Tuesday, October 16, 2007

We Interrupt Our Regular Programming

Today is Tuesday, 16 October 2007.

It was Tuesday also on 16 October 1962, about this time, EST, 9.13am, when McGeorge Bundy (National Security Advisor) informed US President John F. Kennedy that the CIA had irrefutable proof that the USSR was installing nuclear-capable missiles in Cuba, and thus threatened the Eastern Seaboard (the real “Heartland” of America, in contrast to the pretentious, silly claims of e.g., Texas and Wyoming) with swift destruction, which many histrionic fools at the time labeled “a loaded gun at America’s head”.

In the mythology of the so-called “Cuban Missile Crisis”, it is usually forgotten that America had already placed a similar loaded gun at the head of the USSR in 1959, when the Jupiter missiles were installed in Turkey.

In the propaganda of the time, as always, it was Good v. Evil, Us. v. Them. Regardless of on which side one was waiting for incineration.

“Our betters”, in the Brit phrase, didn’t kindly inform us of our impending extermination until Jack’s speech on 22 October.

The Museum of the Bourgeois is proud to present the first installment (and HH may update it more than once every day, since he's really hacked that these ... [your epithet here] ... almost began a nuclear war and exterminated hundreds of millions, not to mention the whole planet) of its first extended programme, a trip down a memory lane of the damned, those haunted days of 1962.

Don’t touch that dial.

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yester-year.

Just to get you "In the Mood":


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