June 5, 2002 |
Baltimore gets nuked in "The Sum of All Fears." And people here seem to be taking it all in stride. "I haven't heard a whole lot on the street about it, to be honest," says Mayor Martin O'Malley, who attended a special screening of the film. "It's certainly riveting to see your skyline with a mushroom cloud rolling over it. But then, Hollywood has been sending tidal waves over New York for years."
April 25, 2002 |
As Nevada officials fight against hosting the nation's nuclear repository, the state is offering license plates bearing the image of a nuclear blast. The fund-raising license plate designed to honor Nevada's atomic past has bombed with some as ill-timed and inappropriate. Others don't have a problem with the idea of cars with optional mushroom cloud license plates sharing roads with tractor-trailers hauling radioactive waste to Yucca Mountain.
August 13, 2000 |
THE PREPPING HANDBOOK * The Democratic National Convention handed out hospitality kits to each of the 4,506 delegates, filled with California-grown raisins, oranges, tuna, olives, dates and wine, and a jar of "dietetic" fruit labeled, "Welcome Delegates -- Gov. 'Pat' Brown." * To accommodate feeding as many as 16,000 daily attendees, the Sports Arena installed "new radar ranges that can cook beef, bake potatoes and vegetables in a minute and 10 seconds."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1999
It's 1955 and I am 9 years old, standing with my family on a solid wooden porch of the cabin my father built in Lucerne Valley, Calif. In the early morning hours of a hot summer we waited--with what seemed like front-row seats--for the moment when the entire eastern horizon would light up. First the sky turned from a glowing yellow to red, then gray. Puffy gray smoke formed a giant mushroom cloud. In a heartbeat the ground beneath us rumbled. It was the hydrogen bomb testing in Nevada.
August 9, 1998 |
Aficionados might reasonably differ over which were the vintage years for atomic films. As "Celluloid Mushroom Clouds" shows, the years from 1953 to 1955, a cusp moment in the on-screen development of nuclearized America, should be near the top of anyone's list.
May 17, 1998 |
A few nuclear bombs can really ruin your day, or so that 1970s-era line used to go.Let's hope no one worried for even a minute last week that India's sudden appetite for destruction might have a dampening effect on U.S. financial markets. U.S. Treasury bond yields just gyrated in their usual (of late) thin-as-a-toothpick range, and the Dow Jones industrial average went on to a new high by Wednesday, though it gave some modest ground by Friday.