Category Archives: Politics and Economics

Nenoksa and Chernobyl: Will a New Arms Race Make the Sky Fall in on Mankind?

Parallels have been drawn between a mysterious explosion, on August 8, near the Russian village of Nenoksa, and the Chernobyl nuclear accident of 1986. The explosion was accompanied by an, albeit brief, spike in radiation levels detected at Severodvinsk, a … Continue reading

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When Physics Became a Gigolo: Superprofits For Supergravity.

“Is the end in sight for theoretical physics,” asked Stephen Hawking at his inaugural lecture as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. Hawking defined “the end” of theoretical physics to be the successful development of a complete, … Continue reading

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Yongbyon Dismantlement for Snapback Sanctions Relief: Deal or No Deal?

Reports continue to emphasise that the upcoming working level meetings between US and North Korean officials, following the third Kim-Trump meeting at Panmunjom, will discuss an interim Yongbyon plus deal involving what’s called a “nuclear freeze” for limited sanctions relief. … Continue reading

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Lost in 7

There’s a good interview with Lee Smolin at Quanta on his relational view of nature, which you can also find in his Three Roads to Quantum Gravity. His view is inspired by Leibniz’s metaphysics in The Monadology, and it reminds … Continue reading

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The Twin Paradox of Denuclearisation Diplomacy with North Korea

June 12 marked the first anniversary of the Singapore summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, and the period thereafter has seen some suggest preparations are afoot for a third summit. Kim Jong-un sent a letter to Trump to mark … Continue reading

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Weekly Thumbprint

The business about the DIA’s assessment, it is not clear that this assessment is shared by the US IC as a whole, continues to attract attention. Likely this is related to a push from within the US nuclear weapons complex … Continue reading

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Weekly Impressions

Jovo Bakic is perhaps the only left wing, by that I mean genuinely socialist, public intellectual in the Serbian public sphere. That’s most unfortunate, however, there is a flip side to this. Although Bakic, who describes himself as anarchistic, is … Continue reading

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Class War Is For Us Not For You: Australian Labour and the 2019 Election

The Australian Labor Party lost the 2019 federal election because it is a victim of its own success. Continue reading

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Rage Against the Machine!

The Enlightenment bequeathed us the view we are not machines. Capitalism is a machine serving itself and which makes the self a machine. Ira contra machina! Continue reading

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Riding the Escalation Ladder with North Korea Risks Intentional Nuclear War

From before Hanoi we’ve been riding the escalation ladder with North Korea, and it looks like liberals and neoconservatives don’t mind nuclear war too much. Continue reading

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