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Middle Eastern expert Juan Cole... 
27th-Sep-2008 04:14 pm
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... has fact checked some of the assertions made in last night's presidential debate.

McCain was wrong about Pakistan being a failed state in 1999, and seems not to have noticed some of those same civilian politicians are in power now. That... might be seen as a dis.

The surge in Iraq didn't work, it's just that the Sunnis had already been effectively ethnically cleansed; their former neighborhoods remain dark on satellite photos.

Yes, Kissinger did advocate high level talks with Iran, up to and including heads of state.

Contrary to what he claimed last night, McCain previously admitted he didn't see the mortgage crisis coming.

So basically, McCain lied or got it wrong left and right.

And in other news... Greenhouse gas emissions went up last year, more than in the IPCC's worst case scenario.

What is "kind of scary" is that the worldwide emissions growth is beyond the highest growth in fossil fuel predicted just two years ago by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said Benjamin Santer, an atmospheric scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Under the panel's scenario then, temperatures would increase by somewhere between 4 and 11 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100.

If this trend continues for the century, we would be exceedingly lucky "for it just to be bad, as opposed to catastrophic," said Stanford University climate scientist Stephen H. Schneider.

It sounds like scientists are quietly freaking out. Santer was not the only one to use the term "scary."

ETA: The Chinese food adulteration scandal has spread to some products available in the U.S..
28th-Sep-2008 04:08 am (UTC)
I would love to truly learn the history of the Middle East and Islam. I try to read as much as I can. Those were good thank you. :D
28th-Sep-2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. I don't know as much as I should, but Juan Cole definitely seems to know his stuff.
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