Friday, July 10, 2015

as much a relic as the landscape of racism...,


vice |  Sprinkled throughout the back roads of America are the remains of Armageddon. Or what could have been Armageddon had the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union suddenly gone hot.

The ghosts of America's atomic arsenal, from development to deployment, are accessible if you know where to look: in Arizona and South Dakota, decommissioned nuclear missiles still aim skyward; in Nevada and New Mexico, the remains of nuclear testing still scar the desert; and in Tennessee and Washington state, the facilities that developed uranium and plutonium for America's nuclear bombs gather dust.

In the coming months, the National Park Service and the Department of Energy will establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park — preserving once-secret sites at Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, and Hanford, where scientists raced to develop the world's first atomic bomb. Public tours at these sites are already ferociously popular, selling out within days. The Park Service aims to better facilitate access to these sites to meet increasing public interest.

Yet elsewhere in the US, the ruins of the Manhattan Project and the arms race that followed remain overlooked. In North Dakota, a pyramid-like anti-missile radar that was built to detect an incoming nuclear attack from the Soviet Union pokes through the prairie grass behind an open fence. In Arizona, a satellite calibration target that was used during the Cold War to help American satellites focus their lenses before spying on the Soviet Union sits covered in weeds near a Motel 6 parking lot. And in a suburban Chicago park, where visitors jog and bird watch, nuclear waste from the world's first reactor — developed by Italian physicist Enrico Fermi for the Manhattan Project in 1942 — sits buried beneath a sign that reads "Caution — Do Not Dig."

Collectively, these sites are a visible reminder of America's nuclear history — a time when the threat of doomsday was as much a part of the landscape as the national psyche.

6 comments:

Constructive_Feedback said...

Let me get this straight. The European Paul Krugman is worried about the Conservatives ruining Europe? I wonder how he feels about the low rate of tax collection and the underground economies in these social safety net nations.

Constructive_Feedback said...

Brother Ed: This is straight from the text book of Saul Alinsky

Washington Post:
Below are the results from that exercise in pure nihilism. We will repeat this for the Democratic candidates if any interest remains by the end of this photo series.


The AI algorithm is fed only Republican candidates. BUT WAIT - not just 2016 GOP candidates, they also reach back to 2012 with Mitt Romney.

As Alinsky points out, slander and mockery are the most powerful tools to use against the political opposition........the proper question to ask IS NOT "Why were there no Democratic Presidential Candidates 2016" run through the algorithm - but why the "Public Interest" that the Washington Post referred to was not INTERESTED in seeing an "Obama Speech" along with the flora and the fauna of people in view was not published because surely Google ran it through their AI system.

CNu said...

Nothing stopping the tard-party from ginning up its own AI's and producing and publishing its own image-processing edge-detection anomalies..., ROTFLMBAO!!!

John Kurman said...

Here's one for the rest of us: https://dreamscopeapp.com


Heeeere's JOHNNY!

John Kurman said...

One more:

CNu said...

Excellent...,

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