A picture from an old Lego advertisement from 1981 has been going around lately that shows how toy marketing has changed in the last thirty-five years. I recommend reading this article from 2014 where the woman that girl from the ad grew up to become talks about what she thinks about toy marketing today. It’s an interesting article and […]Read more "Gender Enforcement at Five Megahertz"
Just what is a hydrogen bomb and how does it differ from an atom bomb? The terms as they have entered popular usage can be quite confusing. Basically, “atom bomb” generally refers to fission devices which release energy by turning heavy atomic nuclei into lighter ones. These are the kind of bombs developed by the […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: A Piece of Starlight"
By the late seventies the USSR had developed a credible enough first strike capability that some strategic thinkers questioned whether the US bomber fleet was still an effective deterrent. Bombers are easy to destroy on the ground and hardening a large airfield against nuclear attack is impossible. There are a lot of reasons to have […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: The Intended Audience"
“Trans women are women!” they say. Not everyone agrees, but wait a minute? Aren’t trans women a subset of women just by the structure of that sentence itself? After all, “Black cats are cats” is true just by virtue of the conceptual connections in that sentence. And it really does seem to work like that […]Read more "Is “Trans”Predicative?"
For the last thirty years they’ve been saying “Don’t mess with Texas.” But what if someone had messed with Texas in the worst way possible? Would we have been ready? Today we are going to take a look at three Texas cities during the classic Cold War civil defense era from 1955-1970. Target Austin, Texas: This film […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Let’s Mess with Texas"
I believe that taking civil defense precautions against nuclear attack is never wrong. Giving people skills and tools to survive is not wrong. Investing in infrastructure to save lives is not wrong. Nor is it entirely pointless even in an early eighties style nuclear exchange. No one knows how many bombs there will be, or […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Anarchy in the UK"
I think sometimes if people read my Nuclear Friday posts they think I am some kind of pro-nuclear weapons freak. Absolutely not. My admittedly morbid interest in nuclear weapons came to me as a way of coping with my awareness of the possibility of nuclear destruction when I was ten and concern about the stronger […]Read more "The Rage of Jesus: Daniel Berrigan"