This year’s Doomsday Clock will remain frozen at 100 seconds to midnight — the closest it has been in its 75-year history to the metaphorical hour of the world’s destruction. Scientists say the clock’s purpose isn’t to precisely measure the global threats but to start conversations on their gravity and what might be done to reduce the dangers.
Nuclear weapons are the biggest threat to our existence, but the National
Nuclear Security Agency plans to make more of them. Lots more. We must stop
Los Alamos National Lab is being ramped up now to be producing at least 30
new nuclear bomb cores (called plutonium “pits”) per year by 2026, and 80-100
per year by 2030. The pit is the part of the nuclear weapon that causes mass
destruction. Each one can destroy a large city in a flash, killing millions.
These new pits are intended to be used in futuristic nuclear warheads being
designed at weapons labs around the country. There’s even a whole new program
of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM’s) being cooked up, to house and carry
the new pits.
LANL is the only place currently capable of making the pits that these high-tech
warheads are being designed for. So if LANL can be stopped or even stalled, the
whole nuclear weapons “modernization” nightmare will grind to a halt.
Why make more nuclear weapons? It’s not like the U.S. doesn’t have enough of
them. We have thousands, enough to annihilate life on earth. It’s just that the
National Nuclear Security Administration insists we need new ones. The NNSA tries
to justify the production of new plutonium pits saying the “old” ones (average age
40 years) are degrading. But in fact the half life of plutonium is 24,000 years.
And it’s not like these bombs are cheap. Each pit costs $50 million to produce.
That’s 667 nurses salaries. The entire nuclear weapons modernization program is
costing us – our tax dollars – $60 to $70 billion annually. We could end
homelessness in America with $20 billion.
New criminal offenses and increasing criminal penalties hurt New Mexicans and New Mexico –and here’s why!
Talking points for us to use when contacting our NM Legislators!
Legislative Session, January 18 – February 17, 2022
“Tough on Crime” – In this legislative session, January 18 through 17, the legislative agenda is restricted to bills related to money – i.e., taxation and appropriation – plus any other bills the governor sets before the legislature. If history is a guide, Governor Lujan Grisham will send a number of bills to the legislature that either create new criminal offenses or increase penalties for existing offenses, or both.
These are “bad bills” – Most of the Democrats in the legislature know that these bills are ill-advised. Nonetheless, most will vote for the bills if and when they are called upon to vote. In many cases, enough Democrats will join the Republicans to pass these bad bills.
Registration for attendees coming soon….
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Mark your calendar and join the Democratic Party of Bernalillo County for an event that brings voters, legislatures, and issues-based organizations together under one virtual roof. Thanks to a new Zoom version that works like a convention, we’ll have multiple Town Halls and tabling going on from 9:00 AM to noon. It’s the ideal opportunity for our Democratic community to gain awareness of important issues, upcoming bills, and more.