Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Return of the Doomsday Machine?

Sticking with our recent theme of nuclear bombs, Slate is running an outstanding (and chilling) article by Ron Rosenbaum about semi-automated nuclear weapon fail-deadly launch systems, including the Soviet-era "Doomsday Machine", Peremitr AKA Dead Hand.

The article results from the publication of the book Doomsday Men, which has spawned a worthwhile reading in Wired Blogs and the Times Online. We've also found some nuggets here and here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Has a US Nuke Just Been Stolen (For Use in the USA?)

Decide for yourself. Remember news reports of a terrible "blunder" in which nuclear-armed cruise missiles were mistakenly loaded on a B-52 bomber and flown across the continental United States of America? Did you think it was just another example of the ineptitude that plagues the world today? Or did it sound a bit far-fetched?

Well Chuck Simpson over at the Geronimo Manifesto might be able to shed a bit of light on some rather salient points for consideration in piece in which he gives some history, explains what stinks about the official explanations, what the media have apparently overlooked, what might really be going on and why.

The comments on AboveTopSecret are also worth reading, as are some of the things on Arctic Beacon.

Simpson's conclusion?

"Someone, operating under a special chain of command within the United States Air Force, just stole a nuclear weapon."

But don't take our word for it. See for yourself what leads Simpson to come to this chilling (but, honestly, not surprising) conclusion.

How curious the Americans should choose now to return a large amount of materials recovered from Soviet missile boat K-129. If ever you needed proof that, even in the 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, American-developed nuclear failsafe technologies and systems work as designed and cannot easily be defeated, that was it.

iPhone Unlock in 7 Easy Steps

The Most Eminent Dudes over at macapper have not only unlocked their iPhones but they've put up what may well be the world's first completely eejit-proof, comprehensive, step-by-step (with screenshots) guide to unlocking your iPhone from AT&T. Even if you don't have an iPhone, you have to admit this is some sweet hackery and I really have to give my props to Miles Evans for really giving something back to the community on this one.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Another LAME, I mean AWESOME video.

Finland's very own Gregorious does the Suomosexual bop to NMKY, his cover of the Village People's YMCA. This has GOT to be top pick for "Where are they now?"