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Did an EMP Cripple
EMP (electromagnetic pulse): an electric discharge, huge and sudden, that
can impose itself upon remote circuits, causing overload and
London Daily Mail
would anyone question the official story?
The cruiseship ran aground because the captain was drunk. Every news
medium reported the captain story, uniformly. How could I doubt?
But perhaps you recalled, as I did, that a similar 4000-passenger cruiseliner had run into big trouble
at sea just two months before. On November 8, 2011, The
lost all electric power in waters off Baja
The modern 4000-passenger cruiseship is a complex and very computer-dependent piece of technology, but no backup power system is provided
in the engineering that can adequately address this unexpected event, which rendered the massive Splendor completely
helpless and adrift. The engines ceased to function along with all
steering and other control systems.
A similar incident crippled The
Mary 2 off Barcelona in
typical news report focused on the discomfort of passengers deprived
of air-conditioning and refrigeration as The Splendor
drifted helplessly for three days before being taken into tow. The news
did not speculate about the disaster which might have resulted had
the failure occurred in less open and friendly waters. Meanwhile
the web buzzed with speculations that related the failure of the
Also stalled at sea: The Carnival Splendor and The Queen Mary 2
Splendor to mass sightings of a missile launch about the same time in
waters off Los Angeles. The local media went into contortions of denial
with the photo evidence (it's a contrail, they insisted) but Southern
California folks, who witness launches from Vandenburg, know what a
rocket trail looks like. Did the missile deliver an EMP device that disabled the Splendor? According to a report from Russian intellegence, a missile had been launched from a Chinese submarine in a weapon test that had The Splendor as its target. The weapon was an electromagnetic (EMP) device.
Wow! Matbe this should have been the Story of the Year, instead of that fiction about Osama.
passenger, as he was rescued from the wreck, said, “We were told it was
just an electrical failure,” according to a network radio news
report that I heard. This was the other clue that prompted me to
google “Costa Concordia + EMP,” which turned up the following
story from the London Daily Mail
of 1/27/12. (The term EMP is not in the article, so good for Google.
The authority quoted says that "harmonic interference" caused the fatal
power surge.) The
headline is typical and blames the captain: “Passengers accuse
arrested officer of socialising before cruise crash and being among
first to abandon ship.” Kicker head: “I saw captain drinking in
the bar.” But way down at about paragraph 24 of the report, in a
long passage that a more responsible Daily Mail would have published
as a separate article if not the lead:
have said the captain may have been correct in his belief that his
ship met its fate because of a power failure.
Passengers rescued from the stricken liner reported there had been a
power blackout and a large booming noise, which indicated the vessel
may have suffered an engine room explosion. Last night Malcolm
Latarche, editor of the global shipping magazine IHS
said the problem may have been caused by a phenomenon known as
Latarche said it was possible the cruise liner experienced the same
problem that saw the Queen
lose power in September 2010 as she was approaching Barcelona. On
that occasion, the QM2
was able to carry on into open sea.
expert said the harmonic interference – a type of power surge –
could have caused a malfunction in the generators feeding the ship's
six diesel electric engines with which the back-up systems could not
would have caused the ship to lose navigational power and steering
control and veer off course," he said. Asked
for his assessment of the incident, Mr Latarche said: 'I would say
power failure caused by harmonic interference and then it can't
propel straight or navigate and it hit rocks.'" He
added that once a ship experienced problems with the electrical
supply to its main propulsion motors, it could lead to a problem with
Of course, this segment completely contradicts the headlines and
the rest of the article. The Daily Mail editors make no comment, but
juxtapose the two mutually exclusive stories -- an invitation to
What is an EMP? An
electromagnetic pulse is an electric discharge, huge and sudden, that
can impose itself upon remote circuits, causing overload and
failure. An EMP is a violent thump to the ether. The weapon potential of an EMP is obvious. Did you
know that a single EMP burst, such as that created by the high
altitude detonation of a nuke, could render any modern city as helpless as The Costa
Concordia, The Carnival
or The Queen
A lightning stroke carries an EMP of destructive potential. An electric pulse from a solar
flare of high intensity could wipe out all satellite-dependent
telecommunications, and could even fry the
electric-power grid. These doomsday scenarios hover over all of
A man-made EMP burst can be
created by the discharge of a bank of pulse capacitors, the
oscillations of a Tesla magnifying transmitter, or by the E-bomb
shown on the cover of the Popular
Mechanics of August 2001. Space
warfare is all about EMP weapons.
vulnerable is the solid-state circuitry of modern electronics.
Vacuum-tube circuitry is said to be 50,000 times more EMP-resistant,
and circuitry using magnetic amplifiers is comparatively
The Soviets “hardened” fighter jets by
using vacuum tubes instead of solid-state components, but in most electronics hardening has been sacrificed to miniaturization.
The unprotected modern
aircraft with computer controls is EMP-vulnerable and can be brought
down by a lightning stroke or an EMP weapon. Your modern computerized
automobile can be brought to a halt by a directed EMP pulse, and so can
your cardiac pacemaker.
Nobody wants to admit to the implications of this set of
facts, least of all the tourist industry. This would explain the Costa Concordia cover-up and the exclusion of any history of like events or any speculation on the cause from the mass media.
the sensitive integrated-circuit chip,
the most vulnerable component
is the ubiquitous capacitor. A capacitor is essentially two conductive
separated by a thin membrane of insulation called the dielectric. The
ultra-thin dielectric of micro-capacitors in integrated-circuit chips
can be punctured by a
relatively small voltage excursion,
killing the functionality of the entire device and of all devices
that depend upon it. (The surge protector you put in a computer-supply
circuit is designed to protect your sensitive solid-state processor
from relatively small voltage excursions.)
Solid state's vulnerability
means that an
EMP burst, far short of a nuke, can quietly do great mischief within
its radius of influence without any collateral damage that anyone
would notice. It's sneaky. Mysteriously all function ceases. On ships, power
supplies fail, and multiple engines, requiring an orderly protocol for
shutdown, freeze all at once, a violence that explains the engine-room
explosions and fires reported.
also turned up the following from Conspiracy Cafe: “The
Mediterranean is a massive war front. Naval vessels move in secret
and silence. However, while NATO is on a war footing, they're
preparing for the ultimate. Times have changed quite a bit. There are
new weapons being tested and deployed. One of them is EMP electromagnetic pulse.
This weapon will fry electronics and disable modern industrial
equipment like the engines and power systems of a cruise ship. There
are reports of two power failures on the Costa Concordia with all six engines
being knocked out. Backup systems were in a state of flux. That's
quite a screw up. I can only put an EMP wave at the top of the list."
If it was an EMP hit, the perpetration of such a disaster could have been for its symbolic value. The
the pride of Italy, and the ship was themed to celebrate the European
Union, its 11 decks being named after Euro-zone nations. The wreak of The Concordia
coincided with the breakdown of the EU economy -- an interesting
sychronicity, as conspiracy theory seeks a who-benefits.
Costa Allegra crippled in Indian Ocean.
The sister ship of The Costa Concordia suffered the same power-failure scenario as The Carnival Splendor and The Queen Mary 2.
Photo, The Allegra under tow: The London Daily Mail 3/1/12. The Daily Mail's coverage here is as shallow as with The Costa Concordia, focusing again on passengers deprived of air conditioning, running water, and refridgeration in the 95-degree heat.
The Carnival Triumph. The media coverage of the incident of Feb. 2013, despite its excess, "forgot"
the entire history of cruiseship failure. Even the Carnival line's Splendor incident was
forgotten. This was at least the fifth such cruiseship failure.
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