DNA Lounge: Wherein we note some more Mayorial antics.

I am shocked, shocked to learn that Ed Lee has been caught committing election fraud already. SFist, SF Chronicle, Bay Citizen.

Just to be clear, since some people seem to have not understood, the only reason he's on our list at #3 is because he's the most viable candidate whose name is not David Chiu. "Not David Chiu" is the outcome that we in the nightlife industry care about most of all, and the #3 slot is your "last resort" vote.

But Lee's going to win no matter what, because his backers are well-funded and well-connected enough that they can engage in these kinds of antics and get away with them.


Last Nuclear `Monster Weapon' Gets Dismantled

Last Nuclear `Monster Weapon' Gets Dismantled

In the 1960s, the skies above the United States were patrolled by agents of the apocalypse. Air Force B-52 Stratofortresses circled the North American continent, 24 hours a day, cradling two megabombs in their bellies. Those B-53 bombs each weighed 10,000 pounds. Were one to drop on the White House, a nine-megaton yield would destroy all life out into suburban Maryland and Virginia.

Out at the Energy Department's Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas, the last of America's B-53s is in storage. Come Tuesday, it will be dissected: The 300 pounds of high explosives will be separated from its enriched uranium heart, known as a "pit." The pit will be placed into a storage locker at Pantex, where it will await a final, highly supervised termination.

First brought into the U.S. nuclear stockpile in 1962, the B-53 was so big because it was so dumb. With poor precision mechanisms for finding a target -- "Its accuracy was horrendous," Kristensen says. And it was designed to burrow deep. The dumb bomb wouldn't destroy [a target] so much as it would destroy everything remotely near it, leaving -- literally -- a smoldering crater.

At its height, the U.S. had 400 of the mega-gravity bombs.

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