Soundbites

Perspective | Michael Tomasky: “The tea party is not some aberration of GOP norms. It’s just the GOP id unrestrained. ‘Mainstream’ conservatives want to get rid of Social Security and replace the income tax with a sales tax or what have you. They just know better than to say it straight out. The tea partiers say it straight out. That’s the only difference.”  (Via Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.)

Lots of Republican candidates are denying climate science: “GOP candidates for Senate are rushing to pander to their extremist anti-science Tea Party base by denying even our most basic understanding of climate science.” (Via Grist – the latest from Grist.)

Why are white people five times richer?: “A huge wealth gap has opened up between black and white people in the US over the past quarter of a century – a difference sufficient to put two children through university – because of racial discrimination and economic policies that favour the affluent.” (Via guardian.co.uk.)

Not addiction; dependency: “We’ve reached a point, in other words, where it’s more likely than not that we’re looking into a screen at any given moment when we’re awake.” (Via NewsTrust.)

Cancer scare headlines are not new | Richard Evans: “scientists estimate that about a third of the most common cancers in the UK could be prevented through a healthy diet, regular physical activity and weight maintenance.” (Via Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.)

Response: Yes, we can change society before global crises overwhelm us: “We have now left the benign epoch of the Holocene, which saw humans spread across the world and flourish over thousands of years, and entered the Anthropocene – when, collectively, our numbers and technological capacity mean we are an active force of nature, with the power to inadvertently bring about the collapse of industrial society.” (Via Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.)

US War On Drugs Has Met None Of Its Goals: AP Impact: “After 40 years, the United States’ war on drugs has cost $1 trillion and hundreds of thousands of lives, and for what? Drug use is rampant and violence even more brutal and widespread.” (Via The Huffington Post.)

Response: The environmental movement needs to stop pretending: “We can harp on about alternative energy but it’s our lifestyles that need to change” (Via Comment is free | The Guardian.)

Millions ‘left behind’ in rural China: “According to World Bank figures, nearly 500 million Chinese people still live on less than $2 (£1.40) a day. The rural poor feel that the profits from China’s economic expansion have passed them by.” (Via BBC News.)

Cars can be hacked: “The same networking systems that allow modern cars to communicate with services like OnStar also allow the cars to be hacked. Researchers from the University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego were able to take control of cars’ computer systems—remotely forcing the vehicles to brake, shutting down the engines, and even disabling the brakes altogether.” (Via Boing Boing.)

Oceans’ fish could disappear in 40 years: UN: “The world faces the nightmare possibility of fishless oceans by 2050 unless fishing fleets are slashed and stocks allowed to recover, UN experts warned Monday.

“If the various estimates we have received… come true, then we are in the situation where 40 years down the line we, effectively, are out of fish,” Pavan Sukhdev, head of the UN Environment Program’s green economy initiative, told journalists in New York.” (Via AFP.)

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