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  • 0. Arms are for hugging

    13 31.71%
  • 300. We should be on par with most others

    4 9.76%
  • 500. Not the most, but it sends a clear message.

    1 2.44%
  • 1500. Is plenty

    7 17.07%
  • 5000 or more. We must maintain superiority at all levels.

    16 39.02%
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Thread: How Many?

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    Re: How Many?

    I say we should have 0. In addition to a comment earlier about technology, we should hire a group like "Anonymous" to be on hand. Since everything is going digital, we could use them to hack into other countries systems and affect things like their power, communications, etc. You can't launch a nuke at us if we shut your power down. And when it goes dark, we swoop in and take care of business the old fashioned way.
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    Re: How Many?

    I agree with everyone who said that we should have as many as we need to make sure we remain powerful. There are evil people in the world and only a very naive person would think otherwise. I like feeling safe. I would prefer we keep it that way.

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    Re: How Many?

    I have to agree with Ronald Reagen on this one:

    “We seek the total elimination one day of nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth.”
    Ronald Reagan, Inaugural Address, 1985

    Nonetheless, at our current position, I'm not looking for any major reduction.
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    Re: How Many?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jredbaron96 View Post
    I have to agree with Ronald Reagen on this one:

    “We seek the total elimination one day of nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth.”
    Ronald Reagan, Inaugural Address, 1985

    Nonetheless, at our current position, I'm not looking for any major reduction.

    No nukes in the world would be nice, but with all respects to President Reagan, that is a La-La Land wish that needs to stay with the Lollipop Guild and the Unicorns and other imaginary creatures.


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    Re: How Many?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    No nukes in the world would be nice, but with all respects to President Reagan, that is a La-La Land wish that needs to stay with the Lollipop Guild and the Unicorns and other imaginary creatures.

    How dare you speak negatively of Ronald Reagen.
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    Re: How Many?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jredbaron96 View Post
    How dare you speak negatively of Ronald Reagen.

    Hey, I voted for the man... after four years of Jimmy and the energy crisis and the "Misery Index", Reagan was awesome... but nobody hits a home run every time they swing.

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    Re: How Many?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Hey, I voted for the man... after four years of Jimmy and the energy crisis and the "Misery Index", Reagan was awesome... but nobody hits a home run every time they swing.
    I do.

    I just sometimes also hit the pitcher.


    And the umpire.

    And the crowd, the commentator, the hotdog guy....

    But in all seriousness, yeah, no nukes is something that won't come into reality for a good 500+ years.

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    Re: How Many?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    My personal preference would be swords and bows, but no one has ever had any luck putting a Genie of Technology back into its bottle.


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    Re: How Many?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Despite sensationalized films like Catch22, there is no reason to believe this would be the case, even if every nuke in the world were set off at once.
    It is very safe to assume that if every nuke was set off at once the world would become inhabitable.
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    Re: How Many?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    It is very safe to assume that if every nuke was set off at once the world would become inhabitable.

    Actually it isn't.

    I've studied this subject in depth. Nuclear weapons are powerful, but not nearly so powerful as many people who have not studied their effects assume.

    Also, most nuclear weapons would be used to create "air bursts" to maximize the area of effect... and air bursts do not create fallout.

    Radiation from a standard nuke doesn't last forever. It typically falls off by the formula 7/90%... in 7 hours it falls off 90%, in 7x7=49 hours it falls off another 90% (99% total from original value), in a couple weeks it is down to 1/1000th of its original value.

    Also, the whole "nuclear winter" thing has never been more than a hypothesis that has remained controversial; many scientists and engineers consider it highly improbable. Even if "nuclear winter" occurred, it would not last forever and would not be the end of humanity, let alone life on earth.

    We do not have the power to destroy the earth with nuclear weapons, nor render it uninhabitable. We MIGHT have sufficient nukes to effectively end OUR current cycle of civilization and cause a "reset" with a much-reduced population... even that is questionable however.

    The idea that a nuclear war would exterminate humanity is much over hyped and almost certainly untrue.

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