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Nuclear Experts Form International 'Nuclear Crisis Group' ( 63

Slashdot reader Dan Drollette shares an article by the executive director and publisher of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:On Friday, an elite group of the world's nuclear experts and advisers launched a Nuclear Crisis Group, to help manage the growing risk of nuclear conflict. The group includes leading diplomats with decades of experience, and retired military officers who were once responsible for launching nuclear weapons if given the order to do so. China, India, Pakistan, Russia, and the United States, all countries that have nuclear weapons, are represented. The group intends to create a "shadow security council," or an expert group capable of providing advice to world leaders on nuclear matters...

Building on grass-roots support, the Nuclear Crisis Group could serve as a brake on nuclear escalation and be an early step in reversing the downward nuclear security spiral. Not only will they be able to offer expertise to inexperienced leaders who are dabbling in nuclear security, but they will be able to develop and endorse proposals that could make the world safer such as expanding the decision time that leaders have to respond to a nuclear threat, further protecting nuclear systems against cyber attacks and unintended escalations, reenergizing the appetite for arms control negotiations, and questioning global nuclear upgrade programs.

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Nuclear Experts Form International 'Nuclear Crisis Group'

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  • Will they have doomsday clock like the other bunch? []

  • by Anonymous Coward

    So this is a private group of experts that will help prevent Nuclear war. So how exactly do they do that?

  • Propaganda (Score:5, Insightful)

    by onyxruby ( 118189 ) <`ten.tsacmoc' `ta' `yburxyno'> on Sunday May 14, 2017 @04:05PM (#54415171)

    These are the same people that have been presenting the doomsday clock. The same doomsday clock that for decades has been around 5 minutes from midnight & DOOM!!! They present themselves as non-partisan and neutral when in reality they are vehemently anti-nuclear.

    Sounds like the old name has become so tarnished that a new name is is needed for propaganda purposes. Clearly their hyperbole and public messaging positions are effectively the same. Anybody want to bother seeing how close related the boards are between the two?

    Slashdot is tentatively a science based site and should know better than to post an article for shills like this. Can the editors please do a bit better in the future?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Crap like this article would never have been posted in Cmdr Taco's day.

      Teen Vogue. What the fuck?

      • Re: (Score:1, Flamebait)

        by 0123456 ( 636235 )

        Teen Vogue seems to have become totally SJW-converged since Trump won the election. I presume they're trying to ensure the next generation of female voters will be solidly Democrat.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Does "ad hominem" apply when it's a mag not a person?

        If a bum says the price of apples are $1/ea, that doesn't make it false. If Teen Vogue says there's a Nuclear Group forming, it doesn't make it wrong or a pop band.

        Back in Cmdr Taco's day we had stupid shit like parent's post though, so clearly this is nothing new here.

        • by chihowa ( 366380 )

          If Teen Vogue is the best source you can find that's covering the formation of a group of "Nuclear Experts", there's a fair chance that it's not news and near certainty that it's not news for nerds.

      • Crap like this article would never have been posted in Cmdr Taco's day.

        It probably would have been posted, and then posted again 3 hours later by CowboyNeal.

    • by Chas ( 5144 )


      Today's "nuclear expert" is yesterday's nuke hating alarmist protestor.

      And the actual amount of real knowledge about the nuclear industry, nuclear power and nuclear weapons in general is about the same. Nil.

      • It would be oddly appropriate if the event of inadvertent nuclear annihilation is preceded by warnings of doom that only get reported in TeenVogue and are subsequently derided as inconsequential ramblings from 'nuke hating alarmists'.

  • umm nope (Score:4, Insightful)

    by JustNiz ( 692889 ) on Sunday May 14, 2017 @04:08PM (#54415183)

    "all countries that have nuclear weapons, are represented"

    What about Israel and N. Korea?

  • by Gravis Zero ( 934156 ) on Sunday May 14, 2017 @04:09PM (#54415199)

    Change the button that launches ICBMs into a button that kills the person that presses the button.

    You cannot convince a fool using logic.

  • The group intends to create a "shadow security council," or an expert group capable of providing advice to world leaders on nuclear matters...

    SO to counter all the other shadow governments organizations that swarm around giving bad advice to the elected government officials, they've decided to make yet-another shadow government. GLWT.

    I suspect these people are mad they can't manipulate elections their way anymore, they've decided to take their toys back and play amongst themselves. I'm gonna take my clock and go home!

  • We should set up groups of politicians and experts from all nations, they could get together for all sorts of conflicts and discuss them rationally and come to resolutions. We could call it a League of Nations or so.

  • Is this the group that will teach future presidential candidates what the nuclear triad is? Leaving that to John Oliver seems like a bad idea.

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