FireHouse News 10/18/17


ALLEGHANY: No emergencies, no training, no meetings….all’s quiet !
CALPINE: October 12th High performance CPR training, with the Care Flight Paramedic from Quincy.
CAMPTONVILLE: October 10th Firefighter training.
DOWNIEVILLE: October 9th EMT Continuing education, with annual skills certification. October 11th Mutual aid response to Sierra City, for an ill female, who was transported to the hospital in Truckee. October 14th Responded for a public assist. *Responded for an ill female, who was transported to SNMH.
LOYALTON: All’s quiet….
PIKE CITY: October 12th Firefighter training.
SATTLEY: October 12th High performance CPR training, with the Care Flight Paramedic from Quincy.
SIERRA CITY: October 11th Responded for an ill female, who was transported to SNMH.
SIERRAVILLE: October 12th High Performance CPR training, with the Care Flight Paramedic

AppleFest in Forest City 10/18/17


The annual Forest City AppleFest and General Membership meeting is happening this Sunday, October 22. Meeting will take place from 9 to 10 a.m., rain or shine. Dress warmly.
The festivities begin at 11 a.m. ECV will once again be running the Stamp Mill throughout the day, providing information and demonstrations. The String-a-Longs, sponsored by Sierra County Arts Council, will provide the sweet music for the day. A Community Potluck lunch begins at 1 p.m. Apple desserts with hand churned ice cream and fresh cider will satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Bring your favorite apple dessert to enter the competition, and vote for your favorite. There is no charge to enter or sample the delicious dishes.
Bring a dish and a donation of your choice. There will also be crafts for the kids of all ages, and a raffle with wonderful prizes. All proceeds benefit the Forest City Historical Association. The Dance Hall is getting a bit of a face lift thanks to a couple of angels who have come to its rescue, both physically and monetarily. The Association’s next goal is to raise enough money to put a non-leaking roof on the Dance Hall.
Thanks go out to all who help to preserve this old beauty. For information call Cheryl at 297-3133 or e-mail at Mountain House is open!

Mountain Messenger (no hair dye here) 10/18/17


So here we are again, another week another newspaper, the oldest weekly newspaper in California, the Mountain Messenger, we believe it is the primary source of intelligence information used by POTUS Trump. We have no real evidence to support this belief but in truth it would explain a lot of things that the Trumper says, except the fake news thing, there is never anything fake in the Mess (locals fondly refer to the Mess as the Mess). Don is with his Mom again, I think this is going to be her regular visit, cause Don and his beloved Irene always go there on vacation in October. So his Mom’s health is good and this is a normal yearly trip where Milly does all of the work, knowing she will get full credit and Jill will just be the gopher girl. It would be nice to surprise Don and buy a lot of subscriptions and ads and make sure Jill gets credit because she really is a nice girl even though Milly is prettier and friendlier.

10/18/17 This is a rare photo of Don Russell before he started using Grecian Formula


Send anything you need published to Milly, the CEO and most important person in the office, at or you may call directly to 530 289-3262 and talk to Don, (and suggest he give a raise to Jill, Milly’s secretary). For a subscription: send money to Mountain Messenger at P.O. Drawer A, Downieville 95936 or call 530 289-3262 with credit card in hand.. Write to Don Russell at and tell him you subscribed because you read about it on Sierra County Prospect….. Subscriptions cost –In Sierra County $30 1yr- $50 2yrs / Out of county $35 1 yr -$60 2yrs

Sheriff’s Public Log 10/18/17

Sierra County Sheriff’s Public Information Log


  • 0024 – Alarm activation reported near Sierra City Deputy responds – UNF SCSO
  • 0653 – CHP reports large oak tree in power lines on Ridge Rd – TRA CHP
  • 0700 – Diesel spill on railroad tracks near Verdi – TRA HHS
  • 1200 – Cordless phone found in Downieville – CNC SCSO
  • 1324 – Visible smoke is from Plumas Co Eureka fire – UNF USFS
  • 2203 – Someone or something is in daughter’s yard in DVL – CNC SCSO


  • 0040 – Report of suicidal threats in Sierraville – RPT SCSO
  • 0804 – Deputy gives citation for 12500(a) in Loyalton – CIT SCSO
  • 0820 – Possible DUI between Sierra City and DVL – UNF SCSO
  • 1735 – Local Warrant arrest for PC240 and PC1230(a)(b) in Sierraville – ARR SCSO
  • 2013 – Large brown cow at A24 and Hwy 70 Railroad Xing – TRA CHP
  • 2119 – Possible child endangerment in Loyalton – RPT – SCSO


  • 0142 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Loyalton – TRA LOAM
  • 1039 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Sierra City – TRA DVAM
  • 1116 – Juvenile problem in Downieville resolved – CNC SCSO
  • 2249 – Report of bicyclists stranded in Downieville – UTL – SCSO


  • 0940 – Report of bear in trash in Sierra City – CNC SCSO
  • 1005 – Report of suspicious male hanging around DVL School – CNC SCSO
  • 1156 – Threats being made in Sierra City – TRA CHP
  • 1159 – Tomatoes were stolen in Pike City – CNC SCSO
  • 1324 – Possible fraud reported in Loyalton – TRA SCSO
  • 1341 – Agency Assist to Plumas Co juvenile matter – CNC SCSO
  • 1551 – Stranded motorist with two flats near Camptonville – TRA CHP
  • 1556 – Deputy assistance needed for vehicle removal in Calpine – CNC SCSO
  • 1922 – Citation issued for 4000(a) Hwy 49 MPM 23 – CIT SCSO
  • 2118 – Abandoned vehicle near Stampede Reservoir – TRA CHP


  • 0703 – Report of bovine herd causing traffic hazard on A24 – TRA CHP
  • 0719 – Road construction vehicles blocks Pike City Firehouse – TRA CHP
  • 0820 – Report of possible found human remains near Alleghany – RPT SCSO
  • 1034 – Commercial burglary alarm in Loyalton – UNF SCSO
  • 1325 – Overdue party from Deer Lake area, Deputy located OK – CNC SCSO
  • 1606 – Abandoned vehicle near Verdi – TRA CHP
  • 1753 – Suicidal subject reported in Sierraville – UNF SCSO
  • 1812 – Abandoned vehicle reported near Stampede – TRA UFSF
  • 2040 – Threatening phone calls being received in Sierraville – CNC SCSO
  • 2334 – False report of emergency incident in Sierraville – CNC SCSO


  • 0450 – Residential burglary alarm activated near Sierra City – UNF SCSO
  • 0951 – Report of vandalism at Sierra City Transfer Station – RPT SCSO
  • 1122 – 9-1-1 report of injured deer in Sierraville – TRA F&W
  • 1200 – Arrest on court commitment in Nevada Co – ARR SCSO
  • 1346 – Request for on-call medical provider open clinic in DVL – TRA DVAM
  • 1408 – Trespassing and harassment in Loyalton, arrest made – ARR F&W
  • 1527 – Family disturbance, DUI, child abandonment in Verdi – RPT SCSO
  • 1754 – Caller needs assistance in retrieving property in Sierra Brooks – CNC SCSO
  • 1918 – Arrest for 647(f) in DVL – ARR SCSO
  • 2151 – Arrest for 23152(a)(b) in Loyalton – ARR SCSO
  • 2320 – Citation issued on Hwy 49 MPM 40 23222 CVC – CIT SCSO
  • 2329 – 9-1-1 request for ambulance in Downieville – TRA DVAM


  • 0932 – Injured deer in Sierraville – TRA F&W
  • 1202 – Citizen requests a tow near Sierra Campground – TRA CHP
  • 1344 – Lost wallet reported in Sierra City – CNC SCSO
  • 1402 – Arrest on multiple charges in Loyalton – ARR SCSO
  • 2032 – Missing hiker on Buttes Lookout Trail located – CNC SCSO

LNF RAC Projects 10/18/17

SUSANVILLE, Calif. – The Lassen National Forest is pleased to announce the approval of approximately $280,000 in Title II funds for the implementation of projects through the work of the Lassen County Resource Advisory Committee (LCRAC). The Committee consists of 15 local citizens that represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds, interests, and experiences.

The projects that were selected will be funded under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. The LCRAC reviewed project proposals and made recommendations for funding based on public benefit criteria. Approval of recommended projects was made by the Lassen National Forest Supervisor, Dave Hays. “It’s great to see the diversity of projects approved that will benefit National Forest lands and the citizens of Lassen County.” Approved projects will start in 2018 and may be carried out over a five year period.

The intent of the RAC program is to share funds that were received on federal land, primarily through timber sales, with counties to implement natural resource projects on or adjacent to National Forest lands. Though projects may occur on both National Forest system and private lands in Lassen County, all RAC projects must show a clear benefit to public lands.

The following projects were approved to receive Title II funding through the RAC program:

Project –Planning for the Fredonyer Butte Trail System Lassen County Public Works
Diamond Mountain/Lassen National Forest California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Assistance Lassen County Fire Safe Council, Inc.
Lassen County Youth Camp Road Improvement Lassen County Office of Education
Tribal Youth Conservation Crew  Susanville Indian Rancheria
Roxie Peconom Campground Improvement Lassen National Forest
Gallatin Marina Fish Cleaning Station Replacement Lassen National Forest
Crate Lake Campground Improvements Lassen National Forest
Bogard Campground Redesign Lassen National Forest
For more information please contact Jennifer Erickson, RAC Coordinator at (530) 252-
6604 or

Lassen National Forest lies at the Crossroads of California, where the granite of the Sierra Nevada, the lava of the Cascades and the Modoc Plateau, and the sagebrush of the Great Basin meet. The Forest is managed for recreational access as well as timber and firewood for homes, forage for livestock, water, minerals, and other natural resources. For more information, call (530) 257-2151 or visit

Nevada Co Fair Search 10/18/17

Suggest a Slogan for the 2018 Nevada County Fair

Do you have a catchy or fun “orchard” slogan that you think would be perfect for the 2018 Nevada County Fair? Send it in, and you could win a 2018 Fair Package.                 Nevada County Fair August 8 – 12, 2018
Country Christmas Faire November 24 – 26, 2017

Submit the winning slogan and win a prize package to the 2018 Nevada County Fair

Peaches, plums, cherries, pears, and apples – the 2018 Fair theme is all about orchards – and the Fairgrounds is hosting a contest to find the winning “orchard” slogan for the 2018 Fair. Do you have a catchy or fun slogan that features orchards that you think would be perfect for the 2018 Nevada County Fair? If so, submit it!
Visit the Fair’s website at and submit a slogan about orchards. Be creative and have fun! If the slogan you submit is selected, you win. The winner will receive a 2018 Nevada County Fair package that includes two free admission tickets for each day of the Fair, a 5-day parking pass for the Fair, and ride coupons.
Submissions must be five words or less and no trade-marked slogans will be considered. The contest is open to Nevada County residents only. The contest runs now through November 10, 2017. For those without access to the Internet, entry forms are available at the Nevada County Fairgrounds office, or information can be mailed to the Fairgrounds at P.O. Box 2687, Grass Valley, CA 95945. No phone entries will be accepted.
Each year, the Fair slogan appears on advertisements, posters, banners and on social media; and is used to determine special contests, exhibit categories, and decorations for the annual Fair.
The 2018 Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 8 – 12. For a complete list of contest rules or information, visit or call (530) 273-6217.

On The Shelf by Paul 10/18/17


Issue 2017 – 11
Book Review Group
The Book Share & Review Group meets on Tuesday, October 24th 1:00 PM at the Downieville Library. Everyone is welcome, whether to share books you’ve been reading, or to hear what others have read.

Award-winning Children’s Books
The previous column of On the Shelf contained a list of Caldecott medal winning books that are present in the library. Now we list the Newberry medal winner and honor books.

Newberry Medal: named in honor of the 18th century British bookseller, John Newberry, the prize is awarded annually by the Association of Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association, and the same organization that awards the Caldecott prizes) to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The prize has been awarded since 1922. Medal winner and honor books (those nominated that did not win) presently in the Downieville Library are listed here chronologically according to the year the prize was won.
1925: Tales from Silver Lands, by Charles Finger (medal winner)
1935: Davy Crockett, by Constance Rourke (honor book)
1938: On the Banks of Plum Creek, by Laura Ingalls Wilder (honor book)
1939: Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard & Florence Atwater (honor book)
1940: By the Shores of Silver Lake, by Laura Ingalls Wilder (honor book)
1941: Call It Courage, by Armstrong Sperry (medal winner)
The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder (honor book)
1942: Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder (honor book)
1944: These Happy Golden Years, by Laura Ingalls Wilder (honor book)
1945: The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes (honor book)
1946: Strawberry Girl, by Lois Lenski (medal winner)
1949: My Father’s Dragon, by Ruth S. Gannett (honor book)
1953: Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White (honor book)
1960: Onion John, by Joseph Krumgold (medal winner)
1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell (medal winner)
1962: The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare (medal winner)
The Golden Goblet, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw (honor book)
1970: Sounder, by William H. Armstrong (medal winner)
1974: The Slave Dancer, by Paula Fox (medal winner)
1976: The Hundred Penny Box, by Sharon Bell Mathis (honor book)
1978: Ramona and Her Father, by Beverly Cleary (honor book)
1979: The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson (honor book)
1982: Ramona Quimby, Age 8, by Beverly Clearly (honor book)
1985: One-Eyed Cat, by Paula Fox (honor book)
1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan (medal winner)
1987: On My Honor, by Marion Dane Bauer (honor book)
1996: The Midwife’s Apprentice, by Karen Cushman (medal winner)
2000: Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis (medal winner)
26 Fairmount Avenue, by Tomie dePaola (honor book)
2001: A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck (medal winner)
2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead, by Avi (medal winner)
2005: Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, by Gary D. Schmidt (honor book)

Downieville Library Hours
The library is open for eight hours each week: on Tuesday, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM; and, on Thursday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM. You will find the library staffed by librarian, Peggy Daigle, or by one of several volunteers. All are glad to see you, and eager to help you.

Hwy 49 Roadwork 10/11/17


David & Carol Marshall had the pleasure of watching the Highway 49 being repaved, right in front of their home, front row seats. Over the past months they have noticed how hard everyone works and with long hours. Notice all the vehicles – it takes many to repair our roads. Not pictured are the traffic control workers and the pilot car drivers, who do not always have an easy job and they do work long hours. For any of us who live here and drive this road daily, we have seen hard work and progress.  Thank you Knife River and CalTrans.

Golden Rays Transit Rates 10/18/17


Transportation rates for the Golden Rays – Sierra Public Transit will increase on November 1, 2017.

The new rate schedule, per person, for a one-way or round trip from Downieville is: Auburn: $30; Calpine: $15; Chico: $40; Grass Valley/Nevada City/Penn Valley: $25; Indian Valley: $10; Loyalton: $20; Reno: $40; Reno Airport (one way): $50; Sacramento: $40; Sacramento Airport (one way): $50; Sierra City: $5; Quincy: $30; Truckee: $30; Yuba City/Marysville: $30. Alleghany to Grass Valley/Nevada City/Penn Valley: $35. Destinations 100 miles beyond Downieville: $40 plus current IRS mileage rate and full labor cost of driver for the extended miles.

The public transit is for the purpose of meeting the needs of the elderly and disabled and general public for shopping, medical appointments and social transportation, including trips to Sacramento and Reno Airports. Scheduling will be arranged so as to promote the maximum occupancy per trip. To schedule a ride call: 530-798-8555.

Carrie’s Foody Corner 10/18/17


by: Carrie A. Blakley

With the up-coming holidays upon us, now is probably a good time to come to the realization that eventually, there will be so much food being prepared in your homes, that you’ll swear you’re feeding people living there, that you haven’t met yet. Same concept as laundry, only there are far too many left overs to think of sensibly. This is also the time when we tend to sneak tid-bits of human foods to our pets. Sometimes, this can be an incredibly bad thing, especially if you’re not familiar with the ingredients of said enormous meals. While both dogs, and cats, can obviously eat meats (of almost any type), it doesn’t necessarily mean that they should. During the huge pet food recall a decade ago, our veterinarian wrote a column regarding safe alternative foods for pets that do not have specific dietary, and/or medical, needs. His advice? Give them a hot dog, cooked beef, cooked chicken, pork, fish, turkey…all are safe for both dogs and cats.

This doesn’t mean that you should run out and get your ‘fur-babies’ jars of black caviar, or the latest in goose liver pate. It also doesn’t mean that you can just throw fido, or fluffy, a nice slab of meat loaf, especially if it contains any other ingredient besides ground meat. I know you can get all of the ‘don’t feed dogs’ food lists, as well as the, ‘dog safe’ food lists, on the Internet. What’s a bit more difficult to locate are the feline friendly food lists. Yes, we all know that chocolate is bad (on all levels) for both dogs an cats. Raccoons, and humans, love it…cats and dogs die from it. So, what are some feline friendly human foods?

Salmon, spinach, cantaloupe, eggs, watermelon, fish oil, chicken, bananas, oatmeal, pumpkin, cheese, bread, apples, blueberries, peas, turkey, pork, beef, sausage, venison. These are the ‘top 20’ foods for felines. Obviously, considering these cats have no issue, eating a freshly killed rodent, bird or snake, the meat you serve them merely has to be properly cleaned, and in the case of venison, properly cured. Milk for cats? Makes for a nice story, and it does contain a lot of nutrients. However, giving a cat milk can wreak havoc on their digestive system. Which, makes for a very unpleasant trip to the cat box for them. So, do some research before the onslaught of food starts arriving in your kitchens. Be sure to keep all dangerous foods away from your pets, and if they accidentally ingest bad foods, call the vet immediately. Have a safe week everyone!

Something to Think About 10/11/17

The other day I stopped my car over the Durgan bridge to tell a young child to stop climbing the railing. He was about one foot away from reaching the top of the ledge of the bridge. Then what? Where was the parent? I am also bothered as to why some think it is okay to leave children younger than ten at the playground AND the parents have left then in charge of caring for younger siblings. Here is something to think about: My eleven year old daughter would have an Uncle Shon who would still be alive today. However when Shon was eleven, a serial child killer, snatched him off his bicycle, abducted, tortured and killed him. Shon was propped up against a tree to make appear he was still alive when authorities found his body. You would not want to know any more details than that. The murderer went on to kill another child before he was caught. Downieville is no safer than other parts of California. Crazies still pass through our town. Some actually spend the night. Please keep this in mind when leaving kids under ten to fend for themselves.

Angela M. Collier, Downieville

Bridgeport Fall Festival 10/18/17

BRIDGEPORT FALL FESTIVAL       SUNDAY, Oct. 22 – 11am to 4pm           South Yuba State Park-Bridgeport, 17660 Pleasant Valley Road Penn Valley, Ca 95946 –

The South Yuba River Park Association (SYRPA) invites you to the Bridgeport Fall Festival on Sunday, October 22. Try your hand at gold panning, basket weaving and wool spinning. Take a hay ride in a wagon drawn by a vintage tractor and enjoy an up-close experience with wild birds provided by Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release of Grass Valley. Tours of the 1860s historic barn and 1920s gas station will be available to all. In addition, you can enjoy live music by the Buffalo Gals while picnicking under the shade of the massive mulberry tree.

You can partake in watching your children play games along with face painting, painting pumpkins and making bird feeders. This year’s special attraction will be enactments of the Ghosts of Bridgeport. There is always an abundance of food including BBQ and baked potatoes by Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce, Frozen Yogurt by Culture Shock Yogurt and Root Beer Floats prepared by our expert volunteers.

Visiting with our rangers, volunteers and several local community organizations, such as Audubon, is always pleasant and informative. The “Save Our Bridge” campaign will be represented by volunteers who will be on hand to answer questions about the covered bridge renovation plan. You will have access to peer into the bridge through a fence since it remains closed to all traffic until renovation is completed.

Admission is Free ~ Parking $5 530-432-2546

Or visit the website:

Good Men 10/18/17

Men and Sexual Assault in the Age of Trump – by Rob Okun

“I am over the passivity of good men. Where the hell are you? You live with us, make love with us, father us, befriend us, brother us, get nurtured and mothered and eternally supported by us, so why aren’t you standing with us?”

—Eve Ensler

Rob Okun

Forget Harvey Weinstein. And Bill Cosby, and Bill O’Reilly, and Roger Ailes. But do remember the women. Remember all the women, famous and unknown, who have survived everything from catcalls to rape for as far back as well, forever.

The playwright and activist Eve Ensler is right to be past feeling impatient, to be so “over the passivity of good men.” She’s honed in on the question men have to answer: “Where the hell are you?” As of now, we’ve mostly been absent.

For decades, men who have never battered or raped would offer excuses for not standing up for women who faced harassment—and worse—offering this lame rationale: “I don’t engage in these behaviors, I’m a good guy, these are women’s issues, not mine.”

Those days are over. Sexual assault is not a women’s issue; it’s a community issue, and men, ready or not, we have to break our silence.

A half-century ago, women began dragging domestic and sexual violence from society’s shadows to center stage in the national—and international—conversation about gender-based violence and gender equality. From the beginning there were always some men who stood with them as allies, but not enough.

It was women who created rape crisis centers and shelters for domestic violence survivors. When men asked how they could help, women replied immediately, “Talk to other men. Tell them to stop beating us, raping us, killing us.” Some men responded, working with women to create batterer intervention programs and began grappling with some uncomfortable truths about their lives, including how they benefited from then-unfamiliar terms such as “privilege” and “entitlement.” It was the late 1970s, the era when the profeminist men’s movement began, in part sparked by a comment by Gloria Steinem: “Women want a men’s movement; we are literally dying for it.”

Ironically, the fall of so many powerful men—all brought on by their sexually assaultive behaviors—occurred in the same timeframe as the election of one of their high-powered brothers: Donald Trump, described by some as predator-in-chief.

As more and more brave women step forward to tell painful stories of having been sexually assaulted, and as they stand with and by other women, there’s a jarring simultaneous truth we cannot ignore: Trump has not yet fallen. He has yet to pay a price for his sexual assaults. More than a dozen women came forward to accuse him, detailing his assaults. He pledged to sue them all after the election but never has.

Harvey Weinstein’s fall may spark renewed investigations into Trump’s alleged sex crimes. In the aftermath of a tainted election in which his female opponent received three million more votes than he did, poetic justice would be meted out if, more than collusion with Russia during the election, more than revelations about potential tax return criminality, it is a sea of pussy hat-wearing women who bring down the president.

When Academy-award winner Jane Fonda spoke about Weinstein, she said, “Let’s not think this is some unique, horrific [incident]. This goes on all the time. It’s this male entitlement in Hollywood—and everywhere. In offices and businesses all over the world; in bars, and restaurants and stores, women are assaulted, abused, harassed and seen for just being sexual objects—there for a man’s desire, instead of as whole human beings.”

Trump’s election, Fonda believes, has contributed to undermining efforts to combat sexual assault. That he is president has emboldened some men, she says, counteracting “a lot of the good that we’re doing, because a lot of men [can now] say, ‘Well, our president does it, and he got elected even after people discovered that he was an abuser, so I’m just going to go ahead and do what I want to do.’” She added, “We have to stand up to them.”

The “we” she is referring to, guys includes men, all of us.

Rob Okun, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is editor of Voice Male. A new edition of his book, Voice Male – The Untold Story of the Profeminist Men’s Movement will be published this month.

In 2011, Eve Ensler was awarded the Isabelle Stevenson Award at the 65th Tony Awards, which recognizes an individual from the theater community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of humanitarian, social service, or charitable organizations.

Forest in the Eye 10/18/17

The Mote in North Korea’s Eye, the Forest in the USA’s Eye – by Kary Love

Kary Love

Mass murder of 59 is the mote in the eye of that lone “Las Vegas” killer and we all condemn him.

Mass murder of all humanity is the forest in the eye of Donny Trump and we are called upon to salute him.

Trump has recently threatened North Korea with nuclear annihilation. The USA has thousands of nukes, NK may have 20 and a limited, if any, capacity to deliver them.

Thus, the forest in the eye of Donny Trump and the mote in the eye of NK.

This is not to say NK should have nukes, it should not. However, the need for the USA to have thousands of nukes and a $1 Trillion program to “make more and more usable nukes” is also unacceptable. At least to the people of the world.

The recent Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was signed by 122 nations on July 7, 2017. The Treaty prohibits the use, threat of use, development, possession, testing, acquisition, stockpiling and transfer of these weapons and forever stigmatizes these weapons and the nations who maintain their nuclear stockpiles.

The US along with other “nuclear powers” refused to sign the Treaty. Refusal to sign the Treaty does not mean the refusing nations are “above the law of nations” or international law. Neither Hitler nor the Japanese governments signed the Treaty that allowed their henchmen to be hanged or jailed for war crimes, crimes against peace or crimes against humanity for crimes they committed in WWII. In fact, the accused war criminals complained everything they did was legal under Hitler’s “law” and they were “just following orders.” The USA hung them anyway because the law of nations superseded Hitler’s laws.

The US did sign the treaties supporting execution of the Nazi and Tokyo war criminals. Those principles now are part of the USA’s own laws governing war and war crimes. US military and civilian commanders, including the President, as commander in chief, are subject to prosecution as war criminals, should they engage in a war of aggression (“the supreme war crimes”) or use criminal weapons such as nuclear weapons in an otherwise legal war. Such crimes still carry the death penalty.

This legal conclusion is the result of one single truth: The enemy of all humankind is death.

Nothing else. Just death.

There are only two kinds of death:

a) natural. b) homicide. Courageous scientists, doctors and nurses are fighting the former–Thank you for your service! As to the latter it has been said: “He who kills one is a criminal. He who kills millions is a hero.”

When we embrace this thinking, we contribute to the spread of the infection of death by homicide. As Sartre opined: there is no way out. We are condemned to choose. Life or death?

Either we reject homicidal heroes or we reap individual killers. The celebration of death occurs not in a vacuum, the moral fabric of the universe is all one cloth. Cleave one strand, the rest unravel. The moral fabric is unravelling. The rest is vacuity, obfuscation and avoidance.

We fear our own deaths. We mourn the deaths of those we love. But, we are not human until we resist all death. Those who protest death, who are caged for committing trespass to avoid mass murder, who mourn the death of every human and work to avoid the death of any more, to them I say, “Thank you for your service!”

To those who go to work every day “maintaining” nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, I plead, take the day off. The week, the rest of your life.

To those who pay the taxes to fund nuclear weapons, I ask, “What do you say to your children when they ask you, ‘Daddy, did you pay for the war?'” It all comes down to one, simple decision: are you on the side of life, or death?

The cancerous poison of America’s commitment to weapons of mass destruction infects our culture: we have become death worshippers as a nation. The mote in the eye of the mass murderer in Las Vegas is a reflection of the forest in the eye of Presidents and the bureaucrats who daily plan, prepare for and threaten nuclear annihilation. To paraphrase Jesus of Nazareth: He who lives by mass murder shall perish by mass murder. Is it not time to pluck the forest from our eye and help others then to remove the mote from their own? For, if we continue to sow the seeds of death, what ought we expect to reap?

Kary Love, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Michigan attorney whose pro bono practice for decades is frequently the trial defense of nonviolent peace protesters.

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