wmd

The most effective propaganda is found not in the Sun or on Fox News - but beneath a liberal halo. When the New York Times published claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, its fake evidence was believed, because it wasn’t Fox News; it was the New York Times. The same is true of the Washington Post and the Guardian, both of which have played a critical role in conditioning their readers to accept a new and dangerous cold war. All three liberal newspapers have misrepresented events in Ukraine as a malign act by Russia - when, in fact, the fascist led coup in Ukraine was the work of the United States, aided by Germany and NATO.
—  John Pilger, ‘War by media and the triumph of propaganda’
Why have we spent $10 trillion on nuclear weapons over 70 years, when that could have been used for life-enhancing alternatives?
—  Sister Megan Rice, an 85-year-old Catholic nun, spent two years in prison for breaking into the Y-12 nuclear facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in 2012. Four days after her release from prison, she spoke to Democracy Now! about the experience.

89/365 photo project

HOLY SHIT!!! I was so moved by this hunk of obsolete killing machine that I just had to take the shot (so to speak). British ground to air missile from the cold war. Designed to take out Soviet bombers. For the moment, resident on the roof of the Hayward Gallery on London’s South Bank.

Technology has moved on since the 50s/60s. This big boy can now be packed away in a family car and pretty much launched from a shoulder. Scary thought.

But set amongst the concrete structures of the South Bank Centre, this device looks strangely at home. A reminder of how the future looked back in 50s and 60s Britain. The bleeding edge of warfare with the cutting edge of modernist architecture.

A reminder also, of the ingenuity that goes into mass destruction. If we had the world’s greatest minds working on projects to benefit humanity and our planet, without political interference, who knows what may be achieved.

© StueyB

I am not seeking an apology from President Obama for Hiroshima. Rather, I believe it’s important to have an expression of the will and dedication to create a world free of nuclear weapons.
—  Kenzaburo Oe, acclaimed Japanese author and recipient of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature. He spoke to Democracy Now! on the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Tune in at DemocracyNow.org.
If a man theoretically wanted to test nuclear weapons on his own property and his neighbors were theoretically adversely affected, that is their fault, because they chose where they wanted to live. The government shouldn’t put their filthy hands on that man using his property how he sees fit.
—  Junior Political Science Major