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  • LASG ABQ, SF, & Taos friends ltr, 17 Nov 2015: Update: World-renowned experts to speak at Study Group event; please RSVP and talk to your friends!
    our work and see if they would like to come meet and talk about what we want to do in 2016 Have your friends contact Trish ASAP Our guest speakers at this meeting will include Robert Alvarez one of our two new Study Group board members Bob is a Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and Professorial Lecturer in the Energy Resources and Environment Program at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Bob s knowledge of nuclear technologies safety cleanup and related public policy issues is legendary While a Senate staffer he played a central role in establishing the DOE cleanup program While at DOE he coordinated the enactment of legislation providing compensation for sick nuclear workers the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act EEOICPA Most recently he has been working on cutting edge issues in spent nuclear fuel management and investigating extensive contamination from Manhattan Project residues in communities near St Louis Bob will speak and take questions on the future of the nuclear weapons complex Dr Frank von Hippel a long time Study Group mentor and friend Frank his bio is here is probably the single most distinguished arms control and nonproliferation scientist in the United States He has played an important role in every single nuclear issue nuclear weapons nuclear materials and nuclear power all of them During the Cold War Frank was a leader in developing back channel relationships with senior Soviet scientists including Andre Sakharov involving many dozens of citizen shuttle diplomacy trips to the USSR Frank was the point person on the scientific aspects of arms control and disarmament in the Clinton White House Frank provided courtroom testimony in Albuquerque in our ultimately successful though we lost lawsuit against a new pit production facility Frank s disarmament passion is bred

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  • LASG ABQ, SF, & Taos friends ltr, 16 Nov 2015: Reminder: Fundraising soiree and discussions this coming Sunday in Santa Fe! RSVP now please, and talk to friends! "Meet" our new board members!
    state more so here than anywhere else in the U S They nuclearize our intellectual life and they pull us to the political right They blight our prospects The Study Group is the most knowledgeable and effective organization in this state working on nuclear weapons issues We work here in Washington and internationally We don t see nuclear weapons as isolated from other pressing issues and we work with many other like minded organizations Nationally we are a unique organization and we have a fabulous track record We hope you will keep supporting us and we hope you will reach out to others on our behalf We have a wonderful supportive group of local donors and volunteers but we need to expand and stabilize our programs and bring in young people This takes money and this is the time of year we have to ask more pointedly than at any other time By the way and just in case anybody thought it was over the zombie Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement CMRR project is back in its new abridged edition which we hope to kill Our senior senator counted coup for its inclusion along with the new B61 12 in this year s National Defense Authorization Act NDAA Prospects for success are excellent but huge projects with political momentum are always hard to kill The point is that the U S does not need new nuclear weapons a battle we are fighting in other ways as well The U S needs disarmament to survive On another subject we are now very happy to announce that our board of directors has grown to include two of people we already work with closely in Washington and Geneva They are Mia Gandenberger whom some of you will have met in the summer of

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  • LASG ABQ, SF, & Taos friends ltr, 7 Nov 2015: Now’s the time to RSVP for our November 22 fundraiser in Santa Fe!
    Energy DOE Secretary Moniz will sign a memorandum of agreement between DOE and the National Park Service NPS establishing the Park Los Alamos County is sending a delegation to the festivities On Wednesday there will be a public celebration and luncheon in Los Alamos at the Park Visitor Center 475 20th St and at Fuller Lodge respectively At least three of us are going up from Albuquerque to this event We will be preparing counter Park leaflets for the public and media at a minimum If you go we urge you to wear a somber and formal outfit exactly as to a funeral If you want to go we would like to talk to you to plan our approach to the event and perhaps have a meeting in Santa Fe or Pojoaque en route We will be meeting with international media on the 10th and there will be media present on the 11th as well This event is an important chance to help interpret the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to U S and international audiences The more interest there is in this event from our members and friends the more we can do and the better it will be done So please think about it and call or write us We hope that this nascent Park there is no money as yet and no management plan can become a locus of local 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 3 Update and additional perspective on the UN First Committee You will have received our press release on events this past week at the UN yesterday Majority of Countries Slam Nuclear Deployments Decry Lack of Disarmament and Pledge to Support Negotiations toward a Treaty Banning Possession and Use of Nuclear Weapons Nov 6 2015 As it turns out our friends at wildfire had written incisively as usual and well worth reading on that same series of votes 4 Report on Study Group meetings and the demonstration at Kirtland Air Force Base KAFB Both the Santa Fe and Albuquerque

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  • LASG ABQ, SF, & Taos friends ltr, 31 Oct 2015: Important demonstration Tuesday in ABQ
    first place more sales of powerful weapons to favored belligerents in proxy wars more mobilization and display of armed might on Russia s borders and so on It should be obvious that with this level of militarism and empire there will be no effective response to any the largest problems facing the U S for abundant social political economic and institutional reasons Forget about democracy in that case A Deep State will rule wherever its interests lie no matter who is elected U S NATO and allied regime change in Iraq Libya and our attempted regime change in Syria has caused has in part financed and has in part armed IS a terrorist would be state that is conspicuously at war with civilization generally That same Syrian regime change effort fueled at every stage by the U S and its allies in all possible ways is among the main causes of the hundreds of thousands of deaths and the displacement of millions in the Syrian civil war as UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon recently implied or said choose your own interpretation We agree with Rep Tulsi Gabbard D HI link to CNN interview and with the Russian Federation and many in U S military and intelligence circles that removing Assad and his government would likely result in a catastrophic expansion of IS and allied terrorist structures Confrontations with Russia in Ukraine across eastern Europe in general in Syria and with China in the South China Sea and western Pacific generally are just the most visible hotspots that we the U S have either created in whole cloth or are making needlessly hotter In our view these confrontations have a single common theme geopolitical advantage for the U S or inversely prevention of Eurasian economic integration We have discussed this in detail in two teach ins thus far and I am sure there will be others I don t need to tell you that war with Russia and China which has already begun in its modern hybrid form is a risky business and one with vast collateral damage for populations and nature at every step of escalation We live in a war zone in New Mexico which has skewed our politics and government far to the political right In addition to drone attacks conducted from New Mexico bases Kirtland Air Force Base KAFB just this month became part of the Air Force s Global Strike Command now led by a four star general for the first time thus elevating Global Strike in the military as a whole Global Strike entails not just Air Force nuclear weapons its primary mission but also involves space war cyber war intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance conventional global strike and ballistic missile defense assets KAFB has a role in many of these missions in addition to hosting Sandia National Laboratories SNL According to the Air Force Kirtland is home to the largest nuclear weapons depot in the world the Kirtland Underground Munitions Storage Complex KUMSC which

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  • LASG ABQ, SF, & Taos friends ltr, 30 Oct 2015: Save the date: fundraiser for the Study Group: Sunday Nov 22 in Santa Fe
    and early evening November 22 I will put other news and announcement in a second email to keep this one simple More details will be forthcoming next week but we wanted to let you all know ASAP This is a good time to start thinking about people you know that might want to help us fight a new generation of nuclear weapons with negative consequences for New Mexico We are encouraged by what we saw in DC last week well below the headline chaos and believe that with your help we can succeed in halting expansion of warhead core production and nuclear waste processing at LANL Best wishes to everybody Greg PS We snapped this picture at a laboratory lobbying extravaganza in Washington last week National Laboratory Day for some reason they forgot our name tags so we wrote our own You can see some familiar faces The rapt attention shown by the entire Democratic part of the New Mexico delegation to nuclear weapons and their institutions is attention not going to the environment and the human goals of government We later met with Rep Michelle Lujan Grisham in her DC office and asked her to explain her vote in

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  • LASG ABQ, SF, & Taos friends ltr, 26 Oct 2015: Meetings this week: Santa Fe Wednesday 10/28, Albuquerque Thursday 10/29
    discuss with you The current state of progress toward an international prohibition on the possession transfer and use of nuclear weapons Trish and Greg have just returned from the UN General Assembly and we are monitoring developments there closely from here New York and Geneva The ongoing fiasco in disposing of 34 tons of excess U S plutonium currently slated to be processed in the Santa Fe metro area over the next couple of decades for shipment to South Carolina and manufacture there into nuclear reactor fuel that no commercial operator wants The Study Group is promoting disposal of this material at WIPP We also advocate further study of direct disposal at WIPP without plutonium processing the so called sterilization option Trish will post some of the key references between now and Wednesday on a new plutonium disposition web page In the meantime please see Direct disposal is better solution for South Carolina s plutonium problem by Ed Lyman and Frank von Hippel We discussed this issue with Frank and others in Princeton 8 days ago not for the first time and with congressional staff this past week The current state of efforts to expand warhead core pit production infrastructure and capacity for new warhead types also in the Santa Fe metro area Teaser it is clear to us from meetings on Capitol Hill that at present all parties assume no interest or resistance from Santa Fe You and we must change that Possible new Study Group member committees We are thinking of Outreach and Action committees It is difficult for me to avoid using words like ridicule satire and protest in relation to the second one So be thinking We are Frustrated with activism about our converging crises Channel that and have fun with your friends We really do

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  • LASG ABQ friends ltr, 25 Sep 2015: Tomorrow! Sept 26, 1pm, Ukraine talk & discussion
    207 In the announcement to a Ukraine crisis teach in we hosted this summer at the UNM Law School I mentioned a deeply disappointing meeting I had late this spring with a staffer in the National Security Council From that meeting I learned more than before just how ignorantly the White House was approaching Russia and the Ukraine crisis The apparent aim is as Henry Kissinger of all people recently

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  • LASG SF friends ltr, 14 Jul 2015: Meeting reminder for TOMORROW, Wed, July 15th
    We expect this discussion to be lively and wide ranging PPS We appear in this article today Los Alamos will never be clean Two comments on this from Greg published in train as one Not much net cleanup has occurred at LANL While well intentioned environmental management folks have done their bit and taken home billions in paychecks LANL has continued to create bury re bury and ship away wastes A lot of cleanup at LANL apart from the 90 of the cost which has been studying monitoring and overhead is just moving waste from one place to another The sources of toxic wastes continue operation with grand plans to expand Probably 90 of the pollution emplaced at LANL will never be cleaned up There has never been any intent or plan to do so The cleanup program was and is primarily a propaganda effort designed to clean up LANL s image The audiences are first of all its own recruits and secondarily opinion leaders in surrounding communities The propaganda exhibits in the Bradbury Museum about LANL environmental programs give the impression that LANL has been and is a BENEFIT to the environment It s important to understand that in most respects the Manhattan Project never ended at LANL or in New Mexico We can t see it because we are in it We accept a World War II economy Our leaders do not aspire to more We wonder why we can t get economic development traction why our young people are leaving We are constantly trying to re work the myths we tell ourselves but we do not have sufficiently serious conversations about our economy and society When we try our Big Brothers at the labs are always there to help The pollution created by LANL is not in

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