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A Power Grid Failure Will Totally Disrupt Your Life: Lessons From Venezuela

power grid failureBy J.G. Martinez D.

Hello people.

You must be already aware of the terrible water situation that people in most of the cities in Venezuela are facing. This is the product of the combination of several factors that I will try to explain. But please! Understand that we suffered the consequences of a weirdo military chief that NEVER had any clue about governing like a civilian, but giving orders and commands, and he ordered the seizure of all the companies and put them under control of the “State” because everyone should have access to water.

Indeed our laws say that water is free; I mentioned this in a previous article. Companies, therefore, quickly found a turnaround to capitalize the right to ADDRESS, extract, and direct the water to the customers who did not pay for the water, but the work of having it “transported”. This is quite important for the reader to accept this. I have that feeling that sometimes people just refuse to believe this sort of thing happens in some places in the world, much less on the same American continent. And, yes, it happens. It happened to us, and it was about to happen to people in Chile, too, back in the ’70s with Allende.

Things that were once easy to get in Venezuela are now impossible to find.

This said, I hope you can have a more complete view of what happens when instead of motivated employees, highly trained and well paid, you have underpaid, sad, ill-mannered government employees wearing a T-shirt with Hugo’s face. Well, that happened in lots of companies, originating the disaster we are facing now. Car parts, batteries, oil derivatives, all of those products that you were once accustomed to having in the stores in industrial quantities, have become exotic commodities that need careful financial planning to acquire and with a large mafia-style black market behind. Food is, of course, on the top of the list with proteins as the main concern.

A brief parenthesis here. I decided to go on board with Daisy’s website because her approach to survivalism and prepping is quite sustainable, something that was lost on our path to an apocalypse. We had everything easy; and even in my town you could find imported cheese, Italian salsa for pasta, and some other similar delicacies. There was the possibility to buy milk from the producers, but they took over the farmers’ production and ruined it, just to keep people under control by starving them.

Start taking care of your health now, if you aren’t already.

If you make major changes in your diet NOW, if you try in some way to live healthier NOW, if you can move to someplace with a large inner garden in the near future, if you plan to exercise, get in shape, and grow as many of your staples NOW…you’re heading in the right direction. This website is overflowing with information that is very hard to compile working alone and I will defend that faced with anyone else. This is a strong motivation to me because I have had in front of me people over 70 years old able to take a 30 kilograms tapioca bag on their shoulders and walk 4 kilometers through the mountains with it. If someday I had to do that, and I mean like now being much younger than 70, the tapioca would grow roots before I arrived at where I was heading.

People, eating healthy and exercising is part of the preppers’ legacy. Your main survival tool is your brain. And your body is like the carrying case. Your primary vehicle. Perhaps with one engine backfire here and there after some beans, but…come on, nobody’s perfect. Therefore, maintenance is important. No matter if we die of something else. We will leave behind a healthy corpse to admire. The stamina of that old man I saw carrying that bag, back there in my home town made me see how important it is to stay in touch with nature. I have lost some excess weight; so much walking around here has toned my leg muscles, and I don’t feel so tired as fast as I used to. My ingesting of vegetables and fruits has increased a lot (because of the price of red meat, mainly) and I feel great, generally speaking.

Here are some lessons I learned after the collapse in Venezuela.

Please those readers who are just starting, consider this as the main issue. Stockpiling Spam, or sausages, or whatever you could think you need is perfect. But that is not sustainable in the long term; and perhaps if I could have made different choices back in time, our life could have been gone through a different path, and we would be in much better condition, mentally, emotionally, and financially speaking. This comes from my heart because I am almost starting again, older…but much wiser. I would like to say that much stronger, but it’s not up to me.

There is great, valuable information available, and we have to appreciate all the work and effort behind this.

I understand perfectly if some of you don’t want to walk down that road. I don’t consider myself a farmer by any means, either. But I do know about chemistry, about some basic physics and some other stuff, and there is enough theory available to be able to grow up some decent crops from a good-sized garden, no matter how inexpert can one be. I agree 100% with the guy that relies on his Glock for self-defense because you have to use what you have available, and what works for you. In my territory, a crossbow (homemade, perhaps) or a .22LR will have to make it (mountains, lots of trees and bush to hide in, a very different terrain to the urban environment the Glock guys are). Perhaps a sawed twin-barrel 12ga, provided I can have access to some shells in the future after our liberation is complete. Even a good, old .38 S&W is a good choice on my side of the (tropical, humid and hot) woods. Simple, reliable and proven. Drop it in the mud and it still works.

A total power grid failure will disrupt your entire life.

The most identifiable disruption, in my opinion, is a total power grid failure. The cause is up to you. Earthquake, winter, economy. Not relevant.

The relevance is that its consequences vary depending on the location, of course. For some people, this situation can be present during the winter. An interruption of the service that lasts 3 days in the worst of the winter, is enough reason to be prepared for a failure lasting ALL the winter (perhaps it’s just me, never having seen more ice than my regular freezer produces…oh, wait I was in the peak Bolivar in Merida, Venezuela. That is the closest I have been to such severe climate). Because we don’t know if there are people willing to risk their integrity to restore the energy given the case. In regular times, sure. There are lots of qualified, hardcore professionals that will make their best effort. But in the middle of an economic collapse? Will your standard average underpaid, perhaps uninsured average Joe go out? How about an extreme winter immediately after a pandemic, for example? This is something to be aware of.

Just shut down the breakers at home for a weekend. Make a drill. Get your genset out and start it. Everyone else should adapt. It’s time to sharpen knives, to oil leather jackets, to read a book, teach the kids to shoot with a bow, you get the point. I like the idea of solar chargers and batteries for small devices, flashlights and perhaps radios for some entertainment and local comms. Do you have safe candle holders to save your batteries at night or some other non-hazardous way to provide lighting? I read the very sad news of a diesel lamp setting fire to an apartment a few days ago, with two small children injured with 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns. City people, totally unprepared for these kinds of madness and penury.

I spoke with this friend of mine, former boss, very prepared. Lived in Canada and the USA. A really nice guy. He told me that people in small cottages in rural environments have been less affected, so to speak, with the power failure. I told him that things are going to be much worse. He’s an engineer, too, and he knows. Unfortunately, he is not in the prepper lifestyle, despite my attempts to influence him to take some basic measures in the past; but back in those days money already was getting tight for everyone (2015).

They’re struggling still there, and he keeps me updated. He says that most of the food is now (thanks to the good weather) limited to local crops. No cold chain to bring apples from Colombia or Brazil, for example. Just things that can be grown locally. Corn, papayas, tapioca, black beans, red beans, white beans, lentils…all kind of beans. Cheese is a luxury item. Eggs, meat, all of this needs cold, and the prices are a total craziness. This was to be expected, though. He mentions as well that people in secluded cottages have had some security problems with trespassers, but nothing worth mentioning here. A couple of starving people here and there stealing whatever they can from the crops, but mostly they just leave them be. They go and plant the perimeter again, and that keeps them away from getting too close to the house. Dogs have been very useful too.

Life has gone backward one hundred years in some places.

Candle lighting, firewood cooking, expensive proteins, no antibiotics, or modern medications except for those who can afford it. Not even cellphone communications, and unless water can be transported to the main house tank, no tap or shower water. There is no electrical pumping of course. This could be solved with some sort of mechanical arrangement and a horse or some other animal, though. I hope to see this done soon. There are reports of the most isolated rural communities that horses are being used, as there are no spare parts for the most common vehicle there, the Chinese crappy motorcycles. These are not of the best quality, they break down all the time; when you have a working supply chain parts are dirt cheap. Not anymore. There are almost no spare parts because there are no dollars to buy them nor chain supply to transport anything. That’s why I insist so much in a good quality brand vehicle and a parts stock. Buying cheap can cost someone’s life. Including ours. A good business idea would be to have a small 2-ton truck and make some agreements to transport production to the city. Once you come back to the cottage, hide the thing in a barn or some secured enclosed garage, out of sight. At night in pitch dark, robbers will do their thing and can become dangerous if not controlled. I have recommended to the people in my subdivision to get every radio they can and keep it on at nights for security.

Interesting note. Some friends are using their car batteries (and their kids’ toys car batteries) for lighting, with cheap LEDs. One 12v battery will light for 3 days in a row before needing a recharge. This was a set up I already had for lighting: an old car battery, a row of LEDs and a small solar battery charger, with some cheap switches. 12 hours of Venezuelan sun is more than enough for powering a laptop with a proper converter, even if the battery is not 100% new. This remaining capacity can be used. Oh, and once depleted the lead could be really useful…use your imagination.

People in the city are desperate and would buy all kind of food but they do not have money. This is extremely dangerous. The currency being used is the dollar; and without power, it is going to be hard to imagine what will happen with the electronic banking transfer. Just a few days ago someone informed me that the maintenance board of the subdivision is charging $2 for basic chores like cleaning and keeping the electric gates working. These are now useless, and car owners have to get out of the car and open them manually, exposing themselves. Another reason to have some kind of deterrent.

Thanks for reading!

I look forward to your kind comments, and your much needed assistance!

About Jose

Jose is an upper middle class professional. He is a former worker of the oil state company with a Bachelor’s degree from one of the best national Universities. He has a small 4 members family, plus two cats and a dog. An old but in good shape SUV, a good 150 square meters house in a nice neighborhood, in a small but (formerly) prosperous city with two middle size malls. Jose is a prepper and shares his eyewitness accounts and survival stories from the collapse of his beloved Venezuela. Thanks to your help Jose has gotten his family out of Venezuela. They are currently setting up a new life in another country. paypal.me/JoseM151

This article was sourced from The Organic Prepper.

Land of the free? Governments increasingly make it illegal to live unplugged from the Matrix

Matrix-Neo-Wakes-Up-PodsAs state and local governments increasingly stretch themselves to the financial breaking point with free services and taxpayer-supported benefits, in addition to offering their normal services as well, they have become even more reliant on citizen participation in the mainstream.

In short, governments need all the tax money and revenues they can get, and they get them when citizens remain part of “the system.”

That’s why it is becoming more and more risky for Americans who choose to live their lives “off the grid,” so to speak; anyone who does reduces cash flow to state and local governments that rely on every dollar they can get in order to stay afloat.

This phenomenon came to a head recently with one couple living in Huntsville, Alabama; the city has forbidden them from living off the grid, as they have attempted to do, and has threatened them with jail if they refuse to jump back in line.

‘100 percent self-sustaining’ is now a crime in some cities

As reported by the Activist Post, Tyler Truitt, a veteran of the U.S. military, found it ironic that he was forced to answer for his attempt to live off the grid to a judge at city hall.

“I just don’t see how we’re hurting anyone by being here,” he told Activist Post.

As the Post further reported:

Truitt and his girlfriend Soraya Hamar are within Huntsville city limits but lived self-sufficiently without city utilities. The city officials said that’s simply not allowed and filed a lawsuit. They are claiming care for the couple’s safety – however, the couple are not without utility comforts, but have found a way to provide for themselves without the city services.

They live on their own volition and devices 100 percent; they have homemade utilities such as solar panels and they collect rainwater for their water use, among other assets. But city officials have classified their dwelling as a trailer and, well, trailers aren’t permitted inside the city limits.

“We live out here off the grid, 100 percent self-sustaining,” Truitt told local news station WAFF 48. “So I basically made all my utilities: I have my solar panels, I have my rainwater collection and stuff.”

In addition, the city has condemned his house by claiming that it violated safety requirements because it did not have accommodations for water and power hook-up. The city has threatened the couple with arrest for trespassing (on their own land) if they come back on the property.

The property is paid for, and Truitt has said that he may risk arrest to fight for his rights to be there in court.

‘Property rights are human rights’

“You have to stand up for what you believe in,” he told WAFF. “They could come out here today if they wanted to and take us to jail for trespassing if that’s what they want to call it and, you know, that’d be fine with me. I’ll still come back the next day and the next day and the next day because it’s my home and because I live here. Where else am I supposed to go really?”

“I took an oath that I would support and defend the Constitution and the freedoms that entails, and I really feel like those are being trampled upon,” he stated.

Private property rights are a fundamental American liberty dating back to the founding of the country. As noted by conservative economist and syndicated columnist Walter Williams, property rights “are a Fundamental Human Right” as well.

“So where do property rights come in? Property rights are human rights to use economic goods and services. Private property rights contain your right to use, transfer, trade and exclude others from use of property deemed yours. The supposition that there’s a conflict or difference between human rights to use property and civil rights is bogus and misguided,” he wrote in a 2005 column.

Increasingly, however, governments around the country are claiming that they have more rights than individual property owners.

Sources:

http://www.activistpost.com

http://www.waff.com

http://capitalismmagazine.com

Source:  www.naturalnews.com/050302_off_grid_living_municipal_governments_The_Matrix.html
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Living Life Outside The System

outside-the-system-shipping-container-home-1-300x225My wife Sarah mentioned in passing “I have put the house on the market”. She was not happy living in suburbia in a 4 bedroom house with a swimming pool. She wanted to live in a more rural area where the houses do not touch at the roofline. I had already started a project, building a totally sustainable living accommodation from 2 shipping containers, so Sarah’s urgency to move pushed me to get on with it quicker than I had anticipated. Happy wife, happy life!

We placed them on the top of a small mountain in the Australian bush with a lovely outlook on a vista of gum trees. Our objective is to prove you can live in “sustainable luxury”, even living outside the system. We began at glorified camping, and it was hard to begin with. We have worked steadily through the challenges of living without access to the grid for electricity, and mains water supply. We are by no means the first to do this, but our solutions are creative and fun.

Starting life outside the system

Power in the bush was provided in the beginning with a quiet 3kw Honda generator, which powered everything. As we are aiming for 100% sustainable living the generator has been phased out and replaced with a self-built solar power system. 2Kw of photovoltaic solar panels supply a bank of batteries, and these provide all our electricity. These generate enough power to support a conventional fridge freezer and the appliances that most homes have.

We have downsized, and said good-bye to microwave oven, and electrically heated hot water and an electric kettle. For the most part, we simply use devices that require electricity when the sun is shining. We have arrived at the point where we successfully run a modest air-conditioning unit to cool ourselves during the really hot days, all powered from the solar panels. I think that solar powered air conditioning is a really “cool” idea and is totally achievable and sustainable.

Water supply in the bush is critical. For the first 6 months, all our water had to be carried up the mountain. We had a 150-litre (40 gallon) water barrel strapped onto the back of our Toyota Hilux, and we filled it whenever the opportunity arose. This activity has now been replaced with the construction of a sunshade roof and carport/wood shed. These provide 65 square metres of rain water collection in 10,000 litres of storage. We are now self sufficient for our water needs. The sound of rain on the roof is very reassuring as it tops up our water supply.

I have built a lovely inside shower room but wanted an outside bath, so creativity is the signature of my own outdoor bathroom, made almost completely of recycled materials. I have built a wonderful outdoor bath space, where we can sit under the stars at night, in a piping hot tub of water and gaze at the stars. It is entirely gravity fed, solar heated, and the bi product is a bath of cool water to cool down, during a really hot summer day. The water is reused, and is piped to the garden and plants.

outside the system - shipping container home 2Living with the wildlife in the Australian bush has become a really pleasant reality. Thewallabies come to our dam to drink, the ducks share their pool with a loud chorus of frogs. The chickens patrol the house grounds looking for tasty insects, and our neighbours are kookaburras and a possum that comes for an occasional bowl of fruit. We have seen our share of lizards and goannas, and even an occasional snake, but on the whole the wildlife is friendly. Sarah is much happier living with nature and we are enjoying the adventure.

To keep warm I built a wood-burning stove from an old Chubb safe. We take pride in the fact that we have not cut down a single tree. The wind and nature provides sufficient firewood to meet our needs. I just engage 4 wheel drive and head into the bush to collect the fallen timber.

We live in the bush and not in a cave. We enjoy all the conveniences of modern technology and have high-speed connection to the internet. Sarah runs her online business from the mountain top very successfully.

Why are we doing this?

We are not “hippies” opting out. We are a hard working couple who believe that the current economic model is not sustainable. Scientist, David Suzuki, as far back as 1997, stated that if mankind does not stop abusing this planet’s resources, and polluting the atmosphere, we were on a course of global destruction within 20 years.

outside the system - shipping container home 3We all have spiritual needs and we believe the connection with nature, for us personally is the answer to fulfilling those needs. Balance has to be found between man and his environment. We are not separate but connected. We decided to see for ourselves if living was possible with less dependence on the system…. and yes by golly it is!

We share our knowledge and our adventures with others so that they can learn how to build a sustainable home. I am not saying that it has been easy. It has taken money, time and effort. But what I will say is how good it feels stepping off the ferris wheel and living more lightly. For us it has provided joy, happiness, peace of mind and satisfaction. We had forgotten the real things that matter in life, and getting back to grass roots is an amazing experience.

You can watch our video diary, which chronicles the building and development of the off-grid house, on our YouTube channel.

Source: http://wakeup-world.com/2014/02/25/living-life-outside-the-system/

Learn more at: BuildShippingContainerHouse.com

About the author:

paul chambersPaul Chambers is a 48 year old technician, blessed with good engineering skills and a strong belief in himself. Paul was born in England and moved to Australia in 2005, where he has now settled with his wife Sarah, and has started a project building an off-grid, eco-house out of two shipping containers on the top of a small mountain in the Australian bush.

What Are You Going To Do When A Massive EMP Blast Fries The U.S. Electrical Grid?

It is only a matter of time before a massive EMP burst fries the U.S. electrical grid.  What that happens, how are you going to survive?  In the United States today, we are completely and totally dependent on electrical power.  Unless you are Amish (or are a part of a similar community), you probably have absolutely no idea how to survive in a world without electricity.  Unfortunately, our electrical grid is extremely vulnerable at this point.  As you will see below, intelligence officials believe that China and Russia already have “super-EMP weapons”, and a whole host of smaller nations and terrorist groups are believed to be working on developing similar weapons.  But even if the U.S. is never attacked by an EMP weapon, scientists tell us that it is inevitable that a massive solar storm will fry our electrical grid someday.  If an event similar to the solar storm of 1859happened today, it would be absolutely catastrophic.  Known as “the Carrington Event”, that massive solar storm fried telegraph machines all over Europe and North America.  At some point we will experience another such solar storm, and some scientists believe that we are already 50 years overdue for another one.  In fact, the earth had a “near miss” just a few months ago.

So what will happen if we are hit by a massive EMP blast?  Well, according to a government commission that investigated this issue, approximately two-thirds of the U.S. population could potentially die from starvation, disease and societal chaos within one year.  It would be a disaster unlike anything that we have ever seen before in U.S. history.

Frank Gaffney, the president of the Center for Security Policy, is even more pessimistic.  He believes that a single EMP blast could potentially end up killingalmost the entire population of the United States

“Within a year of that attack, nine out of 10 Americans would be dead, because we can’t support a population of the present size in urban centers and the like without electricity”

As a society, we are simply not equipped to function without electricity.  Dr. William Graham was the chairman of the government commission that I mentioned above, and he says that a giant EMP blast could knock the United States back into “the late 1800s” in just a single moment

Life after an EMP attack “would probably be something that you might imagine life to be like around the late 1800s but with several times the population we had in those days, and without the ability of the country to support and sustain all those people,” Graham says. “They wouldn’t have power. Food supplies would be greatly taken out by the lack of transportation, telecommunication, power for refrigeration and so on.”

And remember, this does not require an attack by a foreign power.  A gigantic solar storm could cause an event like this at literally any time.  According to a recent WND article, it is estimated that it would take four to ten years to recover from a direct hit from a massive solar storm…

If the earth is hit by a direct solar flare, some of which can be 14 times the size of the earth, scientists from NASA and the National Academy of Sciences say it would cost the nation alone up to $2 trillion in the first year. It could take four to 10 years to recover and affect 90 percent of the U.S. population, meaning widespread starvation and death.

So what would life look like for you and your family if this happened?

Consider the following…

-There would be no heat for your home.

-Water would no longer be pumped into most homes.

-Your computer would not work.

-There would be no Internet.

-Your phones would not work.

-There would be no television.

-There would be no radio.

-ATM machines would be shut down.

-There would be no banking.

-Your debit cards and credit cards would not work.

-Without electricity, gas stations would not be functioning.

-Most people would be unable to do their jobs without electricity and employment would collapse.

-Commerce would be brought to a standstill.

-Hospitals would not be able to function.

-You would quickly start running out of medicine.

-All refrigeration would shut down and frozen foods in our homes and supermarkets would start to go bad.

-Some vehicles would no longer be able to start at all.

-Traffic lights would no longer be working.

-Airplanes would not be able to go anywhere.

-Wall Street would not be able to function at all.

-Government services would collapse.

A lot of these effects would start to be felt immediately.  An article by Mac Slavo detailed some of the things that we could expect to see in the immediate aftermath of a massive EMP blast…

The first 24 – 48 hours after such an occurrence will lead to confusion among the general population as traditional news acquisition sources like television, radio and cell phone networks will be non-functional.

Within a matter of days, once people realize the power might not be coming back on and grocery store shelves start emptying, the entire system will begin to delve into chaos.

Within 30 days a mass die off will have begun as food supplies dwindle, looters and gangs turn to violent extremes, medicine can’t be restocked and water pump stations fail.

So what is the federal government doing to protect us against such a horrific disaster?

Absolutely nothing.

In fact, according to a recent WND article, ex-CIA Director Michael Hayden says that the Obama administration has no plans to defend us against an EMP blast…

Contrary to the findings of a 2008 commission mandated by Congress to consider a defense against an electromagnetic pulse attack and its effects on the national grid, a retired Air Force general who also headed the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency says that there isn’t a solution to an EMP attack.

Speaking before the Bipartisan Policy Center at a conference on the threats to the U.S. electrical grid, Michael Hayden also said the Obama administration has no plan to defend against an EMP.

In fact, Hayden says that “there really aren’t any solutions” to this problem…

“I don’t mean to be so flippant, but there really aren’t any solutions to this, so I would just leave it at that,” Hayden said.

Of course that is a complete and total lie.  It would take less than a billion dollars to protect the largest transformers in our electrical grid.  But the Obama administration refuses to do it.

Since the Obama administration is doing nothing, some state government officials are now considering taking action…

At the National Council of State Legislatures last week in Atlanta, a number of lawmakers said they’re preparing legislation similar to a bill introduced in Maine recently did under the leadership of Rep. Andrea Boland.

Efforts are under way to press the membership of the NCSL to address the EMP issue, since the federal government has failed to take action to mitigate the potential for a catastrophic event, whether natural or man-made. An EMP event could knock out the U.S. electrical grid system and the critical infrastructures that rely on it.

Along with the national electrical grid, other critical infrastructures include telecommunications, banking and financial transactions, oil and natural gas pipelines, transportation, food and water delivery, emergency services and space systems.

In short, an EMP event could cause the collapse of society.

And without a doubt, our electrical grid represents the “soft underbelly” of U.S. infrastructure.  Attacks on the electrical grid happen all the time, but most of them are not reported by the mainstream media.  The following report of an attack is from a recent Forbes article

More than 10,000 people in Arkansas were dumped into a blackout Sunday following an attack on that state’s electric grid, the FBI said today, the third such attack in recent weeks. In August, a major transmission line in the region, around Cabot, Ark., was deliberately cut.

The FBI said that two power poles had been intentionally cut in Lonoke County on Sunday, resulting in the outage.

The following is how the FBI described the attack

In the early morning hours of September 29, 2013, officials with Entergy Arkansas reported a fire at its Keo substation located on Arkansas Highway 165 between Scott and England in Lonoke County. Fortunately, there were no injuries and no reported power outages. Investigation has determined that the fire, which consumed the control house at the substation, was intentionally set. The person or persons responsible for this incident inscribed a message on a metal control panel outside the substation which reads, ‘YOU SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED U.S.’

But minor attacks like that are nothing compared to what an EMP weapon could potentially do to our electrical grid.

And our strategic enemies have been working on developing such weapons.  The following is a short excerpt from a statement by Dr. Peter Vincent Pry to the United States Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security on March 8th, 2005…

Russian and Chinese military scientists in open source writings describe the basic principles of nuclear weapons designed specifically to generate an enhanced-EMP effect, that they term “Super-EMP” weapons. “Super-EMP” weapons, according to these foreign open source writings, can destroy even the best protected U.S. military and civilian electronic systems.

But it is not just Russia and China that we need to be worried about.

According to Pry, North Korea also has such weapons

Pry pointed out that South Korean military intelligence has warned not only their government but also the U.S. that North Korea is developing super-EMP warheads with Russian help.

In 2011, Pry pointed out, a military commentator with the People’s Republic of China stated that North Korea has super-EMP warheads. Data from North Korea’s nuclear tests, he said, are consistent with a super-EMP warhead.

And it should be noted that it is very possible to create a devastating EMP burst without exploding a nuke high up in the atmosphere.  In fact, the U.S. and other nations have been very busy working on such weapons.  For example, the U.S. military has reportedly developed “a directed electromagnetic pulse gun” that can take out all electronics within a limited area.  This kind of EMP weapon can be fired from a plane, a cruise missile or even a drone.  The following is how this class of weapon was described in a WND article

A pre-programmed cruise missile not too different from a drone has been proven to be capable of blasting out an EMP-type microwave that was able to destroy personal computers and electrical systems inside a building over which it was flying.

The U.S. Air Force and its contractor Boeing have created the High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project, or CHAMP, which was just tested over a Utah desert.

In addition, “radio frequency weapons” are so simple that terror groups or even “lone wolf crazies” could easily build them and use them.  The following is from an article by F. Michael Maloof

Such an individual with a penchant for electronics can pull together components from a Radio Shack or electronic store – even order the components off of selected Internet websites – and fashion a radio frequency, or RF, weapon.

As microprocessors become smaller but more sophisticated, they are even more susceptible to an RF pulse. The high power microwave from an RF weapon produces a short, very high power pulse, said to be billions of watts in a nanosecond, or billionths of a second.

This so-called burst of electromagnetic waves in the gigahertz microwave frequency band can melt electrical circuitry and damage integrated circuits, causing them to fail.

Constructing a radio frequency weapon is not difficult at all.  In fact, you can find instructions for how to build them on the Internet.

In the future, electromagnetic weapons are going to become even more powerful and even easier to use.

Meanwhile, we are going to continue to become even more dependent on electricity and technology.

And of course even if there is never a major EMP attack against the United States, scientists tell us that it is only a matter of time before a massive solar storm fries the electrical grid.

I hope that you are getting ready while you still can.

EMP Attack On The United States

Source: http://endoftheamericandream.com/ Author: Michael Snyder

Government Sponsored Black Out – Are You Prepared?

Are you prepared for a catastrophic blackout across the United States?.

On November 13 and 14, the United States, Canada, and Mexico will participate in the GridEx II 2013 Preparedness Drill, one of the largest drills in our country’s history. The drill will simulate a “grid down scenario,” and will look at what would happen if our country’s electrical grid system was crippled by both physical and cyber-attacks.

The drill will implement North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and industry response plans to assess areas of cyber-security and physical security that may need improvement. Thousands of public service utility workers will team up with National Guard members, FBI antiterrorism experts, and other officials from government agencies. Thus far, more than 150 companies and organizations have signed up to be a part of the drill. Besides assessing the grid’s capabilities to withstand attack, another goal is to see how the different governments would react as supplies of everyday necessities dwindle in response to a catastrophic loss of the grid.

A number of other organizations are getting involved as well, offering free on-demand and online preparedness videos as well as presenting a prime-time media event depicting what might occur during a total blackout.

On Sunday, October 27, at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, the National Geographic Channel will present a 2-hour movie event entitled “American Blackout,” which imagines the story of a national power failure caused by a cyber-attack. The movie follows 10 days during a catastrophic blackout across the U.S.—no lights, no cell phone service, no ATMs, no gasoline, no services, food shortages, and worse yet, no escape. Said to be told in “real time” by those who kept filming on cameras and phones, the film is described as “gritty, visceral and totally immersive.” The filmmakers combine “startling user-generated footage from recent real blackouts and disasters like Hurricane Sandy intercut with the dramatic shot footage in feature film style.” The movie will focus on what it really means to be totally powerless, and will follow the struggles of Americans as they try to make their way through the chaos in hopes of survival.

Coincidentally (or not), Hearst Magazines is also currently offering its magazine subscribers opportunities to preview free on-demand and online videos regarding disaster preparedness. In emails sent to subscribers, the subject line reads “Disaster Prep – The Time is NOW!” Produced by the experts at “Popular Mechanics” and “Good Housekeeping,” the videos include strategies on how to prepare for, survive, and thrive in the aftermath of such a crisis.

With possible threats from natural disasters, financial uncertainties, and cyber-attacks, it’s a good idea to be prepared for a multitude of possible catastrophes. Especially vulnerable is our aging power grid system.

According to the authors of “Gridlock,” former Senator Byron Dorgan and David Hagberg, the U.S. power grid system is one of the most vulnerable aspects of America’s infrastructure and is very likely the next target of a terrorist or cyber-attack. Based on former Senator Dorgan’s in-depth knowledge of energy policy and defense, the book reveals the fact that a number of high-level officials believe foreign powers have already infected our electrical systems with a crippling computer virus.  The CIA knows it’s there, but can’t remove it without destroying the computers it has already infected. America’s electrical grid system is in big trouble!

In a 2013 Congressional report on grid vulnerability, “More than a dozen utilities said they constantly, sometimes on a daily basis, face attempted cyber-attacks. One utility said it was the target of about 10,000 cyber-attacks each month.” And these numbers do not include widespread power outages due to severe weather.

Will America be left in the dark and powerless, or will we be able to see our way through the darkness and chaos? Do your part! Be prepared! Make checklists of exactly what to buy at the hardware store and learn what resources you’ll need to survive. Learn how to stay warm and dry and protect you and your loved ones. Keep ready supplies of water, food, medicines, batteries, and other necessities on hand at all times along with ways to purify water and cleanse the air.

We may not know when the next disaster will strike, but we know it’s only a matter of time. The good news is you can be ready!

Source: http://www.gcnlive.com/ Amerika Now

Sun will flip its magnetic field in 3-4 months, warns NASA

Screen shot 2013-08-20 at 7.50.21 AMMajor changes are about to take place with regards to the sun, and the effects of these changes will reportedly impact our entire solar system. It is known systematically as a solar magnetic flip, or a reversal of the sun’s magnetic field, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) says this incredible phenomenon is set to occur as soon as within the next three-to-four months.

A recent NASA announcement explains that this unusual magnetic field reversal is part of a polarity change event that occurs every 11 years at the peak of each individual solar cycle. When this next magnetic flip eventually takes place, it will mark the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24, or the half point of what is known as the current “Solar Max.” And you and I will notice it, say experts, in the form of increased space weather and other space events around planet Earth.

“It looks like we’re no more than three to four months away from a complete field reversal,” says Todd Hoeksema, director of Stanford University’s Wilcox Solar Observatory, in a recent statement about the event. “The magnetic field from active regions makes its way toward the poles and eventually causes the reversal. This change will have ripple effects throughout the solar system.”

As it turns out, the extent of the sun’s magnetic influence, also known as its “heliosphere,” is incredibly large, extending out beyond Pluto, the furthest planet from the sun. Polarity changes, such as a magnetic field reversal, have the potential to significantly alter the pattern of the sun’s “current sheet,” the surface that jets out from the sun’s equator and induces electrical currents in its magnetic field.

Upcoming magnetic reversal will actually help protect earth, say experts

During this upcoming pole flip, the sun’s current sheet will become extra wavy. Since the Earth orbits the sun based on the movements of the current sheet, the Earth will also become more wavy, as will the space weather surrounding Earth. Cosmic rays, for instance, will behave differently when encountering a wavier current sheet, which could affect the normal cloudiness and climate of Earth. The wavier the current sheet, the better protected earth will be from damaging cosmic rays.

“The sun’s polar magnetic fields weaken, go to zero, and then emerge again with the opposite polarity,” adds Phil Scherrer, a solar physicist at Stanford. “The sun’s north pole has already changed sign, while the south pole is racing to catch up. Soon, however, both poles will be reversed, and the second half of Solar Max will be underway.”

Experts claim solar magnetic flips are a perfectly normal part of the solar life-cycle process. But they are still unable to fully explain how or why they work, especially when they lead to varying solar and space activity each time they occur. In years past, for instance, magnetic field reversals have led to massive increases in solar flares and ejections. But this time around, the sun appears to be relatively calm and quiet, at least so far.

“The polar fields have been getting weaker and weaker over the last 30 years, and so also the following sunspot cycles have been getting weaker over the years,” says Hoeksema. “We don’t really understand why, or even if that’s the cause or if they’re both symptoms of the same thing. It’s a fun and interesting puzzle.”

Sources for this article include:

http://science.nasa.gov

http://www.space.com

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Author: Natural News – Ethan A. Huff, staff writer