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The Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Terrorists

Thought-provoking article in Wired. Most counterterrorism policies fail, not because of tactical problems, but because of a fundamental misunderstanding of what motivates terrorists in the first place. If we’re ever going to defeat terrorism, we need to understand what drives people to become terrorists in the first place,,,, ,,,Terrorists, he writes, (1) attack civilians, a … Continue reading The Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Terrorists

Stupid Things I Have Heard (Part 6,801)

So the Large Hadron Collider got switched on this morning (and we’re all still here!). I was watching it on BBC News24; after the switchon, the presenter began reading out text and emails from the public. The very first one was, I swear to the Whatever: “Are these scientists trying to disprove the existence of … Continue reading Stupid Things I Have Heard (Part 6,801)