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Nuclear news to 24 June 18

Amid all the stuff about the nuclear industry, and about climate change, I occasionally come upon articles that are so powerfully written, and about such powerful global subjects –   that they just blow away the specific articles – important though these still are.

This week, Carl Grossman has revealed Donald Trump’s aim for weapons in space (which would be nuclear-powered), and what that means for the world. The nuclear weapons States currently adhere to the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 which designates space as the global commons to be used for peaceful purposes. If the U.S. goes up into space with weapons, Russia and China, and then India and Pakistan and other countries, will follow. Trump’s plan does require approval from Congress. The mind boggles also at the cost, and at what human services would disappear, in order to pay for this.

– views Trump as “the result of our failed democracy” – It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion. He finds that America’s liberals do not grasp what is happening – impending financial collapse, and creeping fascism. (I’d like to think that he’s wrong)
The climate change issue doesn’t go away. Radio Ecoshock brings us the news before it’s news – this week it’s Carbon Climate Showdown.
To save the world, we don’t need Trump’s charisma: we need co-operative bureaucratic processes.
For a nation that attacks another with nuclear weapons, the consequences will be fatal TO ITSELF.
The world needs now to recognise climate refugees.
UK. 
JAPAN. Japan commits to reducing its excess of plutonium. Why does Japan persist with dangerous, unnecessary nuclear Rokkasho reprocessing?  Is it to enable nuclear weapons?Why Japan should disconnect from fast-breeder reactor project – The Asahi Shimbun  Genkai nuclear power station restart sparks protest.   .
Fukushima Prefecture Announced More than 200 Malignant or Suspected, Children Thyroid Cancer.  As Fukushima residents return, some see hope in nuclear tourism.  Japanese Citizens Reject Government Plan to Use Soil Contaminated by Fukushima.
Strong earthquake shakes Osaka: Officials in neighboring Fukui Prefecture say all 15 nuclear reactors are still functioning.
SOUTH KOREA. South Korean nuclear reactor to be shut down early. Plans for new reactors cancelled.
USA.
This one is graphic and detailed – A nuclear bomb terrorist attack on New York – the sequence of events.
NORTH KOREADonald Trump says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had committed to destroy a western North Korea missile site: USA names it.  What it would take to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear military power.
CZECH REPUBLIC.  Resounding “No” to nuclear waste dump, from Czech rural community.
SERBIASerbian citizens to sue NATO over their cancers due to depleted uranium.
INDIA. India and Pakistan have increased their stockpiles of nuclear weapons.
FRANCE. France’s Minister Hulot slams Nuclear power and the pro nuclear push by EDF.
SINGAPORE. Network of radiation sensors to be installed across Singapore to boost nuclear safety
IRAN. Iran wants USA to return to the nuclear accord, among other demands to improve relations.
ISRAEL. Time For Israel To Drop Nuclear Ambiguity.  Middle East has 80 nuclear weapons, and they’re all owned by Israel. Donald Trump pledges Israel that he’ll ignore their nuclear weapons.
NEW ZEALANDNew Zealand’s Antarctic veterans are advised on effects of their exposure to nuclear radiation.
AUSTRALIA. The danger of Australia mindlessly aligning with the “Anglosphere
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June 24, 2018 - Posted by | Christina's notes

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  1. The Mass Psychology of Fascism by Wilhelm Reich. It is what is happening. He wrote it in 1933, and most of the book tries to answer the question why democracies continually elect psychopaths to rule them. I think you would really like it.

    Here’s a free link to the PDF: http://www.wilhelmreichtrust.org/mass_psychology_of_fascism.pdf

    You know Trump is a narcissist– a malignant narcissist. Every psychopath is also a narcissist and it’s clear that Trump is also a psychopath. You probably knew that too.
    The question is, how did a malignant narcissist psychopath become president– not just president but a horrific monster who is intentionally destroying the protections that have made Americans and America save from the predations of the worst corporations and his fellow billionaire psychopaths? And what should we do about it.

    It’s a long story. Before civilization, humans evolved, over at least seven million years, to live in small hunter-gather bands where they were bottom-up beings– empathic, kind, cooperative, sharing, interdependent, living with bottom-up connection consciousness– awareness of how decisions and actions affected all the people around them– and the natural ecosystems they depended upon. Anyone who tried to take more than their share of the bands resources would be seen as insane, or would banished or killed. for example, one expert on psychopaths told me that in the far north, a psychopath living amongst the indigenous peoples would be put on an chunk of ice and pushed off into the ocean to float away.

    The creeping opening of vulnerability to the depredations of narcissists and psychopaths started with the onset of civilization, when food surpluses and possession of domesticated animals led to the creation of police and soldiers to protect them. That led to hierarchy, centralization, authoritarianism and domination. Narcissists and psychopaths began to flourish because there was no band of people to stop them.

    Most of history (as opposed to prehistory)has been, until the past 3040 years, the top-down history of generals and rulers, i.e., despots, monarchs and worse. Civilization, while bringing some wonderful good advances came with a high price– slavery, serfdom, feudalism, privatization of the commons and brutal exploitation of the people at the bottom.

    The narcissistic, top-down ideas of privatization and exploitation have been framed and celebrated by the right as aspects of “liberty” and individualism, as described by Ayn Rand. These narcissistic behaviors have become values that are supported and encouraged by religious and political leaders

    Today, some businesses actually seek out psychopaths as employees. That gives them increasing access to wealth and power. Trump is a born-on-third-base child of wealth. These people are, I believe more at risk for developing the characteristics of psychopaths– particularly callousness, hard-heartedness, absence of empathy, propensity towards lying and disrespecting laws and morals. Of course, Donald Trump fits this profile perfectly.

    His massive scale child abuse is a clear sign of his having all the signs– callousness, hard-heartedness, absence of empathy, propensity towards lying and disrespecting laws and morals. Worse, his deranged behavior is contagious, as evidenced by the many supporters and flunkies who defend this depraved policy. Even worse, ripping away children from their loving parents will permanently traumatize them and make them, the victims more at risk of becoming narcissists and psychopaths themselves. We have to take serious, aggressive action.

    I’ve written many articles, in my article series, Psychopaths, Sociopaths and Narcissists, on the challenge narcissists and psychopaths present to a decent society. Trump and his enablers have made my message even more urgent. We need to develop a science and culture that reject the “values,” really, pathological behaviors and thinking, as the vile, evil things they are. People who engage in such behaviors, people with strong narcissistic and psychopathic tendencies and characteristics should be identified, just as sexual predators are. This is not bigotry, not separating out any particular religion, race, or culture. This is what is done with sexual predators and carriers of highly contagious diseases.

    We need to deal with the reality that these people are dangerous, malignant, destructive people. At one level, they are predators who take life savings from innocent victims who love them. But they are also the same people who gave us the multi-trillion dollar economic collapse of 2008, and the people who profit from war and drugs– addictive and pharmaceutical.

    These are the people who set examples of the worse kind, so we see massive increases in hate, bigotry, intolerance and discrimination. We need to identify them and protect the whole, healthy people who are not narcissists and psychopaths. This should be a conversation that is on the table. It will not be easy. There are billionaire narcissists and psychopaths who will fight it and they will fight dirty, attacking the messengers, attacking the idea. But we’ve gone far too long without doing this necessary work.

    https://www.opednews.com/articles/How

    From Paul Street article on Trump
    “There have been many tyranny tests under the monstrous orange-tinted white nationalist Twitter clown Donald Trump. Where to begin:

    + The opening day trip to CIA headquarters, where he half-jokingly rambled about the US going back to Iraq to “get the oil”?

    + The repeated attempts to repeal even Obama’s inadequate health insurance measure and thereby remove tens of millions of U.S. citizens from health coverage?

    + The insane claim to have won the popular vote but for the votes of illegal immigrants?

    + The idiotic call for a southern border wall combined with the asinine call for Mexico to “pay for it”?

    + The noxious description of Mexican and other Central American immigrants and asylum-seekers as rapists and murderers?

    + The praise and dog-whistling cover he offered to murderous fascist racists in Charlottesville in the summer of 2017?

    + The giant tax cut that the racist real estate mogul trailblazed for the already obscenely super-opulent Few last Christmas season – a socioeconomic atrocity in a nation where the top 10thof the upper 1 percent already owned as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent?

    + The advance pardon that the Tangerine Satan offered to the sickening racist and nativist tent-camp murderer Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona last year?

    + The racist shaming of federal judges who happen not to rule his way?

    + The repeated transparent attempts to place himself above the rule of law?

    + The open assault on basic environmental protections and the eco-exterminist determination to advance the extraction and burning of every last fossil fuel in U.S. reach?

    + The clear and transparent affection he shows for blood-drenched authoritarians the world over?

    + The snap approvals of the planet-cooking Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines?

    + The open embrace of Saudi Arabia’s practically genocidal war on Yemen?

    + The repeated ugly embrace of the National Rifle Association after yet another and then another mass shooting that amounts to homeland terrorism sponsored by the proto-fascistic and white supremacist gun lobby?

    + The open advance of prison privatization and mass incarceration combined with clear disinterest in curbing the ongoing epidemic of racist police shootings?

    That’s just a short list.

    What would it take to send millions of U.S.-Americans into the streets to confront the total evil of “their” government in the age of Trump? How about this: “Dragging young children kicking and crying and screaming from their parents, separating those children from their parents indefinitely, locking those children up in cages (‘dog kennels’) like animals, and subjecting them to the predators of the American police state”? Would that be enough? Could that do the trick?”

    Comment by Ken | June 24, 2018 | Reply


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