I love feeling comfortable with the AC off, and barring the unforeseen, it will stay that way for the rest of the day. Now all we have to do is get rid of a Nazi Republican Reich, and I’ll be in a good mood.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:04 (average 5:02). To do it, click here. How did you do?
I was a rout, and I was quite pleased with the Orb’s holy light.
Perhaps they should change to a Republican name: Sphincterbook. RESIST!!
From The Independent: A Soviet officer who averted thermonuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union had died aged 77.
Soon after midnight on 26 September, 1983, duty officer Stanislav Petrov was in charge of an early warning radar system in a bunker near Moscow when computer readouts suggested several missiles had been launched from the US towards the USSR.
The protocol for the Soviet military would have been to launch a retaliatory nuclear attack, but Mr Petrov decided not to alert his superiors.
"I had all the data [to suggest there was an ongoing missile attack]. If I had sent my report up the chain of command, nobody would have said a word against it," he told the BBC’s Russian Service in 2013.
However, he suspected a computer error, believing a first-strike nuclear attack by the US would likely involve hundreds of simultaneous missile launches.
"All I had to do was to reach for the phone; to raise the direct line to our top commanders – but I couldn’t move. I felt like I was sitting on a hot frying pan," he told the BBC.The duty officer decided to call the Soviet army’s headquarters to report a system malfunction.
"Twenty-three minutes later I realised that nothing had happened. If there had been a real strike, then I would already know about it. It was such a relief."
He was a great man. But the USSR under Yuri Andropov was more free and less aggressive than Russia is under Trump’s boss. RESIST!!
From Daily Kos:
A fascinating study was recently reported in Vox and The Root. And the conclusion of that academic study(1) is, as the title sadly suggests, that a mere photograph of a black person can actually make a Trump supporter angry. From The Root:
“When researchers simply asked subjects how they felt about a not-so-complex housing-assistance issue, they were split on their support. But there was a subtle twist to the study: When the information about the issue was accompanied by a picture of a white person, Trump voters were much more likely to support it than when they were cued by an image of a black person.”
If the study ended there, it would probably reveal only what we (sadly) already knew about too many of our fellow Americans.
But there was more:
“The study revealed that when Trump voters were exposed to the “black cue,” it not only made them less supportive of the issue. It made them angry. Yes, a picture of a black man—not an actual black man, but a picture of a black man—made them mad.”
The Republican Reich has carefully cultivated this attitude, ever since they adopted the Southern Strategy under Nixon. RESIST!!