All Sorts of Things

Random posts on all sorts of things designed to inform and provoke.

Monthly Archives: November, 2012

Culture: Men Find Joy in Marriage as Older Divorces Increase

The one thing that has always impressed me about the baby boomer generation is their ability to remain an influential force in the general culture. Conventional wisdom states that this … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

US Politics: No Threat to Grover Norquist’s No More Taxes Pledge

The past few days have seen a flurry of news reports on how Republican congressional representatives are abandoning Grover Norquist’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge.” Senators Saxby Chambliss, Bob Corker, Lindsey Graham, … Continue reading

November 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Middle East: Arafat’s New Autopsy to Resolve Nothing

The body of the late-Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was exhumed on Tuesday in response to his widow’s allegation that Arafat had been poisoned – a belief widely shared by many … Continue reading

November 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bangladesh: Fire Claims Over 100 Lives but Western Corporations Not To Blame

Bangladesh’s textile industry is an incredibly important part of that country’s economy as it employs around 3 million people in over 4,000 factories that generate approximately $18 billion in export … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

US Culture: The Only Reason for Family is Shopping

Since the end of the political season a few weeks ago, Americans have been going through an intense detoxification period. While that may be a good thing, it isn’t pleasant … Continue reading

November 25, 2012 · 2 Comments

Middle East: Morsi Builds His Reputation And Throws Away all the Goodwill

The recently signed truce between Hamas and Israel is a few days old and, despite some relatively minor issues, seems to be holding up. While its not surprising that both … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

US Politics: Why did Jesse Jackson Jr. Run for Office Anyway?

Representative Jesse Jackson Jr., the 47 year-old son of civil-rights leader Jesse Jackson, resigned from his position as the Congressional representative of Chicago’s South Side-based 2nd Congressional District on Wednesday, … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

United States: One Man Robs Bank, Dozens Lose Their Rights

When a former music teacher robbed a Wells Fargo bank in Colorado on June 2, little did he realize that not only would he get caught by the local police … Continue reading

November 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Egypt: IMF Provides Funds and Costs Rise

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will loan Egypt $4.8 billion so that Cairo can increase social spending and infrastructure investment while reducing its budget deficit from 11 percent to 8.5 … Continue reading

November 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

France: Credit-Rating Downgraded but Impact Uncertain

Moody, in a widely expected decision, downgraded France’s credit-rating from Triple A to AA1 on November 19. The ratings agency said it took this decision because “France’s long-term economic growth … Continue reading

November 21, 2012 · Leave a comment