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Do Online Quizzes Have a Hidden Agenda?

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | AARP Social Media Strategy/Trainer | Comments

TechnologyWhat city should you live in? Which Love Boat character are you? What superpower should you have? Fun quizzes are all the rage online these days. Buzzfeed (which says I should live in Portland, Ore.) is leading the charge, but even the scholarly Pew Research Center (“How Millennial Are You?”) and the New York Times (“How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk”) have a hand in the fad. The exercises are addictive, shareable, entertaining. So what’s not to like? Here’s …

The “Tiger Mom” Roars Back with Another Provocative Read

Posted on 02/3/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentIn 2011, Yale Law School professor Amy Chua ignited a firestorm with Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Excerpted in The Wall Street Journal, it described how Chua demanded that her two daughters get straight As in school (they did—then later got into Harvard and Yale). In her new The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America, Chua and her husband, Jed Rubenfeld, also a Yale Law School professor, describe the …

Second-Guessing a Blogger’s Life-and- Death Battle

Posted on 01/13/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal Health[View the story "Second-Guessing a Blogger's Life-and-Death Battle" on Storify] Story summary: Controversy erupted Monday when a column in the New York Times by Bill Keller repeated criticism voiced last week by his wife, writer Emma Keller, in The Guardian concerning Lisa Bonchek Adams, a New England woman who blogs and tweets about her treatment for cancer in New York City. The Kellers wrote about Adams and her social media activities, including 165,000 tweets about her treatment. Responding to the …

Older Patients Steered Into High-Interest Credit Plans

Posted on 10/18/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsConsider this: An older patient visits the dentist. The treatment she needs is expensive and not covered by Medicare. So the dentist offers her financing, on the spot, through a credit card plan. She accepts and gets the work done right away. When she gets the first month’s bill, she’s stunned to learn that the financing plan carries an interest rate of 30 percent. That scenario, you might be surprised to learn, appears to be a growing trend in doctor’s …

This Year’s “Gone Girl”?

Posted on 08/22/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentHave you heard? This year’s Gone Girl is The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison. Or at least that’s how Julie Bosman of The New York Times recently anointed Harrison’s dark and engaging thriller. For my money, The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes deserves the comparison instead, but there’s no denying the allure of The Silent Wife. Take, for example, the twisted dynamic between long-time companions Jodi and Todd, a successful 40-something couple in Chicago whose life starts to …

Would Your Bank Help Scammers Rip You Off?

Posted on 06/11/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsDo you think your bank has your best interests at heart? A new report may have you thinking twice about that. Two banks, Zions Bank of Salt Lake City and First Bank of Delaware, were not only accused of allowing dubious merchants to illegally debit their customers’ accounts with unauthorized charges, according to the New York Times, but they actually profited handsomely from the transactions. Consequently, tens of thousands of bank customers, many of them elderly, lost more than $100 …