The last telegraph message was sent in India about a month ago. How many people know code or how to use a J-38 correctly. Vacuum tubes are hard to find and harder to use without electricity -- big one affects that too. Not unless you're Amish -- horses have to fed daily, whether you use them, or not.
Union leadership -- deniers of fact and reasons for shrinking membership. Democrats - deniers of reality, in general.
Didn't know the Teamsters were a public sector union. Have you informed Hoffa!
*I* know code-as do many others like me.
I can run vacuum tubes off a 6-volt battery (remember the old car radios with that humming/buzzing chopper?) that I can recharge by any number of electro-mechanical or photovoltiac ways. You don't need mains to run stuff.
Vacuum tubes are for the most part not susceptible to the inductive effects of EMP as they run at fairly high heat and voltages anyway-unlike the super-sensitive junctions of semiconductors which require massive Faraday cage-type shielding to protect. Most of the support components tube equipment requires are built into and shielded by massive metal frames and cabinets which provide just such shielding.
I can lay my hands on vast quantities of vacuum tubes of any type should the need arise.
So ya gotta feed horses. Ya gotta feed yourself, too whether you go to work or just sit around the house drinking vodka or smoking dope all day.
Your point there?
Teamsters are all over the public sector. Google "Teamsters public sector" and count all the locals.
Consider yourself informed.
Yes, you know codes, and so do a few old guys. Its not even a requirement for a ham radio license, any more.
The supply of vacuum tubes is rather limited. A couple of years before the Soviet Union fell apart, in desperation, they ordered vacuum tubes from IBM for their computers, IBM informed them that IBM no longer had any in stock -- they donated all of their stock to the Smithsonian Museum.
Faraday cages aren't as hard to obtain, as you describe. Your car is a Faraday cage, impervious to an EMP burst if its off, at the time.
My point is that time and money spent supporting a horse equals cost to fuel your car.
While the Teamsters may work for the public sector, I don't believe they are part of public sector unions.