Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Sweet Smell of Nuclear Weapons

“When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.” J. … Continue reading

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UFO’s messing with our nukes?

According to a Reuters post: “Testimony from more than 120 former or retired military personnel points to an ongoing and alarming intervention by unidentified aerial objects at nuclear weapons sites … Six former U.S. Air Force officers and one former … Continue reading

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The Myth of Nuclear Deterrence

While society treats nuclear deterrence as an established fact, a great new video explodes that myth in literally five minutes. Produced by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, The Myth of Nuclear Deterrence is currently at the top of their home page, but should that change, it can also be accessed directly on YouTube. My June blog post Does Deterrence Really Deter? makes the same point, but NAPF’s professionally produced video adds a powerful emotional element.
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What to do when DC is nuked

When terrorists detonate a nuclear weapon in DC — and, unless we start to take this issue more seriously, it is probably “when,” not “if” — a study at Stanford’s Biz School has concluded that you’re better off hiding in your basement than trying to evacuate. Hopefully, more people will start to take action to prevent that disaster in the first place. Continue reading

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A critical lesson in only 46 words

Nassim Taleb published his book, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, in 2007, a year before the financial meltdown made him an even larger fortune than he’d already amassed. A passage that is only 46 words long conveys a critically important lesson for the nuclear age: Continue reading

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100-Year Floods, Once-in-a Century Tsunamis, and Nuclear War

By its very nature, a nuclear war is a once-in-a-lifetime event. But, as the financial meltdown, multi-billion dollar trading losses and the destruction of New Orleans show, that’s no reason to ignore the danger. Continue reading

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