Long exposure shot of Trinity Test
Trinity Mushroom Cloud
Years later he would explain that another verse had also entered his head at that time: namely, the famous verse:
"I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."
In 1965, he was persuaded to quote again for a television broadcast:
One of the chief perpetrators, the brains behind.....
Where the crime against humanity took place:
The desert sand, largely made of silica, melted and became a mildly radioactive light green glass, which was named trinitite.... At the time of detonation, the surrounding mountains were illuminated "brighter than daytime" for one to two seconds, and the heat was reported as "being as hot as an oven" at the base camp. The observed colors of the illumination changed from purple to green and eventually to white. The roar of the shock wave took 40 seconds to reach the observers. It was felt over 100 miles (160 km) away, and the mushroom cloud reached 7.5 miles (12.1 km) in height.
Ralph Carlisle Smith, watching from Compania Hill, wrote:
In his official report on the test, Farrell (who initially exclaimed, "The long-hairs have let it get away from them!" wrote:
William L. Laurence wrote press releases with the help of the Manhattan Project's public relations staff. He later recalled that
After the initial euphoria of witnessing the explosion had passed, Bainbridge told Oppenheimer, "Now we are all sons of bitches." Rabi noticed Oppenheimer's reaction: "I'll never forget his walk;" Rabi recalled, "I'll never forget the way he stepped out of the car ... his walk was like High Noon... this kind of strut. He had done it."
(Emphasis mine. Bowie's phrase 'The Voyeur of Utter Destruction as Beauty' springs to mind! I mean it must have been pretty spectacular. Spectacularly pretty. Those colours. Yellow, red, purple etc. Pretty without pity.)
The day in question, certainly not an anniversary to celebrate: 16 July 1945. Lamentation called for?
Wrote above verse in 1978, after a trip to New Mexico. It's about the "successful" testing of the first implosion-type plutonium device, of same design as the abominable bomb detonated over Nagasaki, Japan. While there, I read an obituary in the local paper about an ex-employee at White Sands Missile Range. Albuquerque was the nearest I got to the Trinity Test Site, which is listed as one of its local attractions.
It's a short extract from Gone West
More where that came from in The BUM
Other relevant links, which might enhance
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The Doomsday Clock is a symbol that represents the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe. Maintained since 1947 by the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Clock is a metaphor for threats to humanity from unchecked scientific and technical advances. The Clock represents the hypothetical global catastrophe as "midnight" and the Bulletin's opinion on how close the world is to a global catastrophe as a number of "minutes" to midnight, assessed in January of each year. The main factors influencing the Clock are nuclear risk and global warming (climate change.)The Bulletin's Science and Security Board also monitors new developments in the life sciences and technology that could inflict irrevocable harm to humanity.
The Clock's original setting in 1947 was seven minutes to midnight. It has been set backward and forward 24 times since then, the largest-ever number of minutes to midnight being 17 (in 1991), and the smallest 100 seconds (1 minute and 40 seconds) in January 2020.
The clock was set at two minutes to midnight in January 2018, and left unchanged in 2019 due to the twin threats of nuclear weapons and the increasing effects of global warming. On 23 January 2020, it was moved forward to 100 seconds (1 minute 40 seconds) before midnight, based on the increased threats to global stability posed by "a nuclear blunder", exacerbated by the rate of climate change.
They know not what they do
Maybe there's another way?
"Considering the discovery of LSD in the context of other significant discoveries of our time in the medicinal and technical field, one might arrive at the notion that LSD did not come into the world accidentally, but was rather evoked in the scope of some higher plan…... At about the same time nuclear energy became technically usable and the atomic bomb was developed. In comparison to traditional energy sources and weapons, a new dimension of menace and destruction became accessible…. One could make the assumption that this coincidence might not be accidental, but rather was brought on the scene by the "Spirit of the Age." From this perspective the discovery of LSD could hardly be an accident…. One might reflect on a further idea, that LSD might have been predestined by some higher power to arise precisely at the time when the predominance of materialism with all its consequences over the past 100 years was being understood. LSD as an enlightening psycho-pharmakon along the path to a new, spiritual age!
LSD: Completely Personal
Dr. Albert Hofmann.
Speech delivered to the 1996 Worlds of Consciousness Conference
in Heidelberg, Germany, translated from the original German (LSD Ganz Persönlich) by J. Ott
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