A Timeout, and a Look Back

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The missile’s nine-megaton thermo­nuclear warhead — the most powerful ever deployed by the United States — was found, relatively intact, in a ditch 200 yards away from the silo.

via The Illusion of Nuclear Safety | Foreign Affairs.


First, the bees, then the bats and the frogs and the…


The high death toll from the resurgence of the virus, which killed 700 dolphins in an outbreak 25 years ago, has alarmed marine scientists, who say it remains unclear why the dolphins have succumbed to the disease. The deaths, along with a spate of other unrelated dolphin die-offs along Florida’s east and west coasts, raise new questions about the health of the ocean in this part of the country and what role environmental factors may be playing, scientists said.

via Focus on Ocean’s Health as Dolphin Deaths Soar – NYTimes.com.


On career advice


But seeking employment based on any one “hard skill” is an outdated way of thinking.

via You Don’t Need To Learn To Code + Other Truths About the Future of Careers – 99U.

Sooner or later, the great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute. It is very depressing.

via Literary Review – Christopher Hart on the daily rituals of great minds.


Password tips from the U.S. Strategic Command


US Strategic Command generals almost immediately had the PAL codes all reset to 00000000 to ensure that the missiles were ready for use regardless…

via Launch code for US nukes was 00000000 for 20 years | Ars Technica.


Iowa Haiku Cycle, No. 1

In a barnyard, sighs
of melancholy, yearning.
Hayden Fry yet dreams?

The highway murmurs
distantly in blue twilight:
Is Maid-Rite open?

Can it be ennui
if fields and trees are devoid
of occupation?

Comes a rejoinder,
rattling dry husks: What would
Henry Wallace do?

Emerges this truth:
The smell of money is like
a barnyard sighing.



Unintended consequences


Remove femur, it said, and send it for examination by the laboratory. No problem, I thought to myself.

via My First Mistake by Simon Winchester – Roundtable | Lapham’s Quarterly.




…That’s why the bird you’re going to eat is named for a country on the Black Sea.

via The Turkey’s Turkey Connection – NYTimes.com.

Thanksgiving prompts the question that expatriates everywhere face: Shouldn’t I be going home?

via An American Neurotic in Paris – NYTimes.com.


Bright idea of the day


Officials said the byproducts would be harmless salts and other solids.

via Options Narrowed, U.S. Is Said to Weigh Destroying Syrian Chemicals at Sea – NYTimes.com.


When the good economic news is the same as the bad.


We have, he suggested, an economy whose normal condition is one of inadequate demand — of at least mild depression — and which only gets anywhere close to full employment when it is being buoyed by bubbles.

via A Permanent Slump? – NYTimes.com.