Links 8/26/12

Links for you. Science:

Vowel Movement: How Americans near the Great Lakes are radically changing the sound of English.
Genome detectives unravel spread of stealthy bacteria in a hospital
What’s a Monkey to Do in Tampa? (strip joints?)
Myriad, Mayo and Prometheus: the line between “law of nature” and invention (I actually disagree about the sequencing comparison; anyone can sequence DNA and draw an inference, especially when the background research was done on the federal dime)
Did Yersinia pestis really cause Black Plague? Part 5: Nail in the coffin

Other:

Everything You’ve Heard About Failing Schools Is Wrong (must-read)
Fear of a Black President
Boys on the Side
Paul Ryan: The Man Who Wasn’t There
8 Stupid Amazon Products With Impressively Sarcastic Reviews
“Failing Schools” Narrative a Tactic to Privatize Public Education and Destroy Unions
The Two Things Elizabeth Warren Needs To Do
Michigan GOP House Nominee Quit Teaching Job After Reprimands For Abusing Students
Worst Person in the World
Power Politics vs. American Prosperity
The pornography of equality
URBAN NATION: Stanley Kurtz, Defending the Suburbs from His Own Doomsday Fantasy
Tech Confessional: The Googler Who Looked At The Worst Of The Internet
Crime and Pussy Riot: Why Our Entirely Reasonable Support For Jailed Russian Punkettes Could Trigger World War III
Niall Ferguson and the Rage Against the Thought-Leader Machine
Intellectual power and responsibility in an age of superstars
American Doctors, Hospitals, and Pharmaceutical Companies Are Overpaid
How to Succeed in Journalism when You Can’t Afford an Internship

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