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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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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Yep, she’s right. The US has been trying to convert since the 1870s. I remember when we tried very hard to convert back in the seventies just like Wanda does. We did not have that many tears though. NASA JSC and Shell Oil used to send representatives to local schools to suppress all resistance to […]
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What do you think they are doing to this B-52? What do you think that scaffolding is made out of? What else does this structure remind you of? Leave a comment or ask a question. Humorous comments welcome. If you already know what this is, but have questions about this subject, just ask.
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In last week’s Nuclear Friday I said that the 1982 MX Dense Pack basing plan likely came from a 1980 report that included some very implausible basing options. This report seemed to be making the case that the Racetrack plan favored by President Carter and the Air Force was somehow inevitable. I have since found […]
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The LGM-118 turned me into a serious amateur student of arms control theory and nuclear strategy. The controversies surrounding its development and deployment between 1979 and 1986 prompted the first really serious public discussion of nuclear weapons policy since the early sixties. And there were protests. LGM-118 was met with as much public opposition in […]
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Most strategic analysts believe that the impending penguin assault has been triggered by the partial collapse of the Larsen C ice shelf. Others think that the collapsing ice might be some sort of ice-based weapons technology, possibly developed with assistance from North Korea. While the prospect of a giant amphibious assault ship made of ice is certainly terrifying, we should remember that previous attempts to construct such ships have failed.
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