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The Day After the Debate

What a spectacle, what a veritable disaster last night’s U.S. presidential ‘debate’ turned out to be. Not unpredictably, but perhaps worse than most anyone had predicted, the Biden-Trump ninety minutes on-stage became a televised verbal brawl. Last night was frightening to witness

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Spend Russia and China ‘into oblivion’

As nuclear weapons control agreements have fallen one after another since the Trump presidency commenced, a new US int’l envoy announces a new US nuclear weapons strategy. The Boston Globe quotes Marshall Billingslea: the US is prepared to spend Russia and China ‘into oblivion’. We are now witnessing a new nuclear arms race, a MAD-strategy

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The 1033 Program, What’s It For?

‘Repurposed from the battlefield’ describes how US war equipment is transferred for use by local US police departments. The Pentagon’s 1033 program expedites these transfers of military weaponry to over 8000 law enforcement related agencies. The program was substantially expanded by President Trump in August 2017

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The Wars Come Home

The costs of decades of war are rarely considered in full dimension. These costs are brought home by every soldier, hundreds of thousands diagnosed with post traumatic syndrome, the grievously wounded, the angry and the bitter… then there’s the war brought home, the ‘stuff of war’ we can now begin to see on the streets

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Darkening, Closed Skies, an Opening Conversation

Watching the collapse and observing a retreat into xenophobia… Today a more dangerous world, tomorrow another withdrawal from international engagement and cooperation. National and international security threats multiply — pandemic, economic depression, climate disruption, a new nuclear arms race, weapons proliferation, decades of conflict, migration of refugees in the millions, political chaos

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The Virus & Politics

Coronavirus politics… between now and the November 3 election in the U.S. the wheels will turn, hundreds of millions, a billion plus, will be spent. Prepare for a daily news cycle of blame game, recriminations, politics of division — political division, national division, international division. Time for attack politics, war room politics

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Earth Day, 50th Anniversary

Fifty years on… and still going strong. Your Strategic Demands editor reflects on the road to the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970. Senator Nelson played a key role, Rep. George E. Brown worked behind the scenes, the Vietnam Moratorium with its message to Nixon and tactics of ‘teach-ins’ inspired. The word went out — […]

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Coronavirus, Global Data Dashboard

Again, we point at the challenge of front-line reporting, data intelligence, wide and targeted testing to monitor the spread of the new Coronavirus. Government decision-makers must manage policies and guidance based upon essential data. Measuring & monitoring the virus data is the key to managing the pandemic

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Testing for the Virus

Pandemic. The threat is real. The novel Coronavirus / COVID-19 continues infecting populations across the nations of the world. As people isolate and economies shut down an admonition comes to mind. We need extensive testing to effectively measure, monitor and manage this disease

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Another War

The killing of Iran’s general Soleimani is a ‘beheading’. Provocation takes another step forward as the US joins with Iran’s traditional enemy, Saudi Arabia, in carrying out beheadings of opponents as a cultural practice. Swords and falling heads, Religion, politics, oil. This killing with an overhead drone strike in Iraq will have consequences over decades

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Student climate strike in Moscow

A beginning. Margarita Naumenko. As with Greta Thunberg in Sweden, one student, a ripple, can become a wave … (New Russian climate law revised after industry intervention. Draft bill loses legal targets and support for low carbon projects. ‘Trump effect’ threatens Paris climate accord, sets back international security agreements)  

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Accelerating Risks, Physics of Reality

“Global temperatures rose 1.1C since 1850… and up 0.2C between 2011 & 2015”… “Sea-level rise since 1993 is 3.2mm per year… from 2014 to 2019 the rise increased to 5mm per year”. As the US president denies climate science, the threats of climate disruption, and dispatches troops to Saudi Arabia, the reality of physics brews […]

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“Waiting to hear from the Kingdom”

Breaking News: Trump Says U.S. ‘Locked and Loaded’ for Military Action… Today, September 16, 2019 the US promises to reveal airspace surveillance intelligence. Iraq’s Prime Minister issues statement saying US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told him attacks on Saudi Arabia, claimed by Yemen forces in the escalating Saudi-Yemen war, had not originated from Iraq […]

The Button, Bolton & Trump

A John Bolton interview. Another warning about command and control of nuclear weapons presents itself. A series of threats, abandoned arms agreements, collapsed diplomacy, escalations and provocations emanate daily in the news. How often, over the years, do we have to be warned of ‘erratic’ decisions delivering catastrophic consequences

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