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EMP: Death of America in the Blink of an Eye
scottfactor.com ^ | 12/02/2010 | Gina Miller

Posted on 12/02/2010 5:57:26 AM PST by scottfactor

Perhaps the most serious and terrifying threat against our nation and the world is a danger about which most Americans likely know little or nothing. That threat is of an electromagnetic pulse—or EMP—attack. The Heritage Foundation has released a bone-chilling report which analyzes in detail what an EMP attack is and the horrific effects it would have on our country, and it gives important recommendations for guarding our nation from such an attack.

This report is one you should read, and it ought to be required reading for our government and military leaders and all those who run our critical infrastructure systems.

The report, titled, “EMP Attacks—What the U.S. Must Do Now,” was written by Dr. James Carafano and Dr. Richard Weitz, and it begins with this heart-stopping paragraph,

“An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack represents one of the greatest threats imaginable—to the United States and the world. An EMP occurs when a nuclear device is detonated high in the atmosphere—a phenomenon of which America’s enemies are well aware. The electromagnetic discharge can permanently disable the electrical systems that run nearly all civilian and military infrastructures. A massive EMP attack on the United States would produce almost unimaginable devastation. Communications would collapse, transportation would halt, and electrical power would simply be non-existent. Not even a global humanitarian effort would be enough to keep hundreds of millions of Americans from death by starvation, exposure, or lack of medicine. Nor would the catastrophe stop at U.S. borders. Most of Canada would be devastated, too, as its infrastructure is integrated with the U.S. power grid. Without the American economic engine, the world economy would quickly collapse. Much of the world’s intellectual brain power (half of it is in the United States) would be lost as well. Earth would most likely recede into the ‘new’ Dark Ages.”

This information is indeed unimaginable to most of us in our time, but for the past ten years our government has been studying this threat. The Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack, headed by Dr. William R. Graham has determined that,

“…an EMP attack will put an end to the functioning of the U.S. electrical infrastructure and much of the hardware that runs everyday life.”

The Heritage report cites several previous disasters that have been studied to determine possible results of an EMP attack. A critical effect of an EMP attack would be the loss of electricity on a massive scale. The 1977 blackout of New York is featured,

“A good model for this potential disorder is the New York City blackout of 1977. On July 13, 1977, two lighting strikes caused overloading in the electric power substations of the Con Edison power company. …As a result, a power failure spread throughout the New York area.[12] This blackout lasted only one day, yet resulted in widespread looting and the breakdown of the rule of law throughout many New York neighborhoods. The estimated cost of the blackout was approximately $346 million, and nearly 3,000 people were arrested through the 26-hour period.[13]

The blackout in New York City resulted in an immediate breakdown of the social order. The police were outmatched and had no chance of stopping such massive theft, largely having no choice but to stand by watching the looters from a distance. In North Brooklyn, a community of more than a million residents, only 189 police officers were on duty.[14] The New York Police Department was completely overwhelmed in its efforts to preserve order. The social order degenerated so quickly that Time magazine called it a ‘Night of Terror.’[15]

Imagine power loss on a much larger scale. To say it would be chaos is likely an understatement. The report goes on to detail that besides loss of electricity would be a breakdown of communication and transportation infrastructures. Your “smart phone” will be quite dumb at that point, and there will be no hopping in your car to run to the supermarket. Food delivery systems would be gravely affected, and there would be enormous spoilage of fresh food without refrigeration. Many people would die in short order due to lack of electricity—those who rely on oxygen machines, dialysis, or other life supporting treatment requiring electricity. Violence would ensue and would cause further death and destruction. It would make the Mad Max pictures look like a walk in the park.

The banking and financial sector would be crippled. The report states,

“The vast amounts of electronic and telecommunications systems supporting the financial industry have never been hardened against an EMP attack despite physical attacks posing one of the largest threats to operations. If these systems were damaged, consumers would be forced to operate a cash economy, or, since cash withdrawals would be impossible without financial records, a barter economy.”

I would think having cash would be one of the least of our worries in that event.

Breakdown of the transportation sector would literally be deadly. We are completely dependent on transportation to deliver food, fuel and other products. In the wake of an EMP attack,

“The effects of EMP will immediately disable a portion of the 130 million cars and some 90 million trucks. Since millions of vehicles are on the road at any given time, there will be accidents and congestion that will impede movement, particularly in large metropolitan areas. Stoplights and train crossing signals will shut down or malfunction. The longer-term effects on the automobile and trucking infrastructure will hinge on the ability to obtain fuel and the recovery of commercial power. Police may be needed to replace automated traffic controls at the same time that they are critically needed for other emergency services.[22]

The railway system greatly depends on electricity, and we rely on trains to deliver vital goods to us all. And, although not crucial for the nation’s survival, the aviation industry would be destroyed by an EMP attack, as well.

In many ways we are helpless in this country. With very few exceptions, we do not grow our own food, dig our own water wells, grow cotton and make our own clothes, or cut trees and build our own homes from them. All these things are left to others who do them, and we simply buy the end result of their labors. In the blink of an eye, our lives as we have always known them could be utterly blown away. We are not prepared for such an event.

The bottom-line recommendations of the Heritage report focus on prevention, planning and protecting our vital infrastructures. Preventing the threat of an EMP attack includes a robust missile defense system. Not to change the subject here, but this is a rotten time for the communist enemies within our White House and Congress to try to push through the insane Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). As another Heritage Foundation report points out,

“Of the major nuclear arms control treaties between the U.S. and the Soviet Union and later the Russian Federation, none has been voted on in the U.S. Senate during a “lame duck” session. It is unprecedented for the U.S. Senate to vote on a treaty of this importance and magnitude during a lame duck session of Congress.”

Regardless, the Heritage EMP report advises swift action now to prevent the threat of EMP attacks. We must provide resilience of the U.S.-Canadian electrical grid to harden it against EMP. It is critical that we do this now, because, for one thing,

“The equipment used in the transmission grid is costly, specially produced, and has to be ordered from overseas before replacement in the U.S.”

We don’t even make our own parts anymore!

We must plan for the unthinkable and organize disaster plans on the federal, state, local and private sector levels. We must protect our capacity to communicate, as well. The time to do all these things was actually yesterday, but since yesterday is gone, the time to prepare and prevent an EMP attack is now!

My point in reporting this information to you is not to cause you fear or distress. I want us not to despair, but to prepare. Be armed with knowledge, and make your own disaster plan. You may consider stockpiling food, water, guns, ammunition and other supplies as best as you’re able. This is not always easy, since many of us don’t have the space or money to be able to stockpile very much. Plus, we have no way of knowing how much we would need and for how long.

Regardless, we know that this world is a dangerous and deadly place and always will be. The only source of true, eternal “safety” is in God through Jesus Christ. In the event of something like an EMP attack, the Lord is more than able to give us what we need and even to keep us alive against all odds, but even if we do perish, those of us who cling to Him know we’ll be A-OK in the very end


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1 posted on 12/02/2010 5:57:27 AM PST by scottfactor
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To: scottfactor

read the book “One Second After”


2 posted on 12/02/2010 6:01:40 AM PST by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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To: scottfactor

How did we ever get over the thousands of nuclear explosions, many hundred of which were high altitude, from the late 40s until the 80s?! EMP is overhyped, unless it bursts overhead;)


3 posted on 12/02/2010 6:02:34 AM PST by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: scottfactor

If you want a good book to read on the matter, read “One Second After”. It’s fiction. The author did get the science right, though as he had the author of the US Army’s manual on EMP Effects assist him; apparently they know each other. He tells a rather plausible tale of what would happen in the US after the fact. It’s an enjoyable action yarn, to boot.


4 posted on 12/02/2010 6:03:16 AM PST by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: 50mm; darkwing104

blogpimp sniff....


5 posted on 12/02/2010 6:05:18 AM PST by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: scottfactor
I think EMP is overrated, the Navy did test cars and trucks made from the mid 1980's to today and although the EMP shut the cars down, almost all the cars will start up again. Some cars/trucks did have some issues where the gauges in the dashboard did not work or were going crazy, but they were still driveable. I'd say your odds of your car starting again will be 90% to 95%. Your transistor radio should still work if the antenna is folded as well. However, I do see where EMP can hurt the power grid, so there goes the ability to pump gas unless you have a generator, a 12 volt pump or a hand pump.

EMP ain't the 800 lbs gorilla they make it out to be, more like a 500 lbs one, although they are right on with the effects to the economy.
6 posted on 12/02/2010 6:07:58 AM PST by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: DCBryan1
How did we ever get over the thousands of nuclear explosions, many hundred of which were high altitude, from the late 40s until the 80s?! EMP is overhyped, unless it bursts overhead;)

Those tests were conducted under or near ground level. Historically, nuclear weapons have been used to inflict physical damage, and designed and tested for that. Setting one off at high altitute wouldn't give you much in the way of useful data to asses it's shock wave potential.

7 posted on 12/02/2010 6:14:06 AM PST by tacticalogic
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To: scottfactor
Geez I am as sick of these threads as I am “I want to buy gun”ones. IT IS WAAY OVERHYPED!!!!
8 posted on 12/02/2010 6:15:36 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (V for Vendetta.)
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To: scottfactor

“Regardless, the Heritage EMP report advises swift action now to prevent the threat of EMP attacks.”

We currently prevent EMP attacks by assuring the nuclear destruction of any country that launches one against us.


9 posted on 12/02/2010 6:16:03 AM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: scottfactor

Wouldn’t a massive solar flare while the magnetosphere was weak (say during a polar shift) do pretty much the same thing?


10 posted on 12/02/2010 6:19:04 AM PST by RockyMtnMan
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To: RockyMtnMan

Yes.


11 posted on 12/02/2010 6:20:55 AM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: scottfactor

An EMP attack will have us partying like it was 1899!!!

(Over-hyped)


12 posted on 12/02/2010 6:22:23 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: tacticalogic
Those tests were conducted under or near ground level

As someone who has actually touched special weapons as a nuclear materials courier for NNSA/OST there have been LOTS of exploded nukes at high altitude.

Research Operations Hardtack, Argus, and Dominic(sp), and all the Soviet tests at Kapustin Yar or Novaya Zemlya (sp).

13 posted on 12/02/2010 6:24:51 AM PST by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: Nowhere Man
"EMP ain't the 800 lbs gorilla they make it out to be, more like a 500 lbs one, although they are right on with the effects to the economy."

In and of itself, EMP may be a 500 lb. gorilla, but do you really think this administration would let a crisis like that go to waste?

14 posted on 12/02/2010 6:26:09 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Nowhere Man
I do see where EMP can hurt the power grid, so there goes the ability to pump gas unless you have a generator, a 12 volt pump or a hand pump.

Also, the ability for most communities to pump water. This would create a crisis of immense proportions almost immediately. Shutting done the power gird is akin to shutting down the heart. It will matter little how healthy the rest of the body is at the time of the shutdown--the collective devastating impacts would quickly multiply and spread throughout society. Virtually all the dominoes would fall.

And the 1,000 or so main transformers that form the power grid? We have no replacements sitting in a warehouse, we no longer manufacture them domestically,and they take considerable time to manufacture.

The science is well-proven. Paradoxically, our evolution from robust and primitive vacuum tubes to microelectronic circuitry has made us orders of magnitude MORE susceptible to complete devastation via EMP than we were even 20 or 30 years ago.

15 posted on 12/02/2010 6:27:45 AM PST by behzinlea
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To: vanilla swirl

I did! I now never leave the house without my backpack of essentials and good walking boots in the trunk. Scared straight I guess.


16 posted on 12/02/2010 6:30:20 AM PST by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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To: Hacklehead
We currently prevent EMP attacks by assuring the nuclear destruction of any country that launches one against us.

And who do you nuke if a container ship with a Liberian flag lights one off 50 miles off the NJ shore and air bursts it over south Jersey taking out the Northeast corridor?

17 posted on 12/02/2010 6:34:40 AM PST by Malsua
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To: scottfactor

So repair or replace the broken stuff. But first, use the neutron bomb on the rag head country that did it and use their oil to pay for it all.


18 posted on 12/02/2010 6:34:50 AM PST by coon2000 (Give me Liberty or give me death!)
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To: DCBryan1

Hardtack I&II, Argus, and most of Dominic I&II were conducted far out to sea, and EMP wasn’t the focus of the test. The landbound tests in Nevada were small.

(H)EMP will be a much bigger problem than most people want to admit, if someone decides to hit us. The actual damage done will be very hard to fix in a timely manner. Taking out the power grid of much or all of the US would pretty much slide us into 2nd or 3rd world status in a very short amount of time.


19 posted on 12/02/2010 6:38:55 AM PST by ex 98C MI Dude (Alea Iacta Est)
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To: scottfactor
Poor NYC, out of power for one day. Houston was out of power for 2 weeks over most of the city and 3 weeks in some places and we didn't become animals in the dark. At least most of us didn't.

As far as this nuclear attack I pray to God it doesn't happen, those NYers would fan out across the country. (Just kidding ya’ll)

20 posted on 12/02/2010 6:47:44 AM PST by Ditter
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To: scottfactor

It’s funny how so many “know-it-alls” are here hollering “overhyped!!!”

How the hell do any of you know what you’re talking about when you’ve never seen this happen?


21 posted on 12/02/2010 6:50:53 AM PST by WXRGina
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To: DCBryan1
A couple of the high altitude tests disrupted communications in Hawaii for a few hours. That's because the weapon detonated high enough,248 miles, for the thermal pulse to convert to electrical energy.

Dominic Starfish Prime 248 miles

Anything close to atmosphere generates a fireball and limits the impulse.

Bluegill Triple Prime 160,000 feet

There was also the Argus tests conducted off of South Africa to test effects on the magnetic field and communications, but there is very little information available about them.

22 posted on 12/02/2010 6:52:26 AM PST by Wizdum
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To: DCBryan1

Ummm... Scott posted this piece under the “blogger” category, and he didn’t excerpt...

What’s your beef?


23 posted on 12/02/2010 6:53:52 AM PST by WXRGina
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To: Hacklehead
We currently prevent EMP attacks by assuring the nuclear destruction of any country that launches one against us.

Right you are! Because it takes more than a garden-variety fission device to cause the kind of catastrophic EMP event discussed. It wasn't until the Starfish Prime experiment involving the explosion of a 3 megaton fusion weapon that EMP as a crippling phenomenon became a reality. And we already know the nations with such capabilities. Their capitol cities along with much of their countries would be vaporized in a sub-launched retaliatory strike. And they know this.

24 posted on 12/02/2010 6:59:55 AM PST by Tonytitan
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To: DCBryan1
"... EMP is overhyped, unless it bursts overhead;)..."

Friend, you are either very misinformed, or very uninformed. The threat posed by HEMP (the "H" is for "High") is very real, and could be our undoing.

25 posted on 12/02/2010 7:03:04 AM PST by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: Malsua

“And who do you nuke if a container ship with a Liberian flag lights one off 50 miles off the NJ shore and air bursts it over south Jersey taking out the Northeast corridor?”

Pick someone and nuke them. Or several someone’s.

It would be better that we publish the list in advance.

Life isn’t fair, and the rest of the world would then know what could happen to them if they do this.

It’s similar to the “Doomsday bomb” in Dr. Strangelove.


26 posted on 12/02/2010 7:07:25 AM PST by RFEngineer
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To: scottfactor

THANKS THANKS.


27 posted on 12/02/2010 7:12:49 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: vanilla swirl

Watch the show “Connections”, have a plow handy.


28 posted on 12/02/2010 7:13:39 AM PST by dfwgator (Congratulations to Josh Hamilton - AL MVP)
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To: RFEngineer

I AGREE.


29 posted on 12/02/2010 7:13:39 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: scottfactor

THANKS THANKS.


30 posted on 12/02/2010 7:16:38 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: coon2000

But first, use the neutron bomb


Only if the Chinese sell us one. The US version was never developed — too horrific, you know. However, the Chinese did and tested several on remote (muslim) villages with 100% success.


31 posted on 12/02/2010 7:34:40 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine .. now it is your turn..)
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To: Wizdum

There was also the Argus tests conducted off of South Africa to test effects on the magnetic field and communications, but there is very little information available about them.


was believed to be an Israeli test at the time.


32 posted on 12/02/2010 7:36:15 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine .. now it is your turn..)
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To: PIF
Operation Argus, 1958
33 posted on 12/02/2010 7:40:16 AM PST by Wizdum
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To: scottfactor; All

Can EMP be turned into a focused weapon, such as that may be deployed from a plane, drone or parachute over lower altitude? Or does it require ionization in the lower atmosphere? I have seen “EMP” devices exploded by Hollywood, in “24” (@ “McClennan-Forrester” HQ) and also “Ocean’s Eleven” (takes out Las Vegas’ electric grid for a few minutes). Are those portrayals scientifically accurate or possible?


34 posted on 12/02/2010 7:47:30 AM PST by montag813 (http://www.facebook.com/StandWithArizona)
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To: Malsua

“And who do you nuke if a container ship with a Liberian flag lights one off 50 miles off the NJ shore and air bursts it over south Jersey taking out the Northeast corridor?”

All of the usual suspects.


35 posted on 12/02/2010 8:00:11 AM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: PIF

Might you have more info on that? Thanks


36 posted on 12/02/2010 8:02:12 AM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: I Buried My Guns

It could be our undoing because what will our kids do when the X-box doesn’t work, or their MP3 players are dead, or the interwebs aren’t working!!!!!!!

While I agree that it would hurt America as a whole, it wouldn’t be the end of the world, specifically in rural areas where we can still hunt, fish, grow crops, and get water without the aid of “the grid” or big brother.


37 posted on 12/02/2010 8:02:27 AM PST by ScubieNuc
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To: DCBryan1

Level headind sobriety is not welcome on these “run in circles like your hair’s on fire” threads.


38 posted on 12/02/2010 8:06:18 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: I Buried My Guns; Mr. Lucky
Friend, you are either very misinformed, or very uninformed.

Sorry pal. I used to sleep with the damn things (nukes). Stick to TEOTWAWKI books and Tom Clancy books FRiend.

I'll listen to the scientists at Los Alamos, researchers at Y-12 and Pantex, intel weenies at Kirkland AFB, SIOP planners at Omaha, convoy commanders that I rode with, and my fellow NMCs I worked with at DOE.

I didnt say EMP is a myth....just overhyped. If a nuke designed for massive EMP (an enhanced EMP weapon) goes off above America, I'd be alot more worried about the soon to be inbound R-36MUTTH/R-36M2 and Topel-M's coming in at 18k MPH over the poles to hit our LCCs and silos in the mid-west.

With that being said.....I'm a helluva lot more worried about Marxists Presidents, communist congresscritters, complicit media, stupid "gimmie mo" voters, the flu (and antigen shifts thereof), bio weapons, diseases coming across the border, locusts, earthquakes, plagues, zombies, running out of toilet paper, my wife using my credit card, etc., than I am of TEOTWAWKI via EMP. Great for selling books, bad to dwell on.

39 posted on 12/02/2010 8:27:06 AM PST by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: Ditter
As far as this nuclear attack I pray to God it doesn't happen, those NYers would fan out across the country.

LOL...Post of the day!...(BTW...its past 01 NOV...they are all in FL anyways!)

40 posted on 12/02/2010 8:32:29 AM PST by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: scottfactor

Overblown chicken-little-ism and outright paranoid fantasy especially in the hysterical retelling of what happened in NYC blackout of 1977.

The George Mason U site hosts a better retelling, see: http://blackout.gmu.edu/events/tl1977.html

What must be recollected is that Harlem and the Bronx in 1977 were in the pits BEFORE the blackout, and that reactions in those neighborhoods were colored by the great urban race riots of the late sixties and early seventies. The social dynamic is not the same today.

Note that the great majority of NYC neighborhoods in the blackout were tranquil and orderly. And that AFTER the blackout the city as a whole was motivated and acted with motivation and effect to improve its situation.


I also hold that the impact of EMP is way overestimated. I speak from experience with systems highly exposed to lightning, and other systems where EMP pulses were part of the process.


41 posted on 12/02/2010 8:41:34 AM PST by bvw
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To: dfwgator; pepperdog

Also rent the series “Jericho” (Hollywoodized but still interesting)
The book scared me because my son is a diabetic.


42 posted on 12/02/2010 8:54:37 AM PST by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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To: scottfactor
Not even a global humanitarian effort would be enough to keep hundreds of millions of Americans from death by starvation, exposure, or lack of medicine.

So, everybody dies...hysterical anyone?

43 posted on 12/02/2010 8:57:10 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (We conservatives will always lose elections as long as we allow the MSM to choose our candidates.)
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To: DCBryan1

I’m with you on the zombies ;)


44 posted on 12/02/2010 9:02:33 AM PST by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: DCBryan1
...I'd be alot more worried about the soon to be inbound R-36MUTTH/R-36M2 and Topel-M's...

What is Russia's current warhead/delivery vehicle count? Just curious...

45 posted on 12/02/2010 9:04:12 AM PST by Tonytitan
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To: scottfactor

Windoze users will be used to it. Just reinstall (where’s that system disk?), and reboot . . AGAIN


46 posted on 12/02/2010 9:05:54 AM PST by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: dfwgator
Watch the show “Connections”, have a plow handy.

Not familiar with it. What station is it on?

47 posted on 12/02/2010 9:12:14 AM PST by OB1kNOb (China is now the world's ant. America has become the world's grasshopper. Fear the coming winter.)
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To: Tonytitan
No idea....1999, last time I ever heard, they were wanting less than 100 delivery systems....Russia saw more use in aerospace and heavy payload potential, rather than storing nukes in silos with them.

Topel Ms are increasing in number, and will be MIRV'd despite any treaty limitations that might arise.

48 posted on 12/02/2010 9:12:21 AM PST by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: vanilla swirl
Or Lights Out! if you can still find a copy of it.
49 posted on 12/02/2010 9:17:37 AM PST by Dead Corpse (III, Alarm and Muster)
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To: spetznaz

Might you have more info on that? Thanks


Love to. Can’t.

It appeared briefly on the web in the 90s, repleat with spy sat shots of the villages.

However, I believe that there is something by Edward Teller about how the US halted neuton bomb development to be found somewhere, if one is dilligent.


50 posted on 12/02/2010 10:06:23 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine .. now it is your turn..)
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