-- In the sixteen Commonwealth states where the queen of England is head of state, there has been an agreement that the laws of succession should change. Sons and daughters will now have equal rights to the throne. No more boys-first or boys-only stuff.
-- As fall advances towards winter, the Occupy Wall Street participants are facing a new adversary -- a great equalizer -- cold weather. Cold or hot, the issues they are attempting to address go unchanged. Authorities from Oakland, Calif., to Atlanta, Ga., are nibbling around the edges, trying to find an excuse to disperse the crowds whose raison d'être enjoys widespread popular -- and thus political -- support. "Health" reasons have been floated gently ... but I think the truth is that those who wish to assert control (a control granted by the votes of those who agree with the movement) is tempered for the moment by the understanding that to take action is to risk not getting re-elected. I love the conundrum and fear the violence that may erase it.
-- As Washington attempts to come up with a plan to put Joe the Plumber back to work, there are some people seeing an uptick in business -- the lawyers and consultants charged with implementing the Dodd-Frank financial reform overhaul. No one seems willing to tout this uptick in business -- it's too much like praising the effects on the already-well-to-do, I guess -- but there are jobs being created. Lawyers and consultants don't make widgets or anything concrete ... but at least some jobs are being created.
"What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander."