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February 6, 2018
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    TRUMP TRUMPS TREATY

      Just when I thought that President Trump would never do anything to displease Vladimir Putin, Trump "pulled the plug," as Associated Press puts it, on a nuclear weapons treaty, co-signed by the U.S. and Russia in 1987.

    My initial reaction was "Why should the USA cling to a status that Russia has in fact abrogated by deploying banned missiles?"

    This is far more important than insisting that players should not target a receiver with a head-butt anytime, without suffering a penalty. (Yes, Saints' fans, the New Orleans Saints were due "something," not the "no-call" that will forever be argued as long as the game is played.)

    As things now stand, a call or no-call by the officials on the playing field is an immutable decision, unless officials are persuaded to reverse their ruling immediately (within a microsecond). I guess to do otherwise, would mean that games could last forever. I don't see how replays on another day could be accommodated. That would mean interminable days of never-ending contended decisions. 

    Neither is the World's Great Debating Society, the United Nations, empowered to make Russia or the United States defer from their current positions. Let's also face another immutable fact of life: The U.N. is impotent to do anything but complain about Russian intransigence or our reaction to it.

    I do wish that if they have never done so, that Putin and Trump read a novel written by Neville Shute in the 1960's titled "On the Beach." It's a fictional aftermath of World War III. The people in Australia, New Zealand and all of Latin America are waiting for the radiation cloud that has destroyed all life north of Equator to kill everything south to the Antarctic pole. 

    There is also a satirical 1964 film by Stanley Kubrick*, titled "Doctor Strangelove" or "How I Stopped Worrying and Loved the Bomb." that is worth watching. Peter Sellers plays three roles. Other actors include George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden and Slim Pickens. It describes the slippery slope that inevitably leads to nuclear apocalypse. It's both entertaining and scary enough to dry up your "precious bodily fluids." (an inside joke for those who've seen the film.)

      *Kubrick also produced "2001, A Space Odyssey." ("HAL" the controlling computer aboard the movie's intergalactic spaceship is shown above)

 

-Phil Richardson, Observer of the Human Condition and Storyteller 

    "He goes doddering on into his old age, making a public nuisance of himself."óJoseph Menchen

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