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    Re: Neutron Bomb Question

    Ha, found it. Skip ahead to the 4 minute part for the relevant portion.

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    Re: Neutron Bomb Question

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Uh, to produce sufficent quantities of neutrons to have the desired effect as a viable weapon, you need to produce a fission reaction of such size that everyone you're trying to kill with neutron radiation is already vaporized.

    Thus, your weapon idea is self defeating. Also, that's one of the (many) reasons why neutron bombs never were feasibly built.

    Not so much.


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    "On Friday, September 24, 2004, British police arrested 4 suspects for allegedly trying to purchase a 'highly powerful, radioactive material, originally made in Russia, know as' Red Mercury'.

    These four supposedly were willing to pay $ 541,000 a kilogram, on behalf of a Saudi Arabian, (described as sympathetic to the Muslim cause'), whose name was not disclosed.

    "The News of the World said that the material was developed by Soviet scientists during the Cold War for making briefcase nuclear bombs that could kill people within a few city blocks."

    Sam Cohen, the physicist who invented the neutron bomb, sheds a little more light on the destructive power of red mercury. As quoted from a June 15, 1997 interview with neutron bomb inventor Sam Cohen
    article by Christopher Ruddy of the Tribune-Review, it states:

    'Most frightening for Cohen is the relative ease by which neutron bombs can be created with a substance called red mercury. Red mercury is a compound containing mercury that has undergone irradiation. When exploded, it creates tremendous heat and pressure - the same type needed to trigger a fusion device such as a mini-neutron bomb.

    Before, an obstacle to creating a nuclear bomb was the need for plutonium, which when exploded could create a fusion reaction in hydrogen atoms. But red mercury has changed that. The cheap substance has been produced in Russia, Cohen said, and shipped on the black market throughout the world.

    Cohen said that when UN inspectors went to Iraq to examine the Iraqi's nuclear weapons capabilities, the U.N. team found documents showing that they had purchased quantities of red mercury. The material means that a neutron bomb can be built "the size of a baseball" but able to kill everyone within several square blocks." "
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    Re: Neutron Bomb Question

    Quote Originally Posted by akyron View Post
    Not so much.
    Seriously? You're going to have to provide a much more credible (and scientifically accurate) site.

    Furthermore, it appears that Red Mercury is nothing more than red dyes used by counter terrorist groups to essentially entrap potential terrorists.

    [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_mercury]Red mercury - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
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    Re: Neutron Bomb Question

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Seriously? You're going to have to provide a much more credible (and scientifically accurate) site.

    Furthermore, it appears that Red Mercury is nothing more than red dyes used by counter terrorist groups to essentially entrap potential terrorists.

    Red mercury - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    I saw that. Its a lot of back and forth.


    Dispelling the myths about Red Mercury

    "That the red mercury fusion device is not a scam has been confirmed by responsible British investigators. One, Dr. Frank Barnaby, a veteran nuclear weapon designer, secretly interviewed knowledgeable Russian scientists. These scientists confirmed to him the existence of red mercury and its great significance.
    The professed Los Alamos skepticism was hardly sincere in view of an intensive investigation of such explosives mounted at Los Alamos during the 1990s. The nature (and very high level of security classification) of the investigation belied claims of its being only a half-baked scam. The subject was so serious at Los Alamos that discussions of ballotechnics were held in their highly secure Aztec SCIF (Special Compartmented Intelligence Facility). "


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    Re: Neutron Bomb Question

    Quote Originally Posted by akyron View Post
    I saw that. Its a lot of back and forth.
    C'mon. If this was legit, why isn't there anything reputable on it?

    Furthermore, do you have anything by Dr. Frank Barnaby himself rather than someone else saying he did it?

    Not to mention trusting the Russians during the 1990s was generally a bad idea.
    And your own article shows that the substance was a fraud which appeared to be nothing more than a get rich quick Kremlin scheme.

    This whole thing looks like something the Russians concocted to make money. Physics based, it doesn't make much sense at all.
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    Re: Neutron Bomb Question

    Seems pretty inefficient. There are much better ways to achieve any of the same objectives.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    So you support the government doing whatever it wants, and just not telling the people? Interesting idea....
    Not anything it wants, but for the most part - of course. You don't actually think that the government should tell the public everything it does, do you?
    People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

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    Re: Neutron Bomb Question

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    China and the U.S. are unlikely to ever be able to invade each other. The logistics involved supported an army thousands of miles from home is incredible. I doubt either country could gain such a vast advantage over the other to make some sort of an Invasion possible.
    The Great Swim Forward?

    The notion that China can actually pull off an invasion of the US is pretty insane as you pointed out. Especially since they'd have no friendly support bases like we do in the Middle East and Europe.

    Plus, what's scarecrow's fascination with numbers?

    Numbers alone, as Sun Tzu teaches, confer no advantage.
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    Re: Neutron Bomb Question

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Seems pretty inefficient. There are much better ways to achieve any of the same objectives.



    Not anything it wants, but for the most part - of course. You don't actually think that the government should tell the public everything it does, do you?
    The vast majority, yes.

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    Re: Neutron Bomb Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    The vast majority, yes.
    As long as you believe you're being told "the vast majority" of what's going on, it doesn't matter if you actually are being told.

    Now be a good little citizen and go back to work.

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    Re: Neutron Bomb Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    As long as you believe you're being told "the vast majority" of what's going on, it doesn't matter if you actually are being told.

    Now be a good little citizen and go back to work.
    I don't believe we are told the vast majority though~

    And I am laid off work currently. Damn auto industry....

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