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It will only take a few explosions high above the US to cause an EMP that puts an end to the country and most of its inhabitants, even the liberals who support our Iran policy.

I'm pretty sure the EMP thing is blown way out of proportion. My understanding is that pretty much everything military is rated as immune to EMP damage (although I don't know specifically what conditions they've specified, so maybe they mean "immune if you're 20 miles or more away from the source"), which means a lot of civilian equipment is too just because of common parts and procedures.

Although I admit I don't have any direct experience with EMP, I do have plenty of experience with shielding products to meet FCC regulations (which is required for most products sold in the US that have processors or other high-speed digital electronics), and I'm pretty sure that shielding either makes a product EMP-proof (at any reasonable distance) or at least is a substantial step in that general direction. Particularly if there's no cables connected to the product at the time of the EMP. Sure, there are a lot of products that skip the FCC requirements, but I doubt civilization is coming to an end if your Chinese-knockoff MP3 player dies.

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