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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash" 878

Posted by samzenpus
from the lighten-up-francis dept.
An anonymous reader writes with a Ukraine news roundup. "'Russia is the only country in the world realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash,' anchor Dmitry Kiselyov said on his weekly news show on state-controlled Rossiya 1 television. ... His programme was broadcast as the first exit polls were being published showing an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voting to leave Ukraine and join Russia. He stood in his studio in front of a gigantic image of a mushroom cloud produced after a nuclear attack, with the words 'into radioactive ash.' ... Kiselyov has earned a reputation as one of Russia's most provocative television news hosts, in particularly with his often blatantly homophobic remarks. But he is also hugely influential with his weekly news show broadcast at Sunday evening prime time. Putin last year appointed Kiselyov head of the new Russia Today news agency that is to replace the soon to be liquidated RIA Novosti news agency with the aim of better promoting Russia's official position. — Russia has threatened to stop nuclear disarmament treaty inspections and cooperation. Russian troops are reported to have seized a natural gas terminal in Ukraine outside of Crimea. There are reported to be 60,000 Russian troops massing on Russia's border with Ukraine."
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 17, 2014 @11:52AM (#46506555)

    For the last time: Slashdot is not a technology news website. It is a news site for nerds. There is a difference.

  • by Ottawakismet (2798639) on Monday March 17, 2014 @12:07PM (#46506735)
    Dont be stupid. Russia holds a mere $200b in treasury bills. Selling them would destabilize Russia more than the US. The US would buy that amount up in a few months. You have to understand the scale of debt - trillions in US debt exist, and 200$b is more like a little wave in a lake. China is opposed to Russia about the intervention, but they will not act on their opposition. The American economy is much larger than the Russian, and many other central banks hold way more US debt then the US.
  • by gtall (79522) on Monday March 17, 2014 @12:18PM (#46506889)

    Really? As of last year, Russia held $225 billion in U.S. dollars. So, you think Russia will tank a $17 Trillion dollar economy with $225 billion. I find it helpful to have a sense of perspective when dealing with numbers.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 17, 2014 @12:31PM (#46507091)

    "to spite its face"

  • by Eunuchswear (210685) on Monday March 17, 2014 @12:38PM (#46507179) Journal

    Bragging about the arsenal size is just idiotic.

    Yup.

    The US probably has 2000 odd warheads ready to go. Are there 2000 interesting targets in Russia?

    Fuck, even France has 290. Destroy the top 290 targets and what is left?

    Target 290 by size: Vidnoye,Moscow Oblast, population 52,198.

  • Re:The Day After (Score:3, Informative)

    by laejoh (648921) on Monday March 17, 2014 @12:46PM (#46507333)
    The Day After is a silly, happy disney version of what would happen after a nuclear war. Do yourself a favor and watch youtube [youtube.com] for Threads [imdb.com].
  • by EvilSS (557649) on Monday March 17, 2014 @02:28PM (#46508649)
    Prevailing theory on first strike is that you fire everything you can, targeting not only cities and military installations, but also the nuclear fields of the enemy to try to knock out as much of their ability to strike back as you can. The reason for this is that you assume you will not get a second chance, as the opposing country will answer in kind. You would fire all of your land-based missiles, along with a portion of your sub-launch weapons to get an early first strike on extremely high-value targets. That still leaves you with airborne bombers and, most importantly, the remainder of your SLBMs for 2nd strike. Russian nuclear ballistic subs carry 16-20 SLBMs with 8 warheads each. That's plenty of reserve power.

    Ignoring all that: Have you looked at a map recently? The US is big. To have the effect you are talking about a strike that would require hundreds of warheads. That would be more than enough according to Sagan et al.
  • by Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki (895364) on Monday March 17, 2014 @02:30PM (#46508683)

    Just pointing out to anyone taking the above poster seriously that he's quoting a nazi site. Friatider.se.

  • by xeno (2667) on Monday March 17, 2014 @05:49PM (#46511017)

    No.

    All common loans (mortgage, credit card, signature loan, auto loan, etc) in the US are fixed principal. E.g. Say you borrow $200,000 for a house, and you get fees tacked on, plus the cost of financing ata fixed rate... you could pay ~3x the original loan but only as a result of compounding. The loan terms never change even if the value of the dollar completely tanks or shoots up. It is a common option to have a variable interest rate, making it possible to have the interest rate tied to the prime rate and have that skyrocket.. which could get me into trouble over the long term of I cannot afford adjusted monthly payments. But otherwise it's the same story: the principal amount is *never* adjusted for the value of the dollar. I'm quite sure that would be illegal (but IANAfinance lawyer), and if it's not, any creditor exercising that kind of option would find their buildings burned down by morning, Venezuela style.

    If the value of my work stays steady, a strong dollar actually makes it harder for me to pay my mortgage, but a weak dollar lets me pay off my loans faster. Imho this sort of relationship has a stabilizing effect on the US economy and dollar.

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