The United States spends as much as China, India, Russia, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Germany, France, Japan, South Korea, Italy, and Australia spend on defense—combined. And remember: Many of the countries in that list are US allies. The continuous, almost automatic approval of ever-higher US defense budgets is a scandal in plain sight. Someone ought to do something about it. That someone is you. https://thebulletin.org/premium/2021-09/introduction-can-we-make-overspending-on-the-military-politically-costly/
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I was lucky enough to get to interview Elizabeth Kolbert about her new book, Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future. The book is good, she’s brilliant, and I thought the interview went reasonably well. You can judge for yourself. https://thebulletin.org/2021/03/watch-now-under-a-white-sky-the-nature-of-the-future/
This story is going everywhere on the interwebs. That’s because it’s first-rate journalism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.