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Postcards From Pripyat, Chernobyl




” Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I’ve been. The nuclear disaster, which happened in 1986 (the year after I was born), had an effect on so many people, including my family when we lived in Italy. The nuclear dust clouds swept westward towards us. The Italian police went round and threw away all the local produce and my mother rushed out to purchase as much tinned milk as possible to feed me, her infant son.

  It caused so much distress hundreds of miles away, so I can’t imagine how terrifying it would have been for the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens who were forced to evacuate.

  During my stay, I met so many amazing people, one of whom was my guide Yevgen, also known as a ‘Stalker’. We spent the week together exploring Chernobyl and the nearby abandoned city of Pripyat. There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us.

  Armed with a camera and a dosimeter geiger counter I explored…

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  Shot using DJI Phantom 2 (GoPro3+) and Canon 7D “










“She was born under Hitler, raised under the USSR’s sovereignty in East Germany, and came to America as a young adult. LISTEN to her.”

HT/100 Percent FED Up

 Air Force Missile Site 8 – That Nearly Began World War 3







 ” Retired top-secret installations are nothing short of jaw-dropping, and this one is nothing short of that. This top secret facility was also once known as Titan II ICBM Site 571-7because of the massive Titan II missile that it housed inside of it.

Located about 15 miles south of Tucson, this large 8 level installation is now a museum. During the time of its operation it was one of the most important missile sites. ”













Twenty five years ago today President Ronald Wilson Reagan stood at the Brandenburg Gate in what was then West Berlin and give this stirring speech , a speech that rocked the world … 

“We’re enjoying all these encomiums to President Reagan’s speech calling on the Soviet to tear down the Berlin Wall, which took place 25 years go today. The Wall Street Journal issued a particularly fine piece by Peter Robinson, a one-time speech writer for Reagan who laid out the impact of Reagan’s remarks in Berlin. The New York Times came in today with a piece by an erstwhile speech writer for President Clinton, Ted Widmer, who noted that “Reagan’s inner actor proved shrewder than most who would have counseled realpolitik. His theatrical turn on Berlin’s greatest stage stated a great moral truth, the way the best theater does . . .”

Mr. Widmer gave credit — as Mr. Robinson noted Reagan himself did in his lifetime — to “the young graffiti-painters who protested against the wall for 28 years, and finally liberated themselves.” But Mr. Widmer noted that Reagan “had the good sense to ignore the advice he was given, and read the writing on the wall.” The significance of Mr. Widmer’s piece is that it ran in the Times, which had greeted Reagan’s speech in Berlin with an editorial paean not to Reagan but to Gorbachev and to Lenin. “The world watches Mikhail Gorbachev’s reforms with hope and wonder,” it began. “