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Seeing the World from Both Oculars-- a Bananaslug's Journal

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Dear God, 60 weeks!
It's been 60 weeks since I posted to this blog. I can't believe I let it go that long.

It won't be that long again.

I'm going to start posting book reviews, if I have nothing else to talk about.

So here's one.

Baen's Barfly Chuck Stewart is better known as Dr. Charles Stewart, MD. He sent me a review copy of his new monograph, Weapons of Mass Casualties, available from Amazon. Here's the review I wrote for it:

Be afraid. Be very afraid...and pay attention, Grasshopper!

Although I write science fiction, and help edit two science fiction magazines, my day job is as editor of a major technical publication...Control magazine (www.controlglobal.com). I have been studying this subject from the other direction...from the direction of the terrorist attack on the control systems of critical infrastructure industries.

Chuck Stewart's book is an absolutely terrifying look at what might happen if one of those attacks, or God forbid, more than one of those attacks might succeed.

As you might expect, some of the deep medical content is over my head...I am an engineering type, not a medical type, but some of it isn't.

If you are interested in the security of the critical infrastructure of the world, you ought to take a short detour through Chuck's book. What happens if terrorists (foreign or the home-grown variety) blow up a refinery, and then do a poison gas attack on the responders and victims? Chuck knows, and lays it all out in his book.

This book is highly recommended for any serious researcher in safety and security, for anyone who works and manages in the critical infrastructure industries, for government types like DHS and FBI, and of course, for the medical professionals Chuck wrote it for.

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welcome back to the land of the living bananaslug. :P

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