American Gulag

American Gulag, Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons by Mark Dow published in 2004. In many cases, we don’t treat illegal aliens as fellow human beings. Many are detained in facilities like prisons, some for indeterminate periods. Some came to the US for asylum, others for employment. Although they are not citizens, they deserve our respect as fellow human beings. Many do not receive it and it is responsibility to see that that changes.

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Fire or ice

Donald Trump holds the fate of the world in his small hands. If he starts a war with Iran, the world will end in fiery chaos as the world’s oil supply is reduced below current needs. If he engages in a war with North Korea which will escalate to a nuclear war with North Korea and its supporters China and possibly Russia, the world will end in nuclear winter. The decision rests with Trump. Therefore, it is necessary for the sake of all of us for us to remove Trump from office.

Moratorium

Congress has just passed a military spending bill for the next fiscal year of $700+ billion. I propose a moratorium on military spending on all wars, present and future, of one year’s duration so that the damage in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands caused by recent hurricanes can be repaired using those funds and returned military personnel. After one year if repairs are complete, Congress must then re-authorize all current and future wars on a case by case basis.

Sticks and stones

Sticks and stones may break my bones
But names will never hurt me.

Speaking at the UN, Donald “Nukem Don” Trump threatened to destroy Kim “Rocketman” Jong-un and all of North Korea. Rather than start a war that could destroy all of Korea  and the surrounding area, if not the world, I suggest that the dispute between North Korea and the US be settled on a remote Pacific island by single combat between Nukem Don and Rocketman. Let them fight with clubs and rocks with the fight televised using remote cameras and drones. There would be one nuclear device on the island that they would be fighting for control of. If either man were losing and decided to detonate the device, he would be declared the winner. Of course, neither man would survive the blast, but the rest of us would.

A nuclear war in Korea would probably become a wider war. It would produce a nuclear winter that would slow global warming but not stop it. It is doubtful that civilization would survive a nuclear war and the global winter that would follow.