The equivalent of over 300,000 Hiroshimas
by Ted Rudow III, MA ( Tedr77 [at] aol.com )
Wednesday Aug 5th, 2015
On July 16, 1945, the United States of America detonated the first atomic bomb in the barren desert of New Mexico. Less than a month after this first explosion, the U.S. dropped two atom bombs on the heavily populated cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. This first usage of the horror bomb indiscriminately wiped our over 100,000 civilian woman, children and old people--and condemned many others to a very slow and painful death.
Others were horribly maimed and burned and scarred for life! There were horrors the U.S. wouldn't even let its own people know about, wouldn't allow pictures in the newspaper.
Since WWII, "the war to end all wars", the explosive power of the combined nuclear arsenals of the United States and the Soviet Union has grown to the equivalent of over 300,000 Hiroshimas! The 8,500 warheads and bombs in the U.S. arsenal alone have a combined explosive power of more than three billion tones of TNT--about 1,500 pounds of explosive for every man, woman and child on this planet.
Dr. James Muller, a Harvard heart specialist and secretary of the Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, Inc., brought this out when he said, "At some point deep down inside, people know the world could explode tomorrow. " Yet some people are just talking about it calmly as though it is the natural thing to expect--that we are going to destroy each other and the World! Stanford physicist, Sidney Drell, asked in a recent New York Times article: "More and more we hear of usable Nuclear weapons, and of Nuclear weapons, fighting and winning. where are we going?--Do we even still remember what nuclear explosions do? Does the post-Hiroshima generation still appreciate the horror of nuclear weapons and the dangers posed by the prospect of a nuclear conflict?"
No animals in circuses anymore please.
A great, big shout-out and thank you to you, the members of the North Bay Organizing Project and each and every community member who continues to fight, toil and press our Sonoma County "supes" to do more than merely pass a token, feeble, toothless living-wage ordinance - like the resolution which they passed at their regularly scheduled meeting back on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015.
I was in attendance at that meeting and gave a speech in which I urged immediate passage of a REAL living-wage ordinance and, also, that action be taken by them on a number of other issues with which this county is currently confronted and urged them to exercise true leadership on those numerous issues as well.
The measure of your success will be in your ability to channel your steel resolve, your indomitable courage, your abiding spirit and your passion for all things social justice into inspiring those who may be your detractors on this issue to confront and accept the fact that no one deserves to be paid less than 15 dollars an hour for performing often menial but necessary tasks - especially those who are providing caregiving services to the elderly and disabled in their own homes - and who, by doing so, are saving the County of Sonoma literally millions of dollars a year. And this fact was iterated by a paid professional consultant retained by the County of Sonoma itself!
I am proud to stand with you on this issue - which I consider to be one of the most pressing social-justice issues of our time.
Good luck to you - and may your commitment to this laudable cause ensure that you and your fellow activists will attain eventual victory.
(Oh. And a couple more things: Don't stop calling...and, above all, don't accept their lame excuses - including the one that "There's no money." Just look at their overinflated salaries and overbloated benefits packages for concrete proof and affirmation that there's plenty.)
Re: Richard Blum -- what on earth makes you think that removing "distressed homes" that are "depressing home prices" means more housing availability and jobs for Sonoma County residents? It is exactly predatory investment schemes all the way back to the late 1990s that put us in the nightmare mess. Sorry, you're wrong.
I do really love to read articles like this including Selfie Stick Pro as a subject.
Hey, Jim Bracco--
I'd like to thank you for several things:
1. Thanks for expressing your counter-argument. As an outspoken guy myself, I know how scary that can be sometimes.
2. Thanks for admitting that you endorse genocide. At least I think that's what you implied. Your characterization of (all?) Indians as brutal seems to be in the context of justifying the Europeans' treatment of them. [Of course, there are a couple of problems with your thinking here. First of all, not all of the hundreds of Indian nations engaged in slavery, wars of aggression etc., though some did. Secondly, if pointing out that some ethnic group has done evil things justifies exterminating them, understand that this leads to an unending cycle of genocide. The same "reasoning" would justify the genocide of all Americans, then the genocide of whoever killed us, etc. ad infinitum. But something tells me that if, e.g., the Chinese did to us what we did to the Indians, you wouldn't be keen to wave their flag.]
3. Thanks for illuminating the darkness at the heart of the American psyche by responding to my attack on genocide and slavery as if that constitutes an attack on the USA. I couldn't have put the connection more clearly myself, and you did it without even trying!
4. Thanks for giving a brief list of the sort of feel-good misconceptions that make up the myth of national righteousness, so popular in the USA as well as many other countries ("...freedom, liberty, peace and prosperity..").
There's not space here to educate you out of the patriotic mythology and into an honest understanding of American history and policy. I'd offer a reading list, but I suspect you don't want your bubble popped. So I'll content myself here with a few comments:
It's unclear why you thought my smoking weed was relevant to the discussion at all. For the record, I don't do it nowadays, but I used to. When I smoked weed, I had to be careful not to be caught by the US government, which would happily have made money by criminalizing me and jailing me, substantially ruining my life in the process. So it's ironic that you bring up the subject of weed in the context of your starry-eyed rhapsodizing about how "free" we are in this country, LOL!
The idea that you consider a freedom fighter like Sitting Bull less worthy of memorialization than a genocidal slave owner like Washington speaks volumes about your values, and what is says isn't pretty.
Note that some of your arguments are the same arguments people are offering in support of the Confederate flag. If they justify waving the one flag, they must justify waving the other.
You invoke "...our ability to surmount our deficits and advance toward our ideals." But you seem oblivious to the fact that that must start with admitting (and not justifying) our brutalities. Rationalizing them and venerating the perpetrators is a recipe for continued brutality, not a path to "surmount(ing) our deficits and advanc(ing) toward our ideals."
I couldn't agree more!!!
That's a lot of grape juice.
I have a suggestion: don’t stop at not saluting. Take it up a notch to show you really mean it: Pack your duffle bag and move your ass to the first country you find that has brought more freedom, liberty, peace and prosperity to the world.
The notion that Sitting Bull should replace Washington on Mount Rushmore is absurd.
The Indians weren’t brutal? They didn’t kill or take over other nations or own slaves? Pure pablum.
The greatness of America lies not in our innocence, but in our ability to surmount
our deficits and advance toward our ideals.
To that end 38 million Americans gave their lives to end slavery and genocide and fight
fascism and communism so you could sit in your house in Cotati and smoke weed and
write letters about how horrible the US is.
You can salute them.
+- 2,000,000 cases in cases you were wondering.
Thanks you for a clear, true message. I agree with you 100%
Re: RBlum's response to the PByrne article "Homewrecker". It's of course easy to pick on one partner in the CAH investments firm. Blum is the husband of Feinstein, our Senate Congressional Rep., so the focus may be warranted. I am actually more curious as to why any investment firm would be able to know about foreclosed housing before the public.
Doesn't this keep the housing market falsely inflated and therefore unaffordable? If these foreclosed houses were on the market, wouldn't that mean that people would be able to buy housing that was actually affordable?
Instead, the racket seems more to be that banks, realtors, and title companies are all benefitting from a real estate market that is out of reach for every day, regular hard-working people. On top of that pile of b.s., rents are so out of scale for the types of jobs available (in Sonoma County where 'service-sector' jobs, i.e. mostly minimum-wage jobs, are the fastest-growing sector). How many minimum wage jobs does one need to have and how many hours in the day must one work in order to afford rent? There aren'r enough hours in the week, nor in the day to pay upwards of $2,200+ dollars/month for a 2-br. 1-bath living space.
Oh boy, I really mis-understood! I thought "truthiness" was Colbert's word for truth, but that was my assumption. Anyway, I do see you as truth warrior who uses logic and reasoning as your basic platform for discussion. I've always respected that, and your writing skills.
I completely missed the pun of "waiving", so thanks for enlightening me! My editor persona took over....
Thanks for speaking out, Dixon... I appreciate reading your thoughts and enjoy your humor as well... Bruce Schmidt in Occidental
To Sandy Murphy: I spelled it "waiving" because it's a pun.
Incidentally, I don't think "truthiness" is a good thing. I have the impression that "truthiness" means something like propaganda or convincing BS. Am I wrong?
As always, thanks for your support.
Good on you Dixon! You are "truthiness" personified! Colbert would be proud! Is the spelling correct in the title? It looks odd to me.
Here is the correct link http://www.eachmindmatters.org
I've had the pleasure of reading a lot by D.T. Allison, and he never fails to amuse and fascinate me.
Dear Bohemian and Carl Patrick,
Y'all are the best in the belly of the beast ! Thanks for all you do.
And thanks for giving Carl and others like him a venue to communicate with the rest of us. Where would we be without the vision.. plus the courage, fortitude and leadership of people like Carl ? i admire his dedication and perseverance, as i know it's driven by a keen sense of compassion and justice for all, even in the face of hired guns and overwhelming odds.
i hope we can connect again one of these days, Carl, as you are an inspiration in an age easily given over to despair and isolation.
All the best to you and your family and if you have the time sometime, get in touch.
Peace, tim smith
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