What Brings You Peace in the Midst of Storm

This morning I was looking for President Trump’s statement that the FBI could investigate anything about Kavanaugh.  I found several related videos on Fox News, CNN and CBS News, but not the one I wanted.  The specter of Kavanaugh’s confirmation haunts me day and night.  I can’t seem to let it go.


In the mix of those videos was this.


Twones Van Zandt


YouTube has a way of mixing past searches into your present search.  I’m not sure of the strategy behind that but it was perfect today. I sat back and listened for a while and decided not to think about the Kavanaugh investigation today.  Today will be devoted to sanity.


What brings you peace?

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Comment by Steel Breeze on October 2, 2018 at 6:18am

since i have no political/religious leanings,the current oh-so-important events bring me zero unease at all......but if i felt the need,a cold brew,on the deck,ballgame on the radio,NO humans,and my 2 mutts do it for me.....mostly there's only 2 things that ruin my peace of mind....memories and people...

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 2, 2018 at 12:22pm

I understand.  Music does it for me.  I like watching minor league baseball in the bleacher seats.  I never listened to it much, but my Dad sat by the radio listening to the St. Louis Cardinals.  The action in the stands was always more interesting than the ball game.  Even more, I liked playing base ball.

Comment by moki ikom on October 2, 2018 at 12:56pm

Listening to terrorUSt$ propaganda enablers from Fox News to Rachel Maddow to even pbs News Hour does the opposite of bringing me peace; however, relative to terrorUSt$ propaganda is non-terrorUSt$, even anti-terrorUSt$ propaganda media. That non-terrorUStand anti-terrorUSt$ propaganda brings me peace, I cannot say, but I can say that it doesn't incrementally destroy what fragile peace one's living upslope of Armageddon can afford one in these times.  

Comment by Maui Surfer on October 2, 2018 at 1:06pm
Comment by moki ikom on October 2, 2018 at 8:52pm

Dawn of a New Armageddon


... We face a complex set of nuclear threats that could lead to a 21st century Armageddon in any number of ways—through bluster, blunder, accident, miscalculation, malfunctioning sensors, malware, terrorist computer hacking, or simple human rage and reaction. ... The world has entered an unimaginably deadly new arms race, with no rules of the road and no scheduled arms control talks for these new weapons systems. In three years, New START, the US-Russia agreement that limits nuclear arsenals, is set to lapse, removing the last agreed restraint on arsenal sizes.

President Trump has said that he wants the US nuclear arsenal to return to the “top of the pack.” His administration’s new Nuclear Posture Review calls for expanding the use of nuclear weapons—specifically new, “low-yield” nuclear weapons. The United States is now planning to use little nukes in response to an array of non-nuclear attacks—say, cyberattacks on our infrastructure. This frightening policy is disguised with the seemingly innocuous label “tailored deterrence,” as if the Defense Department had just ordered a new suit of nuclear clothes. ... It’s hard to fathom that the world was safer during the Cold War, when the United States and the Soviet Union threatened each other with 60,000 nuclear weapons. But perhaps it was. Back then there were only two leaders with nuclear suitcases, who, it was presumed, under conditions of mutually assured destruction, would be rational. Neither leader would intentionally launch first, neither leader would intentionally commit nuclear suicide. Now there are nine nuclear powers, not just one or two Dr. Strangeloves, and an unpredictable, inexperienced tantrum-tweeter occupies the Oval Office.

I was sitting in Moscow a few weeks ago with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, the man who, with Ronald Reagan, did so much to end the Cold War. At 86, he still champions the dream of a world without nuclear weapons. President Trump, who has never known war, has called for a “tenfold increase in our nuclear arsenal.” Gorbachev, who lived through WWII—who came to see, as President Reagan did, the absolute horror of nuclear war—is urging the United States and Russia to reopen a dialogue, to hold a “full-scale summit on the entire range of issues,” to reengage in negotiations on further cuts in nuclear weapons.

“The nuclear threat is again real,” Gorbachev said. “Our relations have been going from bad to worse. We must break out of this situation. We won’t survive if someone loses their nerves in the current tension.”



when we hear,

"It's just a false alarm."


Comment by Rodney Roe on October 2, 2018 at 10:48pm

Maui Surfer, more lit this.


Moki ikom, "US-Russia agreement that limits nuclear arsenals, is set to lapse, removing the last agreed restraint on arsenal sizes."  When we lived in a 2 superpower world we not only had Mutually Assured Destruction as a deterrent, but alliances between most countries that might start a nuclear conflagration with one of the superpowers seemed to have allowed those countries to exert influence through their superpower without developing a nuclear arsenal.  It does seem incomprehensible now, with an unstable person in the white house.  We never ha that situation during the cold war.

Our teachers never had us practice hiding under our desk during the cold war.  I think teachers in Arkansas may have been smarter than that. 

I worry more about the unholy relationship between big business and government - all three branches - than I do about any Ayatollah.  24/7/365 "news" may be the most potent force in destroying my peace of mind.

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 2, 2018 at 10:55pm

Also, M.S. Tommy Emmanuel does a pretty good job teaching guitar methods.


As he says, this is just method.  It's not music yet.  At my age it likely never will be, but I enjoy learning.

Comment by koshersalaami on October 3, 2018 at 6:29am

The Knopfler video is excellent 

Comment by moki ikom on October 3, 2018 at 12:10pm

When we were in primary and secondary school Rodney, we were still a generation removed from what would become today's 24/7/365 "news"/propaganda.  On September 11, 1962 when Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, warns that an American attack on Cuba could mean war with the Soviet Union, I had just started seventh grade in southern Florida.  Only once did our school do the "hide under your desk" for nuclear attack drill and my classroom period at the time was on the third floor of the high school.  Our town had a tall water tower on top of which was the town's only siren that would go off routinely during the workweek every noon and until nuclear attack drills signally noontime seemed to be the siren's only purpose.  Today's cellphone "nuke alert" just sceeched causing our dog to jump with all the fright he would likely exhibit had a car veered off the road and crashed into our living room.  I turned my phone off within a second or two but he stayed rattled for minutes.  In contrast to our pet's apparent calming down, my being rattled by this world's being always on the brink of nuclear annihilation has inherently become immutable.

Living in Florida in the 1950s and 60s was for me maybe like the following for you in Arkansas:

SEARCY, Ark. – Directions to the site of the worst nuclear weapon  accident are hard to come by. ... On Aug. 9, 1965, 55 civilian men returned from lunch to missile silo 373-4. By 1:10 p.m., 53 were dead.

At the height of the Cold War, the government had hired contractors to shore up the strength of the silo that was cradling one of 18 Titan II missiles in the state. The contractors were welding blast doors, improving the hydraulic system and installing lighting to make the intercontinental ballistic missile less likely to be compromised in a nuclear attack.

Arkansas was one of four states — along with Arizona, Kansas and California — that housed the 63 Titan II nuclear weapons. Each 340,000-pound missile was 103 feet tall and 10 feet in diameter and housed nine stories underground.

The silo near Searcy was fully loaded with 150 tons of liquid fuel — Aerozine 50, a mixture of hydrazine, dinitrogen tetroxide, and unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine — that is 78 percent oxygen. ... 

A second Titan II missile accident happened Aug. 24, 1978, in Kansas. Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Thomas was killed by leaking propellant. Airman 1st Class Erby Hepstall later died from lung injuries related to the spill.

A third Titan II missile accident happened Sept. 19, 1980, in Damascus, Arkansas. A tool rolled off a platform and punctured the missile’s fuel tank. An explosion a few hours later killed Senior Airman David Livingston.

Missiles deactivated

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan ordered that all of the nation’s Titan II missile sites be deactivated. The massive weapons were pulled from their individual silos and transferred to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona and the former Norton Air Force Base in California.

The last Titan II missile in the nation was deactivated May 5, 1987. It was housed in Silo 373-8 near Judsonia, Arkansas. -- Daily Record


Rodney, maybe it was that your teachers were well aware that Arkansas' worst nuclear fears /\ had less to do with incoming enemy missiles than with U.S. nuclear weapons populating Arkansas landscape.  Or maybe they knew that like Groton, Conn. 's General Dynamics nuclear sub facility, the whole of Arkansas would be reduced to ashes in the event of a nuclear war at that time.

Comment by moki ikom on October 3, 2018 at 12:42pm

What a sight, not to mention a taxpayer savings, it would have been had instead of being defueled, re-located and disassembled into scrap metal, all the Titan missiles in Arkansas and Kansas been just de-nuked and with great fanfare launched harmlessly to sink to ocean abysses all over the planet.


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