Saturday, April 22, 2006

A Bomb Goes Off in June

Test Date: June 2, 2006
Where: Area 16, Nevada
Attack Date: Ask the Pentagon and President Bush
Where: A Desert Nation Near You

I heard about this upcoming test blast while listening to the Randi Rhodes show the other day. A few days later, a fellow poster on a private board posted some information on it, so I decided to take a further look.

In order to measure the efficacy of nuclear devices to destroy underground weapons holds and sites, the U.S. will test a large-scale explosive device deep underground in the Nevada desert on June 2, 2006. The Nevada site was chosen over two other sites due to its underground limestone deposits, which, according to the full details reported to the State of Nevada, most closely resemble the underground deposits of certain places that we're likely to use an underground nuclear device on. The test bomb itself is going to be
"... up to 700-tons (635-metric tons) of heavy ammonium nitrate oil emulsion (also known as heavy ANFO) ... in addition to the ANFO, up to 300 pounds (136 kilograms) of C-4 exlosive would be used to initiate detonation ..."
In other words, that's a big boom. At the end of it, expect a giant hole, lots of dead snakes, birds and underground critters; radiation, and a ton of research to perfect a bomb that could destroy underground weapons holds in Iran and other places. Oh, and start WWIII as well.

I'm a bit confused about why they've named it Divine "Strake," as from what I can tell of the word, it's a "single continuous line of planking or metal plating extending on a vessel's hull from stem to stern." [See the black and white picture at the top of this post.] What, pray tell, is so divine about that? Wikipedia expands on the definition a bit, only in that strakes have been placed on aircraft as well. Although it's probably safe to say that the definition they had in mind was "a tool made of metal or wood for levelling a bed of sand." In other words, it's a God-inspired test weapon to level a bed of sand and limestone in a desert nation that may or may not have nuclear weapons, which, if they do have nuclear weapons, will go boom when the God-inspired sand leveler goes boom and which, if they don't have nuclear weapons, will have us issuing one hell of an apology in the aftermath of the big boom.

Lovely, but that's just what I came up with. NPR explains how the name Divine Strake came about (or tries to), and how code names are developed in general.

Read all about the test site, the detonation, previous such detonations, and all the other details regarding rationale, how loud the explosion will be and earth and animal destruction here:

E2006-222 DEA for a large-scale open-air explosive detonation "DIVINE STRAKE" at the Nevada Test Site.

More folks are talking seriously about the test and what the results may be used for in the following links:

Now, if you really want to stir up some controversy, check out the proposed multi-year permit plans for the annual Burning Man festival.
E2006-230 EA for multi-year permit for the Burning Man event on Public lands in the Black Rock Desert. - Comments due: 1/25/2006 (Too late for you...)

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