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2010-07-08 12:06:39 PM  

ATTENTION: Yeah, but if you zoom out, the center of the actual map is 0'lat/0'lon.


And that's where Colonel Bleep lives!
 
2010-07-08 12:07:03 PM  

Thunderpipes: Nightsweat: slothMD: fark, half our leaders wanted to just eradicate the Germans and Japanese and be done with it.

No that was just Patton and MacArthur.

Tends to happen when you have seen what those men saw. Auschwitz and the Bataan Death March showed an ugly side of those people that you or I cannot even fathom.

Patton wanted to go after the Russians as well. Might have been a good idea.


Except Patton was ready before he left Britain.
 
2010-07-08 12:07:54 PM  

slothMD: Nightsweat: No that was just Patton and MacArthur.

And Churchill and FDR.


Decidedly NOT FDR.
 
2010-07-08 12:08:52 PM  
testbenchdude: You'd have a valid point if it showed the rest of the world as well.

Zoom out. Or use the link in the post right above yours.
 
2010-07-08 12:10:20 PM  
BOOM SHA-LOCK-LOCK BOOM!!!
 
2010-07-08 12:10:24 PM  

Flab: testbenchdude: //Never seen a world map with US in the middle, although I'm sure they exists somewhere.

Let me introduce you to this little known web site


that's not a 'world map'.. fcol. that's a map of the country the viewer of google is located.

almost all world maps produced in the US have northern hemisphere on top, western hemisphere to the left.

US is usually 'top left'..
 
2010-07-08 12:13:00 PM  
tulant Dwarf 2010-07-08 09:28:00 AM
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, it isn't. But thanks for playing...
 
2010-07-08 12:14:14 PM  
Patton on Russians. Could not ask for a more colorful quote:

The difficulty in understanding the Russian is that we do not take cognizance of the fact that he is not a European, but an Asiatic, and therefore thinks deviously. We can no more understand a Russian than a Chinese or a Japanese, and from what I have seen of them, I have no particular desire to understand them except to ascertain how much lead or iron it takes to kill them. In addition to his other amiable characteristics, the Russian has no regard for human life and they are all out sons-of-biatches, barbarians, and chronic drunks.

Guy was awesome.
 
2010-07-08 12:16:42 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Nightsweat: Left off the mystery nuke in 1979 at Vela - likely a joint Israeli/South African bomb.

Came for this. Bears repeating.


Yep.

Was hoping to see a new player: " ??? - 1"
 
2010-07-08 12:17:01 PM  
More proof that humans are schizophrenic monkeys.

Is it just me that finds this all extremely disguising? Or do you guys get it but your base instinct tells you to ignore it or in other words you say to yourself "F*ck it"?
 
2010-07-08 12:17:37 PM  
pixeled: that's not a 'world map'.. fcol.

Are you a former Miss South-Carolina contestant? It IS a world map, albeit zoomed in around the "Lower 48" portion of the US.

that's a map of the country the viewer of google is located.

Wrong. The Google map is centered around Coffeeville, KS, even for me whose current location is not in the US. If you were right, it would be centered at Baker Lake, Nunavut, for me.
 
2010-07-08 12:22:21 PM  
Better (new window)
 
2010-07-08 12:25:12 PM  

OrelupM: I'm just wondering where the people claiming "maps in america show america in the center" live. While I remember some maps like that (usually they reference something about the US), most of the maps I see have europe in the center, and the US to the right and Hawaii barely even on the map.


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The Cartographers for Social Equality would like to have a word with you.
 
2010-07-08 12:28:39 PM  

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?


The big difference is nukes used in war will detonate above-ground. Most tests were performed underground. The US & USSR agreed to stop above-ground tests in 1963.

/I know, my response has nothing to do with simultaneous detonations.
 
2010-07-08 12:29:51 PM  

Mishno: Boyden's, across the river from me, switched from dairy to beef and wine and an occasional concert for the tourists. They seem to be doing okay.


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I swear they did that just to piss me off.
 
2010-07-08 12:36:31 PM  

snobordr: OrelupM: I'm just wondering where the people claiming "maps in america show america in the center" live. While I remember some maps like that (usually they reference something about the US), most of the maps I see have europe in the center, and the US to the right and Hawaii barely even on the map.

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The Cartographers for Social Equality would like to have a word with you.


Clearly that map is wrong: It puts the bulk of landmass and population on the bottom of the map.

The planet has a northern-hemisphere bias - get used to it :)
 
2010-07-08 12:38:44 PM  
"We've already done over 500 tests and the thing clearly blows up extremely well - explain to me why we need to continue funding your project."

"We have had great success with our original product line, but I have two words for you - mint flavor.
 
2010-07-08 12:39:48 PM  
"Eiko Taoka, then 21, was one of nearly 100 passengers said to have been on board a streetcar that had left Hiroshima Station at a little after 8:00 a.m. and was in a Hatchobori area, 750 m from ground zero, when the bomb fell. Taoka was heading for Funairi with her one year old son to secure wagon in preparation for her move out of the building which was to be evacuated. At 8:15, as the streetcar approached Hatchobori Station, an intense flash and blast engulfed the car, instantly setting it on fire. Taoka's son died of radiation sickness on August 28. The survival of only ten people on the streetcar have been confirmed to date.

When we were near in Hatchobori and since I had been holding my son in my arms, the young woman in front of me said, 'I will be getting off here. Please take this seat.' We were just changing places when there was a strange smell and sound. It suddenly became dark and before I knew it, I had jumped outside.... I held [my son] firmly and looked down on him. He had been standing by the window and I think fragments of glass had pierced his head. His face was a mess because of the blood flowing from his head. But he looked at my face and smiled. His smile has remained glued in my memory. He did not comprehend what had happened. And so he looked at me and smiled at my face which was all bloody. I had plenty of milk which he drank all throughout that day. I think my child sucked the poison right out of my body. And soon after that he died. Yes, I think that he died for me."

Link (new window)
 
2010-07-08 12:39:55 PM  
Absolutely crazy pissing contest. It's amazing the world is still livable.
 
2010-07-08 12:40:57 PM  
If you ever have the opportunity, take the free Nevada Test Site tour. It's well worth the day:

Link (new window)
 
2010-07-08 12:42:02 PM  

craig328: 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 most likely above ground. Quite unlike the vast majority of those on that map.

Underground nuke tests (around 75% of all blasts) were required to test the yields of newer weapons, determine the rate of degradation of the older ones, create means for detecting other nations secretly testing nukes, etc.

Everyone wringing their hands anxiously over 2000+ nuke explosions can feel free to get a grip. The last above ground explosion was 30 years ago now in China. The last time either the US or USSR popped one above ground was nearly 50 years ago (1962).

Srsly. No big deal. You want something to worry about? Consider that there are at least 11 more RBMK type reactors still operating in Russia. Yeah, same type (1950's Soviet design) as Chernobyl except now they get to run under the even less funded Russian government. They can't afford to build new ones to replace them and they need the electricity they generate even more. Just 11 or so timebombs a-ticking...


It's scary but I'm going to keep worrying about the idea that there are(at least) 7000 active warheads, most of which are owned by the US or Russia. Russia which doesn't have the money or resources to properly secure their weapons and the US which keeps most of their active arsenal on Ohio class ballistic missile submarines, 5 and 6 warheads at a time on top of ICBM'S in multiple re-entry vehicles(basically the very definition of a first-strike weapon). And also several dozen in the hands of Pakistan, India and North Korea.
 
2010-07-08 12:42:24 PM  
How about 1998 to present day? It appears that testing really slacked off in the 1990's.
 
2010-07-08 12:45:34 PM  

Flab: pixeled: that's not a 'world map'.. fcol.

Are you a former Miss South-Carolina contestant? It IS a world map, albeit zoomed in around the "Lower 48" portion of the US.

that's a map of the country the viewer of google is located.

Wrong. The Google map is centered around Coffeeville, KS, even for me whose current location is not in the US. If you were right, it would be centered at Baker Lake, Nunavut, for me.


ffs, go to maps.google.ca and it's centered on Canada. maps.google.fr is centered on France. maps.google.co.uk is centered on the UK. Need I go on?
 
2010-07-08 12:46:43 PM  
Better question people should really ask is simply -- "how am I in danger of any type from nuclear weapons?"

Answer for most people is absolutely none whatsoever. It is just something to worry about for no reason.
 
2010-07-08 12:46:56 PM  

Beer It's What's For Dinner: The big difference is nukes used in war will detonate above-ground. Most tests were performed underground.


Correct.

Beer It's What's For Dinner: /I know, my response has nothing to do with simultaneous detonations.


At least it was a thoughtful response :)
 
2010-07-08 12:48:39 PM  
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Result of excessive thermonuclear explosive testing.
 
2010-07-08 12:49:27 PM  

baddogg: Absolutely crazy pissing contest. It's amazing the world is still livable.


It's amazing that the ISS doesn't just fall on our heads.

No, wait, those are both just the natural result of the laws of the universe...
 
2010-07-08 12:50:56 PM  

cdipierr: take the free Nevada Test Site tour.


Thanks for the tip!
 
2010-07-08 12:52:17 PM  
nuke the whales
 
2010-07-08 12:54:57 PM  

slimfast: How about 1998 to present day? It appears that testing really slacked off in the 1990's.


The military got bored. I suppose once you've detonated 1000 nukes you've detonated them all.
 
2010-07-08 12:55:40 PM  

Cthulhu Theory: slimfast: How about 1998 to present day? It appears that testing really slacked off in the 1990's.

The military got bored. I suppose once you've detonated 1000 nukes you've detonated them all.


Wilt Chamberlain disagrees.
 
2010-07-08 12:57:08 PM  

Beer It's What's For Dinner: ffs, go to maps.google.ca and it's centered on Canada. maps.google.fr is centered on France. maps.google.co.uk is centered on the UK. Need I go on?


And the map is centered at 0'lattitude and 0'longitude. The zoom in starting point has nothing to do with where the map starts or ends. Zoom out proves this.

FYI, Coffeeville, KS is the center of the USA, that is why the zoom in takes you there.
 
2010-07-08 12:59:31 PM  
Not long long ago on a far off planet, in the Senate McCartney gained power and blasted the communist rebels. At a secret base Oppenheimer developed a death star to crush the Japanese alliance. After the plans for the death star was smuggled to the USSR the empires built their improved radio active monstrosities and started the nuclear test war. Master Lucus and later President Reagan told the world of their "Star Wars" visions and gave new hope to the masses. Captive on a planet near a moon Princess Diana was betrayed by the British Empire Dark Lord Charles then her pilot crashed her Mercedes-Benz w140 fighter while taking heavy fire from the paparazzi and antidepressants. Ralph "Darth" Nader advocated for the consumer but turned to on them and claimed "The consumer must be protected at times from his own indiscretion and vanity." It was dark times across the land during cloning and oil wars as Dark Lord Cheney pulled the strings of the fear monger Bush. The red leaders were angry about reports of exported lead paint on toys and imported GM grain as they battled with Googles. Obamawan seduced the capitalist tricks the weak minds to think that mandatory over priced insurance is affordable health care while he delayed it's start until he can make his escape.
Episode v Return Of The Independent Candidates With A Vengeance
 
2010-07-08 12:59:33 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Thanks for the tip!


What is, "What the hooker said to the leper?"
 
2010-07-08 1:06:18 PM  

slothMD: What is, "What the hooker said to the leper?"


HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Thanks for the laugh...I needed it.
 
2010-07-08 1:09:02 PM  

dittybopper: Mishno: Boyden's, across the river from me, switched from dairy to beef and wine and an occasional concert for the tourists. They seem to be doing okay.

I swear they did that just to piss me off.


Their fireworks after the concerts pisses the cats off, that's for sure.
 
2010-07-08 1:16:01 PM  

Get_Bored: Nuclear Launch Detected...


Farking ghosts.
 
2010-07-08 1:17:08 PM  

Thunderpipes: Pretty humbling to think that the largest man made explosion ever was only 50 megatons or so. Puny compared to a good sized volcanic eruption and absoutely dwarfed by asteroid impacts such as the Chixulub event which I believe was 150 million megatons. This is why I chuckle when people get all "we all would die from a nuclear war" crap. Pinprick would be the end result.

Tzar Bomba (new window)


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?


No. Just no.

Why it's bad to set off thousands of bombs at once over cities. (new window)
 
2010-07-08 1:18:37 PM  

Thunderpipes: Cross breed a sea manatee with a tiger, and all the Gulf problems are solved. A large sea mammal that is aggressive and strong, and strong in magic, we are all set.

The funny thing is, maybe not in our lifetimes, but probably fairly soon, we will be able to engineer creatures that thrive anywhere. They are already working on algae that should be able to eat oil and poop oxygen. No reason we should not be able to engineer critters or even people that thrive on what today are pollutants.

Imagine a person that did well in radiation and could eat oil spill as a vitamin boost? What would people cry about then?


Read "The People of Sand and Slag" by Paolo Bacigalupi. It's not a nice world.
 
2010-07-08 1:19:36 PM  

kyleaugustus: Why it's bad to set off thousands of bombs at once over cities. (new window)



wait a minute.. nuclear winter? How many to create a nuclear fall? Would that be sufficient to combat "global warming"?
 
2010-07-08 1:21:16 PM  

tuxbabe: I think this explains Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. They're downwind from all that nuclear fallout.


And yet, they still exhibit less stupid than contained in your comment.
 
2010-07-08 1:31:41 PM  

thetubameister: How is there anything left of the US Southwest?!?!?


Humans have a hard time reconciling scale, sometimes. I direct you to the folks who are convinced that the BP rig leak is going to kill everything in the Atlantic Ocean.

Compared to humans, the earth is really big. Even setting off nuclear explosions is a pittance compared to us, and, frankly, the only thing in nature that really gives a rats ass is humans. The zone of exclusion around Chernobyl, as an example, is well-stocked with flora and fauna.
 
2010-07-08 1:32:07 PM  
at least half of those nukes exploding were in Ed Wood movies
 
2010-07-08 1:34:46 PM  

Knara: thetubameister: How is there anything left of the US Southwest?!?!?

Humans have a hard time reconciling scale, sometimes. I direct you to the folks who are convinced that the BP rig leak is going to kill everything in the Atlantic Ocean.

Compared to humans, the earth is really big. Even setting off nuclear explosions is a pittance compared to us, and, frankly, the only thing in nature that really gives a rats ass is humans. The zone of exclusion around Chernobyl, as an example, is well-stocked with flora and fauna.


Previously endangered species are even back and doing great in the area. Life is better for them since Chernobyl.
 
2010-07-08 1:37:01 PM  
Reminds me of this (new window)

I'm not sure which is more disturbing.
 
2010-07-08 1:39:31 PM  

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


This thread is relevant to my interests...

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2010-07-08 1:39:42 PM  

slimfast: Result of excessive thermonuclear explosive testing.


about time someone posted that...though I never understood why they sound like a rainforest..
 
2010-07-08 1:43:04 PM  

What Plants Crave: Reminds me of this (new window)

I'm not sure which is more disturbing.


I'd like to see one of these for Starbucks. Anyone?
 
2010-07-08 1:43:40 PM  
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Link (new window)
 
2010-07-08 1:45:12 PM  
I can't believe that I wasted my time on this.
 
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