If nuclear threats or the actual use of nuclear weapons leads to the defeat of Ukraine, Russia may use them to coerce other states. That is why the greatest nuclear threat we face is a Russian victory in Ukraine. In return for access to peaceful nuclear energy, the NPT’s other signatories have agreed not to obtain nuclear weapons. If the nation possessing the most nuclear weapons in the world is unable to gain victory, the importance of having nuclear weapons will be greatly diminished. The threat of nuclear annihilation will never vanish until the day when nuclear weapons are stigmatized and abolished.
One week later, a broader Republican-led immigration bill that also outlawed family separation (replacing it with prolonged family detention, which Democrats loathe) failed spectacularly in the House. Talk of family separation “pretty much disappeared after that,” Higgins said, even though Trump began backing away from his own executive order almost immediately after signing it. Higgins said that talking about family separation made Republicans uncomfortable—the administration had gone too far, jeopardizing the party’s credibility with voters. Congressional staffers in both parties told me they did not think a future president would be brazen enough to reinstate family separation after the public outcry in 2018. Castro told me that, in his view, Trump stood for white nationalism, QAnon, and family separation.3 months ago The Atlantic
Back in the 1970s, when Chenier was draining jumpers and sporting a Richard Pryor mustache, the team routinely chased titles. Still, even though the team is more likely to bring me agony than elation, I can’t fathom supporting any other franchise. The top memory for Wizards fans in their 30s is probably John Wall’s dramatic game-winning three-pointer in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. But maybe winning matters less than we think—even for die-hard fans who react to each loss with a primal scream. But I truly believe—and maybe this is loser talk—that my decades of Wizards fandom have made me a better human.3 months ago The Atlantic
But Musk could make one move that would have wide-ranging effects even for the prudent majority that avoids Twitter: welcoming back Donald Trump. Truth Social is flailing as both a megaphone—it has never attracted a large user base, especially outside Trump loyalists—and as a business proposition. The utility of Twitter for Trump was not that he could communicate to his fans—he had plenty of channels for doing that. The confluence of factors that made Trump so successful on Twitter in the mid-2010s are not all in place. Though Trump was already a celebrity—arguably a has-been—when he joined Twitter, the platform and his presence there were both somewhat novel.3 months ago The Atlantic
There are many sports where athletes can succeed despite being short, and there are a handful of sports where it is preferable to be short, such as horse racing. But there are few sports where short kings—let’s just say anyone under 5’9”—reign alongside guys who clear six feet. I ended up playing rugby instead, a sport that similarly complemented my physical and mental characteristics—a low center of gravity and a taste for vengeance. But it was never the same as my first love, football: the sport of kings. Short Kings.2 months ago The Atlantic
Just like Earth, Mars has seasons, and during the winter—about twice as long as ours—icy crystals cascade from the clouds and accumulate on the frigid surface. But Mars gets around that little technicality by substituting intricate, six-sided water snow for something else. Carbon-dioxide snow is just one of Mars’s many curiosities. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been circling Mars for more than 15 years, has captured carbon-dioxide snow reaching the surface, though. “Since most of the snow on Mars falls in the darkness of polar night, we need to use wavelengths of radiation outside of the visible spectrum,” Hayne said.)7 days ago The Atlantic
His whole body of work is largely concerned with the question, “Who really made this?”Read: Bob Dylan cheats again? The answer to that may be “Who cares?” And the answer to that is: Bob Dylan cares. Though the book is ostensibly about songs by other artists, there is the outline of another book, a shadow book about Dylan, within it. From the selection of songs and singers, one could conclude that Dylan has little interest in women as creative artists. When he does discuss women, Dylan often depicts them as dark temptresses and shrews, luring men to their doom: witchy women, black-magic women.3 months ago The Atlantic
Japan beat two World Cup champions, Germany and Spain, on its way to the knockout stage. Upsets are part of what make the World Cup so enjoyable. Scoring penalties is a distinct skill from the rest of the sport, more of a mental test than an athletic one. Great players are not necessarily great penalty takers. The Japanese players, however, should still be proud.1 month ago The Atlantic