U.S.: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

Originally posted on Metro News:

WASHINGTON – In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach “a very serious matter” and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time.

The treaty confrontation comes at a highly strained time between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and Putin’s grant of asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

An administration official said Obama notified Putin of the U.S. determination in a letter Monday. The finding will be included in a State Department annual report on compliance with arms control treaties that will be released Tuesday.

The U.S. says Russia tested a new ground-launched cruise missile, breaking the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty that President Ronald Reagan signed with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Russian officials say they have looked into the allegations…

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A New Yorker Short Fiction Reading List


One of the writers on this list (George Saunder) is originally from Amarillo.

Originally posted on Biblioklept:

Mutant Eustace Tilley (The New Yorker's Mascot) by Charles Burns

Mutant Eustace Tilley (The New Yorker’s Mascot) by Charles Burns

As you, savvy reader, are undoubtedly already aware, The New Yorker has opened up some of its archive for the rest of the summer (to show off its website redesign, I guess).

Here’s a reading list of short fiction from the archives (admittedly, some of the stuff I wanted to put on here is still behind a paywall).

Some of the stories on the list are classics, some are pieces I’ve shared on this blog before, some are excerpts from longer works, and a few are stories I have yet to read myself.

“The Daughters of the Moon” by Italo Calvino

“Backbone” by David Foster Wallace

“1966” by Denis Johnson

“My Father Addresses Me on the Facts of Old Age” by Grace Paley

“The Insufferable Gaucho” by Roberto Bolaño

“Victory Lap” by George Saunders

“Leopard” by Wells Tower

“Gorse Is Not…

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College finds another home-grown leader

Originally posted on High Plains Blogger:

Russell Lowery-Hart appears headed to the office of Amarillo College president.

There goes my advice to the college board of regents, which was to cast a wide net to find a successor to retiring AC President Paul Matney.

Lowery-Hart is the second in command at AC and the board has voted unanimously to declare him as its sole finalist in the search for a new president.

I still favor wide-as-possible searches — if only to strengthen the local candidates, making them compete head to head with qualified individuals with fresh ideas and outlooks.

That won’t happen with Lowery-Hart, just as it didn’t happen when the college picked Matney to succeed the late Steven Jones, who did come from beyond the Panhandle to run the college before he died.

Lowery-Hart will take office with overwhelming support from AC faculty, staff and students. That gives him a huge advantage, just as it…

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Military Moon or Mars?

Originally posted on Moon Park:

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It looks like our Neighbor in the Night Sky COULD have easily become “FORT MOON.”

In the 1960’s, some in the United States Military wanted to build a base on the Moon and maybe blow up a nuke or two for macho fun (take that, Russians!).

U.S. Reveals Secret Plans for 60’s Moon Base

Hey, why sit out and watch Fourth of July Fireworks when you could watch Moon Explosions!!

Thankfully this Military Moon Madness was scrapped by funding and the United Nations.

If anyone doubts the effectiveness of the United Nations, check out the Outer Space Treaty!

“Outer space is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty. . . .”

“The moon and other celestial bodies shall be used exclusively for peaceful purposes.”

“Astronauts shall be regarded as the envoys of mankind.”

Excellent!  Except for the “use” part, this is very wise and forward-thinking.

Signed by…

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V-22 Osprey earning its wings

Originally posted on High Plains Blogger:

Here is some news that is going to cheer up the good folks assembling a state-of-the-art airship next door to Amarillo’s international airport.

A law student and former Marine who’s studied the bird says the V-22 Osprey is good ship.

View story at Medium.com

It’s shown some weakness, some vulnerability and certainly been through some controversy, but it is superior to the aircraft it was designed to “displace,” the CH-46 twin-rotor helicopter.

It flies much faster and delivers troops and supplies in far less time.

The V-22 has had a rocky ride to be sure. You’ll recall the ship that crashed in Arizona, killing 19 Marines on board. Development and assembly was stopped in Amarillo. Critics began yammering about how dangerous the bird could be to fly.

The Marine Corps and Bell/Textron engineers fixed what was wrong and the aircraft has performed well on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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On Wifework, Piers Plowman, and the Dangers of Judging Books by their Covers


How far have women really come? Does it even matter? Motherhood is exhausting, but it’s the toughest job I’ve ever loved. It’s so un-glamorous. It’s just not a job that’s meant to be glamorous. All the feminism in the world and all the posh women’s magazines in the world can’t glamify waking up at 3 in the morning to change sheets or wipe snot from a child’s nose. Motherhood: It’s not glamorous or un-glamorous, it’s not empowering nor degrading. Motherhood is just motherhood. Married or un-married.

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A while ago, I lent someone my copy of Susan Maushart’s book Wifework, which discusses the range of activities, typically labelled ‘economically unactive’ but necessary to running a household, that tend to be carried out more by women than by men. Maushart’s book isn’t perfect, but its strength is her persuasive argument that there’s an awful lot of work that we don’t define as work – we don’t even recognise it as taking up time and energy – and yet, overwhelmingly, it’s women who do it. Essentially, she’s talking about the cognitive dissonance that leads the men and women in her studies to be fairly sure they divide tasks ‘more or less 50/50′ while demonstrating, in their daily lives, that they didn’t. And one of the biggest ‘hidden tasks’ she mentions is that of planning and thinking. She means those seemingly inconsequential activities, like writing a shopping list so someone…

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60 Ukrainian children kidnapped in Luhansk

A group working on behalf of the Russian Federation allegedly kidnapped 60 orphaned children with chronic medical issues from a boarding school in Ukraine. They were thought to be heading to Russia.


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Exploring the true meanings of public information and private information

This was a thought-provoking article from a Medium writer on the true meaning of public information. What does it all mean anymore?

“A stranger could park a drone with a webcam outside your window and live-stream video footage from inside your house, to the world, complete with sound.” –Anil Dash, in his article.

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Marijuana helps grow the homeless population in Denver

As people flock to Colorado to enjoy legalized marijuana, there’s been a surge in the homeless population in and around Denver.

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