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Doomsday Fear: Could an EMP Throw World into Chaos?
The News - Science-Astronomy
August 14, 2013
EMP Nuke solar disaster no power
SOMEWHERE IN THE CAROLINA MOUNTAINS — If a nuclear bomb went off in the high atmosphere over the United States, it could possibly take out the electrical grids over most of the country. Likewise, a huge solar flare could create widespread devastation by knocking out electricity, experts say.

One family is going to the extreme to prepare for such a contingency, building a castle here in the Carolina mountains where they could hole up without electricity and fend for themselves for months or years. The family is the subject of a new show on the National Geographic Channel called "Doomsday Castle," which premiers tonight (Aug. 13) at 10 o'clock ET. But how likely is such a scenario?
 
What Will The End Be Like For Me If I Donít Prepare?
The News - Disaster Preparedness
August 14, 2013
When “The End” is brought up in conversation most people think of a science fiction novel or movie portraying it as some Earth shattering event – boom and it is over.  The almost certain truth behind this is that it will not be the Earth, the Sun, or solar system that gets it.  The real end will more than likely come with human civilization as we know it coming to an abrupt closure.  What you as a person are in danger of is very likely not a mass extinction of all of human life, but the crumbling and complete fall of the structures and foundation that holds up all that most every human being depends on for survival.

There is an old saying that ‘no man is an island.’ It indeed takes a rare, almost unique person who can boast that they are free of dependency of the components of modern day life to make it alone.  If and when human society collapses, someone’s chances of post True SHTF (TSHTF) survival will be partially in proportion to just how self reliant they can become.  The other ratio will be just how well someone can adapt to a new world void of the conveniences which have become totally expected by the masses.
 
A storm is coming: Sun's poles are set to FLIP within four months
The News - Science-Astronomy
August 07, 2013
sun's magnetic field reversal
  • The sun's magnetic field reverses its polarity once every 11 years or so
  • Flip represents a peak in solar activity where bursts of energy are released
  • These bursts can lead to space storms and changes to Earth's climate
  • Radio and satellite communications may also be affected

The sun’s magnetic field is expected to flip in the next three to four months and it could lead to changes in our climate, storms and disruption to satellites. This solar event only happens once every 11 years and signals what physicists call the Solar Maximum - a time when the Sun's solar activity is at its highest. During this peak in activity the outbursts of solar energy can increase the amount of cosmic and UV rays coming towards Earth and this can interfere with radio communications, cause solar bursts of light - known as flares - and can affect the planet's temperature.
 
All Of The Asteroids That Could Potentially End The World
The News - Science-Astronomy
August 06, 2013
end world asteroids
It's no surprise that NASA is keeping track of all potentially hazardous objects, or PHOs, that surround our planet. If it's closer than 4.6 million miles away and larger than about 350 feet in diameter, NASA's watching it. And if a comet or asteroid's orbit comes close enough to ours that there's some potential for it to collide with our planet, NASA classifies it as a PHO. If something that size smacked Earth, it'd cause a major tsunami (if it hit water) or major regional destruction (if it hit land).

There are 1,397 known potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs) at the moment, which you can see in this list. (The other PHOs are comets.) But why look at a list when you can look at a massive gorgeous picture? The image above, taken from NASA/JPL's Photojournal, shows all 1,397 of those PHAs as represented by their orbits. Kind of amazing that we haven't been hit by one, isn't it?
 
H7N9 bird flu in likely China spread between people, researchers find
The News - Current Events
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."
 
Russian Meteor Might Have Siblings in Tow
The News - Science-Astronomy
August 05, 2013
Russian Meteor Siblings
The house-sized rock that exploded spectacularly in the skies near Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February may have been a member of a gang of asteroids that still poses a threat to Earth, a new study says. The evidence is circumstantial, but future observations could help to settle the question.

On 15 February, an 11,000-ton space rock slammed into the atmosphere above Russia, producing the most powerful impact since the Tunguska explosion in 1908 — which may also have been caused by an asteroid — and generating a shock wave that damaged buildings and injured more than 1,000 people. The 18-meter-wide object could not be seen as it approached the planet because it was obscured by the Sun's glare, but observations made while it was in the atmosphere have enabled several groups of researchers to estimate its orbit.
 
How To Make A DIY Anti-Surveillance Spray
The News - Current Events
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.
 
NYC, Miami Expand Hurricane Evacuation Zones for 2013 Season
The News - Disaster Preparedness
August 05, 2013
NYC and Miami hurricane zones
New York City and Miami-Dade County are some of the areas that expanded the zones following the use of SLOSH, the Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes. It is a computer model developed by the National Weather Service to estimate storm surges. But officials warn residents not to focus on the hurricane's category but rather on its potential impacts.

New zones in New York City, six in total, were announced as part of the city's Hurricane Sandy After-Action report. Miami-Dade's zones expanded from three to five; officials said the expanded zones are a significant change from the maps of the last 10 years.
 
BOOGA BOOGA : 'TERRORISTS' READY TO ATTACK...
The News - Current Events
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.
 
Pandemic of pension woes is plaguing the nation
The News - Humor
August 05, 2013
pension pandemic
Detroit, you're not alone.  Across the nation, cities and states are watching Detroit's largest-ever municipal bankruptcy filing with great trepidation. Years of underfunded retirement promises to public sector workers, which helped lay Detroit low, could plunge them into a similar and terrifying financial hole.

A CNBC.com analysis of more than 120 of the nation's largest state and local pension plans finds they face a wide range of burdens as their aging workforces near retirement.
 
Fact or Fiction?: We Can Push the Planet into a Runaway Greenhouse Apocalypse
The News - Climate-Environment
July 31, 2013
runaway climate disaster
“Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice,” the poet Robert Frost mused in 1920. Frost famously held “with those who favor fire,” and that poetic view surprisingly coincides with mainstream scientific consensus about the end of the world, which states the sun will in some seven billion to eight billion years evolve into a red giant star that will scorch and perhaps even engulf Earth.

Yet when that happens, Earth will already have been dead for billions of years, and will more resemble present-day Venus. As the sun slowly brightens over time on its path to becoming a red giant, it will eventually cross a critical threshold in which its luminosity surpasses our planet’s ability to dissipate absorbed radiation out into space. At that point, somewhere between one billion and three billion years from now, Earth’s surface temperature will steadily rise until the boiling oceans throw a thick blanket of steamy water vapor around the planet. All that water vapor, itself a potent greenhouse gas, will raise temperatures higher still to cook another greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, out of Earth’s rocks. The end result will be a “runaway greenhouse” in which the planet loses its water to space and bakes beneath a crushing atmosphere of almost pure carbon dioxide.
 
XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'
The News - Politics / Corruption
July 31, 2013
XKeyScore
• XKeyscore gives 'widest-reaching' collection of online data
• NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches
• Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history

A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest-reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet.
 
Massive solar flare narrowly misses Earth, EMP disaster barely avoided
The News - Science-Astronomy
July 31, 2013
food storage amount
The earth barely missed taking a massive solar punch in the teeth two weeks ago, an "electromagnetic pulse" so big that it could have knocked out power, cars and iPhones throughout the United States.

Two EMP experts told Secrets that the EMP flashed through earth's typical orbit around the sun about two weeks before the planet got there.

"The world escaped an EMP catastrophe," said Henry Cooper, who lead strategic arms negotiations with the Soviet Union under President Reagan, and who now heads High Frontier, a group pushing for missile defense.
 
The Price of Anarchy: How Contagion Spreads
The News - Disaster Preparedness
July 30, 2013
contagion spread disease
During infectious disease outbreaks, personal freedom comes at a price: the welfare of the public as a whole, a new study finds. In the research, scientists investigated whether, in the event of an outbreak, people should be allowed to move about freely or if authorities should enforce travel restrictions to halt the disease's spread.

"What we were trying to understand better is how actions, in terms of routing humans, could affect the spread of disease," said study researcher Ruben Juanes, a geoscientist at MIT in Cambridge, Mass.
 
Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse: Just Do the Math
The News - Disaster Preparedness
July 30, 2013
survive zombies
This equation could spell your doom: (bN)(S/N)Z = bSZ. That is, if you ever found yourself in the midst of a zombie pandemic.

That's because the calculation describes the rate of zombie transmission, from one walking dead individual to many, according to its creators, Robert J. Smith?, a mathematics professor at the University of Ottawa who spells his name with a "?" at the end, and his students. Smith's work has inspired other researchers to create zombie mathematical models, which will be published with Smith's work in the upcoming book, "Mathematical Modeling of Zombies" (University of Ottawa Press, 2014). Though of course done tongue-in-cheek, Smith's study demonstrates why zombies are the viruses of the monster world. Their likeness to viruses makes the creatures ideal subjects for theoretical epidemiological analyses, which can be used to capture the public's imagination as well as explore scientific principles, Smith said.
 
Economic Collapse Cannot Be Predicted By Charts - Other Standard Economic Indicators
The News - Economy
July 30, 2013
stock market crash
Most astute observers and analysts understand that the world is on the brink of a widespread economic collapse. Our debt, the expansion of the U.S. police state, the militarization of governments, and geo-political posturing are all pointing to an end to life as we have come to know it in the modern world.

We know it’s coming. The question is when? What signs should we be looking for? What will be the catalyst?

The following micro documentary from Storm Clouds Gathering examines the complexity of the variables involved, the intentions of those making the decisions, and the various possibilities – real or imagined – that may set the whole thing into motion. [SHTFPLAN]
 
NASA asks for help lassoing an asteroid, gets flooded with replies
The News - Science-Astronomy
July 30, 2013
stop asteroid impact
NASA has received more than 400 responses to its Asteroid Grand Challenge, issued last month as part of the agency’s ramped-up effort to build its asteroid-wrangling know-how before an Earth-bound asteroid is spotted.

The response comes after NASA announced last month that it has identified about ten thousand Near Earth Objects, that is, asteroids and comets that come within 28 million miles of Earth’s orbit. Just ten percent of those objects are large enough to causes substantial global damage to Earth – bigger than about 100 feet wide – and none of them are on an impact trajectory toward our planet.
 
Top 10 Best Disaster Preparedness and Survival Books
The News - Disaster Preparedness
July 30, 2013
This is a list of the top 10 recommended disaster preparedness and survival books, as compiled by Armageddon Online. They aren't in any particular ranked order, but every one of them has been recommended by members, mentioned in numerous site reviews, and a few have actually been read by me! They cover information that everyone SHOULD know, but many people choose to ignore or dismiss. If & when a disaster does happen, these book will do their best to get you, your friends, and your family ready!
 
Prepping for an EMP and Solar Flares
The News - Current Events
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]
 
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