A death in the (nuclear) family
October 26th, 2011
10:57 AM ET

A death in the (nuclear) family

The world's biggest nuclear weapon - the infamous minivan-sized megaton B53 - died Tuesday, of old age. The five-ton bomb was about 50 years old. The Energy Department's National Nuclear Security Administration announced its passing at the Pantex nuclear plant outside Amarillo, Texas.

Mark Thompson at Battleland blog notes the dismantling is being hailed by the Obama administration as proof of commitment to arms control.

Read the story on Time's Battleland blog.


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  6. Alex Gessong

    Rest in peace, B53! We really should have retired you when the Cold War ended. Better late than never!

    October 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  7. Green Guy 37

    No, it should of been dropped on Congress for failing to do ANYTHING to fix the economy.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Reply
    • Alex Gessong

      @Green Guy 37: Dude, Congress can't do anything to fix the economy because the Tea Party won't let them. Even when they do something, such as the economic stimulus checks that we all got a couple of years ago, nothing happens if consumers won't spend and businesses keep firing and not hiring. Government can create jobs, but only government jobs. Businesses won't hire until consumer demand goes up; consumers won't spend until they're sure they won't lose their jobs. Economic downturns are an inevitable consequence of capitalism. The return of a booming global economy will come when consumers and businesses make it happen. It's up to businesses to make the first move: stop firing people. Yes, firing people is a way to increase profit margins, but ultimately it hurts the greater economy. Consumers need to make the second move: keep buying the products that the businesses produce. Increased consumer-demand means the businesses may expand, in which case they'll hire more workers, and unemployment goes down. Fixing the economy is that simple. FDR was right: the only thing to fear is fear itself. Consumers and businesses need to stop being afraid to do their part to fix the economy. Consumers and businesses, not governments, are the driving force of capitalist economies.

      October 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  8. TerrorizeTheTaliban

    It should have been dropped on the Taliban.

    October 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Reply

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