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US Holds Massive Nuclear Weapons Exercise "To Deter And Detect Strategic Attacks" Days After Russian Drill

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Late last week, in what should not have been a surprise to anyone (because supposedly it was announced "far in advance") but was a major shock due to its intensity and expansiveness, Russia held a massive "simulated massive nuclear attack" drill, coming at a time just ahead of the Donetsk referendum, which may have been pre-scheduled and for foreign policy reasons was hailed as a "non-event", but judging by the amount of production that went into the accompanying video clip, this particular drill was dripping with symbolism aimed squarely at NATO and the US.

So now it is America's turn to retaliate. As the U.S. Strategic Command reported earlier, the US will conduct Exercise Global Lightning 14 from May 12-16 in coordination with other combatant commands, services, and appropriate U.S. government agencies "to deter and detect strategic attacks against the U.S. and its allies."

Stratcom was quick to point out that Exercise Global Lightning 14 has been planned for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario.  It also added that the "timing of the exercise is unrelated to real-world events" but only those who believed that Russia massive nuclear drill was also unrelated to world will fall for this particular embellishment. As Defense One observes, according to Mark Schneider, a former U.S. Defense Department nuclear strategy official, told the Washington Free Beacon that Russia’s drill last week seemed aimed at sending a message of “nuclear intimidation” to the United States and NATO over Ukraine. He noted that Moscow typically stages its atomic exercises in the fall.

Meanwhile, Romania on Saturday sought clarification from Russia on its official policy following a tweet from a high-profile Russian minister that warned he might try to enter Romanian air space in a heavy bomber, Reuters reported.

 

After a plane he was a traveling in was blocked from entering Romanian air space, Russian Deputy Prime Minister  Dmitry Rogozin sent out a tweet that stated, “Upon U.S. request, Romania has closed its air space for my plane. Ukraine doesn’t allow me to pass through again. Next time I’ll fly on board Tu-160.” Rogozin, who supervises his country’s large weapons industry, is under U.S. and European Union sanctions.

 

The Romanian foreign ministry requested that Russia specify whether the deputy prime minister’s tweet represented “the Russian Federation’s official position.”

 

Romania “believes the threat of using a Russian strategic bomber plane by a Russian deputy prime minister is a very grave statement under the current regional context,” the ministry said

However, Russia was last week - now it's America's turn: the units included in the US exercise are bomber wings that will fly approximately 10 B-52 Stratofortresses and up to six B-2 Spirit bombers "to demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness in the training scenarios throughout the continental U.S."

So if you see a massive nuclear bomber flying overhead with a full nuclear armament, don't panic - tis but a drill.

“This exercise provides unique training opportunities to incorporate the most current technology and techniques in support of our mission.  Continued focus and investment in our strategic capabilities allow USSTRATCOM to deter, dissuade, and defeat current and future threats to the U.S. and our allies,” said Adm. Cecil Haney, commander, U.S. Strategic Command.

Those curious can find more information at USSTRATCOM Public Affairs, (402) 294-4130, or via email: pa@stratcom.mil.

We, on the other hand, will await the YouTube clip that goes with Global Lightning 14 and grade it on content, difficulty, and artistic creativity. After all we already have the Russians as a benchmark.

 

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Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:49 | 4752778 TeamDepends
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Major T. J. "King" Kong: Well, boys, I reckon this is it - nuclear combat toe to toe with the Roosskies. Now look, boys, I ain't much of a hand at makin' speeches, but I got a pretty fair idea that something doggone important is goin' on back there. And I got a fair idea the kinda personal emotions that some of you fellas may be thinkin'. Heck, I reckon you wouldn't even be human bein's if you didn't have some pretty strong personal feelin's about nuclear combat. I want you to remember one thing, the folks back home is a-countin' on you and by golly, we ain't about to let 'em down. I tell you something else, if this thing turns out to be half as important as I figure it just might be, I'd say that you're all in line for some important promotions and personal citations when this thing's over with. That goes for ever' last one of you regardless of your race, color or your creed. Now let's get this thing on the hump - we got some flyin' to do.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:54 | 4752804 McMolotov
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This is what the footage will look like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R5A0pg4oN8

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:55 | 4752808 Manthong
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..but there were some gold francs and condoms in the survival kit.

"Heck, a guy could have a pretty good time in Vegas with this." , if memory serves. 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:59 | 4752816 ZerOhead
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OK... now this is just plain getting stupid.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:01 | 4752824 Grande Tetons
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When dealing with retards, stupid is the normal destination. 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:06 | 4752830 Manthong
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You disparage retards with the association to DC.

Spawn of of Satan on the other hand..

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:12 | 4752863 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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"10 B-52 Stratofortresses and up to six B-2 Spirit bombers"

That's it??? Wow, I feel so safe knowing The Empire can wield such firepower.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:25 | 4752889 Tao 4 the Show
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Several animal species do this sort of feather showing or fur bristling exhibition to try an intimidate each other before any real violence starts. It is far more efficient for both sides if one party decides to back down. But in the human world, we know all too well that neither side is in the least intimidated or even much affected. Thus, these shows must be for us peanut gallery spectators. Good to see we are so important.

In the case of Russia, they have been sidelined and supposedly "defeated" (as the Soviet Union), so one could argue that they actually make a point by flexing their muscles to show they are back on the chess board with all their pieces and ready for big time action. But the west certainly does not have much to show. That they still have some weapons left after all the years of disarming?

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:36 | 4752936 ZerOhead
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< No

< Hell no

 

Barrackattack?

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:53 | 4752982 g'kar
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>Obamao negotiating with Russia/China for red state nuke attack

>Obamao negotiating with Russia/China for blue state nuke attack

 

 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:31 | 4753096 Thanatos
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This isn't anything to worry about.

And in case it is... Well, we were warned a long time ago.

Relevant Music Video (From days of my youth)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14IRDDnEPR4

 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 22:23 | 4753249 Mistress Raindrop
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Our economy is shit.  But at least we can still kick ass.  Bitches.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 00:01 | 4753570 markmotive
Tue, 05/13/2014 - 02:51 | 4753772 MeMadMax
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You know whats even worse?

Most mofos don't even know what an airraid siren sounds like, and the ones that do think its for a tornado in kansas...

 

This is in lost angeles by the way...

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 03:36 | 4753802 El Vaquero
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Yeah, it has been a long time shice I've heard one.  Back in the '80s bitchez. 

 

And obviously, what I heard was just a test.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 07:25 | 4753944 Headbanger
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I can't believe how all of this is exactly what my then 85 year old Dad said 20 years ago would happen!

I thought he was just old and cranky but he warned us the "money people in this country are going to gain full control" and cause another Great Depression that will lead to another world war.

It's all coming true! I can't believe it.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 00:41 | 4753639 Andre
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"I can too! I can too!" BO

and from my youth...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Yik8zm8SVA

 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:55 | 4752987 pods
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Are they gonna use the same nukes that a couple years ago when travelling around the country like Lord Stanley's Cup?

pods

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:58 | 4753000 g'kar
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Didn't you hear that those were detonated off the coast of S. Carolina?

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:58 | 4752997 old naughty
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No U2.

Otherwise planes in all 50+1 states will be grounded for 5 days, no?

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:11 | 4753031 NidStyles
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The state has to keep up the impression of it's all powerful status in order to keep it's tax livestock in check.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:50 | 4753149 DanDaley
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"10 B-52 Stratofortresses and up to six B-2 Spirit bombers"

 

There were more but Omojo sold 'em for golf money.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 23:26 | 4753448 snr-moment
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Well, Obama ditched the F-35, F-22 and wanted to cut our arsenal to 300 warheads.

 

But he IS trying.  I've notice fewer NetJets advertisements lately.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 23:23 | 4753431 Bingo Hammer
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Here's a picture of some more out in the parking lot...

http://www.airliners.net/photo/USA---Air/Boeing-B-52...-Stratofortress/0...

we can all feel real safe now I suppose, right?...

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 00:22 | 4753608 Uncle Remus
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Ah, the boneyard.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 00:25 | 4753610 mccvilb
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We carried a single last-resort nuclear rocket in the weapons bays of all of our stateside fighter/interceptors. They supposedly could knock out a whole squadron of B-52s with one shot; unfortunately using them also guaranteed the self-destruction of the fighter plane firing it. When was that you ask? Uh, 1966.

This reminds me of the puff piece 60 Minutes did a couple of years ago on the first and only viewing and filming ever allowed inside an active ICBM silo. Analog circuitry, monochrome crts, and incandescent nixie warning lights, lol. The motor control center was right out of Buck Rogers. I'm guessing the "silo" probably hadn't been in use for a good fifty years, but the idiots on 60 Minutes thought they'd pulled off the scoop of the century.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 04:07 | 4753818 angel_of_joy
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"10 B-52 Stratofortresses and up to six B-2 Spirit bombers"

If that's all they can muster for a show off, they are in worse shape than I thought.

Incidentally, Putin played last week with some missiles intended to shut down exactly this sort or aircrap.

It was quite convincing...

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 06:18 | 4753868 SameAsItEverWas
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..but there were some gold francs and condoms in the survival kit. "Heck, a guy could have a pretty good time in Vegas with this." , if memory serves. 

no "some" of anything.  no francs and no condoms either.  the name of each item was preceded by its quantity, mostly all unitary, as in his "one pair of silk stockings," followed by "one miniature Bible."

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:13 | 4752871 zerohedgejjxxzz12
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This is a great thing for Obumber to do. It is the only thing he can be good at.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:00 | 4753003 old naughty
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what, no drones?

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:30 | 4752917 Overfed
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I remember a time when it was a lot easier to love America and be proud. Now that most of the  illusions of freedom have been stripped away, it's getting damn tough.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:42 | 4752951 Grande Tetons
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Now that most of the  illusions of freedom have been stripped away....

 

Then. America could pull rabbits out of its hat. 

Now. America pulls rabbits out of its ass. 

What is the difference? A lot of pissed off rabbits. 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:46 | 4753144 Cathartes Aura
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welcome to reality.

signed,

the rest of the world


global isn't quite living up to the broken promises, hm.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 23:04 | 4753360 Hallow To Our Men
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"The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion.

At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain,

they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains,

they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater."

Frank Zappa

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 23:35 | 4753486 prains
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I remember a time when it was a lot easier to love America

 

I don't.....it's been the same twisted sack of shit since inception just that the fake veneer has finally fallen off, much like the bridges on the freeways. Ask a slave maybe they remember something different.....like happy times

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 03:35 | 4753800 Harbanger
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"Ask a slave maybe they remember"

+1 for the white guilt reflex.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 07:55 | 4753996 jwoop66
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Hard to get slaves over here for a while now, but I hear that bokul harum has a good deal on some girls in africa.

 

I guess some places change, some don't.

 

 

What were we talkin' about? guilt?

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:14 | 4752875 New Ordnance
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Serendipity, I love it!

Slim Pickins rides again.

Just got this up a few minutes ago:

Swiss Shelter Standards: Technical Directives for the Construction of Private Air Raid Shelters and the 1971 Conception of the Swiss Civil Defense

http://rockymountaincorn.com/blogs/the-tool-shed

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 22:44 | 4753322 Wannabee
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I have several close friends living in Switzerland. Yes indeed they have bomb shelters.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 01:38 | 4753720 silvermail
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I have several close friends living in Russia.
Yes, indeed they begin collecting signatures for a nuclear attack on the United States. They sincerely believe that the United States - is the main source of evil and terrorism on our planet. They believe that mankind is tired of the tyranny of the United States and therefore, the U.S. must burn in nuclear fire. All of them are prepared to die for the successful implementation of this noble goal.
They will demand from the Russian government to destroy the United States.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 03:54 | 4753813 Harbanger
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No one cares.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 02:37 | 4753758 New Ordnance
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Every Swiss at home and at work is supposed to have a seat in a 15psi blast and radiation shelter. The gun culture is alive and well in Switzerland. They are armed to the teeth. All able-bodied males serve in the military and reserves until age 50 as I recall. Then they serve in civil defense organizations in various capacities. They also take their automatic weapons home and keep them. The crime rate is low as one would expect.

 

Maybe someone on the ground in Switzerland could give us a report on the current state of civil defense.  It’s been a while since I was in Zurich and my Schweizerdeutch is rusty.

 

http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0281/6710/files/Swiss_Shelter_Standards.html?1826

 

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 07:24 | 4753945 scrappy
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Great comment New ordinance.

At the SHTF blog there are some good comments on this too.

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/intelligence-insider-reveals-frame...

Sample Comment:

"Be informed says:
Comment ID: 3072784 May 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm

@ laeagle. Throughout human history people have thought that their defenses were invulnerable. Famous last words. The U.S. has given a death sentence to Americans. You look at the countries of Israel and Switzerland and the people there have good chance of survival. China and Russia have taken similar approaches to safeguarding at least part of their population...

...One other thing. As children we all were taught to prepare and to take shelter during an attack. Now as adults we are regarded as domestic terrorists for doing exactly what the government taught us as children to do. We are all just suppose to die during an attack because the government knows what is best for us. This is the government you think is invulnerable that can’t even live by their own words to their own popualtion???? This includes trying to disarm the civilian militia and annihilate the 2nd Amendment that is the back up to the armed forces and security of all of us. That sure doesn’t install much faith in the self defense of this country."

Duck and cover is the plan for the majority of us???

The elite have their shelters though, don't they.

This is criminal.

The Swiss and the Israelies got this one right for today's world.

Long Dirt. (18 inches is the minimum you need to try to survive radiation if you are not in a direct target zone)

"Honey, I have to bury the kitchen"


 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:58 | 4752815 buzzsaw99
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the ruskies are after our precious bodily fluids. oh wait, that's the usa.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 03:48 | 4753806 intric8
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Mines is bigger than yours

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 04:11 | 4753820 angel_of_joy
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By the look of it no, it's not !

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 04:13 | 4753824 intric8
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Saving for surgery in thailand. stuck with my junk till then

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:13 | 4752869 Canadian Dirtlump
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Loses its effect in that it is a hysterical response to russia's show. Sort of a psycho ex girlfriend lashing out sort of thing.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:45 | 4752957 hobopants
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All of it is a stupid waste of money.

Only way to get any value would be to shove all the oligarchs and bankers from every nation into the bomb bay and drop them from 32 thousand feet.

Let them kill each other and leave ordinary people the fuck out of it.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:19 | 4752911 stant
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So here we are , ( my best southern accent) how did we arrive at this dark situation! Threats to blow up our customers and biz partners. Stewards of resrerve currency that we are. Where have we seen this before?

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 03:52 | 4753809 intric8
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Its the penis envy of that fucked up chick Nuland (formerly Nudelman) that contributes to the problem. Bitch rubs elbows amongst the neocon warcranks with an aim to climb the ladder. Every third or fourth utterance out of her piehole is inflammatory or prococative.

If she strikes you as an sycophant wench bent on promoting unrest and war instead of peace, we can cast some of the blame on her husband robert kagan. Sporting a similar rhinoplastic and race neutral look, dude turns out to be a co-founder for 'a project for the new american century'. what a match. I can just imagine the pillow talk these two have about how wonderful it is to use taxpayer money and american blood to further their zionist agenda. I cant imagine, however, anyone who would willfully choose to have sex with nuland unless it involved a lot of money.

These menaces to peace and humanity have no place in american public service.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 04:54 | 4753819 intric8
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Read nulands not so complimentary wiki page before it gets redacted. Its like someone from zh wrote most of it lol

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Nuland

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 06:26 | 4753876 SameAsItEverWas
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Thanks.  This Is What Democracy Looks Like!

Under Controversies, the first item is Cookies in Kiev.  taken right now from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Nuland

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2013 Nuland distributes cookies to protestors in Kiev[edit]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with staff at a Berlin restaurant, January 31, 2014

In December 2013 Nuland distributed cookies to protestors in Kiev's Maidan Square. Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev criticised this as interference in the affairs of a sovereign state.[13]

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 04:36 | 4753837 matrix2012
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Meet the Americans Who Put Together the Coup in Kiev (3/25)

 

If the US State Department's Victoria Nuland had not said "Fuck the EU," few outsiders at the time would have heard of Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, the man on the other end of her famously bugged telephone call. But now Washington's man in Kiev is gaining fame as the face of the CIA-style "destabilization campaign" that brought down Ukraine's monumentally corrupt but legitimately elected President Viktor Yanukovych.

"Geoffrey Pyatt is one of these State Department high officials who does what he’s told and fancies himself as a kind of a CIA operator," laughs Ray McGovern, who worked for 27 years as an intelligence analyst for the agency. "It used to be the CIA doing these things," he tells Democracy Now. "I know that for a fact." Now it's the State Department, with its coat-and-tie diplomats, twitter and facebook accounts, and a trick bag of goodies to build support for American policy.

A retired apparatchik, the now repentant McGovern was debating Yale historian Timothy Snyder, a self-described left-winger and the author of two recent essays in The New York Review of Books – "The Haze of Propaganda" and "Fascism, Russia, and Ukraine." Both men speak Russian, but they come from different planets.

[...]

Geoffrey R. Pyatt, is the current United States Ambassador to Ukraine

http://bitly.com/kievcoup

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:06 | 4753019 American Dreams
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Fuckin truth is scary

AD

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 23:18 | 4753407 oklaboy
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whenI was in the service as an ait traffi controller, we had 744 B-52's on standby I saw maos tof them), with between one and 4 in the air at all time skirting the USSR border ( I watched it on rader), and no more that one hour from attack a target, missile warmed up, and now they have us down to this... pathetic

 

 Among the units taking part in this drill are bomber wings that will fly approximately 10 B-52 Stratofortresses and up to six B-2 Spirit bombers "to demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness in the training scenarios throughout the continental U.S."

 

And this is our response to the Russian...I am sorry to say.we are fucked.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:50 | 4752783 royal
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I guarantee the highlights (if we get any) won't be as good as Russias.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:06 | 4752825 Manthong
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I must have missed the homo NFL kiss in McM’s interesting mix.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:03 | 4753012 nmewn
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lol...they got that over on HuffPo I'm sure. Along with Boko Haram"s actual War on Women & the progressive women who love it.

Its a pretty weird mix that takes an aquired taste ;-)

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 01:25 | 4753707 Manthong
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Kinda like a bucket of Philippine Red Horse and balut Hors d’oeuvres  

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:08 | 4752839 nonclaim
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:10 | 4753029 New Ordnance
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In Montana circa early 1980's, lone B52's would practice infiltration runs through remote valleys 100 feet off the deck and follow the terrain through passes and over the next mountain range - still 100 feet off the deck. It was erie looking down from a modest height at the monster roaring below, the whole world shaking in a scene right out of Siberia that Dr. Strangelove would have savored.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 23:26 | 4753426 MsCitizen2
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LOL New Ordnance

 . . . like fryin' chickens in a barnyard!

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 23:46 | 4753527 Oh regional Indian
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Somehow I don't believe you can fly a B 52 100 feet off deck for extended periods.

Too much power needed, ground effect madness, FOD....must have looked like that to what I am assuming wiere your little eyes :-)

 

500 feet, yes. 100 feet is for WW2 prop planes.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 00:12 | 4753590 Uncle Remus
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Dunno the altitude they used, but they used to do low-altitude bomb runs up on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. And the fighter jocks got to tear shit up at the Goldwater range in the southern part of the state. Lots of foreign fighter pilots flew out of Luke. Now I think they just do CAP over the contested counties in AZ overtaken by the Mexican drug runners and coyotes.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 01:21 | 4753696 dirty dolphin
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Maybe you witnessed Lt Col Holland making one of those low altitude approaches. He was good at flying low, until he wasn't.

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaN9-kBBvx4

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 01:37 | 4753719 Uncle Remus
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I'm no pilot, but if that was the guy in the left seat in all those videos, he seemed to have a bad habit of taking his turns too hard, if that is the right phrase.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 03:52 | 4753811 New Ordnance
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From what I've read, Holland was an accident waiting to happen and should have been grounded before his final swan song.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 03:46 | 4753807 New Ordnance
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Oh

LOL. I could not measure it. Believe me, that sucker was low. I was expecting it to plow into the mountainscape at any second. The Air Force out of Malmstrom in Great Falls was perfecting a new low-altitude-auto-terrain-following radar guidance system as I recall. That was the strategy to get underneath Soviet radar. Otherwise, it would be like Gary Powers - taken out even at 60,000 feet. The BUFF (Big Ugly Fat Fucker) was a low-level penetration bomber.

“In November 1959, to improve the aircraft's combat capabilities in the changing strategic environment, SAC initiated the Big Four modification program (also known as Modification 1000) for all operational B-52s except early B models.[78][127] The program was completed by 1963.[128] The four modifications were the ability to launch AGM-28 Hound Dog standoff nuclear missiles and ADM-20 Quail decoys, an advanced electronic countermeasures (ECM) suite, and upgrades to perform the all-weather, low-altitude (below 500 feet or 150 m) interdiction mission in the face of advancing Soviet missile-based air defenses”

Wikipedia

See what it said,  “below 500 feet”.

 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:50 | 4752785 free_lunch
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When I read 'nuclear weapons' I thought it was an article about money as debt

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:54 | 4752806 kliguy38
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No....THAT would be REALLY fochin' scary

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:51 | 4752787 NoDecaf
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Those poor desert turtles. I wonder what the BLM has to say about this.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:59 | 4752818 McMolotov
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Any unfortunate critters that are blown to shit in the name of freedom are American heroes, and their sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:08 | 4753025 ZerOhead
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Forget BLM... I prefer BLT... bacon, lettuce and turtle.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:52 | 4752796 NOZZLE
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Why not,  we already had EXERCISE 08, LOOSE SHOES, WARM PLACE TO SHIT, followed up with, EXERCISE 10 VIOLATE 1ST AM & 4TH AM RIGHTS,  not to be outdone by EXERCISE QE4EVER TO MAKE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION CLOWN LOOK GOOD.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:52 | 4752797 BringOnTheAsteroid
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Thank goodness the US population has one of the highest percentages of christians in the western world. Imagine if it didn't, there'd be something far worse than B52 bombers straffing the world with nuclear bombs.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 23:18 | 4753406 prains
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if it had fewer christians or any other bronze age voodoo then it might actually be able to think critically and with some empathy

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 23:32 | 4753473 snr-moment
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That explains the "p"

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 23:55 | 4753548 BringOnTheAsteroid
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I doubt atheists would run the world any better, but at least they aren't full of shit. I'm somewhat offended that a god fearing nation like the US is one of the most dangerous to world peace. There's really something quite fucked up about it. I'd love to listen in on the prayer the B52 bomber pilot recites as he releases his nuke. Now that would be amusing for a nano-second. 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 23:59 | 4753561 prains
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....In the name of the Father, the Son....and the Holy shitstain we're about to release....

 

so fucked up, so upside down and backwards it's almost to the point where somebody has to go......

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 02:49 | 4753767 snr-moment
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"P' for prawn.  Not even the good shit.  just some half assed imitation

 

But the best part is.....You probably live in a big city.  Duct tape and heavy wet books dork.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:53 | 4752802 IReallyDontCare
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They always say that Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:54 | 4752805 WTFUD
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I heard Capt. James T Kirk was overseeing events

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:55 | 4752807 Carpenter1
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Does this chest puffing really accomplish anything?

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:58 | 4752817 SHEEPFUKKER
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Can't we just have a Twitter war instead of a nuclear one?

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:56 | 4752810 Dorelei
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I ‘m still pondering about who is the real antichrist : Obama or Putin ???

 

By the way, if you have any tips about the real date of the Apocalypse I would gladly appreciate !!

 

So I can plan accordingly and convert my Bitcoins in gold to backpack it with me in my stairway to Hell !

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:20 | 4752891 Dorelei
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Faust of Harvard not wanting a Walpurgis night on campus ,

Sounds  like a Goethian play !!

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:21 | 4752897 JB
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The Antichrist resides in the Vatican.

 

The 'real date of the apocalypse' has been ongoing for the last two thousand years. As for The Day of the LORD, no man knows the day or hour, not the angels on heaven, nor even the Son. Only the Father.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:12 | 4753036 johansen
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far as i know the AC is still restrained, far as i know no one who seems to have any authority has declared any prophecy fufilled since Peter did, instead more was written (for example, Paul writing "now you know 'what' restrains him") btw, the "what" is an angel, not a person, which would be a 'who'. however, one of the many antichrists sure looks like a clone of an egyption king, married to a dude. oh, and his kids are uh, clones too.but i digress.

yes, you're correct the war has been on going. here's an interesting verse:John 12:31. "now is the judgement" its an interesting verse, seeing as John wrote Revelation too. but the day is near, but i can't say anymore.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 03:14 | 4753787 JB
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Do a little research into the Protestant Reformation, and what the reformers wrote.

Then maybe look up cardinal Francisco Ribera, and what he wrote.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:13 | 4753041 Kirk2NCC1701
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That's some real "family issues", when Jr God (theoretically equal in the Trinity) is kept out of the loop -- over a trifle matter of a small, insignificant planet in an insignificant galaxy.

Seems that communism reigns supreme in Heaven also, where some are more equal than others.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:16 | 4753057 johansen
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let me know when you fully understand the paradox of your own free will...

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 04:12 | 4753821 StychoKiller
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Dharma: Who is truly happy? What is the greatest wonder?  What is the path?  And what is the news?

Yudhishthira:  He who has no debts is truly happy.  Day after day countless people die.  Yet the living wish to live forever.  O Lord, what can be a greater wonder? Argument leads to no certain conclusion, the Srutis are different from one another; there is not even one Rishi whose opinion can be accepted by all; the truth about Dharma and duty is hid in caves of our heart: therefore, that alone is the path along which the great have trod.  This world full of ignorance is like a pan. The sun is fire, the days and nights are fuel.  The months and the seasons constitute the wooden ladle.  Time is the cook that is cooking all creatures in that pan (with such aids); this is the news.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:18 | 4753058 Keyser
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Religious nutters are all the same the world over, the only difference is which team you play for, much like the idiocy of the world's political systems... The human race is not far enough removed from swinging in the trees to avoid self-destruction and religion will be one of the primary causes of that destruction... 

 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 23:22 | 4753429 Rusty Shorts
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Wake up asshole!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMEot_ffP7w

 

lol

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:26 | 4753080 Mike in GA
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Both; and soon.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:42 | 4753129 Dublinmick
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According to MSM (CNN) the apocalypse should be about August.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jijqqZiZK6A#t=43

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 00:02 | 4753571 matrix2012
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Putin “Vision” Of War ...Terrifies Kremlin

"A stunning memorandum originating from the Presidential Office relating to President Putin’s highly protected and secretive 4-day visit to the Valaam Monastery late last month has terrified the Kremlin today as it states that the massive nuclear war strike drills conducted this past week were “directly related” to a “vision” the President had..."

Read it here.

 

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 01:29 | 4753714 Radical Marijuana
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Sorcha Faal I have found to be a disinformation source.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 00:05 | 4753575 Uncle Remus
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Hillary

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 10:17 | 4753852 matrix2012
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Mystics of the Church: The Third Secret of Fatima Explained

 

"If Our Lady of the Rosary could foresee her eventual triumph, she would equally have known in 1917 that the Third Secret would not be published till the end of the Century."

Yes, which is why Our Lady of the Rosary made sure we had the key sentence, "In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved."

 

The Third Secret of Fatima warns of widespread apostasy in the Church. 

 

In September 1952 Father Joseph Schweigl was entrusted by Pope Pius XII with a secret mission to interrogate Sister Lucy about the Third Secret. He subsequently stated:

"I cannot reveal anything of what I learned at Fatima concerning the Third Secret, but I can say that it has two parts: one concerns the Pope; the other logically (although I must say nothing) would have to be the continuation of the words: "In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved."

 

The Secret seems to deal with the apostasy and chastisementamong other things, that the great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top [i.e. the highest hierarchy in Rome]

Read it HERE

 

See also:

The Devil's Final Battle - Chapter 4 - The Third Secret

http://www.devilsfinalbattle.com/ch4.htm

 

2 hour 30 minute must-see video: The Third Secret of Fatima (3rd edition)

http://www.mostholyfamilymonastery.com/truthreport/2-hour-30-minute-vide...

 

I forget to mention earlier that the Second Secret of Fatima relates to the Consecration of Russia, and failure in carrying it out will bring the severe consequences for the world. [Indeed I came to the stories about the Fatima Apparitions because of this 2nd Secret.]

From what I read, the Consecration of Russia has not been fulfilled [properly] to date [the Vatican, the many Popes since 1960s failed to carry it out]; hence, the world won't stay peaceful. Please refer to above links for further info (in particular the topmost one about the impostor.)

 

(i shall confess here that i ain't a Catholic, i just read them out of reading interests, in view of the world's protracted crises)

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:57 | 4752812 Son of Captain Nemo
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Is the IMF willing to give a "loan guarantee" for those exercises given that we're, Well... Kind of broke with the whole 1,000 + military bases worldwide and the 20% unemployment "Thing"... Stateside?

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:48 | 4752969 Yes_Questions
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Shit, the whole arsenal was likely pledged for credit money long, long ago.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 19:59 | 4752820 williambanzai7
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Yes we can...

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:29 | 4752916 Son of Captain Nemo
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Sadly at this point and I don't even mind saying it to the men and women in uniform that "serve" this Nation considering where we've been and how far down the toilet we've seen our military and it's reputation taken in the last 13 years alone...

Henry Kissinger's unfortunate choice of words are ringing true every day they follow the orders they are given!

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:39 | 4753120 25or6to4
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@capt nemo
It's all about the forever "ruh tire munt" after twenty years plus benefits. Goverment employees will do nothing to jeopardize that including screwing his fellow citizen six ways to Sunday.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 22:05 | 4753196 Cathartes Aura
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add to both above commentaries the fact that the majority are employed by govt now, add in the "excess" military war-crap the "industrial complex" still churns out for profits and is now being distributed throughout small towns in "heartland amrka" together with the uni-formed out of control policing forces, and you can see where this shit is headed, a not so distant

future.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:52 | 4752981 Yes_Questions
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uhhhhmerika

 

fuhhhck yeah..

 

...  _ _ _  ...

 

...  _ _ _  ...

 

...  _ _ _  ...

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:56 | 4752989 Yes We Can. But...
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...but let's not.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 23:23 | 4753433 oklaboy
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yes they did

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:02 | 4752827 Seize Mars
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Assholes. Irresponsibility on a colossal scale.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:11 | 4752829 skifff
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" former U.S. Defense Department nuclear strategy official, told the Washington Free Beacon that Russia’s drill last week seemed aimed at sending a message of “nuclear intimidation” to the United States and NATO over Ukraine. He noted that Moscow typically stages its atomic exercises in the fall."

Yeah, sure...

Any launch of ICBMs is always announced between US and Russia far in advance, strange that "U.S. Defense Department nuclear strategy official" doesn't know about it...

Russian strategic forces drill was announced to US in October of 2013.

What all of U.S. Defense Department nuclear strategy officials are smoking?

US drill of 10 B-52s and 6 B-2s is does not need to be announced since no ICBMs are launched. hmm...  May be this one is a message of “nuclear intimidation” to the United States and NATO over Ukraine

Noooo it can't be!

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:11 | 4752856 ZerOhead
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NeoCon c*ck?

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:18 | 4752881 thatthingcanfly
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.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:04 | 4752832 Millivanilli
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Would someone tell Obama quit playing with his snatch and shut the fuck up.  

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:10 | 4752852 Grande Tetons
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Hey, if he keeps it up he might finally hit a hole in one. 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:18 | 4752883 ebworthen
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Pretty sure he's only on the receiving end, but he can dream I suppose.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:21 | 4752894 Grande Tetons
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He just such a kinky mother fucker! He just wants to explore holes and have his explored at the same time. 

The Great Spelunker.  

 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:08 | 4752842 zerohedgejjxxzz12
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Maybe they should practice scrambling fighter jets in the event of hijacked aircraft, Oh wait, then they couldnt use that false flag tactic again!  

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:12 | 4752858 McMolotov
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Needs moar cowbell.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:26 | 4752912 Ariadne
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:01 | 4753007 Yes_Questions
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Great Album!

 

and levity..

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 23:54 | 4753550 Rusty Shorts
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Armageddon - Silver Tightrope

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I6nF5B7cAA

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 09:26 | 4754279 Yes_Questions
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Thanks, just listened..

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 23:22 | 4753404 Hallow To Our Men
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Needs moar Morse code !

 

the soundtrack of our lives :

 

The Stranglers - "Enough Time"

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRNMgpXWWhE

 

at 2min 5sec : "SOS. This is planet Earth. We are fucked. Please advise"

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 06:30 | 4752854 Taint Boil
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Well this all sounds real mature, what could possibly go wrong. So what country was the first to use nuclear weapons on non-military targets including women and children? Oh yeah that’s right we were trying to send a message to Russia back then too.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:14 | 4752861 One And Only
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Why couldn't any country with nuclear capabilities just plant  nuclear weapons in every major US city that could be detonated by a martyr or remote signal (like a cell phone)? These nuclear sabre rattling exercises seem completely unnecessary as nuclear weapons don't need to be fired via missile or dropped from a bomber. Just put a remotely activated nuke in X city and dial xxx xxx xxxx to detonate.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:16 | 4752876 Grande Tetons
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Yeah! It would be like if they wired two high rise bulidings to detonate. If only they had a blueprint. If only. 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:16 | 4752879 Bastiat
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I have wondered that since the 60s.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:23 | 4752906 One And Only
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Well I'm pretty sure we're not the first two people that have thought of this, which makes one wonder...

How many nuclear bombs are pre planted in the city you live in?

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:09 | 4753026 Yes_Questions
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I'll go with moar than won

 

my state figured prominently in War Games.  

 

MX missile System

 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:25 | 4753079 Luckhasit
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Do we count Micro nuclear devices and suitcases in one category?

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:18 | 4752888 Millivanilli
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That couldn't happen.  Homeland security is guarding our borders and checks  .001 percent of all goods entering the country.   

 

 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:00 | 4753004 Yes We Can. But...
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Ogolfer said just the other day that he is worried about a nuke detonation in the USA...

http://nypost.com/2014/03/25/obamas-top-fear-is-manhattan-getting-nuked/

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 02:55 | 4753774 RmcAZ
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Why is he so concerned with Manhattan? ...oh... Never mind,

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:16 | 4752877 ebworthen
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DUH!

The U.S. knows Russia or China will pull the trigger first.

Quit faking it you poseurs; quit poking the bear and the tiger, and quit bailing out the Harpies and Warlocks on Wall Street and in Brussels.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:18 | 4752884 IridiumRebel
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I suggest everyone check a nuke map on fallout and prevailing winds.....

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:58 | 4752999 Winston Churchill
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Already did.
I should be OK from the fallout from Tampa, and Miami being vaporized.
Am a little concerned about Turkey point nuke power plant cooking off.
Nobody seems to have thought about those on the fallout maps.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 00:00 | 4753567 IridiumRebel
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We should be ok if we could get out about 20 miles east. From there we go to the farm in the sticks.

Half off thinks this is just a way for rich fucks to fleece us further and the other half thinks they are actually that fuckin crazy to go hot. All I know is that we have reached the end of cheap energy, cheap debt and cheap resources. That's not good. In other news I started my first garden.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:20 | 4752892 Carl Popper
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The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:22 | 4752898 Millivanilli
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I miss the good ole days when jihadist were taking down sky scrapers, even ones that weren't hit by planes- preannounced by BBC,  with Jets.  Did I forget to mention doing manuvers that well trained pilots couldn't pull off.  

 

Oh forget it.  THis sarcasm thing sucks.  Fuck the lying, shit bag psychopaths destroying everything they set their sights on.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 21:13 | 4753044 Yes_Questions
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atomic war is a relic in that light.

 

Pull It!

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:23 | 4752907 shovelhead
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Romania “believes the threat of using a Russian strategic bomber plane by a Russian deputy prime minister is a very grave statement under the current regional context,” the ministry said.

His choice of words means he got the message.

Grave, indeed.

Just because Europe buys your horsemeat doesn't mean they'll show up with band-aids if the bear doesn't like being poked in the eye.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:24 | 4752910 earleflorida
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gold...

 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:34 | 4752921 JuliaS
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To show its military might, US dropped 2 atomic bombs on Japan, killing 185,000.

Russia sent a Vostok payload delivery system into orbit, which was retrofitted to carry a human (Yuri Gagarin) and 7 months later it detonated the world's most powerful nuclear bomb - Tzar Bomba. The message was strategic: "We can send payloads anywhere we want... and this is what the payload might be." It was heard loud and clear, as the shocks from the explosion circled the earth almost 3 times.

Death toll from the Russian test - 0.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 20:44 | 4752960 indio007
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This is a good place for a memory refresh. Don't forget to Duck and Cover!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwlNPhn64TA

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