Category Archives: Technology

Age of Automation

You’ve heard of it earlier.  Now it’s in England…  coming to a town near you.!?

Amazon is now shipping products in England via drone!  Once they’ve gathered enough data, they will roll out the program here in the U.S. where daunting ‘regulations’ exist (for our good?).  When that day comes, just about everything will be available to you at home within ’30 minutes’!!  Watch this video for their report.

Amazon Deliveries

 

 


 

Being Forewarned is Good, But Being Prepared is Better

I have written numerous articles about EMP’s (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) for years now.  Most people think they are all a matter of scare tactics.  However do not dismiss EMP’s because they are a depressive topic — that ostrich reaction may cost you.

I just received information regarding the messiah’s writing of yet another executive order — about EMP’s.  You might consider reading this article and take it to heart.  It could be very important to you.!!?  If after reading it you’re still a skeptic, please read the link following it.


New Obama Executive Order Hints At Devastating Space Event

Source:  Prophecy News Watch

Executive Order — Coordinating Efforts to Prepare the Nation for Space Weather Events

Source:  The White House — Office of the Press Secretary

Note the date this order was written:  Oct. 13th, 2016

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Giving Up Our Control of The Internet

The internet was first ‘invented’ by universities in the western states (not Al Gore).  Of course, once it took off, the federal government had to be the overseer of it (being the all encompassing entity that it is).  Since, whenever someone wants to create a new website, a specific Internet Protocol (IP) address has to be assigned to it.  That process is controlled by a government entity within the United States.

Currently our emperor is attempting to give control to the internet to a UN based group outside of the U.S.  What this means is that if enough ‘pressure’ is applied, a website may not be able to renew their license and/or continue with their objective — i.e., to communicate information that they want distributed.  In essence, this means we would be giving away our sovereign right to freedom of speech.  Which by the way is one of the few remaining vehicles for the public learning the truth about certain subjects and often learning anything about them!

Some people are not threatened by this ‘minor’ move on Obama’s part.  They believe it’s only some ‘inane technical nonsense’ of no consequence.  But I would argue that this website would not exist if those in the UN found that what I have to say ‘offensive’.  (Not that it could happen!!?)

Read the following article on how the governors of Arizona, Nevada, Texas, and Oklahoma are suing the feds regarding this subject.  I would think that if these fours states find this of concern, maybe we should..??

 

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Edison vs. Tesla — A Great Story!

You’ve heard about Thomas Edison.  You know, the inventor of the light bulb.  But hey, he invented electricity for homes and everything too right.??  Well, to be exact, he invented ‘DC’ power.  AC power came from somewhere else.

But that’s what we use today in homes!?  If not Edison, then who invented it?

Ah, that is the essence of this blog article — the story behind Edison.  We all have believed for years that he was the inventor of everything electrical to start.  But alas, we’ve been duped again.  If you have a bit of time to hear a great story and learn about where the power for our homes came from, click on the two links below.  They’ll bring up a video of Glenn Beck telling the story in a professional way.  He’s quite the story teller!!  Great entertainment, especially for your kids to learn the truth about electrical power.  Not to mention the ‘human nature’ of people and how they are ‘tied together’.

Tesla & Edison — Part I

Tesla & Edison — Part II

You might also consider sharing this with others as they won’t know this historical background and will miss out on a great show.

 

 

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September 30th — Internet ‘Change’?

As if we don’t have enough trouble in this world, we now have our ‘administration’ attempting to give control of the world’s internet to of all organizations, the U.N.  Being the largest collection of despots one can imagine, it is reasonable to assume that censorship would be right around the corner with such a group in charge.

The following article information is from the Wallstreet Journal and Washington Post — one scary proposition.  Hopefully someone will come to the rescue and save the internet.

 


The first step toward the global suppression of free speech on the Internet will take place at midnight on September 30, when the Obama administration cedes control of the World Wide Web to foreign interests.

L. Gordon Crovitz of The Washington Post has penned two pieces outlining the collision course of American free speech. The first, “Stop Obama’s Internet Giveaway” in March, 2016, and a recent follow-up piece called “An Internet Giveaway to the U.N.” discuss the potential fallout of not preventing President Obama from allowing a government contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to expire.

Under Obama’s direction, the Commerce Department was charged with ending American oversight and ensure that foreign entities could not make an internet power grab.  Crovitz rightly disagrees with that outcome, stating that “because of the (Obama) administration’s naiveté or arrogance, U.N. control is the likely result if the U.S. gives up internet stewardship…”

Without a U.S. agreement to operate with antitrust exemptions, ICANN would likely seek to be overseen by another agency, organization or foreign power. As a non-profit, the body’s rules and regulations are determined by a board and the shift would be a tremendous opportunity for countries that routinely suppress free speech, such as Russia and China, to infiltrate, gain authority and impose their worldviews on a global scale.

Likewise, the Obama administration has been no friend to free speech. Government employees in the administration have already been accused of suppressing opposing political views.

In particular, the Internal Revenue Service came under scrutiny for targeting conservative political groups and impeding their ability to gain non-profit status before the last presidential election.

In a recent article, The Daily Wire charges that “The lobbying for the end of U.S. control of the Internet intensified due to Edward Snowden. After Snowden’s leaks of the National Security Agency’s government surveillance emerged, ICANN and other foreign governments used the U.S.’s use of surveillance in other countries as reason to end U.S. control of Internet governance.”

Snowden, a whistleblower, leaked classified information which many viewed as war crimes by the U.S. military to the non-profit journalistic organization WikiLeaks. Snowden has been living as an exile in Russia and has been charged in absentia by the United States under the 1917 Espionage Act for absconding with classified documents.

In recent months, WikiLeaks also made a splash by releasing Democratic National Committee communications that suggested the party skewed its dealing against presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Although shutting down an online organization such as WikiLeaks would run contrary to the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, countries like Russia and China, among others, may be more inclined to end the dissemination of such sensitive materials. Under a different set of standards, such information could be kept from the public going forward.

The Daily Wire goes on to point out that once the U.S. surrenders control over ICANN, “it will likely fall under the (International Telecommunications Unit) ITU’s control and risk being subject to censorship.”

Journalists at both The Daily Wire and Wall Street Journal agree that handing over control could have dangerous ramifications.

“Even more chilling is the fact that ITU had passed a treaty that provided ‘authority to governments to close off their citizens’ access to the global Internet'” and creating ‘a digital Iron Curtain.'”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Wisconsin Sen. Sean Duffy have introduced a bill to stop the shift in internet power and Investor’s Business Daily noted as far back as three years ago Cruz was concerned about this day arriving.

“The likes of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Chinese President Xi Jinping should not dictate what can be read, written, distributed, bought and sold on the internet,” the former presidential candidate wrote. “Countries that do not give their own people the right to speak freely deserve no say in what Americans can say and do on the internet.”

The Texas senator has also called for potential administrative regulations to prevent opening this Pandora’s Box. And even before the clock strikes midnight on U.S. free speech protections, the seeds of China’s influence are already being sown.

ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé recently agreed to become a senior advisor to China’s World Internet Conference, which is an organization Beijing has developed directly to compete with ICANN. According to The Washington Post, “Its goal is to replace the open Internet with full government control and global censorship.”

When confronted by Sen. Cruz about China’s internet censorship and relationship with ICANN, Chehade appeared to threaten that if the America retains oversight, it “would have grave repercussions on the U.S.”

Recent studies show that 66 percent of Americans oppose relinquishing control of the internet and 69 percent say that it’s either “somewhat” or “very likely” that a country like China, Russia or Iran would attempt to seize control.

As University of Surrey Prof. Alan Woodward succinctly put it, this is “about who officially controls the foundations of the internet/web addresses and domain names, without which the network wouldn’t function.”

 

 

 

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U.S. Military Readiness

At one time our military was the greatest and most powerful in world history.  However over the last few decades our military status has eroded greatly.  Our current president (king/monarch) has disabled the military to a degree that many would not believe.  We now have air force bases with planes that don’t fly and those planes that do, don’t have pilots.

But as hard to believe as that is, some of our newest and technological examples are now falling behind in the technology race and aren’t even ready themselves.  Like what you ask??  Read the following article.  I think we should be worried given the Russian and Chinese antics in recent years.

New U.S. Stealth Jet

 

 

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The American Power Grid

I have written on this subject more than once, but this subject is in my mind the greatest threat to the United States that exists.  In previous articles I have discussed EMP attacks, terrorist attacks on power stations, etc.  Ignoring those threats, there still exists serious threats that are not based on men.  (For more information on threats from men vs. nature, search for ‘grid’ on my blog for relevant articles.

I would strongly suggest reading this topic as it may save you life in the future.  Being prepared is the first step in survival.  Being complacent is the first step in disaster.

First, a little education.

According to the United States Department of Energy, the American power grid is made up of three smaller grids, known as interconnections, which transport energy all over the country. The Eastern Interconnection provides electricity to states to the east of the Rocky Mountains, while the Western interconnection serves the Rocky Mountain states and those that border the Pacific Ocean.

The Texas Interconnected System is the smallest grid in the nation, and serves most of Texas, although small portions of the Lone Star state benefit from the other two grids.

And if you’re wondering why Texas gets a grid of its own, according to the Texas Tribune they have their own grid “to avoid dealing with the feds.” 🙂

When you look at the layout of the grid above, it’s easy to see that a single grid going offline would disrupt a huge segment of North America.

To give it to you straight, our national electrical grid works as an interdependent network. This means that the failure of any one part would trigger the borrowing of energy from other areas. Whichever grid attempts to carry the extra load would likely be overtaxed, as the grid is already taxed to near max levels during peak hot or cold seasons.

The aftermath of a single grid going down could leave millions of residents without power for days, weeks or longer depending on the scope of the failure.

So although on the surface it looks like the U.S. has wisely put its eggs into three separate baskets for safer keeping, the U.S. has in essence, lined up our baskets so that if one were to drop, or if the bottom were to fall out, the eggs from basket #1 would fall into basket #2. Which would break from the load, falling into basket #3—eventually scrambling all the eggs. Sorry, Texas.

When multiple parts of the grid fail at the same time, it’s not necessarily more catastrophic—the catastrophe just happens more quickly.

According to Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in an interview with USA Today, “You have a very vulnerable system that will continue to be vulnerable until we figure out a way to break it out into more distributed systems.”

The Grid, by the Numbers

So what are we doing about it??

1. Through the Recovery Act, the DOE invested about $4.5 billion in the power grid since 2010 to modernize it and “increase its reliability”. $4.5 billion seems like a fairly large number, unless you’re talking about a single machine that serves as the lifeblood to nearly every human in North America—a machine that was conceived in 1882 by Thomas Edison—with little changed since then, conceptually speaking. For people who reside in weather-challenged areas, such as my home state of Michigan, a home generator is almost as necessary of an appliance as a microwave, and people are scrambling to go “off-grid” with alternative energy solutions—an act that will not provide them immunity should the lights go out everywhere else. And for what it’s worth, for those of you sporting solar and wind energy, you’re further taxing the grid—the grid just wasn’t designed to accommodate the surges and lulls of such systems, however green you find them.

2. Power outages—just the ones due to severe weather—cost the U.S. economy between $18 and $33 billion annually in spoiled inventory, delayed production, grid damage, lost wages and output. Despite a few billion dollars being thrown at the grid to improve its resiliency or reliability, the number of outages due to weather is expected to increase, assuming that climate change will indeed intensify extreme weather, as some predict.

3. The total annual cost from power outages, per federal data published in The Smart Grid: An Introduction, is a whopping $150 billion.

4. As of 2014, the DOE had generously spent $100 million (million, not billion) into modernizing the grid for the specific purposes of surviving a cyber incident by maintaining critical functions. This would be measures separate from making the grid more reliable.

5. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the electrical grid a grade of D+ in early 2014 after evaluating the grid for security and other vulnerabilities.

6. The average age of large power transformers (LPTs) in the US is 40 years, with 70 percent of all large power transformers being 25 years or older. According to the DOE, “aging power transformers are subject to increased risk of failure.”

7. LPTs cannot be easily replaced. They are custom built, have long lead times (even 20 months, in some cases), cost millions of dollars, are usually purchased from foreign entities due to limited U.S. capacity, and weigh up to 400 tons. All this means that patching and fixing is likely to be favored over replacement, despite their age and associated risk.

Let’s put all of this into dollars and cents.  The U.S. has invested, from 2010 to 2014, $4.5 billion to modernize the grid, along with an additional $100 million to stave off cyber threats. That’s $4.6 billion over four years, or $1.15 billion per year in upgrades. Next to the $150 billion lost each year due to outages, it looks like someone has done some sub-par calculating..??

What we are certain of, is that severe weather will continue to stress and threaten our power grid. And unless something changes, ultimately, it will fail. So when we talk about reliability, we’re talking about “when” and “for how long” scenarios, not “what if”.

The how-long factor plays a huge role into how bad is “bad”; not because of the events that one knows will follow, which includes mass food spoilage, deaths due to overheating in the hot summer months, deaths due to freezing in the cold regions, and the halting of everything we take for granted these days—airlines, internet and most other forms of communication.

All that sounds pretty bleak, but when you throw into the mix the mania and hysteria that would ensue shortly after such catastrophic events, it will be so much worse. Best-selling author Charles Mackay, in his book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, does a pretty good job describing, through example, how crowd decisions and reactions are significantly less sensible than individual decisions—sometimes downright nutty, as evidenced by Tulip Mania, where supply and demand—or in this case scarcity and demand, drove up the prices of tulip bulbs to ridiculous levels.

In the context of blackouts, we saw this in 1977, when a lightning strike in New York on a Hudson River substation tripped two circuit breakers, causing power to be diverted in order to protect the circuit. The chain of events that followed ended in an entire blackout for the area, which led to mass rioting, over 1000 deliberately set fires, the looting of 1600 stores, and the eventual arrest of 4,500 perpetrators and the injury of 550 officers, according to some estimates. The power was only out for 25 hours, and in one area.  And that is not taking into consideration the out of control public we have today vs. then!!

In all likelihood, the haves (those who have removed themselves from the grid and prepared accordingly — e.g., generators, etc.) will soon be overrun by the have-nots in the event of any extended blackout, with heavily populated areas taking the brunt of the chaos—and your solar roof panels or generator will not suffice as your savior.

A Bright Note.?

There is currently a rumor that the Texas legislature is considering hardening their own grid from potential EMP attacks.  But that doesn’t account for the scenarios involving ‘natural’ overloads due to grid segments collapsing.  That meaning — saying it again — the public should be aware of our situation and be preparing for potential disasters involving our grid.  But then that would mean ‘informing the public’ of a real potential threat.

Instead we’re be warned about ‘global warming’ and pets being killed at the pound…

And speaking of ‘man made’ disasters — the EMP attack is probably the worst scenario this country could face above all ‘natural’ threats.  To learn about the EMP threat, watch the following video presented by Act! For America with the director of the EMP commission speaking — Dr. Peter Pry.  This is the factual scoop from ‘the man’ that knows.

ACT! For America – Dr. Peter Pry

 

 

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