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MetaBallStudios – Comparing explosive weapons used in war

An evening pause: I think every leader in the world needs to watch this, as I think our modern rulers don’t seem to know what these weapons can do.

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  • Max

    The last one was devastating, who knows what they (or us) have in their arsenal nowadays.

    I showed that to my grandson, then he showed me this…

    11 minutes of YouTube kids lighting fireworks, starting from small, to the biggest made. Having to get permission from air traffic control to set it off.

  • MDN

    And then there is James Cameron’s classic portrayal of this nightmare:

  • pzatchok

    The czar bomba proved that yes a huge bomb could be built and even larger ones were possible.

    But the problem was it took exponentially more plutonium to make each larger sized bomb.

    It was realized that instead of bigger bombs it would be better in all ways to make a bunch of smaller bombs striking in circular patterns. This would cover a far larger area with destruction than one large bomb and use less material to do it.
    Plus it is harder to stop multiple bombs from coming in than just one.

  • Mark Sizer

    pzatchok, something about damage being a cube-root, not square-root, function, iirc.

    At the risk of going full Stalin on tragedy vs statistics, I believe nuclear weapons are feared all out of proportion to their effects – in America.

    In Russia, if one significantly damages Moscow and St. Petersburg, the country is basically gone.
    In America, if one were to wipe LA, DC, and NY from the map as if they had never existed, we’d be really pissed, but not even close to “gone”.
    Most European countries are somewhere in between, although closer to Russia.

    Fallout is another issue, entirely (go for DC or NY, not LA, please).

    Our gigantic nuclear arsenal is more for blowing up Russian nukes than Russian cities; there just aren’t that many of them.

    I rather approve of France’s policy of “you get one little nuke as a warning shot.”

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