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|I know there have been a few comments on last weeks new items in the Bethesda store… I don't expect too many complaints about this lovely item
Limited to a print run of 250, this "Giclee" is museum quality, 16 by 20 inches on Cotton Rag Archival Paper and archival inks. At a mere $US 40 can you afford to miss this up?
There's also this lovely new T-shirt for $18.
|For those of us here in Europe, there's now a new store opened for us… sadly the range isn't nearly as nice as the US store, with just 3 T-shits available.|
Well Indiegogo has officially ended! A HUGE thank you again to all who have supported Swallow Your Bliss! Can't wait for you all to see it!”— Micheal Dorn
Dateline: Rockville, MD
|We wet your appetite for Bethesda Published "The Evil Within" last week, here's the new extended gameplay trailer
Chris Avellone, come on down
|MCA did have a few things to say about Fallout and the future when he spoke to Hold the Line recently
Relic and Nuclear News
"All that happened didn't matter to me — it was my job. I was simply doing my job, and I was the right person at the right time, that's all. My late wife for 10 years knew nothing about it. 'So what did you do?' she asked me. 'I did nothing.'”— lLt.Colonel Stanislav Petrov
30 Years ago (26 September 1983) this man, Stanislav Petrov, saved your life.
How? By using common sense, and not blindly following regulations.
On that fateful day Lt Col. Petrov was an officer on duty at the Serpukhov 15 Bunker, the command centre for the Soviet Oko early warning system, ever vigilant for signs of an American attack… Should an attack be detected a swift and immediate nuclear response was all but inevitable.
At one minute past midnight, the OKO system detected what seemed to be a single ICBM launch in the USA. There was no way to verify the attack, the soviets land based radar system would not be able to confirm the presence, or absence, of missiles, until they should be much closer.
Lt Colonel Petrov however reasoned that a single USA ICBM launch would be an absurd thing for the USA to do - the Americans surely knew that a single launch would result in the Soviet Union launching everything in retaliation - much of which was targeted at US military facilities, destroying any possible second strike - with no point in saving for a second strike it only stood to reason you'd throw everything into the first.
But thats not the end of the story. Later on the same shift system tripped again - there were now apparently four american ICBMs in the air… and all headed towards the Soviet union. Again, Petrov held his nerve - 4 ICBMs was just as absurd as 1 - there should be dozens if not hundreds if the Americans really wore attacking.
Of course in the end, Petrov was of course correct. There were no ICBMs in the air, the computer system had tripped in error, a rare alignment of the sun was responsible for triggering the alerts.Whilst in the intervening years Petrov has been celebrated for his use of common sense (much to his surprise as he thought very little of the event), being the recipient of numerous peace prizes… In his homeland, despite praise on camera for his actions, he was "intensively questioned" and then reprimanded by his superiors for not logging the events correctly in the duty log… If you're going to save the world, you better get the paperwork right.
|The Number 2 man in charge of the US Nuclear Arsenal has been suspended whilst he is the subject of an internal investigation.
Vice Admiral Tim Giardina was suspended at the start of the month, with his superiors recommending he be reassigned whilst an internal probe continues to look into alleged misconduct. In the meantime he is prevented from performing duties related to nuclear weapons, or any work requiring a security clearance.
Details on "Why" are scant, but it looks like it is related to some sort of gambling issue… It looks like New Vegas might be wrong after all - Nuclear Weapons and Gambling do not mix.Prior to his current role, Vice Admiral Giardina was a submarine officer, and later chief of staff of the Pacific Fleet.