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What a Nuclear Attack in New York Would Look Like
New York Magazine ^ | 06-12-2018 | Ferris Jabr etc.

Posted on 06/13/2018 2:14:58 PM PDT by NRx

...But the current state of dread, while entirely understandable, has overshadowed two crucial realities about the threat of a nuclear calamity. First, a nuclear attack on the United States could well come not from the skies but from the streets. Experts warn that it would be relatively easy for terrorists to build an “improvised nuclear bomb” and smuggle it into America. Building a ten-kiloton bomb nearly as destructive as the one dropped on Hiroshima would require little more than some technical expertise and 46 kilograms of highly enriched uranium — a quantity about the size of a bowling ball. The second reality we have failed to understand is what a nuclear detonation and its aftermath would actually look like. In our imaginations, fueled by apocalyptic fictions like The Road and The Day After, the scale and speed of nuclear annihilation seem too vast and horrific to contemplate. If nuclear war is considered “unthinkable,” that is in no small part because of our refusal to think about it with any clarity or specificity. In the long run, the best deterrent to nuclear war may be to understand what a single nuclear bomb is capable of doing to, say, a city like New York — and to accept that the reality would be even worse than our fears.

...When such a bomb explodes, everyone within 100 feet of ground zero is instantaneously reduced to a spray of atoms. There are photos from Hiroshima and Nagasaki showing eerie silhouettes of people cast against a flat surface, such as a wall or floor. These are not, as is sometimes claimed, the remains of vaporized individuals, but rather a kind of morbid nuclear photograph.

(Excerpt) Read more at nymag.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: terrorism
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1 posted on 06/13/2018 2:14:58 PM PDT by NRx
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To: NRx

Tough reading when you live across the river from NYC.


2 posted on 06/13/2018 2:16:43 PM PDT by SMGFan (Sarah Michelle Gellar is on twitter @SarahMGellar)
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To: NRx
Start by visualizing billions of dollars in U.S. cash sent "to Iran," on pallets.
3 posted on 06/13/2018 2:18:48 PM PDT by golux
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To: NRx
Just Google New York Garbage Strike and you'll get an idea.

Image result for new york garbage strike

 

4 posted on 06/13/2018 2:18:58 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: NRx

Is 46 kilograms about 100 pounds?

Seems like a lot.


5 posted on 06/13/2018 2:19:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: SMGFan

I work in the Poconos, and after the Iran deal went through, I half expect to see a mushroom cloud over NYC one day.


6 posted on 06/13/2018 2:20:00 PM PDT by EvilCapitalist (It's Ok to be white.)
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To: NRx
Herman Kahn's book Thinking About The Unthinkable is still worth reading.
7 posted on 06/13/2018 2:22:16 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney
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To: NRx

New York becomes a purple state from deep blue


8 posted on 06/13/2018 2:23:12 PM PDT by BigEdLB (BigEdLB, Russian BOT, At your service)
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To: NRx

What would it look like? At least ten million dead I would say. And a clean-up that would take decades.


9 posted on 06/13/2018 2:24:53 PM PDT by Rummyfan (In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel.)
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To: BigEdLB

Based on Reports from New York Freepers, I thought red.

To make America America, New York and San Francisco or LA must go


10 posted on 06/13/2018 2:25:12 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Greetings Jacques. The revolution is coming))
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To: BenLurkin

Kilograms - to - pounds, multiply by 2.2


11 posted on 06/13/2018 2:25:37 PM PDT by Rummyfan (In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel.)
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To: golux

[ Start by visualizing billions of dollars in U.S. cash sent “to Iran,” on pallets. ]

End with everyone on facebook and twitter saying we need to light a candle and pray against Islamophobia as they change their background images to pictures of new york.


12 posted on 06/13/2018 2:30:10 PM PDT by GraceG ("Q is dead, been dead a for a while...")
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To: SMGFan
Tough reading when you live across the river from NYC.

Not really.

Unless you think coming up with 46 kilograms of highly enriched uranium is a piece of cake. (IOW more than a hundred pounds.) You need to know what to do with the stuff, and how to do it; and you need to do it without setting off a Geiger Counter somewhere.

ML/NJ

13 posted on 06/13/2018 2:31:38 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: NRx
Meanwhile, somewhere upstate...

I still have my 1980s Far Side coffee mug with that image on it.

14 posted on 06/13/2018 2:34:35 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Progressives are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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To: GraceG
End with everyone on facebook and twitter saying we need to light a candle and pray against Islamophobia as they change their background images to pictures of new york.

Has the color of the ribbon and silicone bracelet been decided on yet?

15 posted on 06/13/2018 2:36:30 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Progressives are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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To: NRx

A buying opportunity.


16 posted on 06/13/2018 2:36:31 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Alex Jones isn’t quite the wing nut now, all things considered.)
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To: NRx

I’ll say this much: based on 9/11 if a terrorist nuked NYC the very next day the press will be able to find Ivy League nitwits who won’t be able to say that what the terrorist did was evil.

Indeed, given the spread of Cultural Marxist nitwittery it should prove easier to find them and also to find them in numbers.

They’ll probably blame us Deplorables for electing Trump.

Or maybe Jews and Christians for being insensitive to Islam....


17 posted on 06/13/2018 2:36:45 PM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: NRx

My Father’s battalion was sent into Berlin not too long after the Russians captured it.

He took a lot of photos. Most of Berlin was badly damaged. I particularly remember one of Berlin High School. It was simply a pile of rubble. Most of the rest of the city was the same.


18 posted on 06/13/2018 2:36:54 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: NRx
Since taking office, the president has boasted about the size of his “Nuclear Button,” jettisoned the nuclear deal with Iran, and threatened to unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen” on North Korea.

Nice timing on the article, fellas. Countdown to NY Magazine claiming Trump's Korea negotiations were a bad deal...three...two...

19 posted on 06/13/2018 2:37:31 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: ml/nj

Thats what gets me about all of this - there has to be a whole lot of things go just right for this to work (properly) can still make a big mess even if it messes up - but just don’t see the probability of it.


20 posted on 06/13/2018 2:37:56 PM PDT by Jolla
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