25 Jun THREATs of the Week: June 25
This week we put the focus on flammable cladding and what to avoid when booking an hotel. To reduce your risk of being trapped in a fire, know the safety details of your destination.
TECHNICAL THREAT: How To Turn Off Snapchat’s Stalkerish Snap Map Feature
You’re being tracked by websites, location apps and social media every day of the week. You know that, right? But did you know about Snapchat?
This week, Snapchat unveiled a feature that leverages your location data in a whole new way, and it’s got a lot of people freaked out.
HEALTH THREAT: India Must Be More Transparent About Health Threats.
The first case of Zika in India was discovered in November 2016. We’re concerned with this due to the amount of business travel between the US and India.
RAIDS, ROBBERY, RANSOM THREAT: Kidnapping for ransom works like a market. How it is organized is surprising.
Read this excellent article by the Washington Post to learn how it’s done.
ENVIRONMENTAL THREAT: In China, Air and Water Are Not Your Friends
Going to China? Check on the local air and water conditions before you go. Here’s why.
China’s environmental inspectors have found a shockingly high number of violations in their crackdown on smog, raising questions about support for the government’s air quality goals.
In Shanghai, 85% of the water in the city’s major rivers was undrinkable in 2015, according to official standards, and 56.4% was unfit for any purpose.
AGENCY THREAT: Some U.S. States Relax Restrictions On Cladding Suspected In Grenfell Tower Fire.
When you book a hotel, you need to pay attention to its construction.
NPR reports that “the type of siding or “cladding” used on the Grenfell Tower in London — and suspected of feeding the massive fire that killed dozens of residents — is not allowed on the exterior of tall buildings across most of the U.S.
But a few states and the District of Columbia have relaxed their building codes in recent years and have started to permit the material’s use.”
As towers across the UK are scrutinised for fire safety in the huge national operation, here’s why cladding could pose a threat to those inside the buildings.
Traveling to England? Here are other buildings that have similar Grenfell Tower problem cladding.
How did this happen? Read the NY Times expose of cost before safety.
TERROR THREAT: Think Most of the Terrorists Attacking the U.S. are Islamic Extremists? Think Again!
A joint project by the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, a nonprofit media center, and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting has found that within the past nine years, right-wing extremists plotted or carried out nearly twice as many terrorist attacks as Islamist extremists. Of the 115 right-wing incidents, police only foiled 35 percent. Compare this to the 63 Islamist terrorism cases, where police foiled 76 percent of the planned attacks.
“Stop being so complacent! Be the sheepdog.”
More to follow,
(Featured Image Courtesy: NY Times)