These are worth a gander:

29 Oct

1. The fine folks from Chelsea’s paper of record on Hypocrisy in the celebration of death:

The assassination in Pakistan in May of Osama bin Laden, without the Pakistani government’s knowledge, let alone permission, and the Western-backed onslaught on Sirte which culminated in the death of Qaddafi leave an impression of double standards. Both men did great evil. Both deserved to face justice. But the way the American administration has, in one case, arranged their killing, and in both, reacted to their deaths, suggests that their crime was not to kill huge numbers of people. Rather, it was to kill—over Lockerbie, in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania—huge numbers of Americans.

Full article here.

2. From Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution on why the revenue model for higher ed. is in the dumps.

This sad sad sad sad sad fucking graph pretty much says it all….but feel free to reed the full article here.

3. Iran and OWS

4. A.O. Scott on the new Shakespeare Bio/Drama directed by the guy that blew up the city you live in or your favorite landmark at some point in his career:

“Anonymous,” a costume spectacle directed by Roland Emmerich, from a script by John Orloff, is a vulgar prank on the English literary tradition, a travesty of British history and a brutal insult to the human imagination. Apart from that, it’s not bad.

Full review here.

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