A Few Sunday Morning/Afternoon Tabs

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Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    On the NBC feed, yeah. It’s like we’re all frogs in a pot not noticing the water’s getting close to a boil. Even when my world was occupied by angry Vietnam vets, Silents, and full blown anarchists, the current blasé level is just… wow.

    Nah, climate change is a liberal myth (snicker emoji)

  2. Mr. Prosser says:

    I keep a small flower garden of plants for hummingbirds and pollinators. Most of it is in full sun at the height of summer and I’ve noticed over the past few years that “full sun” tolerant plants are not nearly as tolerant as they once were. My other worry about the warming is the creeping appearance of pests I’ve never dealt with before.

  3. DrDaveT says:

    @Mr. Prosser:

    My other worry about the warming is the creeping appearance of pests I’ve never dealt with before.

    I don’t think people have any grasp of how far north the zone of endemic malaria, Dengue fever, and other mosquito-borne diseases is going to shift. If you don’t get enough hard freeze every winter, you can’t stamp it out.

    A strong case can be made that the single most important barrier to African economic development is malaria. Cross your fingers for the new vaccines…

  4. Kathy says:


    Oy. If malaria ever becomes widespread in the US, you’ll see the wingnuts clamoring for megatons of DDT to be sprayed and to ban all vaccines.

    I think malaria doesn’t transmit person to person.

  5. EddieInCA says:

    @Mr. Prosser:

    My front yard is xeriscaped strictly with plants for hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. It’s like EddieInCA”s Hummingbird, Bee, and Butterfly Reserve. Plus we have an additional 6 hummingbird feeders around the house. It’s a lot of fun just sitting in the office, watching the hummingbirds play “Top Gun” with each other right outside my window.

  6. Jax says:

    @EddieInCA: Hummingbirds are the best. They don’t stay in this area for very long, but we thoroughly enjoy watching their airborne battles when they are! They’re so mean to each other!