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Posted in politics with tags , , , on November 30, 2007 by mrbitterness

 if a couple of Slovaks can get their hands on this stuff, who else has it?

lgf: Update: Slovakian Gang Tried to Sell Enriched Uranium

A total of 481.4 grams of uranium was found and investigators believe it contained 98.6 per cent uranium-235. Uranium is considered weapons-grade if it contains at least 85 per cent uranium-235.“According to preliminary information, the material could have been used to make a so-called dirty bomb,” Michal Kopcik, a senior Slovakian police official told a news conference today.

He added that the material contained uranium-235, the type used in nuclear reactors and in nuclear warheads, as well as the naturally occurring uranium-238. While it could have been used to make a ‘dirty bomb’ it could not have made an atomic weapon.

My son turned two yesterday. My little girl is four. I grow increasingly worried that one of the great cities of the world will become an uninhabitable nuclear wasteland before they have a chance to visit.

There’s a sci-fi junkie, adventurous vein in me that once almost wished for a “back to the Stone Age” kind of attack/incident/event. I could envision myself as a traveling chronicler on horseback, spreading information from town to town: Mad Max with a reporters pad.

Not anymore. I want my kids to grow up in the fantastically awesome world I did — I never did get down on society and modern culture the way some emo kids do. But stories like this illustrate how delicate our perfect American world truly is.