AARP Cheat Sheet: Friday, December 3

The not so great wall

( Great Wall, Beijing, unrestored section, on November 26, 2010. Via.)
"They are asking sick people to pay more in terms of cost-sharing. You are a Social Security beneficiary living on $15,000 a year, and they want you to pay up to $7,500? We are talking about bankrupting people. This doesn't fly in the real world." - John Rother, AARP public policy expert, on the debt commission's recommendations for health care cuts.
Is getting state-funded care at home a civil right? NPR looks at where the money's going and the legal fights. Note this quote: "Once you're in a nursing home, it's hard to get out."
Brain training could get you a discount on insurance: "Participants in an Allstate pilot program typically regain field of view abilities as if they were eight to 10 years younger." Neat.
From a reflection on rail travel, your quote of the day:
"It is hard today to convey the significance and implications of the timetable, which first appeared in the early 1840s: for the organization of the railways themselves, of course, but also for the daily lives of everyone else. The pre-modern world was space-bound; its modern successor, time-bound. The transition took place in the middle decades of the nineteenth century and with remarkable speed, accompanied by the ubiquitous station clock: on prominent, specially constructed towers at all major stations, inside every station booking hall, on platforms, and (in the pocket form) in the possession of railway employees. Everything that came after--the establishment of nationally and internationally agreed time zones; factory time clocks; the ubiquity of the wristwatch; time schedules for buses, ferries, and planes, for radio and television programs; school timetables; and much else--merely followed suit."

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