Created; 02-11-2022, changed; 25-11-2022, 26-11-2022
The threat of limited nuclear war in Europe has returned, it never went away but we could instead allow and encourage arms conversion to peaceful uses. Teach children to resolve their conflicts and cultivate peace between our own and the people of the world. Celebrate good things such as our health and social services and fund them better so they have slack in them rather than be one of the cheaper in the first world. Rediscover our ability to make and enjoy things made last. Appreciate the, by chance, and for a long time, the planet has been right for life to develop eventually symbiotic relationships so that life now more and more but just about keeps the planet's environment stable for life. But it seems more misunderstanding is being sown between people, than was the case 50 years ago, people are more remote from war, that is World Wars 1 and 2 are a long time ago now. They were different to modern wars in that a lot of people died or the war was conducted on home grounds against all of us. American nuclear weapons in Europe may be described as for Limited War, Strategic, Theatre, or Tactical but are unlikely to be limited to just UK and Europe nuclear missiles being smaller is misleading they are still very big. Nuclear winter would more easily be the outcome than thought in the 1980s and would be triggered by 40 warheads which could be launched by one missile such as from a British nuclear submarine by consent of the USA.
Little tolerance of diversity by us may mean the final demise of soviet Russia imminently?
In a conventional sense US nuclear weapon since the 1980s based in places like Germany have no counter reply to possibility by the USSR. Early in the 1980s Perishing 2 was deployed in Germany and had a flight time of just five minutes to their targets in the USSR. USSR's reply would take 20 minutes to land in the USA and blow up its targets, the old ICBMs USSR used to have taken a number of hours to fuel first unlike the sold fuel ICBMs USA had. Similarly, Cruise missiles would fly for a number of hours undetected and then have a very high chance, as all the other new US weapons had, of destroying nuclear missile silos that had not already launched missiles. USSR also developed SS20 missiles similar to cruise missiles, but these could not retaliate against the USA but only against us in Europe and the UK but with very high accuracy also similarly. A victory for the peace movement was that Cruise missiles were withdrawn but that was a hollow victory, parts were reused, and many more mobile ground-launched missiles were deployed in the 1990s. It is still very silly logic, particularly to push Russian Federation that its government seems with good reason to be nervous, with 14 countries with US-controlled weaponry pointing at it. Arms reduction did occur during the 1990s although new weapons were then and are now being brought to Europe over the past decade.
Soviet magazine cartoon about 1956 of the USSR's military generals eating excessively at the Soviet canteen table whilst all the other tables of government services, health etc. starve.
NATO was formed in 1949 but the USSR was refused entry and they subsequently formed the Warsaw Pact in 1955.
In the 1950s USA had the only then overwhelming superiority using B52 bombers armed with nuclear warheads but USSR developed some Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles and had superior rocket technology. At that time the nuclear warheads were very big the tests did a lot of damage which was not all settled and compensated for, the nuclear winter was not known about although electromagnetic pulse was understood and anecdote says the USSR had prepared for it by using valve technology which tends to spark but not break (somewhat capacitors and resistors also have their voltage limits). In 1963 agreement was made to stop testing nuclear bombs in the atmosphere by USA and USSR, this of cause does not resolve the question of why every other country should not have nuclear weapons to make them also so-called safe? A comprehensive test ban treaty never came into force but no major country has carried out nuclear bomb tests since the 1990s. Finally, Nuclear weapons became illegal in January 2021. But countries have not complied with but have reinterpreted these international laws, there had been many steps leading to this such as an international judgement in 2000 by World court judges that could not foresee a legal use of nuclear weapons. No First Use, A campaign to have states state that they will not use nuclear weapons first has been running for many decades.
My personal view which is not widely said or admitted to is that US President Trump (2017-2021) held the USA's military back from interference using negotiation and meeting with leaders instead (Such as Kim Jong-un of North Korea, and Vladimir Putin of Russia). His period of less interference by the USA in the world allowed important international peace treaties to also be signed. The problem is Donald Trump's vulgar and offensive manner and his aggressive business reputation has been used against him by those whose intentions are worse.
President Jimmy Carter is widely recognised as kind and a peace-maker in the world but nuclear weapons were deployed in Europe for war under his feet (whilst he was in office). Similarly, President Barak Obama promised much but he seemed to have been too nice despite getting a Nobel prize proved to be ineffective. Princess Dianna's campaign to ban landmines was effective, Olof Palme the former Swedish Prime Minister's commission to making a nuclear-free zone in Europe the proposal was well supported by other countries but got little media coverage. Various Generals around the world against nuclear weapons including Earl Mount Batten had switched from plotting against the Labour government to being vehemently against nuclear weapons.
People are losing the ability to talk, debate and listen;
In one of the big shops in Tunbridge Wells the guy on the till was playing a game involving names of fruit and veg via the shop's internal radio communication system, this is fine, there are many well-educated people being creative outside of work. I find that all till operators are polite, will spend a momentary time of day to comment and assist with your buying, and draw people to their till consequently. The automatic machines don't do that, and I don't like them, but my mum used to like them, if you re-scan enough times the machine beeps, a manager runs about, and my mum then goes to the till and complains about the machine not working leaving the store with a big naughty grin.
Social skills, working and playing in cooperation are important, but I see less and less of them. The Labour Party, and the Unions, used to make a point of teaching parliamentary rules of order, but I observe this is much less so everywhere. I get the impression that the Parliamentary Conservative government are in a bad state with very public argument, but this makes news and the media of cause like to promote that regardless of how harmful it is, and counter to any duty to scrutinise and improve government. I do not think the Labour Party is in a healthy state it lets itself be bounced into expelling people when they quote historical truths and support oppressed people in their own homelands such as Palestine. The leaderships of significant political parties self-sensor more strictly than if they were challenged by reasoned argument. By comparison, United States American citizens (when I visited New York) use British Roberts Rules of Order widely and these rule books can be purchased easily.
I have worked for small companies mostly, but I have worked for big companies and seen very poor design work at job interviews with quite prestigious companies that employ the top marked students from universities. They also need the boys and girls who made and disassembled things from perhaps before they went to school and know how to make things work. The understanding of electromagnetic fields which is to do with radio interference is very important and can be missing, if the circuit simply does the job without additional components and a good PCB layout, it won't do that job well. I have also worked for a big German-owned company it was an efficient and nice company to work for and different to an English company. I have also worked for a short time for a company that could not design new equipment any more and a few bullies had settled in to resist change that would have exposed those bullies' incompetence.
Teachers, professionals, and old guys like me that end up fixing or making things right in the first place need to be learnt from (either listen to or watch what they do) but the teacher be permitted to teach a general education the student then knows how to ask and learn for the rest of there lives.
I don't see or trust people to vote for sensible government the BBC and the other media lead enough people badly. There were periods in the 1960s and under Mrs Thatcher and Mr Gorbachev in the 1980s eventually governments did reduce the threat of nuclear war. Following the fall of the Soviet Union Boris Yeltsin (1991-1999) probably gave away too much leaving Russians isolated, bullied and strategically important land outside of the Soviet Union and did not negotiate the former Soviet countries be no weapons zones. They probably had no options to negotiate with and the country fell into corruption making a lot of friends in the USA, UK and other places. The following Russian Federation Government Vladimir Putin (2000 to present) is much more nervous, understandably, but stands up against the anarchy following the fall of the USSR, hence his stronger-sounding words always. I have not seen a British government working and for a long time Conservative governments look very broken, the rules of debate are not used and the division apparent consequently is evidently what the people vote for.
Evidently, if governments don't govern then military interests will profit to our detriment. The Ukraine war is about destroying the Russian Federation Government, evidently, a continuation of policy against most other countries not conforming to capitalist systems. Some would have continued after Germany was defeated to turn on our big ally the USSR. Animosity was cultivated against the USSR over the next three years after the end of WW2 and they were called the enemy instead. The US military tricked USSR into excessive military expense. It has always been necessary for the government to hold the vested interests back in doing that, but President Biden is not doing it sadly for the environment, and people of Europe in and surrounding the conflict. I don't think there is any deep thinking, perhaps only that something seems to turn up and we survive, or that a bit of nuclear winter and population reduction by war will postpone the problem would be, okay? The first model that worked was TTAPS in 1983, which warned of nuclear winter but also led to much better modelling of climate change, and predicted heating rather than another ice age coming, and this is due to man-made pollution. The pollution is poisonous and kills many more people than road crashes and causes a high proportion of health services costs, but the warnings are needed and need to be headed more seriously.
Life on Earth has evolved to manage the temperature with greater stability despite the sun being 30% hotter than when life on earth started about 3.8 billion years ago. Fungi moved to the land and animals developed oxygen stabilised. See; The Entire History of the Earth on YouTube.com explains how simpler life forms may have started more widely and briefly possibly as nearby as Mars. Life has never been created in a laboratory for example. The Gaia system we have and life that has advanced so far as it has, might be unique in our Milky Way galaxy, is the view of some scientists. Life on Earth will revert to simpler forms, go dormant and peter out slowly over the next two billion years as the water is lost. Douglas Adams said the complex life we have on Earth could be unique in the Universe.
The mushroom network underground is like the brain but connects over a large distance of the mushroom that can be a number of square kilometres. The peaceful nature of people taking psychotropic mushrooms or plants makes it easier for the police to deal with than drunk people, but those passive people don't fight wars willingly.
- Decarbonize the military — mandate emissions reporting - Armed forces have a massive carbon footprint that is absent from global accounting; https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-03444-7
- The military doesn't have to report their emissions but chose to seriously under-report them. Recent studies find US military pollution is more than there most polluting other countries and UK military pollution is more than many of the more polluting countries.
- I understand that despite what is commonly said large wind turbines have a much more constant supply of wind at the greater height they work. In addition, the airflow is more uniform, so the horizontal usually three-blade types are more efficient. But they don't work in a cyclone. HVDC grids are expensive and technically difficult but very efficient and one million-volt DC grids can transport electricity across a continent. But we are not going to limit temperature rise to 1.5'C so the Earth will get hotter, the sea will rise, and fewer of the people and places that feed and supply the first world will survive.
- If basic income or other means people had enough money to buy and keep well-made things, then the environmental pressure caused by wastage being profitable could be reduced. This is how things were made until 1960 which seems to be the point where this changed, Raleigh Bicycles were not guaranteed forever anymore or made to last 100 years.
Designed to wear out or become obsolete seemed to start in 1960. The era was changing.
Sinclair never said what they made was junk whereas Gerald Ratner said his jewellery was crap and his jewellery chain of shops went out of business soon after. Language has more force than physical feeling and seeing for ourselves. The term post-modernism is the term for this. Shops preferred selling Sinclair over Commodore calculators because the former was more profitable, and Sinclair supported the product well. The American product was and still is very much nicer, very clear reliable keypad so you can type a formula without looking at the display and then press = and the answer is right. My SR9190R is very reliable and comprehensive some of the statistical functions are complex with the different parts of the answer placed in different memories. The earlier models had a larger vacuum fluorescent display. American, European and other countries have maintained higher expectations for what they buy generally, and their people keep them longer.
These changes to a sort of maturing after the Empire, have not occurred or were stopped. But the interest is popular and occurred with the rise of the Momentum Labour and Green Party’s 2015 - 2019. This requires inspiration as happened and was led by people as much as the government during and after World War 2. So, what does Russia have the first world wants more cheaply than by using trade? Perhaps it is nuclear materials? Following the current dash for nuclear once again.
Dale Vince of Ecotricity supported Momentum Labour and the nationalisation of the energy industries. If influential people support it, it will work. If ordinary people support it we won’t hear much about it, unfortunately.
It seems that the British love having foreign companies run services so they can bash them particularly if they do what they do well rather than badly. I observed this, particularly when Connex Southeast ran the trains in my region, they were good but bashed publicly for being French but their response to complaints was buried in lots of erroneous complaints. It seems whoever runs a service has to manage the media and spin its story well rather than do its job well. This is the bigger issue; I think it is a major factor of what is called Post Modernism - words matter more than action.
Bruce Kent dies in early June 2022;
Where CND scored over other protests was not to be divided. That is non-violent-direct-action as well as those who did not want to do that were all supportive. The CND never endorsed violence racism etc. Bruce Kent visited Greenham Common and other peace camps and cut wire symbolically to be arrested but also to emphasise the point as leader of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
In 1979 Wireless World (once the magazine of the Marconi company) published a very powerful editorial Microchip and Mega Deaths, Letters came in for about 18 months one of those came from Bruce Kent on behalf of CND. This inspired many of us and Electronics for Peace was formed, and many other professional groups also formed at this time. Some of these became;
I think the green movements thought that protest was easy but made bad divisive mistakes the CND had not made there were considerable pressures the CND office was overloaded with work and doing silly things but in 1980 membership was doubling every few months I think going past 500,000 from perhaps 10,000 members in a few years.
- 10,000s of the missionaries went native in past centuries when they found things better where they were and did not come home. We can choose our future better rather than let air quality for example stay poor.”
Just for a brief while during WW2 ordinary people were billeted together, isolated from the media, and there was a mutual bond between the classes for survival so that is when that control was broken over the people. Gradually the people gave that control of their lives away. The state would not have another war on home grounds again.
A lesson from COVID;
The good things that came out of this have been the time people had with their children, cycling and a brief period of better air quality. I develop this more in my blog;
The BBC has a shallow veneer of responsible reporting, interspersed with good programme creation. They make the story such as to Google when Excite was the best search engine. Imbalance on Momentum Labour though they did correct that in the day in a token counter programme broadcast. I observe that if something they lead on does not come about then they balance it with a programme on Radio 4 during the day.
It was shown how the Bush-Gore Presidential election was fixed with unserviced machines causing holes not to be punched, ballot boxes not collected and counted the result declared before the fraud was checked. But in the USA the corruption is now hidden by invisible electronic transmission of data and Trump may well have had his victory stolen from him so that the US war machine would not be held back. In the UK, Harold Wilson was plotted against by the establishment but Mrs Thatcher was eventually plotted against, although she respected government unlike recent conservative governments and would have resigned using due process if that process had been used, undoubtedly!
Serve us, their old ruler, at the expense of their own people. The same is true in famine, where countries frantically export food, whilst their people starve, and British arms makers corrupt their governments to buy weapons. First-world countries interfere and cause conflict to keep it always so, the UK is the No. 1 exporter of weapons in recent years.
The best film of the 20th century is said to be 2001 A Space Odyssey, which is technically excellent. Film producers used to come to England in order to get the best production work for some chosen films. One of very few truly Science Fiction stories has one mistake Dave should have breathed out before crossing the vacuum of space back to Discovery. The sequel film 2010 shows cooperation between the Soviets and Americans in space exploration which did come about in the 1980s, until then The USSR led in many areas of space and rocketry their space station MIR functioned for 14 years during that time the USSR fell. It had an international team of visitors and holds many space records.
What would have saved us from the Second World War would have been to have fed and protected the starving Europeans after the First World War. King George V argued for that. Nature is not Red in Tooth and Claw but has a lot of symbioses, hybridisation and cooperation. Neither should any human system of governing need to be inefficient. That is capitalism need not be Red in Tooth and Claw. The mixed economy we had until 1979 worked well.
The pressure that the Soviet Union was put under by threat to it from us resulted surely in the successful rocket program and circling the moon and the eventual landing there although the Unions science was carried out with comparative secrecy;
Luna 9 landed on the moon successfully in 1965. Apparently, the Daily Mail reported the story and printed pictures from the moon's surface intercepted by Jodrell Bank before Russia confirmed the success. The first pictures of the dark side of the moon had been sent back to earth by Luna 3 in 1959. And an earlier Luna 2 crashed to the moon.
I was wondering what NASA was doing at the same time and I looked up the infamous Papermate pen that was used in space by NASA. Papermate launched and advertised its new pen that could write upside-down in space in 1965. Meanwhile, cosmonauts were using pencils (sensibly) but were put down. The story is a myth but illustrates fairly accurately the waste in military spending the intended spin-off from space research.
Of the highest world military spenders, Britain and United States spend the highest on military, war and hate by the proportion of land area than any other country this is profitable for a few, but it is likely that the majority of people look the other way but think a few crumbs from the business of spreading hate and selling weapons is still a lot of crumbs for us. The Soviet Union was refused entry to NATO, and it embarked on an almost crippling programme of military spending and developed an Intercontinental Ballistic missile during the 1950s. This was counter to the USA's claimed superiority in being able to destroy the Soviet Union with its vast force of B52 bombers.
People support war and blame governments that conduct them for them;I am disappointed that so few signed the petition below and the parliamentary one is now closed but 38 degrees is still running. My wording is very similar to what Jeremy Corbyn said on behalf of the Labour Party. I think it is evidence that people still support the Bush/Blair wars, and that parliament was correct to vote for war even if it was mostly Conservative MPs who voted for such a war.
People wanted a scapegoat for the actions they also wanted. I think it is more likely that the media make and spin popular conversation one way then the other way. The USA and UK invade and cause more conflict in the world than any other countries and have done for centuries.
The Soviet pencil and the multi-million-dollar pen anecdote is well known and the problem seen of military spending on such a vast scale is mostly turned into no functional or useless output. Atoms for peace was coined by General D. Eisenhower in order to produce nuclear warheads not to produce electricity. Britain’s first nuclear power station, Calder Hall, was switched on to the grid by the Queen but it never produced electricity. It is debatable if nuclear warheads are fitted and armed in reality the number of near misses and accidents and cock-ups happening should have, by now, but has not led to nuclear contamination or nuclear detonation.
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