Fearsome, awesome video of old underwater nuclear test

A fearsome and awe-invoking video of an old underwater nuclear test in 1958.

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  • HeartlandLiberal

    Just google and ask about the cancer rates in the Marshall Islands and elsewhere where we tested these bombs in the early fifties. Staggering. In 1990, Congress finally passed legislation aimed at helping those affected by the cancers from the fallout.

    The first thing I thought of when seeing those men, wearing no shirts, no goggles, blithely having such a good time, was to wonder just how many decades later they all began dying from various forms of cancer.

    To understand the psychology and get the flavor of the era, if you have never seen it, find and watch the movie “Atomic Cafe”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Atomic_Cafe

    I am from the generation that vividly remembers those halcyon school days, when we got to watch great educational films like the “Duck and Cover” series, which, again, if you have missed, you need to watch to understand the paranoia instilled in a whole generation of children. Aside from the paranoia, the hilarious useless advice. Should have been more like duck and kiss your a** goodbye.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKqXu-5jw60

  • SF99

    Over 1,000 above-ground atomic tests in the U.S. alone.
    And people wonder why the cancer rate is so high.
    Add to that the radiation released from the nuclear meltdowns at Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima.
    And did you know that nuclear power plants release radiation during their daily operations??
    Learn more at the highly recommended site www ENENEWS com

  • Indigo

    That me smile. It brought back memories of those films we saw in high school, I was a Junior in high school that year, that showed how our government was testing nuclear bombs in land, sea, and air. We were ready for the Reds to nuke us and invade and we knew we were all going to die. It didn’t happen. But they warped us pretty good. But be not afraid, worse has happened since then and now we’re caught up in a vast, non-nuclear conflict that warps from one place to another without any clear signal of why we’re shooting, but we’re shooting anyhow. They did know about nuclear radiation, they didn’t care.

  • BillFromDover

    Had these people not heard of something called nuclear radiation back then?

    And standing around watching wave height before deciding to climb a tree; insane!

    And ya got any idea how much one could get for scrap metal outta that ship they sunk?

    What kinda of test was this; one in idiocy?

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    My thoughts exactly.

  • keirmeister

    I think this video may have been included in the “Trinity and Beyond” film (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114728/). Check this out for more nuclear test footage. It’s both frightening and beautiful in a twisted way.

  • pappyvet

    Agreed,what we have done and are doing to our planet is madness.
    So far human greenhouse gas emissions have raised the temperature of the planet by one degree Celsius.
    “Oceans are 30 per cent more acidic than they were 40 years ago. The atmosphere is four per cent more wet than 40 years ago because warm air holds more water than cold air. That means more deluge and downpour in wet areas and more dryness in dry areas. So we’re seeing more destructive mega floods and storms, increasing thunderstorms, and increasing lightning strikes.”
    Bill McKibben, world renowned environmentalist and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    Who needs atomics? It’s insane

  • Monoceros Forth

    We’ll meet again / Don’t know where / Don’t know wheeen…

    This may not be the most popular thing to say where but I think there can be a strange beauty to these things, like watching an avalanche or a volcanic explosion in progress. Indeed these are forces of tremendous power…being expended on nothing better than making a big boom. “War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable…” In all probability this nuclear test accomplished all three of those things.

  • cole3244

    underwater or underground, we are too shortsighted to imagine the damage we are doing but we will sooner or later.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Great googly-moogly, we hairless hominids are an incredibly stupid, short-sighted and self-destructive species…

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