Showing posts with label Nuclear bombs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nuclear bombs. Show all posts

Monday, April 19, 2010

a 1965 PSA about radiation, nuclear attacks, and farmers--performed by cheap paper-mache marionettes

This 1965 public service announcement by the U.S. Civil Defense office instructs farmers about what to do in case of nuclear attack.  The bizarre film uses marionettes, that as one person commented, appear to have been crafted by a third grade class.  Incredibly enough, our government broadcast this film throughout the midwest, and distributed 600 16 mm copies of the film. 

Sunday, June 08, 2008

"A lack of focus" [on our nuclear weapons!!!] " Gates fires Air Force officials

This is a mind f***er of all mindf***ers. Like some of you, I grew up in the duck and cover era. We practiced dodging the effects of a nuclear bomb. Watch this video to get an idea of the national obsession with nuclear attack, as well as our laughable solutions for surviving a direct atomic bomb attack. As it turns out, not only are we under-prepared, but the air force may even be part of the problem, and not the solution, and safety-net, we've been led to believe in.

This week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates fired (rather, he asked for the resignations of...) two top Air Force officials Thursday, saying an investigation into the mistaken shipment of missile parts from Hill Air Force Base to Taiwan exposed a systemic "lack of focus" on nuclear accountability. In addition to the resignation of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne, Gates said a "substantial" number of other officials - presumably including some from Hill - might be fired or reprimanded.

Our handling of nukes seems just about on the order of those of the breakaway 'Stans and former Soviet Republics. We are about as casual in handling these deadly weapons as the guys who stock the shelves at your grocery store. In short, whatever they found was so scary it even spooked the Bush Administration. And those boys are not easily spooked. If Bush is spooked, the rest of us should be racing for the Pampers and shoveling out a bomb shelter in the back yard.