I am not a survivalist. I don’t have a bomb shelter in my back yard and don’t plan to construct one any time soon. Although I do remember a few occasions during the Cold War when I thought it would have been nice if one was magically there. Those under 40 or so really don’t have an appreciation of the tenseness of the Cold War from time to time. Normally, it was nothing you thought about much and went about your daily affairs but then something would crop up like the Cuban missile crisis or the Czech revolt in ’68 or the building of the Berlin Wall right under our noses and those threats from the Communist took on a bite that got your attention. Dr. Strangelove rang too close to reality and made us realize that we were only 30 minutes away from an Armageddon. Like most folks though I went to bed at night worrying more about my bank balance than I did about a mushroom cloud. I can even recall when we had those anti-missile rockets located near all our major cities during the sixties. One battery of rockets was only about 50 miles from where we lived and you could see the facility from the highway. It has long since gone. They probably wouldn’t have worked very well anyway. They were mostly designed to attack enemy aircraft more than missiles. But it was nice to think that something was there to at least give it a try.Sponsored Ads
Some see the current economic downturn as tough — but temporary — times to be endured. But others see it as a harbinger of even grimmer days ahead. So they’re preparing for the worst by stockpiling food: piles and piles and piles of it.
Call them “suburban survivalists,” or call them, well, a little goofy.
Hezbollah has plans to hit Western targets if the US tries to destroy Iran ’s nuclear programme, Canadian intelligence reports say.
According to these declassified intelligence reports, Hezbollah plans to hit Canadian and other Western targets in case the US and allies destroy Tehran ’s nuclear programme. Iran has vowed to continue with the nuclear programme, claiming that it is meant for civilian purposes.
The Taliban’s power in Pakistan continues to grow and it now has entire towns under its control. Under US pressure, the Pakistani army is fighting the Islamists — with limited success. Pakistani intelligence says the Americans are doing more harm than good.
Back when Qari Zainuddin still believed that he could win this war, he stood in front of his office in the Pakistani town of Dera Ismail Khan, surrounded by masked men, each of them with an AK-47 at the ready. A few white doves cooed as the sun blazed down on the flat brick buildings.
There is an overwhelming body of evidence that after destabilizing Iran for the past few weeks, Israeli government is going to directly attack Iran from airstrips in Egypt with flights over Saudi Arabia and via nuclear powered submarines that are capable of carrying nuclear tipped missiles. In anticipation of an imminent attack, Turkey and the Gulf states have placed their armed forces on alert.
British newspapers are reporting increased Israeli activity in the region. The chatter is growing.
One year ago, Harvard University’s endowment stood at $36.9 billion and was the largest in academia. Between the fiscal years of 1990 and 2008, the endowment grew at an average rate of 14.3 percent. But the University has recently fallen on hard times and now faces a $220 million budget deficit and a 30 percent drop in its endowment.
“There are going to be a hell of a lot of layoffs. Courses will be cut. Class sizes will get bigger,” said a Harvard insider to Vanity Fair.
Graney class nuclear submarines combine the ability to launch a variety of long-range cruise missiles (up to 3,100 miles) with nuclear warheads, and effectively engage hostile submarines, surface warships and land-based targets.
The Kazan submarine will feature more advanced equipment than the first vessel in the series -the Severodvinsk, which was laid down in 1992 and is scheduled to join the Russian navy in 2010 or early 2011 after a long delay for financial reasons.
“The second submarine will have improved electronics and fire-control systems, and will be built exclusively with Russian-made materials and components,” Sevmash spokeswoman Anastasia Nikitinskaya said.
LAGOS, Nigeria — Remember that Nigerian prince who contacted you a few months back, saying he’d pay you to help transfer his inheritance to the United States?
All he needed was your bank account details, and you’d be well on the way to riches — or at least on the way to seeing your riches siphoned off to an enterprising Nigerian.
Chances are that email was sent from a console somewhere in Festac Town, a quiet, ramshackle suburb of Lagos, Nigeria.
Dmitri O. Rogozin, Russia’s envoy to NATO, said Friday that President Dmitri A. Medvedev had issued a decree that would impose sanctions on any manufacturer who sells offensive weapons to Georgia, “wherever it is in the Arctic or Antarctic region or in the United States.”
He said Russia considered the question of rearming Georgia more serious than whether Georgia enters NATO.
The era of financial globalization may be coming to an end.
Virtually universal revulsion at the errors and excesses of the financial giants, and the global recession that resulted, has not led to any real consensus what to do about it, at either national or international levels.
Instead, countries are looking out for themselves, or simply quarreling.