Sunday, May 21, 2006

1983 - nuclear war averted

Most people know about the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, which nearly resulted in a nuclear war between the USA and the USSR.

Not many people know about the 1983 incident when a computer glitch almost started a nuclear war.

It was Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Yefgrafovich Petrov (Станислав Евграфович Петров) who on 26 September 1983 who using his better judgement decided that the computer warning of an incoming missile at the Serpukhov-15 bunker (near Moscow) was a computer error.

If he had thought it was a real nuclear attack, the Soviets would have launched nuclear missiles against the US, which would have retaliated with even more. The Cold War doctrine at the time was based on Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) which was supposedly to deter the use of nuclear weapons. If one side launched an attack, the other would retaliate with greater force. Hence, neither side would survive.

Consequently, Petrov saved the world that early morning.

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My human was out a bit today. Thankfully I had Emily's lap except when she went out for brunch.

My human went to visit Merlin's humans Kim, Jordan and Liam at the house they had recently moved to, but Merlin spent all the time under a bed. All cats do this when they move house. While my human was there, Jimmy and Lily's humans Brian and Jackie arrived for a visit.

When my human came home, he was so excited with his new Brisbane Lions door chime, which was an early birthday present from Brian, Jackie, Kim, Jordan and Liam, that he promptly demonstrated it to me and Emily. They also gave him a voucher for DVDs and CDs.

We had a bit of a cuddle, and then he was off again to visit Kettles' humans Klaudia and Sally, along with Sally's brother Martin for a wonderful Raclette dinner, while I spent quality time with Emily.

Kettles in a very undignified and unladylike pose

What a big belly!

Tiggles who thankfully moved to the family farm... otherwise my human would be fussing and fawning him too!

Of course, my human spent some time massaging, patting and stroking Kettles. Pfftttt... I think I am going to punish him and sleep in Emily's bed tonight.


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