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  • LASG ABQ friends ltr, 26 Mar 2015: Get-together at Study Group HQ Wed., Apr 1, 7:30 am; breakfast!
    so far There are some excellent opportunities that we could seize We are very concerned that New Mexico may have passed a point of no return as far as losing its democracy and economy We think a lot of people are kidding themselves about the efficacy of standard reforms Stronger measures seem necessary to match the times We know of no faculty at UNM who have an informed active critical stance on any of the existential issues we face generally or on the issues of war and peace we face here in New Mexico Do you We really want to connect with people but we can t afford to waste time either Any ideas We know of no student groups working against war or nuclear weapons Do you We know of no churches actively working against war which is now underway in many places for real and at great scale already and growing or against nuclear weapons New Mexico s unique and evil industry Do you Many people are for peace but what exactly are they DOING It is very strange for us to be so welcome at the UN in parliamentary offices abroad in senior offices in our government and yet nobody in New Mexico seems to want to talk or do much about what we do here Are we in New Mexico truly that dysfunctional I could go on to discuss climate and energy two other issues that will define our future here in New Mexico We don t see much leadership there not in the activist community not in the churches not in the environmental community not anywhere really Can somebody fill us all in on who is working on these issues full time and how we all might help them Our senior political leaders and parties

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  • LASG SF friends ltr, 21 Mar 2015:
    and against further militarization war and nuclear weapons It is a broad and friendly path What s missing say missing from our churches a natural home for this is a realistic sense of urgency We need to roll back militarization which is ramping up fast at the moment It is really critical to get our electeds to publicly commit to these political values It s essential for citizens who wish to halt this country s rightward drift to make themselves very clear both in language and in political commitments And forget what somebody intends or wants or believes It s what we do that counts We need to clean up our language and be very clear about our direction as well as distinguish action from Hamlet like contemplation On Thursday someone asked What s the difference between nuclear disarmament and banning nuclear weapons Abolition might have been in there too The short answer is a lot The phrases nuclear disarmament a world without nuclear weapons nuclear abolition are now rather shopworn phrases A world without nuclear weapons was born as propaganda it never meant anything ever Banning nuclear weapons by contrast refers to something quite specific namely a treaty which prohibits the design testing production stockpiling sharing threatening with and using nuclear weapons Such a treaty is now a realistic possibility with dozens of countries supporting beginning negotiations quite unlike the unreality of hopes for fruitful bilateral or multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations The question of a ban also shines an important light on political landscape at home stripping away layers of propaganda and clarifying the issues Do churches environmental groups unions social justice organizations and local governments actually support building weapons of mass destruction a single one of which can fry millions of people in a minute or not Where

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  • NNSA FY2016 SSMP, figure 8-12
    home calendar contribute store site map search contact Follow us Forget the Rest blog back to top 2901 Summit Place NE Albuquerque NM 87106 Phone 505 265 1200

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  • LASG SF friends ltr, 19 Mar 2015: Reminder! Get-together at CloudCliff today, 5:30 pm
    and Trish and the rest of the gang Get together at CloudCliff this Thursday 3 19 5 30 pm March 16 2015 Dear Santa Fe friends The Los Alamos Study Group is having an important get together update and discussion this coming Thursday March 19th at 5 30 pm hosted by Willem Malten in his residence adjacent to the CloudCliff Bakery in Santa Fe at 1805 2nd St We aren t sending this note to everybody just to about 10 of our broad Santa Fe membership Our goal is not a general public meeting where we have to start at the beginning on the issues we work on here in Washington and internationally but rather a more action oriented discussion which will hopefully be very useful and inspiring to all who attend We won t be serving dinner this time but there will be snacks Our topics will include The status of the Obama Grand Nuclear Modernization Plan Good news some of it is delayed so long it is really canceled Stick a fork in it Bad news the rest is continuing Good news 2 there isn t enough money for it all so something has to give Bad news 2 DoD hopes to take the money from a reassessment of our national priorities And it goes on like that We re in a real struggle for the future with Santa Fe the 1 metro area in the world for nuclear warhead spending having wrested the title back from Albuquerque this year in the crosshairs The very encouraging status of international efforts to ban the bomb and what they could mean for Santa Fe and for all of us The latest plan for restarting plutonium warhead core pit production and how you can help us defeat it We re back

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  • LASG SF friends ltr, 16 Mar 2015: Get-together at CloudCliff this Thursday 3/19, 5:30 pm
    attend We won t be serving dinner this time but there will be snacks Our topics will include The status of the Obama Grand Nuclear Modernization Plan Good news some of it is delayed so long it is really canceled Stick a fork in it Bad news the rest is continuing Good news 2 there isn t enough money for it all so something has to give Bad news 2 DoD hopes to take the money from a reassessment of our national priorities And it goes on like that We re in a real struggle for the future with Santa Fe the 1 metro area in the world for nuclear warhead spending having wrested the title back from Albuquerque this year in the crosshairs The very encouraging status of international efforts to ban the bomb and what they could mean for Santa Fe and for all of us The latest plan for restarting plutonium warhead core pit production and how you can help us defeat it We re back to a stealth multibillion dollar plan again Global hybrid war and what we can collectively do to stop it It s coming to Santa Fe via plutonium not even counting the rest Your fundraising ideas This is not a fundraising meeting per se but we are interested in your ideas We are always recruiting and we want you to think about that too Fresh new opportunities opening up as in starting next week This is really going to be a discussion not just a presentation so bring your thinking caps We don t put a lot of strategy into our Bulletins due to their very broad subscriber universe Last week a VP of Sandia signed up Senior government people in DC get it So meetings like this are where that strategy

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  • DoD Reviews of Nuclear Weapons Operations Largely “Management Clichés,” Fail to Address Core Problems, Group Charges, press release, 14 Nov 2014
    coming decade due to underestimation of acquisition costs Today s announcement concerns operational costs and deferred maintenance rather than acquisition so the 10 increase announced would add about 19 B to CBO s estimate of overall DoD nuclear weapons costs over the coming decade Study Group Director Greg Mello In today s announcement the frightening disconnect between the world of nuclear command and the world of human beings is fully apparent That not management is the root cause of the problems If the good news is that there has been no nuclear exchange and no mushroom cloud to quote Secretary Hagel and the STRATCOM chief today we know the bar is set too low There could hardly be more revealing comments It is the mission not the management which is the core of the problem Dysfunctional management has evolved to fit the dysfunctional mission The way to get rid of problems in the ICBM force is to get rid of ICBMs They comprise the most absurd leg of the triad That will save a lot of money as well though money is secondary to the increased security such retirements would bring These studies had to be done and I am sure they were done as conscientiously as possible by smart experienced people Even so the final result is riddled with what amount to management clichés and rah rah boosterism No amount of money or silly made up medals will ever lead to good morale in ICBM officers in particular who must sit in a deep hole in the ground awaiting orders to end the world The mental gymnastics of nuclear deterrence theory do not make human sense to those who must live day and night in an inhuman environment with world ending orders locked in a box in front of them They know they and their children will be first to die They know that in that final moment their sacrifice of years their struggle against doubts will have been meaningless and they know that they themselves will have been the agents of unspeakable war crimes These reports miss the forest for the trees They are crafted within an ideological system that is itself irrational and bizarre and examine management details AS IF they could possibly make sense The only thing missing is sanity a sane appreciation for the world as it is outside the walls of the national security echo chamber itself a capsule buried far from sunlight and air Will the additional billions proposed create more national security No They will disappear into the same futile and misdirected black hole as the previous billions Will morale improve No Contractors will be enriched and the generals will have the satisfaction of knowing that something has been done But the problems will persist There is no reason to think today s ICBM force is any more dangerous than it has been at all times in the past There is no accumulation of danger Danger is the object of the exercise

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  • LASG Taos friends ltr, 14 Nov 2014: Reminder! Discussion tonight in Taos, 6 pm, "Ban the Bomb: Why, How, and Your Role!" Pass it on!
    it Ban the Bomb Why How and Your Role The importance of this growing movement and its critical relevance to New Mexico activism of all kinds has only increased over the past year Trish and I were recently in New York at the UN First Committee meeting with some of the international leaders of the movement I gave a talk on a panel sponsored by Ireland and Mexico which was

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  • LASG ABQ friends ltr, 27 Oct 2014: Reminder: Discussion Tuesday evening (tomorrow, 10/28), 6-8 pm, UNM Law School Room 2403
    10 30 we will meet in Los Alamos at 6 pm again at Fuller Lodge 2132 Central Ave to debate issues related to plutonium pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory LANL If you can come to Los Alamos on Thursday please do Our three November meetings are on this calendar Tomorrow s talk will not focus on economic development policy expanding for example on the themes sketched in this guest editorial from August It will not explain again why our big nuclear laboratories haven t been aren t and will never be engines of economic development It won t explain again that our congressional delegation especially Senator Udall promotes these labs and bases at New Mexico s expense It will not focus on the tens of thousands of new good careers we could create in renewable energy RE sustainable transportation and energy efficiency EE the other businesses that would flow from them the greenhouse gases GHGs air pollution deaths and water usage and contamination we could avoid These are really good topics but we don t yet have the political power to make that vision a reality Tomorrow s talk will instead focus on what has happened over the past decade what will happen and what is likely to happen in the remaining years of the present decade as a result of oil resource limitations alone I want to show you why in the words of Governor Inslee of Washington we need to work for disruptive change NOW and why disruptive change will come to us whether we are ready for it or not We want to show why more radical efforts to save the climate and build a sustainable just society are not just needed now but are also more politically possible We want to show why nuclear

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