Prepare and Survive

Lovelock says the planet is now past the point of no return, and its self-regulating feedback mechanisms are turning from maintaining a liveable planet into a downward spiral of warming and flooding that will soon lay waste to civilization as we know it. Now we must prepare to survive as best we can. – James Lovelock

Life as we know it is fast coming to an end. But you’d hardly realize it if you are just paying attention to the MSN, which simply refuses to report the facts. Television is just a distraction and quite obsolete when it comes to information and “news”. What you learn on the Net can be learned months before the MSN is forced to report.

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Potential Countries with Bird Flu

From the Sustainable Living & Common Sense board, posted by Lonewolf –

It’s starting to become a LONG list of potential countries with human BF

Below is a list I compiled from recent ‘news’ and general speculation”

Confirmed human cases – China, VietNam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey

Suspected human cases – Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Bulgaria, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Iran, Iraq, South Korea, North Korea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Syria

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Hoarding

As the world grinds onward and energy becomes increasingly more expensive (think all forms of energy, fuel, natural gas, propane, wood, electricity, etc.) – people are going to start hoarding stuff, primarily survival stuff in order to survive.

Governments around the world are already doing this and have been for some time. But that won’t really do you any good because they’re not really planning on taking care of you, they’re planning on taking care of themselves. It’s an elitist club and if you don’t belong (and most of us don’t), then your going to be on your own.

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A View of the Future

I apologize for a lack of posts – I have been very busy with a dearth of activity here, including new UPS rates. Watch it folks – the fuel crisis is really starting to hit. It may not seem like it, but from my perspective, this is getting rather serious.

Here is a view of the future – Sacramento on Empty.

Sacramento 2036: It’s a rare thing to see a car of any kind on J Street, and then it’s most likely to be an armored police vehicle. From time to time, a small convoy of these–three or four–will emerge, usually to protect against civil unrest at one of the food-distribution points. They used to be called supermarkets, but they didn’t look like armored warehouses then. They are fairly safe these days. Most people who don’t have money to buy food have signed on to work at a farm in exchange for food or have been court-ordered into indentured labor to pay off their debts.

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Imminent Peril

I’ve been trying to get the warnings out in my own fashion, regarding the number of serious issues facing humankind. The fact that our world is in severe peril and growing worse every day should be of significant concern to every living, breathing human on earth.

It is, unfortunately, probably too late. This is the worst kind of ‘too little, too late’ you can possibly imagine, since what we are talking about here is the eradication of the human race – and all other life forms on the planet.

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Pandemic Advice

It’s real simple. Stock up, stay home and stay put. If pandemic hits, then you’re exposing yourself and your family to serious risk by simply venturing out to the store. You don’t know who’s been there or where they’ve been or who they’ve been exposed to.

I had to laugh when I read the health advice ‘avoid breathing air breathed by other persons’. How are you going to do that? Stay home and minimize your risk. Stock up now while you still can and if pandemic doesn’t hit, don’t fret over it. It’s your insurance plan, no different then the insurance you buy today (except this one you get to eat).

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Wayward Animals

London has it’s wayward whale, and I’ve got a lost moose calf. It’s in my ‘backyard’, sleeping by my camper. About 5 ft. high at the shoulder. I took some pictures, but they’re not really publishable, the camera was set to a reverse image and they look terrible. Now it’s too dark to shoot some more, but the calf is still there.

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Bin Laden Tape

A new tape has surfaced of Bin Laden. I don’t really put much stock in these tapes, since this kind of stuff always seems to play into the hands of our gifted leaders. Nor do I personally worry about terrorist attacks, I think Americans are much more in danger of their own government then any so-called terrorists.

There is indeed a long list of “gotcha’s” to be watching out for, but Bin Laden doesn’t even make my top ten. Or twenty. I don’t buy the government story that Bin Laden was behind 9/11. If he was – he had a lot of inside help, right here in America.

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The Battle To Stop Bird Flue

Why do I write (again) about the bird flu? Because it is far more serious then most people think.

In November, the Department of Health and Human Services released its pandemic influenza plan. The report offers a thorough and frank assessment of the havoc a full-fledged pandemic would wreak. The nation, the report says, “will be severely taxed, if not overwhelmed.” Disease will break out repeatedly, for as long as a year. Hospitals will run out of beds and vaccines. Doctors and nurses will be overworked to the point of exhaustion. Mass fatalities will overwhelm mortuaries and morgues with bodies. Before it has exhausted itself, the report estimates, the disease could spread to as many as 90 million Americans, hospitalizing 10 million and killing almost 2 million. – Wired Magazine

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The Increasing Police State

55 YEARS FOR “ARMED DRUG SALES
Wednesday, January 11, 2006 – FreeMarketNews.com

Marijuana-seller Weldon Angelos’s 55-year mandatory prison sentence has been upheld by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, despite the fact that Angelos had no prior felony convictions. The problem is, he had a gun in his pocket, though he neither brandished nor even displayed it, while conducting three marijuana sales, for a total amount of 24 ounces of pot; thus, he was deemed guilty on three counts of “possessing a firearm while involved in a drug deal.” A report on the case was posted to TalkLeft blog with further corroboration from Families Against Mandatory Minimums. As for the sentencing itself, under Utah law he was convicted of three violations; the first has a mandatory minimum five-year sentence, and each subsequent conviction carries a mandatory minimum 25-year sentence that must run back-to-back with any other sentences. The total? Fifty-five years in prison, with no hope for earlier parole.

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Bush It!

Sometimes, when you just have had enough, and you can’t take it anymore – Bush It !

Bush you.
This is ALL Bushed up.
Give me a Bushing break.
We’re ALL Bushed, anyway.
What the Bush is up with that?
That’s ‘just’ Bushing mass murder.
That’s Bushing insane!
Dude, like I’m Bushing chilled, totally.
This country is totally Bushed!
I just don’t give a Bush.
So who Bushing cares?
What a Bushing traitor!
That’s Bushing treason!
Are you Bushing crazy?
Up against the Bushing wall, Mother Bushers!
I got Bushed in the ass.
Iraq is officially Bushed … permanently.
Israel will eventually nuke Iran back to the Bushing stone age.
Bush this sh*t!
What a Bushing hypocrite!
This is a Bushing nightmare.
Who gives a flying Bush?
We’re all going to Bushing die!
I’m totally Bushed … we’re all Bushed.
Don’t even think about Bushing with me …
This is Bushing WAR, people!
Let’s get this Bushing sh*t over with.
Deal with your own Bushing sh*t (first).
Your such a Bushing moron!
This crap totally Bushing Sucks!
Just go away and Bushing die somewhere (quietly).
Can things get anymore Bushed up?
Go Bush yourself!
Bushed again! And again, and again …
Club-Fed (goons) can suck my Bushing butt.
It just doesn’t get any more Bushed-up than this. (Want to Bushing bet?)
Shut the Bush up!
Those Bushing bastards!
Want to Bush?

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Top valley investors predict the future

When and if the bird-flu virus now spreading in Asia and Turkey first mutates into a form easily transmitted among humans, it will start to move around the world within 96 hours, Schoendorf asserted.

Steve Jurvetson of Draper Fisher Jurvetson said the U.S. economy could collapse within a week or two, stalled by the spread of disease or by people staying home out of fear.

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Agnosognosia

From Web Definitions

Anosognosia is a condition in which a person who suffers disability due to brain injury, seems unaware or denies their handicap. This may include unawareness of quite dramatic impairments, such as blindness or paralysis.

Another definition is ‘a deficit of self-awareness related to cognitive and behavioral impairments due to brain injury.’

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Pandemic? Or what?

It’s not just pandemic that I’m concerned about. There are a LOT of indicators regarding human disaster on the horizon, all over the world. I have been documenting some of these on this blog.

Humankind is facing severe drought conditions in various part of the world, environmental degradation has reached a global scale, we’ve seriously depleted our world fish stock, soil depletion is nearly cataclysmic, species extinction is accelerating at a breakneck pace, climate change is making itself known around the world with severe weather conditions and extremes, overpopulation has stressed planetary resources to the breaking point, massive melting off both icecaps has injected billions of tons of fresh water into the oceans and affected the thermohaline (ocean currents), threats of nuclear war are coming from various countries (including the United States), the unending quest for global control for resources (usually) oil will undoubtedly lead to global conflicts as the world runs out of oil (now happening), etc., etc.

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Starve or Die

A lot of people mistakenly believe that they are being prudent by waiting for more confirmation of an impending crisis before they get serious about their personal preparations. Frankly, I think that this is a fatal mistake based upon these reasons:

1) The supply and demand system which provides all of us our goods does not have the capacity or resilience to deal with mass panic buying. During Y2K, in my business (food), backlogs reached 10 months in 1998. Less then 2% of the population responded to the Y2K threat.

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The Nations Food Supply – At Critical Risk

The Nations Food Supply – At Critical Risk

Just how vulnerable is the national food supply? And from what source? According to the RAND Corporation, our food supply is open to significant vulnerabilities.

RAND Corporation, National Defense Research Institute

Agroterrorism
An Attack Would Have Huge Impact

A major agroterrorist attack would have substantial economic repercussions, especially when allied industries and services???suppliers, transporters, distributors, and restaurant chains???are taken into account. The fiscal downstream effect of a deliberate act of sabotage would be multidimensional, reverberating through other sectors of the economy and ultimately impacting the consumer.

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Avian Bird Flue

From Preparing for the Next Pandemic – Foreign Affairs

In short order, the global economy would shut down. The commodities and services countries would need to “survive” the next 12 to 36 months would have to be identified. Currently, most businesses’ continuity plans account for only a localized disruption — a single plant closure, for instance — and have not planned for extensive, long-term outages. The private and public sectors would have to develop emergency plans to sustain critical domestic supply chains and manufacturing and agricultural production and distribution. The labor force would be severely affected when it was most needed. Over the course of the year, up to 50 percent of affected populations could become ill; as many as five percent could die. The disease would hit senior management as hard as the rest of the work force. There would be major shortages in all countries of a wide range of commodities, including food, soap, paper, light bulbs, gasoline, parts for repairing military equipment and municipal water pumps, and medicines, including vaccines unrelated to the pandemic. Many industries not critical to survival — electronics, automobile, and clothing, for example — would suffer or even close. Activities that require close human contact — school, seeing movies in theaters, or eating at restaurants — would be avoided, maybe even banned.

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