Kent Shifferd


What’s worse than a nuclear war?

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“What could be worse than a nuclear war? A nuclear famine following a nuclear war. And where is the most likely nuclear war to break out? The India-Pakistan border. Both countries are nuclear armed, and although their arsenals are “small” compared to the U.S. and Russia, they are extremely deadly. Pakistan has about 100 nuclear weapons; India about 130. They have fought three wars since 1947 and are contending bitterly for control over the Kashmir and for influence in Afghanistan. While India has renounced first use, for whatever that is worth, Pakistan has not, declaring that in the event of an impending defeat by India’s overwhelming conventional forces it would strike first with nuclear weapons.”

Author: Kent Shifferd
Published in: Salem News http://salem-news.com/articles/january032014/worse-than-nuclear-ks.php, Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2014/01/03/worse-than-nuclear-war-1814/
Date: January 3,2014

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Jesus and the G.I.

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“Recently a set of very powerful images came across the web in one of those emails that circulate around the country. The opening line said, “If this doesn’t get to you, nothing will.” I thought I could just ignore it, but I couldn’t. It got to me. I found myself waking up at night seeing these tragic images that showed a young woman, sleeping beside a coffin that held the remains of her soldier-husband. I wanted to put my arms around her, to comfort her, to hold her and say, “It will be alright.” But it won’t. Her loss is irreplaceable, her grief inconsolable. And at the end of the string of images was a tag line—the lesson we were supposed to learn from this. “The only two people who ever laid down their lives for you are Jesus Christ and the American G.I.””

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Archeology and the Atom

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“We have all heard of the city of Idu. Right? Thousands of families living there, carrying out their normal lives, government housed in lavish buildings, written documents, trade, religion, etc. Well, it was lost. A whole city lost. Idu flourished in the 13th century B.C. We knew it had existed from some ancient Assyrian records, but had no idea where it was. Archeologists finally found it last year, buried in northern Iraq. And then there is the case of Richard the Third, one of the most famous kings of England who died in one of the most famous battles in the year1485, just 528 years ago. You would think his tomb would have been a carefully preserved site viewed by thousands of tourists today. But in fact no one knew where he was buried until last year when archeologists found him under a parking lot! Let’s consider nuclear power plants and weapons manufacturing in the light of Idu and Richard.”

Author: Kent Shifferd
Published in: The Capital Times, David Kinchen Blog, Truth Out http://truth-out.org/speakout/item/20710-archeology-and-the-atom, Salem News http://www.salem-news.com/articles/december132013/archeology-atom-ks.php,
Date: December 13,18,2013

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Planetary Emergency Ahead

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“We humans are facing a perfect storm of crises of our own making that could bring a sudden and ugly end to the way of life we have known, but we are not paying attention.”

Author: Kent D. Shifferd
Published in: New Clear Vision http://www.newclearvision.com/2013/05/28/planetary-emergency/, The Beacon Newspaper, Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/63297, South Coast Today http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130524/OPINION/305240315/-1/NEWSMAP, Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2013/05/29/planetary-emergency-52913/
Date: May 23,24,28,29,June 13-16,2013

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Is the World Headed Toward Peace?

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“With the 20th century having been the bloodiest in history, and with bombs falling in Libya, explosions in Iraq, Hamas rockets falling on Israel and a seemingly endless war in Afghanistan, the answer seems an obvious “No!” But if you take the long view and look at the totality of some trends that have been going on more or less unnoticed for a couple of hundred years, it could well be a “Maybe.” Consider this. After thousands of years of warfare, the first organized peace societies in history began to form and work in the early 19th century….”

Author: Kent Shifferd, founder of Wisconsin’s first Peace and Conflict Studies program and emeritus professor at Northland College
Published in: HuntingtonNews.net (at http://www.huntingtonnews.net/), BaltimoreChronicle.com (at http://baltimorechronicle.com/), PagosaDailyPost.com (at http://www.pagosadailypost.com/), North Texas E-News (at http://www.ntxe-news.com/), NewClearVision (at http://www.newclearvision.com/), Gilmer Free Press (at http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/), Ohio Valley Publishing from HeartlandPublications.com in weekend editions, PeaceWorker out of Salem, Oregon (at http://peaceworker.dreamhosters.com/), Ashland Daily Press out of Ashland, Wisconsin
Date: March 24 and 27, 2011

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