Feeling uneasy in a world beset by security threats? Welcome to the worriers – the worrying is justified. Philip J. Palin discusses on Homeland Security Watch the vexation of a reality beset by random threats. “Is there an epidemiology of evil?,” he asks, after listing todays depredations, both natural and man-made. “Is there a target-zero? Some sort of pump-handle to remove and thereby mitigate or prevent unnecessary death, injury and destruction?”
Perhaps, Palin says. But the reality is more a random one. “There are many more of us interacting in many more ways and our connections are increasingly interdependent. The potentialities are as logarithmic as the Richter. Reality is robustly random. Extremes are not anomalies, they ought to be expected. But they cannot be precisely predicted.
“Plenty of opportunities for October surprises.” Geez – enjoy the weekend.