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(Wikipedia)   September 26, 1983: The false alarm that nearly destroyed the world with nuclear annihilation ...but was saved by this man   (en.m.wikipedia.org) divider line
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2020-09-26 8:58:26 AM  
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2020-09-26 9:11:42 AM  
The value of taking a deep breath before acting.
 
2020-09-26 9:15:25 AM  
Do you remember, the 26th of September?
 
2020-09-26 9:16:06 AM  
That guy was always taking credit for others work.
 
2020-09-26 9:17:53 AM  
Makes you wonder if Trump would have been as cool, calm, and collected
 
2020-09-26 9:18:49 AM  
I remember reading about this many, many years ago and thinking "Damn, maybe Russia wasn't so bad after all!"

My opinions have since changed.
 
2020-09-26 9:19:11 AM  
Far more honor has been given to far less-deserving people. Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov, rest in peace. If there is/are any Higher Power(s) with places of rest for the deserving, Petrov needs to be at the front of the line.
 
2020-09-26 9:20:50 AM  
Watched the movie "The Man Who Saved the World" and it was a stark account of how close we came to nuclear war. He should have received the Nobel Peace price for his decision & prevention of a nuclear conflict.

Of course it was an embarrassment for the Soviets so it took a while for full details to come out. He credited his civilian training for his decision. He suggested that others, with strict military training, would probably made a different decision.
 
2020-09-26 9:28:02 AM  
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2020-09-26 9:30:38 AM  
Good thing Mr. Blonde wasn't there.
 
2020-09-26 9:32:57 AM  
No good deed goes unpunished
 
2020-09-26 9:35:28 AM  
I think I still would have preferred that timeline to this one.
 
2020-09-26 9:35:30 AM  
The false alarm was saved?
 
2020-09-26 9:36:21 AM  
It's always so tempting to push the little red button.
 
2020-09-26 9:38:34 AM  

rjakobi: It's always so tempting to push the little red button.


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2020-09-26 9:41:57 AM  
I'm willing to bet he wasn't sure it was an error and he was choosing to let his country take the blow to prevent a nuclear holocaust.

This is what it actually means to turn the other cheek. I wish he had gone into politics.
 
2020-09-26 9:42:23 AM  

blodyholy: I remember reading about this many, many years ago and thinking "Damn, maybe Russia wasn't so bad after all!"

My opinions have since changed.


1983 was the Soviet Union.

You knew that, but you called them Russia anyway.
 
2020-09-26 9:48:25 AM  
I was busy being 7 and having a new baby sister to deal with. Wasn't me, I swear.
 
2020-09-26 9:52:51 AM  

Ketchuponsteak: blodyholy: I remember reading about this many, many years ago and thinking "Damn, maybe Russia wasn't so bad after all!"

My opinions have since changed.

1983 was the Soviet Union.

You knew that, but you called them Russia anyway.


Yes, I knew that, and realized after posting someone would probably comment that I said Russia instead of Soviet Union. You get a gold star for being the first!

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2020-09-26 9:53:28 AM  
Stan the man!
 
2020-09-26 9:55:16 AM  

blodyholy: Ketchuponsteak: blodyholy: I remember reading about this many, many years ago and thinking "Damn, maybe Russia wasn't so bad after all!"

My opinions have since changed.

1983 was the Soviet Union.

You knew that, but you called them Russia anyway.

Yes, I knew that, and realized after posting someone would probably comment that I said Russia instead of Soviet Union. You get a gold star for being the first!

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2020-09-26 9:58:29 AM  
The only winning move is not to play.

How about a nice game of chess?
 
2020-09-26 10:02:16 AM  

wegro: I think I still would have preferred that timeline to this one.


If that HAD happened the term mutually assured destruction would have come into play and you wouldn't be around to make cogent observations.

Perhaps your preference does have something going for it.
 
2020-09-26 10:04:43 AM  

Ketchuponsteak: blodyholy: I remember reading about this many, many years ago and thinking "Damn, maybe Russia wasn't so bad after all!"

My opinions have since changed.

1983 was the Soviet Union.

You knew that, but you called them Russia anyway.


Yeah, but the red scare propaganda was so often about "the Russians" and not "the Soviets."
 
2020-09-26 10:05:39 AM  

wegro: I think I still would have preferred that timeline to this one.


Eh, the whole modern society thing has been working out of for me. I like sports, video games, porn, hot running water, and food.

As insane as the world is today, it's much preferable to scratching irradiated, withered crops out of the ground made hard and barren by nuclear winter and dying of untreated lymphoma in my 20s. Do not watch this if you're having a pleasant morning.

Threads (1984) - the last harvest (This is the End)
Youtube uoErk_AIsDU


From "Threads" (1984/BBC). Most depressing film I've ever seen, and yes, I've seen Grave of the Fireflies.
 
2020-09-26 10:11:01 AM  

blodyholy: Ketchuponsteak: blodyholy: I remember reading about this many, many years ago and thinking "Damn, maybe Russia wasn't so bad after all!"

My opinions have since changed.

1983 was the Soviet Union.

You knew that, but you called them Russia anyway.

Yes, I knew that, and realized after posting someone would probably comment that I said Russia instead of Soviet Union. You get a gold star for being the first!

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Thx,

I have a colour printer, so I can look like a North Korean general.
 
2020-09-26 10:14:02 AM  

Ketchuponsteak: blodyholy: Ketchuponsteak: blodyholy: I remember reading about this many, many years ago and thinking "Damn, maybe Russia wasn't so bad after all!"

My opinions have since changed.

1983 was the Soviet Union.

You knew that, but you called them Russia anyway.

Yes, I knew that, and realized after posting someone would probably comment that I said Russia instead of Soviet Union. You get a gold star for being the first!

[Fark user image 150x283]

Thx,

I have a colour printer, so I can look like a North Korean general.


Or a hero of the Russian Federation :P

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero_of​_​the_Russian_Federation
 
2020-09-26 10:23:49 AM  
Did they ever find out how/who sent the false info 'US nukes!' in the first place?

/ That's the one guy who should've been hung.
 
2020-09-26 10:46:06 AM  

nanim: Did they ever find out how/who sent the false info 'US nukes!' in the first place?

/ That's the one guy who should've been hung.


"Further investigation, however, found that the satellite in question had picked up the sun's reflection off the cloud tops and somehow interpreted that as a missile launch."
 
2020-09-26 10:52:04 AM  
Good thing it wasn't 2020, LTC Petrov might have decided to take a nap and let it ride.
 
2020-09-26 11:12:59 AM  
This is all well and good, but there is a strong suspicion that Perimeter is still active. Just what 2020 needs.
 
2020-09-26 11:16:26 AM  

bifster: i


Funny thing, the guy in charge that day was sick. Petrov was REPLACING HIM.

Imagine if the usual dude would have been in charge? We would probably not be here to discuss it.

The soviet union had 35 000 nukes back in 83.
 
2020-09-26 11:17:07 AM  
Got married Oct. 8th of that year. Reading that, almost didn't happen.
 
2020-09-26 11:20:41 AM  

tuxq: I'm willing to bet he wasn't sure it was an error and he was choosing to let his country take the blow to prevent a nuclear holocaust.

This is what it actually means to turn the other cheek. I wish he had gone into politics.


I'm sure he doubted himself given the stakes, any man in that situation would, but from a Soviet perspective an actual US first strike in 1983 would have seen hundreds of launches, and anybody in his job would have known that.  The whole point of a first strike is to try to stop the enemy from retaliating, and you can't do that with 5 missiles.

On the other hand it was a new, and dubious, system that told him about the US launches... after it already had a confirmed false positive earlier that night.  He knew the reports he was reading were wrong.

The only question was whether the computer missed hundreds of US launches or gave another 4 false positives at once.  He erred on the side of not starting a nuclear war based on information he didn't trust.

Still a nerve wrecking situation for that guy though.
 
2020-09-26 11:21:46 AM  

tuxq: I'm willing to bet he wasn't sure it was an error and he was choosing to let his country take the blow to prevent a nuclear holocaust.


At the point when missiles are actually on the way, is there a point to returning fire and destroying the rest of the world?

I vaguely remember some TV show where the lead character dreams he is the president and the Russians launched an nuclear strike. He decides not to return fire because why kill millions more civilians that had nothing to do with it, especially since all the assholes responsible will survive in bunkers.


Of course the key to MAD is making sure the other guy *thinks* you will launch in retaliation. If you know your opponent won't fire back, then you have free reign to do what you want.
 
2020-09-26 11:23:49 AM  

nanim: Did they ever find out how/who sent the false info 'US nukes!' in the first place?

/ That's the one guy who should've been hung.


Vault Tec sent em
 
2020-09-26 11:40:18 AM  
There are still more than 4,000 active ICBMs in the world.  Enough to wipe out humanity 5x over.  And 90% of them are in the hands of Trump and Putin.

Sleep tight.
 
2020-09-26 11:50:05 AM  

Another Government Employee: The value of taking a deep breath before acting.


Good thing it wasn't this man...
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2020-09-26 12:04:12 PM  
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2020-09-26 12:04:36 PM  

TuckFrump: Makes you wonder if Trump would have been as cool, calm, and collected


He'd have sh*t and pissed himself, then ran waddled to the nearest bunker as fast as his bone-spurred fat ass could saunter, screaming the entire way.
 
2020-09-26 12:14:27 PM  

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You're 89 short, but nice catch.
 
2020-09-26 12:28:19 PM  

mchbz: Another Government Employee: The value of taking a deep breath before acting.

Good thing it wasn't this man...
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I just finished rereading The Dead Zone. The Greg Stillson character is so much like Donald Trump, except he's actually intelligent and shrewd and deliberately calculating. If Stephen King had portrayed the character as being as absurd as Trump actually is, every publisher he sent it to would probably have rejected the novel outright, as being too unbelievable for readers to accept.
 
2020-09-26 12:33:02 PM  

MythDragon: tuxq: I'm willing to bet he wasn't sure it was an error and he was choosing to let his country take the blow to prevent a nuclear holocaust.

At the point when missiles are actually on the way, is there a point to returning fire and destroying the rest of the world?

I vaguely remember some TV show where the lead character dreams he is the president and the Russians launched an nuclear strike. He decides not to return fire because why kill millions more civilians that had nothing to do with it, especially since all the assholes responsible will survive in bunkers.


Of course the key to MAD is making sure the other guy *thinks* you will launch in retaliation. If you know your opponent won't fire back, then you have free reign to do what you want.


I always hoped that if it came down to it and a strike was headed toward the U.S., any American President with a conscience would decide not to return fire. The whole thing is meant to be a bluff to keep the enemy from ever attempting a strike--if it fails, then the bluff is called and there's really no point in killing more millions of people.
 
2020-09-26 12:37:06 PM  

rjakobi: It's always so tempting to push the little red button.


We didn't need missiles, we could have gone tactical .... SADM
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2020-09-26 12:51:38 PM  
Were it not for this man, the world may have been spared the horror of the Ann Jillian sitcom Jennifer Slept Here.
 
2020-09-26 12:52:10 PM  
Maybe just nuke us next time. This slow death of America is exhausting
 
2020-09-26 12:57:03 PM  
Reagan would have loved to nuke those Ruskies.
 
2020-09-26 1:05:16 PM  

Habitual Cynic: wegro: I think I still would have preferred that timeline to this one.

If that HAD happened the term mutually assured destruction would have come into play and you wouldn't be around to make cogent observations.

Perhaps your preference does have something going for it.



Your word for the day is hyperbole.

hy·per·bo·le
/hīˈpərbəlē/

noun
exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
 
2020-09-26 1:14:58 PM  
Netflix should make a miniseries about this. Between HBO's Chernobyl miniseries, and Adventureland doc., and Netflix's recent Challenger doc., I'm beginning to think Comrade Petrov may be the only person in the eighties who didn't have a death wish.
 
2020-09-26 1:15:43 PM  
He won't repeat that mistake again
 
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