Before I sleep, my calendar has reminded me: Happy Stanislav Petrov Day everyone. On 26 September 1983 Petrov chose to exercise his common sense and in doing so prevented nuclear war at the cost of his career.


Now that I am awake, let me once again wish everyone a good Stanislav Petrov Day. On which we remember that on this day in 1983 a Soviet soldier, at the cost of his job, exercised his common sense and prevented an accidental nuclear war.

May I suggest the two best ways to celebrate Stanislav Petrov day are A: Declining to follow procedures that would launch nuclear weapons for spurious reasons, and B: looking for opportunities to do something good when not doing good would be easy. It's too late to thank him in person (he died in 2017), it's not too late to do good.

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