for the government's economic stimulus package to include a healthy increase in spending for what she called “family planning.” (If you didn't already know, “family planning” is generally code for abortion.) Pelosi said that this would save state and federal governments the cost of having to pay for the health care and education of poor children. Of course, it's pretty hard to argue with that sort of logic. After all, dead children are less expensive to care for than live children. In any event, Pelosi's remarks came on the heels of Barak...
  • Boomers in Trouble: The Unheralded Economic Mega-Trend

    07/15/2009 4:31:32 AM PDT · by arthurus · 56 replies · 1,803+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | July 14, 2009 | Graham Summers
    Thus far, analysis the financial collapse has been framed almost entirely in terms of money. All the research I’ve seen has delved into lending standards, securitization, inflation, interest rates, housing and the like. Yet underneath this veneer lies one larger, mega-trend that has driven all of these themes to a greater or lesser degree. It created one of the largest stock bull markets we’ve ever seen from 1982-2001. It helped drive the Bubbles in Tech stocks AND Housing. And now it will guide the coming collapse in stocks and consumer spending. That trend is AGE: specifically the Boomer generation and...
  • Need Wrinkle Advice from FReeper Sisters

    07/11/2009 5:58:01 PM PDT · by Marie · 199 replies · 3,878+ views
    me | July, 11, 2009 | me
    OK FReeperettes, I need some help. It’s finally happened, just as I knew it would… my face is starting to show my age. Quickly. I knew it would happen just like this. Every woman ages the same in my mother’s family and apparently, I’m no exception. They get seriously carded, their husbands get flack for being with a teenager, nobody believes their teenagers belong to the - until about 40. Then BOOM! Their faces crater. They go from easily passing for 21 to looking 45 within a few months and it all happens around 40. Doesn’t matter if they smoke...
  • The Gradest Generation: Do Boomers Pass Or Fail?

    06/21/2009 5:28:54 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 51 replies · 1,111+ views
    Baby boomers — which the Census Bureau defines as the group of 78 million or so people born between 1946 and 1964 — are obsessed with grades. They rank everything: best to worst, least to most, zero to 100, A to F. They grade movies, hotels, beef, municipal bonds and restaurants — for the quality of food, for speed of service, for cleanliness. They mark up school essays and driving tests and citizenship exams. After the release of the 1979 movie 10, starring boomer Bo Derek, men and women began appraising each other on a 1-to-10 scale. The first Zagat...
  • Tight-knit Trident Submariners Conduct Strategic Deterrence Missions

    02/25/2009 3:43:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 442+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2009 – Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean last week, sailors aboard the Trident strategic missile submarine USS Maryland prepared to start a series of underwater practice maneuvers known as “angles and dangles.” The USS Maryland’s “Gold” crew executive officer, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Louis J. Springer, takes a look through the vessel’s periscope, Feb. 17, 2009. DoD photo by Gerry J. Gilmore  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Maryland’s captain, Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey M. Grimes, and his chief of the boat and senior enlisted leader, Master Chief Petty Officer Michael C. McLauchlan, intently observed the actions...
  • Winter of Our Discontent

    02/15/2009 6:14:20 AM PST · by Shane · 9 replies · 553+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 2/11/09 | James Quinn
    We enter 2009 and the Presidency of Barack Obama with citizens pessimistic about the future of our country. The public has lost faith in government, financial institutions, and religious institutions. Distrust of politicians, bankers, CEO’s, financial advisors, and moral leadership is well founded. The popular culture of over hyping public figures and then tearing them down has led to everyone and everything being discredited. The personal and public choices that will be required in the next few years will be harsh. Moral courage and leadership is what is needed. As I watch the likes of Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Rush...
  • A Thank You Letter To Bob Ryan

    01/24/2009 5:56:27 PM PST · by walford · 1 replies · 201+ views
    Musings from the Meathead ^ | Jan. 22, 2009 | The Meathead
    Thank you so much for reminding me. A day after a historic inauguration and affirmation that this is the greatest country known to man, one that provides unlimited opportunity for all; your article in the Globe today made sure that our original sin stiil hangs on us. The sin that only the martyrdom of the white male liberal and his resurrection in the halcyon days of the 60's have we been spared from Judgement Day. The sacrifice you made Bob, you and your grey haired aging hipster friends to make sure that we must never forget that black people are...

    01/03/2009 5:12:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 816+ views
    Too bad Ponce de Leon didn't live in 21st century New York City. He may not have found the Fountain of Youth, but he would have at least gotten a book deal. It seems that every time a Baby Boomer finds a gray hair, another tome is written promising to teach people how to stave off the effects of aging. This year, dozens of self-help titles are set to hit the shelves, all offering tips to extending youth.
  • Is Social Security a Ponzi Scheme?

    12/28/2008 5:40:39 PM PST · by Lorianne · 151 replies · 3,790+ views
    Business Week ^ | December 28, 2008 | Michael Mandel
    In the aftermath of the Madoff implosion, quite a few people have pointed out the parallels between a Ponzi scheme and Social Security. Arnold Kling, whom I respect, has written: I’ve been thinking that Madoff is a perfect analogy for the public sector. The government gives people money, which it expects to obtain by taking the money from people in the future. Even the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities, not known as a right-wing organization, sees the U.S. fiscal stance as unsustainable (pointer from Ezra Klein via Tyler Cowen)—in other words, a Ponzi scheme. Other people have gone farther....
  • Boomers know how to adjust [might run out of food and water]

    12/08/2008 5:57:05 PM PST · by SJackson · 62 replies · 1,872+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 12-8-08 | Barbara Quirk
    If you were born from 1946 through 1964, you are a boomer, a member of the most intriguing population this country has ever known. A new study invites you to look into your future for an in-depth view of how you, and your diverse group of cohorts, are likely to adapt as you grow old. "Boomers: The Next 20 years, Ecologies of Risk" is the title of a report from the Institute for the Future and the MetLife Mature Market Institute. It predicts some wondrous things as well as presenting some cautionary issues. Overall, it is quite a positive picture....
  • Boomer Bust

    10/17/2008 10:18:20 AM PDT · by foutsc · 103 replies · 1,630+ views
    Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 17 oct 08 | foutsc
    I guess I'm not the only one wishing Boomers would just shuffle off quietly to Hippie Valhalla. The whiniest, most self-absorbed generation is apparently wearing out its welcome among others as well. And with good reason. This is the generation that brought us Viagra commercials on TV during family hours, introducing our youngsters new and interesting phrases. This is the generation that mainstreamed porn, marketed slutwear to our daughters and encouraged our boys to be pimps. I know, boomers are not the authors of our current social dysfunctions, but they were the libertines who stormed Bastille, unleashing the corrosive social...
  • Pair's good times no longer rolling A BOOM IN BOOMERS

    07/06/2008 7:07:21 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 23 replies · 183+ views
    Free Lance Star ^ | 7-6-08 | CATHY DYSON
    Carol Fisher thought she did everything right to prepare for retirement--and to live her dream of seeing the country from a recreational vehicle. She and her husband, Larry, worked at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren. They planned to sell their log home in King George County after they retired and live off the interest, along with their pensions. But when Larry Fisher died two years after the couple began traveling, Carol Fisher's dreams ended, too. ------------------------------------------------------ She also had a decade-long spending spree, buying souvenirs from New York to Nova Scotia. When gas and grocery prices soared, she...
  • All About Me

    05/29/2008 3:25:08 AM PDT · by Nony · 25 replies · 144+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | May 29, 2008 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Here is how our baby-boom generation solves problems: -- Recently, George Bush went to Saudi Arabia to ask the ruling House of Saud to pump more oil. That request had about as much chance of success as the Democratic-led congressional effort to “sue” the Saudis in American courts for their selfish “price-gouging.” The current debate about energy in the United States has devolved into doing the same old thing—consume, don’t produce and complain—while somehow expecting different results. Congress talks endlessly about the bright future of wind, solar and new fuels, while it stops us from getting through the messy present...
  • Why baby boomers can't change tunes

    05/20/2008 12:53:37 PM PDT · by jwalburg · 62 replies · 270+ views
    Aberdeen American News ^ | May 20. 2008 | Art Marmorstein
    Recently, I reviewed a new American history anthology. I was amused to find included in the book a generous selection of 1960s protest songs. Apparently, lyrics by Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Country Joe MacDonald are making their way into the academic canon, and at least some professors seem to think these are “must-read” documents for our students. Well, maybe so. But if one really wants song lyrics that reflect the 1960s, I'd point my students instead to some of the songs from math professor and musical satirist Tom Lehrer. In terms of insight into America, Lehrer's “National...
  • 1 in 10 boomers borrows for everyday expenses

    05/14/2008 6:53:48 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 64 replies · 94+ views
    AP Via ^ | May 13, 2008
    NEW YORK - The economic downturn is hitting roughly one in 10 middle-aged and older Americans especially hard, compelling them to borrow money for everyday living expenses and to seek help from family, friends or charities, according to a survey released Tuesday by the AARP. In the telephone survey of 1,002 adults 45 and older, nearly four in 10 said they had helped a child pay bills or expenses. Among retirees, one-third said they’d helped their children pay bills. Eight percent said they’d helped a parent pay bills or expenses. The survey’s margin of sampling error was plus or minus...