Entries by Cheryl Rofer

Curmudgeonly Post On Recurring Science Ignorance

Before I get more emails on this. Boy, 14, creates nuclear reactor in his bedroom What he built – not created, built – is called a fusor or fuzor. Instructions for building one abound on the internet. A boy, yes a boy as opposed to a girl or gender-nonconforming kid, does this every few years, […]

Mike Flynn’s Nuclear Adventure – The Companies

  Since elements of the story first appeared, I have been intrigued by the idea that Michael Flynn wanted to sell nuclear reactors to the Saudis. Too much of it doesn’t make sense and still doesn’t. A few things I’ve wondered about: Flynn has no experience with nuclear reactors. Why nuclear reactors? There are a […]

A Quick Post On Selling Nuclear Technology To The Saudis

Big news this morning about the continuing pressure to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. Ken Dilanian was the first with the story, and Washington Post is catching up. Like a lot of stories about the Trump administration’s dicey connections with foreign governments, it adds some new information to a story that I’ve been following […]

On The Lack Of Analytical Utility Of The Concept Of Deterrence

With the US withdrawal from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, we will be hearing more about deterrence. That word is used far too broadly, muddying discussions of military strategy and focusing discussions of war and peace too narrowly. As the Cold War progressed from open competition for bigger bombs in the 1950s, through the terror […]

The Blob’s Time In The Barrel

Ilhan Omar (D – MN) had words for Elliott Abrams in his confirmation hearing yesterday. Exchange between Rep. @IlhanMN and Elliott Abrams: "I fail to understand why members of this committee of the American people should find any testimony that you give today to be truthful." pic.twitter.com/n8aMbH1g3G — CSPAN (@cspan) February 13, 2019 She is […]