When Bruce Willis nuked an asteroid in Armageddon, scientists told us that we didn’t have nuclear weapons powerful enough to pull off such a feat. And if the asteroid still struck Earth, but in smaller pieces, the damage might have been worse.
The best recent solutions involve getting to the asteroid early enough to nudge it slightly – meaning it would miss Earth by a long way once it got here.
However, a new nuclear solution has made the news:
Bong Wie, director of the Asteroid Deflection Research Centre in Iowa, described the system at the International Space Development Conference in California last week, in which he explained that an anti-asteroid spacecraft would carry a nuclear warhead to destroy asteroids that were on a collision course with the planet Earth.
Wie added that the two-section spacecraft would consist of a kinetic energy impactor that would break off to blast a crater in the asteroid. …
After numerous serious and blockbuster films about the apocalypse, some of which were certainly a result of the 2012 meme, here come the comedies. Of course they were probably written and filmed prior to last December, but it wasn’t unusual to expect the Mayan doomsday to be a flop. And now that it has flopped, it is time to let out a sigh of relief and laugh a little.
Last year we had Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and now there are three more on the horizon:
This Is The End opens this week, and has the stars: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen. Six Hollywood friends survive and philosophize, read a review that gives it high marks. I can’t see it being a hit – because without CGI and action and romances etc, where’s the appeal?
Rapture-Palooza was released last week, but perhaps most people will see it …
Often when I am discussing killer solar storms with people, they’ll say something like I’m going to die one day anyway, so, whatever. It’s the opposite attitude of a prepper. But how do preppers react to the concept of something mundane killing them? I guess some strive to stay alive no matter what the culprit. But others might not find a fight against heart disease exciting enough?
Survival Life have made a nice list of all the non-catastrophic ways of dying, and the associated odds. I’ve added how to beat the odds…
Get Heart Disease (diet and exercise)
1 in 6
Get Cancer (diet and exercise)
1 in 7
Have a Stroke (diet and exercise)
1 in 29
Die in a motor vehicle incident (walk)
1 in 98
Die from Intentional self-harm (choose not to)
1 in 109
Unintentional poisoning by and exposure to noxious substances (I think these odds are wrong?)
1 in 126
Falls (take more …
Of the many major concerns I have with a general lack of preparedness in society, two stand out that can be jointly fixed:
Lack of government preparedness – especially in the more major scenarios like the next Carrington Event
Just in time delivery to stores and supermarkets, as well as just in time manufacturing – where very little inventory exists
Providing food for the starving masses is quite achievable if the government stores the items that preppers know are durable and cheap. Tinned beans and rice for example. But you can’t really trust a government that doesn’t really care about preparing to rotate supplies.
What if all the government needed to provide was secure warehouses? No purchases, no transport costs, no quality control, no rotating…
1. Identify the types of products our country would need a lot of in a massive catastrophe2. Create laws that stipulate they are essential supplies
3. Require manufacturers to deliver the …
Forget what they tell you about salt being bad for you – the jury is still out. And that’s only regarding too much salt.
In ancient times salt was a valuable commodity! Ever wonder why?
There are many good reasons for storing salt in your prepping supplies:
Preserve meat – when your fridge no longer works
Health – we need salt (dietary sodium) in our diets to some degree
Taste – any little improvement will be well received
Cleaning – cleaning things (abrasive), or brushing your teeth (with baking soda)
Melting snow and ice
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Professor Hualan Chen, director of China’s National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory at Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, deliberately mixed the H5N1 bird-flu virus, which is highly lethal but not easily transmitted between people, with a 2009 strain of H1N1 flu virus, which is very infectious to humans.
The researchers claim the work could help develop a vaccine.
[Source: Daily Mail]
Yep, you heard right. Chinese scientists have deliberately created a bird flu hybrid virus, one that could kill millions of people if it escaped the lab, in order to create a vaccine for it. They have created a vaccine for a virus that doesn’t yet exist in the wild. This opens up the terrifying possibility that someone might, for financial gain, let the virus “escape”.
Meanwhile the mortality rate of the H7N9 bird flu in China has reached 24% – 31 deaths from 130 cases. Fortunately the virus still hasn’t mutated into the type that …
There are a lot of choices when it comes to multi-tools. They are almost always small, like a Swiss army knife. But there’s another way of achieving similar results – store all the little tools inside one big tool, like an axe:
Mo-Tools Wood Inlay Axe
On the big side we have an axe, hammer and pliers. Inside the handle are a saw, bottle opener, screwdriver and blades.
I almost ordered one of these, but then thought about how cumbersome it might be using the small tools, considering the bulk and awkwardness of the entire tool. Imagine trying to unscrew a screw with this?
I think the combo of axe, hammer and pliers is just fine. But for small fiddly tasks, stick with a regular multi-tool. It’s OK to have both.
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Usually NOAA forecasters tells us that the odds of an X-flare (the highest category of solar flares) is less than 1%, even at what is supposedly the peak of the solar cycle. Today they say 15%, and 40% chance of a lesser M-Flare, due to a very large sunspot pointing at us. Read more at SpaceWeather.com.
It is only the biggest X-Flares that we should be fearing. Anything less than say X10 isn’t worth mentioning. But as we go up the scale (each number is 10 times more than the previous), then it gets scary. To put any flare today in perspective, the Carrington Event was a pair of flares,
The biggest flares since 1976 are listed here - a couple of dozen greater than X10 and only 6 greater than X15. The best guess regarding the Carrington Event says greater than X10, but they don’t attempt to put a precise number on it.
We are protected from solar storms by a cloud of charged particles, or plasma, that normally surrounds Earth out to a distance of four times the planet’s radius. Each Earth-directed solar outburst damages the cloud to some degree, and with time it repairs itself. A 2003 storm reduced the cloud to just 4 Earth radii. Scientists believe that a repeat of 1859′s Carrington Event would completely wipe out the plasma cloud, leaving us vulnerable for the following decade.
Certainly, in such a scenario, our satellites would be at great risk and we would expect to lose some or even all of them. Earth-based electrical systems would also face major damage. It really comes down to the odds of two Carrington Events occurring within a decade. We haven’t been observing the Sun long enough to know how likely or unlikely that is. But if we survive one, prudent survivalists would start preparing …
I find it a little odd, but not at all surprising, that 2012 debunkers are now seizing on evidence that Dec 21 2012 was the end of the Long Count calendar (now that the world didn’t end). Of course last year that were latching on to anything that suggested 2012 was not the year.
For me though, nothing has changed. 21 Dec 2012 is still the date, and IMHO we are still close enough to that date for it to be proven correct. Hopefully not.
An example of the confusion this has caused is the date of a decisive battle that shaped the course of Mayan civilisation. It occurred 1,390,838 days from the start of the count, but attempts to transcribe this into the European calendar have given estimates that vary by hundreds of years.
Anthropologists led by Douglas Kennett at Pennsylvania State University took a sample from a carved wooden lintel found …
Many people don’t even know where Belize is, so look here:
(hint: it borders Mexico and Guatemala, and the Maya live there)
So, why would you want to live there? Well, if you are happy with your current life, family and employment – and you have faith in your country remaining safe and free, I can’t see it as much of an improvement.
However, if you are a little bit paranoid (as many of my readers are), disillusioned with your current lot, have some cash and feel like a fresh start – it is a top choice. I think Australia would be better, but it costs a lot more to live here.
Some qualities Belize has:
it is never in the news – which means that not many bad things happen there
glorious tropical climate and pace of life
choose from the coast. mountains, forest or farm land
they speak English!
not far from the USA if you wish …
I’m sure I missed lots of stories during those last, hectic weeks of 2012 – like this one:
A sexy swimsuit model and countless other lusty New Yorkers say tomorrow’s predicted Mayan apocalypse is a great reason to have sex, and are turning to social media and doomsday-themed parties in hopes of fully experiencing humanity’s steamy climax.
“If I die, I don’t want to die on a dry spell!” declared model Niki Ghazian.
The sexy fashion plate, who works in New York and Los Angeles, told The Post she’ll attend a fashion party with friends tonight to celebrate Doomsday Eve — and, hopefully, hook up with someone hot.
“Everybody should go out feeling satisfied,” she told The Post. “If the world’s gonna end, why hold back?”
Although almost every 2012er focused on the end date of the Long Count calendar, few considered that it might be related to a cyclical phenomena. Even though every ancient Meso-American calendar is/was cyclical…
It has become muddled, but according to the ancient Maya and Aztec peoples, we are currently in either the 4th or 5th age/sun – representing a repeating process. Unless you believe in Gods that rule our fate, it must be a natural process. A prime candidate is of course the Sun. Our Sun. We haven’t been studying it long enough to know if it has any patterns beyond the 11-12 year solar cycle. But given its extraordinary lifespan, and natural processes, a large-scale pattern of activity wouldn’t be so surprising.
Evidence of solar activity is lacking in written records, but fortunately we do have evidence existing in tree rings – traces of Carbon-14 and Beryllium-10.
In 2012 scientist Fusa Miyake …
I found this at the Daily Mail, but it looks like they have scanned it from a magazine like Popular Mechanics and didn’t credit it… Anyway, this picture could save you a thousand SHTF hours if you buy them all:
Japan is where the word tsunami originated – because they get more than their fair share. Just over 2 years ago the Tōhoku tsunami killed more than 15,000 people and triggered a nuclear disaster. You could be forgiven for thinking that is as bad as it can get – but the reality is much worse tsunamis can and will occur. A new report suggests that a 9.0 earthquake in the Nankai Trench, off the coast of Japan, could kill 300,000+ people and cause damage in the billions. It could also displace 10 million people, or 8% of the population. Many of those people would be away from home for months or years, and cause a significant strain on the economy…
Major quakes in the Nankai Trench happen every 100-150 years, and thankfully the last one (1330 deaths) was as recent as 1946, meaning Japan isn’t overdue for another, and has time …