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- Editorial: Stimulus Package for Seniors (U.S. News)
"How about the reinvention of our communities to fit the needs of an aging population? That's an infrastructure program even more important than repairing bridges, sewers and roads. By spending billions of dollars to stimulate the economy today, we will improve the way society supports our parents and grandparents tomorrow. Let's call it the Sustainability for Seniors Act (think of it as the new SSA)."
"According to two academics, Maurizio Antoninetti and Mario D. Garrett, 'Communities are not prepared for an aging population, especially in the areas of transportation, housing, land-use planning, public safety, parks and recreation, work force development and volunteerism/civic engagement.' 02-09
- -08-23-09 What Causes Success? (Time.com)
In the book "Outliers," Malcolm Gladwell describes the results of his research on success and finds different causes than we are used to seeing. "A lot of the book is an attempt to describe the lives of successful people, but to tell their stories in a different way than we're used to. I have a chapter that deals, in part, with explaining the extraordinary success of Bill Gates. But I'm not interested in anything that happened to him past the age of about 17. Or I have a chapter explaining why Asian schoolchildren are so good at math. But it's focused almost entirely on what the grandparents and great-grandparents and great-great grandparents of those schoolchildren did for a living." 08-09
- Who Can Claim to Be a Native American? (CNN News)
"Many tribes use parentage as a means of defining membership. Known as 'blood quantum,' the practice defines tribal membership according to the degree of 'pure blood' belonging to that tribe. For example, a person with one grandparent belonging to one tribe and three grandparents not belonging to that tribe would be considered to have a 'blood quantum' of one-quarter. The minimum amount of blood quantum required can be as little as one-thirty-second (equivalent to one great-great-great-grandparent) or as high as one-half (equivalent to one full-blooded tribal parent)."
"Many tribes began using blood quantum after the passage of the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act, which allowed tribes to establish their own governments. But others continued to define membership in other ways- including by lineal descent (being able to prove that you had an ancestor listed as a member of that tribe, regardless of your actual percentage of tribal blood), residence on tribal lands, knowledge of tribal language and culture, or membership in a recognized clan." 09-12
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Seniors (Time.com)
" 'It used to be that you encourage parents to talk to their kids," says Lee, "but now we're encouraging kids to talk to their parents — and grandparents.' " 07-08
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