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Beware deadly hurricane season, researcher warns
The News - Disaster Preparedness
June 08, 2013
2013 hurricane season warning
Hurricanes that strike the Gulf Coast in June can be as deadly or more deadly that those that hit later in the season, one researcher warns.

That's partially because hurricanes that make landfall in this region are more likely to also develop over the Gulf of Mexico, giving forecasters less time to warn residents, said Bill Merrell, a hurricane researcher at Texas A&M University at Galveston. And June is the peak month for hurricanes in the Gulf, Merrell told LiveScience.
 
How Will People Act After TEOTWAWKI?
The News - Disaster Preparedness
June 07, 2013
TEOTWAWKI
What can you expect from people after TSHTF?  This is an idea I’ve deliberated over and thought I’d share with you.

I think people – given a choice – tend to stick together with like minded people, which is one of the reasons you came here today to read this blog.  And that’s great.  Who wants to hang out with someone that constantly disagrees with you or challenges your every thought? The danger with this is that without someone to challenge you it makes it harder to grow as a person or a team.
 
U.S. Says Deadly MERS Virus Could Affect National Security
The News - Current Events
June 07, 2013
MERS virus spread
As Saudi and U.N. health authorities report new infections from a troubling new respiratory disease, there are concerns that the approaching Hajj – the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca – could increase the risk of spreading the virus as pilgrims return to their home countries.

Meanwhile the U.S. government, in a notice published in the Federal Register Wednesday, declared that the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV, or simply MERS) could potentially “affect national security or the health and security of United States citizens living abroad.”
 
How Social Media Is Changing Disaster Response
The News - Natural Disasters
June 07, 2013
natural disasters and social media
When Hurricane Katrina ravaged the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005, Facebook was the new kid on the block. There was no Twitter for news updates, and the iPhone was not yet on the scene. By the time Hurricane Sandy slammed the eastern seaboard last year, social media had become an integral part of disaster response, filling the void in areas where cell phone service was lost while millions of Americans looked to resources including Twitter and Facebook to keep informed, locate loved ones, notify authorities and express support. Gone are the days of one-way communication where only official sources provide bulletins on disaster news.

Researchers have now started publishing data on the use of social media in disasters, and lawmakers and security experts have begun to assess how emergency management can best adapt. “The convergence of social networks and mobile has thrown the old response playbook out the window,” Michael Beckerman, president and CEO of the Internet Association, told the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications on June 4.
 
Dresden hit as 100,000 people across Germany fight floods
The News - Natural Disasters
June 07, 2013
germany flooding 2013
The river Elbe flooded on Thursday in the eastern German city of Dresden, sparing the historic centre but engulfing wide areas of the Saxony capital.

Residents and emergency crews had worked through the night to fight the floods in Dresden. The German military and national disaster team sent more support in a frantic effort to sandbag levees and riverbanks as floodwaters that have claimed 16 lives since last week surged north. "Everybody's afraid but the people are simply fantastic and sticking together," said Dresden resident Silvia Fuhrmann, who had brought food and drinks to those building sandbag barriers.
 
Deadly Heat Waves Intensify as Summers Sizzle
The News - Climate-Environment
June 07, 2013
2013 heat waves
No one ever should die from heat. But every year, about 650 Americans do — a death toll greater than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined. And, in a deadly harbinger of what is worse to come, a new study shows that heat deaths are on the rise.

An analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released this week reported that between June 30 and July 13 of last year — the hottest year on record — excessive heat killed 32 people in four states: Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. That statistic was four times what has been typical for those states (when compared to the same two-week period averaged over the decade beginning in 1999).
 
Cold Weather Linked to Volcanic Eruptions
The News - Climate-Environment
June 05, 2013
cold weather volcano link
Medieval chronicles have given an international group of researchers a glimpse into the past to assess how historical volcanic eruptions affected the weather in Ireland up to 1500 years ago.

By critically assessing over 40,000 written entries in the Irish Annals and comparing them with measurements taken from ice cores, the researchers successfully linked the climatic aftermath of volcanic eruptions to extreme cold weather events in Ireland over a 1200-year period from 431 to 1649. Their study, which has been published today, 6 June, in IOP Publishing's journal Environmental Research Letters, showed that over this timescale up to 48 explosive volcanic eruptions could be identified in the Greenland Ice Sheet Project (GISP2) ice-core, which records the deposition of volcanic sulfate in annual layers of ice.
 
5 Things That Should Be on Every Apocalypse To-Do List
The News - Humor
June 05, 2013
So you've read the tea leaves, decoded the Bible, and found an ancient stone tablet buried under a box of ancient stone Underoos and tactical bacon, and all signs point to the end of the world being nigh. Nothing good is ever described as being nigh. What's a person to do?

We've had apocalypse scares for years now, from semi-legit-sounding ones like Y2K (which is to say people on the news really made it seem like it could be a problem) to totally batshit crazy ones like Harold Camping and his calendar-hopping Armageddon that just keeps rescheduling itself. Combine those with all the movies that broach the subject, and odds are every one of us has, at some point, pondered what we would do if we knew the world was ending. It's an interesting thought exercise, but one that is far too often treated as a joke. So what better place to seriously address this issue than a comedy site? No jokes here. Let me put on my spectacles and some thinking trousers.If the world were going to end tomorrow, or in a week, or in some inconveniently short period of time, I like to think these are the things we should all do to wrap up what was, all things being equal, a pretty alright existence.
things to do before apocalypse
 
Life On Earth Shockingly Comes from out of This World
The News - Science-Astronomy
June 05, 2013
start of life on earth
Early Earth was not very hospitable when it came to jump starting life. In fact, new research shows that life on Earth may have come from out of this world.

Lawrence Livermore scientist Nir Goldman and University of Ontario Institute of Technology colleague Isaac Tamblyn (a former LLNL postdoc) found that icy comets that crashed into Earth millions of years ago could have produced life building organic compounds, including the building blocks of proteins and nucleobases pairs of DNA and RNA. Comets contain a variety of simple molecules, such as water, ammonia, methanol and carbon dioxide, and an impact event with a planetary surface would provide an abundant supply of energy to drive chemical reactions.
 
Tropical Storm Andrea forms in Gulf of Mexico
The News - Natural Disasters
June 05, 2013
tropical storm andrea
A news release from the National Hurricane Center in Miami says a reconnaissance aircraft spotted a well-defined area of circulation over the central Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday afternoon. Tropical Storm watches were issued in Flagler County on Wednesday and flood watches have been issued by the National Weather Service throughout Central Florida.

The first named storm of the Atlantic season, which started on June 1, will continue to bring rain -- and the possibility of severe weather -- to the region.  The highest threat of strong storms, flooding rains and possible tornadoes is late Wednesday into Thursday.
 
Pentagon Blackout: “Large American Military Force” Deployed to Syrian Border
The News - War-Draft
June 05, 2013
The catalyst for the next great war will likely occur somewhere in the middle east. The Americans know this. As do the Russians and the Chinese. And as with the last two ‘great wars,’ the groundwork is being laid well ahead of time. [SHTFPLAN]
 
22 Signs That Global Weather Patterns Are Going Absolutely Crazy
The News - Climate-Environment
June 04, 2013
global weather going crazy
Global weather patterns seem to get stranger and stranger with each passing year.  Almost every day now, the news is telling us about some bizarre weather event that hasn’t happened “in 100 years” going on in some area of the globe.  All over the planet, we are seeing torrential rainfalls, unprecedented flooding, extreme drought, nightmarish wildfires, record setting tornadoes and very unusual blizzards.  Record high temperatures and record low temperatures are set so frequently now that nobody really seems to even notice anymore.  So exactly what in the world is going on here?  Why does our weather seem to be going absolutely crazy?  Perhaps even more important – can we expect our weather patterns to become even more erratic?  Some meteorologists are suggesting that these unusual weather events are just an “anomaly” and that things will get back to normal soon.  But what if they don’t?

I noted that natural disasters seem to be increasing in both frequency and severity in my recent article entitled “Are We Entering The Worst Period For Natural Disasters In U.S. History?“  But it isn’t just the ground under our feet that seems to be becoming more unstable.  The weather patterns that we all take for granted and that society depends upon seem to be rapidly changing. The following are 22 signs that global weather patterns are going absolutely crazy…
 
10 Most Vulnerable and Overdue Hurricane Cities
The News - Natural Disasters
June 04, 2013
overdue cities hurricane
An active hurricane season is expected this year, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicting 13-20 named storms, including 3-5 major hurricanes. This comes after an incredibly destructive 2012 hurricane season, when Superstorm Sandy made history as one of the most destructive storms in U.S. history, devastating the New Jersey and New York coastlines.    
 
Many cities and towns can go years without being impacted by a hurricane or tropical storm. That can lead to a feeling of complacency that can be dangerous, or even deadly, when a hurricane hits. Any town or state that borders the coast, and even inland states as evidenced by Hurricane Irene in 2011, need to be aware of the possibility that a hurricane will hit their community any year.
 
Doomsday Movies Tap a Human
The News - Current Events
June 04, 2013
doomsday apocalypse movies
Summer’s here, and so is the end of the world. Again.

Hollywood has been luring us into air-conditioned terror from time immemorial, or at least since 1951, when in "The Day the Earth Stood Still"; Patricia Neal had to say the immortal words “Klaatu barada nikto” to keep an alien robot from destroying the world and ourselves for our warlike ways. Since a flying saucer blasted the White House to smithereens in "Independence Day" in 1996, the varieties of summer disaster have gotten ever more vivid and cosmic. So my interest was piqued when I kept encountering a pair of movie trailers depicting A-list movie stars on a future ravaged and abandoned Earth.
 
Rising Mississippi River threatening towns
The News - Climate-Environment
June 04, 2013
mississippi river flooding
Mississippi River communities scrambling Tuesday to fend off the rain-engorged waterway got discouraging news: More rains looming across much of the nation's midsection threatened to slow the potential retreat of the renegade river.

Such an outlook may not be welcomed in the northeast Missouri town of West Alton, where a makeshift levee's breach Monday fanned worries that the 570-resident town — which was mostly swept away by a flood in 1993 — would be inundated again. A voluntary evacuation advisory before the breach was fixed was heeded by just 15 percent of the town's residents, but "everyone else is ready to go at a moment's notice" if the hastily shored-up barrier shows signs of giving way, Fire Chief Rick Pender said Tuesday. For now, he said, "everything is stable," with much of the flooding corralled in a railroad bed acting as a town-protecting channel.
 
An Open Letter to the Reluctant Prepper
The News - Disaster Preparedness
June 04, 2013
family walking holding hands (Custom)Becoming prepared can be a lonely journey.  Family members scoff and friends roll their eyes and shy away, thinking you have joined the tin foil hat society. You want to share and you want to talk but say too much to the wrong people and you may be setting yourself up for future free-loading, looting, or worse.

This is a dilemma faced by almost every prepper I know. Most want to join up with other like-minded people but who do they trust?  The issue of trust is one reason why most of us want family members and close friends to come onboard the prepping wagon but alas, few do so willingly and even then, only give lip service to the effort.  I know.  Other than my husband, Shelly (also known as the Survival Husband) none of my family preps and very few of my friends do so either. [BackDoorSurvival]
 
There's a hole in the sun, NASA says
The News - Science-Astronomy
June 04, 2013
hole in the sun
During the latter part of last week, a huge void rotated across the face of the sun.

But never fear, it isn’t a sign of the “end times” or some weird sci-fi stellar malnourishment: This particular hole is a coronal hole. Though it may be a well-known phenomenon, it is noteworthy — it’s the largest coronal hole to be observed in the sun’s atmosphere for over a year. Snapped through three of NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory's (SDO) extreme ultraviolet filters, this coronal hole is caused by a low density region of hot plasma.
 
UN Expert Worries About Killer Robots, Ignores The Ones That Already Exist
The News - War-Draft
June 04, 2013
ASW fake FA37
Yesterday, a United Nations expert called for a halt and moratorium on developing "lethal autonomous robotics," or, in layman's terms, "killer robots."

His argument: once killer robots take part in war, there will be no going back. Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, told the Human Rights Council that now is the time to regulate and stop killer robots, arguing that "decisions over life and death in armed conflict may require compassion and intuition." He also urged the council to form a panel that would study whether international laws in place today adequately address the use of killer robots. Thing is, killer robots already exist. And they're about the least compassionate machines we could imagine.
 
Deadly Okla. tornado widest on record, rare EF5
The News - Natural Disasters
June 04, 2013
Oklahoma EF5 Tornado
The deadly tornado that struck near Oklahoma City late last week had a record-breaking width of 2.6 miles and was the second top-of-the-scale EF5 twister to hit the area in less than two weeks, the National Weather Service reported Tuesday.

The weather service initially rated the Friday tornado that hit El Reno as an EF3. But the agency upgraded the ranking after surveying damage from the twister, which along with subsequent flooding killed 18 people. The weather service determined that the storm packed winds reaching 295 mph. The update means the Oklahoma City area has seen two of the extremely rare EF5 tornadoes in only 11 days. The other hit Moore, a city about 25 miles away from El Reno, on May 20, killing 24 people and causing widespread damage.
 
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