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Old August 13th, 2014, 07:07 AM   #21
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Fail-safe!

Command and control : nuclear weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the illusion of safety / Eric Schlosser.
Description: xxiii, 632 pages ; 25 cm
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 583-611) and index.

Summary: Presents a minute-by-minute account of an H-bomb accident that nearly caused a nuclear disaster, examining other near misses and America's growing susceptibility to a catastrophic event.

Summary: In this book the author, an investigative journalist digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A ground-breaking account of accidents, near-misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, this book explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved, and the author reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind. The book interweaves the minute-by-minute story of an accident at a nuclear missile silo in rural Arkansas with a historical narrative that spans more than fifty years. It depicts the urgent effort by American scientists, policymakers, and military officers to ensure that nuclear weapons can't be stolen, sabotaged, used without permission, or detonated inadvertently. The author also looks at the Cold War from a new perspective, offering history from the ground up, telling the stories of bomber pilots, missile commanders, maintenance crews, and other ordinary servicemen who risked their lives to avert a nuclear holocaust. At the heart of the book lies the struggle, amid the rolling hills and small farms of Damascus, Arkansas, to prevent the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States. Drawing on recently declassified documents and interviews with men who designed and routinely handled nuclear weapons, it takes readers into a terrifying but fascinating world that, until now, has been largely hidden from view. Through the details of a single accident, the author illustrates how an unlikely event can become unavoidable, how small risks can have terrible consequences, and how the most brilliant minds in the nation can only provide us with an illusion of control. This is a an eye-opening look at the dangers of America's nuclear age. -- Publisher's description.

We almost lost Arkansas, Spain, Thule, lots of places. A hair-raising narration, focusing on how we manage our nuclear forces. Lots of history, military considerations, political, detail, v. interesting history & anecdotes. Don't read this if you're prone to nightmares.
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Sword of truth was great!

Did you ever try and watch the show on whatever channel that was. So bad it was sad.
Actually I have the whole series on DVD, it didn't follow book, but it wasn't suppose to do that, I did kinda enjoy it and wished it lasted longer, Cara looked great in costume!!!!

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Actually I have the whole series on DVD, it didn't follow book, but it wasn't suppose to do that, I did kinda enjoy it and wished it lasted longer, Cara looked great in costume!!!!

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The US tax preparations done by every expat, every year. 63 pages.......

Imagine my accountant saying: "You gotta sign it to find out what's in it."
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"The Crack In the Cosmic Egg", a book on pastel painting with the masters, "The Prince" and "Consciously Creating Circumstances".
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"The Crack In the Cosmic Egg", a book on pastel painting with the masters, "The Prince" and "Consciously Creating Circumstances".
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You finished with mein kampf and moved on to Machiavelli, right.

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CoDominium fleet marines!

Reread West of Honor, Jerry Pournelle SF, one of the early stories with Col. John C. Falkenberg. I was in-between reads, & this one caught my eye @ the take one, leave one shelf @ the library. Pournelle is v. good on military SF, I haven't been disappointed with one of his stories yet.

This one is pretty old (the original from 1976), the paperback was beat up. Still, a read is read. The story is available free-standing, & also collected into The Prince, Pournelle & S. M. Stirling. Stirling is another good military SF writer.
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Physics for future Presidents by Richard A. Muller.

Or maybe re-reading is more accurate, since this is a reworked update to the original which was simply titled "Physics for Presidents" I believe.
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...a nice, in depth Complete Operations Guide for a 55kVA Cummins 3-phase generator. Amazing 2014 technological features...made by Tata in India at Cummins/India.......

Hey...it's runnin' this laptop at the moment...as well as a few homes.
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