Technically I am not an engineer, so about the internal working of fission I can only believe one or the other.
Hi Emma, I appreciate that not everyone has the background necessary to read materials on this topic skeptically. Please don't be offended by what I have to say.
Maybe I'd be more effective as a "people person" if I spent more time praising, agreeing and amplifying on some of your other threads, rather than debating with you about this question. All in good fun, right?
I myself was an electronics engineer & cognitive psychologist, so my exposure to nuclear engineering was limited. I had one undergraduate class on nuclear particle physics, and I toured the lab where my school had an experimental nuclear reactor. It's hard for me to believe that all my professors and fellow students were completely faking all that science and technology, experimentally demonstrated right on campus.
Galen Winsor is a nuclear physicist of renown who worked at, and helped design, nuclear power plants in Hanford, WA; Oak Ridge, TN; Morris, IL, San Jose, CA; Wimington, NJ.
Here's a line-by-line rebuttal of Winsor's "Nuclear Scare Scam" video. But, I do agree that lay people often have an exaggerated fear of nuclear radiation. The effects are actually fairly well known, though there's some controversy about the effects of very low doses.
However, how do you explain, Jerry, that only two nuclear bombs were supposedly exploded in war, in populated areas? Then nothing more since 1945.
In the years after 1945, the world recovered slowly from the war, and nuclear stockpiles were built slowly. By the time the US had enough bombs to credibly destroy Russia (the primary cold war enemy), they also had the ability to retaliate.
No sane person would want to invite a nuclear retaliation against their own country. Up until now, we have had the good fortune that the US and Russia and other major nuclear powers, have been ruled by individuals with a basic grip on reality.
Also, why no accident whatsoever, no bomb accidentaly dropped or exploded, in transporting these enourmous quantities of atomic bombs, in all these years, as Anders Bjorkman's noticed?
This is a very good point. There have been accidental bomb drops and other incidents in transportation, but no nuclear detonations. Daniel Ellsberg in "The Doomsday Machine" said the situation is downright miraculous. But I don't believe in miracles.
I can only say that any responsible engineering team would work harder on safety devices, and put in more layers of redundant protection against accidental detonation, than any other technological artifact on the planet. And that persons working with these devices would similarly be more motivated to prevent accidents, than any other technology.
And for all that, maybe we've been extraordinarily lucky. It seems conceivable to me, that we've been that careful, and that lucky.
Only test blasts on faraway, isolated sites that can easily be made up?
Where else would you test?
How long do these bombs need to be tested, if they already worked on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
Modern designs are very different from Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. Much smaller, much lighter, more versatile, more powerful. Engineers are not miracle workers, they seldom get things perfectly right the first time. Also, as bombs get to be 10 to 50 years old, they need to be tested to identify everything that might have deteriorated over time.
Tests are still going on underground all the time. Anybody with a seismometer can verify.
If you had a bomb that worked wouldn't you use it ?!?
No, I am not an insane psychopath. But then again, I am not a world leader.
Trump reportedly asked this question. Hopefully somebody has explained the answer.
Do you know that (fake) extraterrestrials through their "contactees" have been saying since 1945 that they have been preventing more atomic bombs to explode on populated areas? If no more bombs have been exploded since then it's because the good extraterrestrial fleet supervising our sector of space have defused all of them when earthlings were planning to use them. That's why spaceships are usually seen around military bases cointaining nuclear bombs. Militaries working there have repeatedly admitted the presence of spaceships.
I hadn't heard that, but it sounds like a great cover story. Maybe some alleged nuclear facilities don't actually have any weapons. It would be a good way to keep the accident rate down.
They are not going to allow it, and when the first atomic bombs will be exploded again during WWIII they will intervene defusing all bombs, this way stopping the war (after that the "alien Jesus" will appear in the sky with his spaceships and will be acclaimed as our saviour, only to reveal himself later as a deadly dictator).
If indeed nuclear weapons are exploded during WWIII, I certainly hope that this story of Space Jesus puts a stop to the exchange. I personally would say a prayer of thanks to Space Jesus for this, before I get started exposing him as a deadly dictator.
Isn't it quite a coincidence that the atomic bomb appeared when fake extraterrestrials appeared?
Isn't it quite a coincidence that the delay in exploding more bombs perfectly fit the fake story told by the fake extraterrestrials?
Even if not a coincidence, you haven't established which is the cause, and which is the effect. Maybe fake extraterrestrials were invented as a response to real bombs.
Isn't it quite a coincidence that the explosion of more atomic bombs will allow the elite to stage the coming of the Antichrist and provide the pretext for him to be accepted as our saviour?
Wait a minute. How can you make the "no coincidence" argument about something that hasn't even happened yet?
Do we need real atomic bombs for the plan and the use designed for these bombs?
You might be right about this. People are so gullible, they will believe almost anything. Will it be sufficient for propaganda effect, to post some pictures of fake bombs, or maybe even carpet bomb a real city? That's the claim for Hiroshima, but I don't think the Japanese were so gullible back then.
If they are real, will their creators be happy about the extremely limited use that has been and will be made of them?
True confession. My dad actually worked on the Minuteman ICBM missile for nuclear warhead delivery. He's very happy that it was never used.
Will all the public money poured in the research and fabrication of these arsenal have been intelligently spent?
If you ask me, it's been a gigantic, tragic waste. But there was a method to the madness, in that aerospace corporations and their owners and executives have feasted greatly at the public trough.
And let me ask you: if all those scientists and engineers and technicians and manufacturing facilities have not been making nuclear weapons, what have they been doing instead with all that time and treasure??
If these bombs have such enourmous power to destroy human lives, wouldn't have it been wiser to devise another plan and use them in war, to kill as many people they wanted, since they want to reduce us in numbers? A saviour could have come later, like the Americans went to Europe after Hitler had done enough casualties in war.
I think there may be a faction of the elite that want population reduction, but IMO there's also a faction that enjoys the opportunity to enrich themselves by skimming from the output of such a huge number of people.
If there is a population reduction plan, I would think "they" would prefer to use a method that didn't cause so much radiation poisoning, and without such danger of "nuclear winter" climate change.