October 25, 2011
Bomb Away…

Hints that we may not be total savages after all show up so seldom that they ought to be passed along. So, from the Associated Press and McClatchy:

AMARILLO, Texas – The last of the nation's most powerful nuclear bombs — a weapon hundreds of times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima — is being disassembled nearly half a century after it was put into service at the height of the Cold War.

The final components of the B53 bomb will be broken down Tuesday at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, the nation's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. The completion of the dismantling program is a year ahead of schedule, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, and aligns with President Barack Obama's goal of reducing the number of nuclear weapons…


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at October 25, 2011 09:34 AM
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Good - now let's get after the rest of them. Not later but now.

Posted by: One Fly on October 25, 2011 10:48 AM

I moved to Amarillo once. When I found out that a bombs were assembled there, I walked off of my job and moved to a saner area.

Posted by: Evil is evil on October 27, 2011 2:26 PM

Not so fast. The B-53 is being decommissioned only because we came up with a newer, better version:

http://www.nukestrat.com/us/afn/B61-11.htm

Posted by: on October 27, 2011 10:00 PM

Damn, I should have known better. On the other hand, at least your link confirms my general view of human nature.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on October 28, 2011 11:12 AM
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