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If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?
The Week ^ | April 14, 2014

Posted on 04/14/2014 6:13:21 AM PDT by stevie_d_64

Funny question in the headline, yes?

But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists' improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event.

Well, no. And yes.

No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K streets.

You can always look to movies to figure this stuff out, right? And in movies, since nuclear radiation is BAD, the thing to do is to get away from it as quickly as possible. In the movies, electronics are fried, too, the response is chaotic, and hundreds of thousands of people die.

Interestingly enough, though, the government has done quite a bit of work to figure out what exactly would happen if a suitcase nuke — which, I know, doesn't really exist, but, for the sake of this example, bear with me — actually did explode a few blocks from the White House.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: bomb; fallout; nuclear; preparedness; response; terrorist
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1 posted on 04/14/2014 6:13:21 AM PDT by stevie_d_64
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To: stevie_d_64

A happy dance?


2 posted on 04/14/2014 6:15:19 AM PDT by Obadiah (I like Krabby Patties.)
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To: stevie_d_64

Celebrate?


3 posted on 04/14/2014 6:15:25 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: stevie_d_64

Shrug. Then go about my business.


4 posted on 04/14/2014 6:16:11 AM PDT by EricT. (Everything not forbidden is compulsory.)
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To: stevie_d_64

I would hope that Congress, the Supreme Court, the president and vice president were all in town.


5 posted on 04/14/2014 6:16:26 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: stevie_d_64

Thank the Lord.....................


6 posted on 04/14/2014 6:16:28 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: stevie_d_64

My action would not be required.


7 posted on 04/14/2014 6:16:46 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: stevie_d_64

What difference does it make.


8 posted on 04/14/2014 6:17:10 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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9 posted on 04/14/2014 6:17:33 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: stevie_d_64

Champagne?


10 posted on 04/14/2014 6:17:37 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: stevie_d_64

Keep doing what I’m doing.


11 posted on 04/14/2014 6:17:50 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: dfwgator

4 seconds!


12 posted on 04/14/2014 6:18:33 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: stevie_d_64

Buy stocks?


13 posted on 04/14/2014 6:18:43 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: stevie_d_64; KC_Lion

Some of us already prepared...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYZpR51XgW0


14 posted on 04/14/2014 6:19:23 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: stevie_d_64
throw a barbecue ?
15 posted on 04/14/2014 6:19:34 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: stevie_d_64

I’m not ready to divulge what I would do at this point.


16 posted on 04/14/2014 6:19:50 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: stevie_d_64

re: If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?

Cheer!


17 posted on 04/14/2014 6:20:12 AM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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18 posted on 04/14/2014 6:20:21 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: stevie_d_64

Mow my yard? Till the garden? Decide what to BBQ for dinner tonight?


19 posted on 04/14/2014 6:21:02 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: stevie_d_64
I would courageously and selflessly attempt to shed a tear.....to no avail.
20 posted on 04/14/2014 6:21:08 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: stevie_d_64

Refer to my Governor, obviously.


21 posted on 04/14/2014 6:21:20 AM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can STILL go straight to hell.)
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To: stevie_d_64

Not a damn thing?


22 posted on 04/14/2014 6:22:00 AM PDT by bergmeid
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To: stevie_d_64

If they wanted to decapitate the government shouldn’t they target a golf course instead?


23 posted on 04/14/2014 6:22:10 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: stevie_d_64

These are fun responses, but they’re also kind of sad. There are, after all, families in the area who are not 100% libtards, and also families of conservative congressmen may be affected. What about staffers who may hold conservative views? What about the good people at The Heritage Foundation? What about conservative folks vacationing in DC hoping to see the monuments?

Are you willing to sacrifice the lives of these innocents to rub out a few enemies?


24 posted on 04/14/2014 6:22:23 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Pitch black is the new "tranparent.")
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To: Mich Patriot

Oh, you’re no fun any more. ;)


25 posted on 04/14/2014 6:22:57 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Telepathic Intruder
If they wanted to decapitate the government shouldn’t they target a golf course instead?

Or a gay bathhouse?

26 posted on 04/14/2014 6:23:50 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: stevie_d_64

A lot would depend on the time of year. In all seriousness, I’d start filling water containers, make sure the Jeep was fully fuelled and in the garage, unpack a few key items, and hunker down for a couple days.


27 posted on 04/14/2014 6:23:55 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: stevie_d_64

Our family had a serious discussion about this very topic within the last 2 weeks. Obama is so feckless, I do believe our enemies will attack the homeland before his term ends .... with what is going on in Nevada, it looks like the “enemies within” (also a direct result of Obama’s regime) will attack first.


28 posted on 04/14/2014 6:23:59 AM PDT by Qiviut (Obama: A Caesar at home & a Chamberlain abroad, dividing the country & uniting the world against us.)
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To: Norm Lenhart; TADSLOS
I shall call it: "The Capital Wasteland"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXdbRGBUifk


29 posted on 04/14/2014 6:24:33 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: stevie_d_64

I’d put a stop payment on my tax check.


30 posted on 04/14/2014 6:24:38 AM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: stevie_d_64

A suitcase nuke delivered by intercontinental muzzies on D.C. might trigger an automatic counternuke on Teheran, and after that it’s Katy bar the door.

Best then to look to your prepositioned supplies & turn on your shortwave radio. Earnestly hope that you’re not traveling when it happens.


31 posted on 04/14/2014 6:25:08 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: stevie_d_64

(I telecommute to a building a few blocks away from 16th and K, so I’d probably stop working on whatever I was working on. If the day was one of the rare occasions when I needed to come in to the office, I’d vaporize along with everything else.)


32 posted on 04/14/2014 6:26:15 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: HMS Surprise

Ding ding ding!

Winner winner chicken dinner!


33 posted on 04/14/2014 6:26:18 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: stevie_d_64
I'm 200 miles from DC. Go on a rampage? When sports teams lose or win, mobs get to smash and burn stuff, so for a nuclear attack, you might get a pass.

"Your honor, my client was under the influence of acute radiation poisoning..

34 posted on 04/14/2014 6:26:29 AM PDT by csvset
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To: demshateGod

Break wind in their general direction?


35 posted on 04/14/2014 6:26:48 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: stevie_d_64

I’d worry.

The surviving political leaders would certainly react by imposing what would be (but we wouldn’t call it) FASCISM. There would be a heavy-handed state imposed on all of us as a wild, thrashing, blind reaction to the attack, regardless of the source of the attack (N. Korea, Iran, etc.), and it would be WE THE PEOPLE who would suffer.

Example: 19 Muslims from Saudi Arabia and Egypt seize our airliners and crash them into ground targets. REACTION: target American taxpayers with humiliating grope-downs.

Any attack on the political class in D.C. would result in a harsh crackdown on the rest of us, the innocents.

If it were the Norks, even though the government would restrict OUR liberties, the gov would still call out the Norks as the perps. (Thank God for that.)

Same with Iran. (But only if it were the GOVERNMENT of Iran.)

If it were a non-governmental entity, say, a terrorist group, the government would call it out. (Good.)

Unless, of course, if it were an ISLAMIC front group, in which case, even after being nuked, the government would FAIL to identify the perps, instead casting blame on anyone and everyone else, even blaming ourselves for being too provocative and deserving to be the target of the attack.

Such a world we live in.


36 posted on 04/14/2014 6:26:56 AM PDT by sauron ("Truth is hate to those who hate Truth" --unknown)
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To: stevie_d_64

Work on my golf handicap. And I don’t even play golf.


37 posted on 04/14/2014 6:27:29 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: stevie_d_64

Like all parasites, Washington D.C. has put into place a lot of measures to protect itself from things that may be detrimental to its host.

Most of the politicians have underground tunnels that run from their offices to the buildings where they congregate. And as you know, the offices are large enough to live in and have all of the amenities most of us taxpayers can’t afford on a middle class salary in Obama’s America.

They have an entire city underground there:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_City,_Arlington,_Virginia


38 posted on 04/14/2014 6:28:09 AM PDT by angryoldfatman
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To: elcid1970
"A suitcase nuke delivered by intercontinental muzzies on D.C. might trigger an automatic counternuke on Teheran, and after that it’s Katy bar the door."

Not as long as Obama and the Democrat Party are in control. it might trigger an attack on the Tea Party though.

39 posted on 04/14/2014 6:28:20 AM PDT by sport
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To: PhiloBedo
"I’d put a stop payment on my tax check."

Don't forget to change your withholding too.

40 posted on 04/14/2014 6:28:40 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: stevie_d_64

I heard that when the sci-fi movie, “Independence Day,” premiered (Billy Clinton was in office at the time), the moment the audience saw the White Hut being taken out by the aliens many of the theatres had people jumping up and down celebrating.

Could happen again in real life.


41 posted on 04/14/2014 6:28:42 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Ditto for the scene I reference above in Mars Attacks....everybody cheered when Congress blew up.


42 posted on 04/14/2014 6:29:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: All

Whew!!!

I was kinda thinking what we would expect from what may be left of our government should do in response...

Now I gotta go find a place where I can go buy a “Pocket Hose Ultra”...TV ad was playing as I was writing this...


43 posted on 04/14/2014 6:29:31 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: VRWC For Truth

Correct. Hillary said it best.


44 posted on 04/14/2014 6:29:55 AM PDT by taterjay
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To: dfwgator

I know. I’m prepared for the fiery responses. :)


45 posted on 04/14/2014 6:30:01 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Pitch black is the new "tranparent.")
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To: Qiviut

I think that baraq has been setting the table for either an economic crash or a terrorist attack or both since he slithered into office. Think of what they could do with that. (Never let a crisis go to waste).

They would use the crisis as an excuse to go postal on all of us. They will be greeted with nasty surprises, but I don’t think they are deterred by that thought.


46 posted on 04/14/2014 6:31:15 AM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is now the CPUSA)
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To: stevie_d_64; All

First I would pray that my wife wasn’t at work should such a frightening and horrific scenario actually take place. Secondly, I would pray she didn’t suffer if she was at work when it happened. Thirdly, I would pray that I was with her at the end. If I survived (because I don’t actually work in D.C. anymore), I wouldn’t cheer or throw a party or act as if nothing happened. I would pray for my country and those who were killed or injured and their families.


47 posted on 04/14/2014 6:32:08 AM PDT by bayliving
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To: stevie_d_64

Will trade mechanical work for ?
May be worth more than the dollar is today.
Who knows.
Carry my 91/2” 44 mag on my hip.


48 posted on 04/14/2014 6:33:03 AM PDT by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: stevie_d_64

be deeply saddened with the sure knowledge that some politician is on holiday (at our expense) and wouldn’t be there?


49 posted on 04/14/2014 6:33:11 AM PDT by SERE_DOC ( “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” TJ.)
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To: stevie_d_64

I was down there one time working a job in Tyson’s Corner. Was awaken in the middle of the night with a deafening boom. Waited for the building to be blown apart. Realized a minute later it was a thunderstorm coming though. Had to change my underwear though.


50 posted on 04/14/2014 6:33:23 AM PDT by McGruff
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