Trauma

There’s little argument that unless you are one of the elite 1%…we live in very trying times. We hear terms like trauma and PTSD thrown around by television doctors, physiologists, news people and talk show hosts, but do we really know what these terms mean? Do we have the slightest idea the toll it takes on a person and their family experiencing trauma? Hopefully not, because that means you or someone you love has experienced the roller coaster ride of a chaotic life and you were along for the ride.

The Hate effect that has swept the country in the last few years has caused these diseases to not only increase in number but manifest themselves in intensity. It may surprise you to know that victims of crime, soldiers exposed to battle and migrants trekking a 1000 miles in an attempt to provide for their family’s welfare and safety all experience these same identical symptoms. We will mainly explore trauma through the eyes of a victim of a violent crime, as we all have been victimized in some shape or form in our life and may be better able to relate to this example. Let’s begin with out sample case.

Any crime victim will experience the trauma of victimization as an aftermath of experiencing the crime. Although outwardly seemingly unhurt from the incident the victim will suffer a tremendous amount of physical and psychological trauma. The primary effects of the experience can be generally grouped into 3 main categories: physical injury, financial injury and emotional injury. There are also possibilities of experiencing secondary injuries.

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Trauma Issues

  • The physical injury is usually apparent such as cuts, bruises, fractured limbs, although internal injuries may also be present depending on the incident. It’s not unusual for physical injuries to be accompanied by severe fatigue, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much and loss or gain of appetite.

  • Victims suffer financially when their belongings, money, jewelry etc are stolen or damaged. They also suffer financially when insurance does not cover incurred expenses like hospitalization, medicine or funeral costs.

  • Emotional injuries may be the worse result yet of a crime. Not only is the victim affected immediately, but there may be long term problems for the victim and their family.

Some medical books describes a victim’s reaction to a crime as the Crisis Reaction. Most victims will react differently to the crime depending on the level of personal violation they feel they incurred. For instance a victim of a non-violent crime may feel less violated than a victim held up at gunpoint. This is not always the case as a victim of having their home burglarized may feel violently violated as their sanctuary of safety, their home, has been taken away. Trauma doesn’t restrict itself.

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There are certain common responses to the underlying reaction that a victim will undergo. These reactions may not happen for some time and these are not all inclusive:

  • They incur shock

  • numbness to the event

  • denial that it could happen to them or a family member

  • disbelief at the criminal act

  • anger … sometimes extreme

  • And finally recovery, which may be a week or may take a lifetime.

Nothing heals the pain and trauma but passing of time and sometimes that only barely lessens the agony. Here are a few tips for helping yourself or someone else cope:

  • Find a person you can talk to about your feelings with no fear of being mocked, privacy violated or any other fear. They must be trusted.

  • Allow yourself to feel the pain whether physical or emotional. It will not last forever, not at the current level anyhow.

  • Spend times with others, but make quiet time for yourself.

  • Take care of yourself, mind and body. This may not be easy, but is necessary. Rest, sleep, eat regularly and not just junk food

  • Re-establish a normal routine as soon as possible

  • Re-take control of decisions caring friends and family may have taken over

  • Regain your routine, but move more carefully and cautiously as you may not be 100% yet and you don’t need an accident to compound the issue.

  • Recall things that helped you cope in the past. Prayer, mediation, reading whatever helped.

Let’s examine the shock and/or numbness effect of trauma.

Shock and/or numbness are usually experienced at the initial stage of the crisis event. Whether you are a control freak or not, everyone has control over certain elements of their life, or at least feels they do. Suddenly and without warning the person is in a situation totally beyond their control and this total absence of control leaves them numb and disoriented.

It’s at this point the victim will incur the Fight or Flight syndrome which is a built in self preservation mechanism God gave us and we literally have no, or very little control over it. It’s known as an automatic physiological response. As noted this is a self preservation response but most victims don’t understand their response to the emotion or their lack of control.

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A woman who took an intensive self-defense program in order to protect herself will be confused and embarrassed as to why when confronted she couldn’t initiate one defensive move she’d been taught. Or a man who turns and runs instead of standing and fighting will experience the shame of feeling like a coward, although that is not true. To rebut the person for their reactions results in secondary injuries which may never go away. “Once a coward always a coward type thing.”

You may ask how do soldiers, first respondents, police overcome this fight or flight syndrome control? Simply put … training. Ask nearly any person who became a hero for the moment and they’ll tell you their training took over.

Denial, Disbelief and Anger

During this segment of trauma the victim may or will most likely experience extreme mood fluctuations. Research shows victims nearly all react the same way. They will question fate:

Why did this happen to me?”

This couldn’t have happened to me!”

  • Many will experience dreams replaying the event, sometimes exactly as they remember it and other times distorted with crazy unrelated things interjected.

  • They may dream (nightmares if you will) about killing or causing great bodily harm to the offender. Torture becomes tantalizing.

  • Homicide victims may feel anger at the dead victim, reasoning if the person had done something different, not stayed late at work or took a different way home, they would not have been killed.

This will be a terrible time of trauma when the victim will contend with an abundance of emotional and stressful emotions such as:

  • Fear

  • Despair

  • Self-pity

  • Guilt

  • Shame

  • Anger

  • Hostility

Emotional help assuring them these feelings are normal and OK is important. Never make light of their pain.

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Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome:

Historically this type of trauma was used to describe military veterans and was referred to as being shell shocked or having that 1000 yard stare. Researchers now apply this syndrome to crime victims and other victims of violent actions (like being tear gassed with your children). It must be noted not every victim of a crime or every soldier experiencing combat will develop PTSD. This is especially true if preemptive crisis intervention counseling is offered and taken.

Some recognizable symptoms of PTSD are:

  • Sleeping disorders/continued nightmares;

  • Constant flashbacks/intrusion of thoughts;

  • Extreme tension and anxiety;

  • Irritability/outbursts of anger;

  • Non-responsiveness or lack of involvement with the external world;

  • Prolonged feelings of detachment or estrangement of others; and

  • Memory trouble.

PTSD is a very complicated diagnosis and the presence of any of the above-mentioned symptoms does not mean that a person is suffering from PTSD. However, it’s my strong suggestion demonstration of these signs require follow up analyzation by a medical professional.

Secondary Injuries:

One must remember a trauma victim not only struggles with primary injuries, but also must battle secondary injuries. Most secondary injuries are provoked by the victim failing to receive proper support and understanding by trusted and/or loved ones. For instance:

  1. A soldier returning from combat will have trouble relating to their family at first. Either the family repeatedly questions the soldier about their experiences and the soldier doesn’t want to talk about them, or visa versa the family doesn’t want to hear about the horrors of war. This was a daily travesty for soldiers returning from combat during the VietNam war. They were met with jeers and hatred by fellow Americans.

  2. Victims of violent crime may be treated with the negative attitude by professionals that they were somehow responsible for the crime. They were dressed provocatively resulting in them being raped, or they had no business in that type of bad neighborhood. Sometimes people who ought to know better display the height of ignorance and indifference.

<> on April 1, 2014 in Nogales, Arizona.

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This is not political, but as I write this piece I can’t help but think of the current immigration problems we are experiencing. I’m not arguing right or wrong, I’m arguing that we as God fearing people should look at what we may be doing to innocent people.

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A mother fearing for the safety of her children embarks on an unimaginable trek to the “Promised Land” (America) The distance she must travel is immense with daily dangers of being raped, killed, kidnapped and sold into slavery. The odds of the family making it all the way to America is slim to none.

Somehow they endure and are at the front gates of the prosperous, generous and tender heart Americans, Then their world collapses. They are denied legal entry to America, then are tear gassed and told they will never be allowed sanctuary. Stop and imagine that.

  1. A danger filled trek of thousands of miles on foot.

  2. Enduring unimaginable hardship along the way

  3. Then being tear gassed and told the family will never find safety

Trauma is a deadly emotional disease and we should take it more seriously than many of us do. Trauma doesn’t only occur in the movies … it’s real life. What are we doing to these children? Creating emotionally scarred and disabled people. Or creating a whole new generation of Bin Laden s intent on wrecking pain on Americans. Trauma is an uncontrollable disease with unknown results.

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Running Out of Water

My intent when I created this blog was to provide as much information as possible to help people live safer, and more enjoyable lives thru being prepared to handle crisis situations, man-made and Nature made. I feel its also my obligation to forewarn readers of potential dangers that may lurk ahead that don’t get much advertising, shall we say. The subject of running out of water is one such subject.

When we hear someone say they are running out of water, we immediately think their bottle of designer spring fed water supply is nearly exhausted or their canteen is running low, an inconvenience maybe, but rarely life threatening. That’s how spoiled we have become in industrialized, perhaps especially in the USA, countries. The issue of running out of water, something we will all die within 4 days max without, is treated as an inconvenience.

Hopefully changing our warning to “our global supply of water is in danger of running out,” will lend more weight to the issue. Unfortunately, we still have world leaders, specifically the moron who holds the US presidency, who don’t believe in climate change. So holding hope of taking this problem seriously will most likely be dashed. However, we must try.

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Where’s the Water?

Let’s look at a few facts in order to set the stage.

A small child can look at an atlas and derive the fact the earth is mainly covered in water. So what’s the water shortage? For the non-believers and those who wish to just be argumentative, allow me to clarify. When I say we’re running out of water, I mean we are running out of drinkable fresh water. Of all the water on earth, freshwater makes up just 3% and less than 1% is actually freely available. The rest of the water is tied up in icebergs, glaciers, ice and snow-caps.

This means that all the water that makes up all the rivers, streams, lakes and groundwater that nearly 7 Billion people (and rising) count on for life is less than 1% of the total water on earth.

You can further break down the pending crisis another step. For some people in certain parts of the world, the issue isn’t so much lack of water, but lack of clean water. In Africa, especially, millions of people die each year from diseases that are totally preventable if they had access to clean water. Although there may be adequate water available from the nearby river, it is so contaminated with animal feces, human waste and industrial organisms from the city located 300 miles away, it’s literally a slow death sentence to drink it. What choice do they have?

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Melting Iceberg

There are many factors that effect the reducing amount of potable water, but one reason stands above all others. The ever increasing global population boom. As populations grow so does the demand on water, not only for drinking but for agriculture and livestock. In industrializing countries industry requirements demand more water, for instance nuclear power plants demand huge amounts of water for operation. In other words water is essential for maintaining life, the basis of economies and the maintaining of society.

Historical records show the last massive war fought over water was in Mesopotamia 4500 years ago. Based on that information you may assume that a war over water is unlikely. Is that so?

2003 Darfur Sudan, a diminishing water supply provoked an armed conflict that resulted in 400,000 Africans being killed. Depends on who you’re talking to, but I’d call that a war.

Can’t happen to us. Why not? The Darfur conflict began as a local issue but quickly grew to encompass an entire region in war. I may or may not go to war with you if you have a vast deposit of gold in your country and I have none. But … the huge difference with water is it knows no geographic boundaries. The lake or river can be located or flow through several countries. Who owns it? As supplies of water diminish these water sources that caused no problems for centuries, all of a sudden results in severe animosity or hatred. Especially if one country perceives the other country is consuming more than their fair share.

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Can’t Happen Here.

If anything the last 2 years of political upheaval and trashing of American norms should teach us is we are not immune to terrible things happening to us just because we are Americans.

In October 2007, a 20 year old water dispute, nick named the Water War, broke out into near open hostilities between the states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia. A severe drought in the region created the possibility of Atlanta and its 4.5 million residents, could run out of water. The state’s National Guards were placed on alert, but fortunately only fiery rhetoric and not bullets were exchanged between the parties.

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In 2007 the town of Orme’s, Tennessee water supply dried up leaving its 145 residents without potable water for drinking or bathing. The nearby town of New Hope, Alabama not only allowed Orme to bring trucks to take water back to resupply their water system, but allowed them to run a 2 mile pipe line in order to tap into New Hope’s water system. What would have happened to Orme had New Hope refused to offer help? Would Orme simply collapse becoming a ghost town? Would armed conflict breakout between the 2 towns? Would each state take up arms to protect their citizens. Sometimes things can quickly spin out of control.

This is not an uncommon issue. The states of California, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado have experienced economic pressures due to shared water that resulted in a formal water sharing agreement between the states. Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois are disputing water usage of the Great Lakes. I’m not insinuating a pending war or anything like that over water. I’m just trying to demonstrate this is a problem that effects all Americans.

Water is inequitably dispersed on a global level both by supply and the ability to retrieve the water. Developing nations scramble to provide their populations with water and usually end up paying more for it because they must pay for infrastructure to gain access and treat the water.

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Quickly drying out

Developed countries can afford infrastructure that can deliver water cheaply and effectively to residents thus creating the illusion water is not that valuable. Digest this: it takes about 12 gallons per day to sustain a human (this takes into account all uses for water, like drinking, sanitation and food production), the average American uses about 158 gallons. Why? What do we waste that much water on?

Can Technology Save the Day?

Hopefully technology will play a huge part in addressing the Running Out of Water crisis. Agriculture uses 70% of the water consumed by people, but 42% of all that water is lost because of bad and inefficient irrigation techniques. Advances in computer and satellite technologies have helped farmers to increase production by not over watering certain areas of crops, plus water savings. Drip-irrigation is also becoming more popular and will increase as costs drop.

Desalinization plants have proved capable of removing salt from seawater making it potable and are currently in use world wide. However, the facilities are very expensive to currently operate, but with anticipated reductions of costs thru technology it could have a huge impact on water supply.

Running Out of Water has created essentially two views of the current water crisis: optimism and pessimism. As water supplies diminish, conflicts may emerge, illness and death may take place. But while some may fight, the struggle to maintain or create a viable water supply has also encouraged cooperation and innovation between governments. From water crisis also springs hope.

There is another option than the two views and unfortunately requires mentioning. That of being an idiot.

  1. You don’t solve the world over-population problem by wiping out a few billion people through a nuclear war or even a conventional war. Besides, you may be one of the billion they decide must die for the greater good. Change your mind?
  2. No, global warming and the melting of glaciers and ice shelves will not solve the running out of water issue. In ice form the water remains potable, but once it melts into the sea it becomes seawater and can’t be consumed.

 

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Runaway Climate Change

Runaway climate change has surpassed nuclear war as the most dire threat to the end of humanity. This of course is the opinion of an American and being an American who cares about climate change has become an oxymoron since trump became President of the United States. I assure you this is not a political satire intended to prompt conversation and debate concerning runaway climate change, but rather quite the opposite. It’s a dire warning.

There are many fools in the world and somehow some of them have become political leaders of very powerful countries. If stupidity or fear are the reasons for ignoring the problem, I hope to enlighten with facts. If their ignorance is prompted by greed and selfish motives, then I’m wasting my time on them, but perhaps will stir an emotion of patriotism in people who can change the course of self indulgent dictators, real and wanna be.

The information presented is not sensationalized to prompt a fear response, it doesn’t have to be, as it’s devastating enough on its own merits. There was a 1950’s television detective show called “Dragnet” featuring detective Joe Holiday. His famous statement to witnesses he was questioning was “Just the facts .. and nothing but the facts” is what he wanted. Here are some facts and nothing but the facts on runaway climate change.

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  • The planet’s average surface temperature has risen 1.62 degrees F (0.9 C) since the late 19th century. Scientific studies verify this temperature increase is the direct results of increased carbon dioxide and other man-made emissions emitted into the atmosphere. The fear factor is most of the increase in warming occurred within the past 35 years, the warmest years on record taking place since 2010, with no signs of it slowing.
  • The world’s oceans have absorbed most of this increased heat, with the top 2300 feet (700 meters) warming more than 0.4 degrees F since 1969. Well, 0.4 degrees F definitely isn’t much of an increase and shouldn’t be the reason for hysterical runaway climate change charges. Right? Here’s a few of the resulting effects a 0.4 degree F rise in ocean temperatures.

  • The Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets have decreased in mass. NASA studies show Greenland lost an average of 281 billion tons of ice and Antarctica lost 119 billion tons of ice, with the Antarctica ice loss tripling in mass in the last decade. Where’s this water suppose to go but to the sea?

  • Global sea levels rose @8 inches in the last century. This rate has doubled in the last decade and is accelerating slightly every year with no sign of slowing. It’s virtually impossible to imagine, but how much landmass do you think has been lost to the ocean with the 8 inch increase? 8 inches probably equals 4 feet of loss beach and land times the perimeter of every island, sea shore, cove, etc over the entire face of the earth. Billions of acres? Trillions?
  • We’re not only talking sea bound ice, but glaciers are retreating everywhere in the world including the Alps, Himalayas, Andes, Rockies, Alaska and Africa. Satellite images reveal less snow cover on mountains in the Northern Hemisphere and what’s there melts quicker and earlier.
  • The number of record setting high temperatures in the United States have been increasing, while record low temperatures are deceasing since 1950. The US is also experiencing increased numbers and intensity of rainfall and water events, such as hurricanes.

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Rising Water Levels

Humans are animals. Mammals to be specific and mammals are heat producing machines and must continually cool down, like a dog panting. In order to cool body temperature down the ambient air temperature must remain low enough to act as a refrigerant, drawing heat off the skin allowing the engine to continue without overheating.

Here’s the problem. Should the average temperature rise 7 degrees F and maintain, life around the equator could end especially in the tropics. Why? How? In the jungles of Costa Rica, for instance, humidity levels of 90 percent plus is normal. Combine the humidity with 105+ degree temperatures and simply walking around outside would be lethal. Within a few hours the human body would be cooked to death both from the outside and inside.

Runaway climate change skeptics will point out, with great glee, that the planet has warmed and cooled many times before and we survived. For the simple minded that’s enough justification to ignore climate change. They fail, intentionally or through ignorance, to recognize human life has a very narrow temperature span in order to survive. An 11 or 12 degree rise in temperature will result in more than half the world’s population, where they are now living, would die of direct heat. It’s doubtful we will reach this critical temperature in our lifetime, but maybe that’s the problem. Those who can change things know they won’t be effected by the deadly results of a runaway climate change.

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How bad are things really? Well, let’s look at some events and near future forecasts. Since 1980 the planet has experienced a 50 fold increase in the number of places experiencing dangerous or extreme heat. The 5 hottest summers in Europe since 1500 all occurred since 2002 and the IPCC warns that simply being outdoors during the summer will be unhealthy and possibly lethal for people in bad health.

  • In 2015 the cities of Karachi and Kolkata suffered mass heat related deaths. Should this trend of rising temperatures continue and maintain, the cities will be dangerously close to being uninhabitable.
  • The European heat wave of 2003 killed an estimated 2000 people a day. An unfortunate fluke? It’s predicted these conditions could become a normal summer.
  • The US National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration forecast without relief or reversing of the trend any kind of outside labor in the Mississippi Valley would be life threatening. The entire US population east of the Rockies would be under more heat stress than anyone, anywhere in the world.
  • Experts estimate heat stress in New York City will exceed that of present-day Bahrain, which is one of the hottest places on earth.
  • By the end of the century the World Bank estimates the current highest temperatures in the tropical South America, Africa and the Pacific tropics will the lowest temperatures they will experience. The Persian Gulf and Middle East could endure temperatures of 164 degrees F, which has already sporadically occurred.

Runaway Climate Change and the Food Chain

  • Like many things in life there is no concrete rule, but the accepted basic theory is that for a staple cereal crop grown at optimal temperature, for every degree of warming, yields decline by 10 percent. Some argue 15 to 17 percent is more accurate, but we’ll low ball it. Based on this, we very well may be faced with 50% more people, population steadily increases, with 50% less grain as production dwindles.

Climate change denying plant physiologists will dispute the theory, claiming warming temperatures will allow places like Greenland to begin growing food replacing the lost production of historical growing places. That land replacement theory is a particularly weak argument as it is impossible. The tropics are already too hot to efficiently grow grain and if current optimum growing areas are decimated by excess heat, there isn’t enough newly available ground to replace what is lost. One must remember potential newly opened ground in Canada and Russia will not have suitable quality soil in which to grow grain. That takes centuries to occur.

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Nothing growing here

  • Drought might pose an even bigger problem than the unrelenting heat. The world has huge swaths of land which are arable which will quickly turn into desert. It’s historically difficult to forecast precipitation, but every credible projected prediction anticipates unprecedented drought conditions by 2080.
  • Should these predictions bear fruit southern Europe, most of the Middle East, populated parts of Australia, Africa, South America and the breadbasket areas of China would cease to be reliable growing areas.
  • For the United States. Would the droughts be bad enough to create conditions dry enough to equal those that created the dust bowl era of the 1930’s. Hang on for this. NASA predicts the droughts will be the worse in a 1000 years, including the droughts between 1100 and 1300 AD which caused the complete drying up of every river East of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

It must be noted under current conditions the world has a huge hunger problem. An estimated 800 million are undernourished and this years early drought in Africa and the Middle East has killed an estimated 20 million people, mainly children. Think climate change won’t exasperate the problem?

Runaway Climate Change and Plagues:

Ever wonder what will happen when the Bubonic ice melts?

Fossils of prehistoric animals are sometimes encased just under the surface in rock not more than a few feet or sometimes a few inches deep. Ice works the same way as a climate ledger and as a frozen piece of history, but unlike items trapped in rock, which are dead, items in ice can be reanimated when unfrozen.

There are currently diseases trapped in the frozen Arctic ice that have not circulated in the air for millions of years, long before humans were around to encounter them. Our immune systems would have no idea how to combat a prehistoric plague emerging from the melting ice. One only needs to look at how normal diseases that European explorers brought with them decimated native Indian people whose immune system could not fight the illness. Some entire civilizations were wiped out by a cold or the flu. Who says we’re immune to the same fate against an UN-encountered germ?

The Arctic ice also harbors terrifying diseases from more recent history. In Alaska researchers have already discovered remnants of the 1918 flu that infected 500 million people, killing as many as 100 million, which was about 5% of the world population at the time. Scientist suspect small pox and the bubonic plague germs are trapped in the melting Siberian ice. These suspicions have recently been verified and scientists are attempting to discover methods to refreeze the tundra.

Let’s be real real optimistic and assume any and all deadly diseases, known and unknown, do not survive the thawing period. They all die.. no problem. Runaway climate change proponents will cheer, but epidemiologists are not celebrating. Their main fear is the relocation, rewiring or re-evolving of current scourges. Even with the transformation from wooden sailing ships to supersonic flight, the intertwining of populations, our ecosystems have done a pretty good job of restricting and maintaining massive outbreaks of diseases. For instance, if you live in Maine or France you don’t worry about contracting Zika or dengue. But, as the tropical temperatures creep northward, along with the pests that migrate and thrive in that environment, suddenly contracting these diseases become a distinct possibility.

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Choking Forest Fire Smoke

Unbreathable Air:

Runaway Climate change will create a rolling smog that will suffocate millions.

Obviously we breathe oxygen, but there are other gases included in that breathing mixture including carbon dioxide, which is fine in appropriate concentrations. However, the percentage of carbon dioxide is growing, just recently crossing 400 ppm. It’s estimated that by year 2100 the percentages will surpass 1000 ppm. At that concentration human cognitive ability declines by 21 percent making many people unable to function. Imagine breathing the outside air making you fall down drunk, as that’s a reasonable comparison.

Additionally, pollution will increase in intensity due to the heat, creating more ozone forms of unhealthy smog. The National Center for Atmospheric Research has projected by year 2090 as many as 2 billion people globally will be breathing air above the WHO “safe” level resulting in increased deaths, illness and problematic pregnancies of increased Autism in new born babies.

The US Forest Service has stated that climate change has extended the wildfire season by 78 days since 1970. They estimate by 2050 339,000 people will die yearly from wildfire smoke inhalation. The wildfires will be twice as destructive as today and in some areas could grow five-fold.

*** This is extremely ironic as today 11/18/2018 president trump stated the reason for increased wildfires are we are not raking the forest floors and it has nothing to do with runaway climate change. Go figure? ***

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There is also the terrifying possibility that rain forests like the Amazon, which in 2010 suffered its second “hundred-year drought” in the space of five years, could dry out enough to become vulnerable to these kinds of devastating, rolling forest fires — which would not only expel enormous amounts of carbon into the atmosphere but also shrink the size of the forest. That is especially bad because the Amazon alone provides 20 percent of our oxygen.

Runaway Climate Change Poisoning the Oceans

  • Barring a radical emissions reduction the oceans will rise at least 4 feet and possibly 10 feet above sea-level by 2100. Ever consider a third of the world’s major cities are located along the coast. Including ports, navy bases, power plants, oil refineries, farmlands, river deltas, marshlands, rice-paddies which feed a large portion of the world’s population. All of these things could end up underwater, as well as being at risk and prone to increased flooding. Land mass doesn’t have to be indefinitely underwater to be deemed worthless for food production and living space.
  • As carbon is sucked out of the air into the ocean, which sounds great, another deadly matter arises called “Ocean Acidification” This creates many additional issues, one of which is “coral bleaching” which is the dying of coral reefs. Coral reefs support as much as a quarter of all marine life and supply food to a billion people.
  • Ocean acidification will fry fish populations directly, too, though scientists aren’t yet sure how to predict the effects on the stuff we haul out of the ocean to eat; they do know that in acid waters, oysters and mussels will struggle to grow their shells, and that when the pH of human blood drops as much as the oceans’ pH has over the past generation, it induces seizures, comas, and sudden death.
  • That isn’t all that ocean acidification can do. Carbon absorption can initiate a feedback loop in which under-oxygenated waters breed different kinds of microbes that turn the water still more “anoxic,” first in deep ocean “dead zones,” then gradually up toward the surface. There, the small fish die out, unable to breathe, which means oxygen-eating bacteria thrive, and the feedback loop doubles back.
  • But the drowning of those homelands is just the start. At present, more than a third of the world’s process, in which dead zones grow like cancers, choking off marine life and wiping out fisheries, is already quite advanced in parts of the Gulf of Mexico and just off Namibia, where hydrogen sulfide is bubbling out of the sea along a thousand-mile stretch of land known as the “Skeleton Coast.” The created Hydrogen sulfide is so toxic that evolution has trained us to recognize the tiniest, safest traces of it, which is why our noses are so exquisitely skilled at registering flatulence. Hydrogen sulfide is the gas responsible for wiping out 97% of life when the dinosaurs disappeared — it’s the planet’s preferred gas for a natural holocaust.

I am definitely pushing the normal person’s attention span, therefore I’ll wrap this up. Many people have stated these and additional facts much more eloquent and precise, but I don’t know how else to say it,” runaway climate change, if not stopped, will destroy all of mankind and possibly the entire world. “

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The Attack on Alaska

Have you heard about the attack on Alaska? Most likely few of you have, but there were several viscous battles fought on Alaska soil during WWII, and unless you fought there or loss someone there, the memories have pretty much drifted off into oblivion as far as history is concerned.

Through people I have connected with while writing this survival blog, I have learned even the most ardent survivalist can become uninspired maintaining the rigors of constantly preparing for the SHTF event, while praying it never happens. Once the initial enthusiasm of becoming a survivalist wanes, it’s difficult to maintain the energy to stay on top of everything without motivation. Maintaining and rotating supplies is grueling and expensive, while keeping track of the newest and greatest survival gear can be mind boggling as technology sprints past most of our comprehension. Besides there hasn’t been an invasion of North America United States since the war of 1812, and although technically a foreign army, our fight with the British was more like quarreling in-laws. Every other war on the continent was waged between Americans mad at one another or stealing land from Mexico and the American Indians.

That’s why I decided to do a little research and discovered an event that may dash your false sense of security that America could never be invaded by a hostile force. Let’s look at the attack on Alaska through the Aleutian Islands. The invasion and occupation of continental United States land.

JAPAN SEIZES AMERICAN SOIL

In June of 1942, six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor and the defeat of American troops in the Philippines, the Japanese invaded the Aleutian Islands, a sparsely inhabited string of volcanic islands extending 1200 miles west of the mainland Alaska Peninsula. By June 6th & 7th the Japanese had invaded and controlled the islands of Kiska and Attu, establishing military garrisons and began conducting air strikes on Dutch Harbor where two American military bases were located.

At first glance the Aleutian islands appeared to be of little military value. The islands were historically barren with mountainous terrain, terribly harsh weather with heavy snowfall and dense fog. A wintry version of hell. Historians believe the Japanese invasion was a feint to draw the American fleet away from Midway, the real Japanese invasion target. It was also feasible that the Japanese thought holding these two islands would cut off any avenue of invasion by the US to invade Japan’s homelands. In either event the Japanese had invaded the US and now held American soil while attacking American troops. The blow to American moral was substantial. The Japanese had nearly destroyed the American fleet at Pearl Harbor, kicked MacArthur’s butt out of the Philippines and now occupied American soil. Moral tanked.

American Outrage to Japanese Occupation

The attack on Alaska shocked and outraged the American public. Just the principle that Japanese troops had invaded and occupied American soil, no matter how remote or barren, was unacceptable. Although the media stoked concern of Japan’s attack being the first step towards an invasion of mainland Alaska or perhaps the invasion of the US Pacific Northwest, the war planners were more concerned about rebuilding their Pacific strength and preparing for war in Europe. The Japanese invasion was hardly acknowledged with the exception of an occasional bombing raid originating from the nearby Aleutian Islands.

While being ignored the Japanese became acclimated to the harsh weather, built defensive fortifications and were kept well stockpiled by the Japanese navy. By the end of 1942 the Japanese were well entrenched and well supplied on the two islands of Attu and Kiska. However, the US war planners were now becoming proficient at addressing several war fronts at one time and by January 1943 the Alaska Command had grown to 94,000 soldiers, and had landed on Amchitka Island, 50 miles from Kiska.

The Attack on Alaska – Naval Blockade of Attu and Kiska

American brass anticipated the Japanese had used their time well and would be prepared to repulse an attack when America launched it. Surmising this they had to do something to weaken the Japanese before attempting an invasion, and they decided that would require a naval blockade in order to cut off all supplies to the garrisons on both islands, starving them of required resupplies.

Battle of Attu Anniversary

By March 1943 the navy fleet, under the command of US Rear Admiral Thomas Kinkaid, had encircled the two islands with a blockade intended to restrict the flow of supplies to the occupiers. On March 26, 1943, a Japanese fleet of supply and war ships attempted to breach the blockade in order to deliver supplies and reinforcements to Attu. The Japanese were spotted by scout vessels before they could run the blockade and the two fleets sped towards one another engaging in what became known as the Battle of the Komandorski Islands. The Japanese fleet outnumbered the American fleet and were more experienced in naval warfare than the Americans. After a several hour fight-fire the Japanese had extracted a severe cost on the American fleet in terms of ship damage and loss of life. Despite their advantage, the Japanese who were now low on ammunition and fuel for the return trip to Japan, and fearing American bombers being launched from Dutch Harbor could appear at any time, they withdrew without completing their mission. This would not be the last time the Japanese would withdraw prematurely while not realizing how much devastation they had wreaked on the American forces.

The blockade and subsequent battle had achieved its goal and with the exception of an occasional submarine supply vessel, the two garrisons were completely isolated and cut off. They Americans would starve them into a weakened condition before landing troops on the ground for actual combat.

The Battle of Attu … Operation Land-grab

The harsh winter climate these battles were waged in were far different from the sweltering heat of the South Pacific, but the lessons learned from these battles set the precedent of the entire island hopping campaign America used to win the war. No different than the battles of the South Pacific, these lessons were learned by the spilling of American blood.

The battle began with American naval ships bombarding the island for several weeks in conjunction with unleashing relentless bombing attacks in order to soften the enemy prior to the land invasion. On May 11,1943 11,000 American troops landed on Attu. This was the first of many strings of events where the Navy, Army and Marine top brass would continually underestimate the length of time required to secure the target island. In this case, it was estimated the island would be totally secured within 2 to 3 days, but the battle raged for more than two weeks.

The Japanese, being heavily outnumbered, retreated to their predesignated high ground fortifications, allowing the Americans to land unchallenged. The tranquility was short lived. The US soldiers were equipped with ill-designed uniforms and equipment that would not bear up to the harsh weather and rugged, muddy terrain that kept their advance at a snail’s pace. They endured more causalities from frostbite, trench foot, gangrene and other illnesses than they incurred from enemy fire. Unbelievably, food shortages, although well supplied, added insult to misery as they chased the enemy crisscross the barren island outrunning their supply route.

When they did engage the Japanese the fights were usually small but fierce as the Japanese, which became common, refused to surrender. Americans were ambushed while scouring the rocky terrain by dug-in enemy positions, pestered by sniper fire and harassed by deadly booby traps. The end result of the battle was never in question as the Americans controlled the air and sea denying any reinforcements or supplies from arriving. The only question was how many Americans would die before the island was declared secure.

By late May, the remaining Japanese garrison, starving, sorely lacking ammunition and trapped in a corner of the island, exemplified the Japanese attitude Americans would become all too familiar with in the South Pacific, they committed to a banzai charge. Colonel Yasuyo Yamasaki, garrison commander ordered the charge slightly before daybreak on May 29th. His troops charged wildly into the American lines, sweeping through their combat out post, penetrating line positions and not stopping until they reached the shocked American support troops at the rear of the American camp.

This suicidal charge ultimately failed, but mainly due to being outnumbered and out gunned by the Americans. The Japanese set a precedent which would be followed throughout the south Pacific theater of the commander, Yamaski, and all troops, 2000, dying instead of surrendering. The Americans lost 1000 men in the battle, a ratio worse than any other South Pacific battle.

BATTLE OF KISKA: OPERATION COTTAGE

The battle of Attu had taught the Americans some bitter and costly lessons, mistakes the Americans did not intend to repeat when they invaded Kiska, code name Operation Cottage. They knew they would encounter a much larger and better prepared enemy force, than they fought on Attu and mistakes would be extremely expensive.

On the morning of August 15, 1943 the Americans landed on Kiska unopposed, which they knew didn’t signal anything except hell waited ahead. 35,000 soldiers landed and fanned our across the island searching for the enemy. After several nerve racking days of scouring the entire island they realized the Japanese had used the previous weeks fog banks to evacuate the entire garrison. On August 24, 1943 the Kiska Island was declared secure and the Battle of the Aleutian Islands ended.

The Attack on Alaska – Cat & Mouse

Following Japan’s defeat in the Aleutians, they were forced to commit forces and resources to guard against an American invasion from the Alaskan Peninsula. Ironically their feint to draw Americans away from Midway may have given the Americans the idea of an invasion on their part. To reinforce that fear, American planes launched from the Aleutians would conduct an occasional surprise bombing of the Japanese Islands Kuril, which lies between Japan and Alaska. Just to perk the fear and unknowing.

Next time you get bored or disgusted with preparing as a survivalist for the SHTF event, remember American soil was invaded and occupied by a foreign enemy less than 80 years ago. If it can happen once… it can happen again. Just reminisce the attack on Alaska.

I Have a Dream – Turned Nightmare

I have a dream – turned nightmare is the only way I can describe what has happened to our beloved country the last two years. I can hear your disgust already. “Oh yeah, another bleeding heart liberal-leaning Democrat who wants our country destroyed. You want China and other countries to take all our good paying jobs, allow the drug cartels to invade from Mexico and let Canada keep trying to flood America with millions of gallons of water being shipped in over Niagara Falls.”

All I can decently say is “Really?” Let’s take a quick look at some of today’s under the radar events.

From Think Progress, Casey Michel 6/27/2018:

The backlash to the Trump administration caging immigrant children has led to store owners asking White House officials to not eat in their restaurants and to protesters publicly confronting those supporting Trump’s policies. Now, voices on the far-right are increasingly unified in their only solution to the matter: Civil War.

Far-right figures have been calling for a US breakup for quite some time, but fell mainly on deaf ears except for the very radical few. However, recent rhetoric from the past few months has escalated calls for a breakup. Historical illiterates are calling for an “amicable divorce”. How did that idea go over in 1860?

In a USA Today article, Glenn Reynolds pointed to Sarah Sanders being denied service in Virginia, Kirstjen Nielsen and Pruitt being protested in restaurants was a sign civil war was well underway.

Conspiracy site Zero Hedge recently published a piece claiming “The Modern Civil War is Being Fought Without Guns …. So Far!” The Federalist published an article from Jesse Kelly that he fantasized about scalping those he disagreed with politically, stating “The US will almost certainly see Americans die in the inevitable communists purges.”

It must be noted a well established practice, perfected by Trump, allows these lunatics to throw anything against the wall to see what sticks. “Communist purges” would apply to Trump and the far-right, not the left.

Little matter as logic and facts mean nothing. Chatter of civil war has spiked over the past few months, from Trump rallies to pro-Trump conspiracy fonts like Alex Jones.

Twitter post: “Breaking! Democrats Officially Announce Civil War Plan In America”

Congress is becoming involved in Civil War Talk! Unbelievable!

Twitter post from Steve King Republican congress person:

America is heading in the direction of another Harper’s Ferry. After that comes Fort Sumpter.”

A quick history refresher. Harper’s Ferry, was a federal armory, which anti-slave protester John Brown attacked, provoking intense debate about succession. Fort Sumpter was fired upon and captured by Southern troops which opened the civil war.

In reality this is Treasonous talk by an elected congressman. I mean what isn’t treasonous about calling for civil war between Americans?

Politico wrote “In the Trump era, the left is as aggressively confrontational as anyone can remember”

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This is an allegation that could only be made by someone almost totally unfamiliar with the history of the far left. The far left today is, in terms of aggression & confrontation, a pale shadow of what it was like from roughly 1965-1985.

Unfamiliar, or a total fabrication of facts, which is more likely. I was alive and participated in the events of the 60s & 70s. The shooting deaths of students at Kent State, the seemingly everyday bombings of some site which represented the establishment. I could go on and on, but the right is trying to make everything the left’s fault, which the left is not faultless, but are not the aggressors. The level of domestic strife a generation ago outpaces what we’ve seen recently despite the humanitarian crisis unfolding along the US southern border.

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For whatever reason or lunacy these far-right fanatics seem to think a new Civil War would unfurl exactly like the first one, except the South would win. Lyman Stone commented in the Federalist paper, that even deeply “Red States” are pock-marked with massive, liberal-leaning enclaves like Louisville, Dallas and St. Louis, that would make distinguishing traditional battle lines impossible. Additionally, the far-right is making the same assumption the Confederacy made, which was fatally flawed, the less-culturally-militaristic North would be easy to beat. In this case the militant white supremacist, neocon-Nazi, and Trump loyalists consider liberals to be easily defeated are quite wrong. Liberals, who want, in their opinion common sense gun controls, own just as many guns as any other faction.

Thankfully, any potential reprise of a civil war remains limited to the few rabid, frothing, fascistic minds of those on the far-right. As long as protests remain reasonably peaceful that’s where it will stay, even though Sanders & Trump employees may have a bit more trouble finding a friendly place for a piece of chicken or a taco. But… make no mistake about it … a civil war would be catastrophic, both economically and in loss of lives. The tens of thousands of casualties endured in the 1800s would quickly translate to millions of casualties today.

You Don’t Believe It could Happen?

I must admit I have a hard time wrapping my head around such an idea, but I’ve developed that problem in the past 2 years, as its almost a chronic issue. There’s no way that could happen! Then it does. Congress will stop that! Then it doesn’t. Think it’s just me? Check this out.

On July 3, 2018 Fox news made a big deal, and it is a big deal, about a new poll that shows Millennium Americans are less proud of being Americans than anytime in history. Republicans are 90% more proud to be Americans, thus Fox labels the college students and young adults as spoiled, entitled, welfare destined punks. Well, that may be … but those punks will outnumber you old white men, which I am one, in the very near future.

Even Fox propaganda news admitted the responses from many of the people in the poll attributed their feelings to Trump’s actions. When asked what would change her mind, one girl replied “Reverse everything Trump has done.” A broad statement as I’m sure Trump has done something good, although I fail to know what.

In any event Fox news, Republicans and Trump loyalists, I’d take heed of the direction of the wind if I were you. You are in complete control right now, but …. you can’t stop time and the future does not bode well for the 1% and the 35% that idolize the demigod Trump. Be careful of throwing stones at that dog chained to the tree … it may break free one day and exact its revenge.

I truly hope everyone has a safe and happy fourth of July holiday, but more importantly than that today is … consider what the date means. Was it intended to coward to a want a be dictator, or to stand proud as a defiant warrior against tyranny? Your answer is important! If you fail to act … next year’s fourth of July’s celebration may resemble North Korea’s and Russia’s military parade honoring your dictator leader.

Don’t think it can happen? Think again please!

When Our Leaders Don’t Care

It was May 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM. The weather was hot, normal for St. Louis that time of year, but the sky held no foreboding warnings. We were returning from seeing our daughter’s new house, about 2-3 miles from our home, when it began raining, drizzling would be a better description.

At the half way point of being home we started experiencing the rat tat tat of hail striking the truck. Rebel, our coon dog who is fearless, brave or stupid, not sure, began to whimper and cower in the back seat.

I was more concerned about the damage the hail was causing, but had to stuff that worry as the rain turned into a downpour. Making driving difficult. We maneuvered around stalled vehicles, vehicles pulled to the side of the road to wait the storm out and emergency vehicles cress crossing the intersections.

We finally made a right turn into our subdivision, the safety of home was only 20 or so houses down the two lane street, when …. it’s hard to explain what happened. The explosion shook the truck, I could feel the vibration tremble through the steering wheel. What the hell had just happened? A lightening strike within a few feet? An explosion?

The rain became a torrential sheet of water rendering my super duper Rainx wiper blades useless. I navigated by watching for gray objects, indicating parked cars, as I inched home. Reaching home my wife jumped out of the truck and made a mad dash to the garage, where our other two dogs had been left and without a doubt were going ballistic with fear.

I parked in front of the house, grabbed a few items to carry inside and began to open the door. The wind ripped the door from my grasp, I honestly believe if it hadn’t been a stout Dodge Ram it would have ripped the door off, or at least sprung the hinges. The rain was blowing sideways, something I’d only seen on the weather channel or the evening news, and was blinding.

I’m not totally sure if it was because the rain was falling in such a torrent, or because my brain was having trouble understanding sideways rain vs falling straight down rain, but visibility was nearly zero. The force of the rain striking my bare arms was quite uncomfortable, but the liquid darts striking my face were painful and I feared for the vulnerability of my eyes.

I opened the rear truck door and tried to reach Rebel leash to pull her out, but she wasn’t in favor of that and slid to the opposite side of the seat. “Piss on her,” I thought, she’s safe, and raced to the front door of the house. I fulfilled the adage “looking like a drowned rat” by the time I got inside. I was completely drenched, no different than I would have plunged into the deep end of the public pool.

I stupidly stood in from of the large living room window and watched the wind swept rain and other debris fly by, left to right. It reminded me of the Wizard of Oz. Crazy how the mind works in times of distress. I felt guilty about leaving the dog in the truck, which was probably stupid as she was safer than I was standing in front of a large pane of glass, but I felt like I abandoned her.

“No man … or dog left behind,” I opened the storm door and started out, but was meant with withering enemy fire, in the form of rain darts. I retreated, paused, gathered courage and went again. Throwing open the door as I reached the truck, the dog retreated to the other side away from me, but this time I could grab her leash. “Come on you S.O.B.!” I yelled “We’re under fire.” Seemed like a long way back to the house but we made it and Rebel was greeted by our other two dogs as a hero. Me … not so much so.

The cloud burst, tornado, thunder of Thor’s hammer, whatever it was ended at 3:30 PM CST. Identical to a tornado, damage ranged fro little of nothing to pretty devastating. One neighbor had a huge tree uprooted, which sent his back deck and hot tub soaring through the air, complete devastation but no structural damage. All in all for a violent storm we were spared what could have been.

Neighbors congregated in the streets swapping what news they had along with the rumors. According to one neighbor who had contacted the electric company there were 9 houses in the subdivision without electrical power, ours of course being one. We all surmised the uprooted tree had torn down the electrical lines, therefore repairing the break should not take too long. I’ve experienced situations where there was much more devastation and repairs took no longer than an hour. 9 houses. Probably a half hour or less.

Other than cleaning up storm damage, downed tree limbs, turned over flower pots, etc, which I wasn’t in the mood to do, there wasn’t much to do etc wait. I sat in my rocking chair in the great room and slowly rocked. I felt like a little kid on Christmas Eve night wanting to go to sleep so Christmas morning would come real fast. I wanted to doze off and be awaken by the blare of the television or sound of the fans suddenly coming back to life.

5:00 PM. It had been an hour and a half with no signs of progress. Additional reports from neighbors returning home indicated it had hardly rained a half mile away from us, and was still sunny and clear all around us outside of a mile circumference. The power outage was contained within a very small area, 9 houses, one block of the neighborhood. Hour and a half and still no response. Frustration was beginning to seep in. I tried to sleep. No luck.

My wife was scurrying about collecting candles, flashlights whatever in preparation for a dark night. I kept telling her not to worry about it. She kept shooting me the evil eye, the one that says “shut up.” I have to admit she is one creative woman. She brought the outside solar lights inside, strategically placing them, making walking around perfectly safe. God love her.

7:30 PM four hours since the power outage and we see no actively what’s so ever from the utility company. I’d have felt better if they were standing around their company trucks drinking coffee, at least I knew they were in the area and thinking about repairing something.

9:30 PM. It had been 6 hours since the power outage to 9 homes with no help arriving. By now my patience was exhausted, the nerve pill I had taken did little to calm. To be blunt… I was really pissed. There should be no reason for this type of delay.

9:50 PM the power came back on. Nearly 6 ½ hours of no electric. But the anger quickly turned to relief as the air conditioner roared back to life in order to address the 88F temperature the interior of the house had reached.

10:00 PM. We have no cable television or internet connection. Text our neighbors. “You have cable or internet?” … “No.” Spectrum told them since there was only 9 houses without service and it was a holiday, they would not dispense an emergency team for repairs. It’d be a day or two before they could address it.

I felt anger, frustration, abandonment, loneliness, a whole variety of human emotions that one may not associate with being without power, internet or television. Silly actually. But … being forced to be by myself without outside interference did result in a sort of awakening, one I’m not sure I like.

I went absolutely ballistic because it took 6-7 hours to restore our electrical power. We never lost our water or sanitation processes. Clean & safe drinking water and no risk of disease from unsanitary conditions. If I really was desperate to watch cable sports I could travel a mile down the road to the bar which has 24 TVs hanging on all the walls. Internet … No doubt it’ll do me good to not hear a day of Donald Trumps bullshit and lies.

Then it hit me. My God what was it like for Puerto Rico? How did those people feel?

I knew whatever the problem I was experiencing, or the utility company was experiencing, was in a very small segment of the power grid. What if the entire city of St. Louis had been wiped off the grid? Nobody had power.

In Puerto Rico the entire country was plunged into a blackout due to the hurricane produced devastation. The only power was being produced by generators, but they were gas or diesel powered and fuel supplies were not infinite.

Luckily there are no injuries, other than a few scratches and cuts, in the village I am in, but it still feels surreal, like this is not really happening … is it? I take stock of supplies, not really that good. We have a few flashlights, candles, canned foods, but the brunt of our food supply is refrigerated and that will quickly spoil without electricity. Food will become a real issue within a week, but we should be back up and running before then.

Water! We’ll need water. I grab a near empty milk carton off the kitchen table intent on rinsing it and filling it with water. I turn the faucet on, but nothing happens. In the country side water is supplied by wells with pumps, and in the city, a water treatment plant treats and dispenses the water through pumps. No electricity … no operating pumps … no water.

Thank God there is only minor damage in the village. Sure the sheet metal fences are torn down and scattered around, crude furniture used for outside sitting lays scattered and broken along with glass and occasional roofing materials. In all honesty it’s not much more of a debris scattered slum than before the hurricane, with one huge exception, the surrounding jungle had been devastated. This would create a dangerous problem of uprooted jungle animals infiltrating the village as their habitat has been drastically altered and the imaginary barrier between jungle and village has become blurred.

Poisonous snakes and spiders are the worse because of their ability to disappear into any environment, but fire-ants, wasps, hornets, are no welcome guest. An occasional jaguar, the ones that supposedly don’t live on the island, will claim a cat or dog when convenient, but haven’t approached humans.

I know we are isolated and help could be weeks in arriving. I must travel to the city and get a sense of how the rescue is being organized, how to obtain my part of the supplies, (I have no idea how I’ll carry them back) and estimate how long before rescue will arrive.

I walk the crowded five miles to the nearest city. It is hot and humid, I have no water so I no longer sweat, only large white salt stains cover my shirt. I enter a city in absolute chaos. People seem to be aimlessly wandering about, although I may be wrong, there my be a method to their madness, official looking trucks, mostly labeled utility or power grid repair, set empty along the streets and in parking lots. “Why aren’t they out working?” I wonder. “What’s going on?”

I see a vendor selling bottled water. I have no money so against my normal morals I steal a bottle. I only take one for my burning thirst, as if that makes it less of a crime. I really have no idea what or who I’m looking for, I figure I’ll know it when I see it. The heat and humidity are oppressive as if conspiring with the electricity that was off, except for the sporadic government building or wealthy residence which ran off generators.

I finally reach the ocean and few hundred yards from the concrete pier which extends a good ½ miles if not farther into the bay. People relax in the water, but not as tourist, but as a victim seeking refuge from the deadly heat, old and young alike are constantly watched by mothers to insure their safety. The fathers are not around, probably toiling to clear the wreckage. I see a ship, maybe a 1000 yards off shore, but I can clearly see the Red Cross insignia and marking it was a US Naval vessel. My heart soars as I tangibly see that help is arriving.

I spot a man in a uniform standing on the pier and scurry up to talk to him, as he’ll have information.
“Good day,” I say as I approach.
“Halt! No one is allowed on the pier,” he barks.
My smart-ass side wants to answer “then what about you asshole?” but I don’t. “Just looking for some info,” I say “ I’m from the hills.”
His face softens realizing I’m no tourist. “That’s a hospital ship out there,” he points “Hear tell it can treat a 1000 people at one time.”
“Guess it’s full,” I say.
I’m met with a loud sarcastic laugh. “Yeah, full of doctors, nurses and about 20 patients.”
“What, why only 20? I’ve seen hundreds of injured and I’ve only been here a few hours.”
“Don’t know why. It just sits out all alone.”
“We’re an American territory, they must help us.”
“ The new president … frump, trump, something like that came down and threw paper towels to a crowd of people.”
I couldn’t muster a reply to that statement.

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It’s been nearly 1 year since the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico roared through. Electrical power has still not been returned to the entire island and many parts that had been repaired are now off line again for one of numerous reasons. People have been forced to drink not only contaminated water, but water contaminated with radioactive particles. The death rate from this storm will skyrocket in the next 20 to 30 years with nuclear waste induced pollution, but the powers to be with argue there is no concrete proof of that. Agent Orange didn’t have any long term effects either.

To date 4600 people have died, 95% of those from not being able to receive medical care in time, remember the Navy hospital ship anchored off the coast but not taking on any injured. What the hell happened? Other than Trump.

I guess what I’m trying to convey is when something goes wrong for you, try and take it in context, which is very hard to do. Try to think, no matter how lousy my day is, someone else s day may be months or years. It would do good for all our politicians, from asshole trump down, to go a week without power, internet and cable television. It may change our world forever.

Memorial Day Prayer

Memorial Day

You know it’s a shame we need an earmarked day to remind us to celebrate a special event or person, but I’m as guilty as the next for not thinking beyond my own selfish needs.

I was talking to a dear old Army buddy yesterday and after the proverbial telling lies to each other and exaggerating embarrassing situations we had shared in Vietnam, he asked me a question that confused me.

Jim, would you do it all again?” he asked.

Do what again?” I replied.

Go to Vietnam.”

Are back on LSD again?” I laughed “It’s a little too late to change your mind now about something that happened over 45 years ago.”

There was a long silence and I thought maybe we’d lost our connection, but then I heard him take a deep breath.

22 and 1.” he said.

What are you talking about?” I asked with a little irritation starting to melt into my tone. “22 and 1 what.”

22 former soldiers and 1 active soldier commits suicide every day,” he paused “did you know that?”

Are you sure?” I asked quite seriously.

Check it out Bud,” he said. “Think about it and ask yourself if you’d do it all again.”

I did check it out and was startled and alarmed that he was correct. Based on VA records 22 and 1 commit suicide everyday. Now obviously there will probably be 23 different stories and circumstances which drive these soldiers to take their own life and most likely some or most are not military related at all.

But what if the horrendous experiences of war drove 10 of these poor souls to end it, what about 5? What about 1? Writers much more eloquent and with better command of the English language than me can describe war and offer the noncombatant a glimpse or feeling of the chaos and fear. I can only say “You just have to be in it to understand.” How do you explain the terror that makes you piss your pants and not realize it until the battle is over?

I hate it when I become melancholy and begin searching for the inner truth and the broader vision of life like a Hindu monk or something. But I had suddenly realized what my friend’s question meant … and it was as perplexing for me as trying to understand infinity … there’s always 1 more number.

What he was asking was if I had known in 1970 the state of America on May 23, 2018, would be in, would I have fought? A totally hypothetical question, but the root of the question … would you have risked your life to fight for a future dictator to conquer America is quite thought provoking.

Democracy is not a material thing, like a granite monument or statue. It’s an idea that is fragile and as fleeting as a whist of smoke if not carefully guarded. Today our Democracy is under attack by a Nazi, lying, stealing real estate con who was placed into the President’s position by our arch enemy, Russia.

Russia’s actions and collusion by the Trump team resulted in a bloodless coupe, so far, but a coup none the less. They have taken American democracy and are destroying it piece by piece. Tearing down institutions that have held the country together for two hundred years, eliminating the founding fathers’ separation of powers that was written in order to prevent a dictator taking over. Placing himself above the law. I could go on indefinitely as there is a new attack, a new scandal, a new lie every day.

Make no mistakes about it people. Our Democracy is on very shaky ground right now, on the verge of collapsing.

You say that’s my opinion. Well, yes and no. Yes that’s my opinion, but it’s backed up by every former president, intelligence agencies, former great American leaders, etc. etc.

What about your opinion and the 35% of Americans that would walk off a cliff if their orange haired messiah told them to. Ever hear the adage “There’s a Sucker born every minute.” Well, I rest my case.

Let’s try this another way so you may not get as pissed as you are right now. Let’s say you need a critical surgery and are interviewing 5 surgeons for the procedure. One surgeon declares he’s the smartest, best surgeon alive and could perform the surgery blindfolded if need be. The other four discuss technical medical procedures and the steps involved in this intricate surgery and warn there could be complications.

So what do you do? Pick one of the four surgeons who have the knowledge and the experience to perform the surgery, although they warn of possible complications.

OR

The surgeon who has never really proven he’s a doctor much alone a surgeon and claims the operation is a piece of cake he could do blindfolded. Don’t worry.

I’ll not pick which one a smart person would choose. I’ll leave that up to you.

The original question … “Would I fight for America if I knew America would fall prey to a dictatorship while our supposed leaders coward-ed before him?”

I am prepared to fight for America today to stop the tyranny that is running rampant. I have a feeling those 22 and 1 soldiers would somehow shirk off their heart breaking troubles and join the fight as well.

Open your eyes people. You don’t have to see the whole picture, just one little piece.

22 former soldiers and 1 active duty soldier commits suicide every day and at least part of their mental anguish was from military duty, horrors of war or other military related events.

Our current pretend president dodged military service due to bone spurs. Of all damn things … bone spurs. It ain’t important, What is important this coward is now destroying the very America these 22 and 1 and their former buddies, alive and dead, fought to preserve.

Dear God, Please rescue America from the evil internal forces that are attacking her. I fear even You will be hard pressed to accomplish this, but please give Republicans a spine in which to stand up to this tyrant. And if they continue to choose individual wealth and power instead of honoring their oath of office … then to hell with them too.

Amen

A Letter to My Grand-kids

 

Dear Grand-kids,

I truly hope when you read this you will chuckle with how silly grandpa was in his old age. I’ll say this one more time, then no more … I hope what I’m writing does not come true.

History is written by people in power, therefore, you don’t know if its true or not. I’m remembered of the Diary of Ann Frank and other personal diaries and recordings of normal everyday people that actually told the unadulterated truth of horrible times through personal experiences. It’s with this intent I write this story to you… so you might know the truth of how America died.

It’s impossible to say exactly when America began to slip into oblivion. I personally feel it was when the Supreme court ruled that corporations could buy elections with piles of cash, not that they didn’t before, but this made it legal. The American government was officially put up on the auction block, for sale to the highest bidder.

I have heard argued when America elected an African American president the beginning of the end was launched. This highly educated and, in my opinion too soft, man encompassed everything America hated at that time. Barack Obama. That sure as hell ain’t no American name. It’s more associated with the Muslim religion, which America was actively engaged in war with. He was black, something no true Southern could ever accept, and they are not alone. There were plenty of Northern Irish, Italian, German and etc. whites who suddenly realized they had a deep seated prejudice.

Angry old white men and women, money grabbers and some blacks concerned about how they could capitalize inside the white man’s world by hating other blacks, in other words, the Republican party, did everything they could to obstruct and insure that the black president not only failed, but failed miserably. For all practical purposes they succeeded pretty well. The passing of a National Health Care, Obama-Care as they called it, was the sole piece of substantial legislation passed in 8 years. Ironically, the most important and beneficial benefit since Social Security for the average American, cost the Democrats the congress. I might note, some say this is when America went to their knees, but I disagree.

To summarize. America has endured wars, they have elected a black, an accused Muslim, there is racial strife, dirty and illegal politics, stalemate as the party of Republican becomes the party of “NO.” America is floundering with no real direction.

If the black President wants it … “NO!”
If the Democrats want it … “NO!”
If certain Republicans want it … “NO!”
Does everyone hate one another? “no …. I mean YES!”

Gridlock became the norm as the country stood still frozen. You ever been stuck in gridlock on the highway? Sure, everyone has. What’s it like? First, you look for a way around the traffic. Is there a back road that winds around behind the mess? No. Then exasperation. I can’t believe I’m stuck in this shit. Why me? Then the slow burn begins. Like an ember deep inside your gut it grows into a raging fire and unable to contain the pressure you explode, screaming while violently shaking the steering wheel. Didn’t move you one inch in traffic, but it felt good.

It’s in this atmosphere America began to wither and die. The 2016 presidential election would serve as the official starting gun in the race to destruction. The Democrats put forth 2 candidates who were totally different, but neither a person capable of changing America, especially Hillary Clinton. So Democrats have 2 choices … bad and worse.

The Republicans field a group of candidates that range from A to Z. From the most vile and dishonest man, D. Trump, to the most Taliban religious zealot ever to run Ted Cruz and everything in between including a man who claimed destroying Americans who belonged to a Union should be the reason he be president.

People are disgusted. People are angry. People want to lash out, but at who, what and how? What is going on? The lunatics are running the asylum.

Along comes Donald Trump, a reincarnation of Hitler, Stalin, Putin and just about every other despicable dictator in history. However, exactly like these other evil men, the timing was perfect.

Here was a candidate that spewed violence, hatred, prejudice, attacking war heroes and Gold Star military families (those who lost family in the wars), talking about grabbing women’s’ pussies because he could. He made a mockery of the election process, telling one lie bigger than the last and viciously labeling others with degrading names, such as “lying Ted” “Little Marco” lying Hillary” etc etc.

As the campaign evolved it was common knowledge Trump was a compulsive liar, a narcissist, self centered evil little man that broke just about every American moral code ever written. Under normal circumstances he would have not lasted more than 2 Republican primaries, but … these were not normal times.

People hated ALL the choices they were offered to vote for, Democrat, Republican and Independents. What had happened to the candidate that once promised inclusion, moral strength, fair treatment of all people, a new direction …. that person did not exist, or actually did not have the money to come forward, and people were more bitter by the moment. Their country has been hijacked, no politician cares about anybody but their donors, and the resentment was boiling over. There was a desperate search for a relief valve.

Fast forward, Trump pulled off a stunning upset over Clinton. Stunning in many ways.
Number one every poll had Clinton winning, yet every one of them proved to be wrong. Number two, Clinton gathered more than 2 million more votes for President than Trump, but the electoral college gave the election to Trump. Try explaining that one to a country you are trying to convince to have free and democratic elections. Talk about being a hypocrite.

The dismantling of the American democracy began the day after Trump taking over. Let me re-phrase that, the public dismantling of American democracy began then, the real beginning was a year before the election. The day after his swearing in … the non-stop lying commenced, beginning with an easily verified lie that more people attended Trumps inaugural than Obama’s. They say pictures don’t lie, but in spite of side by side comparisons of crowd size, clearing showing Obama’s crowd dwarfed Trump’s, Trump insisted his was larger.

The day of Alternative Facts was born. What is that? That is a phrase coined by the Trump administration to say despite the facts saying I’m totally wrong … I’m going to claim otherwise and people will believe me. Although sounding like a lunatic stating such an obvious lie, guess what, people believed him. Ignoring their own eyes and brains they followed this person like the rats followed the piped piper. Timing! When have Americans been so stupid? Never.

Evil works best in the blackness of the dark. Therefore, the American free press had to be destroyed because they carried a big flashlight. Fake News was coined by the Trump administration. Anything illegal or not good for the American people done by Trump, they would cry “Fake News.” At first the administration would try to argue the situation, but quickly abandoned that method because the facts held up. Therefore, they wouldn’t argue the story wasn’t true … they’d just claim fake news and dismiss it. The people fell for it. Timing!

Phase one Nearly Complete: Destroy the news media’s credibility. (Fake News) Create a government propaganda news outlet. (Fox News) Cut off all honest accounting of administration affairs. (Making the daily White House News briefing a lying confrontational event)

Phase Two: Begin destroying all historical pillars of justice and separation of government powers. Attack the Intelligence part of government. Trump attacked and degraded the CIA because their findings indicated American enemies (Russian government) had actively engaged in helping Trump win the election. This was the first public tip of the iceberg that would destroy America.

Attack the FBI, America’s premiere law enforcement agency. Claim they are crooked, breed distrust, fire agency heads that pursue any investigation against the administration. Secrecy must be maintained, and if not completely maintained, the messenger must be discredited. No one will believe this administration did such evil things, although it’s in black & white before the public’s eyes.

Attack the Justice Department. They are not the nation’s premiere law enforcement agency responsible for enforcing the laws that protect Americans … they are political hacks that have hijacked the legal system. Together with the courts, they have illegally surveyed and spied on every American citizen.

Phase Two Nearly Complete: America’s law enforcement, courts and intelligence agencies are weakened, distrusted and fearful of retaliation from the White House if they attempt to perform their Constitutional duties. The hierarchy of all these agencies have been purposely destroyed, leaving chaos and uncertainty to reign supreme.

I believe phase Three was a shot in the dark for Trump, his only unknown variable. How would the Republican congress react to his nation destroying antics? After all, only a minuscule number of republicans endorsed him for president.

However, kudos to Trump for understanding the true soul of republican congress people. He ventured if he gave the republicans what they wanted … a HUGE tax cut for the rich, he could manipulate them like a puppet. He was not only correct about that, but (Timing) he had no idea, maybe he did, that the republican leadership had become spineless. The party of No had become the party of fear. Fear of losing donors, fear of losing Trump voters and fear of the Tweet.

I honestly don’t think even Trump knew Ryan and Mitch baby would totally sell the American people out, but they did. They could have derailed the destruction of American democracy at any time by saying “NO” but they no longer knew that word. How could anybody predict 500 plus people, not representatives, but greedy people, would all collapse of no spine at one time? Nostradamus could not have prophesied that with such accuracy. (Timing)

Phase Three Complete: Not only is the republican held congress not going to stop Trump, they quickly become complicit with the lies and deceit. Devin Nunes, who I believe history will label a traitor, depends on how this story ends, shamed himself prostrating himself to Trump. He wasn’t alone.

Grand-kids, as of May 21, 2018 Trump becomes bolder by the moment.

1. He has laid claim to all government branches as His and beholden to do his bidding, not their constitutional obligations.
2. He openly takes bribes from foreign governments …China in particular.
3. He openly disregards any constitutional obligation or moral code. The courts defend him.
4. He openly defies the law, claiming he alone is above the law. So far nobody has argued the point.
5. I feared we’d elected a dictator or king, but I honestly believe he thinks he’s a god.
6. He has provoked several traditional allies into considering war against us. He’s isolated the country not unlike North Korea is isolated.

There is someone pounding on the door so I must go answer it. I’m hiding this unfinished letter because if its who I think it may be … I won’t be able to finish this. I’ll be swept away to wherever they re-educate people in understanding that Trump is all powerful.

I hope I’m wrong, buttttt

What to Expect From Radiation Poisoning

God willing I hope you never have to worry about what to expect from radiation poisoning, but ignoring what’s happening in the world around you will not alter the fact that everyday that possibility becomes more feasible. The United States, under Trump, is the only country in the world to withdraw from the Paris Climate agreement, which is intended to try and save our planet from destruction. Today we are faced with the same President threatening to void and withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, in spite of world wide commendation and coaxing to remain committed to it.

You may be inclined to question why a survival site would commit time and effort to divisive politics and exploring a subject that normally does not end well. This is about surviving … not last rites. Right?

Let me lay some facts and figures on you. A nuclear attack on the Iranian capital of Tehran using five 500 kiloton warheads would kill Seven Million people, 86% of the population, and leave 800,000 mortally wounded. Too severe? Let’s use five 250 kiloton warheads instead, and only kill 5.6 million and critically wound another 1.6 million people. These are not numbers I plucked out of the air, these are military estimates based on using software designed to calculate casualties from a nuclear detonation.

But, you are a true blue bad ass, proud to be a redneck, and figure the rag-heads had it coming to them. What’s 7 million dead Iranians matter to you? Unless you are one of those unfortunate souls that can view verified photos of dead, toothpick thin, Jews stacked like cord-wood at Nazi concentration camps and deny it happened, you don’t really mean you don’t care about 7 million innocent men, women and children dying. But if you are really that tough, consider this. What if the nuclear bombs were dropped on your city instead of Tehran? Let’s exam that possibility.

I Lived Through The Blast

It will take some time to digest what has happened. You were washing your truck when for some reason the hairs on the back of your neck stood on end. You raise and clearly see the brilliant glare and the rising mushroom cloud, but your mind will not allow you to comprehend what is happening. The mind is a wonderful and complicated piece of mastery created by God, and through a self survival mode, will not allow the full brunt of an unspeakable disaster about to happen to flood the senses.

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You don’t realize it, but the detonation, known as the Atomic Bomb Dome, occurred in a city nearly 30 miles away from your location. In less than one second, the burst temperatures exceed one million degrees Celsius, igniting the surrounding air and forming a massive fireball. Eyewitnesses will later claim the fireball was 10 times brighter than the sun, and they were 5 to 10 miles away. Thousands of fires ignited from the thermal pulse, combined with the firestorm will totally incinerate the city for a 5 mile diameter from ground zero. The blast will shatter windows creating a storm of glass shrapnel from as far away as 12 miles.

You are dazed and don’t recall falling. You are soaking wet as the water hose is still working and is spraying you. Did you pass out? Did something push you over? How’d you end up laying on the sidewalk? You don’t hurt anywhere that you are aware of, but shock can delay pain, so you check yourself. Nothing. No blood. No protruding bones. Then it strikes you what had happened. You struggle to your feet and peek over the truck roof apprehensive about what you may see. There’s really no simple explanation for the carnage you see in the distance, but you realize you have survived a nuclear bomb explosion. Thank God. That is … maybe.

About 30 minutes after the explosion a heavy rain begins falling on you, so much for washing the truck. However, this “Black Rain” is not in the form of moisture, but rather contains dirt, dust, soot and highly radioactive particles that were sucked up into the air at the time of detonation. These particles were thrown miles into the air and have been transported on the wind dropping on the ground perhaps 50 miles from the bomb site, contaminating everything it comes in contact with.

Killed Tomorrow Not Today

The detonation of a nuclear bomb utilizes several methods of killing. Of course the initial blast itself vaporizes everything, the fireball incinerates anything combustible, the shock wave, which is like getting hit by a train, finishes up, sometimes turning a person’s insides to jelly while never marring their outward appearance.

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What could go wrong?

You were far enough away from the blast area to be spared instant death, but you may still be a dead man walking. The chances of you being exposed to massive doses of ionizing radiation are nearly 100%. Radiation poisoning is a distinct possibility if not a certainty.

How does radiation poisoning work? We are exposed to radiation on a constant basis by the sun, through x-rays and other normally non-harmful methods. However, ionizing radiation, the type created by atom bombs, attacks the DNA, weakening and/or breaking it up, damaging cells enough to kill them or cause mutation into various forms of cancer.

According to the Radiation Protection Committee at MIT another way to view this is; the nucleus of radioactive elements undergoes decay and emits high-energy particles. If you are in the path of these moving particles they are going to interact with the cells of your body as they move through your cells and tissues. Should the radiation change the DNA molecules enough, cells can’t replicate and begin to die, which causes immediate illnesses like, nausea, swelling, and hair loss. Cells not damaged to that degree can survive, but their structure will change and their DNA will disrupt normal process and will become cancerous.

Radiation is measured in a unit called a Sievert. If you are exposed to a one sievert dose in a day, you will become sick. One to three sievert dosage in a day results in damaged bone marrow and organs, you are really sick. A dosage of 3 to 6 results in hemorrhaging
and severe infection. 6 to 10 dose and death is 90% assured, over 10 certain death. It might be noted, this is a painful, antagonizing way to die.

Half aware of what you’re doing you numbly follow your neighbors to the hospital, located 6 miles from ground zero. The carnage you find there is horrifying. People scream in anguish as they arrive with burn blisters covering 90% of the body, others lay bleeding, flesh ripped to pieces from the glass shrapnel, injuries abound, yet 80% of the medical staff has been killed and limited supplies are quickly exhausted. There is no hope or relief.

This is not the end, but rather the beginning of the suffering. Those killed in the initial explosion no longer suffer, but those left behind will endure pain and suffering for generations.

Many survivors will begin to quickly feel the results of radiation poisoning. Symptoms range from severe nausea, bleeding and loss of hair. Further symptoms include;
susceptibility to leukemia,
cataracts,
malignant tumors,
cancer,
cleft palates,
blindness,
thyroid problems,
smaller brains in future generations,
mental retardation, lower IQ,
are but a few of the main disorders people exposed to the radiation will endure. We have historical data from Japan, but it’d have to be multiplied a thousand fold as those bombs were but bottle rockets compared to today’s nuclear devises.

My approach to trying and awaken you from your spell cast by the demon con-man may be crude, but I’m literally at my wits end trying to warn people of the dangers. I’m not for 1 second pushing for a passive role towards Iran, North Korea or Russia! These nations are mortal enemies and would revel in our defeat. They must be met with firm and powerful resolve.

However, when you have a person in control of the United States nuclear arsenal, who can not read beyond a fourth grade level, refuses to listen to advise from intelligent and professional advisers and takes his cues from Fox news…. Well, you’d better put on your MAGA cap, fly the Rebel flag and prepare to meet your maker, and for some Evangelical Christians, that meeting may not turn out as well as they smugly believe.

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What a Nuclear Attack on the United States Would Look Like

We, the United States, are currently under a President and an administration which plays fast and loose with the truth, facts and often creates its own version of reality. Some Americans revel in this chaos of “draining the swamp,” which by the way leaves only slimy, gooey mud that grips you and sucks you down into oblivion. Other Americans have rushed to the aid of this wanna be dictator in hopes of enriching their position, and other Americans watch with horror as threats of nuclear attacks are tossed about like water balloons. Let’s attempt the impossible. Cut the bullshit politics and misinformation out of the game for a moment and examine one issue: What a Nuclear Attack on the United States Would look like.

We need to set some parameters for our scenario that are based on facts and the most realistic projection if void of factual information.

Wiping any American city, much alone a large one, off the face of the earth requires blast power well beyond the capacity of any terrorists group. In order to accomplish this task they’d need nuclear weapons powerful enough and in the numbers that only countries with nuclear weapons possess. Keep this in mind as we proceed.

People consider bigger, the bigger the bomb, the more powerful the bomb. is always better. In reality that is not true as the US and USSR discovered during their initial arms race. As they built bigger, they realized they were developing a problem being able to deliver the bomb, as well as increasing cost to build and maintain larger bombs.

Scientists discovered they could achieve the same destruction level, if not more, by detonating several small bombs in a tight pattern. One very large bomb (a B83, 1.2 megaton) US arsenal’s largest warhead, dropped on New York City would be devastating costing millions of lives and reducing the city to rubble. However, 7 smaller warheads detonated close together with overlapping shock waves would create exponentially more damage than the 1 large bomb, reducing a larger area to ashes and killing more people.

Another issue a terrorist organization would face in deploying a large nuclear bomb is the ability to deliver it. A nuclear bomb is not detonated when it hits the ground, instead it explodes in an air-burst at optimal altitudes to maximize the destructive force. No terrorist group would have access to an ICBM in order to achieve an air-burst. A surface detonation is much less destructive and would require a much larger bomb for the same results. The larger the bomb the increased chances of discovery by the authorities.

Okay, so again, what a Nuclear Attack on the United States would look like and am I safe? Well, let’s assume the enemy will target the largest 15 American cities for destruction. Those cities are, defined by city limits:

New York
Los Angeles
Chicago
Houston
Philadelphia
Phoenix
San Antonio
San Diego
Dallas
San Jose
Austin
Indianapolis
Jacksonville
San Francisco
Columbus
Notice something awry? Washington, DC, an obvious prime target is not on the list, nor are Boston, Atlanta or Seattle, major transportation and infrastructure centers. The point is, we need to qualify which cities would be the more obvious targets for an enemy. I suggest the list would look more like this:
New York
Los Angeles
Chicago
Dallas
Houston
Philadelphia
Washington
Miami
Atlanta
Boston
San Francisco
Phoenix
Riverside
Detroit
Seattle
The current administration dominates the news cycles every night with some sort of new revelation of collusion, sex scandal, crooked real estate deals, money laundering, treason, or other incredible story which was unfathomable two years ago. Whether you believe the stories or not is inconsequential, as long as you admit to yourself that the claim of dominating the news is true and accurate.
This continuous circus draws attention away from very serious events occurring daily throughout the world that could have serious consequences on America and her traditional allies. Not that the US intelligence agencies are slacking, but the administration dismisses their reports as propaganda. This attitude, the fact the President can not read and breaches of security himself, either through ignorance or intentional acts of treason has isolated America from her traditional intelligence allies.
Now let’s delve into a completely realistic, too realistic, a scenario that could be occurring as you read this article. Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal has always been considered vulnerable due to the uncertainty of political stability of the government. A recent Taliban offensive results in the theft of 15 nuclear warheads from Pakistan’s nuclear inventory.

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World wide intelligence agencies raise the alarm of the possible thefts, but the Pakistan government maintains the Taliban never got close to nuclear weapons and without the aid of the US government pressuring the Pakistan government to allow outside forces to investigate for themselves the accuracy of said claims, the world is shut out. Why wouldn’t we demand access? We would if the nation was aware of it, but the American people and news cycles are too engrossed in the latest scandal of the Trump administration.
Pakistan’s intelligence service is coming unglued over the loss of 15 nuclear weapons, each with a blast of 45 kilotons, enough power to destroy most world downtown centers turning them into ash. Finally Pakistan is forced to admit the theft of the nuclear weapons, but their extended length of delay allowed the Taliban to dismantle the warheads and sneak them out of the country during the ensuing chaos.
One day, sometime later, the warheads arrive in the United States, are loaded into normal looking delivery trucks, moving vans or ambulances and sent to their assigned target. It only takes 15 fanatics who wish to see Allah and get a bunch of virgins in bed to accomplish this task. Much easier than finding a Democrat who would piss on a Republican if they were on fire, and visa versa.
On a specified day at 2PM on the East Coast, peak business hours and traffic, the terrorists detonate their nuclear weapons, immediately killing over 2 million Americans and seriously injuring many millions more from shrapnel and burns in a matter of literally seconds. There are those who are dead and those who will die. Cities that remain intact due to low yields of blast or misplacement of the devises, will still have the main downtown area totally destroyed and massive fires will finish the destruction.

Prior to 9/11 it may have taken an hour or longer for Americans to admit something so horrible could occur on US soil, but now within a matter of minutes panicked people are desperately attempting to exit the cities, both the affected and those not affected. The internet crashes as its overwhelmed with information regarding the attacks are posted and surviving cable news stations are trying to make sense of the thousands of rumors and reports of additional bombs about to be detonated.

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Meanwhile, in Washington, DC, a well placed bomb has destroyed the White House and what was not destroyed by the pressure waves was turned to ashes by the intense thermal radiation. The President and Vice-President are confirmed dead.

On the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue the Speaker of the house, next in line for the Presidency, is standing in his office window looking out over the National Mall when the fire-ball raises from the destroyed downtown area a Washington DC. Having no shielding he’s exposed to the full effect of the blast, suffering second and third degree burns over his entire body. Loose papers and wood panels inside the office explode into flames.

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Doubles as a bomb shelter

The speaker’s security detail pulls him from the rubble, but his chances of surviving are questionable at best. There is now a leadership vacuum that will create another crisis.

Under the 1947 Presidential Succession Act, the Speaker assumes the role of acting President, unless he fails to qualify. What exactly does that mean? Does disability due to injures qualify? You’d think so, but the definition of Fails to Qualify pertains only to the President, Vice-President, President pro-tempore of the Senate and successive Cabinet members. Nothing about the Speaker.

First Constitutional crisis. What if the President pro-tempore demands to be sworn in as President? Will the Supreme court agree, or are they even alive? What if they agree, then the Speaker of the House recuperates. Who is President then?

Meanwhile, the Pentagon, across the Potomac River has been relatively unscathed by the blast. A few officers received minor burns and a couple of unfortunate souls were blinded, but the headquarters is the only government office that is still operational. The military brings the Armed Forces to its highest ready alert in anticipation of a counter strike to Pakistan, which is declared complicit in the attack because they failed to warn the US and the world of the dangers although they were fully aware of the threat. However, the law does not allow the Secretary of Defense to take control of the National Command Authority, only the President can authorize that, and we currently have no President. The military is helpless to provide protection against further aggression.

Meanwhile, remaining leaders of the civil service make their way to secondary government sites and await orders from the surviving heads of their respective agencies. However, many Cabinet members and their deputies have been killed in the blast leaving nobody officially in charge. Most agencies are paralyzed by lack of leadership.

The worlds’ financial markets have imploded. The loss of financial capital and power due to the destruction of New York City, LA and Chicago has devastated confidence world wide sending economies plummeting. While countries’ military forces brace themselves for further attacks and heads of state contemplate preemptive strikes, heads of finance expect a global depression is imminent.

Within hours of the attack, all 50 states call up their National Guard in an attempt to quell the chaos and restore order that is rapidly spreading across the country. Health services are overwhelmed with the injured, law enforcement is spread thin, and cities and states not effected struggle to figure out how to help the affected areas and treat the displaced and panicked masses.

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The country’s transportation network has ground to a complete halt as interstates are clogged with refugees, air traffic control has grounded all air traffic except military, major rail hubs are inoperable and most of the nation’s biggest and busiest seaports are closed down. If the facilities were not damaged by a blast, they are vacated as workers leave the sites to tend to their families.

In the days following the attack, the President pro-tempore of the Senate has been sworn in as Acting President by the few Supreme Court Justices still alive, but there is no mention of what happens should the Speaker of the House recuperate and demands the Presidency.

There were enough members of Congress out of town and left alive to provide a quorum and while playing fast and loose with the Constitution, grants themselves the authority to govern outside the destroyed capital city. This will not be the last of Congress playing fast and loose with the Constitution in order to achieve their goals, which are not a return to a pure democracy.

Thirsty for vengeance and with no doubt Pakistan was deemed complicit in the attack for failure to cooperate with the international community in tracking down the stolen nuclear weapons, the US threatens nuclear retaliation. Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, although sending their sympathies and regrets for the killed and injured, threaten action if the US does launch a nuclear attack. The world is tense.

As the world watches and holds its breath the US economy effectively collapses. Not since the Great Depression has consumer confidence been this low which prompts the government to close all banks leaving millions with no access to funds. People flee the cities leaving them resembling ghost towns rather than once thriving urban centers.

Millions of people, mostly in and around the densely populated areas of the Northeastern Corridor between DC and Boston are now beginning to experience the effects of radiation sickness and will begin dying in mass. The medical services are overwhelmed and for all practical purposes non-existent. International aid is mobilizing as quickly as possible, but with nearly all major airports and seaports out of commission the ability to transport relief is severely hampered. It could take months for significant relief to arrive and meanwhile millions of desperate Americans struggle to stay alive.

The military response against Pakistan, once it is organized, is swift and brutal. Over International objections and appeals for calm, the US destroys every major urban center inside Pakistan. The US, along with a few allies, quickly overwhelm the Pakistan armed forces, forcing surrender or annihilation. Their second mandate is to remove the government and quell the Taliban insurgency. This they accomplish with a tenacity and viciousness never before demonstrated by the American military. Russia, China, Iran and North Korea do not interfere.

Perhaps within a year after the attack, and the US economy has begun to show signs of life. Many have made their way back to urban areas which have been declared safe, but others have begun to settle in other cities, creating boom towns in the upper Midwest, New England, and mid-South. However, the strength and longevity of America’s economic recovery is in doubt as the global depression persists and there is serious talk of replacing the US Dollar with the Euro as the world’s reserve currency, leaving its value at historic lows, further entrenching the depression’s depth and length.

The political chaos built on lies and cons by the Trump administration had already severely weaken the rule of law in the United States. The political chaos in the aftermath of the attack, and in the beginnings of investigations into how such an attack could have been possible, has enraged an already government-resentful population.
Recent election results held to replace those Members of Congress killed in and as a result of the attack have shown to favor a rise of third-parties and extremists. America will be forever changed and may never be the America we live in today.

What a Nuclear Attack on the United States would look like? It’d look like the end of the United States as we know it. Whether you love Trump and believe all his lies, or you hate him, you both have something in common. Trying to live through the destruction of the United States.

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