Well <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/2016/03/europe-is-still-safer-than-most-american-cities/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Thursday's post</a> certainly engendered some feedback ! To quote one responder;

Really? That’s the moral equivalence fallacy popular in fish wrap like the Guardian. Innocents being vaporized in an airport departure lounge or a Srebrenica-style massacre at a death metal concert is a lot different than desultory, one-on-one gang/domestic/criminal/police etc., violence.

According to Urban Dictionary – fishwrap is defined thus

Slang for any printed journalistic medium (newspaper, magazine, etc.) with such low credibility and standards in acceptable journalism, that its only useful function is to wrap fresh fish in.

I will let you, the reader, decide if  ‘The Guardian’ is indeed ‘fishwrap’, but today I want to drill in a little more, add some clarity – but still stick to my basic premise that ‘Europe Is Still Safer Than Most American Cities.’

To remind – my point in the last post reminded us that Terrorism in Europe – counted by deaths – is at a fraction of where it was in the 70s and 80s. Moreover, the deaths totaled are well below total deaths in the USA through gun crime.

That said, in some respects I would agree that the comparison between the two kinds of violence is maybe slightly off. Let me instead look at ‘deaths by guns’ in the USA, where 4 or more people die in the event (including the gunman – if indeed the gunman does actually die).

How about this map ? – which is sourced from this data ? If you can’t be bothered to click through let me highlight some of the data …

  • The San Bernadino shooting was the 355th mass shooting in 2015.
  • There were six shootings on Nov. 22 (thankfully although they injured a total of 37 people, only one was killed. But the very next day – Nov. 23, there were mass shootings in Houston, Minneapolis and Columbus, Ohio.
  • Talking of Columbus, Ohio – that town had two mass shootings in 2015 – each adding 4 fatalities to the count.
  • etc etc

To revisit my friends comments at the top of this post – while I would agree that the comparison might not be actually exact, the fact is we do have a substantial number of incidents each and every year, where innocent people are in fact caught in the equivalent of being ‘vaporized in an airport departure lounge or a Srebrenica-style massacre at a death metal concert’ … maybe not at 31 at a time – but it is only 10 times 3 that gets us to that number. We just don’t do anything about it.

So, moving on – lets take an alternative view – selecting from the other end of the spectrum of comments received.

Well stated John

Ok – plaudits aside, he goes on …

Another discussion on European nations lack of economic and cultural integration and opportunity for immigrants is needed in my opinion ….. this fosters isolation within ghettos …. so the young frustrated 20-30 year olds are invited to Syrian Club Deads for terrorist training and radicalization before returning to their European ghettos and ‘Cells’.

The USA, some pundits say, is safer because Muslims are better assimilated into our communities.

I also have read and heard this – not sure I agree … here’s why …

Pew Research – a good enough source of data …

 As of 2010, there were 4.8 million Muslims in Germany (5.8% of the country’s population) and 4.7 million Muslims in France (7.5%). In Europe overall, however, Russia’s population of 14 million Muslims (10%) is the largest on the continent.

… the UK’s population is represented with 4.8% of the population counted as Muslims.


Here in the USA, Pew Research has this data …

Pew Research Center estimates that there were about 3.3 million Muslims of all ages living in the United States in 2015. This means that Muslims made up about 1% of the total U.S. population.

and guess what ….. there are very few places in the USA where there is a concentration of ‘ghettoes‘. (I do hate that word – but it is constantly used by American media when referring to concentrations of Muslim populations.)

I suspect the same work is going on here – it just isn’t as obvious.a-MUSLIM-POPULATION-PENETRATION-640x468… oh the power of a large country with lots of space.

But back to my friend …

My point put mathematically would look like this
I + I – O = F x bW = HvO

Immigration plus Isolation minus Opportunities
Frustrations times BrainWashing
Hateful violent Outbursts.

His answer ….

Integration and education at the grade school level … economic growth opportunities … and cultural integration through integrated sports teams … along the South African model.

As I pointed out to him – we didn’t ‘just get here’  so we aren’t just going to ‘get out’ either. Mandela was released just over 26 years ago – South Africa is not a role model – even now. But then – as a wise man once said – “no time to start like the present”.

Love to hear more from my readers.

            <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>First published on Beyond Bridges on March 20th, 2016.</strong></p>
Updated March 31st, 2016
Engadget agrees - and they are only talking about the iPad !

appleIf the rumors are anything close to true, we are about to have 3 different iPhone sizes to choose from when we buy our next iPhone.

Over in ‘iPad land we already have 3 iPad sizes – mini, standard and pro. The pro has stuff that the non pro doesn’t – size aside (at least from tomorrow – seems to be the prediction).

The iTouch is yet another device rarely talked about, but still there – in the iPod family – an iPhone without the ability to make phone calls.

Some of these choices are wifi only (iTouch), but most allow you to have a GSM connection.

And the inevitable question, as you try to work out which you need and/or should have to do what you need to do … which one ? The naming convention alone is tough enough to work out …


[ the numbers down the left are current measures of the screen size in inches ]


Here’s a new thought – as the industry tries to work out what Apple is going to call the new iPad with the ‘pro’ moniker.

Let’s call them all the ‘iConnect’ – available in 5 sizes.

4,6,8,10 and 12 – model numbers NOT screen sizes – but map to the dimensions.

  • All with wifi connectivity
  • All with or without cellular connectivity
  • Choice of pro – or not.

I am writing this on an iPad and will upload through my GSM link – so in some ways this iPad is already available as a ‘phone’. It even has a phone number, though I just can’t use it as a phone, because the ‘phone app’ isn’t on the iPad.

Only 9.7 inch and 12.9 inch available as Pro – they would be the devices with the smart connector on the side that allows you to connect the external keyboard. The pencil would be available to work on any of the devices.

So instead of the choice above, you now have a single iConnect product, with 5 sizes and two variations to that size (colors excepted).


Every screen size comes with WiFi – your choice to add GSM – so you can make the device available to  – and of course only the 10 / 12 models are available as ‘Pro’ – that is the smart connector on the side to which you can connect your smart keyboard.

And no longer a decision as to what phone size you need to carry – or Apple needs to make.

What do you think ?

            <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>First published on Beyond Bridges on February 18th, 2016.</strong></p>
Updated February 19th, 2016
I read this today on Stowe's feed. I see a connection - how about you?


The outer layers tend to innovate faster and so pull along, or be stabilised by, the lower, slower layers. At the boundaries you get constructive turbulence, say between Uber and governance, or how the growth in video streaming requires Internet infrastructure to come along with it.

[ Source : Stewart Brand via Stowe Boyd ]

            <blockquote>Lord Hall will give a speech before Easter in which he will unveil proposals to axe the corporation’s existing channel-based structures, fundamentally reshaping the organisation into content and audience-led divisions.</blockquote>

[ Source : The Telegraph via The Loop ]

Years and forever ago, when I was at Group Partners we worked with The Beeb on ‘future thinking’. Somehow we could never get them to move off the starting line – always discussion, never action. This news is awesome. A venerable institution re-inventing itself for the future, not shaping itself around ‘product’ – but rather ‘customer’. Excellent news.

Meanwhile, I do think that The BBC (along with the Guardian) have demonstrated real leadership in how ‘old brands’ can wrap their arms around the changing technical landscape. If only the independent had done that.

            <blockquote>The United States has lost the moral authority to create the environment in which the value in our personal data can be unlocked by technological innovation.</blockquote>

Interesting take. Essentially, the argument is that in a post Snowden world, the world at large no longer trusts the USA to lead the way in this ‘Brave New World’. But if not the USA, then who ? The article suggests that the UK is well positioned. Really ? I don’t think so. They really are just as bad.

[ Source : The Internet of Me – Medium ]

            ... but I am going to adopt the methodology.

You know when you sign up for a web site and they ask you to give them info – so that can identify you in the future ? Yup – and you wonder how ‘they’ come to know so much about ‘us’. Dave Winer has a work around.

I’m no longer giving answers to “security” questions. I don’t see why someone who knows where I was born should be able to read my mail, a fact that’s on my Wikipedia profile page.

I (now) just give wrong answers, saying I was born in Egypt, and my favorite sports team is the Canucks.

[ Source : Dave Winer @ Scripting ]

            I was talking to a friend and occasional partner in the UK this morning. Just catching up on 'what's new'. He has a fledgling business that is taking off in leaps and bounds - and of course, like us all has to deal with customers. These words about one of his customers resonated .

I have spent 3 months trying to get the founder to think differently and we are still in a similar place, spending money on stuff that doesn’t work through fear of change and unwilling to spend on new things that will transform his business. I’ve even gone as far as telling him that if he doesn’t start to realise that he is getting in his own way, he won’t have a company in 2017.

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