Another great week at Via Meadia. One of our biggest hits this week was “Weather, Not Climate“, which laments the quickness in which the world, led by green “hacktivists”, jumps to conclude that extreme weather equals climate change, while at the same time the absence of weather — in this case big hurricanes, which have given the US its longest gap between major hurricanes in more than a century — is just another day. The science is settled, say the greens — hurricanes will batter the US with increasing ferocity and regularity, because the climate is warning. In other climate news, Science reported that at least some well-known climatologists aren’t so sure about the potential consequences of rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere anymore.We covered the elections in Egypt and the “Democratic Republic” of the Congo; in Egypt, it looks as if the Islamists will take a sizable chunk of the new parliament, but it remains unclear how much power the generals are willing to concede. In the DRC, the election was not much of an election. No matter who comes to power there, life will not improve for most Congolese.We also watched as the Euro crisis headed to the brink of the cliff, before the Fed and other central banks stepped in with emergency confidence-boosting measures, while European leaders continue to argue over the best course of action. The basic political issues between Germany and France are still unresolved. More to come.Meanwhile, in the Middle East, the noose tightens ever tighter around Bashar Assad.Other noteworthy essays this week include an analysis of Secretary Clinton’s recent trip to Myanmar, a promising visit that aligns nicely with a developing American interaction with Asia’s leaders; a farewell to American troops departing Iraq, where our military accomplished its goals but our civilian institutions have largely failed; and last but certainly not least an accusation of religious intolerance against an article in the NYT that seeks to frighten readers into thinking Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith will shake up American politics in scary ways. Of all the things to worry about in the election of 2012, Mormon theocracy just isn’t on the list.