Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Boom goes London; Boom, Paree!

From today's Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman:

"Bush Proposes $27M To Jumpstart New Nuclear Weapons Program"

"On the military front, Bush's budget also calls for $27 million to help jumpstart the country’s first new nuclear weapons program in 20 years. The money will be used to fund a competition between the Los Alamos and the Lawrence Livermore laboratories to find and design a new generation of nuclear bombs to replace the country’s entire nuclear arsenal."

I believe I heard the Bush administration's list of leading contenders to serve as test sites for detonation of this new generation of terrifying weapons. Some of those I remember hearing mentioned were:

- Berkeley, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- Santa Cruz, CA
- Portland, ME
- Cambridge, MA
- Boston, MA
- Eugene, OR
- Madison, WI
- Taos, NM

I believe I also heard it said that final announcement of the winner/s would not be released before testing begins.

Amy Goodman went on to quote Linton Brooks, the top U.S. nuclear weapons executive, who said, "We are on the verge of an exciting time."

Dada concludes, "Better nukes? It's what Americans want! Let them have it!"


Anonymous said...

Can't resist Edgar A. Poe, Masque of the Red Death: "And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all." D.K.

dada said...

Thank you for sharing that Poe quote, D.K. Is the last paragraph from Poe's book, "The History of Mankind"?

It was awfully nice and very apropos.

Anonymous said...

No, it's just the last paragraph of his short story, "The Masque of the Red Death", but really the whole story is aPOEpriate to our times (aargh). Offhand, I don't recall "The History of Mankind". D.K.