Hiroshima Day


Today, Parishioners,

is Hiroshima Day.

The Bombing of Hiroshima

August 6th 1945

From Wikipedia:
After six months of intense fire-bombing of 67 other Japanese cities, followed by an ultimatum which was ignored by the Shōwa regime, the nuclear weapon “Little Boy” was dropped on the city of Hiroshima on Monday, August 6, 1945, followed on August 9 by the detonation of the “Fat Man” nuclear bomb over Nagasaki. These are to date the only attacks with nuclear weapons in the history of warfare.

Al & Bob share a nuclear destruction moment

The bombs killed as many as 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 80,000 in Nagasaki by the end of 1945, roughly half on the days of the bombings. Amongst these, 15–20% died from injuries or the combined effects of flash burns, trauma, and radiation burns, compounded by illness, malnutrition and radiation sickness. Since then, more have died from leukemia (231 observed) and solid cancers (334 observed) attributed to exposure to radiation released by the bombs. In both cities, the majority of the dead were civilians.

14 years old - burned by a nuclear bomb

On May 10–11, 1945 The Target Committee at Los Alamos, led by J. Robert Oppenheimer, recommended Kyoto, Hiroshima, Yokohama, and the arsenal at Kokura as possible targets. The target selection was subject to the following criteria:
• The target was larger than three miles in diameter and was an important target in a large urban area.
• The blast would create effective damage.
• The target was unlikely to be attacked by August 1945. “Any small and strictly military objective should be located in a much larger area subject to blast damage in order to avoid undue risks of the weapon being lost due to bad placing of the bomb.”

Edward fucking Teller - Doctor Strangelove -TRULY! Total Fucking Arsehole

These cities were largely untouched during the nightly bombing raids and the Army Air Force agreed to leave them off the target list so accurate assessment of the weapon could be made. Hiroshima was described as “an important army depot and port of embarkation in the middle of an urban industrial area. It is a good radar target and it is such a size that a large part of the city could be extensively damaged. There are adjacent hills which are likely to produce a focussing effect which would considerably increase the blast damage. Due to rivers it is not a good incendiary target.”

The Atomic Bomb "genbaku" Dome

The radius of total destruction was about one mile (1.6 km), with resulting fires across 4.4 square miles (11 km2). Americans estimated that 4.7 square miles (12 km2) of the city were destroyed. Japanese officials determined that 69% of Hiroshima’s buildings were destroyed and another 6–7% damaged.
70,000 – 80,000 people, or some 30% of the population of Hiroshima were killed immediately, and another 70,000 injured.

I worked in the Hiroshima University Hospital for one year

These are tears



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Le Rev Dr

there is Hope

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  1. We hope Obama’s pilgrim tour – Atomic bomb and Mazda and Puyopuyo san…

    Today is a memrial day of Hiroshima
    There is Peace Memorial museum in Hisoshima. Today I introduce photographs exhibited in this site.
    I choose thing make heart less weak.

    Human Shadow Etched in Stone
    The shadow was left on stone.
    It was the …

    • Don Quixote,

      I was physically sick after leaving The Peace Museum.

      Then I made a couple of cranes

      then went over to The Genbaku Dome to think for a while.

      Black Rain (黒雨) made me cry many times.

      may our Gods forgive us

      Le Rev Dr

  2. At least Oppie recanted (dint he?). On any given evening I could identify several dozen miners in the front bar of the Exchange Hotel in Kalgoorlie who would gleefully – gleefully – use nuclear bombs to blast bigger’n’bigger’n’bigger holes in the ground.

    Some people are seriously dedicated to the design, manufacture and distribution of holes.

  3. Sirs,

    I prefer *our* Oppie by far – the wind whipping past his unshaven shins, navy singlet and boxer-style baggy shorts served to remove the stench of hypocrisy.

    Feynman didn’t think much o him either…

    Still, there is a Badge o’ Honour that comes with being persecuted by by J. Edgar “Taffeta Pants” Hoover…

    Teller, on t’other hand, was a fucking nasty opportunistic arsehole who should’ve been mopped up in Kristallnacht. ‘Twas his idea to blast a fucking big hole in Alaska to make a new harbour… AND THEY AGREED! AMAZING!

    [NOT SURE THIS LINK WORKS:] works now!



    Le Rev Dr

    PS: have the guys twigged to the relationship between digging fucking big holes and the prevalence o earthquakes?

    PPS: were y’invited to Diggers & Dealers this year? That pool table thang last year may’ve been influential…

  4. I *believe* my invite to D&D was lost in the mail. Some years back i infiltrated the PGA annual general by pretending to be a journo, not realising they loathed journos more than even that thing i really do. But i win: their president is called Barry.

    Don’t get me wrong – i myself have some fondness for holes; indeed, i have on occasion dabbled in hole creation, albeit on a minor scale, and i don’t doubt i will again in the future indulge in a little spade- and shovel-work.

    I like to use a Spear & Jackson # 5 stainless spade for my basic digging and follow-up, progressively, with a Cyclone Digging and Shifting Round Mouth – the 280 mm, not the 285 – and then with a Medalist Long Handle Square Mouth Shovel.

    And then i like to drink James Squire Amber Ale and admire my work.

    I long to be given access to high explosives, but alas, it appears this will never be.

    Yours in echo…

  5. Sir,

    I have, o late,
    indulged in a little spadewerk m’seth;
    took a 200 mm Cyclone 642807 Garden Spade
    to a hump (auzm – levelling Endeavour Humps a bit at a time…) left from t’ removal o a previously extant tree

    then went about t’ back yard cutting the throats
    o those loathsome weeds…

    But I digress…

    Pursuant to the subject o’ holes,

    I give unto you

    Operation Chariot

    a 1958 US Atomic Energy Commission proposal to construct an artificial harbor at Cape Thompson on the North Slope of Alaska by burying and detonating a string of nuclear devices.

    [There was] a general atmosphere and attitude that the American people could not be trusted with the uncertainities, and therefore the information was withheld from them. I think there was concern that the American people, given the facts, would not make the right risk-benefit judgments.

    Ntheless, explosives do have their place.

    Common uses for explosives which do not disrupt the lives o Eskimos:

    * Breaking concrete and rock.
    * Removing trees and stumps.
    * De-silting and defoliating dams and drains.
    * Eradicating rabbit warrens.
    * Blowing ditches and trenches.
    * Cutting drums for buckets. [wha?]
    * Blowing post holes.
    * Roadworks and Construction.
    * Steel Hardning and Shapening [sic – somebody is missing fingers!]

    EXPLOSIVES Safe, Effective, Economical.


    Le Rev Dr

  6. Common uses for Eskimos:

    * Breaking concrete and rock.
    * Removing trees and stumps.
    * De-silting and defoliating dams and drains.
    * Eradicating rabbit warrens.
    * Blowing ditches and trenches.
    * Cutting drums for buckets. [wha?]
    * Blowing post holes.
    * Roadworks and Construction.
    * Steel Hardning and Shapening

    ESKIMOES! Safe, Effective, Economical.


    Le Rev Dr

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