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The plan was simple: mount a nuclear ICBM atop a truck, then spread a bunch of them (and hundreds of decoys) out along Nevada and Utah to create a fully-mobile counterpoint to any Soviet first strike. So why did America’s Midgetman program never get off the ground?
Wiping out an American city, much less the largest ones, requires either blast yields well beyond the capability of any terrorist organisation, or numbers of nuclear weapons that would make the terrorist organisation one of the largest nuclear powers on the planet. This is particularly true of major cities such as Atlanta, Houston and LA, which are defined by their suburban sprawl.
Among the few apocalypses worse than nuclear annihilation, asteroid impact has got to be near the top of the list — at least if Hollywood’s depictions are any indication. Luckily, the American public has at least one agency defending it against errant space rocks: the exact same agency that’s supposed to be protecting us from thermonuclear war in the first place.
“EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT SHELTERS” proclaimed Life magazine in its 12 January 1962 issue. Specifically, everybody was talking about nuclear fallout shelters, since both the United States and the Soviet Union had developed weapons which could unleash unimaginable destruction upon the Earth. The living might envy the dead if nuclear war broke out between the two superpowers, but where would the living live precisely?
Today’s modern art forger is capable of producing fake works of art so perfect that even trained experts are unable to spot them. Even down to the most minute details of the pigments, binders and canvass, these fakes are almost better than the works they’re based on. But thanks to a byproduct of the Atomic age, the art world has a potent tool for finding forgeries.
In the aftermath of the Second World War, it quickly became evident to the British government that Americans had no intention of sharing their newly acquired nuclear weapons technology despite the UK’s assistance in the Manhattan Project. As such the British government set about building its own atomic arsenal which eventually led to the UK’s worst nuclear meltdown in history.
The thought of mutually assured destruction in the form of worldwide nuclear annihilation made leaders on both sides of the Iron Curtain squeamish. But, limited nuclear war, now there was a plan! Irradiating the Soviets just a little bit, you know, as a deterrent, was seen as the clearly superior option to outright ICBM volleys.
When you think ICBM, things get Freudian — a long, slender missile erupting from an underground silo or submarine bay, gliding upwards. You probably don’t consider a giant missile dumped from the back of a plane. The Air Force did.
Moon mining isn’t the only thing election and adultery enthusiast Newt Gingrich is worried about — the GOP candidate has repeatedly, publicly, manically claimed that America is on the verge of being hit with an EMP attack. This is crazy.