Last week I promised a post on the legacy of the Strategic Defense Initiative. Well, after Monday night’s debate, that will have to be postponed. Nuclear Friday is not a series of blog posts about weapons. Fridays have always been mostly about politics, policy, and culture. And the impressive performance I saw Monday night demands immediate attention. […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Just MAD About the Debate"
I’m glad almost everyone knows that “Every Breath You Take” is a stalker song, not a love song. It came up in conversation this week and I pointed out that while “Every Breath” is creepy, it’s got nothing on “Possession” by Sarah McLachlan. It seems I ruined the song for someone who thought it was […]Read more "This is not a Love Song"
On March 23, 1983 Ronald Reagan announced in a television address to the public that he intended to start a new program that would render nuclear weapons “impotent and obsolete”. This was a near total surprise. There had been no indication to the public what the speech would be about or that the cabinet had […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Star Wars wasn’t quite MAD"
I like disco. I have to, I’m a bass player. Few of my students have gotten out of my practice room without learning the intro and verse parts of “Disco Inferno”. But I usually introduce the song as a left hand position exercise before saying it’s disco. Disco suffered a blow to it’s reputation on July […]Read more "The Night Disco Died"
Hydraulic fracturing of rock strata to ease the extraction of natural gas is controversial. It should be. Well operators have used loopholes in EPA regulations to prevent the public from knowing exactly what is in that pressurized fluid they pump underground. Energy companies have bribed state legislatures into passing laws that prevent the public from […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Fracking With The Bomb"
Fifteen years is long enough. It is time to put away the sackcloth and ashes, time to dismiss the professional mourners. It is time to leave the solemn ceremonies to those who personally experienced loss. Let them mourn alongside those who understand, while the rest of us leave them in peace. National trauma, politicized trauma, […]Read more "Sackcloth and Ashes"
If you’ve heard anything about current US nuclear weapons programs, you’ve heard of the expensive B61 Mod-12. When completed, each bomb will cost more than its weight in gold. There are other controversies besides just the price. The B61, once known under the informal code name “Silver Bullet”, has been around a long time and is […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: New Lives for Silver Bullets"