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The term dirty bomb is primarily used to refer to a Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD), a radiological weapon which combines radioactive material with conventional explosives. Though an RDD is designed to disperse radioactive material over a large area, the conventional explosive would likely have more immediate lethal effect than the radioactive material. At levels created from most probable sources, not enough radiation would be present to cause severe illness or death. A test explosion and subsequent calculations done by the United States Department of Energy found that assuming nothing is done to clean up the affected area and everyone stays in the affected area for 1 year, the radiation exposure would be "fairly high". However, recent analysis of the Chernobyl fallout seems to show that many people in the surrounding area (although not those in close proximity) were hardly affected.
Bad Guy of the Week: Semion Mogilevich
January 03, 2007
the latest on Mogilevich suggests he and his pals may be bigger than ever.
Now 60, Mogilevich is under scrutiny (free preview available) by the U.S. Justice Department for his role in billion-dollar natural gas deals involving Russia and Ukraine, law enforcement officials confirm. His involvement is raising alarm among Russia watchers here in Washington, already worried over Moscow's growing use of energy as a political weapon against gas-hungry Europe and former Soviet states. Even putting the political stakes aside, the prospect of "the world's most dangerous mobster" reaping windfalls in the energy biz is worrisome at best.
After being targeted by an FBI task force, the reputed mob boss fled Budapest for Moscow, where he's lived comfortably for yearsâand where Russian officials show no interest in handing him over.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
they would have had be constantly maintained to just keep them viable due to the natural breakdown of the fissile material.