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A View From the Edge

Trial by likes — the new democracy?

The new Wild West — outer space

Currently there are five companies building and strategizing rocket systems to go and mine the asteroid belt. Anything bigger than a tennis court that they dislodge — that could fall out of orbit and impact the Earth — would take out a large city. Anything the size of a NASCAR oval could spell the end of life on Earth as we know it. And to mine the minerals and resources on these asteroids they need to move them close to Earth.

Physics and a bigger car

The Silk Trade Route

Vegas, the Leave-It-There City

Call it what you will, but Vegas always wants to be a party town. Even with the internet and connectivity or perhaps especially because of the remoteness of colleagues, the need for humans to flock together once a year, like the swallows returning to Capistrano, provokes some strange conventions in Las Vegas. This month sees the annual American Frozen Food get–together — frozen food companies ready to shop and sell wares later to be thawed, boiled, microwaved — and all their attendees doing the chip ‘n dip with showgirls and one–arm bandits.

Vegas, The Leave-It-There City

Travel excitement

The legacy of Duck & Cover

Tomahawks may get nuclear heads

First, what’s a Tomahawk? A Tomahawk is a subsonic cruise missile. Long-range capability plus all-weather deployment make it a Navy favorite. You’ve seen them being fired from destroyers, submarines and other vessels toward Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Hard to detect, with ground following capability, they can sneak past defenses and pack a huge explosive punch.

World conflict, Afghanistan to Zimbabwe

Unless you are a news junkie, you probably don’t know (but need to) what’s happening around the world. The U.S. military knows and is making plans, as always:

Afghanistan: Civil war, terrorism. Reduction of NATO forces in 2014 resulted in resurgence of the Taliban (what we used to call the Mujahedeen). 14,000 more troops now arriving plus increased U.S. air strikes.

The Arctic: Rising sea temperatures are melting ice, so new sea routes being opened, causing conflict (negotiation) among Canada, Russia, the United States and northern European Nations.