Around the Preposphere
Hurricane season started today and as always it is recommended that people prepare their homes for the worst, but this season there is the additional issue of the oil spill from 44 days ago.
There's no reason to get yourself into survivalist mode, particularly in early June. But it is not too early to stock up on a few things each time you go to the grocery store — things that can be part of a prepartion kit throughout the summer, like canned goods or batteries or water.
The modern survivalist does not take for granted the things that make life so easy right now. The times we live in since the industrial revolution are a mere blip on the time-line of humankind. We recognize that things can disappear just as fast as they came, and keep a wary eye looking for signs of that day, all the while continuing our daily lives in ‘the system’ with everyone else.
So gold did fall today based on the CPI number and the Producer Price Index, which was also down. But my question is why anyone would buy gold at this point, and therefore why gold hasn't fallen more in price, given its three-year price run up. Gold is traditionally an inflation hedge. But if there isn't any inflation just what are investors hedging when they buy gold.
An off-grid solar electric power system is an ideal prep for the modern survivalist in that it can partially or totally relinquish you from dependence upon other systems, which themselves are vulnerable to disruption or breakdown.
A flood of postapocalyptic stories is now headed toward movie theaters and TV screens: Expect to see characters fending off cannibals, picking up day-to-day survival techniques and struggling to maintain their humanity amid the ruins.
Legislation now being rushed through Congress—H.R. 3200 and the Senate Health Committee Bill—will reduce access to care, pressure the elderly to end their lives prematurely, and doom baby boomers to painful later years.
Even before the collapse of the housing and financial markets last year, Americans were woefully unprepared to pay retirement in the traditional sense of a post-career period of leisure and personal pursuits supported by a pension, well-managed nest egg and Social Security.
The Pentagon is preparing to make troops available if necessary to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency tackle a potential outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall.
Novella Carpenter, attracted to a rural lifestyle but not rural solitude, sets out to raise food — everything from pumpkins to pigs — in the ghetto. Her very funny account in Farm Cityis never preachy, yet inspires.
Brock said the City Park region of Denver supports about a dozen similar houses. One of them, he said, routinely turns off the electricity in the house for a day. The people who live there make a campfire by rubbing sticks together, then hang out in the yard beside it.
Call them “suburban survivalists,” or call them, well, a little goofy. But they’re dead serious about being ready for a big crash … by making sure they have a nice little nosh in case of a catastrophe. Across the country, there are people preparing for the possibility that we will not have access to food by ensuring that their cupboards, at least, will be far from bare.
A city council said Saturday it was considering using underground burial chambers, currently a tourist attraction, to store the corpses of swine flu victims if the pandemic worsens.
U.S. health officials strengthened their recommendations for seasonal flu vaccines on Friday, saying all children aged 6 months to 18 years should be immunized -- especially because of the H1N1 flu pandemic.
The NHS is planning for up to 65,000 deaths from swine flu, with 30 per cent of the population - and 50 per cent of children - catching the infection.
"Being self-sufficient in any meaningful sense is not an option for any but a tiny fraction of people. And planning for personal self-sufficiency is neither possible nor, if everyone did it, desirable."
The last time the government embarked on a major vaccine campaign against a new swine flu, thousands filed claims contending they suffered side effects from the shots. This time, the government has already taken steps to head that off.
Every country will need to vaccinate citizens against the swine flu virus and must choose who else would get priority after nurses. Several reports showed the new virus attacks people differently than seasonal flu -- affecting younger people, the severely obese and seemingly healthy adults, and causing disease deep in the lungs.
The Obama administration warned Americans on Thursday to be ready for an aggressive return of the swine flu virus in the fall, announcing plans to begin vaccinations in October and offering states and hospitals money to help them prepare.
The initial scare posed by the sudden emergence of swine flu in April may have passed, but federal officials are warning against complacency and taking no chances as they brace for the virus' expected return in the fall.
A widespread computer attack that began July 4 knocked out the Web sites of the Treasury Department, the Secret Service and other U.S. government agencies, according to officials inside and outside the government.
Wild greens, mushrooms, fruit and even fish and game can be harvested in America's urban jungles. Dandelion salad, anyone? Or some batter-fried squirrel?
Increase in natural disasters nationwide prompts company to offer pre-made 72 hour emergency kits
It’s impossible to predict the extent or severity of H1N1 illness this fall, only that the virus will circulate and most people will have no immunity.
Canning, composting, backyard vegetable cropping, and other 'down home' practices are becoming mainstream in places one would least expect it - big cities. This phenomenon is called Urban Homesteading.