Robber Barons Would Have Loved Facebooks Employee Housing | WIRED

Robber Barons Would Have Loved Facebooks Employee Housing | WIRED.

America Is Unready for the Era of the Aging Worker | Next Avenue

I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve been trying to make sense of this “over 50″ crap since, well, since I turned 50. Everything seemed to change for me from that day forward, and that was 7 years ago! I guess now that every cell in my body has (for all intensive purposes) “renewed” themselves, I am reborn. And ready to ROCK ‘N ROLL!

You write that retraining and career services for older Americans must be higher priorities for the government. Why?

I found that unemployed older workers who don’t qualify for SCSEP get nothing. The ones I interviewed felt completely abandoned. I’m not a policymaker, but there’s got to be some place for these people to get an opportunity for training that will help them.

What should people in their 50s and 60s be doing to help themselves?

I think people need to be more realistic about how long they will need to work or want to work and need to start thinking: ‘Will I be able to do this demanding job at 65? If not, what will I do and what should I do now to prepare for that?’

And they should take care of their bodies better for their longer lives.

via America Is Unready for the Era of the Aging Worker | Next Avenue.

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I know you’re here. I know I have been absent and that pressing articles and my friends’ posts from Facebook is NOT “blogging.” I am here. I’m staying. My most radical decision yet is to not go anywhere, to sit it out, to face whatever it is I thought leaving here would cure. Start anywhere, John Cage said. Start where you are, as they say in the Program. So, here I am, and there you are. Hello.

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The CIA Just Declassified the Document That Supposedly Justified the Iraq Invasion | VICE News

The CIA Just Declassified the Document That Supposedly Justified the Iraq Invasion | VICE News.

Bill Murray: What Its Like to Be You | On Being

Thanks to Glenna Thompson for this one: what is it like to be you?

Bill Murrays Dharma Talk on What Its Like to Be You | On Being.

Today Is Also ‘St Gertrude’s Day; Celebrate The Patron Saint Of Cats | Junkee

I have been reading a lot of bad stuff about St. Patrick. That he was Roman, not Irish, and that, to quote Patrick Farley, ‘“driving out the snakes” was a euphemism for the genocide of indigenous Celtic pagans.'” I’ve been enjoying this ritualistic trashing of yet another bogus Americanized Holiday, and even more, the dethroning of yet another Americanized “historical figure” (as with Columbus) into the dustbin where the uncool-cruel-white-men-who-have-been-given-way-too-much-credence have gasped their last breath. Now, once the truth of their misdeeds have been exposed, they must be replaced by the good and the worthy. So from now on, on March 7th, I may still wear green, because I like green, but it will symbolize more a symbiosis…. of the good things about this particular Holiday, which definitely includes beer at the top of my list, but cats, too! So, have a beer with your cat, or foment a toast to CATS? Plus, who doesn’t like the name Gertrude?

Today Is Also ‘St Gertrude’s Day; Celebrate The Patron Saint Of Cats | Junkee.

Before I go | Stanford Medicine

There is so much to say about this I can hardly begin

Before I go | Stanford Medicine.

Obama will not arm Syrian rebels; Romney sees a ‘lack of leadership’ | TheHill

Thank god I have friends who keep up with this shit. Thanks again, Patrick!

Two years ago, President Obama said he would *not* send weapons to the Syrian rebels. He said it would be shortsighted to send weapons into that conflict where it was uncertain who (if anybody) was on “our side.” He said, repeatedly, that any weapons we send to Syria could end up in the hands of our enemies. Therefore he wouldn’t send any.

The Republicans, meanwhile, were screaming that we *must* send weapons to the Syrian rebels. (I’ve included a link below to refresh your memory, in case anybody’s forgotten.) Those poor Syrians were being attacked by Assad’s forces, and we *must* send them rifles, and heavy artillery, and surface-to-air missiles. Everybody in the GOP, from Lindsay Graham to Mitt Romney, was shouting it from the rooftops: We MUST arm the rebels!

And none of them ever said “damn the consequences.” As far as I could tell, they never even *considered* the consequences — that American weapons in Syria could end up in enemy hands. The idea just seemed to sail right over the Republicans’ heads, as so many ideas do.

So, what eventually happened? In 2013, President Obama relented and allowed Congress to vote on whether to arm the Syrian rebels. They voted yes.

And now, if I’m to take this article at face value, Republicans are currently peeing their pants and sniveling and screaming that Obama should have known better?! Because our weapons might be ending up in the hands of our enemies?!

What am I missing? What am I supposed to be angry about?

Obama will not arm Syrian rebels; Romney sees a 'lack of leadership' | TheHill.

Immediately After Launching Effort to Scuttle Iran Deal, Senator Tom Cotton to Meet with Defense Contractors – The Intercept

Another post from Patrick Farley

What confuses me most about “Tehran Tom” is that the sonofabitch is a *veteran*. He’s served combat arms duty, he’s been shot at, he’s smelled the corpses. He ought to KNOW BETTER than to toy around with our nation’s security, and yet — he appears eager to see his brothers and sisters in uniform get killed in yet another war. And, judging from his recent speaking engagement (see link below) he’s eager to profit from said war. I usually reserve my most severe contempt for the “chickenhawks,” but for this guy…. I’m going to have to go back to the lab and brew a whole new batch of contempt. Is treason too strong a word? I don’t think so.

Immediately After Launching Effort to Scuttle Iran Deal, Senator Tom Cotton to Meet with Defense Contractors – The Intercept.

Poetry + Murder, Part 4: My Dance with the Manson Women

Poetry + Murder, Part 4: My Dance with the Manson Women.