Tagged: terrorism

Extremism is not a mental illness - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 20, 2019

Shaun Robinson, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand Following Friday’s appalling terrorist attack, the Mental Health Foundation has been disappointed but unsurprised to see some people speculating the terrorist must have been mentally ill. We understand why it’s comforting to think this. We all want to think the terrorist is an outlier, an outsider, different to us. We … Read More

Blood oil: more than half of the oil traded across the world has been stolen - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 18, 2018

Leif Wenar, King’s College London This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Donald Trump tweeted something true recently. Responding to the protests in Iran, the US president stated that “The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered.” Trump’s point is … Read More

Lithium laptop batteries on planes - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jun 02, 2017

Last time I flew domestically in New Zealand, I had to make sure that my spare lithium battery pack was in carry-on rather than checked. It’s safer that way because a fire from a shorted battery can be contained in the cabin but can’t be so easily contained in the hold.  Made sense. America’s looking to broaden its ban on … Read More

MH17: Final technical report - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 15, 2015

The final technical report from the Dutch safety Board on the crash of Malaysian flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine has just been released. You can download your copy here or go to the Final report page which also provides links to the appendices. (Warning – I don’t think this URL is permanent). Having discussed the previous preliminary report here, … Read More

Kreskin Cosh - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 17, 2014

Well, Colby Cosh called this one before it happened, didn't he?Cosh from last week:The point is not that Bismarck [subject of many assassination attempts] was particularly hated, although he was. The point is that this period of European (and American) history was crawling with young, often solitary male terrorists, most of whom showed signs of mental disorder when caught … Read More

The first victim! - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 16, 2014

It is well established that the first victim in war is truth. Mind you the dispatch of truth usually comes well before the shooting starts. I have a personal interest in Ukraine and the dispatch of truth occurred for me straight after the February 21st agreement signed by the then President, the opposition leaders and … … Continue reading … Read More

A looming global cyber security crisis? - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jun 19, 2013

Is our cyber future going to be the playground of spies and hoods? Is it already a mash-up of Big Brother and the Sopranos? And how much does it matter? The recent national and international revelations about electronic surveillance  (not to mention large scale accidental privacy breaches by some government agencies) are alarming to many. More so probably … Read More

Letter bombing nanotech researchers?! - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Sep 02, 2011

Straight from the WTF files, the news that nanotech (and related) researchers are being targeted by, well, lunatics. Calling themselves the Individualidades tendiendo a lo salvaje (Individualists with Savage Tendencies, or ITS), said group has been sending letter bombs to nanotechnology labs in Mexico, France, Spain and Chile. None of the bombs … Read More

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