Some of Our Weapons Grade Plutonium is Missing

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  1. The Night Funky

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    Oops.
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    Enough to make a dirty bomb.:jayzus:
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    so the university gets a pretty hefty fine for losing one gram of plutonium yet the US Air Force loses track of entire nuclear bombs & entire jets carrying bombs and all we get is a cricket orchestra.
    What a country!
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    Can you make anything out of a gram of plutonium?
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    A dirty bomb. Read the OP, professor. :dayton:
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    I know it says a "dirty bomb" but given that I don't think anyone has ever built or detonated a "dirty bomb" before, I would question just how "dirty" such a small quantity could be used to create.
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    Does John Lithgow have any teenage high school prodigies who may have stolen it for their science fair project and made a nuclear bomb? Just wondering if the eighties are coming true.
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    Let us just say you would not wish to play with it, but others would wish you to play with it.
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    It doesn't matter. People have such a poor understanding of radiation and radioactive materials that all one has to do is set off a bomb with enough radioactive material in it to be noticeable and it'll cause a panic.
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    Got to agree there. You could probably put 1/10000 of a gram of the stuff in a bomb and once the media learned that there was weapons grade plutonium in the bomb they'd blow it out of proportion and the general population in the area would go insane.

    You'd probably have people screaming they've got cancer or other illnesses from the dirty bomb who weren't even close enough to the bomb to be affected by it. The area would probably become a ghost town for a long while.

    The panic would probably cause more problems than the actual bomb itself.

    Reminds me of MIB: A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. - K.

    Hmmmmmm....... I just realized is K. on Wordforge claiming to be a MIB? :mystery:
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    So radiation is sort of like 9/11 where most people would have never knew a thing happened if it was not for tv, but they are all the biggest victims to this day and cry over a bunch of people they never knew in buildings they will never see.
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    The closest I came to knowing anyone killed on 9/11 was one of my sisters coworkers who was squashed by a piece of one of the jet engines and died about a month later.
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    If I had to guess it was probably chunked into bin of other nuclear waste and they just lost the paper trail.
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    Ever notice how you question absolutely everything on the planet....except supernatural claims by bronze age fairy tales?

    Fairy tales, critical faculties fly right out the window.

    Anything real, poof, you're fucking Sherlock Holmes on that shit.
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    When has a "real" dirty bomb ever been built?
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    Luckily, not yet.
    That we know of.
    What's to be incredulous about here?
    Conventional bombs are real, nuclear material is real.
    Terrorists groups have been seeking nuclear materials to make one.
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    Whilst there (thankfully) hasn't been an actual dirty bomb explosion in a terrorist context, Israel has done a few live tests to determine how bad such a scenario might be.
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    Closest thing that I know of was this package of radioactive material buried by Chechen rebels, with the clear implication that they were considering building a dirty bomb.
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    Enough plutonium to make a dirty bomb goes missing, Dayton's response, :shrug:
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  25. Dayton Kitchens

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    Because I'm seriously questioning whether a gram is sufficient.
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    You could poison the fuck out of a shitload of people with it.
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    No, what you do isn't "serious questioning".
    People with serious questions accept the truthful answer.
    You seek to confirm your biases, prejudices, and self-narrative.
    It's very obvious, and very tedious.
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    That assumes a certain level of dispersal. I remember this kind of argument when the Cassini probe was being launched to go to Saturn. A bunch of anti nuclear protestors were up in arms because they said if the rocket with the probe on it exploded during launch the plutonium in Cassini's RTGs could spread out and kill thousands of people.

    On the upside their irrational fears kept most protestors away from KSC on launch day.
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    The fact that one gram of plutonium can do so much damage is concerning especially if ISIS gets their hands on it.
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    Fears about the RTG were unwarranted; the plutonium therein is ceramicized, it's in a ruggedized container buried inside a spacecraft, and, worst case, it would've fallen to the bottom of the ocean wrapped in a lump of debris without being dispersed.

    But a bit of pure plutonium wandering around is potentially a very deadly hazard, and it could be used to do a lot of harm--even unintentionally. Someone messing around with it--and not knowing what it is--could contaminate themselves and everyone around them.
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