Explode half a “Little Boy” in Washington D.C….

this is what you get.

It’s an excellent summary of an urban nuclear detonation.  And here’s the full report if it interests you. 

At 10-kT (equivalent explosion to ten thousand tons of TNT), this is either a “suitcase” nuke scenario or a relatively crude terrorist-designed device. 

People tend to make over-assumptions about nukes.  This bomb wouldn’t obliterate a large town, much less a metropolis.  Some people within deep structures would survive even in the devastated zone.  Of course, if they came stumbling out immediately afterward they’d probably die a miserable lingering death from fallout, rather than a swift one from the blast.

Western civilization is in no danger from terrorists, even if any of us can be slain individually.  Society-threatening nukes aren’t suitcase weapons, they’re thousands of bombs thousands of times more powerful:

That was 57,000x the FEMA scenario.  Here’s a quick guide to the difference, the comparative fireballs:

A Note that that is just the fireball.  Don’t think anyone is maintaining a monster like that today, though.   H-bombs, not Muslim terrorists, are the inspiration for Dr. Strangelove.  An event like this scenario is horrible beyond words, but our only existential danger is giving unfettered power to our governments.

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I've accepted that all of you are socially superior to me. But no pretending that any of you are rational.
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14 Responses to Explode half a “Little Boy” in Washington D.C….

  1. Edohiguma says:

    The tsar bomb proved to be relatively inefficient, given the amount of kaboom it had. As far as I remember, not much came from it.

    The danger doesn’t come from mohammedan terrorists, but rather from being flooded with tens of thousands of mohammedan “immigrants”. Malmö is free of Jews as a result of that. Areas in many EU cities should be avoided by whites and gays, because of the mohammedans turning those into their own little kingdoms. There are now not only 80+ sharia courts in the UK, no, there are now also sharia enforced zones.

    Erdogan said it himself a few years ago. He said “what the Turks failed to achieve in both sieges of Vienna, we will now achieve with our ‘fertile’ women.” He also said “The mosques are our barracks, the minarets our bayonets and the domes our helmets”.

    The term “birth jihad” (Geburtenjihad) is something I haven’t just invented for this. It’s been around for a while.

    • SeanB says:

      Definitely you need to visit here. More or less tolerance and integration between various groups. Probably the only place you will find a Kendra temple next door to a Mosque.

    • wormme says:

      Yeah, the tsar is kind of wasteful if you just want to blow up Monaco.

      And I agree, “the right of return” is a greater danger to Israel than any conventional terrorism.

  2. SeanB says:

    As an aside, those nukes that have not been maintained are very likely not to work at all. If they have not been serviced since the 1980’s they are more a danger to those storing and moving them than anything else. Radioactive decay products, failing electronics, neutron irradiated explosives, decaying cores and more fun ways to fail. Not something you store in a cave for years until it is needed.

    Even normal explosives get touchy with age.

    • wormme says:

      God yes, I hope we’ve maintained ours properly. That seems fairly likely. But has every fragment of the former Soviet Union been thorough? My Magic 8-Ball isn’t optimistic.

      • SeanB says:

        From what I have read the USSR nukes were very touchy, with a 6 month minimum maintenance cycle. USA was probably similar.

  3. SeanB says:

    Just was on Youtube, looking at videos from bionerd23. Interesting, and she lives as a student in Berlin. The videos are worth a look.

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