Is It An Emergency Yet?

DDP Newsletter March 2015 Vol. XXXIII, No. 2

While Ferguson or Paris or Baltimore or some other city burns, most Americans continue to live in a virtual world of “reality” television. They assume that ATMs will continue to work, that obesity will remain our most pressing public health problem, and that emergency rooms will remain open. DDP seems to be crying wolf.

Some, however, seem to know that trouble is imminent—such as those who built a new emergency room in Moline, Illinois. In the blog of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), Eileen Wayne, M.D., reports on a tour of a new addition: The 22-room Emergency Department (for a town of only 50,000) “was built in anticipation of the ‘decreased use’ of the ED as purported by the ACA [Affordable Care Act].” It is “accessible” only by electronic card reader, and the codes can be changed to lock people in. There is a huge garage capable of decontaminating military vehicles and controlling mobs of contaminated people through forced showers. “Shoes & clothes can be vaporized in the incinerator area.” Patients have cell phones confiscated; they can make [recorded] calls, only with permission, from a phone booth with one-inch-thick glass walls. Staff members are given “deployment” schedules. Surveillance cameras in every room, bulletproof glass everywhere, special plumbing—all must have cost a fortune.

As this is written in early May, police reportedly exercised “restraint” to give “space” to violent “demonstrators” who were looting, burning, and throwing rocks at police in Baltimore. Meanwhile, military helicopters, tanks, and trains loaded with military supplies are arriving in places like Big Spring, Texas, in preparation for Jade Helm 15. This is a Special Operations military exercise scheduled for July 15–September 15 in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado (http://tinyurl.com/pfc4zoc). The large scale and secretiveness have prompted widespread speculation.

Other national and international indicators of impending civil unrest and war:

  • The New York branch of the U.S. Federal Reserve, wary that a natural disaster or other eventuality, such as a cyber attack, could shut down its market operations as it approaches an interest rate hike, has added staff and bulked up its satellite office in Chicago (Reuters 4/14/15, http://tinyurl.com/oesenat).
  • Poland has called up its army reservists to immediately report to their nearest military unit in a surprise readiness test. The Polish army may call up any male aged between 18 and 60 with a satisfactory medical history. Poland, a NATO ally since 1999, recently deployed a Patriot missile defense battery near Warsaw in a joint-U.S. military exercise (Newsweek 3/24/15, http://tinyurl.com/nzgkr7v).
  • Ukraine officials are raiding dormitories to catch draft evaders (Sputnik News 4/1/15, http://tinyurl.com/q2tphml).
  • The Pentagon is spending $700 million to reactivate the EMP-hardened air-defense facility at Cheyenne Mountain, which was closed in 2006 (Israel National News 4/11/15, http://tinyurl.com/n6fymbw).
  • Russia is reviving trains that move intercontinental ballistic missiles around to complicate targeting; is marketing the Club K cruise missile inside an innocuous shipping container; is building a new generation of giant ballistic-missile submarines called “boomers”; routinely sends Akula-class attack submarines on transatlantic forays once or twice a year; is building a stealthier submarine, the Yasen, armed with nuclear-capable missiles (Guardian 1/4/15, http://tinyurl.com/lmyfbfh),….
  • British Royal Air Force jets have been scrambled more than 40 times since 2010 to intercept Russian bombers (Telegraph 2/21/15, http://tinyurl.com/km4lynj).
  • About 750 U.S. armored vehicles and 3,000 soldiers were sent to the Baltics. Russia is surging troops to border regions and is conducting major military exercises, including mock attacks on U.S. warships in the Black Sea (Threat Journal 3/14/15, http://tinyurl.com/lzbt3df). “The more the drills, the more likely one side or the other is going to make a major mistake,” warns Mish Shedlock, http://tinyurl.com/k7zwq3c).

ASYMMETRIC DEFENSE

Both Beijing and Washington report that China has 3,000 miles of military underground tunnels, an “Underground Great Wall.” Governments lie, writes Richard Maybury, but he notes that the world’s largest tunnel-boring machine has reportedly been moved to China. TunnelTalk.com says that mega-digs in China roughly equal the rest of the world combined. Coastal tunnels may be packed with anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles (Early Warning Report, April 2015). Relative to the threat, U.S. Navy ships are as poorly defended as those at Pearl Harbor, Maybury writes. The ships cannot carry more than 100 anti-aircraft missiles—not enough to knock down more than one salvo of cruise missiles swarming from the Chinese mainland (EWR, January 2015).

Russia reportedly has a 400-square-mile underground complex in the Ural Mountains—as large as the area inside the D.C. Beltway. There are dozens of smaller complexes in Russia. And Russian television reported that 5,000 new bomb shelters were completed in Moscow alone during 2012 (http://tinyurl.com/o2an2ts). The level of equipment provided in Ukraine shows that this is “not a foray, not a demonstration,” states Lt. Gen. Frederick “Ben” Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe (WSJ 2/6/15, http://tinyurl.com/kxhxpcc). Russians never stopped preparing people for nuclear war.

NUCLEAR TERROR CONTINUES

Meanwhile, in the U.S., the myth of nonsurvivability persists, reinforced by continuing news about the Fukushima “nuclear disaster.” The death toll from deteriorating health under stressful refugee condition continues to rise. After 4 years, 120,000 people are still living as evacuees (Japan Times, 3/15/15, http://tinyurl.com/lhd8m3q).

Now hundreds of residents in Fukushima Prefecture plan to sue the central government for lifting evacuation advisories. The government initially wanted to lower annual radiation exposure doses to 1 mSv. After that goal proved impossible, the target became 20 mSv (http://tinyurl.com/nfap6q5). But as the late Ted Rockwell pointed out, in some places (e.g. Norway, Brazil, India, And Iran) people have lived normal lives for generations at background levels as much as 100 times greater than in homes in forbidden areas of Fukushima (http://tinyurl.com/ogx3tbr).

The press reported extensively on “spillage” of tritium-containing waste water from storage tanks—although it would be perfectly safe to pour it all in the ocean. The cesium has already been removed (http://tinyurl.com/njfuwsh). Cs-137, Cs-134, and Sr-90 have been extensively tracked and found to be only one-thousandth to one-millionth of the screening rate of 10 μGy/h (http://tinyurl.com/p26npuv). Their presence, however,  has been very useful for tracking Pacific Ocean currents (http://tinyurl.com/mgpsln7).

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