Thursday, June 12, 2014

Author discusses major near misses with nuclear accidents, one of the biggest in NC in 1961, after Kennedy inauguration; British Film4 releases film on nuclear terror

There are some videos of interviews with Eric Schlosser, author of “Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety” from Penguin (Sept. 2013).

CBS News has an interview from March 2013 where Schlosser describes the accident on Jan. 24, 1961 when a USAF jet disintegrated over Goldsboro NC and a hydrogen bomb might have deonated.  That was on the fifth day of the new Kennedy Administration, when I was a senior in high school on the way to college and my own life history.  Nuclear fallout could have wandered as far north as Washington DC, and I grew up in Arlington.   Schlosser calls the accidents “Broken Arrows” and there over 30 such incidents.  I have visited Goldsboro once, in May 1993.

There was another weapons accident in Damascus, AR in 1980.  This happened during a repair of a silo,  resulting a leak of nuclear fuel.
There’s a longer interview on Uprising Radio here
Yesterday, on my movies blog, I reviewed Kevin MacDonald’s 2013 Film4 movie,  “How I Live Now”, which depicts the life of an American girl staying in rural England with relatives when nuclear bombs go off in London and then other British cities, apparently from local extremists bent on revolution.  A British TV station made a featurette “ASX TV: A Look at ‘How I Live Now’”.  The girl has to learn to adjust to conditions “now” and to rules made by others.  There is no talk of justice or unfairness, it is just reality.  

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