[-] jadero 1 points 2 days ago

I'm well aware of what various generations have done to the planet. I'm not sure what that has to do with the fact that the majority of those who get to 60 with their health intact will continue with their health intact long enough to make checking out early kind of pointless for at least a decade, probably two.

My first comment was with respect to whether 60 could reasonably be considered the end of the line. I would argue that even considering planet fuckery, 60 won't be anywhere near the end of an individual life until the environment is damaged beyond all repair. At that point we'll be looking at human extinction, not just personal extinction.

[-] jadero 1 points 2 days ago

I understand that different countries are different. If cancer is going to be a financial disaster at 70, it will also be a financial disaster at 50.

And you may have missed my point. My point was that debilitating health problems after 60 are not the norm, but the exception. Now that I'm past 60, I'm more likely to make it to 90 than I was at any other time in my past. And that same statement has been true for all of human existence! The life expectancy numbers we are most familiar with are almost exclusively the result of how we deal with infant mortality, pediatric illness, and the behaviors of adolescents. The first 20-30 years are far more risky than the last 20-30.

Not only that, if suicide is the painless way out, at least wait until the onset of pain!

[-] jadero 7 points 2 days ago

Pulling the plug before 60? Where do you live that everyone over 60 is on death's door?

I'm reasonably well past that and there a whole lot of us and we're still going strong. I swam an open-water 10k at 63 and am planning another for my 70th. I'm working on breaking 4:30.

A neighbour finally stopped competitive cross country marathons last year at 75. He's not retiring from cattle ranching until he's 80. Cattle ranching around here means horses, roundups, roping, branding, fence maintenance, etc. Not for the faint of heart or weakness of mind or body.

Another guy, at 94, was up and down a ladder repainting his house. Nobody blinked an eye.

30 years ago, I ran a free introductory programming course through a community association. Ages ranged from 12 to 83 and most of the class was over 60.

That's just neighbours, not any kind of "old and bold" club. Sure, the care homes are overflowing, but that's a supply problem, not a demand problem. Only a relatively small fraction of people will ever see the inside of such a place, except to visit someone.

[-] jadero 6 points 4 days ago

That's a good dad!

My mom was really big on "don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today." My dad was big on "never do today what can wait for tomorrow." I take after my dad :)

submitted 1 week ago by jadero to c/abolition

Is this kind of disaster unique to the United States?

I guess it's time for me to track down the John Howard Society to see what's happening in Canada.

submitted 2 weeks ago by jadero to c/climate

The effort to slow climate change is in many ways an attempt to make the charts agree again, make them speak to each other in once-familiar languages.

[-] jadero 18 points 2 weeks ago

I live in a farming community in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Me too. I've talked to a few retired farmers and a couple of active farmers who just shake their heads at all the nonsense, but I would say that you are generally correct.

I know that zero-tillage and high-cut stubble goes a long way to reducing erosion, but I can't help thinking that they've picked the wrong time to get rid of all the tree rows.

[-] jadero 15 points 3 weeks ago

For anyone curious about how this might play out, take a look at Telus Health. Telus is a Canadian telecom company that has branched out into several health care businesses, from clinics to building and hosting¹ electronic healthcare records. There are currently battles over whether it is legal to force prescription fulfillment through Telus providers.

That's right, a telecom company, that most reviled, least trusted sector of the economy, is trying to take over healthcare in a country with a (mostly) single-payer, tax-funded, (mostly) free at the point of delivery, public healthcare system. And they're doing so successfully.

Amazon is actually late to the game.

(1) I don't know for sure that they are hosting the records, but the fact that the word "Telus" shows up in the url makes it seem like like a reasonable conclusion.

[-] jadero 23 points 4 weeks ago

Looks crocheted. I came across a crochet community somewhere in my browsing. It might be worth tracking down and posting there, too.

[-] jadero 17 points 1 month ago

I almost didn't post because I knew someone would ask.

Sorry, no I don't remember. I started going through an index to see if something jumped out, but nothing did.

[-] jadero 62 points 1 month ago

I remember a science fiction short story published in OMNI magazine that considered the implications of deciding that the ova was the actual seat of life and the soul. It couldn't be sperm, because millions were discarded in every successful conception.

The end result was that menstruation itself was criminalized, so that evidence of menstruation had to be accompanied by evidence that all possible measures were taken to get pregnant.

Sometimes I hate it when science fiction turns out to be a prediction.

[-] jadero 43 points 2 months ago

I came across this site a few years ago. Free to all with no login, they allow you to search for any call sign and show it on a map, complete with path from originating airport.

They have a free account allowing you to do even more (single plane) and 25 planes will cost you US$40/year. Android and iOS apps available.

They also have information on how to get or build the necessary equipment.

The most recent information I can get with a simple Google search shows that the call sign of one of her planes is N621MM, although other links suggested that she has more than one plane and has sold planes to escape this tracking.

Knock yourself out. Post it all over the damn place. Streisand effect FTW.

[-] jadero 16 points 3 months ago

We live on Lake Diefenbaker, in southern Saskatchewan. I used to do a lot of snowshoeing right out our front door. It's been a decade since I've seen enough snowpack to head out anywhere other than on the lake itself. Even then, I would probably be better served with ice grips of some kind on my boots instead of wearing my snowshoes.

Contrast that with when I was growing up in the 1960s. We sometimes had enough snow by Halloween for building snow forts and running skidoos.

Right now, as I write this, we are having our first proper winter day, at least as far as temperature is concerned (-21C at noon). We don't even have enough snow to hide the grass and we're supposedly in line for a lousy 5 cm tomorrow. I'm not holding my breath, because every snowfall forecast of the season has overestimated both likelihood and amount. (In fact forecasting is all screwed up in general. I think the meteorological models have lost much of their relevance.)

[-] jadero 23 points 3 months ago

I agree. I've been thinking about this problem for a very long time. Since the mid-1990s. I'm not a fast thinker, or particularly good, so it took me 20 years or so to figure it out. It's really only in the last couple of years that I think I really understand where and how we went wrong.

I gave my first presentation on the greenhouse effect, as it was still called, while I was in high school (graduated 1974). It was reasonably well received and a small group of students started cooperating in letter writing campaigns and trying to speak at council meetings and other venues. We were part of a movement that was starting to make progress.

Meanwhile, those threatened by change, everyone from people fearful for their jobs and their ways of life to captains of industry and politicians were doing their thing. And they were far better organized and far better funded. The end result was that we got Thatcher and Reagan and others like them.

We joined a variety of so-called environmental groups:

  1. Ducks Unlimited was not interested in the environment, only in making sure that their members still had stuff to shoot at. Many of the members were farmers who were actively draining wetlands on their own property while petitioning for some semblance of wetland protection on public lands.

  2. The Fish & Game societies were not interested in the environment, only in making sure that their favourite hunting and fishing spots were protected from newcomers. Many of their members were farmers who thought nothing of taking out a fence line to make a field larger or plowing up a new plot of land or lobbying for the transfer of Crown lands to private hands.

  3. Groups like the Sierra Club were not interested in the environment, only in protecting their precious hiking trails from the unwashed masses.

By the mid-1990s, modern neoliberal economic and social theories had become so firmly entrenched that even those people claiming to be socially conscious, left wing thinkers were working from the premise that neoliberalism was not mere ideology, but represented a set of ground truth facts about the world equivalent to the law of gravity and the laws of motion. As a result, we had things like Saskatchewan's NDP, arguably the founders of the Canadian public health care system, closing hospitals and clinics, gutting the workforce, and reducing funding. Everyone, it seemed, had fully internalized the "reality" that the stock market and the economy are one and the same.

And here we are, completely incapable of imagining any large scale project that doesn't have it's roots and execution in "market" thinking. Cost/"benefit" analyses that are, in fact, strictly financial profit analyses that exclude any consideration of actual impact on quality of life or externalization of costs.

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