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28 October, 2011

Extreme Melting On Greenland Ice Sheet, May Be In Self-Amplifying Cycle Reports CCNY Team

Nano Patents and Innovations: Extreme Melting On Greenland Ice Sheet, May Be In Self-Amplifying Cycle Reports CCNY Team: "The Greenland ice sheet can experience extreme melting even when temperatures don’t hit record highs, according to a new analysis by Dr. Marco Tedesco, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at The City College of New York. His findings suggest that glaciers could undergo a self-amplifying cycle of melting and warming that would be difficult to halt...

... Combining data gathered on the ground with microwave satellite recordings and the output from a model of the ice sheet, he and graduate student Patrick Alexander found a near-record loss of snow and ice this year. The extensive melting continued even without last year’s record highs.

The team recorded data on air temperatures, wind speed, exposed ice and its movement, the emergence of streams and lakes of melt water on the surface, and the water’s eventual draining away beneath the glacier. This lost melt water can accelerate the ice sheet’s slide toward the sea where it calves new icebergs. Eventually, melt water reaches the ocean, contributing to the rising sea levels associated with long-term climate change..."

Could the 'Big One' Shake DC or NY? | Tremor Felt in Manhattan, Buildings Evacuate | 5.9 Magnitude Virginia Earthquake

Could the 'Big One' Shake DC or NY? | Tremor Felt in Manhattan, Buildings Evacuate | 5.9 Magnitude Virginia Earthquake | Life's Little Mysteries: "Because the tectonic faults on the East Coast of the United States are less active than those on the West Coast, less is known about them. Many East Coasters didn't even know there were active faults beneath their stomping grounds until today (Aug. 23), when buildings trembled all the way from Maine to South Carolina in the aftermath of a 5.8-magnitude quake in Virginia...

... Could the 'big one' ever hit the East Coast?

'It has been suggested that earthquakes as large as magnitude 7.5 could occur on some faults in the East Coast, and certainly the earthquakes of 1811 and 1812 were in that general magnitude,' Schwartz said. The earthquakes he mentioned destroyed much of Charleston, S.C. 'The question is, where will they actually occur; what faults will they occur on? In the West Coast we have a pretty good idea of what faults will produce large earthquakes. On the East Coast we have a pretty poor understanding of which faults would do this.'

In fact, potentially dangerous faults are still being discovered on the East Coast..."

Experts Recommend The Inclusion Of Rainwater Collection Systems In Cities

Nano Patents and Innovations: Experts Recommend The Inclusion Of Rainwater Collection Systems In Cities: "Plain, sloping roofs can collect up to 50% more rainwater than flat roofs with gravel. This water is also of higher quality. These are the conclusions of a study conducted by researchers from Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB, Spain) which suggests the incorporation of systems to collect rainwater in urban planning. The water collected can be used to water streets and gardens, wash floors or vehicles and fill cisterns.

Ramon Farreny, co-author of different projects developed by the UAB, said 'It is important to consider the collection of rainwater when planning and designing cities, as this is an alternative water source with many different uses, it can even be used to save drinking water'..."

27 October, 2011

U.S. Rep to U.N. Says Obama Wants Senate to Ratify Arms Treaty

U.S. Rep to U.N. Says Obama Wants Senate to Ratify Arms Treaty -- BELLEVUE, Wash., Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --: "The Obama administration 'is seeking advice and consent' for Senate ratification of an international small arms treaty, and also supports the inclusion of small arms in the UN Register of Conventional Arms, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms learned today.

The disclosure is found in the text of a statement to the First Committee of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly, delivered by Laura E. Kennedy, the permanent United States representative to the Conference on Disarmament. CCRKBA obtained a copy of the statement.

In her statement, Kennedy recalls that the United States in 1997, under the Clinton administration, signed the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials. However, the Senate never ratified the document, and there was no interest in pushing the treaty during the Bush administration. American firearms rights activists have steadfastly fought against inclusion of small arms in any such treaty..."

Backyard Chicken Coops Growing in Popularity

Backyard Chicken Coops Growing in Popularity - ABC News: "When Owen Taylor got hired six years ago as the 'city chicken intern' at Just Food, some people thought his job title was funny.

Today no one in the food world would make a peep. Backyard chicken-keeping is a growing pastime around the country, spurred by the interest in local food and sustainability.

'It's not a question of are you going to get chickens, but when are you ready to get chickens,' says Taylor, now city farms manager at Just Food, a New York based non-profit.

Town officials in suburban Maplewood, N.J., decided this week that their community is ready—but only just. In a 3-2 vote, the Township Committee voted to allow a pilot program for a year starting next March where up to 15 households will be allowed to have a maximum of three chickens each—with roosters banned..."

26 October, 2011

Letter RE: "FEMA: Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test "

In response to the recent article "FEMA: Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test", a reader wrote the following e-mail that makes a very good point:

"Dear whomever,

I’ve been reading your blog for almost a year now and this is the first time I wanted to write to you. Question; How in the hell are they going to send out a broadcast to everyone in the USA if there is NO power to send or receive? FEMA and the government should think this all the way through if they want a better way to alert the people.

Concerned citizen"


My Response: I could definitely see this being an issue in the event of an EMP event, but I'm assuming they're interested in keeping it in good working order for use in the much more likely and often occurrence of natural disasters, etc..

25 October, 2011

Real SHTF Experience: A Survivor of the War in Bosnia Speaks

my shtf expirience-wartime - Survivalist Forum

Can Hyperinflation Happen In The U.S.?

Can Hyperinflation Happen In The US? | Macro Outlook | Minyanville.com: "... The beginning of the end of the Weimar Republic was some 89 years ago... There is a stream of opinion that the US is headed for the same type of end. How else can it be, given that we owe some $75-80 trillion dollars in the coming years, over five times current GDP and growing every year? Remember the good old days of about five to six years ago (if memory serves me correctly) when it was only $50 trillion? With a nod to Ben Bernanke's helicopter speech, where he detailed how the Fed could prevent deflation, I ask the opposite question, 'Can 'it' (hyperinflation) really happen here?'..."

24 October, 2011

Are Packs of Wild Dogs Roaming the North Side Of St. Louis?

Signs of the ongoing collapse of civilization...


Are Packs of Wild Dogs Roaming the North Side Of St. Louis? - CBS St. Louis: "Ten years after a fourth-grade boy was attacked and nearly eaten alive by wild dogs in north St. Louis, city leaders are scrambling to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Aldermanic President Lewis Reed is sounding the alarm. 'I’ve witnessed packs of dogs, 10 and 15 dogs running together, and I’ve seen all these dogs I’m talking about they don’t have collars, they don’t have tags, these are truly wild dogs,' he said.

Reed says stray dogs are terrorizing the north side. 'It’s obscene that parents have to walk their kids to school, in some parts of the city, with a golf club to fend off wild dogs.'..."

FEMA: Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test

FEMA: Nationwide EAS Test: "FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will conduct the first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test on November 9, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

FEMA, the FCC, and NOAA’s vision for improving the EAS is incremental, which means testing the readiness and effectiveness of the EAS as it currently exists today is the first step. A more effective and functional EAS requires continual testing to identify necessary improvements so that all levels of the system can better serve our communities and deliver critical information that will save lives and property.

EAS Participants provide a critical public service to the nation as the resilient backbone of alert and warning when all other means of communication are unavailable. EAS Participants include all broadcasters, satellite and digital radio and television, cable television and wireline video providers who ensure the system is at a constant state of readiness..."

20 October, 2011

Growing Trend: Thieves Raid Vegetable Gardens in Indianapolis, New York and Chicago

Growing Trend: Thieves Raid Vegetable Gardens in Indianapolis, New York and Chicago: "As the economy sours, food prices continue to rise, and more people find themselves out of work, it is becoming increasingly difficult to put food on the table. This is evidenced by the record numbers of Americans on food stamps with supplemental nutritional assistance program participation rates quickly approaching 50 million people.

As a result, those who have lost everything or can’t afford to buy their own food are now turning to theft to make ends meet. Reports from Chicago, Indianapolis, New York and other cities across the country indicate that organized teams of thieves are turning to a growing criminal trend..."

19 October, 2011

The New Reality For U.S. Cities: No Money For Street Lights, Roving Packs Of Wild Dogs And Open-Air Drug Markets

The New Reality For U.S. Cities: No Money For Street Lights, Roving Packs Of Wild Dogs And Open-Air Drug Markets: "If you want to know what the early stages of an economic collapse look like, just walk around some of the downtown areas of our major cities. Today, nearly all large U.S. cities are either flat broke or they are on the way to being flat broke. Yes, New York City and Washington D.C. (and a few others) are still doing fairly well, but for most U.S. cities economic reality is catching up with them very quickly. Right now, there are a number of major cities that are so broke that they cannot keep the street lights operating. Down in St. Louis, parents in some areas are carrying golf clubs with them as they walk their kids to school in order to fend off roving packs of wild dogs. In other major U.S. cities, open-air drug markets conduct business without fear. All over the United States, cities that used to be clean and prosperous and full of hope are now being transformed into post-industrial wastelands. We are certainly not in 'Mad Max' territory yet, but it doesn't take too much imagination to see where all of this is headed..."

Architecture Contest Calls for Zombie-Proof Home Designs

Architecture Contest Calls for Zombie-Proof Home Designs - Yahoo! News: "Between diseases, global warming and falling satellites, we have a lot to worry about these days – but let’s not forget about the looming threat of a zombie apocalypse.

To help us prepare for this potential undead disaster, the folks at Architects Southwest, an architecture firm based in Louisiana, have launched the 2011 Zombie Safe House Competition. The organization has tasked artists, architects and other zombie enthusiasts with one goal: Design a haven that can withstand a full-on zombie assault on civilization as we know it..."

18 October, 2011

FBI Recording Radio/Podcast Call-Ins

Prison Planet.com » FBI Records Talk Radio: "If you call in to the Alex Jones Show or hundreds of other talk radio stations around the country that maintain a web presence, there is a good chance the FBI will record(sp?) you.

Mark Weaver, writing for WMAL talk radio in Washington, D.C., reports that the FBI has awarded a $524,927 contract to a Virginia company to record all the internet broadcast talk radio it can find.

'This doesn’t give us any enhanced capability, prying into or any ‘big brother’ concerns because this is information that’s being put out on the airwaves,' FBI spokesman Paul Bresson told WMAL.com. 'Its very important to our investigators to know what’s being reported.'

In order to make his point, Bresson cited the Times Square non-bomber. 'It’s ideal for cases like that because we can extract information that’s already been reported and help our investigators make better decisions.'

If you believe this explanation, I have a bridge to sell you..."

Brooklyn Grange is the World's Largest Rooftop Farm!

Brooklyn Grange is the World's Largest Rooftop Farm! Inhabitat New York City: "Located atop a six-story 1919 warehouse, the 40,000 square foot organic Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm built by Bromley Caldari Architects is believe to be the largest of its kind in the world! The almost 1-acre farm is an oasis surrounded by little greenery and lots of concrete in Queens at 37-18 Northern Boulevard. After a successful first growing and selling season that began in the spring of 2010, the farmers at Brooklyn Grange are continuing their production of organic produce that includes 40 varietals of juicy tomatoes, peppers, fennel, salad greens, kale, swiss chard, beans of all sorts and a variety of delicious root vegetables like beets, carrots, and radishes, as well as plenty of herbs..."

17 October, 2011

Billion Tonne Comet May Have Missed Earth By A Few Hundred Kilometres in 1883

Billion Tonne Comet May Have Missed Earth By A Few Hundred Kilometres in 1883 - Technology Review: "On 12th and 13th August 1883, an astronomer at a small observatory in Zacatecas in Mexico made an extraordinary observation. José Bonilla counted some 450 objects, each surrounded by a kind of mist, passing across the face of the Sun.

Bonilla published his account of this event in a French journal called L'Astronomie in 1886. Unable to account for the phenomenon, the editor of the journal suggested, rather incredulously, that it must have been caused by birds, insects or dust passing front of the Bonilla's telescope. (Since then, others have adopted Bonilla's observations as the first evidence of UFOs.)

Today, Hector Manterola at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City, and a couple of pals, give a different interpretation. They think that Bonilla must have been seeing fragments of a comet that had recently broken up. This explains the 'misty' appearance of the pieces and why they were so close together.

But there's much more that Manterola and co have deduced. They point out that nobody else on the planet seems to have seen this comet passing in front of the Sun, even though the nearest observatories in those days were just a few hundred kilometres away.

That can be explained using parallax. If the fragments were close to Earth, parallax would have ensured that they would not have been in line with the Sun even for observers nearby. And since Mexico is at the same latitude as the Sahara, northern India and south-east Asia, it's not hard to imagine that nobody else was looking.

Manterola and pals have used this to place limits on how close the fragments must have been: between 600 km and 8000 km of Earth. That's just a hair's breadth.

What's more, Manterola and co estimate that these objects must have ranged in size from 50 to 800 metres across and that the parent comet must originally have tipped the scales at a billion tonnes or more, that's huge, approaching the size of Halley's comet...

... One puzzle is why nobody else saw this comet. It must have been particularly dull to have escaped observation before and after its close approach. However, Manterola and co suggest that it may have been a comet called Pons-Brooks seen that same year by American astronomers.

Manterola and co end their paper by spelling out just how close Earth may have come to catastrophe that day. They point out that Bonilla observed these objects for about three and a half hours over two days. This implies an average of 131 objects per hour and a total of 3275 objects in the time between observations.

Each fragment was at least as big as the one thought to have hit Tunguska. Manterola and co end with this: 'So if they had collided with Earth we would have had 3275 Tunguska events in two days, probably an extinction event.'

A sobering thought..."

Billionare Investor Says Stock-Up On Guns, Gold and Nickels

Some Words Of Advice From Kyle Bass ZeroHedge: "Michael Lewis' latest compilation of Vanity Fair articles into book format, Boomerang, is the usual entertaining romp around those back and front waters of the world that are currently on the verge of bankruptcy: from Greece, to Ireland, to Germany and, of course, to California. The premise at its core is an interview that the former Salomon bond salesman had with investing wunderkind Kyle Bass several years back which inspired to him to ask what it is that the Texan saw three years ago that so few others, due to a permafrosty cognitive bias or what have you, could (i.e., that the world is bankrupt and getting much worse). Oh, did we say wunderkind? We meant billionaire. Because unlike that other 'anti-Midas' who only piggybacked on the good ideas, while blowing up LPs when left to his own non-Goldman Sachs facilitated devices, Bass actually could always see the big picture for what it is. So courtesy of Lewis' latest book, here are three pieces of advice from Bass to people everywhere, which will surely bring the fanatically jealous anti-gold crew to accusations that Bass made his billions from buying and reselling tinfoil hats.

On gold:

A guy sitting in an office in Dallas, Texas, making sweeping claims about the future of countries he’d hardly set foot in: how on earth could he know how a bunch of people he’d never met might behave? As he laid out his ideas I had an experience I’ve often had, while listening to people who seem perfectly certain about uncertain events. One part of me was swept away by his argument and began to worry the world was about to collapse; the other part suspected he might be nuts. 'That’s great,' I said, but I was already thinking about the flight I needed to catch. 'But even if you’re right, what can any normal person do about it?'

He stared at me as if he’d just seen an interesting sight: the world’s stupidest man.

'What do you tell your mother when she asks you where to put her money?' I asked.

'Guns and gold,' he said simply.

'Guns and gold,' I said. So he was nuts.

'But not gold futures,' he said, paying no attention to my thoughts.

'You need physical gold.' He explained that when the next crisis struck, the gold futures market was likely to seize up, as there were more outstanding futures contracts than available gold. People who thought they owned gold would find they owned pieces of paper instead. He opened his desk drawer, hauled out a giant gold brick, and dropped it on the desk. 'We’ve bought a lot of this stuff.' At this point, I was giggling nervously and glancing toward the door.

So many others were giggling along. They were giggling all the way as gold rose from $800 to $1900. Probably not giggling now...

On nickels:

He still owned stacks of gold and platinum bars that had roughly doubled in value, but he remained on the lookout for hard stores of wealth as a hedge against what he assumed was the coming debasement of fiat currency. Nickels, for instance.

'The value of the metal in a nickel is worth six point eight cents,' he said. 'Did you know that?'

I didn’t.

'I just bought a million dollars’ worth of them,' he said, and then, perhaps sensing I couldn’t do the math: 'twenty million nickels.'

'You bought twenty million nickels?'


'How do you buy twenty million nickels?'

'Actually, it’s very difficult,' he said, and then explained that he had to call his bank and talk them into ordering him twenty million nickels. The bank had finally done it, but the Federal Reserve had its own questions. 'The Fed apparently called my guy at the bank,' he says. 'They asked him, ‘Why do you want all these nickels?’ So he called me and asked, ‘Why do you want all these nickels?’ And I said, ‘I just like nickels.’'

He pulled out a photograph of his nickels and handed it to me. There they were, piled up on giant wooden pallets in a Brink’s vault in downtown Dallas.

'I’m telling you, in the next two years they’ll change the content of the nickel,' he said. 'You really ought to call your bank and buy some now.'

And on how to prepare for what is coming and why it is coming:

We hopped into his Hummer, decorated with bumper stickers (God Bless Our Troops, Especially Our Snipers) and customized to maximize the amount of fun its owner could have in it: for instance, he could press a button and, James Bond–like, coat the road behind him in giant tacks. We roared out into the Texas hill country, where, with the fortune he’d made off the subprime crisis, Kyle Bass had purchased what amounted to a fort: a forty-thousand-square-foot ranch house on thousands of acres in the middle of nowhere, with its own water supply, and an arsenal of automatic weapons and sniper rifles and small explosives to equip a battalion. That night we tore around his property in the back of his U.S. Army jeep, firing the very latest-issue U.S. Army sniper rifles, equipped with infrared scopes, at the beavers that he felt were a menace to his waterways. 'There are these explosives you can buy on the Internet,' he said, as we bounded over the yellow hills. 'It’s a molecular reaction. FedEx will deliver hundreds of pounds of these things.' The few beavers that survived the initial night rifle assault would wake up to watch their dams being more or less vaporized.

'It doesn’t exactly sound like a fair fight,' I said.

'Beavers are rodents,' he said.

Whatever else he was doing, he was clearly having fun. He’d spent two and a half years watching the global financial system, and the people who ran it, confirm his dark view of them. It didn’t get him down. It thrilled him to have gotten his mind around seemingly incomprehensible events. 'I’m not someone who is hell-bent on being negative his whole life,' he said. 'I think this is something we need to go through. It’s atonement. It’s atonement for the sins of the past.'

The take home: Atonement is coming, bitchez. Beavers beware..."

14 October, 2011

Radiation Detector for iPhone

Scosche announces radiation detector for iPhone: "As a result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, radiation detectors have been a popular item for Japanese consumers. Recognizing the market for such devices, last month Scosche - a company known for its car audio and iPod/iPhone accessories - released its RDTX-Pro radiation detector and app for iPhone and iPod touch..."

Joe Biden: There Will Be A Huge Increase In Murders And Rapes If The Federal Government Doesn’t Spend More Money To Help The Economy

Joe Biden: There Will Be A Huge Increase In Murders And Rapes If The Federal Government Doesn’t Spend More Money To Help The Economy: "An increasing number of politicians and celebrities are openly declaring that if the economy continues to decline, it could lead to civil unrest, more crime and outbreaks of violence all over America. But instead of loudly denouncing the coming violence, many of them are making it sound like the natural response for those that have lost hope in the economy is to resort to violence. This is extremely unfortunate. The truth is that violence is not the solution to any of our problems. Violence is only going to make things worse. But right now a lot of big names are warning that if significant changes are not made soon, the only alternative is going to be civil unrest and violence. In fact, one of the latest to make a bold declaration like this is Vice President Joe Biden. According to Biden, there are going to be a lot more rapes and a lot more murders if Congress does not pass Obama's jobs plan..."

Detroit Descending Into Darkness... Literally

Wayne County | DTE deal pulls out lights in Highland Park | The Detroit News: "Most of the city's street lights have been repossessed because officials failed to pay a multimillion-dollar utility bill, giving rise to concerns about safety and crime in darkened neighborhoods.

DTE Energy crews have removed about 1,400 light poles from Highland Park as part of a settlement that allowed the city to avoid paying $4 million in unpaid bills going back several years. DTE, which says the work will be completed by Oct. 31, has replaced 200 lights with newer models on street corners, but most neighborhoods remain in the dark.

Highland Park, plagued by financial trouble, was able to reduce its monthly utility bill from $62,000 to $15,000, an amount officials say fits the city's budget.

But residents and business owners complain that the resulting darkness is like a welcome mat for criminals..."

12 October, 2011

Colorado Empties Popular Lake to Pay its Water Bill

Colorado empties popular lake to pay its water bill - Telegraph: "Bonny Reservoir, a much-loved tourist spot in eastern Colorado, is being drained after the state exceeded its allowance under a 1942 agreement with its neighbours on sharing the Republican River.

The case has highlighted growing tensions over the security of the water supply to the west of the US, which in recent years has suffered repeated droughts, prompting warnings of disaster..."

11 October, 2011

Welder Goes Into The Armageddon Business

Welder goes into the Armageddon business | 9news.com: "Riley Cook says from the recession, world political issues and natural disasters, a new idea to grind out business has been born.

'We decided to think outside the box,' Cook said.

With few construction jobs lined up, they decided to spend their time getting into the Armageddon industry by building large, black, state-of-the-art disaster shelters.

The Idea is you place it deep underground, hide the air vents so they look like trees, and with grey, fresh water, sewage and fuel tanks nearby, get inside and survive about anything - if you have the money..."

10 October, 2011

Nestle Chief Warns of New Food Riots

Nestle chief warns of new food riots - Yahoo! News: "The head of the world's biggest food company Nestle said on Friday that rising food prices have created conditions "similar" to 2008 when hunger riots took place in many countries.

'The situation is similar (to 2008). This has become the new reality,' the Swiss giant's chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe told the Salzburger Nachrichten daily in his native Austria in an interview.

'We have reached a level of food prices that is substantially higher than before. It will likely settle down at this level.

'If you live in a developing country and spend 80 percent of your income on food then of course you are going to feel it more than here (in Europe) where it is maybe eight percent.'

In 2008, the price of cereals reached historic levels, provoking a food crisis and riots in a number of African countries, as well as in Haiti and the Philippines..."

07 October, 2011

Four New York Democratic Senators: “Proponents of a More Refined First Amendment Argue That This Freedom Should Be Treated Not as a Right But as a Pri

The Volokh Conspiracy - Four New York Democratic Senators: “Proponents of a More Refined First Amendment Argue That This Freedom Should Be Treated Not as a Right But as a Privilege”: "The sentence reads, in a context that shows the authors agree with the argument:

Proponents of a more refined First Amendment argue that this freedom should be treated not as a right but as a privilege — a special entitlement granted by the state on a conditional basis that can be revoked if it is ever abused or maltreated.

That’s what’s written in the recently released Cyberbullying: A Report on Bullying in a Digital Age, published by the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of four New York state senators — Jeff Klein, Diane Savino, David Carlucci and David Valesky. The theoretical explanation of this 'more refined First Amendment' in the report is pretty general and abstract, but the concrete proposal in the report seems quite consistent with the disdain for the First Amendment that the phrase 'this freedom [of speech] should be treated not as a right but as a privilege' suggests..."

27 Years: No Deaths from Vitamins, 3 Million from Prescription Drugs

Activist Post: 27 Years: No Deaths from Vitamins, 3 Million from Prescription Drugs: "Over the past 27 years — the complete timeframe that the data has been available — there have been 0 deaths as a result of vitamins and over 3 million deaths related to prescription drug use. In fact, going back 54 years there have only been 11 claims of vitamin-related death, all of which provided no substantial evidence to link vitamins to the cause of death. The news comes after a recent statistically analysis found that pharmaceutical drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in the US.

In 2009, drugs exceeded the amount of traffic-related deaths, killing at least 37,485 people nationwide.

The findings go against the claims of mainstream medical ‘experts’ and mainstream media outlets who often push the idea that multivitamins are detrimental to your health, and that prescription drugs are the only science-backed option to improving your health. While essential nutrients like vitamin D are continually being shown to slash your risk of disease such as diabetes and cancer, prescription pharmaceuticals are continually being linked to such conditions. In fact, the top-selling therapeutic class pharmaceutical drug has been tied to the development of diabetes and even suicide, and whistleblowers are just now starting to speak out despite studies as far back as the 80s highlighting the risks.

Mainstream medical health officials were recently forced to speak out over the danger of antipsychotic drugs, which millions of children have been prescribed since 2009. U.S. pediatric health advisers blew the whistle over the fact that these pharmaceuticals can lead to diabetes and even suicide, the very thing they aim to prevent. What is even more troubling is that half of all Americans will be diagnosed with a mental condition during their lifetime thanks to lack of diagnosis guidelines currently set by the medical establishment, of which many cases will lead to the prescription of antipsychotics and other similar medications..."

06 October, 2011

Shortages Lead Doctors To Ration Critical Drugs

Shortages Lead Doctors To Ration Critical Drugs : Shots - Health Blog : NPR: "Drug shortages mean a growing number of Americans aren't getting the medications they need. That's causing drug companies and doctors to ration available medications in some cases...

... The shortages involve a wide range of medications: cancer chemotherapy agents, anesthetics, antibiotics, electrolytes needed for nutrient solutions, and dozens more. One drug currently in short supply is used in critically ill patients to bring down soaring blood pressure.

'We know this is a dire public health situation,' Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services Howard Koh told NPR, 'and there have been delays in care.'

According to those who are tracking drug shortages, there have been more than delays. Some patients have died.

That's what the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists found when they did an anonymous survey of members. Last week the Associated Press reported that at least 15 people have died as a result of drug shortages..."

05 October, 2011

Polite Society's Thin Veneer Becoming Ever More Obvious: Mob Takes Emergency Water Supplies During Shortage

BBC News - Mob takes emergency water supplies during Banbury shortages: "A water delivery driver in Oxfordshire was forced to abandon his supply of emergency bottles after he was threatened by a group of residents.

The incident took place on Sunday after two Thames Water pumps at the Bretch Hill Reservoir in Banbury failed.

About 4,000 homes were cut off for 24 hours.

The company responded by supplying 68,000 bottles of water to the area. It said some residents had behaved aggressively and prevented deliveries..."

Farming in 2021 - "... Climate Will Become Increasingly Volatile Over The Next 20 Years..." Says Expert

Farming in 2021: "'There are indications that the climate will become increasingly volatile over the next 20 years. Dry years will be drier and wet years will be wetter. Volatility may not be permanent, but it will be a fixture for the next 10-20 years,' [veteran Iowa State Univ. meteorologist Elwynn Taylor] says.

Current volatile conditions are no surprise to Taylor. He says they're classic La Nina weather patterns. The past four winters have been snowier and the springs wetter, causing flooding. But Taylor believes climate change may cause the La Nina and El Nino weather cycles to become stronger.

'This is a more volatile cycle than we expected 10 years ago when we went through the last 10-year La Niña-El Niño cycle. But when we look back, it lines up with the 89-year natural climate cycle, repeating the extremely volatile weather we saw in the early 1900s as we approach the cycle again,' Taylor says.

He anticipates in the coming decade that the Corn Belt will become increasingly wet, slightly warmer in the summer and considerably warmer in the winter.

Higher temperatures — whether caused by natural weather cycles or human impact — will feed higher precipitation in the Midwest. Taylor explains that air moving from the Gulf of Mexico at 100% humidity will carry 17% more water with a 5-degree temperature increase over today's norm. Seventeen percent more water in the air equates to 17% more precipitation.

The Midwest has seen approximately a 10% increase in annual rainfall since the 1950s, pushing rivers out of their banks more frequently than ever before.

'A 10% increase in precipitation doubles the stream flow of local rivers, putting them out of their banks six times more often,' Taylor says.

The result is '100-year floods' occurring about every 17 years, as evidenced by serious flooding in 1993, 2008 and now, a little earlier than projected, 2011,' Taylor says..."

04 October, 2011

TEOTWAWKI: The Perfect Solar Storm

TEOTWAWKI: The perfect solar storm | GJFreePress.com: "Lately, I've been troubled by a TEOTWAWKI (The End of the World As It We Know It) nightmare: A perfect storm of terrorism that could collapse modern civilization and throw us back to the Stone Age. The terrorist is not some evil-bearded Muslim hiding in a cave, but rather the most prolific and destructive terrorist of all time: Mother Nature.

The precipitating event would be a gigantic solar flare that knocks out most of the electrical grid. That's phase one of the Apocalypse. Phase Two is so terrifying that I will not even mention it until later in this column; young children, hysterics and those with cardiac problems should stop reading now.

Here's the problem: Every so often, our sun throws a tremendous fit, spewing out a billion-ton CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) that, if aimed directly at our fair planet, would slam into the electromagnetic field, causing massive GICs (geomagnetically-induced currents) that overload electrical circuits and melt the multi-ton transformers that power our electrical grid — 350 of them on line now.

Such a massive storm occurred in 1859, known as the Carrington event. Telegraph operators were shocked (literally) and some of their offices caught fire. But today's sprawling electrical grid did not exist in 1859; it would act as a huge antenna conducting solar GICs. In 1989, a solar storm much smaller than the Carrington event disabled power across the whole province of Quebec for more than nine hours, and damaged transformers from New Jersey to Great Britain. Smaller solar storms throughout the 20th century have caused similar problems..."