Idiotic, Suicidal Terrorism Is Bound To Destroy Itself

News come and go. What if Scotland Yard comes back in a few weeks’ time apologizing to everybody and anybody ever accused of masterminding a bogus terror plot

Much more important for most of us, what is the long-term perspective of present-day suicidal terrorism?

It’s that there isn’t much to fear about, because suicide-based terrorism is peculiarly idiotic, bound to destroy itself (unless we do anything egregiously wrong)

  • For the law of diminishing returns, either attacks get bigger and bigger, or the targeted population will feel habituation rather than increased fear. It’s like opening (the proverbial bonfire) with the stakes too high, and having to destroy one’s forest simply to keep up
  • There’s millions of potential victims, and one day they will surely come up with novel solutions to prevent the killings, making further attacks quite hard to organize: think the Israeli wall, think the changed tactics of the US Navy after the first round of Japanese Kamikaze pilots
  • Just like then, “the best and the brightest” in the terror organization are bound to blow themselves up. They can be substituted, but it does take around two decades to make another terrorist. In the meanwhile, ranks will be increasingly fuller of coward weasels that couldn’t stomach the suicide they themselves require of the others
  • Those people want to die whilst the rest of the world wants to live. Guess who’ll be sticking around the longest? On average, both aspirations are bound to be fulfilled
  • In the fight against relatively well-organized societies, for the terrorists the only way to victory is to get hold of weapons of mass destruction.  But even in that case, the only thing a suicidal terror organization will succeed in doing, is to eliminate itself

Instead of making the life of the many increasingly more difficult, the best thing we can do is first and foremost to get on with our lives (unless of course one is professionally involved in the prevention of terror attacks and other criminality)

The Future of Radio Broadcasting

Three non-mutually-exclusive directions for the future of radio broadcasting:

(1) So-called High Definition Radio (HD Radio), using existing frequencies for high-quality sound, simultaneous multi-programme broadcasting, digital services, etc

(2) Continent-wide Satellite Radio, like Italy’s WorldSpace, widening the number of potential listeners to anyone that understands the language, and allowing transmissions in zones where the signal is weak or intermittent

(3) Obviously, a widespread use of podcasts, and their transformation in commercial vehicles with the introduction of very short advertising (and therefore not easy to fast-forward on an iPod or equivalent)

In theory one would also be speaking about DAB, the “digital radio” fanfared in the UK, but despite years going by and an unremitting passion as radio listener, I do not see any future in an expensive technology that basically promises only a cleaner sound (and is still battling with its own million different “standards”)

Il Futuro della Radio

Tre direzioni non mutualmente esclusive per il futuro della Radio 

(1) La cosiddetta Radio ad Alta Definizione (HD Radio) che consente di usare le frequenze esistenti per suono ad alta qualita’, trasmissione simultanea di piu’ programmi, servizi digitali, etc

(2) la Radio Satellitare a distribuzione Europea tipo WorldSpace Italia, allargando il bacino di utenza a chiunque padroneggi la lingua, e consentendo l’ascolto anche in zone dove il segnale attuale e’ debole o intermittente

(3) naturalmente, il sempre piu’ diffuso uso dei podcast, e la loro trasformazione in veicoli commerciali con l’introduzione di spot pubblicitari cortissimi (e quindi non evitabili a pie’ pari come accade oggi quando basta andare in avanti di qualche minuto con l’iPod)

In teoria ci sarebbe da parlare anche della DAB, la “radio digitale” mercanteggiata in Gran Bretagna, ma nonostante gli anni passino e la mia passione per il mezzo non diminuisca, non vedo alcun futuro in una tecnologia costosa e che promette solo un sonoro piu’ pulito