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Re: Nuclear Insecurity Today
« Reply #45 on: December 29, 2017, 02:47:33 pm »

We've Forgotten How To Fear

By Will Leitch

December 28, 2017


Here are four undeniable facts from this specific moment in history:

The President of the United States, a man whose father suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and whose public speaking ability has degraded so dramatically over the last 20 years that watching him say stupid things in 1999 actually makes you nostalgic for that guy, told his top security officials that he wanted “tens of thousands of new nuclear weapons,”which inspired his Chief of Staff to call him a “moron.”

The President of the United States has more power at this moment than at essentially any other time in American history and, if he wanted, could launch a nuclear attack entirely on his own and no one could stop him. “If President Trump were to decide that it’s time to put Kim Jong Un in his place once and for all, he would choose a plan that already exists,” a “former nuclear missile launch officer” told USA Today. “And it would be almost impossible in my view to override a decision to implement that option.”

Fellow lawmakers and high-level cabinet members are so concerned about Trump’s instability they have been actively trying to come up with some sort of Fail/Safe backup plan to Trump launching nuclear weapons, and their attempts have been thwarted at every turn. A sitting United States Senator actually said, on record, “We are concerned that the president of the United States is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic that he might order a nuclear weapons strike.” (This insane, flabbergasting statement was made just more than a month ago, so you’ve surely forgotten about it.)

North Korea, the foreign government most likely to pique the President’s nuclear launch trigger finger, successfully pulled off a test less than a month ago that showed they could hit a U.S. mainline target with little difficulty. Secretary of Defense James Mattis responded to the news warning that North Korea could now strike anywhere in the world. The President responded by calling the leader of North Korea short and fat.

During the Cold War, leaders of wealthy, stable, established nations were hinting at nuclear standoffs, and talking about missile defense systems, and testing thermonuclear weapons, and it led to three decades of apocalyptic popular fiction, fallout shelters being installed all across the country and schoolchildren being taught how to shield themselves from debris and radiation in case of a nuclear attack. It was the central organizing principle of most of the second half of the 20th century. It, singularly, affected every aspect of American life.

And there were so many more protections then than there are now. Now there are non-state actors who would give any amount of money or human capital to get a hold of a nuclear weapon, of which, from the old Soviet Union, there are thousands of unaccounted for. There is an escalating threat from a desperate nation led by a madman whose only reference point for American life is Dennis Rodman. And there is the doddering cable news addict in the Oval Office who only seems to understand what Brian Kilmeade  tells him.


I was eight years old when Testament hit cinemas, just a little bit older than Lukas Haas in the film. I didn’t see it in the theater: It wasn’t until a decade later, on Roger Ebert’s recommendation, that I finally watched it. I wouldn’t have been able to understand it when I was eight. I would just been upset E.T wasn’t in it. But I wonder if my parents watched it.

Until I watched it last week, for the first time in many years, I couldn’t have fathomed how my parents — who had an eight-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter, two people whom they loved very much and wanted to see grow up and become adult humans with lives and children of their own — could have handled it. These children they loved so much, they ones they protected with an almost feral passion, how could they not think about them when they watched the Wetherly family wilt away and die? When my mother watched Carol’s increased panic when she looked for that bear, did she look at me, still with my favorite blanket, and wonder if she’d someday have to bury it with me? How did my dad feel when he went away on work trips, after watching this movie when one day, randomly, out of nowhere, the world exploded and he wasn’t there with his family? To live in that time and feel like it all going away was a real, vivid possibility ... how did they bear it?

I’m legitimately asking. Because unlike every other time I had watched Testament, I am a father now, of two beautiful little boys who are obnoxious and gassy and loud and just about the most incredible things I’ve ever seen in my life. Every day my wife and I look at them and see the boys they are becoming, the men they will someday be, and we are thrilled, we are elated, we are driven near to tears to see them growing up, to learn more every day what they have to offer this planet. I find myself envious of everyone who hasn’t met them yet. You are going to love them, world. I think of what they might be, what they might do, the mistakes they are going to make, the times they get their hearts broken, the hearts they break, the goodness that radiates off them, and I think that maybe they might be the only worthwhile thing I’ve done with my whole stupid life. I can’t wait to see who they become.

But Testament warns: Don’t assume the future. It can all be taken away, forever, from everybody. Just because it hasn’t happened before doesn’t mean it can’t happen now. That it hasn’t happened before actually makes it more likely it will happen now. It is a threat, to you, to me, to everybody you love, to everybody I love. There are so many threats, so much danger in the world. But this is the biggest one. It makes you want to run through the streets screaming. It makes you wonder why not everyone is.

Toward the end of Testament, the school puts on the Pied Piper play. The bombs have fallen. People have already started dying. There is no word from the outside. There are no longer any illusions as to what is happening. But the play goes on anyway. What else can you do? The youngest son comes out, as the Pied Piper, and gives his closing speech as the Piper. “Your children are not gone,” he says. “They are just waiting for a world that deserves them.” Every parent in the audience sobs. They know what world they’ve given their children, and what it means for all of them. The question is: Do we?

Agelbert Full disclosure: I saw this movie more than once.

As an Intelligence Operations Specialist in the Air National Guard during the cold war years, I can tell you that movie was too kind. For example, in the movie, Canada was discussed as a refuge. That is a cruel joke. Air patterns over the northern hemisphere quickly make Canada a DEAD ZONE, even if not a single nuke goes off there. The only (temporary) refuge areas would be in the southern hemisphere near Antarctica. But even those areas go down within a decade too.

The threat of planetary devastation was, and is, much, much worse. I haven't forgotten the danger. Also, I firmly believe that "we" (i.e. 99% of humanity) DO know what kind of a world we want for our children, but we-the-people DO NOT have a say in that outcome.

The goal of the 1% bastards in charge is a Mount Olympus type existence with a sprinkling of we-the-people here and there to use as playthings and objects of perverse sport. This precludes nuclear war.   

WHY? The 1% elite bastards are all insane with hubris and illusions of grandeur, but they are not stupid.

The 1% (more or less) are the "WE" that have not unleashed nuclear mayhem in this planet simply because of their own "enlightened" (SEE: 'greed is good') self interest. They KNOW that radionuclide contamination is FOREVER, for all practical purposes. They don't like "forever" (i.e. 25,000 plus years of dna 24/7 destruction all the way to the microbial level).

   like the engineered "boom and bust" cycles of Capitalism where a bunch of "useless eaters" routinely get offed by war, plague, tsunami, global warming or whatevah, just as long as these periods are

A) Brief

B) Profitable for the 1% and

C) Don't damage the biosphere beyond some elite scam that can be run to make we-the-people pay to keep the elite portion of it reasonably healthy.


But to their folly, they do not now, or ever did, give a rat's ass about the human gene pool. They are NOT impressed by scientists who warn these 'greed is good' psychopaths that the human dna diversity produced by a large population is sine qua non to Homo sap genetic health.

The bottom line big plan for these elite bastards is to gradually get rid of most of us "useless eaters" in a way that can be plausibly denied by the media these elite bastards control.

It is working. Life expectancy and sperm count is dropping EVERYWHERE on the planet. Robots with AI will soon be able to do absolutely any physical or intellectual labor humans now do. The world where the average person lives is turning into one big Reservation and the 99% are getting the same treatment that whitey has given the Native Americans in the USA.

It's a gradual thing where you destroy the moral fiber of a people by denying them decent health care, work, dignity, etc. while, at the same time, you claim you are "helping them with charity". 

Yeah, their Mens Rea Modus Operandi is ultimately suicidally stupid, but their lack of empathy limits their ability to see how their greed is destroying their chances to pass a viable biosphere to their children.

Unless and until God directly intervenes, the ultimate plan by the 1% is for most of us to die quietly in poverty in a gradual 90% reduction of the human population. Our cold comfort is that, only when most of us are gone, will the 1% realize that they killed themselves.

Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23


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