Got Nukes? Putting It Into Perspective

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With all this talk of nuclear weaponry, we would be remiss not to chime in with a stat or two, since nukes are the biggest gadgets of them all, aren't they? Just check out the graph above, with info from the Washington Post, and you'll see the answer to the question, "Who's your daddy?" This puts it into perspective, dontcha think?

One more key stat, comparing Kim Jong Il's fizzle with some manly nuclear warheads, after the jump.

Here are examples of nuclear weapons yields throughout history. Those two largest bombs were part of a pissing contest between the US and the USSR a few decades ago:

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Nuclear Weapons Yields [Wikipedia]
Weapons of the World's Nuclear Powers [Washington Post]

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North Korea's latest action (whether it was a real nuke or a fake) is further proof that the era of the nuclear bomb needs to end now. The way to get there is for ALL members of the nuke club to start dismantling now, beginning with the US. Will that make us more vulnerable? Yes, for a while. Will another country take advantage of that vulnerability? Honestly, I doubt it. Will this come to a peaceful end if we don't start dismantling? Probably not. Dismantling is the ONLY way, and WE need to take the lead. Otherwise NK and Iran will ALWAYS have an excuse to build their own nukes.

By the way, you may be interested to know that there's mounting evidence that the very first nuke ever detonated was not in the desert, but at Port Chicago in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1944. Do a search for "Port Chicago Napa Sentinel" and see for yourself. The evidence is circumstantial but very striking. This goes to show how a little carelessness combined with the power of a nuke can cause a huge disaster. There's mention somewhere else that (forget the source) that in the 50's an air force plane mistakely dropped a 15kT nuke over Arizona. It hit the desert floor and thankfully did not detonate. Talk about scary!