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2010-07-08 1:47:42 PM  

Schlock: Pope Larry II: dittybopper: Schlock: 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.

Bikini Atoll, I believe

I prefer No Bikini Atoll.

I believe I am missing some key punctuation...let's try that again.

UK tested in Australia and the US. France tested in Algeria.

And I was saying that they tested at a place called Bikini Atoll
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bikini_Atoll

But apparently France was also using Polynesia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France_and_weapons_of_mass_destruction#Pa​cific_exp e riments_center_.281966.E2.80.931996.29


The animation appears to ahow France's first two tests took place in Africa, and I assumed it was Algeria. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France_and_weapons_of_mass_destruction (part way down the page). and apprently 17 were done there. The rest were in the Pacific as you noted.
 
2010-07-08 1:59:50 PM  

kvinesknows: 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"?


And, if we select our targets carefully it will end overpopulation and the starving poor too!
 
2010-07-08 2:02:30 PM  

Mishno: kvinesknows: 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"?

And, if we select our targets carefully it will end overpopulation and the starving poor too!


can I get high five?
 
2010-07-08 2:11:34 PM  
So What?

Might as well plot all the fires that have been started in that period of time.

It's not the fire, it's how it's used. So by learning about fire we have BBQ.

It's not the bomb, it's how it's used. So by learning about Nucelear Power we have electricity, "Nuclear Wessels", and all the Physics we know that we didnt before.
 
2010-07-08 2:14:33 PM  
Another one that was missing was Crimson Jihad blowing up a nuke in the Florida Keys

"you're fired!"
 
2010-07-08 2:15:04 PM  

cdipierr: If you ever have the opportunity, take the free Nevada Test Site tour. It's well worth the day:

Link (new window)


Meh.

Why not visit the spot where the first one was detonated instead?

Trinity Site (new window)

(It's only open twice a year to the public)
 
2010-07-08 2:15:14 PM  

Molavian: 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?

Maybe we're the only ones that truly understand the consequences of doing so.


No, I'd have to say that goes to the Japanese. The whole detail of "being farkin' nuked" sorta sways it in their direction a bit.
 
2010-07-08 2:19:00 PM  
It just goes to show that guns (and nuclear bombs) force people to respect you!
 
2010-07-08 2:23:00 PM  
I like this version better: Link
 
2010-07-08 2:29:43 PM  
Beer It's What's For Dinner: ffs, go to maps.google.ca and it's centered on Canada.

Why do you think I used .com. TestBenchDude said he had never seen a map centered on the US. I showed him one. Had he asked for a map centered on Burkina-Faso, I would have shown him one, centered there.

ATTENTION: And the map is centered at 0'lattitude and 0'longitude.

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No, it's not. (Neither is maps.google.jp or maps.google.br, by the way)
 
2010-07-08 2:35:02 PM  

LewDux: Link (new window)


nice rope tricks on that shot.
 
2010-07-08 2:35:53 PM  

Flab: No, it's not.


LOL!!!!!

No wonder, that looks nothing like what I see when I click on the link.

I would show you but I don't know how. I tried to do a "Prnt Scrn", but I can't get it into a format that I can upload to photobucket.
 
2010-07-08 2:41:55 PM  

ATTENTION: No wonder, that looks nothing like what I see when I click on the link.


Oh, you got it on "satellite". If you click on "map" and zoom out all the way you will see what I am talking about.
 
2010-07-08 2:43:16 PM  

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.


Considering there seemed to be no tests in the Atlantic, it seems a logical place to split the map would be right down the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This pretty much leaves the view he used. It's his map anyway, and you redo it however you see fit when you update it.

tdpatriots12: ...I'm deliberately avoiding the whole argument over whether or not the nuking of Japan was or wasn't a good idea - but the fact is when the US dropped the bomb there wasn't any catastrophic danger of the world coming to an end.


But another fact is before the trinity tests, they were not all so sure the atmosphere wouldn't ignite and toast us all. Pretty big risk, I'd say.
 
2010-07-08 2:46:08 PM  

Thunderpipes: 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.


That was a fabulous quote.
 
2010-07-08 2:46:19 PM  

dittybopper: H31N0US: Yngwie came out of nowhere with the most badass rock guitar solo I had ever heard.

And drifted right back into obscurity because the only people who cared about his wanking were other guitar players....


Funny...you know exactly who he is. Sorry his style of playing isn't to your liking.

Anyway this goddamn link won't work for me, so in my mind it looks like missile command.
 
2010-07-08 2:48:25 PM  

kibblesnbits: 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.

Considering there seemed to be no tests in the Atlantic, it seems a logical place to split the map would be right down the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This pretty much leaves the view he used. It's his map anyway, and you redo it however you see fit when you update it.

tdpatriots12: ...I'm deliberately avoiding the whole argument over whether or not the nuking of Japan was or wasn't a good idea - but the fact is when the US dropped the bomb there wasn't any catastrophic danger of the world coming to an end.

But another fact is before the trinity tests, they were not all so sure the atmosphere wouldn't ignite and toast us all. Pretty big risk, I'd say.


And there are people who think the Super Collider is going to open a black hole. Pretty big risk, I'd say. In their mind, not reality.
 
2010-07-08 2:54:19 PM  
ATTENTION: Oh, you got it on "satellite". If you click on "map" and zoom out all the way you will see what I am talking about.

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Nyet.

But anyhoo... This is a stupid argument to be having.
 
2010-07-08 3:01:48 PM  
End of the cold war put some scientists out of work.
 
2010-07-08 3:02:55 PM  

Nightsweat: 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.


What was the percentage in Hollywood.

Basically, what percentage of cast and crew typically died of cancer?
 
2010-07-08 3:05:28 PM  

Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: dittybopper: We'll meet again,
don't know where,
don't know when....

This thread is relevant to my interests...


You win at least 1 internet for your name alone.

/love that flick
 
2010-07-08 3:09:50 PM  

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.


I've got to question that, considering how much esteem Patton had for Rommel.
 
2010-07-08 3:15:13 PM  

Necropenguin:
And there are people who think the Super Collider is going to open a black hole. Pretty big risk, I'd say. In their mind, not reality.


I'm with you on that one. It had been proven over and over in smaller machines, with much more advanced knowledge in physics, high power simulations, etc, that that wouldn't happen. Plus those people so worried about the LHC weren't the very few who'd built it or even knew about it.

The LHC wasn't nearly the leap into the unknown as was the Trinity test.
 
2010-07-08 3:17:01 PM  

veryequiped: One blib on a map, however it doesn't show when the US collected all the natives from an island, told them they were helping the grand scheme for the greater good.

They then detonated a nuke on the island and put everyone back.

They completely tricked the tribes chief with gifts and lies, and he pimped the idea to the people.


That was Bikini IIRC. Those folks have been let back on then taken off that island a bunch of times.
 
2010-07-08 3:25:17 PM  
I saw this video last night at a friend's place and she was playing Abba on her stereo. It was kind of cool seeing a video on nuclear explosions while hearing the song Fernando in the background.
 
2010-07-08 3:26:28 PM  
Coffeyville, specifically a spot just north of Coffeyville Country Club, is the default center starting point of Google Maps, being the accidental center point of the default starting map being displayed, which shows the 48 contiguous United States.[9] Other locations that may be considered to be the geographic center of the contiguous United States are also in Kansas.
 
2010-07-08 3:35:13 PM  

slothMD: braedan: the bombs in Hiroshima & Nagasaki were dropped to force a surrender and prevent the loss of life (on both sides)

*cough*
No they weren't. They were dropped to send a warning to the Russians.
The Japanese had been trying to surrender for months.


*cough*
No they weren't. The Japanese had vowed to defend the emperor to the last man. We took "put the emperor on trial for war crimes" off the table and they surrendered within a week. Also Russia had just entered the war against Japan. Also the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were necessary preparations for the ground invasion of Japan, the atomic weapons used for that destruction served a double purpose as a warning to the Soviets.

It turns out that war is complicated, and looking to any one event as "ending the war" is the real misrepresentation of history.
 
2010-07-08 3:42:05 PM  

This text is now purple: 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.

I've got to question that, considering how much esteem Patton had for Rommel.


Patton did have respect for the German soldier and some of the leadership. He got in trouble for defending Germans after the war from abusive policies of the allies. he really had no love for the Russians. He did not fight the Japanese, but he probably would have kicked their asses in and then given them respect after the fact. Have to remember, at the time, there was serious Asian hatred, and for pretty good reason. Some of our propaganda films of the time about the evil "Japs" is pretty damn evil.

Patton was a pretty fantastic person, and his accomplishments are amazing. He was much more then just a WWII general. I just love how he was so open, honest, and blunt.
 
2010-07-08 3:51:56 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?


My guess would be crying that assholes like you hadn't yet been engineered into extinction.
 
2010-07-08 4:01:45 PM  

Latinwolf: 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.


rwfan had already bolded the relevant segment once, but that doesn't seem to be enough, so here it is again.
Protip: Energy != War
A nuclear war would be a terrible thing, but is no reason to be afraid of a nuclear power plant. Two entirely separate things. And I also believe the hysteria over nuclear power is overblown.
 
2010-07-08 4:09:38 PM  
So the gist is that nations spent a lot of time talking about how they were going to nuke each other, yet spent the vast majority of their time nuking themselves.

Basically the cold war era superpowers are the guys at the bar wearing Ed Hardy shirts and spray tans.
 
2010-07-08 4:15:23 PM  

Thunderpipes: This text is now purple: 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.

I've got to question that, considering how much esteem Patton had for Rommel.

Patton did have respect for the German soldier and some of the leadership. He got in trouble for defending Germans after the war from abusive policies of the allies. he really had no love for the Russians. He did not fight the Japanese, but he probably would have kicked their asses in and then given them respect after the fact. Have to remember, at the time, there was serious Asian hatred, and for pretty good reason. Some of our propaganda films of the time about the evil "Japs" is pretty damn evil.

Patton was a pretty fantastic person, and his accomplishments are amazing. He was much more then just a WWII general. I just love how he was so open, honest, and blunt.


Read "Patton: A Genius for War" by Carlo "D'este.
 
2010-07-08 4:24:22 PM  

Nightsweat: a visitor from last year to the future of 100 years from now will wonder where all the fish went.


Don't kid yourself, they'd be wondering that if the gusher had never happened, too.
 
2010-07-08 4:46:08 PM  

Thunderpipes: Krakatoa is not a particularly large volcanic event. Have to remember we humans think in such incredibly small time fragments. It is just a matter of when a really large even occurs again. Yellowstone for instance, is really just one ginormous volcano waiting to happen. There was an eruption in what is now Russia long ago that lasted a million years or more.


Which lead to an extinction level even that killed off 90% of the planet

We think a hurricane is a major disaster, or the Haiti earthquake? Nothing compared to what will happen eventually. We could launch every single nuke we had, and many people would die. Earth, animals, and people would recover and go on quite fine. Would not even take as long as people think.

[Citation Needed]
 
2010-07-08 4:46:44 PM  

Mock26: Read "Patton: A Genius for War" by Carlo "D'este.


Found it in Google Books. My productivity is done for the day.
 
2010-07-08 4:49:39 PM  

Mock26: Thunderpipes: This text is now purple: 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.

I've got to question that, considering how much esteem Patton had for Rommel.

Patton did have respect for the German soldier and some of the leadership. He got in trouble for defending Germans after the war from abusive policies of the allies. he really had no love for the Russians. He did not fight the Japanese, but he probably would have kicked their asses in and then given them respect after the fact. Have to remember, at the time, there was serious Asian hatred, and for pretty good reason. Some of our propaganda films of the time about the evil "Japs" is pretty damn evil.

Patton was a pretty fantastic person, and his accomplishments are amazing. He was much more then just a WWII general. I just love how he was so open, honest, and blunt.

Read "Patton: A Genius for War" by Carlo "D'este.


Oh yes, that was a fine biography.

Patton is a more interesting and complex man than many would give him credit for.
 
2010-07-08 5:27:04 PM  

Flab: ATTENTION: Like it recognizes you by your IP address and starts you off with a "you are here". But, I could be wrong.

No it doesn't. It starts with the lower 48 centered on the screen. Coffeeville, KS (new window) is apparently the center of Google's Universe.

My own location is in the upper right corner of the screen.


It depends. At home it starts off that way, but on my PC at work, it starts off at my address because I did a destination search starting from there so it saved that.
 
2010-07-08 5:41:21 PM  

doubled99: 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...


So you're saying that another country besides the U.S. has used nuclear weapons against another nation. And which country would this be?
 
2010-07-08 5:59:05 PM  
That was a haunting video although it stopped in the middle. Maybe it should have stayed there.

I agree with the comment about the game "simon?"


I would like this video to be played at ALL military academies, not just USA.

I like to think that at some time, some folks used back channels to prevent a mistake. re: russian guy who said NO.
 
2010-07-08 6:10:06 PM  

socodog: Trinity


Worth reiterating. I own a copy, and it came with two cool extras: a 3-d explosion that you watch with the red/blue paper glasses, and a super wide-range recording of an explosion that will easily toast your speakers if the volume isn't turned way down. Ultra low frequency somethingorother.
 
2010-07-08 6:17:23 PM  
What about a video detailing the launches of giant squids?

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2010-07-08 7:35:07 PM  
I liked the video.
Very sad, but yet so true.
Thanks a lot, "superpowers"...
 
2010-07-08 8:56:32 PM  
I wonder if any of those have been photographed/imaged
from space....
 
2010-07-08 9:07:46 PM  

Fano: Mock26: Thunderpipes: This text is now purple: 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.

I've got to question that, considering how much esteem Patton had for Rommel.

Patton did have respect for the German soldier and some of the leadership. He got in trouble for defending Germans after the war from abusive policies of the allies. he really had no love for the Russians. He did not fight the Japanese, but he probably would have kicked their asses in and then given them respect after the fact. Have to remember, at the time, there was serious Asian hatred, and for pretty good reason. Some of our propaganda films of the time about the evil "Japs" is pretty damn evil.

Patton was a pretty fantastic person, and his accomplishments are amazing. He was much more then just a WWII general. I just love how he was so open, honest, and blunt.

Read "Patton: A Genius for War" by Carlo "D'este.

Oh yes, that was a fine biography.

Patton is a more interesting and complex man than many would give him credit for.


I love that author does not gloss over or hype up anything. He just lays out everything for everyone to see, his strengths, his weaknesses, everything. One of my favorite books.
 
2010-07-08 9:38:51 PM  

ds_4815: I think that video is how John Williams made first contact with the aliens.

/comment section tl;dr, not sure if referenced


Almost, but yeah.
Came for this, almost left disappointed.
Close encounters of the third kind: the conversation (new window)
 
2010-07-08 10:41:56 PM  

braedan: 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.


Good post.

There was also the issue of Operation Downfall that was planned. They were predicting at least a million US casualties in the first year with more than double that amount for the Japanese. I've heard a few stories of soldiers that were on troop ships that were on the way for staging when Japan surrendered. Chilling stuff...
 
2010-07-08 11:25:23 PM  
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Proud to be a whore. Even third rate. Glad to have touched a nerve. You would rather have poor Americans die and spend on nuclear bombs. Good to know Americans have their priorities right. Nuclear bombs before people. I have some of your people living in my neighborhood with chronic illness receiving medical care without any cost to them, which they couldn't afford south of the border. They even took Canadian citizenship.
 
2010-07-09 12:18:19 AM  

Third rate whore in Toronto: Thank you, thank you, thank you. Proud to be a whore. Even third rate. Glad to have touched a nerve. You would rather have poor Americans die and spend on nuclear bombs. Good to know Americans have their priorities right. Nuclear bombs before people. I have some of your people living in my neighborhood with chronic illness receiving medical care without any cost to them, which they couldn't afford south of the border. They even took Canadian citizenship.


You can keep our bums. We're too busy helping out Mexicans.
 
2010-07-09 7:09:32 AM  
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2010-07-09 1:57:21 PM  
Surprisingly, they are educated, working and behaving well. Not even remotely bum like.
 
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