Frontier Former Editor

January 8, 2009

I’d like to see the corresponding odds of . . .

being a Palestinian civilian and being hit by Israeli ordnance.

http://www.ifcj.org

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like seeing civilians of any stripe being hit by rockets, missiles, bombs, cluster munitions, artillery fire, mortar rounds or any other ordnance. But I’ve seen a commercial twice in the last three days from the International Federation of Christians and Jews about how I should drop everything and call a toll-free number to show my support for Jewish victims of Hamas rocket attacks. The commercial states that these rocket attacks are not widely reported in the media.

Funny thing: I’ve been well aware of these attacks for years now.

I’ll do one better. I’m blogging now to show my support for civilians in Israel, Gaza, Jerusalem, Lebanon and associated areas who have to endure rocketing, bombing, shelling, suicide bombing and other violent acts, no matter what the source of the ordnance.

As for ‘eye for an eye’? In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man may be king but he still has lousy depth perception.

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August 24, 2008

Playing with Movie Maker and old Cold War literature

I’ve been thinking years about doing this, and finally got around to it . . .

April 13, 2006

Beauty, even in the threat of fiery death

Filed under: art or something like it, civil defense, history, homeland security, weapons — Frontier Former Editor @ 5:33 pm

Does that even count as haiku?

I ran across this website a few months ago thanks to Boingboing.org. It’s a collection of WW II Japanese civil defense posters, leaflets and texts in the National Archives of Japan’s website.

Diagram of USAAF B-29 range coverage of the Home Islands from bases in China, Alaska and the South Pacific

Strange to see images so well done, clear and, well, beautiful before remembering this was a country’s response to strategic bombing.

April 11, 2006

It’s just a shelter that my dad built . . . in case the Reds decide to push the button down . . .

My most sincere apologies to Donald Fagen but, still, what a great song.

Anyway, fresh from the Frontier Editor archives deep under Cheyenne Mountain, Wyoming, here’s some excerpts from that seminal 1961 literary work, “Fallout Protection: What to Know and Do About Nuclear Attack.” (Dick Cheney and I have an understanding: I keep my collection there and he doesn’t let loose with the birdshot and start injuring all the Air Force security police.)

Anyway, for your viewing pleasure and in preparation for our peaceful Islamic Iranian Republic friends . . .

Not telling where I got my copy, but it was in good condition and free.

Beats duct tape and plastic sheeting, but I’m still waiting for those other versions under development . . .

And now for the Popular Mechanics gallery in our collection . . .

The question I still have, though, is just how much pineboard, Quikrete and sand it takes to protect from direct radiation when the device detonates in an airburst about 5,000 feet overhead . . .

And then I wonder just how long the neighbors are going to respect the sanctity of your sandbagged castle . . .

Been a long time since I’ve seen asbestos-covered anything for sale, unless those white fudge-dipped Oreos are something they shouldn’t be . . .

And also be sure to remember to make sure that the big brick building forming part of your lean-to is down-blast from you . . .

Bears a certain resemblance to a basement in a certain movie about a big burrowing worm . . .

We’ve got provisions and lots of beer . . .

The key word is survival in the New Frontieeeeerrrrr . . . .

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