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cultural appropriation, defilement, rituals of purification - Text Patterns - The New Atlantis
"I think it's now generally understood that the disaffected cultural left and the disaffected cultural right have become mirror images of each other: the rhetorical and political strategies employed by one side will, soon enough, be picked up by the other. At this particular moment, the right seems to be borrowing from the left — in ways that make many on the left distinctly uncomfortable. "
triggers  politics  appropriation  political-correctness  safety 
june 2016 by tsuomela
Threatened pandemics and laboratory escapes: Self-fulfilling prophecies | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
"Looking at the problem pragmatically, the question is not if such escapes will result in a major civilian outbreak, but rather what the pathogen will be and how such an escape may be contained, if indeed it can be contained at al"
pandemic  epidemics  diseases  bioscience  safety  risk  lab  biology 
april 2014 by tsuomela
Eric Schlosser and the Illusion of Nuclear Weapons Safety | The Nation
"In the end, however, the basic conundrum remains. One the one hand, the multiple assurances by authorities that we had nothing to worry about were, as in so many other areas, unfounded and deceptive. Numerous accidents went unreported to the public and often to officials who should have known about them. Hydrogen bombs were dropped on or crashed into Spain, Iceland and numerous locations in the United States. They were subject to fires and explosions, in some cases leading to the dispersion of uranium and plutonium. On the other hand, we never had a nuclear explosion. But does this show the strength of the safety mechanisms? Schlosser draws the opposite conclusion that we were lucky. If things had been a bit different in many of these cases—had wires crossed one way rather than another or had decay in a safety switch occurred in a bomber that crashed—bombs would have exploded. We can ask how close we came, which means thinking about would have had to have been different in order to produce this dreaded result. But we cannot be confident about where this way of thinking leads us. And that means we may have been a lot closer to disaster than most of us believed at the time."
book  review  weapons  nuclear  safety  risk  cold-war 
october 2013 by tsuomela
Can a Playground Be Too Safe? -
"While some psychologists — and many parents — have worried that a child who suffered a bad fall would develop a fear of heights, studies have shown the opposite pattern: A child who’s hurt in a fall before the age of 9 is less likely as a teenager to have a fear of heights.

By gradually exposing themselves to more and more dangers on the playground, children are using the same habituation techniques developed by therapists to help adults conquer phobias, according to Dr. Sandseter and a fellow psychologist, Leif Kennair, of the Norwegian University for Science and Technology. "
safety  risk  perception  children  parent  psychology  development  fear 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Bruce Schneier: The security mirage | Video on
The feeling of security and the reality of security don't always match, says computer-security expert Bruce Schneier. At TEDxPSU, he explains why we spend billions addressing news story risks, like the "security theater" now playing at your local airport, while neglecting more probable risks -- and how we can break this pattern.
security  video  risk  perception  psychology  emotion  safety  bias  cognition 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Safe nuclear does exist, and China is leading the way with thorium - Telegraph
"A few weeks before the tsunami struck Fukushima’s uranium reactors and shattered public faith in nuclear power, China revealed that it was launching a rival technology to build a safer, cleaner, and ultimately cheaper network of reactors based on thorium. "
country(China)  country(Japan)  nuclear  energy  risk  safety  disaster  crisis  environment  technology  america  fear 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Get High or Die Trying by Mike Deri Smith - The Morning News
The initial Outside magazine account of Ralston’s tale, written by Mark Jenkins, concludes, “It’s the survivors’ ingenuity—not their errors—that leaves the most lasting impression.” But it’s their errors we should learn from, not miraculous survival that promotes the myth that those who take risks are bulletproof supermen. ...

I’m not saying people should stop climbing, but stories glamorizing risk increase the chance of future disaster. The screenwriter of 127 Hours celebrated Ralston’s heroics saying, ”He was heavily criticized after the accident for going out into the wilderness alone, but that’s the purest way to experience it.”

Well, it’s not so pure to use rope. Or a take a map. Or to turn back. But when you’re hacking through your arm with a blunt knife, clawing your way out off a glacier with a broken leg, or explaining to parents why their children are dead, purity loses its power.
outdoor  outdoors  mountain-climbing  sports  risk  safety  mythology  planning  caution 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Brains on Drugs - Steven Teles
Daniel Carpenter’s remarkable, exhaustive, and frankly (at more than 850 pages) exhausting historical study, Reputation and Power: Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA. It is, without question, the best study of a federal agency since Martha Derthick’s Policymaking for Social Security, and, like Derthick, Carpenter reminds us that bureaucrats are not mere functionaries and timeservers. They have the capacity, under certain conditions, to be powerful agents of political, economic, and social change.
book  review  bureaucracy  federal  government  regulation  consumer-protection  governance  politics  safety  sociology  drugs  fda  medicine  history 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Running from Safety | No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
One of the toughest dilemmas anyone faces in making choices about career or life paths is which to weigh more heavily: safety, or fulfillment? A lucky few manage to have both qualities at once, but most jobs that offer good paychecks and “safe” job security turn out not to be the most fulfilling ways we could imagine spending our days. There’s a reason, it turns out, that they pay so well. People won’t do those jobs for the love of them.
career  choice  jobs  money  work  safety  psychology 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Schneier on Security: The Kindness of Strangers
As a species, we tend help each other, and a surprising amount of our security and safety comes from the kindness of strangers.
security  collaboration  community  strangers  safety  online  internet 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Peanut Butter and Paternalism | Psychology Today Blogs
Where is the line between safety and paternalism? Two cases: food regulation and motorcycle helmets.
choice  government  regulation  health  paternalism  rationality  safety  risk  perception  assesment 
february 2009 by tsuomela

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