Inside the Ring Road: Media Goes Nuclear

Not the kind of headlines everyone wants to see. They are there however, following the Russian President Vladimir Poutine‘s warns on Wednesday that it could resort to nuclear weapons as the situation with Ukraine turns dire. Here are some of the last 24 hours:

“Putin Just Doubled His Nuclear Threat: What It Means” (Forbes); ‘Putin is again flirting with the grim prospect of nuclear war – this time he might mean it’ (The Guardian); “Biden Condemns Putin’s ‘Irresponsible’ Nuclear Threats” (The Washington Post); “Putin escalates war in Ukraine and launches nuclear threat to West” (Reuters); and “If a nuclear attack hits New York, these fallout shelters won’t protect you” (The Gothamist).

But wait. Two weeks ago there were similar headlines. Here is just one example among many, published on September 3: “Russian official issues stern nuclear warning to US: ‘chess game’ of death” (Newsweek).

And then there’s this from March 15: “Putin’s nuclear threats are a wake-up call to the world. (Atlantic).

Let’s not forget this headline dated December 14, 2021: “Russia threatens to bomb Europe as tensions escalate” (The Daily Express).

And let’s not forget that New York City released an official public service announcement on July 11 detailing how to survive a nuclear attack. He urged people to “come in, stay inside and stay tuned”.


Those old greenbacks aren’t out of fashion yet. Alliant Credit Union surveyed 2,000 American adults and found that 51% had “hard cash” hidden in their homes, averaging $1,010. Nearly 6 in 10 Americans — 58% — prefer to keep their cash savings “just for emergencies.”

The survey was conducted by the Chicago-based Financial Cooperative from August 10-19 and released Monday.

Meanwhile, 29% said they find cash useful for lending money to people they know, while 17% prefer using mobile payments and 15% opted for cashless checks. ‘Ancient. Another 43% use cash for small purchases like coffee, while 39% reserve their cash for grooming appointments and 35% use it for small “non-critical” emergencies.

“What I think we’re seeing here is not that cash is disappearing. Instead, its uses are evolving,” Chris Mooredirector of deposits and payment product strategy at the credit union, said in a statement.

“Seeing that people still choose to use cash for savings, emergencies and loans to friends and family shows us that the value of cash is that it is liquid and instantly available,” he said.

How useful is it? The survey also revealed that fundholders store an average of $70 in paper notes in their wallet.


Billionaire Jeff Bezosfounder of Amazon, donated $200 million to the Smithsonian Institution, $130 million of which is earmarked for the development of the future Bezos Learning Center at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Five design proposals are already under consideration. There is also scrutiny from a top animal rights group. It would be People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – PETA – which has a simple suggestion for the final design.

“PETA just sent a letter to museum director Christopher Browne urging him to ask the winning design firm to use bird-friendly design and use non-reflective glass so as not to contribute to loss of bird life,” the organization advised in a statement to Inside the Beltway.

“Buildings kill up to a billion birds each year in the United States. The reflective surfaces described in the design proposals would lead to a disturbing and unbearable increase in deaths – especially because Washington is located along a road major migration that many species follow to travel south to warmer climates,” the group said.

“Reflective glass windows result in deadly collisions, while animal-friendly design elements such as masking films and ultraviolet patterns can save countless bird lives,” said Ingrid Newkirkthe group’s long-time chairman.

“Since many of the National Air and Space Museum’s engineering marvels were inspired by the flight of birds, it is critical that the museum design design that allows birds to safely share the sky. security,” she said.


“Many Americans believe politics has entered into the process of counting the nation’s votes, with potentially significant ramifications for the upcoming election. They think it’s at least somewhat likely that some state or county officials will refuse to certify election results for political reasons,” CBS News reports in a new poll.

He revealed that 32% of those polled said there had been “widespread fraud” in the 2020 election; 40% said there had been “a few isolated incidents” of fraud, while 28% believed there had been no voter fraud.

“Six in 10 Americans believe that the politicization of election rules and attempts to overturn official election results are major problems with America’s voting and electoral system,” CBS’s analysis of the results noted.

This CBS News/YouGov survey of 2,985 American adults was conducted August 29-31 and released Sunday.


• 59% of US airline passengers say someone kicking the back of their seat is one of the “most annoying behaviors” during a flight.

• 59% say “drunk and disruptive” passengers are among the most annoying; 48% cite those who smell bad, due to poor hygiene or too much cologne.

• 47% cite inattentive parents; 40% name passengers who eat stinky food in flight.

• 40% name passengers who “lean on pig armrests”; 38% mention those who recline fully in the seat in front of them.

• 29% cite passengers who talk too much; 29% also cite those who board the plane or disembark “out of turn”.

• 28% mention those who listen to music too loudly; 24% name passengers who take their shoes off.

• 22% cite those who flirt with them, other passengers or flight attendants; 20% cite passengers getting up for overstretching.

• 18% name those who use the overhead bins several rows away from their seat; 14% cite “too affectionate couples”.

• 13% cite passengers who “demand too much of flight attendants”.

SOURCE: A survey of 1,098 American adults conducted online Aug. 6 and released Monday. “Respondents were able to select as many actions from a provided list as they found irritating,” advised the pollster.

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