It appears the United Nations anticipates economic collapse and armed revolt in the United States and they are looking for a few good Peacekeepers with “experience with small arms control, conflict/post-conflict crisis management, and economic recovery”. The U.N. is hiring a “Disarmament, Demobilization, and Re-integration (DDR) officer” for the apparent purpose of disarming American citizens as the “duty station” is New York City, USA. The U.N. defines “disarmament” as “the collection, documentation, control and disposal of small arms, ammunition, explosives and light and heavy weapons from combatants and often from the civilian population.” The U.N.’s help wanted ad reads:

These positions are located in field missions of Peace Operations. The DDR Officer typically reports to the head of a work unit or to a senior official responsible for DDR operations in a field location, though this may vary depending on the mission structure. The focus of these jobs is to lead the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of DDR programmes, operations and other related activities in the country or region concerned.


Reports of the Disarmament and International Security Committee (First Committee)

The General Assembly met this morning, 2 December, to discuss 22 reports of the the Disarmament and International Security Committee (First Committee).  The First Committee discusses all disarmament and international security agenda items before the General Assembly (A/C.1/66/1). 

Reports to the General Assembly Plenary, 66th Session

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Photo: General Assembly Discusses First Committee Reports. 2 December 2009. UN Photo/Sophie Paris

For 17 years, James Doyle was a nuclear policy specialist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Then he wrote an article that made the case for getting rid of nuclear weapons. After that, his computer was seized, he was accused of releasing classified information, and then he was fired.

The article, “Why Eliminate Nuclear Weapons?,” appeared in the journal Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, which is published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in the UK. It’s not exactly a household name, but the journal has been a publishing venue for prominent academics and policy wonks since it was founded in the Cold War (hence, its rather alarmist-sounding name).

Doyle’s piece wasn’t an anti-government rant, but a lengthy argument that nuclear weapons had lost their strategic utility and value as a deterrent, that getting rid of them would enhance international security, and that this was an ideal point in time to get serious about global disarmament.

read more: http://io9.com/federal-employee-gets-fired-after-writing-an-article-cr-1614664221

Conference on Security Council Resolution 1540

The First Industry Conference of International, Regional and Sub-Regional Industry Associations on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) was held from 23 to 25 April, in Wiesbaden, Germany.  Hosted by the Government of Germany, the conference is co-organized by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), with financial support from the Governments of Norway, the United States and the European Union.

Consistent with the objectives of Security Council resolutions 1540 (2004) and 1977 (2011), the Conference aimed to enhance ways to work with industries on promoting progress in achieving the objectives of resolution 1540 (2004) and to draw on relevant expertise from various industry associations and sectors.

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"Post black art…was shorthand for a discourse that could fill volumes. For me, to approach a conversation about "black art," ultimately meant embracing and rejecting the notion of such a thing at the very same time."

Senam Okudzeto

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What do you need a gladius for, Citizen?

If your house gets robbed, just call the lictor’s guild or use your scutum to fend off the attack.

No Roman citizen actually needs a gladius. If push came to shove, what, are you and your untrained barbarian slaves going to defeat 10 legions by yourselves?

What next, should you have the right to own a ballista? No Roman citizen should need anything more than a pugio to defend himself in his home. You’re just overcompensating for your short stature and plebeian birth.

The very people that you think you can either predict or control are, at the end of the day, neither predictable nor controllable.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, discussing the Pakistani security establishment’s ties to extremist groups that it has sought to use to gain strategic regional leverage.

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General Assembly - First Committee

The First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) will meet today to begin its general debate.  They will discuss all disarmament and international security agenda items before the General Assembly (A/C.1/66/1).

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*Photo: General Assembly Discusses First Committee Reports, 2 December 2009.  UN Photo/Sophie Paris.

Bruce Springsteen & Jackson Browne - Running On Empty (Live At Central Park, NY Rally For Disarmament 12-6-1982)

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields
In ‘65 I was seventeen and running up 101
I don’t know where I’m running now, I’m just running on

Running on - running on empty
Running on - running blind
Running on - running into the sun
But I’m running behind

Gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive
Trying not to confuse it with what you do to survive
In ‘69 I was twenty-one and I called the road my own
I don’t know when that road turned onto the road I’m on

Running on - running on empty
Running on - running blind
Running on - running into the sun
But I’m running behind

Everyone I know, everywhere I go
People need some reason to believe
I don’t know about anyone but me
If it takes all night, that’ll be all right
If I can get you to smile before I leave

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
I don’t know how to tell you all just how crazy this life feels
I look around for the friends that I used to turn to to pull me through
Looking into their eyes I see them running too

Running on - running on empty
Running on - running blind
Running on - running into the sun
But I’m running behind

Honey you really tempt me
You know the way you look so kind
I’d love to stick around but I’m running behind
You know I don’t even know what I’m hoping to find
Running into the sun but I’m running behind

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