Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Atom

Despite repeated attempts by Japanese politicians and nuclear honchos to unfurl the "Mission Accomplished" banner, the crisis unleashed by the earthquake and tsunami has worsened day by day. Radioactive matter is now leaking into the ocean; fears of meltdown persists.

I remember saying recently that we are in desperate need of some new anti-nuke songs and a movement to go along with them. While those types of songs remain pretty scant, I nonetheless overlooked this brilliant and recent example: Ani DiFranco's "The Atom," off of her 2008 Red Letter Year. Poignant, moving, simple, urgent. Everything a song should be as we're carried inch by inch closer to the brink.

2 comments:

JM said...

Monbiot's gotten wonky about this:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/21/pro-nuclear-japan-fukushima

I can somewhat understand his concern though I'm for wind turbines, but this is ridiculous.

Aguilar Elliot said...

Oh how I wish that humanity could come together and agree on at least one thing - Nuclear Disarmament for all. Something that could potentially be so simple, seems to be so incredibly difficult considering that those with the power are not inclined to relinquish it, yet they will gladly tell others not to get it, i.e. America. No one wants to be the first to back down. We're like the Yooks and Zooks from Dr. Seuss's Butter Battle Book, constantly trying to build bigger and badder shit in order to one up the other. Hopefully, one day we can look past our fears, our pride and see that we're all in this thing TOGETHER.