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The Curiosity Index: Week 33

I’m going to try a new format for me which is to summarise the week’s posts (partly to nudge me to keep writing) and then throw in some bonus material for the weekend. Thoughts welcome. Monday: Scandinavia’s reign as the happiest place on Earth is ending Tuesday: Is nuclear war more likely than you think? Wednesday: Is the World’s Next Missions Movement in Ethiopia? Thursday: The Curiosity Index: Books edition (August 2019) Friday: Distinguishing Between Primary & Secondary Issues Related Reading The staggering power of Russia’s new top-secret nuclear rocket…

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Is nuclear war more likely than you think?

I have to admit I feel a bit of a kook every time I write about this but I’m increasingly convinced that the situation is getting worse (or maybe I’m just getting old). Consider the following. We have several geo-political flashpoints that are concerning: North Korea (has nuclear weapons) Iran (wants nuclear weapons) Kashmir (India, Pakistan and China all have nuclear weapons) You can throw in a few more wrinkles to all this by considering how nations are talking of protecting their satellites and also arming satellites. Life in many…

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More nuclear worries

At some point I became convinced by the fact that nuclear weapons continue to pose an existential threat to life and civilisation. It’s a classic case of so what? Because I don’t have the resources to build a bunker and I don’t believe any power with nuclear weapons will ever give them up. So there’s literally almost nothing we can do that will change anything. Anyway I’ve written periodically about these developments and make of this what you will but I reckon the frequency of articles, news and so on related to…

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The Curiosity Index (15.11.2018)

In North Korea, Missile Bases Suggest a Great Deception This news should surprise precisely no one. North Korea is moving ahead with its ballistic missile program at 16 hidden bases that have been identified in new commercial satellite images, a network long known to American intelligence agencies but left undiscussed as President Trump claims to have neutralized the North’s nuclear threat. Your Mother’s Romantic Past Affects Your Own Dating Adventures This is not determinative, it’s not fate but it should give us concern for the generations growing up now and what…

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Why I don’t think North Korea will give up the nukes

So in yesterday’s least surprising development there came the ‘news’ that North Korea may be working on new missiles. This should not surprise anyone.. I simply don’t believe they will give up the nukes. I will be delighted if history proves me wrong but here are my reasons for the record. They’ve worked too hard for too long to give them up the moment they’ve finally got them working. Doesn’t make sense. The Kim dynasty believes their personal security and their nation’s survival is dependent on them. They saw what happened in…

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The Curiosity Index (28.05.2018)

Women in the Storyline of Redemptive History 21 important observations The Flood in the Ancient Near East Scot McKnight interacts with the book by John Walton and Tremper Longman. Hold Fast to the Gospel Exactly How To Spend The Last Hour Of Your Workday Some creative and productive ideas here 9 Times The World Almost Had Nuclear War Without Us Knowing Lucky, lucky, lucky.

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War is not going anywhere

There is an argument being made, chiefly by people like Steven Pinker, that war is on the decline. Humanity is making progress and in the last 70 years or so the world has become a more peaceful place. I’m not so sure and I’m not alone in thinking that. Michael Mann says, Critiquing Pinker’s statistics on war fatalities, I show that the overall pattern is not a decline in war, but substantial variation between periods and places. War has not declined and current trends are slightly in the opposite direction….Globally…

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War and peace

War, at least the sort of war that is declared between nations, that involves armies and mass mobilisation hasn’t happened for some time and in the absence of such threats it would be easy to think that somehow we have got past war. That would be a foolish thing to think. If anything the world is getting more, not less, dangerous. Here’s five reasons why I think that. The end of Pax Americana For some time now war has been kept in check by the threat of retaliation from America.…

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