"I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious. Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have ... The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases. The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." -- Thomas Jefferson

 

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A nuclear war would be anticlimactic

Before the angry comments begin, I don’t mean anticlimactic in the sense of I hoped for more, or that I am attempting to downplay death and destruction. Rather in a sense of it being nowhere near the grand apocalypse what we’ve come to expect. I grew up in the 1980s and the prevailing opinion was that any nuclear war would be “the last war”. Humanity would be wiped out, all major cities would be struck, the Earth would be rendered uninhabitable, etc. This is so deeply entrenched in people’s understanding of the world, it’s never really questioned.

There’s the quote often attributed to Albert Einstein:

I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

There are, however, a handful of variables that make this outcome extremely unlikely:

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A 5.7 magnitude earthquake rocked the Big Island of Hawaii on Friday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. The earthquake, which struck 23 miles below sea level at coordinates of 19.188°N 155.493°W, happened at 12:06 p.m. at southwest Pahala.

Within the first hour of the earthquake, the quake could be felt as far as 280 miles away. According to the USGS Interactive Map, people in the northeast town of Kailua-Kona, which is about a 71-mile drive from Pahala, also felt the shaking.

Derek Nelson, the manager of the Kona Canoe Club restaurant in the oceanside community on the island’s western side, said of the quake, “It shook us bad to where it wobbled some knees a little bit. It shook all the windows in the village.”

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In a recent development, Qin Gang, China's erstwhile foreign minister, has stepped down from his position in the national legislature, as reported by state media on Tuesday.

Qin's abrupt dismissal from his ministerial role in July last year marked one of the most unexpected political events in China in recent times.

Qin, 57, was in office for a mere seven months before he vanished from the public eye in June. The government subsequently announced his dismissal a month later, but he has not made any public appearances since then. Qin's role as foreign minister was taken over by his predecessor, Wang Yi.

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