relics of the cold war

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The relics of the cold war, decommissioned nuclear submarines of the long gone soviet navy undergoing scrapping, in many cases with help of european and american personnel, as the Russians simply didn’t have enough budget to properly dispose of these beasts.

Quite a sad sight, but that’s the nature of military hardware development: What was once cutting edge, one day will only keep the value of the materials it’s made from.

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Las reliquias de la guerra fría, submarinos nucleares dados de baja de la desaparecida armada soviética siendo chatarrizados, en muchos casos con ayuda de personal europeo y americano, ya que los rusos simplemente no tenían suficiente presupuesto para deshacerse de estas bestias.

Unas imágenes muy tristes, pero esa es la naturaleza del desarrollo de las maquinas de guerra: Lo que algunas vez fue tecnología de punta, un día solo valdrá el peso del material del que está hecho.

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Cold War computing: Relics of SAGE

Mike Loewen brought along some great relics of the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (or SAGE) air defense system from the cold war.  IBM made the AN/FSQ-7, which still holds the record for the largest computer ever created.  This ground breaking network was one of the first reasons to need a modem for computer communication between various points around the country between SAGE installations.  Mike brought along dials and gauges, control panels, vacuum tube assemblies, and my personal favorite piece: core memory.  A whole slab of it.

I love core memory.

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Berlin’s post-war high rises were built with practicality, not beauty, in mind. The hulking buildings were designed to house as many families as possible, and though they were once desirable, today they aren’t generally considered great places to live. But photographer Malte Brandenburg casts them in a new light with his series Stacked.

The photos in Stacked transform these relics into an arresting study of German cold-war architecture. Brandenburg makes sure to shoot on clear days that help give the images a flat, graphic feel.

 Check out more photos and read about Brandenburg’s project.

Sandra Schoenberg and N-11. Mohall, North Dakota. 2014

Sandra moved to her husbands’ family’s farm 35 years ago, when his parents grew too old to tend the land. Not much has changed over that time. She still wakes each morning just a stones throw from N-11, at left, a Minuteman III ICBM tipped with a nuclear warhead. The 150 missiles spread across North Dakota are living relics of the Cold War, and remain on active duty as a deterrent to the same forces they were designed to dissuade more than 50 years ago. Despite the passing of time, the most powerful weapons on the planet still operate on the same antiquated equipment they were originally outfitted with, running on floppy disks and refrigerator sized computers with less computing power than a smartphone. 

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The Cold War Relics Three Photographers Are Documenting Before They Disappear

It’s nearly nightfall and sage ranch park seems deserted. But just as we’re about to stop the pickup, headlights pass: cop car.

“Black-and-white!” Stephen Freskos yells ruefully from the passenger seat. It’s a bad omen for the plan that he and his two companions have made for their evening. They’ve chosen Sage Ranch, on the northwestern outskirts of Los Angeles County, as the departure point for an illegal infiltration into the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, a massive former military installation closed to public view. Their goal: to photograph the site before it, like much of America’s hidden Cold War heritage, is demolished and swept away forever.

The three men—Freskos, a beefy construction manager; Scott Haefner, a wiry web developer with glasses, in the driver’s seat; and Jon Haeber, the smallest of the three and a preservationist by trade, in the back—have spent years exploring deserted spaces together. They started with vacant movie theaters and bowling alleys, then moved on to bigger game: resort hotels, Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, a mansion belonging to Steve Jobs. Now in their thirties, they’ve made a special study of military installations, the documentation of which they feel to be an important public service. During the past half decade, the three have penetrated an astonishing range of secret places, from a Minuteman launch control facility in South Dakota to a Titan II missile site in Marana, Arizona; from the Naval Air Warfare Center in West Trenton, New Jersey, to an Atlas E launch site outside Topeka, Kansas. In their home state of California, they’ve burrowed inside multiple former Air Force bases, four missile sites, and countless other forbidden military spots. This will be their eighth and likely final trip to Santa Susana, which tested ballistic-missile systems and spacecraft engines for the Army, the Air Force, and NASA from 1947 to 2006.

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A relic of the cold war.

Sitting in the hangar of the USAF’s museum lies one of two YF-23 “Black Widow II"s lies the prime competitor to the renowned F-22 "Raptor”. Produced by the Northrop company after the American government had learned of the Su-27 and MiG-29. The YF-23 was designed to meet USAF requirements for survivability, supercruise, stealth, and ease of maintenance. 

Northrop submitted its evaluation results with their proposals on December 1990, and on April 1991, the Secretary of Defense had selected the YF-22 instead of the YF-23.

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Mount Weather is the place where the government of the United States is supposed to be taken to in the event of some sort of a cataclysmic, end-of-the-world situation. It’s a bit of a relic of the Cold War, but it’s a real place. A lot of conspiracy theorists have their own bizarre claims about it. Nobody’s ever seen it, it’s classified, etc. So it’s based on that.

- Showrunner Jason Rothenberg

I think what irritates me most about the way Americans especially treat the Kim regime is that it’s always either a silly baby regime with cartoonish delusions of grandeur or a big evil villain that needs to be stomped out.
Rather than, you know, a relic of the Cold War struggling to figure out how to maintain its sovereignty in the midst of massive world powers treating it more like an asset or annex than a country.

anonymous asked:

hi, anxious hillary voter here. i read an article by a liberal trans lady "Debunking The Bullshit Claim: “You're Privileged If You Don't Vote For Clinton" and am now a mix of bleak and confused and maybe furious and also extra bleak. you have the best bullshit radar out there and also know your shit, are the arguments legit? as a trans person i am terrified of trump but this article seems to be 'be terrified whichever, everything will always be awful' and i just. so tired and scared all the time

Oh my god - first off calling this steaming pile of hot take an “article” is really insulting to articles. I’m not going to go through it point by point to refute all the wrong things she says, because we’d be here until 2018 and I don’t have that kind of time, but I can say that no, the arguments are not legit. Like… any of them. You can and should google the stuff she’s talking about and make your own decision about it! But she literally says at one point that Clinton wants to start a war with Russia which is… I mean, it’s cute almost. As if Clinton is some kind of American Cold War relic who’s just itching to drop nukes on Moscow like it’s 1961. I hope she brings back shoulder pads, too.

But the entirety of the argument is: “Capitalism is evil, the military is evil, and I have not read or listened to, much less absorbed, a single viewpoint that does not jibe 100% with my own for the past five years at least.” It is a shockingly, astoundingly naive piece, that states outright that our country is worse now than it was under Bush, that Republicans are identical to Democrats (but that Democrats losing ground to Republicans during midterms is still bad and is still… entirely the fault of Democrats), and that Trump is just this kind of weird guy who can’t actually do all the stuff he says he can, and is therefor actually better than Clinton.

It shows not the writer’s privilege exactly, but her - I guess you could just call it profound incuriosity about the world, because “stupidity” doesn’t cover it. She’s read stuff that confirms what she wants to believe, and that’s as far as she’s gone. It’s great that she’s got the courage of her convictions I guess, but after reading this all I think is “wow, it must be awesome to be so clear-minded that you can call anyone who disagrees with you evil. I wonder what that’s even like.” Plus I am almost charmed by her insistence that Clinton has, at any point, demanded “cookies” for basic decency. It really does require a lot of special-snowflaking to project that hard onto a complete stranger.

The thing that I do find interesting is that she never actually refutes the claim (one that I don’t actually agree with, personally) that not voting for Clinton is a sign of privilege. Nor did she suggest anything else people might do. It’s just a checklist of performative far-left twerpitude, and I for one have no patience for it.

On a personal note, dear anon, I really want to just give you a hug and offer you actual, physical cookies which I bake myself and which are not a metaphor. Reading “I am so tired and scared all the time” made me tear up because God, it must be so tiring and terrifying right now for you, and I want you to know you’re not in this alone. If you ever need to talk, or need help, please know that I’m here to listen and to help, because fear is in itself exhausting, and you deserve some respite.