Current Events Species Threats World Suicide Club
Number 2: Strike from an asteroid or comet Number 3: Climate change
Species Threat Number 1:
Nuclear War, especially Accidental or Otherwise Caused Nuclear War Between the US and Russia
8-09-14 - Nagasaki day - this was the better bomb, plutonium instead of uranium, implosion rather than gun-type, Fat Man rather than Little Boy, but not dropped as accurately. In Japan I attended some meetings with hibakusha, nuclear bomb survivors, and their equivalent of PSR, Physicians for Social Responsibility. They kept talking about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I asked, "What about now?" Doesn't Japan support the US nuclear weapons program and policy? I'd hear, "We can't do anything about that." And now a quarter century later, again the question, What about now?
8-06-14 - On this anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima,
Noam Chomsky on national security, nuclear strategy, and threats to actual security and survival.
This is truly nuts - that there continues to be a serious species threat from nuclear weapons that people think has gone away. Not at all so. All the leaders and followers who buy into the nuclear weapons game are signing on to insanity. Individuals who acted this way on a local or personal scale would be candidates for permanent lockup. - DC
9-30-13 - One example of the US and the USSR coming very close to nuclear war - and not the only time - from the BBC
11-27-12 - Author Warns 'Second Nuclear Age' Is Here - NPR
8-09-11 - Remember Nagasaki, Japan's tradition Christian center. Sixty-six years ago, the year I came from, the nuclear bomb was created and used. Many more people had died in the fire bombings but the potential for these bombs was to waste the biosphere. So far we still haven't done that but people tend to think that the danger has passed. It hasn't. One of the greatest threats, maybe the greatest threat, to the human race and other higher forms of life is the use of nuclear bombs. Accidental nuclear war between Russian and the US is still possible. We still have thousands of missiles armed and ready to launch in an instant. President Obama has indicated an awareness of this and in a first for US presidents made early assertions that we should work toward a world without nuclear weapons in his lifetime but also threatened Iran with "all options are on the table."
See cuke's Species Threat Number 1: Accidental or Otherwise Caused Nuclear War Between the US and Russia
4-18-10 - Los Alamos Lab's CMRR-NF project would send wrong message to world By Willem Malten in the Santa Fe New Mexican - another posting in the Nuclear (pronounced like "new clear") Threat section
4-17-10 - Updating the Species Threats section - nuclear threat department.
Jonathan Schell's April 2010 article Reaching Zero in the Nation with other links and reports.
Democracy Now discussion with Schell - note the related stories links there.
Monsters and Critics: Obama's nuclear conference only the beginning
1-22-09 - From this article in UK Guardian - it's all off the new White House website. This is a super big deal - dc.
The other notable shift in US foreign policy announced today was a strategic decision to move towards a "nuclear free world", through bilateral and multilateral disarmament. "Obama and [Vice President Joe] Biden will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons, and pursue it," according to the agenda. It is a long term goal. The US will maintain a "strong deterrent as long as nuclear weapons exist", but begin to take steps on the "long road towards eliminating nuclear weapons".
The development of new nuclear weapons will be stopped, a sharp change from the Bush administration that pushed for a new generation of warheads, and the new administration will work with Moscow to take US and Russian missiles off their current hair trigger alert, while seeking "dramatic reductions in US and Russian stockpiles of nuclear weapons and material".
8-06-08 - Hiroshima Day - ICAN - International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. One article on the threat of accidental nuclear war with Russia, possibly the #1 threat to the human race even today.
Just Google the subject and look around.
Thanks to Taigen Dan Leighton
for this article.
Still on Catastrophe's Edge
by Robert McNamara and Helen Caldicott
Los Angeles Times -
As we continue to grapple with the United States' vulnerability to
terrorist attack, we fail to recognize the most serious danger, one that
is overlooked by politicians and emergency management agencies alike.
Thousands of Russian nuclear warheads are targeted on the U.S.
According to Mohamed ElBaradei, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, a clear road map for nuclear disarmament should be established. Time is not on our side.
Robert McNamara was secretary of Defense for presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Helen Caldicott is a pediatrician and president of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute.
Please visit NPRI's web site at www.nuclearpolicy.org
learn about the dread WSC, the World Suicide Club
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