September 22nd, 2014
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Category Archives: Tidbits

Brief thoughts (e.g. 100 words or less).

YET ANOTHER TIDBIT: A HISTORY OF THE COVERT JAPANESE NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM

Here’s an intriguing history – in the context of today’s article about China – about Japan’s covert nuclear weapons program: United States Circumvented Laws To Help Japan Accumulate Tons of Plutonium Now…let’s see if I’ve got this right: Japan could be a nuclear and probably thermonuclear power within a matter of weeks, larger than China,[More...]

TIDBIT: EBOOK READERS ABSORB LESS, AND THE BOOKLESS “LIBRARY” (OF TEXTS THAT CAN BE ALTERED WHEN THE CORPORATE BIGWIGS SAY SO)

Well, pursuant to my continuing attempt to sound the warning against the move to all electronic records and books(think, in this respect, of MERS and the Soviet Encyclopedia), there’s these two stories: Book Buzz: Study finds people absorb less on e-readers Library without books debuts at Florida’s newest college That pretty much says it all:[More...]

TIDBIT: NOW THEY’RE SAYING THE UKRAINE IS SEEKING NATO MEMBERSHIP

Well no sooner said than undone it seems. Adding to the speculations of behind-the-scenes diplomacy between Mr. Putin and Mrs. Merkel, and her own assurances that the Ukraine should be kept neutral (suspiciously similar to the position we blogged about concerning Mr. Mearsheimer’s article in the CFR journal Foreign Policy) we now have the coup government[More...]

TIDBIT: AND JUST FOR GOOD MEASURE… SCIENTISTS MANIPULATING MAGNETICALLY LEVITATED OBJECTS

Just for good measure with today’s main blog, check this one out: Scientists manipulate magnetically levitated objects Now, I suspect that in private, or rather, in secret, they’ve been manipulating “magnetically levitated” objects for quite a while, and successfully. The interesting thing to ponder is why they’re now willing to talk about it so publicly, when,[More...]

TIDBIT: THE PLIGHT OF THE ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Having suffered the indignities of once-per-semester (and oftentimes late…THANKS Jokelahoma!) paychecks as an adjunct professor, and seeing the fat paychecks of overpaid and under-talented administrators, and decline of the academy in this country, this one speaks volumes to me(thanks to our web developer Daniel DiGriz for sharing this one): What parents need to know about college[More...]