Better to be aware of Bert

September 6th, 2015

~ Dew Line, New Line, Conelrad, ‘my bad’.

September 7, 2015 @ 04:30 UTC.

I just discovered that the planned place where DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER would have ridden out an atomic (nuclear) attack, if it had occurred, would have been deep within the same mini-mountain that contained (at the time) the largest stockpile of atomic and nuclear weapons anywhere in the world.  The irony, at first blush, seems so off the charts that the story (the truth) seems unbelievable.

At the exact same time (the same years) the Civil Defense folks were producing short films about Duck and Cover, featuring the good ol’ lovable green turtle named Bert.  These films, features and educational programs clearly stated that a thin piece of cloth could protect children and adults from radiation and nuclear blast burns.  These same programs, this same short ‘Bert’ film, also demonstrated that a desk, a street curb, or a simple well-built school hallway could save someone from the dangers of a nuclear blast.  The latest Wiki article on the subject says the same, only better.

Assuming that this is (or was) all true, the question I ask is, “why were they planning to fly EISENHOWER 1,700 miles away from Washington D.C. to an underground bunker near Albuquerque, New Mexico when a heavy raincoat and hat, and a short 6 mile trip to Falls Church, Virginia, would have done the job?  The Albuquerque area bunker, protected by over 50 stories of solid rock and earth, seems to be a mighty thick shell even for the longest lived tortoise, much less turtle.  It really appears that either the Military-Industrial Complex people, or the Civil Defense people were lying.  And if the later is true, the Wiki people are lying too.

Most Americans were, and are, pretty freaked out about nuclear weapons.  It’s not the survivor stories that got all the attention in Hiroshima; it was the death toll, the injured; it was those permanently damaged and disfigured by the endless radiation that carried the day, that had sway.

Duck and Cover was to cover what to do when one did not get advance notice of an impending attack.  The National Defense Highway System (now known as the Interstates) was built, was being built (in the early and mid 50’s), to get people the h’ out of ‘Dodge‘ (City, maybe in a real life Dodge car) when they were informed of the coming nuclear attack.

The trip wire, the line in the sand (really the line across tundra and ice), in Alaska and near the Arctic Circle (and in part of Canada too) was (is) the Dew Line (the DEW line); DEW was an acronym for Distant Early Warning.

The line really would not provide much warning for the incoming bombers and jets, the nuke or nukes on the way; the ‘early warning’ would basically just offer an hour or two, five hours at most, of advance warning, depending very much, of course, on where you were, where you are.

At the first sign, proof positive perhaps, of trouble and Washington D.C. would be notified; the President would board his nearby Lockheed Constellation already ready and waiting for the flight to KAFB in Albuquerque; and then the Conelrad Radio Decoy and Information System would go off and go on – or go on and go off.  In this way most people would be informed that it was too late to take the freeways (away and to safety, like EISENHOWER was doing at that moment, by air).

The reason Conelrad was created was that the Japanese planes followed the clear channel communications system AM radio broadcast beams in a straight-line to Hawaii.   No maps, or other navigational aids were needed, it was just tuning in and taking advantage of the wireless signals out there to royally wire Hawaii, or at least the sitting ducks (not covered) of the U.S. Pacific Ocean battleship fleet.

Conelrad was an alphabet soup name for “the plan for control of electromagnetic radiation (+).  The name had nothing to do with nukes really, it was not about that incoming radiation potential of the nuclear bombs.  The radiation was the broadcast rays, the outgoing electronic spin frequencies of the thousands of American radio wave towers; ‘Elrad’ was (is) the homing beam broadcast frequency system that could very quickly cause the loss of any nuclear war.  The only method of not being precisely targeted was to turn off the entire broadcast media (all TV, all Radio) and to observe ‘radio silence’ for the duration (of any war).

So the radio and media people devised a system, using ingenuity and science.  First, all TV stations would immediately leave the air, shut down, stop broadcasting.  This would be the signal that, by going down, something was up.   Then all the radio stations, each and every one “in voluntary cooperation” would say “turn to 640 or 1240 on your radio dial, NOW.”   Then every radio station in America would suddenly leave the air.  From that moment on there would be no beacon to guide fliers or flying objects to Berlin or Manhattan, not then anyway.

How EISENHOWER’S plane, a greatly modified Lockheed Constellation, would navigate its way to Albuquerque, a nearly 6 hour trip at 300 miles per hour, at this point is anybody’s guess.  Maybe the Columbine made the use of maps and a compass, obviously something the incoming Russian pilots would never have.

How much of the 1950’s was about the creation of fear rather than the implementation of clear practical solutions is, at this point, anyone’s guess.  The same might be said of the 30’s or 40’s I guess, and probably the 60’s too.  It certainly had a lot to do with 9/11.  The term for it now is “Fear Porn.”

I bring this point up because it is very hard to decide whether the hub-bub about the month of September is just fear porn or if it is, by some very remote fluke, the real thing – the real deal.

Wars, and rumors of wars, is always a bit common.  However the biggest fear porn piece (if that is what it is) that must be factored in to the ninth month of the 2015 equation is the January cover of the Economist magazine.  To say that the cover was bizarre is an understatement.  It is like an album cover for the Doors, for Sargent Pepper, for the worst of the Jefferson Airplane all rolled up into one.

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The Economist cover is supposed to be a head trip.  What is strange, about the strange days that the cover seems to depict (or predict) is that so few of the “Beware of September” pundits reference the original January 2015 Economist magazine cover image.  And yet, at the time, that’s is where the whole 2015 creepiness started.  And if you believe the Economist (what’s in there not to believe?), since the whole ordeal thing has only four months to play out, it is far more than just a September Song (as I said), and one, like in the song, does not even want to think of December.

The similarities between this song and the Cohen song linked above are disconcerting: wasted time, waiting game, days grow short, older and richer (and fame).  September Song doesn’t mention Manhattan (New York), Cohen clearly does.

This post began with a study of Bert, the turtle, the “hello animal” at the bottom of the Economist cover.  I’ll show you:


Basically Bert is at the bottom (base) of everything.  The top of everything (on the right) is an atomic cloud, or nuclear war, a bit higher is the eye (really ‘delivery means’) of the drone (remote control).  The whole earth watches from above (two faces, like the Greek drama mask), one side wet, the other dry.  The dry side looks happier, but not happy.  A missile launch represents technology (science), in the middle of the remote control and ‘the mushroom cloud type’ weapon.  This brings us back to ground zero, to Bert.

The “China Panic” is clearly depicted, now we know it was predicted.  Even Japan pretending to hold power (the battery), is seen.  But perhaps that is only a reminder of Fukushima being larger than even Japan.

The Beatles and the Brits and the 50 + 20 (the reflection) make 70, which connects with WW II and the UN.  The theme down there is old toys for young boys, back to the theme of September Song and Cohen.  It’s to whom the Pied piper plays, to the children, the dumb, the dilettantes, the immature.  The Piper is standing in water, Bert the turtle is headed there, but like Obama still dry.  The Queen stays dry by leaving in her Range Rover (to or near, or under, India).

The front row is backwards of course.  India then China, then the US, then Germany, finally Russia (as pictured) should be reversed; maybe it’s about changes, a new order.  England is less a part of the mix, the first tier.  It’s very clear that the Piggy Bank leaves London.

But, what is missing?  Am I wrong, is the Pope really missing?  Donald Trump is not in the picture, nor Bernie Sanders.  Hillary is (but she really isn’t).   The Greek crisis is missing.  The “storm the gates” immigration crisis just isn’t there.  In a year that has been about everything moving, the “predicted year” is incredibly stationary.  It’s static and wooden.  It’s like the Economist magazine and it’s backers – static, old style, wooden.  There is nothing really imaginative, nothing new.

So yes, there are the two arrows, stuck in the ground near the feet of Alice, in “wonderland.”  The two arrows are the two arrows that killed Cecil – Cecil of course being named after Cecil Rhodes.  It’s symbolic, the great white hunter “Cecil” is hunted, no “teeth” in it anymore.

Where is the animal life of the planet, the ecology, green grass and trees and running rivers, streams lakes and fish?  Two fish, gold or golden only.  One Panda, a humanoid, trans-something.  One dead tree branch, on which sits a ginger cat, a human mouthed tabby.  The only real animal is Bert.  He ducked.  He covered.  He carries on while every one above him waves a fond “goodbye.”

Maybe next years cover of the economist will carry pictures of real people, a real planet with plants, real water, and trees.  This year it was just a “cover” of Fear Porn, a fantasy, not a fact.  Maybe the bad guys and gals out there will try to figure out my meaning, my take on the future.  Or maybe they will try to work it out based on yoursThere is no white rabbit.  That is what’s missing.  There are no doors, no beetles, it is the worst of the airplane (all black).  Fade to black……

September really can be a new day, not just the last day, as it very well may be for some.


April 14th, 2013


~ It’s already past midnight in North Korea, and the same in Tokyo and Seoul.

I guess the U.N. / U.S. sanctions have kept Pyongyang off the world map, or at least off the map list of time zones.  It’s funny, even Kabul is there when Pyongyang is not, although their populations (at about 3.5 million each) are nearly identical.

The idea of “Countdown” and “Missile test/launch” is as embedded as one in the minds of boomers as is ferris wheels with pink cotton candy (although now it is hard to find an image of “both”).  Maybe this April, this season of the sun, might give us all a new understanding of “boomer” as it pertains to the leadership of this (my) generation; it’s (maybe) been said so long that one longs to hear it, to see it, you know it’s no drill?

It’s no quirk of history that Kim Sung-il was born the same day that the Titanic went down.   It’s a day or a night to remember that everyone seems to forget.

There was no countdown as the Titanic went down, no counting backward, no quest to reach zero.  Boomers had to be taught to count backwards, to see and learn the reverse, to think and see things “out of the box” (even if it were only the box of Pandora’s).  Counting down (and not up) was once as intuitive as reciting the ABC’s in reverse (C,B,A; but starting with “Z” or with Zed).  It took training videos such as this to teach us a new way to think, “scientifically”, to grasp the fact that things could go backwards, implosions not explosions; to make way for the missiles, the launches, the bombs (last sentence, “here it on FM radiomaybe).

Why must we always be forced to relive what we have worked so hard to forget?  Once it was the “Missiles of October”, now it seems to be the “Missiles of Monday”.  The forces were ready then as they really are now.  The “blockade” was there for the whole world to see; today they’re called “sanctions”.  As the whole world watched the Russian ships kept creeping closer; “would they hold back” or would they just cross the line?  The “hotline” was busy, Defcon TWO was de rigueur; French for “we’re ready”, meaning totally ready for a nuclear war.

Sure, some say (some said – then) that the world didn’t really face a real nuclear crisis.  Some said it was just Kennedy trying to scare us into a ban on the bomb.  It was a “weakness” they said, to exchange our missiles in Turkey for those in Cuba that didn’t really exist.  “Why compromise with the Russians”, when Curtis LeMay was ready to “take them all out”?  I lived it.  I know.  I remember.  I can never forget.

Fifty (50) years later and we still live with the bomb, the nukes, the nuclear submarines and all of the missiles.  The latest is word of a new detente with China, not Russia.  They want a “nuclear free peninsula”, some say “so really, so do we”.   But (China KNOWS) we will NEVER give up all OUR nukes in Korea, in the waters off their shores, in the air space so near and above them.  The “dry run” of the B-2’s from Missouri (the “show me” state) to an island 30 miles (east) off Kunsan, South Korea had nothing to do with a warning to Kim (Jong-un); it was a warning to “China’s top leaders” (note: no one is named).  The stealth nuclear bombers were on a “B”-line, stopping just a couple hundred miles from the target of Beijing (after a more than 7,000 mile non-stop journey, some say “trip”).

Like the nukes in the north, our nukes in the south – we are in TOTAL (official) denial.  We’ve been here before.  It was then the nuclear weapons, the missiles in Cuba, not Korea.  They were there, they were there; and all the Kings horses and all the Kings men couldn’t do anything but to secretly negotiate (via the hotline) to get them all out.

So it was then, as it is now.  Is Kim Jong-un really just bluffing?  Has the one hope of compromise (the hot line) been really shut down?  Will Obama (or his “brother”) really just make the call, just “pick up the phone”?  Or is it different this time?  Is it that the Titanic really is sinking?  Do we face a much worse “disaster at sea”?

I guess we shall see.  There is always hope against hope when for fifty (or 60) long years one brandishes nuclear weapons.  Is H-hour near?

2013.04.14 – 19:00.  

An addition to the original post:

It is 7:00 PM in Albuquerque, which means it is 9:00 PM in Washington and New York, which means it is now after 10:00 AM (Monday) in Pyongyang and Seoul.

Something very weird seems to be going on.

Sunday there was the free concert by Psy in Seoul.  His new record (song) seems to be a bomb, vulgar – just too out of place.  No “Gentleman” does not get the blondes.  In London and elsewhere “Ding Dong the witch is dead” IS popular and going even more viral while we speak (or as I write).  In Pyongyang on Sunday (yesterday) there was a marathon, runners from around the world, you KNOW the drill.

Yesterday (too) a new leader, Kim Yong-nam was the one making the news.  Today the “news” is that Kim Jong-un has not been seen for the last two weeks, meaning the “shuffling”of missiles and John Kerry’s warning about missile launchings being a “mistake” perhaps had nothing to do with Kim (Jong), but more with Kim (Yong).

All the usual journalists (in Pyongyang) from around the world, sent there to do a job, seem to have “slept in” this Monday.  There are NO reports.  Pyongyang has gone silent on the web.  No missiles have been launched – or have they?  Without someone saying something, nobody knows.

The big question of the day will be IF Kim Jong-un shows up, is seen – something.  The world (once again) is holding its collective breath.  Is it a Margaret Thatcher moment, this time in Korea?  And like “the witch”, the question of who might be celebrating, and what, and how and when may keep this crisis going for a long-long time.  Who knows?

New Update:  David Chance, writing from Seoul, reports that Kim Jong Un, “attended a midnight celebration (on April 14, 2013) of his father and grandfather’s rule with top officials including his kingmaker uncle Jang Song-thaek and the country’s top generals.”  If true, so much for the “not seen in two weeks” theory; but the point is that the story was written in Seoul.

2013.04.15 – 01:35.  

Kerry Nation

April 12th, 2013

Kerry Nation

~ Is it more like “Carrie Nation“, or the Kerry river, meaning de Nile?

There are so many things that come to mind and can be said when a Secretary of State goes rogue and pushes half a world toward war.  One might remember that it was Tojo and not Hirohito that became (or was) the “fall guy”, was executed, was considered the villain that caused the war; referring to an earlier war in east Asia.


I don’t know who trains American Secretary of States, teaches them words of wisdom like, “Walk quietly, but carry a big stick,” or even “We don’t want a wider war,” or the simplest advice against slippery lips (that might get one deeply into trouble) – “Loose lips, sink ships”.

This time it is “the ship of state”, meaning the United States (and not the S.S. United States), that is in very rough seas and is heading straight toward an iceberg or something far worse in kinds of trouble.

Leadership, like the captain of a ship, is supposed to be well educated, well trained, experienced and wise.  John Kerry is none of these.  He is a dabbler.  The only thing that has gotten him anywhere is his money, which one might note is considerable as consideration goes.

I imagine that John Kerry is in as much denial about the advantages of excessive wealth as he is about the reality that North Korea IS a nuclear weapons state.  Sure, one can parse the facts, slice the minutiae, try to put a spin on what doesn’t spin; but the reality of the situation is that all the palava about North Korea having, “fully tested, developed and demonstrated” missile deliverable nuclear weapons is (at best) a ruse.

The United States had not, “fully tested, developed and demonstrated” their nuclear punch until that day on August 9th that the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.  To many it might have been a “surprise” or a “surprise attack”, but to those aware and those informed, the United States had become a “nuclear weapons state” quite a long time before.

At what point the Manhattan Project “went nuclear”may be of some lasting debate.  Few seem interested in parsing all the facts and figures, factoring in B-29 developments, Hanford, Oak Ridge, preparing the runway at Tinian.  Or is it that the U.S.A. was not a nuclear weapons state even when “fat man” and “little boy” were still not fully (and absolutely completely) loaded:


What is most disturbing about Secretary John Kerry is that he is a lot like Chicken Little, he hides his head from what is OBVIOUS, demands a “demonstration” (before he will change his mind) and THEN warns against the demonstration that he has demanded, “it would be a “huge mistake” to test launch a medium-range missile”.

John Kerry, speaking for the Nation, is like Carrie Nation before him.  His only solution is a hatchet, a hatchet job, using what in today’s world is a giant axe (warning: disturbing content).

So, John Kerry may really believe that he got off the plane (from London) in Luxor, not Seoul.  What is harder to believe is how willing he is to ratchet up the rhetoric, to turn a simple and important (for North Korea) celebratory missile test into a new world crisis.  It is a wonder that HIS very disturbing statements, from an obviously very deranged and delusional mind, that very well could cause a nuclear war, are seen as less disturbing than the rock video linked above.  I guess most people are just not familiar enough with images from Hiroshima.

Are you worried yet?  Maybe it is time to just get rid of Kerry, to fire Kerry, to call for a Congressional Investigation into the reality of North Korean nukes.  Just maybe, our whole nation is at stake – Congress, Congresswomen and Congressmen, THIS is when we really need you..

2013.04.12 – 17:40.

Rogue State / Blue State

April 10th, 2013

Rogue State / Blue State

~ Is it the Anti-State or the Ante-State that one should be worried about?

I ran into a remarkable article today about the situation in the United States, Iran and Korea.  It is even more remarkable when there are articles such as this one about the censorship of the mainstream press, about the elephant in the room.

Thank you so much, to the artist, Leah Saulnier.

It’s hard to think of North Korea as the “red, white and blue” state.  A simple look at their flag might help:

The flag of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea:


Do you see the red, white and blue stripes, the star (not stars).  Does the “old tune” (perhaps) sound familiar, a little too familiar?

Can you see by the dawn’s early light
What we saw at the twilight’s last gleaming?
The rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
The ramparts we watched, while visually streaming?
The broad stripe, white stripes and blue,
Make us hope that with war, nothing is new.

The American “let’s make war” machine has had its cost.  In the lives of just one generation (the boomers) millions of lives have been lost, millions more have been taken or totally ruined.  The injuries and the injured are too great to count.  The physical suffering suffered by the physical troops in these wars is nothing compared to the economic havoc created; the ensuing obsession with guns, the resultant domestic violence (of course) and the mass production by the mass media of millions of the mentally “walking wounded”, which by this post I guess is proof that I’m one, that proudly I’m one.

I (until recently) had a neighbor, a friend (perhaps), that made nuclear weapons for a living.  Financially, it was a very good living in deed, it paid (and still pays) very well.  His opportunity at such a great career would not be so great if he had been born in Iran or North Korea (if the U.S. has its way, the say).  One person’s “freedom” is another’s “dead end job”.

My neighbor could live with himself (perhaps not easily, in his otherwise life of great ease) because of his fervent belief that the nukes he designed (help refine) would NEVER be used, or if used (like on Hiroshima or Nagasaki) their use would SAVE LIVES.  He said this often enough to maybe be like, “again and again”.

Everyone (in America) has a neighbor like this.  What matters is what you believe, not just what you do.   It is the belief that U.S. nukes are OK, and that it’s OK to use them that has gotten us (the U.S.) into this mess, meaning the mess in Korea, the mess in Iran, the mess in Syria and Afghanistan and everywhere else that we’re “messin'”.

What the world really needs now is a new type of weapon, even better than nukes.  Maybe North Korea could invent it, maybe Myanmar or some other country with sanctions (this list is just a start).  Then all the sanctioned nations could get together and “share”, “have partners”, agree in agreements that no other nation in the world could have what they had, the ability to destroy the world (or any country that they didn’t “like”).  How fast everything would shift.  Smoking stogies (old stogies) and wearing longyis could soon become all the rage, and riding scooters (walking, not driving cars).

But this week it looks like “same old, same old” the “same-same” weapons, or need for weapons, the same weapons, nuclear weapons (before someone comes up with something much worse) might be used.  Maybe, we’ll see (sometime soon) if we (or they) will use them.  Then (we or they) can strike right back; then the weapons will be seen as “fair play” when their use, the threat of use, just their possession by any nation is NOT FAIR and is NOT PLAY.  A new world brought about by the threat of using nuclear weapons is not a worthy new world at all.  So maybe Kim Jong Un’s message is right, don’t just talk – Do it!, “Just do it”.  Let’s get it over with, “push the button”, “push all your buttons”, let me push your buttons; if you can’t “walk the walk”, don’t just “talk”, don’t just threaten – it really gets old, it gets very old (and I’m not old, I’m young), I have a life ahead (for me and my people) who can’t move on unless all the threats are put behind us, Amen or Goodbye or whatever.

Real leadership is not so much as coming up with something new as it is pointing out (clearly) something that most people never saw.  I am convinced that many people, most so-called leaders and business leaders don’t really realize that both America and most of the rest of the world are really (pretty much) going nowhere.  Science is out of hand and well-funded while most social scientists are left to all but starve.  Philosophers and poets and poetry languish, people who live the life of simple needs and solid values are few and far between.  Going green has become a euphemism for an annual consumption that 99% of the world’s population could never possibly afford.  There is no “new” new economy; the excess and the waste is driving the planet to a certain (and soon) ruin.

I really don’t think that Kim Jong Un is bluffing.  It is NOT U.S. or foreign aid that he wants.  He doesn’t want to make or use nuclear weapons, or to target Seoul, or to destroy L.A. or Washington D.C. with a bang.   He sees the faces of all Korea, mostly wearing uniforms, and that is where he wants to see a way out; not his parents and grandparents Oldsmobile; he grew up with uniforms and the constant threat of war – in that there is NO FUTURE, he’s just fed up and tired (of the endless past).  Those that have said that he has no road map for an off-ramp or an “escape” are probably right.  It’s not about the influence of China (or Russia).  They have happily “played the game” too.  The game is old and stale, has no resonance, is like a broken drum that now needs turning.

The “idea” of America began with the notion that Manhattan (the entire island even) could be “bought” with a few trinkets and glittery beads.  Today a generation is “bought off” with a few laptops (facebook and “like”) and cellphones.  There is nothing to like about selling life so short when there could have been such a much better future.  In Korea a Papasan was revered, and every Mamasan too.   (Warning:  Now the word, words have quite a different meaning)  They (both Papa Sans and Mama Sans) wore a special hat (after age 60) so everyone would know that they had passed beyond politics and physical hard work and were now really retired.  In America what was once taken for granted in a “third world country” has been replaced by arguments about food and foodstamps and social security when in fact there is none.  Real retirement is at ones real peril.

I have lived a long life that in many ways was barely worth living.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful, very grateful.  The point is that I have had many ideas (over a very long time) that were really very good.  I’ve had talents, the most of which, the best of which have gone unused.  I was born in a world, a nation, dedicated to the military and to war.  From the git go I was taught that the purpose of life was to “make things” and “buy things” and “sell things” and that little else mattered.  I have known for a long time that it is really not so.  I have “fought the good fight” and substantially lost, but I keep writing instead, or keep writing as if it were “hope against hope”, who really knows.

I could be wrong about Kim, but I really don’t think so.  I was young once, had high hopes for the world, my nation, all that.  He has what I never had, both money and power.  He knows what a difference both of those things can make.  Can he change the world?  If he doesn’t back down, the answer is YES!  War or peace, the era of the nuclear threat will be over.   And that in itself will be nothing but good.

Pray for Peace.  Pray for Change.  Pray for an end to ALL nuclear weapons.   Are you with me yet?

2013.04.10 – 21:30. 

An addition to the original post:

So now the secret that John Kerry hid is officially out.  The Secretary of State lied. On April 3rd (just one week ago) he said, “The United States will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state.”  Tonight we find that North Korea is and has been a “nuclear weapons state”.

The news, as alluded to in the above Judy Collins link [sometime soon] regarding “southern Colorado“, is from U.S. Representative Doug Lamborn of Colorado.   He revealed “that North Korea has the ability to launch nuclear-armed ballistic missiles” according to a DIA study that has long been circulating in Washington, or has been circulating long enough for Secretary of State John Kerry to know: Dynamic Threat Assessment 8099: North Korea Nuclear Weapons Program – March 2013.

John Kerry is currently enroute from London to Seoul, South Korea.  I really hope there are reporters there that have the courage to ask him why he lied, and since North Korea is officially a nuclear weapons state what he is going to do about “accepting it”.

The passage of the DIA report that Doug Lamborn reported was “erroneously” misclassified as “unclassified”.  Blunders like this do not create confidence regarding the U.S. position should there be a war.  It’s like when the U-2 “disappeared” over Russia and Eisenhower said it was a “weather plane from Turkey”; then Khruschev produced the spy plane pilot, alive.  U.S. credibility took a very major hit.  John Kerry has A LOT to answer for, thank God for “no secrets”.

2013.04.11 – 22:46. 

No Time for Old Men

April 8th, 2013

No Time for Old Men

~ Or are we just “Biden our time”.

The clock is clearly tickin’.  However, the Doomsday Clock clearly hasn’t noticed the crisis in Korea.  Many others have.  Some of those that have have might even be called “leaders”, “world leaders” or just military persons on the stage.  The rest of us are seemingly just Twistin’ the Night away.

From the time (April of 1962) that Sam Cooke came out with “Twistin'” until six months later we all (in Korea) were busy twisting the night away.  In Cuba, during this time, another young leader (age 36) was (as now) seeking “nuclear parity” with America.  He too was “tired of being pushed around and being constantly threatened by the damn Yankees”.

I have posted the teletype copy of President Kennedy’s speech.  As Kennedy spoke SAC B-52’s were circling in the sky, ships were at station.  The hotlines were hot.  Everyone thought that the U.S. was ready for war, “we’ll go in and get them.”

What was not known then, and what was only found out years later was that hundreds of tactical nuclear warheads were already up and running in Cuba.  Too, enough longer range missiles were ready to reach and nuke at least a few U.S.A. cities.  To the military (and the President) it certainly would have been a surprise as the landing forces were pummeled by nukes for which they clearly weren’t ready.

During that week in October there was a party going on, a twist party.  I was hunkered down in the home of a U.S. Major on South Post in Seoul, doing the twist.  What better way to spend your time if you think that maybe soon you will die.  My GI friends (and officers too) anticipated being in Pyongyang within three days of war breaking out.  They knew that first the U.S. would nuke the city (of Pyongyang).  Going north would be like nothing, so they told themselves (and me).   Maybe they were right, but that was then.

Quotes about a new Korean War:

So much of life these days, including the “rumours of wars” is second hand news, quotes from unnamed sources, a misquote or misinterpretation of relevant facts.  The design (intentional or not) is to create an image, like North Korea is “bad”, like being young is “bad”, like being old (or too old) and having power is “good”.  It’s like the mantra of Vietnam all over again – one Asian war fits all.

So yes.  On the airwaves (of late) there HAS been a whole lot of chatter.  So Sunday I assembled a collection of quotes.  I added a new one or two, today.  The idea is to listen and try and make some sense of the chatter and (to) see what the “h—” is going on before all h— begins to break loose, if it does.

It’s a “last chance” to look carefully at what really happened, “before the war” and how “we” (really “thee”) allowed it to happen.  History will quickly rewrite itself once any war starts and will keep doing so til the end.  Old myths, old lies will be repeated again and again (so often) that in time they will be believed, be quoted, be requoted until they become the gospel for the next war and the one after that.  It’s the new “world war order”; where in fact there is never ever anything new.

The antidote to too many tensions is to stay loose.  Don’t plan.  Don’t react.  Don’t give way to fear.  Do the right thing.  Try to let go and maybe move on.  My analysis of the summary of quotes is in the section that follows.  The one haunting line is: “Give me a call.”  Maybe give him (Kim Jong Un) a break, the guys of a new generation, cell phones and all; save the world – one call.

A little history never hurt anybody:

The familiar meme begins 63 years ago (or something).  “North Korea started the war”, “North Korea is a communist puppet”, “North Korea can do nothing without support from Russia or China”.  Actually things are a little more murky.

Korea, “Great Korea” (the nation of Chosun), or “United Korea” was not divided at the end of the war (meaning World War II).  Things changed in August and September of 1945.  You see, a secret deal was arrived at involving FDR and Stalin in December of 1943 wherein Russian troops would occupy everything north of the 38th parallel and American troops would control everything south.  At the Yalta Conference (4-11th, 1945) FDR, Stalin and Churchill ratified this “understanding”. On April 12th (1945), two months later, FDR who was in very poor health at Yalta, was dead (at age 63).

The Yalta agreement promised “in due course” Korea shall become free and independent.  Roosevelt felt that three or four years from the time of the Japanese surrender would be keeping with “in due course”.  The Korean government in exile in China (not “communist” yet) preferred freedom now.

The United States used the post war time to install the vigorous anti-communist Syngman Rhee as “leader” (despot) in South Korea.  He purged the countryside and capital in Seoul of “communists”.  Tens of thousands were murdered and died, infuriating friends and relatives living in the “north”.  Soon, all Korean dissidents (freedom loving people in the south) were silenced.

In December, 1948, the U.N. General Assembly recognized the Syngman Rhee
in the south (American Zone), as the only lawfully constituted government in Korea, over all Korea.  Meanwhile, the Kim Il Sung government in the north (Russian Zone) believed that the People’s Republic was the only lawfully constituted government in Korea, over all Korea.

Without discussing all the ins and outs of the Korean War and the decades after, one thing is clear.  67 years later, sixty-seven years after the physical partition of Korea the southern half of Korea (the American Zone) is still occupied by the United States and 28,000 U.S. troops.  There are NO Russian troops occupying North Korea and no Chinese troops stationed there either.

The fact is this:  “In due course” United Korea remains divided sixty-seven years later.  “In due course” didn’t work, it was a U.S. promise that never was kept.

Every which way but loose:

The “old ideas” from old women and men as seen below reflect a western media image of what we’re supposed to know about North Korea.  “It’s all about China and Russia”, the implication is Korea can’t stand alone.  Richardson speaks for the millions in saying, “It’s all about going nuclear.”  The reality is that nuclear weapons, nuclear power is the only thing that offers parity and peace.  Turn the Pacific Ocean and the air above it into a nuclear free zone, free of missile tests and submarine launches and North Korea will get rid of its nuclear ambitions in a New York minute.  It’s up to the U.S., China and Russia, Japan and others to really decide.

Is North Korea a nuclear state?  Great Britain says yes, the U.S. says no, New Zealand is undecided.  William Hague said it best, “There are no indications that North Korea is preparing for war,” how can it; it is a state that according to the U.N. doesn’t even exist.

Greta Van Susteren sees what she wants, not an impartial observer.  She should of gone to a concert, gotten off the main square on Army Day.  But then again, the North Korean women are more talented, smarter and younger – no wonder she (apparently) wants to “nuke them”.

War is never a joke.  Military occupation, foreign bases, planes and missiles flying halfway across the world to demonstrate war is not a “good neighbor policy” in anyone’s book.  Certainly not in mine.

I spent the better part of two and a half years in “South” Korea.  Most of the time I lived on a U.S. military base surrounded by guards, high fences and barbed wire.  The idea was to keep North Korean infiltrators out, and to keep the South Koreans out too.  Too often the “gooks” were seen as not friends, but just the people who lived there (in Korea).  The comments below indicate that regarding the Koreans of the north, very little has changed and that is SO WRONG.

Born in the 1920‘s:

Fidel Castro (August 13, 1926) age 86.
April 5, 2013:
“It would not be just to forget that such a (nuclear) war (in Korea) would affect, in a special way, more than 70% of the world’s population.”

Born in the 1930‘s:

John McCain (August 29, 1936) age 76.
April 7, 2013:
“News that North Korea is expected to go ahead with a missile launch signals a catastrophe of enormous proportions.”

Madeleine Albright (May 15, 1937) age 75.
April 7, 2013:
“China holds the key that will either unlock a war or keep the regional tensions at bay.”

Born in the 1940‘s:

Joe Biden (November 20, 1942) age 70.
April 5, 2013:
The affirmative task we have now is to create a new world order.”

John Kerry (December 11, 1943) age 69.
April 3, 2013:
“The United States will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state.”
April 12, 2013:
“It would be a huge mistake (for North Korea) to test launch a medium-range missile.”

Chuck Hagel (October 4, 1946) age 66.
April 3, 2013:
“The actions they’ve taken over the last few weeks present a real and clear danger and threat to the interests… of our allies.”

Bill Richardson (November 15, 1947) age 65.
April 7, 2013:
“That whole Asian area is a tinderbox.”

Born in the 1950‘s:

Chuck Schumer (November 23, 1950) age 62.
April 7, 2013:
“The Chinese hold a lot of the cards here.”

Martin Dempsey (March 14, 1952) age 61.
April 10, 2013:
“We must assume the worst case, that’s why we’re postured as we are today.”

Vladimir Putin (October 7, 1952) age 60.
February 27, 2012:
“I am convinced that today it is essential to be particularly careful.  It would be inadvisable to try and test the strength of the new North Korean leader and provoke a rash countermeasure.”
April 8, 2013:
Conflict on the (Korean) peninsula could cause greater devastation than the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.”

Xi Jinping (June 15, 1953) age 59.
April 7, 2013:
“World peace should not be put at risk because of a single country. No one should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gain.”

James Thurman (September 19, 1953) age 59.
April 7, 2013:
“If they decided to, you know resume hostilities, I think we’ve got to be ready to go.”

Greta Van Susteren (June 11, 1954) age 58.
April 7, 2013:
“The whole time we were there, all we saw was preparation for war.”

Shinzo Abe (September 21, 1954) age 58.
March 29, 2013:
“North Korea is the most pressing example justifying more freedom to join Americans in a range of other potentially hostile situations, including any that might involve China.”

Lindsey Graham (July 9, 1955) age 57.
April 7, 2013:
“I could see a major war happening if the North Koreans overplay their hand this time (and Kim Jong Un attacks South Korea).  The North loses and the South wins, with our help. That’s what happens.”

Born in the 1960‘s:

Jon Huntsman (March 26, 1960) age 53.
April 7, 2013:
“U.S. and Chinese interests, for the first time in a long while, are aligned.”

Michele Flournoy (December 14, 1960) age 52.
April 7, 2013:
“I think we have to convince this new, young, inexperienced leader that he’s playing a losing hand.”

William Hague (March 26, 1961) age 62.
April 7, 2013:
“There are no obvious signs that North Korea is preparing for war.”

Dennis Rodman (May 13, 1961) age 51.
March 3, 2013:
“He (Kim Jong Un) wants Obama to do one thing: Call him.”

Barack Obama (August 4, 1961) age 51.
March 25, 2012:
“The decision to launch the satellite, which is to be mounted on a long-range missile, would breach North Korea’s obligations, since missile launchings are barred by United Nations sanctions.”
April 11, 2013:
“Nobody wants to see a conflict on the Korean Peninsula.”

Read more here:

John Key (August 9, 1961) age 51.
April 7, 2013:
“What I said was if there was a situation that got to the extreme, New Zealand would consider its position.”
David Cameron (October 9, 1966) age 46.
April 4, 2013:
“It’s a fact that North Korea does now have missile technology that is able to reach, as they put it, the whole of the United States and if they are able to reach the whole of the United States they can reach Europe too. They can reach us too.”

Born in the 1980‘s:

Kim Jong Un (January 8, 1984) age 30.
March 3, 2013:
“I don’t want to do war. I don’t want to do war.  President Obama should call me.”
March 31, 2013:
“North Korean nuclear weapons act as a deterrent to potential aggressors and as a foundation for its prosperity.”

2013.04.09 – 00:50.

An addition to the original post:

The fighting during the first three years of the Korean War was temporarily ended by the signing of an Armistice Agreement (now nullified) on July 27, 1953.  I found this photograph of that event.  It is not the same picture that western eyes are used to seeing.   In the picture on the left below Kim Il Sung (born April 15, 1912) is just 41 years old.

To the right you can see a picture of his grandson Kim Jong Un taken a few weeks ago.  the truth is that it appears that North Korea has a Great leader that somehow never dies.  One can’t help but feeling that this person signed the armistice, and when it didn’t work, has now changed his mind.


2013.04.11 – 00:60. 

My Korean War

April 5th, 2013

My Korean War

~ “Take me to where the action is” – Freddy Cannon

I was in Korea in the summer of 1962.  AFKN (American Forces Korea Network, the radio station) was playing the latest Freddy Cannon hit “Palisades Park“.  That was before the real Palisades Park became the densest “Little Korea” community in America.  Such is the power of war, military occupation, rock & roll and the passage of time.

Anyway: “Action”; “Sunset strip”; “Drivin’ drums”; sounds like a war to me.

I moved to South Korea when it was poor.  Not one house in a hundred outside of Seoul had running water.  The main North – South road (the one on which one might escape to Pusan) was still mostly a two lane dirt and gravel highway with enough hairpin turns and dilapidated bridges to cause any military commander to pause.  I drove the entire distance (both ways) with my father to check out this road.  No U.S. military commander in South Korea at the time had ever done this.

My father was of course concerned.  His USOM/K Department (Department of Public Works) had something to do with water and highways.  It was personal too.  The theory was that in case of a North Korean attack all the American civilians in Seoul would drive to South Post, park near the golf course, then move south toward the railroad tracks and then wait on the north shore of the Han River for some unknown military watercraft that would come along to take “everyone” (or almost everyone) across.

We could see the golf course and the railroad tracks from our house.  In case of war we would not have far to walk.  We used to watch the trains moving tanks down from the DMZ (into Seoul) whenever there was a South Korean military coup or attempted takeover.  The government was pretty much one dictatorship after another.  When we arrived (in Korea) in 1960 the government was still spearheaded by the murderous despot Syngman Rhee.  I still have coins that show his head.  It was a given that he was just an out of control U.S. puppet.

Then the “students” took control in a student led revolution.  Syngman Rhee was out; he left Korea for an idyllic (protected and pampered) life in Hawaii.  It wasn’t long before the military put the student’s ideas about a real democracy to rest.  Tanks began to roll as Colonels and other officers took (or tried to take) the role of President, CEO of Korea, Inc., or just “head of the new Junta”.  The U.S. then pretty much was the force defending the DMZ (the Armistice Line set up in 1953 to temporarily stop the fighting).

In the early 1960’s Korea was legally a country at war.  It still is.  There might be something that might be said about the notion of “legal” wars; agreements of armistice without any interest in treaties of peace; of governments and UN organizations that think such open ended agreements might really (or even “should”) last.  The U.S. has had its chance.  To quote Ban Ki-moon UN “Head” from South Korea, “The situation has gone to far”.  Sixty (60) years without a treaty or direct negotiations between the two principal antagonists is silly, unless you benefit from such a status quo.

If the river craft ever came, or a pontoon bridge was somehow erected, the military (meaning the USA / UN Command) told everyone (meaning the civilians) that the road south would be “clear sailing”.  You will be in Pusan (or the perimeter) in less than a days time.  You will be safe.  From Pusan (Busan) you will be flown out to Japan; from Japan to America, maybe back to Palisades Park as the case my be.  My father was not military.  That’s why WE took the trip, to question authority, to investigate the claims.

My biggest memory of life in Korea is (My) playing a lot of Risk!  The board game was fairly new then.  Don’t let the graphics fool you; it’s a lot about life when the military takes over; when ones entire country seems like an armed camp; when the entire globe is portrayed as a battle field with “your armies” scattered everywhere from the Middle East, to Northern Europe, to Japan and Afghanistan including in Venezuela and countless places elsewhere.   Build up your forces, then with or without warning, “over the border”, Afghanistan to China, you don’t stand a chance.

It’s very easy to get used to the life of the Officer’s Club in Korea.  The Club itself had a nightly buffet, on Sunday there was an ice skulpture.  Live entertainment was offered, Korean groups that danced and sank or tried to sing in English but didn’t really know the American words or known how to really say them.  There were tennis courts (and good ones).  There was the golf course that I mentioned, and played on.  There were bars for the Officers and houses for wives and children and a huge, very inexpensive, PX (Post Exchange) on Main Post and a modern Commissary that was like (or better than) the best Safeway Store in Washington D.C.

The Korean War (then) had become mostly a game.  The United States had nuclear weapons (at Osan) ready for the planes stationed at Osan (Air Base).  If North Korea attacked, everyone knew we would just “nuke em”, like MacArthur had advocated; drop enough nuclear ordinance to bomb em’ back to the dark ages.  That would stop them.  Everyone knew the North Koreans knew.  That is why there would NEVER be war.  Never.  Not with “us” having nukes.

Nobody worried (then) too much about Japan.  It was a great place (of course) for R&R (Rest and Relaxation).  The American (military) golf courses in Japan were better, and more of them.  The Japanese girls were better at carrying a tune.  The PX at Tachikawa was perhaps the biggest in Asia.  Besides the reel to reel tape recorders and a huge selection of Japanese transistor radios and sake sets the PX had specialty items like refurbished Pachinko machines that were offered for about $5.  To own one was as close (then) to Gangnam Style as anyone could get.

Other than that (the above) there wasn’t much to Japan other than the Tokio Tower and Godzilla movies, Shinto temples and the scenery.  Nobody worried about the radiation from U.S. nuke activity in North Korea blowing over to (over) Japan.  Nobody worried in 45′, nobody was worried “now”.  There was no Japanese industry worth mentioning to fail from fallout, no informed population that would clamor for shelter and shelters.

Additional fallout (from Korea) falling on Anchorage, Portland or Seattle would not be noticeable.  This was the era of Tsar One, when 100 megaton atmospheric tests were deemed (if not pleasant) “acceptable”.   Radiation falling all over America (then) did not seem an issue; at least not like “now”.  [Note:  43 days after the Test Ban treaty championed by President Kennedy went into effect JFK was assassinated.]

The United States is clearly living in the past.  At least two million Americans alive today have lived in Korea, not counting another 1.5 million Korean Americans, of which many were born in Korea.  The plan for winning a new hot war in Korea calls for about 650,000 more Americans being assigned to live in Korea, in combat roles.

The U.S. would have to all but evacuate Afghanistan, leave Germany, call up every reserve.  The draft would return immediately.  The energy supply and transportation grid would crumble under the demand for munitions, new chemical uniforms, boats and planes to get everyone there and to supply the brothels (there) to keep all the male and female and same-sex troops happy.  Things at VA hospitals would be a disaster.

The U.S. has very limited nuclear options because of the radiation (clouds) that would swarm Japan and hit in two to five days the U.S. west coast.  Chemical weapons are out because North Korea would then have the “right” to use them.  Other alternatives for winning the war are slim to none; estimates are “incomings” hitting Seoul at 10,000 – 100,000 rounds per minute without North Korea even crossing the DMZ and without the NK going nuclear.  One to 5 million pieces of ordinance could be unleashed by North Korea in just the first hour.

The idea of “deterrence” applies only when there is a fear of the potential destruction.  North Korea has “no fear” because they have so little to lose.  Most of what North Korea has is buried deep underground.  The city lights and factories and discos are in South Korea, on the surface, easy targets just begging to be hit by artillery and rockets; like shooting fish in a barrel.  The U.S. policy in Korea is based on an outdated (1960’s) bravado.  It is like believing a pontoon bridge across the Han River will save you.  No, it would never happen; not then, not now.  North Korea is the only country on earth really ready, with shelters, with nerve; with buried food supplies, ready for a nuclear war, or nuclear winter.

The modern nuclear weapon is about “pulse”, not megatons.  It is EMP that matters more than “blast” and “heat”.   An orbiting payload is like a drone that nobody sees.  EMP can easily take just about everything not wired and shielded out.  Look at the roads, U.S. versus North Korea:


Road in U.S.                                       Road in North Korea

What is the difference?  In the U.S. the poles follow the road, they are open and visible and vulnerable because the electrical lines and communication lines are not buried.  Look at the roads in North Korea.  There are no lines in sight, the lines are probably buried like they would be in America if there were really “Homeland Security”.  Either EMP or commandos or terrorists, open lines along roads are so easy to “take down” or “take out”.

I’ve written until I’m blue in the face about the sadistic carnage against the civilians of North Korea during the (1950’s) Korean War.  The strategy was to burn all the cities with napalm and to drown all the villages by bombing the dams.  30% of North Korean civilians thus died.  When that was not enough, we threatened to Nuke them.  We killed 25,000 Koreans (held as slave labor hostages) in our atomic attack on Hiroshima, calling the victims “Japanese”.

You can live in fear long enough.  After awhile it just doesn’t matter.  The price of annual war games and saber-rattling is finally too much.  UN sanctions don’t really matter.  The entire massacre in North Korea was done under the rule, the ratification, the wave of THIS flag:

Has not the United Nations punished North Korea enough?  Nobody at the UN ever spoke up to help them when the B 29’s dropped all the napalm and destroyed all the dams.  It was the people the UN was after, not the leadership, not the government.  There are North Koreans alive today that lived it.

So, Kim Jong Un is probably right.  There’s a new world out there, somewhere.  It’s not his responsibility to define it, create it or make it happen.  The only thing that IS CLEAR tonight is that Mr. Kim (on behalf of his people) refuses to live in the old “same old – same old” world any longer.  He is demanding of the world and the United States to “move on”.  Mr. Hagel, Mr. Kerry, Mr. Obama and Mr. Reid the world is in your hands tonight.  Do what’s right.  Offer North Korea written promises and a TREATY.  Let the Hermit Kingdom live in a world of their own if they have to.  Use your power to protect them, not to try and (once more) destroy them.

You have just under five days (after having wasted the past 60 years) to make a decision and to make all amends.  Do it now.  Do it openly.  This chance for peace will NOT come again.

2012.04.06 – 04:56

Mark 17 Thermonuclear device dropped near Albuquerque

May 22nd, 1957

Mark 17 Thermonuclear device dropped near Albuquerque

~ 10 megaton bomb nuclear weapon accident.

On Wednesday, May 22, 1957 a 42,000 pound (21 ton) 10 megaton nuclear weapon dropped from a USAF B-36 as it approached Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  At the time of this nuclear weapon accident this nuclear bomb was the largest and most destructive weapon of mass destruction ever deployed.

The narrative regarding what happened just before noon on May 22, 1957 south of Albuquerque begins with this (circa 1980) DOD typewritten summary (typographical errors have been corrected):

The DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Narrative Summaries of Accidents involving U.S. nuclear weapons – 1950 through 1980  (Source)

May 22, 1957 / B-36 / Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
The aircraft was ferrying a weapon from Biggs AFB, Texas. to Kirtland AFB.  At 11:50 a.m. MST, while approaching Kirtland at an altitude of 1,700 feet, the weapon dropped from the bomb bay taking the bomb bay doors with it.  Weapon parachutes were deployed but apparently did not fully retard the fall because of the low altitude.  The impact point was approximately 4.5 miles south of the Kirtland control tower and .3 miles west of the Sandia Base reservation.  The high explosive material detonated (on impact), completely destroying the weapon and making a crater approximately 25 feet in diameter and 12 feet deep.  Fragments and debris were scattered as far as one mile from the impact point.  The release mechanism locking pin was being removed at the time of release.  (It was standard procedure at that time that the locking pin be removed during takeoff and landing to allow for emergency jettison of the weapon if necessary.)  Recovery and cleanup operations were conducted by Field Command, Armed Forces Special Weapons Project.  Radiological survey of the area disclosed no radioactivity beyond the lip of the crater at which point the level was 0.5 milliroentgens (ICRP definition).  There were no health or safety problems.  Both the weapon and capsule (fissile core) were on board the aircraft but the capsule (fissile core) was not inserted for safety reasons.  A nuclear detonation was not possible.

“The aircraft” was a B-36 J, (serial number 52-2816) one of 260 B-36 giant propeller driven and jet assisted long range bombers made (starting in 1946, ending in 1954) and adapted for use in the United States nuclear delivery arsenal.  It was the only aircraft at the time that could carry the giant megaton class nuclear weapons that the U.S. was creating to obliterate Soviet cities.


The specific aircraft in question was based at Biggs Air Force Base, just northeast of downtown El Paso, Texas (near Fort Bliss), very near to the southern border of New Mexico (just 200 miles, about 30 minutes flight time, from Albuquerque).  The aircraft was assigned to the the 95th Bombardment Wing, then stationed at Biggs as a part of the Curtis Emerson LeMay Strategic Air Command (SAC) intercontinental strike force.

“The weapon” in question was a Mark 17, 10 megaton production hydrogen bomb.  The first bomb of this type was tested in Nevada on March 26, 1954 (Project Romeo).   By April of 1954 the Mark 17 was in production.  The production bomb had a steel casing about 3.5 inches thick, it was 24 feet 8 inches long, 61.4 inches in diameter, and weighed between 41,400 and 42,000 lbs.  The bomb had a destructive capacity greater than 500 times that of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima (20 kilotons – 10 megatons).

By 1957 the weapon (200 Mark 17’s were made) was obsolete.  The new Mark 36 hydrogen bombs, lighter and capable of being carried in both the B-57 and B-52 aircraft, were in full production.  The “old” Mark 17 hydrogen bombs were being delivered to Sandia Base in Albuquerque for storage and eventual dismantling.

The obsolete aircraft carrying the obsolete bomb approached the Kirtland / Albuquerque joint airfield from the northeast(?) (if one is to believe the debris field evidence).   At 11:50 a.m., from the flying platform altitude of 1,700 feet (above ground) the bomb fell from the aircraft, plunged toward the earth and landed near North Latitude 34.993° and West Longitude 106.573° (find the location here).

The impact of the 21 ton bomb falling from a point more than a third of a mile high in the sky caused the non-nuclear “trigger” explosives to detonate.  A blinding flash, a loud explosion and a non-nuclear cloud bore testimony to the destruction, or annihilation, of what once was a “city-busting” hydrogen bomb.

Many articles and web-sites have spent much time naming the officers and enlisted personnel aboard the aircraft and on the ground that day.  They have explained and presented their views, their cases, the reports on “what happened and why”.  None of that matters.  The 1957 incident at Albuquerque is just one of 10,000 incidents and accidents and precedents inherent to the real disaster of the bomb – the US spending of $5.8 trillion on nuclear weapons between the early 1940s and 1996.  There is no other business, no industry, no corporation or syndicate or crime syndicate that has garnered that kind of money (in all those years) and that has caused as much fear and pain and angst and secondary spending as “nukes are U.S., USA Incorporated”.

Had the “Albuquerque bomb” gone off (gone critical) maybe much of the money not yet expended would never have been expended.  Maybe there would have been no Cuban missile crisis, no assassination of Kennedy, no George Bush.  Maybe 50,000 people of the 200,000 area population might have died, but some of the best minds involved in weapons development, packaging, procurement and promotion would have died that day too.  Maybe the world would have been better.

Sandia Labs, Sandia Base, Kirtland still exist.  The site of the nuclear accident is now an area projected to become a future city – Mesa Del Sol, table of the sun, “snake hill” to those who have seen the snakes and driven there.  You can’t say that you were never warned.  The nuclear warhead modification and testing continue.  The storage of bombs and H-bombs and weapons of mass destruction is now an industry, a mission, even a crusade; presidents come to marvel.

So yes, I do live under the gun.  I live in the shadow (five or six miles away) of enough nuclear weapons to kill perhaps a billion or a half-billion people on this earth.  Albuquerque, let me introduce you, you might remember the name.

They say that it IS just a game, that nuclear weapons are under control, that mutual assured destruction means no destruction, that government welfare for potential mass-murderers is (if not right) is de rigueur.  I disagree.  I would rather see a new Albuquerque, one without the nukes, nuclear stockpiles, nuclear spending, nuclear accidents.

2013.01.13 – 05:29.

May 9, 1945 – First Meeting of the Interim Committee

May 9th, 1945

Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson met with Truman on April 25, 1945 and explained to him what Stimson knew of the Manhattan project and the plans to bomb Japan.  He proposed that a special committee be set up to consider “whether the atomic bomb would be used”, and if so, “when and where it would be deployed.”  This was in effect a “review” of the decision made by Oppenheimer and Groves on May 10, 1945 to both use both bombs and to use them on a “short list” of selected cities.

Members of this panel, known as the Interim Committee, which Stimson chaired, included George L. Harrison, President of the New York Life Insurance Company and special consultant in the Secretary’s office; James F. Byrnes, President Truman’s personal representative; Ralph A. Bard, Under Secretary of the Navy; William L. Clayton, Assistant Secretary of State; and scientific advisers Vannevar Bush, Karl T. Compton, and James B. Conant.

General George C. Marshall and Manhattan Project Director Leslie Groves also participated in some of the committee’s meetings.

James B. Conant – President of Harvard University 1941 – 1953.   Chairman of the National Defense Research Committee 1941 – 1946 (authorized to “ramp up” the Manhattan Project).  Close friend of Vannevar Bush Vice president of MIT).

“(James Byrnes) was concerned about Russia’s postwar behavior. Russian troops had moved into Hungary (April 4, 1945) and Rumania (September 1944), and Byrnes thought it would be very difficult to persuade Russia to withdraw her troops from these countries, that Russia might be more manageable if impressed by American military might, and that a demonstration of the bomb might impress Russia.”  – Leo Szilard

On May 2, 1944, troops of the Soviet Union completed the capture of Berlin.

On June 1, 1945, the Interim Committee recommended that that atomic bombs should be dropped on military targets in Japan as soon as possible and without warning.

Ralph Bard called for a two to three day warning before the bomb was dropped.  He was convinced that Japan may be seeking a way to end the war.

President Truman appointed James Byrnes as Secretary of State on July 3, 1945.  He played a major role at the Potsdam Conference.  Byrnes knew little more about foreign relations than Truman (source: Robert H. Ferrell).  Byrnes and his small group paid little attention to the State Department and similarly ignored the president.  Advisers were Donald S. Russell and Benjamin V. Cohen.

Although Byrnes’s tough position against the Soviets paralleled the feelings of the President, personal relations between the two men grew strained, particularly when Truman felt that Byrnes was attempting to set foreign policy by himself, and only informing the President afterward.

Vyacheslav Molotov, James F. Byrnes, Anthony Eden – July 1945 at the Potsdam Conference.

“Truman in July 1945 had begun to look toward the postwar world.  The United States was faced with the realization that the Soviet and communist ideal were gaining increased support across the globe.  According to several senators that had recently toured postwar Europe in a meeting with President Truman said, “France would go Communistic, so would Germany, Italy and the Scandinavians, there was grave doubt about England staying sane.”

Potsdam was an unbombed suburb of Berlin.  Secretary of War Stimpson arrived in Berlin by air on July 15, 1945 with President Truman; they then moved my motorcade to Potsdam where “The Little White House” residency was established.  The conference began July 17, 1945 and ended August 2, 1945.  Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and President Truman attended. Truman on July 15thTruman arrival in PotsdamC-54 “Sacred Cow”.  Truman toured Berlin after his arrival, he may have seen this.

On the agenda was the partitioning of the postwar world and resolving the problems of the war in the Far East. This included hammering out the details regarding the division of Germany; the movement of populations from Czechoslovakia, Austria, and Italy; the creation of a Council of Foreign Ministers to administer the agreed upon zones of occupation; and issuing a proclamation demanding unconditional surrender from the Japanese government.

Truman, despite his relative inexperience in dealing with foreign diplomats, was holding a trump card that would give him confidence in making demands of the other leaders, the atomic bomb. The most powerful and destructive armament to date, the atomic bomb was solely in the hands of the United States government. 

Stimson letter regarding Truman bomb briefing.

April 24th, 1945

This is the April 24, 1945 letter from Secretary of War Henry L. Stimpson to President Harry S. Truman (recently Vice-President Truman) requesting a meeting to explain the existence of the Manhattan Project and the status of the plans and preparations for the destruction of 2 cities in Japan using atomic weapons.