Let’s name what is at the heart of ALL war: MEN and PATRIARCHY which is the worship of violence and the warrior ethos of killing others for one’s own aggrandisement as a nation state. ALL WAR is INSANE except in the patriarchal worldview where it is the means by which men assert their MANHOOD and that they are not sissies like women.
We must change the paradigm of patriarchy with its twin gods of domination over others (women, animals, and nature) and violence to maintain power.
Isn’t it strange that very few name the reason why we have invented nuclear weapons: men and missiles is a phallic symbol of the need to dominate and the worship of death rather than life.
As you sow so shall you reap: we will get what we deserve: the end of MANkind.
It’s a bit more complicated than that Henrietta. Bullets, bombs, and missiles are shaped like that because of aerodynamics, not penises. Not all men are misogynists either, many of us would like to see nuclear weapons and war in general go away.
It is saddening that people think like this (aliens to kill, military planners, etc.). The current paradigm only reinforces we were not meant to be a successful species if we keep on like this. “Leaders” world-wide are greedy idiots and worse. The wealthy are fine with cannibalizing their young. Barron Trump will inherit a total shit-storm and he will be like his father, a complete and utter ass. Obama deported and destroyed families and sucked up to the rich and powerful. Hillary is a total waste. Mitch McConnell should go to jail for life along with Paul Ryan; Pelosi and Reed right next to them. They have imprisoned the commons and reduced us to serfdom, why should we not incarcerate all of them; along with Bill Jefferson Clinton.
There are plenty of brilliant and purposeful men and women who would make fine leaders, but they are not tribal in nature so they don’t gravitate toward evil (politics). There good qualities make them less the whores they would need to be to get elected.
As long as we accept greed, murder and the use of our taxes to support evil, we will live in darkness. Religion (in 2017) is evil, faith in a Universal and forgiving loving God is not evil, it is rational. We are flawed, deeply flawed, but there is hope.
what we need is a new bigger enemy, one not of this world. An alien civilization somewhere, hostile against earth and humans in particular. This would immediately bring the planet together, joining all races, creeds, religions and basically all earth peoples together as one species “Earthlings”. Our inherent violent tendency and predator instinct would then be directed not at ourselves (i.e. at one another) but at a non human foe from another world. This would give us a new focus and change everything. We could take all our weapons and violent instincts and focus this on another world, likely light years away.
Does anyone ever take into account the hundreds or thousands of nuclear power plants we have scattered all over the world. It seems that even 1 properly placed nuclear bomb would disrupt maintenance of the those facilities, creating a nuclear chain reaction that could be worse than the bomb itself. Or what about an above sea explosion that would send tidal waves 100’s of feet high crashing in on all the world’s coastal cities, once again possibly creating a nuclear chain reaction as nuclear plants break worldwide. And another one, what about a jet stream explosion? Wouldn’t that drop nuclear fallout across the globe too? Our military and scientists don’t appear to be thinking outside of the box. They are so focused on “How could we stop nukes from reaching here?” that they forgot to ask “If the nuke isn’t headed directly here, could the resulting destruction be worse?” All nuke prepping is geared towards stopping local attacks to single populated areas, so no one is prepared or even thinking about the consequences of a non-localized attack, which could likely be even more catastrophic.
Blowing up a nuclear bomb inside a nuclear power plant wouldn’t do all that much — it might increase the fallout a bit, but you need to remember that the nuclear fuel inside the plant isn’t in a form that males bombs (it’s nowhere near pure enough) and it’s inside a heavy steel and concrete casing to begin with.
Basically if you took a terrorist-style crude nuke (as described in the video) you’d get a massive meltdown but that would be the least of your problems. If the bomb was somehow placed right next to the reactor core, I suppose it could vaporize some of it and spread the radioactivity around, but again, you’d have bigger problems to deal with.
The chain reaction people talk about is that in a nuclear bomb, what’s happening is that the uranium is fissioning and in the process it is creating more fissions, and doing so fast enough that the release of energy is large. Nuclear power plants do this too, though much more slowly. To make it happen (as for a bomb) you need really highly enriched uranium that is far more pure than the stuff in a power plant, and it has to be isotopically pure as well (that is, the U-235 that is used in a bomb can’t be less than ~85% U-235 only, you can’t have it contaminated with other uranium isotopes).
A nuclear bomb blown up in the ocean has already been done, many times, and there were no tsunamis on coastal cities. The French and US used to blow up coral atolls on the regular all through the 50s. The effects were quite localized. If you wanted to create a tsunami you’d need something on the order of the Tsar Bomba (50 Megatons) and nobody has anything like that (the thing is too inefficient to deliver anywhere, Tsar Bomba was the size of a small truck I think). In any case the kind of bomb that terrorists could conceivably build is a fission bomb and they are nowhere near that powerful, like orders of magnitude less so.
(The reason a terrorist can’t really build a hydrogen [fusion] bomb, is that the technical capability means you need an industrial plant. Even enriching uranium you need a whole factory full of centrifuges to do it, and machine tools, and all this stuff that means it’s pretty hard for some guy in a basement to build one. If you had the nuclear material already it’s easier, but even so, you’d have to involve a lot of people and you’re probably working on a Hiroshima-type fission bomb. It’s not impossible, but it’s a lot harder than people think).
Jet stream explosions have also been done — Tsar Bomba’s mushroom cloud hit way past that altitude easily (about 35 miles or so) and we already had the spread of fallout from the old tests in Nevada and elsewhere (the radioactive stuff even shows up in, believe it or not, wines — you can date a wine form trace amounts. Strontium-90 was also in the bones and teeth of nearly every human born downwind of the Nevada test sites in the years afterwards.
The kinds of scenarios you envision are the province of Michael Bay movies. They aren’t terribly realistic. Military planners aren’t fools and they considered the very things you are talking about decades ago.
The issue with nuclear bombs going off is that even one city getting hit is a huge disaster. Think of 9/11 times 10 at least. And we have thousands of nuclear bombs pointed at the Russians even now.
Or consider India and Pakistan. Two nuclear armed and antagonistic nations right on the border with each other, and Pakistan is a relatively small country. Imagine 20 nuclear weapons going off there. If nothing else it would create a refugee crisis that makes the current one look like a walk in the park.
Heck, just imagine the scenario in the video if everyone stays cool, calm, and collected. You’d have hundreds of thousands of people in the DC area without water or power, and people would have to leave the city, and it’s right on top of a major rail hub (rail is rather important for delivering goods as well as passengers). It would be a logistical nightmare.
The truth about the effects of nuclear weapons is that it’s a lot more prosaic and dangerous than many people realize, and the “non localized attack” you posit isn’t even necessary. (Again, military planners have been over this already). You don’t need supervillain scenarios to know that a nuclear attack anywhere would be horrific.
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