Why Warnings Fail to Warn: The Radiation Trefoil

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Herbie Goes Bananas and Other Makings of a Disaster

On September 13, 1987, a security guard at the defunct Instituto Goiano de Radioterapia (IGR), a private radiotherapy institute in the Brazilian state of Goias, decided to take a sick day in order to check out s with his family at the local cinema. His decision to take in a piece of first world movie franchise detritus with a south-of-the-border flavor would be the gateway to a radiological disaster.

The source of this disaster was another first world commercial good: a radiological therapy machine sitting in the ruins of the IGR institute. Buried within the radiological therapy machine…


Get your point across in a limited amount of space and attention span.

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Sooner or later, if you have a conscience and care about what happens to you or someone else, you’re going to get mad enough or frustrated enough to stand up for something important. Maybe you’ll be on your own, bravely standing by yourself in public. Or, maybe you’ll be joining up with people who believe in the same thing, marching together as one.

No matter what our message, we have to get it across. Putting together a protest sign, whether for our lonely self, or for a million people, is going to help us organize your message. Why?


The latest from the US Congress isn’t mere political opportunism from the Democrats; parts of it tackle difficult questions with racial and constitutional implications.

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American voting both present and past has been objectively rotten with discriminatory and manipulative tactics. These have included gerrymandering and discriminatory barriers to voter registration and counting, as well as blatant and horrifying voter intimidation and repression. The US Senate is now confronted with H.R. 1’s For the People Act of 2021. It’s a highly polarized topic, uniting Democrats for it, and Republicans against. Republican opponents paint it as a blatant attempt to rig elections in their favor, rather than a methodical path to a better voter enfranchisement and overall election integrity for Americans.

Lost in the dustup of the…


Mitt Romney didn’t even get it right: the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act is looking more pork than clunk.

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Googling “Bacon Bomb” brings some interesting recipes. There’s , If these don’t satisfy your taste for the extreme, there’s the chimeric . If Guy Fieri went to Washington, he’d surely be feeling right at home in the House of Representatives.

Early this week, Mitt Romney took the place of Gordon Ramsay in the Fiscal Kitchen of the US, calling out a shambolic disaster cooked up in the House that is now getting shuttled on to the Senate. His 23 February WSJ op-ed, blandly titled doesn’t…


And it’s probably the weirdest thing to come out of American sports in the last 12 months.

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Later this evening, after the estimated 25,000 living fans depart Tampa Bay’s Raymond James stadium, another 30,000 fans will be dragged from the stadium and piled into trucks. In the wee hours of the morning, they’ll likely be headed to a facility to be disintegrated and processed. Or, if they are lucky, held in a storage facility to be eventually claimed. In return, the National Football League will receive a cool $3 million.

Some dystopian horror a la ? Nope.

Ticketmaster’s November 9th, 2020 “Conversations with 2020’s Cutout Fans” blog covered the adaptation of sport fans and franchises to…


And other reasons why you might not want to let your kids attend the riot.

GameStop! Subreddits! Evil hedge funds! Social justice! What could be a better set of ingredients for social media stew? We’ve got most of the bingo squares covered on this one. And the buzz chemistry has been perfect. We know we’ve reached the zeitgeist when AOC and Ted Cruz weigh in on twitter. In this case, a sort of celebrity deathmatch:

In fact, are the actions of the WallStreetBets subreddit owners any different? With time, we may come to see that their actions may be in fact worse than that of the hedge funds they are demonizing.

The unvarnished truth of…


Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, will be a tense moment for the United States. What should we expect? Will it be remembered as a day of new beginnings, or one of lingering strife and controversy that re-erupts into what happened last week on the National Mall, and then on to the US Capitol?

On August 28th, 1963, more than 200,000 people converged on the National Mall to hear, among others, John Lewis and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches. MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech of that day was a masterpiece of a call for action and change. …


Hint: it’s not because of facts.

As of August 2016, Hillary Clinton was doing well in the polls. At the conclusion of the convention, she had a 7.5 point lead in the national polls. Yet, I bet against her then, as I did all the way back to March of 2016 as Ted Cruz was going down in flames. As early as March, I was betting Trump would win.

My friends were aghast and full of ridicule. Despite my reassurances that my bet had nothing to do with my preference, they just couldn’t believe this prediction. Certainly none of it was based on trends. If I’d…


Our calendar was invented for astronomy and agriculture, not for the 21st century knowledge worker in the midst of COVID-19.

As we adapt to the weird new COVID-19 reality of working at home, and days blend into weeks and months, we might stop for a moment and look how far our reality in the working world has drifted from what the calendar was originally meant to do.

When COVID-19 Came to Town

Pre-pandemic, the modern office worker’s working week was spent putting in 8 hours at work, with time spent going back and forth to work. There was in-between time, and of course sleep.

But with COVID-19, many of us are working from home. For some of us, this isn’t a new experience. We have…


A lot of unmeasured experience may be hiding from view.

We all, at one point or another, have known that sinking feeling of having missed the bigger picture. The worst times are when we’ve put a lot of effort, time, and analyst hours into a business decision that turned out to be missing a lot of important information.

Sometimes it can be revealed to us either by our manager, or a colleague, who will say out loud in the middle of a meeting:

The bigger the data set, the more effort involved, and the more important the decision all add up to…

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