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.