Saturday, March 21, 2015

Post-nuclear war: horrific diseases and genetic deformities

The video doesn't mention that these horrible disease, now experienced by millions in the world's poorest countries, will become far more prevalent in the after math of nuclear war. Even a war with only 100 nuclear explosion could lead to mass famine worldwide. In a larger war, nuclear destruction of large cities will kill at least half of all physicians and destroy most medical facilities and suppliers in the affected nations.  Radiation will lead to an explosion of genetic mutations worldwide. Horrific deformities in newborns will become even more prevalent and horrific than those seen here. Of course, most such children, and even those with more minor deformities, will be quietly allowed to die or put to death soon after birth, as they were before medical advances.  See relevant articles on the latter here and here. Lots more online.


Here are just a few mostly mainstream articles about the rising threat of world nuclear war, most published over the last year... Remember 2015 is the 70th anniversary of the use of relatively tiny nuclear bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
* Five Ways Nuclear Armageddon Was Almost Unleashed
* Chance of nuclear war is greater than we think
* Two Billion At Risk: The Threat of Limited Nuclear War
* Remembering Hiroshima: Nuclear abolition and the will of the people
* As Hiroshima Day dawns, why are we still tempting nuclear fate?
* Life after a nuclear war revealed: Computer models reveal Earth would suffer a 20-year-long winter and worldwide famine; Their research looked at the detonation of 100 'small' nuclear warheads
* Nuclear doom lurks in U.S. faceoff with Russia over Ukraine
* Vladimir Putin says Russia was preparing to use nuclear weapons 'if necessary' and blames US for Ukraine crisis
* Briefing: The world is facing a growing threat of nuclear war
* The new nuclear age A quarter of a century after the end of the cold war, the world faces a growing threat of nuclear conflict

Update: And let's not forget that in even a small nuclear exchange a lot of nuclear power plants will melt down, either because of direct damage or damage to the energy supplies keeping the nuclear reactor core cooled.  And while a hydrogen bomb may produce a massive explosion, it contains only 10 - 20 pounds of radioactive material. Nuclear power plant facilities often contain tons of active, used and stored nuclear materials. Once there is a relatively small power plant explosion affecting the surrounding facilities, the materials will burn for years, releasing their poisonous radioactivity for decades or longer. Thousands of square miles of land surrounding and downwind from the hundreds of plants will be contaminated. Wind and water will circulate radioactivity around the planet. More information on the number of plants worldwide here and here.
Just one particularly graphic scenario is below, for when power is out all over the world (in the fantasy scenario where all humans just disappear). At least National Geographic had the sense to portray what would really happen without humans maintaining sensitive and dangerous infrastructure. Geomagnet storms knocking out power over wide swaths of the planet could have a similar effect. So could worldwide economic catastrophe, energy shortages, pandemic disease killing off nuclear technicians, widely dispersed earthquakes and tsunamis, asteroid strikes, and all manner of "apocalypse".  For real life meltdowns that already happened see youtube videos on Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"Rising of the Moon" - worldwide...

It's never too late for a woman of 50+ percent Irish descent to catch up on her Irish history (or be reminded of what she's forgotten). Several Turner Classic movies on "Irish Day" (as I call it, having abandoned the Pope 51 years ago) reminded me of the fight against British oppression in Ireland. My grand-mothers on both sides being pure Irish, I certainly got a feeling for rebellion, and a negative opinion of the British in Ireland. It wasn't til my twenties I read deeply of the subject, factoids mostly forgotten in my sixties. (Wikipedia does have it's uses as a review. Of course, some biographies are lyrical poems to the fallen rebels. But what the hey...) I won't dwell on the fact that most of them were violent patriarchs, of course. Or that an updated version of the song below really must get rid of those pikes... Plus one of my own rebellious songs below it. Haven't quite written the theme song for nonviolent radical decentralist libertarian secessionists worldwide - or have I?


Monday, March 09, 2015

Women rising up against sexism...

I'm a few hours late with an "International Women's Day" posting.  Women really have been rising up worldwide the last year or so, as I may detail later. (Meanwhile see this Wikipedia article which some mean guys wanted to delete.)

Some of this year's women's day themes were "Make it happen", "We're Not There Yet", "Lean In" and lots of others spread over social media.  Below are some graphics from various programs worldwide. So many voluntary endeavors I've been involved with turned bad because of rampant patriarchal duels for power and accompanying sexism that drove out so many women and the more sensible men. Anti-sexism work seems to be the number one effort I keep coming back to. But more on that in future days.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Netanyahu: "The Emperor's Nuke Clothes" and other commentary

Yeah, Katie! Hope she's got a great career in front of her despite taking on the Israel Lobby.  Not to mention the Samson Option, Netanyahu and other right wing Israelis ultimate threat: if we don't get what we want, we might nuke Russian and guess who they'll nuke back??

Look at Congress applauding their true leader, the one who is willing to destroy American if it's good for Israel; and makes sure they know they are out of office if they don't support him.  I wonder how many non-attending Democrats will face stiff electoral challenges supported by Israel-directed money machines for boycotting his speech?  At least polls show a majority of Americans were disgusted he summoned Congress to hear him tell them to make sure they did what's best for Israeli expansionism (which he calls "Israel's survival), and not for the survival of the American people.

Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire who has been interviewing Republican presidential candidates to decide which one is "Israel First" enough to ensure that Adelson and other pro-Israel fat cats' money is directed to that Republican's 2016 Presidential campaign.
Looks like lots of disgusted commentary today, as from Chris Matthews:
“I’ll get to the heart of this speech now,” Matthews told MSNBC’s Thomas Robertson. “This man from a foreign government walked into the United States legislative chamber and tried to take over U.S. foreign policy. He said, ‘You should trust me, not your president on this. I am the man you should trust, I am your true leader on this question of U.S. geopolitics. To protect yourself, you must listen to me and not this president.’”
“It was a startling situation,” he continued. “To allow someone to come in — knowing that was going to be their message — to the U.S. Congress. This was a decision made by Boehner and certainly complied with by Netanyahu and his ambassador [Ron Dermer]. They went into the U.S. Congress to take over U.S. foreign policy from the president.”

“Think it through, what country in the world would let a foreign leader come in and attempt to wrest from the president control of the U.S. foreign policy?”
And from Rabbi Michael Lerner
"Netanyahu's speech to Congress was brilliantly deceitful because it played to the fantasies that Israeli propaganda and right wing militarists in the US have been popularizing for the past thirty years...I know so many people who shake their heads in despair at the growth of the right-wing consciousness in the US in every sphere except identity politics, but really what other discourse are they ever exposed to? Obama should embrace the Biblical call for "love the stranger/the other" and challenge Americans to take that call seriously. Instead, he tries to measure up against the criteria set by the militarists. Guess what? In that coercion-oriented arena liberals and progressives will always fail, because you have to be unscrupulous to win there."
 And from Jon Stewart:
“The in-chamber response to this speech was by far the longest blowjob a Jewish man has ever received.”
Updated 3/18/15 with these: 

* Ex-Mossad chief pans Netanyahu's 'bulls---' speech to Congress; Meir Dagan ridiculed Netanyahu’s assertion that Iran posed a threat to the United States. 

* Jewish Congresswoman Pushes for Israel Regime Change After Bibi Speech to Congress; Jan Schakowsky Says New Gov't Would End 'Toxic' Feud

* Liberal critics of Israel are emboldened by Netanyahu's Congress speech; The sense of malaise pro-Israel Democrats are experiencing has spread from the liberal wing of the party toward the center.

* After Netanyahu Speech, Congress Is Officially High School; Israeli Prime Minister's visit inspires bitchy barbs and insults, and nobody came out of this week looking good

* CNN/ORC poll: Majority of Americans oppose Netanyahu invite

* Poll finds Netanyahu less popular among Americans after Congress Iran speech; Changes to Americans' views of Netanyahu were mostly felt among Democrats.

* Poll: Nearly half of U.S. voters disapprove of Netanyahu; The Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey

* Post-Speech, Netanyahu's Favorability Drops with Americans; Polls conducted before and after the Israeli prime minister's address before Congress show a shift.

In case you didn’t hear, Netanyahu’s party had a narrow win on March 17th, an insult against the spirit of rebellion and liberty enjoyed by so many on "Irish day." He probably will form a coalition. Netanyahu appealed to the most paranoid and racist sentiments of just enough Israelis, claiming that Arabs were being bused to the polls, he would never recognize a Palestinian state and that he'd build thousands of new homes for Jews on stolen Palestinian land in the West Bank And, of course, he promised to resist any nuclear deal with Iran and keep threatening to nuke them.  After all only two nuclear bullies are allowed in the Arab Middle East, European Israelis and Americans.


Will Netanyahu ever be prosecuted for war crimes, that is the real question? Along with his buddy George W. Bush. And might as well throw in Obama for letting the blackmailing bastards get away with what they’ve gotten away with since 2009.  Not to mention for pushing for regime change in nuclear armed Russia. But don’t get me started...

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Minor update....

Finally have time to start getting my half dozen websites together on Wordpress. Might move this blog there at that point and actually start promoting it.  Time will tell.  Meanwhile, a sign of life with a few images that may reflect some of the themes of the last month: reorganizing life, cursing at war mongers, fantasizing about starting a libertarian retirement community, plotting exposes (per this under construction page), eating too much and doing too much housework, reading too much about celebrity tragedies, laughing at ridiculous celebrities, having good laughs with women friends about the opposite sex (no matter what they call themselves), spending the younger generations hard earned money now that I've collected all the social security money I ever put in, and don't get me started on medicare expenses... planning a whole series of new music videos, having lots of cuddle time with my favorite cuddly cutie... and the beat goes on...
 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Wandering the internet and ...found in drafts...

Was going to post a few things I found of interest while just catching up on old email.  And then noticed I had some interesting material stuck in draft I never published, so throwing them in near the end.... Just so my detractors will have something to nitpick me over. Yukkety Yuk.

The Korean War - US bombed country into oblivion..
First read this article, much of it confirmed in the sometimes reliable Wikipedia, and then found this video.


Smart Phones should have a wrist strap attachment point! Us oldsters tend to drop them - especially when we are skiing.   Meanwhile there's MyBunjee.com.

Pretty good article on hypocrisy of leaders who denounce killings at Charlie Hebdo offices. I do see that Israel allows Jewish satirists to mock Judaism. Funnier than some of Charlie's gross cartoons which even grossed out this critic of Patriarchal Religions.



 

I missed this end of prohibition (1933) party - and now marijuana practically legal in DC!  Wow, you'll hear all about it when I finally smoke some!

From 2013! Time flies amid various contretemps, and this individual has had many thoughts about world events. But what is actually new, surprising, unique and even hopeful and exciting among any of them? A little list...

* Animals also getting fatter Does fat encase pollutants in our bodies to protect us, as I read somewhere once; and there's just so much pollution...As the American people got fatter, so did marmosets, vervet monkeys and mice. The problem may be bigger than any of us.

* Glenn Greenwald: NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans' data with Israel

*American Exceptionalism was proclaimed - and immediately mocked by anti-establishmentarians and foreign leaders.  What a good week that was!

*Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government estimates that US wars in Afghanistan, Iraq to cost $6 trillion.

*Anthony Gregory review of Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization by Nicholson Baker.

My favorite of all the adorable rottweiller puppy videos:

This short one comes in second.

Oh, but let's not totally lose touch with the reality of our violent patriarchal world...

To end on a more positive note, a book I've been meaning to read:

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year! Please universal consciousness...

 
Visualizing lots of happiness, productivity and prosperity for 2015 for me and all beings in the universe!  Couple images grabbed from a web pages and a version of John Lennon's IMAGINE - which they play just before the ball drops in Times Square.  Imagine - anarchy in Times Square!


RT tv channel had a great review of a year where the number of sunspots were relatively few, but the protests kept on going, per my article Sunspot cycles and activist strategies (which I hope to update with lots of facts and figures this year.)