The Non-Security of Retirement and One Idea

Unfortunately, we are seeing many people of retirement age wind up in strictly limited living circumstances. While active and socially involved, they live, in any cases, with limitations that can be difficult. Today MSN online offers a simple solution to the person with $12,000 retirement income or less. The article … Continue reading

No More Corporal Punishment Says The Council of Europe

Cross-posted from The Global Sociology Blog. (Via Le Monde) Today, the Council of Europe launched a campaign against most forms of corporal punishment, including slapping, spanking, hitting, mistreating, humiliating and any other practice that damage the dignity of a child. The campaign will consist in TV ads, the publication of … Continue reading

Women Vets Getting Inadequate Care in 1/3rd of VA Clinics

A recent report shows that female veterans are getting inadequate healthcare in nearly 1/3 of VA clinics. Speak out:   More than 155,000 women in America’s armed services have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2002. But as these distinguished women return home, they are finding a veterans health care system better … Continue reading

What Democrats Owe to John McCain

Now that our presidential nominees are set, the partisan battles in the media and online have shifted into general election mode. Even before the Democratic nomination was sealed, the DNC sent e-mails and press releases criticizing John McCain as running for Bush’s third term, accusing him of wanting to wage … Continue reading

Development Aid – Does it Hurt More than it Helps?

Cross-posted from The Global Sociology Blog. It is detrimental, says Thilo Thielke in Der Spiegel , because it creates unfairness and dependency in many different ways. First, using the case of Kenya, Thielke invokes a classical concept of formal organizational behavior: self-perpetuation. “The roads are in horrid disrepair, and they’ll … Continue reading