I have no idea how many read this or know who I am, but for the uninformed: I grew up during the latter days of the Cold War.
Part of my mental architecture from those years are these pop culture markers:
A Canticle for Leibowitz, Gamma World, World War III (the NBC miniseries), The Day After, Threads, Hackett's Third World War, Alas Babylon, On The Beach, The Last Ship, 99 Luftballons, The Horseclans, Snowbrother, Down to a Sunless Sea (very underrated), Testament, The Pelbar Cycle, The Survivalist, Miracle Mile, This Is The Way The World Ends...
[References to the above can be found on this solid list here.]
And they have remained there, despite receding quite a bit in the wind of change.
But now those old feelings are back. I'm not sure what the strategy is behind this sort of tough-guy posturing, especially with the repeated hints regarding the grim change in Putin's headspace. The latter of which seems to be borne out by his speeches and forced resettlement of Ukrainians.
But sure, why not?
In the meantime, I've carefully avoided any use of the N[uclear]-word around the children. The pandemic already left enough to deal with.
And yet, I'm going to have to address it sooner or later. What a time to be alive.