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US Talking About "Winnable" Nuclear War Again, wasting billions on nuclear bombs

  • Part 1: US wasting billions on nuclear bombs that serve no purpose and are security liability – experts
    • NTI report says weapons are potentially catastrophic liability
    • US's new nuclear policy 'a blueprint for war', Nobel peace laureate says.
  • Part 2: They're Talking About "Winnable" Nuclear War Again
    • Donald Trump makes Richard Nixon look like Marcus Aurelius. We are all in a great deal of trouble, and no one seems to care.

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Part 1: US wasting billions on nuclear bombs that serve no purpose and are security liability – experts B61-12 model at the Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tennessee. Photograph: National Nuclear Security Administration/Nevada Site Office

  • Washington to spend billions upgrading cold-war-era B61 bombs.
  • NTI report says weapons are potentially catastrophic liability.
  • US's new nuclear policy 'a blueprint for war', Nobel peace laureate says.

Julian Borger, the Guardian

Thu 15 Feb 2018 | The US is to spend billions of dollars upgrading 150 nuclear bombs positioned in Europe, although the weapons may be useless as a deterrent and a potentially catastrophic security liability, according to a new report by arms experts.

A third of the B61 bombs in Europe under joint US and Nato control are thought to be kept at Incirlik base in Turkey, 70 miles from the Syrian border, which has been the subject of serious concerns. Borger is the Guardian's world affairs editor. He was previously a correspondent in the US, the Middle East, eastern Europe and the Balkans. His book on the pursuit and capture of the Balkan war criminals, The Butcher's Trail, is published by Other Press.

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Part 2: William Rivers Pitt | They're Talking About "Winnable" Nuclear War Again An activist with a mask of Kim Jong-un, and another with a mask of President Donald Trump, march with a model of a nuclear rocket during a demonstration against nuclear weapons on November 18, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo: Adam Berry / Getty Images)

Donald Trump makes Richard Nixon look like Marcus Aurelius. We are all in a great deal of trouble, and no one seems to care.

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

Saturday, February 03, 2018 | The night before my 18th birthday, I sternly reminded myself to get down to the post office in the morning and sign up for the Selective Service. I wasn't in a hurry to get drafted or anything like that; it was a chore and I wanted it off my desk … and yes, there was an element of ritual to it, a martial rite of passage into manhood that was mandated by law.  Volunteering to be involuntarily dragooned into fighting a war far away is what American men do on their 18th birthday, and I was a man. It said so right there on my driver's license.

I woke up the next day with Alice Cooper ringing in my head, cracked open the newspaper, and realized I was suddenly on a different planet: The Berlin Wall had fallen. People were dancing on the rubble and sledgehammering the rest. Checkpoint Charlie was a disco. It was the party of the century. My very first birthday present that day was history, living history -- brilliant, jubilant, rowdy, oh-shit-what-now history. William Rivers Pitt is a Truthout  editor and columnist.  He is also a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of three books: "War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know," "The Greatest Sedition Is Silence" and "House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America's Ravaged Reputation."

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Media Owned By Warlords, Gov’t Owned By Big Money, Shock Doctrine

War profiteers and the media who hire them. Puerto Rico. Worker wages.

Redacted Tonight / Rise Up Times

Lee Camp gives us a shortlist of major media networks who hire war profiteers to give us their take on foreign policy. Naomi Karavani explains why employees are able to steal workers’ wages and John F O’Donnell updates us on the privatization relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

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Jackie Albano | We Call BS / Rise Up As One

Emma Gonzalez, one of the most vocal survivors of the Parkland school shooting in Florida, isn’t backing down in the face of trolls or false accusations. González, who became famous for her fiery speech about gun control last Saturday, is one of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students that conspiracy theorists are accusing of being “crisis actors” paid by anti-gun lobbyists.

But the accusations aren’t slowing Gonzalez or her classmates down. Together they’ve launched the new #NeverAgain movement for gun reform, organizing school walkouts and marches and calling for change on national TV—all while still attending the funerals of their friends.

When asked about the conspiracies, which are now being repeated by more mainstream voices like Rush Limbaugh and one CNN commentator, Gonzalez told Buzzfeed: “It just shows how weak the other side’s argument is, like they have to attack the messengers since the message is airtight.”

Noam Chomsky, Why National Security Has Nothing to Do With Security

  • As General Butler observed, it is a near miracle that we have escaped destruction so far, and the longer we tempt fate, the less likely it is that we can hope for divine intervention to perpetuate the miracle.
  • Related: Cold War Then. Cold War Now

Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch
Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: In the Shadows of the American Centurey is available in pdf format at the H-Net Book Channel.   Journalism with real independence and integrity is a rare thing. All reader supported Evergreene Digest relies - exclusively!- on reader donations. Click on the donation button above to make a contribution and support our work. 11, 2018 | If some extraterrestrial species were compiling a history of Homo sapiens, they might well break their calendar into two eras: BNW (before nuclear weapons) and NWE (the nuclear weapons era). The latter era, of course, opened on August 6, 1945, the first day of the countdown to what may be the inglorious end of this strange species, which attained the intelligence to discover the effective means to destroy itself, but -- so the evidence suggests -- not the moral and intellectual capacity to control its worst instincts.

Day one of the NWE was marked by the “success” of Little Boy, a simple atomic bomb.  On day four, Nagasaki experienced the technological triumph of Fat Man, a more sophisticated design. Five days later came what the official Air Force history calls the “grand finale,” a 1,000-plane raid -- no mean logistical achievement -- attacking Japan’s cities and killing many thousands of people, with leaflets falling among the bombs reading “Japan has surrendered.” Truman announced that surrender before the last B-29 returned to its base.

Noam Chomsky, a TomDispatch regular, is the author of numerous bestselling political works, including Hegemony or Survival and Failed States. A laureate professor at the University of Arizona and professor emeritus of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, he is widely credited with having revolutionized modern linguistics. His newest book (with David Barsamian) is Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy (Metropolitan Books, December 2017).

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Cold War Then. Cold War Now, William Blum, Dandelion Salad

  • 2015 in Brussels, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) formally voted to accept the District of Columbia as a new member. UNPO is an international democratic organization whose members are indigenous peoples, minorities and unrecognized or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.
  • Related: Bernie Keeps Promoting The New Cold War and the U.S. ‘Forever Wars’, and Yes, We Need To Talk About It


For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War; Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize.

  • Part 1: For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War
  • (Mr. Obama left) behind an improbable legacy as the only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.
  • Part 2: Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize
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Part 1: For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War Obama accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo in 2009. Since then, he has tried to fulfill the promises he made as an antiwar candidate. Credit Doug Mills/the New York Times

(Mr. Obama left) behind an improbable legacy as the only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.

Mark Landler, New York (NY) Times

May 14, 2016 | President Obama came into office seven years ago pledging to end the wars of his predecessor, George W. Bush. On May 6, with eight months left before he vacates the White House, Mr. Obama passed a somber, little-noticed milestone: He has now been at war longer than Mr. Bush, or any other American president.

If the United States remains in combat in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria until the end of Mr. Obama’s term — a near-certainty given the president’s recent announcement that he will send 250 additional Special Operations forces to Syria — he will leave behind an improbable legacy as the only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war. Mark Landler is a White House correspondent at The New York Times. In 24 years at The Times, he has been diplomatic correspondent, bureau chief in Hong Kong and Frankfurt, European economic correspondent, and a business reporter in New York. He is the author of “Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the Twilight Struggle over American Power”

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Part 2: Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize

Geir Lundestad stepped down in 2014 as secretary of the Nobel committee. Image copyright Getty Images

Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama in 2009 failed to achieve what the committee hoped it would, its ex-secretary has said.

News, British Broadcasting Corporation

17 September 2015 | Geir Lundestad told the AP news agency that the committee hoped the award would strengthen Mr Obama.

Instead, the decision was met with criticism in the US. Many argued he had not had any impact worthy of the award.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London and it is the world's oldest national broadcasting organization.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, March 10, 2018. links to over 755 websites and over 35 highlighted items featuring:


Feature Article | The Problem Isn’t Just Trump. It’s Our Ignorant Electorate. Ron Reagan, the Daily Beast


  • is not effete snobbery or elitist condescension to note that ill-informed voters contributed to the current mess.
  • Trump is a problem of our own creation. We must become the solution.
  • Related: How America Lost Its Mind

Publisher's Choice | Why American Collapse is Only Just Beginning (Not Ending); How Do You Solve a Problem Like Collapse? Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Why American Collapse is Only Just Beginning (Not Ending)
  • Six Megatrends That Will Shape the Future
  • Part 2: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Collapse?
  • Or, Why A Collapsing Society is Like a Broken Heart, not a Broken Machine

Of Special Interest | Kushner, Conflicts of Interest, and the Culture of Corruption, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • 1: Kushner and the Culture of Corruption
  • It’s clear that the Trump Administration’s culture of corruption comes at a steep cost to the country.
  • Part 2: Conflicts of Interest
  • Here’s are five of the most recent instances where Trump is likely violating some of the most basic government ethics rules.

Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action, Week Ending March 10, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest Students Should Go On Strike Over Gun Violence * How teens want to solve America’s school shooting problem * A letter from a furious teacher * Parkland Survivors: Donald Trump ‘Needs To Listen To The Screams Of The Children.’ * Parkland Students Criticize Betsy DeVos for Limiting Availability During Marjory Stoneman Douglas Visit (Updated) * Are Students Too Young To Discuss Gun Reform? Wisdom Study Says No.

Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 5 - What have the Democrats learned since Trump's election? Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter (NCR) voter registration sign for the Democratic Party is seen during the March for Science in Sacramento, California, on April 22. (Dreamstime/Alessandra Rc)

The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
Part 5: Unless the Democrats get their act together, there is no reason to think that Trump, with a strong economy at his back, will not be the odds-on favorite for re-election. You would think that grim prospect alone would be enough to galvanize Democrats toward change. And you would be wrong.

Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 4 of 5, John Fisher, Medium

  •*G1KRbHUxZAXiBwoAvoq_fw.jpegThe Series: As the country approaches the 50th anniversary of one of the most controversial, volatile, and important years in our country’s history, We the People of the United States of America find ourselves facing many of the same issues that led us to the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel, the bloodiest year of the Vietnam War, screams of “the whole world is watching” at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the floor of the Ambassador Hotel, and Black fists being raised in the air at the Mexico Summer Olympics. So much has changed, true. We’ve come so far, but in a lot of ways, we’re right back where we started and even further behind.
  • Part 4: Say Her Name: Betty Shelby. Bad guys/girls matter.

Bloggers & Columnists | ‪umair haque‬

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West Virginia teachers unions ram through sell-out deal to end strike. Will Morrow, World Socialist Website Lee (second from left), Christine Campbell (third from left) and school support staff union president Joe White smile and applaud as governor Justice signs bill.

The agreement, which the unions endorsed and are claiming as a victory, is a betrayal of the courageous struggle by 33,000 school workers.

Law & Justice

America's Mass Incarceration Crisis Begins in Its Schools, Naveen Kumar, Freelance Writer and Editor via HBO

  • Mar 1 2018 | We spoke with Anna Deavere Smith about Parkland, the school-to-prison pipeline, and her new HBO film, 'Notes from the Field.'Related: How America Outlawed Adolescence
  • When Anna Deavere Smith first started using the “documentary theatre” style of performance she pioneered—for which she interviews hundreds of people surrounding a particular subject and acts out excerpts from the transcripts—she trained her focus on riots that erupted from racial tensions in Brooklyn (Fires in the Mirror) and LA (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992).
  • More than 25 years later, the Pulitzer finalist and Tony nominee is a staple of drama curriculums, and America’s racial divide is as fraught as ever.

'If black shoot them', former Kentucky acting police chief told recruit, Jamiles Lartey, the Guardian exchanges were uncovered between a Jefferson County assistant chief and a recruit during an unrelated investigation. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

  • Court documents described a pattern of ‘racist and threatening’ messages from the assistant chief Todd Shaw, who was fired in November.
  • Related: To Protect and Serve ~ Norm Stamper
  • Related: Weekend Read - It’s past time for white supremacy to die

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The dark side of daylight saving time

(Credit: Adisorn Saovadee via Shutterstock)

There is one time of year when you are likely to be short on sleep — the annual shift to daylight saving time.

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03.09.2018 | A train hurtled around a corner at 82 mph, eventually coming off the rails and killing four passengers.

Decades earlier, faulty decision-making resulted in the deaths of the seven-person crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Years before these events, a stuck valve regulating the supply of coolant to a nuclear reactor nearly resulted in the meltdown of a nuclear plant in Pennsylvania. In each of these cases, poor or inadequate sleep was one of the factors that contributed to the failure.

David Wagner is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business, and is a graduate of the Management Department at Michigan State University.

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