Michael Cieply‘s N.Y. Times story about a controversial decision to close a Motion Picture and Television Fund old folks’ home in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley is, stunning surprise, a portrait of greedy corporate priorities leading to less-well-off folks possibly getting tossed into the street. (Metaphorically speaking, of course.) All I know is that my mom is in an assisted-care facility, and while it’s a very nicely run facility with caring assistants, there’s kind of a creepy waiting-for-the-end atmosphere in these places that really doesn’t feel right. I would much rather keel over on a busy street in Paris at age 77 than slowly wither away in one of these homes and die at age 89 or whenever. Seriously.