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Friday, April 17th, 2020
Will Covid-19 save the world?
Opinion by Drs. Ira Helfand, Arun Mitra and Tilman Ruff
Updated 6:01 AM ET, Fri April 17, 2020
Ira Helfand is an emergency medicine physician and co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. Arun Mitra is a surgeon working in the city of Ludhiana, India and co-president of IPPNW. Tilman Ruff is a public health and infectious diseases physician and also serves as co-president of IPPNW. The opinions expressed in this commentary are their own. View more opinion at CNN.
(CNN)As doctors responding to this crisis, the past few weeks have been filled not just with treatment and crisis management but with frustration. Frustration because the Covid-19 pandemic did not just “sneak up on us.” Public health experts have been warning us for decades; we simply chose not to listen.
The Trump administration has been rightly criticized for its epically inept response to this crisis. First, the administration disbanded two groups that were supposed to deal with pandemics within the White House National Security Council and the Department of Homeland Security in 2018. Second, President Donald Trump ignored the warnings from the intelligence community on a potential pandemic as early as January. And, consistently, this administration has downplayed the seriousness of the crisis and the need to take decisive action to contain the epidemic.
However, this catastrophic short-term failure is only part of the story.
For decades, experts have been telling us that it was not a question of “if” but only a question of “when” the next great pandemic would strike. As early as 1992, an Institute of Medicine report drew attention to this danger. And as a more recent report by the World Health Organization observed, “few doubt that major epidemics and pandemics will strike again, and few would argue that the world is adequately prepared.”
Despite these clear warnings, world leaders failed to prepare, and the general public did not mobilize to make them take action. It is not possible to prevent the emergence of new pathogens capable of causing a global pandemic, but it is possible to prepare an adequate response to these diseases when they do emerge. We didn’t, and now the world is paying a terrible price.
In the middle of a pandemic, like the one we’re going through now, it’s hard to imagine things could’ve been even worse. We could’ve been afflicted by a different and much more devastating kind of virus with a much higher mortality rate. It could’ve been even more contagious than Covid-19. The next pandemic, and there will be others, may, in fact, be more intense. We can and must learn from this disaster and prepare better for future outbreaks.
If there is one lesson we can learn from this crisis it is this: When the experts tell us the sky is going to fall if we don’t take action, we better take action or the sky really may fall.
And we must apply this lesson to the two other existential threats that humanity faces: the climate crisis and the growing danger of a nuclear war.
In the case of the climate crisis, the warnings from the scientific community could not be clearer. If we don’t stop relying on fossil fuels and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, we are dooming the planet and our children to a climate catastrophe that will render large portions of the planet uninhabitable, displace hundreds of millions of people and cause human suffering on an unimaginable scale.
These warnings are widely known, and they have spurred action by governments and individuals across the planet, like the 2015 Paris Agreement. But the action taken so far has consistently fallen short of what the experts tell us we need to do, and so we continue on a path to a totally preventable disaster.
In relation to the danger of a nuclear war, the warnings have been equally clear, though they have received much less attention. Former Secretary of Defense William Perry has said repeatedly that we are closer to a nuclear war than we were during the Cold War. The expert panel at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which includes 13 Nobel laureates, assessed that “the international security situation is now more dangerous than it has ever been.” This year, they set their iconic Doomsday Clock to 100 seconds to midnight — or a potential global catastrophe — the closest to planet-wide apocalypse that it has ever been.
The healthcare community is buckling under the strain of the current pandemic; it would collapse if even a single nuclear bomb were used against an urban target.
A nuclear war, even a limited nuclear war, would be a disaster for the entire planet. Climate and medical scientists have warned that a war between India and Pakistan could cause enough abrupt climate disruption to drastically reduce food production around the world. This would trigger a global famine that would put up to billions at risk and almost certainly end modern civilization. A large-scale nuclear war between the US and Russia would kill hundreds of millions in an afternoon and trigger a nuclear winter that would kill the vast majority of the human race.
Recognizing this danger, 122 nations around the world voted in 2017 to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) requiring the elimination of these weapons. Yet, despite the warnings, the nuclear armed states have actively opposed the treaty and are all engaged in expensive programs to upgrade their nuclear arsenals.
We may be able to prevent the emergence of some new pathogens, but for most we can only prepare. But we can actually prevent the looming climate disaster and a fatal nuclear war. We need to move with all possible speed to eliminate further release of greenhouse gasses, and the nine nuclear armed states need to join the TPNW and promptly negotiate a verifiable, enforceable, timebound plan to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.
If we listen and take the experts’ warnings seriously, we can avoid these calamities. If we don’t, the sky may really fall. We will survive this pandemic, and if we learn from it, perhaps Covid-19 will save the world.

History of US Military Chemical and Biological Weapons Testing in Hawaii and across the US

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Published: April 13, 2020
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Military chemical and biological weapons tests in Hawaii. 





While the United States government claims to be horrified every time there are reports of a chemical attack that was allegedly carried out by the Syrian government, history serves as a reminder that the U.S. is responsible for carrying out a number of chemical attacks on thousands of unsuspecting Americans, and some of the innocent victims are still suffering from the effects today.

In 1977, the U.S. Army admitted that it secretly conducted at least 239 germ warfare tests in the open air in cities across the country between 1949 and 1969. The areas where the lethal germs were simulated on the public were typically in major cities such as Washington D.C., San Francisco, New York City, Key West and Panama City, according to a report the Army submitted to the Senate Health Subcommittee.

In the report, the Army insisted that the purpose of the tests was to study how biological warfare affects the public, in case it needs to defend against it. Calling tests “essential,” the Army claimed it needed to “substantiate theories and fill knowledge gaps and to determine vulnerability to attack.”

According to a report from the Washington Post, the release of the Army’s censored report was “the most complete official version of this nation’s biological warfare effort,” and it revealed that in addition to public areas, military personnel and their families were also targeted:

“The Army listed 27 times that it tested simulated toxins on public property, including releasing spores in two tunnels on a stretch of Pennsylvania Turnpike. In addition to those experiments in public places, the Army secretary used military personnel and their families for open-air experiments by spraying simulated germs into the air at a number of bases, including Fort Detrick, Md.; Fort Belvoir, Va.; and the Marine training school at Quantico, Va. … Another 504 workers connected with biological warfare activities at Ft. Detrick, Dugway Proving Ground and the Deseret Test Center in Utah and the Pine Bluff Arsenal in Arkansas suffered infections, according to the Army’s count.”

The Army’s report also noted that while the initial tests were carried out 1942, the testing of biological warfare agents increased drastically in 1961 when the Secretary of Defense ordered the Joint Chiefs of Staff to “evaluate the potentialities” of biological and chemical warfare, instead of just studying the effects of the agents from a defense standpoint.

While the report from the Army maintained that the live bacteria deployed in tests across the country were “deemed harmless at the time,” the tests resulted in lifelong illnesses and health problems for many of the innocent victims who were unaware that their quality of life was being compromised by a government experiment.

As The Free Thought Project reported, the largest experiment was carried out in San Francisco, California, in 1950. The Army sprayed the city with the microbe Serratia marcescens in an attack that was called “Operation Sea-Spray.” They claimed San Francisco was chosen as the target because it is close to the ocean and because it has a unique geography, tall buildings, and dense population.

For six days in September 1950, military members used giant hoses to spray clouds of Serratia along the San Francisco coastline, which resulted in the city’s 800,000 residents receiving heavy doses of the chemical. It is also estimated that residents in the neighboring communities of Albany, Berkeley, Daly City, Colma, Oakland, San Leandro, and Sausalito, were exposed to it.

While the military insisted that Serratia marcescens is “rarely a cause of illness,” Discover Magazine noted that there were a number of serious illnesses and even one tragic death reported as a result of the government’s chemical attack:

“A week after the spraying, 11 patients were admitted to the now-defunct Stanford University Hospital in San Francisco with severe urinary tract infections, resistant to the limited antibiotics available in that era. One gentleman, recovering from prostate surgery, developed complications of heart infection as Serratia colonized his heart valves. His would be the only death during the aftermath of the experiment … Later, the repeated occurrence of urinary-tract infection by this organism, with bacteremia in two patients and death in one, indicated the potential clinical importance of this group of bacteria.’”

While the idea that the U.S. government would willingly poison its own citizens may seem shocking to some, it is not unprecedented. Earlier this year, a study found that the Pentagon has contaminated more than 40,000 sites across the United States, exposing hundreds of thousands of Americans to dangerous chemicals.

The investigation, which was conducted by ProPublica and Vox, revealed that by testing and disposing of deadly chemical weapons in the United States, the Pentagon has “poisoned drinking water supplies, rendered millions of acres of land unsafe or unusable, and jeopardized the health of often unwitting Americans.”

The study noted that while the Pentagon has spent more than $40 billion in an effort to clean up the contaminated sites over the years, the results have been overwhelmingly inadequate, and many Americans are still at risk, even after the government claims that the sites have been rendered “safe” for public use.

The Department of Defense and its contractors are also currently using at least 61 active military sites across the country to “burn and detonate unused munitions and raw explosives in the open air with no environmental emissions controls,” according to a series of reports from ProPublica.

Ultimately, while the U.S. claims that it must engage in the “War on Terror” to protect Americans from terrorists, the fact remains that some of the most harmful warfare launched against Americans on U.S. soil has resulted from secret experiments backed by the Pentagon. Yet none of the officials from the government agencies who are responsible have been held accountable for poisoning countless innocent Americans with the attacks.



King Trump April 17, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

“King Trump” Proclaims

“Total Authority”


“Everything I did was right.”

BERNIE SANDERS: We Must Come Together to Defeat the Most Dangerous President in Modern History.”

PROFESSOR NOAM CHOMSKY:  “If Trump is reelected, it’s an indescribable disaster. It means that the policies of the past four years, which have been extremely destructive to the American population, to the world, will be continued and probably accelerated. What this is going to mean for health is bad enough… It will get worse. What this means for the environment or the threat of nuclear war, which no one is talking about but is extremely serious, is indescribable.”

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Letter in Honolulu Star Advertiser to Cancel RIMPAC by Col. Ann Wright

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Don’t hold RIMPAC during the coronavirus pandemic


As a retired U.S. Army colonel with 29 years of service, I find it extraordinary that with 4,000-plus sailors being offloaded in Guam for exposure to COVID-19 on the USS Roosevelt, and U.S. military at domestic bases are told not to travel, the Department of Defense would not immediately cancel the mammoth RIMPAC military excercises scheduled off Hawaii in less than two months. RIMPAC brings more than 25,000 personnel and more than 200 ships, submarines and aircraft from 20-plus countries.

Save resources — human, fiscal, medical — for the true threat to U.S. national security: a virus, not bombs and bullets.

Cancel RIMPAC.

Ann Wright 

Ala Wai