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How to lose a nuclear weapon

Over the course of the Cold War, the United States lost nuclear materials and weapons all. the. time. There’s even a term that refers to the loss of a nuclear weapon: “Broken Arrow.” How, you might ask while you’re sipping your scalding morning coffee, does anyone lose something so important? Well, chances are, that you’d […]

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Do you know about the nuclear exercise “Snowball” or Снежок?

In the days after, Soviet scientists’ reports detailed the impact of the nuclear blast on everything: vegetation, animals, shelters, vehicles, houses. And a small part on human lives.

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Oak Ridge’s radioactive mist

Swim naked in the local lake with Oak Ridge native Megan Fox, the mist caressing both of their faces would be radioactive. 

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Yeltsin’s close nuclear call

It’s January 25, 1995 and you’re President Boris Yeltsin activating the “nuclear briefcase”.

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Billy Collins on the arbitrary distinction between revision and writing

And when I revise, I’m writing, aren’t I?

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Carry on: an epitaph to a bag

Epitaph to a bag with a face.

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Pythagoras and Hepatia

Pythagoras vs. beans and Hepatia vs oyster shells.

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Weeklinks – Edition 3

This week’s links on creativity, social media, distractions, tips on writing and drawing, art, Lady Lilith, and Max Ernst. PLUS! Unusual inspiration for unusual times.

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Sunday Showcase: Expansion by Paige Bradley

The Sunday Showcase, not to be confused with “The Sunday Scaries”, literally zooms in on a piece of artwork and shares videos and/or quotes from the artist.

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Happy Birthday Lou Doillon

Life is a very challenging project.

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Merriam-Webster’s Words of the Day Quiz for August

11 new words, brought to you by Merriam-Webster

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Harvest

It’s harvest and I ask for more time without pressure.

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Vespers (End of August)

And some things have the nerve to be getting started…

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Yordi As Seen By Yordi: #1 in an interview series

This is the first “interview” (it’s very short, only a few quotes from each conversation) with friends and family members who are Deaf. My 25 year-old brother, Yordi, is using photography as a way to escape from his three other roommates, not counting the kitten and the Dalmatian, all of which are Deaf, except for […]

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What I love is blue

What I love about you is blue.

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Weather to vaccinate, or not.

Whether the weather weathers the whether.

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The Marriage of Romeo & Juliet by Death (1967-1975) by Salvador Dali

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The Great Mathematician Paul Erdős on Possessions and Coffee

Between scientific conferences, universities, and the homes of colleagues all over the world.

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Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic

Now hear the sailors cry

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The only difference between the Surrealists and me is that I am a Surrealist – Salvador Dalí

The Temptation of St. Anthony (detail), 1946 Oil on Canvas, 89.5 x 119.5 cm (35 1/4 x 47 in.) Brussels, Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique

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Henry Miller on the mystery of attention

Indescribably magnificent

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What Charles Bukowski didn’t say

Charles Bukowski didn’t say you should find what you love and let it kill you.

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Daniel J. Levitin on Organization: Chapter 1

Categorize to save yourself.

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If you inherently long

Become it first.

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All of Life is Practice

All of life is practice.

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August 29 News Download: Pacific Light Undersea Cable

A data pitstop on the way to China.

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Don Draper’s Brand

Change the conversation and you control the brand.

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Fear and Circumstance in Las Vegas

I came home to a cat, her white paws delicately dancing past the typewriter, mine. Tucked inside the typewriter was a sheet, long dead, with the words I wrote by hand: “Place yourself in circumstances of want, and ask yourself, “is this what I fear?”

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Wages in Cuba and a quote from my former Professor of Latin American Politics

Cuba announces increase in wages as part of economic reform by Associated Press Thursday, June 27th 2019 The beginning: “Every Cuban has the right to a salary increase,” said Dariel Tejeda, a 28-year-old tour guide. “The country and all the state workers have needed this for a long time.” and the end: Ending the dual-currency […]

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The Gallery Inn

San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Frame control on why gun control is political in the U.S.A

You were on your own.

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I’ve decided on Tolstoy’s Decision Making Matrix

You’re never at the beginning of some event.

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How do the Chinese get calcium when they barely eat dairy?

What to eat after giving birth. Oh, and also your calcium intake.

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I’m alright. Sometimes I’m wrong.

Why didn’t I learn this number, earlier? Why do I still know nothing about anything?

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Nuclear incidents in the 1950s

Excerpts below from the Nuclear Files Org. Update on 4/27/2021: inexplicably, this link is broken. I can access other decades, but for some reason I cannot pull the file on nuclear accidents in the 1950s from the archived nuclearfiles.org 13 February 1950U.S.A., Pacific Ocean- A B-36 which developed serious mechanical difficulties on a simulated combat […]

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Soviet Spy Klaus Fuchs

…not until 1949 that decrypted cables from the United States Army Signal Intelligence Service (SIS)’s “Venona” project revealed Fuchs was a Soviet spy.

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озёрск / Ozersk

Those in paradise were given a choice: happiness without freedom, or freedom without happiness. There was no third alternative.

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Expanding our limits by learning a language

It’s called modelling.

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The Modus Operandi of Abusive Relationships

“I make a sketch of the person” said Mr. K., “and make sure that one comes to resemble the other.”

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Flying pigs and Russian palatalization

Another month ends. All targets met. All systems working. All customers satisfied. All staff eagerly enthusiastic. All pigs fed and ready to fly. Currently reading: http://masterrussian.net/f17/shape-tongue-correctly-pronounce-russian-sounds-22855/

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Vulnerability in Russian is уязвимость.

bruises, broyses, spelled бройсес

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Learning Russian by listening to music

Музыка

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A Child’s Curiosity

Babies are not blobs, but true scientists.

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On the up and down

Life is a condition.

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Barely learned

Forget about forgetting.

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A reality-tunnel is kind of silly

Bigger, funnier, sexier

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Learning Russian for Russia’s women

LAD, my child.

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Hot, sunny, coolness in the shade

“A new background created without hope or joy, without feeling of permanence or without a conviction of its rightness. But inevitably beautiful.” June 1936, Anais Nin

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Senior and junior Morales

Un padre con su hijo.

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Lie back and think of pleasure

Start drinking. Daydream about your death.