The K-N-11 and THAAD: Sleepwalking Toward Catastrophe in Korea.

September 4, 2016 Mbeljac 0

North Korea recently (August 24) conducted a test of the K-N-11, solid fuelled, submarine launched ballistic missile. There are a number of issues worth reflecting upon in light of the test, but I shall restrict myself here to its possible implications for Ballistic Missile Defense. Toward that end excellent discussion […]

Climate Science and Nuclear Strategy

August 16, 2016 Mbeljac 0

There is a good article with much food for thought in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on the climatic impacts of nuclear exchanges by William Ossoff, a budding young scholar. The article opens by saying, Improvements in climate modeling have provided greater insights into the long-term consequences of nuclear […]

The Nebula and the Swamp: Just Responses to Terrorism

August 5, 2016 Mbeljac 0

Ramzi Kassem, of the City University of New York, has a splendid oped in The New York Times on France, the state of emergency and terrorism. It is well worth reading, and thinking about. Gilles Kepel in a work on jihadi groups in Egypt, written not long after the assassination […]

Quantum Social Science is Intellectual Quackery

July 26, 2016 Mbeljac 0

Intellectual life is replete with blind alleys, and wrongful paths. Some of these strike latter observers as being oddities, such as say alchemy, but nonetheless for all their weirdness it is easy to see how a reasonable person could come to follow the quixotic path given prevailing systems and standards […]

Hey RRW Baby, Welcome Back Iz Missed Ya!

July 13, 2016 Mbeljac 0

Michael Klare is a good analyst, and I have been reading his stuff for a long time. For instance, he has written a good book on the security implications of the looming energy crisis, that is the crisis posed by the depletion and over use of fossil fuels, and his […]

SUSY, Feynman, and Plutonium

July 7, 2016 Mbeljac 0

SUSY where ‘art thou? The University of Melbourne is currently hosting a conference on supersymmetry or SUSY, which is a theory that seeks to address outstanding anomalies in particle physics by positing a new symmetry principle, that is one beyond the standard model, that links fermions (characterised by units of […]