Thursday, February 16, 2017

I'm Sure There's Nothing To Worry About...

Item One:
In Britain, they have the Official Secrets Act, which means anyone telling tales that affect national security in any way can get racked for it. Here in the U.S., we have fairly wide-ranging freedom of speech and press, so as long as you aren't handing over actual classified data to foreign powers while charged with custody of same, you're a lot freer to pass things along and around.

Item Two:
For reference, the classic signs and symptoms of organo-phosphate poisoning (i.e. exposure to nerve agent, including Sarin, VX, and the rest of the families of post-WWI and subsequent witch's brew of poison gas derivatives brought to the world by the work of I.G. Farben, and subsequently improved on in Britain, the U.S., and Russia.) are:

  • Runny nose and eyes.
  • Small pupils or blurry vision.
  • Coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, or shortness of breath.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Abdominal pain or diarrhea.
  • Fatigue, headache, or sweating.
  • Muscle twitching or a seizure.

  • Or, in more technical terms,
    lacrimation (tearing of the eyes)
    rhinorhea (runny nose)
    diaphoresis (sweating)
    bronchorrhea (excessive lung secretions)
    emesis (vomiting)
    urination (peeing yourself)
    defecation ($#!^^ing yourself)
    Along with headache, fatigue, dyspnea, constricted pupils, abdominal pain and cramps, muscles cramps, twitching, seizure, coma, and death.
    In short, if you have a pore or orifice, it begins running like a river, and then you die, as every muscle is short-circuited by the chain reaction of the nerve agent molecules through your nervous system, making everything trigger and keep triggering, affecting you at the nervous, glandular, and organ level. Dosage and route of exposure makes all of this happen in between two and fifteen minutes.

    Item Three:
    Dateline: Los Angeles, July 2016
    Southern California EMS response brought three college-/military-age (20s-30s) males of undisclosed Middle Eastern extraction to two Los Angeles-area emergency rooms, all from one apartment.
    Two of them were found in the bathroom(s) on the premises.
    All were brought in suffering acute respiratory distress, seizures, and coma, after having been found, in one case, vomiting and crapping themselves on the thinking throne when they seized up.
    All were notably tearing, snotting, drooling, sweating, short of breath, and incontinent of urine and feces prior to arrival at two area emergency departments.
    All three subsequently suffered complete cardio-respiratory arrest, and despite the best efforts of medical staff there, expired.

    In short order, a swarm of black SUVs arrived tagged with government plates, and a number of MIB (Men In Black) wearing earpieces arrived at both EDs, and being from The Government and Here To Help Us, subsequently informed the doctors at one of the EDs that the two victims had died from meningitis. The third victim, expiring similarly at another ED, and having neither external wounds nor bleeding, was explained as having died of a gunshot wound. This despite presenting no such signs, symptoms, nor any other supporting clinical manifestations of such cause(s) of death.

    Presumably after further activities, the local fire, police, and coroner's authorities were similarly briefed, the site was investigated and cleaned, and no mention was made of this to any media organizations whatsoever.

    But some of us have friends and acquaintances in all sorts of places, the Internet is a thing, and ultimately, secrets get out. (And I knew about this in real time in July, but it took a while to get independent confirmations before I was willing to pass it along.)

    But sleep tight, folks, officially, none of this ever happened, it was all in your imagination, and everything's just fine and dandy.

    And I'm sure everyone has a military-grade field protective mask, chemical protective suit, boots, gloves, and hood, and atropine and Pralidoxime auto-injectors on them at all times, right? Sh'yeah, right.


    Sven said...

    It was the hummus and falafel, that stuff will get you gagging when it starts cooking off. :)

    No One You Know said...

    2-PAM, atropine and diazepam aren't all you need.

    You need decontamination, ventilators, an experienced ICU staff, more atropine (LOTS more atropine), supportive care, a long recovery time and whole lot of rehab.

    The simple fact is that no one, not even the .mil, is marginally prepared for an attack involving organophosphates, particularly if inflicted on a dense civilian population.

    This is the stuff of which nightmares are made.

    As Ol' Remus at The Woodpile Report admonishes: "Avoid crowds."

    Aesop said...


    As countless exercises first-hand confirmed, not even the Cold War US military was prepared to sustain operations in a chemical environment.

    The only tactic that worked, even with Billion$ of dollars of resources and an organization of millions of troops, was that if they were deployed, to GTFO of the area, and stay out.

    My point in publishing these items is to note we have non-country actors who are not signatory to any prohibitive accords regarding their use, and in fact have no compunction whatsoever about unleashing them. The only hindrance on their deployment is their bare capability vs. incapability.

    This was non-fiction, about an actual recent event, in one of the largest cities in the world.

    In short, The Monster Is Coming.

    And just to stir the pot even more, our stated response strategy is to consider a chemical attack the functional equivalent justifying using nuclear weapons in retaliation. Not harsh language and sanctions at the UN talk shop, not cruise missile and drone strikes, not invasion and regime change, but an actual release of nuclear weapons in retaliation unheard of since August 1945.

    And if the president gives the order, the bomb(s) will drop, and/or the bird(s) will fly.

    February 19, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Unknown said...

    The Zohan took those schmucks out!

    Cederq said...

    When I was a nurse in the Portland,, Oregon area some state dufuss decided the area wide medical community needed NBC training. I'll let that sink in... Being just out from serving in the Army as an MP I was more then familiar with NBC training. The best advice given to us is like you said GTFO and stay out, that was with military personal, can you imagine with non-trained civilian medics would do, Miss Soccer Mom Nurse would cut and run or be completely in-effective by panic. Thankfully some cooler and intelligent prevailed.

    Anonymous said...

    So where are your sources? this is a great start of a novel, but it is just a gripping story without verifiable facts. No footnotes or annotations.

    Aesop said...

    For the comprehension-challenged, this isn't a work of fiction.
    This was an actual event that occurred exactly where, when, and as described.
    The sources are eyewitness testimony from trustworthy sources.