In case the last video got you too excited, here's a nice sobering look at the Foreign Policy's Failed States Index.
Especially interesting to me are the geographic trends and the correlation between a lack of religious tolerance and a lack of stability. I wonder if "lack of religious tolerance" is a partial proxy for the influence of Islamic theocracy. The data seems to support me at a high level.
And I could imagine Salman Rushdie agreeing with me, if he can come out of hiding long enough to find me.
The omnipresence is there, Salman; it's brooding somewhere.