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US Moving Towards War on Syria? US Moving Towards War on Syria?
The News - War-Draft
August 24, 2013
US War with Syria
The guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) arrives for a visit at the port of Souda Bay in Greece on June 11. It is one of the four armed warships the Navy has in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, according to U.S. defense officials. (AFP Photo/US Navy/D.L. Paul Farle)President Barack Obama is meeting with his national security team Saturday, and the Pentagon is moving naval forces closer to Syria, in what appear to be preparations for potential direct attacks following allegations of chemical weapons use in the outskirts of Damascus, despite murky details surrounding the alleged attacks and stern warnings against intervention from experts.
State of emergency in San Francisco as huge wildfire moves into Yosemite
The News - Climate-Environment
August 24, 2013
california wildfires 2013
A huge wildfire raging on the western boundary of Yosemite National Park was gaining strength on Saturday and led California's governor, Jerry Brown, to declare a state of emergency 150 miles away in San Francisco. Officials fear the blaze could threaten the city's water and power supply.

The week-long fire on the slopes of the western Sierra Nevada mountains is burning across nearly 200 sq miles, threatens 5,500 homes and could push deeper into Yosemite – one of the country's most treasured national parks as well as one of California's most popular tourist destinations.
Slowest Start To A Hurricane Season On Record
The News - Natural Disasters
August 24, 2013
As we approach the end of August, there have been no Atlantic hurricanes. By this date in the year 1886, there had already been seven hurricanes – including three major hurricanes, one of which wiped the city of Indianola, Texas off the map.
Sun Fires Solar Storm Directly at Earth
The News - Science-Astronomy
August 22, 2013
solar flare CME 2013
The sun unleashed a powerful storm early Tuesday morning, sending an enormous cloud of superheated particles rocketing toward Earth. The solar eruption, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), occurred at 4:24 a.m. EDT (0824 GMT) Tuesday and blasted billions of tons of solar particles toward Earth at a mind-boggling speed of 2 million mph (3.3 million km/h).

"Experimental NASA research models, based on observations from NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, show that the CME left the sun at speeds of around 570 miles per second, which is a fairly typical speed for CMEs," NASA officials wrote in an update today. NASA's twin Stereo spacecraft and the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, operated by NASA and the European Space Agency, captured photos of the solar storm from space.
5 Survival Stories (Almost) Too Miraculous to be Real
The News - Humor
August 21, 2013
A human being is a fragile creature. All it takes is a nasty bump or a wrong meal to finish us off. Still, as we have previously pointed out, under the right circumstances people can be borderline invincible. There are a few men and women who have been able to survive things that could -- and by all rights should -- kill a horde of elephants. Let's take a moment to celebrate these unkillable supermen.
5 survival stories
New H7N7 bird flu strain discovered that could pose threat to humans
The News - Current Events
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.
Catastrophic Event: “Crisis Unfolding Somewhere in the Background"
The News - Disaster Preparedness
August 21, 2013
If there’s one thing we know about how the US government operates, it’s that the American people are often the last to know about serious problems that may be taking place behind the scenes.

This week, in a move that has spooked a lot of economic and financial analysts, President Barack Obama held a special, closed door meeting with the heads of the U.S. government’s financial, monetary and oversight agencies. It included members of the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, the CFTC, the SEC, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency. This has left many wondering what is really going on – and if a serious event is about to take place yet again. [SHTFPLAN]
Fukushima Radiation Leak: 5 Things You Should Know
The News - Climate-Environment
August 21, 2013
fukushima leakage radiation
Japan's nuclear regulator has raised the threat level of a radioactive leak at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant from 1 to 3 on a 7-point scale. Officials said Tuesday that a storage tank has leaked 300 tons of radioactive water into the ground. The rating upgrade, which has to be confirmed by the United Nations' nuclear agency, would be the first since the March 2011 quake-induced reactor meltdown.

Here are five things to know about the leak and related radiation:
Fracking Caused 100 Earthquakes in Just 1 Year
The News - Current Events
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.
Low Cost Food Storage Ideas for New Preppers. Here’s How To Do It Yourself and Save!
The News - Disaster Preparedness
August 16, 2013
DIY food storage
In today’s economic climate, finances are a major concern for everyone, but doubly so for the prepper or survivalist. Not only are we trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy in our everyday lives, we are also attempting to put together a “kit” for another lifestyle altogether, a kit that will keep us alive when everything falls apart.

Generally, the first items purchased by a prepper are foodstuffs, and these preps can be made slowly and relatively inexpensively, over a long period of time, or one can bite the bullet and spend a fortune to “prep” quickly, and in today’s socio-economic climate, quickly is the byword. [LINK]
Police Destroy Organic Farm in Massive SWAT Team Raid
The News - Politics / Corruption
August 16, 2013
SWAT destroys organic market
The police raid of a small organic farm in Arlington, Texas, which lasted for more than 10 hours and included aerial surveillance and a SWAT team, resulted in a confiscation of vegetables and plants on the property only,  Huff Post reported.

Owners of the property called “Garden of Eden” are now demanding an apology from police and compensation for what was taken from them including 17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants, native grasses and sunflowers, after police were granted a search warrant for marijuana plants. Ironically, no evidence of marijuana was found on the property.
The USDA Is Pushing Food Stamps Like a Drug Dealer at a Grade School
The News - Economy
August 16, 2013
food stamps cards EBT
One in 7 Americans receives food stamps and the government wants the number to be even higher. Yes, I said higher. The USDA is soliciting people to receive food stamps in the manner of a drug dealer on a grade school playground.  ”Psst – hey you!  I’ve got something for you…it’s free…come on, try it.  You’ll like it!”

Even though we are drowning in debt and going under after a last gasp of air, the government of the United States is encouraging more people to go on the dole, even if doing so had never crossed their minds. [LINK]
Underwater Avalanche! Melting Ice Caps Could Trigger Tsunamis
The News - Natural Disasters
August 16, 2013
underwater tsunami disaster
If melting ice caps trigger rapid sea level rise, the strain that the edges of continents could experience might set off underwater landslides, new research suggests. Submarine landslides happen on every continental margin, the underwater parts of continental plates bordering oceanic plates. These underwater avalanches, which can happen when underwater slopes get hit by earthquakes or otherwise have too much weight loaded onto them, can generate dangerous tsunamis.

A staggering half of all the Earth moved by submarine landslides over the past 125,000 years apparently happened between 8,000 and 15,000 years ago. "This time period coincides with the period of most rapid sea level rise following the end of the last ice age," said study co-author Daniel Brothers, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey's Coastal and Marine Science Center in Woods Hole, Mass.
Solar flare? Maybe not. Explaining four different kinds of solar storms.
The News - Science-Astronomy
August 16, 2013
solar flare types
Earthlings first took note of the sun's impact on technology in 1859, when a high-energy outburst disrupted telegraph service and lit the night sky with auroras as far south as Hawaii and Cuba. That event remains the strongest geomagnetic storm to date since the dawn of the Industrial Age, scientists say.

Like terrestrial storms, these events trigger effects that range from beautiful to annoying to dangerous. But what causes them? Here we explain four different kinds of solar outbursts – such as solar flares – that can impact us here on Earth.
Slow Earthquakes May Foretell Larger Events
The News - Natural Disasters
August 16, 2013
slow earthquake larger
Monitoring slow earthquakes may provide a basis for reliable prediction in areas where slow quakes trigger normal earthquakes, according to Penn State geoscientists. -- "We currently don't have any way to remotely monitor when land faults are about to move," said Chris Marone, professor of geophysics. "This has the potential to change the game for earthquake monitoring and prediction, because if it is right and you can make the right predictions, it could be big."

Marone and Bryan Kaproth-Gerecht, recent Ph.D. graduate, looked at the mechanisms behind slow earthquakes and found that 60 seconds before slow stick slip began in their laboratory samples, a precursor signal appeared. Normal stick slip earthquakes typically move at a rate of three to 33 feet per second, but slow earthquakes, while they still stick and slip for movement, move at rates of about 0.004 inches per second taking months or more to rupture. However, slow earthquakes often occur near traditional earthquake zones and may precipitate potentially devastating earthquakes.
Disaster Scenarios that Disrupt the Food Supply
The News - Disaster Preparedness
August 15, 2013
As promised in my previous post, today I’ll discuss the types of SHTF scenarios that may disrupt the food supply. The type of disruption varies from much higher prices, to lack of availability of certain staple food, to a temporary shutdown of grocery stores.

I don’t want to spend too much time discussing severe and very unlikely The End Of The World As We Know It scenarios. Obviously, if there is a complete breakdown of the economy, of society or of civilization, you won’t be taking that weekly trip to the supermarket. It’s The End Of The Supermarket As We Know It (TEOTSAWKI). But you also won’t be able to deal with such a severe event or set of events with ordinary prudent preparedness. I’m not prepped for TEOTWAWKI, and most of you are not either. It’s just too expensive and too much of a disruption of normal life to prepare for complete independence from the economy and society. [PREPBLOG]
The Government Now Admits There's an 'Area 51'
The News - Cover-Up-Conspiracy
August 15, 2013
area 51 existence confirmed
Newly declassified documents, obtained by George Washington University's National Security Archive, appear to for the first time acknowledge the existence of Area 51. Hundreds of pages describe the genesis of the Nevada site that was home to the government's spy plane program for decades. The documents do not, however, mention aliens.

The project started humbly. In the pre-drone era about a decade after the end of World War II, President Eisenhower signed off on a project aimed at building a high-altitude, long-range, manned aircraft that could photograph remote targets. Working together, the Air Force and Lockheed developed a craft that could hold the high-resolution cameras required for the images, a craft that became the U-2. Why "U-2"?
One-Shot Volcanoes Can Be Explosively Dangerous
The News - Natural Disasters
August 15, 2013
dangerous one shot volcanoes
Volcanoes with multiple eruptions get all the glory, earning top spots on lists of the world's most dangerous and most famous fiery mountains. But monogenetic volcanoes, which erupt briefly and then die, are more common on land than volcanoes such as Mount St. Helens and Mt. Etna, which periodically outpour their lava.

Now, a new study of these single-shot volcanoes in Spain finds they are surprisingly complex. With a technique called electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), researchers peered deep inside several volcanoes, including two called Puig d'Adri and Montsacopa, and found lava flows, explosive deposits and even the underground plumbing.
Spirograph of Doom: Nasa maps dangerous asteroids
The News - Science-Astronomy
August 15, 2013
NASA dangerous asteroids
Thinking about the vastness of space can either be profound or depressing, but a new image released by Nasa makes the place feel positively crowded. The map shows the orbital paths of the more than 1,400 earth-threatening asteroids in the solar system.

"These are the asteroids considered hazardous because they are fairly large (at least 460 feet or 140 meters in size), and because they follow orbits that pass close to the Earth's orbit (within 4.7 million miles or 7.5 million kilometers)." Nasa explained in the image’s description. Each blue line represents a “potentially hazardous asteroid” (PHA) though the terms is more of a technical definition than a promise of imminent danger. Nasa’s website offers the following reassurance:
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