Thursday, April 7, 2016

Nuclear War, Guided Muscles and 1960's Cartoons

My bones should be glowing!

I was born in December ,1954, the height of the North American baby boom so I am not alone, and that's in the era the the Americans did their above-ground testing of nuclear weapons.

According to a Yale course I am auditing online, to everyone's surprise and shock, fall-out from these tests went around the world and cut a swath across Canada.

And babies absorbed the Strontium 90 at a greater rate than older people. That's why they started adding calcium to food products, so that undernourished kids wouldn't absorb too much Strontium 90.

But by the 60's all had been forgotten, right?

Well, no. We had cartoons to remind us.

YouTube has a bit from Beany and Cecil's Hercules Hare that makes fun of nuclear war, with a 'guided muscle.'

I watched Beany and Cecil, of course, and the other more literate cartoons like Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

I do recall being fascinated as a girl by this guided muscle thingy, I can't imagine why.

Today, upon re-watching it, I am amazed at how glib the Herclules Hare cartoon is about the arms race.

In the uploaded episode, the guided muscle penetrates the earth to get Hercules' nemesis ,a  wolf, not Wiley Coyote, or is it Wile E. Coyote?

Hercules makes a joke at the end: Because of Mr. Minnow, violence has to go underground.

This Minnow is the man who called television a vast wasteland, I think that's it, anyway.

Anyway, the Yale Environmental Course supports my theory that the 'plastic grocery bag' as environmental evil trend is ridiculous, considering that there are more and more plastics put into the environment every day; the industry is almost totally unregulated, few of these plastics  are ever tested for their effect on the environment and human health and only one type of plastic is recycled and that one only at 30 percent.

And even if one chemical in plastics was shown definitively to be terrible for human health, it would take over a decade to get it banned!

It's all a big lie.

It's not the grocery bag, it's what you put into the grocery bag.