Streetwise Professor

October 22, 2019

Mom! Vova’s Been Playing With Nukes Again!

Filed under: Military,Politics,Russia — cpirrong @ 5:14 pm

So my original hypothesis that the mysterious nuclear incident in Russia last summer was due to a malfunction in the nuclear-powered cruise missile has been confirmed, at least to the satisfaction of the US government. I was wrong in surmising, however, that the failure occurred at launch.

Instead, apparently the missile made an unplanned hole in the ocean during a test flight over a year ago, and has been killing time (and probably fish!) sitting on the bottom since. When the Russians attempted to raise it, the reactor went critical, and kablooie!

Sounds like they have a few bugs to work out.

Actually, it sounds like the entire idea is harebrained, and extremely dangerous to boot. It doesn’t work, and when it doesn’t work there is the risk of a nuclear incident.

Putin’s fascination with wacko weapons like this is a far, far greater concern than hobgoblins like Russian bots and Facebook ads that haunt Hillary’s dreams–and those of most of the left and the mainstream media. But the reporting on this has been scant, while we hear non-stop about fantastical theories of Russian election influence.

It’s seriously concerning that Vova is playing with crackpot nukes. But our establishment is utterly lacking in serious people to address these concerns. Instead, they are too preoccupied with riding their hobby horses and foaming at the mouth over Trump.

I’m sure it will all turn out swell, don’t you?

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  1. ‘nuclear-powered cruise missile’

    Even just a moment’s reflection makes apparent the madness of this idea. The nature of the cruise missile is to slam into something and explode. You get a guaranteed nuclear outcome at that point, no matter your arming it with a conventional warhead, as this thing will apparently be armed with.

    From the society that gave us the Chernobyl accident: ‘Let’s see how fast we can run this thing. Turn the safety catches off and let her rip.’

    John Wyndham was prescient in positing that the Triffids were the result of some hare-brained Soviet biological experiment.

    Now that you’ve worked out that mystery: perhaps I can propose the hypothesis that the Soviet ‘scientific research’ sub that was studying the seabed and which went missing back in July, with all those brass hats and Heroes of the Motherland on board – it, too, was also a victim of the fallen Skyfall.

    Comment by EX-Global Super-Regulator on Lunch Break — October 22, 2019 @ 10:22 pm

  2. @EX–very astute observation. I’m going to look back into that and if I write anything I will give credit where credit is due!

    Comment by cpirrong — October 23, 2019 @ 2:44 pm

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