On October 21, slashdot (an online news aggregator) covered the appearance of my article, “Soaring, Cryptography and Nuclear Weapons,” and produced an avalanche of traffic on our web site. This month, we had 9,637 visitors and 13,398 page views, compared to 441 visitors and 981 page views the previous month. This increase was similar to what we saw in April, when slashdot covered the launch of the site. Getting “slashdotted” is great!

If you haven’t yet read the paper, there are links to both PDF and HTML versions in the left margin of our web site under the picture of a glider. It’s gotten great reviews and I think you’ll enjoy it since it takes a non-threatening approach to what can be a heavy topic.

On November 14, IEEE Spectrum Online also mentioned our project for the second time — and equally important, provided a link to the web site. The IEEE is the world’s largest electrical engineering professional society, with close to 500,000 members. Click here to read the article.

On November 10, Business Week had an article, “The Russia-Georgia War revisited,” which supports evidence presented in earlier emails in this series: “In a hard-hitting television documentary, BBC journalist Tim Whewell visited South Ossetia to find out what really happened during the war. Eyewitnesses interviewed by Whewell allege that Georgian tanks and artillery deliberately fired on civilian apartments, and even attacked refugees attempting to flee the conflict. The BBC notes that if these allegations are true, such actions constitute war crimes and a violation of the Geneva Convention. Georgia’s President Saakashvilli has rejected the allegations. But the BBC isn’t the only western voice now questioning the honesty of Georgian accounts.” Click here to read the rest of the article.

With thanks for your support and wishing you all a good Thanksgiving.

Martin Hellman
Member, National Academy of Engineering
Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering
Stanford University

Archives of earlier emails and other resources are at http://nuclearrisk.org/resources.php.

About Martin Hellman

I am a professor at Stanford University, best known for my invention of public key cryptography -- the technology that protects the secure part of the Internet, such as electronic banking. But, since 1982, my primary interest has been how fallible human beings can survive possessing nuclear weapons, where even one mistake could be catastrophic. My latest project is a book, co-written with my wife Dorothie, with the audacious subtitle "Creating True Love at Home & Peace on the Planet." It's on Amazon and a free PDF can be downloaded from its website: https://anewmap.com.
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