Eisenhower meets Stimson at Potsdam

July 23rd, 1945

July 23, 1945 (During Potsdam) “During his recitation of the relevant facts, I had been conscious of a feeling of depression and so I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives. It was my belief that Japan was, at that very moment, seeking some way to surrender with a minimum loss of ‘face’. The Secretary was deeply perturbed by my attitude…”
– Dwight Eisenhower, Mandate For Change, pg. 380

Trinity Site – Visiting day in April

July 16th, 1945

On July 16, 1945 a nuclear bomb device was detonated in New Mexico.  This is the first detonation of a nuclear explosion, preceding the detonation at Hiroshima, Japan by about three weeks.  This article explains the details of the twice annual opening of the Trinity Site to public access.  For 363 days a year the Trinity Site is a “sealed site”.

Trinity Site is open to the public on the first Saturday in April and the first Saturday in the month of October of each year.  Trinity Site will be opened on April 2, 2011.  All adults visiting White Sands Missile Range, where Trinity Site is located, are required to have and to show a photo ID identity document.  There is no requirement that such adults are U.S. citizens, at this time.  Radiation levels at the site will be explained by personnel on hand, to visitors arriving at the site, if there are any questions.  General, “average type” radiation information is presented here.

OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry says that a “brick house” adds only 7 mrem’s of radiation per year.  The White Sands Missile Range information says that a “brick house brings one an extra 50 mrem’s of radiation per year.  OK, somebody is obviously confused or lying.   I’m guessing that a “brick house” at a nuclear power plant has “zero” radiation and that drinking radioactive water is actually “good” for you.  If a typical airline attendant gets more radiation in one year from flying, than a dental technician does from taking X-Rays, then why don’t stewards and stewardess’ and pilots wear those cool (“make me safe”) lead aprons?

There is so much bad science and bad scientific “evidence” type information about radiation that it is my impression that no one really knows what is going on.   Will artificial man-made radiation kill you, or hurt you?  Ask the Japanese at Hiroshima, or the Soviet citizens at Chernoble or the Downwinders in Cedar City, Utah.  They were there for the real thing, not just the scientific speculation, which is always just a “wish”, a “guess” or a “test” without any real, hard science, scientific controls.


July 16, 1945

July 16th, 1945

TRINITY DETONATION – First atomic / nuclear bomb

The Wiki article about the “Trinity (nuclear test)” is here.  The film clip of the detonation is here.

In the detonation film clip there are three distinct faces that can be seen in the “cloud”.  There is a long tradition of “cloud faces” being seen in explosions, often associated with “vulcan’s face” images in the clouds associated with volcanic eruptions.  The third image clearly depicts horns; the question is is the footage real or has it been manipulated (as was often done with volcano images) to create the illusion of the three faces.  For “more faces” click here.

And speaking of “faces” on the bomb – it doesn’t take a “rocket scientist” to make the connection between the “bulbous” trinity fireball photograph (pictured above) and our little “ghost” friends from our favorite game Pac Man.  The bulbous image was the first photograph of the bomb ever published (Princton University Press – about August 28, 1945).


And since you saw my map of the “dome of light” associated with this atomic blast I might also show you the “official” radiation map of the rontgens associated with the detonation; or “test” (not real) rontgens assuming that you believe that there really is a difference between a “test” detonation of a nuclear weapon and an “actual” detonation of a nuclear weapon.  I don’t see the difference – radiation rained down on the unsuspecting New Mexicans just like it did on the unsuspecting Koreans and Japanese.  The only difference was who was in the fireball and the blast.

[First posted  2010.07.03 / Saturday ]  8:30 P.M. Mountain War Time

Trinity Resources

July 16th, 1945

1942 – Fermi – Pile chain reaction, “Darkest Day

1945 – Month / date timeline

1945 – month / date time line

Story of Jumbo – article about failed jumbo

Louis Slotin accident – Dragon Experiment (Dylan song)

May 12, 1945 – Target Committee Minutes

June 11, 1945 The Franck Report

July 15, 1945 – Henry Stimson diary at Potsdam

July 15, 1945 Truman at Potsdam itinerary

Trinity “Fact Sheet” – no military operations conducted at test

September 11, 1945 – Henry Stimson statement (8)

January 1, 1947 – National Park Service plans for historical site being thwarted

1947 – Harper’s Magazine article about “1 million deaths” by James Bryant Conant of Harvard, on committee that advocated 2 bombings – was Hitler supporter and racist.

Laura Fermi – 1970 restrospective article.