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A blog post about the oddities you find in archives. In this case, a rambling, slightly ranty letter from the most prominent nuclear proliferator of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Dr A.Q. Khan.

What was Khan angry about? British television, that's what. But, he's angry about so much else as well!
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bloody fascinating stuff, as always!
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The wit and/or wisdom of +Soren Roberts regarding interacting on the internet.
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I vote for wit rather than wisdom? I definitely acquired it in unwise ways.
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Teaching The War Game

Having re-activated the moribund Atomic Age blog, some thoughts on using the brilliant 1965 docudrama The War Game as a teaching tool for students.
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+Neil Smith I too found it quite surprising. My feeling was that it would be a lot harder to get a discussion going than it was.

The students who didn't engage with the debate were, unsurprisingly, the students who never engaged in class discussions (shyness, laziness, disinterest, the reasons are many!) There were, however, one or two who obviously had their interested piqued by the topic and who - in a change from the norm - spoke up.
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The lovely town of Scarfolk seems to be a popular destination these days. It's the place that everyone is talking about that everyone is talking about.
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Oh my, that is excellent stuff.
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Mobile Frame Zero: Scotland

So, Conpulsion actually surprised me in terms of the number of MFZ backers who picked up the book and in terms of the number of people enthusiastic to play the game on a (semi) regular basis.

I'm trying to work out who everyone is, are we all contactable through a shared medium (like G+), and is there any interest in a meetup at some point during the summer.

Names that I am aware of are:
+Lee Scolin 
+Alastair McGowan 
+Iain McAllister 
+Joe Murphy 
+Jonathan Brodsky 
+Alan Jackson 

Anyone else? Thoughts?
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+Jonathan Brodsky Aha! A game may be inorder at some point. And a beverage of some form.
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After a hiatus of quite some time, recent builds by +Greg Strom , +Soren Roberts , and others, have re-invigorated my desire to construct. I've been very taken by Greg's Locust and the blue/tan colour scheme that Soren has used on a number of occasions. The result is this, which looks not unlike the unhappy marriage of a deep sea creature and a tank. 

The back-mounted gun isn't actually artillery, as some have suggested. It's an anti-aircraft/anti-missile/anti-projectile system that functions as a blue defensive die.
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+Greg Strom That's very kind. I'm building a company around this , I think. Mostly inspired by the work that you and Antoine have been doing on groups of frames.
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Some thoughts on Margaret Thatcher, Menachem Begin, and the "Islamic bomb" furore of 1979.
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+Keary Birch I think there are several contextual issues that I should have noted in the initial piece. The recent according between Sadat and Begin were obviously an influence. Anything that could pose a threat to the Middle East peace process would have to be clamped down on. Additionally, there was (as it was perceived in the foreign office) the danger that Israeli pressure on the Islamic bomb issue could highlight the hypocrisy of that nations nuclear programme, thus making it more, not less, likely that Middle Eastern nations (even aggressively secular states like Iraq) would pursue nuclear programmes with greater vigour.

There was also something of an intelligence black hole regarding Arab support for Pakistan. Despite what many authors have since asserted, in 1979 there was no concrete evidence to suggest that Pakistan had agreed to share the fruits of its nuclear research with Gadaffi or any other Islamic leader.* The later sale of nuclear technology to Libya and Iraq through the A Q Khan network is, I would argue, a totally different case from the speculation surrounding official, state-level nuclear cooperation in the 1970s.


*For example, Krosney & Weismann in The Islamic Bomb (1981), Frantz & Collins in The Nuclear Jihadist (2007), and so on. So embedded has this notion of Libyan funding and the Islamic bomb become that one of the most recent books on the Pakistani nuclear Weapons programme written by a former insider within the Pakistani military-nuclear hierarchy - Khan, Eating Grass (2012) - repeats these assertions verbatim.
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At the request of +Joe Murphy , preserved lemons in the making! Two sprigs of fresh rosemary and some cinnamon bark for a little bit of added spice. Now I just need to wait for a month.

Next into production: kimchi!
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last question (for the time being): how is the resulting pickle used/consumed usually? What's it like? Mostly rind, or do you get lemony pulp goodness too? I am so into this
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Mobile Frame Zero: Scotland - Getting Things Rolling

So, I've set up a Doodle poll to get an idea of when is good for everyone. I've picked a couple of weekends in July, as that is far enough away for us to get things properly organised.

Link to the poll below.

+Joe Murphy +Joe Prince +Matt Machell +Jonathan Brodsky +Alastair McGowan +Iain McAllister +Lee Scolin +Alan Jackson +Mook Le Mook 

Edit: It goes without saying, but do feel free to share this around as much as you like.
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+Lee Scolin It's just to get a vague indication of when people might be available. Things probably won't be firmed up for a while yet.
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