Eco-News Roundup: Monday, July 20

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A Monday mix of noteworthy posts from around the site:

Here’s a question for a Monday morning: How dope are you? Find out with our drug-war quiz

Those meowing manipulators: Kevin Drum on the recent finding that we unknowingly cater to our cats’ every whim. (This, of course, falls squarely under the heading of no-duh for anyone who has spent any time around felines.)

This just in from the supermarket checkout aisle: The tabloids are reporting that a) George W. Bush is suicidally depressed because of his tarnished legacy and b) Laura is worried he has Alzheimer’s. Just sayin’.

How soon is now: Climate change deniers are all, “It’s cool. We can just wait till global warming actually causes problems to pay to fix it.” Well, look no further than Pakistan for evidence of said problems. Like, now.

He’s baaaack: Remember Libertarian hedge funder Cliff Asness? He’s popped up again, this time to rehash some tired old points about health care. MoJo assistant editor Nick Baumann offers a response.

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