Donald Trump sends a tweet about the U.S. nuclear capability
Pretty Scary

Donald Trump has sent a tweet stating:

"The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes."

Picture - The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 rose some 11 miles (18 km) above the bomb's hypocenter.

OMG....can you believe this? Is it me? Am I too old school? Seems to me that tweeting should be relegated to high school students, making last minute plan changes with friends, or to those who simply have a lot of free time on their hands. The fact that the president of the United States of America is sending these "thoughts" without any regard to possible consequences is scary to say the least. A tweet, such as the one he sent, could easily throw the world into an arms race. Maybe this is simply political posturing on his part, but it still does not diminish the impact his words have on the governments around the world.
High Cost

Nuclear weapons and materials degrade over time, and as such, need to be constantly maintained, with costs totaling in the billions of dollars annually. Not to mention the costs to develop new bombs and the missiles, and other means, needed to carry these weapons of mass destruction to their final destination on some unsuspecting country.

Picture - Burns visible on a woman in Hiroshima from the blast.

The money for all of this will come from taxpayers like you, who will soon see major spending cuts in education and health services once "The Donald" takes office in January. Is this where you want to see your money going? TO BUILD MORE BOMBS.
Global Impact

Really sad to think this is the only solution world leaders can find.

Picture - A photograph of Sumiteru Taniguchi's back injuries taken in January 1946.

Instead of advancing humanity in a peaceful and cooperative direction, people like Donald Trump seek to exacerbate an already hostile world motivated by power and greed. Hey Donald, why not try REDUCING the number of nuclear bombs and get other countries to follow suit. There are much better places where all of that money could be spent.

What can be done about this problem threatening all of humanity?

Picture - Atomic bomb mushroom clouds over Hiroshima (left) and Nagasaki (right).

There are several groups in the United States and worldwide who support the reduction, not only of nuclear weapons, but the use of nuclear power as an energy resource. A few of these are listed here, and if you really want to make some changes, then contact them, and see what they recommend.
  • Global Zero - A world without nuclear weapons - Global Zero is a term in the literature of arms control that refers to the worldwide elimination of a weapons system, especially nuclear weapons or a particular class of nuclear weapons.
  • The Atom Project - Abolish Testing Our Mission - The ATOM Project is an international campaign by the Nazarbayev Center of Kazakhstan. The primary goal of the campaign is to build international support for the abolishment of nuclear testing. ATOM stands for "Abolish Testing. Our Mission." The goal is to achieve in force the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty through online petitions and other methods.
  • ican - international campaign to abolish nuclear weapons - The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in around 100 countries advocating the negotiation of a nuclear-weapon-ban treaty. The campaign has worked to reframe public and diplomatic debates on nuclear weapons to place the focus on their humanitarian and environmental impacts, rather than abstract notions of deterrence and strategic stability.
  • UNODA - United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs - The UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) is an Office of the United Nations Secretariat established in January 1998 as the Department for Disarmament Affairs, part of the then United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's plan to reform the UN as presented in his report to the General Assembly in July 1997. Its goal is to promote nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation and the strengthening of the disarmament regimes in respect to other weapons of mass destruction, chemical and biological weapons. It also promotes disarmament efforts in the area of conventional weapons, especially landmines and small arms, which are often the weapons of choice in contemporary conflicts.
  • Anti-nuclear organizations - A comprehensive list of groups pushing for the abolition of weapons of mass destruction.
Did You Know?
  • The United States alone has enough in its nuclear arsenal to destroy the world at least five times over, and this is a conservative estimate, with some claiming the figure could be closer to 50 times over? And this is only the U.S.
  • In Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, a tremendous firestorm developed within 20 minutes after detonation and destroyed many more buildings and homes, built out of predominantly 'flimsy' wooden materials. A firestorm has gale-force winds blowing in towards the center of the fire from all points of the compass.
  • There are two types of eye injuries from the thermal radiation of a weapon:
  • Flash blindness is caused by the initial brilliant flash of light produced by the nuclear detonation. More light energy is received on the retina than can be tolerated, but less than is required for irreversible injury. The retina is particularly susceptible to visible and short wavelength infrared light, since this part of the electromagnetic spectrum is focused by the lens on the retina. The result is bleaching of the visual pigments and temporary blindness for up to 40 minutes.
  • A retinal burn resulting in permanent damage from scarring is also caused by the concentration of direct thermal energy on the retina by the lens. It will occur only when the fireball is actually in the individual's field of vision and would be a relatively uncommon injury. Retinal burns may be sustained at considerable distances from the explosion. The height of burst, and apparent size of the fireball, a function of yield and range will determine the degree and extent of retinal scarring. A scar in the central visual field would be more debilitating. Generally, a limited visual field defect, which will be barely noticeable, is all that is likely to occur.
  • The physical-damage mechanisms of a nuclear weapon (blast and thermal radiation) are identical to those of conventional explosives, but the energy produced by a nuclear explosive is millions of times more powerful per gram and the temperatures reached are briefly in the tens of millions of degrees.
  • Most of the material damage caused by a nuclear air burst is caused by a combination of the high static overpressures and the blast winds. The long compression of the blast wave weakens structures, which are then torn apart by the blast winds. The compression, vacuum and drag phases together may last several seconds or longer, and exert forces many times greater than the strongest hurricane. Acting on the human body, the shock waves cause pressure waves through the tissues. These waves mostly damage junctions between tissues of different densities (bone and muscle) or the interface between tissue and air. Lungs and the abdominal cavity, which contain air, are particularly injured. The damage causes severe hemorrhaging or air embolisms, either of which can be rapidly fatal. The overpressure estimated to damage lungs is about 70 kPa. Some eardrums would probably rupture around 22 kPa (0.2 atm) and half would rupture between 90 and 130 kPa (0.9 to 1.2 atm).
  • After the nuclear bombs were dropped on Japan, an unknown person sitting outside, fully exposed, on the steps of the Sumitomo Bank, next door to the Bank of Japan, received lethal third degree burns and was then likely killed by the blast, in that order, within two seconds.
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