A mention on Twitter yesterday took me to the trailer of "Command and Control," a documentary on the 1980 explosion in a Titan II missile silo in Damascus. It's a thrilling account of a dramatic time of uncertainty after a nuclear warhead capable of massive destruction was thrown out of the silo.
The current list of screenings includes film festivals and, in the fall, showings in commercial theaters in large cities. Nothing listed in Arkansas as yet. It will be aired on PBS. Alan Weatherly at AETN says it will have screenings, including at the Ron Robinson Theatre, but details aren't firm yet. He said the AETN airing is most likely to be in January.
Good notices continue for "Command and Control," the documentary about the Titan II missile explosion in a silo in Damascus, Ark., in 1980. But the news is how great the danger was and is for enormous unintended consequences. /more/
Aside from death and taxes, there are few guarantees in life. One of the other lesser regarded guarantees, aside from heating and air being a strong industry, is that something sooner or later is going to explode, and our state is no exception. /more/
KTHV has an eye opening report on the legendary speed trap of Damascus, a tiny town along busy Highway 65 on the Van Buren and Faulkner county line north of Conway. Damascus has a population of only 385, but their four officers wrote a whopping 2,032 speeding tickets in 2014. /more/
This sounds worth looking for:
Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford notes a September lecture visit by jjournalist Eric Schlosser ("Fast Food Nation") who'll publish in September a new book, "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety," centered on a famous Arkansas happening. /more/
The Koch Industries PAC spread a lot of money around in September, including significant sums in state legislative races around the country. All politics is local when you have a big polluting industry to look after.
Response to our story about rehoming and adoption has been overwhelmingly positive, with one exception. Rep. Nate Bell (R-Mena) has informed me that writing this story makes me the predator and Justin Harris the victim. I'm hellbound, apparently.
The National Education Policy Center, a Colorado-based institution that is frequently opposed to the so-called "reform" movement embodied by the Walton-financed Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, has issued its 2014 Bunkum Awards, which include a grand prize to the University of Arkansas for what it believes to be flawed research.
Mary Steenburgen, the Arkansas native actress, has added her voice to those opposing HB 1228, the bill aimed at preserving legal discrimination against gay people under the pretext of religious freedom. It would create untold other complications for all sorts of government activities to give people a religious excuse to avoid the law.