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Meanwhile in the Real World…

Bangladesh gaining land, not losing: scientists

DHAKA, July 30 (AFP) Jul 30, 2008
New data shows that Bangladesh’s landmass is increasing, contradicting forecasts that the South Asian nation will be under the waves by the end of the century, experts say.

[…] The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has predicted that impoverished Bangladesh, criss-crossed by a network of more than 200 rivers, will lose 17 percent of its land by 2050 because of rising sea levels due to global warming.

The Nobel Peace Prize-winning panel says 20 million Bangladeshis will become environmental refugees by 2050 and the country will lose some 30 percent of its food production.

Director of the US-based NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, professor James Hansen, paints an even grimmer picture, predicting the entire country could be under water by the end of the century.

But Sarker said that while rising sea levels and river erosion were both claiming land in Bangladesh, many climate experts had failed to take into account new land being formed from the river sediment. […]

Obviously AGW believers will re-iterate that the above observation does not disprove anything, yada, yada, yada. Who knows, perhaps at least one free soul among them will start to reconsider the veracity of fashionable catastrophism.

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Guerra Italiano Politica

In Georgia, la Russia Vince a Mani Basse

E se il Presidente Mikheil Saakashvili della Georgia, fosse un agente russo?

Sicuramente con la sua ancora inspiegabile decisione di muovere le truppe nella Ossezia del Sud proprio nel giorno dei giochi olimpici, Saakashvili e’ diventato la cosa migliore che sia accaduta alla Russia dal giorno in cui il prezzo del petrolio ha cominciato a salire. Quale amico di Putin e Medvedev sarebbe mai stato capace di realizzare una serie cosi’ impressionante di risultati pro-russi:

  • Dimostrare che la Russia è la Potenza che comanda nel Caucaso
  • Dimostrare che, nonostante i paroloni, gli Stati Uniti e la NATO non hanno alcun desiderio di aiutare un qualsiasi “alleato” che si trovi nella situazione sbagliata contro la Russia
  • Ripristinate l’orgoglio militare russo, con una rapida e completa vittoria, inclusa una apparentemente inarrestabile invasione della parte della Georgia nominalmente controllata da Tbilisi
  • Permettere al Governo di Mosca di risplendere di gloria diplomatica e magnanimità, rifiutandosi di portare il conflitto alla sua logica conclusione (la occupazione di Tbilisi)

Ora che Saakashvili ha raggiunto i suoi obiettivi, forse potra’ farsi da parte e permettere a un nuovo governo filo-russo di inaugurare una costituzione federale per la Georgia / Abkhazia / Ossezia meridionale…

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English Politics War

In Georgia, Game, Set and Match for Russia

Is President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia a Russian agent?

Surely with his still-unexplained decision to move troops into South Ossetia on the day of the Olympics, he’s become the best thing that happened to Russia since the day oil prices started going up. What friend of Putin and Medvedev would ever be able to accomplish such an impressive series of pro-Russian feats:

  • Demonstrating that Russia is the Power in charge in the Caucasus
  • Showing that for all its rhetoric, the USA and NATO have no willingness to help whatever “ally” finds itself in the wrong situation against Russia
  • Restoring Russian pride in its military, with a swift and comprehensive victory, including a seemingly-unstoppable invasion of Tbilisi-controlled Georgia
  • Allowing the Moscow government to bask in diplomatic glory and magnanimity, refusing to bring the conflict to its logical conclusion (the occupation of Tbilisi)

Now that Saakashvili has achieved its aims, perhaps he should just gracefully step down and let a new, pro-Russian government draft a federal constitution for Georgia/Abkhazia/South Ossetia.