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Happening in the World: Putin plans to expand Russia’s development of missiles in creating new hypersonic missiles, projected to travel over five times as fast as the speed of sound. Although critics believe that Russia is incapable of developing such missiles, Putin remains uncompromising in his plans. (NYT)

Happening in the US: Virginia’s Attorney General, Mark Herring, admitted to wearing blackface at a college party, shortly after calling for Governor Ralph Northam to quit after a racist photo of Northam surfaced on the Internet. Herring issued a statement via Twitter. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: The NYC Department of Health has instated a ban from CBD-infused food being served at bars and restaurants. The Department of Health claims that until they can prove that CBD is safe as an additive, this ban will remain intact. (NY Daily News)

Happening on Campus: As part of Barnard’s Arts Week, you can learn how to Salsa tonight from 8 to 9 pm in the Glicker-Milstein Theater. Find out more here.

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Missiles via Wikimedia Commons

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    @Anonymous In July, 1977 Richard Pipes wrote in Commentary “Why the Soviet Union thinks it Could Win a Nuclear War”“’There is profound erroneousness and harm in the disorienting claims of bourgeois ideologies that there will be no victor in a thermonuclear world war,” thunders an authoritative Soviet publication (Karabanov, Moscow, 1972). . . According to the most recent Soviet census (1970), the USSR had only nine cities with a population of one million or more; the aggregate population of these cities was 20.5 million, or 8.5 per cent of the country’s total.” On January 8, 1979, Deputy National Security Advisor Huntington told the Senate: 35-65% of the USA but 80-90% of the Soviets would survive a massive nuclear exchange (p.31). In 1980, Gray & Payne wrote in Foreign Policy that the USA would only lose 20 million in a nuclear war (p. 27) “Despite a succession of U.S. targeting reviews, Soviet leaders, looking to the mid-1980s, may well anticipate the ability to wage World War III successfully.” (p. 21) In 1987, Kaku and Axelrod wrote “To Win a Nuclear War” In June 30, 2015, Reagan, Rumsfeld and Obama advisor Keith Payne wrote in National Review “The evidence since 2012 is that Putin’s nuclear moves are becoming even more dangerous, including a reported doctrinal innovation that ironically envisions Russia’s first use of nuclear weapons as a form of nuclear “de-escalation” — that is, if Russia uses nuclear weapons in a local conflict, opponents will cease resistance, thus de-escalating the crisis.”

    Rocket Man Cures Global Warming: Fujii, Yoshiaki J Atm & Solar-Terrestrial Physics. April 2011, Vol. 73 Issue 5/6, p643-652 This study suggests that the cause of the stagnation in global warming in the mid 20th century was the atmospheric nuclear explosions detonated between 1945 and 1980. Small Nuclear War Could Reverse Global Warming for Years National Geographic Feb 23, 2011 . Global Warming Gives Science Behind Nuclear Winter a New Purpose N Y Times CLYDE HABERMAN APRIL 3, 2016 . NASA Says Nuclear Warfare Could Reverse Global Warming Casey Chan 2/26/11 SCIENCE Cause of recent extreme weather? Sept. 10, 2017 x8.2 solar flare! Science News, Vol. 111, No. 25 (Jun. 18, 1977), p. 389 Now there is direct evidence that indicates sunspot activity affects terrestrial weather, which occurs far beneath the ionosphere in the troposphere. Sid Perkins Science News, Vol. 159, No. 3 (Jan. 20, 2001), pp. 45-47 Not only do solar storms influence day-to-day weather, but long term, subtle variations in solar activity drive Earth’s climate

  • Lt. Gen. Charles E. Hart, Commanding General, Army Air Defense Command says:

    @Lt. Gen. Charles E. Hart, Commanding General, Army Air Defense Command Those missiles in the photograph are Nike surface to air missiles (SAM), not hypersonic missiles. They were used to target aircraft. The only missile in that series that were ever limited under any treaty was the Nike Hercules (left) under SALT I/ABM because they could be used as an anti-ballistic missile system.

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