Here In Central GA. Why all the Fields of Solar Panels?

Remember the song “That’s the night that the lights went out in Georgia.” Well, we had better get ready for it to be bigger than that. Here is part one of: Catastrophe.

It has been speculated that 9 out of 10 people will not survive.

NOTE: Here in central Goergia there are fields of solar panels being erected. Now I might be just a little bit suspicious, so I have to asked myself the question, WHY? Does Washington know something and if so, why are they keeping it a secret. I mean I do understand alternate power sources, but why now? Gives us something to think about. Now, on to the subject.

The U.S. power grid has long been considered a logical target for a major cyberattack. Besides the intrinsic importance of the power grid to a functioning U.S. society, all sixteen sectors of the U.S. economy deemed to make up the nation’s critical infrastructure rely on electricity. Disabling or otherwise interfering with the power grid in a significant way could thus seriously harm the United States.

Carrying out a cyberattack that successfully disrupts grid operations would be extremely difficult but not impossible. Such an attack would require months of planning, significant resources, and a team with a broad range of expertise. Although cyberattacks by terrorist and criminal organizations cannot be ruled out, the capabilities necessary to mount a major operation against the U.S. power grid make potential state adversaries the principal threat.

Attacks on power grids are no longer a theoretical concern. In 2015, an attacker took down parts of a power grid in Ukraine. Although attribution was not definitive, geopolitical circumstances and forensic evidence suggest Russian involvement. A year later, Russian hackers targeted a transmission level substation, blacking out part of Kiev. In 2014, Admiral Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, testified before the U.S. Congress that China and a few other countries likely had the capability to shut down the U.S. power grid. Iran, as an emergent cyber actor, could acquire such capability. Rapid digitization combined with low levels of investment in cybersecurity and a weak regulatory regime suggest that the U.S. power system is as vulnerable—if not more vulnerable—to a cyberattack as systems in other parts of the world.

An adversary with the capability to exploit vulnerabilities within the U.S. power grid might be motivated to carry out such an attack under a variety of circumstances. An attack on the power grid could be part of a coordinated military action, intended as a signaling mechanism during a crisis, or as a punitive measure in response to U.S. actions in some other arena. In each case, the United States should consider not only the potential damage and disruption caused by a cyberattack but also its broader effects on U.S. actions at the time it occurs. With respect to the former, a cyberattack could cause power losses in large portions of the United States that could last days in most places and up to several weeks in others. The economic costs would be substantial. As for the latter concern, the U.S. response or non-response could harm U.S. interests. Thus, the United States should take measures to prevent a cyberattack on its power grid and mitigate the potential harm should preventive efforts fail.

It’s Coming. Are we Ready?

The INTENDED consequences of climate policy: ‘Electricity shortage warnings grow across U.S.’

05/09/2022 / By News Editors

From California to Texas to Indiana, electric-grid operators are warning that power-generating capacity is struggling to keep up with demand, a gap that could lead to rolling blackouts during heat waves or other peak periods as soon as this year.

(Article by Katherine Blunt, mirrored in part from the Wall Street Journal, also mirrored at Archive.vn due to the importance of this report)

California’s grid operator said Friday that it anticipates a shortfall in supplies this summer, especially if extreme heat, wildfires or delays in bringing new power sources online exacerbate the constraints. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator, or MISO, which oversees a large regional grid spanning much of the Midwest, said late last month that capacity shortages may force it to take emergency measures to meet summer demand and flagged the risk of outages. In Texas, where a number of power plants lately went offline for maintenance, the grid operator warned of tight conditions during a heat wave expected to last into the next week.

The risk of electricity shortages is rising throughout the U.S. as traditional power plants are being retired more quickly than they can be replaced by renewable energy and battery storage. Power grids are feeling the strain as the U.S. makes a historic transition from conventional power plants fueled by coal and natural gas to cleaner forms of energy such as wind and solar power, and aging nuclear plants are slated for retirement in many parts of the country.

The challenge is that wind and solar farms—which are among the cheapest forms of power generation—don’t produce electricity at all times and need large batteries to store their output for later use. While a large amount of battery storage is under development, regional grid operators have lately warned that the pace may not be fast enough to offset the closures of traditional power plants that can work around the clock.

Warning of Power Grid Blackout

More ‘green’ insanity: Swiss firms told to brace for wave of power grid blackouts as government tells citizens to cut back on electricity

05/09/2022 / By JD Heyes

The European continent not only managed to survive two world wars over the past century, but to emerge from the ashes as a thriving, modern beacon of prosperity and innovation.

But over the past decade especially, its left-wing socialist leaders have chosen a path of self-destruction and third-world status thanks to the ‘religion of climate change.’

While the planet’s weather and climate patterns have constantly changed since the beginning of time, climate change preachers and alarmists claim those changes in the modern era are due to human activities like growing food, powering homes, producing goods, and driving vehicles with cheap, readily available fuels used by combustible engines.

To be clear, and despite what a number of Western ‘scientific studies’ and agencies say, there is no evidence, no proofthat the changing climate patterns are due to human activity. None. It is a theory — well, again, a religion — on the left, as evidenced by factual data proving that weather and climate today is no more or less severe than it was decades or centuries ago when Europeans were fighting to survive madmen and invasions.

And yet, thanks to this religion, the continent has consistently weaned itself from affordable fossil fuels in lieu of unproven, expensive, and still-developing “green energy” alternatives that are leaving EU countries vulnerable and in danger of crashing their economies.

That includes Switzerland, where the government has just warned more than 30,000 businesses that blackouts are likely in the coming months, even as citizens are urged to cut back on their use of electricityaccording to the new site SwissInfo:

Swiss companies could be ordered to reduce their electricity consumption by a specific percentage in the event of a shortage, the government warns in the brochure sent to 30,000 firms.

The first measure the government would take to counter such a situation is to urge the population to tone down its electricity consumption. The second would be to prohibit the operation of swimming pools, air conditioning systems and escalators. Only in a third step would electricity quotas be imposed on the economy.

The brochure goes on to press companies to also look for any way they can to save on electricity usage, adding that besides the receding COVID-19 pandemic, a situation where the country finds itself short of power is a major national security concern, as well as an economic nightmare. Widespread power outages could lead to the loss of some $4.3 billion in commerce per day, according to one estimate that cited government data.

“A power shortage is, next to a pandemic, the greatest threat to Switzerland’s supply,”  Economics Minister Guy Parmelin noted in a video posted on the website of the Organization for Electricity Supply in Extraordinary Situations (Ostral).

A disruption in electricity supply that may last for weeks or months, Parmelin added, would mean “that factories could produce less, public authorities and service companies such as banks would have to reduce their offerings, and means of transport that depend on electricity, such as trains or trams, could only operate to a limited extent.”

In other words, amid a global supply chain crisis and pending economic downturn, Switzerland — a modern nation — faces the kind of power supply shortages that second- and third-world countries face.

But the problem in Switzerland is different in that it is self-inflicted: Wind and solar power do not and cannot replace power generated by cheap, affordable, and clean-burning fossil fuels. There is nothing wrong with using those methods to augment a power grid, but to decrease usage of reliable and affordable fossil fuel sources to the extent that wind and solar cannot make up the difference is literally insane.

Here’s Another Surprise.

North Korea Warns It Will Use Nukes If South Korea Mounts Attack

North Korea Warns It Will Use Nukes If South Korea Mounts Attack

North Korea has been launching to test nukes haphazardly, and this issue has always been a subject of fear by their neighbors and allies. That Kim Jong Un will initiate a nuclear war out of the blue. 

In Pyongyang this week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un commended his senior military leaders for conducting a large military display and warned that the North might use its nuclear weapons as a preventative measure if threatened.

According to the North’s official Korean Central News Agency, Kim Jong Un expressed a “firm will” to continue developing his nuclear-armed military to “preemptively and thoroughly contain and frustrate all dangerous attempts and threatening moves, including ever-escalating nuclear threats from hostile forces, if necessary.

Military personnel was praised for their efforts on Monday’s parade, in which North Korea displayed its nuclear arsenal, including intercontinental missiles that could reach the United States, as well as an increasing number of shorter-range solid-fuel missiles. KCNA gave no time or date for the meeting.

Even as Kim Jong-un revived his nuclear brinkmanship, North Korea’s army celebrated its 90th anniversary with a military parade in Pyongyang today.

Kim promised to build up his nuclear arsenal as quickly as possible and threatened to use it if provoked by the tens of thousands of military and onlookers gathered for the occasion. If the North’s unnamed “fundamental interests” are threatened, he warned, his nukes would “never be limited to the solitary duty of war deterrence.”

Including its first long-range ICBM test since 2017, North Korea has undertaken 13 missile launches in 2022 alone, as Kim takes advantage of the split and largely paralyzed United Nations Security Council over Russia’s conflict in Ukraine to push up his weapons development.

Washington and Pyongyang have not been able to move on with their nuclear talks since 2019 because of their differences over a possible relaxation of sanctions imposed by the United States in exchange for North Korean disarmament measures.

North Korea’s terrible economy and Kim Jong-nuclear un’s weapons development ambitions have remained unchanged in international criticism. The North Korean leader has shown no readiness to give up his nuclear arsenal.

Last month, Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, also claimed that Pyongyang would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons if the South Koreans attacked.

How many times have I got to say it, “There is no Food Shortage. And it’s all Putin’s Fault.”

Food shortages reached record high in April as inflation continues to skyrocket

05/05/2022 / By Ethan Huff

New data from S&P Global shows that food supply shortages reached a record high in April amid the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Manufacturers worldwide reported sustained supply and price pressures last month, and the Global Supply Shortages Index calculated that shortages were just under seven times higher than the normal level.

“Supply shortages surged in April to reach a joint-record level as the war in Ukraine continued to hit global food exports,” said S&P Global economist Usamah Bhatti.

Food prices, meanwhile, are the second-highest they have ever been since records first started being kept. The most impacted sector affecting this is freight capacity, shortages of which have been at their highest since December.

“Transport capacity remains the most severely affected, with reports of a lack of logistical capacity nearly 32 times above the normal level, as vessel shortages and port congestion continue to disrupt the supply of materials,” Bhatti added.

“At the same time, while price pressures eased, firms reported that freight costs were rising at 11 times the normal speed.”

In March, food prices worldwide rose at their fastest pace on record

Last month, United States Treasury Sec. Janet Yellen urged world leaders to try to do something about the problem of rising food costs, even though the corrupt financial system that she partially overseas is responsible for it.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), an arm of the United Nations, revealed that food prices around the world rose at their fastest pace on record in the month of March, rising 13 percent over the month to 159.3 points – this being an all-time high.

“This threat touches the most vulnerable people the hardest – families that are already spending disproportionate amounts of their income on food. Moreover, the interconnectedness of the global food system means that people on every continent are impacted,” Yellen stated at the “Tackling Food Insecurity – The Challenge and Call to Action” meeting on April 19.

Prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine back in February, more than 800 million people were already suffering from what The Epoch Times describes as “chronic food insecurity.” According to Yellen, the conflict “has made an already dire situation worse.”

“I want to be clear: Russia’s actions are responsible for this,” Yellen erroneously added, shifting the blame away from herself and her fellow financial cronies onto Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“But the United States is urgently working with our partners and allies to help mitigate the effects of Russia’s reckless war on the world’s most vulnerable.”

Since Russia and Ukraine are two of the world’s top producers of food, the conflict is affecting food exports. It is creating a ripple effect across the planet, and even the American food supply is feeling the hit.

In many countries, staple products like wheat, maize, rapeseed, sunflower seeds, and sunflower oil largely come from Russia and / or Ukraine. New protectionist measures are impacting this, as are freight backlogs and other supply chain issues.

“Shippers said that factors including a string of labor supply cuts, storing locomotives to save fuel, and increasing train length to as long as three miles (4.8 km), have contributed to the delays, and created more congestion,” the Times reported.

“However, rail carriers blame the delays on extreme weather and a surge in demand at the end of last year along with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Trade unions are also blaming disruptions and delays on a lack of workers.

“The notion that our nation’s food supply chain is threatened by the continued negligence and intransigence of the railroad industry is both stunning and unacceptable,” said Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO President Greg Regan about how all of the major U.S. rail lines have been cutting employment for at least the past five years.

Germany must suspect something

German interior minister advises citizens to start storing emergency supplies

05/05/2022 / By Arsenio Toledo

In light of the recent damage done to global food supply chains, left-wing German Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser has advised citizens to take precautions and begin storing emergency supplies.

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Germany and the rest of its Western allies imposed severe economic sanctions against Russia. This has caused more damage to Germany because of its heavy reliance on Russian gas, putting into question the country’s ability to control food prices and keep electricity flowing. (Related: Collapse incoming: European nations start RATIONING food and fuel.)

“Think, for example, of cyberattacks on critical infrastructure,” said the interior minister to the daily German-language business newspaper Handelsblatt. “If the power goes out for a longer period of time or daily life is restricted in some other way, then it definitely makes sense to have emergency supplies at home.”

Faeser referred to a list of emergency supplies published by the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance. The agency recommends that people have enough food and water to survive for 10 days. The agency recommends storing 20 liters (five gallons) of water, four kilograms (8.8 pounds) of vegetables and 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) of fruits and nuts per person.

“We have to get up to speed here in order to be able to cope with the various crises,” said Faeser. Among the concerns she brought up are the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the fallout Germany is experiencing from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Germany reinvests in its national security

Germany will also build up its crisis stocks by storing more medical equipment, protective clothing and medication for use in emergencies. In addition, Faeser said the federal government will check on the state of the country’s other protective measures.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to a major policy and spending shift in Germany. After years of declining funding for the Bundeswehr, the Federal Defense Forces, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged to increase defense spending by giving the armed forces an additional 100 billion euros ($106 billion).

In her interview with Handelsblatt, Faeser also said that Germany will increase spending on the civil protection office. This increased funding will be used to upgrade the country’s public shelter systems.

The public shelter system, known as the “public protective building concept,” was a program started during the Cold War to provide people with basic protection against the use of weapons of war.

The building of new public shelters was discontinued following the reunification of Germany in the 1990s, and their functional preservation was discontinued in 2007. Faeser announced that the dismantling of some existing public shelters has stopped and the government will consider investing in the ones that still exist.

“There are currently 599 public shelters in Germany. There are also some that are used differently today. We will check whether we could upgrade more of such systems,” said Faeser. “It makes sense to reactivate some of them.”

In addition to reinvesting in the public shelter system, Germany’s federal government is working on proposals to strengthen underground parking lots, subway stations and basements so that they can serve as possible emergency shelters. The German government has also given 88 million euros ($93.4 million) to states to install new warning sirens.

“But as far as nationwide coverage [of public shelters] is concerned, we’re not even close,” said Faeser.

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