Monday, 4 September 2017

A 4 Minute Warning



North Korea, last year and yesterday, stated, they had successfully carried out nuclear missile tests. In response, James Mattis, Pentagon Chief in the USA, has said that any threat to the US or its allies (that's us) will be met with a ' massive military response'.

Shit.

I grew up during the cold war. I have a healthy fear of nuclear war. I am sure you do too.
  • 4 minute warnings
  • Mattresses over windows 
  • Paint your windows white (because white paint is well known to be able to stop the melty skin affects of a nuclear bomb)
  • Nail your windows shut - because 4 minutes is more than adequate time to do this for all the windows in an average house or flat
  • Similarly, stand in doorway, as if there was an earth quake
  • Put newspaper over your windows... again - see point two 
 None of the above are effective ways to minimise the impact of radiation or likely death from exposure to nuclear radiation. And, what is this obsession with windows, windows are just glass. Lets face facts, glass will not protect us.

4 minutes is a nonsense, 4 minutes will not save you. if a nuclear bomb goes off within 50 miles of you, you are pretty much f**ked.

There is the choice of a quick death or a radiation fueled slow death.

This is a map of London if it had a nuclear bomb dropped on it,
 
Nukemap shows the destruction that would be wrought if a bomb the size of the USSR's 'tsar bomba', tested in 1961, was dropped on London
All of the yellow area are likely to suffer a slow unpleasant death impacted by radiation - or the people will have a long term impact from radiation, affecting their children, the environment etc

Imagine if 4 bombs were dropped evenly across the UK.

I think, the combination of Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump are a lethal combination. I  think the UK is in the middle of this, as one of Trumps allies, we are seriously at risk.

We are twice the size of North Korea; if I was a mad, power crazed, leader I would think 'who should I nuke to show that I really mean it... I know... someone twice our size... and slightly less willing to nuke us back.... Hello, the United Kingdom...'

North Korea is 46,540.8 mi²
United Kingdom is  93,627.8 mi²

 And once again...

Shit...

What is the solution to this?

If I was 18 again I would probably rejoin CND. I would protest loudly outside the houses of parliament and try to 'ban the bomb'

Now, the world is less black and white.

Now, if I had any kind of political power, I would disassociate us (the United Kingdom) from Trump, Kim Jong-Ho and anybody else stupid enough to get involved in this. And take our selves out of the equation.

I would loudly remind everyone of the likelihood of  mutually assured destruction* and recommend politely that we all put our big guns back in our trousers, and go about our business.

I thank you. 

*Mutual assured destruction or mutually assured destruction (MAD) is a doctrine of military strategy and national security policy in which a full-scale use of nuclear weapons by two or more opposing sides would cause the complete annihilation of both the attacker and the defender (see pre-emptive nuclear strike and second strike).[1] It is based on the theory of deterrence, which holds that the threat of using strong weapons against the enemy prevents the enemy's use of those same weapons. The strategy is a form of Nash equilibrium in which, once armed, neither side has any incentive to initiate a conflict or to disarm.

Here endeth my thoughts on the imminent use of nuclear warheads.

Its a No from me. 


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