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How Violence in Ukraine Could Lead to Nuclear Disaster

By Stanley Heller, Truthdig, Mar 21, 2015

Do you know about the maps that traumatized the baby-boom generation? In the ’50s and ’60s, the civil defense authorities in the United States made maps showing the effect of a nuclear bomb blast on a city. In the illustrations, there would be a central core representing the incineration zone and then ever-widening circles representing the total destruction of buildings, the partial destruction of them, the fireball radius, the radiation radius and so on. The point was to encourage you to build nuclear shelters in your basement.

In the Internet Age, you can go one better. Alex Wellerstein, assistant professor of science and technology studies at the Stevens Institute of Technology, has developedan interactive... read more

Symposium Summary

Streamed video of the Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction is available online at: http://totalwebcasting.com/view/?id=hcf

Here’s a rundown:

Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction

February 28 – March 1, 2015

A unique, two-day symposium at which an international panel of leading experts in disarmament, political science, existential risk, artificial intelligence, anthropology, medicine, nuclear weapons and other nuclear issues.

A project of The Helen Caldicott Foundation

DAY ONE: Saturday, February 28

Opening Remarks
Dr. Helen Caldicott

Theodore Postol
Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy, MIT – Striving for Armageddon

Max Tegmark
Professor of Physics, MIT – Artificial Intelligence and the Risk of Accidental Nuclear War

Alan Robock
Distinguished Professor, Department Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University – Nuclear Famine and Nuclear Winter: Climatic Effects of Nuclear War, Catastrophic Threats... read more

Solartopia Green Power And Wellness Hour

Harvey Wasserman’s Green Power Wellness Show on the Progressive Radio Network embraces “views with a Solartopian vision of the people’s politics, ecology, holistic health and much more.”

Dr. Caldicott was interviewed by Harvey Wasserman for his podcast Solartopia Green Power And Wellness Hour on 17 February 2015.

“Helen begins with a disturbing discussion of actions in Ukraine and the threat to the 15 atomic reactors still operating there. She warns that the death toll from Chernobyl has climbed over a million and that the western campaign to “back Putin into a corner” is fraught with danger.

She also recalls seeing the film classic ON THE BEACH as a teenager and the impact it had, leading her to show it again at the upcoming symposium.” ... read more

Radio Ecoshock

Alex Smith interviewed Dr. Caldicott for this one hour weekly program on 10 February 2015.

In Spring of 2012 the show was broadcast by 60 college and community stations, in the United States and Canada, plus one commercial station (KNEW 960 San Francisco). In the UK, Radio Ecoshock plays on Resonance FM, London.

Radio Ecoshock is also broadcast by satellite (Star Choice 845), by cable (in British Columbia, Canada), by podcast, and downloads from our site, http://www.ecoshock.org.

Ecoshock is provided free to all radio stations. It contains no advertising, does not push any politcal party, business, or group views. The program is funded by the host, Alex Smith.

Alex Smith is a long-time environmental activist, former reporter, one-time private investigator, father,... read more

Survival Sunday 1979

This is the third of six reels of airchecks from the live performance and broadcast of Survival Sunday, a “no nukes” rally held at the Hollywood Bowl on June 10, 1979.

This reel contains: Dr. Helen Caldicott (3:21-3:33); Joan Baez (3:33-3:47); announcements (4:15); Graham Nash (4:15-4:34).

As relevant today as it was then.

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Nuclear Hotseat Podcast

Dr. Helen Caldicott shares compelling reasons why she decided to produce her upcoming Symposium on the Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction, and gives us a glimpse as to the importance in her life of the film, “On the Beach.”

Listen to the podcast online or download for later listening: http://www.nuclearhotseat.com/2387/

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nuclear-news Symposium Special

nuclear-news, the website that publishes “The News That Matters about the Nuclear Industry”, is featuring the Symposium during February. Each week, it profiles four of the speakers, with photos and videos (where available).

This is a terrific initiative and we thank Christina Macpehrson and her team for their staunch support. Do take the time to visit the site: http://nuclear-news.net/.

More details about the Symposium are available by clicking here.

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