Monday, August 11, 2014

Amazingly Enough: By The Pricking Of My Thumbs … Something Wicked This Way Comes

Check it out: my brand new essay for the great Amazing Stories site just went up! Here's a tease - for the rest just click here.

Amazingly Enough: 
By The Pricking Of My Thumbs … 
Something Wicked This Way Comes

You say you want to get your mushroom clouds mushrooming easier and cheaper?

You say you want to get more BANG for your buck by enhancing the fissioning of your fissionable material?

You say you want stuff that’ll stealth the stuff you already have?

– then red mercury is the stuff for you!

It’s a particularly disturbing thing to say – especially considering their less-than-stellar track record and even less-than-stellar ethics– but every now and again intelligence agencies might to do something right…

And, oh boy, do they need a few successes. Let’s face it, after Acoustic Kitty, Castro’s estrogen-laced cigars, dosing unsuspecting folks with LSD in their own San Francisco-based brothel … to name a few from our native agencies … there’s nowhere to go but up.

Now that (wink) anyone has come forth (wink, wink) admitting to it (wink, wink, wink) but when you look at the history — and the results — it’s pretty damned neat little plan … not that anyone ever said that it was a plan (wink, wink, wink, wink).

It all began back in the late 1980s: started articles popping up in Russian news outlets chatting about the end-all, be-all additive to everything from being a shortcut to developing nuclear weapons, creating perfect now-you-see-it/now-you-don’t stealth tech, or giving an existing nuke that extra-added kick. Most of these articles didn’t feel all that legitimate … that is until Pravda, in 1993, ran a piece that claimed that red mercury was a form of superconductor: “–used for producing high-precision conventional and nuclear bomb explosives, ‘Stealth’ surfaces and self-guided warheads.”