Below is an interview with the Journalist Ted Koppel, who released his book Lights Out in October, 2015. Lights Out is the non-fiction version of my novel Patriarch Run. It details why we are so vulnerable to a cyberattack on our power grid. In my novel the bad guy wants to take down the grid as a means to commit mass murder on a scale never seen before in human history.
I want to share some of the most important work being done in the world. Below you'll find Population Media Center's strategic plan. In a nut shell, they are aiming to triple their impact. Population Media Center is currently working in 10 countries. They aim to be working in 30 countries by 2025.
Boeing successfully tested an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon capable of disabling electronics. The Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) was tested in Utah at a training range.
In a few hours, NOAA and NASA will launch the GOES-R satellite, which, among other things, will warn us if a dangerous coronal mass ejection (CME) is heading for Earth. A large CME could take down power grids and create an apocalyptic scenario like the one outlined in my thriller Patriarch Run.
World Vasectomy Day (#WVD), a global initiative now in its fourth year, has become the largest male oriented contraception event in history. It is creating conversations among men about the benefits of family planning, addressing their concerns and helping them to participate in a role that is too often borne solely by women.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) assessed the vulnerability of the large power transformers of the U.S. power grid and identified the vulnerability of the transformers as a major national security concern.
I recently met Greeley Miklashek, MD, psychiatrist and author of Stress R Us. What you'll find below is his essay, which correlates population density to human stress, mental health and infertility. I'm including this guest post on my blog because I think it is interesting and invites conversation. The views in this post belong to Miklashek. They are not my own.
President Obama acknowledged the existential threat our vulnerable power grid poses to our civilization on October 13, 2016, by signing an Executive Order to prepare the Nation for space weather events. This is significant to me because I finished the first draft of my thriller Patriarch Run, which highlights the vulnerability of the grid in realistic and accurate detail, in 2010. At that time, people simply weren't taking the threat to the grid seriously. They are now!
The societal catastrophe that would result if the grid went down was once dismissed by many as a concern of conspiracy theorists. Those days are ending as a growing number of authoritative sources have acknowledged the threat in an official capacity.