What if, what if…?

Thanks, gocomics.com

What if … we’d just let the Japanese go ahead and surrender? It was obvious, it was coming soon…no matter how bad our brass hats and imperial brains wanted to see what their own mass murder might achieve. Our nation matched Hitler’s style in a matter of seconds, not years.

I presume most readers here weren’t around and contemporary to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I’d suggest you read John Hersey’s HIROSHIMA. A prizewinner in its day … for good reason.

Bolton remembers Trump talking about burner phones

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John Bolton, the former national security adviser in the Trump administration, told CBS News on Tuesday that he had heard former President Donald Trump use the phrase “burner phones” in several discussions and the former president knew what it meant.

White House records obtained by CBS News and The Washington Post show Trump did not use his phone for over seven hours on January 6, 2021 during the attack on the U.S. Capitol, and the House select committee investigating the attack is looking into whether he used a “burner phone,” or a personal disposable phone whose contacts could not be traced.

In response, the former president said he had never heard of the phrase “burner phone.”

“I have no idea what a burner phone is, to the best of my knowledge I have never even heard the term,” Trump said.

But Bolton said he and Trump have spoken about how people have used “burner phones” to avoid having their calls scrutinized.

The White House documents show no calls placed to or by Trump for seven hours and 37 minutes — from 11:17 a.m. to 6:54 p.m. — on the day when thousands of his supporters descended on the U.S. Capitol, battled police and forcibly entered the building, prompting lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence to flee for safety.

What? Did you think Trump would tell the truth about January 6th? I doubt he tells the truth about anything very often. He’s so accustomed to bullshitting anyone and everyone, he probably has a tough time remembering the truth about anything. Much less using it in a sentence.

Both of Earth’s poles are having heatwaves, right now.

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Startling heatwaves at both of Earth’s poles are causing alarm among climate scientists, who have warned the “unprecedented” events could signal faster and abrupt climate breakdown.

Temperatures in Antarctica reached record levels at the weekend, an astonishing 40C above normal in places.

At the same time, weather stations near the north pole also showed signs of melting, with some temperatures 30C above normal, hitting levels normally attained far later in the year.

At this time of year, the Antarctic should be rapidly cooling after its summer, and the Arctic only slowly emerging from its winter, as days lengthen. For both poles to show such heating at once is unprecedented.

The rapid rise in temperatures at the poles is a warning of disruption in Earth’s climate systems. Last year, in the first chapter of a comprehensive review of climate science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned of unprecedented warming signals already occurring, resulting in some changes – such as polar melt – that could rapidly become irreversible.

Read it and weep for what we have done. Ignoring what the barons of corporate wealth have done to our planet in their quest for more and more money and power is destroying the only home we have for our species. We can try for stopgap measures. The much harder task will be trying to claw back what commerce has destroyed. Simply as a side effect of greed.