50 Years of “Not-Fighting”. The Cold War. “It was a Cold War of words -- a time when nations were rallied by stirring speeches and trembled by ominous warnings.”. Billy Joel condenses the Cold War in under five minutes. “We Didn’t Start the Fire”. “We Didn’t Start the Fire”.
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“It was a Cold War of words -- a time when nations were rallied by stirring speeches and trembled by ominous warnings.”
Richard Nixon back again
Terror on the airlines
Ayatollahs in Iran
Russians in Afghanistan
Wheel of Fortune
Heavy Metal Suicide
Hypodermics on the shore
China’s under Martial Law
Rock and Roller Cola Wars1964-1989
“From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia; all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject, in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and in some cases increasing measure of control from Moscow.” ~Winston Churchill
Remember Greasy Turkey
In August of 1946, the Soviets were trying to establish communist governments in Greece and Turkey.
Truman asked congress for $400 million to help fight communist aggressions via military and economic aid.
In the long run, it pledged the U.S. to fight communism worldwide.
In April of 1949, the U.S. formed a military alliance with W. Europe: North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
NATO members agreed to aid any member that was attacked.
This organization originally had 12 countries. Today NATO has 26 members, with the goal of protecting democracy.
Changes went forward at slow & uneven pace; came to almost a halt by the mid-1960s.
Five-year plans in USSR reintroduced to tackle massive economic reconstruction.
Stalin’s new foe, the U.S., provided an excuse for re-establishing harsh dictatorship.
Stalin revived many forced labor camps, which had accounted for roughly 1/6 of all new construction in Soviet Union before the war.
Culture and art were also purged.
Fat Man: 21 kilotons
Ivy King: 500 kilotons
B53: 9,000 kilotons
How big are today’s
Castle Bravo: 15,000 kilotons
TzarBomba: 50,000 kilotons
We can survive anything those dirty commies throw at us in our nifty new bomb shelter!
2. Consider evacuation (if possible).
If within the vicinity of the blast (or ground zero), your chances of survival are virtually nonexistent unless you are in a shelter that provides a very (VERY) good blast protection. If you are a few miles out, you will have about 10-15 seconds until the heat wave hits you, and maybe 20-30 seconds until the shock wave does. Under no circumstances should you look directly at the fireball.
If you can't find shelter, seek a depressed area nearby and lay face down, exposing as little skin as possible. Even at 5 miles away, the heat can burn the skin off your body
Failing the above options, get indoors, if, and only if, you can be sure that the building will not suffer significant blast and heat damage. This will, at least, provide some protection against radiation. Stay well away from any windows, preferably in a room without one.
Once you have survived the blast and the initial radiation (for now at least; radiation symptoms have an incubation period), you must find protection against the burning black soot that will rain down from the sky
Avoid exposure to Gamma radiation. Try not to spend more than 5 minutes exposedto avoid irreparable damage to the internal organs.
5. Plan on staying in your shelter for a minimum of 200 hours (8-9 days).
Under no circumstances leave the shelter in the first forty-eight hours.
6. Ration your supplies