Studies in Declinism, Duck and Cover Edition

“Of all modern notions, the worst is this: that domesticity is dull. Inside the home, they say, is dead decorum and routine; outside is adventure and variety. But the truth is that home is the only place of liberty, the only spot on earth where a man can alter arrangements suddenly, make an experiment or indulge a whim.” —G.K. Chesterton

So begins The Black-Out Book, (affiliate link that keeps the TAS lights on, so to speak) a collection of games and puzzles compiled during WWII to help British families endure the togetherness imposed by the threat of air raids. Here is a representative page:

The Black-Out Book

FEMA, meanwhile, has produced the Mountain Lion Family to promote their Ready Kids program, because nothing says “stability in the face of disaster” like an oddly sexy cougar mom who “loves to dance in the mornings to relax” and a (definitely non-gay!) cougar dad who “made his own guitar from a hollow tree.”

By September, I want all American Scene readers to know the National Preparedness Month song.