Articles by Brian

More Useable Nukes?!?

Posted: July 27, 2018 by Brian Johnston

The current version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) being considered has a provision providing $88 million in funding to develop a low-yield Trident warhead. These weapons are often referred to as 'more useable' nukes. If nuclear weapons have kept us safe for some 70 years, it's because the threshold for their use has remained impossibly high. Messing with that equation is a dangerous game, and it's the opposite of the one we ought to be playing.

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Toldja So?

Posted: June 5, 2018 by Brian Johnston

Many of my more conservative friends have been waiting for their ‘toldja so’ moment with me. Noting that this is the first time in my life that I didn’t pull the trigger for the GOP Presidential candidate, people who know me well have been racking up talking points for why I should be liking what I see and why I ought to reconsider my vote when the opportunity to re-elect Trump comes in two and a half years. Are they correct?

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Memorial Day Reflections

Posted: May 28, 2018 by Brian Johnston

Our military is constantly engaged in conflict all around the globe with no actual Congressional declaration of war. Few of us ever dare to call the actions of our military into question, lest we’re branded unpatriotic or anti-American.

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Et Tu, Google?

Posted: May 25, 2018 by Brian Johnston

While Google has surely increased my ability to be informed, I am fairly confident it has made me weaker as a human. I retain very little of what I look up, a point clearly illustrated by my search history which shows I look up the same facts repeatedly. While I may bemoan my personal deterioration at the hands of Google, none of that comes even close to my concerns about how much of my personal information is retained on the internet.

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God or The Force?

Posted: April 25, 2018 by Brian Johnston

In preparation for defining the parameters for The Proversation, I found it necessary to take an inventory of who I am and what I believe in order to offer potential listeners a clear take on my point of view and to establish my own personal territory. After all, it’s difficult to stay in one’s lane if you have no idea where the lines are. In doing so, I found myself taking into account a vast array of experiences, philosophical questions, ethics, tangibles, and intangibles to try to figure out what exactly it is that I believe.

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Minding the Checkbook

Posted: March 28, 2018 by Brian Johnston

I’ve often wondered if the American people could vote on the national agenda on a line-item basis, what the resulting policy would look like. Far be it from me to suggest this is any way to actually run a Democracy, but in a representative Republic like the United States, shouldn’t we be gut-checking our politicians and their plans with some say in how exactly our tax dollars are spent? Perhaps if we felt as a nation that we had even a modicum of control over the policies that are generally inflicted upon us, maybe then we’d have a different attitude about days like April 15th through a sense of contribution to the greater good of our society, rather than what most of us take from tax day—the feeling of getting fleeced.

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The Most Terrifying Movie I Ever Saw

Posted: March 21, 2018 by Brian Johnston

“Instead of overinvesting in nuclear weapons and encouraging a new arms race, the United States should build only the levels needed for deterrence. We should encourage Russia to do the same. But even if it does not, our levels of nuclear forces should be determined by what we actually need, not by a misguided desire to match Moscow missile for missile. If Russia decides to build more than it needs, its economy will suffer, just as during the Cold War.”

These are not the ramblings of some dewy-eyed peacenik; these are the observations of a man who was at the heart of defending our nation for four years; someone who has forgotten more about nuclear warfare than most of us will hopefully ever know. It is time to reconsider throwing good money after bad. It’s time to take steps toward dismantling humanity’s greatest threat to itself.

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The Case for a Third Party

Posted: March 21, 2018 by Brian Johnston

It only takes a handful of third party seats in both houses to hold MASSIVE swing power. If we can put, say, 10 Senate seats in third party hands, it would force ANY party wishing to pass legislation to seek votes across party lines. They couldn’t get a majority without a few votes from across the aisle. This is an America that can get things done.

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