The AARP blog has just reached its one year anniversary.

AARP started this blog in early 2005 and at that time, our focus was
entirely on Social Security. Then, later in the year, we expanded our
coverage of issues to include Medicare, prescription drugs and other
important topics of concern to people as they age.

It would be interesting to know how many people are subscribed to their blog considering the demographic. I'd also be interested to know why they have comments disabled and instead, direct comments to a message forum. Perhaps the forums are easier to police. Still, it's pretty sad to see this:

We welcome your suggestions… You may contact the AARP Issues Blog team by using this email address: blog (at) aarp (dot) org.

Instead of being able to add a quick comment or suggestion, you have to open up your email box and send a message to "blog" (whoever that is). The discussion is dead before it even starts. The satisfaction of possibly being heard is nonexistent (like writing your Senator or something). Instead, you get a robot-generated "We appreciate your comment…" message.

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