Why I Hope to Die at Age 75 by Ezekiel Emanuel for The Atlantic.
Bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel, who’s now 57, wrote that he won’t undergo any medical treatment for the purpose of prolonging life after age 75. He added that this is a personal decision, and not a recommendation. But he sees the years after 75 as a period of decline that will add nothing to his life.
I am impressed that someone would be so satisfied with their life that they would be willing to wind it up at age 75. I’m 78, going on 79, and I have unfinished business.
But it is true that, if I live long enough into years of decline, I will find life no longer worth living. One disappointment is that I probably won’t be around to see if Emanuel carries through on his resolution.
[Added 10/2/14] I note that Emanuel is a bio-ethicist. In my opinion, the job of bio-ethicists is to rationalize doing things that physicians and others intuitively feel is wrong.
Another subtext to Ezekiel Emanuel’s “Why I Hope to Die at 75″: Hillary’s Too Old by Steve Sailer for The Unz Review.
If elected President in 2016 and 2020, Hillary Clinton would be 77 when she stepped down on Jan. 19, 2015. Joe Biden would be 82; Jerry Brown, 86; Elizabeth Warren, 75 1/2; and Bernie Sanders, 83. But Ezekiel’s brother Rahm, the Democratic mayor of Chicago, would be a vibrant 65.
ISIS at the Gates of Baghdad: Why Airstrikes Are Failing by Patrick Cockburn for Counterpunch.
Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn wrote that the only forces in Iraq capable of fighting ISIS are the Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim militias. But they terrorize Sunni Muslims, who look to ISIS for protection. Cockburn doesn’t see any good way out of this dilemma for the United States.
World should not be oblivious to Russia’s calculated shift toward China by Hisayoshi Ina for Nikkei Asian Review.
Russia, China court India for regional bloc by Takayuki Tanaka for Nikkei Asian Review.
The world balance of power is changing, as the Russian government responds to pressures in Europe by strengthening its ties with Asia.
Andreatta: Cops and Manners on Short Street by David Andreatta for the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY.
I think that if I was a policeman, I would find that every prejudice I had concerning any group of people would be confirmed by my experience, because the police see the worst of any group of people and see people at their worst.
This column by David Andreatta shows just how difficult it is to overcome such attitudes.