Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bits and Pieces - October 19, 2011

Today is the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Yorktown, the battle that assured American victory in the Revolution.

Iran is claiming that one of the principals in the convoluted plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States via a Mexican drug ring is a member of the MEK, an Iranian organization that opposes the government but has some aspects of a cult as well. The MEK has been a favorite of neoconservatives. Juan Cole on what this might mean. More, and a warning that this may not be any more accurate than any other explanation of this plot.

Most Americans support Occupy Wall Street.

For those who want to pick nits, why OWS is not generally anti-corporate, just anti the financial industry.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is considering the intertwining and conflict between the anti-slavery and women's rights movements. I really like the way he is thinking this out for all of us to see. This is the second post in that series.

XKCD solves a mystery.

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