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Nuclear righteousness


By Robert C. Koehler

This is American exceptionalism: “Now I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds.”

But you have to say it without the doubt, the regret — the horror — of Robert Oppenheimer, theoretical physicist extraordinaire and director of the Manhattan Project, who famously uttered these words in reference to the Trinity nuclear explosion in New Mexico’s Jornada del Muerto desert on July 16, 1945.

When you remove Oppenheimer’s moral awareness from the quote, it sounds more like: “Oh, I wouldn’t hesitate if I had the choice. I’d wipe ’em out. You’re gonna kill innocent people at the same time, but we’ve never fought a damn war anywhere in the world where they didn’t kill innocent people. . . . That’s their tough luck for being there.”

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Time-Lapse Video of Japan’s 19,349 earthquakes in 2011

By Monoroch.net

Stunning visualization and audio representation of the 19,349 earthquakes registering at least M3.0 that occurred in Japan during 2011:

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The Twin Brother of Annihilation

Nuclear Disarmament (250 x 333)By Robert C. Koehler

Tribune Media Services

“As long as a nukeless world remains wishful thinking and pastoral rhetoric, we’ll be all right.”

Pastoral rhetoric? This, from a writer who later refers to a “nuclear umbrella”?  The words are those of David Von Drehle, an editor at large for Time Magazine, who couldn’t resist a faint note of mocking arrogance as he announced his own winner of the Nobel Peace Prize: Little Boy, Fat Man and their progeny, the doomsday weapons that (not counting Hiroshima, Nagasaki and all those cancer deaths in Utah, etc.) have kept us so safe for the last 60 years.

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