How to become scared by nukes, again.

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A big hunk of our population, mostly those under 30, have forgotten what it was like to live with the fear of nuclear annihilation. The Cold War pretty much wiped out many of those terrifying memories.

But, now to worry. Maybe those days are returning, as a new spotlight has focused on the nuclear threat:

The Cold War may be over, but the world remains on the brink of a "Nuclear Tipping Point." That's the message and title of a new
documentary film that focuses on the efforts of four former U.S.
officials -- secretaries of state George Shultz and Henry Kissinger,
former Secretary of Defense William Perry, and former Senator Sam Nunn
-- to reduce U.S. reliance on nuclear weapons, particularly as an
offensive weapon, as well as to prevent nukes from falling into
dangerous hands.

The documentary premieres tonight at Universal Studios
and all four will be on hand, joined by California Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger for a panel discussion.

Not having seen any of it, and not having studied the advance materials, I can't say I can recommend it, other than to bring it to your attention. With thousands of nuclear warheads out there, and or two most avowed state enemies--North Korea and Iran--about to add to that stockpile, it seems like this is a topic that needs more attention.

Information on the documentary, the Nuclear Tipping Point, can be seen here
and here.

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