Watch: Massive Fireball Roars Through Suburban Power Lines, Blows Out Electricity

If you’ve ever wondered what a massive electrical surge from an electro-magnetic pulse weapon, solar flare or cyber attack might look like, then take a look at this footage shot in Montreal.


(Watch at Youtube - Hattip Michael)

In this instance the surge caused a cascading electrical outage across one neighborhood. Imagine what such an event would look like across the entire national power grid.

Then consider how long it would take to bring essential services like hospitals, communication system, commerce processing, and banks back online.

According to former Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, we’re talking not days or weeks, but months and years before utility workers would be able to repair key transformers and nodes.

We could have events in the future where the power grid will go down and it’s not, in any reasonable time, coming back up.

For instance, if when the power grid went down some of our large transformers were destroyed, damaged beyond use, we don’t make any of those in this country. They’re made overseas and you order one and 18 months to two years later they will deliver it.

Our power grid is very vulnerable. It’s very much on edge. Our military knows that.

Related Reading:

Massive Vulnerability Detected In National Power Grids [SHTFplan]

When the Grid Goes Down, You Better Be Ready [Ready Nutrition]

You’ve Been Warned: Why You Need to Be Ready for Total Grid Failure [Organic Prepper]

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Ruger Blows Away Expectations: Gun Sales Surge Ahead of Presidential Election

You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.

Attributed to Isoroku Yamamoto
Fleet Admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy

Amid abysmal earnings reports from some of the world’s top companies in recent weeks, Americans may be spending less on things like consumer electronics and dining out, but one trend remains seemingly unstoppable.

We’ve got an insatiable demand for weaponry, with more guns being purchased last year in America than there are active duty military members in the world’s fourteen largest militaries.

Americans like their guns, and according to the latest quarterly revenues from Sturm, Ruger & Co., that isn’t going to change anytime soon. In fact, over the last five years we’ve seen a massive increase in gun buying. So much so that Ruger was forced to suspend new firearms orders earlier this year because they simply could not keep up with demand.

Last quarter, Ruger blew away analysts expectations with sales of $ 118 million, which amounts to nearly half a billion dollars on an annual basis.

Moreover, what’s impossible to ignore about this trend is what’s behind it.

The single largest determining factor as to why gun sales have surged since early 2008 seems to be a collective fear surrounding the election of a big government anti-gun socialist as the final arbiter and protector of the U.S. Constitution.

(charts via Zero Hedge)


SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You