Buncefield: were the emergency services prepared?

The initial report on the Buncefield explosion is now available. Alas, nothing is said about preparation, and whether any simulation exercises have been held at Buncefield recently. If thre were, it would be a good opportunity to compare an exercise with reality. The investigations terms of reference included: “To make recommendations for future action to…

More on MNE4.

The Post Chronicle has a UPI story about MNE4. (The Pentagon appear to have given a press briefing about it on 13 February). Quotes include: “History has shown us that when we wait until we get on the ground to come up with a strategy in real time … its too late…” (State Department spokesperson)…

-oramas

The Tinselman blog has a piece about -oramas, those Victorian simulations of panoramas etc, and links to Adventures in Cybersound, a fascinating site describing other such magic machines. Customers of the Mareorama at the 1900 Paris Exhibition were advised that, although the motion was realistic, they were not likely to get seasick. “Few visitors to…

More on MNE 4

Xinhua is carrying the story now – the only international news agency to do so, according to Google News. In a report largely about Finnish participation (??) Xinhua says: “Between 500 and 600 personnel are to attend the maneuver, whichis set to be carried out in 10 different areas near Washington and aims to find…

Hurricane Pam: the US House of Reps Committee report

The Final Report of the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina is now available. The exercise held in 2004, Hurricane Pam, comes out of it quite well: “Finding: Implementation of lessons learned from Hurricane Pam was incomplete” – ie good exercise, but no-one took it seriously. Detailed points…

Game revenues falling – why?

Looks as though the growth of games companies is slowing down, according to Greg Costikyans weblog. According to his figures, most traditional video game companies are suffering a loss in revenue. (eg “EA, historically the strongest company in the industry and generally regarded as its best managed, saw a 31% drop in net revenues in…