Thursday, November 09, 2017
"EMP Myths Debunked and your EMP Questions answered by Dr. Arthur T. Bradley", from Reluctant Preppers
Reluctant Preppers sponsors a 54-minute video interview by Dunagan Kaiser of NASA’s Dr. Arthur T. Bradley ("Disaster Preparer") on the EMP threat. Reluctant Preppers has ties to Patreon which also sponsors "Strange Mysteries".
Bradley suggests that an attack could be more insidious than generally proposed.
Devices that are powered off may be less vulnerable than those in use. Maybe 25% of cars would stall on the highway with some attacks (sounds like E1). But that could cause real mayhem. Because the attack would be unprecedented and irregular and hard to assess at first, a power like North Korea might be able to “get away with it” for a while.
He describes an “experiment” that occurred in Kazakhstan and caused a power plant go to on fire.
Solar systems might be partially susceptible to EMP.
He talks about the rather remote threat to heart pacemakers.
He explains the difference between a solar storm, which is largely E3, with a typical EMP which might be largely E1 unless thermonuclear weapons were used.
It is not likely that an effective EMP could be detonated from an airplane.
Bradley suggests that an enemy like North Korea could try more than one kind of attack in a short time period.
Saturday, November 04, 2017
On Friday November 3, 2017 ABC 20-20 and Diane Sawyer broadcast “ISIS in America”. This broadcast is bound to get some official attention in Congress. A couple of the main links are (one) (two). Variety has coverage of the episode here.
(To see the ABC embed below, you may need to turn off https on your browser.)
Much of the narrative concerns the case of Justin Sullivan in North Carolina (in Morganton), who grew up Catholic (was not an immigrant and not a Muslim) but was recruited. Justin’s father was a Marine and turned him in.
ISIS “gave him a place to belong”. But his perception had to do with a “death cult” and feeling “powerless”. One of the videos promises “no more humiliation” for “losers”. This seems to have to do with the idea that in an open society where anyone can “show off” gratuitously online without supervision, some will win and some will lose (just like in sports). That’s just a consequence of logic (or "going to the root" as I used to say as a boy).
Part 3 of the ABC report mentions radiation detectors in New York City (and biological) which are also used in ports. Part 3 also deals with the “dark web” and right wing extremists as well as jihadism. There was talk of “hastag hijacking”. It talks about “content war” (even hijacking “Game of Thrones”). Sawyer visits the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma, and the stories of two honor students who fell into the trap.
Part 4 talks about targeting involving possibly Pamela Geller. A defendant was “fat, failed and a complete idiot”.
There is some coverage of Sayfullo Saipov, who had planned is truck attack for weeks. Trump says Saipov was a point of contact for 23 other questionable immigrants from Uzbekistan.
Update: Nov. 6
The New York Times has an important piece by Jim Rutenberg, the "Mediator", "A How-t on Terror I as Close as a Click: (print) or "Terrorism is faster than Twitter" (online). The links in this story need to be followed closely.
Friday, November 03, 2017
David Martin reports on North Korea’s Nuclear Threat on CBS 60 Minutes on Oct. 29.
The report, for the first time ever, showed the innards of an Air Force command center near or at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, where North Korean missiles are studied and NORAD defense is simulated.
The upshot is that North Korea probably does not have a heat shield that can survive reentry on an ICBM capable of reaching the US, but is likely to have it by some time in 2018.
The broadcast showed some shorter range SCUD missiles capable of hitting South Korea or Japan.