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Truth stranger than fiction

The classic film "Dr Strangelove", by Stanley Kubrick and starring Peter Sellars, was derided at the time by the US establishment. In the film a deranged US Air Force officer launches a nuclear attack on Russia. It then transpires that Russia has an automated nuclear response system that cannot be deactivated.

Research by Eric Schlosser has revealed that the scenario in the film was not so far fetched. US nuclear commanders had too much autonomy and Russia considered deploying an automated Dead Hand nuclear response system.  (New Yorker)

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