Cuban Missile Crises: In 1961, I was 16 years old, and the world held their collective breath, as the Soviet Union (Russia), ships sailed for Cuba, loaded with nuclear warheads, to place them on the island of Cuba! The world waited for over three weeks, as the ships sailed. I was afraid at that time, that a confrontation with the United States and the Soviet Union, would be the beginning of World War III, and I thought all peoples of the world would be annihilated! In the end, the Soviet ships turned back and went home, and the United States prevailed!
From: jplas.com; Effects of radiation on humans; A very small amount of ionizing radiation could trigger cancer in the long term, even though it may take decades for the cancer to appear. Ionizing radiation (x-rays; radon gas; radioactive material), can cause leukemia and thyroid cancer. There is no doubt that rediation can cause cancer, but there is still a question of what level of radiation it takes to cause cancer. Rapidly dividing cells are more suseptible to radiation damage. Examples of radiosensitive cells are blood-forming cells (bone marrow); intestinal lining; hair follicles and fetuses. Hense, these develop cancer first.
Three Mile Island nuclear melt-down; (Pennsylvania); In 1979, I was 34 years old, and I remember very well the nuclear melt-down at Three Mile Island. Here again, I thought radiation would kill us all, etc.
The Three Mile Island accident was a partial core meltdown in Unit 2 (a pressurized water reactor manufactured by Babcock and Wilcox) of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Daphin County, Pennsylvania
It was the most significant accident in the history of the American Commerical numlear power generating industry, resulting in the release of ut to 481 BPq (13 million curies) of radioactive gases, but less than 740 GBq (20 curies) of the particular dangerous iodine - 131.
The accident began at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 1979, with failures in the non-nuclear secondary system, followed by a stuck-open pilot-operated relief valve in the primary system, which allowed large amounts of reactor coolant to escape.
The mechnical failures were compounded by the inital failure of plant operators to recognize the situation as a loss of coolant due to the inadequate training and human factors, such as industrial design errors relating to the ambiquous control room indicators in the power plant user interface.
The scope and complexity of the accident became clear over the course of five days, as employees of the Met ED; Pennsylvania state employees; and the U.S Regulatory Commission, tried to understand the problem, communicate the situation to the press and to the local community, and decide whether the accident required an emergency evacuation and ultimately end the crises.
In the end, the reactor was brought under control, although the full details of the accident were not discovered until much later following extensive investigations by presidential commissions and the NRC.
The aftermath; Twenty-eight hours after the accident began, Lt. Gov. William Scranton appeared at a newss confrence to say that the Met Ed (plant owner) had assured the state that "everything is under control." Later that day, Scranton changed his statement saying that the situation was "more complex than the company led us to believe." There were confilcting statements about radiation release.
Schools were closed; and residents were encouraged to stay indoors. Farmers were told to keep their animals under cover and on stored feed.
The American attitude during the 1960's/70's vs. the American attitude in 2010:
In my view, there isn't a comparison. Back in the 1960's and 70'd American's were a fiesty bunch; protesting everything; raising hell over anything and everything the lying government did! American's protested the government for nearly two decades to make things right. Everything from women's rights and the end of the Viet-Nam war to the use of nuclear energy. In the end, the American people won out, with an ouster of an American President and the jailing of people in high places in the American government. I salute the American people for their tenacity in those days of protest and rebellion!
In 2010...the American people are sissies; apathetic couch-potatoes; with no clear direction as to what they want. They don't know how to protest! They don't know what they want! The only thing I see as a way of protest is this silly little Pee Party...oh excuse me...Tea Party that is laughable! American's have never settled for a third party...and the only purpose it will serve, is to upset the apple-cart one way or the other. As I said in one of my other articles...apathy is the closest way to self-destruction! Wake Up, America...before they kill us all...
Albuquerque Journal: June 12, 2010; Article headlines read;
"Kirtland Squad Recertified for Nukes"
Sub title reads;
"Base Stores Over 2000 Warheads" Article written by Charles Brunt of the Albuquerque Journal. The article reads:
"The Kirtland Air Force Base squadron that maintains an estimated 2,000 plus nuclear warheads at the bases underground weapons storage complex has been recertified to handle nuclear weapons.
Since January, the 898th Munitions Squadron has not been allowed to handle the nukes stored, maintained, shipped, and rotated in and out of Kirtland's Underground Munitions Maintanence and Sotrage Complex, one of two majoy storage areas for Air Force nuclear weapons.
The 898th, as well as its parent unit, the 498th Nuclear Systems Wing, were 'decertified in January (2010) at the request of Brig. Gen. Evrett H. Thomas, Commander of Kirtland's Nuclear Weapons Center.
The request came after the 898th and Kirtland's host unit, the 377th Air Base Wing received overall 'unsatisfactory' ratings in November (2009) following a six-day nuclear surety inspection by more than 85 inspectors with Air Force Materiel Command and the federal Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
A nuclear surety inspection evaluates a unit's ability to manage nuclear resources while complying with all nuclear standards. Of the 13 areas reviewed, deficiencies were observed in security, the Personnel Reliability Program and maintenance activities.
The wings were directed to adopt plans to address the deficiencies, and the 377th, then under the commany of Col Michael S. Duvall, passed a re-inspection in February (2010) Duvall retired in April. The 377th Air Base Wing, Kirtland's host unit, is now commanded by Col. Robert L. Maness.
The Federation of American Scientists estimates the Kirtland complex holds more than 2,000 nuclear warheads. Five senior noncommissioned officers with the 898th...meaning they held the rank of master sergeant or chief master sergeant...were reassigned in the wake of the failed inspection.
A base news release said the reliability and accountability of the Air Force nuclear stockpile 'was never a risk to security, safety or health associated with the decertification.'
Kirtland officials refused requests to be interviewed about the recertification. The Kirtland decertifications were the latest bumps in a rocky road to revamping the Air Force's nuclear mission, which was prompted by several high-profile errors involving nuclear weapons. Those errors ranged from leaving a ladder in a missle launch tube to mistakenly flying nuclear-tipped cruise missles from North Dakota to Louisiana.
As a partial response, Air Force officials shifted oversight of all Air Force nuclear weapons to the Nuclear Weapons Center, which had been set up at Kirtland in March 2006."
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What does an Air Force base Wing have to do to lose its certification in the dangerous game of nuclear? There are so many liars in the federal government, that you have to wonder about what you are told is the truth, etc. That's why the American people have to get rid of their couch-potato attitude...
It's not drill, baby, drill...it's protest, baby, protest; protest...before they kill us all...
The Atomic Bomb was developed in Los Alamos, New Mexico, about an hour from Albuquerque. The first bomb was tested in Alamogordo, New Mexico, about 200 miles south of Albuquerque. A waste-storage facility exists in Carlsbad, New Mexico, about 300 miles south of Albuquerque near the Texas line. I don't know about you...but the thought of radiation scares me!
Guess what's located about 4-5 miles to the west of this nuclear storage facility on Kirtland Air Force base? A busy airport runway...where hundreds of military aircraft and commercial airliners take off and land everyday! Unbelievable! If an airplane crashes into this storage facility in this mountain...it will light up everything from here to the Mississippi River! They're going to kill us all one of these days...
I live about five miles to the northwest of this nuclear storage facility! I live in a sleepy one-horse town called Albuquerque, New Mexico, with about 500,000 population...including the horse!
With the terrible Gulf oil spill in the summer of 2010, American's are going to have to decide what they want in the way of energy...and demand it from their leaders! (if we have any!) Gone are the days of apathy and couch-potatoitis...and with a deficeit of 13 trillion dollars...
In 2011...American's (a.k.a. candy-asses), have to learn how to protest...take back their government...or they'll kill us all...or bankrupt us all...
In a democracy...you have a choice...
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