A storm indeed #NukeFreeCal

A storm indeed:

And all of it's at risk

We knew what we wanted.
We got it.
Now we’re getting it:
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David Ritchie posts from Seoul, Korea. Contact: kwriter@asia.com.


I'm Just Saying: Used to add emphasis, or express irony. Can also be used to express sarcasm. Can be used on the back of almost any sentence, IJS.

Person 1: how was that movie

Person 2: That crap was straight booty, IJS

Person 1: did you see the new guy

Person 2: I'm still having wet dreams, IJS

Check Out Our New Video Series: Singularity Hub Accelerated Tech News!

Check Out Our New Video Series: Singularity Hub Accelerated Tech News!:
You can’t talk about the rapid evolution of technology every day without eventually wanting to experience a little bit of it yourself. Today Singularity Hub is launching its new video series: Accelerated Tech News. Every week Aaron Saenz will provide a fast-paced recap of the top stories and major concepts discussed on Singularity Hub (and possibly in our Membership Program too!). With a light touch and humorous outlook (at least Aaron finds his own jokes funny), Accelerated Tech News should be able to serve two big purposes: making it easier to digest all the great content produced at Singularity Hub, and making it easier to share that content quickly on the web. When you want to learn more about what’s discussed in the video, just go to SingularityHub.com and you’ll get the full story. We’re eager to keep you informed about the exponentially changing world around you. So, without further ado, here’s our debut episode of Singularity Hub Accelerated Tech News. Enjoy!
The Accelerated Tech News is still a work in progress, and we’re excited to hear what our readers (and now, our watchers) have to say about it. Please comment below, or on the YouTube page, to let us know what you like, what you hate, and what you’d like to see expanded in the future. Make a suggestion today and you could be shaping these videos for years to come. How’s that for a disruptive impact?

Fly a jetpack in Google Earth

Fly a jetpack in Google Earth:
In the discussions of "GEFS Online" flight simulator, Jorg Buchholz mentioned that he had built a jetpack simulator in Google Earth. While the product isn't as polished as GEFS, it's still quite a lot of fun to play with!


By default you start in Christchurch, New Zealand, though you can quickly jump to any location in the world. Your jetpack hovers in the air, and you can control it using your mouse, keyboard or joystick. The controls and physics seem quite solid, though I don't have any first-hand jetpack experience. :)

If you use the keyboard, or likely with a joystick as well, the simulator supports simultaneous commands. For example, you can hold "8" and "1" to fly forward and up at the same time. It's a little thing, but adds quite a bit to the realism. This is a big reason why I enjoy using the SpaceNavigator with Google Earth -- you can be moving in a few different directions at the same time.

This is a fun little simulator and it's a neat way to explore your favorite cities. You can try it for yourself at jetpacksimulator.tk. Nice work, Jorg!

Cities – A Prepper’s Nightmare & Solutions

Cities – A Prepper’s Nightmare & Solutions:
The following article has been generously contributed by Jessica Hooley of the Salt n’ Prepper web site.
Is it a coincidence that all of my nightmares occur in big cities? While it may be a personality glitch, I find that considering the dangers you face in the event of an emergency while living in a city, my nightmares may be justified. If you live in a city – buckle up. As a prepper you will have to work extra hard to make your emergency plan viable. And while I make no judgments on city dwellers, I must say – MOVE! For your own safety – MOVE! Move, move, move, move, move. Okay. I think I got it all out.
Now I understand that not everyone can just pick up and move because some lady on the internet says so. So if you are in the situation where you must stay in the city here are a few things you MUST have in your emergency preparedness plan.
Define Your Strategy
One of the biggest problems with cities are the fact that they aren’t self-sustaining. They rely on outer communities to supply them with food, water and often times electricity. The second biggest issue with cities is the space. Most homes/apartments/condos don’t have the space needed to store supplies for 6 months to a year. And even if they did there is a severely high probability of civil unrest, leading to looting and robbery. In short – you need a plan. The three questions to ask yourself:
  1. How long will we stay
  2. How will we get out
  3. Where will we go
How long will we stay – As I said before, in a city you must resign yourself to the fact that you will have to leave if the situation escalates to a point where you either have no supplies or your safety is in jeopardy. Decide with your family how long this period is going to be. After the power is out, the food is gone, and the shelves are empty in the grocery stores of all liquid – how much longer will you hold down the fort. Too short and you may have bugged out too soon. Too long and you risk the possibility of not being able to get out.
How will we get out – Your exit strategy needs to be well planned out. Come up with a minimum of three routes out of the city. You’ve seen how a couple thousand people can shut down a road. Imagine the magnification of that situation when millions are out looking for food and water. You need to be able to navigate your way through the mess and be prepared to defend you and your family. I’ll go into further detail later.
Where will we go – Once again, come up with a couple places as a destination if possible. Think of relatives out in the “boonies”. Anyone that you consider as being in a safe part of the world. If you don’t know anyone within a reasonable distance (you may run out of fuel) start thinking of areas that you could stay. Hotels. Camp spots. Some place to “ride it out”.
Make Connections
As we’ve pointed out before, the population of cities can quickly turn into one of your biggest challenges. So it’s up to you to change that. Build your community into your own personal defense. Help those around you prepare. Educate them about emergency preparedness. You don’t need to reveal all of your prepping secrets but by preparing others you are ensuring help in the event that looting reaches your neighborhood. If everyone has something to defend they are more likely to band together. By not including your neighbors you are making them a potential threat to you. And the last thing you’ll want is to have to pull a gun on your neighbor if they are trying to take your supplies out of desperation.
Get the Gear
Bug-Out Gear
Although it may not seem like “gear” – a truck may likely be the most important bug-out necessity for someone in a big city. Reasons why:
  • Capable of hauling ALL of your bug-out supplies
  • You will need something capable of maneuvering around rubble, waste, people and stalled vehicles on the road.
  • Able to store extra fuel in the bed to get further away.
Outside of an off road vehicle, you will also need the following items:
  1. 96 hour kits for each person in the family
  2. 7 days of water – 1 to 2 gallons of water per person per day
  3. A full gas tank and 40 extra gallons to haul
Make sure in your plan to bug out, you have someone armed. When trying to leave the city there will be plenty of people outside waiting to stop you and take what you have. You must be prepared to face the realization that you may have to defend yourself with force.
No matter where you live, water is the basis to sustaining life. If you are planning to stay in your house longer than a week (after water is unavailable) you need to make storing water a big priority. Get creative with your water storage. As you can find in my other posts, polycarbonate containers are great for water storage. If you are crammed on space, I highly recommend WaterBricks®. You can store upwards of 60 gallons underneath your queen size bed alone with them. No matter what you decide for a storage system – make the most out of it. You’ll want to store 1-2 gallons for each person in your family for every day you plan on staying in your home.
Food Storage
Food storage goes along the same lines as water. Make a food storage list to last your family the time you will be staying in your home. The key to your food storage is making it secret. In cities, food is likely to completely run out within 3 days. People will get really hungry really fast. And if someone remembers seeing that stack of food storage in your garage, or remembers you saying something about having 6 months in your basement – you’re their first stop. Don’t put yourself in the situation where you are more likely to have to defend your storage by shouting it from a mountain top. Once again, get creative and bury it in your yard if you must.
In the event of an emergency, you will likely be facing a powerless situation. During the day you’ll just have to get used to being without certain luxuries like powered kitchen gadgets and television. But at night, no power can turn into a psychological battle. Especially for children. Have plenty of snap lights, flashlights and lanterns to keep it bright when the sun goes down so the little ones (and maybe even you) can relief during the night.
TIP: In most cities, homes and other living spaces are close together. When using your evening lighting make sure to draw the shades. Test your emergency lighting during peacetime and see which places in the house you can use them without it being seen from the outside. Light will draw more than just bugs during a power outage. And the result could end up in self defense.
Without electricity you may be in for some cold nights. Be prepared with some down blankets and 4 season sleeping bags. You can also get some indoor kerosene heaters. And if you are lucky enough to have a wood burning fireplace, put it use! Get stocked up on firewood and use it when necessary.
The terrible truth is that most places in this country where self-defense is needed most, it’s unavailable to law abiding citizens. I’m talking about guns. Big cities, despite their soaring crimes rates, seem to find rationale in banning guns whenever possible. And while free speech is still available – I’m telling you to get your hands on a gun no matter what it takes. As long as you are an otherwise law abiding citizen and you don’t hear voices in your head telling you to kill people – you need the ability to defend your property and more importantly your family.
Other fantastic weapons to have stored for self-defense include:
  • Pepper spray
  • Taser
  • Trip wires
  • A guard dog – a really mean looking one :)
These other defense tools are great to get someone off your property initially but keep in mind that they’ll get away and may come back with the knowledge that this time they’ll have to kill you to get your food.
If you plan to stay in your home for more than a month before bugging out, you need to consider investing in fortifications for your home. This includes making some changes that are more functional than pretty. This includes things like plexiglass windows, steel doors, removing landscaping features that people can easily hide in, blacking out windows, etc. Anything that can make your home more secure makes you less of a target.
So for all you city dwelling preppers, I hope this helped. Make your plan bullet proof. You are already at a disadvantage so have a process in place for everything you need to do. Good luck and happy prepping!
About the author: Jessica Hooley
I’m an LDS prepper from Lehi, UT. I believe that emergency preparation is vital for everyone and that you don’t need to be a survival specialist to get the best emergency preparation for you and your family. I want to take the complexity out of prepping to help those around me get involved.
For more preparedness resources including food storage, checklists and everything else visit the Salt n’ Prepper web site.

The Stealth Geography Of America: A Map

The Stealth Geography Of America: A Map:
Via Domus, a map of the United States, in the form of its 259 most crucial infrastructural sites as revealed by a 2010 WikiLeaks release:
We might say with only slight exaggeration that the United States exists in its current state of economic and military well-being due to a peripheral constellation of sites found all over the world.
These far-flung locations—such as rare-earth mines, telecommunications hubs and vaccine suppliers—are like geopolitical buttresses, as important for the internal operations of the United States as its own homeland security.
However, this overseas network is neither seamless nor even necessarily identifiable as such. Rather, it is aggressively and deliberately discontiguous, and rarely acknowledged in any detail.
That is what made the controversial release by WikiLeaks, in December 2010, of a long list of key infrastructural sites deemed vital to the national security of the United States so interesting…
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A TSA Official Admits Billion-Dollar-Body Scanner Program is Worthless (Video)

A TSA Official Admits Billion-Dollar-Body Scanner Program is Worthless (Video):
Homeland SecurityVia TSA Out of Our Pants!:
My last video demonstrated how easy it is to take a metal object through TSA nude body scanners undetected.
In this video, I interviewed an actual TSA screener to hear more about how these machines are an epic fail. “Jennifer,” who asked me not to use her real name or face, has been on the front lines of the TSA’s checkpoints for the last 4 years.
Please share this video with your family, friends, and most importantly, elected officials in federal government. Make sure they understand that your vote is contingent on them fixing the abuse that 200,000 passengers face from the TSA on a daily basis. If you are (or know) a TSA screener who has seen abuse in the TSA, please contact me!
Read More: TSA Out of Our Pants!

Don't give up (you're on the right track)

Don't give up (you're on the right track):
Wrestling with a puzzle, a project or a problem, the likeliest reason to give up is the belief that it can't be done. What's the point of persevering if it's actually impossible to succeed?
"It can't be done," we say, throwing up our hands. Not "I can't do it," or "It's not worth my time," but "It can't be done."
In the year after Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile, the record was broken again and again. Once people realized it could be done, it wasn't an impossible task any longer. And that's why there's a flood of tablets on the market, many from companies that had what they needed to build the first one, but didn't until Apple showed them the way.
Two things you might take away from this: First, there's solace in finding someone who has done it before, whatever "it" is you're trying to do. Knowing that it's possible and studying how it was done can't help but increase the chances you'll stick it out.
Second: huge value accrues to the few able to actually do a thing for the very first time.

California State Park Pass Price Increase

Park Pass: April 30th - $125
May 1st and beyond - $195

Everybody Loves Google; Only One-Third View Twitter Favorably

Everybody Loves Google; Only One-Third View Twitter Favorably: Google is the most popular major tech company in America, slightly besting Apple, while Facebook lags far behind those two. Twitter polls the worst of the four, with only about one-third of Americans saying they view the company favorably. The data comes from a recent ABC/Washington Post poll of...

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iPhoneographer Wanted

iPhoneographer Wanted:

Pocketstock, the mobile photography stock photo agency are looking for a talented iPhoneographer to document a 2 - 3 month road trip across America.

If you're interested, then more details about the assignment, and how to apply, can be found over at pocketstock.com

Geocaching takes off in Toowoomba

Geocaching takes off in Toowoomba - Toowoomba Chronicle:

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Ben Kitley shows one of the many apps you can use for geocaching around Toowoomba. A NEW word is entering the entertainment world around Toowoomba. "Geocaching" is an outdoor, location-based game that involves a participant finding trinkets such as ...
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Google+ Gets Navigation Customization, Cleaner Discussions, and Dedicated Hangout Pages [Video]

Google+ Gets Navigation Customization, Cleaner Discussions, and Dedicated Hangout Pages [Video]:

Click here to read Google+ Gets Navigation Customization, Cleaner Discussions, and Dedicated Hangout Pages
Google has introduced a slew of new features for Google+ that seek to make navigation of the social network easier. On top of a new user interface, Google+ users will see a customizable navigation ribbon, a new discussion layout, and more. More »

The Weirdos "Who? What? When? Where? Why?" 1979

The Weirdos "Who? What? When? Where? Why?" 1979: With ex-Quick (later Three O'Clock, etc.) drummer Danny Benair, the six-song Who? What? When? Where? Why? is an appealing blend of punk, psychobilly (a bizarre cover of Hank Mizzel's '50s obscurity, "Jungle Rock") and gonzo rock with unsettling lyrics.
The Weirdos'first two singles ("Destroy All Music" and "We Got the Neutron Bomb") were instant classics of Los Angeles punk and made them Kings of the West Coast scene for a while, but by 1979 they were eager to show that they could do something just a wee bit more professional. With the help of producer Earl Mankey, they tightened up their sound for their first 12" EP, the six-song Who? What? When? Where? Why?. From the first moment of speeded-up counterpoint on the opening track, "Happy People," Who? What? When? Where? Why? boasts a higher level of studio craft than the singles that preceded it, and the new rhythm section of bassist Billy Persons and Danny Benair on drums is flashier and more precise that their predecessors (though Benair lacks Nickey Beat's manic flair). However, guitarists Dix Denney and Cliff Roman sound more powerful than ever in this context, and John Denny's feral howl remains a manic joy to behold. Add some of the Weirdos' best songs -- including "Fort U.S.A.," "Happy People," and "Hit Man" -- and you get a record that proves this band could sand off their roughest edges and still deliver some ferocious rock & roll. - by Mark Deming

01 Happy People 02 Big Shot (In The Head) 03 Jungle Rock 04 Hit Man 05 Idle Life 06 Fort USA

Military Drills: Is the Army Preparing for a Martial Law Scenario in United States? (Latest Photos)

Military Drills: Is the Army Preparing for a Martial Law Scenario in United States? (Latest Photos):
Editor’s Note: The military is actively preparing to deploy in the United States of America if called on to do so. We can be fairly certain that the military drills described below are for domestic implementation and not for controlling civil disobedience and riots in far-off lands like Iraq or Afghanistan. The plans and training have been in place for years. As defined by the National Defense Authorization Act, the United States homeland is now a battlefield, which means the military will have jurisdiction in any situation that is deemed an event of national significance. Once activated, the entire country will fall under the control of the Commander In Chief and operate under emergency legislation that includes but is not limited to detainment and imprisonment of suspects without due  process for indefinite periods of time, elimination of the right to assemble and protest freely, seizure of resources that include food, farm equipment, and skilled individuals for the purpose of conscription labor. The laws have been passed, the military has been trained, the ammo has been ordered. Make no mistake, the US government is ready to act swiftly and with impunity.
Reprinted with permission from The Intel Hub.
For years the alternative media has warned about the US military possibly being used against the American people in a time of economic collapse or any sort of martial law scenario.
Drills such as Vigilant Guard 2010 have brought widespread attention to the fact that portions of our own military are training to take on crowds of American citizens demanding food and Constitutional rights in a time of crisis.
Now, a new release by the website Public Intelligence, once again confirms that as recently as February and March of 2012, US troops at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington were conducting training scenarios for a civil disturbance domestic quick reaction force.
A series of photos of the drills shows US troops with crowd control riot shields on the opposite side of actors portraying what can only be described as American citizens.
“The following photos are from March and February of this year and were taken at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.  The first four photos from March depict riot control training for a “domestic quick reaction force” that would aid in civil disturbances.
The second set of photos from February depict the 67th Military Police Company that typically mans the area’s Regional Correctional Facility attempting to quell riots among “restless prison inmates” that have created a disturbance, wrote Public Intelligence in a blog post that accompanied the photos.

Soldiers assigned to 3rd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, prepare to control a riot during training, March 13, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The unit is conducting civil disturbance training in preparation as a domestic quick reaction force.

Soldiers assigned to 3rd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, conduct riot training March 13 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The unit is conducting civil disturbance training in preparation as a domestic quick reaction force.

Soldiers assigned to 3rd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, hold their line in efforts to control a riot during training, March 13, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The unit is conducting civil disturbance training in preparation as a domestic quick reaction force.
In the second series of photos, the 67th Military Brigade is seen taking part in what was described as a prison inmate riot. (FEMA Camps inmates?)

Soldiers with the 67th Military Police Company grab hold of a soldier playing the role of a restless prison inmate who has been injured on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb. 16 while practicing riot control drills during a culmination exercise that concluded a week of training for the soldiers. 
In a post on the U.S. Army’s 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment’s Facebook page the drill was somewhat explained:
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, WASH. – The Soldiers in a closed formation bang their batons in cadence against their shields as an angry mob approaches.
“When I initially picked up my shield, the thought of the movie 300 was the first thing that came to mind,” said Spc. Kyle Wilhelmi.
Teams of Soldiers assigned to 3rd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade conducted civil disturbance training here March 13. The Soldiers, though not quite Spartans, are effectively training to hold their line and successfully control crowds if called upon for a civil disturbance
Soldiers with shields, batons and rifles pushed through and maintained a dominant stance against a mob of about 40 civilians. The riot escalated as the crowd began throwing snowballs, slurred profanity and made offensive gestures at the Soldiers. The more forceful members of the mob charged the Soldiers but were easily pushed back, as many often fell to the icy surface.
Consider this:
The Department of Homeland Security, the USDA, and the FBI have ALL purchased or are set to purchase over 750 million rounds of .40 caliber hollow point ammo while at the same time portions of the US Army are directly training for crowd control within the United States.
You can view all the photos through Public Intelligence Here.