Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Signs of the times

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed. ~ Irene Peter
• Mexico City legislators are proposing to allow 2-year trial marriage contracts that would just expire without the need for a divorce process if the couple falls out of love. The Catholic Church is not amused, calling it "irresponsible and immoral."

• New South China Mall, the world’s largest shopping centre, opened in Dongguan, China, to great fanfare in 2006, but five years later only 2% of its 660,000 square metres is occupied.

• Young adults (18-34) are sizing up the odds and saying "No thanks" to lotteries. Their purchase of lottery tickets dropped sharply from 2010 to 2011, according to Ipsos, as did their participation in other forms of gambling.

• Bartering is booming in Greece as people have been squeezed by wage cuts, layoffs, and tax increases in the current hard times. Barter networks and alternative currencies are emerging to facilitate the exchange of services.

• The South Korean government, short of funds to pay for policing, is paying citizens for video of people and businesses breaching the law. According to the New York Times, video snitches can earn rewards ranging from $5 (littering) to $850 (reporting an unlicensed seller of livestock).

• The latest Barbie has tattoos.
Looking for change? Check the sofa.

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