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ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP)---What’s your Plan B?

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steve.taranovich
steve.taranovich
10/27/2018 10:51:04 PM
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Re: The people who do interact with them comprise a self-sorted
@SergioQ---I think that our audience of 41 people who replied to the 'simple' Flash Poll would have something to say in reply to your remark that they are "people who don't have any valuable perspectives".

Your comment is condescending in the least and if you do not have any good technical commentary, then please continue to watch this 'soap opera' as you call it and look closer to all the rest of the tech content on this site with excellent, insightful, and technically revealing commentaries by some of these same people that you have judged.

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SergioQ
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10/27/2018 6:03:37 PM
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The people who do interact with them comprise a self-sorted
The people who do interact with them comprise a self-sorted group of people who think that simplistic responses are worthwhile.  This gives a skewed analysis by virtue of the fact that the statistical input comes entirely from people who don't have any valuable perspectives.  This sort of thing makes Planet Analog appear to be moving in the direction of becoming a soap opera.

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steve.taranovich
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10/15/2018 5:33:47 PM
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Re: Flash polls
@softy---Well, we disagree, but thanks for your input and opinion

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cyliax
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10/15/2018 5:00:50 PM
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Re: EMP Plan B
one of my vehicles has a diesel engine with mechanical injection pump. it does have a solenoid based fuel shutdoff valve, but that can be circumvented to get it running. it will also run on waste oil, as well as various vegetable oils, as long as it is in a fluid state so it can be pumped through the injection pump. the challenge is starting it, since I don't have a compressed air starting system. I could make sure that I park at the top of the hill so I can bump start it if necessary... an EMP event would bring a whole new perspective on "boot strapping". 

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softy
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10/15/2018 1:28:18 PM
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Flash polls
@steve.taranovich:  "Getting the pulse" using such simplistic polls doesn't gather any valuable information.  Nobody with valuable input on the topics will interact with the polls.  The people who do interact with them comprise a self-sorted group of people who think that simplistic responses are worthwhile.  This gives a skewed analysis by virtue of the fact that the statistical input comes entirely from people who don't have any valuable perspectives.  This sort of thing makes Planet Analog appear to be moving in the direction of becoming a soap opera.

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steve.taranovich
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10/15/2018 12:54:41 PM
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Re: EMP Plan B
@softy---I create and put these polls online to get the pulse of the audience on various hot topics. Sometimes simplistic points like these tell a great deal without getting into a tremendous amount of details--that's what polls are about.

Readers cannot comment because it is a simple poll, but I am glad you commented in this blog. I do value reader response and I value your inputs. When the Planet Analog site is re-designed soon, I will ask to have comments added to the polls

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Andy_I
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10/11/2018 4:49:00 PM
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Re: EMP Plan B
I wish they would bring back black text (font color).  So many websites seem to be going to grey instead of black, including this one!  YUCK!

Some are more obvious and annoying than others.  I'd rate this one about in the middle on that spectrum, it's medium-gross.

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Andy_I
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10/11/2018 4:45:50 PM
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EMP and related dangers
Unlike you, we did have telephone service after Hurricane Gloria.  Telephones used wires, and even though those wires are above ground here, most were OK.  All it takes is one downed power line to render an entire neighborhood without power; but the phone service remained intact and working unless YOUR wire was broken.  But those were the days, and now they have electronics in the phones, and electronics (demultiplexers) in the wires between the Telco office and your home, or electrical/optical converters and glass instead of wires, and I hear rumors that many of those Telco offices may have disposed of the battery backup systems that kept them running without commercial power.

We survived the week after Gloria.  The gas lines were unaffected so we could cook, and had hot water, but no heat.  I went to work every day where I designed electronics, then came home to a cold, dark house with no electronic entertainment.  It was a strange week.

You've probably seen the dire warnings about the Carrington event which was a huge solar flare in 1859 which, if it happened today, might wipe out significant electrical infrastructure.  I have mixed feelings about whether those warnings over-exaggerate and prey on fear.  However, yes it is possible, it could happen at any moment, in any political climate, and not involve any nukes.

I do some radio communications (both ham radio and emergency communications for others) and we were told (by the gov't) to read and study some guidelines about EMP preparedness, what things we can do to make our radio equipment more robust.  I need to work on that.

Many folks assume that all electronics that isn't inside a Faraday cage is instant "toast" if an EMP occurs.  It's a fear that's been promoted by movies and TV shows.  It makes a good plot device, but it's not reality; there are no absolutes.

EMP preparedness is similar to good lightning protection.  They both get into your electronics via anything that looks like an antenna -- any connecting wire.  The key is to understand the paths the electrical pulse current will take, and provide paths that go around instead of through.

Even a non-magnetic aluminum plate gives magnetic protection, but not at DC.  Being a "pulse", an EMP isn't DC.  That's why Faraday cages can be made out of copper or aluminum.

My biggest fear about an EMP-like event, is its effect on commerce -- especially the food supply.  When grocery stores become empty, all bets (for a civilized life) are off.  Most of us aren't farmers.

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softy
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10/10/2018 2:30:45 PM
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Re: EMP Plan B
This isn't a comment that pertains to the 'EMP - Plan B' blog post, But I just noticed that there's no way to comment on the "Flash Polls" that show up here (take for example, the one on AI that's showing up next to this EMP blog post).  They seem to be the products of low-IQ high school students, are ridiculously simplistic, and have no value whatsoever.  How about you bloggers lobby the people in charge of the website to eliminate them?

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steve.taranovich
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10/1/2018 11:48:26 PM
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Re: EMP Plan B
Hi Dennis,

There will be no nukes over Central America.

Thanks for your insights and interesting references for our audience

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