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Films of these atomic explosions just got declassified

From 1945 until such tests were banned in 1963, the US conducted 210 atmospheric nuclear tests. The explosions were filmed with multiple cameras capturing each event at around 2,400 frames per second.

Those films had been left to quite literally rot—scattered around the country in vaults and safes—until physicist Greg Spriggs at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory began tracking them down five years ago. He estimates about 10,000 explosion films were made and so far his team has located around 6,500 and scanned about two-thirds of them into a digital archive.

Since the US hasn’t exploded a nuclear weapon in the atmosphere since 1962, scientists use data from these past explosions to help certify that the aging U.S. nuclear deterrent remains safe, secure and effective. Reanalyzing the films with modern techniques, Spriggs discovered that much of the data embedded in computer codes on things like explosion size and shock wave were wrong—by as much as a 30% margin. “That’s a big number for doing code validation,” Spriggs said. “When you go to validate your computer codes, you want to use the best data possible.”

He’s working his way through the films to update the data. Spriggs doesn’t want nuclear weapons to be used. Ensuring that nuclear weapons are safe and effective—and making that known—provides an effective nuclear deterrent and keeps the US safe, he argues.

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Trumps power depends on the myth of America as dystopia


Anastasia Edel

Donald Trump is a businessman. And his biggest venture yet is his attempt to re-brand the United States of America. The purpose of this exercise remains unclear to the rest of the world—particularly those who loved the original brand, such as myself.

In America 2.0, immigrants are no longer the lifeblood of the nation. They are “bad hombres” who are here to steal American jobs, commit crimes, and wage war on Christmas. “The lamp beside the golden door” now shines in one’s face on entry. “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations” are out. “War in the South China Sea” is in. Nor does Trump’s version of the US position itself as a beacon to the rest of mankind. American infrastructure is in decay. Crime is rampant. The middle class is destroyed. Taxes are the highest in the world. Government is corrupt. The press is lying about everything.

There’s no doubt that the US has serious problems, ranging from the widening inequality gap to labor displacement caused by globalization and technological advancement. But Donald Trump’s attempt to rebrand the US is based on a false premise. Can he pull it off anyway?

First, consider the facts. The US is a prosperous country; its GDP per capita, $56,084, remains one of the highest in the world. The US is also the world’s biggest consumer spender and its job market is healthy; February of 2017 was the 77th straight month of job growth. The quality of US infrastructure dipped during the recession that began in 2007-2008, but it is still comparatively high—11th highest in the world, according to the World Economic Forum. Food safety is good. Water and air quality have been steadily improving. The US crime rate remains at a 20-year low.



Trump: Trying to make Myth a Reality....

Marijuana raids are more deadly than the drug itself


Since 2010, At least 20 SWAT raids involving suspected marijuana dealers have turned deadly, according to data compiled by the New York Times.

The list of fatalities includes small-time dealers and people who sold the occasional joint to a friend, as well as people suspected of dealing in more serious drugs like crack or meth, but who were found to be in possession of only marijuana after the fact. It also includes four police officers who were killed during the raids, intentionally or otherwise.

The deadly raids are a reminder that an activity that's legal and celebrated in some states -- selling weed -- can get you killed in others.


Marijuana itself is not a deadly substance. "No death from overdose of marijuana has been reported," according to the DEA. But the deadly raids on suspected marijuana dealers underscore how drug enforcement can become a greater threat to life and safety than drug use itself.

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