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Quote of the Day - All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk. - Ronald Reagan
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Duck-and-Cover, Mushroom Clouds And Nuclear Fallout: Welcome To ... 1950 ... er, 2006

You may have thought explosions that create mushroom clouds are a thing of the past, back when we practiced duck-and-cover drills to protect ourselves from nuclear blasts, as if the drills would do any good.  Back in the 1950's when I was born (well, the very late fifties, if you need to know), nuclear power was a bit of a novelty.  Now, it's just another page on the internet.

You may not have known that the US goverment was exploding nuclear bombs just north of Las Vegas, Nevada as recently as 1992, but if you did, then now you know why that city glows at night.  It may not be just the Hoover Dam that provides the power for all of those lights.  As if it didn't get enough, the government wants to create another mushroom cloud next month, this time about 85 miles north of Vegas, using a 700-ton ammonium nitrate and fuel oil bomb.  The blast is expected to create a 10,000 foot-high mushroom cloud and a shock wave that is expected to travel about 35 miles. 

The shock wave has already hit, however.  The Winnemucca Indian Colony and others who live downwind from the anticipated blast filed a federal suit to block the non-nuclear blast, arguing that they didn't get the opportunity to submit public comments.  The group also claims the blast will pick up and carry nuclear fallout from the desert floor to their homes.

The federal Defense Threat Reduction Agency, who created this bomb, voluntarily delayed the blast.  The DTRA says the blast will provide data to create a "bunker buster" bomb. 

Gives a whole new meaning to the warm and fuzzy term of Homeland Security, doesn't it?

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