Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Bits and Pieces - January 3, 2012

A bunch of nuclear-related stuff, but why don't I bring on the peace first?

Nicholas Burns links to his excellent Boston Globe op-ed on how we've forgotten about peace as an international objective and suggests that maybe we might think about this during the upcoming presidential campaign. Sounds like a good idea to me.

How many times and ways can you say that the Republican Party has descended into unreality and extremism before you lose your viewers and readers?

What an EMP blast might actually do. Listen up, Newt!

Oak Ridge's mercury problem.

Pakistan doesn't want to talk about controlling fissile material production (continued).

Mark Hibbs on how Iran gets the HF and F2 for its UF6 production and the difficulties the Nuclear Suppliers' Group has dealing with this. Very wonky and very good.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeks public comment on a report updating preliminary assumptions for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) the agency will develop to analyze the effects of storing spent nuclear fuel from the nation’s commercial power reactors for as much as 200 years. The link tells you how to comment, if you are so inclined.

Micah Zenko's eight questions for the Obama administration if it decides to attack Iran.

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