A few weeks ago The Board took a look at one of the most important purposes of nuclear weapons, deterrence against conventional attack. This has always been a part of why nuclear armed nations have sought the weapons they have and is much more morally ambiguous than the popular notion of Classical Strategic Deterrence (CSD). […]
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So The Board thought of something for Holocaust Remembrance Day almost a day late. Like many bass players my age, Geddy Lee of Rush was a huge influence on my decision to take up bass guitar. But what I didn’t know until just not that long ago was that Geddy’s parents were Holocaust survivors. In […]
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Had too much band rehearsal last week. The Board will get back to the INF Treaty next week. Today we will take a visit to Oak Ridge National Laboratories and hear Rose Boll explain how her department extracts and refines radioisotopes from what the folks at Oak Ridge call “legacy material”. This is fascinating stuff. […]
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A couple of weeks ago The Board posted a video of a talk by Eric Schlosser, author of Command and Control. He argues that the United States needs to have a public discussion about nuclear weapons policy. We can’t know what weapons we should have without clarity about the goals of having such weapons. Schlosser also […]
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Sometimes the worst part of Christmas is the music. There are plenty of songs that are well written and skillfully performed, and it’s good that there is widely-shared heritage of traditional carols. For instance, if I want to explain how a song in a minor key can shift to that key’s relative major, the best […]
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There’s nothing like taking a break during the busy holiday season to do have a little “me time”. And what better way to relax than to watch an exciting documentary about a fire in a missile silo loaded with 9 megatons of destructive power? The Titan II missile was a holdover from the first generation […]
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