If one thing survives from Occupy Wall Street and related protests, it is likely to be the concept of “the 99 percent”—that is, most of us, in opposition to the top one percent, the group that took two-thirds of the total increase in income during the Bush years.
--Elizabeth D. Samet on what soldiers are looking for when they come home --James Manzi on John Zogby vs. Nate Silver --Girl raised from birth by Wolf Blitzer --John Quiggin wonders whether a GOP-controlled House would shut down the government. Steve Benen and Paul Krugman agree, Matt Yglesias is unsure, and Jonathan Bernstein, Nicholas Beaudrot, and Jamelle Bouie disagree.
John Quiggin and Tim Lambert have a nice piece in the British Prospect debunking the longstanding right-wing myth that environmentalists have supposedly caused the deaths of millions of people by pushing for a ban on using DDT to fight malaria. As Quiggin and Lambert detail at length, that's just not true. Interestingly, this little fable seems to have been first ginned up in the early 1990s by Steven Milloy, who at the time was busy trying to cast doubt on the link between smoking and lung cancer.