Magazine article Risk Management

Jupiter or Bust

Magazine article Risk Management

Jupiter or Bust

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So we reach the end of another year. According to the movie 2010, we should have been able to send manned spacecraft to Jupiter by now, but obviously that hasn't happened. Of course, Jupiter also blew up and became a new sun at the end of that movie so I guess we can't be too concerned about predictive accuracy in this case. Besides, we have enough to deal with these days without adding a revamped solar system to the mix.

2010 saw its share of disasters. There were earthquakes, floods, wildfires and volcanic eruptions (but surprisingly, no major hurricanes). Environmental catastrophes in the Gulf of Mexico and Hungary reminded us that mankind can be almost as destructive in its own right. The world economy continued to struggle in the wake of the financial crisis with unemployment in the United States hovering near 10% and European nations like Greece and France fighting, in some cases literally, to stay solvent. Corporate reputations were put to the test with major product recalls from the likes of Toyota, Johnson & Johnson and McDonald's, while bedbugs became perhaps the grossest story of the summer. …

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