The Doomsday Machine

The Doomsday Machine, Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon papers fame. While serving in the JFK administration in the early 1960s, Ellsberg saw a Department of Defense estimate of total casualties in a nuclear war with the Soviet Union and China: 500 million in a world less densely populated than now.

“I well know that it is entirely unrealistic to hope that the present Congress (not to speak of the present president), dominated by the current Republican Party, or for that matter a Congress returned to the control of Democratic members mainly of the sort we have seen in the last generation, would respond to demands for any one of the measures I have proposed above:

  • a U.S. no first-use policy
  • probing investigative hearings on our war plans in the light of nuclear winter
  • eliminating our ICBMs
  • forgoing delusions of preemptive damage limiting by our first-strike forces
  • giving up the profits, jobs, and alliance hegemony based on maintaining that pretense
  • otherwise dismantling the American Doomsday Machine

“Both parties as currently constituted oppose every one of these measures. This mortal predicament did not begin with Donald J. Trump, and it will not end with his departure. The obstacles to achieving these necessary changes are posed not so much by the majority of the American public–though many in recent years have shown dismaying manipulability–but by officials and elites in both parties and by major institutions that consciously support militarism, American hegemony, and arms production and sales.”

It is estimated that a nuclear war induced nuclear winter will cause the death of 99+% of humanity and the death of most large animals on land and in the sea.

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Panama papers

Secrecy World, Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite by Jake Bernstein. Read this book to understand how the rich avoid taxes and hide their wealth. It was Leona Helmsley who famously said, “Only little people pay taxes.” I believe that this book will help you understand Robert Mueller’s report on the Donald Trump/Russia connection when it is finally made public.

“The worst harm, John Doe seemed to suggest, was that Mossfon and the system within which it operated encouraged the growth of income inequality, ‘one of the defining issues of our time.’ It was a system that had led to ‘society’s progressively diseased and decaying moral fabric.’ The firm had not worked in a vacuum, he observed: ‘It found allies and clients at major law firms in virtually every nation.'”

“The borderlines of the secrecy world, the distance between what is hidden and the public’s right to know, was shifting quickly. ‘We live in a time of inexpensive, limitless digital storage and fast internet connections that transcend national boundaries,’ the anonymous leaker wrote. ‘It doesn’t take much to connect the dots: from start to finish, inception to global media distribution, the next revolution will be digitized.'”

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Mighty might

According to military expert Sean Hannity, any war with North Korea will be over quickly due to the mighty might of the US military. BS. A war with North Korea is a war we cannot win without causing a larger war. North Korea could be labelled a mighty mite as opposed to the mighty might of the US. Eventually US air power will prevail, but in the meantime the army of North Korea will be in South Korea chewing up the country. We can shock and awe North Korea and we can bomb North Korean troops in South Korea when we can find them. Korea is laced with caves suitable for concealment and the weather often prevents aircraft from flying, witness Trump’s cancelled trip to the DMZ because of weather. We do not have enough troops in South Korea to invade North Korea as some are advocating. Any buildup will telegraph our intentions and probably trigger a pre-emptive attack by the North. Some consider Korea the worst terrain in the world for a war (please note mural on wall behind Trump).

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War and peace part 2

When my son was born, I started thinking about how to protect him in a dangerous world. I could have opted for living in a gated community and bodyguards, but that would not protect him outside a protective community. Instead I decided that no one is safe unless everyone is safe. To protect your child and mine, we must eliminate war and hatred. Everyone deserves our respect, adequate food and shelter and a decent income. We must enact sensible gun control laws and provide low-cost healthcare for all. Not just in the US, but worldwide since we live in an interconnected world where individuals and disease can travel anywhere.

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