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Week in Review

‘Tis the season of nail-biting, as students around the country nervously eye their mailboxes for thick letters from their colleges of choice. Via Meadia, as we usually do at this time of year, counsels less stress and more planning for the exciting times ahead.  What you do in college is much more important than what college you do it in. After all, the jobs of the future will be less staid and institutionalized, and will require a dose of entrepreneurial agility for success. Plan ahead wisely, and while you should follow your heart and your interests, do keep an eye out on what your chosen major would net you in today’s job market. Even eventually graduating from law school isn’t the safe bet it once was.

The jobs of the future are increasingly here today. Some people are ditching expensive offices (and increasingly abandoning coffee shops for hotel lobbies) in order to launch the startup of their dreams, be they personal style consultancies or tutoring programs. Automation and outsourcing won’t destroy jobs. On the contrary, it will make in-person interaction more desirable, and will reward enterprising types who can satiate these needs by leveraging technology and flexibility.

As the election frenzy settles down into the two-party two-man affair, we noted how Republicans have started to line up behind Romney, giving him a narrow lead in the first Gallup daily tracking poll. It appears the GOP may not be as demographically doomed as many commentators have maintained. Obama’s feel-good pursuit of green policies which don’t deliver jobs may be among the factors why Obama’s support among Millenials is waning. Furthermore, the Obama effect has worn off internationally, with the U.S. trailing Germany as the most respected world power. This race is wide open.

The world doesn’t stop for domestic concerns. The Asian Great Game got a little hotter, as Chinese generals warned that America’s more aggressive stance in the region could lead to war. They were reacting to recent U.S.-Philippines war games, which were carried out with the backdrop of a China-Philippines standoff over islands in the South China Sea, China-Japan tensions over islands in the East China Sea, India’s successful test of a missile able to deliver a nuke to the heart of Beijing, and Myanmar’s continuing drift away from its Chinese patrons. Perhaps feeling hemmed in, it appears China is still giving some measurable support to the North Korean missile program. Don’t they realize they’re driving their neighbors further into the arms of the West?

For its part, the Middle East continued to reliably deliver gloomy stories of its own:

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