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The Nuclear Option

But I set out to learn, as the data became unclassified, about just what I had seen. Here is what I found out. Operation Plumbbob was a series of twenty nine tests nearly all above ground. They had begun on May 28, 1957 with “Boltzmann” and ended on October 5 that year with “Morgan.” The series, which was the most extensive ever done at Mercury, put 58.3 million curies of radio-iodine into the atmosphere. One-thousandth of a curie is what would be used in a liver scan. The radioactivity went all over the United States, with clusters in places like Maine. It is estimated that these tests caused some 38,000 thyroid cancers leading to about 2,000 deaths. The health burden of these tests put enough pressure—despite the protests of people like Edward Teller—to bring a halt to them. The same information can be gathered from an underground test witnessed only by mechanical devices.

From: http://blogs.nybooks.com/post/467905029/a-mushroom-cloud-recollected

Much has been made over the past year and a bit over any attempt to level the playing field in the States between the haves and the have-nots.  Strangely, a number of the have-nots have spent a large amount of time working against their own interests.  This should come as no surprise from a people who would kill thousands of their own people in the name of “defense” .  That said, it seems that when a country is actively irradiating it’s people and leaving ne’er expiring death spores across itself it would at least take time out to say, hey let’s make sure that everyone can afford decent medical care.

When you see an actual medicare user rally against “government health care” you understand how insane the Generation that did this to itself really is.

The Nuclear Option

But I set out to learn, as the data became unclassified, about just what I had seen. Here is what I found out. Operation Plumbbob was a series of twenty nine tests nearly all above ground. They had begun on May 28, 1957 with “Boltzmann” and ended on October 5 that year with “Morgan.” The series, which was the most extensive ever done at Mercury, put 58.3 million curies of radio-iodine into the atmosphere. One-thousandth of a curie is what would be used in a liver scan. The radioactivity went all over the United States, with clusters in places like Maine. It is estimated that these tests caused some 38,000 thyroid cancers leading to about 2,000 deaths. The health burden of these tests put enough pressure—despite the protests of people like Edward Teller—to bring a halt to them. The same information can be gathered from an underground test witnessed only by mechanical devices.

From: http://blogs.nybooks.com/post/467905029/a-mushroom-cloud-recollected

Much has been made over the past year and a bit over any attempt to level the playing field in the States between the haves and the have-nots.  Strangely, a number of the have-nots have spent a large amount of time working against their own interests.  This should come as no surprise from a people who would kill thousands of their own people in the name of “defense” .  That said, it seems that when a country is actively irradiating it’s people and leaving ne’er expiring death spores across itself it would at least take time out to say, hey let’s make sure that everyone can afford decent medical care.

When you see an actual medicare user rally against “government health care” you understand how insane the Generation that did this to itself really is.

My Long Form Response to yet another Jingoistic Email

Not only is this Pure Unfiltered Bullcrap, but on it’s face it’s irrefutably false:

1.  The Iraqi “mess” was started by the English in the middle years “oh so long ago” after the First World War, one can be forgiven for not knowing basic history, but if it wasn’t for the Interference of the English Monarchy, there would be No Iraq.

2.  After the first Iraq War for Kuwati oil (don’t kid yourself that it wasn’t about oil, that’s all Kuwait has)   The Baathist regime in Iraq was essentially caged, and caged animals do what they do and start feeding on themselves.  Bravo!

3.  Then The British PM and George Bush Colluded to create any evidence they could to jsutify simply going into Iraq and “restoring order”  You’ll note the nice scare quotes I tossed onto that once since while The Hussein Regime was far from benign the Islamic Regime that is slowly coming in is sure to be much more Benevolent.  Right, All those tolerant Tolerant Shia Regimes all over, right?

So Bravo and three cheers for the volunteer armies who found themselves guarding oil derricks and shooting kids in their own neighborhoods.  Putting boot to ass for the cause of George Bush’s hubris and restoring the Great Satan to it’s vaunted and and long forgotten role as meddler and occupier in the Middle East!  Hip Hip Hooray!

Three Cheers for the Career soldiers who are little more than pawns of politicians who (for the vast majority) wouldn’t stand on the front themselves and say Boo!

Hip Hip Hooray for the Boys and Girls who are getting blown to bits for a few drops of oil and the Right to a nice Theocratic Regime in the former Mesopotamia.

Raise a glass for the very real possibility of a returned Caliphate in the middle east, made possible by the Soldiers of Freedom and the tanks of Liberty!

Then take your Jingoistic bullcrap and stuff it in the coffins with every boy and girl killed by some other boy defending their own country from Oil Hungry losers who treat National Defense like “Gi-Joe”

By the by, only the US omitted over One Hundred thousand troops to Iraq, the UK committed less than 30,000.  Hundreds of Thousands? That was an overestimate.

Cheers’ Good job doing the bare minimum to “support the troops” How about, instead of forwarding emails, you take a car ride down to the Veterans Hospital and spend an afternoon volunteering in the Psyche ward, those PTSD kids are a scream.

On Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 3:58 PM, Ned Wardrop <> wrote:

Angela Shaw

— On Wed, 15/7/09, Shaw, Angela <Angela.Shaw@ wrote:

From: Shaw, Angela <Angela.Shaw@l
Subject: FW: Read this as i did!! and yes i agree!! 100%
Date: Wednesday, 15 July, 2009, 11:56 AM


scotlandc4e


Iraq

Hit the nail on the head!
An incident occurred in a supermarket recently, when the following was
witnessed….


A Muslim woman dressed in a Burkha


(A black gown & face mask) was standing with her shopping in a queue at the
checkout. When it was her turn to be served, and as she reached the cashier, she made a loud remark about the
Scottish Flag lapel pin, which the female cashier was wearing on her blouse
The cashier reached up and touched the pin and said, ‘Yes, I always wear it
proudly. My son serves abroad with The forces and I wear it for him’.
The Muslim woman then asked the cashier when she was going to stop bombing
and killing her countrymen, explaining that she was Iraqi.

At that point, a Gentleman standing in the queue stepped forward, and
interrupted with a calm and gentle voice, and said to the Iraqi woman:


‘Excuse me, but hundreds of thousands of
men and women, just like this lady’s son have fought and sacrificed their Lives so that people just like YOU can stand here, in
Scotland , which is MY country and allow you to blatantly accuse an innocent check-out cashier of bombing YOUR countrymen’. ‘It is my belief that if you were allowed to be as outspoken as that in Iraq, which you claim to be YOUR country, then we wouldn’t need to be fighting there today’. ‘However – now that you have learned
how to speak out and criticise the Scottish people who have afforded
You the protection of MY country, I will gladly pay the cost of a ticket to help you pay your way back to Iraq ‘..


‘When you get there, and if you manage to
survive for being as outspoken as you are here in Scotland, then you should be able to help straighten out the mess which YOUR Iraqi countrymen have got you into in the first place, which appears to be the reason that you have come to MY country to avoid’…


Apparently the queue cheered and applauded.


IF YOU AGREE..
Pass this on to all of your proud Scottish friends..
I just did…………..!!!

Support Our Troops…..

scotlandc4e


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When someone says "The Man" do they Mean Theodore Bilbo?

From Wikipedia

Theodore Gilmore Bilbo (October 13, 1877–August 21, 1947) was an American politician. Bilbo, a Democrat, twice served as governor of Mississippi (1916–20, 1928–32) and later became a U.S. Senator (1935–47). A master of scathing filibuster and a “rough and tumble” fighter in debate, Bilbo became a synonym for white supremacy. He held unapologetic “anti-Negro” views and was a fiery defender of segregation. He was noted for his short stature (5’2″ or 157 cm), wore flashy clothing, and was nicknamed, “The Man” because he tended to refer to himself in the third person [1]

I’ve often wondered about “The Man” and his world.  Does “The Man” stride amongst us, haughty and cruel?  Does “The Man” have children?  Do you need to be rich to be “The Man”?  Can “The Man” be something other than a white conservative? All that said, who is “The Man”?  Is it simply someone if control of your life who is not a benevolent family member?  Is “The Man” simple a malevolent force for that removes control from your life?  Is it a series of unfair laws and social norms?  Does “The Man” work to keep people down, or is it simply a confluence of circumstances that allows “The Man” to remain a figure of menace?

How does one throw off the chains of “The Man”?

Old Content is Old

I spent a few hours yesterday converting old VOX posts into WordPress Posts.  These posts were also propagated to my LJ and all over my social map.  Sorry guys.

Some of the old posts have images that work, some do not.  I’ll update them as needed with original flickr content.

I skipped over a bunch of content in favor of leaving it on LJ.  So don’t expect reposts of anything that came from me between June 2007 and June 2008.  I also left out a number of QOTD posts from vox as they didn’t really say anything about me.

In total, I added nearly 100 new posts to this blog and tagged a them all with “vox” (afaik) so if you are new to my blog(s) or just want to stalk me a bit more effectivley, go ahead and look through my archives.

Thanks for visiting!

Bathgate no More … Wid Ye No send us Back a Letter?

Sometime in the far future that I can’t see now, I’ll head over the big pond with Spawn and Wife in Tow and visit the “old country” and they’ll see the dirt that spawned me; someday.

Here’s an old hit about Great Britain from my VOX Blog:

There are disused lots and fields all over the outskirts of
your home town. Somewhere there is the graveyard of a disused factory
or farm. When you were young, did you go and check it out? Did you
investigate the remains of a former workplace or home?

When I
was a teenager, and visiting Scotland, my friend Stuart and I dissected
the remains of Industrial and postwar Scotland as it appeared around
Bathgate. We dug through old paperwork in a broken farmhouse, climbed
stairs that hadn’t seend feet in 20 years and destroyed (through
misadventure) a wall that had been built before Churchill had walked on
the planet. We had our hands in the guts of living and dead history.
You’d have thought I was going to be an anthropologist or archaeologist
of some stripe the way I immersed myself in the past. Arms deep as it
were.

We squatted in those fields and with our rough tribe of
peers we listened to music and some of us got high and drunk in the
remains of the British Empire. Not the grand houses or castles, but
the forgotten entrails of industrial estates and disused farms.

I
watched kids lose themselves in what may have been the former grounds
of their Grandfather’s employer. They didn’t see the irony of their
idle decay among the decay of their country. They faced a future of
service jobs and had no idea that the only thing that they would ever
produce in Britain again was culture. This was before the REAL
worldwide rise of Brit Pop in the 90s. These guys are Mothers and
Fathers now, last I heard Stuart was a surfer. Still exploring the
reaches of the British Empire.

Now you ask yourself, what does this have to do with Music?

Well,
British Music exists solely as a reflection of the Music that has come
before, all Music in Britain is measured by it’s predecessor. This is
true in the case of “Kasabian” as it is in the case of “The Beatles”.
All British culture is just “how is this better than this other thing
that came before”, which is probably an outgrowth of the fact that the
British isles are filled to the brim with the remains of the past. One
can hardly walk in one direction for more than an hour without
stumbling over some piece of history older than the houses on your
block.

It’s no wonder the kids squat in fields filled with relics, it’s fairly unavoidable.

I
haven’t been home in over a decade, I don’t know if those fields are
gone or developed. I apparently left Scotland for the last time just
before a huge development boom, when the people were still hard and the
CCTV cameras hadn’t overpopulated the towns. So I don’t know how
things are now, maybe they have cleaned up the Past and moved on.

It’s just a story after all.

Beautiful

And this explains the American Presidency: H.L. Mencken writing in the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920: ” … when a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most elemental–men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand. So confronted, the candidate must either bark with the pack or be lost. ” … all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre–the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. “The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” (Emphasis added)

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