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Oak Ridge National Laboratory bought a biomass heating plant to save money and be environmentally friendly. It's a flop.
Iran is testing a new centrifuge design, the IR-8.
A 24-step plan to resolve the Ukrainian crisis. This is very logical, but it lacks motivators for the various steps. One of the biggest difficulties right now is that Vladimir Putin baldfacedly lies about Russia's involvement in Ukraine, so it is hard to see how he would agree to some of these steps. Or, if he did, whether he would carry them out.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has judged what is happening in Ukraine to be an international war. Vladimir Vladimovich, they're looking at you!
In a war, the body bags start coming home. This was what turned Russians against their war in Afghanistan.
Finland will sign an agreement with NATO making it easier for the organization to put its troops on the Nordic country’s soil as the government in Helsinki condemns Russia’s treatment of Ukraine. One of the recommendations of the foreign policy realists is that Ukraine be "Finlandized" - that it be neutral between the West and Russia. Finland did that during the Cold War because they had no real choice. They've got a different idea now.
Eh, even Canada is getting cheeky toward the Russians.
John Mearsheimer: Why the Ukraine crisis is the West's fault. Another article from another foreign policy realist. One of the things I find remarkable about the realists' articles is how similar they are. NATO expanded against Russia's will and interrupted Russia's preference for controlling its neighbors. Therefore, Russia is justified in invading Ukraine. Here's Mearsheimer, earlier, on why Ukraine should have kept its nukes. It seems to me that realist prescriptions are prescriptions for war, or maybe just dominance by the most aggressive state.
Now that Russia is more aggressive, we will be hearing more arguments like this.
Strobe Talbott: The making of Vladimir Putin
Battle Robots to Guard Russian Missile Silos by 2020
Uranium mining to start near Russia's Lake Baikal.
Colorized photos of the 1917 Russian revolution.
An open letter to the Iranian negotiating team from Bob Einhorn, who was earlier involved in negotiations.
The Autocrat Inside the EU: How Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban transformed from a dissident compatriot of Vaclav Havel to a would-be Vladimir Putin.
South Carolina's MOX plant is not yet in cold standby.
Who's in and who's out in the separatist organizations of eastern Ukraine.
Council of Europe conclusions on Ukraine.
Dumb idea of the week on how to deal with Russia. I love proposals in which "And then Russia would..." or "Russia would have to..." as if Russia had shown any inclination to do those things and not their opposite.
A proposal for containment (in the George Kennan meaning of the word) of the Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL).
Polygraph tests are required for many jobs and government clearances. But there is no scientific basis for using them.
A woman who was convicted of conspiracy in relation to the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg spying case of the 1940s and 1950s wants her record cleared. She's 98 years old.
The Nirvana Fallacy. Just because you can think of an alternative course of action doesn't mean that it would work better than what was done. This article references Obama in particular, but it's useful to keep this in mind in any analysis of history.
Lies, Damned Lies and Russian Disinformation
In a similar vein, but on the "kinetic" side of things: “Ambiguous” Warfare Buys Upgrade Time for Russia’s Military
The fact is that in most of the world, borders are more legal convention than impassable obstacles.
Russia: A Nation Desperate for Heroes
What Putin can learn from Stalin’s winter war with Finland in 1939.
Hungary’s Viktor Orbán has openly renounced Western-style democracy for the nationalist authoritarianism of Putin’s Russia.
Strong statement from the President of Finland on Ukraine.
How is Russia viewed around the world?
And yes, there are other countries in the world. What Pakistan wants in a treaty on fissile materials.
A long article on the Middle East and the very limited role America can play there.
The spies next door, the story of the Glomar Explorer and its mission to raise a sunken Soviet submarine.
Watching the Eclipse: Ambassador Michael McFaul was there when the promise of democracy came to Russia—and when it began to fade. If you only read one article about Vladimir Putin, this should be it.
Is western media coverage of the Ukraine crisis anti-Russian? Excellent compendium of several views.
Overhead photos of five Russian military bases participating in exercises this week.
Ukraine's SBU security service has published "top secret", Stalin-era files that Russia does not want to release.
Trying to figure out exactly what Russian action the United States claims violates the INF Treaty. The State Department's report is fairly unspecific. I've argued that that nonspecificity could be an invitation for Russia to join a dialog that could lead to discussions of the situation in Ukraine.
A lineup of Russia's nationalist parties and their leaders.
The Soviet Union's war in Afghanistan, 1979-1989. This war contributed to Soviet citizens' disillusionment with their government and through that, to the breakup of the Soviet Union.
A staff member at the Los Alamos National Laboratory was fired for publishing an article that had passed classification review. Here's the paper he was fired for.
Something I've been looking for: information on Ukraine's defense industry. I'd like more detail about the condition of the factories, but this is a good start.
Looks like this could be the missile launcher that took down MH17.
Putin's espionage offensive against France.
Mark Hibbs explains the science behind the Iran nuclear talks.
The rise and fall of nuclear power, in six charts.
What you need to know about the Ebola outbreak. Most important for most of us: if you don't come in contact with a victim's body secretions, you're not in danger.
Some updating on the situation in Russia and Ukraine:
Russia's oil and gas industry needs Western technology. Something I would like to see in the MSM is an investigation into the state of Russia's industry, including more than oil and gas. I suspect that much of it hasn't moved much beyond Soviet times. It would be useful to know more about Ukrainian industry, which I suspect is a little better than Russian, but not a lot.
Russia cracks down on freedom of speech.
Russian separatists leave behind destruction and increased Ukrainian loyalty in eastern Ukraine.
Some of the internatl politics of that leadership.
In other conflict news, here's a great reading list on Gaza.
How Iran is not like South Africa.
For plutonium disposition, MOX is the DOE's preferred solution.
Nuclear weapons lab employee fired after publishing scathing critique of the arms race
Did you watch the first episode of "Manhattan"? I've got a review supposed to be published elsewhere tomorrow. Meanwhile, here's a bit of fact to season an awful lot of fiction.
EU statement on sanctions on Russia.
Nice analysis of what I agree is the correct response from the Obama administration to Russia's aggression.
The pressures on the officers on nuclear missile duty.
Why the term "weapons of mass destruction (WMD)" should be retired: Dan Kaszeta and Al Mauroni.
This guy sent hundreds of white-powder-filled letters, none harmful, all taking time and energy.
The EU's nuclear links with Russia.
Profile of Vladimir Antjufeev, one of the Russian separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine.
More about Antjufeev and other Russians leading the separatists.
Press control and propaganda in Putin's Russia. And more on Russia's propaganda campaign.
Remember the Ronald Reagan, the ship that supposedly was exposed to fallout from Fukushima? It's been investigated, and no significant exposure to the crew was found.
Various ways to convey uncertainty, all of which need to be tailored to specific situations.