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Notes from the West

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On October 20, 2019
I have been almost silent from the blog for the last week. The main reason is that I spent that whole week in the West. The proximate reason was to attend the Western History Association conference in Las Vegas. But since I dislike Vegas and because in Italian-dominated Rhode Island, we still get Columbus Day […]

The Warhead Gap!

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On December 24, 2016

Trump’s call for more nuclear weapons, reported NBC News, “boggle[d] nuclear experts“: While President Barack Obama has proposed a multibillion-dollar plan to modernize the aging U.S

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Well, this makes one feel secure: The U.S. nuclear weapons system still runs on a 1970s-era computing system that uses 8-inch floppy disks, according to a newly released report from the Government Accountability Office. The GAO report found that the Pentagon’s Strategic Automated Command and Control System — which “coordinates the operational functions of the […]

Nuclear Targets

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On January 1, 2016

Well, this is pretty cool: The National Security Archive has published what is said to be the most comprehensive and detailed list of nuclear weapons targets and applied weapons strategy that has ever

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A-Bomb Sunrise

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On January 10, 2014
This is an excellent set of photographs documenting how atmospheric nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site lit up the night sky in Los Angeles: The light from the tests seems to light up the entire sky, a dull incandescence sharply outlining anything between it and the camera. At first, the images seem rather mundane […]

K-25

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On December 24, 2013

I was unaware that K-25, the building at Oak Ridge that separated uranium-235 from uranium-238 during the Manhattan Project, is nearly demolished to make way for a new industrial park. And really, if

The Atom Bowl

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On January 1, 2013

Wow. One of the most bizarre episodes in the entire occupation of Japan took place less than two months later, on January 1, 1946, in Nagasaki. Back in the States, the Rose Bowl and other major colleg

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