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Nuclear Fall-Out - A Window Into The Rabbit-Hole

Nuclear Fall-OutIntroduction

"Circling the Earth in my orbital spaceship I marveled at the beauty of our planet. People of the world, let us safeguard and enhance this beauty — not destroy it! -Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, upon his return

Here on the sub-tropical, eastern coast of Australia, as the Japanese Nuclear Disaster unfolds, the ambience of quiet, solemn calm and blissful ignorance all around me is somehow, paradoxically, a cause for inversely proportional personal distress.

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The Ghost of Joe McCarthy Walks the Land

Joe McCarthyOn Just What Haunts Us
In Charles Dickens’s 1848 story, A Christmas Carol, the ghost of Jacob Marley roams the earth weighted down by chains symbolizing the wrongs he committed in life. He appears to Ebenezer Scrooge, his still living former business partner, to warn him that he must mend his ways: he must transform his greed into generosity and his disdain for the poor into the practice of community responsibility. He must do so or suffer eternal damnation.

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Hail! Imperial Budget Has Passed

Barack Obama said the budget invests in the future of Americans, despite some of the cuts being painful [AFP]Genesis of an Empire’s Implosion
This week Americans heard the news from a trusted commentator of old, Tom Brokaw, that the Saudis are so unhappy with Obama that they have sent emissaries to China and Russia seeking “enhanced ties.” To me, it had the tone of a medieval ballad with lyrics of little kingdoms paying tribute to larger, more powerful ones.

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An All-American Retirement System

American Retirement Building for the Future

While Congress bickers and the President dithers, roads are crumbling, bridges are failing, dams are cracking, and water and sewer systems are leaking all across the United States.  If that’s not enough to worry about, the government is threatening to default on the $2.5 Trillion it has borrowed from the Social Security Trust Fund, and few private employers are offering decent retirement plans.

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Judge Goldstone Alters His Verdict

Goldstone Report on Israel and War CrimesIt will be recalled that after the September, 2009 issuance of the Goldstone Report suggesting that Israel might be guilty of war crimes, Judge Richard Goldstone was barred from attending grandson’s bar mitzvah. That is how much resentment was produced by the critical report that bares his name. Well, Richard Goldstone has just assured himself access to all future family celebrations. He has accomplished this by calling into doubt his offending investigatory work.

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