BIGGEST ISSUE RIGHT NOW: Power Grid
Today, access to two of my major blogs is ending (I’ll explain why in later articles), but I just want to hit
the highlights in some of the posts over the years.
First, as to national security: the gravest threat the United States (and maybe Canada and maybe western Europe) faces is probably an
electromagnetic pulse attack, which Russia could deliver. I think it is more
likely than conventional strategic blasts if Russia really wants to destroy the
West (or if North Korea or China later on does). Particularly, Putin could conceivably
mobilize much of his population (like with a May 9 announcement), try to
send much of it to eastern rural areas to escape obvious retaliation and
believe he could survive to take the entire world for himself. Rhetoric over
climate change can also dive into this thinking. We’ve
heard other varieties from hawkish military leaders in Russia, like tsunamis
from submarines (which could be possible on the US coasts too).
In previous posts I had discussed the various kinds of
EMP weapons and stages and different kinds of
damage. Some do more damage to ordinary
electronic devices (they do not have to be nuclear – can be magnetic flux and
are used by armies in ground forces). The overwhelming of transformers
happens with the larger high-altitude blasts.
There is also a major risk from large solar storms
with their accompanying (and slightly delayed) coronal mass ejections. We run a risk of major
damage event of about 1% every year. In July 2012 we dodged a bullet.
We are way behind the eight ball in protecting
ourselves from both of these.
On climate change, the forecasts with successive
reports seem to get more dire. There will be more coercive reports in
Activists are calling for personal sacrifice, getting
arrested, gluing themselves to highways, hunger strikes, and accepting
best local measures might be all homeowners and residential buildings
generating their own solar power and selling it back, which might make the grid
less centralized and more resilient. (What happened in Texas in Feb. 2021
is a shocker).
Getting everyone to buy at least hybrids would help. Fully electric vehicles
would need a much better recharging infrastructure in more remote areas and may
not be practical everywhere. I will look into getting a hybrid later
On the COVID pandemic. Yes, I think
generally the American public is getting functional immunity, from the
vaccines and multiple mild infections, especially with Omicrons. We keep hearing disturbing reports of the
likelihood of long COVID even after mild disease, which don’t
hold up with people you know. “Conservatives”
have asked valuable questions about vaccines and some controversial proposed
seems almost certain now that China’s Wuhan Lab was involved and may have been
experimenting with multiple animals. We don’t have
definitive information on what the first cases were.
But the issue of “lockdown ideology” or “zero Covid”
is a serious one which the CCP can use to show the weakness of “liberal”
individualistic western societies. (In Russia, on the other hand, communism
has been replaced by a kind of forced collective ethno-nationalism.)
On the culture wars, especially critical race and critical gender theory in the schools, I think you
have to teach (at appropriate grade levels) full historical and medical facts
On the SCOTUS leak, here we are again, going back to
looking at what defines a “fundamental right” implied by the Bill of Rights and
14th and other amendments. What distinguishes abortion from the other
issues is that arguably there is a new human life at
stake (to be balanced with the privacy and autonomy of the woman).
(Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 2 PM EDT)