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AARP Cheat Sheet: Thursday, December 16

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Rachel Maddow, on Larry King’s last show, tonight: “The Larry King interview is an American institution, and nothing about the ups and downs of the cable industry and its competition from broadcast and all the other developments in our business can change that. He is an institution for a reason.” (Via.)
FYI: “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has begun the process of revoking approval of Avastin to treat advanced breast cancer. Federal officials say new evidence indicates the risks do not outweigh the benefits of Avastin for treating metastatic breast cancer.”
“Congress has voted unanimously to create, for the first time, a national plan to combat Alzheimer’s disease with the same intensity as the attacks on AIDS and cancer.”
Neat stats from Pew’s new report on Internet use: “The percentage of adults who watch video online jumped from 52% in 2008 to 66% in 2010. Over half–51%–of adults listen to music online. That figure was just 34% in June 2004. 53% of adults have used classified sites like Craigslist–a number way up, from 32%, back in September 2007.”
What would 2011 look like? Smart people in 1931: “Inevitable technological progress and abundant natural resources yield a higher standard of living. Poverty will be eliminated and hunger as a driving force of revolution will not be a danger. Inequality of income and problems of social justice will remain. Crises of life will be met by insurance.” (William F. Ogburn, Chairman of the President’s Commission on Social Trends, September 13, 1931.)
Do you find this irritating? (We kinda do.) “[Kris DeWeese] is a registered nurse at a hospital near Seattle, where [first names] have become the standard way staff members address patients — of any age. ‘It makes me so uneasy. … Nurses, technicians, therapists: Everyone seems to find it perfectly appropriate — friendly, even — to refer to people in their 70s and 80s not as Miss, Mrs. or Mr., but as Sally, Frieda or Carl,’ said DeWeese.”
“Chris Jones stands in front of Roger Ebert’s bathroom mirror. He tries on another of Ebert’s sport coats; this one is single-breasted and navy blue. Jones must look formal tonight because Ebert and his wife Chaz have invited him to an eight o’clock dinner at the University Club of Chicago. Jones doesn’t like proper haircuts and suits; he likes long, thick sideburns and clothes from Old Navy. He wasn’t expecting a fancy dinner and the coat is big; it’s like he’s a kid wearing his dad’s clothes. “ (Chris Jones, Esquire writer, gets profiled himself.)