We’ll Meet Again

On a Soviet era safeguard.

Sure glad that craziness is over.

13 responses to “We’ll Meet Again

  1. Centurion_Cornelius

    Ah, yes–it all seems so fine and dandy! Plans, secondary and tertiary plans with redundancy up the wazoo.

    …except for the “human factor,” a la USAF BG Jack D. Ripper in the mix.

    or, with all the outsourced Chinese electronic chips Silicon Valley has peddled Uncle Sammie or bought by Vlad Putin, who the hell knows how these complicated systems will work (if all all.)

    reminds me of the time I had to drop a huge (and I mean HUGE) tree next to the farmhouse. I had everything calculated out to the foot-pound, where the beast would land, how it would roll, and so forth. long story short–it didn’t turn out “as calculated.” Things are never quite 100%. I learned that from felling trees. You’ve got to accept a fudge-factor–some to the good, some to the bad.

    but, then again, falling trees and their damage ain’t calculated in MEGATONS either. Trick is: can you survive past the fudge-factors?

  2. Wheeeee! Soviet maintenance over the last few decades being what it wasn’t, what could possibly go wrong?

    • It may have eluded your attention that Russia is not SU.

      Maintenance? That may explain why the US Air Farce (not a misspelling) and the USN, are down to less than 1/3 operational aircraft — because the other 2/3 are broken and the maintenance and REFURB schedule for the others is “many years.”

      Or, you could glance at the US infrastructure, which is degrading beyond mere repair, having been build to “just at spec.” Or the “Soviet” infrastructure which was built at 100% over-spec.

      S//

      • DWEEZIL THE WEASEL

        You cannot maintain infrastructure or defense components when you are giving away the store in SNAP and EBT cards to keep the FSA from burning down the Blue Hives.

  3. The craziness ain’t begun yet. Just don’t panic./ S//

    • I realize Russia is not the Soviet Union. I’m also aware of their track record on things like this. This is not infrastructure. One hopes the Russians have control of that thing, and have kept it up.

      The problems with our maintenance is not only what you and Dweezil accurately note, but also a less educated generation coming on board. If parts and money appeared on the deck tomorrow, we’d have hell’s own time getting it right. I wish I was kidding: Seven years ago, I had to explain to a troop how to use a box end wrench and he was by no means the worst. According to my kids, and youngsters I know still in, it has not improved.

      Imagine trying to build the Hoover Dam today: The PM would be a multi-gendered, left handed, blue eyed, clubfooted, North Korean midget to meet all the perversity requirements. Engineering degree optional.

      We appear not only to have forgotten how to do things, but also that some things can be done.

      Panic? We’re way past that point. That buzzing noise you hear is Pinochet spinning in his grave.

      • From what I understand their nuclear weapons technology is at least two generations ahead of ours. It can be certain that “Dead Hand” was not ignored.

        Pinochet… Now there’s an idea. 🙂

        S//

  4. Brinkmanship diplomacy, it ensures politeness, and commands respect. Except in North Korea.

  5. ‘Murka now also has a doomsday device: Donald Trump and his Zionist owners. Which, unlike the Russian one, may already be on automatic.

  6. I smell a rat.

  7. Tomahawk Leftovers EXAMINED at Syrian Shayrat airbase

    “Every man to his family and his belongings”

    • If they start showing Tomahawks fished out of Med off Tartus in the coming days, I rather suspect Aesop will say it’s a Rooskie psyop, it couldn’t possibly be that Ivan has an off switch to any of our stuff…

  8. For an interesting movie take on the Doomsday Device and unintended consequences see Colossus: the Forbin Project (1970).