By T. DOUGLAS REILLYLos AlamosTomorrow, Thursday July 16, 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the Trinity Test of The Gadget in southern New Mexico. This morning I heard on the radio of a ceremony in Santa Fe to highlight the cause of the Downwinders in the Tularosa Basin who believe strongly that their health and that of their parents and siblings was seriously damaged by the fallout from Trinity.I know the group has produced a video that was premiered several months ago by the Santa Fe chapter of Global Zero. Monday’s Report from Santa Fe, hosted by Lorene Mills, was an interview with Tina Cordova, the director of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium.Our congressional delegation has voiced strong support for the Downwinders. To be sure, the Downwinders could never be convinced that they weren’t affected by the test. I should add that the New Mexico Department of Health has said the rate of cancers in the basin is the same as that in similar parts of New Mexico.Actually, the Downwinders were Not Downwind of the Trinity fallout. Los Alamos and the Army conducted extensive monitoring of the radiation and fallout from Trinity. This shows that the wind took the fallout cloud to the northeast, not south toward the Tularosa Basin. Should anyone be interested, there’s a declassified report sent to Gen. Groves detailing the results of these measurements.Incidentally, I’ve always found the Spanish name of the test location very interesting, El Jornado de los Muertos, The Journey of Death. This was a short cut on the Camino Real; its lack of water meant many travelers died of thirst.In a little over two weeks, we come to Aug. 6, 1945, the bombing of Hiroshima, and three days later, the bombing of Nagasaki with Fat Man, the same design as The Gadget. The morality of these acts has been argued ever since. I don’t believe President Truman had any other choice; as he said, “I never lost any sleep over that decision”.Secretary of War Harold Stimson has said that the estimated loses if we had attacked mainland Japan, were one-half to one million USA and allied soldiers and 8 to 10 million Japanese. In other words, these two acts actually saved millions of lives both allied and Japanese.As a docent at our History Museum, I’ve had several encounters with old soldiers who related stories like this: “I was on a troop ship off the coast of Japan awaiting the order to launch the assault. One day on deck, the Skipper came over the PA and said, ‘gentlemen, please go to the port side of the ship and watch our shadow as we turn 180o and head home. Some new bombs were dropped on Japan and it has surrendered. This terrible war is finally over.’” Then the man says, “I’ve always wanted to come to Los Alamos because some folks here may have helped save my life!”War is Hell! The nature of the weapon that kills a person is really unimportant. As Gandhi once said, “the dying care not whether their killer comes from a democratic nation or from a despotic dictatorial one”. I believe in the same sense, they don’t feel happier that they’re dying by a so-called conventional weapon.
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Blackwater Elite forward Henry Walker (right) blocks a layup attempt from GlobalPort Batang Pier guard Stanley Pringle. SPIN.PH [av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=”]MANILA – Blackwater Elite secured a quarterfinals seat in the PBA Governors’ Cup after defeating GlobalPort Batang Pier 118-107 last night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.Allein Maliksi top-scored with 22 points, Shej Roi Sumang added 21 and import Henry Walker flirted with triple-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for Elite.Murphy Holloway finished with double-double 28 points and 22 rebounds while Stanley Pringle added 27 points for Batang Pier, which played without the ejected Terrence Romeo in the second half.Elite improved to 5-5 to complete the quarterfinals casts. GlobalPort and Alaska Aces – both with 3-7 – are now out of contention for the playoffs.Blackwater started strong and was up 17-11 until Batang Pier responded with a run from Romeo to surge ahead 27-23. But triples from Nard John Pinto and Mark Belo gave the lead back to Elite.In the second frame, Elite continued its run and turned a slim 39-34 lead to 61-52 at the half on conversions by Belo, Maliksi and Sumang. It also had a break early in the third, with Romeo getting ejected for throwing the ball on Walker.Blackwater built its largest lead 90-69 in the third on a basket by Belo but Batang Pier countered with a run to come to within 103-109. Elite then got hits from Michael DiGregorio and Walker to seal the win.Late Saturday night, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings survived a late run by Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to score 89-82 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.After seeing its 16-point lead get chopped down to 80-78, Kings got timely baskets from Justin Brownlee, LA Tenorio and Earl Scottie Thompson to build an 86-78 edge with under a minute left in the match.Brownlee finished with 28 points – 11 coming in the first quarter – for the defending champion Kings, which regained the solo first place with 8-2. Painters dropped to seventh place with 5-4./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’B’WATER OUSTS G’PORT Elite completes Govs’ Cup quarters cast ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Monday. September 18, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/sports-bwater-QF-for-web.jpg’ attachment=’117775′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’][/av_image]