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Is nuclear war more likely than you think?

I have to admit I feel a bit of a kook every time I write about this but I’m increasingly convinced that the situation is getting worse (or maybe I’m just getting old). Consider the following. We have several geo-political flashpoints that are concerning: North Korea (has nuclear weapons) Iran (wants nuclear weapons) Kashmir (India, Pakistan and China all have nuclear weapons) You can throw in a few more wrinkles to all this by considering how nations are talking of protecting their satellites and also arming satellites. Life in many…

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More nuclear worries

At some point I became convinced by the fact that nuclear weapons continue to pose an existential threat to life and civilisation. It’s a classic case of so what? Because I don’t have the resources to build a bunker and I don’t believe any power with nuclear weapons will ever give them up. So there’s literally almost nothing we can do that will change anything. Anyway I’ve written periodically about these developments and make of this what you will but I reckon the frequency of articles, news and so on related to…

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Christians should not be confused about nuclear weapons

Roughly every ten years a new nation joins the nuclear club and that trend is continuing in this decade with North Korea. I’ve made my prediction that the world will accept this reality and that this will eventually lead to more nations (specifically Japan and South Korea and I wouldn’t rule out Iran depending on what the current US administration says and does) beginning their journey to join the club. However, there is an argument (and it’s scarily quite logical) that Kim Jong Un wouldn’t be irrational to use a nuclear…

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A more nuclear world

Donald Trump has declared that the US military is locked and loaded ready to unleash the fire and fury on North Korea. Mr Trump, who has long shown an interest in the nuclear option, has the power (and in the last resort a power that can only be challenged by outright treason) to launch nuclear weapons. That’s a sentence that should give most people pause for a thought. In January of this year, I wondered here about why more people aren’t worried about the nuclear threat and now a few more people are.…

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Why aren’t we more worried about the nuclear threat?

In 1947 the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists created what they called the Doomsday Clock as a way of gauging how close humans were to totally screwing up the planet with tools of our own making. In 1953 when both the US and the Soviet Union tested atomic bombs sixth months apart, they set the clock at two minutes to midnight. The cold war was on and by 1986 the world had 64,000 nuclear warheads to worry about. By 1991 the cold war was over and the clock had moved back 15…

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Reduce submarines but keep the nuclear weapons: Huh?

So Gordon Brown has offered to cut the number of nuclear submarines operated by the Royal Navy from 4 to 3. This is quite smart as the PM can seen to be a statesman and at the same time be seen to deal with the massive financial problem he has helped create. I am in favour of reducing our nuclear weapons to zero. Only this isn’t what the PM appears to be proposing, he’s just proposing we have less submarines. We’ll still have 160 nuclear warheads. So far the Lib…

Energy plan set to back nuclear

So I was doing my regular news review (can’t start the day with poring over the BBC news site) and this was the lead story –BBC NEWS | Politics | Energy plan set to back nuclearWhat do you think, good or bad, green or greedy? It’s hard to say what principles you might apply from the Bible to the issue of nuclear power generation, but I guess the biggest cause for concern is the longevity of the nuclear waste and the shortness of our attention spans. Nuclear waste lasts way…