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A risk view on Amulets and Talismans

A risk view on Amulets and Talismans Since the beginning of time humans, single individuals or groups, have looked to protect themselves against disease, physical and moral pain, hazards and any potential damaging events. Among the variety of “protections” developed since ancestral times amulets and talismans have played a major role. Amulets (lucky charms) are passive protections often made of natural materials: minerals, plants or animal parts. Talismans are active protections. The etymology of the word talisman shows an arabic…

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Climate change and religious consequences

Climate change and religious consequences This morning when I opened the newspaper I read: ”Monsoon clouds delay Ramadan, fasting will now begin tomorrow.” The Holy Ramadan month requires an ancient Islamic ritual of beginning declaring based on moon-sighting. When dealing with changing climate we always consider extreme rainfall catastrophes, as the cities of Toronto or Calgary just experienced, or permafrost melting leaving roads and pipelines unstable, but not delaying of religious occurrences. Hazards, we have learned by now, always have…

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Secret of being Rich, Mastering Wealth: a Risk Manager Approach

Secret of being Rich, Mastering Wealth: a Risk Manager Approach Rarely we stop a second to ask ourselves if looking only at highly successful examples  is “right”, and if doing that will help us even, simply, to stay alive and well. As a matter of fact, we do not read with the same avidity stories about failures, and I would even dare to say that failures are rarely told, analyzed, and certainly do not become best sellers. Losers do not…

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