National Intelligence Council Reports on Threats to the Grid

National Intelligence Council Reports on Threats to the Grid

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. 

World's Most Dangerous Computer Virus

World's Most Dangerous Computer Virus

This BBC Documentary suggests that the Blaster worm caused the largest blackout in North American history: 50 million people without power, $6 billion in damage. The documentary also makes the case that it would be easy to shut down the entire gird with a cyber attack.

Why Isn't More Being Done To Protect The Grid?

Why Isn't More Being Done To Protect The Grid?

"The lifetime probability of a severe solar storm is about 1 in 2 and the chance of resulting catastrophe is substantial, perhaps near 100 percent."

Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB) At Stanford University Posts About Patriarch Run

Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB) At Stanford University Posts About Patriarch Run

Colorado author Benjamin Dancer wrote a “a hard-shooting kick of a thriller” to raise awareness about the rapid growth of the human population. “Disguising a heart of pure poetry,” the novel Patriarch Run has been described as “a literary meditation clutching a straight razor behind its back.”

Some Common Misconceptions about Nuclear EMP

Some Common Misconceptions about Nuclear EMP

The tendency exists to downplay the likelihood of an EMP scenario and its associated consequences.

Blackout Wars

Blackout Wars

I want to introduce you to one of the most authoritative sources on the vulnerability of our critical infrastructure, Blackout Wars.

Japan Sees Shrinking Population as a Good Thing

Japan Sees Shrinking Population as a Good Thing

The more I think about population growth the more worried I become. I wrote my novel Patriarch Run, in part, as a therapeutic release for this anxiety. However, all the activity in the lead up to the October 4 release of the thriller has given me some peace of mind.

Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change?

Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change?

A friend of mine, ethicist Travis Rieder at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, has recently come into a lot of attention. He was profiled on NPR in his college classroom while he was trying to convince his students to have smaller families.

What Was The Carrington Event?

What Was The Carrington Event?

The Carrington Event is the harbinger usually referenced when the threat of space weather is addressed. So I thought it'd be helpful to write a post explaining just what it was.

What Would a Superflare Do To Civilization?

What Would a Superflare Do To Civilization?

One of the scary things I learned in writing my thriller Patriarch Run is that our civilization has unwittingly evolved to become absolutely dependent on the power grid. It's not an exaggeration to say that if the grid went down today and didn't come back up again, most of us would die.