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2010-07-08 10:28:53 AM  

Ninja Wicked: After seeing that I am amazed that the southwestern US isn't filled with horrible mutant freaks.


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Boy, what do you think I do all day? Whistle dixie? Hell no, son. I am out there on the front lines with them freaks. Good lord willin and the creek don't rise, I'll get every last one of em.
 
2010-07-08 10:29:08 AM  

loki see loki do: I like how his world map has Japan at the center of the world.

Nationalist douchbaggery, even at a subliminal level, exists everywhere.


You've already been taken to task, but I'll add this: something has to be at the center of the map. What would you pick? Well, that makes you a douchebag, douchebag.
 
2010-07-08 10:29:16 AM  

canyoneer: Nightsweat: "Would have preferred they hadn't done quite so many tests."

The big mistake there was hauling tons of contaminated sand back to the studio. It's also notable that most of the cancer deaths associated with that movie happened to be in heavy smokers, and that none of the deaths can be linked conclusively to Upshot Knothole.


91/220 is a pretty suggestive percentage of crew and cast to die from cancer, though.
 
2010-07-08 10:29:47 AM  

dittybopper: We'll meet again,
don't know where,
don't know when....


Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?

Remember how she said that we would meet again, some sunny day?

Vera, Vera, what has become of you?
 
2010-07-08 10:29:53 AM  

bishop6042: I saw one US test that looked like it took place in Mississippi or Alabama. Where was that at?


A salt dome.

http://mshistory.k12.ms.us/articles/293/nuclear-blasts-in-mississippi
 
2010-07-08 10:30:04 AM  

Petulant Dwarf: Isn't it ironic that the nation most concerned with stopping other countries from having nukes, the USA, is the only country to have ever deployed the weapons against another sovereign nation?


Like ray-eeee-ain.....

Err, No.
 
2010-07-08 10:30:18 AM  

Fuggin Bizzy: loki see loki do: I like how his world map has Japan at the center of the world.

Nationalist douchbaggery, even at a subliminal level, exists everywhere.

You've already been taken to task, but I'll add this: something has to be at the center of the map. What would you pick? Well, that makes you a douchebag, douchebag.


He also already apologized, maybe give the guy a break
 
2010-07-08 10:30:30 AM  
I never knew France tested that many nukes. I also expected the UK to have tested way more.

Also I am willing to bet there have been way more tests that were never declassified.

I was stationed at Camp Shelby, MS (literally right outside of Hattiesburg) I never knew I was so close to a nuke test site.
 
2010-07-08 10:30:39 AM  
There is no spoon only Zuul 2010-07-08 10:05:28 AM
Am I the only one here that was saddened watching this video? I knew there was a lot of nuclear tests in the 60's, but dear lord I never realized the scope.

-------------------

I did, but never saw it represented quite like that before now. I found the video fascinating, but yet extremely disturbing and thought provoking at the same time. After watching it I sat back, and said "Hmmm..." Again, it was beautiful and yet terrifying at the same time; if you know history enough as I do, and stop to realize the political climate during the years that you see each of the explosion blips being set off.

I took our scouts to Oak Ridge,TN a few years ago and got to see the city, the museum of Atomic energy learn of its history and see the Y-12 plant from a distance. I was awed and inwardly terrified at the same time knowing what had took place there, and still is today, just within a few hours' drive of my home.

I agree with the other "posters" that feel that we(the U.S., and Japan) realize how terrible the price is for unleashing such power on a grand scale.
 
2010-07-08 10:30:53 AM  
MoscowIwasn'tkiddingPOW
TehranIwasn'tkiddingPOW
BaghdadIwasn'tkiddingPOW

/Not sure if that quote's right, but I don't have my copy in front of me.
//Great play
///And after years of lurking, this is what I choose to Weeners.
 
2010-07-08 10:31:34 AM  

loki see loki do: I like how his world map has Japan at the center of the world.

Nationalist douchbaggery, even at a subliminal level, exists everywhere.


Nice troll.
FYI, Every country that makes maps puts there own in the center.
 
2010-07-08 10:31:58 AM  

Petulant Dwarf: Isn't it ironic that the nation most concerned with stopping other countries from having nukes, the USA, is the only country to have ever deployed the weapons against another sovereign nation?


No
 
2010-07-08 10:32:14 AM  

Nightsweat: canyoneer: Nightsweat: "Would have preferred they hadn't done quite so many tests."

The big mistake there was hauling tons of contaminated sand back to the studio. It's also notable that most of the cancer deaths associated with that movie happened to be in heavy smokers, and that none of the deaths can be linked conclusively to Upshot Knothole.

91/220 is a pretty suggestive percentage of crew and cast to die from cancer, though.


What was the usual percentage in Hollywood, if one removes traumatic deaths from the list?
 
2010-07-08 10:32:30 AM  

dittybopper: endtimethirtyfour: reminded me of Philip Glass.

Ha, fool, or Hal Fempty?


Your call, but I'll posit that one quarter of it is filled with Koyaanisqatsi with less delay and reverb.
 
2010-07-08 10:32:31 AM  

cmunic8r99: Thunderpipes: "Yes Sir, drop that Farker, twice!"
/approves


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/Disapproves
 
2010-07-08 10:33:03 AM  
You know after all the google searches this thread has made me do I'm probably now on some security watchlist
 
2010-07-08 10:34:15 AM  

Doctor Whomever: To imply the USA bombed Japan "out of anger" is a gross misrepresentation of history.


It's just a figure of speech. I've fired my new hunting rifle hundreds of times at the range, but only fired one shot "in anger" - the one that killed my first buck. I wasn't actually angry, it's just an expression.

/Pretty sure we were pissed off at the Japs when we dropped those bombs, though.
 
2010-07-08 10:34:16 AM  

loki see loki do: I like how his world map has Japan at the center of the world.

Nationalist douchbaggery, even at a subliminal level, exists everywhere.


Like American made world maps that have the U.S. at the center?
 
2010-07-08 10:34:18 AM  
If by "coolest" you mean most tediously boringly paced and needlessly long and monotonous... then yes. I totally agree.
 
2010-07-08 10:34:35 AM  

ad-astra62: There is no spoon only Zuul 2010-07-08 10:05:28 AM
I took our scouts to Oak Ridge,TN a few years ago and got to see the city, the museum of Atomic energy learn of its history and see the Y-12 plant from a distance. I was awed and inwardly terrified at the same time knowing what had took place there, and still is today, just within a few hours' drive of my home.


I lived in Knoxville for a long time, and it was always a bit unnerving to know that a logical primary terrorism target was just up the highway.
 
2010-07-08 10:34:58 AM  

Cheesus: Schlock: bishop6042: I saw one US test that looked like it took place in Mississippi or Alabama. Where was that at?

I can't figure out where those ones were happening either

Hattiesburg, MS

/Favre


HATTIESBURG!!! That's what Kraftwerk is saying!

/It's in the air, for you and me
 
2010-07-08 10:36:05 AM  

signine: The atomic bomb tests in New Mexico and Nevada have left some pretty sizeable chunks of land unusable. Then again, it was also in the middle of the desert, so it was unusable anyway.

The biggest problems from the stateside nuke tests in the 50s turned out not to be anywhere near the area in which the nukes were actually tested. There's a huge incidence of birth defects and other developmental disabilities in the midwest for the years during and following the tests that can be directly tied to them.

I think most of the cows spewing out the radioactive milk are dead now though.


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2010-07-08 10:36:35 AM  

canyoneer: Nightsweat: "Would have preferred they hadn't done quite so many tests."

The big mistake there was hauling tons of contaminated sand back to the studio. It's also notable that most of the cancer deaths associated with that movie happened to be in heavy smokers, and that none of the deaths can be linked conclusively to Upshot Knothole.


A gay friend once tried to get me to try Upshot Knothole when we were drunk, but I was like "Dude, you *KNOW* I'm straight".
 
2010-07-08 10:36:38 AM  

Nightsweat: Left off the mystery nuke in 1979 at Vela - likely a joint Israeli/South African bomb.


Came for this. Bears repeating.
 
2010-07-08 10:36:42 AM  

dittybopper: We'll meet again,
don't know where,
don't know when....


Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!
 
2010-07-08 10:37:05 AM  

This text is now purple: Nightsweat: canyoneer: Nightsweat: "Would have preferred they hadn't done quite so many tests."

The big mistake there was hauling tons of contaminated sand back to the studio. It's also notable that most of the cancer deaths associated with that movie happened to be in heavy smokers, and that none of the deaths can be linked conclusively to Upshot Knothole.

91/220 is a pretty suggestive percentage of crew and cast to die from cancer, though.

What was the usual percentage in Hollywood, if one removes traumatic deaths from the list?


Looks like about 20-22% of Americans end up dying of cancer. This was double that.
 
2010-07-08 10:37:29 AM  

Thunderpipes: Why I also laugh at people who think the Gulf oil spill is some world changing event. In the overall scheme of things, it is an absolute zero impact event.


Zero impact event my ass. If you lived near the Gulf coast you wouldn't be saying that.
 
2010-07-08 10:37:39 AM  
Interesting. Um, don't 2,000 nuclear explosions fark up the planet?
 
2010-07-08 10:38:12 AM  
I agree, if by "coolest" you mean sleep inducing.
 
2010-07-08 10:38:22 AM  

slothMD: PatientZero: I hope you know, those 2053 explosions didn't all happen at the same time, like they would in a nuclear war...

So...if every one of those tests had occurred simultaneously, how would you say that the outcome would be different?


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2010-07-08 10:39:02 AM  
Also, I don't think I saw anyone mention this, but holy fark the USSR's tests were all over the damn place. At least everyone else kept it fairly confined
 
2010-07-08 10:39:56 AM  

TheTeethoftheTiger: Pope Larry II: It looks like both the USSR and the USA bombed the hell out of themsevles. I wonder if, in the long run, that will be worse than an actual war.

England tested in Australia and the US and France tested in Algeria (or close to it). These things are new to me.

Hah, never thought of it that way.

US: Don't you DARE bomb us, like this, BOOM!
USSR: We could though, like this, BOOM!
US: You bastards, that was threatening, but we can respond, like this! BOOM!
USSR: Touche, but now watch this! BOOM!
US: How bout this! BOOM!
USSR: No way! quit it! BOOM!
UK: Hey guys, just fyi, BOOM!



Quite often the tests were exactly that. Mine is bigger then yours. Here is proof.

BOOM
 
2010-07-08 10:40:57 AM  

Latinwolf: loki see loki do: I like how his world map has Japan at the center of the world.

Nationalist douchbaggery, even at a subliminal level, exists everywhere.

Like American made world maps that have the U.S. at the center?


Once again, I don't think I've ever seen a map like that. US maps tend to have 0°,0° as center, just south of Ghana, or somewhere in the Mediterranean as center, depending on the projection used to make the map. I wouldn't doubt it if US military tactical maps or other specialized maps for use in the US have the US as center though.
 
2010-07-08 10:41:13 AM  
YYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!
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2010-07-08 10:42:01 AM  
Center of the map should be Atlanta - home of JFP
 
2010-07-08 10:42:22 AM  
Strange you should ask, erewhon. Just yesterday I listened to a youtube clip of Vera Lynn singing that song. Also listened to The Byrds version
 
2010-07-08 10:43:02 AM  

PatientZero: rwfan: That is 2053 nuclear explosions and the world survived. Add to that one farktacularly irresponsible reactor accident and the world survived. Perhaps the hysteria surrounding nuclear energy is a bit overblown?

I hope you know, those 2053 explosions didn't all happen at the same time, like they would in a nuclear war...


And a lot of those were done underground, not above ground like they would in a nuclear war. And they were also not done in populated areas, unlike what would happen in a nuclear war.
 
2010-07-08 10:43:54 AM  

Fark it lets go bowling: Thunderpipes: Why I also laugh at people who think the Gulf oil spill is some world changing event. In the overall scheme of things, it is an absolute zero impact event.

Zero impact event my ass. If you lived near the Gulf coast you wouldn't be saying that.


100 years from now, a very tiny speck of time, people will not even remember what the hell that oil spill was even about. I don't live near the gulf, nor do almost all people on Earth. Getting in a car accident would be a greater impact to my life than if the gulf sunk into the ocean, or land, or oil well, or whatever. Big whoop.

If not for the media, hardly anyone outside the Gulf would care either.
 
2010-07-08 10:44:20 AM  
Attention earth: Put down the Bright Eyes and razorblades.
 
2010-07-08 10:45:12 AM  

rwfan: That is 2053 nuclear explosions and the world survived. Add to that one farktacularly irresponsible reactor accident and the world survived. Perhaps the hysteria surrounding nuclear energy is a bit overblown?



Every school kid had it drilled into them that even a moderate nuclear war would cause global devastation. Then you see this and you think ... hmm maybe not so much. Then you find out a significant percentage of these were all underground tests and you really wonder. Then you realize it dont matter you still have to work for money for food so you stop typing and go back to work.
 
2010-07-08 10:45:35 AM  

slothMD: PatientZero: I hope you know, those 2053 explosions didn't all happen at the same time, like they would in a nuclear war...

So...if every one of those tests had occurred simultaneously, how would you say that the outcome would be different?


Here: lay down on the ground, and then get someone to stack one brick on top of you, take it off, put another brick on you, take it off, etc.

Now, lay down and have someone stack 2053 bricks on top of you.
 
2010-07-08 10:46:28 AM  

Fuggin Bizzy: /Pretty sure we were pissed off at the Japs when we dropped those bombs, though.


We were at war, and the bombs in Hiroshima & Nagasaki were dropped to force a surrender and prevent the loss of life (on both sides) that an invasion of Japan would result in. Also, the Japanese government was warned prior to attack of the destructive capabilities of the atomic bomb. Leaflets were also dropped on civilian cities explaining the situation and urging them to evacuate. I wouldn't say the US was reluctant to use the atomic bombs, but at the same time those that were responsible for the decision did not revel in its use.
 
2010-07-08 10:46:30 AM  

H31N0US: Flab: Haunting music.

I was expecting Alcatrazz "Hiroshima Mon Amour". Yngwie came out of nowhere with the most badass rock guitar solo I had ever heard.


Great song, great album. Alcatrazz rocked with either Malmsteen and Steve Vai.

/totally off the subject.
//Vai is the greatest guitarist of all time
///and now back to your regularly scheduled program
 
2010-07-08 10:46:35 AM  

Thunderpipes: Fark it lets go bowling: Thunderpipes: Why I also laugh at people who think the Gulf oil spill is some world changing event. In the overall scheme of things, it is an absolute zero impact event.

Zero impact event my ass. If you lived near the Gulf coast you wouldn't be saying that.

100 years from now, a very tiny speck of time, people will not even remember what the hell that oil spill was even about. I don't live near the gulf, nor do almost all people on Earth. Getting in a car accident would be a greater impact to my life than if the gulf sunk into the ocean, or land, or oil well, or whatever. Big whoop.

If not for the media, hardly anyone outside the Gulf would care either.


Except that we can only get shiat Vietnamese shrimp, but I will agree that this doesn't affect your Philistine taste.
 
2010-07-08 10:46:43 AM  
dittybopper: Schlock: Bikini Atoll, I believe

I prefer No Bikini Atoll.

Awesome.


We're gonna rock!
We're gonna stomp!
We're gonna have ourselves a ball..
Bounce! Bounce!
Everybody has
a swinging time
at the No Bikini Atoll!
 
2010-07-08 10:47:19 AM  

kvinesknows: Then you realize it dont matter you still have to work for money for food so you stop typing and go back to work


Oh shiat I knew I forgot something
 
2010-07-08 10:49:47 AM  

Flab: bishop6042: I saw one US test that looked like it took place in Mississippi or Alabama. Where was that at?

According to wikipedia, near Hattiesburg, Mississippi.


Thanks for the link. That would make a good basis for an awesome conspiracy theory. Why would we nuke Mississippi? Aliens. Maybe Zombies. Yeah...zombies..the first outbreak was there and we had to eliminate tens of thousands before they got out.
 
2010-07-08 10:49:51 AM  

Nightsweat: tdpatriots12: Oldiron_79: Only 2 really mattered.

I'd say three had significance so far.

1) Hiroshima
2) Nagasaki
3) First Soviet weapons test (US monopoly on nuclear weapons is over)

India, Pakistan nukes are important since they are most likely to get used right now. And the Israeli nuke has all kinds of significance.


Israel does not have Nuclear weapons
 
2010-07-08 10:50:01 AM  
This needs to be mixed with the yakity sax music.
 
2010-07-08 10:51:04 AM  
So, we nuked ourselves over 1000 times. I live in the mid-west, and virtually everyone I know who has died over the years died from one form of cancer or another. I wonder if it's a coincidence?
 
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