Dialect – Joseph Miranda: table-top gaming the Ukraine war
plus Elia explains why Catalonia wants to secede from Madrid
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This week we hear from a Bristolian from Barcelona Elia Pablo and hear why she chose Bristol as her UK home. Like the Basque country and more recently Crimea, Catalonia wants to secede from Madrid as the politicians there are not doing a good job. The king Juan-Carlos has immunity from prosecution so he’s above the law.
Joseph Miranda is a long-time US wargame designer who, 10-15 years ago, designed a game called ‘Ukraine’ which reflects in some ways what we are seeing in the news at the moment.
The game features Information Operations targeting TV channels and Joseph explains that he does not have a TV in is own home, preferring to get his news from technical and military specialist websites. He is currently working on ‘Kiev’ and other ‘New World Order’ games including China versus Russia scenario.
Mike Hall has just published ‘The Severn Tsunami of 1607‘ which looks at the extraordinary event that year when a giant wave came out of ‘a clear blue sky’ covering the lowlands right along the Welsh and Somerset coastlines of the Bristol Channel. Mike explains the various theories and looks at the possible dangers of something similar happening again.
Cyber-security correspondent Ed Lander looks at the latest revelations from Edward Snowden which show the NSA is able to pump millions of malware programmes into computers across the world at the touch of a button. Are we ‘giving our lives’ to Facebook and if so what are they doing with it?