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Are ‘Mini-Nukes’ The New Big Thing?

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“How can we effectively seek to dissuade others from developing nuclear weapons while we are going forward with the development of new nuclear weapons ourselves?” Sen. “Nuclear weapons have a unique ability to destroy both agent containers and (Chemical and Biological Weapons),” reads a 2001 Pentagon study.

Announcing its approval of the bill Friday, the Senate Armed Services committee stressed that nothing in the repeal means it has authorized “the testing, acquisition, or deployment of a low-yield nuclear weapon.”

But some experts contend that no bomb of any size could go very deep, because the heavier the bomb, the harder the impact — and the harder the impact, the more likely the bomb would explode before it reached sufficient depth.

Testing — The U.S. Last May, he and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to slash their active arsenals by nearly two-thirds, to 1700 to 2200 warheads each, within 10 years. “Unless we do a lot more research and development and we find some quantum breakthrough in conventional systems, to go deep is going to require a nuclear capability.”

The move to clear the legal hurdles on manufacturing mini-nukes is part of a broad review of U.S. — did not prohibit designing a testing device with a yield below five kilotons, modifying an existing weapon for safety reasons or conducting research and development necessary “to address proliferation concerns.”

The Little Boy bomb dropped on Hiroshima delivered around 15 kilotons. D. A bomb of just one kiloton, detonated 30 meters below the earth, can open a crater wider than a football field, according to Princeton physicist Robert W. According to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the move “restores the nation’s ability to make nuclear weapons,” and was needed so the Energy Department could replace pits found unsafe or destroyed through regular check-ups.

Last year, the U.S. Other efforts include developing lasers and computers to simulate aspects of nuclear tests.

Nuclear Stockpiles: President Bush has agreed to dramatic reductions in the number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, asked recently.

A kiloton is equal to the explosive force of one thousand tons of TNT. Five people watching the surf from Hurricane Bill were swept out to sea at Acadia National Park in Maine. Others contend that making more bombs is a bad idea if the U.S. Nelson.

“One way you ensure that there are no safe havens is to be able to go deep,” said Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. “If you were to have a problem with a weapon system that you needed to rectify using a test, you would want to be able to do that faster,” J.

At the same time, however, last month the United States produced a plutonium pit — the core of a fission bomb — for the first time in 14 years. Edward Kennedy, the administration has budgeted $700 million for studying how testing might resume. wants to stop proliferation.

By Jarrett Murphy

The ban — named after sponsors Elizabeth Furse, D-Ore., retired, and John Spratt, D-S.C. spent more in real terms on atomic defense activities than since 1962.

Strategy — In its Nuclear Posture Review last year, the administration identified Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, North Korea as countries where “contingencies” could arise that U.S. Crouch, the assistant secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, said in a briefing last year.. policy on nuclear weapons, which has included:

Bunker busters — For the second year in a row, the Energy Department is requesting $15 million to study the need for a Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator (RNEP).

Supporters say these weapons might be necessary to deal with so-called “hard and deeply buried targets” in rogue states and terrorist camps, of which there might be 10,000 in the world.

CAROUSEL – People watch as water breaches a rock wall at Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia, Canada, Sunday, August 23, 2009. Duncan Hunter, R.-Calif., last May.

But the administration says smaller nuclear arms may eventually be needed to deal with the emerging threat of rogue states hoarding weapons of mass destruction.

CBSNews.com’s Jarrett Murphy takes a look at the prospects for the U.S. “nuclear strike capabilities” must be geared towards, according to a leaked copy of the report.

The 1993 low-yield ban that the current defense bill would delete stated that “it shall be the policy of the United States not to conduct research and development which could lead to the production by the United States of a new low-yield nuclear weapon, including a precision low-yield warhead.”

A memo obtained by a British newspaper indicates that at a conference this summer, Defense and Energy department officials will consider questions like: “What is the uncertainty in confidence and potential risk threshold for a test recommendation–what would demand a test?”

Copyright 2003 CBS. Two had been recovered and three were still missing as of 5 p.m. development of low-yield nuclear weapons.

The Bush administration may get permission to create kinder, gentler or at least smaller nuclear weapons if Congress overturns a ban on doing so.

The defense appropriations bill now winding its way through the Hill contains a clause revoking the 1993 Spratt-Furse amendment, which prohibits the development of so-called “low-yield” nuclear weapons – bombs that pack a punch of less than five kilotons.

The Foster Panel, which studied the testing issue last year, recommended improvements that would allow a test within three months to a year of deciding to do so. In the modern U.S. conducted its last nuclear test in 1992, and while the White House opposes the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty — which the U.S. ET Sunday.

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But some members of Congress believe conventional weapons could do the same job, and worry that mini-nukes would blur the line between conventional and nuclear weapons.

However, the administration is paying increasing attention to the possibility that it might at some point have to resume testing if there were a question about the reliability of the nation’s stockpile. According to Sen. arsenal. arsenal, the submarine-launched Mk-5 holds eight W88 warheads of 475 kilotons each.

Defense officials said in 2002 that at present, the U.S could go from the decision to test to a trial run in two to three years. has signed but not ratified — the administration says it has no plans to conduct a test

U.S. Tomahawk Missiles Deployed Near China Send Message. Is this considered a threat to the Chinese government ?

(See pictures of the U.S. But this one was different: for nearly three years, the U.S. And the Klaxons would have maxed out as the U.S.S. Instead, they hold up to 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles each, capable of hitting anything within 1,000 miles with non-nuclear warheads. Ohio popped up in the Philippines’ Subic Bay. The 14 Trident-carrying subs are useful in the unlikely event of a nuclear Armageddon, and Russia remains their prime target. A new class of U.S. military in the Pacific.)

. military has used repeatedly against targets in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq and Sudan. superweapon had suddenly surfaced nearby. In all, the Chinese military awoke to find as many as 462 new Tomahawks deployed by the U.S.

If China’s satellites and spies were working properly, there would have been a flood of unsettling intelligence flowing into the Beijing headquarters of the Chinese navy last week. Michigan arrived in Pusan, South Korea, on the same day.

That’s why alarm bells would have sounded in Beijing on June 28 when the Tomahawk-laden 560-ft. But the Tomahawk-outfitted quartet carries a weapon that the U.S. “There’s been a decision to bolster our forces in the Pacific,” says Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. More alarms were likely sounded when the U.S.S. It was an Ohio-class submarine, which for decades carried only nuclear missiles targeted against the Soviet Union, and then Russia. Navy has been dispatching modified “boomers” to who knows where (they do travel underwater, after all). Florida surfaced, also on the same day, at the joint U.S.-British naval base on Diego Garcia, a flyspeck of an island in the Indian Ocean. in its neighborhood. “There is no doubt that China will stand up and take notice.”

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Their capability makes watching these particular submarines especially interesting. U.S.S. Four of the 18 ballistic-missile subs no longer carry nuclear-tipped Trident missiles

W88 warhead program performs successful tests

An abnormal environment is one that is unexpected, such as an accident.

Sandia National Laboratories performed a drop test for the W88 ALT 370 program, designed to replicate a crane accidentally dropping the re-entry body onto a concrete surface. CRAFT demonstrated how the radar performed during re-entry through plasma generated by the hypersonic speeds at which the warhead travels.

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Sandia will use vibration and shock measurements from the test to update specifications for components in the weapon, he said. The test was conducted at Sandia’s 185-foot Drop Tower Facility, using the same handling gear a crane would use to move the weapon.

The first flight and drop tests for the latest variant of the W88 nuclear warhead are providing data for Sandia National Laboratories to validate designs, improve computer modeling and update component specifications.

The June CRAFT test was the first of several planned flight tests to demonstrate the upgraded system’s performance. Using an unarmed re-entry body, Sandia conducted the test in partnership with LANL, KCP and Pantex at Sandia’s 185-foot Drop Tower Facility, using the same handling gear a crane would use to move the weapon, making the test as realistic as possible.

. It also represented a milestone: the first flight test unit Sandia and its partners, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the Kansas City Plant (KCP) and Pantex, delivered to the Navy for full-scale testing under the program.

“The weapon is not required to function after that, just to stay safe,” Edwards said.

The two successful tests, which were conducted this summer, provide data for the program, the W88 ALT 370 (alteration), to move forward, said Tim Edwards, manager for the program’s technical basis and qualification activities.

The new radar functioned as expected after launch on a Trident II missile from a Navy submarine, Edwards said. Sandia and its partners are analyzing results to validate requirements and radar design.

The Critical Radar Arming and Fuzing Test (CRAFT) was the first flight test of a prototype radar for the W88 ALT 370. It was the W88 program’s first abnormal drop test since the system’s original qualification test in 1987. It also will use the information to validate computer models designed to apply the results to other drop scenarios, since it’s not possible to replicate every possible accident in tests.

A month later, the first drop test of the W88 ALT 370 program mimicked a crane accidentally dropping the re-entry body onto a concrete surface to develop evidence that it would remain safe during an accident

Stanford Program Helps Vietnamese RN Realize His Eldercare Calling | Andrew Lam

“I go to San Francisco, San Jose and San Leandro and bring homeless people socks and pain-relievers,” he said. Periyakoil, MD, director of the program, Mai’s project for training course “addresses the issue of how Vietnamese adults are unaware of the existence of advance health care directives. She observed, though, “While we have many participants from the Chinese and Asian Indian communities, not many Vietnamese have applied for the successful aging training.”

For his part, Mai is currently pursuing a doctorate in nursing: “I am doing research to look at hospital policies and how to implement change to help patients, especially within the Asian community.”

According to Peryiakoil, “The boom in U.S.

Mai first had a difficult time making inroads, however. Once he started the project, many, many seniors expressed interest and completed advance directives with our help. I wish more Vietnamese Americans will complete the Stanford Successful Aging min-fellowship as they will then be able to help their community.”

“Backpack Nursing”

An active member of his church, Mai devotes even his extra-curricular activities to health-related projects. It took a while for people to catch on. It is important for all ethnic communities to work to promote successful aging for their seniors.”

Andrew Lam, author of “Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora” and “Birds of Paradise Lost,” wrote this article supported by a New America Media fellowship in collaboration with the Stanford In-reach for Successful Aging through Education Program.

An immigrant from Vietnam, who came to the United States at the age of nine, Mai grew up in a tough neighborhood where he saw many gang activities and people suffering without health care. That they can request for more morphine, for instance.

Stanford University, Periyakoil said, is offering this free mini-fellowship in palliative care for all members of the community. “It’s my calling,” he emphasized. “They don’t know that there are such things that can be asked [when you are hospitalized].

According to V.J. His participation turned out to have a big effect on the Vietnamese community in San Jose.

Periyakoil agreed: “Doctors just talk to patients and don’t usually consult with their families. “I’m a devout Catholic and my ultimate goal being a nurse is to save as many lives as possible and to make as much improvement and changes for as many people as possible, especially immigrant Americans.”

Vietnamese Make Family-Based Decisions

In 2012, Mai attended a Palliative Care Education and Training program for improving end-of-life care, held at Stanford University School of Medicine. He invited two other nurses to his workshops to share their experiences working with seniors and the importance of the health care directive. Some choose a homeless lifestyle, others lost their livelihood because of their gambling or alcohol addiction.” But the saddest part, Mai said, is to see “a whole family falling into homelessness.”

Mai, who works at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and is a certified translator at the county hospital, originally intended his advance-directive project to help 10 people, but it ended up going beyond that number. Mai’s project focused on helping Vietnamese American seniors to complete advance directives. seniors is often described as the ‘silver tsunami.’ In fact, it is a ‘silver-brown tsunami’ as the population of ethnic older adults is exploding.

No one has ever heard of the term “Ke hoach suc khoe cho tuong lai,” which is a translation of advance health care directive, Mai recalled. Mai practices what he called “backpack nursing.” On his free time, he carries a big backpack full of unexpected goodies. .

“I’ve helped countless numbers of people and patients on filling out their advanced directives so I don’t have a specific number,” he said. The ‘Silver-Brown Tsunami’

“Mr. Although he talked to many from all walks of life — “from church leaders to gangsters to lawyers, nobody had an idea what I was talking about.” So Mai made a poster in both English and Vietnamese and talked about the importance of filling out advance directives at his church, as well at various Vietnamese centers.

“When Chi Mai applied, I was happy to see that finally a member of the Vietnamese American community was interested in helping seniors with aging well,” she said. They didn’t know that they can assign — verbally — that ‘this person will make decision for me,’ in case they are not conscious.”

At only age 28, Chi Mai, is a dedicated registered nurse, but it’s not just his profession. “I found nursing to be more of my temperament,” he said. “However, within the Vietnamese population, I’d say it was about 20 families, which seems like a very small number but think about how withdrawn our people are.”


Chi Mai.

Are there homeless Vietnamese? “Yes, quite a few,” he answered. Those are documents that aid older adults in planning ahead for their towards-the-end-of-life care and guarantees that their standards of care will be met by hospitals and medical facilities.”

In particular, through a special program at Stanford University, Mai focused on helping Vietnamese seniors and family members to create advance directives for health care — documents enabling people to state how they wish to be treated at the end of life, if they become too ill to speak for themselves, and who should make their medical decisions.

Mai originally wanted to be pharmacist and was accepted to Boston University, but he changed his mind. But Vietnamese often are family oriented, and they are family-based when comes to making decision.”

Many Vietnamese patients are withdrawn, he said. “It’s sad.

Although Mai is making inroads, she noted, the needs are there and the education regarding end-of-life care and decisions are tremendous

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Winter Solstice ~ What it means, its origins and how it is celebrated around the world

Requiems for the dead were performed during the night, as they awaited the sunrise.

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Fires burned brightly during Winter Solstice in ancient times.

In Finland, the Saami, which are the indigenous peoples of much of Scandinavia,worship a sun goddes of fertility and sanity. This originated as Lussi Night and was usually occurred on December 13, which was believed to have been the longest night of the year.The Roman Catholic church appropriated this feast and called it Santa Lucia or St. Other similar formations are scattered throughout Ireland.

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Karachun, Korochun or KraÃ,,Ã,un was a Slavic holiday as a day when the Black God and other evil spirits are most powerful.

The earliest recorded Australian midwinter bonfire was lit in  Moonta,  the night leading into  June 24, 1862 by  immigrants carrying on the European Midsummer  tradition. Missionaries finally convinced many in Europe to abandon this practice around the 13th century in Europe.


A large and important public festival in Rome, it involved the conventional sacrifices, a couch set in front of the temple of Saturn and the untying of the ropes that bound the statue of Saturn during the rest of the year.

Use of evergreens, large ongoing fires, feasting and gathering with friends and family, dancing and making merry are hallmarks of the winter solstice celebrations since ancient times, and even since the beginning of civilization.

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Solar celebrations in the Southern Hemisphere often occur on December 24.

. The Slavs celebrate it on the longest night (shortest day) of the year – Winter Solstice. Families made a fire and invited their personal household Gods to join the festival. Wikipedia commons, free license. Originally Celebrated by the Ancient Greeks as Kronia the festival of Chronos, Saturnalia was the feast at which the Romans commemorated the dedication of the temple of Saturn, which originally took place on 17 December, but expanded to a whole week, up to the 23 of December.

Winter solstice festivals in the Northern Hemisphere have gone on since ancient times, focusing on lights, feasts, town and community gatherings, and many celebrations that are the origins of some of the practices associated during the Christmas holidays.

Sun rising at Stonehenge in southern England during Summer Solstice. The Spanish Conquistadores never found Machu Picchu, and so Machu Picchu remains the only extant example of this early Incan practice of using the large stone column, the Intihuatana, to tie the post to the sun, to prevent the sun from escaping.


In Slavonic culture, the festival of Kaleda began at Winter Solstice and lasted for 10 days. The midwinter bonfire holiday also began in Burra soon after.

The Incans in Peru celebrated the return of the sun in their practice, tying of the sun. On this night, Hors, which symbolizes the old sun, becomes smaller as the days become shorter in the Northern Hemisphere.

Nobody was assured of surviving the cold, bleak winter months with minimal shelter and little food. Balls of sticky rice, which symbolize reunion, are eaten during this time.

Of course, one of the most beautiful festivals is that of Santa Lucia, St. The axis at New Grange were set for the Winter Solstice.

In Hawaii, the night of Hoku was a celebration on the full moon closest to the winter solstice.

In Sweden, and also in many other parts of Europe, tribes that were polytheistic in origin often celebrated a Midvinterblot or mid-winter sacrifice, that often featured both animal and human sacrifice, not unlike the sacrifices of the Incas of the lamb or the virgin by the Priests at Machu Picchu.


Japanese Sun Goddess Amaterasu emerging from a cave.

In the Northern Hemisphere, that means the shortest day of the year.  In the Southern Hemisphere, that day is longer on that day than on any other day of the year. The longer daylight hours are believed to restore energy. Gambling was allowed for all, even slaves during this period.

This year, Winter Solstice falls on December 21nd.

The toga was not worn, but rather the synthesis, i.e. In Russia, this festival was later applied to Christmas Eve but most practices were lost during Communism. The celebrations included a school holiday, the making and giving of small presents (saturnalia et sigillaricia) and a special market (sigillaria). In 1967 a thin light showing through a passageway for 17 minutes was first observed during sunset at Winter Solstice. The winter months were also known as the famine months in ancient times. The midwinter celebration was known as the last celebration of a feast, before deep winter began.

In China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam, the festival that marks the extreme of winter is one of the most important festivals; this festival dates back to the Yin and Yang philosophy of balance, noting, of course, the shortest day and longest night during the year, during which time the heavens become more in balance. Lucy’s Day, and was believed in the Swedish folklore that if Swedish children did not carry out their chores that a female demon would punish them.

In Pakistan, a demigod returns on this night to collect prayers; men and boys, women and children undergo purification baths, after which a great festival follows.

In Ireland, winter begins on All Hallows, November 1, also known as Samhain, with winter ending and the beginning of Spring celebrating on Imbolc or Candlemas on February 1 or 2.

Cattle were slaughtered so they would not have to be fed during winter months; this made for a fresh supply of meat to become available, and one that would have to last until Spring. “Jewish Yule”) for Chanukkah.

The sacrifice was to appease the Gods, to convince them to let go of Winter’s cold, cruel grip. Saturnalia became one of the most popular Roman festivals, which led to more tomfoolery, marked chiefly by having masters and slaves ostensibly switch places, temporarily reversing the social order.

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Currently, Yulefest is observed by various Australians, often starting on a weekend in late  June.

Yule or Yuletide is also a celebrated secular alternative to “Christmas”, commonly occurring on the winter solstice or December 24th and 25th, in the northern hemisphere. colorful, informal “dinner clothes”; and a certain ‘freedman’s hat’ was worn by everyone. Lucy’s day in Sweden. In the southern hemisphere it is often celebrated on the winter solstice or some time through early July.

Archeologists and paleontologists believe that solstice festivals may have gone on since neolithic times, since physical remains have been found during Neolithic and Bronze Age archeological sites such as Stonehenge and New Grange.


The contemporary Scandinavian Jul, Julfest, Jol or Joulu is primarily a cultural observance and does not distinguish between the Germanic feast, the Christian Christmas, the secular Yule, the Neopagan Yule, or the pre-indo European winter solstice celebration and is also occasionally used to denote other holidays in December, e.g., “jodisk jul” or “judisk jul” (tr. Winter Solstice is commonly referred to globally as December Solstice.


The winter solstice may have been immensely important because communities were not assured to live through the winter, and had to be prepared during the previous nine months.

In Japan, dating from the 7th century, the Sun Goddess Amaterasu (or Amateras, Hindu) re-emerged from her cave, to bring sunlight back to the world. Children disguised themselves as Koledari, and visited house and sang songs of good luck. Stonehenge was used a s a calendar during ancient times. She travels through the sky in a vehicle made of reindeer bones with her daughter; this is believed to signal the return of green to the world.

The primary axes of both of these monuments seem to have been carefully aligned, framing the winter solstice sunrise (New Grange)and the winter solstice sunset (Stonehenge).

The slaves celebrated a banquet: before, with, or served by the masters. Slaves were exempt from punishment, and treated their masters with disrespect.

Saturnalia, of course, is the Winter Solstice feast that predates most Winter Solstice feasts. Most wine and beer that had been made was finally ready for drinking during this time.

Priests also sacrificed llamas and virgins at Machu Picchu.

The actual word solstice derives from Latin and means Sun set still in winter.


Besides public rituals, there were a series of holidays and customs celebrated privately. They were given gifts in return, much like the old wassailing or mummers tradition.

Winter Solstice festivals around the world, from early times.

New Grange, Ireland, dating from about 3,000 BC

A Zac Efron Movie About DJs: Why?

Just kidding about the death part, but everyone dies eventually. Also, tank tops as far as the eye can see! This is the movie of the summer. (Help!) There is a lot to unpack here, so I’m just going to lay it out in bullet-point form:

Zac Efron plays a shit DJ.Zac Efron is such a shit DJ that he begins flipping houses (?) for money.Zac Efron finds the perfect beat.Zac Efron goes to Vegas.Zac Efron goes to Coachella.Zac Efron has life experiences and does manual labor, which inspires great DJing.Zac Efron becomes a great DJ.Zac Efron gets all the ladies.Zac Efron dies.Hmm. A Zac Efron Movie About DJs: Why?

What a tale of our times. .

Alternate headlines for this post include: Don’t Make Movies About DJs, Just Don’t; See Dozens Of White Boys Jump Into A Pool; and What Steve Aoki Hath Wrought. Not the one who got Catfished, but the other one. Inspired by Diplo’s Instagram account and written by a fifth-year named Tad with a closet full of neon tanks, here is a trailer for a movie called We Are Your Friends, about a post-grad’s quest to become a DJ. It’s a safe bet that there are cameos from people like Skrillex, and that the climax takes place at a music festival. This trailer is three minutes long, and the movie was directed by one of the Catfish guys

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Percival suffers from loneliness when he is forced to send the boy away. For a time he is able to find solace in the arms of Jacqueline, a beautiful French and Vietnamese woman whom he is able to confide in.

Vincent Lam’s debut novel, “The Headmaster’s Wager”, explores human frailties and the potentially disastrous consequences that can befall individuals who fail to curb their vices or to confront reality. He frequents gambling haunts and is drawn to the women he finds there.

When Percival hears news of fighting in the country, he remains firmly in denial about the matter. However, Percival cannot shut out the war forever.

“The Headmaster’s Wager” explores many subjects, including mixed marriage and how children resulting from these unions were regarded.

Some information provided by Goodreads. Though Percival is clearly in the wrong place at the wrong time, he can only focus on business opportunities that the divided country offers; and maintaining the elite status of his school, even if it means bribing government officials.

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