December 31, 2013 |
The world is rightly worried about Iran's uranium enrichment program. Iran claims this technology is for producing fuel for nuclear power plants, but it could be quickly shifted to making nuclear bomb material. Unfortunately, some in Congress, in their eagerness to stem the spread of such technologies, have introduced legislation - separate from their effort to slap further sanctions on Iran - that probably would make stopping nuclear proliferation harder, not easier. Their idea is to limit future U.S. peaceful nuclear cooperation only to countries that make a legal commitment to forgo building facilities for either uranium enrichment or plutonium reprocessing (the other path to nuclear bomb material)
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December 21, 2013 |
The stunned Navy pilot was gripped in pain, blood was pouring down his face and a good part of his warplane was destroyed. But worst of all, Ensign Kenneth Schechter couldn't see. An enemy shell had smashed into his Skyraider and fragments pierced his eyes. Hurtling over the Korean coast at 200 mph, Schechter was suddenly enveloped in blackness. "I'm blind! For God's sake, help me!" he cried into his radio. "I'm blind!" FOR THE RECORD: Kenneth Schechter: A news obituary in the Dec. 22 California section on Kenneth Schechter, a former Navy pilot who flew 100 miles and landed safely despite being temporarily blinded by enemy fire, misstated the final rank of Howard Thayer, the Navy pilot who guided Schechter from another plane.
December 17, 2013 |
Back in April, as we were wandering the Mid-City neighborhood in which he was raised, Walter Mosley mentioned “Parishioner,” a novel that he had published as an e-book original. If you don't know it, that's not surprising; it was a small book, snuck out (if such a thing is possible) in the months leading up to the release of the Easy Rawlins-resurrecting “Little Green.” When I asked why he'd chosen to do it as an e-book, he gave a little shrug. “Oh, you know,” he said.
November 24, 2013 |
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Sony Blu-ray, $299.99 Breaking Bad: The Final Season Sony, $55.99; Blu-ray, $65.99 When the series debuted on AMC in January 2008, it didn't draw much notice or many viewers, but by the time the series finale ran this past September, the drama had become a cultural event. "Breaking Bad" is squarely on the short list of "greatest TV shows of all time," and the intense, unpredictable saga of a cancer-ridden chemistry teacher and his attempts to break into the methamphetamine business is creator Vince Gilligan's grand statement about American enterprise, the rot of greed and the hunger for status.
November 14, 2013 |
A U.S. Airways flight was canceled after passengers protested that a blind man and his seeing-eye dog had been kicked off Wednesday evening, according to the airline and local media reports. Albert Rizzi, who lives in Long Island , N.Y., said the trouble began after he boarded the flight from Philadelphia to Long Island's MacArthur Airport and the seat in front of his didn't have stowage space for his guide dog, Doxy. A flight attendant insisted that Doxy stay under a seat, and other passengers offered their spaces.
November 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Sunday said he was not being taken in by an Iranian effort to buy time to build a nuclear weapon. "We are not blind, and I don't think we're stupid," Kerry said in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press. " "I think we have a pretty strong sense of how to measure whether or not we are acting in the interests of our country and of the globe. " Kerry said talks between Iran and six world powers, including the United States, faltered early Sunday in part because negotiators sought guarantees from Iran that it would freeze its nuclear program.