The heat pulse at 300 miles above the atmosphere wouldn't affect the ground because there's no air to carry it. But according to Richard Rhodes in "The Making of an Atomic Bomb" within a few thousandths of a second, the blast wave cools to only a couple of hundred thousand degrees. The rest of the energy turns into high energy gamma rays and x-rays. It's the gamma rays that interact with the air as well as the magnetic field to produce the effect.
Here's a quote from this fascinating website:
An electromagnetic pulse starts with a short, intense burst of gamma rays produced from nuclear detonation. The gamma rays interact with the atoms in air molecules through a process called the Compton effect, wherein electrons are scattered at high energies, thus ionizing the atmosphere and generating a powerful electrical field.
Also somewhere on that site I read that the shape of the EMP is umbrella like as it follows the magnetic field of the earth. I don't think the folks in Kansas would be spared.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 6.12.2005 @ 12:58
I agree 100%. I was only pointing out the political reality not my personal opinion. The fact is that the economics of building a nuclear power plant - something like $2 billion - along with the inevitable avalanche of litigation against the power companies is what is putting the kibosh on nuclear power at the moment.
By all means, lets build them and build them as fast as we can. But there must be a titanic change in the political culture before that can occurr.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 29.11.2005 @ 18:26
First, this "college" has been in existence since 2000. It was created to serve radical fundamentalist home schoolers. It has failed to receive proper accreditation several times - not because of its religious slant but because anyone school that teaches the world was created in 6 24-hour days is a disgrace to American education.
As for his personal views, in 2002, Bush named Bonicelli, along with former Vatican advisor John Klink and Janice Crouse of the ultra-conservative Concerned Women for America, to a U.N. delegation to promote biblical values in U.S. foreign policy. Nothing wrong with biblical values in general but it would be national suicide to "turn the other cheeck" to al Qaeda. And if you're not going to promote all values in the Bible, you leave yourself wide open to charges of hypocrisy. Not to mention that it is not the job of the State Department to promote biblical values but rather to represent American interests - period.
Anyone who holds such views does not belong in the State Department.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 29.11.2005 @ 04:17
Your comment was deleted because it was so off topic as to be laughable.
If you want to write about something else, get your own damn blog.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 24.11.2005 @ 13:48
Laughed out loud at that one.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 14.11.2005 @ 19:52
To be so blinded by hate and outright ignorance, I pity you. Every single point you made has been refuted several times, including bipartisan committees in Congress, the 9/11 Commission, the Duelfur Report, and the Butler Commission in Great Britain.
To persist in believing in these fantasies takes an extra special dose of delusional thinking...something historians will wonder about 100 years from now when studying the irrational fantasists who oppose Bush now.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 12.11.2005 @ 11:54
Although not on the post, my cite for the "largest battle" quote is Stokesbury "A Short History of World War I."
While you are correct about casualties at Stalingrad, the fact is that more than 5.5 million French soldiers fought at Verdun during the 11 month battle as well as nearly 4 million Germans. Those numbers dwarf the combined armies of Generals Paulus and Chuikov by several million.
I suppose it depends on what you mean by "largest."Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 11.11.2005 @ 10:02
John Kerry made a trip to Paris to meet with the enemies of the United States who were killing our soldiers on the field of battle. He coordinated the efforts of his VVAW group with the propoganda efforts of the North Vietnamese - all while wearing the uniform of his country and while on active duty.
If there is another definition of "traitorous" I haven't heard it.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 9.11.2005 @ 17:13
Anyone who can write with authority about nanotechnology and shaving blades on the same day is closer to Dante than a cuckoo clock.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 4.11.2005 @ 14:10
Deag & Tony:
That rant by Ahmadinejad was the tipoff. It was absolutely shocking. I've seen attempts to downplay it (especially in an OpEd in today's NY Times) but the words and meaning were unmistakable. Iran means to destroy Israel and they are daring the Israelis to try and take out their nuke capability.
I don't see how you can interpret it any other way. And I'm sure the Israelis don't. After all, they can't afford to.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 3.11.2005 @ 09:37
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