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Message 336: Atoms For Peace

??????, Thom Yorke’s band that performed in early October (playing “The Eraser” and “Atoms For Peace”), will be called Atoms For Peace (wiki).

From the Dead Air Space entry:

ok so in April the other band.. that i got together to do the eraser and other stuff u know .. Mauro, Flea, Me, Joey and Nigel is going back out to do some shows in the US.. ending with playing with Coachella. we had too much fun to just leave it there…

it has been decided that we call ourselves Atoms For Peace. hope you like the name.. it seemed bleedin’ obvious.

Atoms for Peace is also “the title of a speech delivered by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower to the UN General Assembly in New York City on December 8, 1953.” The text of the speech is available at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) website: http://www.iaea.org/About/history_speech.html.

An excerpt: “Against the dark background of the atomic bomb, the United States does not wish merely to present strength, but also the desire and the hope for peace.” That a force of destruction can be the background for peace is called, in classical logic, a contradiction. But the speech does assert that nuclear power, “must be put into the hands of those who will know how to strip its military casing and adapt it to the arts of peace.”

But, as Yorke has noted (see “nuclear power no thanks”), nuclear power can’t easily–if at all–be turned over to the arts of peace. Yorke directs readers to, for example, http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/nuclear.

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