Here is another reason to buy a megAuthorities Expecting The Sixth Seal? (Revelation 6:12)a-million-dollar apartment in a Manhattan high-rise: Earthquake forecast maps for New York City that a federal agency issued on Thursday indicate “a slightly lower hazard for tall buildings than previously thought.”
Federal seismologists based their projections of a lower hazard for tall buildings — “but still a hazard nonetheless,” they cautioned — on a lower likelihood of slow shaking from an earthquake occurring near the city, the type of shaking that typically causes more damage to taller structures.
Iran should be allowed to build a nuclear weapon, according to the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft’s newest hire, Roxane Farmanfarmaian.
Farmanfarmaian, a policy analyst who focuses on Iran, earlier this month became a nonresident fellow at the isolationist think tank bankrolled by billionaires George Soros and Charles Koch. In a 2013 policy debate, Farmanfarmaian argued in favor of Iran building a nuclear bomb, saying the country would never use it to destroy Israel, even though the hardline regime has been threatening to do so for years and sponsors the top jihadist terrorists waging war on the Jewish state.
“If Iran was to bomb Israel, it would destroy Jerusalem, the third-holiest site in Islam,” Farmanfarmaian was quoted as saying during the debate, according to a press report published at the time. “It’s inconceivable that Iran would bomb Israel because it would isolate it.”
Israeli leaders and a wide array of regional experts disagree with this assertion.
Farmanfarmaian also argued in a 2020 op-ed published in the Nation that then-president Donald Trump’s assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was “a colossal strategic blunder.” Like other Quincy scholars and pro-Iran analysts, Farmanfarmaian argued the assassination would spark a global terror spree by Iran, a fear that never came to fruition.
She also described the general, who helmed Iran’s regional terror operations, as “charismatic and highly effective.”
Soleimani, “largely immune from the ambivalence with which many Iranians view the ruthless Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, operated for the most part outside the country as the respected head of the IRGC’s foreign arm, the elite Quds Force,” she wrote at the time. “Charismatic and highly effective, he gained admiration even among reformists for expanding Iran’s reach across the Shia Crescent, the land bridge connecting Iran to Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.”
“The expressions of grief on the streets of Iran are genuine,” she wrote. “His assassination has brought the population closer to the leadership, despite recent protests, in shared outrage not only at Trump’s actions but also at the administration’s apparent disdain for Iran’s sovereign rights and its insulting rhetoric demanding that Iran ‘change its behavior.'”
Under the plan, Australia will acquire at least eight nuclear submarines that IAEA chief Rafael Grossi has said will be fuelled by weapons-grade, or close to it, “very highly enriched uranium”.
As China said in a position paper sent to IAEA member states during this week’s quarterly meeting of the IAEA’s 35-nation Board of Governors in Vienna, “The AUKUS partnership involves the illegal transfer of nuclear weapon materials, making it essentially an act of nuclear proliferation”.
Since the position paper the Chinese side put forward questions both the legal basis for the AUKUS program and such issues as the interpretation of nuclear proliferation, the IAEA rules, and the mandate of the IAEA and its leadership, the issue has become a crucial test for the global nuclear watchdog. It needs to stay true to its mission of preserving peace via non-proliferation if it is to retain its authority.
“The IAEA, as a non-proliferation agency, would directly violate its own statute and the Non-Proliferation Treaty if it endorses the legality of the AUKUS countries’ proliferation activities”, as Wang Qun, Chinese permanent representative to the UN and other international organizations in Vienna, said.
Australia says it will be unable and unwilling to use the fuel in its submarines to make nuclear weapons since the vessels will have “welded power units” containing nuclear material that would need chemical processing for use in nuclear weapons, and it neither has nor wants the facilities to do that.
The AUKUS countries and the IAEA say the NPT allows so-called marine nuclear propulsion provided necessary arrangements are made with the IAEA.
China disagrees and says the AUKUS countries are seeking to take the IAEA “hostage” so they can “whitewash” their nuclear proliferation.
Looking at the AUKUS deal within the bigger picture, although the Joe Biden administration’s nuclear posture review remains classified, which is in itself unusual, given the revamping of the US’ nuclear posture under the Trump administration — which made nuclear weapon use more matter of fact than let’s hope it never comes to that — along with the Pentagon’s desire for naval bases in North Australia, it seems naive to conclude that it does not constitute nuclear proliferation in one form or another.
RECENTLY, the Indian government sacked three Indian air force officials for accidentally firing a nuclear-capable, land-attack cruise missile, BrahMos, into Pakistani territory. It was startling to learn of the flaws in the Indian nuclear command authority. It took only three persons to launch strategic weapons that had the potential to annihilate the whole region. This weak command and control system of strategic weapons is a real and serious concern for neighbouring countries as well as the world at large.
The Philippines, purchasing the BrahMos missile, should also consider this malfunction in the system that led to the ‘accidental’ launch. The Indian government failed to answer some basic questions regarding the launch of the missile into Pakistan. It also does not address the security measures essential for the future safety of strategic weapons. What would happen if, God forbid, some other set of ‘three personnel’ repeat the same mistake? And if it has a warhead, that, too, a nuclear one, the consequences of the ‘mistake’ could be far from imagination.
A strict and robust control and command system of strategic weapons is indispensable for preventing any mishandling of the weapons and for the security of the region as well as the country of its origin. Accidental launching of a missile is not a mistake that can be ignored and forgotten. India owes further explanation to the world and Pakistan if it is sincere in preventing any future ‘accidental’ launch.
It doesn’t matter who is bombing whom. It can be India and Pakistan or NATO and Russia. Once the smoke is released into the upper atmosphere, it spreads globally and affects everyone.
These scientists’ simulations showed that it doesn’t matter whether the detonation of a nuclear arsenal came through a deliberate act of war, or through accident or hacking Their statement explained:
In all of the researchers’ simulated scenarios, nuclear firestorms would release soot and smoke into the upper atmosphere that would block out the sun, resulting in crop failure around the world. In the first month following nuclear detonation, average global temperatures would plunge by about 13 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees C), a larger temperature change than in the last Ice Age.
Ocean temperatures would drop quickly and would not return to their pre-war state even after the smoke clears. As the planet gets colder, sea ice expands by more than 6 million square miles and 6 feet deep in some basins blocking major ports including Beijing’s Port of Tianjin, Copenhagen and St. Petersburg. The sea ice would spread into normally ice-free coastal regions blocking shipping across the Northern Hemisphere making it difficult to get food and supplies into some cities such as Shanghai, where ships are not prepared to face sea ice.
The sudden drop in light and ocean temperatures, especially from the Arctic to the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans, would kill the marine algae, which is the foundation of the marine food web, essentially creating a famine in the ocean. This would halt most fishing and aquaculture.
Nine nations control more than 13,000 nuclear weapons on Earth, these scientists said. According to worldpopulationreview.com, the top three countries with nuclear weapons include Russia with 6,257, the United States with 5,550 and China with 350. The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) aims to control the spread of nuclear weapons and reaches for disarmament.
In their study, the researchers simulated what would happen if the U.S. and Russia used 4,400 100-kiloton nuclear weapons. This would result in fires that would put more than 330 billion pounds of smoke and sunlight-absorbing black carbon into the upper atmosphere.
In another simulation, they imagined India and Pakistan detonating about 500 100-kiloton nuclear weapons. This would inject 11 to 103 billion pounds of smoke and soot into the upper atmosphere.
In all the simulations, the result was essentially the same.
The effect on marine life
With a blackened sky from the nuclear firestorm, oceans would receive less light and heat. This is especially true from the Arctic to the North Atlantic and North Pacific. Marine algae (seaweed), the base of the ocean’s food web, would die. Thus, a chain reaction would follow, creating a famine in the ocean. Fishing and aquaculture would mostly come to an end. So marine life suffers from both the initial blast and the resulting new ocean conditions.
Ocean waters would take longer to recover than on land. The changes to Arctic sea ice alone would probably last thousands of years, ushering in what the scientists called a Nuclear Little Ice Age.
Events other than nuclear war with similar results
Nuclear war isn’t the only event that could lead to these results of devastation in the ocean and on land. Massive wildfires and volcanic eruptions could eject enough soot into the atmosphere for similar results. Massive volcanic eruptions in the past have even caused multiple mass extinction events on Earth. Harrison said:
We can avoid nuclear war, but volcanic eruptions are definitely going to happen again. There’s nothing we can do about it, so it’s important when we’re talking about resilience and how to design our society, that we consider what we need to do to prepare for unavoidable climate shocks. We can and must, however, do everything we can to avoid nuclear war. The effects are too likely to be globally catastrophic.
Bottom line: Researchers found that nuclear war would devastate the oceans, leading to a Nuclear Little Ice Age, with the death of marine algae and shipping ports blocked with ice.
It, however, remains unlikely that it intends to use such weapons.
Tactical nuclear weapons are those which can be used at relatively short distances, as opposed to “strategic” nuclear weapons which can be launched over much longer distances and raise the spectre of all-out nuclear war.
New twist in Iraqi politics. The Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr has announced that he wants to withdraw from the political life of the country. “I had decided not to interfere in political matters, but now I announce my complete retirement from political life.” The surprise communication comes almost a month after the assault on the Iraqi parliament by its supporters who called for the dissolution of the parliament.
A move that aggravates the country’s political crisis that has been going on since October last year. Immediately after al-Sadr’s words, his supporters returned to raid Baghdad’s Green Zone, where government offices and diplomatic representations are based. Their stated goal is to want “Change the regime”. Images of supporters of the Shiite leader trying to climb the gates of the Palazzo della Repubblica, the main institutional headquarters of the capital, have been circulated on social media. The army declared for today 29 August the curfew to Baghdadmeasure then extended to levelnational: in all the provinces of Iraq it is scheduled from 7 pm local time, 6 pm in Italy. The outgoing premier, Mustafa al-Kadhimiordered the suspension until further notice of each meeting of the Council of Ministers.
“The people want the regime to fall,” the protesters chanted, making them a slogan originally associated with the anti-government protests of the Arab Spring of 2011. A note released by al-Sadr’s office after his resignation reads from now on onwards is “The use of slogans, flags, political songs and other in the name of the Sadrist movement is strictly prohibited”. Iraqi security forces have called on al-Sadr supporters to “Withdraw immediately”from the Green Zone and called for restraint to “prevent Iraqi fighting or bloodshed”.
TheUn, who invited the demonstrators to leave the Green Zone, admonishing: “The survival of the Iraqi state itself is at stake.” Commenting on the ongoing violence in Baghdad, the United Nations mission in Iraq (Unami) added: “Today’s developments represent a very dangerous escalation. State institutions must work free of obstacles ”, we read in reference to the fact that Sadr’s followers have occupied the Palace of the Republic, the seat of the government. ThereWhite House describes the situation in Iraq as ‘worrying’ and calls for calm and dialogue. He also denies rumors of an embassy evacuation.
The clashes have resulted for the time being 12 dead. Pan-Arab TV reports al Arabiya citing medical sources. Iraqi security forces began shooting tear gas to disperse Sadr’s followers in front of the Palace of the Republic in Baghdad. They were also heard bursts of automatic riflesand gunshots in the center of the city, according to reports from pan-Arab TV stations al JazeeraAnd al Arabiya. Some sources speak of “pro-Iranian militiamen” infiltrated who, according to the testimonies gathered among the Sadrists, opened fire on police officers. The information cannot be independently verified on the ground. Meanwhile, Tehran has suspended flightstowards Baghdad until further notice. The Iranian embassy in Baghdad also issued a warning to its compatriots in Iraq not to go to religiously and politically sensitive places such as the Shiite mausoleums of Kazimiya and Samarra in Baghdad. The crowd set fire to pictures and blow-ups of the Iranian generalQasem Soleimanideceased leader of the Iranian Pasdaran Qods Brigade, killed in a US attack in the Iraqi capital in January 2020.
“If I die or be killed, I ask you to pray for me”, meanwhile added Al-Sadr, who also announced the closure of all offices that belong to him, except religious ones. The Sanctuary, the Sharif Museum and the al Sadr Heritage Institute therefore remain open. A few minutes after the announcement of the Shiite leader, his adviserSalih Muhammed al-Airaki suspended her Twitter account by changing her profile picture to text “Closed”.
Meanwhile, US military helicopters took off in the skies of the area besieged by demonstrators in the Iraqi capital. The images of the patrol were broadcast on Al Arabiya TV, showing the aircraft flying at low altitudes. According to local media reports, the media are carrying some Iraqi institutional personalities. The information coming from the field, therefore, is confused and currently it is not possible to verify independently on the ground.