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The EMP Threat: All It Would Take Is A Couple Of Explosions To Send America Back To The 1800s

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EMP ThreatOur entire way of life can be ended in a single day.  And it wouldn’t even take a nuclear war to do it.  All it would take for a rogue nation or terror organization to bring us to our knees is the explosion of a couple well-placed nuclear devices high up in our atmosphere.  The resulting electromagnetic pulses would fry electronics from coast to coast.  Of course this could also be accomplished without any attack.  Scientists tell us that massive solar storms have hit our planet before, and that it is inevitable that there will be more in the future.  As you will read about below, the most recent example of this was “the Carrington Event” in 1859.  If a similar burst from the sun hit us today, experts tell us that life in America could suddenly resemble life in the 1800s, and the economic damage caused could potentially be in the trillions of dollars.  This is one of the greatest potential threats that we are facing as a nation, and yet Barack Obama has essentially done nothing to get us prepared.

The technology necessary to conduct such an electromagnetic pulse attack against the United States has become much more accessible in recent years.  According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, even rogue nations such as North Korea and Iran either already have or will soon have the capability to hurt us in this way…

Rogue nations such as North Korea (and possibly Iran) will soon match Russia and China and have the primary ingredients for an EMP attack: simple ballistic missiles such as Scuds that could be launched from a freighter near our shores; space-launch vehicles able to loft low-earth-orbit satellites; and simple low-yield nuclear weapons that can generate gamma rays and fireballs.

If a successful, large scale EMP attack ever did take place, it would be a catastrophe beyond anything that the United States has ever seen before.  The EMP Commission, which was established by Congress, says that it is likely that most of us would end up dead

What would a successful EMP attack look like? The EMP Commission, in 2008, estimated that within 12 months of a nationwide blackout, up to 90% of the U.S. population could possibly perish from starvation, disease and societal breakdown.

In 2009 the congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States, whose co-chairmen were former Secretaries of Defense William Perry and James Schlesinger, concurred with the findings of the EMP Commission and urged immediate action to protect the electric grid. Studies by the National Academy of Sciences, the Department of Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the National Intelligence Council reached similar conclusions.

If you are a terrorist, a dictator or a fanatic that is looking for a “killshot” for the United States, those kinds of numbers would certainly get your attention.

And it was recently reported by WND that the Iranian military has already been playing around with such a scenario…

Peter Vincent Pry, who is executive director of a congressional advisory group called the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, raised the alarm as the agreement is about to be finalized.

He said U.S. military officials have confirmed such an Iranian plan.

“Iranian military documents describe such a scenario – including a recently translated Iranian military textbook that endorses nuclear EMP attack against the United States,” Pry wrote in a recent column in Israel’s main online media network, Aruz Sheva.

“Iran with a small number of nuclear missiles can by EMP attack threaten the existence of modernity and be the death knell of Western principles of international law, humanism and freedom,” he said.

Very chilling stuff.

And of course there are many, many others out there that would love to see the U.S. taken down other than just the Iranians.

Meanwhile, our power grid is far more vulnerable than most Americans would dare to imagine.

In previous articles, I discussed a recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission report which stated the following…

“Destroy nine interconnection substations and a transformer manufacturer and the entire United States grid would be down for at least 18 months, probably longer.”

Are you starting to get the picture?

Our entire way of life depends upon electricity.  If you take away that electricity, our society is transformed literally overnight.

A successful EMP would be an utter nightmare for this nation.  Just consider what U.S. Representative Scott Perry had to say about a potential attack last year

The consequences of such an attack could be catastrophic; all electronics, power systems, and information systems could be shut down,” Rep. Scott Perry said in prepared remarks during an EMP hearing in May held by the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. “This could then cascade into interdependent infrastructures such as water, gas, and telecommunications. While we understand this is an extreme case, we must always be prepared in case a rogue state decides to utilize this technology.”

In essence, suddenly nothing would work and just about everything that we take for granted would suddenly be gone.

In a previous article, I spelled out some of the implications of such an event…

-There would be no heat for your home.
-Water would no longer be pumped into most homes.
-Your computer would not work.
-There would be no Internet.
-Your phones would not work.
-There would be no television.
-There would be no radio.
-ATM machines would be shut down.
-There would be no banking.
-Your debit cards and credit cards would not work.
-Without electricity, most gas stations would not be functioning.
-Most people would be unable to do their jobs without electricity and employment would collapse.
-Commerce would be brought to a standstill.
-Hospitals would not be able to function normally.
-You would quickly start running out of medicine.
-All refrigeration would shut down and frozen foods in our homes and supermarkets would start to go bad.

And as I mentioned above, all of this can happen even without an attack.

A direct hit from a major solar storm can cause the exact same thing.

In fact, NASA says that there is a 12 percent chance that such a storm will hit us during the next ten years…

NASA is warning that there’s a 12 percent chance an extreme solar storm will hit Earth in the next decade, sending out massive shock waves that would knock out grids across the world.

The economic impact of this doomsday scenario could exceed $2 trillion — or 20 times the cost of Hurricane Katrina, according to the National Academy of Sciences.

In recent years, we have been really lucky.

There was a close call in 2012 and another one in 2013.

The following is an excerpt from an upcoming book that I have co-authored with Barbara Fix that will soon be published entitled “Get Prepared Now”…

Most people have absolutely no idea that the Earth barely missed being fried by a massive EMP burst from the sun in 2012 and in 2013. And earlier in 2014 there was another huge solar storm which would have caused tremendous damage if it had been directed at our planet. If any of those storms would have directly hit us, the result would have been catastrophic. Electrical transformers would have burst into flames, power grids would have gone down and much of our technology would have been fried. In essence, life as we know it would have ceased to exist – at least for a time. These kinds of solar storms have hit the Earth many times before, and experts tell us that it is inevitable that it will happen again. The most famous one happened in 1859, and was known as the Carrington Event. But other than the telegraph, humanity had very little dependence on technology at the time. If another Carrington Event happened today, it would be a complete and utter nightmare. A study by Lloyd’s of London has concluded that it would have taken a $2,600,000,000,000 chunk out of the global economy, and it would take up to a decade to repair the damage. Unfortunately, scientists insist that it is going to happen at some point. The only question is when.

So keep an eye on the sun.

The giant ball of fire that we revolve around has started to behave very erratically, and it has the power to end our way of life at any time.

In fact, scientists tell us that we are about to get hit with a “glancing blow” on April 7th…

A filament of magnetism stretching halfway across the sun erupted during the late hours of April 4th (22:00-23:00 UT). The eruption split the sun’s atmosphere, hurling a CME into space and creating a “canyon of fire,” shown in a movie recorded by the Solar Dynamics Observatory: The glowing walls of the canyon trace the original channel where the filament was suspended by magnetic forces above the sun’s surface. From end to end, the structure stretches more than 300,000 km–a real Grand Canyon.

Fragments of the exploding filament formed the core of a CME that raced away from the sun at approximately 900 km/s (2 million mph): image. Most of the CME will miss Earth, but not all. The cloud is expected to deliver a a glancing blow to our planet’s magnetic field could on April 7th. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.

The event of April 7th is not going to cause us major problems.  But someday there will be a solar storm that will.

Personally, I cannot even imagine what life would be like without electricity.

Because we have become so deeply dependent on technology, most of us would have absolutely no idea how to live without it.

An electromagnetic pulse attack would be one of the fastest ways to cripple America and end the dominance of the United States in world affairs.  And in this day and age, there are hundreds of millions of people around the planet that would love to see that happen.

So to not take steps to protect our power grid from such an attack is very foolish.  But that is precisely what Barack Obama (and presidents before him) have chosen to do.  We have technology which would mitigate the damage from an electromagnetic pulse, but rather than spend the money Obama has decided to just hope that it will never happen.

Up to this point, we have been fortunate.

But someday, our luck may run out.

  • T.

    The U.S.S.A. spends $50 Billions a year on Foreign Aid – Yet will do Nothing to protect the power grid of this Nation from an Electromagnetic Pulse attack. Is there Any one who can Not see what kind of IDIOTS we have running our Nation?

    • guest

      No!!! There is almost no one who can see what idiots are running our nation!!

    • Genada

      If your going to get murdered by the Bloods or the Crips, does it matter?

      People know that they have a government that is corrupt to it’s core, that voting doesn’t matter. No matter who you pick or get, it’s all the same.

      The idea of choice is a illusion. There’s no choice. There is just acting on the part of those in charge to pretend there’s conflict. Politics is like wrestling, it’s a show.

      When the green party candidate attempted to take part in the debates for president in 2012, she was arrested.

    • Priszilla

      Forget the foreign aid. That’s peanuts compared to the ammo to make another war.
      Defense against attack starts with addressing the motivation.
      Make a switch.
      Use the $500 billion defense spending as foreign aid and the $50 billion for defense.
      Foreign aid shall not be used to buy arms, except prosthetic limbs.

    • alan

      A lot of that foreign aid ends up in foreign bank accounts for those who approved the foreign aid. Its a get rich scam for all involved.

      • Rukander

        You are rigth.

  • Swagato Barman Roy

    This is true for any civilised nation and has absolutely nothing to do with the economy. Everybody knows that it is far easier to destroy than to create. The article rather seems to be a guidebook for those who intend to destroy, also known as the terrorists.

    • Lugnut Capp

      The Moth Porch Light and Marc Sweet lights won’t work if this ever happens. Also the Nap Lamp the Sweety Hallway Light and Marc Dinger Light Bulb all will be out for good.

    • K2

      The article is more of a warning to preppers to prepare for this eventuality. The article isnt saying anything the terrorists dont already know. Infact it is telling us what they know.

  • DJohn1

    As long as the gas stove works, we have an alternate form of heating our homes and cooking. How long the pressure lasts I do not know. In the past, the gas stove worked when the electric went out.
    A wood stove will keep a house warm for many hours after the electric goes out if the EPA lets it operate. I am assuming it happens in winter. In spring not so much of a problem. In summer we might roast. Unless you have a deep basement somewhere.

    The likely way to keep a car running would be to cover the electric parts with aluminum foil. That includes the battery, the wires, the alternator, and probably a second level on the hood of the car, and the instrument panel. Still, I would keep it in a covered garage until things settle down.
    Steel foil would be even better.
    The Amish in northern Ohio have been surviving without electricity. So they may not suffer as much as the rest of us. They still use horses to get around.
    They do use natural gas. They do share the homesteads so that the entire family is right there with them.
    They also believe in trades for their young.
    Not everyone is attached to the TV by a cord.
    One of the biggest mistakes of my life was not to learn to fix my own cars early.
    Or to keep them repaired.
    I suggest the U.S. Government has vast underground bases quite capable of surviving what will obviously kill the rest of us.
    I would be surprised if they cared at all about the rest of us.

    • Shallel

      So you can cook your highly radioactive food over wood?
      How rustic!

  • Linn

    A bit desperate for article topics??

  • K

    In many areas of this Country. That would be a very radioactive 1800’s. Nuke plants are required to have backup generators, to keep things from overheating. But even if everything works as it is supposed to. It relies on refueling runs, being made to those reactors, every seven days. In all the chaos, and confusion. How long do you think those refueling runs will continue? I suspect not nearly long enough. Reactors take a long time to cool down.

    • Marc Dinger Light Bulb

      Their goes the Marc Dinger Light Bulb. It will go out for good.

    • Shallel

      Finally someone else realizes the fallacy of prepping for such an event!

      • K

        Yes and no. When I bought my retirement home. I made sure I bought a reasonable distance from the nearest nuke plant. In my case 188 miles. Remember most preppers can not afford a perfect solution. My motto, do what you can. Leave the rest with God.

        • GSOB

          Better yet….
          Do what the Lord leads you to do.

      • GSOB

        Yeah, like building a big boat on land to house animals and 8 souls before a global deluge came.

        • Gay Veteran

          find that ark yet?

  • Undecider

    Don’t worry people. It’s not going to happen. The “Elite” can’t afford to have people disconnected from the Entertainment Industrial Complex for too long. They also can’t allow us to unplug from the Matrix and get to know our neighbors. That would be the death knell for them.

    So in the meantime, I’m sure all this news exists to frighten us into allowing government more control over the electrical grid.

  • Lugnut Capp

    God should send satan back to hell where he belongs

    • GSOB

      He will but Satan has not been there yet.

      In John 12:31 and 14:30 Jesus calls Satan the ‘ruler of this world’.

      Satan rules unbelievers who develop the evil ways of the world based upon the lies of Satan and the desires of the flesh.

      Every person born into the world has the desires of the flesh in them and grows up in an environment where the flesh is incited and the lies of Satan are heralded.

      Satan uses the world of unbelievers to do this.

      That is behind what John says in 1 John 2:15-17

  • melvin johns

    Our entire way of life will end in one day, the bible calls it the day of the Lord. America’s fate is seen throughout the scriptures beginning with Psalm 137:8,9 and ending with Revelation chapter 18:5-24.
    Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.(Revelation 18:8)
    It should be no surprise that it will be Russia who will initiate this attack on the U.S. It is logical to conclude that a war with Russia will kick off with an EMP attack followed by a devastating nuclear attack on key military installations throughout this nation and around the world. It looks like the Obama administration will be at the helm when this goes down.

    • Paul F

      Agree. I’m not sure russia will use an EMP, but I agree that russia will attach the u.s

      • Paul F

        attack, not attach

    • Shallel

      What God wants, God gets. God wants total nuclear extinction.

      • GSOB

        Your God.

        • Shallel

          Yours! – no backs!

          • GSOB

            you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

          • Shallel

            The waiting is the hardest part. Mankind Hummm indeed. No interest in warriors or kings, but mentors and friends, I always welcome.

  • Priszilla

    Or an alien attack.

  • newpapyrus

    No electricity means a massive disruption of the food distribution system in the country. After about a week, a lot of people are going to be very hungry and very desperate for food. And just a few months later, millions of Americans could be on the verge of starvation. The sickness and violence that goes along with that could be very interesting.

    Maybe that’s how Panem began:-)

    • Mike Hunt

      Glad I have my full dentures. I understand that “long pig” actually tastes a lot like chicken.

      • alan

        Tastes like pork.

    • Shallel

      No, they will be dead from the radioactive eternal fires.

  • BS1986

    Honestly, if the power shut off it may have some benefits-yeah it will be ruff BUT it would put a lot of the “GOVT will protect us” crowd in their place

  • morte al Nuovo ordine

    quote ” Rogue nations such as North Korea (and possibly Iran) will soon match Russia and China and have the primary ingredients for an EMP attack: simple ballistic missiles such as Scuds that could be launched from a freighter near our shores; space-launch vehicles able to loft low-earth-orbit satellites; and simple low-yield nuclear weapons that can generate gamma rays and fireballs. ”

    The only rogue nations are The USA and Israel . They are the ones likely to do things like this . Just look at how many wars the USA has started since the end on WW2 .
    But then again , until the USA wages economic wars against presumed enemies , impose sanctions illegally and sponsors colored revolutions in foreign countries …… well is somebody gets piss … off and fires an EMP at the USA territory ……. well you deserve it ! Fantastic !

    • Paul F

      your intelligence level is far below that of a worm digging in concrete.

      • Abc

        Great argument! Sold! Haha go back to sleep you sheep.

      • Gay Veteran

        and yet you didn’t rebut a single thing he wrote

    • koolhed

      .
      ..

    • Shallel

      Look ^ a smart person!

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    I commend to the Readers of this column, One Second After by Forstchen. It is a novel that goes into great detail about the probable fallout from such a catastrophe.

    • Cat Herder

      He has a sequel coming out this Fall. “One Year After”.

      • Shallel

        There will be no “One Year After”, not in the real world, anyway.

        • 20141220

          CANNOT CONFIRM

      • XSANDIEGOCA

        Thanks for the Heads Up! If it will be as thought provoking as the first book, it will be a great read.

      • 20141220

        *the sequel would have come out

        Kind of ironic, really, that it would have come out in autumn 2015

    • Shallel

      Key word: FALLOUT

  • Little Aussie

    wow. that be a whole lot of dumb in the one place.
    The article is infantile and the responses delusional

    • Mike Smithy

      Don’t you have somewhere else to be, such as smoking sausages at the whorehouse?

  • robert

    Since when has Iran become a rogue State, A despicable article. To the author, get a life.

    • Mike Smithy

      Iran has been openly hostile and an enemy of the USA since at least 1976.

      • abc

        You got it backwards USA has been openly hostile and an enemy of Iran since at least 1976

        • TheLight

          You need to wake up. Seriously.

          • Shallel

            abc sounds very awake to me.
            When has Iran ever deposed an elected US leader?

        • Mike Smithy

          I’m sorry, but I don’t recall the USA sacking the Iranian Embassy in Washington DC and holding them hostage.

          • jox

            That’s because Iran government didn’t use its embassy in Washington to promote hostile activities against american government.

            BUT US government uses its embassies all around the world to organize coups. The last one in Ukraine. Don’t be surprised if people in those countries has anger against american government.

          • Nene

            I don’t remember Iran propping up an unpopular regime in the u.s, then building nuclear power plants for it

          • Gay Veteran

            guess you didn’t know that the U.S. overthrew Iran’s democratically elected government in the early 1950s and replaced it with the tyrant Shah

      • koolhed

        Dig it!

        • Mike Smithy

          Suck it!

  • bloopville

    I went back and looked at predictions made by Economic Collapse for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Maybe about a 20% accuracy rate, and only on the most general predictions.

    • alan

      Mine has been 100% correct so far… A slow and grinding collapse, like being crushed by a python. It will continue for several more years. The end will likely be a point where we are like eastern Europe.

      • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

        Eastern Europe is better off. A homogenous population that shares values, culture, language, history and race will always come out on top. Here in the US and “diverse” West, any disaster or problem will result in every racial/ethnic etc group squabbling and killing each other. It is not possible for cooperation, only strife, hatred and violence. It’s bad enough now, when things are going “well”, can you imagine how bad it’ll be when a disaster occurs?

    • Alie

      yes you are right. Michael excellent writer but this article?
      if a plane crashes into your house your life will change too!
      these bloggers need to post negativity. it sells!
      if a collapse was coming, it would have been here.

      • eric

        You’re missing the point, he’s promoting the need for “prepping”.

        • Shallel

          Prep for 107 Fukushimas!

          • Shallel

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

          • GSOB

            who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

          • GSOB

            And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you and will proclaim the name of the LORD before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.”

            But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!”

            Then the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock;…

        • laura m.

          So, what good is prepping, if bio weapons are released like smallpox, plague or ebola?

          • Mike Smithy

            Laura, one can’t prep and plan for every contingency. However, an average survival plan is better than none at all.

      • Mike Smithy

        Patience is a virtue.

    • Concerned Citizen

      I agree with you 100% Bloopville. Michael really tips his hand as an alarmist when he writes articles like this. The subject matter is supposed to be “Economy” related but because it just keeps soldiering along he has to write a sensationalist article like this to sell Bullets, Bunkers and beans for his paying sponsors. Remember when it was “Ebola” or “The Bond Crash”, or “As Soon as they end QE” bal bla bla. I now categorize this site as entertainment only.

  • Peter

    Oh please, an EMP you do know that military and government computers are shielded from such a thing. There would be counter measures like nukes would start to fly. With a military intact and a functioning government. It would just take a little time, to get things moving again. How long would it take to get a container ship full of new computers a week?. You also under estimate the people, remember WW2 when motivated things get done quickly, in the US. They were pounding out new ships ever hour.

    • VigilanteCaregiver

      Problem is the transformers and cost of replacing the civilian electronics, and I used to work for the Feds – they’re not that advanced. Substation and power plant transformers and other parts would need replacing and are only made by a few companies worldwide. Yes, we can rebuild – it’d take a very long time to do it, though.

      • Shallel

        too long to prevent total radioactive extinction..

        • SouthernWatchman

          I think you vastly under estimate how quickly radioactive isotopes dilute in the atmosphere and oceans.

          • Shallel

            Sadly, these isotopes, like cesium and strontium are magnified in the food chain, they do not dilute.

          • SouthernWatchman

            SMH, then you don’t know what dilute means. A fixed amount of isotopes spreading across an ever increasing volume of land, water and air == dilution.
            And that’s based on worst case scenario… which is highly unlikely. More likely, only a few plants would experience isotope release to atmosphere in a total grid down scenario.

            So if you live right next to a plant when they start burping the primary relief valves… yeah, you’re in for a bad day. 25 miles down the road… not much to worry about.

          • Shallel

            There is a finite volume of land, water and air on Earth..

          • SouthernWatchman

            But the radionuclides released are also finite and will not immediately be homogeneously spread across the entire globe. Many different factors will contribute to their spread, causing the volume they occupy will increase over time…. thus dilution.

            Even if you were to fission 100% of the fuel in a core into it’s byproducts and the byproduct daughters (impossible), in every single core on the planet (also impossible) and then release that into the atmosphere, you’d still end up with the exact same dilution effect and the same disaster scenario: Near GZ of the event…. it’s bad news. 50 miles up wind… you’ll be just fine.

            So really, all this manic hype about nuclear reactors melting down after an EMP is pretty far fetched.
            A nuclear power plant being in close proximity to you is most certainly something a person needs to account for in their personal/family preparedness plan, but it’s also something that is very survivable should the worst occur.

            So, relax :)

          • Shallel

            I am more concerned about the admitted 70,000 tons (in the US) of spent fuel, not in containment. This is what will bite us in the åss. There is only ~100 tons in each reactor core.

            Keep being happy, my friend, not only is it refreshing, but as they say in Japan, only people who don’t smile are affected by radiation.

            Know anything about aerodynamics?

          • SouthernWatchman

            Some knowledge, but not at a career expert level.

            The spent fuel sitting in containment poses zero threat in the context of “EMP shuts down cooling systems to critical reactors”… so I’m not following how that’s relevant at all.

    • Folgers 19

      In a successful attack, every step of response you just mentioned would be hampered by the lack of electronics and comms.
      How do you figure out what happened?
      How do you mobilize a response?
      How do you ID who is responsible?
      Who orders the new parts and how?
      Who do you buy from?
      Who ships it and where?
      Who will unload your ship when it arrives?
      Where will the power come from to operate your computers?
      What internet will you use the comps on?
      Where does the food come from to feed your workers?
      How do you build a ship without a shipyard, power, tools, workers, or anything else?
      You need to do some serious reading to catch up.

      • Peter

        1)”How do you figure out what happened?”
        With a functioning government and military easy.
        2) “How do you mobilize a response?”
        Responses would be whatever they wanted nuclear conventional, the military and government computers are shielded.
        3)”Who do you buy from?”
        Who ever you want, the EMP will be localized to the US. Knowing the military is intact. There wont be a country around the world, not clamoring to sell them stuff.
        4)”How do you build a ship without a shipyard, power, tools, workers, or anything else?”
        Why would you need to, the world would be sending their ships loaded with stuff to sell.
        Not only that Mexico Peru anyone south or north can send trucks and make a killing.
        Keep in mind the country is not dead, just the “some of the computers”, and they can be replaced a lot quicker then you think. There will be still some functioning computers. Not all of them get wiped out.
        “Who will unload your ship when it arrives?”
        This will be the number one problem at 1st. The military will. They have functioning vehicles, the priority will be to getting the trucks back on the road. Fotunalely onbord computers are not that difficult to swap out.

  • alan

    A huge solar flare or asteroid would do about the same.

  • VigilanteCaregiver

    In a hurry, so here it is: 1. Faraday Cage. 2. Build a power generator using a car’s alternator and your lawn mower or as a wind turbine. 3. Icebox and ice block molds for winter.

  • Folgers 19

    Just read recently that the idea of all electronics being knocked out is not entirely accurate because all circuits would have to be oriented precisely the same to have the exact same result. According to this article (wish I could cite it for you), there would be losses, but not universal losses due to variables, such as size of circuit, orientation towards the pulse, and shielding. I’ll go with universal failure because it’s better to assume the worst than be hopeful.
    I attended a conference on hardened electronics several years ago. There were vendors there who were demonstrating EMP-proof containers and devices. One also had a demonstration EMP device small enough to fit in a suitcase. Such a device couldn’t take out a nation, or even an entire state, but you could wreak havoc on an area of a city block, or two.
    Apparently, anyone can make an EMP device. Imagine a Death of 1000 Cuts attack in which a hacker or terrorist or saboteur or frustrated genius detonated homebrew EMP devices at numerous locations simultaneously or over a period of days, weeks, or months.
    A campaign of mini-EMP device attacks would wreak havoc on infrastructure, business, and government facilities and cause massive disruptions without plunging the nation into a new dark age. Unless we harden our infrastructure, we are just begging to be attacked.

  • jox

    wow! Another american campaign of fear and hatred! Replace Iraq and WDM with Iran and EMP.

    • Josey Wales

      You got it!
      All articles like these should be stock with fill in the blanks. America will now wage War against (Insert Country here) because the government believes that (Insert Pseudo threat here) and the American public now thinks (insert fake poll numbers here)…………..etc.etc.etc..

    • TheLight

      It’s sad how you will probably among the first to die when it happens.

      • Shallel

        Let me guess, you’re radiation proof?

  • joe

    does anyone realize how easy it is to make an emp device. if they did, they would realize that the terrorist organizations and all governments are working together. you could teach a child how to build a simple device, planted in a high rise in the midwest,depending how high, would determine how severe the effects, close to near total shutdown of the national grid for anywhere from a 1000 dollars up to10000 dollars. 100000 dollars for north america

  • sherlock32555

    We allow people in from all over, all they have too do is walk across to boarder or fly in. But we have to be fondled at the airport to get on a plane We are being trained like good slaves! This is rotten from the top to the bottom.

  • wetwork

    An EMP is unlikely. The Bible predicts a one world currency and government. You cannot accomplish or maintain this if you have no internet, electricity or stable infrastructure.

    • Daystrom2012

      An emp could take place here and there but for the most part you are correct. I don’t see how the mark could be implemented without electricity. The mark comes at the halfway point of the tribulation (Rev 13). Now as it gets towards the end of the 7 years, all bets are off.

    • steven

      For an EMP to even work,it must be in the right harmonics with the Sun….

  • A.k. Steele

    The novel Stacy’s Quest (available at Amazon) tells of the graphic aftermath of such an attack through the eyes of a suburban, teen-age girl forced to step up to the challenge.

  • Daystrom2012

    No offense but it must be a slow news day, there is nothing new here that I think most people who read this blog don’t already know.

  • Lab Rat

    I am a retired telephone cable splicing technician. When I started I was part of the Bell System, so that dates me a bit. All copper phone cables have a steel or aluminum inner sheath and are “bonded” across every splice for electrical and lightning protection. Almost all large trunk cables leaving the central office (CO) switching offices are in underground conduit and manhole systems, with many of the older cables still having a lead outer sheath. I believe these cables would be well protected against such an event. The weak link would be the CO.
    The “cordboard” operators and mechanical stepper switches of yesteryear are long gone, having been replaced by electronic computer systems in the 80’s and 90’s. These would be fried from a Carrington level event, but the backbone distribution system should survive quite well. Even I, with my limited CO experience, could quickly set up a simple “cordboard” system for emergency services and expand from there.
    Yes, land line telephones are viewed with derision nowadays. Yes, they are an anachronistic, dying dinosaur, but in my opinion they could be a quick lifeline when every cellphone and tower could be down for the count from an EMP.
    .

  • underaged

    We’re all gonna die – One Day it’s Ebola, the next is drought, the next is debt, the next is too high a dollar, the next is too low a dollar. Wow, today is EMP. Are you for real?

  • SunnyFlaSnotress

    They went on and on about year 2000 and how electronics were going to be messed.
    Never happened. Likelihood is same here.
    Again, we are not the nation we were in the 1800s, 1929, etc. There is so much more infrastructure in place. Roadways,waterways, know-how,ability to bounce back.. Even if there would be massive disturbance, It’s RIDICULOUS to keep comparing to those very different times.

    • TheLight

      And the infrastructure we have in place depends largely on electricity and electronic devices to keep operating. An EMP causes cascading failures across the entire power grid and fries all unprotected electronic devices. We will not have an infrastructure to help us recover in the even of an EMP attack. It will all be offline until the atmospheric disturbances clear and all the destroyed parts can be replaced.

      • SunnyFlaSnotress

        That’s not necessarily a long time for major infrastructure. Lets not forget that we have worldwide trading partners, and who knows.. some of the big wigs may even have thought this thing out and prepared.

        • GSOB

          Yes they have because we must all realize, we are not the only ones with brains.
          Think like a terrorist.
          Once the EMP burst are deployed and the grid knocked out in the secrecy of the wee hours of the morning, when you are sucking blood…in the stealth of the night come ISIS.
          Rand Paul stepping and running is good news. Lets secure our borders.

          • Gay Veteran

            “…Unlike his more stridently “non-interventionist” father, Paul concedes a role for American armed forces abroad, including permanent foreign military bases.”

            of course he does, Rand Paul is just another tool for the military-industrial-surveillance complex

        • Infidel51

          There is only one factory that makes the dozen massive transformers that are the key stones of our electric grid. Each one must be custom made and it takes many months to make just one. They don’t keep these things just lying around. They are not interchangeable. It would take 18 months to 2 years to build replacements. If the terrorists or nation state were smart enough to destroy that factory….well….game over man. Scary stuff.

          • SunnyFlaSnotress

            Do you mean one factory in the USA or in the world? I have to assume that it’s the USA, and that we can import. Custom-made sounds like awful planning.. Do you have a link to substantiate this?

          • Infidel51

            Just do some research. I apologize but I don’t have any of the bookmarks left from the time I spent investigating our electrical infrastructure. I have switched devices since then and left some information behind. Many reputable people have done some quality research and written books on the potential consequences of an emp. US governments own research states that a nationwide emp caused blackout could cost the lives of 90 percent of the population due to starvation, disease, and civil unrest. The information is easy to find and it is disturbing to say the least. You said poor planning and you are correct but realize that there was no “planning”. Our electrical grid has grown as need dictated and cost allowed. It has been pieced together by many different state and private authorities with no particular standardization. It truly is a scary scenario and I hope you will learn as much as you can and pass it along to anyone that will listen. God bless.

      • Shallel

        Like all those nuke plants that need grid power to keep them from burning unquenchably and killing you, everyone you love, and 9 million known species on Earth?

        • John the Elder

          Water cooled reactors just shut down on loss of power. Decay heat is lost through primary and secondary coolant. To screw it up as you stated to achieve unquenchable burning, one must physically destroy the coolant systems.

          • Shallel

            Worked well at Fukushima!
            The coolant must be circulated by large pumps that require power. When the power is cut, both the reactor and the spent fuel need circulating water, or it will heat until it boils off. Unquenchable burning ensues.
            These fuel pools were meant to hold up to 5 years worth of fuel, but since there is no working plan to dispose or reprocess, some have over 40 years worth of spent fuel crammed in them.
            Worldwide, there are over 300,000 tons of this deadly waste. There is no known way to keep it out of the environment even if there is no disaster.
            In the case of an extended grid outage, generators for the pumps must be supplied with fuel. When the fuel on site is depleted, unquenchable burning ensues within a week or so, unless somehow fuel is pumped and delivered without electricity.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Well yeah, that “Y2K” thing did turn out to be a big bust. But what if something similar to that really did happen? It does make you wonder.

    • Holger Jahndel

      In 1857 or 1859 only Telegraphs were destroyed…in 2012 nearly more…by sun activities nearly causing an EMP Burst World Wide…

      In could happen again in the next 2 years…!
      Think about it, in our high electronic industrial society…!

  • Steven

    For an EMP to happen,the device must be in the right Harmonics with the Sun….don’t expect it to happen anytime soon

  • Molon Labe Girl

    Slow day in the economics world, I assume.

    There is no good way to prepare for this scenario, it generally takes a lifetime of learning. My advice is, go enjoy your life. Pay attention, but don’t live in fear. Someday we’re all going to die, but we’re not all going to LIVE.

    Market’s up again, time to go make hay.

    • Flippah

      Disneyland’s about over. You will answer for all of your sexual immorality and If you are a friend of the world or of God. Cant do both.

      • Molon Labe Girl

        WTH is that? Wow. You religious people scare me MUCH more than an EMP.

      • Shallel

        Your God is the devil. Ask Jesus.. John 8:44

        • GSOB

          Satan had to ask permission to afflict Job.
          Satan’s goal was not for Job to struggle with his faith. It was for Job to completely and utterly turn away from God by
          cursing
          God.

          This is Satan’s goal for all of us.

    • SouthernWatchman

      Indeed. Difficult to prepare for other than eliminating as much debt as possible and ‘investing’ in life sustaining assets. To be honest, following that mantra is just a smart way to live, disaster preps or not.

  • TheLight

    Get out of the cities and as far away from them as you can before it’s too late. Get a big enough piece of land to farm and raise animals on and guns. Lots of guns.

    • Molon Labe Girl

      It’s so simple! Now why didn’t I think of that? Leave my lucrative job and extended family, sell my castle, and buy some overalls? Nah.

      • GSOB

        …….”you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,
        I advise you to buy from Me
        gold
        refined
        by fire
        so that you may become rich
        and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. ”
        Revelation 3:17 > 18

        • Molon Labe Girl

          Wow, that was creepy.

          • GSOB

            And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

            For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.…

          • Molon Labe Girl

            Even creepier.

          • GSOB

            Scripture

          • Gay Veteran

            parrot

          • Molon Labe Girl

            CON-scripture.

          • Shallel

            For Jesus’ sake lose the WAR GOD™ of Abraham. That was His whole message.

          • GSOB

            Mankind.

            We were created in the image of God.
            Four pillars to a man’s heart.
            Warrior
            King
            Mentor
            Friend

          • Molon Labe Girl

            You are truly delusional, and you scare me a little bit. I have to wonder what is the fundamental difference between you and the typically portrayed ISIS fighter?

    • Shallel

      To shoot yourself and spare yourself the horrible death due to radiation poisoning?

  • Loki44

    Most of the city folk and unprepared will die off in any such event. The same will be true in a severe economic collapse. About 10 % of the population has the mental fortitude to survive such a calamity. Folks should just enjoy their lives every day. If something horrible happens then most will die off and 1 in ten wont. The folks who die off probably would not want to live in a pre modern anarchy that will be the norm in any such event.

    • Shallel

      No one can survive the nuclear devastation caused by man’s foolish creation of 300,000 tons of thousands of long-lived radioisotopes. There is no plan to keep the deadly radio toxins out of the environment. This is the real problem.

  • Andrew Smith

    The potential “rogue states” for setting off such a disaster are Israel and the United States.

    • GSOB

      That sounds like something a terrorist would say while using America today.

  • Shallel

    -There would be no heat for your home.
    -Water would no longer be pumped into most homes.
    -Your computer would not work.
    -There would be no Internet.
    -Your phones would not work.
    -There would be no television.
    -There would be no radio.
    -ATM machines would be shut down.
    -There would be no banking.
    -Your debit cards and credit cards would not work.
    -Without electricity, most gas stations would not be functioning.
    -Most people would be unable to do their jobs without electricity and employment would collapse.
    -Commerce would be brought to a standstill.
    -Hospitals would not be able to function normally.
    -You would quickly start running out of medicine.
    -All refrigeration would shut down and frozen foods in our homes and supermarkets would start to go bad.

    Oh, yeah, the author, as predicted by myself, forgot to tell you that the 107 commercial nuclear reactor plants will burn unquenchably within a week of any grid-killing event. You will not miss your heat, water, computer, internet, phone, television, bank, credit card, gas, job, commerce, hospital, medicine, and frozen foods since you will have died of radiation poisoning.

    • SouthernWatchman

      Just FYI. All commercial power plants are required to keep enough fuel for backup generators to maintain core cooling until infinite grace period is attained.

      Now, whether or not the operators stick around to keep the plant safe during a man made or naturally occurring emp is the real question.

      Also, even if every single fuel laden core went into melt down and released radioactive isotopes into the atmosphere, only people in the immediate vicinity would be at immediate risk. Longer term would depend on the wind patterns, but when it comes to RadCon protection: Dilution is the solution.

      The BWR and PWR designs used in the US simply don’t fail like the RBMK designs do.

      So while 107 meltdowns would definitely rate high in the “Sucky Day” scale, it’s not only not very likely, but it’s not the end of the US either.

      As to other effects of the EMP… yeah, it’s not a magic “All electronics break” type of a disaster. Much will be damaged and off line, but much will also survive, radio being one of the first technologies to be able to rebound from such a disaster. (see the pacific atomic weapons testing discussions on the matter)

      In summary, don’t believe the hype. An emp would be bad, that’s for sure, but it’s not the doom and gloom that hollywood portrays it as such.

      • Shallel

        Such an optimist.

        • SouthernWatchman

          No not really. 10 years in the nuclear navy + 15 years in the civilian nuclear industry does wonders for eliminating ignorance on the subject.

          • Shallel

            Thanks for your service. Also, thanks to the Navy for all the nuke waste they’ve dumped.

          • SouthernWatchman

            Well you’re welcome. Even if we disagree on things, I’ll gladly defend your right to have a different opinion.

            And NNP’s low level waste is sorted and stored at the two coastal facilities for monitoring and recycling whereas the the high level stuff is stored at INL… but that’s no different than the commercial stuff.

            If we’re going to tangent into a discussion of industrial waste, then the NNP pales in comparison to the commercial nuclear industry, which in turn pales in comparison to any other industry. The *only* diff there is the longevity of monitoring proper disposal of nuclear materials requires.

            There’s plenty of clean ways to recycle nearly all that waste too, however current fear born of ignorance at both the civilian and politician levels make a recycling program way out of the question. (Even though countries like France have demonstrated the benefits of such a program).

            *Shrug* but what can ya do? Ignorance and fear of the unknown has had a hand in humanity’s decisions since the dawn of time. Can’t expect anything more, even from our current ‘enlightened; society.

          • Shallel

            Thanks for the thoughtful reply. It seems we agree on quite a bit. Point taken on the fear.. Blessings..

    • GSOB

      Everything is temporary and we would recover quickly because the majority of people will unite to survive, recover and protect.

      The smaller group will encourage social decay.

      Be alert and on guard. Prep now before bursts happen.
      Satan always seeks to kill and destroy and deception he deploys because that is what he enjoys.

  • chriscas

    Some of these folks commenting below would have said the Titanic was unsinkable or that Herr Hitler was just some crazy German Politician who could never go far in taking over the government, much less the world. Still, Michael brings up a great point: This possible catastrophe (oh, by the way, Iran will nuke up in a few years with our approval. Some great deal that was, hunh?) can easily be avoided by spending about 2 billion dollars to shore up the power grid. It is a crime that our President and Congress continue to do nothing about this while there’s still time! I guess golf and climate change and fixing elections are all more important!

    • Mike Smithy

      Yes. I recall Bill Clinton praising the nuclear deal with North Korea back in 1993. It turned out to be an unmitigated disaster as will any deal brokered with Iran in the future.

    • Gay Veteran

      “…Iran will nuke up in a few years with our approval….”

      and I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell to you

  • guest

    A few issues not mentioned herein:
    No vehicles later than 1980 will run. The HEI and PCM will be immediately fried. No cars, no trucks, no buses, no trains, no late mdl motorcycles, no power watercraft, aircraft, lawn mowers, smart home appliances, your wrist watch, any and all forms of data appliances, etc. and that nice 5kw generator you got for Christmas still in the box, for such an emergency. !!! All of it toast, all of it. Kaput. No food, no water, no help, no 911 or EMS.
    If the releases are positioned correctly and the coverage is full, it IS 1850 again folks…..in about 10 minutes……everywhere you look. When is the last time you rode a horse? Where you gonna go with 70-80 million vehicles dead on the road? Just the thought of it chills one deep to the core.
    It is potentially far worse than just a power grid and rebuilding issue people. You had better think on it, hard. The emotional meltdown of society alone would have no equal in the history of the world. 280 million self absorbed and coddled people out of their minds with panic who can’t communicate beyond earshot. 2/3 or more of the the US is on medication, including all the antidepressant psychotropics. Millions in withdrawl syndromes alone within one month! Absolute uncontrollable chaos.
    That 90% estimate by the Honchos is probably more correct than anyone wants to think.

    • SouthernWatchman

      Actually, if you look at the studies done in recent years, smaller / simpler electronics have a very high chance of survival simply because they don’t contain enough conductive material to induce a charge into. Close to GZ, where the flux is higher, expect higher failure rates. The farther away you get, the higher your chances are of your genny working, or the car starting.

      At the end of the day, it’s still not going to be a good situation, but it’s also not going to be nearly as bad as all the doom and gloom many predict. If you address the primary needs of you and your family for basic natural disasters, you’ll be sitting in a pretty decent spot should something major like an EMP.

      So… don’t believe the hype, but don’t totally down play the hype either. The extremes are rarely true.

      • John

        For an EMP event, your PV array would likely be OK, but your inverter would be fried. Same thing for your alternator, but you’d probably lose your voltage regulator. PV-DC motor-belted to your alternator could turn your lights, fans and compressors back on, if there is not a computer board controlling anything.

        • Shallel

          You’ve got it backwards. Emp will effect long thin conductors. So the PV panels are more susceptible than a shielded inverter. See Gauss.

          • John

            A PV cell is a wide-area pn junction designed to generate (handle) large currents, whereas the inverter probably uses power MOSFETs which will have their gates blown by overvoltage conditions.

    • John

      Then the nuclear power plants all meltdown and have hydrogen explosions, the oil refineries and chemical plants explode, and the sewer lines back up into homes.

  • Jeff D.

    I have always thought that an EMP would be extremely bad. With how much we relay on electricity and technology and to see that all gone in an instant, we really would be back in the 1800’s. Its the best way for an enemy to take us out without killing the earth and themselves too. If you believe in aliens, it could possibly be there first wave attack as well. It is a real and credible threat and we need to be more aware of it.

  • Mondobeyondo

    It’ll be back to the abacus, you tech geeks….

  • grumpyhillbilly

    Resident nut here. An EMP employed in the U.S. would likely be done by our government in an attempt to control the masses, or kill us. Then they would cry Russia or Iran or whoever.

    • John

      Reminds me of the Jericho TV series…

  • Maddog

    “If you are a terrorist, a dictator or a fanatic that is looking for a “killshot” for the United States”
    Did someone say Barak Obama?

  • Andrew Hilliard

    Lets get all amish and stuff

  • Robert

    I find it interesting that some attack the messenger. In this case a man who produces an interesting blog with no shortage of advertisers. Capitalism. I also find it fascinating the constipation of the imagination that some suffer. I find this blog more fascinating than novels written by prolific sci/fy authors and I have read a bunch. I hope there are no Christians here who are wringing their hands over any of this end of world stuff. Nothing to fear for people of faith. Those who scorn and scoff make me feel better about the accuracy of the scriptures just as Bill Maher does or some of the other aggressive atheists. IF there is a significant EMP event, I think for a time the peace and quiet will be nice. Most do not read so a library will be no good for them. That reminds me of the Twilight Zone episode where the poor slob survives a nuc and at last has all the time to read in peace. Lesson learned though, you best have spare spectacles or LASIK surgery. For those who routinely care to blame the USA for all the world’s evils, you really need to study the matter. This is not a benign world and never has been. For my part we are not nearly as imperialist as we ought to be. Rome went for as long as she did because of her legions. We should have learned that. There is no “come now and let us reason together”. There is the sword which is the only thing people understand. Power! We have delayed too long and allowed other states to obtain technologies which will be used against us. To the Australians here if indeed there are any, one day a Chinese fleet will show up off your coast. Your tiny military will not work against them. Good luck. I would prefer my country to be invincible and to crush our enemies permanently and any countries that harbor our enemies. Bit too late unfortunately. The nuclear and biological genies/demons are out of their cages. We will pay a price for our lack of response. To those that belittle the military I would remind that it was only when the military showed up in the aftermath of Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina that a real rescue effort began.

    • Gay Veteran

      “…For those who routinely care to blame the USA for all the world’s evils, you really need to study the matter. This is not a benign world and never has been. For my part we are not nearly as imperialist as we ought to be….”

      we have killed millions with the support of psychopaths like you.
      you want an empire? then march down to your local army recruiting center, but keep the rest of us out of your psycho trip

  • Ray

    ”Barack Obama has essentially done nothing to get us prepared”.
    Why would you Michael of all people think the Govt or anyone would do anything?
    You know we are on our own when it goes in one form or another.

  • John

    An EMP event is not the same as a solar storm event. An EMP event destroys semiconductor devices like MOSFETs by blowing out the gate capacitance due to the very strong electric field produced. I do not think it would seriously damage the power grid infrastructure like a severe solar storm could, by creating large DC currents in long conductors, like power transmission lines, which would damage transformers. Solar storms should not damage electronic items on earth not plugged into the power grid. Both events could be catastrophic, but in different ways. An EMP event during a severe solar storm would truly be catastrophic, especially if coupled with a nuclear detonation at the Yellowstone caldera.

  • GSOB

    Terrorist are starting to exhaust the FBI’s limited resources.

    For our freedom we must pay.

    • Shallel

      Hint: The FBI are the terrorists, DHS is an foreign entity, and their resources reach into the Trillions of dollars. Boo ƒuckin Hoo!

      • GSOB

        Do Not Be Unequally Yoked

        Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?

        Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?

        Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols?

        For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.…

  • Ubwart

    Well if and when an emp knocks out the power, I have many thousands of rounds and am not afraid of using them to protect my family.

  • SRVES339

    Is there anything you nut jobs won’t blame on Obama?

    Not a fan of his but this is just ridiculous… starting with the fact that the GOP congress would have a field day of ridicule over anything he proposed…

    They all deny climate change and won’t spend a dime on it, and they’d do the same on this issue… too busy cosying up to Bibi the psycho to impress the duel citizen Billionaires that own the GOP “Patriots” lock, stock, and barrel. But their loyal supporters (hey Michael) choose to overlook the source of funding as long as they get to spew hate in the direction of those “others” in the WH.

    As always… pathetic at best!

    • Daystrom2012

      But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. James 4:16

  • GSOB

    Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

    Belt of truth

    Breastplate of righteousness

    Shoes of the preparation of the gospel of peace

    Shield of faith

    Helmet of salvation

    Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God

    If Satan is trying to redefine sin or tempt us to doubt God’s love, it is only God’s truth that can keep us from being deceived.

    • Shallel

      Condom of Lead…

  • bilejones

    And as soon as you see the “rogue nations such as ,,,,Iran”

    You know it’s gullible drivel from a tool of the terrorist state: the US.

  • nickel

    this entry is all based on one article in Arutz Sheva, the newspaper of ultra-orthodox and extremist israelis, that has been claiming that Iran was 6 months away from getting nuclear weapons for the last 15 years, against the assessment of american secret services and the evidence of international inspections, and is ever clamouring for war, war and more war. Iranians do not have nuclear weapons and do not have the ICBMs to detonate one above the US.

  • jox

    I’d like to know the definition of ‘roge state’ for an american. It’s funny how some states that are medieval kingdoms of ultra fanatics are perfectly OK for americans, but more moderate countries, with democratic regimes, are cosidered as ‘rogue’. Could somebody explain?

  • tzr

    This EMP panic is only a show for the gullible, non-technical people. Anyone with minimum of knowledge regarding EMP can tell you that the scenario given above is utterly impossible.

    First, it does not work like that or rather not at all. You can only destroy (parts of) the devices which are in resonance and which offer an entrance path for the signal to begin with (bad or missing shielding, bad housing design etc).

    Second, the strength of the pulse required is way over the limit which would be deadly to all humans nearby.

    Simply put, the whole story is junk. Forget it, Star Trek is way more realistic than this nonsense.

    This from an electronics engineer who works with EMP for living.

    • huh ?

      Maybe you can clear something up for me … I’ve noticed on the interstates there are honeycomb like shaped road implants (2 in each lane), similar to the ones you see in the streets at traffic light intersections to trip the lights into changing, with a metal box along the berms next to them … Some sources say these are auto arresters that shut down a particular vehicles ignition system they’re after to avoid high speed chases, but to my knowledge they’ve never been activated yet and they’ve been there in my area for over 25 years and I’ve never been able to confirm anything on these … do you know what these implants are ? There’s several along I-81 at Greencastle Pennsylvania.

  • T.j. Thomas

    ““Destroy nine interconnection substations and a transformer manufacturer…” There are two things people don’t realize about this: First, electric companies don’t typically have transformers sitting around, but often tend to get them only after one is blown. So replacements, at least for more than one at a time, would not be forthcoming any time soon. And second, when these substations go down it puts a strain on everything else, and the cascading failure can also damage the infrastructure far and wide beyond repair.

  • Shallel

    Thanks for keeping it real, KC!

    At the Edge of Extinction ~ Only Love Remains. – Guy McPherson

  • bloopville

    No, we will never reach Peal Oil. The oil companies have stopped hiring landmen because exploration is no longer needed. When I talk to old oil guys they talk about getting out of the business because they foresee there fossil assets being near worthless because they expect the renewable storage problems to be solved in their lifetimes and they just want to time getting out of the market. Peak Oil has always been a myth overtaken by extraction technology.

    • Gay Veteran

      we’ve already had peak conventional oil in America, that’s why we imported so much

  • Shallel

    Ruppert was a bave, brave man. He is sorely missed.

    • Holger Jahndel

      Oh yes, that is true!
      He could have united Al Gores ideas for enviroment and bringing it together with economy and the Ideas of the LaRouche Movement, see also Forum for a New Paradigm.
      I mean projects like the Basement project and a New Glass Steagall…against neoliberal free trade and Monetarism of Milton Friedman and the Chikago School of Economy with the so called “Chikago Boys” and their economic warfare against nations world wide by privatisation and speculation.
      Peak Oil is coming…fracking is no long term solution….gas prices will not be so low forever…fracking is a speculation bubble of the financial capitalists…and also the Climate Change is coming slowly…!

      • Monsatan

        commie

  • Scottar

    I first became aware of this through Coast to coast when Norry interviewed several guests about it at various times. It’s more then just about aliens and paranormal. Not to take away from this excellent site.
    But the politico carpet baggers that are running the parties just can’t make money off of protecting the grid, instead they push heavily subsidized renewable energy as the answer to America’s energy woes. They involve big players like GE and money laundering Ponzi schemes like Solyndra. Our government is run by political gangsters instead of legislators who make all kinds of promises to the koolaid drinking sheeple.
    I like to know if people are having trouble with sites that use Disqus, there are several site where not even the comment window comes up.

  • Lea Jones

    Why would anyone detonate in the atmosphere when a ground nuke has the same effect and a higher mortality rate? If it was going to happen it would incur a retaliation launch anyway so foreign armies would not even get near to re occupy your lands

    • Scottar

      EMP weapons are cheaper and will leave the infrastructure intact, plus there is not as much radioactivity fallout to contend with.
      A ground nuke would not have the same mortality rate. do some research!

      • Lea Jones

        I didn’t say the same mortality rate, I said HIGHER mortality rate and would still have the EMP effect, due to the radioactive fallout people plants and animals would not survive for long and it wouldn’t do much good to leave infrastructure intact when the retaliation nuke wipes out the enemy anyway.

  • CharlesH

    Frightening scenario indeed. The devastation that would ensue really can’t be completely imagined.

  • liberalmensuckthecock

    but we would still be ahead of the muslims, they want the 1400’s

  • TexasOlTimer

    It wouldn’t matter whether the gas stations worked or not – our cars would be dead as well.

  • bloopville

    My cousin is currently publishing a book on how the fear of Peak Oil has driven foreign policy of western nations since the 20s. I won’t go into the metrics of Peak Oil, but every prediction of Peak Oil has been passed without it occurring because of changes in recovery technology, and now we are facing a whole new change in renewable technology. The world is awash in oil and natural gas right now, all of the storage facilities are full, none of the the fields in third world countries where they don’t care about environmental impact have been subjected to advanced extraction techniques and sands and shales are become economic at lower and lower prices.
    Peak Oil has been attractive to producers because it keeps prices high, and it’s attractive to environmentalists, because it drives us to alternative fuels, but it’s not based on the actual cost of extracting the resource, which is at the lowest cost it has ever been.

    • Gay Veteran

      “…The world is awash in oil and natural gas right now….”
      oil price going down along with other commodity prices like iron ore, because the world economy is going down the toilet.

      • bloopville

        I don’t know what world you are looking at. I sit here comfortably at my computer. There are many problems, but, my children are employed. The market is at near record highs and has been in a 6 year bull. The dollar is strong. We are in no major war.

        I compare this to the Depression and World War of my parents and think that our generation just has no back bone and tolerance for uncertainty.

        • Gay Veteran

          well hooray for you and your kids. unfortunately the rest of the country is not doing so well

          • bloopville

            The numbers say we are doing substantially better than 2008. My friends who were unemployed in 2009 are employed. Their 401ks are back to good levels. Their housing values have rebounded. All these things are demonstrable. You must be reading “end of the world” blogs like this every day, stocking up on guns and rations and buying gold, as the value plummets. Like I said, don’t listen to these fear mongering gold and silver hucksters.

          • Gay Veteran

            you sound like a government shill.
            yeah, things are great in the imperial capital, but not so great in places like NW Tennessee

          • bloopville

            Oh, you are one of those guys who thinks the government wastes their time and money paying people to go around on obscure web sites posting happy messages to keep the sheeple from asking too many tricky questions. You better make an extra layer on your tin hat , buddy.

          • Gay Veteran

            hey junior, you’re the one living in “utopia”.

            keep on believing what you hear on the corporate media

          • bloopville

            Dude, I don’t have to ‘believe”. I have evidence. It’s called cash from stock sales, high 401k balances and 25% higher value of my dollars against the Euro, then when I moved here to Europe in 2007. This is real and I can measure it unlike your nebulous statements.

            Your the one who reads about the end of the world from Alex Jones or whoever it is that keeps you fearful and worried about banksters and government shills. Meanwhile, I keep making money by investing prudently and not following the fear mongers who want me to turn my hard earned money into gold..

          • Gay Veteran

            hey Goody Two-Shoes, just because YOU are doing well doesn’t the average American is.
            The entire point of QE (quantitative easing) was to save the Big Banks and to prop up the stock market (and the ECB is doing the same in Europe).

            and sorry, I don’t read Alex Jones and I don’t think the world is ending.
            but I do know that the labor participation rate shows a horrible lack of JOBS this far into a “recovery”, and that the middle class in this country is being destroyed.

          • bloopville

            You keep on repeating the doomsday mantra of the losers. Even though it is clear, if you were prudent with your investments, you would be twice as well off now as you were in 2008, you would be more likely to be employed, and it is manifestly clear by the exchange rate that your dollar is 25% stronger, you keep denying these things which you can see with your won eyes by reading a stock report every day or buying something in a European store, like I do , every day, because I live in Europe. If quantitative easing really was going to cause hyper inflation and make the dollar valueless, as all you gloomers predicted, gold wouldn’t be depressed and the dollar wouldn’t be strong.
            You keep arguing against real and demonstrable evidence. That makes you delusional.

          • Gay Veteran

            doomsday mantra of the losers? sounds like you were born on third base and thought you hit a triple.

            “…you would be more likely to be employed….”
            total BS, labor force participation rate proves that, but keep on believing that the unemployment rate is actually going down.

          • bloopville

            Nope. Normal upbringing. Got a degree. Raised a family. Saved money.Retired at 52. Play guitar in an Italian rock band. Travel around looking at art and architecture. Been living on my investments in Europe and having fun as I listen to everyone complain about the wrong decisions they have made, and how they haven’t taken advantage of a 6 year bull market that anybody could have used to their advantage.

          • Gay Veteran

            oh yes, EVERYBODY has money to gamble in the stock market.
            I mean we haven’t experienced any inflation in food, health insurance, college tuition, etc.

          • Gay Veteran

            btw, AGAIN:

            how’s that Labor Force Participation Rate doing?

            Americans Not In The Labor Force Soar To Record 93.2 Million As Participation Rate Drops To February 1978 Levels

            Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/03/2015

            “…the reality is that in March the number of people who dropped out of the labor force rose by yet another 277K, up 2.1 million in the past year, and has reached a record 93.175 million.

            Indicatively, this means that the labor force participation rate dropped once more, from 62.8% to 62.7%, a level seen back in February 1978…”

          • Gay Veteran

            evidence?

            you haven’t presented any!

            btw, AGAIN:

            how’s that Labor Force Participation Rate doing?

            Americans Not In The Labor Force Soar To Record 93.2 Million As Participation Rate Drops To February 1978 Levels

            Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/03/2015

            “…the reality is that in March the number of people who dropped out of the labor force rose by yet another 277K, up 2.1 million in the past year, and has reached a record 93.175 million.

            Indicatively, this means that the labor force participation rate dropped once more, from 62.8% to 62.7%, a level seen back in February 1978…”

          • Gay Veteran

            who said anything about hyperinflation? great strawman
            and the stronger dollar? hurting U.S. exports

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            When he gets too annoying, just remind him he thinks this country was founded on burning witches and went so far as to dig up some philosophical BS that America was founded by the Puritans.

          • Gay Veteran

            how’s that Labor Force Participation Rate doing?

            Americans Not In The Labor Force Soar To Record 93.2 Million As Participation Rate Drops To February 1978 Levels

            Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/03/2015

            “…the reality is that in March the number of people who dropped out of the labor force rose by yet another 277K, up 2.1 million in the past year, and has reached a record 93.175 million.

            Indicatively, this means that the labor force participation rate dropped once more, from 62.8% to 62.7%, a level seen back in February 1978…”

  • Gay Veteran

    “…Peter Vincent Pry, who is executive director of a congressional advisory group called the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, raised the alarm as the agreement is about to be finalized.

    He said U.S. military officials have confirmed such an Iranian plan….”
    well, they would NEVER lie to us, right?
    Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, you know

  • Monsatan

    LaRouche is a puppet

  • dashark09

    Maybe pushing Russia and betraying Israel is not a very good idea?

  • wildagreen

    Read As wind in dry grass or in the valley of dying stars…highly recommended

  • Tom_Arnall

    you mean no more iPhone?

  • Calm Palm

    People freak out over fabricated race issues. Can you imagine the chaos with a “real” crisis? It won’t be the Amish raiding your homes for food, raping your females and killing your men. Guess who it will predominately be? Yep! Correct! No words necessary. We all know the predominant group who will create the chaos.

  • BlueMoon 21850

    I just don’t get it, why would the government just do nothing. I feel one day probably in the next 10-25 years it will happen, naturally or unnaturally. And I am guessing some people will be out for blood looking for the people that could have done something and didn’t.

  • Tom Bradford

    As the liberals think what will happen to the spotted owl during these times. Will the whales survive. Liberals are clueless in life. They need to go hide under King Obama that they think is there God. All that will happen is the blacks would go wild and loot and kill as many white people as they could.

  • peedee

    This is bulls hit fear mongering, no ‘terrroristgrouup’ has the means, and the effect would be local compared to the WWE aftermath. Worried about the sun? We would have 24 hours warning to unplug our appliances. So much for EMParanoia.

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