Shelters people we need them sooner rather then later.

What we need to build, and not in 20 years, but in the next 10.

Goldenhill luxury mansion comes complete with nuclear shelter for £7.5 million

Naveen | May 30 2009

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Complete with its very own 15-berth nuclear shelter, a 34-seat cinema and an underground aquarium, the Goldenhill is the crowning jewel of A&B Homes’ luxury developments. Attention has been paid to every detail of the property, including its position, orientation to the sun, use of materials, landscaping of the grounds and eco-friendly sources. The palatial property is up for grabs for a cool £7.5 million (more than $12 million). A&B Homes are billing Golden Hill as an “exemplary residence, which affords the occupants every conceivable comfort and convenience.” The luxury mansion has even impressed England and Chelsea football captain John Terry. Unfortunately, the football star didn’t like the location. For £7.5 million, you get 10 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms and seven kitchens. Other lavish amenities include a 50-foot master bedroom, 52-foot swimming pool and orangery with spa, sauna and steam room, poolside gym area, pool hall with bespoke bar, tennis court, intelligent lighting control, underground garage for 10 cars, 100m long lake, private grounds of 100 acres and an outside summer house with an underground aquarium view of the lake.

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Has the media portrayed an accurate depiction of a nuclear holocaust?


Has the media portrayed an accurate depiction of a nuclear holocaust?

Over the years since the presence of the atomic bombs were first made globally public at the end of the second World War many ideas have sprung up about what such a powerful weapon was capable of. These ideas range from small affects to a global affect of these dangerous tools of destruction. Though these stories are represented in many different forms and tell their own stories in different ways they all share one idea, the event of a nuclear apocalypse or holocaust.


The idea of a nuclear holocaust has been represented in many different forms of media like books, movies and video games. These works of fiction have shown up since soon after the bombs were first dropped on Japan to very recently. as time has past though, and the amount and production of nuclear bombs in the world has increased drastically since the 1940s, these works are getting closer to being reality, but are they actually realistic depictions of what the world would be like in a post-nuclear war society?

One of the first publications of these ideas to come out was a novel by the title of On the Beach. It depicted the world after a global scale atomic war (World War III) and shows that most of the world is left barren and inhospitable and only small pockets of humanity are left like Australia. The novel was later produced into a film in 1959. Another portrayal of nuclear attack was the TV film titled The Day After though it focused on a much smaller scale. The film showed what became a large populated city after it was bombed by nuclear bombs and what happened to the city and its remaining inhabitants in the days following the bombing.


One of the most recent forms of this idea that was released came in the form the video game Fallout 3 which of course is part of the Fallout series that all focus on this idea of a nuclear holocaust. The game depicts Washington D.C. as a barren wasteland in which only small societies of people survive. Although the game focuses less on a global affect and more on only one part of the world it takes other aspects and ideas to the extreme. The game is full of completely mutated animals as a cause of the radiation from the bombs and even goes so far as creating certain new species as a result from heavy exposure to radiation, like green mutant humans and other such oddities. Though certain aspects of the game go off on a bit of a tangent and feel more sci-fi than realistic but it holds certain aspects that are common in a post-nuclear apocalypse works of fiction.


Speaking not of works of fiction but more scientifically, there are certain things that are thought to happen after a global atomic war. Many scientists hypothesize that the earth would go through two major phases following the war; nuclear winter and nuclear summer. Nuclear winter would first occur from the destruction caused by the bombs releasing smoke and soot into the atmosphere which would then block the sun’s rays and cool the whole planet; scientists believe this would last for anywhere between months to a few years.


After the soot and smoke has left the atmosphere the world would go into nuclear summer. This is where the atmosphere and ozone are actually left clearer and full of more water vapor which would actually increase the affect of the sun’s rays. This would leave large portions of the world barren and unable to support life. This idea of large inhospitable areas of the world is almost essential to the forms of media representing a case like this since just about all books, movies, and video games take place in or mentions large, barren parts of the world that can’t support life. In that aspect, the media has done a good job depicting the world after a global nuclear holocaust.

Killing Republicans Is OK for the Left?

Killing Republicans Is OK for the Left?

by Henry Percy

Last Friday my wife and I went out to eat at our favorite restaurant. As we sat down I did not pay attention to the table behind me, but as I ate I began to feel under assault, for the man facing me had a loud voice. After “the Republicans … healthcare … insurance” washed over my ears several times I started listening. “You shouldn’t lose your health insurance just because you lose your job … My friend’s on Medicare now and loves it. Lot better than a money-grubbing private insurance company … They had 25,000 at the protest, and no one knows how many of them were illegals. Probably a lot … Wonder why they don’t arrange to have someone shoot Sheriff Joe [Arpaio] and have a plane standing by. Hustle the guy on the plane and take him down to Mexico City and he could disappear-they’d never find him … Yeah, Joe would get what he has coming.” Delivered not in a what-if attitude of speculation but an if-only tone of regret. The speaker was serious, dead serious.
Since we were sittings just blocks from a large state university, I assumed they must be scraggly college kids enrolled in Anarchy 101. So when they got up and left I had a shock: two bald headed gentlemen in their 60s, in conservative, casual dress.
Now come columns on CNN and the Huffington Post urging President Obama to “go gangsta” and “break kneecaps.” These are the people that waxed hysterical about Bush “shredding the Constitution,” over waterboarding of terrorists, but kneecapping Republicans or killing a sheriff? Sure, for the greater good. What is it about peaceniks that makes them so violent?
Henry Percy is the nom de guerre for a technical writer living in Arizona. He may be reached at