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Karl Grossman is a professor of journalism at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury and host of the nationally syndicated TV program Enviro Close-Up (

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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 26, 2022
When Hitler Could Have Been Overthrown If the German army had been opposed when Hitler ordered 20,000 troops into the demilitarized Rhineland in 1936, members of the German General Staff, in interrogations by U.S. military officers and intelligence agents, said they would have moved to overthrow Hitler, said Peter Sichel last week. Sichel was an officer of the OSS during World War II and afterwards chief of the CIA base in Berlin. How does this relate to Ukraine?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 25, 2022
Invasion of Ukraine: "An Illegal War of Aggression." The brutal invasion of Ukraine that Vladimir Putin has had Russia launch and he is leading is an international crime. As the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy declared yesterday, it is "an illegal war of aggression." The UN Charter, it notes, prohibits the "threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state."
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 2, 2021
No Militarization of Space Act Introduced in U.S. Congress A "No Militarization of Space Act" has been introduced in the U.S. Congress. It is sponsored by five members of the House of Representatives led by Representative Jared Huffman who, in a statement, called the U.S. Space Force "costly and unnecessary." .
This Is What A New Space Arms Race Will Look Like Kamikaze satellites, orbital lasers, and anti-satellite missiles--, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 30, 2021
Weapons in Space "Cannot Be Walked Back" "Let's be clear: Deploying weapons in space crosses a threshold that cannot be walked back," says retired U.S. Army Colonel John Fairlamb. And the world is at a crossroads in this regard. Russia and China -- and U.S. neighbor Canada -- have been pressing for an expansion of the Outer Space Treaty that would ban all weapons in space. But the has been opposing this at the United Nations.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Plutonium, Perseverance and the Spellbound Press With all the media hoopla last week about the Perseverance rover, frequently unreported was that its energy source is plutonium -- considered the most lethal of all radioactive substances -- and nowhere in media that NASA projected 1-in-960 odds of the plutonium being released in an accident on the mission.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 18, 2021
Academies Report Urges Nuclear-Powered Rockets for Trips to Mars and Lays Out NASA-U.S. Military "Synergies" A report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine advocates rocket propulsion for U.S. missions to Mars and lays out NASA-U.S. military "synergies."
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Biden Must Inspect America's Embrittled Nuclear-Power Plants Of all the daunting tasks Joe Biden faces, especially vital is the inspection of dangerously embrittled atomic reactors still operating in the United States.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 25, 2021
The Leadership Institute -- Training Operation for Right-Wingers We're familiar with Fox, the TV propaganda arm of the Trump administration, remaining a far right-wing outlet under Rupert Murdoch. And we're becoming aware of other radical-right efforts to indoctrinate people. But largely flying under the radar has been the training operation for right-wingers to be taught to work the media, infiltrate government and otherwise promote a right-wing agenda--the Leadership Institute.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 22, 2021
"Our a resounding no" -- to letting nuclear plants run for 100 years The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a "public meeting" this week on allowing nuclear power plants to run for 100 years. "Our position and that of our constituents is a resounding no," declared Paul Gunter, director of the Reactor Oversight Project at the national organization Beyond Nuclear.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 16, 2021
Trump and His Key Long Island Enablers Donald Trump has gotten pivotal support from a father and daughter combination of billionaire Robert Mercer and Rebekah Mercer functioning out of Suffolk County on Long Island. Suffolk, further, has been the base of one of the most ardent Trump devotees in the U.S. Congress, Lee Zeldin. Meanwhile, Donald Trump, Jr. bought a residence in Suffolk --in the Hamptons--and there's been discussion of his running for Congress.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 8, 2021
Donald Trump Has Been the Worst President in the History of the United States Donald Trump has been the worst president in the history of the United States. The attack by his supporters on the Capitol was a capstone of his presidency -- lawless, an attack on democracy, a U.S. counterpart of the rise of Nazism in Germany in the 1930s.
Nuclear power plant, From WikimediaPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 1, 2021
Asking for Nuclear Disaster -- NRC Considers Extending Nuclear Power Plant Operating Licenses to 100 Years Nuclear power plants when they began being constructed were not seen as running for more than 40 years because of radioactivity embrittling metal parts and otherwise causing safety problems. But the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has extended the operating licenses of nuclear power plants from 40 years to 60 years and then 80 years, and is now considering 100 years. "It is crazy," declares Robert Alvarez, a nuclear expert.
SpaceX Demo-1 Preflight, From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 16, 2020
The Push for Nuclear Power in Space -- and Musk Wants to Nuke Mars Last week a SpaceX rocket exploded in a fireball. What if nuclear materials had been aboard. A major push is on too use nuclear power in space. And meanwhile, Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, has been touting the detonation of nuclear bombs on Mars to, he says, "transform it into an Earth-like planet." His SpaceX is selling T-shirts emblazoned with the words "Nuke Mars."
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 20, 2020
Trial to Be Scheduled on National Nuclear Laboratory Impacting Neighbors A trial is to be scheduled on lawsuit charging radioactive discharged from Brookhaven National Laboratory causing cancer and other illnesses in nearby communities. This follows settlements with two groups of plaintiffs.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 9, 2020
FDR's Last Speech -- An Extraordinarily Articulate Plea for Peace "The work, my friends, is peace. More than an end of this war, an end to the beginnings of all war." These were the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the speech he would never give. It was scheduled to be made on the radio to a Jefferson Day Dinner on April 13, 1945. But he died on April 12th, a day after reviewing and making several changes in the final draft.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 18, 2020
Robocall Scourge We are being subject to a scourge of robocalls. Robocall Index reports 58 robocalls were made in the U.S. in 2019, up from 48.7 billion in 2018. In New York, a bill -- which passed its State Senate last year -- is pending in the State Assembly. The "Robocall Prevention Act" provides that a robocall can only be "made with the prior express consent of the called party." That's an ideal remedy and should go national.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 11, 2020
The Woodward Interview of Trump "Trump's Agreeing to Talk to Woodward Shows Downside of Never Having Read a Book in Entire Life," was the headline of a satirical piece this week by Andy Borowitz of The New Yorker. Bt I think the prime reason why he went for an interview by Woodward is because as a con man he figured he could con even a great investigative reporter.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 27, 2020
Science and Scientific Vested Interests There is science -- and then there is scientific vested interests. There is a major push for making science the basis for governmental decision-making. But what about the push by some scientists to politically further areas of science and technology that they favor. Science might be objective -- but that doesn't mean all scientists are.
Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station cooling tower (4183), From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 27, 2020
Multi-Million $ Nuclear Corruption in Ohio The U.S. Attorney's Office and FBI last week charged the speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and four others in a $61 million scheme to use $1 billion in ratepayers money to keep two decrepit nuclear power plants operating. And, said the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, David DeVillers: "This is by no means over. We are going to continue this investigation."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 13, 2020
Statue of Racist Robert Moses Should be Removed While protests against police brutality have swept the nation following the murder by a police officer of George Floyd in Minneapolis -- and also demands that statues honoring figures linked to racism be removed -- a focus in the New York Metropolitan Area has been the statue of Robert Moses, long the public-works czar in New York.

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