Wednesday, January 29, 2020

"What would happen if (just one) nuclear weapon hit the U.S.?"

What Would Happen If a Nuclear Weapon Hit the U.S.? on Unveiled, powered by Getty (March 2018)

The documentary (9 min) gives a history of nuclear weapons, especially their deployment over Japan to end WWII, and the risks by states like North Korea and Iran having them. 
Yet it doesn’t cover the central question:  What if only one such weapon reached continental US over a city before the war stopped?  How would the US recover?  How would sacrifices from others around the country be handled?   Of course, this argument makes something thinkable.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

"China's Coronavirus Is Much Worse than You Think", according to an American who has been in Wuhan recently.

"Iaowhy86" offers an 11-minute video “China’s Coronavirus Is Much Worse than You Think”

The Youtuber is a “white” person who has spent a lot of time in China and offers video of Wuhan. He says that China’s Communist Party downplays many systemic threats to public safety and health until too late in order to remain political control.

Tim Pool also has a 20-minute video reporting secondhand what looks like a “zombie apocalypse movie” from China.  There are plenty of “conspiracy theories”. 

Three cities in China and 18 million people are under quarantine (story from a newspaper in China).

Pool does believe in preparedness, but there are other reasons (like EMP?)

Flight attendants and airport police are visually watching all passengers from international flights in the U.S. for illness.  One person from Mexico City was detained, as were two other international passengers from Asia.

The patient near Seattle is apparently in good condition.
It is very likely that many people will be infected and have minor symptoms.  Corona viruses tend to cause bronchitis and laryngitis, and sometimes brief periods of high fever.  I got something like this in California in 2002 and got over it taking aspirin and cough medicine.  But I did spend most of two days in bed in a hotel.  A deep productive cough lasted about a month (but you feel OK once the cough is productive). Maybe I had SARS, no way to know except to test for antibodies.

Friday, January 17, 2020

"The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima", short film simulation from The New York Times (2017)

The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima”, from The New York Times (2017), 3 minutes,  from a series called The Daily 360.

The film uses Google Earth to simulate what the city looked like before the blast at various altitudes. The explosion happened at 1900 feet.
I think I do remember seeing “Hiroshima mon Amour” on DVD about 15 years ago.
Wiki By Gelfer - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Saturday, January 04, 2020

British author: "This Is What Will Happen if a Nuclear Missile Is Launched" (from North Korea to London)

British “doomsday” videographer Thoughty2 (Aaran Lomas) warns (15 minutes) “This Is What Will Happen If a Nuclear Missile Is Launched” (toward London from North Korea).

He says it would take a missile 40 minutes to reach London from North Korea, and that the US has an early warning station on the Norwegian coast above Russia in the Arctic (which Finland does not touch).

His discussion of how to protect “yourself” from fallout is interesting – it tends to stick to hair as well as clothing.  Would body-shaving happen? 
The entire value system of a people can certainly be challenged by such a scenario.