1. Anna Granfors says

    Yes, PZ, I *do* feel better! Thanks! With Glen Campbell having passed today, I needed that. But to get back to things more atheistic, have you heard of/listened to an idiot named Neil Saavedra who has a show on AM wingnut radio called “The Jesus Christ Show”? It airs in Los Angeles on Sunday nights, and the dope actually calls himself “Jesus” (he used to go by “Your Heavenly Host”…geddit? Har har har…)? I actually enjoy falling asleep to it (being atheist myself) to hear the saps address him as “Jesus”. His webpage is Trust me; it’s a hoot. :)

  2. chigau (違う) says

    It’s not too late.
    If we asked nice, maybe Tom would make a come-back before The End.

  3. consciousness razor says

    Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down? That’s not my department.

  4. FossilFishy (NOBODY, and proud of it!) says

    Ha! I wish I’d known about this song back in the day. It would have been the perfect boombox soundtrack for our final hurrah.

    My peer group in the mid-eighties had a plan: Should we get the warning that the missiles were coming over the pole everyone was to grab as much booze as they could carry and meet at the home that was closest to the harbour. The thinking was that since Vancouver was targeted because it was the nearest major seaport to the big naval base in Seattle we’d be more likely to be in the vaporisation zone the closer we were to the docks. Just to be sure we were going drink and dance on the roof until the light show took us out.

    I don’t know how seriously the others took this plan, but for me it was a comfort. It meant that I didn’t have to think about how to survive something that I had neither the resources nor skills to realistically have a chance at. Never mind that there was no way anyone without a seaplane or helicopter was going to get out of central Vancouver in the 30 or less minutes you’d have.

    I’ve unsuccessfully tried a couple of times to explain to young(er than me) folks what growing up under the cold war threat felt like. The nihilism I felt was so intrinsic to who I was that the fall of the Soviet Union really messed with my head.

    I really hope that Trump’s sabre rattling doesn’t become a new cold war under which a whole new generation of fucked up kids grows up.

  5. chigau (違う) says

    I grew up during The Cold War.
    I always suspected my town was a target.
    Later, I came to know that we actually were a target but quite low on the list.

  6. weylguy says

    It gives me great comfort to know that when the bombs fall, our Fearless Leader will be safe and sound in a distant undisclosed location, leading the country’s few survivors to victory and glory.

  7. Azkyroth, B*Cos[F(u)]==Y says

    It gives me great comfort to know that when the bombs fall, the spoiled little shits who sat at home pouting on election night and made him a leader won’t be evacuating until they get their pony, like they were PROMISED!

  8. Azkyroth, B*Cos[F(u)]==Y says

    And on humanity’s tombstone some alien civilization can decipher “THERE’S NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PART–” (inscription unfinished)

  9. Zeppelin says

    Azkyroth: It’s important to let those disloyal leftist voters know you still despise them and expect to be able to take their support for granted even after you shamelessly fuck them over.
    That way they’re sure to turn out in droves for whatever bullshit neoliberal imperialist millionaire the Democrats dig up next time, and if the Republicans find a sufficiently evil Greater Evil you even get to move to the right some more and still technically be the good guys!

    Oh, right, songs. Here’s a relevant one (in German, sorry, I couldn’t find a subtitled version)

  10. Wounded King says

    I was going to post ‘Who’s Next’ ( to close out the Tom Lehrer Nuclear Armageddon trifecta, but I guess ‘The Wild West is Where I Want to be’ deserves an honourable mention as well.

  11. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    It’s the end of the world as we knew [sic] it
    And I feel fine (trying)
    If ~45 actually fulfills his “saber rattle” we won’t be alive to care anymore

  12. flange says

    The best rhymer ever, since Gilbert, of Gilbert & Sullivan, anyway.
    Uraneous — simultaneous

  13. jr48 says

    “Vatican Rag”, “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park”… Lehrer’s wonderful.
    If you want another comforting song apropos ti the subject, try Randy Newman’s “Political Science”.

  14. DLC says

    While the cheeto is busy getting us into more wars we don’t need, could we move him to Guam ? He should be right down in front.

  15. brucej says


    I grew up listening to them test the Air Raid sirens every Saturday at 1PM. Why I don’t know. We had a big AF base right next to town, a huge Hughes (now Raytheon) missile plant, and Titan missile silos all around us. We were going to catch a lot of megatons…

  16. Timberwoof says

    I struck me this morning that since we Leftists tend to be concentrated in the cities and the Rightists tend to be dispersed all over the flyover states, the population distribution after a limited nuclear war will be satisfying to the latter. The population distribution after a big nuclear war will be satisfying to the archaea.