Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2006, 10:53 pm
Four minutes to midnight

On 26th September 1983, Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov received early warning of a US first-strike nuclear attack on the USSR. Contrary to his orders, and basing his decision solely on intuition—unsure whether or not millions of his countrymen were about to perish in a nuclear inferno—he decided that the warning was caused by a computer malfunction, and did not cause the launch of a retaliatory strike against NATO.

Where were you on 26th September, 1983? What were you doing?

(Were you within one of these circles?)

On 27th September 1983, you were doing pretty much the same thing, right?

Thank Stanislav Petrov for that.

Sun, Apr. 23rd, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)

I was probably annoying my parents, We live 8 miles from faslane and coulport naval bases. So somewhere in the mess of circles on the clyde.

Sun, Apr. 23rd, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)

It bothers me that I knew nothing about this man or this event.

Good lord.

It's at least a little comforting to know that sometimes common sense really can save the day.