Terrorism And Risk Assessment In Comic Form

from the it's-funny-because... dept

Here's a quick one, via Julian Sanchez, who sums the following Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic up perfectly: "A short lesson on terrorism, risk assessment, & the availability heuristic"
There are trade-offs to everything we do, and we're still way too focused on this idea of perfect security, while at the same time ignoring the much higher risks in other areas of our lives. This doesn't mean that you ignore risks such as terrorism, but you don't overreact to them. You look for effective solutions, not theatrical solutions.


Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  1.  
    icon
    Steve R. (profile), Dec 7th, 2010 @ 7:11am

    Point Defense is a Joke

    As you point out, perfect security is unattainable. What is also unattainable goal is our ability to protect our public facilities (point defense). We simply cannot afford enough "guards" to protect every airport, bus station, train station, water treatment facility etc. The effective solution is interception before the act.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2.  
    icon
    :Lobo Santo (profile), Dec 7th, 2010 @ 7:20am

    Re: Point Defense is a Joke

    The only effective solution is responsible citizens.

    Preferably armed responsible citizens.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Dec 7th, 2010 @ 7:30am

    Easy to say, not easy to do. Look at health care. Want to lower the costs and improve the result? Ban smoking and fat people. Those two things will greatly reduce the cost and improve our health. Think it will happen?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4.  
    icon
    ECA (profile), Dec 7th, 2010 @ 7:42am

    Re: Re: Point Defense is a Joke

    Good point..
    To protect and defend this nation, from itself and terrorism..
    would require 1/2 the people watching the other half.
    Who watches the watchers?

    A couple points here.
    To much security is NOT security..its a jail.
    Its fun being an idiot, once in awhile..Why be scrutinized for it?
    WE have been dissuaded, from policing ourselves. FROM assisting those that are There to protect us. Its worse int he cities. It started in the 60's, and all the News about anti war, hippies and so forth..the problem is that the police ARNT HELPING clean this up.

    Another thing to point out is Terrorism. HAS any of the things we have heard on the news from other countries HAPPENED in the USA?
    Iv discussed with a few others about what it would take to CREATE certain things to happen...and we have seen nothing. You dont need a dirty bomb. You dont need a plane. You DONT need a virus/germ/poison. Just a NICE car bomb and Gas explosion. Give me a truck and some propane.

    Protecting INSIDE the USA, is helpful..but MONITORING certain things would be 1/2 easy. The first point is INPUT. those incoming TO the USA.. Hardest part is mexico. LET them in..but SCAN and register them as WELL as get their records. building a WALL, isnt the easy way, and wont work. And Every other nation Also has this problem. How to control WALK-INS..

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  5.  
    icon
    ECA (profile), Dec 7th, 2010 @ 7:45am

    Re:

    Then,
    you pay the BASE wage enough to go to a doctor and FEED themselves.
    ALSO, find a way that 90% of the sedentary jobs could be done WALKING.. You stand in a register for 8 hours per day, SEE what happens. Or SIT and work computers..

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  6.  
    icon
    interval (profile), Dec 7th, 2010 @ 7:45am

    Re: Re: Re: Point Defense is a Joke

    Damn hippies,

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  7.  
    icon
    interval (profile), Dec 7th, 2010 @ 7:46am

    Re: Re:

    Damn computers.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  8.  
    icon
    PaulT (profile), Dec 7th, 2010 @ 7:56am

    Re: Re:

    "you pay the BASE wage enough to go to a doctor and FEED themselves."

    Do you have a lot of doctors in your country not able to feed themselves? In most other countries, they do quite well...

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  9.  
    icon
    Michael Wigle (profile), Dec 7th, 2010 @ 8:08am

    Misunderstood

    I think you misunderstood the meaning due to poor sentence structure. It looks to me like the commenter meant to say that it is important to ensure the population has a minimum base pay that would permit both enough food to eat and to be able to afford basic health care.

    It doesn't look to me like they were implying that doctor's were not getting paid enough.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  10.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Dec 7th, 2010 @ 8:19am

    OMG, we have doctors that are starving in America? Wow, we really need to do something about that, it is just a shame that our society would allow our caregivers to go without food.

    Where is Jerry Lewis when you need him?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  11.  
    icon
    Steve R. (profile), Dec 7th, 2010 @ 8:57am

    Re: Re: Re: Point Defense is a Joke

    "To much security is NOT security..its a jail."
    In the name of security, we seem to resurrecting McCarthyism. What is also particularity distressing about the massive assault on civil liberties is that many of those in charge of our political system today were the "flower children" of the 1970's. However, you won't be able to lay blame on the flower children for much longer since they are retiring. The "fatal" blow to American democracy will probably come from the Obama generation.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  12.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Dec 7th, 2010 @ 9:20am

    Re:

    What about the elderly?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  13.  
    icon
    PaulT (profile), Dec 8th, 2010 @ 7:38am

    Re: Misunderstood

    Ah, yes I did misread that. Apologies.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Save me a cookie
  • Note: A CRLF will be replaced by a break tag (<br>), all other allowable HTML will remain intact
  • Allowed HTML Tags: <b> <i> <a> <em> <br> <strong> <blockquote> <hr> <tt>
Follow Techdirt
A word from our sponsors...
Essential Reading
Techdirt Reading List
Techdirt Insider Chat
A word from our sponsors...
Recent Stories
A word from our sponsors...

Close

Email This