Daily Archives: November 2, 2017

Guo Chen explains China’s campaign to build characteristic towns

Why the GOP believes in a decades-old tax myth



Republican tax policy focuses on one central idea: If you cut taxes, the economy will grow. Now the man who helped write that doctrine says it’s a myth. Bruce Bartlett, author of “The Truth Matters,” was an economic policy adviser for presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. And during the 1980s, he championed the idea that tax cuts would equal growth in the economy. In a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, Bartlett debunks the myth that, as he puts it, he helped create. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks with Bartlett about the GOP tax myth and why it’s lasted so long.

Kai Ryssdal: Do me a favor and remind us what the Republican tax myth is.

Bruce Bartlett: The biggest Republican tax myth is that we had vast prosperity in the 1980s that dwarfed the growth in any other time period and that was totally and exclusively the result of the 1981 tax cut. And this is just total mythology. Real economic growth in the 1980s was less than it was in the 1970s or the 1990s.

Ryssdal: And yet, now here we are, a generation or more later, and tax cuts are still, you write, the go-to solution for Republicans.

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EPA head shifts makeup of panel science advisers

By Scott Tong November 01, 2017 | 4:24 PMThe EPA yesterday installed new science advisers, who run panels to assess the latest findings on, say, pollution and asthma for the agency. These boards are billed as the top independent experts in the field, but the advisers announced today have histories of siding with chemical makers, oil, gas and pesticide firms. So, who will they be looking out for when they meet and advise the regulators?

How social media exacerbates the racial divide


Representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter are testifying before Congress this week about propaganda on their networks. Misinformation on social media has been aimed at creating division and unrest, especially around race. And as Facebook’s general counsel said on Tuesday, that’s still happening. For instance, fake Facebook accounts created by Russian operatives encouraged violence against Black Lives Matter protesters. Another one called Blacktivist suggested violence and protests against police.

Karsonya Wise Whitehead is an associate professor of communication at Loyola University. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talked with her about how online propaganda influences our real-life interactions and how much responsibility social media companies should bear. Below is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Molly Wood: Do you think these accounts were used to exacerbate racial tensions? Do you think that’s the case, and did it work?

Karsonya Wise Whitehead: I think that is the case. I mean we’re at a moment in time when racial tensions have been heightened for the past year. And I think that anything you add in to stir up the pot, to keep people upset, to further divide people, it’s going to be pretty successful at this moment in time.

Wood: And then what about trust in social media? One of the fake accounts that’s used as a big example was essentially sort of a Black Lives Matter account that was not real, but had more followers than the actual Black Lives Matter page. How does it affect trust when you think that you’re gathering in this online community with people that you want to talk to and then you find out they’re not real?

Move over, meat. Tyson Foods’ CEO is excited about plant proteins.


By Kai Ryssdal, Bridget Bodnar, and Emily Henderson November 01, 2017 | 2:59 PM

Tyson Foods isn’t just Tyson Chicken. The company includes Jimmy Dean sausages, Hillshire Farm and Ball Park franks. Tyson is a big food producer, right at the top of America’s corporate food chain. Earlier this year, the company pledged to eliminate the use of antibiotics in poultry sold with the Tyson label. Tom Hayes, Tyson’s president and CEO spoke to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal from Arkansas, where his company is based. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Kai Ryssdal: When you took over this gig a year-ish ago, what were the first couple of things you were thinking you had to do for this company?

Robert Ballard on Global Warming: It’s too late

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Published on Jan 27, 2010

In an exclusive Fresh Dialogues interview, Robert Ballard, Ocean scientist of Titanic fame, discusses global warming. “It’s too late…all the ice is going to melt,” says Ballard. Yet he says we should still reduce our carbon footprint and limit population growth. Join the conversation at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fresh-D…
Natural cycle or Human impact? “It’s both,” says Ballard. “Whenever you have a tremendous controversy both sides tend to be right and wrong. You do have the natural interglacial warming that were experiencing, but you are increasing the severity of it with the human footprint.” See www.freshdialogues.com for more exclusive green interviews: Paul Krugman, Tom Friedman,
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Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, and Warriors Shaped Globalization: Nayan Chanda

Since humans migrated from Africa and dispersed throughout the world, they have found countless ways and reasons to reconnect with each other. In this entertaining book, Nayan Chanda follows the exploits of traders, preachers, adventurers, and warriors throughout history as they have shaped and reshaped the world.

For Chanda, globalization is a process of ever-growing interconnectedness and interdependence that began thousands of years ago and continues to this day with increasing speed and ease.

In the end, globalization―from the lone adventurer carving out a new trade route to the expanding ambitions of great empires―is the product of myriad aspirations and apprehensions that define just about every aspect of our lives: what we eat, wear, ride, or possess is the product of thousands of years of human endeavor and suffering across the globe.

Chanda reviews and illustrates the economic and technological forces at play in globalization today and concludes with a thought-provoking discussion of how we can and should embrace an inevitably global world.

Europe and the People Without History | Eric R. Wolf

Offering insight and equal consideration into the societies of the “civilized” and “uncivilized” world, Europe and the People Without History deftly explores the historical trajectory of so-called modern globalization. In this foundational text about the development of the global political economy, Eric R. Wolf challenges the long-held anthropological notion that non-European cultures and peoples were isolated and static entities before the advent of European colonialism and imperialism.

Ironically referred to as “the People Without History” by Wolf, these societies before active colonization possessed perpetually changing, reactionary cultures and were indeed just as intertwined into the processes of the pre-Columbian global economic system as their European counterparts.

Utilizing Marxian concepts and a vivid consideration for the importance of history, Wolf judiciously traces the effects and conditions in Europe and the rest of the “known” world, beginning in 1400 AD, that allowed capitalism to emerge as the dominant ideology of the modern era.

Lyme disease is spreading. Blame ticks — and climate change


Published on Jul 31, 2017

Nature fanaTICKS beware; cases of Lyme disease are on the rise. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the US; and climate change is helping it to spread even more. Animals such as deer, mice, squirrels, other critters in wooded area can be hosts to the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, that causes Lyme disease in humans.
When ticks feed off these hosts, the ticks become infected with it. And the bacteria can then be transmitted to humans via tick bites. There are numerous ways to prevent tick bites, but the best protection is vigilance. Whether you’re going hiking, camping, or just a stroll in the woods, check for ticks that may have become attached.
The sooner the tick is removed, the lesser your chances of being infected with Lyme disease.
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