There are a lot of myths out there about what's going on in the world, so I figured I would just take a minute to attempt to dispel some of them based on what I've been reading: The Myth of AQI Despite what people like Bush and McCain have been touting... Estimates peg AQs percentages in the single digits. As for the surge, we've been over this, but still keep hearing that it's working, even though it actually isn't: The Myth of the Surge At least not for the reasons that have been portrayed. Not to mention the lack of self sustaining security and the lack of gov reform. It's a long article, but a good read. I know I'm preaching to the converted on this (I'd hope), but I also wanted to post a couple of articles on Islam and Muslims. I didn't see anywhere that would be good, and don't think it needs it's own thread, so I guess I'll just toss it in here: Who Speaks for Islam? Sharia Law: Gallup Poll 50,000 across Muslim World And finally, the media: The Myth of Objectivity Also a long read, but it raises some good points. Enjoy.