Quashed Nagasaki Report

George Weller’s 1945 report of the Devastation of Nagasaki

This report was censored by General MacArthur (according to this report on /.). Some things should be told. The horror of Nagasaki is one of them. I still think that dropping the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the right thing to do at the time. I firmly believe, that we would not have used those weapons if there had been an alternative that would have saved more lives, both Japanese and American. But, in dropping those bombs we took on a responsibility that remains with us until our Empire falls. We have a duty to understand what it was that we did that day in August 1945, and a responsibility to make sure that no one ever finds a need to use such a weapon ever again. Weller’s report serves as a reminder to us of that duty.

In fall, I read a beautiful poem on the bombing of Hiroshima that moved me to tears.… [Read More]

Summer Reading

I’ve posted my summer reading list to the sidebar. As I finish books on the list, they’ll be struck through, as more get piled on, I’ll add more to the bottom.

Thanks to Dave for my birthday gifts of “The Lovely Bones”, “Strike Sparks” and “A Room of One’s Own”.

I just finished “The Lovely Bones”. This is an absolutely wonderful book. I nearly cried at the end of it. It’s a really great story of hope, oddly enough, told from the perspective of a dead girl who’s looking down on her family from heaven. The storytelling aspect is really interesting, you spend a lot of the book wondering about the dead girl and whether her family will ever find the man who murdered her, but in the end, that part of the story is just a backdrop. It’s about family and warmth and love and how it carries on, even long after you’re in your grave.… [Read More]

Shuttles Will Be Unable to Complete Space Station

How sad…

But at the same time, it’s to be expected given the age of the shuttles and the recent problems with their design. The time to take these vehicles out of service is long overdue. I’m not sure how long they’ve been in service, and I can’t find a number for it but to use a good guideline here.. I’m in my 30’s and I can’t remember a time when the space shuttle wasn’t in service. Most cars made that long ago haven’t lasted this long.

It’s a testament to NASA engineering that these vehicles have accomplished everything that they have to date, but I think that now is the time for a new vehicle designed for space travel. With current technology available, imagine what we could do up there… just imagine it. How cool is that thought?

For as long as I live, I’ll be a strong supporter of the space program.… [Read More]