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World Peace Day Aug. 6 - All we are saying is give peace a chance...

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

For info about next Sunday's World Peace Day Vigil in Bellport (Aug. 6), please go to the end of the post..

What follows are my personal reflections on this matter of life and death...Of course, they include music...

The time for peace is NOW...I swear it's not too late...

THE BOTTOM LINE...OR, The BUCK $tart$ here...

Our leaders – political and higher up (those that pull the politician$' $tring$ (i.e., pur$e $tring$) – bear the direct responsibility for ALL suffering and death caused by wars. (See “Home Work” at end of post)

The average “Joe” and “Jane” in every country on our shared planet simply wants to live their lives in peace…

"All we are saying is give peace a chance..."

This is NOT nuclear medicine...

Air Raid "Yoga" in Grade School

I was in grade school in the 50’s. We had air raid drills and hid under our desks….tucked in our arms and legs…and practiced kissing our sweet asses GOOD-BYE!

[from article] Amid an escalating arms race, civil defense drills offered comically simple strategies for surviving an atomic attack.

It was a Gay day...

“It was a grey day, that least fleshly of all weathers; a day of dreams and far hopes and clear visions. It was a day easily associated with those abstract truths and purities that dissolve in the sunshine or fade out in mocking laughter by the light of the moon. The trees and clouds were carved in classical severity; the sounds of the countryside had harmonized to a monotone, metallic as a trumpet, breathless as the Grecian urn.”

--F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Side of Pardise

By allowing scientists to study their suffering, atomic bomb survivors have transformed our understanding of radiation's health effects.

[Article’s opening] HIROSHIMA—Kunihiko Iida wants the world to know that the atomic bombs the United States dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years ago next month are still claiming lives and causing suffering.

The White Rabbit…DIED – The Enola Gay (flying in for the Jefferson Airplane)

When the men in the war room

Get up and tell it where to go

And you've just felt the blast from the mushroom

And your mind just can’t be found

Go ask Enola

I think she'll know

When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead

--great piece on the development of the bomb beginning in 1939

MUSHROOM Clouds (thanks, Joni!)

Rows and floes of angel hair And ice cream castles in the air And feather canyons everywhere I've looked at clouds that way But now they only block the sun They rain and snow on everyone So many things I would have done But mushroom clouds got in my way

But now old friends are acting strange They shake their heads, they say I've changed Well something's lost, but something's gained In surviving another day

Song references the time of the devastation:



Hiroshima clock. A charred clock, stopped at 8.15 in the morning, the moment when the atomic bomb devastated Hiroshima, Japan, on 6 August 1945. Dropped by the US Air Force, the 'Little Boy' uranium bomb was the first nuclear bomb used in anger. It exploded 580 metres above the city of Hiroshima with a force of 12,500 tons of TNT. It killed 140,000 people by the end of 1945, and a further 60,000 from wounds or radiation sickness by 1950.

[from the article] ‘I won’t be able to forget even after 100 years’ The plane’s co-pilot, Captain Lewis, recorded this sight in his logbook, which is the only existing record of that mission. Robert A. Lewis wrote in his logbook, ‘Oh my God! What have we done? Even if I lived for 100 years, I would never be able to get those few minutes out of my mind. He described it as the ‘worst blast ever’. This logbook, written with pen and then pencil, was sold at a heritage auction a few months ago for about Rs 4 crore.


"All we are saying is give peace a chance..."

It's worth singing again...and with new visuals...

Glow in the Park…


…Not in the Dark

This image immediately reminded me of my favorite jam band…the one we can always count on when we’re in a jam…Curious?

Playing for Change: Peace Through Music

--16 Episodes 88 Artists from 24 Nations

[from video’s description] Join Playing For Change and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for Peace Through Music: A Global Event for the Environment, presented by Corning® Gorilla® Glass, an online event that seeks to unite the world in taking action for a sustainable future, advance progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and amplify the voice of the most left behind, including Indigenous communities, whose knowledge and wisdom can help show us the way forward but is often unheard.

Featuring performances by Baaba Maal, Ben Harper, Black Pumas, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jack Johnson, Jake Shimabukuro, John Paul Jones, Keb' Mo', Lee Oskar, Liniker, Mickey Hart, Paula Fuga, Rhiannon Giddens, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Rosanne Cash, Sara Bareilles, Sikiru Adepoju, Slash, Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction), Taj Mahal, The Lumineers, The Pocket Queen, Tony Kanal (No Doubt), Yusuf / Cat Stevens, Zakir Hussain and more. Narrated by Robbie Robertson and Sir David Attenborough.

All net proceeds will go to organizations that prioritize real time solutions that facilitate environmental justice and sustainability, including Conservation International, American Rivers, REVERB, and the Playing For Change Foundation. Part of the funds raised will advance education programs led by the Playing For Change Foundation with the support of UNFPA to positively impact the lives and choices of adolescents and youth around the globe.

When the music's over...turn ON the Lights...

After-school Activities

[from the site] This course is designed to give students a sound understanding of the framework created by the international community to address the threats of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism. The focus is on the central element of this regime, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and its verification mechanism, the IAEA safeguards system.

The course presents students with critical assessments of current nonproliferation issues, confronts them with the hard choices needed to address them, and provides in-depth analysis of the technical and legal framework needed to assess policy options. Exercises and demonstrations introduce students to the techniques and technologies of international safeguards and the challenges faced by international inspectors in the field. Above all, the course aims to give participants the knowledge, analytic tools, and the motivation to contribute to the improvement of the nonproliferation regime.

Dr. Strangelove: Or, how I stopped worrying and learned to love the bomb

Info & Contacts for the Sunday World Peace Day Vigil in Bellport



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