I know, usually my open threads are upbeat or silly or rundowns of current news.
However, I listened to this podcast a couple of days ago, and let's just say it didn't leave me reassured.
As we enter the Trump era, it's good to keep in mind just how fragile our civilization is. It depends on about nine world leaders not having mental breakdowns and launching a holocaust. With Donald Trump in the White House, that's not assured.
(I saw the clip of his interview with David Muir's ABC in which he described his reaction to receiving the "biscuit", the card which contains the nuclear codes. On the one hand, he made noises about the awful destructiveness in his hands. On the other, he was confident that he'd make the "right decision". Take that for what you will.)
You can listen the The Inquiry, from BBC World Service, HERE.
This is your serious Friday open thread.