A Cold Doomsday

Discussion in 'BOARDANIA' started by Roman_K, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. Roman_K New Member

    A few days ago, when trawling through my many RSS feeds, I've encountered a small snippet which linked me to this article on Wired Magazine.

    It amused me to no end that one of the Soviet leadership's justifications for constructing a full-scale doomsday device (and there's really no other way to describe an automated system that can launch an entire nuclear arsenal - other than Comrade Skynet), was that the people manning the various monitoring stations across the USSR were stupider, and more likely to cause global nuclear holocaust, than the automated system itself.

    Which, incidentally, is still alive and well.

    *hums old James Bond theme songs while digging a private nuclear shelter*
  2. Garner Great God and Founding Father

    Meanwhile, in the real world, Russia, the US, and the UK agreed to cut down existing stock piles of nukes in an effort towards global denucularizationing
  3. Maljonic Administrator

    Anyway, even if it wasn't true about cutting back, there aren't nearly enough of them to actually destroy the world.
  4. Roman_K New Member

    Well, that depends on how accurate the Nuclear Winter theory is.

    And for that matter, the follow-up theory of Nuclear Summer. Those who survive the former are unlikely to survive the latter.

    The thing is, you don't need that much in terms of nuclear power to destroy life. Not unless you're willing to wait for the dying remains of our ecosystem to handle the rest.
  5. Maljonic Administrator

    By 'dying remains of our ecosystem' do you mean as it is now, or as it would be after some nuclear detonations?
  6. Roman_K New Member

    Heh, after nuclear detonations, obviously. ;)
  7. Ba Lord of the Pies

    The ecosystem is getting greatly out of balance, but it's disingenuous to say it's dying. The ecosystem will certainly recover from the current changes.

    Now, whether or not it will still be hospitable to humanity is another story altogether.

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