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04 March 2014


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Alba Etie

Col Lang
Was it not General Haig who was quoted as being" in charge" after Mr Hinkley shot President Reagan ?


Putin said yesterday any attempt to 'freeze' Russian assets would be met by non payment of Russian and Russian company's loans to US institutions. I assume those who hold the loans would be told to collect from frozen assets. It would be interesting to know how much the Russians deposited in US based institutions as opposed to the total value of the loans.

He also made comments about the use of the dollar as a defacto reserve currency.

William R. Cumming


William R. Cumming

Interesting comment!

William R. Cumming

The real Dr. Strangelove:

Wiki extract:

"Edward Teller (Hungarian: Teller Ede; January 15, 1908 – September 9, 2003) was a Hungarian-born American theoretical physicist[1][2][3] who, although he claimed he did not care for the title,[4] is known colloquially as "the father of the hydrogen bomb". He made numerous contributions to nuclear and molecular physics, spectroscopy (in particular, the Jahn–Teller and Renner–Teller effects) and surface physics. His extension of Enrico Fermi's theory of beta decay, in the form of the so-called Gamow–Teller transitions, provided an important stepping stone in its application, while the Jahn–Teller effect and the Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) theory have retained their original formulation and are still mainstays in physics and chemistry.[5] Teller also made contributions to Thomas–Fermi theory, the precursor of density functional theory, a standard modern tool in the quantum mechanical treatment of complex molecules. In 1953, along with Nicholas Metropolis and Marshall Rosenbluth, Teller co-authored a paper[6] which is a standard starting point for the applications of the Monte Carlo method to statistical mechanics.

Teller emigrated to the United States in the 1930s, and was an early member of the Manhattan Project charged with developing the first atomic bombs. During this time he made a serious push to develop the first fusion-based weapons as well, but these were deferred until after World War II. After his controversial testimony in the security clearance hearing of his former Los Alamos colleague J. Robert Oppenheimer, Teller was ostracized by much of the scientific community. He continued to find support from the U.S. government and military research establishment, particularly for his advocacy for nuclear energy development, a strong nuclear arsenal, and a vigorous nuclear testing program. He was a co-founder of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and was both its director and associate director for many years.

In his later years, Teller became especially known for his advocacy of controversial technological solutions to both military and civilian problems, including a plan to excavate an artificial harbor in Alaska using thermonuclear explosive in what was called Project Chariot. He was a vigorous advocate of Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. Throughout his life, Teller was known both for his scientific ability and his difficult interpersonal relations and volatile personality, and is considered one of the inspirations for the character Dr. Strangelove in the 1964 movie of the same name."

I actually met Dr. Teller who sat on the FEMA Advisory Council during the Reagan Administration. I was one of the legal advisors to the designated FEDERAL OFFICIAls who ran the Council which operated under FACA [the Federal Advisory Committe Act].

When I met Dr. Teller in person I asked him how humanity would be doing at the end of the next century. His answers: "Any survivors will be living underground!"

Maureen Lang

It surely does, MS2.

As does this one:

[after playing out all possible outcomes for Global Thermonuclear War]
Joshua(computer voice): Greetings, Professor Falken.
Stephen Falken: Hello, Joshua.
Joshua(computer voice): A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?

-War Games, 1983



Is NATO trying to pull a fast one, and appears got caught with their britches down?




Russian FM publishes docs exposing Ukrainian nationalists’ wartime cooperation with Nazis


William R. Cumming

BTW Dr. Robert Oppenheimer never lost all his security clearances. He did oppose development of the Hydrogen Bomb.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by JFK!



One only has to watch MSM channels here to see the Thunk Tank Bloviators and Congress Critters say encircling Russia is the goal.

There is no end to bringing Freedom.



The inability of the US government to have a long term strategic view is why this crisis bothers me. Eventually a crisis gets out of hand and spirals out of control as the topic of this thread implies.

While I believe this situation will be brought under control, this summer in Syria could boil passions to were everyone has to act.



Those Ukrainians are slow learners in western ways. It was only yesterday that Turchynov dumped the black shirt for a suit and tie. Good thing Hollywood Handlers landed just in time before the photo op with Kerry, can't have the narrative that the only fascists are in Bad Vlad's deranged mind with a poor visual.


"I'm sorry too, Dmitri. I'm very sorry. All right, you're sorrier than I am. But I am sorry as well. I am as sorry as you are, Dmitri. Don't say that you're the more sorry than I am because I am capable of being just as sorry as you are. So we're both sorry, all right?"


also nominated as components of the character Strangelove are Herman Kahn & Dr. Kissinger. quite a jazzy trio.



BTW- in the KGB Museum in Lubyanka Square, Moscow, there is/was an exhibit on the development of Soviet nuclear weapons. Along with pictures of people like Igor Kurchatov, the director of the Soviet bomb project, are two pictures of Oppenheimer. On my first visit to the museum, I noted the pictures of Oppenheimer to a US colleague; a museum docent saw me and quickly rushed up to us exclaiming, "Hed wasn't a spy" in Russian.


There is madness afoot...

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