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Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Thursday, 23 February 2017 02:04

The Right Side: EMP AND US/us?

ELECTRO MAGNETIC PULSE

(EMP) is a "collateral" effect of Nuclear bomb detonation that was accidentally found by everyone who detonated a Nuclear device! A nuclear bomb detonated in the atmosphere was found to destroy anything electrical within its "range".

Russia conducted 5 tests of atmospheric detonation (180 miles above the Earth); 2 at 1.2 Kilotons October 1961 and then 3 at 300 Kilotons in Oct/Nov 1962. The "accidental" results of the test on 10-22-62 were devastating! The EMP destroyed hundreds of miles of wires, destroyed the devices set to measure the results and destroyed the entire Karaganda power plant,

ALL by EMP! Oops!

Since then, according to many sources, most recently in a article 1-13-17 by Peter Huessy for Gatestone Institute, "contrary to some "expert" analysis, both the recent North Korean nuclear and the Iranian ballistic missile tests are deadly serious threats to the United States". I believe he is accurate. Here is what I believe we know and I had previously confirmed by many available government sources over the past several years, they are no secret!

The United States’ power grid is not protected, in any way, from an EMP attack! I believe a few "experts" may have told some VERY ignorant leaders that although an EMP attack would be devastating to an "area", and the US is vulnerable, it would take a lot to cause crippling damage, and billions and billions to prevent! How dumb would a leader have to be to not understand a threat on their own? Consider this…Carter’s advisors convinced him, in 1979, that the Shaw of Iran was bad and should be removed and replaced by the Ayatollah Khomeini, they said is a humanitarian who was exiled in Egypt. How did that work out? That’s the best example I can think…oops…forgive me, here’s another… "Just sign it, we’ll find out later what it says"(really a quote)…wait, I had a brain fart…just give Iran the 170 billion, they’ll honor their word ( not really a quote, but you get the idea).

Our Country has advanced to a technologic point that we are 101% dependent upon electric technology. Heck some …most of our planes (civilian and Military) can’t fly without electricity and computers! Good or bad? Good, if we can protect it , bad if we can’t! We can’t!

Most of our Naval ships are EMP proof but NOT our planes. None of our power plants/grid are protected. There are transformers on our grid that, under ideal conditions, take at least 2 years to build, are NOT built inside the US and a loss of a very few will shut down the entire grid!

Power experts tried to get Obama to build backups to these critical transformers and he refused!

Russia and N Korea have many old, lets say, tube type equipment. Many of Russia’s bombers still use antique technology that IS EMP proof because they didn’t have the money to "update" to circuit boards, computers and cellular technology! Maybe that’s not so bad for them?

Here’s what I believe is the biggest threat to our Nation RIGHT NOW!!!

Russia has had the capability to launch the most devastating EMP device in the world, from a commercial tanker 100 miles off our coast, where 1(one) would kill our entire East coast grid and we probably can’t react fast enough to stop it! 1(one) EMP device on each coast and 1(one) in the center, three total, would kill over 90% of our entire ability to make electric power, for years! Here’s the scariest part of this weapon. Russian has had the ability to do this for years. Could Iran have bought one from Russia with their Obama gift of 170 billion? Naw…they wouldn’t do that…would they? China has it, right now, as well, both the bomb and the launch ability! North Korea has a 1-10 Kiloton EMP weapon, right now and has tested it at least 3 times and is very close to a launch capability. Iran is closer than we think and could even have the weapon!

WHAT DO WE DO?

I believe I have a very good solution to several of our problems!

By Executive Proclamation or EO declare an Energy, Economic, and Security Emergency and order all 50 states to participate in a Power To Prosperity and Security (POPS) program (call it what you want)!

Utilizing "interest bearing stimulus loans" to each State, direct a new EMP protected (as best we can) , power plant be built, in each state, utilizing made in America materials and US Citizens. Put all environmental issues on a fast tract and direct the States to project manage the entire projects with Federal oversight! If Republic Steel says they must build new plants as well as LaFarge Concrete and so forth; loan them the funds, the same way. They must use US citizens and Made in America materials. When the plants are built, the States MUST sell to private utility companies and repay the loans!

Then do the same with our power grid! The TOTAL cost would be LESS than Obama's stimulus and what do we have to show. I figure less than 500 billion to build all 50 power plants utilizing all our Natural Resources, including Nuclear and probably the same for the EMP improved grid!

In case you’re interested, I’ve written about this several times in the Niagara Falls Reporter, starting around 2014! Someone please tell President Trump, Obama couldn’t understand the concept!

J. Gary DiLaura,
FBI Retired

Published in Business
Thursday, 23 February 2017 01:55

2017 Florida Survey: Record Number Of Manatees

An aerial survey this month had a preliminary total of 6,620 creatures, compared to 6,250 in 2016 and 6,063 the year before. In 1991 the aerial estimate of the Manatees (sea cow) was only 1,267.

"The relatively high counts we have seen for the past three years underscore the importance of warm water habitat to manatees in Florida," said Gil McRae, head of the state's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. The survey counted 3,488 on the state's east coast and 3,132 along the west coast.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission said Monday, "The manatees, of course, have to be seen to be counted and their exact numbers are unknown. The survey is conducted by air and the count represents the minimum number of manatees in the area. State biologists also pointed to recent conservation measures for the high manatee count.

Manatees, which are also known as sea cows, have been on the endangered list for more than 40 years due to threats posed by urbanization, water contamination and collisions with boats.

"The manatee's recovery is incredibly encouraging and a great testament to the conservation actions of many," Cindy Dohner, the Southeast regional director for US Fish and Wildlife, said at the time. "Today's proposal is not only about recognizing this progress, but it's also about recommitting ourselves to ensuring the manatee's long-term success and recovery."

The Florida manatees are part of the estimated 13,000 that also includes those living in the Caribbean and along the coasts of Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil.

Manatees live in shallow waters and must come to the surface to breathe about every 15 minutes. The herbivores can reach four meters (13 feet) long, weigh up to 600 kilos (1,300 pounds) and live about 40 years.

"The threat is still out there, and it's not going away," Katie Tripp, director of science and conservation for the club, said last year. "You don't celebrate when you're not done with the game. There's a lot more work to be done to safeguard the habitat, to get manatees removed from the Endangered Species Act altogether."

The manatee remains protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Published in Lifestyle
Thursday, 23 February 2017 01:49

Florida Senate Bill 816

Florida water quality is and/or should be in the forefront of all residents thoughts, if you aren't paying attention, then WAKE UP! ... You should be! Our coastal waterways are the reasons I/we moved here and why over 100 million tourist come to Florida annually.

The name "Okeechobee” translates to "big water" in the Seminole Indian language, a name apropos for the lake that measures 730 square miles, it is the largest lake in the southeastern United States. However, the lake is shallow, with an average depth of only 9 feet.

Many of you already know that Lake Okeechobee and its wetlands are at the center of a much larger watershed, the Greater Everglades, that stretches from the Kissimmee River through the Everglades and finally into Florida Bay. The lake is a key component of South Florida's water supply and flood control systems, providing a natural habitat for fish, wading birds and other wildlife, and it supplies essential water for people, farms and the environment. The lake provides flood protection and attracts boating and recreation enthusiasts from around the world. It is also home to sport and commercial fisheries. The quality of it's water is paramount to all of southern Florida.

Florida Senator Joe Negron’s has filed a proposal to purchase 60,000 acres in the Everglades Agricultural Area for water storage to reduce the need to release freshwater from Lake Okeechobee during heavy rain season to our coastal estuaries.

Meanwhile Florida Senator David Simmons has introduced Senate Bill 816, which would require the state to complete repairs on the Herbert Hoover Dike so Lake Okeechobee high water levels would be allowed to reach up to 19 feet.

Currently, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages Lake Okeechobee water levels with the goal of balancing flood control, public safety, navigation, water supply and ecological health. The Corps , makes decisions on whether to retain or release water in the massive lake, on its regulation schedule and the best available science and data provided by its staff and a variety of partners, including the South Florida Water Management District.

The Bill states : “In the process of rehabilitation, repair, improvement, and strengthening of the dike, the district shall set a goal of adding up to an additional 2 feet of water storage capacity above that provided by the current Interim LORS08 Schedule to Lake Okeechobee in order to reduce the need to release lake water into the St. Lucie River and Caloosahatchee River systems, so that maximum discharges are not required until the water level of the lake reaches 19.0 feet NGVD.”

Senate Bill 816 asks the State of Florida to declare the rights of the state to control discharges from Lake Okeechobee and to assume the leadership role in the repairing the dike. Many think this is a great idea, taking control of discharges would mean the state and not the Corps would decide when to or not to release fresh water. While many oppose the idea, mainly due to the damage that can be caused by adding the possibility of the lake reaching up to 19 feet.

One of the groups that has come out in strong opposition to the bill is the Florida Audubon Society, saying in a press release: “The Simmons bill would place a world class wildlife paradise at risk. Lake Okeechobee is home to a great sports fishery and is beloved by birdwatchers and duck hunters,”

"By holding water at 19 feet before maximum discharges are possible, SB 816 would drown the 150,000 acres of marshes that make up some of the best wildlife habitat in the Everglades. This area provides excellent fish spawning, habitat for birds and recreation for people."

"The South Florida Water Management District’s adaptive protocols for Lake Okeechobee note that above 16 feet, impacts to the Lake’s ecosystem can occur rapidly. In both 1988 and 2000, when the Lake was held chronically higher than 15 feet, “ecological emergencies” were declared on the Lake. "

"A deeper Lake is also a dirtier Lake. Deeper water levels stir sediments on the bottom of the Lake and drown submerged aquatic plants that otherwise help clean water. High water levels also tend to occur with large inflows that carry high nutrient loads. Conversely, in years when water levels have allowed the marsh to thrive, nutrient concentrations have decreased significantly."

"Deep dirty water in the Lake will cause even more harm to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. The Lake simply cannot hold an unlimited amount of water. When discharges to these estuaries are required, water released will be even more nutrient rich than the water released in 2013 and 2016. This in turn would compound the chance of toxic algae blooms and other negative impacts."

​ "Ultimately, SB 816 is offered as an alternative to creating the long-planned reservoirs south of Lake Okeechobee that will reduce discharges to coastal estuaries and provide freshwater to the Southern Everglades and Florida Bay. But Senator Simmons’s proposal leaves the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries as the only major outlets for the Lake. This lack of options is what Everglades restoration aims to address. Without a new southern outlet, the proposal in SB 816 will not prevent the need for discharges. The discharges will simply occur under more strenuous circumstances and contain dirtier water."

This is our state, what do you think about SB 816? Good idea? Or not?

Al DiPasquale

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