Like most people with a smartphone, I use Google every day to find various topics. For example, I often look up which shows or movies I’ve seen different actors in, or I google what’s going on in my area for ideas to get the kids out and burn some of their steam.
Perhaps more commonly than either of these, my husband and I use Google to figure out “how to” things. For example, we googled how to season a cast iron skillet, taught my daughter to tie her shoes, and styled my new leggings.
One of the best Google searches I’ve heard so far is from Ukraine. Ukrainian lawmaker Lesia Vasylenko tweeted that Ukrainians were actively Googling what to do in the event of a nuclear attack.
Most people understand that you can’t win a nuclear war, but not enough people understand that you can’t even maintain full control in a nuclear standoff. There are so many small moving parts, so many things that can go wrong. If you’re in doubt, use Google’s Nuclear Shutdown Phone.
— Caitlin Johnstone (@caitoz) September 25, 2022
Ms Vasylenko tweeted specifically:
“Yes, a nuclear attack from Russia, most likely. Yes, we are googling what to do if such an attack occurs. No, Ukraine will not stop fighting for survival. No, this is not about sitting down and negotiating with an aggressor reason.”
Correction to yesterday’s misspelled tweet: Yes, the nuclear attack came from #Russia possible. Yes, we are googling how to deal with such attacks. Do not, #Ukraine The existence of fighting will not stop. No, this is not a reason to sit down and negotiate with the aggressor.
— Lesia Vasylenko (@lesiavasylenko) September 30, 2022
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Honestly, I’m a little speechless at the idea of Ukrainian leaders turning to Google and promoting that they are using Google as a planning tactic for a nuclear attack. However, this is obviously not so strange.
already March, Google search In our own country, “iodine pills for nuclear attack” have increased by 90%. Also, Russia’s Vladimir Putin recently announced a 300,000-person increase in military reserves; we have more interesting googling behavior.
Google searches increase in Russia The following two sentences:
- how to break your arm
- how to avoid water
To be sure, it puts my Google searches in perspective.
This is the end of the world as we know it…
What did the Ukrainian government put “nuclear radiation” into their search engine? Mr Putin’s recent sustained nuclear rhetoric.
After announcing plans to annex or annex four Ukrainian territories, similar to how they annexed Crimea, Mr Putin Announce:
“If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, there is no doubt that we will use all available means to protect Russia and our people. This is not bluff.”
The statement was an apparent attempt to maintain control of the four affiliated areas. Is it a bluff?
Whatever you do, don’t google nuclear war or foot fungus – you’ll be bothered by both
— Kenzie (@instantlykenzie) September 26, 2022
It’s hard to know; saying you’re not bluffing doesn’t mean you’re not. If anything, it makes me think you’re bluffing, but then again, I don’t negotiate international Mutual Assured Destruction.
Professionals have differing opinions on whether Putin is getting down to business or “gibberish.”former CIA officer robert bell tell CNN:
“The chances of him using nuclear weapons – at least tactical ones – are increasing day by day.”
It is crucial to understand what Mr Bell means by tactical nuclear weapons. When we think of a nuclear attack, many people think of the big boy bomb that would create a huge mushroom cloud and cause nuclear fallout and virtual global devastation.
The reality is that nuclear weapons have become more sophisticated. Tactical nuclear weapons are small nuclear warheads for specific areas that do not cause widespread radioactive fallout.
Don’t get it twisted; these are still pretty nasty and will be game-changers for the entire world, but Russia may have an easier time swallowing escalation than events of the same scale seen in WWII in Hiroshima and Nagasaki of pills.
With Russia about 2,000 tactical weaponswhich seems to be the prevailing assumption of what he would do.
The #1 Google search term in Russia: “How to break your own arm at home”.
Young people today don’t want to fight the old man’s war. pic.twitter.com/N7ZDijCzG7
— Dr. Tayo Oyedeji (@tayoye) September 21, 2022
Should we be worried?
Some see no reason to start hoarding gas masks and fallout shelters. Rudra Sil, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, said there was no need to panic, at least for now.
However, his the following statement I’m a little concerned about what he thinks Mr Putin’s goals are:
“Basically, it’s a reminder — ‘Don’t forget, we’re a nuclear power and you’re acting like we’re not.'”
How does he think Mr Putin will remind us? I think the use of a nuclear warhead, even if it is tactical, will remind us very quickly.
I’m not the only one trying to google the closest fallout shelter to me.according to a U.S. News & World Report investigation Of the more than 17,000 people globally, a staggering three-quarters of respondents said yes to the following statement:
“I fear we are approaching a third world war.”
More than 80% of respondents from the United States answered in the affirmative.
Tribute to the Russian Ministry of Global Affairs intern who chose a giant fiery mushroom cloud as the featured image for this wild interview, arguing that Moscow should/will directly target the US to strengthen its nuclear deterrent in Ukraine pic.twitter.com/lFPcvNwLTs
– Kevin Rothrock (@KevinRothrock) September 27, 2022
Just a matter of time?
Some might argue that we are already in a world war, just the beginning. I will further state that if people think we are in a world war, the actions of the countries involved don’t matter; beliefs are sometimes all that is needed to make something happen.
I think we are fast approaching this belief.the fact is Ann BakersOne of the companies supplying iodine pills in the U.S. is out of stock, and another iodine pill company, ThyroSafe, is no longer taking new orders and warning buyers that they may experience delivery delays, which is telling.
Additionally, a flight tracker website clocks at American RC-135 From the UK, make three laps around Kaliningrad in a week. The RC-135 is an electronic surveillance aircraft that can detect a variety of things, including possible nuclear activity.
Kaliningrad, a Russian territory in the Baltic Sea, is believed to be home to a Russian nuclear weapons storage facility. Are you worried? I am anxious. You should be worried.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky seems confident In an interview earlier this week, the world supported him in the face of these nuclear threats, saying:
“I don’t think the world will allow him to use those weapons.”
⚡️Zelensky About applying to join NATO:
“We are already de facto allies,” he said. “In fact, we’ve demonstrated compatibility with consortium standards.”
“Ukraine is legally applying for confirmation,” Zelensky said, “through an expedited process.”
📷 President’s Office pic.twitter.com/HmWxvd8z3D
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) September 30, 2022
I admire his confidence. However, I would googling with the rest of the world: “How to survive a nuclear war.”
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