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Saturday, December 02, 2017

Trump may have ended Nork's nukes program

On October 10, an earthquake struck North Korea's underground nuclear program, killing 200 workers.

Today, another earthquake struck.

Evidence shows that this may be the result of the Rods from God program -- a tungsten rod fired to Earth from space.



National Enquirer graphic.

'Tis an Air Force weapon. The technology goes back half a century to Vietnam. Steel rods were fired from airplanes into the jungle below.

From Business Insider:
The idea is like shooting bullets at a target, except instead of losing velocity as it travels, the projectile is gaining velocity and energy that will be expended on impact. They were shotgunning a large swath of jungle, raining bullet-size death at high speeds.
That's how Project Thor came to be.
Instead of hundreds of small projectiles from a few thousand feet, Thor used a large projectile from a few thousand miles above the Earth. The "rods from god" idea was a bundle of telephone-pole-size (20 feet long, 1 foot in diameter) tungsten rods, dropped from orbit, reaching a speed of up to 10 times the speed of sound.
Why tungsten? That's what we use to make the coils in incandescent lamps. The element can withstand the heat. It melts at 6192 °F, steel at 2500 °F.

From Task and Purpose:
In 2013, the U.S. Air Force 846th Test Squadron and civilian researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory successfully test-fired a kinetic energy projectile, a tungsten-rich shell moving at 3,500 feet-per-second — more than three times faster than the speed of sound — on a specialized track at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. More recently, the Pentagon has tested the Navy electromagnetic rail gun’s hypervelocity projectiles with the help of conventional U.S. Army howitzers; the Navy hopes the completed cannon will be able to launch shells at up to 4,500 mph, six times the speed of sound. 
So we have that weapon.

And while it could not cause an earthquake per se, it could do such damage.

Business Insider estimated the cost per rod at $230 million -- or what 230 cruise missiles would cost.

Would we? Oh hell yeah.

From the Activist Post on September 21:
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted at using a kinetic weapon on Tuesday while discussing tensions with North Korea when he made a Freudian slip.
Mattis was asked whether there was “any military option the US can take with North Korea that would not put Seoul at grave risk,” Mattis responded, “Yes, there are, but I will not go into details.”
Later during the press conference, another reporter questioned Mattis and caught him off-guard:
“Just to clarify, you said that there were possible military options that would not create a grave risk to Seoul,” a reporter asked. “Are we talking kinetic options as well?”
“Yes, I don’t want to go into that,” Mattis responded.
Rods from God are a kinetic weapon.

Taking out nuke mountain would not affect Seoul.

Which leads to this report from the Express:
NORTH Korea has been rocked by an earthquake close to where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, according to South Korea’s Weather Bureau and Geological Society.
The micro-quake occurred about 1.7 miles northeast of the Punggye-ri nuclear site in the country's northeastern province of North Hamgyong, the Korea Meteorological Administration said on its website.
"The quake is a natural one and it is believed to have occurred in the aftermath of the sixth nuclear test", it said.
Minor tremors have been detected at the site since the North carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test underground in September, damaging geological structures in the area.
An official of the Korea Meteorological Administration said: "Kilju is a rocky area where natural earthquakes normally do not occur.
“However, the quake could have been caused by geological changes created from the recent nuclear explosion.“
So the Norks could also have done this to themselves.

Don't look for Mattis to clarify matters.

He's no fool.

Meanwhile, there is this from the Washington Examiner:
Six of the most advanced American stealth fighter jets arrived in South Korea on Saturday for a new round of war games aimed at North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program, according to local reports.
The Defense Department sent the F-22 Raptors to participate in a four-day joint military exercise in South Korea. The games are taking place just days after North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that appears capable of reaching the eastern seaboard of the U.S.
“It will be the first time for six F-22 stealth fighter planes to fly over South Korea at one time,” according to Yonhap News Agency. “The U.S. also plans to send F-35A and F-35B stealth jets, F-16C fighter planes and others including an unspecified number of B-1B bombers. The South Korean Air Force will dispatch F-15K, KF-16 and F-5 fighter jets and other planes for the exercises with about 230 aircraft at eight U.S. and South Korean military installations being mobilized.”
Rocket Man may soon become a Candle in the Wind.

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17 comments:

  1. Most excellent. I wish we'd do more stuff and just keep out mouths shut. let them wonder if we're doing stuff to them or not. Tell us in 40 years... but please.. do stuff.

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  2. You forgot to mention the three aircraft carrier strike groups already there. Tomahawks, anyone? And B-52s can strike anywhere worldwide.

    Reading strategy can be difficult, and President Trump is not just a strategist, he has some of the best strategic minds in the world advising him.

    The military assets are in place. To me it seems the Chinese may be somewhat anxious to assess what kind of force the U.S. can project. We live in interesting times. - Elric

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  3. I'm guessing it's more a Chinese op rather than a US-controlled kinetic weapon.

    And as far as Mattis' comments, I doubt those were slips of the tongue. It's always good to keep folks off guard.

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  4. That sounds great.....but that's just one part of the problem. I figure the Fatboy ain't near as stupid as folks think. Plenty of other ways to retaliate. Honestly, if I was going to show off a small thermonuclear device....I would have already smuggled several into the US. The only real choice is to wipe out everyone in the command structure. The Chinese aren't ignoring the situation. Russia is watching as well.

    You know, I'm a hard core military sci-fi buff. Interesting times.

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  5. " The "rods from god" idea was a bundle of telephone-pole-size (20 feet long, 1 foot in diameter) tungsten rods, dropped from orbit, reaching a speed of up to 10 times the speed of sound." One REALLY BIG question: How would we get them up into space without megabux of launch vehicles? Then there's de-orbiting and targeting guidance. IIRC, one of the Star Wars concepts was called Brilliant Pebbles, which were ball bearings that could be de-orbited on command. (Shotguns...In...Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaace.)

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  6. I love it when people talk about smuggling nukes into the U.S. You must understand that doing something like that is pretty much a no go. Our people have the ability to detect the nuclear signature of a device coming into the country. We have not been sitting still since we stopped testing above ground nukes. We can scan for different types of nuclear radiation, in a wide range. To simply shield a device and then either fly or float it into the country is not likely to happen. A more likely way to kill a mass number of people is with either a bomb assembled with materials obtained here, ala the fertilizer bomb of Oklahoma City and Timothy McVeigh, or even more likely, through fire, and use of properly placed accelerants. That would use the already existing materials to fuel the disaster. Pick the right building, with enough people, make sure it has political overtones to it, block key doorways, again make sure that it can be determined that the doorways were blocked,to show intent, and start the fire. We are assuming that you are a terrorist group here. A nation would likely not be much into the smuggling of bombs into the U.S.

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    1. You have more faith in the US government than I do.

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    2. Some years back a foundry in Mexico made a batch of table bases using medical cobalt 60 instead of whatever they were supposed to have had shipped. The shipment was discovered when the truck carrying them drove past a highway patrol car that contained an ionizing radiation detector. It was discovered at the state level.

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  7. "Project Thor" was the brainchild of the late science fiction author Dr. Jerry Pournelle.

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    1. I didn't know Jerry had died. One of my favorites.

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  8. Many options for the madman to come up with. Can't some good soul slip a "mickey' in his scotch? He has many enemies. Relatives of all those he blew away for fun with an anti-aircraft gun. Sheesh!

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  9. In WW2 we would paint messages to our enemies on the bombs before they were loaded on planes; I wonder if we could inscribe "The Bitch Is Back" or "Burn Down The Mission" on these rods before unleashing them on Rocket Man?
    ---Fred

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    1. Ooh, Fred, great idea! Other suggestions:

      Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
      Social Disease
      Blues For Baby And Me
      Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

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  10. I read somewhere that the North Koreans have two satellites in orbit. If this is true we should take them out first. Just in case they hold EMP devices that could be set off in orbit over Kansas and destroy our electric grid.



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  11. I am skeptical, Don, but wish that it were true.

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