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Tom Engelhardt: Living on a Sci-Fi Planet

Who could have imagined that humanity would inherit the kinds of apocalyptic powers previously left to the gods or that, when we finally noticed them, we would prove eerily unable to respond?

July 2, 2021 · 4 Comments

Frida Berrigan: Meatball Subs, Not Nuclear Subs

Or How to Deliver 16,128 Hiroshimas

June 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: The Fire Next Time

If we do succeed in destroying ourselves, it seems increasingly likely that it will be by fire, whether the accelerating heating of the globe over decades, or a nuclear conflagration any time we choose. The good news, the flame of hope, is that we still have time — at least 100 seconds — to prevent it.

February 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: Becoming Stable Geniuses

Seeking New (and Very Old) Habits for a New Year A little over a year ago I wrote about the bloody nightmares rupturing my sleep and the night terrors gripping my little … Continue reading

January 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Pentagon proposes using nuclear weapons against terrorists

The Pentagon’s new Nuclear Posture Review calls for dropping nuclear bombs on countries that harbor terrorists.  The draft of the Pentagon’s proposed plan to “update” the United States’ nuclear weapon … Continue reading

January 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: Take Your Tiny Fingers Off the Button, Trump

Nuclear Nightmares Past and Present Preventing a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea may be the most pressing challenge facing the world right now. Our childish, ignorant, … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Party Invitation for the Age of Unnatural Disasters

If life were like a perfume commercial I’d be spending even more time than I already do gazing pensively into the distance the top buttons of my shirt undone my … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Arlene Weiner: Wordless

My mother’s magazines advised “togetherness,” advertised Simplicity patterns   for matching mother-and-daughter dresses, asked “Can This Marriage Survive?”   I found Popular Science, admired the clear lines and cheerful mien … Continue reading

August 11, 2017 · 3 Comments

Julia Conley: Trump Threatens ‘Fire and Fury’ against North Korea

If North Korea makes any more threats to the U.S., “they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power the likes of which the world has never seen before.” — … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

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