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Jul 262014
 
The Next Attack on the US May Not Involve Bombs or Planes

Our notions of modern war and warfare are, in largest part, hopelessly outdated and dangerously inaccurate. When you ask most people to describe how they would expect any enemy to attack the US – whether a nation/state or an amorphous terrorist group, you’ll probably get responses ranging from nuclear missiles to crashing more planes into buildings or other sensitive areas. But the most likely future attack may not involve bombs, and may not even require […]

Jul 262014
 
Devastating Solar Storm Narrowly Misses Earth

We’ve written many times before about the vulnerability posed to much/most of our electrical and electronic gear by a major solar storm.  Indeed, noting the expert opinion that suggests there’s a 12% chance of this type of disruptive solar storm destroying most of our modern life and lifestyle within the next decade, a solar storm and its effects should be considered one of the greatest risks of all to prepare for. There are two issues […]

Jul 222014
 
Nuclear Winter Projection Probably Flawed, But Valuable Prepper Lessons Still Present

An interesting new study predicts that a limited nuclear exchange between warring powers would result in a ‘nuclear winter’ scenario. The study says this would create global famine, cooling, drought and massive increases in UV radiation (due to damage to the ozone layer), lasting some 20 years, and with between hundreds of millions and billions of people dying (the total population on the planet is about 7 billion). The full study is available here, and […]

Jul 192014
 
Earthquake Risk :  New Revised Data from USGS

The US Geological Survey organization – a government department that few of us think about, but which employs over 10,000 people in over 400 locations – has now revised its earlier 2008 earthquake risk projections. The new projection shows heightened risk in some of the American Redoubt states, but some parts of the country have their risk downgraded, so overall, there is probably no significant change in national overall earthquake risk. The areas of changed […]

Jul 082014
 
An Interesting Analysis of Solar Storm Disruptions

Here’s a rather simplistic article that talks about the potential for solar storms to disrupt many aspects of our modern-day life. What is interesting however is their pie chart analysis of some of the derivative disruptions from a solar storm (shown on the left and more easily seen full size in the linked article). Like so much that appears in public about our society’s underlying vulnerabilities, we feel their chart is more optimistic than perhaps is […]

May 082014
 
Are the Feds Secretly Preppers?

Although there are plenty of people who are concerned that the Feds are indeed secretly preparing for future problems (ie, not in the way we might wish and hope for), maybe we should also be pleased to learn of such things.  Is it possible the Feds have both a bug-out plan and also a distant safe retreat for us all?  Or, at least, for some lucky souls among us? Here’s an interesting article which, on […]

May 052014
 
A Small Electricity Generator for Short Term Level 1 Power Outages

(You can see our definition of levels one, two and three type events here.  It is a useful categorization that provides structure to your problem analysis and preparation planning.) When some people – particularly preppers – start thinking about generators, they immediately think of enormous noisy diesel standby generators, in special generator sheds, and capable of providing tens of kilowatts of power for extended periods, drawing off multi-hundred gallon storage tanks.  Don’t get us wrong.  […]

May 052014
 
Report :  Our National Power Grid is 'Inherently Vulnerable'

What happened the last time you flicked a light switch?  The power came on, right?  And the time before, and the time before.  More importantly, you also expect it to continue coming on next time you flick the switch, too. Well, maybe you don’t have such expectations, because you’re a cautious prepper, and the unknown is unsurprising to you.  But all the unaware people around us – their lives would be destroyed if our national […]

Apr 252014
 
Urban/Rural Imbalance Gets Worse

Almost exactly two years ago we wrote an article ‘Urban Drift : A Worrying Trend‘.  The commentary and conclusions in that article remain as valid today as then, only more so. The last two years have shown a continued move away from rural and non-metropolitan counties and to the cities.  When we wrote our article in May 2012, we said that about 80% of the country lived in urban areas and only 20% in rural […]

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