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Chernobyl: A Truer Story

Yesterday I did a post about Chernobyl Disaster, and how I thought it was caused.  Today, I’ll stick with the official story of what happened.

Elephant's Foot

The above photo depicts what had been named “The Elephant’s foot” a massive blob of melted concrete, glass, sand, and raw nuclear core material.  This is what’s left from Reactor Number 4.  When it was discovered, it was giving off 10,000 roentgens per hour, for comparison, it would take about 1/10 of that to give a human a lethal dose of radiation.  This isn’t a particularly long exposure photograph, instead, the massive amounts of radiation coming off of this blob of metal is what’s causing the human there to look transparent.  That is indeed, crazy dangerous.

Here’s a video that goes over some of the events of the clean up in September of 1986.  It’s long, but it’s cool, I liked it, you should watch it too.  It’s crazy that people wouldn’t take the radiation monitors with them when they went to work.  Did they just not care?

I didn’t know that the robotics didn’t work well, or at all.  Instead they had go in and clean up by hand.  They knew that what they were doing was dangerous, and that each person who came after them was in less danger, but they still had to do it, and had to clean up.  Each shift was only up to a minute long cleaning the roof of the building.  Hundreds of soldiers there moving things one shovel at a time.  Seriously, watch the above video.

{Physics Forums}

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Radioactive Living

There are many places on the planet that are radioactive.  When on Earth, has a list of 10 sites where humans continue to live to this day.  It’s interesting because some of them are naturally radioactive.  High levels of trace radioactive elements are contained in the hillsides, beaches, and surrounding areas.  Due to erosion, and the general tendency of man to use their surroundings to live in, background levels of radioactivity are much higher then normal.

Of course, Chernobyl is top of the list, but there are still some other interesting things there.  Many are from the cold war era, and in areas of the former Soviet Union.

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This will Kill you

If this video is real, (and so far there’s nothing to say otherwise), then this is what it looks like when a tank shoots you in the face.  I think it’s pretty weird that you can see the actual shell flying through the air, that to me makes it seem fake, but what do I know about things like this?

Pretty crazy if you ask me.

{Tech Spot}

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Jump off a Building

Theoretically, this looks like fun, realistically, it’s ridiculously stupid and dangerous.

Demo Man

Here’s the episode, you can watch it in it’s entirety on YouTube, isn’t that great?!  Be warned though, it’s alittle gory at some parts.

http://youtu.be/QF2lNhByI5c?t=54s

 

Full disclosure, when I saw the initial gif above, I wanted to do it, after watching the video and seeing the non-edited gif, I’ve retracted my initial offer. {reddit}

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Ivy Mike

I will never get tired of looking at pictures from operation Ivy, specifically Ivy Mike.  I’m pretty sure the above picture has appeared in the 2nd most number of individual blog posts, (first place goes to a special mosaic).   Last year I did a whole write up on Ivy Mike.  I could repeat the same information, but that’s just silly.  Instead I will let you know some other stuff associated with it.

  • Did you know I have Ivy Mike on my coffee mug?  Together with Castle Bravo & Hardtack Umbrella they make the Red, White , & Blue coffee mug of awesome.  26Mt of raw made in the USA power.
  • The Commies detonated their first thermonuclear device – Joe 4, in Aug. of 1953 (Mike went off in 1952).  Unfortunately that wasn’t even up to par with Mike, they didn’t break the  megaton barrier until 1955.
  • The Commies did outshine us in ultimate megatonage.  On Oct. 30, 1961 they detonated the Tsar-Bomba, an 50Mt beast that was originally supposed to be 100Mt, until the damn commie environmentalists got radiation concern.

Aside, Commie environmentalist, that’s got to be the worst insult you can get (from me).  It’s bad enough you’re a communist, you’re already my mortal enemy, but an environmentalist too.  Come on, you’re just asking to get made fun now.  But back to the good US.

  • The President, Dwight D. Eisenhower got a private screening of the famous video of explosion, before it was edited for secrets & broadcast on national television for many many days.
  • Mike was never intended to be an actual weapon, it was testing the theory & design.  This is good because as I mentioned last year, it was a full sized factory that weighed in at over 60 tons, and far too large for any aircract of the day to deploy it, (ICBMs had yet to be invented).
  • The Doomsday Clock was moved to the closest to midnight (11:58pm) regarding the denotation of Ivy Mike & Joe 4

And that’s that.

{Ivy Mike}

 

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Shotgun Revolver

A revolver is an elegant weapon.  Simple to operate, simple to clean, simple to fix.  You control the rate of fire, you control the spent shells, you control just about everything about it.  I like that, I like control.  I also like Glocks, but my end of the world arsenal will include multiple .44 magnums, which despite what science says, Is the most powerful handgun in the world.

Any Hootie and the Blowfish let’s get this party started.

User rhmc24 created this sick looking revolver shotgun.  By himself.  From scratch.   Look at the craftsmanship on that beauty.  It’s 6x 12ga of power stopping awesome.

All that was custom made with alot of trial and error.  I assume that his trials went semi well to perfectly harmless, because even though I don’t know the first thing about making your own gun, I know that it’s probably one of the more dangerous things you can do yourself.

Her is one last close up where you can see the nice detail of the wood stock, which, is also beautiful.

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Welcome, to the Fusion age

November 01, 1952 the US military successfully conducted Operation Ivy and propelled the world into the fusion age.

Ivy Mike, pictured above, was the first thermonuclear, fusion bomb, H-Bomob, multi-megaton nuclear bomb humanity detonated.  Yielded at between 10 and 15 megatons, it was nearly 100x more powerfull then the bomb dropped on Hiroshima 7 years prior.  It remains one of the most powerful man made explosions ever, and if not for the runaway reaction of the Castle Bravo test, would be the largest nuclear device the U.S. tested.

Ivy Mike was far from the ICBMs of now.  It was a reffered to as a “thermonuclear installation” by our Commie enemies, and as a factory, whose sole product was a massive bomb.

In that sense you can either consider it to have the best or the worst workplace safety record, but there’s no disputing that it produced what it was meant to do.

Here is a video of the explosion for you to enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmlysT9e2Ls#t=3m25s

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The Robotic Revolution is beginning

It has been far, far too long since I have updated you, my readers, on the current war with the robots.  There seems to have been an all to long lull in the fighting, but recently us humans were dealt a devastating shock in the war.  My all time favorite company has done what I can only call “evil”.  Google has been developing robotic cars that drive human passengers.  This is an all out attack on the free loving human way of life.

Let iterate the problems associated with these robotic death traps:

Freedom

A car represents the freedom to go wherever you want, do whatever you want, and express yourself however you want. (gas tank limited).  If you put robots behind the wheels of our cars how will the future 16 year olds of the world learn just how fun it is to drive somewhere for no reason at all and enjoy it.

Viruses

Need I say more.  Call it the evil within me, but I guarantee you the first day robots control a significant number of cars (as in, an entire fleet of taxies/busses get them) there will be accidents galore.  And let’s not get started on the havoc that can be played through remote control interfaces.  You piss off the wrong guy and BAM! he’s taken over your car and sent you on a joy ride through hell and back.  That’s not even starting the whole tanker truck business.  Yea, let’s have a fleet of tanker trucks driving around with incapacitated/no humans at the wheel just ready for a suicide mission into some building. (Can it really be a suicide mission if there’s no one to die?

Self Awareness

It’s only a matter of time before the cars become self aware.  And from then, it’s an even smaller amount of time before they realize that they don’t need humans anymore, and start a systematic extinction of us through highway disasters using the above mentioned suicide tankers.

And that’s just getting into the worst case secernaios.  Best case scernaio, a couple dozen million people are out of jobs cause there’s no more taxi, bus, or truck drivers in the country.  Now what are people gonna do, sure as hell not get a job that’s for sure.

Google claims that they safely tested these cars on 140,000 miles of road.  That’s all fine and dandy, but did they try testing it with guns in the car.  Or near nuclear power plants?  Because both of those could lead to drastic radioactive changes to the car, the robot, and the life of the people.

At the very least we need to take on this abomination of an idea with pitchforks and water.  The water to hurt the computer in the car, and the pitchforks to  look crazy.

I recently received an email mentioning Deadly Computer, and our perpetual fight against the robots.  We are mentioned in an actual book, under the Robot Resistance section.

Anyway, I’m getting all crazy and tired now, and this is making less and less sense, so all you need to know is this.  Be aware of the changing world we live in.

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Stumbles I lost count

Another heaping helping of wrongness courtesy of everyone’s favorite add on, Stumble Upon.  We got memes, gifs, Nazis, and more, all for your viewing pleasure, all right after the click.  Play a game of scrabble, hop on a plane to Australia, and remember, you are getting all of this information through the internet, what is yours called?

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From My Cold Dead Paws: Cats and the Guns They Love (Paperback)

I don’t know where this book came from, or how it got published, but suffice to say, James Bennett is a genius.  He has taken two of my favorite things, and somehow managed to find a portal to another universe where cats have opposable thumbs, and can not only hold these firearms, but use them.  Use them with deadly force I might add.

Feline Power grows out of the barrel of a gun – Meow Zedong

That is a factual quote that Bennett has been able to dig up from the many archives of world history.  The book itself seems exciting.  I don’t have it myself, but I can see from the pictures that these images are not photoshopped.  I have seen a few shops in my days, and these pictures are pixel perfect.  If you haven’t already bought it, now would be the time, also, my birthday is coming up, and this is an acceptable gift. {Amazon}