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April 29, 2018

The MoA Week In Review And Open Thread 2018-21

A short MoA week as I was 'under the weather' and mentally too deficient to write something sensible.

The New York Times is miffed that the talks between the two Koreas make war less possible:

The talk of peace is likely to weaken the two levers that Mr. Trump used to pressure Mr. Kim to come to the bargaining table. A resumption of regular diplomatic exchanges between the two Koreas, analysts said, will inevitably erode the crippling economic sanctions against the North, while Mr. Trump will find it hard to threaten military action against a country that is extending an olive branch.

We do not get D-Notices and will continue to tackle this issue.

Use as open thread ...

Posted by b on April 29, 2018 at 17:50 UTC | Permalink

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Skripal case - OPCW is now full comedy.

Ahmet Üzümcü, of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said the amount of novichok – a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union – used was significantly more than needed for research purposes, which indicates it was likely created for use as a weapon.

In an interview with the New York Times, Üzümcü said he had been told that about 50-100g of the nerve agent was thought to have been used in the attack in Salisbury – 100g is equivalent to 100ml, the maximum amount of liquid allowed in carry-on luggage on a flight.
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He said: “For research activities or protection you would need, for instance, five to 10 grams or so, but even in Salisbury it looks like they may have used more than that, without knowing the exact quantity, I am told it may be 50, 100 grams or so, which goes beyond research activities for protection.”

Samples of the agent were collected from the door handle of the Skripal home, the park bench where the two collapsed and “a few other places where the Skripals were present,” he added.

“One thing, perhaps, which is important to note is that the nerve agent seems to be very persistent,” Üzümcü said. “It’s not affected by weather conditions. That explains, actually, that they were able to identify it after a considerable time lapse. We understand it was also of high purity.”

Posted by: somebody | May 4 2018 8:29 utc | 101


Not in German nor Germany. This is a very nice interview on Karl Marx by official state media Deutsche Welle.

Posted by: somebody | May 4 2018 8:38 utc | 102

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more Skripal comedy

A chemical weapons watchdog amended statements on Friday that its leader had given to The New York Times, in which he estimated that 50 to 100 grams of liquid nerve agent had been used in the March 4 attack on the former Russian spy Sergei V. Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England.

A statement issued by the group, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said the amount should be measured in milligrams rather than grams.

The group went on to say that it would not be able to estimate how much of the nerve agent was used in Salisbury.

Posted by: somebody | May 4 2018 13:51 utc | 103

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