"One Second After"- Book Discussion

This is a harrowing book written by a man who has briefed Congress on the effects that an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) would set in motion.

Electromagnetic Pulses can be natural (produced by extreme solar storms, etc) or man-made (terrorist attack) and have the potential to knock out all electronics over the world. This is not alarmist propaganda: they really can do this, and are ironically more likely than many smaller threats (natural & man-made) we currently prepare for.

I use the term "set in motion" above with purpose. Almost all of the destruction an EMP would produce would cascade down as a result of terrestrial electronics being destroyed. I am a trained environmental & systems engineer, and I think the author did a great job of detailing much of what could happen, & why.

Let's chat & see if we're prepared for this.  Regardless of your politics, I feel that this is a worthwhile read.

Please comment if you have a preferred date/place.

(PS- I've already read the book. It took me all of 2 days- couldn't put it down!)

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  • Melissa L.

    It was great to see how the book opened our minds to different possiblities.

    January 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for waiting y'all- my schedules semi-stabilized. I recommend Powell's cafe- talk it up, swap recommendations on similar books in the store, head to a pub after for the non-coffee. crowd.

    Let's say Monday night unless it's real bad for people. Hope to see ya!

    December 27, 2012

  • A former member

    A former member changed the location to Powell's City of Books (Burnside) In the Coffee shop

    December 27, 2012

  • A former member

    A former member changed the time from 7:00 PM to 6:30 PM

    December 27, 2012

  • A former member

    A former member changed the date and time to Monday, January 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    December 27, 2012

  • Ken

    So, FYI, right after this post I decided to go ahead and read this book, already on the reading list, and thought it was pretty good. Have already let a few other people read my copy as well and seems to be enjoyable for most. More then having good preparation ideas it create a nice mental setting that someone might be able to do role plays off of in their head to determine what is missing in their own preparedness. Hope a time can be stamped down and a place. ken

    December 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey y'all, I'll be leaving for holidays & back in January. I should set a date then. However, pick up the book & start reading before then!

    December 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another good read:
    "Lucifer's Hammer" - a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, first published in 1977.
    ..about a comet impacting on Earth, an end to civilization, and the battle for the future.

    December 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great read. Related to it:
    On recent Nat Geo Doomsday Preppers episode, mention was made that modern cars NOT running at the time of EMP, wouldn't be disabled. Haven't found any data elsewhere to substantiate or refute.

    November 6, 2012

    • Rich

      all cars now adays use elctrical ignition. or something like that. one of the books I have explain that in detail. I will have to go back and look.

      November 6, 2012

    • tid

      in theory any vehicle that is still running points distribution ignition should be able to survive EMP, however, even older cars still have fuses that will probably have to be replaced

      November 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd still like to do this. Sorry been busy. does anyone have requests for dates or times?

    November 6, 2012

    • john

      Just pick one and people will show up.

      November 28, 2012

  • Susy S.

    Would love to join in the discussion. Just fill me in when it will be.

    November 22, 2012

  • john

    Are we still going to do this, or should it be chaged from a meetup to a discussion?

    October 30, 2012

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