George Orwell and the Weapons of Democracy

George Orwell’s 1984 is sometimes described as his essay Politics and the English Language rewritten as a novel. While 1984 certainly extrapolates themes discussed in Politics, most of the world-building for 1984 comes from a different Orwell essay. You and the Atomic Bomb was published in October 1945, just two months after the Japanese surrender. In it Orwell considers whether the atomic bomb is […]

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Backyard Atomic Science

These are conditions that regulatory agencies never envision. It’s simply presumed that the average person wouldn’t have the technology or materials to experiment in these areas. State and local governments in the US employ specialists and maintain the equipment to safely handle minor cases of the release of radioactive materials. But sometimes these specialists, such […]

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The Badge Means You Suck

Officer Yanez of the St. Anthony, MN Police Department was acquitted of all charges against him a few weeks ago. His actions after stopping Philando Castile were deemed to be neither manslaughter nor negligent endangerment. I find rulings like this to be almost as disheartening as the shootings themselves. I’d love to think the system […]

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Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse FAQ

Let’s say you are the leader of some nation with little regard for the lives of others, including citizens of your own nation, and have a small number of thermonuclear weapons along with some high performance missiles. You want to cause something dramatic and unusual with your limited capabilities. Maybe you are an Evil Overlord or […]

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