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Doomsday Clock ticking but prediction remains difficult

By Tom Switzer, Sydney Morning Herald, 30 January 2018

For seven decades, the Chicago-based Bulletin of Atomic Scientists group has kept a symbolic device called the Doomsday Clock. Its purpose is to warn humankind about the prospects of apocalypse.

At the onset of the Cold War, in 1947, the clock was set at seven minutes to midnight. Midnight, of course, means the moment we’re all annihilated. Ever since, the minute hand has yo-yoed between two and 17 minutes before catastrophe. It wavers in accordance with the judgment of prominent scientists and strategists about the state of global order. For instance, the clock’s hand was pushed forward to two minutes to midnight in 1953 when the US and the Soviet Union conducted atomic tests; it was pushed... read more

Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg on Trump, press freedom and nuclear secrets on RN Breakfast

Daniel Ellsberg, the man described as the most famous whistleblower of the 20th century talks about Spielberg’s new film The Post, press freedom, Donald Trump, and why he didn’t leak thousands of top-secret nuclear war documents.

Listen to the interview with Radio National’s Fran Kelly at http://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pgjGBPMbPV?play=true.

 

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SA’s medical marvel who cheated death, defiant to the end

WHEN Vilma Taylor’s seven-month-old baby Brad was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 1964, the specialist assured her he’d be dead before long.

“They said when he was born that five years of age would be his limit,” Vilma, now 86, says. “The specialist said it was a waste of time treating these children, they all die.”

But Brad Taylor, helped by three strong women and an Australian-first heart-lung transplant, defied that prognosis to become South Australia’s most prominent advocate to find a cure for the killer genetic disease that clogs the lungs and digestive system with mucus.

He died on January 5, at 53, which sounds too young but was really a great victory. Even today, life... read more

A Hiroshima Native’s View: ‘More Missiles Will Not Save Us’

By , Honolulu Civil Beat, January 16, 2018

At 8:07 on Saturday morning, Hawaii residents woke up to an emergency alert on their cellphones:

“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

Until a second message called it a false alarm 38 minutes later, the people of Hawaii contemplated the end — the end of their lives, of their families, of essentially everything they know and love.

I am originally from Hiroshima. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park was within walking distance from my grandfather’s house.

As a family physician, I cared for Marshall Islander survivors of nuclear testing. Disaster medicine is one of my academic interests.

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Analyst: Lowballing Anti-Daesh Civilian Death Toll Likely to Fuel Hatred for US

Last week the Defense Department claimed that only 89 civilians had been accidentally killed in US air strikes against the Daesh terrorist group. However, the New York Times reported on Friday that the US air strikes against Daesh had killed 31 times as many civilians as the US military claimed.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US military’s underreporting of civilians killed by counterterrorism strikes will only fuel hatred for America worldwide, global peace activist Helen Caldicott told Sputnik.

“The US military does not count civilian deaths, those that they murdered, only US deaths,” she said. “It is Long Distance Murder and people wonder why young men are turned into so-called terrorists. What would you do if you saw your mother disintegrated before your eyes as death hurtles from the sky?”

Caldicott, founder of Physicians... read more

Are We Creeping Toward A Nuclear Disaster?

The prospect of nuclear war. How serious is it?

This hour, Australian anti-nuclear activist and writer Dr. Helen Caldicott shares her answer to that question.

We also check in with experts from the Cato Institute and UConn. And we want to hear from you.

North Korea, the U.S., Russia, China — how do you interpret the recent stream of headlines and rhetoric? Do you fear a nuclear disaster could be on the horizon?

As always, we take your calls, tweets, and emails.

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Are We ‘Sleepwalking to Armageddon’ With Nuclear Weapons?

Dr. Helen Caldicott joins Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to talk about her work opposing nuclear weapons.

Nobel Peace Prize laureates — such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Theresa, and Nelson Mandela — are people who have been recognized for their exceptional efforts to end violence and oppression around the globe.

This year, the prize goes to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The Nobel Peace Prize Committee honored ICAN for “its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”

Dr. Helen Caldicott has long spoken out about the dangerous realities of nuclear power around the globe.... read more

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