Nuclear Weapons Are No Joke

Hi all,

On a more serious matter, August 6th is the memorial for the Hiroshima atomic bombing, and August 8th is the memorial for the Nagasaki. Because of the timezone differences, my wife, daughter and I watched the memorial for Hiroshima this afternoon (the 5th).

Anyhow, instead of doing some kind of long-winded, sanctimonious post about peace and the evils of nuclear weapons, I thought I would do something different.

I’ve been saving this video footage for months so I could post it today. This is a short film by the US Department of Defense, probably in the 1950’s or sometime early in the Cold War:

Watch 1:20 onward and you’ll why nuclear weapons are very scary.

Even more frightening to me is the infamous Castle Bravo test that happened on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, mentioned in this old post:

But I feel I’ve said enough. The videos should speak for themselves.

P.S. A visual history of nuclear warfare.

Namo Shaka Nyorai

Edit: Found a clip of the actual Castle Bravo explosion at Bikini Atoll, so updated the second Youtube video link.


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

2 thoughts on “Nuclear Weapons Are No Joke”

  1. Germany was one of the top promoters of Nuclear energy but they have just stopped the whole thing. Japan has has seen her share Hiroshima and Nagasaki and most recent breakdown casused by weather it doesn’t seem to me a good way to go.


  2. Reblogged this on Japan Reblogged and commented:
    I am kind of surprised that many people wrote about Hiroshima atom bomb. As a Japanese, I have learned about Hiroshima and Nagasaki in my school years. However I did not learn about what happened to people radiated heavily. Now we have experienced Fukushima Daiichi accident, I feel some uncertainty about the technology around nuclear.


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