Periodically throughout history, Russia gets a hair up its ass to invade another neighboring country— Finland will back me up on this— and in this short week so far, Russia has flooded the Ukranian peninsula of Crimea with over 16,000 troops and counting, claiming that in the turmoil in the Ukraine, Russian citizens in Crimea are being killed. Shit just went all crazy.
Russia has been getting a tremendous amount of shit the last couple days on the Olympic accommodations in Sochi still being under serious construction right before the opening of the Games. Some of it’s real, some isn’t, but in a story not from The Onion, earlier today, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak said that he knew everything was hunky dory in the half-built Sochi hotels, because of all the hidden surveillance cameras in the showers. Later, officials denied there are no shower cams, because ha ha that’s silly Russia would never do that. But when your country is getting hell for your lack of planning, you don’t send out a top government official to blame “western media” for making you look bad and then say shit like “because we’re secretly watching you shower”.
With the Olympics two days away, Sochi is still a half finished, barely functioning construction site
To be fair, every time there’s an Olympics or World Cup, the host city gets all kinds of shit from every angle on how things won’t be ready in time. It happened with the Beijing Olympics and with the Athens Olympics and even though Brazil still has plenty of time for its World Cup later this year and the Rio Olympics in 2016, people are wondering if they’ll be ready, though they definitely will. Sochi seems to be a different story all together, with government corruption putting the games forty billion over budget, and with opening day only two days away, international reporters and athletes are filling the resort town, and repeating back via Twitter and Facebook of the total clusterfuck Sochi is at this point. Venues still under construction, 3 hotels barely starting construction, unpaved roads, stray dogs, and the hotels journalists have checked into have intermittent electricity and internet, foul smelling water (when it works) and rooms that are falling apart or unfinished. Oh, and there’s still a lot of uncertainty about safety against terrorists who would love nothing more than to wreck hell. Go Russia!
The US already has a pretty dominant position in robotic aerial warfare, and we’re working on our own fleet of ground and naval drones, and we’re not the only ones. Russia has been very busy the past few years putting together its own rolling robot legion of death. At this point, it might be hard not to imagine that any full scale water breaking out in the next 10 to 15 years could be fought almost totally through robots.
Mikhail Kalashnikov dies at 94. Eerie just how much of an impact this man had, and always will have on the world. Where would the third world be without AK-47s?
In every Cold War era movie involving nuclear war, there’s a long, complicated process of obtaining, matching, verifying, double and triple checking launch codes before nuking the shit out of the Russians. And this makes sense, considering the gravity of starting World War III and obliterating hundreds of millions of people. But in reality, for 20 years, the launch codes for every single one of America’s launch sites was 00000000. On purpose. Because while JFK’s idea of using cryptic launch codes was well intentioned, most generals figured that if the time came, they didn’t want to waste valuable seconds with verification when they could be nuking Moscow.