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Survival Author: Next Financial Collapse will be Irreversible

Alex is joined via Skype by Former U.S. Army Intelligence officer and survivalist author James Wesley Rawles to discuss the imminent danger of world-wide eco...

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Fragile States Index

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"Weak and failing states pose a challenge to the international community. In today’s world, with its highly globalized economy, information systems and interlaced security, pressures on one fragile state can have serious repercussions not only for that state and its people, but also for its neighbors and other states halfway across the globe.  The Fragile States Index (FSI), produced by The Fund for Peace, is a critical tool in highlighting not only the normal pressures that all states experience, but also in identifying when those pressures are pushing a state towards the brink of failure."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 27, 3:31 PM

How can political stability and security be measured?  What constitutes effective governance?  The Fragile States Index (formerly known as the Failed States Index) is a statistical ranking designed to measure the effective political institutions across the globe.  There are  12 social, economic, and political/military categories that are a part of the overall rankings and various indicators are parts of the metrics that are a part of this index are:

SOCIAL

•Demographic Pressures 

•Refugees/IDPs

•Group Grievance

•Human Flight and Brain Drain

ECONOMIC

•Uneven Economic Development

•Poverty and Economic Decline

POLITICAL/MILITARY

•State Legitimacy

•Human Rights and Rule of Law

•Public Services

•Security Apparatus

•Factionalized Elites

•External Intervention


Tags: political, statisticsdevelopment, territoriality, sovereignty, conflict, political, devolution, war.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 28, 12:57 AM

How can political stability and security be measured? The Fragile States Index is a statistical ranking designed to measure the effective political institutions across the globe.

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Did ZMapp cure two Americans with Ebola? Experts can't say, yet

Did ZMapp cure two Americans with Ebola? Experts can't say, yet | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Though Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol have been discharged from Emory University Hospital after their terrifying bouts with Ebola, it's unclear if the experimental drug they were given is what led to their cure.

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Krishan Maggon 's curator insight, August 22, 11:16 AM

Not sure as 50% of Ebola patients recover with good care and follow up. ZMAPP was given in small amounts. Out of 3 patients given ZMAPP, 2 survived and 1 Spanish patient died. 

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A huge volcano in Iceland might be getting ready to erupt

A huge volcano in Iceland might be getting ready to erupt | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Does this mean we're in for another air-travel catastrophe?

And now there's another big volcano in Iceland making ominous noises. Bárðarbunga is part of a volcano system underneath a massive glacier in the center of the country. And, since Saturday, seismologists have detected some 3,000 earthquakes in the region — a sign that magma may be on the move.


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Photos From The Frontline Of Liberia's Deadly Ebola Outbreak

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One of the biggest challenges in combatting the Ebola virus, which has claimed more than 1,200 lives in West Africa, is misinformation about the disease. Local communities that don't have access to information about how the virus spreads and its heal...

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Mapping the Spread of Drought Across the U.S.

Mapping the Spread of Drought Across the U.S. | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Maps and charts updated weekly show the latest extent of the drought in the United States.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 15, 2:58 PM

I've shared numerous links here about the drought situation in California over the past few months, but the situation extends far beyond California as these animated maps and charts demonstrate. Some of the best public data on drought can be found at the National Drought Mitigation Center


Tags: wateragriculture, environmentresources, environment depend, physical, weather and climate, consumptionCalifornia.

hailey thornton's curator insight, August 21, 10:19 AM

this is a map that shows the  drought in the united states of america. 

over the past decade the drought has gotten ever so more drastic. most of the drought is in the central parts  and the west coast of america .I  assume  that as the years progress the conditions for these parts of america will only progress to worsen. 

                  ~h.t.

Nancy Watson's curator insight, August 24, 8:00 PM

Whether global warming or just one of the heat and cooling cycles, this drought is extensive and making an impact on food prices.

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What You Need to Know About the Ebola Outbreak

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Questions and answers on the scale of the outbreak and the science of the Ebola virus.

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Raven Blair's curator insight, August 21, 10:10 AM

I believe that the reason the Ebola outbreak was so bad in West Africa was because of the overpopulation and lack of medical resources. Attempts of containing the virus are being made by asking for the travel history of anyone that comes into the US with a fever. If they had been to West Africa, then they are screened and tested. Alarms have been raised in New York City at 3 hospitals, but no Ebola cases have turned up.

 

~Raven Blair

Robert Hardy Simpkins's curator insight, August 21, 10:16 AM

The Ebola virus is a very frightening virus. The fact that there is a chance it could spread to the United States is also scary. Hopefully there will be a cure found for this virus. The side effects of Ebola could be fatal, until there is a cure we should prevent to many trips to areas near West Africa.

Alex Lewis's curator insight, August 27, 9:53 AM

More than 2,600 people in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone have become infected with the Ebola virus since March. The Ebola Virus is spreading rapidly between not only African and less developed countries, but also being transported to some more developed countries, such as the United States. There are so many different things we have to bring attention to, this included. The people in Africa are transferring the disease more rapidly, in my opinion, due to the lack of medical attention and the lack of space and resources.

                                     Alex Lewis

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U.S. Emergency Labs Ready To Work On Ebola Drugs If Asked

U.S. Emergency Labs Ready To Work On Ebola Drugs If Asked | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
(Repeating story first sent on Aug 9 to additional subscribers) By Sharon Begley and Toni Clarke NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - All three U.S. facilities established to quickly make vaccines and therapeutics in...

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Krishan Maggon 's curator insight, August 12, 2:21 PM

The US emergency labs and production facilities are ready to scale up producing Ebola drugs, mabs and vaccines if funded.

 

The facilities are mainly for US use but can supply drugs to Allies and WHO.

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Cool Vintage Signal Flashlight from 1970s

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The coolest portable signal flashlight from 1970 `s.

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What Happens When a Hurricane Meets a Volcano?

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When Iselle crosses the Big Island of Hawaii, it will offer a rare glimpse at a clash of the titans

 

Tags: disasters, Oceania, physical, weather and climate.


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MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 10:49 AM

APHG-Physical Geography

Nolan Walters's curator insight, August 21, 10:21 AM

This could be a very deadly disaster over nature that may happen.  Volcano and Hurricane mixed together- not a very good combination.  But it could turn out to slow down the hurricane or actually make the hurricane not as severe. Let's just hope for the best.

Cassie Brannan's curator insight, August 27, 9:55 AM

When Hurricane Iselle crosses Hawaii, people will wonder what will happen to the Kilauea Volcano. The gases and particles that pour out of the volcano could make the hurricane severe and it could put people in great danger. Change in pressure from a large storm can generate earthquakes. Most of the volcano's actions take place underground and it would make the Earthquake less threatening.

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Trees Reduce Air Pollution, Respiratory Problems

Trees Reduce Air Pollution, Respiratory Problems | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Trees are nature's answer to diminishing air pollution, as well as reducing respiratory problems for the human population, according to US Forest Service scientists and collaborators behind a new study.

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Nat Turner's curator insight, July 30, 12:41 PM

"memory and intelligence are very closely related,
to the point that some have questioned
if they could be the same thing."

 

Growing up we had a young tree in a pot indoors, on the window,
for 2 years the new branches reached the top of the window frame and died off,
from the 3rd year onward the tree sent it's new branches out from 
lower down it's trunk and never sent branches to the top again,
therefore avoiding having to kill them off as it did in the other 2 years.
We concluded that the tree remembered and

therefore had memory,
consider the age that trees can live to and
that they, and other plant life, may retain memories.

Owen Budd's curator insight, August 21, 4:51 AM

I suppose it's not news that we need trees, but there's something to be said for proof.

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Poop Stories

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"From the time we’re about 6 years old, everyone loves a good poop joke, right? But is there something more meaningful lurking beneath the bathroom banter? Take a look at some international potty humor and then follow the jokes to a deeper understanding. Every laugh on this page reflects a life and death issue: the very real sanitation problems facing India today."


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Gina Panighetti's curator insight, August 4, 4:48 PM

Example of "access", or lack thereof, for North America unit.

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 10:51 AM

APHG-U2 & U6

Roman Mirando's curator insight, August 21, 10:21 AM

I do not want to use public bathrooms in the first place but this makes me want to not use them more. It is frightening that three children die every minute because of poor sanitation. Also, 1.5 million children die every year because of poor sanitation. These facts are so horrific and now I am going to make sure I am sanitized.

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Largest ever Ebola outbreak is NOT a global threat

Largest ever Ebola outbreak is NOT a global threat | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Although the virus is exerting a heavy toll in West Africa, it does not spread easily.

 

Deadly Ebola probably touched down in Lagos, Nigeria, the largest city in Africa, on 20 July. A man who was thought to be infected with the virus had arrived there on a flight from Liberia, where, along with Guinea and Sierra Leone, the largest recorded Ebola outbreak is currently raging. The Lagos case is the first to be internationally exported by air travel and today the UK foreign secretary announced that he would chair a government meeting on Ebola. As long as the virus continues to infect people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, there is a small risk of more long-distance exports of the disease. But, Ebola does not pose a global threat.


The World Health Organization still considers the Lagos case a “probable” infection because it has not yet confirmed that the 40-year-old Liberian man had Ebola. He was quarantined upon arrival at the airport and taken to hospital, where he died on 25 July. Assuming he had Ebola, if proper control measures were taken at the airport and at the hospital, the risk that health-care workers or others will become infected as a result of contact with him is low. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control classifies people sharing public transport with someone infected as having a “very low” risk of catching the virus. Healthcare workers and doctors, several of whom have now been infected and died as a result of caring for people in the current outbreak, are at much higher risk and the WHO advises that they take strict precautions, which greatly lowers the risk.


The ECDC also says the probability of an infected person getting on a flight in the first place is low,given the small overall number of Ebola cases. Moreover, functional health systems should be able to prevent onward spread from any exported cases. Overall, the World Health Organisation estimates that there is a high risk of spread to countries bordering those with existing outbreaks, a moderate risk to countries further afield in the sub-region, but that there is little chance of spread overseas. There is no reason to assume that an exported case — be it to Lagos, a city of 17 million people, or any other place — will spark new outbreaks, because Ebola is not highly contagious.


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10 Places to Ride Out the Apocalypse

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You've assembled your post-apocalyptic reading list. You've packed your bug-out bag. You've even practiced a little melee combat, just in case. But where should you go when the global pandemic hits or sky starts raining fire?
If you can hang out in a self-sufficient rural community or get yourself adopted into a tribe of uncontacted people, then you can probably pull through several flavors of apocalyptic disaster. But here are a few specific locations that might improve your odds of survival, if you can get there in time:

 

- Utah: In the event of a run-of-the-mill infrastructural collapse, it wouldn't be a bad idea idea to hightail it to Utah and make friends with some stockpiling Mormons. 

 

- Pyongyang North Korea: It should be no surprise that a country that thrives on paranoia has made elaborate preparations in case of nuclear war. 

 

- Pitcairn Islands: Anyone who's ever stared in frustration at Madagascar at the end of a game of Pandemic II knows that islands are a great escape from pathogen-born disasters. 

 

-Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado: There are plenty of options for nuclear bunkers around the world: Germany's swanky doomsday palace, the decommissioned Congressional shelter beneath the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, even bomb-proof homes available on the real estate market. 

 

- London, England: Of course, it's even better if you don't have to drive to your shock-proof digs. 

 

- Mount Yamantau, Mezhgorye, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia: While some countries stopped building nuclear shelters at the close of the Cold War, Russia was still putting the finishing touches on at least one of theirs. 

 

- Svalbard, Norway: If the apocalypse should wipe out most of the plant life on Earth, you'll want to be hanging out somewhere near the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Svalbard archipelago. 

 

- Western Australia: There's a reason Mad Max is set in Australia. Perth is one of the most remote cities in the world (some measures put it behind Honolulu and Auckland), and although it was first colonized by British settlers in 1829, it wasn't connected to the rest of Australia by train until 1917. 

 

- Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland: Few cultures in the world revolve around hunting as their primary means of subsistence, but it's the occupation for most of the roughly 500 residents of the isolated Ittoqqortoormiit settlement. 

 

- Bugarach, France: What recommends this sleepy mountain town with a population of 200 for post-apocalyptic survival? To be honest, the residents aren't even sure. Bugarach sits at the base of Pic de Bugarach, which is often called the "upside-down mountain." According to geologists, the mountain exploded after its formation, and the top landed upside-down. Its unusual shape has inspired Jules Verne and Steven Spielberg, and attracted hippies and New Agers who believed it emitted special magnetic waves. More recently, rumors have started circulating on doomsday 2012 forums that the mountain is sacred and will be protected in the coming apocalypse. Some believe that there are aliens living under the mountain who rescue anyone living nearby on December 21st, 2012. We know that the 2012 doomsday is a myth, but if the cataclysm should hit on that date, the best case scenario is that well prepared survivalists will head for Bugarach. The worst case is that you'll witness a mass suicide commanded by the ancient aliens.


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The 9 biggest myths about ISIS

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If you want to understand the Islamic State, better known as ISIS, the first thing you have to know about them is that they are not crazy. Murderous adherents to a violent medieval ideology, sure. But not insane.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 26, 2:43 PM

This interactive is a series of related articles, each designed to tackle popular narratives that have been constructed to explain ISIS; there are bits of truths in these myths, but they fail to fully contextualize the reality on the ground.  These nine myths are:

  1. ISIS is crazy and irrational
  2. People support ISIS because they like its radical form of Islam
  3. ISIS is part of al-Qaeda
  4. ISIS is a Syrian rebel group
  5. ISIS is only strong because of Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki
  6. ISIS is afraid of female soldiers
  7. The US can destroy ISIS
  8. ISIS will self-destruct on its own
  9. ISIS is invincible

 

Tags: SyriaIraq, MiddleEast, conflict, political, geopolitics.


Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 27, 12:36 PM

Units 3 & 4

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Congo's Nyamuragira volcano eruption biggest for a century - video

The Nyamuragira volcano, in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga national park, is producing lava fountains reaching up to 400 metres...

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Terrorist ransoms: should governments pay up or stick to their principles?

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The murder of James Foley has highlighted the ethical dilemma facing countries whose citizens have been kidnapped

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Worst Hurricane

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"What's the worst Hurricane anyone in your town remembers?""


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 13, 10:57 AM

Click here to see a higher resolution version of this map (don't dismiss it as just a cartoon!).  


Nancy Watson's curator insight, August 24, 7:59 PM

Andrew  was bad, Katrina was most memorable

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TOP 10 DOG BREEDS FOR PREPPING | bug out bag / survivalist | Pinterest

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This Pin was discovered by Jeff San Juan. Discover (and save!) your own Pins on Pinterest. | See more about dog breeds and dogs.

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Make no mistake: We're back in an Iraq war

Make no mistake: We're back in an Iraq war | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Every time Barack Obama thinks he has succeeded in establishing restraint as the central doctrine of his foreign policy, a new outburst of chaos in the Middle East draws him back in. In 2011, fears that Libya's Moammar Kadafi would massacre opponents led the United States into an air war. In 2013, Syria's use of chemical weapons against civilians almost drew Obama into another. Now it's Iraq, where the president thought he had disentangled the United States, only to see a new threat arise in the form of the terrorist army of the Islamic State.

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Iraq crisis: UN warns Yazidis refugees trapped on Mount Sinjar are facing imminent 'genocide' from Isis militants

Iraq crisis: UN warns Yazidis refugees trapped on Mount Sinjar are facing imminent 'genocide' from Isis militants | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
The United Nations has warned that a mass atrocity or genocide of refugees in the Mount Sinjar region of northern Iraq could still happen “within days or hours”.

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A Ham Radio Operator Talks About Emergency Radio Service After the Joplin Tornado | Survival

A Ham Radio Operator Talks About Emergency Radio Service After the Joplin Tornado | Survival | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
If you’ve ever been curious about how ham radio operators provide emergency radio service in the aftermath of a disaster, yesterday’s DestinySurvival Radio will give you an inside look from one man’s experience.

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Russ Roberts's curator insight, August 31, 2013 12:29 AM

Fascinating story of one ham's experience during and after a natural disaster.  A very good read.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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(EN) - Volcano Glossary | John Seach

(EN) - Volcano Glossary | John Seach | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it

"Volcano Glossary - John Seach, volcano adventurer, filmmaker and scientist. Over the past 25 years John has traveled to the world's most exciting volcanoes, and witnessed eruptions during trips to more than 200 volcanoes. Volcano Live is the world's first volcano news and travel website, which monitors worldwide volcanic activity."


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Why Is There No Treatment for Ebola?

Why Is There No Treatment for Ebola? | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed vaccines and treatments that show promise in fighting Ebola in animals, so is the outbreak a good opportunity to test them in people?

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Krishan Maggon 's curator insight, August 4, 9:39 PM

NIH to test Ebola vaccine in Phase I trials in healthy subjects. 

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Zombie-Killing Suvs (UPDATE)

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Santa Fe Zombie Survival - Comic-Con New York 2013 has just started, and as promised the Hyundai Santa Fe Zombie Survival Machine has made its official debut. The newest ad...

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'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it

"One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat here is imported and often of lower quality. Why? Author Paul Greenberg says it has to do with American tastes."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 9, 8:00 PM

The United States exports the best-quality seafood that Americans catch, but import primarily low-grade aquacultural products.  This is just one of the counter-intuitive issues withe U.S. fish consumption and production.  This bizarre dynamic has cultural and economic explanations and this NPR podcast nicely explains these spatial patterns that are bound to frustrate those that advocate for locally sourced food productions. 


Tagsfood production, industry, food, agriculture, agribusinessconsumptioneconomic, sustainability.

HazelAnne Prescott's curator insight, July 31, 10:56 AM

Seems like a messed up system.  We do not have "taste"

Abigail Mack's curator insight, July 31, 11:27 AM

What would make Americans opt for the lower quality, imported fish?