Q. What is war good for? A. Employing fools and causing destruction.

The British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth © Russell Cheyne / Reuters

edit, July 31, 2017 – I almost forgot to add in one more entry in my recent list of ‘fools who play with weapons of mass destruction’. I had come across it in a coffee shop and sent an email to myself so I wouldn’t forget it when doing my post later at home, but forgot to check my email for it. I found the article on a great website called Axis Of Logic.

Computers that need 8in floppy disks as large as your head are still required to communicate with US nuclear forces. Composite: Richard Masoner/Joint Task Force One/Flickr/AP

“US Nuclear Arsenal Controlled By 1970s Computers With 8in Floppy Disks” by Staff writers of The Guardian

Note: Read The Guardian if you must. But it’s basically another state propaganda organ. I didn’t find this on The Guardian, but on a progressive website. An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The US military’s nuclear arsenal is controlled by computers built in the 1970s that still use 8in floppy disks.

A report into the state of the US government, released by congressional investigators, has revealed that the country is spending around $60bn (£40.8bn) to maintain museum-ready computers, which many do not even know how to operate any more, as their creators retire.

The Defense Department’s Strategic Automated Command and Control System (DDSACCS), which is used to send and receive emergency action messages to US nuclear forces, runs on a 1970s IBM computing platform. It still uses 8in floppy disks to store data.

“HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier runs on Windows XP, vulnerable to cyberattack” by RT News

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of Britain’s two brand new aircraft carriers which left port on Monday for sea tests, runs on outdated Windows XP software which is vulnerable to cyberattack.

It is the same software controversially used on the UK’s nuclear armed Vanguard submarines. Windows XP has not been supported by Microsoft since 2014.

In May, a massive cyberattack struck the National Health Service (NHS), which also uses the software.

During a press visit to the 65,000-tonne carrier ahead of her test launch on Monday, journalists from the Times noticed the software was in use.

“If XP is for operational use, it is extremely risky,” Professor Alan Woodward, an IT expert at the University of Surrey, told the Times.

“Why would you put an obsolete system in a new vessel that has a lifetime of decades?”
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“Trump lauds new ‘carrier’ as it produces ‘FEAR’!” by Donald Swenson

USS Gerald Ford aircraft carrier

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The new $12.9 billion USS Gerald Ford is being deployed into our Atlantic ocean. Our new President claims this will make our enemies “shake with fear”. President Trump says “American might is second to none and we’re getting bigger and better and stronger every day of my administration”. What does this image and rhetoric create for Americans? To me this creates the image that MIGHT makes RIGHT for America. The article in the Arizona Daily Star, July 23, 2017, is headlined with “New Carrier will make enemies shake with fear”.

The history of America from its beginning is one of solving problems mostly with the use of MIGHT.

From Richard Preston’s “The Defence of the Undefended Border,” the following, on page 4:

President Ford warned oil-producing states that nations have often gone to war to obtain vital natural resources (a pronouncement that was, incidentally, made in Detroit close to the Canadian border); Henry Kissinger stated that force could not be ruled out if the industrial states were being strangled; and the CIA revealed past plans to assassinate heads of state.”

You can’t do a simple Google search and find that entire speech by slime ball Gerald Ford, but we don’t need it here. Richard Preston gives us no additional info.

Slim Pickens rides the bomb!

“70,000 Tonnes of Hubris” by Craig Murray

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

There is no defensive purpose to an aircraft carrier. Its entire purpose is to move aircraft to a position where they can attack other countries. As soon as they are equipped with attack aircraft, these carriers will spend most of their time around the Middle East, including at the UK’s brand new naval base in the vicious despotism of Bahrain. Having spent £7 billion on these behemoths, politicians will seek to enhance their prestige and demonstrate that they control a nation which is a “major power”, by using them. The very fact of their existence will make bombing attacks such as those we saw on Syria, Libya and Iraq more likely.

That further twist in the cycle of violence will lead to more terrorist attacks in the UK. There is no sense in which this aircraft carrier is anything to do with defending the United Kingdom. It is a device to attack foreign countries. The result is it makes us a lot less safe at home.


Craig must be referring to the recent launching of The HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier that, above, RT is talking about. Speaking of Queen Elizabeth, and the uses of weapons of mass destruction like this, see Stephen Gowans’s blog post titled “Western Hypocrisy Going Naked in the Middle East.” Here’s an excerpt from it:

The dictator of Bahrain—who, with the help of Saudi troops and tanks, ruthlessly crushed an Arab Spring uprising that demanded a representative democracy—is spending a leisurely day, today, in Britain, one of the world’s oldest parliamentary ‘democracies’, visiting a horse show with his fellow parasite Queen Elizabeth II. Britain is neck deep in the undemocratic campaign to topple the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, amply assisted by Saudi Arabia and other tyrannies of the Persian Gulf, who have provided arms, training and money to al-Qaeda and other Sunni religious fanatics to wage jihad against the secular, anti-sectarian, anti-imperialist, and anti-Zionist government of Assad. Assad must be toppled, the misnamed Friends of Syria aver, because he is a dictator who thwarted an Arab Spring uprising.

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