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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Remember The Dead Zone?

You guys ever watched The Dead Zone, the film adaptation of Stephen King's book? It's one of my favorites and I posted about it a few years ago here. Given Trump's deadly game of nuclear chicken with North Korea, I'm reminded of this scene from the movie, in which the crazy-as-a-bedbug president decides to start a nuclear war ...

Meanwhile, from The Atlantic: What Would a Hydrogen Bomb Do to the Pacific Ocean?

[...] Hydrogen bombs are far more powerful than atomic bombs, capable of producing many times more explosive energy. If an H-bomb hits the Pacific, it will detonate with a blinding flash and produce the signature mushroom cloud. The immediate effects likely would depend on the height of the detonation above the water. The initial blast could kill most of the life in the strike zone—scores of fish and other marine life—instantly. When the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, the entire population located within a radius of 1,600 feet (500 meters) perished.

The explosion would send radioactive particles flying through the air and into the water. Wind could carry the dangerous particles over hundreds of miles.

The smoke from the blast site could block out sunlight and hinder life forms at sea that depend on photosynthesis to survive. The exposure to radiation could cause severe health problems for nearby marine life. Radioactivity is known to damage cells in humans, animals, and plants by causing changes in their genes. The changes could lead to crippling mutations in future generations. The eggs and larvae of marine organisms are especially sensitive to radiation, according to experts. Affected animals could pass the exposure up the food chain.

The test could also have damaging and long-lasting effects on humans and other wildlife if the radioactive fallout reaches land. The particles could contaminate air, soil, and water supply. More than 60 years after the United States tested a series of atomic bombs near Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the island remains “unlivable,” according to a report from The Guardian in 2014. Residents relocated before the tests returned in the 1970s to find high levels of radiation in foods grown near the nuclear test site and were forced to leave again ....

Please let the Russia investigation lead to impeachment before we're all nuked.


Blogger Katherine Nielsen said...

"Crazy-as-a-bedbug president", yeah. Scary. The only saving grace is that he is so distractable that he can't stay focused on any one task long enough to carry it through. Keep on stirring it up with the NFL, Donnie.

11:14 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Katherine :) Yes, we can only hope he doesn't fixate on that.

7:18 PM  

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