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30 March, 2011

The Emergency Internet Bunkers

The emergency internet bunkers | Analysis | Features | PC Pro: "... A high point on the Iowa plains is home to a handful of buildings.

Whitewashed and nondescript, only the mast beside them hints at their former use. Built at the height of the Cold War, these are the access points to a hardened underground bunker; a hidden world of reinforced doors, concrete floors 5ft thick and walls lined with welded-seam steel to reflect the electromagnetic pulse of a thermonuclear explosion.

Once a critical hub in the US Government’s communications network, the bunker formed part of a chain of underground transmission sites. Now it’s home to the USSHC, also known as the US Secure Hosting Center...

... The vault doors that seal off the silo were built to withstand the blast effects, heat and 800mph-plus winds of a 20-megaton nuclear blast, but the technology they now protect was barely dreamt of when they first swung open...

... Man-made conflict is only one of the risks against which USSHC considers itself immune. The site where it sits is more than two miles from – and 200m above – the nearest flood plain.

It has two wells and a large enough water-storage facility to keep running water for a fortnight in the unlikely event they should both run dry..."


28 March, 2011

Severed From the World, Villagers Survive on Tight Bonds and To-Do Lists

Severed From the World, Villagers Survive on Tight Bonds and To-Do Lists - NYTimes.com: "The colossal wave that swept away this tiny fishing hamlet also washed out nearby bridges, phone lines and cellphone service, leaving survivors shivering and dazed and completely cut off at a hilltop community center.

With no time to mourn for their missing loved ones, they were immediately thrust into the struggle to stay alive in the frigid winter cold, amid a hushed, apocalyptic landscape of wrecked homes, crushed vehicles and stranded boats. They had scant food and fuel and no news from the outside world — not even the scope of the devastation..."


Emergency Plans in Louisville Raise Eyebrows

Emergency plans in Louisville raise eyebrows - Boulder Daily Camera: "Language in Louisville's proposed emergency response plan, which would give the city the power to 'commandeer private property' and 'seize' buildings in a crisis, has given several of the city's elected leaders pause.

The emergency ordinance, which was supposed to have gotten an up or down vote earlier this month, was instead tabled until April so that the council can figure out how it wants to deal with what one member called the measure's 'stark' language.

'I think any time you talk about government seizing private property -- that's not something I'm comfortable with,' Councilman Bob Muckle said Tuesday.

Muckle said he understood that in extraordinary circumstances, extraordinary measures must be taken, but he said he wants to hear from the police chief and other city staff on exactly how they envision implementing Louisville's emergency measures..."


25 March, 2011

Surviving a Societal Breakdown

Surviving a Societal Breakdown: "'…little electricity or gasoline…' reports an eyewitness from The Washington Post, visiting Sendai, Japan. 'Nearly all restaurants and shops are closed…roads blocked…supplies depleted…the devastation is catastrophic.'

'Fuel almost non-existent…survivors will spend a fourth night in near freezing temperatures without food or water…'

We were elaborating on the benefits of having a family stronghold…a retreat…a bolthole somewhere. When the going gets tough, you need a tough place to go to.

Oh yes…dear reader…the world is a dangerous place. Just so far this year, we’ve seen two big blow-ups – one in the Arab countries…the other in Japan.

Neither was expected. What’s next?

Obviously, we don’t know. If it’s a big, nasty surprise, we hope we’re not here in Bethesda, Maryland, when it comes.

Why? Because the supermarkets would be cleaned out in minutes…the gas stations would run dry…and we’d be trapped in a hostile environment. We’re only here temporarily, while our youngest son finishes high school nearby. We have no family. Few friends. And none of the deep roots you need to survive a prolonged period of crisis and breakdown. Here, we are just anonymous passers-by… We would have to depend on the kindness of strangers and the competence of government officials.

What do you need to survive a disaster? First, you need access to water. As we’ve seen in Japan, even the most developed and sophisticated infrastructure in the world can collapse when it is struck by an earthquake and a tsunami. Public water pipes break. It can take weeks or months to replace them – assuming the government and local utilities are still functioning.

That’s why it’s a good idea to have your own private source of water – a spring, a well, a small, clean stream. Failing that, you should have enough water stocked up to last at least a couple weeks.

Then, you need to worry about food. How long could you live on what is in your refrigerator? We could make it for about 24 hours. Then, it would be slim pickings. And what if the supermarket were closed? What if the 7-11 were stripped bare? What if trucks couldn’t make deliveries?

Well, surely the president would call out the National Guard. Yes, if everything is working as it should…and the National Guard doesn’t have more important things to worry about.

Just as a precaution, you should maintain a stock of canned goods and dried food. Enough to last two weeks is the minimum. A month is better. Then, rotate your stock – don’t leave it untouched for so long it goes bad.

Having an inventory of basic foodstuffs and water is essential. It will keep you calm. You won’t be in desperate straits. It will give you time to carefully assess the situation..."


Sprouts: An Ideal Emergency Preparedness Food

Sprouts: An ideal emergency preparedness food: "Given the rapidity with which critical global events are unfolding, preparedness just makes good sense. The question isn't whether or not to be prepared - it's what to be prepared for? Earthquakes, nuclear accidents, tsunamis, power outages and gasoline shortages have been on this week's menu. Each, of course, has its own specific type of preparedness protocols. But, no matter what kind of unexpected event looms large, there is always a need for food. Food shortages could result from any of the aforementioned potential scenarios, as well as from any number of scenarios that I haven't mentioned. There are any number of ways to approach food shortage preparedness, but my preferred method is sprouts! Sprouts are, in my mind, the number one, perfect survival ration. I think that sprouting seeds belong in every household's emergency kit. Let's look at some of the reasons that I think this.

First of all, sprouting seeds have a long storage life. Sprouting seeds can be stored up to four years at a stable temperature of 70 degrees F. They are small and lightweight and, thus, don't take up vast amounts of storage space. You can buy them already prepared for storage or simply buy them in bulk from any reputable health food store and put them in airtight, waterproof storage containers yourself...

... The next reason that I think sprouts are ideal emergency rations is their rich, digestible energy, bioavailable vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, beneficial enzymes and phytochemicals... Once germinated, sprouts provide a good supply of vitamins A, E & C plus B complex. Like enzymes, vitamins serve as bioactive catalysts to assist in the digestion and metabolism of food and the release of energy. They are also essential for the healing and repair of cells. During World War II, considerable interest in sprouts developed as a result of an article written by Dr. Clive M. McKay, Professor of Nutrition at Cornell University. Dr. McKay opened his article with this dramatic announcement: 'Wanted! A vegetable that will grow in any climate, will rival meat in nutritive value, will mature in 3 to 5 days, may be planted any day of the year, will require neither soil nor sunshine, will rival tomatoes in vitamin C, will be free of waste in preparation and can be cooked with little fuel and as quickly as a ... chop.' Well, there you have it!..."


The Psychology of Disaster

The Psychology of Disaster: "Fortunately, for most of us, we learn about disasters through movies or books and not direct experience. These renditions are dramatic snapshots of lives, events, and heroism, but rarely do they show us the long-term impact of disasters on wildlife, psychology, culture, environment or finance.

While much has been written in the field of psychology about resilience, the disaster environment provides an active and ongoing opportunity to reframe, reorganize and construct new meaning in a compressed timeline. In Japan, the disruption they face challenges, as a society, their capacities to respond to widespread loss of human life, environmental devastation and infrastructure. The sheer magnitude of the natural and man-made catastrophe boggles the mind for those of us who are, for the present, frozen bystanders. While we may share some of the intense anxiety and fear, we cannot grasp the full impact, both physiologically and psychologically to this country..."


24 March, 2011

Armed Beauty Queen Fatally Shoots Intruder in Florida Home Invasion

Armed Beauty Queen Fatally Shoots Intruder in Florida Home Invasion - FoxNews.com: "When a burly ex-convict forced his way into a posh Florida home last week, he had no idea what awaited him -- a 25-year-old beauty queen with a pink .38-caliber handgun.

Meghan Brown, a former Florida pageant queen, shot and killed 42-year-old Albert Franklin Hill during a home invasion March 12 at the 2,732-square-foot house she shares with her fiance in Tierra Verde, Fla.

Hill barged into the home at around 3 a.m. after Brown responded to a knock at the front door, according to a police report. He allegedly grabbed the 110-pound Brown around her nose and mouth and dragged her to an upstairs bedroom.

The woman’s fiance, Robert Planthaber, said in an interview that he was quickly awakened by the altercation and ran to Brown’s side.

'I attacked him and took a severe beating to the head,' Planthaber told FoxNews.com. 'But I got him off of her long enough for her to scramble to the room where she keeps her pink .38 special.'

Brown, who reigned as the 2009 Miss Tierra Verde, snatched her gun from a nearby bedroom and shot the suspect several times – hitting him in the chest, groin, thigh and back, her fiance said. Hill was pronounced dead at the scene..."


22 March, 2011

Quantitative Easing Is The End Of America As We Know It

Guest Post: QE Is The End Of America As We Know It | zero hedge: "... To put it succinctly, QE is an economic deal with the Devil. Once it is begun in earnest there can be no turning back. It must be played to its ultimate conclusion.

In Bernanke’s 2009 interview on 60 Minutes, he suffered a momentary lapse into honesty and stated that Quantitative Easing was effectively money printing. So why then the complicated euphemism of Quantitative Easing? Because that is what modern central banking sponsored economics is all about – the intentional obfuscation of otherwise simple economic principles to cause the eyes of normal people to glaze over. Once accomplished, the central bankers (and their financial community brethren) are able to pursue policies that greatly benefit themselves but are devastating to everyone else..."


21 March, 2011

House-Size Asteroid Zooms Close by Earth

House-Size Asteroid Zooms Close by Earth - FoxNews.com: "An asteroid the size of a house zoomed by Earth Wednesday, flying within the orbit of the moon just one day after astronomers spotting the space rock in the sky, NASA says.

The small asteroid 2011 EB74 was about 47 feet across and posed no threat of hitting Earth, since it was too small to survive the trip through the planet's atmosphere.

Instead, the asteroid passed our planet at a comfortable distance of about 203,000 miles when it made its closest approach at 5:49 p.m. EDT, NASA officials said.

For comparison, the average distance between the Earth and the moon is about 238,000 miles..."


17 March, 2011

The Rule of Gold after the Financial Collapse

The Rule of Gold after the Financial Collapse: "... The condition of the global financial banking system is untenable. The aggregate amount of debt worldwide is anyone’s guess. The introduction of derivatives and counter claims pushes the chain of obligations into the unknown. All that is left is for central banks to create mountains of uninterrupted counterfeit money to roll over and delay the inevitable. The IMF chart of World Currency Reserve is a skyrocket line to oblivion. It does not reflect a healthy stockpile of treasure, but certainly manifests a new debt machine running to infinity...

... So how much gold is there above ground?

Total 165,600 metric tons above ground stock

1 metric tonne = 32,150.746 Troy ounces

Total 5,324,163,537 Troy ounces

Price Quote at $1,424.00 per ounce

Total value in U.S. Dollars = 7 Trillion, 581 Billion, 608 Million, 876 Thousand and 688 Hundred Dollars of all gold worldwide.

Since the US Mint reports that Fort Knox stores 147.3 million troy ounces, current redemption in U.S. Federal reserve notes would be approximately $366,261,298,432. That is a drop in the bucket against the outstanding Federal obligations, which exceed world GDP...

... If all the gold in the world has a current value of less than eight trillion dollars, how much could be bought by the Forbes 2011 Billionaires List, which breaks two records: total number of listees (1,210) and combined wealth ($4.5 trillion). How much do they already own?

What is never disclosed in official statistics of wealth ownership are the names of the true underworld bosses of the global controllers. The shadow manipulators conceal the extent of their money hordes. Most public lists painstakingly omit the master criminals. Their plan is to buy real assets with counterfeit notes obtained through illicit profits from rigged markets and phony financial derivative instruments.

When the banking system finally collapses with mathematical certitude from the burden of compound interest, these same crooks will be prepared to provide a specious substitute...

... A most revealing fact is that central banks and governments do not possess the bulk of gold supplies. The World Gold Council publishes an astounding pie chart, 83% of above ground stocks are in the hands of industry, investment and jewelry concerns. This overwhelming percentage points to an alternative to the fiat paper debt created banking tyranny.

Only individual ownership of gold, directly in your own possession can preserve any store of value when the next Draconian level of the Totalitarian Collectivism system is imposed after the financial meltdown hits in earnest...

... Remember that tyrannical regimes are always arbitrary. Executive Order 6102 was signed on April 5, 1933, by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt 'forbidding the Hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion, and Gold Certificates' by U.S. citizens. This kind of blatant violation of the U.S. Constitution is routine. Citizen ownership of gold could very well become illegal again. However, if it is, you will already know you are a pawn in a fascist state.

The risk banning gold ownership and government confiscation is always real for individuals. However, the prospects of rounding up gold bullion as contraband from banking institutions or the chosen and privileged financial elite, would require a coup d'├ętat. The establishment will sacrifice hundreds of millions of expendable serfs, before it relinquishes the reins of superiority over the humble taxpayer.

An underground barter economy will thrive, while it is condemned as a black market... As long as the same globalists retain political rule, you can bank on the scheme proposed to be another sophisticated attempt to rob and enslave you, all over again..."


16 March, 2011

U.S. Farmers Fear the Return of the Dust Bowl

US farmers fear the return of the Dust Bowl - Telegraph: "There is not much to be happy about these days in Happy, Texas. Main Street is shuttered but for the Happy National Bank, slowly but inexorably disappearing into a High Plains wind that turns all to dust. The old Picture House, the cinema, has closed. Tumbleweed rolls into the still corners behind the grain elevators, soaring prairie cathedrals that spoke of prosperity before they were abandoned for lack of business.

Happy's problem is that it has run out of water for its farms. Its population, dropping 10 per cent a year, is down to 595. The name, which brings a smile for miles around and plays in faded paint on the fronts of every shuttered business – Happy Grain Inc, Happy Game Room – has become irony tinged with bitterness. It goes back to the cowboy days of the 19th century. A cattle drive north through the Texas Panhandle to the rail heads beyond had been running out of water, steers dying on the hoof, when its cowboys stumbled on a watering hole. They named the spot Happy Draw, for the water. Now Happy is the harbinger of a potential Dust Bowl unseen in America since the Great Depression..."


15 March, 2011

Japanese Survivors Worry About Dwindling Supplies, Food After Devastating Earthquake, Tsunami

Japanese survivors worry about dwindling supplies, food after devastating earthquake, tsunami - The Washington Post: "Overwhelmed by a still-growing catastrophe, Japanese authorities struggled Monday to reach buried survivors and the missing, faced roadblocks in delivering aid and raced to contain an expanding nuclear emergency.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan called the crisis the country’s toughest challenge since World War II and said that decimated towns along the northeastern coastline were not yet getting the food and supplies they needed.

A series of unstable nuclear plants across the country threatened to compound the nation’s difficulties, which started with Friday’s double-barreled disasters: first an 8.9-magnitude earthquake, then a tsunami. At the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, one containment building housing an overheated reactor had already exploded. A second explosion, about noon local time Monday, destroyed an outer building at another of the plant’s reactors.

Officials said a third reactor at the six-reactor facility had lost its cooling capacity, and the U.S. Seventh Fleet, stationed 100 miles offshore, repositioned its ships and aircraft after some if its personnel came into contact with radioactive contamination..."


10 March, 2011

Scientists Warn Of 'Dangerous Over-Reliance' On GPS

France24 - Scientists warn of 'dangerous over-reliance' on GPS: "Developed nations have become 'dangerously over-reliant' on satellite navigation systems such as GPS, which could break down or be attacked with devastating results, British engineers said Tuesday.

The Royal Academy of Engineering said the application of the technology was now so broad -- from car sat-navs to the time stamp on financial transactions -- that without adequate backup, any disruption could have a major impact..."


09 March, 2011

North Korea Nears Completion of Electromagnetic Pulse Bomb

Electronic Warfare: North Korea Nears Completion of Electromagnetic Pulse Bomb - ABC News: "North Korea appears to be protesting the joint U.S. and South Korean military maneuvers by jamming Global Positioning Devices in the south, which is a nuisance for cell phone and computers users -- but is a hint of the looming menace for the military.

Since March 4, Pyongyang has been trying to disrupt GPS receivers critical to South Korean military communications apparently in protest of the ongoing joint military training exercises between South Korean and U.S. forces. Strong jamming signals were sent intermittently every five to 10 minutes.

The scope of the damage has been minimal, putting some mobile phones and certain military equipment that use GPS signals on the fritz...

... The jamming... has raised questions about whether the Korean peninsula is bracing for new electronic warfare.

The North is believed to be nearing completion of an electromagnetic pulse bomb that, if exploded 25 miles above ground would cause irreversible damage to electrical and electronic devices such as mobile phones, computers, radio and radar, experts say..."


08 March, 2011

Utah House Passes Bill Recognizing Gold, Silver as Legal Tender

Utah House Passes Bill Recognizing Gold, Silver as Legal Tender - FoxNews.com: "Utah took its first step Friday toward bringing back the gold standard when the state House passed a bill that would recognize gold and silver coins issued by the federal government as legal currency.

The House voted 47-26 in favor of the legislation that would also exempt the sale of gold from the state capital gains tax and calls for a committee to study alternative currencies for the state.

The legislation now heads to the state Senate, where a vote is expected next week..."


07 March, 2011

Survivalists Stock Up for End of Days

Survivalists stock up for End of Days — RT: "They are ready for a catastrophe of a global scale every minute of their lives and are prepared to meet the challenge wherever they are – at home, in the office, or just walking about.

The people who lay salt and canned food in stores all year around do not surprise experts anymore.

In St. Petersburg alone, there are more than 10,000 getting ready for the End of Days right now, informs Petersburg Business.

Russian survivalists call this speculative catastrophe the SHTF-day. Leaving aside atomic bomb shelters that were built everywhere in the USSR some twenty years ago, 'survivance' as a trend became popular in Russia in the early 2000s, when Russian scientist Valentin Ponomarenko published his ‘Problem 2033.'

This popular and quite-often quoted book is no less than an inventory of the resources of our planet (most of the book is graphics and tables). The author makes a conclusion that by 2033, the resources will end, and people will be busy resolving the problem of overpopulation by killing each other by all convenient means. The verdict of this tract is simple – earth cannot bear more than 2 billion people, the rest are needless..."


Vegetable Gardening: Raised Beds Increase Odds of Success

Vegetable gardening: Raised beds increase odds of success - chicagotribune.com: "There is a good chance you are among the multitude considering planting a vegetable garden this year.

You may find yourself wondering where to start. Over the years I have humorously said that the key to the green thumb is how brown it gets first: Soil and soil prep are crucial, whether you are growing flowers or vegetables.

The winning formula for success, whether you have heavy, muggy clay that retains water or a sandier soil that drains in mere minutes, is to grow the garden on raised beds..."


03 March, 2011

Rural Survival

Rural Survival: "The era of cheap energy is coming to a close and everyone needs to sharpen their pencils and relearn what it takes to survive in the coming time of shortages and uncertain climate.

It is obvious that we need water, food and energy to live day to day but those things we take for granted may become problematic if not given thought to their management, possible alternatives and acted upon to be prepared..."


02 March, 2011

Survival Gear Beyond the Bug Out Bag

Survival Gear Beyond the Bug Out Bag: "We have arrived. The tipping point is behind us. Those who foresaw the crackup of 2008-2009, the ones who were ridiculed when they weren't ignored, are getting the word out again. They're warning we've spent everything we had, everything we ever will have and more—and it didn't work. Duh. We're busted. Those who wondered what the end game looks like only need look around. It's game over. Reality won. Some sample comments from recent days..."


01 March, 2011

Wind Power Generates Renewed Interest Amid Mideast Oil Worries

Wind Power Generates Renewed Interest Amid Mideast Oil Worries - DailyFinance: "If it's true that markets constantly cycle between the emotional poles of greed and fear, then the energy sector right now is in fear mode -- spooked by what's happening to oil prices. Political unrest and uncertainty in the Middle East have sent crude soaring -- and that spike in prices is once again drawing the public's attention back toward alternative energy sources, in particular solar and wind power.

Analysts say that neither wind or solar power (although many public solar companies are on the rise right now) are the magic bullet to solve the problem of America's addiction to oil -- and like other industries, both have been hit hard by the financial crisis. But researchers and investors, particularly in wind power, aren't giving up..."


Latest Arkansas Quake Is Its Most Powerful in 35 Years

Latest Arkansas Quake Is Its Most Powerful in 35 Years - NYTimes.com: "A 4.7-magnitude earthquake that researchers described as the largest in Arkansas in 35 years was recorded late Sunday night near Greenbrier. It was the latest in a swarm of quakes that has bedeviled the region since early last fall.

There were no reports of major damage, though some residents spoke of dislodged screen doors and cracked ceilings. Damage or not, some said this was the longest and scariest quake yet..."