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EMP stands for Electromagnetic Pulse (or EM-Pulse).  It is an electrical pulse released when an atomic bomb is detonated dozens to hundreds of miles above the Earth's atmosphere, and can be powerfully destructive to modern electronic devices This phenomenon was first studied in detail during the 1960's nuclear testing era, when its ability to destroy electrical equipment hundreds of miles from the blast surprised everyone.  But even in time of peace, it may be initiated by solar storms, wiping out entire national electrical grids, which would take years to replace and repair.  And, for the most part, it can be prevented -- but isn't being prevented.

And everyone knows it -- and is astonished by this fact; but not everyone is disappointed, by any means.  For instance, North Korea is not the LEAST BIT disappointed.  For many months, they have had sufficient throw-weight to lob a small A-bomb into the North American high atmosphere (and precision targeting is not required).   But they are not really the biggest threat:   since they no longer need fear attack, they no longer have any reason initiate a preemptive attack (due to the "logic" of  Mutually Assured Destruction).

But there are others, who can produce the same end result as an EMP without nuclear weapons nor intercontinental ballistic missiles, including via cyber or physical attacks.   And who have already tried -- and are just honing their skills for now.  All this is well known -- and yet the simple defensive steps to avert such a calamity are ignored.

It has been reported that $2 billion and a little leadership is all it would take to fix the worst of the problem and maybe save the lives of 250 million Americans -- but our leaders have steadfastly refused to pass such legislation for decades:  it's partly that they're afraid to ask taxpayers (ie, voters) to fork over an extra dollar a year for the ten years it would take, but also, it's fear of angering those special interests who fund their campaigns.

The EMP Commission is a congressionally mandated group of distinguished scientists and public servants (not a single mad conspiracist among them).   This group issued a report way back in 2008 which predicted that massive failures of critical infrastructures throughout the entire country would result from a single, or perhaps several, detonations of unsophisticated atom bombs many miles above the atmosphere.  And a similar result might occur from naturally occurring solar storms -- according to them.  Read it for yourself in this pdf.

     Widely acclaimed book by the eminent journalist Ted Koppel (of Nightline fame):

    "People have been warning of the potential catastrophe awaiting us if the electric grid should fail for a long time, but most of those warnings have fallen on deaf ears or considered the rantings of post-apocalyptic doomsayers. But when Ted Koppel--one of the nation's most trusted journalists--takes up the cause, each and every one of us needs to listen."  (Vine Customer Review, at Amazon.com)


    A shut-off of electricity (due to EMP) will mean no clean water for months (think Puerto Rico, only exponentially worse, across the whole country, and no one coming to the rescue for months).

Water is "dirt cheap" -- today.  So why not stock up?  Even 2-4 weeks worth may be enough to save your family, if the EMP or cyber attack creates only local damage.    

And storing all that water (and water filters, etc.) will at least be a lot easier than getting the Congress to do anything about protecting the grid!

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