Walter, thanks for the link about Iran's nuclear capability. It really does give the lie to the tired old story that this war is all about Saddam's WMD. Iran is clearly further down the track to developing atomic weapons than Iraq. Korea not only has nuclear weapons but ballistic missiles able to deliver them to the W coast of the USA.
On the other hand perhaps Bush will attack Iran next. Or Korea. Or Syria. In fact you could probably get some good prices. Here's my book for what its worth.
The G W Bush Global World War Stakes (10 yr handicap chase)
N Korea 2:1
Rest of the world, 20:1 bar these.
(Gelisgesti told me a few years ago how to tell men from women posters, and I thought I had it down pretty well. )
Typical woman blaming it on someone else
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Of the two types of nukes we dropped on Japan, one was considered so simple that it did not require a test detonation. The other one required a test out at Trinity.
I think it was the Fat Man bomb that required testing and the Little Boy did not. As I recall one bomb was detonated shotgun style by shooting the two halves of uranium together to achieve critical mass. That was simple.
It was more like firing 1/3 into 2/3.
The other method of achieving critical mass was by surrounding the two halves of the uranium sphere with shaped explosive charges, all of which had to detonate within nanoseconds of each other to detonate the weapon. That was considered tricky enough to require testing.
The sphere was not in halves. The explosives compressed a "whole" sphere. Also, the first implosion bombs used plutonium.
Tantor, I worked with nukes in the US Air Force back in the late fifties. You seem to know your stuff. They even have one displayed at the Smithonian in Washington DC. Back then, we were not allowed to talk about them in public - only in our "secured" area.
The best , apt, succinct statment I had read in Able 2Knowforum. Iraq is 10000000 times better to die than the never-ending DREAMY HEAVEN.