Serious Civil Defense

Harvey is over for me now and I survived unscathed. Things are a mess here and will be for a long time. I wouldn’t say there were any outright failures of civil defense, just many inadequacies. When I get back to regular posting later this month I plan to explore a few of them, particularly […]

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It’s the Fifth of August

TomikoIn 1945 Tomiko Konishi survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima thanks to air raid training and the good fortune of being partially protected from the worst of the flash. In 2008 she made this illustrated account (translation at the link). You can find other artwork on this Hiroshima city webpage.

So far, the world seems to think twice was enough. Maybe this artwork can serve as a reminder why we need to keep it this way.

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George Orwell and the Weapons of Democracy

George Orwell’s 1984 is sometimes described as his essay Politics and the English Language rewritten as a novel. While 1984 certainly extrapolates themes discussed in Politics, most of the world-building for 1984 comes from a different Orwell essay. You and the Atomic Bomb was published in October 1945, just two months after the Japanese surrender. In it Orwell considers whether the atomic bomb is […]

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Backyard Atomic Science

These are conditions that regulatory agencies never envision. It’s simply presumed that the average person wouldn’t have the technology or materials to experiment in these areas. State and local governments in the US employ specialists and maintain the equipment to safely handle minor cases of the release of radioactive materials. But sometimes these specialists, such […]

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Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse FAQ

Let’s say you are the leader of some nation with little regard for the lives of others, including citizens of your own nation, and have a small number of thermonuclear weapons along with some high performance missiles. You want to cause something dramatic and unusual with your limited capabilities. Maybe you are an Evil Overlord or […]

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