We are the heroes of our own mythology.
This year, we find ourselves even further under the nuclear threat. Russia’s mad leader, unhappy with the outcome of his own war, is threatening to use nuclear weapons as a matter of course. No doubt, the US and its allies are preparing a devastating pre-emptive attack, in the event that it looks like Putin is going completely off the rails. And, speaking of “off the rails” – look at today’s republican party and ask yourself how comfortable you are, with any of your fate resting in their hands.
It has been frustrating and a bit sad to watch the atom scientists advance their stupid “doomsday clock” in ever-refined increments, as they try to come to grip with the realization that their project implies a sort of predictive power, but it’s predicting something that may no longer be on the table. What do I mean? The old cold war scenario of the US and Russia rolling back the silo doors and launching a blur of missiles is probably also cold war era bullshit like the “bomber gap” and “missile gap” – while the US was definitely ready and capable of destroying civilization, Russia was probably capable of making a big mess of itself and getting millions killed. We don’t know because we didn’t find out, but it seems as though Russian/Soviet competence has been severely over-estimated; but as an excuse to spend trillions on “defense”, it was good enough.
As I write this, though, Beau (on youtube) is talking about how 1.5 million people will need to relocate from Miami, FL, as the waters close over it in the next 60 years. And the governments of the world, most notably the US’, response has been to continue increasing the use of fossil fuels while claiming to be planning for how to eventually stop. It reminds me of the junkie who keeps saying they’re going to quit, but don’t want to throw away any perfectly good heroin, so they’ll quit something after they’ve shot up their current supply. Uh huh.
Meanwhile, the US, which has been lavishly proliferating nukes around the world, is making secret baby steps toward arming Australia, to counter-balance China. Because China hasn’t got enough problems of its own in the form of incipient flooding due to climate change. In other words, as the atomic scientists might say, “we are 125 127ths from midnight.”
Happy Stanislav Petrov Day!