Saturday, April 23, 2011


Blogger's Note: While large doses of nuclear radiations are certainly dangerous, go here to see evidence that small radiation doses may actually be beneficial. Although we still lack a statistical sense of just how large a dose humans can tolerate without a high probability of contracting some form of cancer, I am among the many persons born in 1945 or earlier who survived in excellent health the fallouts from the 2053 events you will watch unfold below.

Original here.

A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 - by Isao Hashimoto

Here's the comment posted with this video on YouTube by the person who uploaded it:

Uploaded by on Oct 24, 2010

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan's nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea's two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).

Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing"the fear and folly of nuclear weapons." It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming.

Multimedia artwork
"2053" - This is the number of nuclear explosions conducted in various parts of the globe.*
Profile of the artist: Isao HASHIMOTO
Born in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan in 1959.
Worked for 17 years in financial industry as a foreign exchange dealer. Studied at Department of Arts, Policy and Management of Musashino Art University, Tokyo.
Currently working for Lalique Museum, Hakone, Japan as a curator.
Created artwork series expressing, in the artist's view, "the fear and the folly of nuclear weapons":
"1945-1998" © 2003
"The Names of Experiments"
About "1945-1998" ©2003
"This piece of work is a bird's eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second. No letter is used for equal messaging to all viewers without language barrier. The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted. I created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know of the extremely grave, but present problem of the world."
Contact the artist:
Should you have any query regarding this artwork, please contact e-mail address below:
* The number excludes both tests by North Korea (October 2006 and May 2009).

[Comment by Fubar and Grill originator, Mark Smith] Okay, given that our own governments have been nuking their own citizens for decades, why should they be concerned about nuclear power plant meltdowns? Why should anyone expect them to care about human life?

Each nuclear test increased the radiation exposure of everyone on the planet, none of whom could prove that cancers were caused by nukes. If we had accurate statistics available, I'm sure that increased childhood and other cancers would follow every nuke test. That's one video we'll never see because the statistics are hidden.

[Blogger's comment] My K-12 schooling spanned the years 1942 to 1956 and I cannot remember a single classmate dying of cancer -- or any other cause. Being a particularly sensitive child, I surely would have remembered any and all such events. In college I was profoundly shocked by the death of a high school mate and fraternity brother in a motorcycle accident and disturbed by the sudden death of student I hardly knew. Of course, my story alone is not statistical evidence, but surely some epidemiologist somewhere has collected sufficient data to draw statistical conclusions.  Reader feedback on any such studies would be most welcome.

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