This is an excerpt from a US Gov't Report called "The Effects of Nuclear War" published by the Office of Technology Assessment, released May 1979.
I think it's important to know the science behind this potential scenario rather than the hollywood speculation. From this report, it seems, while catastrophic, a so-called "suitcase nuke" would hardly cause the destruction of an entire city, but rather maybe only a neighborhood.
Of course the Gov't doesn't advertise this knowledge in order to keep us all in fear. So fear less people! Odds are terrorists won't be the one to destroy america, but keep an eye on yr local politicians, they can do it far easier and don't need no nukes, just lawyers, cops, zoning commissions, eminent domain, and real estate developers.
Back in the mid 80s I found a couple Playboy Magazine Record Reviews that caught my attention. One was Gibby Haynes reviewing the new Monkees LP, and the other, here, is Mickey Dolenz reviewing "Rembrandt Pussyhorse". Now I'm sure the editors at such a dull, yet limply liberal magazine like Playboy thought this was pretty funny at the time, but one might acknowledge their good taste in connecting two such talented bands.
these are exhibits from the Peace Museum at Hiroshima Peace Park.
Hiroshima after the bomb - not too may structures left, but remember the bulk of the city was made of wood and the fires raged for days. The red ball is the bomb exploding. US officials purposely chose the bomb to explode in air in order to maximize the radius of destruction. If it had exploded on the ground it would've been less damaging
Gee, I wonder why they dont sell these shirts at museums in the USA?
tricycle survives blast (sort of), but no word of it's owner.
Back in 1945 on this day we americans tried out an effective new strategy of urban renewal on a small city in western Japan housing the center of operations for the Imperial Japanese Navy and the defacto best fast food in Japan, hiroshima-style okonomiyaki and all the young sailors and noodle chefs therein, many of whom would never have the pleasure to set sea or eat yummy food again after that day. Years later its a wonderful place to visit, and I am honestly thinking about retiring there someday.
Here are some pix to remind us how good we have it that we werent there on the business end of american made technology.
(I wouldnt put it past the good old us govt to try out this method of eminent domain real estate rezoning on New York City someday. Get rid of a bunch of undesirable poor people and then pave the whole place over sim-city style with luxury condos. I'm sure Mayor Bloomberg drools over this scenario)
the a-bomb dome in hiroshima peace park. sitting at the exact ground zero, it escaped total destruction due to basic laws of blast physics. also note the rest of city was mostly made of wood, so stone buildings stood a modestly better chance. even tho, its a total wreck when you really look at it.
The Old Bank of Japan Building, a quarter mile away from ground zero, was in much better shape than the a-bomb dome, but therefore doesnt make a good image of the brutality of war. It stands refurbished as a museum now.
btw, here's a good commentary everyone should read concerning this anniversary event. Hell, one might suppose that if the US Govt could destroy a couple entire cities (not to forget the fire bombings of Tokyo which actually killed more people than the atomic bombs, and the fire bombings in other cities of Japan and Germany) then perhaps the 9-11 conspiracy concept of the US knowingly killing a mere few thousand people cant be too hard to imagine as a possibility.
Every day I get a brand new show off TV record and radio I breeze with the sleaze on my cassette 'cause I got the affirmative C30 C60 C90 Go C30 C60 C90 Go C30 C60 C30 C60 C90 Go 30 60 90 Go A bit bam-boogie and a booga-rooga my cassette's just like a bazooka a bligger a blagger a blippity-blop well I'm going down to the record shop Yeah! And the boss said "LP, single, picture cover or plain I've got all the hits and all the big names I've got biggest discounts in my store if you buy three records, I'll give you four" C30 C60 C90 Go off the radio I get a constant flow hit it, pause it, record it and play turn it, rewind, and rub it away C30 C60 C90 Go C30 C60 C90 Go C30 C60 C90 Go C30 C60 C30 C60 C90 Go 30 60 90 Go It used to break my heart when I went in your shop and you said my records were out of stock so I don't buy records in your shop now I tape them all, 'cause I'm Top of the Pops! Yeah! Now I got a new way to move it's shiny and black and don't need a groove now I don't need no album rack I carry my collection over my back C30 C60 C90 Go off the radio I get a constant flow hit it, pause it, record it and play turn it, rewind, and rub it away Policeman stopped me in my tracks said "Hey you, you can't tape that you're under arrest 'cause it's illegal" So I shoved him off and blew his whistle I'm a pirate and I keep my loot So I blew him out with my bazooka C30 C60 C90 Go off the radio I get a constant flow hit it, pause it, record it and play turn it, rewind, and rub it away You're rich enough to have a record collection I'll bring my bazooka round for inspection Sometimes it better get hit twice as fast so I press my playback to make it last I breeze with the sleaze on my cassette I've got the affirmative C30 C60 C90 Go off the radio I get a constant flow hit it, pause it, record it and play turn it, rewind, and rub it away C30 C60 C90 Go C30 C60 C90 Go C30 C60 C90 Go C30 360 C30 C60 C90 Go 30 60 90 Go
Here's a challenge - Take this and remix it YOURSELF, and send us the mp3 or a link to it and we'll have a contest to see who's version is best. I'm sure with 20 years hindsight you can make it much weirder than the Buttholes version.
All three Beme Seed albums have long been out of print, but if you're lucky you can find them online somewhere for sale as vinyl, cassette and CD. The first album is UK import only, so is much more rare I would believe, especially to find it on CD, as CD's were still a new format in 1989 when that LP came out.
I picked what I consider the best song from each album, although thats an arduous task as there are quite a few equally wonderful tracks on each LP. So listen up!
Old New Song from "Lights Unfold" (1990 No. 6 Records/Rough Trade)
Flange Song from "Purify" (1992 No. 6 Records/Caroline)
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