Contributions from NRA
The Florida shootings – AGAIN – serve to emphasize our sick and needless lack of laws regarding gun control. Here’s a list of those lining their pockets with gun money, which translates into complicity in the mass shootings.
When do we decide enough damage has been done? When does someone say this kind of terrorism is where we need protection?
It’s all overwhelmingly sad and horrific.
Teddy Roosevelt, a man who few would accuse of being “soft and unmasculine” famously said, “Walk softly and carry a big stick”. He understood an axiom our beautiful president does not: Tender your views with consideration and understanding of others, yet always know you have a stick on your side. (His stick must be bigger than Trump’s).
Despite the fact Americans have always declared their anti-militarism except as to our defense, Trump wants to use our military and money to show his toughness, to have the world at large know he is to be bowed to.
This parade would place us squarely with militaristic governments, the same governments and regimes we claim to harbor as enemies. We would join the world of Militaristic boasting, huffing and puffing, setting out the challenge to the world.
We do not NEED, nor do we WANT a president who has to be more than anybody or thing. Who sees his position as giving him the right to play soldier with our military. And this from a man who never served or fought for his right to do so.
Epidemic hits military. Trump furious.
Whoops. Excuse me while I get the shovel.
For Wikipedia info: Low Yield Nukes
The U.S. plan to deploy new low-yield nuclear weapons is aimed at convincing Russia to respect existing agreements on limiting the weapons, Secretary of Defense Mattis says…
Source: U.S. wants low-yield nukes to prod Russia to respect atomic arms pacts: Pentagon chief Jim Mattis | The Japan Times
There is no precise definition of the “tactical” category, neither considering range nor yield of the nuclear weapon. The yield of tactical nuclear weapons is generally lower than that of strategic nuclear weapons, but larger ones are still very powerful, and some variable-yield warheads serve in both roles, for example the W89 200 kiloton warhead armed both the tactical Sea Lance anti-submarine rocket propelled depth charge and the strategic bomber launched SRAM II stand off missile. Modern tactical nuclear warheads have yields up to the tens of kilotons, or potentially hundreds, several times that of the weapons used in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Specifically on the Korean peninsula with a nuclear armed North Korea facing off against a NPT compliant South Korea there have been calls to request a return of US owned and operated short range low yield nuclear weapons, nomenclatured as tactical by the US military, to provide a local strategic deterrent to the North’s growing domestically produced nuclear arsenal and delivery systems.
Some tactical nuclear weapons have specific features meant to enhance their battlefield characteristics, such as variable yield which allow their explosive power to be varied over a wide range for different situations, or enhanced radiation weapons (the so-called “neutron bombs“) which are meant to maximize ionizing radiation exposure while minimizing blast effects.
Here’s a map showing various nuked sites and the carnage which would result if they were hit.
Now that we have Trump on the button, I thought these maps would be useful for those interested.
What’s really important is the military is looking to equip cruise missiles with low yield warheads. This keeps us within Teaty guidelines, but also creates the illusion these nukes would be survivable. That is until the low radiation levels start causing an increase in cancers in the next few years.
Here’s a nifty little interactive map(s) showing the effects of a nuclear strike bsed on location, yield and other effects.
Here’s another map showing missiles and their capabilities.
Trumps Nuke plans raising alarm
The American Conservative–Feb 3, 2018
In effect, the congressionally mandated review calls for the U.S. to deploy two new types of lower yield nuclear warheads, generally defined as nuclear bombs below a five kiloton range (the one dropped on Hiroshima was 20 kilotons), that could be fitted onto a submarine-launched ballistic missile, and one …