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Adducing geomoRphics-bLOg #1/ 14 Nov 2019 Washington’s Nano-Tech Hypocrisy to tReaty w lie

Adducing geomoRphics-bLOg #1/ 14 Nov 2019

Washington’s Nano-Tech Hypocrisy to tReaty w lie

 

My personal meeting w hypocRisy had to be an “underlining-Reasons” hypeRbolie to avoid hypocRisy not to apologyze to the Nipponese people, that was in 1951. I continued to gatheR whatever the momentum of facts-Factuality of “Radionuclides-Contaminations” were AND were not being followed in-the-newspapers, as i remember even calling and leaving a measured quote that the signing of Universal Declaration on Human Rights was also paRsimonied by the United Nations Charter, which was signed in San fRancisco—city we, my folks and sister and I were residing. TheRe was no mention of uRanium-238 as no-one spokespeRson explained why or what or even factoRed a lament in cognizance—maybe! WhateveR the fanatic-penataGooons would not do to utilize that, concoction, or was that already a secRetized-Weapon? The “genocide-Apology” has not tRanspiRed, yet? While the “genocidal-ExpeRtise: ripoffs fRom scientific puRveyances” have gone ahead in the “anaRcho-Syndicalist” mental-Anxiety and mental-Debt.

 

“In this recent live-streamed talk, Fred Weston – editor of www.marxist.com – discusses the explosive developments surrounding the global coronavirus outbre-ak, which has wrought havoc on society. The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked a severe economic and social crisis. The stock markets have plummeted; panicked people are bulk-buying supplies; and governments are scrambling to respond. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has bluntly informed the population: “your loved ones will die”. At the same time, it is clear that the Tory government has no clue how to tackle the epidemic and its fallout. As Fred explains, the virus is ultimately the trigger for a global crisis of capitalism, bringing all the existing accumulated contradictions to the fore. This pandemic is exposing the rottenness of the capitalist system worldwide, and is preparing the way for a furious backlash from the masses in the period ahead.”

 

The nano-Tech of viRus-Defense was as similar as the new-Rome’s system to ruination of we-people… those peRsons who while tiResomely a do-do-Nothing context! I mention-ed being inside Bushehr w Ahmadinejad, we, the geomoRphics-gRoup, weRe also invited to Natanz, wheRe I saw rows of centrifuges—having no idea that miniatuRe was as useful and maybe, moReso than cyclotRons. The tRek was not-Nothingism. Not to mention bio-geRm affliction fRom COVID-2019 seems odious foR a socialist factual-Indemnity of necessity!  All i could think was how does one visit site afteR Radionuclides-Site and neveR adduce how many molecules were absoRbed into bone maRRow to make bone-Fatigue.

 

“In January 2010, inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency visit-ing the Natanz uranium enrichment plant in Iran noticed that centrifuges used to enrich uranium gas were failing at an unprecedented rate. The cause was a complete mystery—apparently as much to the Iranian technicians replacing the centrifuges as to the inspectors observing them.

 

Five months later a seemingly unrelated event occurred. A computer security firm in Belarus was called in to troubleshoot a series of computers in Iran that were crashing and rebooting repeatedly. Again, the cause of the problem was a mystery. That is, until the researchers found a handful of malicious files on one of the systems and discovered the world’s first digital weapon.

 

Stuxnet, as it came to be known, was unlike any other virus or worm that came before. Rather than simply hijacking targeted computers or stealing information from them, it escaped the digital realm to wreak physical destruction on equipment the computers controlled.

 

Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon, [underline: mine]written by WIRED senior staff writer Kim Zetter, tells the story behind Stuxnet’s planning, execution and discovery. In this excerpt from the book, which will be released November 11, Stuxnet has already been at work silently sabotaging centrifuges at the Natanz plant for about a year. An early version of the attack weapon manipulated valves on the centrifuges to increase the pressure inside them and damage the devices as well as the enrichment process. Centrifuges are large cylindrical tubes—connected by pipes in a configuration known as a “cascade”—that spin at supersonic speed to separate isotopes in uranium gas for use in nuclear power plants and weapons. At the time of the attacks, each cascade at Natanz held 164 centrifuges. Uranium gas flows through the pipes into the centrifuges in a series of stages, becoming further “enriched” at each stage of the cascade as isotopes needed for a nuclear reaction are separated from other isotopes and become concentrated in the gas.

 

Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon

 

As the excerpt begins, it’s June 2009—a year or so since Stuxnet was first released, but still a year before the covert operation will be discovered and exposed. As Iran prepares for its presidential elections, the attackers behind Stuxnet are also preparing their next assault on the enrichment plant with a new version of the malware. They unleash it just as the enrichment plant is beginning to recover from the effects of the previous attack. Their weapon this time is designed to manipulate computer systems made by the German firm Siemens that control and monitor the speed of the centrifuges. Because the computers are air-gapped from the internet, however, they cannot be reached directly by the remote attackers. So the attackers have designed their weapon to spread via infected USB flash drives. To get Stuxnet to its target machines, the attackers first infect computers belonging to five outside companies that are believed to be connected in some way to the nuclear program. The aim is to make each “patient zero” an unwitting carrier who will help spread and transport the weapon on flash drives into the protected facility and the Siemens computers. Although the five companies have been referenced in previous news reports, they’ve never been identified. Four of them are identified in this excerpt.

 

The Lead-Up to the 2009 Attack

The two weeks leading up to the release of the next attack were tumultuous ones in Iran. On June 12, 2009, the presidential elections between incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and challenger Mir-Hossein Mousavi didn’t turn out the he way most expected. The race was supposed to be close, but when the results were announced—two hours after the polls closed—Ahmadinejad had won with 63 percent of the vote over Mousavi’s 34 percent. The electorate cried foul, and the next day crowds of angry protesters poured into the streets of Tehran to register their outrage and disbelief. According to media reports, it was the largest civil protest the country had seen since the 1979 revolution ousted the shah and it wasn’t long before it became violent. Protesters vandalized stores and set fire to trash bins, while police and Basijis, government-loyal militias in plainclothes, tried to disperse them with batons, electric prods, and bullets.

 

That Sunday, Ahmadinejad gave a defiant victory speech, declaring a new era for Iran and dismissing the protesters as nothing more than soccer hooligans soured by the loss of their team. The protests continued throughout the week, though, and on June 19, in an attempt to calm the crowds, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sanctioned the election results, insisting that the margin of victory—11 million votes—was too large to have been achieved through fraud. The crowds, however, were not assuaged.

 

The next day, a twenty-six-year-old woman named Neda Agha-Soltan got caught in a traffic jam caused by protesters and was shot in the chest by a sniper’s bullet after she and her music teacher stepped out of their car to observe.

 

Two days later on June 22, a Monday, the Guardian Council, which oversees elections in Iran, officially declared Ahmadinejad the winner, and after nearly two weeks of protests, Tehran became eerily quiet. Police had used tear gas and live ammunition to disperse the demonstrators, and most of them were now gone from the streets. That afternoon, at around 4:30 p.m. local time, as Iranians nursed their shock and grief over events of the previous days, a new version of Stuxnet was  being compiled and unleashed.”

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“Nobody talks about the “proletariat” these days. The word has disappeared, just like “working class” or even “worker.” There is no “workers’ movement” any-more, no labor parties, the trade unions no longer fight. It is widely believed that the the “proletariat” existed only in history, in Manchester capitalism. In those days, the workers were class conscious: they understood that they not only had to work for their living costs, but they also had to fight for them.

 

Supposedly, this means that the proletariat belongs to the past and, with the removal of the word, bourgeois society has overcome this contradiction; the resist-ance resulting from class conflict was pacified within capitalist society. The best example of this “progress” by bourgeois society is a previous winner of the class struggle: the trade unions. Today they no longer want to hear about “class struggle,” “wage conflicts” or “strikes” – or any fights at all. They represent them-selves as a business service. The goal of Social Democracy was for the proletarians to attain the status of citizens by securing their national rights; it is tremendously proud of this achievement. Since achieving its goal, it can conceive of nothing better than the current capitalism.

 

In the social sciences, it is also passe` to talk about the “proletariat.” There are several trends:

  • The class term originates in industrial society, but in the present it would designate too large or too small a social layer to apply to a single class unit. This argument is about as reasonable as stating that apples and pears do not fall under the category of fruit because they are different.
  • The working class experiences only one form of discrimination among many (like discrimination against women, foreigners, the uneducated, etc.).
  • The term might have been meaningful in previous times, but affiliation with the working class did not prove important for the formation of community. Therefore there can also be no objective common position. This point of view shows that the proletariat was of interest to social science only insofar as it was a problem for bourgeois society. If it does not represent a problem, then there is also no need to be concerned with it. However, everybody knows that poverty exists and is not desirable. In school it is known that factory work is to be avoided later in life if possible. Now the wage laborers are called by other names: as “the little guys” or “the man on the street.” As such (and not as proletarians!) they are a major reference point for democratic politicians. “The little guy” is dissatisfied with his existence, but holds to his role with an iron grip. This means that he is not in opposition to his boss, but to all possible scapegoats who do not do their duties properly.

 

Then there is also the “socially disadvantaged”: those in need who cannot meet their living expenses. (By the way, this danger threatens nearly everybody.) It is concluded that the state must concern itself with them; and if it does, then the problem is already settled. Some of the “socially disadvantaged” finally give up hope of ever finding a job. Of them, the designation “prole” pops up every now and then as an insult word – with the objective circumstances fading from view, it turns from an objective class designation into a moral reproach.

 

However, only consciousness of the problem has disappeared with the disappearance of the term, but not the problem itself. The democratic state can define a “proletariat” quite well in practice – certainly without a theory behind it. For example, by setting social security payments by income it recognizes that humans with a smaller income have actually too little money to insure themselves. They must be forced to do this as a precaution, while this happens automatically for those who own assets.

 

In order to understand how it came to this, it is enlightening to take a look at the situation of workers back in the times of Manchester capitalism – but without losing the commonalities with the current situation. They had to offer their labor as factory hands, but could not live on their wages. It was (is) not only because there was (is) never enough wages paid, which was (is) shown by their low amount, but in that wages also always threatened(s) to disappear when there was (is) a lack of demand for labor or if one was (is) in an accident, gets ill, etc. Since the workers could not live on wages, they led fights against the factory masters. The state opposed them with repression. This led to the correct understanding that the state must also then be fought. However, they made the error that they criticized the state only because it was the state of the “factory magnates and financiers,” in relation to which they were without rights. Therefore they fought not against the state as a repressive force, but for its impartiality: the working class should be recognized as honorable and worthy of protection and the state should be accessible to proletarians too and thus made impartial. When Marx attacked this long-term “holy column” of the workers’ movement in the Critique of the Gotha Program, he was already in the minority. This call for democracy was gradually fulfilled; …”

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“Milton James Rhode Acorn : 1923-1986
He was born in Charlottetown on March 30, 1923. He died of heart disease and diabetes on August 20, 1986 in his home town. He was, and remains, Canada’s national poet.

 

The Northern Red Oak, poems for and about Milton Acorn, is published on the first anniversary of his death. The spirit of Milton touched every person that he met. As Gwendolyn MacEwen has written—”You could go for years without seeing him, and yet he’ll always be there somehow, a great craggy presence at the back of your mind, a gnarled tree in silhouette on the horizon.” Or, in the words of Al Purdy, “the Acorn-tree always walked on its roots, and always into sunlight. It lifts the heart.”

Poems

 

And Milton met a lot of people, especially poets, in his journeys across Canada. Wherever he was he collected people like some sort of modern Pied Piper. Not only did he live from coast to coast, he was a tireless reader, and was always about to hop a train to some new part of the country. He forged strong literary and personal links in each area of Canada he visited.

 

The Montreal Years

Milton began to focus his attention on the writing of poetry in 1950. His first slim collection, In Love and Anger, was published in Montreal in 1956. It was about this time that Milton’s only child was born, a son who was later given up for adoption. Having published sixteen poems, he decided to meet some other poets and he tracked down Al Purdy and Irving Layton in 1957. He was soon deeply involved in the whole Montreal literary scene that included, among others, Louis Dudek and Frank Scott.

 

Montreal was always an important centre for Milton. Many of the poets he most admired—Dorothy Livesay and the so-called Montreal Group of Scott, A.J.M. Smith, A.M. Klein, and Leo Kennedy—were associated with that city. To Milton, the heart of modern Canadian poety was New Provinces and the long list of poets who had clustered around McGill University since the 1920s. Nonetheless, no sooner had Milton established himself in the Montreal poetry scene than he decided to move to Toronto.

 

The Bohemian Embassy

The chief poetry reading place in Toronto was the Bohemian Embassy, run by Don Cullen and John Robert Colombo. The most important poetry publisher was Contact Press, founded in 1952 by Raymond Souster, Dudek, and Layton to publish the new Canadian poetry. Milton quickly fell in with Cullen, Colombo, and Souster.

 

Milton’s broadsheet Against a League of Liars was issued by Colombo’s Hawkshead Press in 1960, the same year that The Ryerson Press published The Brain’s the Target, edited by Al Purdy. Milton set himself up at the Bohemian Embassy and soon found himself at the centre of a sort of informal workshop with a group of younger poets: Margaret Atwood, David Donnell, Dennis Lee, Gwendolyn MacEwen, George Miller, and Joe Rosenblatt. During 1962 Milton was married to MacEwen. After their marriage broke up, he moved to Vancouver.

 

Souster published Milton’s first full-size book, Jawbreakers, through Contact Press in 1963. It remains an outstanding collection and a credit to Souster’s judgement.

 

The West Coast

By the time Milton got established in Vancouver, the BC poetry scene was just getting underway. Milton was a founder of The Georgia Strait, an alternative newspaper still publishing today. Again, he was at the centre of a whole group of poets—Dorothy Livesay, bill bissett, Red and Pat Lane, Maxine Gadd, and Seymour Mayne.

 

In Vancouver he organized poetry readings at the Advanced Mattress, and was active in the movement against the war in Viet Nam. Lane, bissett, and Mayne set up Very Stone House and began to publish the new West Coast poetry. blewointment press was founded by bissett in 1967, the same year that Talonbooks started operation.

 

J. Michael Yates founded Sono Nis Press and Bc was in the midst of a blaze of poetry. Writers from all over North America were going to Vancouver; and, in 1969, Milton left town.

 

Toronto Again

I’ve Tasted My Blood, Milton’s masterwork, was published by The Ryerson Press in 1969. It too was edited by Purdy, who would later edit his huge collection, Dig Up My Heart (McClelland and Stewart, 1983). Milton, fresh from the West Coast and a sort of local hero, soon became the centre of the Toronto poetry scene. In 1970 he was named “The Peoples’ Poet” by a host of writers including Layton (who was now in Toronto), Eli Mandel, Atwood, and Rosenblatt.

 

He lived in the city for a dozen years, blustering around the downtown core and giving workshops, readings, and talks at every poetry venue he came across. The first press he became involved with was NC Press, which brought out More Poems For People (1972) and The Island Means Minago (1975). In 1976 Milton co-founded Steel Rail Publishing, which published Jackpine Sonnets a year later.

 

Once again, Milton gathered a collection of young poets. I met Milton in 1972. A few years later he joined the LINK Poetry Workshop, which Mike Zizis and I had founded in 1973. He had an immediate impact on our group and was a source of encouragement and controversy. In September, 1980, Milton, Terry Barker, and I founded the Susan Chakraverty Institute at New College, University of Toronto. Milton also taught poetry at the legendary Three Schools.

 

Milton and I shared an apartment for two years. His love of poetry and his constant, obsessive work astound me to this day. Among the poets associated with Milton during his second period in Toronto were Zizis, Joe Blades, Michael Dudley, Chris Faiers, Mark Gordon, Bruce Meyer, Ted Plantos, Robert Priest, Margaret Saunders, and Gerry Shikatani. By this time Toronto had become the centre of English-language poetry in Canada. Milton, in declining health, returned to Charlottetown.

 

The Island

Milton’s final years (1981-1986) were largely spent in PEI. There were, of course, numerous trips to Toronto, where he met poets like Bev Daurio, Carol Malyon, and Wayne Ray.

 

In Charlottetown Milton got to know Libby Oughton and Richard Lemm of Ragweed Press, who published Captain Neal MacDougal & the Naked Goddess (1982), edited by Fred Cogswell. Here, too, he met Valerie LaPointe, who was his steadfast companion during his last years.

 

At the time of Milton’s death, Wayne Ray was about to publish Whiskey Jack (HMS Press); Chris Faiers was about to publish A Stand of Jackpine (Unfinished Monument Press); and I had agreed to edit The Uncollected Acorn for Deneau Publishers. Ted Plantos had a special Milton Acorn issue of Cross-Canada Writers’ Quarterly almost at the printers— it would become the Milton Acorn memorial issue.

 

Acorn and Canadian Poetry

Milton always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. He made it to Montreal while that city was still the centre of English-language literature. He moved to Toronto just when the generation of poets who would make Toronto the new centre were starting out. He met them all. He was in Vancouver when the West Coast scene got going. Then it was Toronto again and another circle of poets.

 

Milton saw himself as following the tradition in Canadian poetry established in the nineteenth century by Isabella Valancy Crawford and Archibald Lampman. He learned much from Crawford and Lampman and from two poets whom he met later: Dorothy Livesay and A1 Purdy. Milton, along with Livesay and Purdy, forms a sort of bridge between Canada’s past and the new poets of the 1960s, 7os, and 8os. For the record, Milton saw this tradition being carried on today by Margaret Atwood, bill bissett, James Deahl, Mary di Michele, Chris Faiers, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Robin Mathews, Robert Priest, and Tom Wayman (a list that might amaze many critics as well as some of the poets listed!).

 

Acorn’s opinion aside, his real influence lay in his ready encouragement of younger poets. In Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, or Charlottetown, Milton was always exceptionally generous with his time. He would tirelessly read manuscripts, encourage authors, and give sound advice. He was the most accessible literary figure in Canada.

 

He would attend poetry readings and almost always stay for the open set. Through the Bohemian Embassy workshop and the LINK Poetry Workshop he met scores of young, mostly unpublished poets. These people learned from Milton his concern for language and sound, his doctrine of hard work, and his love of people. He also gave countless readings. His passionate delivery and personal rapport with his audience helped put the voice back into Canadian poetry. Milton was at all times pro-human or, as Lesley McAllister has written in The Toronto Star, “pro-life”. He believed in the human spirit and in the celebration of life in all its forms.

 

Milton’s taste was exceptionally catholic, as long as the poetry reflected a love for humanity and the natural world. He was supportive of Michael Dudley’s haiku, Atwood’s Canadianism (or, as he put it, “From the Valleyism”), Wayman’s work poetry, and bissett’s pure energy.

 

He was a nationalist, constantly recommending the poetry of Livesay, Layton, Purdy, and MacEwen. And he was an internationalist, insisting that young poets read W.B. Yeats, Robert Lowell, Pablo Neruda, Garcia Lorca, and Andrei Voznesensky. Indeed, one could not visit him at the Waverley Hotel without having a book thrust into one’s hands that must be read.

 

Almost all the contributors to The Northern Red Oak knew Milton personally. Some are old friends like Purdy, MacEwen, and Atwood; some only met him during his final years. Some (Cogswell, Purdy, and I) edited Milton’s books, and some were his publishers (Daurio, Faiers, Letore, and Ray). All have been touched in a profound way by Milton and his work.

 

When Milton died I decided to produce a memorial anthology—so many people seemed to need to express their love and respect for the man who ate, slept, and lived poetry. The call for submissions met with great success. Unfortunately, much publishable work had to be returned because of space limitations. This memorial anthology could have been twice as long had poetry from all of Milton’s friends been included.

 

Many of the pieces presented here came with the words “For Milton Acorn” attached to them. These have been deleted for cleaner presentation and because, in an important sense, every poem in The Northern Red Oak is for Milton.

 

A few are o1d poems. Purdy’s “House Guest” relates to the time he and Milton lived together at Roblin Lake. bissett’s are from his Vancouver years with Milton. “The House”, by Gwen MacEwen, recalls the time and mood of their year together in Toronto. Some are elegies to the finest poet ever to write in Canada. And others, like Ray’s anti-abortion haiku and Shikatani’s anti-war poem, touch on issues that were of great concern to Milton. Still others, such as “1838” (Lee) and “At the Tourist Centre in Boston” (Atwood), are poems that Milton particularly liked.

 

This collection is but a small gesture from the contributors to one whose gift to poetry and to the Canadian people can never be repaid.

To you, Milton, from your friends, with abiding love.

James Deahl
Toronto, 1987

Milton Acorn’s works copyright © to the Estate of Milton Acorn.”

 

AcoRn’s poetics I did hear on a visit back-East in late 1968. I was a little letdown, until I could suRmise that, beat-Bohemia: poetics was here and alive in Toronto, Canada as well as San fRancisco—what about LOS?

 

“Marxism analyses the hidden mainsprings that lie behind the development of human society, from the earliest tribal societies up to the modern day. The way in which Marxism traces this winding road is called the materialist conception of history. This scientific method enables us to understand history, not as a series of unconnected and unforeseen incidents, but rather as part of a clearly understood and interrelated process. It is a series of actions and reactions which cover politics, economics and the whole spectrum of social development. To lay bare the complex dialectical relationship between all these phenomena is the task of historical materialism. – From the introduction to What is Marxism?

 

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“That’s why, in 1998, NASA launched the Spaceguard survey at the request of Congress. The goal was to enlist astronomers to identify 90% of the estimated 900-plus NEOs bigger than 1 kilometer—a goal the agency officially met in 2010. Ongoing efforts now aim to find any remaining giants and tag 90% of bodies larger than 140 meters by 2020, although NASA says it won’t meet the deadline. Of the nearly 15,000 NEOs discovered so far, none are currently on a collision course with Earth. Eventually, however, an Earth-bound NEO of some size will confront humanity with a disaster movie scenario. And when that day comes, “it’s going to go from science fiction to science real pretty rapidly,” Lu says.

 

Science is already on the case. In Defending Planet Earth: Near-Earth Object Surveys and Hazard Mitigation Strategies, a 2010 report by the U.S. National Research Council, researchers highlighted several potential options for fending off an interloper, given a few decades of warning. We could whack it off course by ramming it with a spaceship or two, slowly alter its orbit with the sustained gravitational pull of a spacecraft called a gravity tractor, or blast it with nuclear explosions.

 

Right now, these planetary defense strategies exist mainly on paper, but some may see real-world tests in the next decade. NASA, the European Space Agency, and other partners are exploring a joint mission called AIDA (Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment) to test the impactor method on the asteroid Didymos when it passes near Earth in October 2022. NASA has also announced plans to use an enhanced gravity tractor—in which the spaceship collects material from the asteroid to increase its mass—on its Asteroid Redirect Mission, which was set to launch in 2021 but now faces funding setbacks. In the event of an actual threat, many researchers favor a combination of these techniques, just to be safe.

 

But for objects larger than 1 kilometer across—and for comets, which could appear with little notice—some scientists think the nuclear option is the only option. The idea would be to jolt the body, not blow it up, which could do more harm than good. Although the 1967 United Nations Outer Space Treaty currently bars sending nuclear weapons into space, scientists already have a good understanding of the technology, and last year, NASA and the Department of Energy announced a joint effort to hone its use against asteroids. Ultimately, NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, established earlier this year, will decide when  and how the United States should respond to a potential impact.

 

Threat three: Supervolcanoes

The most inexorable threat to our modern civilization, however, is homegrown—and it strikes much more often than big cosmic impacts do. Every 100,000 years or so, somewhere on Earth, a caldera up to 50 kilometers in diameter collapses and violently expels heaps of accumulated magma. The resulting supervolcano is both unstoppable and ferociously destructive. One such monster, the massive eruption of Mount Toba in Indonesia 74,000 years ago, may have wiped out most humans on Earth, causing a genetic bottleneck still apparent in our DNA—although the idea is controversial

 

By geological convention, a super-volcano is one that produces an explosive eruption of more than 450 cubic kilometers of magma—roughly 50 times more than the eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Tambora in 1815, and 500 times more than the Philippines’ Mount Pinatubo in 1991. Geologists read the histories of such blasts in deposits of erupted material called tuff, and the rock record shows that super-volc-anoes tend to be repeat offenders. Locations that remain active today include Toba, the Yellowstone hot spot in the northwestern United States, the Long Valley Caldera in eastern California, the Taupo Volcanic Zone in New Zealand, and several spots in the Andes.”

 

The woRd-teRm: holy-cRap is this new-Rome, happening, as we-People have not stopped, and had to proceed w a wArs-wArrings: irResoluteness of plutocRacy, an oRder of what has gone fRom Oct. 1978 thru to March 2021? Weld, when you don’t deseRve the lack of attention, do-not-tuRn-youR-back-on-natuRal-occuRrences, altho you may have pResciences not to want to undeRstand. My olde-man gave good advice, altho I told to him “do not continue to be curt-OtheRwise”. Personally, both he and I undeRstood theRe is a Philosophy-of-wAr, which was a ridicule about humans having human-Rights. He, the olde-Man, would never come back to this fidelus, since as yet he did not understand that I could not get a Ph.D. in “nucleaRism”. This which-what did not make sense to me, since our father-son conveRsations started w Existentialism: Jean Paul saRtRe, beRtRand Russell.

 

Then, he, my olde-Man, wanted to add Dr. J. Robert OppenheimeR, non-PhilosopheR, but was his Philosophy, “philosophy-of-wAr”?  As that took over 13-months to convince me to remembeR because each time I’d stopped by no one was aRound—I expected he had to be on the defensive! The question on whetheR he and associates at Los alamos Labs, had discussed uRanium-238 as a sideline-FactoR was, what I respected needed a nudge of appRobation on existence or not. One question-able concern, one question. My chance at wanting to be a neighbor of conceRn, one-chance was lost! So, much foR suRgeons and ProfessoRs. Thus, in the long-Run, I was never to escape being a professional.

 

“Democratic rights cannot be entrusted to any faction of the ruling class or its political representatives. The working class cannot be left unprepared for the next stage. It must organize itself independently, on the basis of its own program, in opposition to the capitalist system.”

 

Whereupon, I sought to find what the all-Is. I did find that the id-al embRaces thinking and that bRought me closeR into the Existentialist-Extent or tendency—by 1961. I also gat-heRed that I was suspect of being not only ‘soul-suRvivoR’ of two family names, but that i have been called to the RappRocheable “child-pRodigy”. Was that, aspect-Factoring that one should adjudicate-Knowing, oR ReseaRch and develop ‘fRee-TheoRy’ just as similarly as fRee-Radical. The do-do-Nothing consequentials interrupt too often, etc.. Seems that fRee-mindscape was where I aspect-FactoRed, , because being disabled and stRong, weld, not too many people could know oR allot. That, as well as all-of-that-That and mental-physical salubRious-FactoRs peRtaining to one-Soul? No, could not be that adequacy was diRected, altho maybe that was wheRe MK-UltRa had actually gone? 

 

“The “long arm” of the Turkish president plays a key role in achieving his aspirations and strengthening of his power not only inside the country, but especially abroad, in a clear effort to extend Turkey’s influence to the wider North African region and the Middle East – in areas once ruled by the Ottoman Empire. Using existing practices and structures of the Turkish “deep state” (Türkiye’dederindevlet), with the help of a thriving defense industry, but also using modern methods such as proxy wars, President Erdogan wants to expand his prestige as an international leader but also the regional hegemony of his country.

 

From the establishment of the modern Turkish state the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) perceive themselves as the guardians of democracy and the secular state. They developed a culture of “loyalty to the state” rather than to the elected government, which led to a series of military coups when they considered the Kemalist orientation to be threatened.

 

The “deep state” remained in Turkish political terminology, while its action was certified by unsolved murders of leftists and Kurds. Erdogan described the “deep state” as a “dangerous phenomenon”, “a gang operating outside the law” and an “internal enemy” (Kemal’s expression) in 2007. However, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) inherited its modus operandi in dealing with opponents and now one could say that it has evolved.

 

“Department of Special Warfare” (Özel Harp Dairesi, ÖHD)

The Special Warfare Unit (ÖHD) was set up during the Cold War and shortly after the 1971 military coup to counter any Soviet invasion. However, it was used to crush political opponents, such as Turkish leftists, Kurdish activists, etc. It was one of the branches of Gladio, the network of special units in NATO countries aimed at dealing with a possible invasion of the USSR. Although the ÖHD was part of TSK, but a few were aware of its existence. Even former Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit was well informed about [that] in 1978, while he is said to have been surprised by the recruitment of the “Gray Wolves” by the ÖHD. (Link 1, Link 2, Link 3)

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Gray Wolves

The main goal of the “Gray Wolves” was to fight the communist threats but also the PKK, the Kurdish separatist movement. As part of the youth wing of the Nation-alist Action Party (MHP), which is currently led by Erdogan’s collaborator Devlet Bahceli, and driven by ideology of pan-Turkism, members of this organization received military training with a Turkish-Islamic background. Their activities abroad intensified in the ‘80s. Then they started pogroms against an Armenian organization that allegedly assassinated Turkish diplomats. The unholy alliance of the Turkish state with the “Gray Wolves” against the Kurds was evidenced by the now infamous accident in Susurluk on November 3, 1996.

 

The “Gray Wolves” were also deployed in Chechnya, and after the outbreak of the Syrian civil war, they were on the front lines alongside the Syrian Turkmen. (Link 1, Link 2, Link 3) The AKP-MHP political alliance, which was forged by the failed coup in 2016, gave them an “active” pre-election role in silencing political oppon-ents and opposition voices. Their relationship with mafia that is known for their supra[-]nationalist positions, like Sedat Peker, were unveiled. (Link)

 

Close cooperation with Qatar

The Turkish-Qatari cooperation is also of great importance in the context of the Turkey’s attempt to pursue a foreign defense policy through its “military representatives”. (Link) Much of the Ankara-Doha close relationship concerns defense, as Turkey maintains about 3,000 troops on the Qatar’s territory, while there is a bilateral agreement to set up two Turkish bases, military and naval, in Qatar. (Link) Through its presence in Qatar, Turkey has for the first time had a “footprint” in the Gulf region.

 

SADAT Defense claims it provides training services to the military Credit: SADAT

Turkish mercenaries and role of SADAT

In 2012, Brigadier General Adnan Tanriverdi and 22 of his colleagues, who had been expelled from the army because of their pro-Islamist beliefs, founded SADAT (SADAT Inc. International Defense Consultancy), the only private defense consulting firm in Turkey. SADAT provides defense consulting and training services, much like the notorious American Blackwater. Its clients include the Turkish police special unit (Polis Özel Harekat – PÖH), the newly armed neighborhood watchmen (Bekçi) that act as Erdogan’s revolutionary bodyguard, but also the special presidential guards, known as the “Reinforcements” (Takviye).

 

SADAT was selected to play a key role in training mercenary groups that could be used by Ankara to fulfill its regional ambitions. This strategy was also applied in neighboring Syria amid the long civil war that swept the country after the Arab Spring.

 

SADAT undertook the training of guerrilla fighters, by setting up several bases in the Istanbul and Marmara areas. (Link) The training of a large and controlled Syrian paramilitary force allowed three Turkish operations to invade Syria: “Euphrates Shield“, “Olive Branch” and “Peace Spring“. (Link) These were costly military operations aimed at the creation of controlled zones in northern Syria to prevent the emergence of an autonomous Kurdish entity and to secure influence by occupying territory.

 

Similar methods were used in Libya. (Link) The companies that recruited the fighters naturalized them as Turks, while signing a 3-6 month employment contracts, with up to $ 3,000 salary. The process of transferring fighters from Syria to Turkey and from there to Libya was carried out by SADAT and under the supervision of the Turkish army. (Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, Link 4, Link 5)

 

SADAT played a key role in recruiting, organizing and transporting fighters to Azerbaijan for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Armenia as well. (Link 1, Link 2, Link 3)”

 

The memory of choRnobyl, of being beneath the nucleaR-ReactoR of VladimiR Lenin no.2, while my visuality ingested the Radiological-Contaminations theRe-in pRipyat—as all my otheR nucleaR-moleculaR: visits-to-contaminated-sites. Whew, 3-times joint Replacements; 9-suRgeries,—three-OTHERS of those football knee. I’d like to remember ‘the moRe-factoR’ most often—far more than now? Time to end those invasions, since 1978? Yes. iV done “nucleaRism: lots-4-we-people of the global-Village” since 1966. Wanted a radio-fm progRam, but time since 1996-98 on guaRd knowing chemicalizationing was going thRu a Requisite-Dispositioning, was like Kurds needing a unified-GeogRaphy, as well as Yemenis needing to maintain-Backing foR their aching-to-have Independence and ‘democRacy’ not Gaudi’s-plutocRacy! Insidiousness, you’d say? Why not tReaties on “chem-tRails” as well as on “all-thRee: nuclear-moleculaR: weapons”?

 

Those nano-flakes of chelated-Ice are another minutiae foR “never-clean-up-be-spent: cRapholism”, heRe in the new-Rome of plutocRacy. Did cIAS Directorship undeR RobeRt Gates pRotect kuRds, oR hindeR Turks? Were not both those idiopathics needed, by 1996? This fellow of anti-nucleaRist: policies towaRd tReaties on all “nucleaR-moleculaR: weapons” all thRee, has to state: why a “lubRicant” is so toxic as, those pea-bRains, now having militaRy-contRol of new-Rome? Do they want to maintain being criminals in east-SyRia? WhetheR peace-Negotiations oR unjustly being theRe (uninvited) the “taliban-Hats” yet are wArring against the people of Afghanistan, in Afghanistan, exude not to leave, but stay they have as the new-Rome foRces also have. Whereas, how can tacituRnity, not be heterodoxy? The definition:  noun, pl. -doxies. 1. the rejection of generally accepted beliefs or doctrines, especially in a religion; departure from an acknowledged standard; opposite of orthodoxy. Ex. Orthodoxy is my doxy; heterodoxy is another man’s doxy (Bishop William Warburton). We need to persuade them to minimize the dangers of heterodoxy and be ready, as Jefferson was, to take a calculated risk (Atlantic). 2. a belief, doctrine, or opinion not in agreement with what is generally accepted. Ex. Communism and fascism are heterodoxies in the Free World. WheReupon, fRee-the-kuRds; fRee-the-HazzaRis; fRee Leonard Peltier; fRee syRias; fRee-we-people-fRom-the-police-state-tyRanny! Thus, foR whom does the staid bell-Toll?

 

“Dr. Vandana Shiva’s most radical and important ideas are represented in lucid form in this essential primer for those who wish to understand the forces that threaten our planet. Her vision of “one earth, one humanity” and its scientific and cultural roots are explained in depth; the monopolistic economic machinations of the 1% are exposed; the genetic manipulations of Monsanto and its Nazi roots are uncovered; and “philanthropists” such as Bill Gates are exposed as the new Robber Barons. Vandana Shiva’s struggles on the streets of Seattle and Cancun and in homes and farms across the world have yielded a set of principles based on inclusion, nonviolence, reclaiming the commons, and freely sharing the earth’s resources. These ideals, which she calls “earth democracy,” serve as an urgent call to peace and as the basis for a just and sustainable future. Unafraid to confront authority and name names, this slim book exposes the global elite, uncovering their links to the rising tide of fundamentalism, violence against women, and planetary death.”
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“A group discussion of “Pt. 1: Antisemitism, Chapters 1 – 4,” our second read-ing from the 1951 book The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt, including Roger Berkowitz and the members of the Hannah Arendt Center’s Virtual Reading Group—Friday, January 27th, 2017 via Bluejeans.com WHO IS HANNAH ARENDT? Hannah Arendt was a humanist thinker who thought boldly and provocatively about our shared political and ethical world. Inspired by philosophy, she warned against the political dangers of philosophy to abstract and obfuscate the plurality and real-ity of our shared world. She fiercely defended the importance of the public sphere, but she was also intensely private and defended the importance of privacy and solitude as prerequisites for a life in public. Embraced by liberals and conservatives, she also enraged and engaged interlocutors from all political persuasions. WHAT IS THE VIRTUAL READING GROUP? The Virtual Reading Group is an online, scholarly, collaborative exploration of the works of Hannah Arendt. During the coronavirus pandemic, the VRG, as we call it, has grown with new members from around the world. We gather to talk and to listen while closely reading texts on issues like totalitarianism, democracy, privacy, extremism, and the importance of public spaces for debate and resolution. The VRG is hosted by the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College, the world’s most expansive home for bold and risky humanities thinking about our political world inspired by the spirit of Hannah Arendt, the leading thinker of politics and active citizenship in the modern era.”

 

Are you at all such as I am? The zionist movement or at most “zionist-Idiopathic” was fiRst known in 1897.    

    + eRstwhile discussion that gets into nationalism and tenets of Zionism, Zion Revisited, by Arendt (what year?)

     + the people and the-Mob? decline of nation-State; destRuction of nationalism is imperialism…

     + masse`s are classless society! Was Arendt a pRacticing-zionist, but not impeRialist, noR totalitarian, related to “diaspoRa’ … jews and anti-semites discuss “chosen-ness” but, not theology!

     + answers for me that Arendt was a decent-Zionist and not a Religious-fanatical: Jew, i.e. not a  pRacticing-Jew…but that totalitarianism as well as nationalism was wont for banking via impeRialism!

 

One conceRn, if not question, that bRought me to listen intently to the discussion, was Netanyahooey, a dictator in my definition, moReso a zionist-Fascist who accompanies the abstRuse-Justifications on mis-leadeRship, as his Likud paRty has Removed Judaic-tRadi-tions as much as heRalded the new-Rome, financially. Prof. Fred Sonderman of the Colorado College instRucted us poly-Sci students on InteRnational Relations. Glad that he included “some facts on Zionism” as well as same, some facts on Hannah aRendt. Weld, that heR manneRism was helpful in disclosing that Stalin was becoming of a tyRant not due to Nationalism of Bolshevism, but later I found that his was anti-ImpeRialism: nationalism, or plainly “expansionism via dictatoRship”. Basically, mS. aRendt was adept as, Josef Stalin, was no cognizant-wRitoR but was, I feel a Xenophobe, and an in-adept: leadeR, a misanthRope: mis-Leader!

 

Zionism as an organized movement is generally considered to have been founded by Theodor Herzl in 1897. However, the history of Zionism began earlier and is related to Judaism and Jewish history. The Hovevei Zion, or the Lovers of Zion, were responsible for the creation of 20 new Jewish settlements in Palestine between 1870 and 1897.”

 

Zionism and the diaspoRa, together is somethinGy-Bop, the mixed-Bag of Religious-Sects w.i. muslim-Faith geogRaphies, that which paRallels a chauvinism and paRanoia to the geneRal-Civilian of any nation-State, and United Nations, definition, since 1947—I will cogitate this socio-Enonomic as impact foR what-is-impasse` lamentableness, due fascist egRegiousnes-Extent of IsRaels allowing I.D.F. ubiquitous appRovals. Reasoning. Also, zionism is as yet making Jewishness apolitical in lineage of ethnicity i.e. they are not a race i.e. jews-Jewishness. The zionist-chRistian seculaRism is most pronounced in noRth-ameRicas, than in euRope—I would like to know?

 

“The early Zionist congresses, from 1897 to 1903, formed the crucible of the movement. They were the places where these contentious battles were fought. These battles never really ended. A great deal of what was a battle back then is still a battle among the Jewish people today.”

 

The woRd ‘battle’ may sidestep a contRoveRsy of peace and/or militantism! What is not related by Jews and zionists fRom Israels, is what I had started to exploRe in High School (San Mateo—fully adequate all-Minority peoples—of course included anglo-Saxons) “was zionism a cause”?

 

“In the 1890s, Theodor Herzl infused Zionism with a new ideology and practical urgency, leading to the First Zionist Congress at Basel in 1897, which created the World Zionist Organization (WZO). Herzl’s aim was to initiate necessary preparatory steps for the development of a Jewish state.”

 

I am told that Himmler and other neuRotic-Nazi’s had found they needed “an indignation-Sordidness” because zionism, was heRalded as jewish-League, oR of judaisim (this is not a relationship, so far to nucleaR-moleculaRism). That “jewish-League” is known as definition of vaRious-gRoupings of jews is all that one can state w.o. having to goad into sects of say indge-Amers oR italiano-ameRs, and otheRs, w equanimity, in otheR woRds.

 

“As of May 31, 2019, the nation’s operating nuclear power fleet will drop to 97 units with the permanent closure of the Pilgrim nuclear power station in Plymouth, MA.  The Pilgrim closure further reduced the number of General Electric Mark I boiling water reactors operating in the US to 20 units. The four reactor units at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power station destroyed by multiple hydrogen explosions and reactor core meltdowns following the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011 were all the same GE design and construction.

 

Congratulations to Pilgrim Watch, Cape Downwinders and the many others who have struggled over decades to end the threat of a Pilgrim nuclear accident and stop the generation of more nuclear waste that is still without envrionmental justice and  a scientifically accepted long-term management plan.

 

The vigilance of public interest and environmental groups watchdogging the nuclear industry and its captured federal regulators will need to remain on guard as the operative atomic threat from Pilgrim now shifts from the danger of a reactor meltdown to a storage pond sitting atop the reactor building densely packed with super-hot irradiated nuclear fuel. There, the high-level radioactive waste will need to thermally cool in the storage pool before the assemblies are loaded—shielded underwater—into storage canisters, sealed, drained and filled with pressurized helium gas essential to passive cooling into the future. Each loaded cask weighing well over a hundred tons will then be moved from the pool and lowered by crane down a six-story equipment shaft in the reactor building and towed to an onsite area for indefinite storage. This is the first major step in a decommissioning pro-cess as proposed to begin with the transfer of ownership from Entergy to a newly formed decommissioning contractor, Holtec International, that also manufactures the casks. The license transfer is being scrutinized by the Massachusetts Attorney General and Pilgrim Watch in a legal intervention before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission over Holtec’s financial accountability and the safety of its plan to significantly accelerate the decommissioning of the reactor for completion in eight years. Holtec would take title to the uncertain future of its hazardous nuclear waste storage casks. The NRC is still deliberating on its decision.

 

WBUR Boston prepared a timeline chronicling some of Pilgrim’s operating history. Of note, Pilgrim’s history is notorious for the cancer studies and findings its operation and radioactive releases prompted. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s “Southeastern Massachusettes Public Health Study” (1990) looked at 22 towns around the nuke and correlated a four-fold increase in a rare adult leukemia in the population living most immediately within four miles of the atomic power plant, and who were exposed to increased radiation releases occurring between 1972-1974. Another study by Dr. Richard Clapp, then with the Massachu-setts State Cancer Registry, found a two-fold increase in hemotopoietic (immune cells) cancer in communities immediately around Pilgrim from 1982-1984. These were just the cancers and sicknesses identified as attributable to atomic power by clinical study. Don’t be fooled—radiation causes cancer. All atomic power stations release harmful radiation routinely and accidentally.   May 29, 2019”

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“FAST REACTORS

According the President Bush’s GNEP scheme, after the radioactive wastes are reprocessed they would be converted in reactor fuel for use in Advancer Burner    Reactors (ABR). While these reactors do not even exist they are conceptually similar to fast breeder reactors without the uranium blanket for “breeding” plutonium. However, the experience with “fast breeder” reactors in the U.S. and elsewhere has shown that they are expensive and dangerous. In November 1955, the first U.S. “power reactor” ever to produce electricity, the EBR-1, (experimental breeder reactor) melted down during testing. The public was not made aware of this meltdown until Lewis Strauss, head of the Atomic Energy Commission and the man who claimed nuclear power would be “too cheap to meter” was confronted by the Wall Street Journal and had to admit his ignorance of the accident.

 

Not to be dissuaded by the meltdown of the EBR-1, The Power Reactor Development Corporation, a consortium of 35 utilities headed by Detroit Edison forged ahead with the first commercial fast breeder reactor. The Fermi reactor was to be a scaled up version of the EBR-1. On October 6, 1966 the Fermi reactor also melted down. The U.S. is not the only country to experience accidents with fast breeder reactors. Even the highly touted French nuclear program proved incapable of making the technology work safely and economically. France’s “Superphenix” was permanently shut down in 1987 after leaking 20 tons of sodium coolant. The $10 billion dollar reactor only operated for 278 days in its 11-year history. Japan has had no better luck with its fast breeder program.

 

The Japanese “Monju” fast breeder reactor was shutdown in 1995 after three tons of sodium leaked causing reactor to over heat and burning holes in cooling pipes. In the aftermath of the accident, the plant manager was so distraught that he commit[t]ed suicide. Both the British and the Germans have terminated their breed-er reactor programs and the U.S. Congress killed off the Clinch River breeder reactor program decades ago. The Bush Administration’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership will not cure the U.S. addiction to foreign oil and it will not slow global warm-ing. It is a cynical attempt to use the legitimate concern over climate change to help bolster the moribund nuclear industry and enrich those corporations that helped to put the Bush Administration in office. The President’s ill-conceived partnership will only increase the potential that nuclear weapons material and know-ledge will fall into the wrong hands. President Bush is dangerously wrong, hopefully [that] will not take a dirty bomb or a mushroom cloud to make him realize [fact is].”

 

The moribund nuclear industry, the NRC pRotects w.o. specifying medical-asseRtives foR necessities such as Releases in contain capsules, oR imfaRctions such as missiles oR militaRy-tRust: attacks by knowhow militaRy cahoots. What then is the need for that if not Relying on “cool-down” casks as wanted decades befoRe Daiichis? Heat is always problematic w metals, piping especially. All metals get-Contaminated w Radionuclides in any nucleaR-moleculaR: sense. We know NPP’s produce uRanium-238, which is used w.o. industRialized-Cleansing. Thus uR-238 are diRty-Radionuclides, and that means human-Made Radioisotopes will be theRe w.i. those mixed-Bags of shid-ski: sleaZ.

 

“Collective bargaining negotiation between labor unions and corporate employers is a specialized area in the field of general negotiations. However, the underlying legal and relationship aspects make these areas distinct. General business negotiation and lawsuit negotiations are not regulated by statutory provisions. In contrast, external laws mandate and govern a collective bargaining negotiation.

 

Many different statutes come into play during the negotiation process. Private sector bargaining encounters are regulated by the National Labour Relations Act (NLRA) for most workers. For railroad and airline personnel, the Railway Labour Act (RLA) regulates bargaining. Federal workers are covered by the Civil Service Reform Act. State and local government personnel are under state public sector bargaining laws.

 

Under the applicable statutes, employees have the right to organize and to select exclusive bargaining agents. These agents negotiate collective agreements defining their wages, hours, and working conditions. Agents may engage in concerted activity for mutual aid and protection.

 

For private-sector workers, this action allows them the protected right to strike. Although federal workers and most state and local employees are prohibited from striking, several states do permit non-essential personnel to participate in work stoppages. Individuals who engage in a lawful economic strike may not be dismissed or otherwise disciplined for such protected activity. However, under the Mackay Radio decision of the Supreme Court, these individuals may be permanently replaced. After replacement, the strikers maintain preferential recall rights. This means employers must rehire the strikers as positions become available before hiring outside persons.

 

Labour unions are chosen by a majority of workers in an appropriate bargaining unit, which may consist of homogeneous skilled workers or heterogeneous industrial workers. These workers become the bargaining agent for all of the individuals within that unit. These agents have the right to demand to bargain over the wages, hours, and working conditions of the affected employees.

 

On the other hand, the NLRA specifically indicates that the duty to bargain does not require either side to agree to specific proposals or to make concessions. The participants merely have to meet at regular times and to discuss the pertinent issues in good faith.

 

One aspect of labor-management negotiations that is distinct involves the ongoing relationship between the sides. After completing collective discussions, the participants must continue to deal with each other. Union and management negotiators must continue to meet to resolve disagreements that may occur with respect to the application of bargaining agreement provisions. Employees and managers must work together to produce profitable goods or services if the firm is to be successful.

 

If union negotiators drive a hard bargain that unduly inflates labor costs, workers will be displaced by new technology. Workers may even have their jobs transferred to lower-cost areas of the U.S. or to developing countries like Mexico, China, or India. If the company treats its workers badly, morale will suffer, and good workers may seek employment elsewhere. Employees may also be less committed to firm success, causing a decrease in productivity or a reduction in work quality.

 

A factor which makes collective bargaining negotiations relatively unique from the standard negotiation definition is that it entails many issues that have to be addressed. Many types of compensation have to be discussed, including:

Hourly wages

  • Piecework rates
  • Fringe benefits such as pensions and health care

What hours will the employees have to work? When will breaks and meal periods be? Almost any working condition of interest to employees might also be on the table. The expansive number of issues requires drawn-out negotiations. These talks may go on for weeks or months, as the sides try to resolve the different topics.

 

On the other hand, many of the bargaining subjects allow the sides to trade issues in ways that allow expanding the overall pie and maximize the joint return involved. Corporations should concede issues union leaders value more for topics management officials prefer. This permits the negotiating parties to seek win-win results that satisfy the underlying interests of both sides.

 

The multi[-]factor aspects of collective bargaining interactions make the need for thorough pre-negotiation preparation especially important. Both labor and management negotiators should sit down with the people on their respective sides before meeting with the other side. This is a chance to decide which items need to be addressed and to ascertain their priorities. Which terms are vital; which are important; and which are desirable?

 

The teams should decide which lower value issues they are prepared to trade for preferred terms. Which topics should the team plan to raise first, and which later? Most negotiators favor starting interactions with less significant subjects. The hope is to reach tentative agreements on these topics before moving on to more important issues. This allows the team to focus initially on areas subject to joint gains while preparing to create a psychological commitment to final accords.

 

As the team approaches more controversial topics, those terms don’t seem as difficult as they would have had the teams begun talks with these subjects. In addition, neither side wants to see their prior tentative agreements disappear through a work stoppage. Therefore, both teams become more accommodating with respect to the controversial terms.

 

There will always be distributive negotiating items that both sides value. These issues generally entail monetary terms. However, even in this area, negotiators may be able to expand the pie and simultaneously enhance their respective positions. This can be achieved if negotiators are willing to think outside the box and seek innovative solutions. For example, if profits have been decreasing, a company may offer workers a bonus instead of a pay increase. The employees get the benefit of the cash payments, but the base pay rates remain unchanged.

 

Companies dealing with increasing health costs could agree to larger deductibles and co-payments instead of higher employee premiums. Employee health care premiums are a difficult subject for union officials, since all workers see an immediate reduction in their take-home pay. On the other hand, increased deductibles and co-payments are more palatable. This is because these considerations only affect workers when they become ill. People are so relieved to have health coverage that they have less difficulty accepting the greater deductibles and co-payments.

 

One factor that makes collective bargaining encounters different relates to the political nature of union officials. These officials are elected leaders who generally hope for re-election. Management officials who have not taken a negotiation skills course too often forget this critical factor. As a result, these officials can embarrass their union equivalents in a public way.”

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“Nearly every day for weeks, a white-haired man in a wheelchair, his body ravaged by diabetes and heart disease, has been escorted under heavy guard from a Texas jail cell to an interview room to speak about evil.

 

Day by day, the authorities say, he has recounted details of long-ago murders: faces, places, the layouts of small towns. He has described how he picked up vulnerable women from bars, nightclubs and along streets and strangled them to death in the back seat of his car.

 

The man, Samuel Little, 78, has confessed to more than 90 murders, investigators say, stretching back almost half a century. Mr. Little already is serving three life sentences for the murders of three Los Angeles women during the 1980s, but the authorities suspect him of killing women in at least 14 states. Investigators say they have established Mr. Little’s ties to about 30 of the murders so far, and have little reason to doubt his confessions.

 

[Read More: F.B.I. says Samuel Little is most prolific serial killer in U.S. History]

 

“By the time we are done, we anticipate that Samuel Little will be confirmed as one of the most prolific serial killers in American history,” said Bobby Bland, the district attorney of Ector County, Tex., where Mr. Little is being held after a grand jury indicted him this summer for a 1994 killing.

 

Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, was convicted of 49 murders in Washington State during the 1980s and 1990s, the highest number of murder convictions for an American serial killer.

 

How a serial murderer could go on killing for years, apparently without anyone noticing a pattern, seems perplexing. But even the most effective police departments solve only about three-quarters of homicides, meaning that thousands of people get away with murder each year. Also, the killings Mr. Little is said to have admitted to occurred in a wide range of counties and states. Many of the women whom Mr. Little is believed to have killed were poor and addicted to drugs, alcohol, or both — a group of people that often are not reported missing for weeks and sometimes receive fewer investigative resources than others.


It was DNA evidence collected over years in the criminal justice system that first connected Mr. Little to several women who had been killed. Then, this year, a Texas Ranger named James Holland visited Mr. Little in a Los Angeles County prison and succeeded in winning his confidence, the authorities said. The stories began to tumble out, setting off a transfer to Texas and a frenzy of visits from investigators with cold cases from all over the nation.

 

Part of Mr. Little’s impetus for talking now, investigators say, is that he seems to prefer the Ector County jail to the noisy, often chaotic environment of a Los Angeles County prison. Investigators who have spoken to him say he also appears to enjoy the attention he is receiving as he recites details only a killer would know, after decades of discussing them with no one.

 

Officials in Texas said Mr. Little would not be made available for an interview for this article, and a public defender who recently represented him declined to comment.

 

As the weeks have passed and new cases and details have emerged, more than a dozen local investigators, along with the F.B.I., have flocked to Texas to speak to Mr. Little in person.

 

The authorities say Mr. Little displays no sign of remorse while discussing the killings. He is exacting with certain details, they say, including where he left the women’s bodies years ago: A dumpster, near a hog pit, under a pecan tree. The investigators say he is matter-of-fact about his actions, and sometimes even chuckles about them; other times, they said, he speaks so quickly, with such excitement, that they struggle to understand his words.

 

“Believe it or not, you only see evil a few times in your career,” said Tim Marcia, a cold case detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, who dealt with Mr. Little on the three killings he was convicted of there. “Looking into his eyes, I would say that was pure evil.”

 

In many ways, the investigation into Mr. Little began in earnest in 2012 when Detective Marcia and his partner, Detective Mitzi Roberts, tracked him down at a homeless shelter in Kentucky after his DNA had been found to match two Los Angeles murder victims from the 1990s.

 

At the time, Mr. Little had served fewer than 10 years in prison, though he had amassed nearly 100 arrests in numerous states over more than 50 years. The charges included kidnapping, rape and armed robbery.

 

“He got off over and over and over again,” said Beth Silverman, the Los Angeles County prosecutor who ultimately won three murder convictions against Mr. Little. “There are a lot of agencies around the country that dropped the ball on this case.”

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Samuel Little during a hearing in Los Angeles in 2014. Credit…Nick Ut/Associated Press

 

Ms. Silverman and others say the killings were sexually motivated, but she also said that Mr. Little takes offense at being called a rapist. He says erectile problems make that impossible. But he is believed to have raped some of his victims, and Mr. Little’s semen has been found on some of the women’s nude bodies or on their clothing.

 

“The way he gets sexual gratification is during the strangulation,” Ms. Silverman said.

 

During his interrogation of Mr. Little in October, Sgt. Michael Mongeluzzo, a detective in Marion County, Fla. — where Mr. Little has confessed to killing 20-year-old Rosie Hill in 1982 — said he had been astonished by Mr. Little’s ability to recall various specific details about the 36-year-old crime.

 

“It’s scary the clarity he has about certain things after all this time,” Sergeant Mongeluzzo said. “He remembers names and faces.”

 

Mr. Little, detectives say, is a charismatic psychopath who would brutally beat his victims before strangling them. A former boxer, he punched with such force that when he struck one of his victims in the abdomen he broke her spine, according to the autopsy report.

 

Sergeant Mongeluzzo said he had wondered aloud during the interrogation how Mr. Little had managed to avoid arrest for so long. Mr. Little, he said, had an answer.

 

“I can go into my world and do what I want to do,” Mr. Little said, according to Sergeant Mongeluzzo, describing neighborhoods around the nation where poverty, drug addiction and unsolved murders are common. “I won’t go into your world.”

 

Mr. Little has told investigators that his mother had been — in his words — “a lady of the night.”

 

But many other details about his childhood are unclear, although investigators said he may have been born in jail during one of his mother’s arrests. He was raised mostly by one of his grandmothers in Ohio.

 

In Opelousas, La., a town of 16,000, Donald Thompson, the police chief, said he has been haunted by a killing for years.

 

In January 1996, the naked body of Melissa Thomas, 24, the cousin of Mr. Thompson’s wife, was found under a pecan tree in a small cemetery behind a Baptist church.

 

At the time, Mr. Thompson was the department’s lead investigator on the case. He said he always suspected the killer had been an outsider because no one in the tight[-]knit town had any information.

 

Last month, Chief Thompson got a call from Texas that Mr. Little had confessed to the murder, and he sent one of his detectives, Sgt. Crystal LeBlanc.

 

Over two hours, Sergeant LeBlanc found that Mr. Little knew the town’s streets, its bars, the location of the little church cemetery.

 

Mr. Little told Sergeant LeBlanc that he met Ms. Thomas on a street and they drove to the cemetery to use drugs. He said when they moved into the back seat to have sex, he began to stroke her neck and Ms. Thomas became alarmed.

 

“He said that she said: ‘Why do you keep touching my neck? Are you a serial killer?’” Sergeant LeBlanc said.

 

Mr. Little said he became so enraged that he strangled her to death, according to Sergeant LeBlanc.

 

Toward the end of the interview, Sergeant LeBlanc said she asked about Mr. Little’s religious beliefs. They spoke about the nature of sin. He told her he had no need to fear God.

 

“He said God made him this way, so why should he ask for forgiveness?” she said. “He said God knew everything he did.”…”

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“On September 10, 2011 NASA launched the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) satellites on a mission to the Moon. GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B are nearly identical spacecraft, except that B is designed to follow A around the Moon in the same orbit. The Lunar Gravity Ranging System will measure the distance bet-ween the two spacecraft, watching for minute deflections caused by anomalous mass concentrations or mass deficits beneath the Moon’s surface.

 

In the image at the top of the page, anomalous areas of increased and decreased expectations were mapped by the Lunar Prospector in 1998-1999. Any-thing in yellow indicates what computer models of the Moon predicted. Red and purple mean that there is a higher gravity field than expected, while blue and green indicate a lower field. On the left, red concentrations that do not correspond to simulations do correspond to the great maria, or “seas” on the Moon. The five largest are Mare Imbrium, Mare Serenitatus, Mare Crisium, Mare Humorum and Mare Nectaris. On the right, or the farside of the Moon, circular areas of lower gravity can be seen.

 

There is a major elevation difference between the two hemispheres, as well. The nearside of the Moon is flat, with vast maria, whereas the farside is dominated by mountains and is heavily cratered. This considerable dichotomy is reminiscent of the planet Mars.

 

In previous Picture of the Day articles, the north and south poles of Mars were contrasted. The south pole on Mars is covered with dust and debris greater in area than the State of Texas, about 430,000 square kilometers. There are thousands of craters at every scale: from the largest crater in the Solar System, Hellas Basin, to those too small to see with the highest resolution cameras.

 

The north pole of Mars might be considered a crater in itself, since, as terrain mapping instruments in orbit reveal, the northern latitudes are six kilometers below the mean elevation of the planet. Perhaps the central plateau at the pole is the “central peak” of a vast circular formation?

 

This correspondence to similar features on the Moon is striking. It could be that both Mars and the Moon experienced the same kind of forces at some period. Were those forces the result of impacts by rocky bodies, vulcanism, or flowing water emptying from now long-extinct oceans? Could they actually have come from a source that is rarely considered by planetary scientists: electricity?

 

Electric Universe theorists presuppose that planets and moons exist within a Solar System that could have been more electrically energetic in the past. Each celestial object is insulated within an individual charge sheath. However, if those sheaths touch, electric charge can be exchanged. Those electromagnetic exchanges are what might have created what we see today.

 

Magnetic anomalies on the Moon exhibit high albedo material also associated with areas of crustal magnetism imprinted on the lunar surface. It is probable that the magnetic and mass anomalies are related.

 

When electric arcs pass around a body like the Moon, as it oscillates up and down in an electromagnetic field, they erode material from it. At some time in the recent past, a flow of electric charge appears to have impinged upon the Moon, removing material from one hemisphere (nearside) and depositing it on the other (far[-]side).

 

Plasma discharges that linger before jumping to another location will excavate a crater while melting the surrounding material. Electrons are yanked toward the center of the discharge channel, ripping apart the rocks and dragging the neutral material along with them. Finely divided dust is then sucked up into the vortex channel and ejected into space. This explains why the bottoms of the lunar maria are smooth and flat, with little or no blast debris. Subsurface electric currents tend to melt and concentrate matter, which may also explain why there are mass anomalies associated with the maria.

 

Since the hemispheres and not the poles of the Moon are where the most intense activity seems to have occurred, it is not beyond consideration that the Moon is no longer in its original orientation with respect to Earth. What we call the near and far sides of the Moon might once have been the two polar regions. Stephen Smith”

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“In the storage yards, the cylinders are subject to corrosion. The integrity of the cylinders must therefore be monitored and the painting must be refreshed from time to time. This maintenance work requires moving of the cylinders, causing further hazards from breaching of corroded cylinders, an from handling errors.

 

As a worst-case scenario, the crash of an airplane into a cylinder yard must be assumed. If cylinders are involved in long-lasting fires, large amounts of UF6 can be released within a short time. If the whole contents of a cylinder is released during a fire, lethal air concentrations of toxic substances can occur within distances of 500 to 1,000 meters.

 

Civilian uses of depleted uranium

Historically, uranium has been used as a colouring matter in pottery. More recent civilian uses include the use of uranium as a steel-alloying constituent, and the use of several uranium compounds in chemical processes, for example as a catalyst. For its high density of 18.9 g/cm 3 (67% higher than that of lead and slightly lower than that of tungsten), uranium can be used in dense metal applications such as counterweights or flywheels. For example, the first 550 Boeing 747 aircrafts built utilized depleted uranium weights for mass balance of outboard elevator and upper rudder assemblies. But this us of depleted uranium in the form of uranium metal also included drawbacks: over 20% of these weights were corroded at each major aircraft overhaul and had to be reprocessed, although nickel and cadmium plated. In more recent aircraft designs, however, the use o counterweights has been minimized due to advanced design technology.

 

During the production process of uranium metal applications, the pyrophoric behavior of small uranium metal particles constitutes a problem. These particles , such as finely divided metallic saw turnings and chips, sawdust, and abrasive saw sludge are capable of spontaneous ignition, and have caused many incidents. Inhalation of dust from fires involving uranium metal can cause high radiation doses.

 

Another possible use of depleted uranium based on its high density is the use in radiation shields: though an alpha-radioactive material itself, it is suitable for shielding penetrating gamma-radiation better than lead.

For all of the uses mentioned, it doesn’t matter other than for use as nuclear fuel, that the uranium is depleted in uranium-235.

 

To date, none of the civilian uses of depleted uranium has brought an appreciable decrease of the existing stockpiles of this material. In the US, however, the Department of Energy (DOE), urge by the increasing maintenance problems of its cylinder yards, is now preforming the first steps towards a large scale civilian use of depleted uranium. The DOE’s preferred alternative for management of its 560,000-metric tonne stockpile is to us the entire inventory of material in the form of metal or oxide, mainly for radiation shielding in casks for spent fuel and high level waste, but also for other industrial uses to be developed. The depleted uranium, now contained at a few sites, would then be dispersed over a wide range of products. The DOE now plans to build two plants to convert the UF6 to more stable forms that could be manufactured to marketable products or used for disposal, at costs of nearly $200 million each.

 

Long-term storage or disposal

The portion of the depleted uranium for which no use can be identified must be disposed of, or must be safely stored in the long term for possible uses. According to the nuclear industry, changes in the market or new enrichment technologies might allow for an economical recovery of the residual uranium-235 still contained in the depleted uranium in the future.

For long-term storage or disposal, the depleted UF6 must be converted to  less reactive chemical form: candidates are UF4, U3O8, and UO2, UF4 has the advantage of being easily reconvertible to UF6, while U3O8 is the most stable form, also existing as a natural mineral.”

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“As of May 31, 2019, the nation’s operating nuclear power fleet will drop to 97 units with the permanent closure of the Pilgrim nuclear power station in Plymouth, MA.  The Pilgrim closure further reduced the number of General Electric Mark I boiling water reactors operating in the US to 20 units. The four reactor units at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power station destroyed by multiple hydrogen explosions and reactor core meltdowns following the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011 were all the same GE design and construction.

 

Congratulations to Pilgrim Watch, Cape Downwinders and the many others who have struggled over decades to end the threat of a Pilgrim nuclear accident and stop the generation of more nuclear waste that is still without env[i]ronmental justice and  a scientifically accepted long-term management plan.

 

The vigilance of public interest and environmental groups watchdogging the nuclear industry and its captured federal regulators will need to remain on guard as the operative atomic threat from Pilgrim now shifts from the danger of a reactor meltdown to a storage pond sitting atop the reactor building densely packed with super-hot irradiated nuclear fuel. There, the high-level radioactive waste will need to thermally cool in the storage pool before the assemblies are loaded—shielded underwater—into storage canisters, sealed, drained and filled with pressurized helium gas essential to passive cooling into the future. Each loaded cask weighing well over a hundred tons will then be moved from the pool and lowered by crane down a six-story equipment shaft in the reactor building and towed to an onsite area for indefinite storage. This is the first major step in a decommissioning pro-cess as proposed to begin with the transfer of ownership from Entergy to a newly formed decommissioning contractor, Holtec International, that also manufactures the casks. The license transfer is being scrutinized by the Massachusetts Attorney General and Pilgrim Watch in a legal intervention before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission over Holtec’s financial accountability and the safety of its plan to significantly accelerate the decommissioning of the reactor for completion in eight years. Holtec would take title to the uncertain future of its hazardous nuclear waste storage casks.  The NRC is still deliberating on its decision.

 

WBUR Boston prepared a timeline chronicling some of Pilgrim’s operating history. Of note, Pilgrim’s history is notorious for the cancer studies and findings its operation and radioactive releases prompted. The Massachusetts Department of Pub-lic Health’s “Southeastern Massachusetts Public Health Study” (1990) looked at 22 towns around the nuke and correlated a four-fold increase in a rare adult leukemia in the population living most immediately within four miles of the atomic power plant, and who were exposed to increased radiation releases occurring between 1972-1974. Another study by Dr. Richard Clapp, then with the Massachusetts State Cancer Registry, found a two-fold increase in hemotopoietic (immune cells) cancer in communities immediately around Pilgrim from 1982-1984. These were just the cancers and sicknesses identified as attributable to atomic power by clinical study. Don’t be fooled—radiation causes cancer. All atomic power stations release harmful radiation routinely and accidentally.”

 

I have peRsonally been inside and saw what is not-so-pRescient to the thRee nucleaR-MoleculaR: weapons of humankind’s annihilation “contexts”. The Reason I designated, in 1961, was to continue to infoRm what is beyond geneRalization on Radiation, on Radionuclides, on NPP’s and on weaponizations–especially becauZ I knew of uRanium-238. My involvements w aRtes ‘n Philosophy staRted in gRad-school seminaRs at U.C. Davis and califoRnia Institute of Technology, also that year–1969.

 

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