Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Cosmic Gaia Hypothesis and the Copernican Principle

As a geological fellow traveller, I have always been interested, I would say extremely fascinated, by the seemingly symbiotic interactions between earth systems and biological systems. David Grinspoon writes a truly thought provoking article for Nautilus on this topic, which … Continue reading

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Would a North Korean ICBM Test be a Bluff or a Scientific Experiment and What Might This Mean?

During the cold war the superpowers often argued in favour of proceeding with the early research and development stages of a contentious strategic weapons programme by arguing that it could be traded as part of an arms control agreement, or … Continue reading

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Wikipedia and the Geology of Victoria

You have to be wary of Wikipedia, and there are two claims regarding the geology of Victoria made on Wikipedia that I find puzzling. The first and foremost is on the formation of the Great Dividing Range, of which the … Continue reading

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North Korea Says “Anytime” For ICBM Test and US Says it May Shoot it Down: If It Bleeds Can It Be Killed?

North Korea has announced that it is ready to conduct an ICBM test at any time, and the US Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, has stated that the US might shoot down a North Korean ICBM test if it threatened … Continue reading

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As World Condemns North Korea India Tests Agni-IV and Agni-V Nuclear Missiles Aimed for China.

By now I am sure we have all heard of Kim Jong Un’s announcement that North Korea is putting the final touches to preparations for an ICBM test, and Donald Trump’s reaction to this on twitter which included a missive … Continue reading

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Steven Weinberg On The Trouble With Quantum Mechanics

Steven Weinberg has an interesting article to appear in the forthcoming edition of the New York Review of Books on the foundations of, indeed the trouble with, quantum mechanics. Weinberg declares himself to be “not so sure about the future … Continue reading

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Trump’s North Korea Tweet Puts Spotlight on US Ballistic Missile Defense Capabilities.

During the cold war we watched the cardinals in the Kremlin closely looking for any clues, no matter how minuet or trivial, that might provide insight into politics behind the Iron Curtain. This we called “Kremlinology,” and we’ve been doing … Continue reading

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North Korea Preparing a Hwasong-13 (KN-08) ICBM Test?

The New York Times reports that the North Korean leader, Kim Jong un, in a new year’s address announced that North Korea is putting the final touches to preparations for a test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. The New York … Continue reading

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1992-1993 Cabinet Papers Show Keating Government had a Neoliberal Lie at its Core

Bob Hawke has the degrees but Paul Keating has the wisdom. That aspect of Keating, the self-educated working class intellectual from western Sydney, is one I, a fellow Westie, have long had a soft spot for although this does not … Continue reading

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Tweet My Nukes: Nuclear Declaratory Policy Goes Twitter Generation.

The cold war warrior, and author of NSC 68, Paul Nitze, observed that there are two types of nuclear weapons policy what he called “declaratory policy,” which is for “political-psychological effects,” and “actual policy,” which are the secret nuclear weapons … Continue reading

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