Sunday, November 16, 2014

Should you be concerned about nuclear weapons?

It is amazing how since the end of the cold war the issue of the nuclear weapons stockpiles of the USA and Russia attract little political attention and concern.
In his usual inimitable style John Oliver highlights why we should be concerned.


  1. There seems to be ongoing efforts since the end of the cold war to secure the nuclear materials, especially in the former USSR. See:

    But you probably mean that there needs to be more work done to actually reduce the weapons stockpiles.

  2. I think we should focus on how to put out fire-storms, like bush-fires. If a nuke hits a city, the main two things are evacuation + putting out the resulting fire-storm, which may kill a lot more people than the initial blast.

  3. The Air Force brass needs a lot more scrutiny than it gets, as does their academy. I hear very disturbing stories about the culture in the US Air Force right now, which appears to have significantly diverged from the mainstream. It's worrying that they seem to be in charge of this. "Dr. Strangelove" was prophetic.

  4. I feel like a drink of rainwater and grain alcohol right now.