For historical records: In a new book Command and Control, journalist Eric Schlosser chronicles America's terrifying nuclear mishaps and near misses. He recounts how in one incident in 1961, days after President John F Kennedy's inauguration, two hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped on Goldsboro, North Carolina, as a B-52 bomber went into a tailspin.
-Atom bomb nearly detonated over North Carolina in 1961-
The US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating a huge atomic bomb over North Carolina in 1961, according to a newly declassified document published by Britain's Guardian newspaper on Saturday.
Two hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped over the city of Goldsboro, North Carolina on January 23, 1961 when the B-52 plane carrying them broke up in mid-air, according to the file.One of the bombs began to detonate -- a single switch was all that stopped it from doing so.
The three other safety mechanisms designed to prevent an unintended detonation failed.The US government has acknowledged the accident before, but the 1969 document is the first confirmation of how close the United States came to nuclear catastrophe on that day.
"It would have been bad news in spades," wrote its author, US government scientist Parker F. Jones.The bomb was 260 times more powerful than the one that devastated Hiroshima in 1945, according to the Guardian. The accident happened at the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.
The declassified report was obtained by US investigative journalist Eric Schlosser under freedom of information legislation.
"The US government has consistently tried to withhold information from the American people in order to prevent questions being asked about our nuclear weapons policy," said Schlosser."We were told there was no possibility of these weapons accidentally detonating, yet here's one that very nearly did.
"Jones jokingly titled the report "Goldsboro Revisited, or: How I Learned To Mistrust the H-Bomb", a reference to Stanley Kubrick's classic 1964 film about nuclear Armageddon, "Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb".
We have no idea how much work it takes to check everyone's luggage to keep passengers safe on planes, here are just a few dangerous things security found and exposed for people to see what not to carry when travelling!
20 odd items confiscated by the TSA
Two swords were found in a guitar case that a Salt Lake City passenger was attempting to carry on to a flight.
When WW2 was over I constantly heard people say ''never again'', but still we may observe wars all over the world and it doesn't seem to end any time in the future!!
Photo by Vincent Michel
A marvellous installation of 1,000 casts of Russian, German and American combat helmets of WWII which also represent turtles, to denounce global violence, created by French artist Rachid Khimoune, is seen on Omaha Beach in Colleville sur Mer, western France, Sunday, June 5, 2011 at the eve of the D-Day Anniversary.
World War II veterans and Sen. John Kerry are commemorating the D-Day landings in Normandy at an iconic and eroding cliff.
The visit is one of several events along the coast Monday marking 67 years since Allied forces landed on a swath of beaches in Nazi-occupied France. The June, 6, 1944, invasion and ensuing battle for Normandy helped change the course of the war.
Kerry and the veterans are visiting Pointe du Hoc, where elite U.S. Rangers scaled jagged cliffs in one of the most trying missions of the invasion.
The limestone and clay cliffs have eroded by 10 metres (33 feet) since D-Day. Pointe du Hoc reopened to the public in March after extensive restoration efforts, organized by the American Battle Monuments Commission. Some half a million people visit the site each year.
Wonderful bell flowers out of Nelly's garden, which I received on my birthday in October. Just when I was at the lowest of my sadness due to many problems at home, this came up for me just in time!!
Nelly has helped me so many times and motivated me out of a nasty depression due to terrible times on my family's behalf! It's always great to have good friends as Nelly to boots morals and push me into the normalcy of life, no matter what!
So now I want to share this wonderful picture out of her wild garden with everyone! Thank you for the support and happy new year to everyone!
A world wide deadly weapon and what for? Shocking but this came up after I saw North Korea's launching a long-range rocket! North Korea fired a long-range rocket provoking international outrage, but a divided U.N. Security Council failed at an emergency meeting to agree on a reaction to Pyongyang's defiant move.
The reclusive communist state, which has tested a nuclear device and is in stalled six-party talks on ending its nuclear program, said a satellite was launched into orbit and was circling the Earth transmitting revolutionary songs.
In the video, Sam Cohen talks about his invention, the neutron bomb. Teaser for a documentary by Peter Kuran (Trinity and Beyond - the atomic bomb movie).
This book will tell us something we don't know already?
Shame on Former White House Press secretary Scott McClellan. He proved that he was not and is not to be believed or trusted!!
White House loyalists said they were surprised and dismayed by the new book in which President Bush's former press secretary, Scott McClellan, turns on his old bosses.
After defending the Iraq invasion for years, Mr. McClellan says in his memoir, "What Happened," that the administration engaged in a "political propaganda campaign to sell the war to the American people?" He also says that "top White House officials who knew the truth" about the leaking of former CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity "allowed me, even encouraged me, to repeat a lie."
While the criticism sounded familiar notes, Mr. Bush...
Added: May 28, 2008 (More info)
Katie Couric talks with Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer about the accusations Scott McClellan made against the Bush administration in his tell-all book "What Happened." (CBSNews.com)
McClellan latest White House figure to leave and tell
By Todd Leopold
(CNN) -- In 2004, just after the release of Ron Suskind's "The Price of Loyalty," a critical account of former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill's experiences in the Bush administration, Scott McClellan, then the administration spokesman, was asked what he thought of the work.
"I don't do book reviews," he replied, according to USA Today.
Maybe not, but McClellan might want to get ready to read a few.
With the publication next week of "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and What's Wrong with Washington," McClellan becomes the latest in a long line of Bush administration figures to tell their stories, particularly about the Iraq war and the handling of Hurricane Katrina.
Those who have written books include former counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke ("Against All Enemies" and the new "Your Government Failed You"), former Environmental Protection Agency chief and former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman ("It's My Party, Too"), former economic adviser Lawrence B. Lindsey ("What a President Should Know") and L. Paul Bremer, former U.S. administrator in Iraq ("My Year in Iraq").
Other administration figures, notably former Chief of Staff Andrew Card and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, are believed to have been primary sources for books by such journalists as Bob Woodward ("State of Denial").
Most of these works have been fiercely critical of the president and his chief aides, especially Vice President Dick Cheney, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and adviser Karl Rove. The books often describe Bush as detached and incurious, and they paint portraits of Cheney and Rumsfeld as champion infighters who steamroll dissent.
Why air such dirty laundry in public? Because there's a market, says presidential historian Stanley I. Kutler, author of such works as "The Wars of Watergate."
Kutler notes that most of these memoirs, which he dismisses as "instant books," "fall into a variety of categories. There are the ones that say, 'I got you' or 'I'm going to get my revenge.' " Occasionally, he adds, "you get a thoughtful one."
The books also can be quite lucrative, particularly for lifetime civil servants who have never enjoyed the lavish lifestyles of Washington power brokers. Some book advances to former White House figures have been high, such as the $1 million reportedly paid to Reagan Treasury Secretary Donald Regan for his memoir and the $2.75 million allegedly shelled out for a book by ex-Clinton adviser George Stephanopoulos.
Presidential aides writing memoirs is nothing new, though most used to wait until the president they served was out of office before putting pen to paper. Even then, such books were generally laudatory, Williams College history professor Susan Dunn said.
"These people were proud to serve their great men. Kennedy's men -- [Ted] Sorensen, [Arthur] Schlesinger -- they loved him. They weren't about to betray him" in their memoirs, she told CNN.com in 2000. (Indeed, Sorensen's new autobiography, "Counselor," continues in that vein; though Sorensen now admits Kennedy's flaws, he's still gracious in his storytelling.)
Such niceties began to disappear with the publication of works by members of President Nixon's administration, though men such as H.R. Haldeman and John Dean didn't publish until after Nixon had resigned.
The timing began accelerating during the Reagan administration. Alexander Haig, Reagan's first secretary of state; David Stockman, Reagan's budget director; and Regan all published books during Reagan's presidency about their administration experiences.
Both Haig's work, "Caveat," and Regan's memoir, "For the Record," featured quite a bit of score-settling. Regan's book is best remembered today for revealing that Nancy Reagan relied on an astrologer to pick dates for her husband's public appearances. (The astrologer, Joan Quigley, later wrote her own book.)
By the Clinton administration, such quick turnarounds had become the norm. Robert Reich had barely left his role as labor secretary before "Locked in the Cabinet," his 1998 memoir, was released; Stephanopoulos put out his memoir, "All Too Human," in 1999.
Though Kutler scoffs at the literary value of most of these works, he says they can be useful to historians in the future -- if they're looked at as a group.
"In 10 years from now, if I were trying to write a history of the Bush administration, I'd read this book and others and weigh them against one another: who seems reliable, what's his ax to grind," he says.
"They work in a cumulative way," he adds. "To put it in archaeological terms, [the McClellan book] is one more shard we pick up in piecing together the puzzle."
The upshots of the Lebanese political calamity rippled out across the Middle East with Saudi Arabia warning Iran that it could face renewed ostracism if it had a hand in the violence that has shaken Beirut and other parts of Lebanon over the past week. "Iran's relations with all Arab countries - or flush all Islamic countries - will be botched if it supported the coup that took place in Lebanon," Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said, referring to inter-party clashes that included a brief takeover of loyalist offices in western Beirut by Hezbollah and its allies.
Ahmadinejad did not directly respond to Prince Saud's remark at first questioning whether he had been correctly quoted and then declining to comment "out of respect for [Saudi] King Abdullah." He added, however, that if the Saudi foreign minister had made the remarks attributed to him, they must have been uttered "in anger."
Saudi Arabia's Sunni Royal family has been a staunch backer of Lebanese Premier Fouad Siniora's embattled government, while Shiite-led Iran has long supported Hezbollah, the opposition's single largest party as the battles broke out last week which have killed at least 62 people and wounded about 200 others.
Saudis sends sharp warning to Iran over Lebanon
By SAM F. GHATTAS 1 hour ago
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Saudi Arabia sent Iran a sharp warning over Lebanon Tuesday, saying Tehran's support for Hezbollah will damage its relations with other Muslim and Arab countries.
More soldiers fanned out through Beirut, with orders to use force to restore security to a nation shaken by nearly a week of sectarian clashes. Lebanese buried more of their dead and tried to resume life in a capital dissected by roadblocks.
The video explains that it's been to long the only voices politicians and policy makers have heard on American policy toward Israel and the Middle East have been from the far right. Neo-conservatives, right-wing Jewish leaders and radical Christian Zionists have succeeded in imposing their narrow definition of what it means to be "pro-Israel" on American policy, undermining Israeli and American interests and squashing real debate about American foreign policy in the Middle East.
Fight back today with J Street, a new pro-peace, pro-Israel political movement dedicated to a new direction for American policy in the Middle East.
US Jewish lobby gains new voice
By Max Deveson
BBC News, Washington
Are liberal Jewish voices in America being drowned out by powerful conservative lobbyists? A group of prominent left-leaning Jewish-Americans thinks so.
They have launched a new lobbying organisation, called J Street, which they hope will redress this perceived imbalance.
We know that legislation can involve a certain amount of moral and intellectual corner-cutting. But is it too much to ask that a bill called the "Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008" not contain a provision that might, at the margin, encourage home foreclosures? Apparently so, because the bipartisan Senate housing relief package includes just such a measure.
We refer to a $7,000 tax credit (payable over two years) to anyone who purchases a foreclosed home within a year of the proposal's enactment. Supposedly, this would help clear the nation's swollen inventory of repossessed properties, thus propping up home prices more generally. Here's the catch.
For lenders as well as borrowers, foreclosure is an expensive hassle. If at all possible, most banks would rather avoid repossessing a house, which they must then try to resell. But, by making it cheaper to buy a foreclosed house than a comparable unforeclosed property, the tax credit makes it more feasible to sell one.
The cost and hassle -- for the lender -- of foreclosure go down, and the benefits go up. Other things being equal, lenders would be that much more likely to foreclose -- rather than to help homeowners stay in their houses on modified terms.
There's an astounding anti-western and anti-Jewish attitude by SOD on Bo’s topic!!
Presently he is on to Tareks’ throat, the only Muslim I know with a decent mind.
If I may say, Farkous (Tarek) has been a member on 360-yahoo since February 2007 and an active member on my "facebook" forum since November 2001, I know him well for his kindness and good behavior. He knows that I'm Jewish and he has always behaved in a decent and respectful manner, his wife has been on "facebook" as well, they have two children, they both reside in Toronto.
I know that (Farkous) Tarek's parents are nice secular Muslims from Cairo - Egypt- also residing in Ontario since the 60s – so - instead of letting this guy SOD - accusing him as being a troll – he should better make an effort to check into his profile to know if he ‘is or not’ on BO'S friends list.
There’s also a date attached to every member showing their submission to these blog. All images and topics have dates whereas you may know their blogging pattern and style. Checking the calendar on the side columns could be an asset.
As I may also point out – that this is BO'S BLOG and not anyone else's. She is the reason that I came here on blog.ca, because she invited me here in January 2006, it is known that when she came on blog.ca there were almost no posts on political issues. I read somewhere that she practically gave a life to this site with her working colleagues; she often calls the “watercooler” group.
I liked this group, because they are well read and work in the entertainment business - so this why I stuck around, with absolutely no discrimination, and it's no one's business what is said there, and there’s no good reason to make an attempt to change people mentality there and SOD is not an invited gust there.
If this doesn't please anyone, I would suggest staying away. There are at least ten people of the Jewish faith on Bo’s blog, myself included and no one ever retaliates on Muslims or visa versa.
The Israeli issue is not anyone’s problem but the Israeli government, because so far I know that none in this group work for the Israeli politician.
Brigitte Gabriel’s topic came up and hell emerged there. Since when bloggers aren’t allowed to bring up an issue they feel like getting up for discussion? This sound so much like the protestor seen - up in arms because of a silly cartoon. Anyone see the similarity by this hateful character SOD (Sword of Democle)?
So please I hope people (SOD’s troopers) will get a HEART and stop throwing insults on Jews or whoever, as I see that Bo isn’t going to say anything because most probably she respects freedom of speech.
Maybe people not agreeing with the video could login into Brigitte Gabriel’s comment log to vent out their dull pain over her issue.