Links 8/13/12

You know what would have made the Curiosity landing even better? Bob Costas narrating the whole thing. While you ponder that, here are some links for you. Science:

Finding a new species on Flickr
The pool of water under the Midwest is being sucked dry. The drought is making it worse
Spiders do not bite.
Jonah Lehrer and the Problems with “Pithy” Science Writing
An Ancient Armsrace: Bacteria and Bacteriophages in Sediment Cores – Part II

Other:

Romney’s tax returns–what we do know (Part VI) (must-read)
Paul Ryan: Randian poseur. Mitt Romney couldn’t have chosen a better example of the fakery at the heart of today’s GOP (must-read; send to friends)
Federal spending is helping drive recovery of Paul Ryan’s hometown
Guerillas on London Transport
White House Pulls Down TSA Petition
Should Erskine Bowles Be Treasury Secretary? I Say No (I do too)
The investor who saved Mugabe
Looterism
Maximize the Likelihood of Being Profitable, Not Profits (I would flip it around and argue that the emphasis should be on not losing money. Which is what Galbraith argued, a half century ago, was the purpose of the modern corporation…)
The Democratic National Committee moves its money (seriously, why give banks your business if they’re not throwing you the lion’s share of donations. It took them this long to figure this out?)
Life Among The Econ
With Ryan pick, Romney doubles down on economic radicalism (always remember that Ryan’s goal is to dismantle the social safety net and most government functions. Austerioeroticism is simply a tactical means to that end).
The Very Non-Serious Paul Ryan
3D Printing: Rise of the machines

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