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Transporting natural gas by rail through cities – a doomsday scenario

If you have read The Doomsday Book, you know that one thing terrorists look for is places that store potential energy. They especially like to release potential energy in crowded areas. This proposal brings big concentrations of potential energy right through the heart of many cities:

‘That Terrifies Me’: Trump Rule Allows Natural Gas Transport By Rail In Dense Areas

What makes it terrifying?

In an effort to boost natural gas exports, the Trump administration has reversed longstanding federal policy and approved transport of gas by rail anywhere in the country. Opposition has come from Hollywood stars, state attorneys general and local residents who worry about the danger this poses. But plans are moving ahead for a New Jersey project that calls for one of the longest such transport routes in the country: 200 miles through densely populated areas of the East Coast.

The gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale would first be sent by pipeline to a new liquefaction plant in the rural northeast part of the state. Refrigeration units would chill it to negative-260 degrees Fahrenheit, at which point it becomes liquid and easier to ship. The part of the plan that scares a lot of people is the next step — transporting the gas by truck or rail down the busy I-95 corridor to a planned export terminal along the Delaware River in Gloucester County, New Jersey.

Generally speaking we do not ship gasoline – another flammable liquid – this way. Gasoline is flowing in underground pipelines, which is much safer.

What could go wrong? It is easy to imagine a 50-car train of liquified natural gas. Each car has 30,000 gallons say of LNG, or about 100,000 kilograms of LNG . That is 1.5 million gallons of LNG total, or 5 million kilograms. And now a bomb blows up a part of the train. If all of the LNG ignites, that’s the energy equivalent of about 50,000 tons of TNT (ref). That is 3 times more energy than the energy released by the nuclear bomb at Hiroshima. Even if only a few cars ignite, it is still a huge explosion. It is a doomsday scenario in the making. This video shows the potential problems:

Communities at Risk: Hazards of LNG

The Doomsday Book” by Marshall Brain lays out this scenario in amazing detail and offers solutions to prevent this doomsday scenario from unfolding. You can order the book today on Amazon and other retailers.

The Fentanyl Drug Epidemic – A documentary – And Opioid Weapons of Mass destruction

This documentary describes the fentanyl drug epidemic in the United States and Canada.

The fentanyl drug epidemic in North America | DW Documentary

From the video’s description:

One hundred times stronger than heroin, the opioid fentanyl is cheap, potent and can be sent through the post. These market forces have seen it replacing heroin and causing unprecedented death, destruction and misery. The death toll has disproportionately affected the homeless and already marginalized. Now, due to its strength and low cost, the drug is also starting to be mixed into party drugs, such as cocaine and cannabis – with fatal results. The documentary travels to Vancouver, the epicenter of the fentanyl epidemic to meet with health care workers, activists, fentanyl dealers and addicts. It shows some of the radical initiatives fighting the abuse of this drug, and asks what the world could face if the fentanyl epidemic spreads outside of North America.

Fentanyl has killed tens of thousands of people.

The other side of fentanyl and carfentanil is their potential use as terrorist weapons, weapons of mass destruction.

Could fentanyl be a weapon of mass destruction?
What You Need to Know about Carfentanil

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The Doomsday Book” by Marshall Brain lays out this scenario in amazing detail and offers solutions to prevent this doomsday scenario from unfolding. You can order the book today on Amazon and other retailers.

The Terrorist Threat from Drones, Rockets and Missiles

One Doomsday Scenario that should cause great concern is the threat from terrorists using drones and other flying missiles. Terrorists can deploy bombs, chemical weapons or biological agents through these mechanisms. The problem is that the technology becomes more and more accessible with each passing day. The consumer marketplace has driven an amazing amount of innovation and democratization.

For example, this video demonstrates a cruise missile launch system hidden inside a normal steel shipping container:

Concern-Agat | Russian 3M-54 Club-K Container Missile System | Simulation and Test Fire

Several articles covered the video when it was released, such as:

At £10 million, the price is prohibitive, but the ability of hobby-level amateurs to replace these systems today at much lower price points is growing. What if small nations or groups of individuals can accomplish the same thing for $10,000?

Qassam rockets show just how inventive and resourceful guerrilla fighters can be:

If you take a look at the basic design on a cruise missile, you can see that these are not complicated machines:

You need an airframe, an engine and its fuel, and a guidance system. In 2020, it is relatively easy to do these things. There are even sites on the Internet to help you:

A DIY Cruise Missile

For the engine you can consider micro jet engines as seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAJM5L9hhBs For guidance there are now dozens of options like this:

UAV v2 Development Platform

There are no technical roadblocks to prevent any decent tinkerer from building a cruise missile.

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The Doomsday Book” by Marshall Brain lays out this scenario in amazing detail and offers solutions to prevent this doomsday scenario from unfolding. You can order the book today on Amazon and other retailers.

“The only thing that can take out a big swarm of fast drones…”

Tech’s Most Controversial Startup Makes Drone-Killing Robots

According to Palmer Lucky in this video, “The only thing that can take out a big swarm of fast drones is a bigger swarm of faster drones.” But lots of companies are trying alternatives, as shown here.

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The Doomsday Book” by Marshall Brain lays out this scenario in amazing detail and offers solutions to prevent this doomsday scenario from unfolding. You can order the book today on Amazon and other retailers.

Styrene gas leak kills 11, injures thousands

A styrene gas leak in Visakhapatnam, India has killed 11 people and left thousands injured:

Vizag gas leak: Death toll mounts to 11

The incident led to panic among locals in the 3km-radius area. Many people were seen lying unconscious on roads while some faced breathing difficulties. People also complained of rashes on their body and soar eyes.

This event echoes back to the Union Carbine incident in Bhopal, India in 1984 which killed over 3,000 people.

There are thousands of large chemical manufacturing plants around the world, as well as millions of tons of toxic materials being transported every day. The Chemical Attacks chapter of the book covers these kinds of incidents as well as chemical attacks launched by terrorists.