Hiroshima Day 2011

6/8/11

Hiroshima Day, Parishioners (教区民),

comes ’round again

burned man

and,

once more,

we commemorate

the first use of nuclear power

in the destruction

of Hiroshima

and Nagasaki

and the Parishioners therein.

the tera still stands

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.

Hiroshima Nagasaki victim organs

Organs of Hiroshima & Nagasaki atomic bomb victims removed by the US atomic bomb casualty commission

The Great Hiroshima Cover-up

A *lengthy* and revealing article and some video (c/Boing Boing)

the church still stands

THIS site has some *beautiful* photos!

When the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the city became known worldwide for this unenviable distinction. The destructive power of the bomb was tremendous and obliterated nearly everything within a 2 km radius. One of the few buildings that remained standing afterwards has been preserved; known today as the A-Bomb Dome, it is a monument to the bomb’s dreadful power.

After the war, great efforts were taken to rebuild the city. Predictions that the city would be uninhabitable proved false. Destroyed monuments of Hiroshima’s historical heritage, like Hiroshima Castle and Shukkeien Garden, were reconstructed. In the center of the city a large park was built and given a name that would reflect the aspirations of the re-born city: Peace Memorial Park.


some of the seven rivers of Hiroshima

These days, Parishioners,

Hiroshima is famous for,

among hoka no mono (他のもの, that’s Japanese, ‘Tish!),

its oysters

(ironically, infamous bioaccumulators…)

Pb, Cd, Hg, etc.

‘Special Blessings

to Nagasaki

and all my Japanese Parishioners.

A-bomb Dome in Spring

Hiroshima Day

6/8/9

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

.

.

. . .

Blessings,

Le Rev Dr

there is Hope

Genbaku

10-8-7

That, Parishioners, is Japanese.

The Celestial Bride
has departed

This So-Called Life™
has begun anew

It is dull –

but there are more important things:

The Hiroshima Experiment
Hiroshima – 6 August 1945


Nagasaki – 9 August 1945

Nagasaki - before

Lest We Forget

 

The Atomic bombings of_Hiroshima and Nagasaki

In the history of warfare, nuclear weapons have been used twice, both during the closing days of World War II. The first event occurred on the morning of 6 August 1945, when the United States dropped a uranium gun-type device code-named “Little Boy” on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The second event occurred three days later when, again, the United States dropped a plutonium implosion-type device code-named “Fat Man” on the city of Nagasaki. These bombings resulted in the immediate deaths of around 120,000 people and even more over time.

people melted

 

Plans for more atomic attacks on Japan

The United States expected to have another atomic bomb ready for use in the third week of August, with three more in September and a further three in October. On August 10, Major General Leslie Groves, military director of the Manhattan Project, sent a memorandum to General of the Army George Marshall, Chief of Staff of the United States Army, in which he wrote that “the next bomb . . . should be ready for delivery on the first suitable weather after 17 or 18 August.”

 

On the same day, Marshall endorsed the memo. “The problem now [13 August] is whether or not, assuming the Japanese do not capitulate, to continue dropping them every time one is made and shipped out there or whether to hold them . . . and then pour them all on in a reasonably short time. Not all in one day, but over a short period. And that also takes into consideration the target that we are after. In other words, should we not concentrate on targets that will be of the greatest assistance to an invasion rather than industry, morale, psychology, and the like? Nearer the tactical use rather than other use.”

Nagasaki - after

 

Now let’s spare a though for those hippocrites that made the whole thing possible

Einstein & Oppenheimer

then felt bad…

we who stay at home have our duties to perform

 

 

This guy is in a heap of shit!

A-bombings “couldn’t be helped” – Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma

Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma deserved to resign, survivors said Tuesday

kimono pattern burned into her flesh

 

 

that’s all there is to it…

 

The genbaku Dome

 

I wasn’t there then

 

 

one of the most beautiful buildings in Hiroshima Teh Whirl

 

But I have had a few beers here…

Published in: on August 10, 2007 at 2:42 PM  Comments (2)  

I begin the day with Anger

I begin the day with Anger –

 

how DARE they do this to me?!

 

I sulk

 

and think

 

this ALWAYS happens to me…

***

 

my dreams are in Tokyo;

 

wooden floored bars,

 

a brass rail for my boot

 

Good People.

 

***

 

memories of then

 

are better than now

 

***

 

and now it’s gone

 

 

my dreams are in Tokyo

 

ah; happy again

 

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