From IHE, universities that have made names for themselves in the market for “conventional” online programs are trying to sort out how high-profile “MOOCs” (i.e., Massive Open Online Courses) could affect their own positions; and Steve Kolowich on riding the MOOC wave. Ken Mondschein on how online “universities” are beginning to scam professors. Kevin Carey on the MOOC-led meritocracy (and more). Colleges ain’t what they used to be: Educational achievement has been stagnant for three decades — can online learning help? Yes, MOOC is the global higher education game changer. The body and the classroom: Robert Wyllie and Steven Knepper on phenomenology and online learning. Investors are pouring millions in online education — but does it get students jobs? David Youngberg on why online education won't replace college. What is the future of college education? Top American universities are offering courses online for free — going to college will never be the same again (and more). Silicon Valley has failed to breach the walls of higher education with disruptive technology, but the tide of battle is changing. Steve Krause on comparing talking MOOCs. Dennis Prager launches an online “college” to combat liberal bias.

Reva Siegel (Yale): The Constitutionalization of Abortion. Do-It-Yourself Geopolitics: Lothar Blissant on cartographies of art in the world. Will people really be forced to stop eating meat? For thousands of adults, picky eating, also known as selective eating or food neophobia, poses a real problem. When a netizen dies, what happens to his online body of work? Memmento wants to transition memorials from Facebook onto its own death-dedicated platform. Matthew Zeitlin on how the U.S. government doesn’t really owe $16 trillion in debt. Experts say former SEAL Matt Bissonnette may be “endangering our own” with the publication of No Easy Day. Jeffrey Frankel on a flock of black swans. From Mute, John Russell joins up the O’s between the ecstatic mouth and the anus to create a tunnel connecting web porn, philosophy and revolutionary poetry.

Sheila C Dow (Stirling): Different Approaches to the Financial Crisis. David Jaffee (North Florida): The Global Financial Crisis and the Goods Moving Economy. Chris Arthur (Toronto): Consumers or Critical Citizens? Financial Literacy Education and Freedom; and Financial Literacy Education: Neoliberalism, the Consumer and the Citizen. Computers and clever maths enable traders to buy and sell in the blink of an eye — but does high-frequency trading make matters worse when things go wrong? Wall Street is overpaid: One of the most frequently-overlooked problems of the financialization age is that a lot of our brilliant financial engineers are actually pretty damned average, when it comes to playing the market. Sean T. Mitchell reviews Wall Street at War: The Secret Struggle for the Global Economy by Alexandra Ourousoff. Euro-Keynesianism: Engelbert Stockhammer on the financial crisis in Europe. Revolt of the rich: Mike Lofgren on how our financial elites are the new secessionists. Big Finance’s best friend: Frank Pasquale reviews Finance and the Good Society by Robert Shiller. Nathan Marcus on why financial crises give birth to legends.

Nick J. Sciullo (Georgia State): Reassessing Corporate Personhood in the Wake of Occupy Wall Street. From Forbes, Bruce Upbin profiles Intuit, the 30-year-old startup. Left behind: Obama has turned his back on us liberals — so why aren't we screaming about it? What could Obama do with a second term? Kevin Drum has an idea. From National Review, here are 689 reasons to defeat Barack Obama. Michael Tomasky on the National Lampoon Theory of Obama's Second Term: If you don't elect Mitt Romney, the GOP will make sure nothing works. Leave Nicki Minaj Alone: Is Nicki Minaj really planning to vote for Mitt Romney, or is the Internet just taking a mixtape too seriously? From M to Nutter: Deborah Cameron on democratic dictionaries. Boys on the side: The hookup culture has been viewed as toxic to women — actually, it is an engine of female progress, driven by women themselves.

Steve Best (UTEP): The Revolutionary Implications of Animal Standpoint Theory. Ian A. Robertson and Lindsay Matthews (Leeds): “Normal” Behaviour of the Legal Animal Is More than Just “What They Do in the Wild”. From Hypatia, a symposium on Feminists Encountering Animals. Military History Monthly takes a look at the roles played by different types of animals in different conflicts since the 4th century AD. A review of Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human by Barbara Natterson Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers. What is the humanist view of animal rights? A review of A Worldview of Animal Law by Bruce A. Wagman and Matthew Liebman. Jessica Hullinger on 7 absolutely insane animal defense mechanisms. We don't expect animals to understand human "inventions" like economics; pay scale, income inequality, surely these are concepts too advanced for lower species to process — or are they? A review of The Christian Rejection of Animal Sacrifice by Daniel Ullucci. Prominent scientists sign declaration that animals have conscious awareness, just like us. A review of Animals Erased: Discourse, Ecology and Reconnection with the Natural World by Arran Stibbe.