Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Graphic language

In breaking news, it turns out there are people, possibly in Iran itself, in any case people who can type in Persian, who have inexplicably acquired the capacity to draw graphs.
The undated diagram that was given to the AP by officials of a country critical of Iran's atomic program allegedly calculating the explosive force of a nuclear weapon _ a key step in developing such arms. The diagram shows a bell curve and has variables of time in micro-seconds and power and energy, both in kilotons _ the traditional measurement of the energy output, and hence the destructive power of nuclear weapons. The curve peaks at just above 50 kilotons at around 2 microseconds, reflecting the full force of the weapon being modeled. The Farsi writing at the bottom translates "changes in output and in energy released as a function of time through power pulse" (AP Photo)
And not just any kind of graphs, either—graphs that apparently describe things that occur in time and involve energy: things like turning on the television, opening a can of Diet Pepsi, and nuclear explosions, to name only a few.

In a story datelined from spooky Vienna (remember Harry Lime?), George Jahn writes,
Iranian scientists have run computer simulations for a nuclear weapon that would produce more than triple the explosive force of the World War II bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, according to a diagram obtained by The Associated Press.
You can see for yourself! (Except for the Iranian, scientist, computer simulations, and nuclear weapons parts. But that number at the top of the bell curve, 50 kilotons, is totally three times the explosive force of Little Boy! Approximately.) And what do you suppose that country critical of Iran's atomic program is? Obviously somebody who knows a nuclear weapon when they see one.
Do not trust this man.
For further information see Wide Asleep in America and Tikun Olam.

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