The Divine Strake blast will be five times larger than the military's largest conventional weapon, the Massive Ordinance Air Blast Bomb, or MOAB, nicknamed the Mother of All Bombs, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Pete Litster, executive director of Shundahai Network, said ongoing weapons tests at the Nevada Test Site violate international law. ''They violate the standing treaty between the U.S. government and the Western Shoshone people. They also violate the spirit of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The test site is located on Western Shoshone territory, and must not continue to be misused in bold violation of standing agreements between the U.S. government and the Western Shoshone Nation.'' Although approval for the test was sought and obtained from the state of Nevada in January, the test detonation could be cancelled. The Western Shoshone National Council, the Western Shoshone Defense Project and Shundahai Network urged a united effort to halt the detonation.
Friday, May 5
Gayest. Bomb. Ever.
I’ve not posted in a week or so, but I feel I owe my silent readers a little somethin’ somethin’ to keep them on their toes this weekend. As most who have wandered onto my site via Edinburg/RGV-centric blogs, I rarely (if ever) post about anything on a local level simply because I’m not as well-versed in the minutiae as some of the existing bloggers. I choose to voice my opinions in the comment logs, a place where cowards have the opportunity to bad mouth opponents and naysayers to their hearts content without ever having to reveal their identities. If their anonymous intentions are ever questioned, they usually come up with some paranoid excuse for their actions. (Shaine, one of The Valley’s more ambitious bloggers, is one of the exceptions, of course) That being said, I’ll move on to today’s topic: NUCLEAR BUNKER BUSTERS!!! Seriously…the U.S. Department of Energy along with the National Nuclear Security Administration is testing out a 700-ton nuclear bunker buster. The name of the operation is Divine Strake. Aside from being the gayest name for a nuclear test EVER, why are we doing it? We're doing it because we're NOT going to war with Iran, right?
Divine Strake will be the biggest open-air chemical blast ever detonated in the United States. Our largest cargo plane is able to transport 35-tons of materials, equipment, etc. Think about it. According to Indian Country Today, the leading source for news affecting American Indians, the test will be a direct violation of the recent UN decision urging the US to freeze, desist and stop actions and threats against aboriginal Western Shoshone land. There hasn’t been a mushroom cloud over Nevada since we stopped testing nuclear weapons. The military has denied that it’s a nuclear test, though it will end up being WAY more powerful than any of the weapons in the US nuclear stockpile.
What's the point, you ask? We already know that we can blow shit up beyond any kinds of repair...we're just flexing our muscle, right? Wrong. The point is that this test hasn't been covered by any of the major media outlets. Randi Rhodes, the Goddess of Radio, managed to get it out on Lou Dobb's show a few weeks ago, but so far, that's about it. If every single news outlet, camera crew & reporter isn't out in the desert on June 2nd, capturing the mushroom cloud for the world to see, we're all doomed. The test will serve to verify that we have the right sized nukes to go after the 40+ nuclear power sites in Iran. ...but we're not going to bomb Iran.
Oh, and the director of the CIA, Porter Goss, just resigned. Word is, he's too close to scandal-ridden Randy "Duke" Cunningham. It's beginning to smell a lot like hookers.
Posted by denise at 5/05/2006 11:03:00 AM