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    @johngordon just based on the aging statistics, not any cholesterol problem, my doc is urging "prophylactic" statins. I am researching before I say yes.
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      @johngordon that was what broke Travis Roy's neck playing hockey at B.U. @clarkgoble
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        @johngordon wow, a cold remedy ingredient does that!
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          @jnm what my rabbi said some times: We don't care what you believe, you hardly know yourself just what you "believe". We care what you do.
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            @johngordon I read McLuhan at an impressionable age so I have not trusted the effects of new media on minds that are little evolved since the advent of agriculture.
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              And Cohen is right in damning the likes of Roger Ailes for midwifing a collective shirking of empathy and fact...but how is it so many of us are so easily relieved of the burden of civic awareness that has always been the cost of stable healthy society?
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                @johngordon To me, this indicts the erosion of public education, a former rich "commons" the US provided itself. I don't know what is wrong with us that we actually want to slip from knowledge back into the darkness of tribal and unchallenged believing.
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                  @johngordon wow. they miss some big problems and potentially helpful things.
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                    @clarkgoble I can't believe the claimed frequency of updates. I do most of my land buying and site planning with heavy use of Google satellite imagery and find it woefully late, years late, in reporting changes that I verify on foot.
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                      @indigo @jeremycherfas The politics are decaying in UK and USA, the weather is going to hell nearly everywhere. But Canada dumped a corporation captive PM for Trudeau and may be the last habitable spot where some English is still spoken [www.google.com].
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                        @mattgemmell had to click thru and see ad. I still have PTSD [post-technology stress disorder] from my years of converting Ada coded systems to Java. Like seeing the name rehabilitated.
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                          @johngordon do you know if the behavior matches the brief spate of saying NO to everything in a more typical development, e.g. "terrible twos". I like to think we as a society [not speaking for affected parents] see development delayed as devlpmnt denied.
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                            @johngordon we in the US may think we kicked the British out in 1779, but we ARE the British, right down to the corrupted democracy, confused voters and lapsing empire.
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                              @johngordon way more questions than answers there. "productivity" is calculated from the measurable economy but several forces wring families out of the economy. Does "productivity" include selling your flatscreen on e-bay or your car on craigslist?
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                                @johngordon now I worry whether I am or ever have been a "stupid". Have a link to Summers' essay?
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                                  @johngordon I think an old worry is now bearing fruit: Creativity and pulling in ideas from barely related contexts [still difficult for AIs] will offer the job opportunities of the future but for far fewer of us. The social aspects of work will warp.
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                                    @johngordon And if employment is being altered so radically, so must retirement change? That is where I am at these days.
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                                      @johngordon in 80's we wondered why computerized paperwork had not yielded productivity gains. but now "...defence of technological change – that it creates more new jobs than it destroys – no longer holds water...."
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                                        @joeo10 yeah, I worked ad DEC then and we had access to OS source...nothing like nowadays.
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                                          @joeo10 back in 70s I glued a procedure on to my RSTS login that recognized a pattern but never allowed a repeat of previous strings that were used to log in...a MITM could bag the string but maybe not the pattern. It worked.