A Doomsday Plane Reminder: Nuclear Weapons Haven’t Gone Away

Here’s a news item you may have missed over the holidays. The “doomsday planes” are being upgraded. Four E-4B flying command posts that would be used by U.S. leaders to manage military operations in a nuclear war will receive communications upgrades to enhance their “connectivity” during a conflict that could spell the end of civilization as we know it.

The reason you may have missed the story is that almost nobody besides InsideDefense.com reported it. National media were too busy covering more weighty matters like the efforts of North Korean agents to suppress a Sony film farce that insults the Dear Leader, and the attack on a French satirical magazine by a motley crew of extremists. How could nuclear Armageddon compete with that?

In fairness, the proposed upgrades to the “national airborne operations center” are just part of a routine reprogramming request that the Pentagon has submitted to Congress. But how often does any facet of the nation’s nuclear complex see the light of day in national media? Other than cheating scandals and an occasional misplaced weapon, the media have ceased paying attention to the most likely way in which America might one day disappear forever.

America’s military hasn’t. One of the four doomsday planes is kept on continuous alert and manned at all times. The planes are designed to stay airborne as long as a week with aerial refueling. All of the on-board equipment is hardened against nuclear effects, including the cockpit windows which are covered with mesh similar to that on your microwave oven. If called into service because of a nuclear crisis, the heavily modified Boeing 747s could each carry a crew of over a hundred specialists for managing the conflict, with communications transmitted through satellite uplinks and a wire antenna trailing five miles behind the plane. If the president and defense secretary have been killed, there are plans in place for devolving command to the most senior official still available.

U.S. military planners take this threat so seriously that when the president goes overseas, one of the doomsday planes always follows. It needs to be nearby at all times, as does the military aide within a few yards of the president carrying nuclear launch codes and communications gear. Similar provisions have been made in Russia, which maintains most of its intercontinental ballistic missiles on a high state of alert for fear of losing them in an American first strike.

The Russians are improving the survivability of their long-range missiles by deploying more of them on mobile launchers that can’t be targeted as easily as fixed silos. But you probably haven’t heard about that either, so let me tell you a bit about them. Most of the missiles will likely be equipped with four warheads that can be independently targeted. We don’t know what the explosive force of each warhead is, however a typical yield for the Russian strategic force is around 500 kilotons — equivalent to half a million tons of conventional high explosives.

There’s nothing conventional about nuclear weapons, though. When a conventional munition is exploded, it heats the immediate vicinity by a few thousand degrees. The heat of a nuclear blast at its center is more akin to tens of millions of degrees. So if one of those 500-kiloton warheads is exploded a mile above Boston or Dallas, everything within a one-mile radius is destroyed, heavy damage extends to three miles, and fires will be widespread out to five miles. Not that it will matter to most of the people near ground zero — they will be killed immediately by blast effects or a wind-spread firestorm that expands faster than they can escape (initial wind speed: 700 miles per hour). People further away will linger longer before succumbing to the effects of prompt and delayed radiation. Electronic devices will be shut down for a hundred miles in every direction due to the electromagnetic pulse generated by the blast.

And that’s just the effects from one nuclear warhead. Russia has over 2,000 nuclear warheads capable of reaching America, a fact that will not change materially if pending arms-control agreements are implemented. That’s actually a big improvement from where things stood at the end of the Cold War, when Russia had over 40,000 strategic and tactical nuclear weapons in its arsenal; the number has shrunk by 90% today if you don’t count the weapons awaiting disassembly.

However, there things are likely to sit for the foreseeable future, because as you undoubtedly have heard, Washington and Moscow aren’t getting along these days. In fact, the relationship is going so poorly that many in the Russian capital fear an attack from the West, which is one reason why strategic rocket forces are kept on a high state of alert. The likelihood of new arms agreements in such circumstances is not high. Besides, U.S. arms-control strategy is grounded in a series of assumptions about how to stabilize the strategic balance that requires giving Russia an “assured destruction” capability against America, so arms agreements aren’t going to eliminate the specter of nuclear war. U.S. military experts figure that if the arsenals on each side fall much below a thousand “deliverable” warheads, cheating would be encouraged by the prospect of achieving military advantage in a future nuclear exchange.

Thus the main protection Americans have against Russian nuclear aggression today is Moscow’s awareness that the U.S. force could ride out a surprise attack and then retaliate by laying waste to the Motherland. That strategy appears likely to work well as long as Russian leaders are rational and don’t make miscalculations in a crisis. If they are crazy, or prone to mistakes, or lose control of their arsenal during a period of instability — well, then all bets are off. You see, a corollary assumption of the way the U.S. currently practices nuclear deterrence is that America’s own homeland can’t be well-defended. That might make Russians worry about the credibility of their deterrent, leading to a destabilizing arms race.

So here we are, apparently doomed to live with the possibility of nuclear war indefinitely. Just ten of the warheads in the Russian arsenal, optimally targeted, could collapse the U.S. electric grid. Fifty would be sufficient to render uninhabitable every U.S. city with a population of over half a million souls. Two hundred would effectively wipe out the U.S. economy, destroying all major transportation, communications, medical and financial networks. There is no guarantee that the nation could ever recover from such a catastrophe (maybe China could pick up the pieces).

Why doesn’t this story get more attention, since it’s the only manmade threat that really could wipe out our civilization? One possible reason is that people think nuclear war is very improbable – a failure of imagination, as Thomas Friedman put it after the 9-11 attacks. Another reason, perhaps, is that they’ve simply gotten used to the danger, and prefer not to think about the unthinkable. But a third possibility, which would be worth testing, is that a majority of Americans believe they are defended against nuclear attack, even though in the common-sense definition of that term they are not.

Somehow, Americans have arrived at a time in their history when they spend hundreds of billions of dollars shoring up the security of countries on the other side of the world, but have almost no protection against the one danger that could obliterate everything they cherish. This isn’t just a catastrophe waiting to happen, it is a political cause waiting to be embraced.

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2015/01/13/a-doomsday-plane-reminder-nuclear-weapons-havent-gone-away/

Basic Survival and Communications Skills in the Aftermath

As a ham radio operator, I highly recommend this book!
Check out this book in the Amazon store. If you’re any sort of Prepper, whether you’re new at it or an old hand, you might want to read this and keep a copy of it on your kindle or eReader.  This is only available right now in the Kindle Store and in digital format.  The author tells me he is planning to come out in other reader formats later (after his contract with Kindle expires).
The book covers radio systems and communications, and discusses various “End of the World” scenarios.  Even the author doesn’t believe most of them will occur (Alien invasion was one he mentions) but certainly it gets you thinking about what might be!

Islam’s War has come to us

Yesterday a former Oklahoma state prison inmate, converted to Islam walked into a produce business and killed a woman by beheading her. The war of Islam has come to America now.

Folks….

I am going to say something here.  I want it clear.  I abhor violence.  All of it.  But I have had to be violent to those who’ve been violent to me and my country.  And I will do it again if necessary

I will personally NOT sit still for these fucking cave creatures coming here and/or converting here to attack us in our home.  I will take up arms and fight back.  I’ll back our police and military forces ALL THE WAY in stopping these guys.  But the military and police, Justice Department etc, better get their ACT TOGETHER and root these bastards out because if they don’t and more incidents like Moore Oklahoma happen, there will be NOTHING the police and other “authorities” will be able to do to stop the millions of pissed off civilians here in the United States from taking the law into their own hands.

I don’t condone such things – but this is a clear warning to the cops.  Get off your asses and find these guys.  Call the shit in Moore for what it was, TERRORISM, NOT “workplace violence”.

If this shit happens at MY job, you can bet your ass I won’t sit still and cower waiting on cops to come “save me” or my co-workers and the people here.

IF you are attacked or your co-workers are attacked, BE PREPARED.

This is coming to your work place, the mall, our schools, businesses and the streets of America.  There is nothing we as individuals can do to STOP it but there is something we can do if it happens.

I urge ALL of you within the “sound of my typing” to awaken to the threat.  It’s aimed at you personally.  You’re an American and it matters NOT if you’re white, black, male, female, liberal or conservative, democrat or republican, libertarian, stone-cold teetotaler or pot head.  If you’re an American, living in America, if you’re an illegal alien, you’re a TARGET.

Even MUSLIMS are targets if they aren’t fanatical, nut cases.

Either way, anyone in the West from the USA over to anywhere in Europe…. .you’re a target.  Be prepared to fight.

ISIS: Coming to a City Near You

Today is 16 days away from September 11th, 2014.  Exactly thirteen years after September 11th, 2001.  Americans are superstitious to a great degree.  So are the fascist Islamic terrorists who are also into “numerology”, threats and of course the destruction of the West.

Check this out:

https://i1.wp.com/www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2014/08/isis%202.jpg

 

https://i1.wp.com/www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2014/08/isis%201.jpg

Over the past month or so images like the above two have been appearing in Social Media.

ISIS/ISIL/IS or whatever they want to call themselves (names to change on Thursday of every third week apparently) has declared war on Americans.  No, not America, AmeriCANS.

You, me, all of us.

We’re at war with them.  Even if the President is on Vacation (again) and Congress is (on vacation) ignoring the situation.

Let us repeat this, and let it sink in carefully.

WE ARE AT WAR WITH ISIS.  Americans.  Not the American Government.  Sure, they are sending drones over Syria today.  But we should be bombing the living shit out of these terrorists NOW.  They have OUR equipment over there, they are murdering thousands perhaps daily.  They have flat out declared war upon AMERICANS.

If you read the links below, you will see what we’re talking about:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2674736/ISIS-militants-declare-formation-caliphate-Syria-Iraq-demand-Muslims-world-swear-allegiance.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/29/isis-iraq-caliphate-delcaration-war

http://libertyunyielding.com/2014/08/22/isis-declares-war-us-state-department-says-naw-mockery-ensues-video/

http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/isis-preparing-for-move-against-u-s/

Let us quote directly from one of the previous links:

In June, for example, Spanish officials arrested eight men attempting to recruit militants to fight for ISIS and then return to Spain.

Last fall, Britain’s MI-5 domestic security service stopped a plot to conduct an attack in London on the scale of the one conducted in Mumbai, India, in November 2008.

In that attack, some 164 people were killed by 10 Pakistanis from the Sunni Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group, which is an instrument of the Sunni Pakistani government.

The developments pose a serious problem for the U.S., since many European countries have visa waivers with the U.S., allowing their nationals to fly to the U.S. with a minimum of background checks. The problem is compounded since security officials in Europe and the U.S. are unable to identify most of the jihadists who hold valid passports.

There would be no record of their having fought for ISIS, since they can travel through Turkey to link up with the jihadists in Syria.

The intelligence sources tell WND that officials in Europe and the U.S. are unprepared for what could be large-scale attacks in the U.S. and Europe.

They add that ISIS recruiting of European and American Muslims suggests a long-term plan in the making.

Friends.  This is no plea for you to “prepare”.  This is not a “scaremongering tactic” so loved by people on both sides of the political spectrum.  This is not a suggestion to do violence to anyone.  It’s not even a request to “be alert”.

It is a plain, simple warning.  The time has come.  America HAS been invaded, our own Leftist Government has allowed it to happen.  You will soon be fighting for your very lives and life and memory of this country and all of those who’ve gone before us for the past 239 years since the battles of Lexington and Concord.  Think not about those who’ve died before.  Think not about yourselves.
Think instead of the stature that America once held in this world.
Think instead of the beautiful children of America, the grand children, YOUR children, the innocents among us who brought NONE of this on themselves.
Think instead of the man in the White House who vacillates, whines, blames others for his problems and ignores the threat of Global Islam storming the keep.
Think instead of what your children will lose, including their heads to these vile, ignorant, backwoods, backwards 3rd Century-thinking, anti-social, West-hating fascists.
And then take the necessary action required to keep America…. America.
God Bless America.

Vets WILL fight ISIS if they come to America

All of us will.  As I stated this morning, don’t come here.  Don’t bring your crap to America.  We will hunt you down.  The military won’t have to do it.  The rest of us will.

 

‘A Subtle Message to ISIS’ From a Ticked Off Military Veteran Should Send a Chill Down the Spine of Every Terrorist

A military veteran has penned a brutally scathing message to the Islamic State militants in the Middle East who are slaughtering innocent men, women, and children.

The powerful response from Nick Powers, identified as a Marine Corps veteran by one website, comes after terrorists beheaded American photojournalist James Foley and posted the propaganda video online for the world to see.

The main, undeniable point of his message to ISIS terrorists is this: You really don’t want to pick a fight with America’s veterans.

It’s best to read his message in its entirety (Paragraph breaks added):

“As I sit here constantly hearing and watching you execute innocent men, women and children in the Middle East I chuckle. Why do I chuckle you may ask? Well let me explain something to you cowardice fools who think you are so tough behind all your propaganda videos. You are scaring a population that doesn’t know how to fight, you’re bullying the weak.

You say Islam is the religion of peace, but since when does terrorizing the innocent and beheading men, women and children constitute peace? WTF? But keep in mind, what did Saddam’s troops do when we came rolling into town? They surrendered, twice… So all your empty threats of coming to America and raising your flag over the White House amuse me more than any of you sick, sadistic bastards could ever imagine or comprehend.

In 2012 there was about 21.2 million veterans in the United States. Do you understand what that means? Let me break it down for you. That means there are literally millions of disgruntled, dysfunctional, pissed off veterans who have been dealing with years of abuse from their government stabbing them in the backs and having to watch their friends die because you Islamic extremist idiots can’t seem to act like normal human beings and stop terrorism and the violence.

It’s one thing to take over an Islamic state, but if my memory serves me correctly, I’m pretty sure we plowed through Fallujah in 4 days. Better yet, it took us about month to control your entire country. At this point, with 13+ years of war under our belts, how long do you think it would take us to do it all over again? I’ll let you draw your own conclusions on that one. Do you really think you stand a chance on US soil? Do you really think it would be smart to poke that bear? Remember, never bite the hand that feeds you.

Remember we are armed to the teeth in the US and I can promise you this… the Geneva Conventions will not apply to you. You attack us and there will be no mercy. We will bring the righteous hand of God down upon you and crush you. The ball is in your court now ISIS. We are more than ready to arrange your so called “meeting” with your 72 virgins and send you to your “prophet” Mohamed.”

– Nick Powers

The post originally appeared on the Warfighter Foundation’s website.

TheBlaze is attempting to contact Powers to get more details about his background.

UPDATE:

Powers joined “Fox & Friends” Friday morning to share more of his thoughts. He served in Iraq in 2006 and was in the Marines for four years:

Open Letter to John Boehner About Impeachment

Dear Congressman Boehner;

The Constitution specifically states:

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Article II, Section 4

It seems to this American Patriot that there comes a time in every nation’s existence, according to history, that the oppressed rise up and throw out the government system under which they have been oppressed.  So has it been since the beginning of time, and the creation of “government”.

Don’t get me wrong here, I have the highest regard for the American System of Government, a Constitutional Republic which until the reign of the current monarch of America, one Barack Obama that things were working quite well.  We elected men and women to represent us, to do the job we sent them to Washington to accomplish.  If they didn’t accomplish that job, well, the people back home found someone to do the job better.

America is calling for action.  Many well known people have called for the Impeachment of Obama.  A lot more Americans, those of us that vote, and fund the pathetic excuse for a “Federal Government” as it exists today have also called for his removal.  Immediately.

While you some how think this is a “power struggle” for the GOP – the rest of us do not see it that way.  I’ve been a member of the Republican Party since Jimmy Carter screwed up with the Iranian Rescue attempt.  (Yes, I was there on the ground in Egypt when men died because of  Democrat who vacillated and couldn’t make up his mind).  From that day forward, when Reagan stepped into the forefront of politics I have remained with the GOP.

Until you opened your mouth and said “I disagree” on Impeachment.

Obama and his administration have lied to America and the people, and to Congress.

The IRS has been used by him against us, not unlike in Nixon’s time.

The NSA has been used against us, against their own rules and mission statement.

The Veterans Administration is in shambles.

The border has YET to be closed off, and we’re being, quite literally, invaded on our southern border.

Congress refuses to act, while Obama continues to act out.

And you, Sir, are a coward and do nothing at all in any way to stop this man from completing whatever plan he has to convert America into some kind of a Marxist wet dream.

The actual destruction of this country is at hand – not like Rome fell in “centuries”, but in decades, or even a few years.

I’m no conspiracy theorist.  I’m a scholar of history, in particular American history.  But anyone with even a tiny “smidgen” of sense (to coin a phrase) can see – if they have bothered to read, oh, say the history of France leading up to the French Revolution (before the word “Marxism” became a word) they could see the steps America is taking in the same guillotine-loaded cart ruts that France took in the 1770s.  Of course the French were inspired by the American Revolution – they just went about it in a very, and most unique European manner by beheading their rivals.

If I might, I’ll point out in the context of history, the causes which led to the French Revolution, and which, in my humble opinion will lead to America’s second Revolution.

 

  • Resentment of royal absolutism.
  • Resentment of the seigneurial system by peasants, wage-earners, and, to a lesser extent, the bourgeoisie

  • The rise of enlightenment ideals.
  • An unmanageable national debt, both caused by and exacerbating the burden of a grossly inequitable system of taxation.
  • Food scarcity in the months immediately before the revolution.
  • Resentment at noble privilege and dominance in public life by the ambitious professional classes.

 

 

I’ll lay those out individually in modern terms for you:

1) Obama has decided to somehow become the embodiment of a “Neo-King” or Emperor in this country.  People RESENT THIS. (Resentment of royal absolutism.)

2) The Seigneurial system – forced to pay a lord to stay on the land, might I point out Harry Reid, the Bureau of Land Management and the “Range War” that recently occurred? (Resentment of the seigneurial system by peasants, wage-earners, and, to a lesser extent, the bourgeoisie)

3) The “rise of Enlightenment ideas” – in recent years the Left have felt it beneficial to FORCE their own views on many of us – and if all else fails, call us “racist” or some other barbaric term.

4) This one, I don’t even have to explain, allow me to repeat it for you: An unmanageable national debt, both caused by and exacerbating the burden of a grossly inequitable system of taxation.

5) The price of food is going through the roof, or, don’t you pay attention to that?  (Food scarcity in the months immediately before the revolution.)

6) This would include Lawyers, Doctors, Politicians, not so much CEOs of companies (Resentment at noble privilege and dominance in public life by the ambitious professional classes.)

The American Public is not as stupid as Congress, the Supreme Court and the White House would have everyone believe.  We’re not a bunch of sheep to be lead to a sheering, or beef to the slaughter.

Things are about to happen, Mr. Boehner, that once they start will be impossible to quell.  The people of this country, on BOTH sides of the political spectrum have reached a breaking point and for some reason, Congress and the President are taking no notice, dismissing them and their ideas, or outright ignoring the impending consequences.

Either buckle down, Congressman and do your JOB as assigned by the citizenry of this country, or you will suffer the consequences.  Your position as Speaker has been questioned already several times by your own colleagues.  Your ability to lead this country is now being questioned by all of us in this country.  Are you also helping Mr. Obama in his “last term, with more flexibility”?

Mr. Boehner, one phrase comes to mind.

“Man up, and do your job.”

Or get OUT of the People’s House.

 

Signed,

Many American Patriots

IMPEACH OBAMA!

It’s past time.

 

Exclusive—Sarah Palin: ‘It’s Time to Impeach’ President Obama

Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president. His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, “no mas.”

Without borders, there is no nation. Obama knows this. Opening our borders to a flood of illegal immigrants is deliberate. This is his fundamental transformation of America. It’s the only promise he has kept. Discrediting the price paid for America’s exceptionalism over our history, he’s given false hope and taxpayer’s change to millions of foreign nationals who want to sneak into our country illegally. Because of Obama’s purposeful dereliction of duty an untold number of illegal immigrants will kick off their shoes and come on in, competing against Americans for our jobs and limited public services. There is no end in sight as our president prioritizes parties over doing the job he was hired by voters to do. Securing our borders is obviously fundamental here; it goes without saying that it is his job.

The federal government is trillions of dollars in debt, many cities are on the verge of insolvency, our overrun healthcare system, police forces, social services, schools, and our unsustainably generous welfare-state programs are stretched to the max. We average Americans know that. So why has this issue been allowed to be turned upside down with our “leader” creating such unsafe conditions while at the same time obstructing any economic recovery by creating more dependents than he allows producers? His friendly wealthy bipartisan elite, who want cheap foreign labor and can afford for themselves the best “border security” money can buy in their own exclusive communities, do not care that Obama tapped us out.

Have faith that average American workers – native-born and wonderful legal immigrants of all races, backgrounds, and political parties – do care because we’re the ones getting screwed as we’re forced to follow all our government’s rules while others are not required to do so. Many now feel like strangers in their own land. It’s the American worker who is forced to deal with Obama’s latest crisis with our hard-earned tax dollars while middle class wages decrease, sustainable jobs get more scarce, and communities become unrecognizable and bankrupted due to Obama’s flood of illegal immigration.

Who’s looking out for the American worker? Who has their backs? Who fights for them?

We should.

President Obama’s rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here. It’s not going to get better, and in fact irreparable harm can be done in this lame-duck term as he continues to make up his own laws as he goes along, and, mark my words, will next meddle in the U.S. Court System with appointments that will forever change the basic interpretation of our Constitution’s role in protecting our rights.

It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment.

The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is.

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