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Cascadia Subduction Zone - FEMA

By Michael Snyder – End Of The American Dream

Starting on June 7th, FEMA will be conducting a large scale drill that has been named “Cascadia Rising” that will simulate the effects of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone and an accompanying west coast tsunami dozens of feet tall. According to the official flyer for the event, more than “50 counties, plus major cities, tribal nations, state and federal agencies, private sector businesses, and non-governmental organizations across three states – Washington, Oregon, and Idaho – will be participating”.  In addition to “Cascadia Rising”, U.S. Northern Command will be holding five other exercises simultaneously.  According to the final draft of the Cascadia Rising drill plan, those five exercises are entitled “Ardent Sentry 2016″, “Vigilant Guard”, “Special Focus Exercise”, “Turbo Challenge” and “Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore”.  The primary scenario that of all of these participants will be focusing on will be one that involves a magnitude 9.0 earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone followed by a giant tsunami that could displace up to a million people from northern California to southern Canada.

We have never seen such a disaster before in all of U.S. history.

Do they know something that the rest of us do not?

It is funny that they are preparing to deal with the effects of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, because that is precisely the size of earthquake that I warned about in an article back in March.

The San Andreas Fault in southern California gets more headlines, but the Cascadia Subduction Zone is a much larger threat by far.  This fault zone is where the Juan de Fuca plate meets the North American plate, and it stretches approximately 700 miles from northern Vancouver Island all the way down to northern California.

If a magnitude 9.0 earthquake were to strike, the immense shaking and subsequent tsunami would cause damage on a scale that is hard to even imagine right now.  Perhaps this is why FEMA feels such a need to get prepared for this type of disaster, because the experts assure us that it is most definitely coming someday.  The following comes from the official website of the “Cascadia Rising” exercise…

Continue reading at End Of The American Dream: June 7: FEMA Will Hold A Drill To Prepare For A 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake And Tsunami

About the author:

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.

Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

Read his new book Get Prepared Now!: Why A Great Crisis Is Coming.

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By Daisy Luther – The Organic Prepper

Survival Saturday is  a round-up of the week’s news and resources for folks who are interested in being prepared.

This Week in the News

There’s a story that the media does NOT want you to see but you can find it on this week’s Survival Saturday. Also included is news about some science projects that will send a chill down your spine, some crybaby college kids who don’t understand life, and the rise of the Libertarians in response to the Idiocracy on parade that is otherwise known as our presidential race.

 Weird (and Wrong) Science

What the heck, Science?  Why is it that lately, scientists seem intent on pushing the envelope of ethics a little further with each experiment?

A few weeks ago I wrote about a current scientific course of inquiry – reanimating the brains of the dead. I said, “Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.” But that wasn’t unsettling enough, because this week, there’s something even more horrifying in the science news.

Chimeras.

Previously considered the stuff of legend, science has made them real. A chimera is a hybrid that is part animal and part human, and for some horrific reason, scientists have created chimera embryos by adding human cells into animal embryos.  They are attempting to grow human organs in animals so that they can farm organs for people who need transplants. While on the surface that may seem like a noble goal, what happens when these scientists create an animal with human cognitive function? Is it still okay to kill that creature for the use of organs? What happens if they manage to create an entirely new race that combines human and animal? Is that still cool? The ethical ramifications of this line of experimentation are simply staggering. Back in 2006, President Bush asked Congress to prohibit such experimentation, following a 2004 report from the President’s Council on Bioethics that denounced it. Clearly, no such prohibition occurred.

But that’s not all from the Dr. Frankenstein files today.

An ethics committee in the UK has given the go-ahead for scientists to modify the genes of “surplus embryos” in fertility clinic settings. The scientists say that they are looking for the genetic anomaly that causes some embryos to fail to develop, thus causing miscarriage. They purport that once they figure this out, genetic editing can improve the chances of a successful pregnancy. But will the editing end at simply increasing the chances for successful pregnancies?

I bet you didn’t know that Anonymous took down the New York Stock Exchange, the World Bank, The Fed, and the Vatican this month.

Over the past 30 days, the hacktivist group Anonymous has taken many of the world’s most corrupt and bloated financial institutions offline.

But you probably didn’t hear a word about it, did you? That’s because there is a global media blackout on the attacks.

A few weeks ago, when I first wrote about the story, I shared a screenshot of what happened when I tried to share an article about it on Facebook. The link was banned from being shared.

Here’s a very thorough story about the attacks – it’s a must-read.

A spokesperson for Anonymous has said these attacks are specifically targeting central banks and the 1%.

We would just like to make it very clear that all targets of #OpIcarus have been Rothschild and BIS central owned banks. In fact most of the targets so far such as Guernsey, Cyprus, Panama, Jordan, British Virgin Isles, etc are in the top 10 places of tax havens for the elite. No on-line consumer accounts were harmed, no ATM’s were blocked and no personal client data was leaked. This has been a protest against the Central Banks and the 1% — no innocent or poor people were harmed.

I did find a small story on a UK mainstream news site about the hack attacks, but the American media remains mum on the subject.

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Crybaby College Students Object to Midterms and Grades Lower Than Cs

A group of more than 1300 college students in Ohio has petitioned Oberlin College to lighten their loads and change the parameters so they can find success.  They want to abolish grades that are below a C and they would like to simply have a conversation with their professors instead of midterms.  They’ve been really busy protesting, you see, and just haven’t been able to keep up with their work due to their activism.

Then there’s this classic quote that sums up what education is all about:

“You know, we’re paying for a service. We’re paying for our attendance here. We need to be able to get what we need in a way that we can actually consume it,”student Zakiya Acey told The New Yorker. “Because I’m dealing with having been arrested on campus, or having to deal with the things that my family are going through because of larger systems — having to deal with all of that, I can’t produce the work that they want me to do. But I understand the material, and I can give it to you in different ways.”

Aw, Muffin. Wait until you have a full-time job, are a parent, and hope to actually have a life outside of your normal responsibilities. No one adjusts the parameters in adulthood so that you can feel successful.

The higher education system has utterly failed. Common sense and  cause/effect thinking are dead. If this is an example of the leaders of the next generation, we are well and truly screwed.

Is a Libertarian revolution brewing?

In brighter news, there are some people who are finally beginning to wake up to the corruption within the two-party system. Voter registration for the Libertarian Party jumped 20-fold during the month of May, indicating that people are refusing to vote for the “lesser of two evils”.  The ridiculous ballot of Trump vs. Clinton just might be enough to shake people out of their apathy.

If you’re wondering what Libertarians stand for, here’s a quick list of the main ideas. (Hint: It’s about personal freedom and personal responsibility.) This is a classic primer on libertarian thinking if you’re interested in more information.

Libertarianism is becoming “cool” too. Recently, Breitbart posted an article called “Rise of the Cultural Libertarians” which discussed an insurgent movement away from the two party system. “Authoritarians of all stripes, from religious reactionaries to left-wing “social justice warriors,” are coming under fire from a new wave of thinkers, commentators, and new media stars who reject virtually all of their political values.”

As an example, this campaign video is like nothing you’ve ever seen from the Democrats and the Republicans. I was definitely impressed.

This Week in Preparedness

How to Convince Loved Ones to Prep (And When to Give Up)

How to convice loved ones to prep

Lately, those who live the preparedness lifestyle have been more concerned than ever about the events going on in the world, and for many of us,  the urgency to convince loved ones to prep is at an all-time high as worries increase. The economic collapse of Venezuela, our own shaky markets and banking system, the threat of natural disasters, and worries about cyber attacks all have the potential to become life-changing catastrophes. These are the events we prep for and we clearly understand the ramifications of facing them without the necessary supplies.

And many of us have friends and family without those necessary supplies. Have you ever tried to convince those loved ones to prep?

Here are some suggestions to help you gently persuade those who are not on board.

Did You Know That Venezuela Banned Guns for Private Citizens Only 4 Years Ago?

Venezuela banned guns 4 years ago

The cautionary tale that is the rather spectacular collapse of Venezuela continues. Were you aware that Venezuela banned guns for private citizens a mere four years ago, in 2012? Although the country was already in trouble, it seems like that was the beginning of the end.  Does this remind anyone else of the campaign promises of a certain presidential hopeful?

Read on for the history of how Venezuela lost the ability to revolt or protect themselves amidst the chaos of collapse.

The Bookshelf

Chimera’s Children: Ethical, Philosophical and Religious Perspectives on Human-Nonhuman Experimentation

Chimeras, Hybrids, and Interspecies Research: Politics and Policymaking

We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency

Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students

The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom

The Prepper’s Blueprint

The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget

Prepper’s Home Defense

Anything to add to Survival Saturday?

If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, you should.  This summer, I’ll be co-hosting a Summer Prepping Intensive with Lisa Bedford, also known as The Survival Mom. We’ll be helping you to get prepped if you’re not there yet, recover your mojo if you’ve gotten off track, and interact with others who are traveling the same journey. It’ll be like a summer camp for grownups and I’ll be offering this for early bird sign-up in a week or so via my mailing list. (Sign-up is on the right-hand sidebar and at the top of the home page.)

Do you have any news links you want to share? Now’s the time! Please post your links in the comments below. Also, be sure to let me know what you think about today’s articles!

This article first appeared at The Organic Prepper: A Story the Media Doesn’t Want You to See, Weird (and Wrong) Science, & Crybaby College Kids

About the author:

Daisy Luther lives on a small organic homestead in Northern California.  She is the author of The Organic Canner,  The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget, and The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy uses her background in alternative journalism to provide a unique perspective on health and preparedness, and offers a path of rational anarchy against a system that will leave us broke, unhealthy, and enslaved if we comply.  Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,  and Twitter,.

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By Pat Henry – The Prepper Journal

Over the years I have heard preppers lumped into the same boat as Hoarders. This is always with a negative connotation but I think that the connection, while it makes a certain amount of sense if viewed in the proper context,  is instead almost always linked to the more severe and unrelated Psychological condition of Compulsive Hording. The conflation of these two terms takes the very real, natural instincts of preppers and equates them to people with psychological issues who live in squalor. We have seen in the news even now how the label of ‘hoarder’ is used to demean and even criminalize what should be considered rational behavior in my opinion.

Hoarding is normal by humans during times of scarcity. It is how the smart survive while the foolish perish. You accumulate or store additional provisions that you likely will need later but due to forces beyond your control, are unable to get. Hoarding by preppers is usually associated with food because if you can’t get food you die. It makes perfect sense to me that if I know there will be a shortage of food and I won’t be able to go down to the local grocery store to purchase more, that I should make plans before the scarcity arrives to obtain more food. My children still need to eat regardless of what is available for me on the shelves. To not plan for their needs when I have the ability and foreknowledge to do so would seem to be a type of willful neglect.

Continue reading at The Prepper Journal: Are You Guilty of Hoarding? How to Prepare for Coming Shortages

Junk The Water Hose For A Simple $35 DIY Rainwater Irrigation System

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By Joseph Gleason Off The Grid News

One of my favorite summertime passions is gardening. I generally attempt to grow all the needed vegetables I consume over the course of the summer as a way of ensuring I am eating high quality products while also saving a little bit of money.

I already use landscaping fabric to keep the weeds to a minimum, and I employ a variety of other methods to help with water retention in the soil. I am always concerned with maximizing space and effective pest control measures to ensure the crops I am able to harvest are the best I can get.

But one of the hardest things for me – with a busy summer schedule — is keeping track of watering the garden. I do my best to make sure that each plant receives the necessary amount each day if there is no rain, but this isn’t always an option. Just like everyone else, there are days that I just can’t get to it.

Continue reading at Off The Grid News: Junk The Water Hose For A Simple $35 DIY Rainwater Irrigation System

Survivopedia 15 uses for magnets

By  – SurvivoPedia

If you only think about magnets as the things that keep your shopping list stuck to the fridge, then you are missing out on dozens of ways to use them. Both before and after a major crisis, you will be amazed at how much you will need them.

Have a look at this list of applications so that you can see where not having a robust supply of magnets in your stockpile can cause more problems than you anticipated.

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: 15 Ways A Prepper Can Use Magnets

12 Wellness Reasons to Include Elderberries in Your Preps | Backdoor Survival

By Gaye Levy – Backdoor Survival

The first time I learned about elderberries is when a homesteader I know told me she supplemented her income from making and selling her homemade syrups and tinctures.  At the time, I knew nothing about elderberries even though they are quite common near the edges of the forest here Washington State.

As my interest in natural remedies grew, I started investigating the merits of elderberry then stumbled upon this fact: elderberries can and do fight the flu.  Not only that, they do so exceptionally well.  Talk about a light bulb going off in this prepper mind of mine!  That single fact set me on path to learn about the other health and wellness benefits of elderberry and, as a natural follow-up, to make my own elderberry tincture and elderberry syrup.

Continue reading at Backdoor Survival: 12 Wellness Reasons to Include Elderberries in Your Preps

About the author:

Gaye Levy started Backdoor Survival so that she could share her angst and concern about our deteriorating economy and its impact on ordinary, middle-class folks. She also wanted to become a prepper of the highest order and to share her knowledge as she learned it along the way. On Backdoor Survival you will find survival and preparedness tools and tips for creating a self-reliant lifestyle through thoughtful prepping and optimism.

To read more from Gaye, visit her website, Backdoor Survival. You can also follow Gaye on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest or purchase her eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage on Amazon.com.

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By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

Whether out in the woods, camping, hiking, or at home in the backyard, mosquitoes are not equal opportunity biters. Some people seem to be constantly bit by mosquitoes while others not so much.

With the health risks that can result from a mosquito bite, it may help to know the following things that attract mosquitoes:

Continue reading at Modern Survival Blog: 8 Things That Attract Mosquitoes