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  • KAFB will explain why we should stop worrying and love the bomb, 2 Feb 2016
    time as requested by Colin Powell The experience convinced both men that nuclear weapons had no utility and should be negotiated away Importantly in the present connection he said that most senior officers in the military shared his anti nuclear views but what he chiefly feared was the possible development of a cadre of young Air Force officers whose career influences were too narrowly nuclear who spent a lot of time with people from Sandia and Livermore and Los Alamos and STRATCOM and who thereby developed an unchallenged nuclear ideology and groupthink He feared a nuclear weapons echo chamber or intellectual bubble That bogey is now a reality That s what SANDS is Greg and Trish On Friday KAFB will explain why we should stop worrying and love the bomb LASG discussion Thursday morning February 2 2016 Dear friends This Friday from 12 30 to 4 30 p m the School of Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies SANDS at Kirtland Air Force Base KAFB will host a panel discussion on why the United States has a nuclear arsenal and how it contributes to the nation s security The event will take place in the presentation room of the 377th Air Base Wing Headquarters building There is no charge to attend and no pre registration is needed Eight presenters will lead the symposium This event may be of considerable interest to Study Group members as it is to us We hope many of you will attend Exactly how that will work out we do not know Some imagination may be required We will discuss this event its logistics and its content in a special LASG Coffee Club gathering at our World Headquarters 2901 Summit Place NE on Thursday morning at 7 30 am Come one come all The mission of SANDS is

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  • Park Service meeting Monday requesting "input" on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, 2 Feb 2016
    need to give them some input Los Alamos County s announcement of this event provides interesting and useful background on the local organizations and issues involved with the MPNHP Our web page with articles and commentary on this travesty is here See especially this brochure reprinted here on our blog which may be easier to read on a cell phone As we wrote to you on November 7 of last year We hope that this nascent Park there is no money as yet and no management plan can become a permanent locus of local and international protest We see the Park not as history but as pure propaganda for Los Alamos National Laboratory LANL and its enduring mission of creating weapons of global destruction for LANL s private Bechtel led contractor Los Alamos National Security LANS for the greatness of the Manhattan Project the quote is from the enabling legislation and therefore the legitimacy and greatness of nuclear weapons and for heinous war crimes now celebrated in a new National Park This Park is not exactly about the past because the Manhattan Project never ended It s also about who we are today what we celebrate and glorify and what we will become Perhaps it really should be called the Bechtel National Park as it is one of the 40 or so different ways we have identified that the for profit nuclear laboratories have subverted democratic oversight and created for themselves their defense industry sponsors and for local comprador politicos an almost perfect self licking ice cream cone Almost perfect even this they cannot manage Some Study Group members six of us silently protested in Los Alamos at the signing celebration creating the Park on November 11 Every protest in Los Alamos has its memorable moments Here is one one

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  • Updates for local members: biweekly meetings suspended; internship, fellowship, volunteer opportunities; news, 19 Jan 2016
    Third for some specific ideas about how to work with us please see Bulletin 214 topic 4 What is to be done We need your help Fourth if you or anybody else you know are thinking of installing a solar photovoltaic PV system and engage Positive Energy to do that for you with their excellent and long lived SunPower modules please mention that we referred you If you or your friend does so Positive Energy will pay us 500 for the referral when your project is complete There are volunteer opportunities in this dual use matter as well Fifth please think about candidates for internships and fellowships with us We explain the program a little here We see especially ripe opportunities this year There are too few workers to bring in the whole harvest Not a day passes without us recognizing yet another potentially very fruitful and pleasant project for somebody which would amplify our work and that of others Sixth mentioned to Albuquerque members already some of you may be interested in last Tuesday s resolution in Carlsbad supporting disposal of an additional 6 metric tons of non pit plutonium at WIPP We support this disposal for reasons we have explained and would be happy to explain further in the right context We have opened a new page for plutonium disposition here Seventh also mentioned to Albuquerque members already you might be interested in these two recent blog posts at Forget the Rest The New York Times gathers a critical mass of former insiders now dissing nuclear modernization plans What is to be done If you like please subscribe see box on top of page right hand side It is our intent to provide a précis of important daily articles on this blog please subscribe and refer to others

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  • LASG ABQ friends ltr, 30 Dec 2015: Reminder: breakfast discussion tomorrow at LASG World Headquarters, 7:30 am
    a blunt question I d like to talk about Is there any effective climate activism going on in Albuquerque In New Mexico If so where and how I have not yet seen any serious agenda from any group as yet or any candidate let alone an action or organizing plan we could get behind But I might not see such a thing Wait there is Citizens Climate Lobby We just sent them a small check It s something anyway along with this endorsement There s also our friends at New Energy Economy who have lately been fighting against corruption on the PRC among other good work But what is the plan actually By serious I mean something aimed at fairly rapid change in this decade and not say substituting methane for some coal which is probably a negative substitution as far as the climate is concerned for reasons I would be happy to explain If we are going to make any sort of transition we had better get moving Real capital as opposed to money as electronic cyphers is limited and so is time If there is no such activism or only a little what should be done What are

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  • LASG ABQ, SF, & Taos friends ltr, 27 Dec 2015: Thank you for your support; coffee club reminder; more good news
    private LANL operator Santa Fe New Mexican Dec 18 2015 Then on Christmas Eve of all times LANL published its latest hazardous waste noncompliance report which was noticed by an alert reporter Rebecca Moss at the New Mexican It was pretty shocking as she reported LANL reports more safety lapses at waste sites Santa Fe New Mexican Dec 24 2015 Thirty one years ago I was the first hazardous waste inspector on site at LANL It was then the worst facility in the state by far for danger and for noncompliance The hazardous waste compliance situation at LANL three decades later remains very disappointing Perhaps it is still the worst in the state As much as we fault LANS we don t actually think another contractor would do better UC wasn t much better though it was significantly cheaper LANL not LANS is the problem Increasingly LANL is a problem we can t afford There will be more bad news in the near future for LANL LANS and Bechtel the big dog in LANS as a number of stories are working their way toward publication and details of DOE s evaluations will soon be public Local author Sally Denton s new book on Bechtel The Profiteers Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World will be out on March 1 Stepping back from LANL s self inflicted woes it is high time to ban the bomb and helping that process along as best we can is on our agenda We know full well the U S and other nuclear weapon states will not participate in such a ban but other states will and a large group of important states will find themselves under pressure to choose There are many domestic and international implications of this entirely voluntary and exquisitely flexible

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  • LASG ABQ, SF, & Taos friends ltr, 6 Dec 2015: LASG "Coffee Club" to open this Thursday and Friday
    up again the following week 1 14 and 1 15 with the same or a modified and announced schedule Your suggestions are meanwhile welcome on the following topic We communicate daily with dozens of people members activists media academics government on a fairly wide range of issues but little of this gets to you our local members because a communicating takes time and b we are aiming at practical political action not information for its own sake I am loathe to fatten the overall bandwidth of the Study Group or yours in the absence of such action This is a terrible problem overall Or does it mask an even worse one There is no right answer to communication technique if we cannot overcome our passivity relative to the real Crisis we face and the present extremely fraught historical moment In comparison to the challenges before us we do not see much political activity going on in New Mexico Many of us would like to see more but it ain t happening yet The usual suspects rule and the usual outcomes can be expected This has long been a problem in New Mexico but now it s a potentially fatal and acute problem for the planet our country our communities our families and our brother and sister animals and plants For those of you who have sent contributions to support the Study Group s work thank you so much We will be continuing our fundraising drive through the end of the year you can donate in any of the usual ways for more see my note of December 1 check credit card secure link on our web site and more In other important local news our friend Elaine Cimino has launched a Facebook page to bring together people like us who

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  • LASG ABQ, SF, & Taos friends ltr, 1 Dec 2015: Update to local members and request for your support
    sundry see resistance above These are some highlights from our presentation Nuclear Disarmament Society Environment State and socially sanctioned mass violence is politically incompatible with economic social and environmental health let alone development nationally and in New Mexico Trenchant fact and value based all in opposition builds bridges supports and is civilization It succeeds in multiple dimensions So please join us Pope Francis in his message to the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons Conference Vienna 2014 eloquently described the core values in our work Now more than ever technological social and political interdependence urgently calls for an ethic of solidarity which encourages peoples to work together for a more secure world and a future that is increasingly rooted in moral values and responsibility on a global scale In many ways World War III has already started as a Republican friend recently remarked The suffering is already tremendous is growing rapidly and we need to stop it Colleague Sam Husseini s recent remarks about perpetual war remind us of how this connects with everything in our polity and society I ve got news for you Perpetual war is going to cost you a lot The Vietnam War helped undermine the war on poverty Martin Luther King called it a demonic suction tube Perpetual war is going to make you lose your soul Perpetual war will make you an accomplice to murder many times over Perpetual war will mean generations more of Muslim youth driven to madness against the U S Perpetual war is going to potentially lead to nuclear war Perpetual war will mean an even more militarized police force Perpetual war will likely mean more of a repressive state Perpetual war will mean you can t march against climate change or anything else Perpetual war will mean that refugees and other folks get treated like trash Perpetual war means your kid can t get a job in much of anything other than the military Perpetual war means soldiers with PTSD coming home and beating the crap out of their wives and traumatizing their children Perpetual war will mean at every public venue you ve got to go through security so that you can scratch yourself without court approval We must re frame the issues properly while we can Why Just ahead More and wider war and terrorism challenging the foundations of our civilization and society Deepening economic decline with widening financial crises that are spinning out of control and will unravel economies fairly fast The current economic decline could make investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency at the appropriate and necessary scale more difficult than otherwise unless renewable energy Keynesianism coupled with new progressive taxes are embraced The current decline is likely to induce peak oil since new supplies are unaffordable Post peak oil is likely to mean peak GDP also given their historic tight correlation making growth dependent loans difficult to service across society Tensions within the EU ramping up rapidly Increasing migrations and deaths en route With

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  • LASG ABQ, SF, & Taos friends ltr, 17 Nov 2015: One last reminder! Our get-together on Santa Fe this Sunday, from 4 to 7 pm, is filling up nicely but there is still room for more!
    torn Europe the Middle East or elsewhere it has always been difficult to determine if Bechtel was doing favors for the US government or if it was the other way around Parts of this mammoth story have been told before but Denton has shaped it into a taut page turning narrative detailing the company s machinations under five generations of family leadership She concludes that the firm is either a brilliant triumph or an iconic symbol of grotesque capitalism Filled with stories of cronyism and influence peddling Denton s riveting and revealing book will undoubtedly displease the so called boys from Bechtel who refused to talk to Denton referring her to the company website Sally s book hits the shelves on February 16 2016 U S government proposes 17 year delay in start of Hanford nuclear tank cleanup until 2039 Ralph Vartebedian LA Times 11 18 with nice pictures This article is undoubtedly oversimplified but that said this news about clinches it a major part of the Hanford cleanup the Waste Treatment Plant WTP or major parts of it will fail This is a 72 billion project in total life cycle cost It is certainly the largest project in the Department of Energy DOE the flagship project in the DOE cleanup program and also probably the largest civil engineering project in the United States It s a Bechtel project and it s failing like so many DOE and NNSA projects before it The huge Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility MFFF and its associated Mixed Oxide MOX fuel program is also failing regardless of what the administration or Congress does at this point These failures are part of the flowering of a larger pattern of failure that began as long ago as the Arab Oil Embargo in 1974 as a formerly classified GAO report we obtained from that office helps make clear not posted per request Bob Alvarez has seen it all go down and may speak to this on Sunday The local LANL cleanup program will certainly leave most of the waste buried on site while creating more waste all the time some buried locally It too is failing overall NNSA Air Force Complete Successful B61 12 Life Extension Program Development Flight Test at Tonopah Test Range NNSA press release with important video still Nerd warning The picture shows the moment of impact Trish and I have seen the unpublished impact video in the Senate and expect it by mail this week The plowed circle appears to be roughly of radius about 8 times the length of the bomb 11 8 and so is on the order of 100 ft or 30 m This comports well with the advertised 30 m Circular Error Probable CEP for the new guidance system tail kit and is the likely meaning of the plowed dike The entry of the bomb into the dirt is very clean in the video with hardly any dirt kicked up The B61 has always had intrinsic earth penetration ability

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