Just when gas prices were climbing down from $4/gallon levels, we get this news out of Norway where their oil production workers might go on strike. They have a center-left government at present, so the government might be in position to make good on a pledge to force workers back to work a-la Taft-Hartley; it's easier for a socialist government to play bad-cop with workers than parties of the right.
Let's hope Occupy Mexico City runs its course; the PRD, the left-most of Mexico's three main parties, lost 38-32 to the PRI in presidential elections, and the left is not happy, claiming fraud, which was a PRI stock-in-trade back in the 20th century when they held power for seven decades running. A half-percent worth of fraud might be Occupy-bait (it was the conservative PAN candidate, outgoing president Caldaron, who won such a squeaker last go-round in 2006, so there was less basis for complaint), but not six.
Hopefully, a day or two of venting will get the PRD yahoos calmed down. One upside is that if the PRD proceeds to be rejectionist and uncooperative, a PRI-PAN coalition would be likely in the legislature, keeping things from lurching too far leftward, especially if new president Peña takes a page from the more neoliberal leanings of the late-20th century PRI leaders.
Delmon Young had better keep that hot bat going, for he may have company in left; Nick Castellanos, the Tiger's star farm-hand, is a third-baseman by trade, but they are starting to get him practicing some in left, since the corner infield spots in Detroit are well stocked with a pair of All-Stars and DH is spoken for once Victor Martinez gets off the DL. Good move by the Tiger brass; a stint playing left in the fall league or a Caribbean winter league might be a good next step.
Not a good sign; Melinda Gates (Mrs. Bill) is on a birth-control kick and is putting her foundation's big wallet where her mouth is. It's a different world-view when kids are a problem to be avoided rather than a blessing to be nurtured. It's not a far cry to see some more repressive countries pressure women into having fewer kids (like China) rather than Gates' goal of letting women choose to have less kids; having more kids is not a bad option, especially as the developed world start diving well under the 2.1-kids-per-woman birth rate needed to keep the next generation the same size as the current one.
The Gates Foundation spends a lot of money looking after the education of kids, but is now spending a lot of money to cut down the clientele of the schools in the future. Some of those kids will wind up migrating north to hold down the economic fort when we retire, is demographic trends continue; heading them off at the pass via birth control isn't that much if any of a virtue.