The house on Sunset Boulevard was inconspicuous. Set back from the street, it could barely be seen but the house was a deep lot, with tennis court in the back where Lloyd Shearer, editor of Parade Magazine in its heyday would regularly interview a Who’s Who of celebrities. Sagan brought a story with him…
What can be said today? It is a day that will be remembered as historic tragedy The United States files paperwork to withdraw ‘officially’ from the Paris Climate Agreement The Trump’s plan to exit will take effect November 4, 2020, the day after the presidential election….
Arguing there is no climate crisis, the US president arrived in Pittsburgh to tout his Fossil Fuels Dominance Agenda at the Natural Gas ‘Shale Insight’ Conference. He again announced his intention to pull out of the climate and renewable energy international accord agreed to in Paris
A beginning. Margarita Naumenko. As with Greta Thunberg in Sweden, one student, a ripple, can become a wave … (New Russian climate law revised after industry intervention. Draft bill loses legal targets and support for low carbon projects. ‘Trump effect’ threatens Paris climate accord, sets back international security agreements)
“Global temperatures rose 1.1C since 1850… and up 0.2C between 2011 & 2015”… “Sea-level rise since 1993 is 3.2mm per year… from 2014 to 2019 the rise increased to 5mm per year”. As the US president denies climate science, the threats of climate disruption, and dispatches troops to Saudi Arabia, the reality of physics brews […]
Breaking News: Trump Says U.S. ‘Locked and Loaded’ for Military Action… Today, September 16, 2019 the US promises to reveal airspace surveillance intelligence. Iraq’s Prime Minister issues statement saying US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told him attacks on Saudi Arabia, claimed by Yemen forces in the escalating Saudi-Yemen war, had not originated from Iraq […]
The Russian president sends a warning — the end of the INF and resumption of US tests of intermediate range ground-launched nuclear warheads means gravely higher stakes. When new first strike, ‘usable’ nukes are deployed to countries threatening the Russian Federation, then all bets are off
How can Washington and Moscow stop nuclear escalation? Nuclear experts, east and west, are scrambling to obey orders from the top. While academics debate whether there is a ‘new nuclear arms race’ underway (there is), the new nuclear Cold War, nuclear version 2.0, is growing hotter every day
That the current state of political debate in the U.S. has descended into what can be described as chaos, anger and blame game doesn’t bring much in the way of hope for ‘better days ahead’. Today, the horizon delivers clear and present dangers, multiplied. Theocratic politics ushers in a new physics of conflict
September 10, 2019 — Breaking News. In a Tweet, the US President sends another of his “You’re fired” missives. This time aimed at the long-time aggressive advocate of hard-line, failed wars — John Bolton. In a chaotic White House with daily-shifting policy, who’s willing to be next in a succession of foreign policy/national security advisors?
A Google News snapshot of global stories about the president of Brazil as he faces environmental threats and Amazon rainforest fires by rejecting European nations’ assistance and cooperation. Brazil’s Bolsonaro mocks, threatens and postures… Who does Mr. Bolsonaro remind the international community of ?
Where does one start as one attempts to bring reasoned assessment to the news that’s beginning to flow from the G-7? Is the order of the day going to be diplomatic, or provocative? Will the results be welcome, or produce mid- and long-term repercussions with costly consequences? Guess.
On Aug. 18, at 2:30 p.m. PDT, the US Defense Department conducted a flight test of a ground-launched cruise missile. The missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight. Data collected and lessons learned will inform development of intermediate-range capabilities
An op-ed in the N.Y. Times informs us the U.S. needs more nukes. As if the collapse of nuclear arms agreements isn’t enough, someone says step on the pedal, speed up the nuke production line, proliferate, escalate, ratchet up, unleash a new arms race. Who is this op-ed writer?
As the INF and nuclear weapons control architecture collapses, we see no discussion in the US presidential TV debates re: the new nuclear arms race, a next generation of smart, ‘usable’, nuclear weapons, revelations of Saudi-Trump nuclear development, and talk of ending the nuclear test ban treaty
Work in Progress / Tracking @StratDem — When a crisis threatens to escalate into disaster, the Strategic Demands team attempts to take a deeper look, a view with perspective. Here we reveal snapshots of our research as the US threatens a new war, another war…
Existential challenge? Climate crisis? Security demand? Eight Minutes + Seven Minutes = 15 Minutes Among Twenty Candidates. “Four hours of air-time over two nights and the first climate question arrives about 90 minutes into the Democratic party presidential debate on both nights. The combined time spent on climate both nights amounted to 15 minutes.”