Archive for August 7th, 2017

Hiroshima, Today


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

72 years ago, the US advanced the state of the art in war atrocities by detonating a 20 kiloton nuclear weapon in the air over the city of Hiroshima.

The propaganda around the use of nuclear weapons on Japan is particularly galling, to me, because there are a lot of well-meaning people who – for obvious reasons – believed it. Because they trusted that their leaders shared their interests and values, mostly. …

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Nuclear weapons effects




(New Yorker::A Reporter at Large) – John Hersey:

A hundred thousand people were killed by the atomic bomb. Survivors wonder why they lived when so many others died. …

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Hiroshima Genbaku Dome, 1945

Al Franken: Giant of the Senate


(New Yorker) – David Remnick:

Recently, Franken published “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate,” a tale that spins from a witty recounting of his upbringing, his show-business career, his election battles, and his time on the Hill, to a dead-serious look at his political influences, his wife’s early struggle with poverty and, later, alcoholism, and his hopes for American politics. It is an honest and funny piece of work, a real book, by a real person, not one of those staff-assembled products for electoral use. Franken writes movingly about political heroes like Paul Wellstone, scathingly about Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell, and mercilessly about Donald Trump. …

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Al Franken: Giant of the Senate