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Loki Luv, MD°
Loki Luv, MD°

July 23rd, 2012, 3:22 am #1

Poor, dumb bastards...
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Fifty-five years ago today, five Army officers and a photographer stood directly under a 2-kiloton atomic blast at the Nevada Test Site, about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, and survived.

The five officers, who volunteered for the duty, and the cameraman, who did not, designated the July 19, 1957, test site with a hand-lettered sign as Ground Zero, Population 5, KPLU, a Seattle/Tacoma-based NPR station, said in a story marking the 55th anniversary of the blast.

The intent of the Cold War test was to film the officers surviving the blast and convince U.S. military leaders of the time that using low-grade nuclear missiles in the air would be relatively safe for people on the ground, KPLU reported.


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July 24th, 2012, 1:07 am #2

The army gave syphilis to prisoners and mental patients, among other government approved "scientific and medical" experiments on children, slaves and others apparently deemed expendable.

Maybe they figured occifers was dumber than them other folk. Based on this example that may be correct!!!!!!
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mooster
mooster

July 26th, 2012, 11:36 am #3

A 2k bomb detonated at over 18,000 feet. So that means these guys are three miles away from an atomic detonation wich has about 1/8th the strength of the Hiroshima bomb and with zero chance of fallout.

How does that demonstrate the test parameters? Hell yes it's safe and therefore (other than EMP) also of limited military effectiveness. What were they trying to "prove" to the slack-jaw brass at the Pentagon? That nuclear weapons are safe? That it's OK to ground blast a 20 kiloton bomb 2 miles away from our own ground troops? Probably.

Still, I wouldn't want to stand underneath there.

Cool video though. Thanks for sharing.

Peace,
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Celtredleg
Celtredleg

July 27th, 2012, 1:04 am #4

Nice little nuke in an anti-aircraft missle. Great way to discourage mass bomber formations. Sovs send 500 ground attack aircraft, we counter with one missle. even the ones that dont get blSTED, OR DROPPED BY THE TURBULANCE HAVE A HARD TIME DEALING WITH THE emp. and the troops are OK.
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Loki Luv, MD°
Loki Luv, MD°

July 27th, 2012, 1:39 am #5

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I'm picturing Crazy Ivan's electronics being all vacuum tubes circa the late '50s. I thought you had to have gotten to the point of using transistors to suffer from the effects of EMPs.

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celtredleg
celtredleg

July 28th, 2012, 12:46 am #6

EMP can kill the coil in your car. Not sure about more modern stuff, it is probably more vulnerable.

I believe EMP can hurt vac tubes, it just takes a lot more of it.

also, one of the real reasons for AA nukes was early missle inaccuracy. Easier to hit if you dont have to get so close.

Owen
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