Links – July 28, 2017

Photo: Nixon and Khrushchev’s “Kitchen Debate” in 1959.

Long read: The Trump administration’s dangerous ignorance of the Department of Energy.

Now that the attempts at repealing Obamacare have been repealed, Trump is likely to go after the Iran Deal. Here is a refutation of some of the claims that have been made against it.

Why is Rex Tillerson Secretary of State?

Informative graphic on how the President would launch a nuclear strike. 

It looks like the negotiations to return the Russian compounds in Long Island and Maryland have failed. We need to know why the retaliation did not take place in December.

Congressional reports on the changing US role in the world.

Russia messed with the French election via Facebook too. Attention, Mark Zuckerberg! We don’t want you as president, just for you to fix your product.

Long read: Why the chemical attack on Khan Sheikoun must have been by the Syrian government.

Russia Has a Dead Nuclear Submarine (Armed With Nuclear Weapons) Sitting at the Bottom of the Ocean.

A reminder that North Korean nukes are defensive, no matter what Kim Jong Un’s rhetoric.

Long read: How to Take Down Kim Jong Un. Increasing availability of information was a part of the Soviet Union’s fall.

Long read: How India and China Have Come to the Brink Over a Remote Mountain Pass. Good maps, too.

Long read: The Librarian Who Guarded the Manhattan Project’s Secrets. Lots of good photos too.

Video from the Khrushchev – Nixon “Kitchen Debate,” 1959. Part 1, Part 2. Here is the text with the videos and a transcript. Notice that each man has his own interpreter.

The Kitchen Debate was a series of impromptu exchanges (through interpreters) between then U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at the opening of the American National Exhibition at Sokolniki Park in Moscow on July 24, 1959. For the exhibition, an entire house was built that the American exhibitors claimed anyone in America could afford. It was filled with labor saving and recreational devices meant to represent the fruits of the capitalist American consumer market. It was the first high-level meeting between Soviet and U.S. leaders since the Geneva Summit in 1955. It took place in a number of locations at the exhibition but primarily in the kitchen of a suburban model house, cut in half so it could be viewed easily.

The two men discussed the merits of each of their respective economic systems, capitalism and communism. It was recorded on Ampex color videotape, a new technology pioneered in the U.S by the Ampex company.; during the debate Nixon pointed this out as one of the many American technological advances.

Both men argued for their countrys industrial accomplishments, with Khrushchev stressing the Soviets focus on things that matter rather than luxury. He satirically asked if there was a machine that “puts food into the mouth and pushes it down”. Nixon responded by saying at least the competition was technological, rather than military. In the end, both men agreed that the United States and the Soviet Union should be more open with each other. However, Khrushchev was skeptical of Nixon’s promise that his part in the debate would be translated into English and broadcast in the U.S.


  1. harriekd · July 28, 2017

    The Kitchen Debate is one of those things that comes up in my studies about twice a month – thanks for the transcript (and that iconic image is wonderful too)


  2. Chris Pragman · July 28, 2017

    The link for the Librarian article is not working. Please fix


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