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The Real Nuclear Threat, by Mistake

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Part 1: World War Three, by Mistake 

Harsh political rhetoric, combined with the vulnerability of the nuclear command-and-control system, has made the risk of global catastrophe

Part 2: The Real Nuclear Threat 

The “Titanic Effect” is a term used by software designers to explain how things can quietly go wrong in a complex technological system: the safer you assume the system to be, the more dangerous it is becoming.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: World War Three, by Mistake 

Harsh political rhetoric, combined with the vulnerability of the nuclear command-and-control system, has made the risk of global catastrophe.

Eric Schlosser, the New Yorker

 

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Jay Kvale for this contribution.

http://www.newyorker.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Schlosser-OnNuclearWarfareByAccident-2-690.jpgA dilemma has haunted nuclear strategy since the first detonation of an atomic bomb: How do you prevent a nuclear attack while preserving the ability to launch one? Photograph by Andy Cross / the Denver Post via Getty 

December 23, 2016 | On June 3, 1980, at about two-thirty in the morning, computers at the National Military Command Center, beneath the Pentagon, at the headquarters of the North American Air Defense Command (norad), deep within Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, and at Site R, the Pentagon’s alternate command post center hidden inside Raven Rock Mountain, Pennsylvania, issued an urgent warning: the Soviet Union had just launched a nuclear attack on the United States. The Soviets had recently invaded Afghanistan, and the animosity between the two superpowers was greater than at any other time since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

U.S. Air Force ballistic-missile crews removed their launch keys from the safes, bomber crews ran to their planes, fighter planes took off to search the skies, and the Federal Aviation Administration prepared to order every airborne commercial airliner to land.

Eric Schlosser is an American journalist and author known for investigative journalism, such as in his books Fast Food Nation, Reefer Madness, and Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety.

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Part 2: The Real Nuclear Threat 

The “Titanic Effect” is a term used by software designers to explain how things can quietly go wrong in a complex technological system: the safer you assume the system to be, the more dangerous it is becoming.

Lawrence M. Krauss, the New Yorker    

http://www.newyorker.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Krauss_Nuclear-Weapons-320.jpgThe first test of a hydrogen bomb, on Enewetak Atoll, in 1952. Photograph by Los Alamos National Laboratory / the New York Times / Redux

October 13, 2016 | Donald Trump’s candidacy has been a source of anxiety for many reasons, but one stands out: the ability of the President to launch nuclear weapons. When it comes to starting a nuclear war, the President has more freedom than he or she does in, say, ordering the use of torture. In fact, the President has unilateral power to direct the use of nuclear weapons under any circumstances. Cabinet members may disagree and even resign in protest, but, ultimately, they must obey the order of the Commander-in-Chief. It’s all too easy to imagine Trump issuing an ultimate, thermonuclear “You’re fired!” to China, Iran, or another nation—and perhaps to the whole human race.*

Richard Nixon, famously, conducted his foreign policy according to the “madman theory”: he tried to convince enemy leaders that he was irrational and volatile, in an attempt to intimidate them. But this was a potentially useful approach to foreign policy only because it was an act. Trump, on the other hand, genuinely seems to be a man who speaks and acts without significant forethought. He’s also someone who—as his debate performances have shown—responds to slights by lashing out against adversaries irrationally and without thinking about the consequences. And Trump has done little to reassure us about nuclear weapons specifically. He has expressed an affinity for massive bombing, proposing to “bomb the shit” out of oil fields in Iraq to counter isis. During a March interview with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, he said that he would consider using nuclear weapons in Europe, of all places. More generally, he’s disengaged from the realities of international affairs. In August, Trump vowed that, as President, he would prevent Russia’s Vladimir Putin from invading Ukraine—“He’s not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down”—apparently not knowing that Russia is already there. He’s also announced a plan to back out of our current nuclear-weapons accord with Iran without any stated replacement for it. Trump’s ignorance is already dangerous; it becomes even more so with nuclear weapons in the mix.

Lawrence M. Krauss is an American theoretical physicist and cosmologist who is Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and director of its Origins Project. 

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TomDispatch | Rebecca Gordon, No "New Normal"

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  • Life Under Trump
  • Night Terrors and Daytime Hopes

Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Rebecca%20Gordon%20%7C%20American%20Nuremberg.jpgNovember 20, 2016 | At 72, I experienced election night with a 103-degree temperature, so it was literally a fever-dream for me.  And in a certain sense, it’s remained so ever since.  Now that a white supremacist has just been made the next president’s closest White House adviser, and the president-elect has called conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of Infowars to thank him and his followers for their part in his election victory, we have reasonable confirmation that we are indeed in a fever-dream America. 

Hate incidents are on the rise.  It’s easy enough to imagine the Bundy brothers being let loose in the West.  A climate change denier is running the Trump environmental policy transition.  The candidate himself will arrive in Washington with an enemies list already in formation (beating Dick Nixon to the punch by years).  The mainstream media have tied themselves in apologetic knots for believing the pollsters on Hillary’s “victory” and not bothering to talk enough to the white working class voters who came out for Trump (and whom Clinton abandoned for white millionaires and billionaires).  And the new president is being normalized by the old one, who previously excoriated him in the name of democracy, while mainstream pundits and journalists desperately look for signs that Donald Trump will be a pragmatic, recognizable American president once he takes the mantle of power. 

Rebecca Gordon, a TomDispatch regular, teaches in the philosophy department at the University of San Francisco. She is the author of American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes. Her previous books include Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States and Letters from Nicaragua.

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George Takei- "Welcome to the Resistance"

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  • So welcome to the resistance. It’s where the next heroes of our movement will emerge. Be ready. Be vigilant. Be strong.
  • Related: Time to Fight Like Hell 

George Takei, Advocate

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http://www.advocate.com/sites/advocate.com/files/2016/12/20/george_takei_approvedx750.jpegThe Resistance is where the next heroes of our movement will emerge. Be ready, be strong, and be vigilant, says George Takei.

December 21 2016 | In the wake of Donald Trump's election victory, many have written to me asking how to move forward. It is understandably difficult for our community to accept this setback, from the risk of our hard-won rights being eroded to the fear that dark forces of hatred and intolerance are now emboldened and have begun to strike. Our concerns are not diminished by the president-elect’s reassurances over marriage equality, particularly as he continues to name some of the most outspoken bigots to important posts within his cabinet and inner circle — and as we consider the record of his vice president, Mike Pence, while governor of Indiana, or Jeff Sessions, an enemy of equality he has nominated to head the Justice Department.

As both an Asian-American and an LGBT American, I have borne witness to some of the most egregious injustices and tragedies of our national history, where both the public and the politicians turned against us to devastating effect. Many know that I grew up in internment camps where we were held without trial or even charge for years, simply because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor. Fewer remember that, as a young man, it was illegal for me in many states to marry a Caucasian person due to antimiscegenation laws. And as a gay man, I stayed deeply in the closet out of fear that I would not find work as an “out” actor. That same fear rendered me silent even as the scourge of the AIDS epidemic in the '80s and '90s took so many of our community, while the government turned a blind, callous eye. 

George Takei is an actor, entrepreneur, activist, and social media supernova and the recipient of the 2014 StartOut Leadership Award.

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Time to Fight Like Hell , Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones <http://www.motherjones.com>

 

 

 

December 15, 2016 | There is no way to sugarcoat it. The election of Donald Trump is a brutal affront to women, people of color, Jews and Muslims, and all who value kindness and tolerance. a road map for a lasting presence as a disruptive opposition … . (W)e have … handed (white nationalists and other political predators) the keys to the Oval Office, and the nuclear codes.

The threat of authoritarianism requires all hands on deck.

Related: Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19)

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The Spiritual Crisis of the Modern Economy

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  • The modern economy privileges the well-educated and highly-skilled, while giving them an excuse to denigrate the people at the bottom (both white and nonwhite) as lazy, untalented, uneducated, and unsophisticated.
  • Related: The Meaning Americans Find in Their Jobs

Victor Tan Chen, the Atlantic

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The group’s important, and perhaps decisive, role in this year’s presidential election sparked a slew of commentary focused on, on the one hand, its nativism, racism, and sexism, and, on the other, its various economic woes. While there are no simple explanations for the desperation and anger visible in many predominantly white working-class communities, perhaps the most astute and original diagnosis came from the rabbi and activist Michael Lerner, who, in assessing Donald Trump’s victory, looked from a broader vantage point than most. Underneath the populist ire, he wrote, was a suffering “rooted in the hidden injuries of class and in the spiritual crisis that the global competitive marketplace generates.”

Victor Tan Chen is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and the author of Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy.

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The Meaning Americans Find in Their Jobs, Bourlee Lam and Adrienne Green, the Atlantic

  • Conversations with 100 people about their work and how it shapes who they are
  • "Work is “a search, too, for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.” --Studs Terkel book, Working
  • Conversations with 100 people about their work and how it shapes who they are.

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Brothers in White Resentment

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  • What gave us Donald Trump is what gave us Dylann Roof.
  • Related: Racism With No Racists: The President Trump Conundrum

Jamelle Bouie, Slate

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http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/12/161215_POL_Trump-Roof.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge2.jpg Donald Trump did not cause Dylann Roof. But there are clear thematic connections between the two. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Drew Angerer/Getty Images, Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images.

On June 16, 2015, Donald Trump took the stage at his eponymous tower in New York City and announced his bid for the White House. His message was clear. “The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everyone else's problems,” Trump said.

A day later, in South Carolina, 21-year-old Dylann Roof walked into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, where members were holding Bible study. Using a .45-caliber Glock handgun and eight magazines of ammunition, Roof shot and killed nine people, including the pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was also a state senator. Before he arrived at the church, Roof posted a manifesto on his website, a racist tirade that expressed his motives. His message was also clear. “Integration has done nothing but bring Whites down to level of brute animals,” wrote Roof.

Jamelle Bouie is Slate’s chief political correspondent.

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Racism With No Racists: The President Trump Conundrum, Tressie McMillan Cottom, tressiemc <>

  • If the media cannot call that racism, will they be able to cover President-elect Donald Trump?
  • And while they figure it out, how bad will the lives of racial people get while racism hides behind euphemisms?
  • Related: Another Election Loser: Corporate Media

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Hypocrisy of Russia-Did-It Stories Is Hard to Stomach

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  • While it’s plausible that the Russians or even Russia was involved, it’s a very long way from proven, different agencies dispute it, all the sources we’re reading are anonymous and the assessments themselves are secret.
  • Meddling in other countries’ elections is an exciting adventure–when it’s the United States doing the meddling.

Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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The Intercept‘s Sam Biddle (12/14/16) has a breakdown of what public evidence there is that Russia was behind hacks of DNC email accounts. He concludes that while it’s plausible that the Russians or even Russia, was involved, it’s a very long way from proven, different agencies dispute it, all the sources we’re reading are anonymous and the assessments themselves are secret.

Janine Jackson is the program director of FAIR and the producer and host of CounterSpin.

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Craig Murray: Russia Played No Role At All In The Email Leaks, interviewed by David Swanson, David Swanson, Talk Nation Radio / Dandelion Salad

Murray explains that he has met the leaker of either the DNC or Podesta emails and that both sets of emails were leaked by one or more people at either the NSA or the Democratic Party, that Russia played no role at all.

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Time to Fight Like Hell

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  • December 15, 2016 | There is no way to sugarcoat it. The election of Donald Trump is a brutal affront to women, people of color, Jews and Muslims, and all who value kindness and tolerance. a road map for a lasting presence as a disruptive opposition … . (W)e have … handed (white nationalists and other political predators) the keys to the Oval Office, and the nuclear codes.
  • The threat of authoritarianism requires all hands on deck.
  • Related: Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19).

Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones

http://www.motherjones.com/files/mojocover_JF17_290.jpg  Dec. 13, 2016 | Decades from now, when the election of 2016 is distilled to its essence, what will that be? Many hoped the central lesson would be a shattered glass ceiling and a cementing of the Obama legacy. An expansion of rights and tolerance.

Instead, a small electoral majority chose a candidate who openly embraced bigotry, who slurred war heroes and mocked the disabled, who bragged of sexual assault, who said he'd roll back the protections of a free press, who was cheered on by white supremacists, who said he'd upend our alliances and the world's long-overdue climate deal, and who is ignorant and cavalier about the basics of safeguarding a nuclear arsenal.

Clara Jeffery is Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones and recipient of a PEN America award for editing.

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Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19), Roger Wolfson, Huffington Post

  • Clearly, there is little chance that (the electors) will (vote their consciences) if Americans don’t demand it. The Constitution allows for, and requires, civic involvement. We need to stand up so profoundly that the electors feel protected and supported for voting their conscience. By December 19th, those who feel an itch to speak up, but haven’t done so, are going to regret it.
  • Fortunately, resources exist to help us, right now. 
  • Related: What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny.

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