Once upon a time there were black swans - now there are gray rhinos and the pandemic is one of them

by Rashmee

Posted on July 2, 2020 / The Focus


Once upon a time there were black swans. Now, there are gray rhinos. Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s black swans were unknown unknowns, which is to say unforeseeable or highly improbable risks. A gray rhino is a metaphor coined by risk expert Michele Wucker to describe “highly obvious, highly probable, but still neglected” dangers. Ultimately, we may … Continue reading “Once upon a time there were black swans - now there are gray rhinos and the pandemic is one of them”

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From George W. Bush’s propensity to read books came the US policy of social distancing

by Rashmee

Posted on April 23, 2020


I didn’t realise that George W. Bush read books. The fact that he did matters, especially as the US is beset by “reopen” protests against Democratic governors seeking to mitigate the coronavirus toll by keeping states in lockdown. For it was from President Bush’s propensity to read books that came the US official policy of … Continue reading “From George W. Bush’s propensity to read books came the US policy of social distancing”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK