These links are coming a day late, but as anticipated, it has been a very busy semester.
Nuclear and Environmental
Lizzie Wade, “Earth in 10,000 Years.”
John Metcalfe, “Imagining the Most Catastrophic Climate Future Ever.”
Steven Vogel, “Environmental Ethics in a Postnatural World.”
Chris Mooney, “Why Some Scientists Are Worried About a Surprisingly Cold ‘Blob’ in the North Atlantic Ocean.”
Laurence Topham , Alok Jha and Will Franklin, “Building the Bomb.”
Ross Andersen, “Watching Nuclear War From Across the Galaxy.”
And a letter from Governor Jerry Brown.
At Foreign Policy, William Burr writes in “How to Fight a Nuclear War” about President Jimmy Carter’s plans for the apocalypse:
With other recently declassified material, PD-59 shows that the United States was indeed preparing to fight a nuclear war, with the hope of enduring. To do this, it sought a nuclear force posture that ensured a “high degree of flexibility, enduring survivability, and adequate performance in the face of enemy actions.” If deterrence failed, the United States “must be capable of fighting successfully so that the adversary would not achieve his war aims and would suffer costs that are unacceptable.”
Perhaps even more remarkable than this guidance is the fact that, although the Obama administration is conducting a review of U.S. nuclear targeting guidance, key concepts behind PD-59 still drive U.S. policy to this day.
It is that taxes will still be collected after mass-death. Yes, the IRS has a plan for how to collect taxes in the event of nuclear exchange. (Perhaps DFW was on to something w/ the Pale King.)
2 interesting links: The first is a look at Pageant magazine, an old rag that seemed obsessed w/ two things, disaster and misogyny (cover text like: “American women are lousy wives). The second is Slavoj Žižek’s take on the recent riots in the UK.
Max Read over at Gawker just reported that certain scientists have suggested a small nuclear war can fix global warming. Clearly this is unfeasible, but intriguing nevertheless.