Dr. Strangelove in 13 Seconds

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• Happy 50th birthday to Director/Screenwriter Stanley Kubrick's darkly-satirical 1964 masterpiece, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, based on the novel Red Alert by Peter George.

• "Almost Everything in Dr. Strangelove Was True," according to this scary 2013 article by investigative reporter Eric Schlosser. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2014/01/strangelove-for-real.html

• Schlosser: "We now know that American officers did indeed have the ability to start a Third World War on their own. And ... the risk of an accidental or unauthorized nuclear detonation hasn’t been completely eliminated."

• Schlosser: "Coded switches to prevent the unauthorized use of nuclear weapons were finally added to the control systems of American missiles and bombers in the early nineteen-seventies. The Air Force was not pleased, and considered the new security measures to be an insult, a lack of confidence in its personnel. Although the Air Force now denies this claim, according to more than one source I contacted, the code necessary to launch a missile was set to be the same at every Minuteman site: 00000000." 

• Enjoy this delicious double-dose of Peter Sellers playing both President Merkin Muffley and recovering Nazi Dr. Strangelove. Features George C. Scott as General Buck Turgidson and Peter Bull as Soviet Ambassador Alexei de Sadeski.

Stanley wrote wonderful letters! (thanks to Adrian Rojo and Dave Mason)

Stanley wrote wonderful letters! (thanks to Adrian Rojo and Dave Mason)