Benedict has suggested that he will live a life of prayer in the monastery. Whether that means he will be cloistering himself, or becoming a hermit, is unclear. He could ask to be received into a religious order that lives by a rule and practices some form of solitary prayer, such as the Carthusians or the Camaldolese. He may also choose a simple life of prayer, contemplation and writing aided by his staff.
Multiple news media outlets are violating the embargo on releasing the week 1 influenza report from the CDC. Here are a few thought, pending the release of the report in about two minutes.
In November 2012, 350,000 Americans dropped out of the work force. Here are some quotes from the media about this truly dismal situation:
Funds for Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery continue to lag the Katrina effort. The money raised is going to several types of entities, and some questionable ones, at that. Is this disaster just another way for politicians to bolster systems of financial rewards and punishments?
This is the fourth time that we have documented private giving in the United States for a disaster. It appears that the fundraising for Hurricane Sandy relief will not, as of this writing, resemble that for Hurricane Katrina. The money just isn’t there. There are some curious, interesting observations of the situation thus far and we wanted to share those with our readers.