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Why doesn't Iran just buy Uranium from Amazon.com

rnoldh

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Seems the Iranians would have figured out how easy it is to buy Uranium via Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Images-SI-Inc-Uranium-Ore/dp/B000796XXM/ref=sr_1_1?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1375564238&sr=1-1&keywords=uranium+ore+sample

Might be a Farsi or credit card issue.

Read what all the happy buyers have to say about buying Uranium on Amazon,

http://www.amazon.com/Images-SI-Inc-Uranium-Ore/product-reviews/B000796XXM/ref=sr_cr_hist_5?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addFiveStar&showViewpoints=0


732 of 771 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iran, Iran so far away, July 16, 2013
By George Takei - See all my reviews
(TOP 1000 REVIEWER)
This review is from: Uranium Ore
Brad and I figured it would be poetic justice to tuck one of these babies, along with a DVD of hard core gay porn, inside a gift basket sent to our favorite Iranian madman, ex-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during his last rant-filled visit to the UN. Just a small token of our esteem and thanks, you understand, for torturing and hanging those two gay teens.

When he saw from whom the basket was sent, he eschewed his normal practice of forcing captive American hitchhikers to detonate/taste everything first. We knew, you see, that Ahmandinejoke is a HUGE Trekkie and has a "very serious thing" for Marina Sirtis. (He follows her religiously on Twitter and sent her long couplets in Farsi, which reputedly rivaled the odes to Sly Stallone by the Glorious but at-last-confirmed-as-dead North Korean Leader Kim Jung Il.)

Ahmadinejihad must not have noticed the ore and the porn among the tins of macadamias and specialty darjeeling teas. It was reportedly more than a bit awkward when his bags went through security at JFK. Owned!

In fact, my sources tell me the discovery triggered renewed calls for nuclear inspections, a strategic airstrike by the Israelis (which they now deny), and a surprising state visit and sleepover invitation by President Putin of Russia.


The one star reviews are pretty good too,

1.0 out of 5 stars Warning about transporting, July 16, 2010
By C.A. Lankford (Atlanta, GA USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Uranium Ore
I was very disappointed to have my uranium confiscated at the airport. It was a gift for my son for his birthday. Also, I'm in prison now, so that's not good either.
 
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idd good question, because obtaining uranium is the most difficult step in building of the bomb
 

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No free two day shipping to Iran. Not worth it.
 

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Reminds me of the "Things I Won't Work With" blog post on dioxygen difluoride, which was similarly listed for sale online:

But I do note that if you run the structure through SciFinder, it comes out with a most unexpected icon that indicates a commercial supplier. That would be the Hangzhou Sage Chemical Company. They offer it in 100g, 500g, and 1 kilo amounts, which is interesting, because I don't think a kilo of dioxygen difluoride has ever existed. Someone should call them on this - ask for the free shipping, and if they object, tell them Amazon offers it on this item. Serves 'em right. Morons.
http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/2010/02/23/things_i_wont_work_with_dioxygen_difluoride.php

BTW his post called "Sand Won't Save You Now" is hilarious and worth a read.
 
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idd good question, because obtaining uranium is the most difficult step in building of the bomb

In all seriousness, the difficult part is the refining of uranium into a fissile isotope (Uranium-235). Uranium in its natural state, 238, is not fissile.

Imatlas, that's a great article.
 
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What is their return policy????
 

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In all seriousness, the difficult part is the refining of uranium into a fissile isotope (Uranium-235). Uranium in its natural state, 238, is not fissile.

Imatlas, that's a great article.

More accurately, the ratio of 235 to 238 is not high enough in natural uranium. Both states are naturally occurring, there's just a lot more 238 in the bulk ore. We don't (generally) create 235, we just refine out the small naturally occurring part when we do enrichment.

Interestingly enough, there have actually been natural fission reactors. Some unique geological features allowed the naturally occurring ore to have a sustained chain reaction.
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2011/07/13/natures-nuclear-reactors-the-2-billion-year-old-natural-fission-reactors-in-gabon-western-africa/
 

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Yes, that is true. It was a simplification :) IIRC, 235 is < 1% of uranium ore.

Have heard about those--very crazy stuff.
 
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idd good question, because obtaining uranium is the most difficult step in building of the bomb
 

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good,there's just a lot more 238 in the bulk ore. We don't (generally) create 235, we just refine out the small naturally occurring part when we do enrichment.
 
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good,there's just a lot more 238 in the bulk ore. We don't (generally) create 235, we just refine out the small naturally occurring part when we do enrichment.
 

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good,there's just a lot more 238 in the bulk ore. We don't (generally) create 235, we just refine out the small naturally occurring part when we do enrichment.

Who is we? :D
 

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Ahmadinejihad must not have noticed the ore and the porn among the tins of macadamias and specialty darjeeling teas. It was reportedly more than a bit awkward when his bags went through security at JFK. Owned!
 
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I recently purchase this Uranium and it is great. My bomb was a huge success thanks to this high quality Uranium.
I rate it a 3.5/5
 
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