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Waiting for China Syndrome… #risk

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I am a little twisted, which you probably already know, when a catastrophe occurs I can’t help looking at the news footage, waiting for it to get better and secretly expecting it to spiral out of control. Perhaps it’s the televisation of disasters and catastrophes which has triggered this, or my attune sense of risk.

I remember watching the footage of the invasion of Iraq with Bernard Shaw in a hotel in the center, fascinated by the bombs and explosions coming from the sky, and the tracer fire coming from the ground. Secretly expecting that the hotel that they were broadcasting from would get hit. The same with 9/11 expecting that the situation would get worse just before the Twin Towers collapsed. The market catastrophes in 2000 and 2007.

The light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train.
Wall Street proverb

The recent earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan causing the nuclear power plant to explode. In my head I just expected it to get worse, China Syndrome worse. I’m certainly not against nuclear power, as my party affiliations might suggest, I believe that the risk can be handled. I just don’t believe that people can handle the risk and accept the incidental risk that can’t be contained. And there is a certain amount of risk acceptance having the mission critical, single point of failure generators of a nuclear power plant run on diesel rather than using the power generated by the plant.

If we examine the Sony PSN hack and clearly see that risk avoidance protocols that PCI-DSS has in place were plainly ignored. The game companies – Nintendo and Sega – that followed who saw the hat-trick failure of Sony and ignored the warnings.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

June 25, 2011 at 7:15 am

Posted in personal, television

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