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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Doomed To Nuclear Proliferation?

Re Post via Playthell G. Benjamin


The End of the World is Near!!!

a-terryfying-nuclear-explosionA Vision of Doomsday

Sixty Minutes Exposes the Doomsday Machine

God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign/No more water/The Fire Next Time!
This is an exceedingly strange political season where the bizarre has become commonplace.  For instance, a New York real estate huckster and transparent con man with no experience in government is threatening to defeat the most qualified candidate in US history for the presidency.  Yet the fact that there is no serious mention, let alone discussion, of the unique horrors of nuclear weapons and the growing probability of an accidental nuclear war is the strangest thing of all.
For despite the false sense of security most Americans enjoy, believing the end of Communism and the Cold War with what was Soviet Russia has removed the danger of nuclear holocaust, it ain’t necessarily so.  It is a comforting but dangerous illusion that could lead to a catastrophe which would put an immediate end to human civilization and eventually all life on this planet.
Far from being hallucinations hatched in the fevered imaginations of nervous Nellies, the danger of nuclear war is as probable today as it was during the Cuban Missile Crisis of the Early 1960’s; the most volatile nuclear confrontation since the introduction of atomic weapons into modern warfare with the bombing of Japan during World War II.
Anyone who doubts how close the US and Russia came to destroying the world in their fight for Spheres of Influence – portions of the globe located close to the territory of major powers that claim them as being under their influence – should see Robert McNamara’s film The Fog of War.  McNamara was the US Secretary of Defense during the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the US Navy put a blockade around Cuba and challenged the Soviet fleet on the high seas to prevent them from delivering nuclear missiles to that small Island, which had been attacked by the US in a CIA led a covert action intended to overthrow the revolutionary government of Fidel Castro, known as the “Bay of Pigs Invasion.”  As a result of this US aggression against Cuba to prevent them from establishing a socialist economy they formed a military alliance with Russia and requested the missiles for protection.
Robert McNamara
PCC-53242 Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara. January 12 , 1961. DoD photo by Oscar Porter, U.S. Army. (Released)
He Presided over the Missile Crisis
The world came so close to destruction by nuclear war as a result of the confrontation the blockade provoked with the Soviet Union that even a half century later Robert McNamara had not come to terms with the part he played in this near catastrophe for mankind.  In his documentary film, McNamara tells us how he was ready to engage the Soviet Union in an all-out nuclear war and was obsessed with finding out if his counterparts on the other side were also ready to engage.  When they told him that they were also prepared to launch their nukes McNamara was profoundly shaken and contemplates the madness of it all.  The thing that perplexed him the most was the fact that highly educated sane and rational men were prepared to destroy the world!
The relevance of this frightening tale for us today is that we are on the verge of provoking a similar crisis with Russia through our insane policy of NATO expansion in Eastern Europe; even though the Cold War is officially over and the Communist Party has been banned in Russia. As I write President Obama is giving his final speech before the General Assembly of the United Nations extolling the end of wars between major nations.  Yet despite his lofty rhetoric, soaring eloquence, impeccable logic, and Solomonic wisdom the reality of US-Russian relations do not match his heroic optimism.
Even as the President speaks the US and Russia have thousands of Nuclear missiles targeted at the other’s cities and towns,  each armed with warheads over 50 times more powerful than the devastating bomb the US dropped on Hiroshima – the only time such a weapon was deployed in the history of the world.  To just stockpile such weapons is an unspeakable horror, but the fact that they are armed and on high alert – which is to say that they are online and can be fired by computers – is a monstrous crime against humanity.
General James Cartwright
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Warning against the danger of accidental Nuclear War
When we consider the claim made by General James Cartwright, the former head of the US Strategic Command, which has responsibility for deploying our nuclear forces, that attempts by hostile forces to hack into our nuclear weapons system average ten million a day, our present nuclear strategy of keeping our land based Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles – ICBMs – armed and on high alert can only be considered a manifestation of collective madness. Since the hackers only have to get it right once!
This is why General Cartwright has been vociferously advocating disarming them and taking them off alert, pointing out that we are no longer in a cold war footing with Russia, where instant response from these missiles are necessary. The General, who knows what he is talking about, considers this policy dangerous folly that could instantly become fatal for the earth.  Alas, the fact that there is no discussion of this clear and present danger is irrefutable evidence of a flaw in human character that could well lead to the extinction of our species.
Thus the CBS Sixty Minutes feature story of October 18th,The New Cold War, should be viewed as a revelation; a final Wake-Up call to pull back from the brink of extinction; to turn away from the path to doomsday that we are presently trudging.  Done in the grand style of fact-based reportage that has characterized the journalistic product of Sixty Minutes, the report provides us an unprecedented look into the command structure of America’s nuclear forces.  It is at once enlightening and frightening, for it allows a look into the abyss and see how the world could end in a bang.
The report begins by taking us aboard the USS Kentucky, an Ohio Class American nuclear submarine, the most destructive weapon in the history of the world.  The Kentucky is twice the length of a football field and is armed with 200 independently targeted nuclear warheads – enough to destroy every major city in the US and Europe!
If it were an independent nation it would have more weapons than Great Britain – which has 160 operational warheads – and only 100 less than France, which is reducing its stockpile.  Canada, our neighbor to the north has none; it dismantled its stockpile in 1984 and repudiated their use in a treaty signed in 1998.  And China has around 260 warheads.  However, the US has 14 Nuclear armed subs in the “Trident” class such as the Kentucky.
Alas, the Trident submarines are but one leg of the US Nuclear “Triad” which includes intercontinental bombers and land-based ICBMs: Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.  Altogether the US arsenal stockpiles 6, 970 nuclear warheads and is second only to Russia, which maintains 7, 300 warheads.  Yet because of their explosive power the US arsenal is the most destructive force on earth.
In the Sixty Minutes report Captain Brian Freck, Commander of the Kentucky, explains the protocols under which he would launch his doomsday weapons, and he leaves no doubt that if these conditions were met he wouldn’t hesitate to shoot his deadly load. Viewers of this report should pay close attention to the casual way in which Commander Freck talks about taking an action that would set in motion a chain of events that would surely destroy civilization.
Commander-In-Chief
President of the United States Barak Obama visited Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory, Iraq April 7. This was Obama first trip to Iraq as commander in chief and took time to talk to the service members and civilians serving here.
Receiving big love from the troops in Iraq
Admiral Cecil Haney
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Commander of the US Nuclear Triad
When we leave the Submarine and are ushered into the super-secret operations center of the US Strategic Command, where we are introduced to Admiral Cecil Haney, a very powerful man that virtually no one has ever hear of, including myself, despite the fact that I served in the old Strategic Air Command with a Top Secret security clearance under General Curtis Lemay, back in the day when the B 52 Strato-bombers were the heart of the US nuclear strike force, and I  have been studying and writing about the dangers of nuclear war for years…..often alone among American pundits.  By virtue of my Top Secret clearance I was privy to the war fighting plans of SAC, and serving under General Lemay –whose colleagues on the Joint Chiefs nicknamed him “The Mad Bomber”- during the heat of the Cold War, a hot war seemed a real possibility.
Cast from a different mold than the burly, crude, bombastic Lemay, Admiral Haney is an Afro-American officer and gentleman who is soft-spoken, slight of stature, and elegant of style and manner.  Yet he is the supreme commander of the entire nuclear Triad, a far more destructive force, and answers only to President Obama; who appointed him to his Command. Like the President, the Admiral has a very impressive academic record.
Haney grew up in Washington D. C. and graduated from the Naval Academy – which is harder to get in and out of than Harvard – and rose through the ranks based upon brilliant performance.  Although he says that President Obama would invite his advice in the few minutes he would have before ordering a nuclear attack, should they disagree he would have no hesitation in carrying out the president’s orders.  “I am a soldier and I will carry out the orders of my Commander-In-Chief,” said Admiral Haney.   After listening to these men who would be tasked with giving the order to incinerate millions of men, women and children discuss their mission with a near cavalier attitude I was reminded of the philosopher Hanna Arendt’s intriguing thesis about “the banality of evil.”
If America’s doomsday weapons were launched today it will be a decision made by two elegant, brilliant, Afro-American gentlemen: President Obama and Admiral Haney. The irony here is thick and obvious.  For most of my life, we were told “It’s a white man’s world,” but at this moment in time the fate of the earth resides in the hands of two very wise black men!  It is a dubious honor and a supreme irony that a society still so rife with racism that a morally deformed, intellectually lightweight charlatan and buffoon like Donald Trump could become a serious pretender to the presidency, buoyed on a wave of white racist resentment, could have invested such awesome power in these black men.
It is a power one associates with the Gods.  And what this Sixty Minutes report makes clear is that it is a power only the God’s should possess….no mortal – especially one as fatally flawed as Herr Trump – should hold the power to destroy the world.  Hence the paramount problem urgently facing mankind as I write, is ridding the earth of all nuclear weapons…putting the atomic genie back in the fuckin bottle!
In his acceptance lecture upon winning the Nobel Prize for literature William Faulkner assured us that whatever happens, come what may, mankind will endure.  This faith was echoed on the other side of the globe in a different tongue, by the great Chinese revolutionary poet and philosopher Mao Tse Tung, who led the mass movement that transformed China from a feudal to a modern society.  The Great Helmsman dismissed atomic weapons as “paper tigers” and declared “The Bomb will not destroy man; man will destroy the bomb.”   I hope they are right, and if I were a religious man I would pray.  But being a prisoner to reason and an ardent student of human history….I am not so sure they are right alas.
What I am absolutely certain of is that the mere existence of atomic weapons imperils our continued existence…and if we do not soon put an end to them they will surely put an end to us!   As things stand at this hour the preeminent experts on the question of nuclear annihilation at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientist have their Doomsday Clock set at three minutes to midnight! Which means the end of the world is closer than you think.
The Most Destructive Weapon in the World
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A waste of wealth and technological
Double Click on link to see video and Transcript of CBS Report
 http://www.cbsnews.com/live/video/60-minutes-the-new-cold-war/
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Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
September 21, 2016
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Monday, December 19, 2016

The Electoral College: A Conduit To Democracy Or A Tool Of Southern Colonial Aristocrats


As GOP electors cast votes to validate the lopsided vote of Trump to the US Presidency, I can not help but post a piece I found on my Facebook feed.

Image result for constitutional congressAuthor, lecturer, and anti-racists Tim Wise has addressed discussions of the origins of the Electoral College via an article from History News Network Dot Org. The article relates to the common historic perception (very much promulgated view US historians and writers) that the Electoral College was developed as a barrier to tyranny. A decent thought considering the given reason for the US revolution (small "s" intentional and colonial insurgent (national) separation from England.

Wise introductory remarks excerpt:
 ....was created to PREVENT tyrants, because of something Hamilton said in Federalist 68...but putting aside how quick folks are to praise anything Hamilton said (especially if he rapped it), please recall, Federalist 68 wasn't written before the EC was adopted at the Constitutional Convention. The history of the convention makes it clear what its real purpose was. 
Tim Wise via Facebook: (click image for full article)



NPR also published a video segment on the Electoral College.



A few items to contemplate? As you think about the matter also factor-in the reality of an electoral system which appears to work to elect Republicans at a desparate rate. 

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Rudy Giuliani


There are times when bloggers can make cogent points with little support material. Such is not often the case, but today on ABC News's Sunday Morning show, Rudy Giuliani offered my opportunity to make it a short day.

The former New York Mayor is an obvious misogynist with chronic infestation of sexism.

After watching one of Trumps closest advisers, enjoy your Sunday.

http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/reporters/george-stephanopoulos.htm

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Trump's Lies Lead To Surrogate Embarassment

Remember....Campaign surrogates become White House Staff!


Do you have a few minutes for an update on the most historic flim-flam game and con America has witnessed? The current 2016 political campaign  has delivered circus(try) comparable to a WWE elimination series. Yes, we seek cheap entertainment and, through quirks in our psyche, turn reality tv into our personal reality. We live in a nation which has literally turned our society into a giggling and chuckling mass of reality show viewers. And, like the TV reality show, we are moving towards a general election with the likeness of flim-flam reality TV star garnering support of millions. A reality that is hard to fathom, Yet palatable if we consider one very short video with Donald Trump in a leading role. What you are about to see isn't in the realm of Ronald Reagan's white cowboy hat cowboy movies. What you are about to see is ridiculous low intellect entertainment for reality TV lovers who loathe human activity that drives cognitive thought. 


Donald Trump at ringside.  (The hair didn't move out of position)



If the 14 seconds video wasn't enough to throw your Trump worship into a state of dissonance, check out a 4:00-minute segment. Entertainment is just that, entertainment.  But, a question arises.  What happens with the low intellect viewers of such shows offer the opportunity to place such entertainers in the White House?


In order to facilitate such an election result, we must accept the reality of having devolved into a non-thinking populace with giggles, oohs and aahs as critical to daily personal gratification. We also must accept we have probably lowered ourselves to a level of thinking which facilitates salting with lies, manipulation and the manifestation of a false reality. What follows covers aspects of, but let's first take a quick look and listen to our carnival barking GOP candidate as he sits with David Letterman in a discussion of producing his apparel products in reign manufacturing facilities. 

We often hear Donald Trump railing about moving jobs overseas. Is there anyone on Earth who doesn't realize Trump produces products overseas via foreign workers?  He doesn't produce one product in foreign facilities he couldn't produce in the US.

HYPOCRISY OF HIS RHETORIC

October 2012
https://youtu.be/SYoOPgeTMQc


THE HORROR OF GROUNDLESS LIES TO ADVANCE AN AGENDA
Donald Trump claims Obama mishandled the Iraq war via pulling out our troops in 2011.  

Trump 2007 Trump 2016



Once we accept Trump has what seems increasing evidence of a mental imbalance, let's visit with the world he provides his surrogates. Former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was hired by CNN within days of his embarrassing "You're Fired" at Trump Tower. Lewandowski is only one of Trump's circus (or carnival) facilitators who agree to visits with cable network news shows and sheepishly working to craft and deliver lies within the script handed to the via the Trump campaign. They are asked to facilitate what amounts to a bridge too far. 

 


 



The New York Co-chair say trickle down economics worked!


"Trickle-down economics" aside, lets the outright lies promulgated via Trump's top surrogates.  In order to the lock-step marching orders of his talking heads, one has to understand his Fuehrer's positions. One very obvious lie from Trump is his current alleged sarcasm regarding President Obama and Hillary Clinton as the 'founders' of ISIS. It is important for the less than intellectually gifted who may read this piece and understand, "founders" in Trump's context means those who literally started the terror group and who manages it existence.

https://youtu.be/WqA2Hs5dTFM



Now, imagine being a forced for the sake of money, position,  and responsibility to follow that act? How about one of Trumps most idiotic surrogates who has the title of national spokesperson? Katrina Peirson will without question follow Trump into the Whtie House should America fail to awaken from their over-the-top carnal affinity for the NYC carnival barker.

Who took American into Afghanisatan?

CNN
BLACKWELL: “You’re saying Barack Obama took the country into Afghanistan post-2009. Is that what you’re saying?” 
PIERSON: “Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — that was Obama’s war, yes.”


Specifically:
“We weren’t even in Afghanistan by this time. Barack Obama went into Afghanistan, creating another problem.”
Off camera view and a few days later, the ill-fated and totally uninformed talking head took to Trump's favorite media" Twitter.

Here is how the carnival barker facilitator was forced to cover her incompetence:

Katrina Pierson 
@KatrinaPierson
For the record, audio disruptions and echos should be fixed immediately. Especially when you say it out loud on the air.@CNN
While all of the Trump surrogates pictured above are what I call "presstitutes", Pierson tops the list of incompetent and zany. 

Yet there is another who should be all means give up the campaign trail. In fact, the Trump campaign should force Rudy Guiliani into campaign retirement.  

What is that old adage: " The fool who keeps his mouth closed maybe never be discovered to be a fool."

Who was the Mayor of New York as the supreme radical Islamist attack the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon? Guiliani the "geriatric presstitute."
One final look another we crafted "presstitute".   The surrogate in the following CNN video is a classic example of pay me and I will stoop to any level of disgust.  We offer the alleged law student who embraces the Confederate Flag.

First, a reminder:

Confederate Flag Designer Said It Is A Symbol Of White Supremacy – Not Southern Heritage

https://youtu.be/DC6zrIihMuE



Yes, you witnessed it all. These are people Donald Trump would employ in his cabinet and his press corp. They represent a set of talking heads who obviously have no regard for veracity. 

One more exhibit  from a talking head pictured above.

Trump's use of data from a fringe website

The nascent GOP party leaders is a pathological liar. We shouldn't be surprised he forces his roving talking heads into public exhibitions which often end in embarrassment. An expectation of veracity following and regarding a lie is a false expectation. 

Let's end with a political advertisement a Clinton PAC will air starting next week. The ad starts with young kids quoting people who have left indelible stamps on humankind (and on America). Towards the middle of the ad, we find kids working to quote the GOP's nascent part leader. 

WATCH:
Video Player
00:58
01:06

The kids won't make good surrogates.
How about more honest Trump well prior to his current effort to run game on America?
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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Trump's Lies Lead To Surrogate Embarassment

Remember....Campaign surrogates become White House Staff!


Do you have a few minutes for an update on the most historic flim-flam game and con America has witnessed? The current 2016 political campaign  has delivered circus(try) comparable to a WWE elimination series. Yes, we seek cheap entertainment and, through quirks in our psyche, turn reality tv into our personal reality. We live in a nation which has literally turned our society into a giggling and chuckling mass of reality show viewers. And, like the TV reality show, we are moving towards a general election with the likeness of flim-flam reality TV star garnering support of millions. A reality that is hard to fathom, Yet palatable if we consider one very short video with Donald Trump in a leading role. What you are about to see isn't in the realm of Ronald Reagan's white cowboy hat cowboy movies. What you are about to see is ridiculous low intellect entertainment for reality TV lovers who loathe human activity that drives cognitive thought. 


Donald Trump at ringside.  (The hair didn't move out of position)



If the 14 seconds video wasn't enough to throw your Trump worship into a state of dissonance, check out a 4:00-minute segment. Entertainment is just that, entertainment.  But, a question arises.  What happens with the low intellect viewers of such shows offer the opportunity to place such entertainers in the White House?


In order to facilitate such an election result, we must accept the reality of having devolved into a non-thinking populace with giggles, oohs and aahs as critical to daily personal gratification. We also must accept we have probably lowered ourselves to a level of thinking which facilitates salting with lies, manipulation and the manifestation of a false reality. What follows covers aspects of, but let's first take a quick look and listen to our carnival barking GOP candidate as he sits with David Letterman in a discussion of producing his apparel products in reign manufacturing facilities. 

We often hear Donald Trump railing about moving jobs overseas. Is there anyone on Earth who doesn't realize Trump produces products overseas via foreign workers?  He doesn't produce one product in foreign facilities he couldn't produce in the US.

HYPOCRISY OF HIS RHETORIC

October 2012
https://youtu.be/SYoOPgeTMQc


THE HORROR OF GROUNDLESS LIES TO ADVANCE AN AGENDA
Donald Trump claims Obama mishandled the Iraq war via pulling out our troops in 2011.  

Trump 2007 Trump 2016



Once we accept Trump has what seems increasing evidence of a mental imbalance, let's visit with the world he provides his surrogates. Former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was hired by CNN within days of his embarrassing "You're Fired" at Trump Tower.  Lewandowski is only one of Trump's circus (or carnival) facilitators who agree to visits with cable network news shows and sheepishly working to craft and deliver lies within the script handed to the via the Trump campaign. They are asked to facilitate what amounts to a bridge too far. 

 


 



The New York Co-chair say trickle down economics worked!


"Trickle-down economics" aside, lets the outright lies promulgated via Trump;s top surrogates.  In order to the lock-step marching orders of his talking heads, one has to understand his Fuehrer's positions. One very obvious lie from Trump is his current alleged sarcasm regarding President Obama and Hillary Clinton as the 'founders' of ISIS. It is important for the less than intellectually gifted who may read this piece and understand, "founders" in Trump's context means those who literally started the terror group and who manages it existence.

https://youtu.be/WqA2Hs5dTFM



Now, imagine being force for sake of money, positosn and respssonsibleity to follow that act. How about one of Trumps most idiotic surrosgeats who has the title of national spokesperson. Katrina Peirson will without question follow Trump into the Whtie House should America fail to awaken from their over-the-top carnal affinity for the NYC carnival barker.

Who took American into Afghanisatan?

CNN
BLACKWELL: “You’re saying Barack Obama took the country into Afghanistan post-2009. Is that what you’re saying?” 
PIERSON: “Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — that was Obama’s war, yes.”


Specifically:
“We weren’t even in Afghanistan by this time. Barack Obama went into Afghanistan, creating another problem.”
Off camera view and a few days later, the ill-fated and totally uninformed talking head took to Trump's favorite media" Twitter.

Here is how the carnival barker facilitator was forced to cover her incompetence:

Katrina Pierson 
@KatrinaPierson
For the record, audio disruptions and echos should be fixed immediately. Especially when you say it out loud on the air.@CNN
While all of the Trump surrogates pictured above are what I call "presstitutes", Pierson tops the list of incompetent and zany. 
One final look another we crafted "presstitute".   The surrogate in the following CNN video is a classic example of pay me and I will stoop to any level of disgust.  We offer the alleged law student who embraces the Confederate Flag.

First, a reminder:

Confederate Flag Designer Said It Is A Symbol Of White Supremacy – Not Southern Heritage

https://youtu.be/DC6zrIihMuE



Yes, you witnessed it all. These are people Donald Trump would employ in his cabinet and his press corp. They represent a set of talking heads who obviously have no regard for veracity. 

One more exhibit  from a talking head pictured above.

Trump's use of data from a fringe website

The nascent GOP party leaders is a pathological liar. We shouldn't be surprised he forces his roving talking heads into public exhibitions which often end in embarrassment. An expectation of veracity following and regarding a lie is a false expectation. 

Let's end with a political advertisement a Clinton PAC will air starting next week. The ad starts with young kids quoting people who have left indelible stamps on humankind (and on America). Towards the middle of the ad, we find kids working to quote the GOP's nascent part leader. 

WATCH:
Video Player
00:58
01:06

The kids won't make good surrogates.
How about more honest Trump well prior to his current effort to run game on America.
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