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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure.

Monday, October 15, 2012

TECHNOLOGY TRUMPS NATURE


The retired space shuttle Endeavor has been brought to Los Angeles where it will be entombed in a museum as are so many other relics of "progress".

The space plane was hauled from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center, where it will be displayed in a new exhibit hall. The two-day, 12-mile journey began on Oct. 12.

About 400 trees had to be cut down in order for the shuttle to be transferred to the museum.


“They are cutting down these really big, majestic trees,” said Lark Galloway-Gilliam, a neighborhood council member and longtime resident of the Leimert Park area. “It will be beyond my lifetime before they will be tall like this again.”

We have been taught to worship technology and to reject our spiritual connection to nature.  The space shuttle was a military program.  It was used to place war-making satellites into space or to repair them.  It was used to run Star Wars tests during its orbital missions.  It was used to do research for many science projects that in the end benefited mega-corporate interests and were subsidized by the tax paying public who got little in return.

The successor to the shuttle is now being prepared for its third launch.  The X-37B military space plane is set for takeoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on October 25.  The last mission of this "global strike" vehicle remained in orbit for over one year because it is essentially a space drone.  Many speculate that the mission of the X-37B, beyond spying from space, could be to drop bunker buster type weapons on ground targets after zooming down from space.

In fact at the U.S. Space Command they have been computer war gaming such a first-strike on China set in 2016.  The military space plane is the first system used to launch the attack that attempts to take out China's underground nuclear missiles (about 20 of them) that are capable of hitting the west coast of the U.S.

After the initial U.S. attack from space China attempts to fire a retaliatory nuclear strike. The U.S. "missile defense" systems presently deployed in Taiwan, Japan, Okinawa, and South Korea - as well as on Aegis destroyers outfitted with interceptor missiles deployed just off China's coast - take out the remaining Chinese capability.

Thus another key element in U.S. first-strike war planning is being put into space and the public will be made to cheer it the way they cheer the retiring shuttle.

Bread and circus.  It's a broken spiritual connection that has us worshiping Gods of Metal rather than the sacredness of all life.

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