British Conservative pro-nuclear weapons McCarthyism

This video from Britain says about itself:

Liam Fox resigns as Defence Secretary over Werritty links

14 October 2011

Defence Secretary Liam Fox has resigned over his connections with his close friend and unofficial lobbyist Adam Werritty.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Cold war heckle for ‘commie’ peacenik

Wednesday 25th November 2015

THE last Communist MPs, Willie Gallacher and Phil Piratin, lost their seats in the 1950 general election, writes Luke James.

But the spectre of communism was apparently haunting the Commons again yesterday during the debate on Trident renewal.

Arch-Thatcherite Tory MP Liam Fox shouted “communist” at Green MP Caroline Lucas after she argued nuclear weapons are “making us less safe, not more safe.”

It was a cold war-era heckle in defence of a cold war-era defence system.

You wonder whether the Tories are running out of bogeymen to justify the cost of Trident.

Refugees help against Dutch warmongering

This propaganda video from the USA during the cold war says about itself:

Atomic Alert: 1950’s Era Duck & Cover Nuclear Safety Film for Children

22 July 2014

Atomic Alert (1951) is an Encyclopedia Britannica produced film for elementary school children. It was prepared by the University of Chicago’s Institute of Nuclear Studies.

The film is a 50’s era education film detailing atomic radiation and what to do during an attack. It shows children learning about radiation and Geiger counters, what atomic blasts are and how they can be safe during such an event.

It talks about hiding in basements if they hear air raid sirens to avoid radiation. Even better is a basement with a strong work table that one can hide under (I.e. Duck and Cover).

First is to hide in the basement. A cross-section of a home is shown with a drawing of a child, all by his lonesome, curled up in a corner of the basement.

It also talks about other advice like laying flat on the ground if you cannot get to a basement and wait for the danger to pass. And it tells children not to drink the water as it may be radioactive but it also tells them to wash with soap and water to remove any radiation.

Like most safety films of this era, we can look back on them and recognize that we weren’t really prepared for any major disasters. (Unfortunately, not much has changed since then.)

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

It’s the first Monday of the month and that means the air alarm systems in our country is tested again at noon. In Schagen and Tubbergen this time were was no siren, to take account of the refugees housed in these towns.

The local authority of Tubbergen told RTV Oost that it had decided not to use the siren in the village “to avoid the sound from unnecessarily evoking traumatic memories.” In the other villages in Tubbergen, the siren did go off.

Schagen says they have made the same evaluation, reports RTV NH: “In our town there are currently 180 refugees, including 60 children, in crisis emergency housing. They are largely from Syria and are fleeing a terrible war“, said a spokesperson.

These noisy warmongering sirens are relics from the cold war. 1952-1986 there was in the Netherlands a governmental organisation called Bescherming Bevolking (BB). Translated into English: protection of the people. That sounds nice. However, reality was not so nice. In an internal document, BB described as its aim: ‘making the people totally war-minded’.

They meant a nuclear third world war. They lied to the people that it would be easy to survive a nuclear holocaust. In 1961, a series of four booklets, paid by the taxpayers, and entitled “Wenken voor de bescherming van uw gezin en uzelf” (Hints for protecting your family and yourself), was delivered to all houses in the Netherlands. The booklets spuriously claimed that private citizens could easily survive nuclear attacks by taking a few simple measures, like whitewashing their windows.

Well-known Dutch author Harry Mulisch wrote a parody of these booklets, called “Wenken voor de bescherming van uw gezin en uzelf tijdens de jongste dag” (Hints for protecting your family and yourself during Doomsday). He succeeded in making the BB look deservedly ridiculous, contributing to its demise in 1986.

However, unfortunately, though the BB is dead, these hellishly noisy warmongering ‘the Russians are coming’ scaremongering sirens have unfortunately not been silenced yet.

British peace activist Walter Wolfgang optimistic

This video from Britain says about itself:

Labour conference 2005 – Stewards manhandling an elderly man who heckles Jack Straw over Iraq.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

CND Conference: Wolfgang optimistic for peace

Monday 19th October 2015

LEGENDARY activist Walter Wolfgang said yesterday that the peace campaign is “on the march” after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader, writes Luke James.

Mr Wolfgang was famously dragged out of Labour’s 2005 conference for heckling a speech by then foreign secretary Jack Straw over the Iraq war.

Now the 92-year-old has told CND conference of his optimism that they were now on a “historic march towards civilisation.”

The German-born activist, who fled to Britain from the nazis, admitted CND may not be able to get rid of Trident immediately.

But he added: “We are much further forward than we were. We now have a leader of the Labour Party who wants to scrap it.”