Maybe the side of the highway where my daughter and I stood, with its litter of broken beer bottles and the shreds of plastic fluttering on the barbed wire, is as good of a place as any to view the B Reactor.
You may not know Alex Wellerstein's work, but Jon Stewart does. In a recent Daily Show bit, "World War III Update," Jon Stewart showed a news clip describing what a hypothetical North Korean nuclear blast would do.
Garry Wills, professor of American history and author of Bomb Power, says that the atomic and nuclear bomb remade the country into a National Security State fostering perpetual emergency, secrecy and war.
In his debut book Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb, author and illustrator Jonathan Fetter-Vorm tackles the immense history of the Manhattan Project, the top-secret government effort to build an atomic bomb.
Most likely the best fix for our economic malaise isn't a trickle-down, stimulus or protectionist approach but to use federal funds for a "Manhattan Project" that would kick-start high-tech innovation that will create high-skilled jobs.
Trinity was the culmination of the Manhattan Project where, during World War II, some of the best scientific minds toiled to perfect a device they called "the gadget." With the force of 20,000 tons of TNT, the gadget broke windows 90 miles away
There's plenty of money sloshing around to reward the masters -- and academic servants -- of the nuclear weapons industry. But should the University of California be managing laboratories that design the latest technologies for nuclear holocaust?
While GM and Chrysler both remain on life support (and Ford has also been talking with the government about a credit line or loan), the car and truck business around the world is not doing much better than Detroit.