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On nuclear warfare and its’ horrific effects

UPDATE: Human Health Effects of Radiation  – There Are No Sunglasses 11/6/09

Latest study reveals larger-than-thought Chernobyl effects – Moscow News 3/18/09

Nuclear Urbanism – Metafilter 12/27/08

Ground Zero. This Google Maps mashup shows the thermal damage caused by various nuclear weapons or an asteroid on the city of your choice.  

How Much CO2 Would a Nuclear War Emit? – Treehugger 1/4/09

Effects of Nuclear Weapons | Science | atomicarchive.com 

Nuclear Radiation and its Biological Effects – Ratical.org

The Rainbow Bomb – Metafilter 11/28/08

Nukes In Space: The Rainbow Bomb (52 minutes Google Video)
Narrated by William Shatner, “Nukes in Space” provides an interesting overview of the development of the military space program of missiles and space-based nuclear weapons testing with spectacular, never-before-seen images. Starting with the V-1 and V-2, this film takes you through missile development of ICBM’s with nuclear warheads, the Cuban Missile Crisis through anti-ballistic missile systems and what implications the they hold for the future of our nation’s security. During the heart of the Cold War, the United States and the former Soviet Union launched and detonated a combined total of over 20 thermo nuclear weapons in the upper atmosphere and near space region of earth in an effort to test the effects of launching an offense as well as countering an offense. Even during the Cuban Missile Crisis!

Starting with the V-1 and V-2, this film takes you through missile development of ICBM’s with nuclear warheads, the Cuban Missile Crisis through anti-ballistic missile systems and what implications the they hold for the future of our nation’s security. 

Nuclear Weapons Spending Topped $52 Billion Last Year – Mother Jones 5/17/09

According to a new report by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (brought to my attention by Steven Aftergood), spending on US nuclear weapons infrastructure and related programs surpassed $52 billion in 2008. “That’s a floor, not a ceiling,” said study co-author Stephen Schwartz, who noted that the figure does not include costs associated with classified nuclear weapons or intelligence-related programs.

Nuclear Redux – Metafilter 12/10/08

Photographer Paul Shambroom has spent the last sixteen years documenting a much-discussed but little seen aspect of American foreign policy — our nuclear arsenal. “More than ten years after the end of the Cold War, the U.S. maintains 10,000 active warheads. Concerns about nuclear aspirations in Iraq and North Korea dominate foreign policy, and in the wake of September 11, the possibility that terrorists might obtain and use weapons of mass destruction has become frighteningly real. Paul has documented the nuclear reality we have created in a series of striking and eerily beautiful images that offer an inside look at America’s nuclear arsenal.”

Scientists warn of nuclear war’s dire effects – San Francisco Chronicle 4/8/08

Regional Nuclear War Would Affect Entire Planet – Live Science / Yahoo 4/7/08

A Guide To Armageddon via Metafilter: 1, 2, 3 – YouTube

This 1982 documentary morbidly simulates the effects of a nuclear attack on a city the size of London.

Also, Threads, a 1984 BBC docudrama on nuclear war and its effects, on YouTube in 13 parts

Hiroshima Remembered

 The Hiroshima Cover-Up – Baltimore Sun via Common Dreams

Nuclear winter may kill more than nuclear war (New Scientist)

A regional exchange of relatively small nuclear weapons could plunge the world into a decade-long “nuclear winter”, destroying agriculture and killing millions, according to a new study.

Britain’s secret plan for surviving a nuclear war – BoingBoing 6/24/09

Britain recently released its “War Book,” detailing the national plan for life after a nuclear attack. By all accounts, it’s a hair raising document, but I’m damned if I can find a copy on the web, or on the National Archives’ site. Can you? Post links in the comments section, please!

The country would have been divided into 12 regions, each governed by cabinet ministers with wide powers, aided by senior military officers, chief constables and judges and based in bunkers. Other senior figures would have retreated to a central government shelter under the Cotswolds.The plans all assumed that the confrontation would be with the Soviet Union. Among the possible scenarios spelled out in the autumn of 1968 was escalating tension following a Soviet moon landing and troop movements in eastern Europe…The book apparently formed the basis for regular exercises every two years by senior civil servants, with daily internal briefings, the organisation of national preparedness schemes including the stockpiling of food and building materials for shelters and, as the threat grew more imminent, the removal of art treasures from London to Scotland and the emptying of hospitals of all but the most acutely ill.David Young, a former Ministry of Defence civil servant who took part in the mock exercises, told the programme: “R-hour would be the final release of nuclear weapons. There may have been an earlier tactical use … but R-hour was [when] everything that’s left goes. That’s not an easy decision to participate in. Even though you know it is just an exercise, it makes you think.”Young said ministers were not encouraged to take part in the exercises: “They would be disinclined to play by the rules. Some of them quite liked talking, so you’d get behind time and there would be a fear that if they showed a reluctance to do what the military believed was necessary, that this would weaken deterrence…”

“My favourite measure, the one which always aroused a lot of debate … was the introduction of censorship for private correspondence. You can imagine that was something that ministers would only agree to right at the very end when it was clear that war was inevitable.”

 

RELATED: DEPLETED URANIUM POSTS

This is WWIII: Biological, Chemical and Nuclear Weapons already being used in US and abroad – 7/4/08

Depleted Uranium: The Salting of the Earth – 5/6/08

I dare you to click on this link… – 7/2/07

 

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