Pro-Fission & Con-Fusion Reactions:
A Short Prolegomenous Discussion of Nuclear Technology and Safety
Part Two

By R. D. Flavin

Continued from: Part One


"Trinity" test and Hiroshima in 1945; USSR's "Joe One" in 1949.

In 1943, shortly before he was to be arrested by the German police, Bohr escaped to Sweden, and then traveled to London.

He worked at the top-secret Los Alamos laboratory in New Mexico, U.S., on the Manhattan Project, where, according to Richard Feynman, he was known by the assumed name of Nicholas Baker for security reasons. His role in the project was important. He was seen as a knowledgeable consultant or "father confessor" on the project. He was concerned about a nuclear arms race, and is quoted as saying "That is why I went to America. They didn't need my help in making the atom bomb."[1]

Bohr believed that atomic secrets should be shared by the international scientific community. After meeting with Bohr, J. Robert Oppenheimer suggested Bohr visit President Franklin Roosevelt to convince him that the Manhattan Project should be shared with the Russians in the hope of speeding up its results. Roosevelt suggested Bohr return to England to try to win British approval. Churchill disagreed with the idea of openness towards the Russians to the point that he wrote in a letter: "It seems to me Bohr ought to be confined or at any rate made to see that he is very near the edge of mortal crimes"

1952 British test, 1960 France, and China exploded in 1964.

con-fusion 1951

India's "Smiling Buddha" test in 1974, 1979 satilite image, and S. African nuclear storage vaults. 
Pakistan 1998, Korea in 2006, and Saudi Arabia meeting Iran in 2007.

Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and The Simpsons' Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.


Deformed Kazakh child, Iranian facility, example of suitcase nuke, and Slim Pickens at the end of Dr. Strangelove.

Israel strikes Syria over reported nuke material onboard a ship from N. Korea paid for by Iran


Thanatos as Judge of the Dead, the so-called “Boston Throne,” at the Museum of Fine Arts, and the IRS logo.

      "Our Constitution is in actual operation.  Everything appears to promise that it will last; but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes," from the Nov. 13, 1789 correspondence between Benjamin Franklin and the French scientist, Jean Baptiste LeRoy (Franklin 1907).  Later, we got even more taxes (United States 2003; pp. 33-34) with the Sixteenth Amendment: “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.”  The grave and the government’s grift are Thanos and his touch (ME taxen or “to tax” > OF taxer > Med. Lat. taxa-re > L. reproach, reckon; frequentative of tangere, to touch).

"What is the greatest threat facing us now? People will say it's terrorism. But are there any terrorists in the world who can change the American way of life or our political system? No. Can they knock down a building? Yes. Can they kill somebody? Yes. But can they change us? No. Only we can change ourselves. So what is the great threat we are facing?" from an interview with the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Pres. George W. Bush’s first term in office, Gen. Colin Powell (USArmy, Ret.), with GQ Magazine–posted online 9-11-07.


See Colin Powell quote:
We were attacked from the Outside 9/11, but from the Inside?
Anti-government-Ruby Ridge
Spiritual confusion-Waco
Immoral Family decline-Columbine
Cowardly anti-government-Oklahoma City
we hurt and terrorize ourselves...

In order to adequately understand Aristotle's definition of motion it is necessary to understand what he means by actuality and potentiality. Aristotle uses the words energeia and entelechia interchangeably to describe a kind of action. A linguistic analysis shows that, by actuality, Aristotle means both energeia, which means being-at-work, and entelechia, which means being-at-an-end. These two words, although they have different meanings, function as synonyms in Aristotle's scheme. For Aristotle, to be a thing in the world is to be at work, to belong to a particular species, to act for an end and to form material into enduring organized wholes. Actuality, for Aristotle, is therefore close in meaning to what it is to be alive, except it does not carry the implication of mortality. []   




Franklin, Benjamin.  1907.  The Writings of Benjamin Franklin; collected and edited, with a life and introduction by Albert Henry Smyth.  10
  v.  New York: The Macmillan Company.  See: Vol. V, Philadelphia 1785-1790.
United States.  2003.  The Constitution of the United States of America as amended: unratified amendments, analytical index.  Washington,
  DC: United States Government Printing Office.  Online here.


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