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
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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
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?”
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