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Posted 12 February 2018 - 05:30 PM
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 08:16 PM
I know that the article below is not necessarily what Wjfox had in mind when he started this thread. Still, I think it fits.
Why this online simulator lets you nuke your backyard
(The Verge) If a nuclear bomb went off on San Francisco, almost the entire tip of the peninsula would disappear under the fireball, shockwave, radiation, and catastrophic heat spreading from the blast. More than 100,000 people would die, and nearly 230,000 people would be injured. That’s according to a new online interactive simulator that lets you drop a virtual nuke anywhere in the world.
Created by a Wisconsin-based educational nonprofit called the Outrider Foundation, the blast simulator is an effort to teach the public about the dangers of nuclear weapons. It’s surprisingly beautiful for an educational tool about destruction — “almost too beautiful for its own good,” writes Matt Novak at Gizmodo. But the Outrider simulator is more than just a pretty interface; it’s an effective reminder that these weapons could wipe entire cities filled with people off the face of the Earth.
“There’s a degree to which they’re luring you in with these really pretty graphics,” says nuclear anthropologist Martin Pfeiffer, a PhD candidate at the University of New Mexico. “Then you click on it and you realize, ‘Holy fuck, that’s 50,000 people [gone] in a heartbeat.’”
That tally is key for preventing what Pfeiffer calls “aesthetic nuke porn,” imagery that showcases the raw power of bombs bursting in the air without showing any of the consequences. Nukes are designed to kill people — and they have. That’s why Tara Drozdenko, the Outrider Foundation’s managing director of nuclear policy and non-proliferation, tried to avoid overusing images of mushroom clouds. “They’ve been used in the past to stir up nationalist sentiment and to give you a sense of pride in the accomplishment of having nuclear weapons,” she says.
Pfeiffer agrees: striking footage of nuclear tests can make these weapons and nuclear policy feel abstract and inaccessible. “The sublime, the majesty, the almost religious awe and terror of nuclear weapons — that places it for many of us outside the idea that we can do anything about it,” he says.
The principles of justice define an appropriate path between dogmatism and intolerance on the one side, and a reductionism which regards religion and morality as mere preferences on the other. - John Rawls
Posted 05 April 2018 - 01:17 PM
"We will crush the rebellion with one swift stroke!" ---Wilhuff Tarkin
I'm sorry I couldn't help myself.
"We will soon create intelligences greater than our own. When this happens, human history will have reached a kind of singularity, an intellectual transition as impenetrable as the knotted space-time at the center of a black hole, and the world will pass far beyond our understanding." -Vernor Vinge, 1983
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