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12th Oct '17 8:37:36 PM PaulA
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* The Pak in Creator/LarryNiven's ''[[Literature/KnownSpace Protector]]'' are a human forerunner whose third stage of life is a superhuman keyed to protect its own as identified by scent, and so they're at war whenever one of them can see an advantage to their family. To protect the central Library that contains all the knowledge the families are willing to share, (and is tended by protectors who have lost their families) the land around it is seeded with radiocobalt to make the area undesirable.

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* The Pak in Creator/LarryNiven's ''[[Literature/KnownSpace Protector]]'' ''Literature/{{Protector}}'' are a human forerunner whose third stage of life is a superhuman keyed to protect its own as identified by scent, and so they're at war whenever one of them can see an advantage to their family. To protect the central Library that contains all the knowledge the families are willing to share, (and is tended by protectors who have lost their families) the land around it is seeded with radiocobalt to make the area undesirable.
8th Oct '17 6:45:16 PM Augusto
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* The second ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' movie had one.

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* %%* The second ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' movie had one.
8th Oct '17 6:44:24 PM Augusto
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* Cobalt bombs (see below) were popularized in the 1964 film ''Film/DrStrangelove''. The element added to the bombs is referred to in the film as "cobalt-thorium G".

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* Cobalt bombs (see the RealLife section below) were popularized in the 1964 film ''Film/DrStrangelove''. The element added to the bombs is referred to in the film as "cobalt-thorium G".



* ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'': [[HanlonsRazor Not the result of malice, but stupidity]]. A Gatorade {{ersatz}} got a law passed at some point to replace all water with their sports drink, because it has "electrolytes", which is "what plants crave". For those not quite scientifically savvy enough to see the mistake (they sure as hell didn't), the electrolytes in sports drinks are salts dissolved in water. It's likely that they would've starved to death if Joe hasn't come around and suggested they use water. (''"You mean from the toilet?"'') He has to pretend he has the psychic power to talk to plants to get anybody to listen to him.

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* ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'': In ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'', this trope is [[HanlonsRazor Not not the result of malice, but stupidity]]. A Gatorade This happened because, at some point, a ''Gatorade'' {{ersatz}} got a law passed at some point to replace all water with their sports drink, because drink under the reasoning that it has "electrolytes", which is "what plants crave". For those not quite scientifically savvy enough to see the mistake (they sure as hell didn't), the electrolytes in sports drinks are actually salts dissolved in water. It's likely that they would've starved to death if Joe hasn't hadn't come around and suggested they use water. water (''"You mean from the toilet?"'') He has toilet?"''). Note that, to pretend do this, he has had to ''pretend he had the psychic power to talk to plants to get anybody to plants'' since, otherwise, no one would listen to him.
17th Sep '17 11:24:58 AM nombretomado
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* After he had been fired by HarrySTruman for his arrogant and insubordinate antics, DouglasMacArthur devised a plan that he said could win the KoreanWar. It involved first delivering an ultimatum to the Soviet Union that China must cease hostilities in Korea [[note]]Something that, even if the Soviets agreed with, they could not do, because China wasn't about to take such orders from Moscow, and indeed, Stalin was content to just sit back and watch his rival for leadership of the world Communist movement get pounded[[/note]] or the United States would destroy China's capacity to make war [[note]]most likely by destroying Chinese industrial centers with [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower atomic bombs]][[/note]] and sow radioactive material in the north of Korea to impede further moves by the Chinese and Korean Communist forces. Both Truman and [[DwightDEisenhower his successor]] thought this proposal was horrifying and dismissed it out of hand.

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* After he had been fired by HarrySTruman for his arrogant and insubordinate antics, DouglasMacArthur devised a plan that he said could win the KoreanWar. It involved first delivering an ultimatum to the Soviet Union that China must cease hostilities in Korea [[note]]Something that, even if the Soviets agreed with, they could not do, because China wasn't about to take such orders from Moscow, and indeed, Stalin was content to just sit back and watch his rival for leadership of the world Communist movement get pounded[[/note]] or the United States would destroy China's capacity to make war [[note]]most likely by destroying Chinese industrial centers with [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower [[UsefulNotes/PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower atomic bombs]][[/note]] and sow radioactive material in the north of Korea to impede further moves by the Chinese and Korean Communist forces. Both Truman and [[DwightDEisenhower his successor]] thought this proposal was horrifying and dismissed it out of hand.
18th Jul '17 10:07:15 AM thatother1dude
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* This is essentially Fire Lord Ozai's plan during Sozin's Comet in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Tired of the Earth Kingdom not being oppressed enough, he intends to have a fleet of dirigibles carrying comet-enhanced firebenders burn the entire kingdom to the ground. Then again, given that he is insane, and his sadistic daughter gave him the idea, it's likely less "salt the Earth" and more "{{kill them all}}."

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* This is essentially Fire Lord Ozai's plan during Sozin's Comet in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Tired of the Earth Kingdom not being oppressed enough, he intends to have a fleet of dirigibles carrying comet-enhanced firebenders burn the entire kingdom to the ground. Then again, given that he is insane, and his sadistic daughter gave him the idea, it's likely less "salt the Earth" and more "{{kill "[[FinalSolution kill them all}}.all]]."
15th Jul '17 10:18:39 AM nombretomado
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* Nearly all the land between Berlin and Stalingrad was scorched and salted thrice in WorldWarII: nominally by the retreating Soviets (the few things actually destroyed were power-stations, dams, and railway-bridges), actually by the advancing and occupying Germans (to feed their under-supplied troops), and again by the retreating Germans (again to feed their troops, but also to tie up Soviet resources). Amusingly, some German accounts (most famously General Friedrich von Mellenthin's) of their 'scorched earth' strategy go so far as to claim that [[RefugeInAudacity they had only stolen food from Soviet civilians (and left them to die) to spare them from the humiliation of the barbarous Hunnic-Asiatic hordes (which passed for the bolshevik military) doing likewise]]! Less amusingly, these accounts were taken seriously prior to the 1990s and a new wave of scholarship focusing on the German military's war crimes.

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* Nearly all the land between Berlin and Stalingrad was scorched and salted thrice in WorldWarII: UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: nominally by the retreating Soviets (the few things actually destroyed were power-stations, dams, and railway-bridges), actually by the advancing and occupying Germans (to feed their under-supplied troops), and again by the retreating Germans (again to feed their troops, but also to tie up Soviet resources). Amusingly, some German accounts (most famously General Friedrich von Mellenthin's) of their 'scorched earth' strategy go so far as to claim that [[RefugeInAudacity they had only stolen food from Soviet civilians (and left them to die) to spare them from the humiliation of the barbarous Hunnic-Asiatic hordes (which passed for the bolshevik military) doing likewise]]! Less amusingly, these accounts were taken seriously prior to the 1990s and a new wave of scholarship focusing on the German military's war crimes.
13th Jul '17 8:52:14 PM TheGreatSkrond
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* After he had been fired by HarrySTruman for his arrogant and insubordinate antics, DouglasMacArthur devised a plan that he said could win the KoreanWar. It involved first delivering an ultimatum to the Soviet Union that China must cease hostilities in Korea [[note]]Something that, even if the Soviets agreed with, they could not do, because China wasn't about to take such orders from Moscow, and indeed, Stalin was content to just sit back and watch his rival for leadership of the world Communist movement get pounded[[/note]] or the United States would destroy China's capacity to make war [[note]]most likely by destroying Chinese industrial centers with [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower atomic bombs]][[/note]] and sow radioactive material in the north of Korea to impede further moves by the Chinese and Korean Communist forces. Thankfully for posterity, both Truman and [[DwightDEisenhower his successor]] thought this proposal was horrifying and dismissed it out of hand.

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* After he had been fired by HarrySTruman for his arrogant and insubordinate antics, DouglasMacArthur devised a plan that he said could win the KoreanWar. It involved first delivering an ultimatum to the Soviet Union that China must cease hostilities in Korea [[note]]Something that, even if the Soviets agreed with, they could not do, because China wasn't about to take such orders from Moscow, and indeed, Stalin was content to just sit back and watch his rival for leadership of the world Communist movement get pounded[[/note]] or the United States would destroy China's capacity to make war [[note]]most likely by destroying Chinese industrial centers with [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower atomic bombs]][[/note]] and sow radioactive material in the north of Korea to impede further moves by the Chinese and Korean Communist forces. Thankfully for posterity, both Both Truman and [[DwightDEisenhower his successor]] thought this proposal was horrifying and dismissed it out of hand.
9th May '17 7:28:49 PM Sylderon
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* During UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, Major General William Sherman marched from the freshly-captured city of Atlanta, Georgia to the port city of Savannah, Georgia from November 15th to December 16th, 1864. Along the way, his forces destroyed not just military targets, but anything else that could have been useful to the Confederate war effort. This included everything from railroads, to plantations, to civilian farms, destroying or consuming everything they could. "Sherman's March to the Sea" as it was famously called is now considered a remarkable military achievement, a textbook example of "scorched earth" tactics and a very bitter memory amongst Southerners that endures to this day.

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* During UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, Major General William Sherman (TropeNamer of WarIsHell) marched from the freshly-captured city of Atlanta, Georgia to the port city of Savannah, Georgia from November 15th to December 16th, 1864. Along the way, his forces destroyed not just military targets, but anything else that could have been useful to the Confederate war effort. This included everything from railroads, to plantations, to civilian farms, destroying or consuming everything they could. "Sherman's March to the Sea" as it was famously called is now considered a remarkable military achievement, a textbook example of "scorched earth" tactics and a very bitter memory amongst Southerners that endures to this day. Sherman himself justified his campaign as bringing the suffering of the war right to the people of the South, and that by destroying their property, he might avoid having to destroy their men.
* After he had been fired by HarrySTruman for his arrogant and insubordinate antics, DouglasMacArthur devised a plan that he said could win the KoreanWar. It involved first delivering an ultimatum to the Soviet Union that China must cease hostilities in Korea [[note]]Something that, even if the Soviets agreed with, they could not do, because China wasn't about to take such orders from Moscow, and indeed, Stalin was content to just sit back and watch his rival for leadership of the world Communist movement get pounded[[/note]] or the United States would destroy China's capacity to make war [[note]]most likely by destroying Chinese industrial centers with [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower atomic bombs]][[/note]] and sow radioactive material in the north of Korea to impede further moves by the Chinese and Korean Communist forces. Thankfully for posterity, both Truman and [[DwightDEisenhower his successor]] thought this proposal was horrifying and dismissed it out of hand.
9th Apr '17 3:50:01 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Fanfic/TheDragonKingsTemple'', Toph briefly mentions a time Aang put out a burning village with a flood of ocean water. The villagers chewed him out because the salt water ruined their crops.
2nd Apr '17 8:01:57 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The Covenant of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' [[DeathFromAbove bombard human planets with plasma weaponry]] until the surface is fused into a glass-like mineral, hence the term "glassing".

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* The As shown in the page image, the Covenant of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' [[DeathFromAbove bombard human planets with plasma weaponry]] until the surface is fused into a glass-like mineral, hence the term "glassing".
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