The A1 Tongue Twister: Nonstop nuclear nonsense

By Thomas Gaulkin | September 6, 2022

Illustration by Zdenek Sasek

Every so often, a story published on the front page of the New York Times is so well written, meaningful, and appropriate to the Bulletin’s concerns that small snippets of it, properly chosen and arranged, produce something more than journalism, something that approaches … poetry. That blessed coincidence occurred September 6, 2022.

We suspect it’ll occur again.


Ukrainian Power Plant, Blitzed By Shelling, Hangs by a Thread

(from the original by Marc Santora, Ivan Nechepurenko and Matthew Mpoke Bigg)

Fire fear catastrophe:
fire forced emergency
firefighting fighting fires,
fears, disaster, danger
from afar.


As the Russian invasion of Ukraine shows, nuclear threats are real, present, and dangerous

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