Jesse Taylor points out: Missile defense is not a bad idea…in the abstract. Defending oneself from missiles, after all, was the basis of a seminal videogame in the 1980s, which made the point that stopping missiles from hitting us was not only useful for protecting your cities and missile bases, but was also entertaining and […]

Oh Good Lord

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On September 14, 2004
Sam Rosenfeld at Tapped catches this in the Washington Post: The Pentagon’s last hope of flight-testing critical new elements of an antimissile system, before activating the system this autumn, appeared to vanish yesterday with the disclosure that the next flight test has been postponed until late this year, well past the November election. The Air Force general […]

Thoughts on Chechnya

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On September 14, 2004
What to think about Chechnya and Beslan? Having a blog gives me the opportunity to ruminate at length. . . The Chechen situation provokes some difficult questions about terrorism. Various Russian states have “terrorized” Chechnya since the 19th century. In World War II, Stalin deported more or less the entire population of Chechnya to Siberia. […]

Hack Central

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On September 13, 2004

In a recent article in which self-parody and self-congratulation fought each other to a draw, Prof. Reynolds made the following statement: The press has been in the tank for Kerry to a degree that is

Great, non-baseball thread at USS Mariner. Make sure to read the comments as well, in particular for a discussion of how an eighty foot tall robot can transform himself into a handgun. Here is how the thread begins: I always thought Megatron and Shockwave were ridiculously bad-ass compared to the Autobots, though clearly the size issue […]
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