Cult of EMP Crazy — The Congressional Nuisance

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Extremism at 9:30 am by George Smith

UPDATED If there is an alternative illustrative definition to the word persistent in the dictionary, it is the Cult of EMP Crazy. It is a fringe group of GOP politicians and staffers who are the most extreme among the extremists. They encapsulate the worst aspects of our political culture (the new normal, in other words) […]


Cult of EMP Crazy: To USA Today

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Imminent Catastrophe at 8:59 am by George Smith

Jason Sigger at Armchair Generalist notes a piece on electromagnetic pulse doom in the current issue of USA Today here. J. notes it’s a more balanced piece than usual. That’s very true. But only in comparison with what has been the general procedure with such things. It still starts with the cliche lede on the […]


Cult of EMP Crazy Infects NY Times

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Extremism at 7:28 am by George Smith

The Cult of Electromagnetic Pulse Crazy parasitized the New York Times opinion page today. The courtesy was handed to Lawrence E. Joseph who has been relentlessly peddling books on apocalyptic disaster slated for 2012. The latest Cult of Electromagnetic Pulse Crazy jag is the story of the angry sun. From June, here: The sun is […]


Cult of EMP Crazy: Catastrophism story as tool of narrow special interest group

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Extremism, Imminent Catastrophe at 9:20 am by George Smith

National Georgraphic’s special on electromagnetic pulse doom was hijacked to the web just prior to the weekend. Originally, it was briefly shamed by Jason at Armchair Generalist here where you could see the initial trailer. However, publishing the entire thing to YouTube, where one assumes it will soon be yanked for copyright violation, allows the […]


Cult of EMP Crazy: HuffPost kook and others

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Extremism, Why the World Doesn't Need US at 10:45 am by George Smith

The new story which the Cult of Electromagnetic Pulse Crazy now regularly shills is that of the angry sun. The sun is waking up from a long period of quiet — which is true — and erupting solar storms and mass ejections may shatter advanced civilization, it goes. Just like in “The Road,” the movie […]


Cult of EMP Crazy: Advocates for their business interests

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Extremism at 2:20 pm by George Smith

Common sense would seem to dictate that leaders of corporations ought not to be empowered by the US government to provide threat assessments which stand to directly enrich their interests. But that’s how the US conducts business. From top to bottom, people read of agencies subverted by the businesses they are supposed to regulate. And […]


Cult of EMP Crazy: Mainstreamed by TIME magazine

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Extremism at 3:46 pm by George Smith

Not that it will work. TIME magazine has just demonstrated it is as lame as your longtime perception of it. Today, writing about the Cult of EMP Crazy, Mark Thompson does the usual bad dog journalist thing of imagining there must be some relative merit to the Cult — and that the truth must be […]


Cult of EMP Crazy: Congress should make an EMP Memorial Day

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Extremism at 5:13 pm by George Smith

Paul Krugman once mocked the Heritage Foundation’s quality of research in a post lampooning one of the right wing agency’s many choice recommendations: “Pentagon should battle pirates and terrorists with lasers.” But the Heritage Foundation always finds a way to raise the bar. And the latest Heritage feat of intellectual heavy lifting is to recommend […]

EMP Crazy and Ivins Denier

Posted in Bioterrorism, Crazy Weapons at 12:20 pm by George Smith

Maryland GOP Congressman Roscoe Bartlett has the great distinction of not only being one of the chieftains of the Cult of EMP Crazy but, now, also a member of the anthrax conspiracy club. Aiding Rush Holt, Bartlett is a co-sponsor of a rider attached to the recent intelligence funding bill. The rider asks the administration […]

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