Metro-East News

Russia claims new ‘Satan 2’ missile can wipe out ‘Texas or France’

Russia has a new “Satan 2” nuclear missile, one that Zvezda, a Russian government-owned television network, claimed can wipe out an area “the size of Texas or France,” according to the Daily Beast.

Actually, no, a single SS-30 rocket with a standard payload of 12 independent warheads, most certainly could not destroy Texas or France. Not immediately. And not by itself.

Each of the SS-30’s multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle warheads, or MIRVs, could devastate a single city. But Texas alone has no fewer than 35 cities of 100,000 people or more.

Which is not to say the instantaneous destruction of a dozen cities and the deaths of millions of people in a single U.S. state wouldn't mean the end of the world as we know it.

Nobody nukes just Texas. And if Russia is disintegrating Texas cities, that means Russia is also blasting cities all over the United States and allied countries — while America and its allies nuke Russia right back.

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Metro-east military veterans who want to tell their unique stories, and have them memorialized for posterity, will get their chance when the nationally estemeed oral history program known as Story Corps comes to St. Louis in two weeks, just in time for Memorial Day.

StoryCorps: A Salute to Veterans is set to begin at 7:30 p.m., May 26, at the Public Media Commons, 3653 Olive St., St. Louis.

The program is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To register, go to the St. Louis Public Radio website at: www.kwmu.org/events.

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Today the United Kingdom will mark the 75th anniversary of “The Longest Night,” the final horrible night of the Blitz — an eight-month-long aerial bombing offensive launched by Nazi Germany during World War II.

More than 40,000 British civilians were killed in the Blitz, 1.5 million Londoners were left homeless, and the city’s landscape was left shattered. Below, Getty Images photographer Jim Dyson recently traveled to locations across London to make comparisons between scenes from the Blitz and present-day images, laying one on top of the other. To check out these images, which are profound and powerful, click on this site, courtesy of The Atlantic magazine.

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The 16 black female cadets who posed for a photo with their fists raised and sparked a nationwide debate will face no punitive action, West Point officials announced Tuesday. The women will, however, receive additional counseling prior to graduating this month, according to Army Times.

The image was taken April 26 during an “Old Corps” photo shoot, a tradition where seniors strike serious poses reminiscent of early 19th Century cadets who attended the U.S. Military Academy.

After the photo went viral online, the women faced accusations they were trying to make a political statement in uniform and were violating Defense Department rules. Some noted that raised fists are associated with Black Lives Matter, the grassroots organization that seeks to expose police brutality. Others saw it as an imitation of Beyonce's nod to the Black Panthers during her Super Bowl performance.

Many others vehemently defended the cadets, arguing the photo was nothing more than a display of triumph and pride.

Reporter Mike Fitzerald covers military news for the Belleville News-Democrat. Contact him at: 618-239-2533, @MikeFitz3000

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