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    •  That explains the unusual wounds that are (8+ / 0-)

      resistant to healing that have been reported by western doctors on the ground recently.

      Another fucking Fallujah in the making?

    •  Alleged DIME's? (1+ / 0-)
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      Has anyone ever shown Israel to be in the possession of such weapons?  All I've seen is speculation about some of the injuries.

      The only weapon platform I'm familiar with that uses them is the GBU-39, which I don't think Israel has.

    •  DIME? n/t (0+ / 0-)

      No War but Class War

      by AoT on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 09:31:09 AM PDT

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      •  Carbon cased bomb, heavy metal shrapnel. (5+ / 0-)

        The heavy metal, mixed with the explosion damps down the blast radius, the use of a carbon casing as shrapnel, and the use of the heavy metal as shrapnel, reduces the effective radius of the shrapnel.

        So a 500lb DIME bomb will have an effective blast range of about 15 meters, and an effective shrapnel range of about 13 meters, and there will be no blast effect or shrapnel beyond 40 meters.

        A 500lb HE bomb, will have an effective blast radius of about 100 meters and a effective shrapnel range of about 150 meters. The blast effect will exist at crippling levels out to 500 meters and the shrapnel will be lethal, but dispersed, out to about 750 meters.

        The theory was that a DIME weapon could be targeted for example, on a drywalled largish room, or cinderblock room, and people outside the room, would be uninjured.

        Unfortunately, the dampened and concentrated blast effect causes massive compression and shearing,

        And the heavy metal and carbon casing form micro shrapnel.

        So, let's say your hand is reaching into a largish cinderblock room to turn on the lightswitch when the DIME dentonates, and only your hand and a small part of the forearm are inside the room, but the forearm is outside the effective blast radius

        The blast effect might traumatically amputate some of your fingers, but it will shatter many or most of the bones in your hand. Not break, shatter, like a wineglass dropped of a balcony onto tile. Your hand will be penetrated deeply by tungsten, tungsten oxide, nickel oxide, and carbon finer micro shrapnel. In the case of the carbon casing microshapnel, think thousands of needles, a tenth the thickness of a human hair, an 8th of an inch long. In the case of the heavy metals, there are two effects, think millions of shotgun pellets less than a thousandth of an inch in diameter, and the second effect is that the heat of the blast will fuse some of the heavy metals into a tiny molten metal slug, loaded with oxcides, less than a 1/16th of an inch, that will penetrate very deeply, burning through bone like an Explosively Formed Penetrator, burns through armour.

        The first effect you will notice, is that your hand will swell up like it's been caught between a piano moving a 60mph and a brick wall, then will come the pain, then the hand will sweat blood, and turn black. You will also notice some sweating of blood on the forearm.

        The fingers, if they are gone, are gone, they cannot be reattached, the shattered bones cannot be set, or pinned, and the wounds from the micro shrapnel cannot be cleaned and closed, too small. The oxides formed by the burning of the heavy metal micro slugs, retard clotting. If left untreated, you will bleed out and die.

        At the hospital, all they will be able to do, is give you drugs for the pain, drug courses to prevent infection, and amputate.

        At the shoulder. The same micro shrapnel in your forearm, also very quickly causes cancer. And if any of the micro shrapnel ended it's journey in your bloodstream, well, enjoy what time you have left.

        Victims outside the effective blast radius will present with the symptoms of shock, then random , scattered sweating of blood. Clotting agents can be proscribe, and saline and blood transfusions can be used, but if the bleeding does not stop, at some point in time the doctor has to pull treatment, give the patient pain meds and let them slowly bleed to death.

        If the wounds do clot, then there is the cancer.

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