Breakfast Links: August 9, 2011

— Apparently the White House thinks Mitt Romney is their most likely opponent. I’d lean toward Perry at this point.

— Cool visualization of the mobile phone market. Apple & Samsung are both succeeding, but with very different sales patterns.

— Most Americans can’t name a scientist.

— Is Larry Lessig really a “futile crusader”? On intellectual property, I’d say he’s a successful crusader in the making.

— Guardian’s constantly updated coverage of rioting in the UK.

— The Clash, “London’s Burning”.

Rape reporting during war.

— Mysteries of the vanished Transatlantic accent.

— Why Washington State’s coal fight matters.

— How the US government made S&P; so powerful in the first place.