Tag: Atomic Bomb

Nuclear Rumors from Ukraine

 

This is a brief compilation of a couple of different rumors I’ve heard out of the Ukraine war and what they mean. Now I don’t know much but I know a little bit about nukes and how they work and some of these things are flat out implausible. What I’m looking to give here is a quick reality check to see if any given statement is worth worrying about further. To be clear I’m talking about science; whether or not Putin is willing to deploy tactical nuclear weapons is beyond the scope of this post. Let’s get down to it.

Increasing Radiation levels at Chernobyl

The Claim: In the first day or two of the war the Russians attacked and took Chernobyl. The fight kicked up a lot of dust. The Ukrainian government’s automated radiation monitoring says the background radiation there jumped from 3,000 nSv/hour to 65,500 nSv/hour. Claim found in this video, though I’ve heard it elsewhere too.

Harry Truman and the Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

 

Harry Truman

Peter Robinson expressed his opinion on Twitter today that President Truman did not approve the use of the nuclear bomb. “Truman never approved the use of the bomb–or disapproved it,” He wrote. “The military considered it one more weapon, like a new submarine or aircraft. They kept Truman informed. But they did not ask his approval.”

This Week’s Book Review: My Enemy’s Enemy

 

An Islamist attempt to detonate an atomic bomb in downtown Washington DC on Independence Day is accidentally foiled by a South Carolina sheriff. Knowledge of the attempt is suppressed. (Why let the bad guys know how close they came to success?) U.S. retribution is thorough and secret.

This is the launch pad for “My Enemy’s Enemy” a science fiction thriller by Robert Buettner. The terrorist group launching the attack has learned of a new way to strike Washington DC, a secret with its roots in Nazi Germany. And they plan to try again. The Asp — a top terrorist is sent on a solitary mission to the US.

Peter Winter is a brilliant German physicist, a student and friend of Werner Heisenberg in 1930s Germany. His wife is Jewish, and they despise Nazis despite an uncle who is one of 16 Nazis killed in the Beer Hall Putsch. Winter is drafted into a secret Nazi effort to build an atomic bomb.

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“They say American’s don’t play fair.” -Harry S Truman This coming from the man who dropped the atom bomb. Along those lines though, I don’t see how playing “fair” would have helped us fighting Imperial Japan or in our struggles with the Soviet Union. Preview Open

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The Japanese haven’t forgotten. The place is my living room, the time is yesterday morning Japan time, or this morning U.S. time.  I’m reading the newspaper, specifically the Yomiuri Shimbun, which has the highest circulation of all newspapers in Japan, over 9 million.  As I’m flipping pages, I get to the centerfold, and am confronted […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter Book Review ‘Spies in the Congo’ takes a look at the atomic […]

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Thank God for the Atom Bomb (Again)

 
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By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11964461

Ricochetti are no doubt familiar with Paul Fussell’s magnificent essay Thank God for the Atom Bomb, which is available as a top-shelf audiobook with several other essays. The narration is great, the material is timeless (Kipling would cheer), the price is right, and the criticism of our sorry culture (“Sorry!”) is as it should be. Last year, Bret Stephens at the Wall Street Journal penned an important op-ed echoing Fussell‘s sentiment explicitly, while illuminating it in the context of his own trip to Hiroshima during the run-up to the 70th anniversary of VJ day (which does not stand for “Shame on America” day). Trenchant quote [lightly edited to shorten]:

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Nine years after the dropping of the two bombs, Russell Kirk pondered the ferocity of American power and progressivism in his book, A Program for Conservatives. “And now a few words concerning power among the nations. It is ours already; and we have done with it what men always have done with pure power: we […]

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