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Class dismissed: Surge in arrests of foreign teachers in China - Reuters
“What has changed is that many government officials think that kicking out Western influences like English teachers is doing the Party’s work, and the schools are taking advantage of it” said Harris, the Seattle lawyer, who now advises against foreigners teaching in China. “The risks of going to China to teach far outweigh the rewards.”
gaijin  china  work  english  teacher  drug  police  risk 
5 weeks ago by aries1988
Learning to live with it | The Economist
Terrorism is a form of psychological warfare against a society. It is supposed to have effects that are utterly disproportionate to the actual lethality of the attacks. Thanks in part to the extensive media coverage that terrorist attacks attract, thanks also to the reaction of politicians who glibly talk of threats being “existential”, and thanks too to the security services who, for their own purposes, inflate the capability of terrorists, the perception of risk is typically far higher than the reality.
risk  death  terrorism  society 
november 2016 by aries1988
What Caused The Warehouse Explosions In Tianjin, China?
Chinese officials have not said what caused the explosions Wednesday in Tianjin, China. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with chemical risk expert David Leggett about the chemicals known to be at the site.
explained  expert  risk  chemistry 
august 2015 by aries1988
Episode 645: How To Stop An Asteroid
Some smart people say we should be doing more to protect the earth from asteroids. The technical issues are relatively easy. The economics — figuring out who's going to pay — are much harder.
earth  risk  management  podcast 
august 2015 by aries1988
The Heart-Stopping Climbs of Alex Honnold
Even if you have perfect confidence in your climbing ability and perfect emotional control in the face of danger, as Honnold appears to, most climbers fear the unexpected: the handhold that suddenly breaks, the bird that erupts from a hidden nest.
risk  death  sports  nature  fear  gravity 
april 2015 by aries1988
The Science of Predicting the Future
If you want to know what’s going to happen in the future with any sort of accuracy, you need science. It’s the only thing that’s ever worked, and the more we do it, the better we get at it. This means we need to make the world safe for scientists to do science, we need to treat the science being done with the respect it deserves, and we need to improve and encourage communication between scientists and the public. Remember, somewhere, right now, a scientist is hard at work trying to understand how some part of this Universe works for the sole purpose of trying to protect you from what are otherwise completely unpredictable natural disasters.
http://www.instapaper.com/read/333030634
risk  scientist  society  future  italia  earthquake 
october 2012 by aries1988
What You Don't Know Can Kill You | Top Stories | DISCOVER Magazine
Humans have a perplexing 
tendency to fear rare threats such as shark attacks while blithely 
ignoring far greater risks like 
unsafe sex and an unhealthy diet. Those illusions are not just 
silly—they make the world a more dangerous place.

http://www.instapaper.com/read/245598229
risk  human  psychology  instapaper_favs 
august 2012 by aries1988
南方周末:【高铁之乱】“不可能”的事故
“铁道系统内部核心人士介绍,“7·23”动车追尾事故原因初步查明,只待有关方面权威发布。”

“信号系统地面设备本身的设计问题使雷击造成的故障升级,红码发成绿码,错误发出绿灯信号,引导D301前行追尾。”

“从23日20:25开始,一系列似乎合理的复杂调度实际上把两辆动车放到了危险的悬崖边,而信号设备的故障最终把两车推下了悬崖。”
china  train  accident  report  system  risk 
july 2011 by aries1988

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