I did not know this:

According to senior SVR officer Sergei Tretyakov, the KGB was responsible for creating the entire nuclear winter story to stop the Pershing missiles. Tretyakov says that from 1979 the KGB wanted to prevent the United States from deploying the missiles in Western Europe and that, directed by Yuri Andropov, they distributed disinformation, based on a faked a "doomsday report" by the Soviet Academy of Sciences about the effect of nuclear war on climate, to peace groups, the environmental movement and the journal AMBIO.

Wikipedia is of two minds about this. Knowing of other nasty stuff accomplished by the KGB, it’s entirely easy to believe the latter.

Posted Tue Sep 27 19:39:00 2011 Tags:

Just a few minutes ago, my main linux workstation decided to crash. This hardly ever happens, and hardly ever is it pleasant.

But this time, it turned out to have a plus side. The audio card’s buffers were full of a particularly lovely Alan Parsons Project track, and the card was already configured to loop on it. The buffer length was pretty close to the duration of a few bars, so my music sense was not too offended as the phrase repeated over and over. This fortuitous emulation of skipping LPs made me delay the reset & reboot several minutes.

Oh well, back to work.

Posted Thu Sep 29 18:17:00 2011 Tags: