Friday, July 17, 2009

Bits and Pieces - July 17, 2009

A glob of goo in the Arctic. (h/t to Jamie. You might also want to check out his Sinosphere Fridays for news of China.)

Responses to the standard reasons why we supposedly can't work toward zero nuclear weapons. I think there's more to be said than this, but it's not a bad place to start.

Obama meets with American Jewish groups.

Tradeoffs in cancer screening. This is why we need more information on the effectiveness of medical procedures.

I would like to know more about what this Goldman Sachs code does, and what it's been doing to us.

The ever-so-small change in US stance on missile defense. This is the next step in the dance between Russia and the US. Let's see Russia's response.

The UK and Norway are working together to understand what it's going to take to count and disassemble nuclear weapons as the numbers go down. And there's a lot more to it than this: I've worked in that large space between steps 6 and 7. The complexity is one of the reasons that nothing's going to happen quickly. The BBC provides the first news report on the program.

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