Two from the Economist

There were a couple of articles of note in the Economist last week. This first highlighted some conclusions that were... odd, to say the least, made by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a body charged with estimating future greenhouse gas emissions, which includes estimating the economic growth of countries.

The developing-country growth rates yielded by this method are historically implausible, to put it mildly. The emissions forecasts based on those implausibly high growth rates are accordingly unsound. [...]

Disaggregated projections published by the IPCC say that?even in the lowest-emission scenarios?growth in poor countries will be so fast that by the end of the century Americans will be poorer on average than South Africans, Algerians, Argentines, Libyans, Turks and North Koreans.

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Another article looks at the uniqueness of Americans' views of the government, patriotism, and religion in the post 9/11 world.

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