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One Second After
September 6, 2009 | Immadashell

Posted on 09/06/2009 7:04:14 PM PDT by immadashell

I have just finished reading William R. Forstchen's new novel One Second After. Briefly, it is about the instantaneous breakdown of American way of life as the result of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) which disables the nation's electrical grid as well as all sophisticated electrical components in cars (they stop), planes (they crash), telecomunications of every sort, etc. leaving the population in a world similar to that of the Eighteenth Century. Shortages of every variety create societal strains, chaos, death and destruction in a matter of weeks and months. Forstchen's book (with a forward written by Newt Gingrich), while fiction, creates a scenario which can happen to us today, since the technology already exists. The possibility of this devastation has been largely ignored by our politicians and media, and, to a lesser extent, by the military. Only a very small proportion of our citizens has ever heard about EMP. Even fewer have taken measures to deal with it. Experts on the subject have no doubt about whether we will have to eventually face such an attack. They only question when it will occur.

After reading this book, my first thought was we spend billions (potentially trillions) of dollars preparing for a hypothetical calamity we are powerless over like global warming and yet ignore preparing for this ultimate weapon of asymmetrical warfare.

I highly recommend this very frightening but readable new book. It is science fiction (#1 on Amazon) today but could be reality One Second After.


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1 posted on 09/06/2009 7:04:15 PM PDT by immadashell
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To: immadashell

Who needs an EMP when we have a president who will achieve the same goal.


2 posted on 09/06/2009 7:05:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: immadashell

Sounds real uplifting ... read it before bed and never sleep again.


3 posted on 09/06/2009 7:07:06 PM PDT by bboop (Tar and feathers -- good back then, good now)
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To: immadashell

Sounds interesting. Thanks for the scoop. I may pick up a copy.


4 posted on 09/06/2009 7:07:42 PM PDT by new cruelty (Shoot your TV. Torch your newspaper.)
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To: immadashell

I don’t want to think about this kind of stuff. If things go badly i’ll go out in a blaze of glory defending my stuff. I’ll be like the guy riding the A-bomb out out the bomb bay (can’t remember his name)


5 posted on 09/06/2009 7:08:23 PM PDT by refermech
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To: cripplecreek

In the book the president dies because Air Force One has not been hardened against EMP and crashes.


6 posted on 09/06/2009 7:09:13 PM PDT by immadashell
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To: immadashell

I read it shortly after it was published. It is a sobering and IMHO probably quite accurate prediction of what this country would be like in a post-EMP situation.

I also believe that more than likely this is exactly what Ahmadinejad has in mind for us.

MM


7 posted on 09/06/2009 7:09:13 PM PDT by MississippiMan
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To: refermech
I don’t want to think about this kind of stuff. If things go badly i’ll go out in a blaze of glory defending my stuff. I’ll be like the guy riding the A-bomb out out the bomb bay (can’t remember his name)

. Dr. Strangelove

8 posted on 09/06/2009 7:10:46 PM PDT by immadashell
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To: immadashell

That was the movie. Slim Pickens was the actor.


9 posted on 09/06/2009 7:12:58 PM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: immadashell

Sounds like a fairy tale. In reality, I see AF1 delivering the EMP.


10 posted on 09/06/2009 7:13:47 PM PDT by C210N (A patriot for a Conservative Renaissance!)
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To: immadashell

I read the entire book and I recommend it highly for you guys to so!

It provided much sobering thought how a simple weapon can wreck such civilization as we know it!

And that weapon exists today!

Think about it!


11 posted on 09/06/2009 7:15:02 PM PDT by Sen Jack S. Fogbound (`)
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To: immadashell

No this was a cowboy...Studs terkel, no that’s not it. damn it’s on the tip of my tongue...


12 posted on 09/06/2009 7:15:16 PM PDT by refermech
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To: william clark

Major “King” Kong was the character.


13 posted on 09/06/2009 7:15:28 PM PDT by Boojum
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To: william clark

Thanks!! I didn’t realize that was the movie.


14 posted on 09/06/2009 7:16:31 PM PDT by refermech
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To: william clark
Slim Pickens played Major King Kong, the chief pilot of the B-52 (that had the B-17 shadow).

Patriots is another post apocalyptic book that illustrates survival methods.

15 posted on 09/06/2009 7:17:26 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: immadashell

On my shelf already. Just haven’t gotten to read it yet.


16 posted on 09/06/2009 7:17:42 PM PDT by tips up
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To: refermech

That was Slim Pickins as Major T.J. “King” Kong going down with him bomb.

For 45 extra bonus points, What was the target of his bomb?


17 posted on 09/06/2009 7:18:05 PM PDT by stumpjumper
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To: refermech
Was this it?

Major Kong from Dr. Strangelove

18 posted on 09/06/2009 7:18:12 PM PDT by new cruelty (Shoot your TV. Torch your newspaper.)
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To: refermech
I’ll be like the guy riding the A-bomb out out the bomb bay (can’t remember his name)

The actor's name was Slim Pickens. One of my favorite character actors from the sixties.

19 posted on 09/06/2009 7:18:45 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: immadashell
I have read the book. If this occurs, most of the people on this site will die, because they don't wish to face Armageddon. They still believe that bad things don't happen to ‘good’ people like them.

Too bad life isn't quite like that. It is Hobbesian. Nasty, short, and brutish. But these fools still believe the ‘police’ of today believe in service when they taser granny, or blow a pastor away in the foolishly named ‘drug war’.

They will be the first to be killed by that Hobbesian world, because they are the weak fools that think todays society is geared to protect them from the ‘bad guys’.

Fools. But they still think themselves superior. Too funny. They will die wondering what the f**k happened.

20 posted on 09/06/2009 7:19:03 PM PDT by ex 98C MI Dude (All of my hate cannot be found, I will not be drowned by your constant scheming)
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To: immadashell

Read it a couple months ago. Highly recommended.


21 posted on 09/06/2009 7:19:18 PM PDT by Clink (The more you complain, the longer God lets you live.)
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To: immadashell
I don’t want to think about this kind of stuff. If things go badly i’ll go out in a blaze of glory defending my stuff. I’ll be like the guy riding the A-bomb out out the bomb bay (can’t remember his name).

Major "King" Kong
22 posted on 09/06/2009 7:19:59 PM PDT by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: immadashell

That was a scary, scary book, especially for an insulin-dependent diabetic. I immediately starting researching propane refrigerators and found out that RVs have them. One thing, the author doesn’t know any women who garden - I fell over laughing when he wrote about searching out old women who still remembered the lost art of canning. That was about the only bright moment in the book.


23 posted on 09/06/2009 7:20:00 PM PDT by nina0113
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To: stumpjumper

Aw jeez, I couldn’t even remember the name of the movie!!


24 posted on 09/06/2009 7:20:06 PM PDT by refermech
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To: immadashell; william clark

Major “King” Kong was the character, Slim Pickens was the actor...Dr. Strangelove was the title and a character....Stanly Kubric was the director.....


25 posted on 09/06/2009 7:20:11 PM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: cripplecreek

That says it all! The enemy is in The White House.


26 posted on 09/06/2009 7:20:21 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (I am Sarah Palin. I am the NRA.)
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To: immadashell

Thanks for the book recommendation! I’ll have to check it out.


27 posted on 09/06/2009 7:20:43 PM PDT by TNdandelion (I'd rather have FedEx run my healthcare than USPS.)
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To: stumpjumper
For 45 extra bonus points, What was the target of his bomb?

The ICBM complex at Laputa.
28 posted on 09/06/2009 7:21:09 PM PDT by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: stumpjumper
For 45 extra bonus points, What was the target of his bomb?

The ICBM complex at Barshaw.

29 posted on 09/06/2009 7:23:29 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: cripplecreek

You beat me to it.

“the instantaneous breakdown of American way of life” started the minute Obammy was elected.


30 posted on 09/06/2009 7:24:26 PM PDT by garyhope ( It's world war IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islamofascism.)
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To: nina0113

lol I’m 39...and I can can. (Not to be confused with the Can-can dance.)


31 posted on 09/06/2009 7:25:19 PM PDT by TNdandelion (I'd rather have FedEx run my healthcare than USPS.)
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To: garyhope

Seems like it would be a lot easier to wake up and find the electricity out than to turn on the TV every morning and find what new damage the failure in chief is doing.


32 posted on 09/06/2009 7:25:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: TNdandelion

Well YEAH - I think most of us gardeners do. He just doesn’t know any. But that really was the only light moment in the book, and it was unintentional. Don’t read it at bedtime.


33 posted on 09/06/2009 7:29:31 PM PDT by nina0113
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To: refermech

34 posted on 09/06/2009 7:32:06 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Where's this tagline thing everyone keeps talking about?)
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To: william clark

What in the wide wide world of sports is a going on here? Y’all dancin around like a bunch of Kansas City faggots.

You mean that Slim Pickens?


35 posted on 09/06/2009 7:32:26 PM PDT by davetex (If it's in stock, we've got it.)
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To: immadashell

Thanks for the reminder. I heard the author interviewed on one of the radio talk shows...very knowledgeable guy.

Quick question: Is the damage done after an EMP permanent or temporary? That is is the car’s computer and circuity and alternator fried completely, or is it stunned and then resets and can be used again. What about computer circuitry?


36 posted on 09/06/2009 7:32:40 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Impeach President Bernanke.)
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To: refermech

Slim Pickens, I think.


37 posted on 09/06/2009 7:33:20 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: immadashell

I put that one on my wish list. Must see if I can find it cheap somewhere.


38 posted on 09/06/2009 7:34:41 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: immadashell

I read it. Scared me, but I recommend it.


39 posted on 09/06/2009 7:34:42 PM PDT by bluegirl
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

I had a discussion with a guy I used to work with (well educated, liberal) about the importance of being a “prepper.”

He couldn’t understand why. I used the example of the electrical grid completely shutting down, grocery store refrigeration being down, hospitals with no electricity. I said it would be a survival situation, you’d need protection and food and water.

He said, no, no, no, because we are all so interdependent, we will all come together and we’d get over such a situation in no time.

All I could think was Katrina, though I didn’t bring it up.

I was amazed at the core difference between those who depend upon and look toward various forms of Collectivism for their survival and those who rely on themselves.


40 posted on 09/06/2009 7:36:07 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Impeach President Bernanke.)
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To: immadashell
The Navy has been doing quite a bit to overcome the EMP threat. I am a former Northrop Grumman Combat Systems Electrical Engineer in the Navy shipbuilding industry (LHD's, DDG 51's, CG 47's). One of my cognizant duties was dealing with EMP. The Navy and the shipyards have spent a lot of money and time working on this problem. By using improved bonding and grounding procedures of topside equipment, using new generation shielded cables, improved conduit and EMP resistant screening meshed between layers of exposed glass (windows and ports), etc, have done a lot to help defeat EMP. There is still a lot of work and research in progress. Hopefully the Navy's budget will continue to keep up with the research and solutions. All it will take for a Navy ship to be put out of commission is a nearby nuclear burst (even without structural damage) or being zapped by another external powerful electrical source thru the atmosphere.

God Bless our Navy and Country.

41 posted on 09/06/2009 7:36:41 PM PDT by jmax
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To: immadashell

I learned about EMP in the 80s while on active duty. A 1MT device detonated 400 miles over Kansas would take out every computer chip from Maine to Baja California, not to mention the power grid and most of the stuff connected to it. Tens of millions would be dead of starvation within a couple months. This is the ultimate doomsday scenario for our miserable “what about me” culture. Not very many positives in the scenario. And with nuclear proliferation ... and many who feel they “have nothing to lose”... it will happen eventually.

The Congress was briefed EMP in the 80s, and it was after the briefing that they passed a unanimous resolution to proceed with ABM (anti-ballistic missile). That’s the way I heard it, anyway.

Unsurprisingly, Zero wants to kill the ABM program, the only thing that could prevent the EMP attack.


42 posted on 09/06/2009 7:37:00 PM PDT by Check6
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To: immadashell

Extraordinary book. Hopefully for future printings they figure out that “would of,” “should of,” and “might of” are not correct. It’s an error made throughout the entire book, which is odd because it’s otherwise well-proofread.


43 posted on 09/06/2009 7:37:05 PM PDT by xjcsa (And these three remain: change, hope and government. But the greatest of these is government.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Permanent.


44 posted on 09/06/2009 7:38:27 PM PDT by nina0113
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To: Check6
A 1MT device detonated 400 miles over Kansas would take out every computer chip from Maine to Baja California
I beg to differ. Present thinking has a different perspective on this ...
45 posted on 09/06/2009 7:38:47 PM PDT by _Jim
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Damage would be permanent. Small wires/traces/pathways melted. Anything requiring surge protection would be internally surged to death by the pulse wave, unless inside a significant ferrous metal enclosure.


46 posted on 09/06/2009 7:39:11 PM PDT by polymuser ("We have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!" (HRC))
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To: davetex

Yup, that’s our guy... on a side note my old John Deere tractor with points will run OK I think.


47 posted on 09/06/2009 7:39:39 PM PDT by refermech
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
Quick question: Is the damage done after an EMP permanent or temporary? That is is the car’s computer and circuity and alternator fried completely, or is it stunned and then resets and can be used again. What about computer circuitry?

Fried completely, forever.

48 posted on 09/06/2009 7:40:00 PM PDT by immadashell
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To: xjcsa
Hopefully for future printings they figure out that “would of,” “should of,” and “might of” are not correct. It’s an error made throughout the entire book, which is odd because it’s otherwise well-proofread.

I had repressed that memory. It drove me half insane reading it.

49 posted on 09/06/2009 7:40:05 PM PDT by nina0113
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To: Prodigal Son
I put that one on my wish list. Must see if I can find it cheap somewhere

I found it in the library.

50 posted on 09/06/2009 7:41:22 PM PDT by immadashell
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