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Massive Drill Planned to Test Resiliency of U.S. Electric Grid

Massive Drill Planned to Test Resiliency of U.S. Electric Grid | The End has Arrived | Scoop.it
A massive exercise is planned for November that aims to test the resiliency of the U.S. power grid to withstand major damage caused by a natural disaster or deliberate attack, the New York Times reported.
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A massive exercise is planned for November that aims to test the resiliency of the U.S. power grid to withstand major damage caused by a natural disaster or deliberate attack, the New York Timesreported.

Thousands of people are preparing for the drill, including U.S, Mexican and Canadian government officials. They are joining business leaders, U.S. National Guard officers, counterterrorism specialists and utility personnel to tee up the exercise, which will imitate kinetic strikes and computer assaults that could shut down large swaths of the electrical network.

In excess of 150 entities have agreed to take part in the simulated event, called "GridEx 2."

Fears about the possible detonation of a nuclear warhead in the skies above the United States, for the purposes of creating an electromagnetic pulse aimed at sizzling electronics on the ground, have led a number of public figures to call for significant steps to strengthen the power grid. Ex-CIA head R. James Woolsey is planning a campaign to convince state governments to pass laws requiring utilities to harden their electronics against potential EMP attacks.

A key objective of GridEx 2 is to learn how governments would handle a loss of electrical power that is large enough to drastically affect the delivery of common and essential goods and services.

Government and utility companies have discussed in recent years how challenging it can be to protect the power grid, which is involved in nearly all aspects of modern life. It is managed in large part by a patchwork of regional and city authorities and privately owned firms.

Some utility-sector officials blame the government for not sharing intelligence about threats to the power grid. In response, government leaders have recommended that some utility heads apply for security clearances that would allow them access to classified information.

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Chaos and Killing in Syria: Photos of a Slow-Motion Civil War | TIME.com

Chaos and Killing in Syria: Photos of a Slow-Motion Civil War | TIME.com | The End has Arrived | Scoop.it
More than a year ago, Arab Spring–inspired protests kicked off in the impoverished Syrian agricultural town of Dara‘a.
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Some tips for staying connected during and after Hurricane Sandy

Some tips for staying connected during and after Hurricane Sandy | The End has Arrived | Scoop.it
NEW YORK — When disaster strikes, phone and Internet service often takes a hit, right when it’s needed the most. Here are some tips for communicating with emergency services and loved ones as Sandy collides with the East Coast:

— Cellphones may work even if the power goes out, but you can’t count on them. The phones themselves, of course, have batteries. And the cell towers that relay your calls and other messages are often equipped with backup batteries and some have generators. Verizon says all its sites have at least eight hours of backup power.

 

But tower batteries run down, and refueling generators with diesel can be difficult if roads are flooded. If hurricane recovery drags on for days, cell service may go out due to a lack of “tower power.” This is what took out the cellphone network in southern Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, complicating rescue and recovery efforts.

After Katrina, federal regulators wanted to mandate that all cell sites have at least eight hours of backup power. But much of the wireless industry objected to the rule, claiming it was illegally drafted and would present a huge economic and bureaucratic burden that would divert resources from the most disaster-prone areas. The requirement was tossed out.

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These Charts About The Global Economy Will Give You Cold Sweats

These Charts About The Global Economy Will Give You Cold Sweats | The End has Arrived | Scoop.it
Worst Charts Ugliest Charts Bad Economic Growth Downturn Recession...

There's something about an Excel doc and a crisp chart that gets our attention here at Business Insider. We see hundreds each morning in Wall Street reports and get dozens more while watching Bloomberg and CNBC.
But recently we've seen a few charts that have been disconcerting, particularly as growth in a number of the world's largest economies gyrates.
Business Insider compiled 29 of the worst charts that got our attention. Many prelude further difficulty in Asia and Africa, while others document just how bad the European crisis is.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-ugliest-charts-in-the-world-economic-slowdown-2012-9?op=1#ixzz26beL8TTe

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The 13 Greatest Zombie Movies Ever Made

The 13 Greatest Zombie Movies Ever Made | The End has Arrived | Scoop.it
Zombie movies just won't stay dead. This weekend sees the release of a fifth (!) Resident Evil movie, and there are more films about the undead on the way.The good news is, the zombie movie genre has produced a huge variety of stunningly weird films over the decades.

Here are the 13 greatest zombie movies of all time. And yes, this includes a lot of different types of zombies — whether they're bitten by Sumatran rat-monkey, turned undead by a magical elixir or infected by the T-Virus, as long as they rot and move at the same time, they're still zombies to us. Here they are, in no particular order.

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This was as of September 13, 2012 - an oldie but goodie. See if you agree with it.

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Music Playlist for the End of the World | Culture Whores

Music Playlist for the End of the World | Culture Whores | The End has Arrived | Scoop.it
End of the World Playlist

01. Heartbreak – We’re Back (Vitalic Remix)

02. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (Foul House remix)

03. Gary Jules – Mad World (Chemikal Dub Remix

04. Patrick Wolf – Hard Times (Jack Beats Remix)

05. Jupiter One – Countdown (Designer Drugs Remix)

06. Daft Punk – Technologic (Kids At The Bar Remix)

07. Marina and The Diamonds – I Am Not a Robot (The Shoes remix)

08. Muse – Supermassive Blackhole (Emre B remix)

09. Madonna – 4 Minutes to Save the World (Dj Mickell Remix)

10. Vampire Weekend – The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance (Chromeo Remix)

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Apocalypse Not: Here's Why You Shouldn't Worry About End Times | Wired Science | Wired.com

Apocalypse Not: Here's Why You Shouldn't Worry About End Times | Wired Science | Wired.com | The End has Arrived | Scoop.it
People freak out over end-of-the-world scenarios involving everything from resource scarcity to chemicals and disease. Here’s why they should know better.
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Mayan ‘End of World’ Stirs Panic in Russia and Elsewhere

There are scattered reports of unusual behavior from across Russia’s nine time zones.
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Inmates in a women’s prison near the Chinese border are said to have experienced a “collective mass psychosis” so intense that their wardens summoned a priest to calm them. In a factory town east of Moscow, panicked citizens stripped shelves of matches, kerosene, sugar and candles. A huge Mayan-style archway is being built — out of ice — on Karl Marx Street in Chelyabinsk in the south.

For those not schooled in New Age prophecy, there are rumors the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, when a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to a close. Russia, a nation with a penchant for mystical thinking, has taken notice.

Last week, Russia’s government decided to put an end to the doomsday talk. Its minister of emergency situations said Friday that he had access to “methods of monitoring what is occurring on the planet Earth,” and that he could say with confidence that the world was not going to end in December. He acknowledged, however, that Russians were still vulnerable to “blizzards, ice storms, tornadoes, floods, trouble with transportation and food supply, breakdowns in heat, electricity and water supply.”

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Europe Faces a Multi-National General Strike Against Austerity | TIME.com

Europe Faces a Multi-National General Strike Against Austerity | TIME.com | The End has Arrived | Scoop.it
Austerity has spawned general strikes in individual countries across the troubled European Union. But this week may see something to add to the union’s tensions: a coordinated, multi-national mega-strike. Organized labor plans a general strike against the E.U.’s austerity policies, borderless and spanning the south of the continent. With more than 25 million people out of work, Europe’s biggest unions have vowed to lead marches and demonstrations on Nov. 14 that unite opposition parties, activist movements like Spain’s M15 and a growing sea of unemployed to challenge their national governments, banking leaders, the IMF and EU policymakers to abandon austerity cuts ahead of a high-stakes budgetmeeting in Brussels later this month

Read more: http://world.time.com/2012/11/13/europe-faces-a-multi-national-general-strike-against-austerity/#ixzz2C9JyFf5T

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Should You Worry About the Power Going Out Like in Revolution? This Congressman Thinks So.

Should You Worry About the Power Going Out Like in Revolution? This Congressman Thinks So. | The End has Arrived | Scoop.it
he new NBC series Revolution debuts tonight with a terrifying but poorly explained premise: All the power in the world runs out for some mysterious reason.

It will probably add about as much intellectual heft to the ongoing policy battle over securing the nation’s critical infrastructure as The Words will bring to copyright laws. But a few lawmakers are genuinely concerned about two scenarios: terrorists hacking into our nation’s power grid or a one-in-100-year geomagnetic solar storm frying up every last transistor.

Last Wednesday, during a House hearing, Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., stressed that the current power grid would be vulnerable in the light of an electromagnetic pulse disruption, which could be caused by a nuclear weapon or solar storm. Franks, along with panelists from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense testified that an EMP attack would cause widespread power outages and unprecedented damage to the power grid. Since the Department of Defense relies on the civilian grid for 99 percent of its electricity needs, the panelists said that military infrastructure would be vulnerable as well.

Franks, who founded the EMP Caucus to bring congressional attention to the threat, is the champion of the SHIELD Act (Secure High-Voltage Infrastructure for Electricity From Lethal Damage), which he introduced in the House last year but has yet to leave the energy and commerce committee.

A storm on the scale of what the EMP fears has occurred has occurred only twice in the past 200 years in the United States— in 1859 and in 1921. Franks acknowledged under questioning from the FERC’s Joseph McClelland that there is no way to know how likely such a catastrophic event is. “The challenge before us is to ascertain what exactly that danger is—and we suggest to you that we don’t know fully what that is,” he said.

Still, zombies outrank the EMP threat in terms of public knowledge. Chris Beck, the president of the Electric Infrastructure Security Council, testified during the hearing that addressing the threat wasn’t a question of technology or finances, but of “increasing awareness.” Could Revolution solve that problem? I checked in with three of the big players in the EMP-threat world.

“If the television show gets people to think about hazards in a manner that causes them to prepare, then it will be beneficial,” said a FEMA spokesman.

A staffer from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission declined to make any official comment on behalf of the agency regarding the show, but did mention that employees were excited to see it.

And Rep. Franks? He appeared to be on the fence on the show’s converting power as well, saying in a statement, “Loss of electricity for even one day is no laughing matter. Fully losing electricity for months or years would be disastrous beyond words.” Franks said that Revolution appeared to take long-term power outage seriously, and he hopes the show will bring more attention to the threat. But, on the other hand, he worries that “viewers will be tempted to believe that EMP and its effects are concepts only for Hollywood.”

A public policy problem could do worse than land as the subject of a hit TV series. But whether Revolution will end up igniting the EMP movement or putting it in the same class as the 2012 Mayan prophecies remains to be seen.

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How Big a Backyard Would You Need to Live Off the Land?

How Big a Backyard Would You Need to Live Off the Land? | The End has Arrived | Scoop.it

Tags: infographic, food, agriculture, sustainability, urban, urban ecology, locavore, land use, unit 5 agriculture, unit 7 cities.


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Crissy Borton's comment, September 11, 2012 8:36 PM
Looking at purchasing a house in the next year or so and this is one thing we have been looking at. Although we don't want to raise our own meat we would like to grow everything else we eat.
Courtney Holbert's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:44 PM

Good visual representation of what it would take to be self sufficient.

Chris Scott's curator insight, July 14, 2013 9:51 AM

If you need a backyard that is about 2 acres to live off the land imagine how big of a backyard you would need if you had a family of 8.

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Just In Case - The Dieline -

Just In Case - The Dieline - | The End has Arrived | Scoop.it
End-of-the-world survival kit, crafted and designed in Mexico by MENOSUNOCEROUNO.

"If the world ends this year, we better be happily ready. Expecting a beautiful chaos, MENOSUNOCEROUNO created JUST IN CASE ®, the perfect brand for the end of times. A brand that covers all your basic apocalyptic needs. Our survival kit re-packages a collection of iconic products from Mexico to enjoy in no particular order. The perfect gift for friends and clients (only the ones we want to keep).
Modern mexican design for the end of times."

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How to speak Apocalypse: A terminology primer

How to speak Apocalypse: A terminology primer | The End has Arrived | Scoop.it
Instead of a lone doomsday-sayer on a city street corner with a sandwich board, the news media and popular culture have taken to talking about the end being nigh. Especially with the 2012 Mayan calendar predictions, the big one has become big business. But not all end-of-days scenarios are equal within the world of dedicated apocalypse nerds.

There are multiple theories that go beyond the zombocalypse or rise of the machines, and even the words themselves that are used to describe humanity's last hurrah have different meanings, depending on the groups that use them.

To understand the nuances of the language of the end times, we compiled the following key phrases from the nerd set as a glossary to go out on, along with the help of John R. Hall, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Davis, and author of "Apocalypse: From Antiquity to the Empire of Modernity."

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10 Abandoned Places Explained

From the mysterious to the bizarre, here's why these 10 notable places were abandoned. Where else to find All Time 10s... Facebook: http://ow.ly/3FNFR Twitte...
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