by Will Wainwright
 

We are not joking by saying, This Will Happen.

Our Complete Loss of Electricity
by HACKING - WAR - OUR SUN
It's Just a Matter of Time - Udpated 5/1/22



Do you remember the overnight emptying out of supermarket shelves during the Wuhan Virus (COVID19) “Lockdown”. How about the loss of electricity and water in Texas due to frozen wind turbines? My son in Austin TX, had to scoop water from his condo’s pool to fill his tub for the water to flush his toilet during that Texas freeze. Then there are our annual hurricane events and the regions they impact. Still these are a small taste of inconvenience.


You've no doubt read of municipalities, industry, and banks being hacked. In this regard, the government tells us there has been plenty of foreign and domestic cyber snooping (hacking) around power stations and their grid networks. "They've [the hackers] have had access to the power off button, but they haven't pushed it", said a Jonathan Homer, Homeland Security's chief of industrial control systems. December ('20), cybersecurity professionals began to unravel an extraordinary cyberattack on a little-known company based in Texas called SolarWinds. By hijacking the firm’s software-update mechanism, the hackers had gained the means for covert entry into their choice of thousands of unsuspecting customers.


That attack, which the U.S. government blamed on Russia, infiltrated scores of federal agencies and private companies and was widely described as one of the worst intelligence failures in history. Things, it seemed, couldn’t get much worse.


Mid December '21, saw a large flaw in widely used internet software known as Log4j, which has left companies and government officials scrambling to respond to a glaring cybersecurity threat to global computer networks.


The push to hit back with explicit action is coming from numerous federal agencies to fight worsening threats to the country’s electrical system and other critical industries, particularly menacing actions from Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.  


But the hacker doesn't have to be Chinese or Russian, he can be a recluse in Estonia, or in a basement in Brooklyn. He may be trying to turn off our power for the fun of it. Have you thought about an extended loss of power? That also means no water and sewer, and no re-charging your Tesla.


Have you stopped to think about how much of our life requires electricity. It is foremost in modern man's survival, to be included with the air we breathe, food and water, which wasn’t the case for the grandparents of todays grandparents. Think of electricity as critical as the oxygen we breathe.


A General Misnomer. Some think that there will be generators to provide for emergency and needed services, like hospitals, government buildings, radio and TV stations, cell phone towers and utility lift stations etc etc. Well you’d be correct for a day or so but if you stop to think about it, electric pumps are needed through the supply chain of fuel, be it natural gas or petroleum products down to the folks that deliver their product to those local generators regardless of what fuel they use. I'd suspect you'd have only 3-4 days.


A Complete Loss of Electricity doesn't have to come from Hacking.
It can happen another way, one by Man and another most likely by Nature

Both pretty much having far more serious effects.


So how can this happen?   Power loss can happen by another means not generally talked about, as it is much to frightening, as our survival is at its core. And for most people, little can be done about it, especially for those living in the cities.


It's called an EMP or Electro-Magnetic Pulse and it is far worse than hacking, which results in, not just malfunction, but the destruction of all but well shielded electrical and electronic equipment. In the first case, Nature can be the culprit for which we have no defense, and yes it has happened before. The last time being the “Carrington Event” during the birth of the telegraph 150 years ago in the late 1800’s. (see video below)


Governments have no control over this - only a short warning period.. Just know, it will happen. But we have a pretty good idea how often they occur and we are presently past due. Also know, the side of the earth facing away from the sun could be spared.


The second version, is man made, which the US, China and Russia already have in their arsenals. They are thought of as clean bombs as they are not meant to destroy buildings or kill humans directly. They just simply fry all non-shielded electronic circuitry under the blast area, with a magnetic pulse, which means you wont want to be in a plane, elevator or on dialysis or have a pacemaker when an EMP takes place. Cars too, electric or gas, as both today are integrally dependent on computers. They to will come to a screeching halt or go off the proverbial cliff.


Solar Storms Are Back, Threatening Power Grids and Satellites. Just days ago, millions of tons of super-heated gas shot off from the surface of the sun and hurtled 90 million miles toward Earth. The coronal mass ejection, wasn’t particularly powerful on the space-weather scale, but in February Mr. Musk's SpaceX lost 40 Starlink Satellites when it hit the Earth’s magnetic field. It triggered the strongest geomagnetic storm seen for years. See Bloomberg Story and another article dated Sept '21, "Sun Erupts with Double Blast; Energy Headed to Earth" by Weatherboy Team Meteorologist


A Coronal Mass Ejection is caused by our sun having a hiccup. If it is aimed towards earth, it wont be pleasant, to say the least. It is essentially a cyclical, powerful directional release of plasma and accompanying magnetic field. The sun cycles between periods of storm and slumber over the course of 11 years or so. We are now moving into our active period with its peak due April 2024. These cycles are linked to the sun’s internal magnetic activity, and are unmasked by telltale phenomena such as sunspots and solar flares. This time, maybe the sun will shake off its slumber. Meanwhile while at the same time NASA’s Parker Solar Orbiter is continuously dive-bombing the sun, swooping closer to the star than any craft has yet dared to give advance warning (15 - 18 hours). See The Nat Geo Story


There have been other CME's in the interim since the Carrington Event in the late 1800’s. Fortunately they were aimed in a different direction - away from Earth. Remember a CME is not to be confused with a SOLAR FLARE which is less harmful but often proceed a CME and arrive in a few minutes. Where as the CME takes Days to arrive. For an early warning of such an event, NASA and the European Space Agency have launched a Solar Orbiter to monitor our Sun’s activity.


At this point we will leave you and let the following  VIDEOS  pick up the story from here.




AS FOR WHAT TO DO?


In the first case - loss by hacking. There would be little destruction to electronics. Just loss of power except battery power and generator backup for a short period. The most serious effects will impact primarily the cities. Elevators, subways, being stuck in your 26th floor co-op. Your battery powered radio tells you to hang on, power will resume in 24 to 72 hours. Hopefully you have a weeks supply of canned foods and bottled water in your pantry. Fill your tub the minute the power goes off where ever you are.


Beyond that we now enter the realm / domain of the PREPPER - a trend that became popular during the Obama administration. There was even a weekly TV show of the same name. One very popular website is survivorlibrary.com and there is a lot of material that can be googled TODAY!. But remember the internet will be gone when you need it. So download, save, copy and paste then print articles of interest or save in your lap top.


It is not our intent to get into the subject of prepping, except for mentioning a few fundamentals. It never hurts under any circumstances to have a portable radio and flashlight with plenty of batteries best kept in a metal tool box, file cabinet or equivalent.  A couple weeks's worth of canned food that need not be refrigerated. Plenty of water too. If you can, store a couple of 5 gallon containers of gas for your car (only in a safe place like a detached shed). And Yes, one of the first things do disappear is toilet paper even paper towels as you found out during the COVID-19 lockdowns. See list 



In the Second Case Scenario - a CME or EMT Event- You'll have to resort to your primal instincts unless you have prepared and are at, or can get to, your safe location aka "Bug Out" home. Fundamentally,  get out of the city. Have a plan.


Often over looked is the fact that water and sewer will cease flowing except limitedly if you live in a country town with a gravity fed water tower and have a septic system.


As you can see electricity is humanity's life blood, especially if you are on dialysis or have a pace maker. When the power remains off past a week there will be anarchy. Survival will be humanities primary instinct. Teaming up with others can be useful. And of course so would firearms and knowledge of their use.


There is no time like the present to bone up on Prepping. Aside from the issue of loss of electricity and or electronics, what about political unrest. Out of the question?


In summary, this writer puts a Black Sky event happening in this order of possibility. 1) Hacking. I’d say before 2025. I’d like to think I’ll still be around so I’ll see for myself. 2) CME is the only one that is for sure but I’m guessing at not later than mid-century. Maybe we’ll figure out a protection by then. Lastly at 3) an EMP. The only thing here to add, it doesn’t have to be Russia or China. 


WHAT IF OUR GPS GOES DOWN.   It wasn’t too long ago - just 25 years, that this wouldn’t have been an issue. Today kids cant get to the next town without their iPhone's GPS. In addition to hacking, the GPS satellites, can be damaged by electromagnetic storms, and even military attack. GPS is vital to Americans, but hacking it has never been easier. Protecting the civilian Global Positioning System, an invisible utility the federal government pays for, falls to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. He would do well to use the results of the Transportation Department’s January report on technologies that can back up GPS and keep the country moving in a GPS Only attack. Full Story


As for all the particulars, from hacking to an EMP/CME Event on our electrical grid, the following discussion is
one of the best and most recent, albeit a bit technical. The first sentence will scare the crap out of you.
FORGET COVID 19, WORRY ABOUT EMP WITH DR. PETER PRY AND FRANK GAFFNEY [Credentials in video]

THE CARRINGTON EVENT | A SHORT DOCUMENTARY | FASCINATING HORROR 4/1/21


OUR SUN HOW PREPARED ARE WE FOR A CARRINGTON LEVEL SOLAR STORM 8/20/22

WHY SOLAR STORMS OCCUR? HOW TO PROTECT INTERNET, LIFE ON EARTH FROM SOLAR STORMS 9/04/21

IT MISSED US BY 9 DAYS 4/18/22 !

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ORGANIZED ATTACK ON A POWER GRID.
I mention this because this event went under the radar for years. Back in 2014, the attack began just before 1 a.m. on April 16, when someone slipped into an underground vault not far from a busy freeway and cut telephone cables. Within half an hour, snipers opened fire on a nearby electrical substation. Shooting for 19 minutes, they surgically knocked out 17 giant transformers that funnel power to Silicon Valley. A minute before a police car arrived, the shooters disappeared into the night.

On March 1, 2022, 60 Minutes aired a story on the attack for the first time. (video)

To avoid a blackout, electric-grid officials rerouted power around the site and asked power plants in Silicon Valley to produce more electricity. But it took utility workers 27 days to make repairs and bring the substation back to life. Nobody has been arrested or charged in the attack at PG&E Corp. 's Metcalf transmission substation till this day in 2020. It is an incident of which few Americans are aware. But one former federal regulator is calling it a terrorist act that, if it were widely replicated across the country, could take down the U.S. electric grid and black out much of the country.

The attack was "the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred" in the U.S., said Jon Wellinghoff, who was chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the time. The Wall Street Journal chronology of the attack is HERE

Imagine this scenario:

The weather is fair on a typical day. You are in suburbia.

Early risers cant turn on the lights or check their clocks. Your iPhone is dead - nothing. You make your way to the bathroom throw some water in your face and brush your teeth by the moon light coming through the bathroom window. The water is still warm and pressure is still there for the moment.

You look out the window and see a glowing sunrise on the horizon. Funny, nothing is moving - no cars, no sounds except the birds. You cant turn on the TV to find out what's happening, still you decide to wake the family and you head to the kitchen. Oops, you cant even make your cherished cup of coffee with you Keruig. But you can boil some water at the stove, the natural gas is still working - the electric ignition is not. You have to light it with a match - do I have one? microwave and refrigerator - all dark. What the hell is happening.

You think, It must be a blackout like the one you read about when a little defective relay plunged the whole NE United States into darkness. But then the cars and radio worked and even my CB radio worked. Not this time. What to do?

You head outside and glance upwards. Without ambient light, you see more stars than you ever have before. Soon you meet up with some neighbors and start discussing the situation. One asks with reply, “have you tried to start your car? - Dont bother. I tried to charge my iPhone in the car nothing happened. I even had to use the key to open the door, the remote wouldn't work, and of course I had to open the garage manually. Holy crap what the hell is happening”.

Just about then Joe ran up to join the conversation and put in his two cents. "You know, I once read about some kind of sun burst activity that could shoot high energy magnetism this way, or something like it. As per the article's suggestion, I put my boats walkie talkie in a metal tool box along with a portable radio and double 'A' batteries". The boat's VHF radio was in his hand and working. We all listen anxiously to the static ridden transmission saying; "We have experienced a solar flare and all electronics and the regional electric grid was down. Communications are practically non existent. The extent was unknown. Stay indoors. If you are on the water with power, or under sail, return to port. If not anchor your craft if possible. This is the United States Coast Guard Montauk Point. - Out". The message repeated.