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This whole monstruousity was originally conveived February through March 2001 by the members of The Big Note - a Frank Zappa YahooGroup. After an arduous gestation period, this site was birthed on April 11 2001. True to the essence of collaborative effort, these people are held responsible.
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Duck & Cover!
Compiled, edited, and submitted by SOFA
Note: the following "cut and paste" montage on nuclear attack was created thanks to text from the movie "The Atomic Café". I discovered a Web site run by Jayne Loader, one of the producers of this movie. For those that haven't seen this movie yet, it is available at this site - as is information on the making of the film.
Never before have so many known so little about a subject so important. The capabilities of most weapons are pretty much understood, but when it comes to atomic explosions, the guessing game starts. You are here to participate in an atomic maneuver. This is not a haphazard maneuver; careful planning for it started months back... Watched from a safe distance, this explosion is one of the most beautiful sights seen by man. You're probably saying, "So it's beautiful. What makes it so dangerous?"
Basically, there are only 3 things to think about: blast, heat and radiation. Radiation is the one new effect obtained by the use of atomic weapons. Truthfully, it's the least important of the 3 effects - as far as the people on the ground are concerned. You can't see radiation, feel it, smell it, or taste it. If you receive enough gamma radiation to cause sterility, or severe sickness, you'll be killed by the blast, flying debris, or heat, anyway. Well that's the story. Don't worry about yourselves; you'll be okay.
"I wouldn't worry nearly as much about the atom bomb if it would kill you right out. What scares me is that awful gas that deforms you."
What's a blast like? First of all, one sees a very, very bright light, followed by a shock wave, and then you hear the sound of the blast. And then it seems as though there's a minor earthquake. Then you look up and you see the fireball as it ascends up into the heavens. It's a wonderful sight to behold. The July 24, 1995 issue of Newsweek writes: "A bright light filled the plane," wrote Col. Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the first atomic bomb. "We turned back to look at Hiroshima. The city was hidden by that awful cloud...boiling up, mushrooming." For a moment, no one spoke. Then everyone was talking. "Look at that! Look at that! Look at that!" exclaimed the co-pilot, Robert Lewis, pounding on Tibbets' shoulder. Lewis said he could taste atomic fission; it tasted like lead. Then he turned away to write in his journal. "My God," he asked himself, "what have we done?" (Special report, "Hiroshima: August 6, 1945")
"There was a turtle by the name of Burt,
Narrator: You and I don't have shells to crawl into, like Burt the Turtle, so we have to cover up in our own way. Paul and Patty know this. No matter where they go or what they do, they always remember what to do if the atom bomb explodes right then.
Duck and cover, duck and cover. He did what we all must learn to do; you and you and you and you. You and you and you and you - duck and cover! Remember what to do, friends... DUCK AND COVER!
Now that we've educated the kids, what other doubts might we have? Some of the falsehoods circulated about radiation effects are trivial - but upsetting. They're beamed right at one's self-esteem. Yes, enough exposure to radiation will cause loss of hair. The treatment - if you'd insist - would be symptomatic - a wig or toupee. But the condition would only be temporary. Your hair would come back - same color, same cowlick. This puts a finger on one of the main fallacies in the public attitude towards atomic weapons. It's the fallacy of devoting 85% of one's worrying capacity to an agent that constitutes only about 15% of an atomic bombs destroying potential. And that's unsound.
"BE IT RESOLVED BY THE WOMEN'S ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR DEFENSE AND DISASTER RELIEF, while in meeting at San Antonio, Texas, June 29-30, 1961, that we recommend a re-wording in all pamphlets being distributed or to be distributed locally, State-wide, or Nationally, so that, HEADING THE LIST OF ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES to be taken into shelter with food as planned for evacuation survival, the following be printed:
Do you have your Bible handy? Good. Let's start the maneuver. "The United States is under nuclear attack. Repeat: the United States is under nuclear attack! Take cover immediately in your area fallout shelter!"
SFX: a cheesy atom bomb explosion all the big groups use)
"Children, you better clear up all this broken glass and debris. All in all, I'd say we've been very lucky around here. Nothing to do know but wait for instructions from the authorities and relax."
As you can see, there is really no need for worry...
Epilogue: Little Boy
For the Earth's sake, DON'T STOP WORRYING!