Links 8/5/13

Links for you. Science:

50 shades of gray: A research story
Survey of Earliest Human Settlements Undermines Claim That War Has Deep Evolutionary Roots
Goodbye to All That (Water): Field notes from a drying west.
Aphid attacks should be reported through the fungusphone
New analyses undermine perception of DNA infallibility

Other:

Ilargi: Capitalism, A Norwegian Rat And Some Cockroaches (very interesting read)
Just Saying
R.I.P. DOGHOUSE RILEY.
Economists Behaving Badly, Redux
So Many Purposes, So Few Tests
BUT WHAT DO THEY ACTUALLY DO WITH ALL THE DATA?
The Liberal Education Reform Revolt
Educational accountability scores get politically manipulated again
Bombshell: Plutocrats Brazenly Collude to Hurt State Economies and Screw Working People. Illinois fatcats discuss plan to sabotage state bond ratings in scheme to destroy pensions.
Exclusive: Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground during Benghazi attack (there’s a scandal here, but it’s not what the Republicans think it is)
Private Capital Is Eating Public Capital
The Case of the Missing Zeroes: An astonishing act of statistical chutzpah in the Indiana schools’ grade-changing scandal.
Dan Kervick: The Fed is the Central Bank, and President Obama Should Treat It That Way
Will a Botched Coast Guard Contract Come Back to Bite James Comey? As general counsel of Lockheed Martin, Comey rejected a whistleblower’s claim that a $24 billion Coast Guard project was riddled with problems. The whistleblower was right—and Comey was wrong.
Saboteurs in the Potato Salad
William Warren Scranton, 1917–2013
The Great Eviction: The landscape of Wall Street’s creative destruction.

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