The Post-EMP World

Glenn Beck’s wife gave him a wonderful gift yesterday on his program to celebrate his 50th birthday:  a 1958 Chevy pick-up truck.  The vehicle was in beautiful shape and ran.  He joked with his staff that he could ride around in it in the Post-EMP world.

Only, according to an auto mechanic friend, 1958 technology goes go back far enough to run in a Post-EMP world.  He said the ignition was still probably electronic, and even if it wasn’t, alternators in 1958 vehicles were certainly sold-state.  In my ignorance, I didn’t understand the term “solid-state”.  I knew it meant all the electronics involved were encased but I thought the box could just be broken apart, its components rewired, and put back together.  He said you would have to find a pre-1954 car to find actual mechanical (and electronic) parts to get around Post-EMP.

That got me to wondering just what is meant by “solid-state”.  So I did a little Wikipedia searching:

“Solid-state electronics are those circuits or devices built entirely from solid materials and in which the electrons, or other charge carriers, are confined entirely within the solid material. The term is often used to contrast with the earlier technologies of vacuum and gas-discharge tube devices and it is also conventional to exclude electro-mechanical devices (relays, switches, hard drives and other devices with moving parts) from the term ‘solid state.’

“While solid-state can include crystalline, polycrstalline, and amorphous solids and refer to electrical conductors, insulators, and semiconductors, the building material is most often a crystalline semiconductor. Common solid-state devices include transistors, microprocesor chips, and RAM (random access memory). A specialized type of RAM called flash RAM is used in flash drives and more recently, solid state drives to replace mechanically rotating magnetic disc hard drives. A considerable amount of electromagnetic and quantum-mechanical action takes place within the device. The expression became prevalent in the 1950s and the 1960s, during the transition from vacuum tube technology (early televisions and radios were vacuum tube devices) to semiconductor diodes and transistors. More recently, the integrated circuit (IC), the light-emitting diode (LED), and the liquid-crystal display (LCD) have evolved as further examples of solid-state devices.

“In a solid-state component, the current is confined to solid elements and compounds engineered specifically to switch and amplify it. Current flow can be understood in two forms: as negatively- charged electrons, and as positively-charged electron deficiencies called ‘holes.’

“The first solid-state device was the ‘cat’s whisker’ detector, first used in 1930s radio receivers. A whisker-like wire is placed lightly in contact with a solid crystal (such as a germanium crystal) in order to detect a radio signal by the contact junction effect. The solid-state device came into its own with the invention of the transistor in 1947.”

So what does all the technical language mean?  It means if a solid state component fails, you can’t “fix” it; you have to replace and buy a whole new component, which is what makes fixing cars so expensive.  In the old days of vacuum tube television sets, my grandfather (who was a mechanic and an electrician) would come to our house and replace a burnt-out vacuum tube in our TV.  There used to be television repair shops where people who didn’t have mechanically-inclined relatives could bring their TV sets to be fixed.  Today, the whole television set would just be thrown out in the garbage and off you’d go to Best Buy or wherever to get a new one.  In business, it’s called “planned obsolescence.”  Solid state devices just took “planned obsolence” to a new level.

Iran is not only gleefully building nuclear weapons as Obama looks on blithely, but they’re testing Electronic Magnetic Pulse weapons that, fired above our heads, would pretty well nuke all our electronics.  Our cars, our communications, our power grids that power things like air conditioners and televisions, our computers – all smoked.  The air conditioners and televisions would be cooked as well.  But even if they worked, they wouldn’t work because there’d be no electricity.

In our vulnerability, we would be propelled back into the very early industrial age (pre-factory), which is just where the environmentalists want us.  We would be forced onto bicycles to get around.  We would have to grow our own food.  The elderly who are sick would die within a few weeks (the fewer mouths to feed, by the environmentalist theory).  Industries (what’s left of them here in America) would be stalled.  We’d have no way to pump gas, or for that matter, drill for oil and refine it into gasoline, even if we had cars that ran.  The earth would be “saved.”  Hallelujah, all hail The Bureaucrat.  We’d be in that state that Karl Marx envisioned.

So you can see why Obama is such a cheerleader for Iran.  Helpless, we’d be totally dependent upon the government and an authoritarian leader who has repeated, with emphasis, that “I can do whatever I want whenever I want.”

We will be a solid-state nation run by a solid-state government, unfixable, untouchable, and unremovable.

 

 

 

 

 

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