The Flower and the Butterfly

January 17, 2018 Mbeljac 0

Symbiotic relationships pose chicken and egg problems, which abound. One that has always intrigued is the question; what came first, the flower or the butterfly? Recent research more firmly establishes that the answer to that question very much is the butterfly. A paper published in Science Advances provides a fascinating […]

On the Humanities and Naturalistic Inquiry

January 11, 2018 Mbeljac 0

I cannot think of many who had the same depth of insight and breadth of interest as David Hume, and his accounting of history and its relation to the sciences remains apposite. Consider his well known, and still controversial, declaration of the study of history in An Inquiry Mankind are […]

The Juchefication of North Korea’s Missile Programme

January 8, 2018 Mbeljac 0

Late last year Khrustalev Vladimir reported on a visit to North Korea where spoke to representatives of the National Aerospace Development Administration, which oversees North Korea’s space programme. What grabbed a lot of people’s attention was that the representatives he spoke to revealed that North Korea plans to launch a […]

North Korea’s Hwasong-15 ICBM and The Window of Vulnerability

December 2, 2017 Mbeljac 0

In 1954 President Eisenhower exclaimed that, “soon even little countries will have a stockpile of these bombs, and then we will be in a mess.” Many have, correctly, emphasised that the Hwasong-15 ICBM is a big heavy missile. That’s half the picture. It’s a big missile developed by a small […]

Rationality and Nuclear Launch Authority

November 28, 2017 Mbeljac 0

One of the more electorally telling advertisements in US political history was a 1964 LBJ campaign ad featuring a girl in the meadows picking away at a flower whilst an austere and mechanical voice in the background counts down to nuclear launch. LBJ’s opponent at the time, Barry Goldwater, who’s […]

On the Ratko Mladic Guilty Verdict

November 23, 2017 Mbeljac 0

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has found the former commander of the Army of the Republic of Srpska, General Ratko Mladic, guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. I am researching other topics more in line with my vocation, and with a view to writing […]