Nice bit of research on the part of Liem Bahneman at "Time to Think". It's good to have alert people with a propensity toward scientific method out there!
Just off the coast of California, right north of the Catalinas.
I was talking to a friend the other night -- a friend who works in the power industry -- about the possibility of using EMP to take out most or all of our power grid, plus wipe out a lot of our electronics. You know, like the little computer in your car that it can't run without.
He was saying the scenario would be for three missile launches from OFF of each coast and one in the Gulf to go over the midwest.... with detonations at about 100,000 feet -- would be enough.
I have another friend in the power business who doesn't think it would be that devastating.
But ... eerie that after talking about this just last weekend, the next monday a mystery missile gets fired off of one of the coasts?
Test run? Or screw-up by our military?
Either way, consider this. Remember that the 9/11 terrorists took flying classes -- but didn't seem interested in learning how to land.
N. Korea and Iran have nukes, but the word is their delivery systems suck and they couldn't hit anything with them.
What if they didn't need to actually HIT anything? Say, sneak a boat to near our coastline, launch a missile and have it detonate at 100,000 feet? What would be the effect of that? Is it something we're prepared to deal with?
Update: There is speculation it could be an airplane contrail. Well, I have an open mind about it, but it certainly would be an atypical one. et's just say I'm skeptical of that explanation but I'm willing to be convinced. It just looks too "plumey" and vertical. Most I've seen tend to be flatter.... this looks more cylindrical. But.... I've seen all kinds of phenomena that aren't what you'd expect. So I'll buy that it COULD be an airplane contrail. Maybe.