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has anyone else read it? scared me....
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Date: 10/23/11 8:22 AM

I just finished reading a book called One Second After, and I wished I had not read it. It is a work of fiction based on the very real threat of EMP - electromagnetic pulse. I had no idea such a thing existed and that our government is very unprepared for it. Has anyone else read it? If so, what was your reaction?

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Date: 10/23/11 10:15 AM

Could you tell us more about the premise of the book? What effect does EMP have? Loss of communication...transportation...what has you so scared?

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Date: 10/23/11 11:02 AM

EMP stands for electromagnetic pulse. The disaster scenario is a post nuclear apocalypse, but it can also be caused by solar flares. EMP will destroy all electronics basically, so no TV, Radio, internet, cars, planes, etc. The old tube technology is supposed to stand up under it. Electronics also has problems with large solar flares, but not so much.
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Date: 10/23/11 11:14 AM

The book takes a community through the effects of an EMP. In the book, the cause was a nuclear attack by an enemy that was detonated high in the atmosphere. It is scientifically postulated that such a scenario would result in loss of electricity and electronic components over most if not all of the continental US. Such a surge would disable all automobiles made with electronic components, all cell phones and communication devices, and satellites. It would render hospitals and nursing homes disabled; most generators will not even work. It is my understanding after reading the book, then doing research on the topic, that the US does not have even much military equipment hardened to withstand an EMP, while Russia spent billions hardening their stuff many years ago.

The effects would be devastating and lead to starvation, riots, and disease, potentially wiping out 50-70% of our population within a year. Very scary stuff.

Other things can cause an EMP besides a nuclear attack such as a solar surge and other natural anomalies. While I seriously doubt that another country would risk their own lives to do such a thing, when it comes to terrorists we can never be sure. Besides, it all got me to thinking about the Mayan prophecy for a planetary alignment causing a solar power surge in 2012.

It is just unsettling because I have never really had something affect me this way. It seems to put our dependence on modern convenience in a new perspective and has caused me to reexamine the things that may be necessary to protect my family should such a disaster occur. If we are all just destroyed by something, there is no worry because there is no time. But an EMP doesn't affect us like that; in fact, it is the ideal terrorist attack because it would cause so much suffering to us and leave us weakened beyond repair, sending us back in time more than 100 years.
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Date: 10/23/11 11:31 AM

I read about this risk in the context of an increase in solar activity which is going to happen, apparently, in the next year or so. I worried about it for a couple of days, then decided worrying was pointless.

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Date: 10/23/11 11:38 AM

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worrying was pointless.


Well said. You could reasonably read about 100 books in the next few months with just this sort of catastrophic scenario, but what's the point? It does work psychologically to divert us from real problems in the home and the community. By real I mean things we can actually affect and effect if you will. Also, this sort of thing causes anxieties that cause us to lose sleep and focus. Believe me, at any time the earth could open up and just suck us all into a chasm of doom as well, so why worry. Oh yes, and then there is the "Mega-Tsunami" that would theoretically wipe out most of the Eastern seaboard in as far as Western NC and so on (saw that on Discovery Channel) - the scientists never lack for materials to scare us witless. I admit I read for pleasure, not for another reason to fall into depression. I know that if activism ever has any appeal for me I can always go chain myself to the Yankee Nuclear plant - a very real danger.

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Date: 10/23/11 2:11 PM

Dukaqwn, thank you for the synopsis. So basically it would put us back from an industrial perspective into the early 1900's. We would gradually need to revert to the "old ways" of doing things. Mortality rates would increase the economy would be in an unstoppable downfall.
There are so many disaster scenarios that the best we can do is try to prepare and hope we can adapt.

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Date: 10/23/11 4:22 PM

Yes, it is pointless, counter-productive, and even slightly crazy paranoid to dwell on it which is why I am so shocked that it affected me that way. It is so totally not like me to get worked up about such things. That is why I wondered what affect it may have had on anyone else who may have read the book. I'm sure I'll shrug it off soon; however, I'm glad that I have the understanding of just how dependent we really are on our modern conveniences and just how interdependent we really are.

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Date: 10/23/11 7:38 PM

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Yes, it is pointless, counter-productive, and even slightly crazy paranoid to dwell on it which is why I am so shocked that it affected me that way


I think it is because you are a caring person. I know the feeling, and it is only by avoiding lots of this stuff that I make it through. There are so many things that we know about nowadays that we wouldn't have known about in previous centuries. Due to communication and info overload we can be exposed to every single tragedy and awful situation everywhere all the time. You know though, there are so many people who don't care, and who can just go on eating through anything they see, read or hear, so it tells us you are a good, kind, feeling person.

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Date: 10/23/11 9:16 PM

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I know that if activism ever has any appeal for me I can always go chain myself to the Yankee Nuclear plant - a very real danger.
Naw, just come down here instead. I have a few gas well derricks you can chain yourself to. The fracking flare lights up the night sky; so much you can mow your grass at night. We can have a midnight picnic. And the sound is like a jet engine. Lotsa fun!

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