Post Tagged with: "Donald Trump"

President Trump at unveiling of Space Force Flag, 15 May 2020. (White House photo)

Super-Duper New-Nuke Troopers

June 3, 2020 at 12:34 pm

“The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve…” Shakespeare, The Tempest   “That’s a dark thinking that I have a hard time understanding…” Marshall Billingslea, President Donald J. Trump’s Special Envoy for Arms Control   On May 15,Read More

From Madame CJ to Modern America

From Madame CJ to Modern America

June 3, 2020 at 12:32 pm

Growing up, I had a good friend whose father, a barber, not only cut hair, but helped people who were having problems growing it. I don’t recall when I became aware of the business he ran out of his home because there were no signs posted on the house, andRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 22, 2020 at 11:15 am

MAGAA So, this happened: “Make America Great Again, Again?” In case you’ve forgotten, that’s Anthony Marlowe, the Iowa businessman who bought the Sydney Call Centre in 2019. Julia Marlowe is his wife, who has been appointed deputy White House liaison in the US General Services Administration (GSA). Here’s a descriptionRead...

Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916). The Hirschsprung Collection

Self-Isolation: Week Two

March 25, 2020 at 1:17 pm

Week two in self-isolation and it’s not been bad at all. Haven’t run out of the necessities, food and TP specifically, and, thanks to our provider, am grateful not to have to join the masses who seem programmed to get right out there and ignore the warnings they are hearingRead More

The Grand Princess cruise ship in happier times, 2007. (Photo by Teh tennisman / CC BY-SA https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

COVID-19 and the Cruise Industry

March 11, 2020 at 12:12 pm

I’ve speculated about it going over budget and falling behind schedule, but it never occurred to me that a virus — more specifically, a novel coronavirus called COVID-19 — would pose the biggest threat to the timely opening of the CBRM’s $20 million second cruise ship berth, but here weRead More

Trident II D5 nuclear missile (Photo by Ronald Gutridge/US Navy)

Grasping ‘the Significance of the Weapon’

February 5, 2020 at 1:32 pm

Never one to suffer subtlety gladly, or overpolish the written word, US President Donald J. Trump on January 3 ‘spoke’ to the world by tweet: an American flag, behind which, we soon learned, lay the body of Iranian General Qassam Suleimani (and seven other human beings), assassinated by drone inRead More

April 23, 2015: NASA and ESA are celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope's silver anniversary of 25 years in space by unveiling some of nature's own fireworks — a giant cluster of about 3,000 stars called Westerlund 2. The cluster resides inside a vibrant stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29, located 20,000 light-years away in the constellation Carina. The comparatively young, 2-million-year-old star cluster contains some of our galaxy's hottest, brightest, and most massive stars. The largest stars are unleashing a torrent of ultraviolet light and hurricane-force winds that etch away the enveloping hydrogen gas cloud. This creates a fantasy celestial landscape of pillars, ridges, and valleys. (NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team [Public domain]

Earthlings Beware! Bloated US Defense Budget Includes ‘Space Force’

January 8, 2020 at 12:47 pm

The law I am signing today provides $738 billion – that’s with a “B”. That’s an all-time record. … That brings our total investment in national defense, since my inauguration, to almost two and a half trillion dollars. And what’s the good of a budget if you don’t have theRead More

North Korea’s Nuclear Volcano

North Korea’s Nuclear Volcano

December 4, 2019 at 2:22 pm

In the atomic age, who needs the four horsemen of the apocalypse – pestilence, war, famine, and death – when one will do? In mid-October, North Korean ‘Supreme Leader’ Kim Jong-un rode a white horse up a snow-peaked mountain, gazing from the summit with a “mien” so “dignified” – inRead More

An MH-60R Seahawk from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72 takes off from the flight deck of guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) during international exercise Cutlass Fury 16. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Colbey Livingston)

War Games: Exercising the Power to Hurt

September 4, 2019 at 10:02 am

To set the tone for their recent article on Twenty-First Century Nuclear Deterrence , four senior American nuclear war-planners approvingly quote from Arms and Influence, Thomas Schelling’s classic 1966 defense of ‘coercive diplomacy’ in the atomic age: The power to hurt – the sheer unacquisitive, unproductive power to destroy thingsRead More

Lament for a Treaty (INF Treaty 1987-2019)

Lament for a Treaty (INF Treaty 1987-2019)

August 23, 2019 at 9:19 am

I did not weep, I turned to stone inside…Dante, Inferno   I rarely cry, but on the evening of 8 December 1987, glued to radio coverage of the signing of a nuclear arms control treaty between the United States and Soviet Union, I wept with a relief I had neverRead More