The trick for Republican candidates is to take advantage of the Tea Party passion and stay away from its extremes — and should Democrats focus on “extreme” Tea Party positions, or try to link the movement to Bush administration policies? The Tea Party and the value of craziness: Extremism in defense of liberty isn't necessarily a vice. Stone the whales! Gay sex is terrorism! Muslims suck! and other bits of wisdom from Bryan Fischer. More and more on Boiling Mad By Kate Zernike. Days of rage: Max Blumenthal on the Tea Party and America's right. What "Republican establishment" is the Tea Party rattling? A revealing e-mail suggests that some see Sarah Palin as a figure of biblical importance — she may even agree. Both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times profile Sal Russo, the firepower behind the tea party. A review of Democrats are Dumb: A Children’s Guide by Mark W. Stephens. More and more on The Backlash by Will Bunch. Year of the Nutjob: Meet this election’s most, well, interesting candidates. The weekend of magical thinking: After its takeover of the Republican Party, the Tea Party is making plans for its takeover of the House. Like all raucous celebrations, the Tea Party will eventually wind down, the rising sun sending the stragglers shuffling back home — where does that leave the GOP? The paranoid style in American punditry: Richard Hofstadter's seminal take on right-wing crackpots sheds light on the current anti-Muslim panic. By embracing radical decentralization, Tea Party activists intend to rewrite the rule book for political organizing. What would happen if the Tea Party took over an Oval Office that has grown dangerously powerful? Our menace isn't insane right-wingers, it's unrivaled corporate power and the decay of our democratic institutions.

From the inaugural issue of the Journal of Social Inclusion, Fiona Kumari Campbell (Griffith): Crippin’ the Flaneur: Cosmopolitanism, and Landscapes of Tolerance. In 1943, 10-year-old Donald Triplett was diagnosed with a mysterious disorder unlike anything reported before — now 77, he is showing the world what autism can look like in adulthood. "What more important story is there than people killing other people in the name of religion?": An interview with Kenneth C. Davis, author of the celebrated "Don't Know Much" books and A Nation Rising: Untold Tales of Flawed Founders, Fallen Heroes, and Forgotten Fighters from America's Hidden History. How do you cope when the products you love become labelled as “hipster”? Consumers who identify with these products tend to find creative ways to remain loyal and elude derision. Frank M. Ahearn is a privacy expert who teaches people how to disappear completely — well, at least in the figurative, never-heard-from-again sense. Whoops! Popular Science takes a look at the 10 greatest (accidental) inventions of all time. The unwisdom of crowds: Do group dynamics undermine moral thought? From lepers to paranoia: Jude Stewart on the twisted history of the polka dot. Chile's 33 "miracle miners" have been trapped underground for more than a month — what are they doing down there? The Global Casino: Our economy is becoming a card club and we really should try to figure out what to do about it.

Jeff McMahan on The Meat Eaters: Would the controlled extinction of carnivorous species be a good thing? A review of Muzzling A Movement: The Effects of Anti-Terrorism Law, Money and Politics on Animal Activism by Dara Lovitz. More on Wild Justice by Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce. Can Australia save the dingo from extinction? Scientists are studying why we find some creatures unsightly, even if they aren’t threatening. A review of A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement by Wesley Smith. A review of Do Fish Feel Pain? by Victoria Braithwaite. A review of The Nesting Season: Cuckoos, Cuckolds, and the Invention of Monogamy by Bernd Heinrich. When it comes to eliminating wastes, some animals are overachievers — silver-spotted skipper caterpillars and Adelie penguins both can fling poo to startling lengths, but how, and why? The Pet Whisperer: Vets are as interested in people as they are in animals — the ups and downs of caring for our four-legged friends. From LiveScience, a slideshow on gay animals: Alternate lifestyles in the wild; and Rebecca Kesler on why it's OK for birds to be gay. How animals made us human: What explains the ascendance of Homo sapiens? Start by looking at our pets. Peter Wolf on how design can be better used to improve the lives of animals. As many as 10% of animal species and 25 percent of plant species may occasionally mate with other species, biologists estimate. A review of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals by Hal Herzog. Why are fish the forgotten victims on our plate?

Yan-hua Tao (Binzhou): A Study on Cultural Connotations Between Chinese and English Animal Words. From Surveillance & Society, Anthony Bolton Newkirk (Philander Smith): The Rise of the Fusion-Intelligence Complex: A Critique of Political Surveillance After 9/11; and Stuart Waiton (Abertay Dundee): The Politics of Surveillance: Big Brother on Prozac; and a review of Wiring Up The Big Brother Machine And Fighting It by Mark Klein. Amartya Sen’s foreword doesn’t demystify Polanyi: A review of The Tacit Dimension by Michael Polanyi. A review of Karl Polanyi: The Limits of the Market by Gareth Dale. The Power of Paternalism: Can government-enforced “self-exclusion” programs help people to control their own appetites? Feminist icon, anti-Catholic fabrication – or just a woman battling in a man's world? The German film Die Papstin, a rags-to-riches story where the heroine becomes pope, has already been written off by the newspaper of the Italian Bishops' Conference as a hoax. "Is the hijab debate similar to the one on abortion?": An interview with American critical theorist Nancy Fraser. Good journalism betrays: John Lloyd on why democracy depends on small acts of treachery. The Man of Numbers: Keith Devlin is in search of Leonardo Fibonaccci. Long division and long multiplication have been replaced in schools by chunking and gridding; while the new methods are meant to make maths easier, parents have been left scratching their heads.

Kai A. Konrad and Salmai Qari (WZB): The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel? Patriotism and Tax Compliance. Richard L. Lavoie (Akron): Tea Parties and Taxes: What's Patriotism Got to Do With It? David Leonhardt on the tax cuts that matter in a struggling economy: Republicans and President Obama are open to tax cuts — the question is what kind can put people back to work quickly. Five points to keep in mind as Congress debates the Bush tax cuts. How about this for a tax plan: cut most people’s taxes by half, eliminate the need to file returns, and provide the Treasury with a better way to reduce the deficit. Sound impossible? It’s not — here’s how to get it done. The dirty secret of the tax cut debate is that neither side really wants the Bush middle class tax cuts. Annie Lowrey on the case for a new top income tax bracket. Raise my taxes, please: Why one wealthy American wants the Bush tax cuts to expire and the estate tax to be reinstated. Here are ten reasons you should love to pay your taxes. "Soak the rich", after years in the shadows, has suddenly become a policy option fit for discussion in "respectable" media circles. Americans don't mind taxes — they hate tax loopholes. Matt Miller on a tax cut we need — but won't get. You're rich, get over it: People who make $250,000 or more a year can afford a tax hike. Taxpayer rage has, of course, been the rule in Republican primaries lately — but it was hard to predict that the fury would spread to Alaska, a state that has virtually no taxes. Who would the tax increases hurt? Politicians debate the real cost and effects of possible tax increases on the rich. Jonathan Chait on how the Bush tax cuts dupe conservatives: A case study.

From Big Questions Online, against neurotrash: is human uniqueness really nothing more than a neurological phenomenon? The Evolved Apprentice: Kim Sterelny on two framing ideas about human evolution. A look at the 5 strangest things evolution left in your body. The next stage in evolution — a machine consciousness able to manipulate time and space — is just around the corner; the catch is humans will no longer be in charge (and more). From The Futurist, a review of How to Defeat Your Own Clone: And Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution by Kyle Kurpinski and Terry Johnson. A review of Biology Is Technology: The Promise, Peril, and New Business of Engineering Life by Robert H. Carlson. Neither models nor miracles: Ars Technica takes a look at synthetic biology. The obscure Enlightenment philosopher and doctor La Mettrie is the man who said we are machines. Can we be happy forever in robot bodies? Zombies, human sonar, and transhumanism: An interview with Katalin Balog. AIs, superflies, and the path to immortality: To thoroughly solve the “limited healthspan” problem will probably require generally intelligent Artificial Biologists, capable of deeply comprehending the structure and dynamics of biological networks in a way the human mind cannot. A review of Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality by Jonathan Weiner (and more and more) and The Youth Pill: Scientists at the Brink of an Anti-Aging Revolution by David Stipp (and more).

Ken M. Levy (LSU): Killing, Letting Die, and the Case for Mildly Punishing Bad Samaritanism. Daniel Solove (GWU): "I've Got Nothing to Hide" and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy. How hereditary can intelligence be? Studies show nurture at least as important as nature. New technologies make it possible to more effectively track shipping containers in real time, like an "internet of things"; Greg Smith and Jordan Hale explore the implications for ubiquitous computing and the fabric of urban life. From the National Book Critic Circle's Critical Mass blog, a series on the deciding what to read next and what you're looking forward to reading. Aung Zaw explores the legacy of Minn Latt Yekhaun, a Burmese scholar in Cold War-era Czechoslovakia. Insulin is not a cure: Thanks to their daily injections, diabetics are still alive — just barely. From Comment, David Koyzis on the "oppressiveness" of civil society: Is there something intrinsically oppressive in communities imposing standards on individual members? Gregory McNamee on World War II from the other side films. You are what you read: What better way to judge your fellow commuter than by the book in his hand. Joel Achenbach is not turning back: Among the milestones of midlife, one stands out. The twang of a New York accent is familiar to many around the world through Hollywood films, but with many believing it is now in decline, one woman is on a quest to record its full variety for posterity.

From International Viewpoint, Jean Nanga on Sub-Saharan Africa, after fifty years of “independence”. Sixteen African states are marking 50 years of independence in 2010 — following very different paths. Andre-Michel Essoungou on the historic retreat of African autocrats. From Geocurrents, an article on the self-declared Republic of Ambazonia (and more). Flower Power: In Kenya's Rift Valley, a global business is blooming. Sudan's president has been charged with genocide — so why aren't African nations confronting him? The fastest to die: A study reveals how deeply the wounds of conflict have cut the Central African Republic — and not where you would expect. A review of The Last Banana: Dancing with the Watu by Shelby Tucker. A review of Famine and Foreigners: Ethiopia Since Live Aid by Peter Gill. Ethiopia is not the voice of Africa: It gets a disproportionately large slice of Africa's aid, but the Ethiopian regime does not act in the best interests of its citizens or its neighbours. Ivory Coast united by greed: The north and the south have different rulers, but both the southern president and the northern military government exploit people and resources for their own profit. Lynne Hybels on the Democratic Republic of Congo, the worst place on Earth to be a woman. L. Muthoni Wanyeki on the "long walk" to equality for African women. Exporting homophobia: American far-right conservative churches establish influence on anti-gay policy in Africa.

Stefan Andreasson (QUB): Conservatism and Postcolonial Politics. Men who wish to attract women on the disco floor would be better advised to learn a few moves that answer the female mating drive rather than bother with the moonwalk — psychologists have identified the key male dance movements that most arouse female interest. From Forward, are corporations evil? The problem isn’t when corporations go wrong — the problem is when they go right. Do No Evil: Google’s philanthropy, dubbed DotOrg, launched in 2004 with bold ambitions and almost $1 billion in seed funding, but the corporate culture built by engineers proved challenging for the development experts brought in — six years later, the philanthropy’s leadership has been replaced and its ambitions have shrunk. MRI Lie Detectors: Can magnetic-resonance imaging show whether people are telling the truth? From Renewal, Diane Perrons on gender, work and "market" values; and a review of books on the new world of work. Beyond the Poverty Line: The way the United States determines who is poor and who is not — a measure based solely on the cost of food — is broken; a new approach is needed, one that measures poverty through multiple factors such as housing, transportation, and regional economic differences. ”Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful”: Why would anyone hate a beautiful woman on a commercial?

A review of Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America by Eric Jay Dolin. A review of A Nation Rising: Untold Tales of Flawed Founders, Fallen Heroes, and Forgotten Fighters from America’s Hidden History by Kenneth C. Davis. From The Journal of American Culture, a review essay on antebellum American thought and politics. Were It a New-Made World: Hawthorne, Melville and the Unmasking of America. A review of Lost Intimacy in American Thought: Recovering Personal Philosophy from Thoreau to Cavell by Edward F. Mooney. A review of The Taming of the American Crowd by Al Sandine. An interview with Cameron C. Nickels, author of Civil War Humor. Thomas J. DiLorenzo on the culture of violence in the American West — myth versus reality. From Inkling, a three-part series on the history of U.S. anti-evolutionary sentiment. Pure Visionary: On the life and times of Anthony Comstock, moral crusader. Geocurrents takes a look at the convergence of drinking habits in the United States, 1970-2007 (and wine and beer). The 1970s were a decade of lost opportunities to reconstruct the New Deal order, when it all went wrong: Mark Schmitt reviews Right Star Rising: A New Politics, 1974-1980 by Laura Kalman; Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class by Jefferson Cowie (and more); and Pivotal Decade: How the United States Traded Factories for Finance in the Seventies by Judith Stein.