There are virtually no checks in place to stop the President from launching a nuclear ICBM

This episode of Radiolab is frightening.

The last portion of this episode touches upon the checks in place should the President make a call to launch nuclear missiles. As you can imagine, the order is expected to be followed without question despite the devastating effects for everybody involved.

This has been a topic of discussion lately, especially with the often unpredictable behavior of Donald Trump. The scariest part: The President has about 6 minutes to make a decision and give the order to launch an ICBM in response to another country launching one at us. SIX MINUTES. Can you imagine making that kind of decision with all of your wits with you? Now imagine somebody like Donald Trump making that decision. The kicker: The President can currently launch nuclear missiles at any country even if the US is not at war with that country. That's crazy. And even crazier is that virtually nobody can stop this order from being halted (again, all of this insanity must take place in 6 minutes if an ICBM is detected to be on its way to US soil).

If you want to see how messed up this whole thing is, you need to listen to this podcast.

 

I sent a postcard to Donald Trump

I spent the earlier half of this week talking extensively about Donald Trump and this country with a small group of activists in upstate NY. It wasn't the purpose of the trip but Trump ended up being a hot topic because every day was just a whole new avalanche of news, disappointment, and fear started by him signing executive orders. It's clearer now than ever that he does not have the good of this country in his mind but rather the profits of companies and his own interests.

Anyway, if you're unhappy, WRITE! Write, write, write! Write to The White House. Write to Trump. Write to your local and state representatives. Tell people who support Trump that they are on thin ice because these people in power fear losing power. They don't care about Trump -- they care about re-election and if they see a wave of folks possibly voting the other way, it's the best way we can make a big difference despite who is sitting in the President's chair.

Do something.