1) Scott Sumner looks at Singapore: “It seems that Singapore is a place where the poor and rich do really well, but the middle class only so-so.”
2) 72 year old man models teen-girl clothes. Apparently he has nice legs.
3) The worst of Black Friday Shopping Mayhem. I went once a few years ago. Never again.
4) Ahn Cheol-soo drops out of the Korean presidential race. He may be an impressive guy, but I always thought he was a little too pristine for the bare-knuckled slamfest that is Korean politics. Anyway, looks like the specter of 1987 still hangs upon the Seoul skyline.
5) Speaking of South Korean politics, Ask a Korean has nice profiles of all three candidates (or rather, two candidates and one ex-candidate): Moon Jae-in, Park Geun-hye and Ahn Cheol-soo; as well as the road ahead.
6) I wasn’t all that interested in the David Petraeus scandal, although I found this pretty funny, and I thought Dan Drezner has some interesting insights from an academic’s point of view into the mindset of Paula Broadwell. It was only when I was skimming through an article about Jill Kelley when I had that “WTF!” moment. And if you thought honorary consuls were all about, like, stamping visas into passports and stuff, here she is trying to parlay it into 80 smacks.
7) Book vending machines. It’s like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.
8) Coffee as impediment to Korean reunification, or should we say, Cultural Learnings of South Korea to make glorious nation of North Korea.
9) Fox News anchors making stupid, callous or misleading statements (this might become a regular segment on this blog).
10) There are legitimate criticisms to be made of the Obama administration on issues economic.
11) Paul Krugman/James Bond Films.