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Danube reaches record levels -- Budapest goes on ‘high alert’ for river to burst its banks
The News - Natural Disasters
June 10, 2013
Danube flooding 2013
Budapest was on high alert yesterday as the River Danube threatened to burst its banks and flood the historic city. The river peaked at record highs as desperate homeowners, hotel staff and military reservists piled sandbags in front of their buildings to protect the Hungarian capital.

Tens of thousands have been forced to leave their homes and at least a dozen people have been killed in floods that have hit central Europe in the past week.
 
Gun shop owners still feeling prolonged ammunition shortage
The News - Disaster Preparedness
June 10, 2013
2013 ammo shortage
Every Friday as the sun comes up, a crowd forms outside Dick's Sporting Goods in Brandon waiting for the doors to open at 9. They aren't there for Black Friday door-buster deals. They want bullets.

Miss first dibs on the Friday shipments, and gun owners know the pickings will be slim to none. Dick's, like virtually every other store that sells guns, has been suffering from a yearlong shortage of pistol and rifle ammunition. And there's no end in sight.

"You really, really have to hunt it down," said Joshua Reynerson, who was among 15 people standing in line for ammo on Friday, a number that has sometimes reached 50. "It's highly frustrating."
 
How Do You Feed Nine Billion People?
The News - Climate-Environment
June 10, 2013
feed 9 billion people world hunger
An international team of scientists has developed crop models to better forecast food production to feed a growing population -- projected to reach 9 billion by mid-century -- in the face of climate change.

In a paper appearing in Nature Climate Change, members of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project unveiled an all-encompassing modeling system that integrates multiple crop simulations with improved climate change models. AgMIP's effort has produced new knowledge that better predicts global wheat yields while reducing political and socio-economic influences that can skew data and planning efforts, said Bruno Basso, Michigan State University ecosystem scientist and AgMIP member.
 
When Prepping Just Isn’t Enough
The News - Disaster Preparedness
June 10, 2013
prepping not enough
There’s a sense of urgency in the prepping community lately that is at an all time high. Between the global elite warmongers, the impending financial collapse as the government makes plans to attach pension funds, the new viruses, Monsanto’s GMO seeds running amok and threatening the world’s food supply, and  Big Food’s toxic food-like substances in the grocery stores with no regard for actual nutrition, it is clear that we are going downhill fast. The soothing ”everything-is-just-fine” propaganda is so blatant that even the most die-hard zombie is beginning to see that something is amiss and that a massive change is soon to take place.

Many of us have stocked our homes to the rafters with beans, rice, bullets, and band-aids.  Each trip to the store adds more to our stockpiles as we try to get what we need before time runs out.  Newbie preppers are feeling even more frantic, wondering how to prepare when each week it takes more money to put less in the grocery cart. (If you’re new to preparedness, here’s a little primer with some great links.)
 
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.
 
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