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March 18, 2015

Fear the Sun, not an EMP attack

Filed under: Radiological & Nuclear Threats — by Arnold Bogis on March 18, 2015

Over St. Patrick’s Day, Guinness and Jameson did not pose the only threats to our planet. The enemy?  The Sun:

A severe solar storm created a stunning display of light in the night sky over parts of the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand early Wednesday morning, spotted by those lucky enough to be awake in the wee hours.

Called aurora borealis in the Northern Hemisphere and aurora australis in the Southern Hemisphere, the lights were the product of large geomagnetic blasts from the sun that arrived Tuesday about 10 a.m. ET (1 a.m. Wednesday in Sydney).

Scientists knew the storm was coming, but it’s timing and strength was a bit of a surprise:

Forecasters had thought it would come late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning; instead it arrived just before 10am EDT and “it’s significantly stronger than expected,” Berger said.

There are some that warn that North Korea, or one day Iran, will detonate a nuclear bomb over the United States to shut down our electrical system by means of an EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse) attack. These individuals and groups, ranging from the formerly esteemed to the crackpot, have forgotten that the U.S. has a LOT of nuclear weapons, many of which are riding around underneath the oceans on submarines.  So any nation that attempts this type of attack would almost immediately be the recipient of actual nuclear bombs exploding on their soil. Despite claims to the contrary, there does not yet exist a regime in our time that would willingly commit national suicide.

However, the risk from solar storms such as the one that struck the Earth this week is real.  Hopefully, eventually, (maybe even fancifully?), we as a nation will make the necessary investments to mitigate against even more damaging events.

Video of the gorgeous outcome of this assault below.  More pictures here, here, and here.

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4 Comments »

Comment by Christopher Tingus

March 18, 2015 @ 8:44 pm

Unfortunately the failure to protect our electric grid may very well result in a calamity which will paralyze our nation beyond comprehension and such an attack with detonation in the atmosphere just off the Atlantic coast would have far reaching and extended adverse affects causing much challenge to Life as we know it and a nation so unprepared to respond to such a Life-threatening scenario….

….and given America’s weaknesses now gladly exposed to the world by this eight year resident of the White House who must be quite perturbed that “Bibi” won another term in office despite the efforts to derail him and….by the way Barry, did you call and congratulate our closest and best friend? Rumor has it that much effort was put into altering the election and like the mid-term elections, a failure and thank God for We are obligated as a Judeo-Christian nation to stand forthright not only for our Constitution and ‘ol Glory, but to protect Jerusalem from those who seek her demise.

….who’s to say we would be able to identify just who exploded such a device for soon Tehran will have courtesy of this perverted US executive administration the ability to move nuclear weapons and place such in the hands of rogue organizations so let’s not worry too much about solar flare and while I do agree with Mr. Bogis as I often do and that “the risk from solar storms such as the one that struck Earth this week is real” we have much to concern ourselves with now that Tehran has been handed the time to develop not one WMD and multiple launchers so it is time for Congress to address this very serious issue more than it has recently.

We know far more today than back in ’04 as to how devastating such an attack would have on our nation, however a report worthy to reference:

http://www.empcommission.org/docs/empc_exec_rpt.pdf

God Bless America and by the way Barry Obama, no to your suggestion earlier today that “voting become mandatory” and if one does not vote, possible arrest and prison time…I think it mandatory though that we immediately sign a petition demanding recall initiatives for all public officials including the highest offices of our land as we see the blatant lies and travesty allowed to continue from the “Benghazi Massacre” to a server which good ‘ol Ms. Hillary refuses to turn over to the People some two years later and a State department who is so willing to twist and turn so w/other questions to follow such as what about Clinton’s staff and their information….

Frederick Douglass said it best when he described tyrants and which many today find quite applicable to the demise allowed to erode our nation’s character and global position w/so many friends and allies so distrustful of our government, never mind We the People here on “Main Street USA” –

Frederick Douglass eloquently stated:

“Find out just what People will submit to, and you have found the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress” –

…and in passing it must also be said that the Pentagon which never can engage in politics for We here on ‘Main Street USA” must hold our military leaders and brave warriors with the highest esteem, however months and months have passed and we have not heard from the Army regarding the many who shout “deserter” and the release of enemy strategists who will be released shortly so while “stonewalling” many point to as presently taking place and a plea hoping to be acquired not to embarrass this “charade” of an executive WH administration, to the Pentagon and the US Army, We expect more from you for once you prostitute yourselves to this “Chicago-Hollywood-Washington charade” then We have little hope for our nation and the likes of this Barry Obama standing on milk carton at Har’vd yard w/the likes of Billy Aires and other known radicals will have even hoodwinked the most respected among us!

God Bless America!

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 19, 2015 @ 8:32 am

FERC [federal energy regulatory administration housed in DoE] has never addressed EMP policy or issues in any of its decisions or regulations.

Comment by Quin

March 19, 2015 @ 11:11 am

Arnold,

Thank you for the post. The faux Cold War EMP bugaboo is one of my favorite hobby horses to rail against. The right vulnerability (the electric grid) but entirely wrong threat.

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March 19, 2015 @ 1:05 pm

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