Category: Disasters

Grenfell: who failed, really?

This evening there was a half-hour Channel 4 Dispatches programme about the role of the fire brigade in the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017, in which more than 70 people died when the tower...

Mary Beard and the defence of low expectations

Earlier today Mary Beard, the Cambridge historian well-known for championing the role of women in academia as well as for her TV series, posted tweet defending aid workers accused of sexual abuse in disaster...

What’s wrong with telling people you’re safe?

Last Saturday night there was a terrorist attack in London, and as often happens in these situations, Facebook activated its “safety check” or “I’m safe” feature, by which people identified as living in London...

Good story 1, Facts 0

The other day I came across a story which a lot of people were sharing on my social media feeds since the appalling terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday night. The story, published on...

No, we can’t hold all air shows by the sea

I heard the most extraordinary and ridiculous interview on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning. John Humphrys was interviewing John Turner from the British Air Display Association about the accident outside Shoreham, West Sussex...

Stable-door logic

Last week a GermanWings airliner was crashed into a moutainside in south-western France, killing everyone on board. The evidence seems to suggest that the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, crashed it deliberately, and investigations have turned...

More money for propaganda than food

I got this message today through the TROID Yahoo group. It’s about the needs of Muslims in those islands in the Carribean which were hit by several hurricanes recently. The following are the needs...

Blacksburg: from one massacre to another

There were two articles that caught my eye today in the Guardian about the Blacksburg massacre, one by Simon Jenkins and the other, in the G2 supplement, by Lionel Shriver, the author of a...

Worker smelled petrol before explosion

The BBC are interviewing Raheel Ashraf, an eyewitness to this morning’s explosions at the Hemel Hempstead oil plant, who stated quite clearly that he smelled fumes before the place went up. In other words,...

Blog Quake Day

Today is Blog Quake Day and we’re all being asked to post an appeal for donations to the relief fund with a link to a suitable charity, so one I recommend, which is an...

Asia Quake Help blog

I’ve added a link to the new South Asia Quake Help blog, which was set up by the same people who ran the “SEA EAT” (South East Asian Earthquake and Tsunami) blog and wiki...

I see Biloxi, you say Biluxi …

Joni Mitchell famously sung that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone, and this is surely the case with quite a few places along the US Gulf Coast which are suddenly world...

Looting: it’s not a race issue

While in no position of great authority on US race relations, I find it sad, but by no means surprising, to hear people already rushing to make a race issue out of the looting...

Katrina: Much Vain Speculation

I’ve just finished a posting to the group blog, The Sharpener, in response to the idiotic speculation from certain Christian groups about the “real cause” of the devastation of New Orleans: Much Vain Speculation...

Islamic articles on the Tsunami

Theological Lessons from the Sumatra Earthquake, by Abdul-Hakim Murad, at Mere Islam: Part of the brilliance of the Qur’an is that it makes no compromises over God’s transcendence, as it battles against pagan and...

Snouts in the trough in Aceh

It’s been reported that a Christian missionary organisation based in Virginia have relocated 300 Acehnese orphans to a Christian home in Jakarta: The appeal said WorldHelp was working with native-born Christians in Indonesia who...