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The Frankenfood Conspiracy
The News - Climate-Environment
June 22, 2013
GMO Food
Even by the standards of an industry that claims to be able to end hunger, prevent environmental catastrophe and bring prosperity to the developing world, it must have felt like a breathtakingly audacious move. Last summer, the world’s biggest biotech corporations decided the time was right to convince the Government to allow so-called Frankenstein food to be grown in its fields.

That should have been a nigh on impossible task. After all, opinion polls have for years demonstrated that the public has huge and keenly felt reservations about GM food. In addition to widespread fears about releasing such products into the countryside, voters are seriously concerned by the prospect of having to eat the stuff.
 
3 bodies found in Alberta floodwaters - 100,000 displaced
The News - Natural Disasters
June 21, 2013
Canada flooding 2013 disaster
Three bodies have been discovered in a river near High River, Alta., during the province's worst flooding in decades, say the RCMP. Officers have only recovered two of the bodies, with one being too dangerous to reach.The identities of the victims have not been released.

As Albertans faced more rain Friday, the downpour has left hundreds of homes semi-submerged, lifted railroad tracks and inundated the Calgary Stampede grounds. At least 100,000 Albertans, including about 75,000 Calgarians, have been forced out of their homes and large areas of Calgary's downtown core were set to be evacuated Thursday afternoon.
 
Sunday's Supermoon Won't Drive You Mad
The News - Science-Astronomy
June 21, 2013
June 2013 Supermoon
The full moon that will rise Sunday (June 23) will be the largest of the year, a "supermoon" caused by the slightly asymmetrical orbit of the moon around Earth.

A supermoon is a full moon that happens within 12 hours of the lunar perigree, or the point in the lunar orbit that brings the moon closest to Earth. The moon's orbit is slightly elliptical; at its closest approach, the moon is 225,622 miles (363,104 kilometers) from Earth. At its farthest, the moon is 252,088 miles (405,696 km) away. The nearest full moon appears about 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than the full moon at its farthest point from the planet. But despite folklore to the contrary, the supermoon is not responsible for natural disasters, babies being born or people going mad.
 
New Killer Virus : 'Single biggest worldwide public health threat'
The News - Current Events
June 20, 2013
MERS outbreak 2013
Amid fears of a new pandemic more deadly than Sars, 80 officials and doctors, including two from Britain, gathered in Cairo yesterday to examine ways of tackling Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, dubbed MERS.

The coronavirus is casting a shadow over the annual Muslim pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia, where four new deaths were announced on Monday.The three-day meeting called by the World Health Organisation will look at developing guidelines for Ramadan. In October, more than two million people are expected to attend the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.
 
The top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant
The News - Politics / Corruption
June 20, 2013
government corruption
Top secret documents submitted to the court that oversees surveillance by US intelligence agencies show the judges have signed off on broad orders which allow the NSA to make use of information "inadvertently" collected from domestic US communications without a warrant.

The Guardian is publishing in full two documents submitted to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (known as the Fisa court), signed by Attorney General Eric Holder and stamped 29 July 2009. They detail the procedures the NSA is required to follow to target "non-US persons" under its foreign intelligence powers and what the agency does to minimize data collected on US citizens and residents in the course of that surveillance.
 
Indian monsoon flooding 'leaves 1000 dead'
The News - Natural Disasters
June 20, 2013
india monsoon flooding
Helicopters and close to 10,000 soldiers have been deployed to rescue tourists and pilgrims stranded after floods caused by torrential monsoon rains hit the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand at the weekend. More than 22,400 people have so far been rescued, as the military takes advantage of clearer weather, but another 62,000 are still stranded, the Home Ministry said in a statement.

"Our priority is to take out the children and women first by helicopter," said Ajay Chadha, chief of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police.

"We hope to rescue all the living and then start the scavenging task," Chadha said in New Delhi, referring to the task of finding the dead. Houses, buildings and vehicles have collapsed or been swept away by overflowing rivers and landslides, while bridges and narrow roads leading to pilgrimage towns have also been destroyed, officials said.
 
Apocalyptic scenes as smog engulfs Singapore
The News - Climate-Environment
June 20, 2013
apocalypse smog
Fast-food deliveries have been cancelled, the army has suspended field training and even Singapore's top marathon runner has retreated as residents try to protect themselves from the smog that has descended on the city-state.

In Singapore's worst environmental crisis in more than a decade, the skyscrapers lining the Marina Bay financial district were shrouded by thick smoke Thursday as raging forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia's Sumatra island pushed air pollution levels to an all-time high. Marathon runner Mok Ying Ren said the haze had forced him to run indoors on a gym treadmill as "it is just too crazy to run outdoors in these conditions".
 
Natural causes 'all but ruled out' in Colorado wildfire
The News - Climate-Environment
June 20, 2013
colorado wildfire not natural
With firefighters close to extinguishing one of the most destructive fires in Colorado's history, investigators have "all but ruled out natural causes" in the blaze near Colorado Springs, a sheriff told reporters Thursday.

Authorities still are determining what caused this month's 16,000-acre Black Forest Fire, which killed two people, destroyed more than 500 structures and prompted tens of thousands of people to flee. But investigators scouring a 24-square-foot area where the fire is thought to have started believe a natural cause is out of the question, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said.
 
20 Items to Kick Start Your Food Storage Plan
The News - Disaster Preparedness
June 20, 2013
food storage plan
No matter how many times I write about food, there is always something new to consider or a new and different way to present the same old information in a more useful manner.  With that in mind, today I would like to share a method for getting started with your food storage program in an easy, step by step, and cost effective manner.

To be truthful, my initial goal with this article was to respond to readers who were just getting started and wanted a shopping list of things to buy for their food storage pantry.  I also wanted to compile a checklist that more experienced preppers could use to compare what they had to what they needed.  My goal can pretty much be summed up by saying that I wanted to write about getting started with food storage the easy way.  No frills, no fluff – just a common sense list of food items to get you started. [BackDoorSurvival]
 
Indian landslides leave thousands trapped in valley
The News - Natural Disasters
June 20, 2013
Indian landslides 2013
As many as 4,000 people are believed trapped by landslides in a narrow valley near a Hindu shrine in the Indian Himalayas, days after floods killed more than 100 people.

Helicopters have ferried rescue workers and doctors along with equipment, food and medicine to Kedarnath in the state of Uttrakhand, the nearest town. Most of those stranded are Hindu pilgrims who were visiting four revered shrines. Amit Chandola, a state spokesman, said authorities had so far been unable to reach eight villages feared washed away by the weekend floods in the worst-hit districts of Rudraprayag and Chamoli.
 
“Take a Press Release from the Federal Reserve and They Think It Was Written by God”
The News - Economy
June 19, 2013
dollar in flames
If there’s one thing that individual investors can take away from Ben Bernanke’s latest Fed update, it’s that all confidence in the financial and economic systems of this country has been lost.

Within seconds of Ben Bernanke suggesting the Fed would taper monetary expansion and reduce their activity stock markets tumbled. This proves one thing, and it’s what we and many other critics of Fed policy have been saying for nearly five years. The only thing keeping the entire system afloat is the fact that the U.S dollar is the world’s reserve currency, and that we can print it to infinitum. [SHTFPLAN]
 
New Virus Found in Middle East Could Be Deadlier Than SARS.
The News - Current Events
June 19, 2013
virus middle east
A new virus responsible for an outbreak of respiratory illness in the Middle East may be more deadly than SARS, according to a team of infectious disease specialists who recently investigated a set of cases in Saudi Arabia.

Of 23 confirmed cases in April, 15 people died — an “extremely high” fatality rate of 65 percent, according to Johns Hopkins senior epidemiologist Trish Perl, a member of the team that analyzed the spread of the virus through four Saudi hospitals. Saudi officials said that as of Wednesday, 49 people have contracted the disease and 32 have died.
 
Why Is Africa Ripping Apart? Seismic Scan May Tell
The News - Science-Astronomy
June 19, 2013
Africa ripping apart
Arrays of sensors stretching across more than 1,500 miles in Africa are now probing the giant crack in the Earth located there — a fissure linked with human evolution — to discover why and how continents get ripped apart. Over the course of millions of years, Earth's continents break up as they are slowly torn apart by the planet's tectonic forces. All the ocean basins on the Earth started as continental rifts, such as the Rio Grande rift in North America and Asia's Baikal rift in Siberia.

The giant rift in Eastern Africa was born when Arabia and Africa began pulling away from each other about 26 million to 29 million years ago. Although this rift has grown less than 1 inch (2.54 centimeters) per year, the dramatic results include the formation and ongoing spread of the Red Sea, as well as the East African Rift Valley, the landscape that might have been home to the first humans.[LS]
 
Biologists race to solve mysterious mass animal deaths in Florida lagoon
The News - Climate-Environment
June 19, 2013
Florida lagoon dead animals
At least 111 manatees, 300 pelicans, and 46 dolphins — emaciated to the point of skin and bones — were all found dead in America’s most biologically diverse estuary.

Something is seriously wrong. The northern stretches of the Indian River Lagoon of Florida has a mass murder mystery that biologists are racing to figure out. The lagoon contains more species than anywhere else in the U.S. It is a barrier island complex stretching across 40 percent of Florida’s coast, around Cape Canaveral, and consisting of the Mosquito Lagoon, the Banana River and the Indian River Lagoon.
 
Baked Alaska: Unusual heat wave hits 49th state
The News - Climate-Environment
June 19, 2013
Alaska heatwave 2013
A heat wave hitting Alaska may not rival the blazing heat of Phoenix or Las Vegas, but to residents of the 49th state, the days of hot weather feel like a stifling oven - or a tropical paradise.

With temperatures topping 80 degrees in Anchorage, and higher in other parts of the state, people have been sweltering in a place where few homes have air conditioning. They're sunbathing and swimming at local lakes, hosing down their dogs and cleaning out supplies of fans in at least one local hardware store. Mid-June normally brings high temperatures in the 60s in Anchorage, and just a month ago, it was still snowing.
 
World's poorest will feel brunt of climate change, warns World Bank
The News - Climate-Environment
June 19, 2013
poor people climate change
Millions of people around the world are likely to be pushed back into poverty because climate change is undermining economic development in poor countries, the World Bank has warned.

Droughts, floods, heatwaves, sea-level rises and fiercer storms are likely to accompany increasing global warming and will cause severe hardship in areas that are already poor or were emerging from poverty, the bank said in a report. Food shortages will be among the first consequences within just two decades, along with damage to cities from fiercer storms and migration as people try to escape the effects. [GUARDIAN]
 
The most dangerous places to live in America: Spectacular maps
The News - Disaster Preparedness
June 19, 2013
Dangerous places in the United States
As firefighters battle to contain the Colorado wildfires and clean-up crews trawl through the debris following the Oklahoma tornado, a series of maps have been published that illustrate the most deadly places in America.

The data may look spectacular laid out in colorful graphics, but they clearly identify the deadly effects of Mother Nature. The maps were created by John Nelson, a UX & Mapping manager at IDV Solutions and were reported by the Business Insider. Using a spreadsheet he converted the data into a pixelated map of the U.S which created the spectacular graphics.  After plotting the data he was able to create charts which show the most disaster-prone areas across America.
 
Bye-bye 5th Amendment! Anything You Don’t Say Can and Will Be Used Against You
The News - Politics / Corruption
June 19, 2013
burning constitution
Everyone knows that when building a police state, it’s vital to strike a few Constitutional rights off the books.  Now, we can add the right to remain silent to the graveyard of the American justice system.  How can you expect the people to be properly subjugated with all those pesky freedoms that the Bill of Rights blathers on about?

The would-be totalitarians can chalk up another victory, because the Supreme Court has made the decision that if you opt to remain silent, that silence can (and will) be used against you in a court of law. The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees our right against self-incrimination. [TheOrganicPrepper]
 
Colorado Wildfire Snuffs Over 500 homes; California Fire a Threat
The News - Climate-Environment
June 19, 2013
california wildfires 2013
The number of homes destroyed by a Colorado wildfire rose above 500 on Tuesday as rain dampened the flames and allowed damage assessment teams to enter charred neighborhoods, as another threatening blaze grew in California.

Authorities said the so-called Black Forest Fire, which has killed at least two people and has burned in the rolling hills outside Colorado Springs for the past week, was 85 percent contained by Tuesday. The most destructive fire in Colorado's history has charred 22 square miles (57 square km), destroyed 502 homes, and underscored concerns that prolonged drought conditions in the U.S. West could intensify this year's fire season. [SA]
 
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