1. Mother Jones looks into what happens when you’re buried at sea. Turns out it’s fairly environmentally friendly.
Observing a subject known as “Pig 1,” researcher Gail Anderson wrote, “It immediately attracted a number of animals including squat lobsters, Dungeness crabs and spot shrimp. Two days after it was placed on the ocean floor, a large piece of tissue was removed from the rump…the bite mark left behind suggests that the culprit was a six-gill shark.”
2. David Remnick, of The New Yorker, writes eloquently on how bin Laden’s shadow has affected America in the last decade.
This serious and necessary act has led to serious and necessary questions: Was bin Laden under the control of Pakistan, our putative ally, and its intelligence agency, the I.S.I., or was he really able to hide just down the road from an élite military academy? Will the death of bin Laden in the wake of the anti-authoritarian uprisings of the “Arab Spring” deal a decisive blow to jihadist movements throughout the Middle East and South Asia? And, perhaps most urgently, will the death of bin Laden accelerate the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan? Afghanistan was one of the places where Al Qaeda was born, and where it was sheltered. But Al Qaeda long ago fled to all corners, changing its mailing address to franchise cells in Waziristan, Peshawar, southern Yemen, and housing projects in European cities. Bin Laden’s death underscores the question of why we go on losing young men and women daily in the defense of an indefensibly corrupt government in Kabul.