Checking the “Pulse” of Life
I am not a prophet of doom, a naysayer, a conspiracy theorist, or someone obsessed with TEOTWAWKI.
A pessimist at times, sure, but who isn’t these days?
I tend, rather, to think of myself as a objectionist – I look for the flaws in things in order to emphasize optional remedies and alternative solutions. I object to possible exploit points in whatever system I happen to be objectifying at any one objectionist moment. I know, I’m slaughtering the English language; and yet, I’m pretty sure you get the gritty gooey gist.
Let’s talk stock market.
Some of the largest companies in America (and globally) have one glaring and significant weakness which is actually masked by our general acceptance of the stability of the market’s operating environment. We take such stability for granted as though it were a fundamental aspect of the system. Which it is not, BTW.
Here is a sampling of some of the biggest names in the stock market right now – Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Netflix, American Express, Cisco, IBM, et cetera.
What do they all have in common?
An almost utter and complete reliance on use of the electromagnetic (EM) wave spectrum to generate results, either manifested as the Internet or (in the case of Apple and others) wave transmission across digital networks which are themselves completely dependent on EM wave manipulation. Sigh.
Should any mid- to long-term disruption of the EM wave transmission system occur (at any one or multiple locations along a very vulnerable system), you are looking at a financial catastrophe of truly epic proportions – basically from hundreds of millions of dollars of daily sales to zip, zero, nãda, null set. That’s a big owie.
There are some obvious solutions.
Redundancy. Use of multiple systems with one principal and one or more in reserve. This is expensive. Most companies make minimal investment in redundancy beyond a few systems of critical importance – most are unwilling to spend the extra jack necessary. Even if they fork over the moola, unless you have protected both your primary and backup systems to survive, they are both susceptible to the same natural (solar, geo-magnetic, NEO) or human-generated (nuclear or other EM pulse attack) effects. After that, it’s that zip, zero, nãda, null set thing all over again. Literally all over.
Another choice (often seen in tandem with redundancy) is to protect the network from the impact of an EM pulse by “hardening” all elements of the system.
A grand and eloquently simple idea, but one that is VERY difficult to implement due to the tremendous complexity of the networks involved and the high cost to actually do the work.
It’s kind of like getting rock hard abs – everyone wants them but few are willing to do the hard work required.
Probably the best course of action is not to get too worked about any massive desolation and devastation reeked and rented by an EM pulse. I doubt the specific and actual impact felt by the normal individual would necessarily be catastrophic, mostly a pain in the gluteus maximus. In fact, I would worry less about all the cars drifting to a complete halt on the highway, all the electronics in the house shorting out and every bit of electricity zapped throughout the land and – instead – focus on the horrific financial impact when all the business that gets conducted via EM waves grinds to an absolute halt.
How long would the disruption have to last to have devastating consequences – a few days, a week, a few months? My guess – it wouldn’t take long for chaos to erupt along the human fault lines, of which there are many. People don’t have a lot of patience, you know what I’m saying?
Nonetheless, I am not going to worry about this because – damn it – I already have enough to worry about –>
Right now, I’m going to Scarlett O’Hara the whole thing and think about it tomorrow.