The Real Shocker in August

  I trust that you are doing well after the horrible August we had. In one month, we had two hurricanes wreak havoc through the Caribbean, Texas and Florida, forest fires ravaged the West and Canada, an 8.1 earthquake struck Mexico, the sun launched some of the largest solar flares towards us in years, and North Korea launched a missile over Japan in its most provocative action yet. Quite an eventful month! But there is one event that happened in August that hardly got any attention, and it’s by far the most shocking, “Security firm Symantec is warning that a series of recent hacker attacks not only compromised energy companies in the US and Europe but also resulted in the intruders gaining hands-on access to power grid operations—enough control that they could have induced blackouts on American soil at will.” I have talked many times about Ted Koppel’s book “Light’s Out” because it outlines the single largest vulnerability of the USA; our electric grid. Never before in history has a nation been so completely dependent upon electricity as we are. We live in a fantastic world of automation. Food and safe water are so plentiful that we never have to
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Excerpt from Lights Out by Ted Koppel

Excerpt from Lights Out by Ted Koppel   “Darkness. Extended periods of darkness, longer and more profound than anyone now living in one of America’s greatest great cities has ever known. As power shuts down there is darkness and the sudden loss of electrical conveniences. As batteries lose power, there is the more gradual failure of cellphones, portable radios, and flashlights. Emergency generators provide pockets of light and power, but there is little running water anywhere. In cities with water towers on the roofs of high-rise buildings, gravity keeps the flow going for two, perhaps three days. When this runs out, taps go dry; toilets no longer flush. Emergency supplies of bottled water are too scarce to use for anything but drinking, and there is nowhere to replenish the supply. Disposal of human waste become a critical issue within days. Supermarket and pharmacy shelves are empty in a matter of hours. It is a shock to discover how quickly a city can exhaust its food supplies. Stores do not readily adapt to panic buying, and many city dwellers, accustomed to ordering out, have only scant supplies at home. There is no immediate resupply, and people become desperate. For the first
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Ted Koppel’s Book “Light’s Out”

  Today I want to write about one of the most important books that has been published in recent times; Ted Koppel’s “Light’s Out“. Anyone who has their eye’s open can see that we live in increasingly dangerous times. The threat of an economic collapse, social unrest, terrorism hang over our heads, but of all of the threats facing us, the most significant one is the threat of attack on our electric grid. In one instant, that which makes us the strongest and wealthiest country in the world can be taken away from us. Take away our electricity, and you bring us back to the stone age. Worse than the stone age, because people in the stone age knew how to live without electricity; we don’t. In other words, our greatest strength is also our greatest weakness. Ted Koppel’s book is significant for four reasons… It’s published by a very high-profile person. Because he is such a high-profile person he has had access to, and been able to interview a great number of key people. It’s extremely well researched. He is doing tremendous publicity for the book. Just look at the people who have written reviews for the book, including Tom Brokaw, Anderson Cooper,
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