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Why explore a metallic asteroid? NASA Psyche Mission co-investigator explains


Feb 25, 2020

NASA Psyche Mission Co-Investigator Dr. Tim McCoy explains the importance of exploring a metallic asteroid. — Why NASA Is Sending a Spacecraft to a Metal Asteroid Called ‘Psyche:… Credit: NASA

Our (slightly doomed) flight to an atmospheric river

Verge Science

Feb 25, 2020

Atmospheric rivers are important but poorly understood weather phenomena that supply the West Coast with up to 50% of its annual precipitation. In an effort to understand them better, scientists have partnered with the Air Force to fly directly into these weather systems and study them. Verge Science collaborated with CalMatters to hitch a ride on a recent flight. It didn’t go as planned.

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The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America: Hugh Wilford


In 1967 the magazine Ramparts ran an exposé revealing that the Central Intelligence Agency had been secretly funding and managing a wide range of citizen front groups intended to counter communist influence around the world. In addition to embarrassing prominent individuals caught up, wittingly or unwittingly, in the secret superpower struggle for hearts and minds, the revelations of 1967 were one of the worst operational disasters in the history of American intelligence and presaged a series of public scandals from which the CIA’s reputation has arguably never recovered.

CIA official Frank Wisner called the operation his “mighty Wurlitzer,” on which he could play any propaganda tune. In this illuminating book, Hugh Wilford provides the first comprehensive account of the clandestine relationship between the CIA and its front organizations. Using an unprecedented wealth of sources, he traces the rise and fall of America’s Cold War front network from its origins in the 1940s to its Third World expansion during the 1950s and ultimate collapse in the 1960s.

Covering the intelligence officers who masterminded the CIA’s fronts as well as the involved citizen groups–émigrés, labor, intellectuals, artists, students, women, Catholics, African Americans, and journalists–Wilford provides a surprising analysis of Cold War society that contains valuable lessons for our own age of global conflict.

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The Old Boys: The American Elite and the Origins of the CIA – Burton Hersh


A group biography of the founders and leaders of the CIA shows how the agency became a secret government that goes against the American constitutional system and fosters extra-legal scandals.

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Cloak & Gown: Scholars in the Secret War, 1939-1961 | Robin W. Winks


From the Back Cover:

The CIA and its World War II predecessor, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), were for many years largely populated by members of Ivy League colleges, particularly Yale. In this highly acclaimed book, Robin Winks explores the underlying bonds between the university and the intelligence communities, introducing a fascinating cast of characters that include safe-crackers and experts in Azerbaijani as well as such social luminaries as Paul Mellon, David Bruce, John P. Marquand, Jr., and William Vanderbilt.

Publisher: Morrow
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This edition of the book includes a new preface by Winks.

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U.S. Must Restore Global Leadership Role, Former Secretary of State John Kerry Says < Yale School of Public Health

February 24, 2020
by Colin Poitras

In a recent visit to Yale, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States must reassert itself as a global leader if we are to address the threat of climate change and other global health challenges in a world steeped in political discord.

Speaking to a capacity crowd of hundreds in the Yale School of Medicine’s Harkness Auditorium, Kerry said it is critical that the United States shoulder its international leadership responsibilities and resume its role as an “indispensable nation” in order to help the world counter the enormous challenges that lie ahead.

“What happened to the country that went to the moon and invented the internet?” said Kerry during a discussion about foreign policy, politics, and global health sponsored by the Yale Institute for Global Health (YIGH) and the schools of public health, medicine, nursing.

“If we get working, we are going to solve these problems. I’m absolutely convinced of it,” said Kerry, a 1966 graduate of Yale College and Yale’s Distinguished Fellow for Global Affairs. “The question is not whether we will get to a low, no net carbon economy, the question is whether we will get there in time and that is up to all of us.”

Moderator Saad Omer, director of YIGH, noted that some U.S. taxpayers question why they should pay for health programs in other parts of the world. Or in other words, Omer said, “Why should a mother in Kentucky pay for vaccine programs in Kathmandu?”

“Because it will make her and her community safer,” Kerry said. He then described how the United States authorized $30 billion to create the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief or PEPFAR in 2003, the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease in history.

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The Good Shepherd

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Apr 18, 2011

Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and Robert De Niro star in this powerful and thrilling story of the birth of the CIA. Larry King calls it “the best spy movie ever.”