Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick
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Cold War cold-sweats: not just for Gen-Xers anymore.

In an article entitled, "Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine," (current issue of WIRED magazine), Nicholas Thompson describes a weapons system designed to destroy the world in the event that Russia is attacked. But there's a serious flaw in the system: It's a secret. Oh, and it's still-extant, armed, and continually updated.


Click the image to see the story.

Anyone remember "Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"? Dr. Strangelove cries, "The whole point of the doomsday machine is lost if you keep it a secret!"

On the plus side, now maybe my students will get a taste of the joys of growing up in the 1980s. Oh, wait....

I've done a bit of internet research to see if there's anything behind this story, and it seems possible. In fact, stories about the "Perimeter System" (aka "Dead Hand") appeared a decade ago. Anyone have a lead on the reliability of this report?

Chris
Tags: decline of civilization
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