Prodding Today, Lights Out Tomorrow

By Devvy Kidd


One issue that isn't even on the radar for the vast majority of the American people is one that should be of great concern to everyone. It's not a political or religious issue. It's about survival. I know what you're thinking. It's just a few days after Christmas with 'Happy New Year' about to take over headlines, lots of jabber about New Year's resolutions and so forth. Who wants to hear more bad news? I believe in better safe than sorry.

Sadly, thousands had their holiday destroyed by the wave of tornadoes that hit outside the Dallas area a couple of days ago; severe flooding in Alabama. (A 'historic blizzard' that threatens SEVEN FOOT drifts bears down on Texas - after tornadoes as Christmas storms across seven states claim 43 lives) We seldom get snow where I live in W. Texas, but over the weekend, a good size blizzard hit this entire area up to over 200 miles north of me, Amarillo and the Texas panhandle. My front and back yards look like Aspen, CO, this time of year. My three muggers (that's doggie in my world) have had a ball playing in all that fresh powder while I stand by with towels.

I strongly believe another tragedy is waiting to happen. This problem is as serious as a heart attack. The American people, never mind city governments, are not prepared for what is going to happen. Not if, but when.

In 1989 when my husband, a bird Colonel at the time, was transferred to Ft. Carson, CO as Director of Engineering and Housing. I thought, how fun! Such a beautiful state. Then came the snow. And snow, snow and more snow. I opened my front door one morning and the snow was so high I couldn't open the storm door. I was totally unprepared, but I learned quickly and became a 'prepper'.

Natural disaster or an act of terrorism, we are prepared. Yeah, it's a drag sometimes switching out some items, but when the roof caves in, that time spent is worth gold. Thankfully our house had a very large basement for storage. I learned to label food jars, rotate them; learned about long term food storage, what I needed (like a propane stove) and didn't need (300 cans of tuna).

I'm talking about an attack on the power grid in this country and the very real potential for massive loss of life. Can't happen here? Oh, yes it can and I believe it's now just a matter of time.

Former Judge Jeanine Pirro, weekend FOX commentator, has spent a fair amount of time on her show trying to get people educated on this issue. I recommend you take the time to read the article below because it provides a lot of information:

Danger to nation's future suddenly in spotlight: "Here is the big list of WND stories regarding electromagnetic pulse and the threat EMP poses to America, whether it occurs from a naturally occurring solar flare or it comes from an airborne nuclear blast from an American enemy. Expert says either way, the result would be the same: an almost complete loss of electronics across America and a return to a 19th century agrarian society. They predict millions would die."

Millions? Sensationalism or realistic? What would happen if the power grid was hit on the Eastern seaboard? Suddenly and without notice, from NYC to Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Maryland, Virginia - lights out. Not just lights out, but lights out for months. People were lined up to be the first in the theaters to watch the new Star Wars flick - for days. And then: WATCH: ‘Star Wars’ Fans Freak Out When Projector Breaks During ‘Force Awakens’ And Spoils the Ending.

Do you know countless people are now addicted to cell phones, smart phones and other electronic gadgets to the point that when denied access they need counseling? True, so what do you think will happen when millions no longer have their gadgets?

Now imagine:

No gasoline because the pumps at the gas station won't pump. No gas means no trucks to stock grocery store shelves. It's a fact stores across this country have no more than 2-3 days of stocked shelves.

No computers because there's no power. Millions of businesses unable to function because everything is on those computers. When businesses are closed down there goes paychecks.

Can't get medications because China (Wal) Mart's trucks have no gas. No trucks because no gas means no medications for any pharmacy. Hospitals in crisis without power.

Law enforcement crippled.
Airports at a standstill.
Banks crippled; no ATM money to be had. Do you keep a private cash stash and some silver?
Roving gangs looking for food or money for drugs.

No? Try Katrina or Hurricane Sandy which struck in 2012 and crippled parts of New Jersey, NY, NYC and Long Island and down the coast. In some cases it took weeks to restore power while people suffered. Massive destruction, heartache and the scramble for survival. If the grid is attacked and there's no power for months, what do you think is going to happen?

Are cities, big and small, around this country prepared for such a catastrophic event? The answer is no.

I found out about something called 'prodding' used in intelligence circles. What it means is Muslim terrorists - like the ones allowed to flourish in this country - will make a small hit to see how prepared governments, state or federal, are and what kind of response to expect. The damage from proddings can be significant but it's really a 'dry run' up to something bigger. There's been some disturbing things happen over the past couple of weeks:

Dozens of propane tanks stolen from 3 different metro locations, December 10, 2015 - Missouri: "A large number of propane tanks have been reported stolen from several locations is Independence and Lee's Summit. At the end of November, a BP gas station in Lee's Summit reported 18-20 propane tanks stolen from the outside cages. That same night the CVS on Southwest 3rd Street reported the exact same crime. Two weeks later, the CVS on East 23rd Street in Independence was hit, and 28 tanks were stolen from that location."

Theft of dozens of propane tanks, purchase of 150 prepaid cell phones in Missouri puts FBI on alert, December 11, 2015

"The FBI has launched an investigation after 150 prepaid mobile phones were bought from local Walmarts in Missouri. This comes after the theft of dozens of propane tanks in the area. The large number of purchases took place at six Missouri Walmarts at least, authorities say, according to KRCG13.

"A large portion of the phones were bought by “three men with accents” at one Walmart near the town of Lebanon, Jefferson City police said. The purchases were made very late, at 3:50am local time on Saturday, authorities said for 59 of the phones. Although the three men were questioned by authorities, nothing further could be done, as there were no grounds for detention. It was then that the FBI was notified by the Laclede County Sheriff.

"The second instance of large purchases was registered on Monday by police in Columbia, two hours north of Lebanon. Five or more men were behind that purchase, which occurred last Friday at 9:30pm. The same issue is being investigated by Macon Police, where a purchase happened on Saturday, as well as Jackson Police, who are investigating the purchase of 48 prepaid phones on Friday, and Cape Girardieu, where 10 cell phones were purchased, according to KFVS."

Homeland Security seeks thieves who stole 43 propane tanks, December 24, 2015: PHILADELPHIA ­ "Police are trying to find two men who they say stole 43 propane tanks from two industrial sites in the last week, and have alerted their Homeland Security division as a safety measure."

Could be people are cold and can't afford heating oil. Could be industrial theft. Could be a few guys spent quite a bit of money to buy 150 cell phones just because they want them. I mean, how many prepaid cell phones does one person need? Well, I suppose terrorists and drug dealers use them a lot. But, we shouldn't be worried, nothing but silly conspiracy theories floating around. And, by the way, nearly all people of Somalia are Sunni Muslims:

Tenth Somali-American arrested in Minnesota for aiding ISIS, December 10, 2015. They aren't Americans when they plot to do this:

"Federal agents in Minneapolis have arrested a 20-year-old man of Somali origin who they say was the “emir” ­ or leader ­ of Islamic State recruiting efforts in Minnesota's Twin Cities. Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame of Eagan, Minnesota appeared in the US District Court in Minneapolis on Thursday morning, to answer the charges of supplying material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. He was arrested without incident on Wednesday evening, the FBI said.

"The criminal complaint against Warsame, signed by FBI Special Agent Vadim Vinetsky, says that a group of at least ten young Somalis from Minnesota began conspiring to join Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the spring of 2014. One member of the group, 18-year-old Abdi Nir, actually managed to get to Syria in May 2014, while nine others have been arrested by the FBI...More than 30,000 Somalis live in Minnesota, with over 85,000 living in the US overall. The United States is home the largest Somali diaspora in the world."

20 years later: All eyes awaken to U.S. blueprint for terror - OKC bombing investigator warns Islamic sleeper cells in America ready to activate

"The Middle Eastern man in Oklahoma, she contends, was Hussain al-Hussaini, a former Iraqi soldier who came to the United States as a refugee after the first Gulf War. Hussaini was one of about 6,000 Iraqi soldiers who were reclassified as refugees, poorly vetted and allowed into the United States under President Bill Clinton’s watch. According to Davis’ research, Hussaini was seen by several witnesses with McVeigh in the days leading up to the bombing, and one witness saw him get out of the Ryder truck with McVeigh before it blew up."

That third person responsible for the OKC bombing was all but covered up by useful fools in the MSM. I'm going to tell you a true story. Two days after 9/11, I was at my hair dresser's in Sacramento, California. 9/11 was the talk. Karen pointed out one of the other hair dressers who told her a couple of Middle Eastern men rented a down stairs apartment in the building where she lived. They left the front door open here and there so when the woman walked by several times she was able to see an empty living room with nothing but boxes and fax machines. There didn't seem to be any other furniture.

Those males cleaned out the apartment (they paid their rent in cash) on 9/11 and haven't been seen since. I told Karen to tell her to call the FBI soon as she is done with her client so they could go finger print that apartment before it gets cleaned. That's exactly how cells operate - like the two terrorists who committed the slaughter in San Bernadino with a garage full of bomb making materials. No one said anything for fear of being politically incorrect.

Whether an attack on the grid is by Muslim terrorists or Communist China (Video in real time: Massive Chinese Cyber Attack Against The USA - think about that the next time you buy something made in Commie China), a major hit to the grid will be catastrophic.

Ted Koppel has a new book out I believe everyone should read: Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath.

Pg 8: "There are three power grids that generate and distribute electricity throughout the United States, and taking down all or any part of a grid would scatter millions of Americans in a desperate search for light, while those unable to travel would tumble back into something approximating the mid-nineteenth century. The very structure that keeps electricity flowing throughout the Unite States depends absolutely on computerized systems designed to maintain perfect balance between supply and demand."

Page 11: "The Department of Homeland Security has no plans beyond those designed to deal with the aftermath of natural disasters. The deputy administrator of the FEMA believes that a major urban center would have to be evacuated. His boss, the administrator, does not. The administrator believes that a successful cyberattack on a power grid is possible, even likely. His deputy does not. The current secretary of homeland security is sure that a plan to deal with the aftermath of a cyberattack on the grid exists, but he doesn't know any details of the plan. As of this writing [Published October 2015], there is no specific plan."

Now, doesn't that make you and your precious family feel safe? Chapter 2, AK-47s and EMPs is particularly frightening. "This wasn't an incident where Billy-Bob and Joe decided after a few brewskis, to come in and shoot up a substation." Former VP for PG & E. A huge attack was perpetrated at the PG & E's Metcalf Transmission Substation on April 16, 2013; that's in California. In a very short period of time, seventeen giant transformers were knocked out using AK-47s. Well thought out, well planned. The damage could have been much, much worse. I believe that incident was "prodding".

Pg 224: "With adversaries malware in the National Grid, the nation has little or no chance of withstanding a major cyberattack on the North American electrical system. Incredibly weak cybersecurity standards with a wide-open communications and network fabric virtually guarantees success to major nation-states and competent hacktivists. This [electric power] industry is simply unrealistic in believing in the resiliency of this Grid subject to a sophisticated attack. When such an attack occurs, make no mistake, there will be major loss of life and serious crippling of National Security capabilities." [Emphasis added by Koppel.]

(Remember the chaos on 9/11 where no one knew what was going on or how to handle it?)

Koppel was quoting from George Cotter, former chief scientist at the NSA (National Security Agency) in his April 2015, 4th white paper: Security in the North American Grid.

The Outlaw Congress - BOTH parties - have been kicking this can down the road turning a deaf ear to all the warnings from experts who say it WILL happen. Oh, there's a few voices back there in Foggy Bottom 'concerned', but overall Congress is a body of liars, cheats, thieves, crooks and damn fools who have left our borders wide open and our nation ripe for attacks.

Where is America's cyberdefense plan?

"Hacking into the most vulnerable could lead to a domino-like penetration of even the most secure companies. The automated programs (known as supervisory control and data acquisition systems) that control the supply and demand of electricity nationwide are, for the most part, standardized and therefore highly accessible. Multiple sources in the intelligence community and the military tell me that Russia and China have already embedded cyber-capabilities within our electrical systems that would enable them to take down all or large parts of a grid. Iran's capabilities are believed to be close behind. North Korea is working toward such a goal....

"Why hasn't anyone in authority warned us? Well, they have — repeatedly. In October 2012, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told an audience of security executives that “a destructive cyber-terrorist attack could virtually paralyze the nation.” More specifically, Panetta warned that it could “shut down the power grid across large parts of the country” and could be “ a cyber-Pearl Harbor.” Warning specifically of cyberattacks, President Obama said in his 2013 State of the Union address that “our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid.”

"The impact of such an attack would be dire. In 2010, a bipartisan group, including two former secretaries of defense, two former directors of central intelligence and two former national security advisers, sent a confidential letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce warning that the electric grid “is extremely vulnerable to disruption by a cyber or other attack.” The letter went on to say that “timely reconstruction of the grid following a carefully targeted attack. would be impossible” and could “result in widespread outages for at least months to two years or more, depending on the nature of the attack.”

When the grid is attacked, there isn't enough law enforcement to deal with such a catastrophe and since there is no constitutional militia authorized under state control except for the watered down one in Arizona, YOU and YOUR family will be on your own. Under NO circumstances do you want our military used as was the case for Katrina.

Here in Texas we have a slightly better chance although a direct hit would be devastating:

The Future of the Texas Power Grid

"Texas is known as the Lone Star State, but an equally apt nickname would be the “Lone Grid State.” Unique among the lower 48 American states, Texas has its own, dedicated energy grid. This network of 550 power generation units and more than 43,000 miles of transmission lines serves 24 million customers, accounting for about 90 percent of statewide electricity consumption....

"ERCOT’s isolation means the Texas grid is not subject to federal regulation. Historically, this independent arrangement has worked well for Texas, given its ample resources of coal and gas, along with the state's famed penchant for self-reliance. Yet the go-it-alone approach is facing challenges as Texas continues to surge economically and population-wise....

"A wake-up call about the grid’s vulnerability came in February 2011. A deep freeze caused heating energy demand to skyrocket, forcing ERCOT into instituting temporary, so-called rolling blackouts across numerous counties. Grid strain has continued. For instance, ERCOT issued several warnings during Summer 2015 urging consumers to reduce their electrical use during peak afternoon demand hours, and purchased supplemental power from other grids. Key steps are now being taken, Searcy said, to shore up the Texas grid for the future. “Our current planning outlook shows we're in good shape for several years now,” she said."

There are many, many web sites who focus on this issue offering up helpful suggestions to survive an EMP attack, cyberattack or an act of terrorism shutting down a quarter of the country - or even coordinated attacks on the East and West coasts at the same time. Imagine the LA basin with 15 million people without power for two or three months. A nightmare of epic proportions because AMERICANS ARE NOT TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY.

An excellent site is: Off The Grid News. Learn how to take care of you and your family if you're in an area hit by an attack. Ain't no one else going to, believe me. One doesn't have to go to extreme lengths, but every family should have food storage to last at least two months. I recommend Legacy Food Storage. There are many more companies that sell food storage and are less expensive. But, be sure to read the label for ingredients so you aren't buying filler foods instead of quality food. Just use a search engine: long term food storage. Some even offer organic and vegan.

I know money is an issue for tens of millions of Americans who don't have any savings or less than $1,000 in a savings account. If you live close to family, get together, buy the largest food storage package and divide it up between your family. That way everyone has at least a few weeks supply. So many things you need: flashlights, batteries, first aid kits, a good portable radio is essential - think what you need when the lights go out. No new video game, shopping for 'things', skiing at your favorite resort or tickets to some football game is more important than being prepared for natural disasters or terrorist attacks here in our country. Find the money. Buy a few things best you can from week to week, but become a prepper today.

If you don't own a gun, you won't be able to protect your family against those who want to steal what you have and they don't. Sheriffs across this country are telling their citizenry: Arm yourselves. They're doing it for a reason: They can see the hand writing on the wall.

People go nuts like what we saw in New Orleans during Katrina. Massive looting and people dying. Then Mayor Ray Nagin has their blood on his hands. There was a five day warning about Katrina bearing down. Nagin and other mayors along the coast did not do what was needed to get done nor were there any constitutional militia to make sure it got done. Yes, Katrina was massive, but a lot of the pain and suffering could have been mitigated. Nagin is now serving a ten year prison sentence for corruption committed after Katrina while the city was trying to recover. He's right where he belongs.

Water will be a severe problem. I recommend getting at least a 100 gallon tank and park it on the side of your house behind a secure fence. Where I live, Culligan has trucks that will deliver the water to your storage tank for really a small amount per gallon. When you have no water it can become a matter of life and death. Your water storage will be worth a King's ransom in gold. I know it's more difficult if you live in an apartment, but you can still store at least a week's worth of water. Planning ahead will mean the difference between life and death for you and your family. If you think it isn't going to happen here, I submit that is a very foolish position to take. Muslim terrorists are in this country and they are out for your blood.

Get prepared now, not when the lights go out. I recommend Koppel's book (Order here) because it is documented, very well written with no bias and provides suggestions that are common sense.

[Just a short note about 9/11 and Smart Electric Meeters. The cost of America's undeclared "war" (invasion) in Afghanistan has now reached $1 trillion borrowed dollars - massive debt heaped on us all based on what happened on 9/11. Regular readers of my column know I continue to press for the truth about the events of 9/11. Military grade nanothermite is not a conspiracy theory. It was found and tested from the rubble at the twin towers. A new, powerful film has been released: The Anatomy of a Great Deception. For full disclosure I receive no compensation, but I want you to get a copy (or a few) and share it with others or give a copy as a present. I've purchased half a dozen copies and given them to individuals I believe seek the truth. It's very powerful simply because it's one 'ordinary' man's story who ask a simple question that led him to a not so simple journey. There is factual information in this film that many have never heard about but everyone should. Just a suggestion, order more than one and give one to a friend. Also, must see video on the dangers of Smart Meeters on your home, titled: Take Back Your Power.]

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