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EBOLA OUTBREAK : “Worse Case Scenario… An Extinction Event”
September 09, 2014

Health officials around the world are scrambling to contain the Ebola virus with many, including the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, now preparing for its eventual escape out of West Africa.

According to CDC director Tom Frieden, the ‘window of opportunity’ for stopping the spread of Ebola is closing rapidly. In July, as the virus surged across west African borders, Frieden downplayed its potential to reach U.S. shores. “It is not a potential of Ebola spreading widely in the U.S.,” claimed Frieden in a preemptive effort to prevent panic. “That is not in the cards.”

 The cards, apparently, have been reshuffled, as Frieden now joins a growing chorus of concerned officials around the world. “This is not just a problem for West Africa, it’s not just a problem for Africa,” Frieden said last week. “It’s a problem for the world, and the world needs to respond.”

In the United States, hospitals are quietly preparing Ebola infection wards and procedures for what many believe is the inevitable arrival of the virus on U.S. shores.

Mathematical models performed by numerous researchers suggest that anywhere from 20,000 to 100,000 people globally could contract the virus by December of this year.

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1st Case of Deadly MERS Virus Confirmed in US
May 03, 2014
MERS in the United Stated

The first case in the United States of a deadly virus that surfaced in Saudi Arabia in 2012 has been reported in Indiana, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today (May 2).

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, infection was confirmed in a traveler from Saudi Arabia who journeyed from Riyadh to London, England, and then on to Chicago on April 24, according to the CDC. The traveler then boarded a bus from Chicago to Indiana, where the patient is now hospitalized, and in isolation.

"In this interconnected world we live in, we expected MERS-CoV to make its way to the United States," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said in a statement. "We have been preparing since 2012 for this possibility."
 
Is The Beast Among Us? Are We Literally Heading Into the Prophesied End Times?
April 28, 2014

 With all that’s going on in the world economically, politically, religiously, and spiritually Charlie McGrath of Wide Awake News asks, “Is the beast among us?”

Are we headed for global financial enslavement because of the greed and the want of more power and money by corporate special interests?

Or are we literally heading into the prophesied end times? Are we headed into the End of Days on planet earth?

end times

 
Yellowstone National Park rattled by largest earthquake in 34 years
March 31, 2014
yellowstone volcano earthquake
Yellowstone National Park, which sits atop one of the world's largest super-volcanoes, was struck on Sunday by a magnitude 4.8 earthquake, the biggest recorded there since February 1980, but no damage or injuries were immediately reported.

The tremor, a relatively light event by seismic standards, struck the northwest corner of the park and capped a flurry of smaller quakes at Yellowstone since Thursday, geologists at the University of Utah Seismograph Stations said in a statement.

The latest earthquake struck at 6:34 a.m. near the Norris Geyser Basin and was felt about 23 miles away in two small Montana towns adjacent to year-around entrances to the park - Gardiner and West Yellowstone.

 
Risk of superbugs skyrockets as world enters 'post-antibiotic era'...
November 27, 2013
virus plague epidemic antibiotics
Right now, humanity is engaged in an epic battle against fast-adapting and merciless predators. No, zombies are not beating down doors to tear chunks of flesh out of the living. Rather, humanity is being hunted by deadly pathogenic bacteria that have gained resistance to antibiotics. 

And thanks to the peculiar incentives that drive the pharmaceutical industry, it looks like the cavalry may be a long time in coming.

To understand the current state of the antibiotics market, we have to go back millennia. Humans have co-existed with bacteria throughout our history. They live in our bodies from birth to death. It’s estimated that up to three percent of a typical human's body mass is made up of symbiotic bacteria, which assist us with bodily functions like digesting food. [THEWEEK]

 
The Facts You Should Know About Fukashima
November 03, 2013
facts about fukushima
Ever wonder why we don't hear much about Fukashima these days?  Even after the brief news report of another quake in the area within the last week?  Well, according to the site, Activist Post, there's a very good reason:  radiation levels at radiation monitoring stations all over the country are elevated; especially along our West Coast.  Every single day, 300 tons of radioactive water from Fukushima enters the Pacific Ocean. That means that the total amount of radioactive material released from Fukushima is constantly increasing, and it is steadily building up in our food chain. [LINK]
 
Arctic doomsday bunker stores every type of seed mankind relies upon...
October 29, 2013
arctic doomsday seed bunker
  • The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway is home to more than two billion seeds
  • The seed bank can withstand a nuclear strike and aims to preserve crops in the face of natural disasters and war
  • Rare images of the food ark, which has 4.5 million varieties of seeds, were taken by photographer Jim Richardson
  • Vault was started by conservationist Cary Fowler from the Global Crop Diversity Trust and cost £4million to construct

These incredible images give a rare glimpse inside the 'Doomsday' seed vault which protects the world's food supply. On an Arctic island off the coast of Norway lies the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which is home to more than two billion seeds. The secure seed bank which can withstand a nuclear strike, aims to preserve crops in the face of climate change, war and natural disasters.
 
What Are The Top 3 Biggest Threats To The U.S. Right Now?
October 24, 2013
Threats to the US
We get asked fairly regularly by our readers about what we feel is the biggest SHTF threat facing the country today. I don’t think it would be accurate enough to limit this to one single event, but there are 3 distinct threats that America is currently facing. Today we will be discussing these threats and if there is anything we as preppers can do to prepare for them. All 3 of these threats are issues that America is currently facing now, and will continue to face in the near future. [Ready4ItAll]
 
Britain braces for 'worst storm of the year' with south set to be battered by 80mph winds
October 24, 2013
britain storm 2013
The south of Britain is battening down the hatches ahead of what forecasters are predicting could be the worst storm of the year. The current spell of unsettled weather in the UK is expected to continue over the next few days with strong winds and heavy rain particularly over the weekend.

On Sunday night the weather looks set to take a turn for the worse as a significant storm system, developing in the Atlantic, looks set to intensify before travelling across England and Wales on Monday. Met Office spokesperson Juliet Gardner said forecasters had issued an amber warning for strong winds and the highways agency has put out a yellow alert for a surface water flood risk from Monday.
 
Is the Threat of Overpopulation Still a Big Deal?
October 17, 2013
Ever since Thomas Malthus published “An Essay on the Principle of Population” in 1798, positing incorrectly that humans’ proclivity for procreation would exhaust the global food supply within a matter of decades, population growth has been a hot button issue among those contemplating humankind’s future. Indeed our very success going forth and multiplying, paired with our ability to extend our life expectancy, has meant that we are perpetually pushing the limits of the resource base that supports us.

When Malthus was worrying about the planet’s “carrying capacity,” there were only about a billion of us on the planet. Today our population tops seven billion. While better health care and medicine along with advances in food production and access to freshwater and sanitation have allowed us to feed ourselves and stave off many health ills, some so-called Neo-Malthusians believe we may still be heading for some kind of population crash, perhaps triggered or exacerbated by environmental factors related to climate change.

 
The Three Stages of US Martial Law: “What Will It Be Like?”
October 11, 2013
martial law
America has gone from being annoyed with their government to the point of resisting their government. In my previous article, I have detailed how state governors, veterans, truckers and just average everyday citizens are resisting the tyrannical and egregious abrogation’s of the United States Constitution. The police state crackdown mechanisms are in place which are designed to break the back of any resistance to federal authority, legitimate or not.

The net effect of the establishment of “Police State America” is that it is designed to subjugate the populace and stamp out any remaining vestiges of Constitutional liberties and create a society where the state is all-powerful. With America’s new found spirit of civil liberty being expressed through acts of civil disobedience, martial law is being put into place. When one couples this undeniable fact with the fact that President Obama is under extreme pressure and is struggling to maintain control of the country, these measures are going to be rolled in a style reminiscent of the Shock and Awe style witnessed in Gulf War I.
 
Is Homeland Security Preparing for the Next Wall Street Collapse?
October 08, 2013
america collapse
Reports are that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is engaged in a massive, covert military buildup. An article in the Associated Press in February confirmed an open purchase order by DHS for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. According to an op-ed in Forbes, that’s enough to sustain an Iraq-sized war for over twenty years. DHS has also acquired heavily armored tanks, which have been seen roaming the streets. Evidently somebody in government is expecting some serious civil unrest. The question is, why?

Recently revealed statements by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the height of the banking crisis in October 2008 could give some insights into that question. An article on BBC News on September 21, 2013, drew from an explosive autobiography called Power Trip by Brown’s spin doctor Damian McBride, who said the prime minister was worried that law and order could collapse during the financial crisis.
 
The Sixth Mass Extinction Is Upon Us: Can Humans Survive?
September 30, 2013
sixth mass extinction
Over the past four years, bee colonies have undergone a disturbing transformation. As helpless beekeepers looked on, the machinelike efficiency of these communal insects devolved into inexplicable disorganization. Worker bees would fly away, never to return; adolescent bees wandered aimlessly in the hive; and the daily jobs in the colony were left undone until honey production stopped and eggs died of neglect. Colony collapse disorder, as it is known, has claimed roughly 30 percent of bee colonies every winter since 2007.

If bees go extinct, their loss will trigger an extinction domino effect, because crops from apples to broccoli rely on these insects for pollination. At the same time, over a third of the world’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction, and Harvard evolutionary biologist and conservationist E.O. Wilson estimates that 27,000 species of all kinds go extinct per year. Are we in the first act of a mass extinction that will end in the death of millions of plant and animal species across the planet, including us? Proponents of the “sixth extinction” theory believe the answer is yes.
 
Hurricane activity remains historically low
September 27, 2013

Heading into October -- 2013 global hurricane activity remains historically low

• North Atlantic tropical cyclone ACE is 71% below normal. 5th lowest since 1950. --> Figure
• Northern Hemisphere ACE is 55% below normal. Lowest since 1977. --> Figure
• Global ACE is 47% below normal. Lowest since 1977. --> Figure

 
Overpopulation: Why ingenuity alone won't save us
September 25, 2013
overpopulation climate change hunger
It's easy to grasp that in a national park, balance must be maintained between predators and prey, lest the ecosystem crash. But when we're talking about our own species, it gets harder. The notion that there are limits to how much humanity this parkland called Earth can bear doesn't sit easy with us.

The "nature" part of human nature includes making more copies of ourselves, to ensure our genetic and cultural survival. As that instinct comes in handy for building mighty nations and dominant religions, we've set about filling the Earth, rarely worrying that it might one day overfill. Even after population quadrupled in the 20th century, placing unprecedented stress on the planet, it's hard for some to accept that there might be too many of us for our own good.
 
No Atlantic Hurricane by August in First Time in 11 Years
August 30, 2013
no hurricanes so far this season
August is about to end without an Atlantic hurricane for the first time since 2002, calling into question predictions of a more active storm season than normal.

Six tropical systems have formed in the Atlantic since the season began June 1 and none of them has grown to hurricane strength with winds of at least 74 miles (120 kilometers) per hour. Accumulated cyclone energy in the Atlantic, a measure of tropical power, is about 30 percent of where it normally would be, said Phil Klotzbach, lead author of Colorado State University’s seasonal hurricane forecasts.
 
New H7N7 bird flu strain discovered that could pose threat to humans
August 21, 2013
H7N7 human threat
A new strain of bird flu that can infect and kill animals has been found in chickens at live poultry markets in China. Scientists discovered the strain by accident while testing chickens, ducks, geese and other birds for the H7N9 virus that has infected more than 130 people and killed 40 since it was first detected in March.

The new strain, H7N7, poses a potential threat to people, according to lab tests which found that the virus caused severe pneumonia in ferrets, which are used as proxies for humans in flu research.
 
Fracking Caused 100 Earthquakes in Just 1 Year
August 21, 2013
Fracking is an operation that is used to extract natural gas from underneath the earth.  However, this practice has many dangers.  Many families have had their houses poisoned with gas and extraction chemicals. Now it is being confirmed that earthquakes are also happening as a result of fracking.
 
Death Toll in Egypt Surpasses 600
August 15, 2013
Egypt death toll
The death toll surpassed 600 on Thursday from Egypt’s bloodiest crackdown on supporters of its deposed Islamist president, as violent new protests erupted in the country and world condemnation widened, including an angry response by President Obama and calls for a suspension of European economic aid.

In defiance of calls for restraint, Egypt’s Interior Ministry warned protesters that police officers were authorized to use lethal force to protect themselves. The ministry also promised to punish any “terrorist actions and sabotage” after at least two government buildings were burned early Thursday. 

“The ministry has given instructions to all forces to use live ammunition in the face of any attacks on establishments or forces within the framework of the regulations of using the legitimate right of self-defense,” the ministry said in a statement. “All the forces assigned to securing and protecting these establishments were provided with the weapons and the ammunition necessary to deter any attack that may target them.” 
 
H7N9 bird flu in likely China spread between people, researchers find
August 06, 2013
H7N9 human transmission
The first scientific analysis of probable human-to-human transmission of a deadly new strain of bird flu that emerged in China this year gives the strongest evidence yet that the H7N9 virus can pass between people, scientists said on Wednesday. Research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) analyzing a family cluster of cases of H7N9 infection in eastern China found it was very likely the virus "transmitted directly from the index patient (a 60-year-old man) to his daughter."

Experts commenting on the research said while it did not necessarily mean H7N9 is any closer to becoming the next flu pandemic, "it does provide a timely reminder of the need to remain extremely vigilant."
 
How To Make A DIY Anti-Surveillance Spray
August 05, 2013
Anti-Surveillance spray
Incendiary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, known for his highly political art, isn't exactly a fan of surveillance cameras. When Swiss art curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist asked Ai to contribute to a Do-It-Yourself compendium full of projects from artists, Ai designed an anti-surveillance camera apparatus, made from everyday objects.

Seizing on both its functionality and street culture significance, Ai's design is centered around a can of spray paint. The rest of the device works to get the spray paint into difficult-to-reach places, like the lofty perches where security cameras normally rest.
 
BOOGA BOOGA : 'TERRORISTS' READY TO ATTACK...
August 05, 2013
terror attack 2013 disaster
U.S. intelligence officials are dealing with the most credible terrorist threat in years as 19 diplomatic posts in the Middle East and Africa remain closed through this upcoming Saturday.

CBS News reports that a large-scale attack may be imminent as al-Qaeda terrorists in the Arabian Peninsula already have their orders and could be in place for execution of the alleged plot. Juan Zarate, a CBS News security analyst, says this recent plot is similar to one from 2010 in which several European sites were targeted.
 
Prepping for an EMP and Solar Flares
July 30, 2013
EMP or Solar Disaster
Of all of the reasons to prepare, one that we all need to take seriously is the possibility of a catastrophic EMP, or electromagnetic pulse.  This is especially true right now, as we face a huge amount of solar activity the likes of which could send out huge solar flares wiping out  communication systems and modern electronics.

To be blunt about it, an EMP, if large enough, would affect the entire planet.  In an instant, civilization as we know it would change as we get swept backward in time by a century or two. [BDS]
 
Are You Safer in the City or the Country?
July 30, 2013
safe living
The cool, fresh air of the country might trick its residents into a feeling of superior health compared to their urban counterparts, but it’s actually the city that is the safer place to live, according to a study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia analyzed 1,295,919 injury deaths from all 3,141 counties in the U.S. from 1999 through 2006. The injury-related death rate across the country was approximately 56 deaths per 100,000 people. But a breakdown between urban and rural counties showed that rural counties actually had more injury-related deaths than urban counties, despite higher homicide rates in cities. With approximately 74 injury deaths per 100,000 people in rural counties, country dwellers were far more likely to die from injuries than urban residents, who averaged 50 injury deaths per 100,000 people.
 
California wildfire a deadly threat despite approach of thunderstorms
July 20, 2013
southern california wildfires
The threat of weekend thunderstorms could bring much-needed moisture to a huge wildfire in the Southern California mountains near Palm Springs. Unfortunately, it could also bring wind, lightning and other volatile conditions that could make a tough firefight even worse.

Combined with hot air on the ground, the unstable air could create a strong updraft that draws smoke high into the atmosphere, fire spokesman Captain Mike Lindbery said. If the smoke column rises too high, moisture at the top could freeze and the weight of the ice could cause the column to collapse, creating a powerful downdraft in all directions.
 
Human-to-Human Spread of Deadly New Bird Flu Virus Higher Than Previously Thought
July 19, 2013
H7N9 human threat
Before this year the H7N9 bird flu virus linked to 133 human infections and 43 deaths was never seen in people. All the available evidence suggests that an effective biological barrier apparently kept a pandemic at bay -- humans only contracted the novel virus via direct contact with poultry or environments such as live bird markets rather than by human-to-human transmission. New analysis from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), however, suggests that the virus is closer to becoming a disease transmitted among humans than previously thought.
 
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