This Time in '45, Hiroshima Was Devastated

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With war such a salient topic of late, it was only a matter of time before we started getting throwbacks from the '40s.

Owen over at Sinless just sent us the Aug 6th Hiroshima Ginsberg De-Classified Nuclear Test Film, a 12-minute visual assault on what was happening in Hiroshima in 1945, roughly during this time of year.

The video includes a reading of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Plutonian Ode." If that sounds like it'll add some nuance to your day (it definitely added sparkle to ours), by all means, watch. If enough people get all riled-up, maybe we can storm the Capitol together, say around 6?

by Angela Natividad    Aug- 7-07   Click to Comment   
Topic: Cause, Online   

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Don't feel sorry for the Japanese. Just educate yourself on the Nanking Massacre at

- Japanese soldiers buried Chinese civilians alive
- Gang raped women and cut off their genitals

The nuclear bomb was the most humane way to quickly end an inhumane war STARTED by the Japanese.

Posted by: Mike on August 7, 2007 10:31 AM

Thanks, Mike. You beat me to it.

Posted by: Kathy on August 7, 2007 1:51 PM

Japanese slaughtered as many as 30 million Filipinos, Malays, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Indonesians and Burmese, at least 23 million of them ethnic Chinese. They looted the countries they conquered on a monumental scale enslaved millions and exploited them as forced labourers ? and as [forced] prostitutes for front-line troops.

Posted by: Chris on August 7, 2007 2:11 PM

How did Adrants get so political?
Anyway, as Robert McNamara said, the only other option would be to invade Japan with US troops, which also would have resulted in a huge loss of life. Despite the bombing, it still took Japan until August 14th to announce surrender, and until September 2nd to formally do so.

Posted by: Ted on August 7, 2007 3:20 PM

Oh man. We're political?

Posted by: Angela on August 7, 2007 3:22 PM

Thank you very much for posting this.
I'm glad it was meaningful to you.
I didn't make this little film so people would "feel sorry" for the Japanese.

I made it as a reminder of the absolute horror nuclear weapons represent and the real dangers nuclear energy pose to civilization, the human race and all life on Earth.

It is not something we want to consider every day.

But just maybe on the anniversary of Hiroshima we can spare a moment out of our busy lives to think about it.

I don't think anyone in his right mind was truly glad about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Here is what the pilot of
the Enola Gay has said:

"A bright light filled the plane," wrote Col. Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the first atomic bomb. "We turned back to look at Hiroshima. The city was hidden by that awful cloud...boiling up, mushrooming," For a moment, no one spoke. Then everyone was talking. "Look at that! Look at that! Look at that!" exclaimed the co-pilot, Robert Lewis, pounding on Tibbets's shoulder. Lewis said he could taste atomic fission; it tasted like lead. Then he turned away to write in his journal. 'My God,' he asked himself, "what have we done?"
- Newsweek July 24, 1995

The film is made mostly from US government films (made public domain) of the 1,030 nuclear bomb tests the US conducted from 1945 till 1992.

Allen Ginsberg states in his poem
Plutonian Ode:
"where Manzano Mountain boasts to store
its dreadful decay through two hundred forty millenia
while our Galaxy spirals around its nebulous core."

Plutonium created by nuclear power plants and used to trigger nuclear bombs is a horrific poison that hangs around for about 24,000 years. If you do watch the piece on YouTube, take a minute to read the description which I think provides a little more food for thought. If that is being "political" so be it.
thanks again,
owen plotkin

Posted by: Owen Plotkin on August 8, 2007 12:35 AM

Thanks for the view, Owen. Always good food for thought from Sinless!

Posted by: Angela on August 8, 2007 1:15 AM

Allen Ginsberg?? Jebuz...

What about the horror of rapes and forced prostitution and castration there, Owen? I take it that'll be the subject of your next film?

Oooo! Nuclear war be bad! that's really daring and original. The Japanese still deny justice to "comfort women." that's a controversial issue to them. If you want to be brave and daring, take up their cause instead of rehashing something that happened decades ago and never since.

Besides the Japs don't seem that busted up about it. Not as much as you are.

Posted by: Kathy on August 8, 2007 9:27 AM

"daring and original" seems to me to be a trifle.
Not something to strive for.
Not a real goal of communication.
Those are surface considerations.
Indicative of a malady that strengthens a culture of style over substance.
I don't want to be "brave and daring."
The potential of nuclear war and very real danger nuclear waste presents, are not decades old issues, they are of the present
and the very distant future.

Posted by: Owen Plotkin on August 8, 2007 10:21 AM