reply to post by Kashai
Okay , the devil made me do it . Here's the real reply I should have given .
Most nuclear weapons are smaller and more accurate than they used to be , the days of destroying major cities to get a couple of important factories
hopefully are gone . Don't get me wrong , I KNOW a nuclear war would be a horrific thing despite my earlier smart-mouth reply .
But people forget how spectacularly bad world war 2 was , we wiped out many cities in 1945 before Hiroshima . Four days (I think) before the bombing
of Hiroshima we pretty much erased the city of Toyama , there was just a single building still standing the next day .
I mention that because I seriously believe that world war 3 would have kicked off years ago had it not been for the fact that nuclear weapons suddenly
made total war to costly to make it worth anyone's while .
My entire family worked on the bomb in Nevada during the 1950s , I gotta tell you that I know for a fact that we nuked the hell out of Nevada , my
mother still has an old Atomic Energy Commission ID card from the Nevada Proving Grounds , she has actually witnessed them going off . (I'm pretty
sure a few seconds after detonation since she can still see) Even though I never worked worked there I picked up a fair amount through osmosis and
here's what I know .
The deadlier the radiation the shorter the half-life . After only a few hours it's died off enough to take short bursts of it if there's a better
shelter nearby . After a two or three weeks it's died off enough to get out in it to maybe leave the area . People used to use snow scoops to clear
the fallout from their walkways , some folks used to let their children play outdoors once the radiation levels dropped a little , people didn't know
(or believe) that it could cause chromosomal damage .
In all fairness about half of my family did die of cancer , but not all and that didn't start till the 1970s . So I do not believe that a nuclear war
would cause total destruction and I might even prefer it if cut a five year long all out conventional war down to about a month .
I don't know anything at all about nuclear winter except that we've survived some pretty big volcanic eruptions , it made things inconvenient , but
we made it .
P.S. I'm not going to call ww2 a nuclear war since I don't believe both nukes combined caused even .001% of the total damage , plus it was not a
small war . So I still think my first reply was true .