Chernobyl: the movie


HBO

Haunting scenes of the death, destruction and sickness that followed the Chernobyl meltdown 36 years ago — the deadliest nuclear accident of all time — were recorded on film and video but remained hidden for decades. Now, these previously unknown stories are finally coming to light, in a new HBO documentary, “Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes.”…

In the long-lost tapes, testimony from witnesses offer a glimpse of life in Chernobyl before the disaster, and show how it was forever transformed in the accident’s aftermath. “Everything was documented,” one of the witnesses says in the trailer, but many of the explosion’s details and potential dangers were obscured by Soviet officials, who sent in soldiers to “liquidate” the damage and to help cover up the incident, HBO representatives said in a statement…

There actually are issues where and when encountered that some nations recognize as life-threatening. And deal with it!

Sadly, I don’t live in one.

Witness to the Cold War


Emmet Gowin

Gowin’s photographs of the Nevada Test Site (now known as the Nevada National Security Site) show us the extremity of our darkest dreams laid bare in the Mojave Desert — the scars of technology gone mad, revealing a moonscape of craters right here on Earth. The stillness of the desert exploded into a million pieces of radioactive shrapnel carried by the wind that lodged in our bodies.

Read it and weep…