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Practical Family Nuclear Civil Defense Strategies

Shane Connor

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The disarmament movement for decades has hyped that with nukes; all will die or it will be so bad you’ll wish you had. Most have bought into it, now thinking it futile, bordering on lunacy, to try to learn how to survive a nuclear blast and radioactive fallout.

Unfortunately, most govt officials have, too, as they are focused on #1- Interdiction, and #2- COG (Continuity of Govt) for when #1 fails, and have largely ignored #3 – Civil Defense training of the pubic, so they might be better prepared to save themselves from the first second of the flash of a nuke explosion.

For instance, most people now ridicule ‘duck & cover’, but for the vast majority, not right at ‘ground zero’ and already gone, the blast wave will be delayed in arriving after the flash, like lightening & thunder, anywhere from a fraction of a second up to 20 seconds, or more.

Today, without ‘duck & cover’ training, everyone at work, home, and your children at school, will impulsively rush to the nearest windows to see what that ‘bright flash’ was, just-in-time to be shredded by the glass imploding inward from that delayed blast wave. They’d never been taught that even in the open, just laying flat, reduces by eight-fold the chances of being hit by debris from that brief, 3-second, tornado strength blast. [Read more →]

August 28, 2016   No Comments

Accidental Nuclear War?

A Timeline of Close Calls

The most devastating military threat to the superpowers arguably comes from a nuclear war started not intentionally but by accident or miscalculation. The list of close calls below is too long for comfort, suggesting that barring risk reduction, it’s merely a matter of time until our luck runs out. Moreover, there are signs of the Cold War restarting and the risk of accidental nuclear war growing again. (Except for the Arkhipov and Able Archer incidents, the reports come from the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Nuclear Files, or Eric Schlosser’s book, Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Incident, and the Illusion of Safety. They are either paraphrased or directly quoted, with links to the original source.)

August 26, 2016   No Comments

How Climate Change Became a Liberal Hoax

Linguist, philosopher and political activist Noam Chomsky talks about the Chamber of Commerce, the American Petroleum Institute and other business lobbies enthusiastically carrying out campaigns “to try and convince the population that global warming is a liberal hoax.” According to Chomsky, this massive public relations campaign has succeeded in leading a good portion of the population into doubting the human causes of global warming.

Known for his criticism of the media, Chomsky doesn’t hold back in this clip, laying blame on mainstream media outlets such as the New York Times, which will run frontpage articles on what meteorologists think about global warming. “Meteorologists are pretty faces reading scripts telling you whether it’s going to rain tomorrow,” Chomsky says. “What do they have to say any more than your barber?” All this is part of the media’s pursuit of “fabled objectivity.”

August 26, 2016   No Comments

Noam Chomsky – The Threat of Nuclear War

Excerpt from a Noam Chomsky lecture, 30 May, 2014: Driving forces in US policy

August 26, 2016   No Comments

Noam Chomsky: If Nuclear War Doesn’t Get Us, Climate Change Will

 

World renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Noam Chomsky discusses the 2 greatest threats to human civilization and current level of habitability of the planet, namely Nuclear War and Environmental Catastrophe.

In the context of how systems of power operate, Noam Chomsky discusses how from the perspective of an external observer, such as an Extraterrestrial visitor, watching our escalation of these threats and our lack of action concerning them, might very well have led to the conclusion that we are about to destroy our civilization.

August 26, 2016   No Comments

Atlantic depths may hold key to heat hiatus

Tim Radford

A jellyfish floats just above the seafloor of the deep Atlantic Ocean. Image: NOAA/OAR/OER via Wikimedia Commons

A jellyfish floats just above the seafloor of the deep Atlantic Ocean. Image: NOAA/OAR/OER via Wikimedia Commons

Researchers analysing millions of oceanographic measurements believe they may finally have got to the bottom of the conundrum about why there is a slowdown in global warming despite greenhouse gas emissions rising.

For years, researchers have puzzled over the temperature rises that haven’t happened – but scientists in China and the US believe they have cracked the mystery of the missing heat.

While calculations indicate that global average temperatures should be rising predictably, the planetary thermometers tell a different story.

But now Xianyao Chen, an oceanographer at the Ocean University of China in Ongdao, and Ka-Kit Tung, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle, report inScience journal that they think they know where the notional extra heat has gone. It is at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

And this time their conclusion isn’t based only on mathematical models and computer simulations. In their research − funded by the US National Science Foundation and theNational Natural Science Foundation of China – they analysed millions of measurements of temperature and salinity taken by oceanographic instruments since 1970, and tracked the pathways that the heat must have taken since the beginning of the 21st century. [Read more →]

August 22, 2014   No Comments

Climate and economy fan flames in Spain

Tim Radford

 

Burn scars: a swathe of forest destroyed by wildfire in northern Spain. Image: DM Molina Terrén via Wikimedia Commons

Burn scars: a swathe of forest destroyed by wildfire in northern Spain. Image: DM Molina Terrén via Wikimedia Commons

The combined forces of climate, economic and social change are leaving Spain increasingly exposed to the damaging and costly effects of wildfires.

Climate change is gradually turning Spain into a fire zone – but it’s also the change in the economic climate that is inflaming the situation.

A research group reports in the journal Environmental Science and Policy that a mix of factors is behind the rise in both the numbers of forest fires and the areas of land scorched over the last 40 years.

Vanesa Moreno, a researcher in the geography department at the University of Alcalá in Madrid, and colleagues studied the pattern of fires in Spain from 1968 to 2010. [Read more →]

August 22, 2014   No Comments

Antarctic warming could accelerate sea level rise

Alex Kirby

Rising concern: warming would cause more Antarctic ice to break off and melt. Image: PIK (R.Winkelmann)

Rising concern: warming would cause more Antarctic ice to break off and melt. Image: PIK (R.Winkelmann)

An international study says warming is affecting not only the Arctic but also the Antarctic – and that could significantly raise global sea levels much faster than previously predicted.

The effect of climate change on the world’s two polar regions looks like a stark contrast: the Arctic is warming faster than most of the rest of the Earth, while most of Antarctica appears to remain reassuringly locked in a frigid embrace.

But an international scientific team says the reality is quite different. The Antarctic is warming too, it says, and the southern ice could become the main cause of global sea level rise during this century − far sooner than previously thought.

The study, led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany, found that ice discharge from Antarctica could contribute up to 37 centimetres to global sea levels by 2100. [Read more →]

August 20, 2014   No Comments