Somehow I should have known that real life would at some point interfere with writing one long post each week for Nuclear Friday. This is the week it happened, but I still have something for y’all. My computer is having browser compatibility problems that I can’t fix because I don’t know the password to this […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Update and Channel Plug"
I had heard there was a made for TV adaptation of Raccoona Sheldon’s story The Screwfly Solution. I came across something more interesting, a radio drama of Houston, Houston, Do You Read? by James Tiptree, Jr. Both of these names are pen names for Alice Sheldon. I was curious about the radio adaption of Houston for the same reason I was […]Read more "Trigger Warning: Tiptree"
The Big Board isn’t a news blog, nor is it viewed by many: But I would still like to announce a 5-3 Supreme Court decision overturning most of the recent abortion restrictions in Texas. Let’s hope this is a sign the tide is turning.Read more "Good News of the Day"
I recently came across a very good video from disaster medicine specialist and children’s health advocate Irwin Redlener. I remembered him as a specialist in hurricane preparedness and hurricane response, but I had no idea he also was an advocate for a new strategy of preparedness for nuclear attack. Turns out it’s similar to a […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Bringing Back Civil Defense"
Many of you may remember Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart. What you might not know is that Jim Steinman wrote that song a few years before it became a hit as part of an intended musical about vampires. The pitch for the musical fell through, so Steinman pitched a couple of the songs […]Read more "German is Awesome"
I’ve mentioned a few times in earlier NF posts that Nena’s 99 Luftballons is the most accurate song about nuclear war. This is because it is about accidental nuclear war. By late 1983 when I first heard Nena’s song, my teenage self had concluded that nobody was ever going to launch The Big One, a bolt […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Listening to Luftballons"
In 1964 something happened that caused great concern in the US public. It wasn’t any international crisis. The use of nuclear weapons was a major concern in the 1964 presidential election, but that wasn’t why so many Americans were worried about something new. This new concern came straight from Hollywood. Both Dr. Strangelove and Fail Safe came out in […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Please Remain Calm"