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Chemical Weapons

In January 2015, researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center received a $1.9 million grant to develop a new therapy to protect military members from nerve agent exposure. It would pleasure me to have that therapy goodie in my supply kit. More good news. Last week AP’s Dan Elliott reported that “…The Pueblo Chemical […]

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Fireflies and Crocus-Hope

Mother Nature isn’t naughty or nice, in fact she simply goes about the business of earth irrespective of local impacts. Her changes always bring a new equilibrium to bear, although it might take an eon or two. So far she hasn’t shaken mankind off like she shed the dinosaurs, but who knows. In the span […]

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Bears In The Air

By: B.F. Johnson The Russian TU-95H ‘Bear’ long range bomber is testing air space limits and poking sticks in the eyes of various governments in the Western World. U.K. airspace is the most recent of the ‘almost violations’ and made the Foreign Office mad enough to call the Russian Ambassador to task.   According to CNN, […]

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By: B.F. Johnson Montana’s mountains, Wyoming’s Kortes Dam, and the North Shore of Lake Superior provided the backdrops of a childhood that instilled a belief that I could be anything I wanted to be if I just worked hard enough and paid my dues. Running wild and free through these landscapes I believed the truisms […]

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Political Jabberwocky

At least Lewis Carroll’s nonsensical poem had a beginning, an end, was fun and it rhymed. Written in 1871, Jabberwocky was read by Alice during her adventures in Wonderland. “It seems very pretty,’ she said when she had finished it, ‘but it’s rather hard to understand!’ (You see she didn’t like to confess, even to […]

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Tears For Nigerians

By: B. F. Johnson The Boko Haram struck the villages of Baga and Doron Baga on January 3, 2015; yet another destructive lightning strike from the dark and ominous cloud of extremist Muslims hanging over northern Nigeria. Whether 150 (reported by the Nigerian government) or 2,500 (reported by Amnesty International) died the horror remains unchallenged […]

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Can We Talk?

It’s frustrating chasing one’s tail trying to get information about exactly what is going on in the nuclear power industry when something goes wrong. If the nuclear power generators and their buddies in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission want me to trust them, they better start talking and coming up with hard facts. An Illinois nuclear […]

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The Might Have Pens

Appeasers or Appetizers

By: B. F. Johnson Wolves like appeasers. They are crunchy on the outside with soft centers. You know the ones I’m talking about? Wolves frighten appeasers so they “…concede to the belligerent demands of (a nation, group, person, etc.) in a conciliatory effort, sometimes at the expense of justice or other principles.” People who acquiesce […]

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Who Do You Call?

By: B.F. Johnson It is really Wednesday, January 7th, 2015?  The sight of a muted TV and the sounds of being put on endless holds during a vain attempt to gain bureaucratic accountability in acquiring a ‘Pre-Pass’ suggest a Monday.   Well, your humble scribe is well-versed in attention deficit and being ‘on-hold’ triggers my […]

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Cold War and America

Happy New Year – Welcome Back To the cold War

Written By: B. F. Johnson The holidays serve up a respite, albeit a short respite, for soul decompression.  Like a sponge soaking up water, I begin to feel more alive and pliable each day.  Vivid colors and intense emotions mark the compression of a hard, dry year fading into memory and a New Year’s promises […]

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For Want of a Wrench

“The U.S. federal government is lathered up and hell-bent on spending money to safeguard the nuclear weapons stockpile.  I hope so. The nuclear weapons stockpile is a politically benign way to discuss the U.S.’ pile of nuclear weapons. Of necessity it includes the people and infrastructure needed to maintain and deliver them.  Secretary of Defense Hagel employs […]

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