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Thursday, August 06, 2015

TWO 'HISTORIC' MILESTONES TO REMEMBER if we want to survive till the next century

WE MALaysians have been OVERDOSED BY The longest running SCANDAL CALLEd the 1MALAYSIAN DEVELOPMENT BERHAD (1MDB) for the past few months, and since it's not going away at least for a few more weeks, in DESI's prediction until the PERFECT STORM HITS, I am setting aside today to ruminate on TWO IMPORTANT EVENTS.
TODAY  TUESDAY 8 AUGUST 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the AMERICANS dropping an ATOMIC BOMB ON HIRoshima, JAPAn, that allegedly ended the SECOND WORLD WAR.


Japan marks 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

Dignitaries joined more than 40,000 people at a ceremony on Thursday at Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park, as Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. (Aug. 6) AP
HIROSHIMA, Japan — Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Thursday, renewing calls for global leaders to step up efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

Tens of thousands of people stood for a minute of silence at a ceremony at 8:15 a.m. in Hiroshima's peace park near the epicenter of the 1945 attack, marking the moment of the blast. Dozens of doves were released as a symbol of peace.
Sunao Tsuboi was on his way to class at Hiroshima Technical School on Aug. 6, 1945, when the atomic bomb — the world’s first — detonated.
Tsuboi remembers a blinding light, followed by a shock wave that hurled him 30 feet and knocked him unconscious. When he awoke, he was covered in burns and could barely walk. All around him was death, destruction and unimaginable horror.
“Houses gone. Bodies everywhere — no arms, no legs, everyone just dead. You look and you ask, ‘Were these really human beings?’ ” Tsuboi, 91, recalled in a recent interview.
Of the 1 million-plus Japanese classified as “hibakusha,” or atomic bomb survivors, in the postwar years, only about 183,000 are still alive. Their average age is now 80 — only a few years below Japan’s average life expectancy. Many are still fighting illnesses and injuries traced to the bombings seven decades ago.
“The survivors are getting old and are disappearing, and there are fewer people to tell their stories. So we need to train people to pass along these stories and knowledge so that it doesn’t disappear,” said Ayami Shibata, a Hiroshima city official.
An estimated 140,000 people died from the Hiroshima bombing, and even more were killed three days later in the attack on Nagasaki, on Aug. 9. Tens of thousands of others were injured or suffered deep emotional damage.
Time has not eased the burden. Decades after the bombings, survivors can be diagnosed with cancer and others illnesses linked to radiation.
“When the radiation began to appear, we were all shocked. We thought it was over. But 10 years, 20 years later, people were still dying and still suffering,” said Keiko Ogura, 78, a Hiroshima survivor who works as an interpreter and volunteer at the Peace Memorial Museum.
The U.S. dropped the bombs to avoid what would have been a bloody ground assault on the Japanese mainland, following the fierce battle for Japan's southernmost Okinawan islands, which took 12,520 American lives and an estimated 200,000 Japanese, about half civilians.
Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui called nuclear weapons "the absolute evil and ultimate inhumanity" that must be abolished, and criticized nuclear powers for keeping them as threats to achieve their national interests. He said the world still bristles with more than 15,000 nuclear weapons.U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and representatives from more than 100 countries, including Britain, France and Russia, attended the ceremony.
Matsui renewed an invitation to world leaders to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki to see the scars themselves when they attend the Group of Seven summit of top industrialized democracies in Japan next year.
"President Obama and other policymakers, please come to the A-bombed cities, hear the hibakusha (surviving victims) with your own ears, and encounter the reality of the atomic bombings," he said.
"Surely, you will be impelled to start discussing a legal framework, including a nuclear weapons convention."
Contributing: Associated Press


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Mon Aug 3, 2015 4:18pm EDT

Obama issues challenge on climate change with power plant rule

President Barack Obama challenged America and the world to step up efforts to fight global warming on Monday at the formal unveiling of his administration's controversial, ramped-up plan to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants.Declaring climate change the greatest threat facing the world, Obama said the regulation requiring the power sector to cut its emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 would reduce Americans' energy bills and improve the health of vulnerable populations nationwide.
The plan, which also mandates a shift to renewable energy from coal-fired electricity, is meant to put the United States in a strong position at international talks in Paris later this year on reaching a deal to curb global warming.
Obama is enacting the plan by executive order, bypassing Congress, which rejected legislative attempts to reduce pollution from carbon dioxide, a common greenhouse gas blamed by scientists for heating the earth.
The regulations face certain legal challenges from states and industries, and their long-term fate depends on their ability to withstand such challenges.
The Clean Power Plan is intended to be a key part of the president's legacy on global warming, which he pledged to fight as a candidate for the White House in 2008.
"We're the first generation to feel the impact of climate change. We're the last generation that can do something about it," Obama told a sympathetic audience at the White House.
"We only get one home. We only get one planet. There's no plan B."
His announcement drew immediate condemnation from Republicans.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the new rules would shutter power plants and drive up electricity costs.
"I will do everything I can to stop it," he said.
The Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, called the plan an "energy tax" that the administration wanted to issue during a slow recovery from recession.
"I believe this final plan is an expensive, arrogant insult to Americans who are struggling to make ends meet," he said.
Obama rejected criticism that his plan would increase energy bills for Americans, hurt the poor, and cost jobs.
"This is the right thing to do," he said.
(Additional reporting by Julia Edwards; Editing by Frances Kerry)
Mon Aug 3, 2015 4:18pm EDT
DESIDERATA: When I Heard OBam via CNN news, this line hit me in the face:(
"We're the first generation to feel the impact of climate change. We're the last generation that can do something about it," Obama told a sympathetic audience at the White House.
AND from EVENTFUL1, the lesson to learn is that  if we were to accept OBAMA's describing "CLIMATE CHANGE" as the greatest threat, THE NEXT GREATEST THREAT FACING MANKIND would be when the first NUCLEAR BOMBS ARE RELEASED  in modern warfare, which may happen also during the present generation's lifespan.

IN fact, I would beg to slightly  disagree with the American President in that the TWO THREATS STATED above should be reversed in the order of IMMINENT THREAT & SEVERITY, and I would lose less sleep over CLimate CHange. THE threat to the survival of homo sapiens comes from the NUCLEAR ARSENAL BUILDUP, more so from MOTher's NATure being abused showing again the STUPIDITY of mankind, of which ALbert EINstein-- my sole idol as the greatest thinker of our planet called EArth-- was very sure of.


"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

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