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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Boomer political legacy faces sharp scrutiny

"But if the boomers were watching their history closely, they weren't always learning its lessons. Look at the grade transcript. Steeped in the failures of the Vietnam War, the boomers nevertheless produced a president who has led the country into what many regard as another Vietnam-like quagmire. The first generation to make the environment a political cause, the boomers also hoarded every SUV and electronic gadget they could get their hands on."

"Boomers: Whick Way Will Their Politics Go?"

Suckered again: boomer soy diet called into question

"Fifteen years later, more soy products are available than ever, and conspicuous soy consumption is a cultural shorthand for 'Hey, I'm health-conscious!'

But the tides are turning against the Asian wonder food. Call it the 'soy backlash.'
A crop of books and articles is warning about the dangers, not benefits, of the bean."

"Some Say Soy Loses Luster"
Baltimore Sun

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Slackers? Gen-X are better parents, work harder

"Generation X fathers spend an hour more per day with their children than baby boomer fathers did with their children in 1977, according to a 2004 survey by the nonprofit Families and Work Institute of New York City. Yet Generation Xers are not slackers. They actually work nearly three more paid or unpaid hours per week than employees of comparable age did in 1977, the study revealed."

San Antonio Express News

Image-obsessed boomer women at risk for eating disorders

"Women of all ages are very conscious of their bodies and sometimes have a very negative opinion of their bodies," she said. "Now that the baby boomers are aging, their body changes are really kind of hitting them harder than probably the previous generation. So now there are women who are becoming much more concerned about the normal changes in body fat distribution that come with age."

"Eating Disorders Hit Baby Boomer Generation"
The Blade Plus

The "Worst Generation"?

"Never has one generation been given so much and returned so little. They enjoyed a wave of economic bliss that may never be seen again in this country. Degrees were obtained, real estate bought, stocks amassed. They procreated. And what did this generation produce? Well, they pretty much invented the third marriage, set the benchmark for parenting to the standard of an absentee landlord, and erased any notion of a moral code as a standard..."

Doughba's World

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Boomer frauds and false idols

"The committee unanimously found that Churchill had falsified information on four counts, fabricated information on two counts, plagiarized twice, improperly reported results and failed to “comply with established standards regarding author names on publications,” according to the report."

Colorado Daily News

Related story:

American Indian Movement Outs Ward Churchill - "Agent Provocateur" & "Megalomaniac"

"Churchill has variously claimed - or has been quoted by others - to have been a Vietnam War Veteran, a member of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, a fifth column infiltrator of "Soldier of Fortune Magazine," a leader of various American Indian Movements, a Cherokee Indian, a smuggler of arms and explosives into assorted renegade mini-insurrections involving Native Americans, etc., etc.

As a result he has no credibility. At some point one must seriously question his ability to discern simple fact from fiction, if not his sanity."

All you need is love...

"Despite Heather's admission last week that she and Paul were very much together, the former couple released the following statement Wednesday, "Having tried exceptionally hard to make our relationship work given the daily pressures surrounding us, it is with sadness that we have decided to go our separate ways. Our parting is amicable and both of us still care about each other very much but have found it increasingly difficult to maintain a normal relationship with constant intrusion into our private lives, and we have actively tried to protect the privacy of our child."

The Insider

Five million boomer addicts by 2020

"A government survey estimates that the number of adults aged 50 or older with substance abuse problems will double to 5 million in 2020 from 2.5 million in 1999, in large part due to their comfort with prescription drugs."

via yahoo.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

In the UK: middle-aged pet lover charged with cruelty

"Donna Lee Bell, 59, of Whiteford, was arrested at her ex-husband's house in Essex in Baltimore County, where more than 40 dogs and cats were found dead at two houses...Fecal matter was piled more than two feet high in the kitchen and animal control officers found rats among the skeletal remains of some of the dogs. The search warrant was obtained after neighbors complained about the stench emanating from the houses."

"Woman Charged with 119 Counts of Animal Cruelty"
All Headline News

Monday, May 15, 2006

Boomer duo file string of frivolous lawsuits

"Since 2003, Rava and Surrey have filed more than 30 lawsuits in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties against such businesses as restaurants, nightclubs and cocktail lounges. In seven other lawsuits, Rava is the sole plaintiff. In two other cases, a few other individuals are named as co-plaintiffs with Rava and Surrey. Court records define the cases as 'civil,' 'civil rights,' 'money demand,' 'breach of contract,' 'small claims' or 'injunctive relief' lawsuits. "

Sign on San Diego

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Kurzweil: boomer immortality on the horizon

"In this new world, there will be no clear distinction between human and machine, real reality and virtual reality. We will be able to assume different bodies and take on a range of personae at will. In practical terms, human aging and illness will be reversed; pollution will be stopped; world hunger and poverty will be solved. Nanotechnology will make it possible to create virtually any physical product using inexpensive information processes and will ultimately turn even death into a soluble problem."

"The Great Singularity Debate"