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Columbia Journalism Review: That Bulletin is pretty damn interesting


This may be the best outside appraisal of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists I have ever read. The author, Tammy Kim, did an amazing job of reporting and writing. The result is more than worth reading, and it is here.

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Bioluminescent dolphins. You know you want to see them.


There’s an algae bloom along the California coast that makes the water glow in the dark. Which is cool. But nowhere near as cool as these bioluminscent dolphins, streaking through the algae glow. So I just went with it.

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Why it’s so important to have an outside investigation of the origin of the coronavirus pandemic


There has been a wave of articles about the origin of the coronavirus. A lot of the coverage is politically tinged. This piece by Filippa Lentzos, one of the world’s top biosecurity experts, lays out the facts and explains why it’s nonproductive to use a political lens to view the factual reality of how the pandemic began. Knowing how the pandemic began is vital to understanding how we can prevent other pandemics. The only way to gain that understanding is via an outside investigation that is not led by China or the United States. The full story is here.

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The traitor question


My latest piece for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists explains why it is important for the US press to ask whether President Trump is a traitor—and to keep on asking, until a definitive legal answer is established. It’s a rude question, but the Constitution protects the press precisely so it will ask the questions decent people would not.Screen Shot 2018-07-17 at 8.39.59 AM

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Songs for Helsinki


The publication I edit has posted a set of songs that President Trump might consider presenting to President Putin at their Helsinki meeting. Feel free to add your choice by tweeting it to: @bulletin atomic.Screen Shot 2018-07-14 at 10.27.13 AM

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Moving on from PR extravaganza to actual arms control


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The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (which as you know I edit) rounded up editorial cartoons about the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore. They made the obvious point—it looked like Trump had made major concessions in return for North Korea doing little or nothing. With a little edge that I liked.

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A worldwide Bulletin


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The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has global reach. Here are just a few examples of its worldwide impact. A very few, of very many.

 

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How the president could make the president less dangerous


My latest piece for Reuters explains how the president could limit his own ability to spark Armageddon. It would even be politically advantageous for him.

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Bob Corker looks at Trump’s finger, and a certain button


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My latest piece for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is a light one; it deals with US Sen. Bob Corker’s decision to hold a hearing on US President Donald Trump’s authority to use nuclear weapons. I will make sure to return to more significant subjects in future posts.

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The North Korea puppet show


Kim_Jong-Un_Photorealistic-Sketch Here’s a recent piece I wrote for Reuters that is standing up pretty well as Rocket Man and the Dotard trade insults and threats. What they are doing is dangerous—but quality media coverage can reduce the threat of war.

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