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By Harvey Molotch

Be mindful whilst an unattended package deal used to be simply that, an unattended package deal? take into account while the airport used to be a spot that evoked magical probabilities, now not the anxiousness of a full-body experiment? within the post-9/11 global, we've got turn into fascinated by heightened security features, yet do you're feeling more secure? Are you more secure?

Against Security explains how our anxieties approximately public defense have translated into command-and-control strategies that annoy, intimidate, and are frequently counterproductive. Taking readers via different ambiguously harmful websites, the fashionable urbanist and best sociologist of the standard, Harvey Molotch, argues that we will use our latest social relationships to make existence more secure and extra humane. He starts off by means of addressing the inaccurate technique of removing public restrooms, which deprives us all of a simple source and denies human dignity to these with out position else to head. Subway protection instills worry via courses like "See anything, Say Something" and intrusive searches that experience yielded not anything of price. on the airport, the protection gate reasons crowding and confusion, hard the dear concentration of TSA employees. ultimately, Molotch indicates how protecting sentiments have translated into the vacuous Freedom Tower on the global exchange heart website and large blunders in New Orleans, either sooner than and after typhoon Katrina. all through, Molotch bargains considerate methods of retaining safety that aren't purely strategic yet increase the standard of lifestyles for everybody.

Against Security argues that with replaced guidelines and attitudes, redesigned gear, and an elevated reliance on our human capability to aid each other, we will be more secure and preserve the excitement and dignity of our day-by-day lives.

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There were three other men for whom the matter was not settled: Duke William of Normandy, Earl Tostig in exile, and King Harald Hardrada of Norway. Duke William claimed the English throne on two counts. First, he was a first cousin, once removed, of the deceased Edward the Confessor. Second, Duke William claimed that Earl Harold had made an oath of allegiance to him, two years past. If this were true, then Harold should relinquish the throne to William. If Harold had sworn such an oath, then there is little doubt that Duke William was the person who possessed the best claim to the throne of England.

Tostig replied that he wanted help from Denmark to overthrow his younger brother. Tostig pointed out that Denmark had a long tradition of involvement in English affairs; King Canute had governed both Denmark and England 40 years earlier. According to historians, King Svein replied: I am so much a lesser man than my uncle, King Knut, that I can only just hold Denmark against the Norwegians. Old Knut got Denmark by inheritance and won England by conquest, and for a time it looked as if it might cost him his life.

It is unclear whether Tostig was with Harald or NORTHMEN AT YORK Elizabeth and Thora Harald Hardrada had two wives: Elizabeth and Thora. The first was the daughter of the Prince of Novgorod (in Russia) and the second was from a prominent Norwegian family. Harald left Norway in 1030 and spent many years either in Russia or Constantinople. In about 1037, he married Elizabeth at Novgorod. Harald and Elizabeth went to Norway. She gave him two daughters, Maria and Ingegerd. When Harald sailed to the Orkeny Islands in 1066, he took the two girls with him, hoping to use them to win over the friendship and allegiance of some of the nobles of those islands.

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