Category Archives: The World

Bollards and Bullets

When terrorism or mass killings are committed as vehicular homicide, the target is often a high pedestrian area. These spaces provide the highest number of targets and increase the political effect. Some people compare these with deaths caused by bullets … Continue reading

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The Nice Tragedy July 14, 2016

Yesterday a tragedy occurred in the French City Nice. A truck drove down a crowded street of revelers and killed (as of now) 84 people and injured many more. I grieve for the victims and their families and accept that … Continue reading

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Mercator Extreme

The map of the world that we are most familiar with is the Mercator Projection. Developed by Gerardus Mercator in 1569 as an aid in navigation, and functioning quite well at a local scale, it has some serious flaws as … Continue reading

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Signs from Hawaii

I love signs. The impact a few words can have is incredible. Especially when they are extremely blunt, descriptive, or just plain misguided. Our recent trip to Hawaii brought a few new examples to my collection. Clicking on the images … Continue reading

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Boko Haram in Nigeria

Boko Haram is an extreme Islamist organization in Nigeria that is using terror tactics in an attempt to force the introduction of Sharia Law in at least part of the country.  In their latest attacks, they bombed a bus station in … Continue reading

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UFO? No it’s something better

Yesterday, an odd shape appeared in the sky over Leamington Spa near Warwick, England. Weather experts have been baffled by a black ring which appeared in the sky above Leamington Spa on Friday evening. Schoolgirl Georgina Heap was playing tennis … Continue reading

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The Teaming Streets of Damascus

Like most of us outside of the Middle East, I’ve had the luxury of not being directly impacted by the events in Syria. I realize I am lucky to live in a part of the world that has not seen … Continue reading

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Startled by Porn

The Five Eyes is the name by which the security agencies of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States are collectively known. The vegetable soup of organizations (ASD, ASIS, DIO, CDIS, CSEC, CSIS, DDIS, GCSB, NZSIS, DI, … Continue reading

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Text of Nigeria’s Same Sex (Prohibition) Bill

I went looking for the text of the Bill recently signed into law by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan that criminalizes any expression of same sex attraction. The most recent version I could find was the one passed by the Senate in … Continue reading

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The Doctoral Sword

Anyone considering furthering their education to the PhD level really needs to take their degree in Finland. Why? Because when you receive your PhD there, you are presented with both a doctoral hat and a doctoral sword. Even their hats … Continue reading

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