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  1. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, over 2 years ago

    The secret of the first atomic bomb was 100 tonnes of uranium metal and highly refined graphite. Wikipedia says the US got lucky because the Nazis didn’t know about graphite. (They also might not have had 100 tonnes of uranium metal.)

    On 2 December 1942, the US started a fission reaction in Chicago, which was quickly whisked off to a classified location. About two and a half years later, the pile had generated enough plutonium for two bombs, and the US MIGHT have enriched enough uranium for a third bomb (the US initially claimed all bombs were U235, which is VERY difficult to isolate in concentration suitable for use in a bomb).

    It only takes about 20 pounds (or less) of plutonium to produce a bomb, and, if someone donates that plutonium (because the enemy of my enemy is my friend) one can have a nuclear bomb with very little trouble (and without highly competent scientists). I think this applies to one or two of the current nuclear powers.

    Anyone with 100 tonnes of uranium metal and some graphite can generate enough plutonium for thousands of bombs (at the rate of a few dozen a year), and two nations have done so.

    Iran has neither tonnes of uranium metal, nor friends willing to donate plutonium (or U235). But promising the Iranian people they will soon have a bomb and thereby become a Great Power (again) seems to play well on the Iranian podium. Plus, as an added benefit, by making that promise, they get to tweak the Great Satan’s tail!

  2. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 2 years ago

    1300s and yes it is.

  3. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 2 years ago

    @Michael wme

    Sorry no, just because they needed 100 tones in the 40s dose not mean they need it today. I don’t believe they do. What takes to get a job done is often less after the process is refined.

    And even if it dose, if China will give N. Korea the bomb why not Iran.

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    There are Muslims, Christians, Atheists and others who would cheerfully push the button to end the world and be glad to die in the effort. For some, power comes not from the ability to create something great, but from the ability to destroy great things.
    The cartoon offers a slight bit of hope. At the end of all of the blustering and displays of strength, the two take off their masks, look eye to eye, and offer to meet again next week.
    Maybe one day, they’ll show up without the trappings of power and talk together like truly civilized humans.

  5. Huin D. Ekmi

    Huin D. Ekmi said, over 2 years ago

    I popped over to Kallaugher’s cartoons to see if there was a new Pett in there. No such luck.

  6. Nos Nevets

    Nos Nevets said, over 2 years ago

    meanwhile, back at the uranium ranch . . .

  7. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 2 years ago

    People still die when the masks are on, even if those playing think it is only a game.

  8. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release said, over 2 years ago

    Pett’s cartoon can be found here and it’s a zinger!

  9. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 2 years ago


    Boy where is my memory today. Islam was formed in or around 610. Sorry.

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