Speaking of Kubrick, there's this:
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blog...-for-real.htmlThis month marks the fiftieth anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s black comedy about nuclear weapons, “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” Released on January 29, 1964, the film caused a good deal of controversy. Its plot suggested that a mentally deranged American general could order a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, without consulting the President. One reviewer described the film as “dangerous … an evil thing about an evil thing.” Another compared it to Soviet propaganda.
Although “Strangelove” was clearly a farce, with the comedian Peter Sellers playing three roles, it was criticized for being implausible. An expert at the Institute for Strategic Studies called the events in the film “impossible on a dozen counts.” A former Deputy Secretary of Defense dismissed the idea that someone could authorize the use of a nuclear weapon without the President’s approval: “Nothing, in fact, could be further from the truth.” When “Fail-Safe”—a Hollywood thriller with a similar plot, directed by Sidney Lumet—opened, later that year, it was criticized in much the same way. “The incidents in ‘Fail-Safe’ are deliberate lies!” General Curtis LeMay, the Air Force chief of staff, said. “Nothing like that could happen.”
The first casualty of every war is the truth—and the Cold War was no exception to that dictum. Half a century after Kubrick’s mad general, Jack D. Ripper, launched a nuclear strike on the Soviets to defend the purity of “our precious bodily fluids” from Communist subversion, we now know that American officers did indeed have the ability to start a Third World War on their own.
I knew some of this but not all of it. Frankly it's amazing we're all still alive. I'm not sure it's a good thing that we are, to tell you the truth. We deserve worse.
Have any of you ever heard of a guy named Stanislav Petrov or the 1983 incident where a Soviet nuclear launch detection system malfunctioned? His determination that it was a malfunction and not an attack may have saved us from total goddamn planetary destruction. It's crazygonuts it has to come down to stuff like this. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislav_Petrov
"Are you a doctor?"
"Mantis Toboggan, M.D."
I would like to turn away from my normal "all y'all can go **** yourselves" and swing my attention to the man who deserves it the most:
Steven Ross would you please without hesitation GO **** YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally" ~ W.C. Fields
I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
Not every human is a manipulative, opportunistic, letch... or at least that's what I'm told.
Don't be an ***hole, vaccinate your children.
I read a very alarming story about a year or two ago that said that in their paranoia after the Bin Laden killing the Pakistani military had taken many of their warheads and loaded them into unmarked trucks and were just driving them around randomly in case we decided to invade and capture their nuclear capacity. And I'm not talking about armed convoys here. These are solitary trucks, a few guys and a nuke, just driving around. I mean, what could go wrong?
As Pakistan becomes more and more of a rogue state this situation is probably only going to get worse rather than better. And the fear we had about Russian military stockpiles falling into the wrong hands -- I read another totally alarming anecdote about that a few years back; many, many Russian nukes went missing -- is probably even more justified in Pakistan given it's already the worst government in the world (I don't consider North Korea a government).