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Archive for December, 2011

Emergency Preparedness
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2012 Super Solar Storm

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Stormy sun could knock out power grids: report

An upcoming cycle of stormy solar activity risks causing damage to electrical transformers and threatening vulnerable energy infrastructure around the globe, a report by an insurance group says. The report by German insurance group Allianz said a high impact solar storm, not easily predicted due to its recorded rarity, could cause blackouts and economic losses [...]

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Banks make record deposits in ECB safe haven amid fears of a ‘domino effect’ collapse of financial institutions

Desperate banks have stashed record amounts of cash in the European Central Bank amid fears they could be hit by a Eurozone breakup. Institutions across Europe ploughed 412billion euros into the deposit facility which is seen as a safe heaven during economic turmoil. There are fears that a number of banks could be brought down [...]

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Iran Threatens to Block Oil Shipments, as US Prepares Sanctions

A senior Iranian official on Tuesday delivered a sharp threat in response to economic sanctions being readied by the United States, saying his country would retaliate against any crackdown by blocking all oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital artery for transporting about one-fifth of the world’s oil supply. Merely uttering the threat [...]

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British Treasury plans for euro failure

Capital controls form just one part of a broader response to a euro break-up, however. Borders are expected to be closed and the Foreign Office is preparing to evacuate thousands of British expatriates and holidaymakers from stricken countries. The Ministry of Defence has been consulted about organising a mass evacuation if Britons are trapped in [...]

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As financial crisis drags on, Greeks see a bleak future

About 183,000 businesses will shut down by summer, according to a new study from the General Confederation of Professional Craftsmen. The study expects that 100,000 of those will close in the next month or two, leaving hundreds of thousands of people jobless. One out of four small- and medium-size-business owners say it’s possible they’ll declare [...]

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Homeland Security issues advisory to nation’s critical infrastructure industry

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued an advisory about security vulnerabilities in Siemens SCADA systems, which runs much of the world’s industrial infrastructure, including in the United States. Hackers or terrorists could sabotage public utilities, hospitals and other critical infrastructure. Bruce Schneier, an internationally renowned security technologist and author had this to say [...]

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Iran’s war games could force U.S. into aggression, oil prices could hit $500

Faced with the threat of growing international sanctions and unprecedented economic uncertainty that has seen the value of its currency halved in recent weeks, Iran announced Thursday its navy will stage a 10-day exercise in the Strait of Hormuz, starting Saturday. The move, which increases the risk of military confrontation with the United States, has [...]

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Cheap and Dirty CB Base Antenna you can build in an hour…

This is a cheap and dirty CB Base antenna that you can build in an Hour, out of stuff you have laying round. Parts: 50 ft of 50 Ohm Coax… any size. 20 foot piece of 1″ PVC Pipe with one End Cap Little bit of PVC Glue One PL-259 coax connector Roll of electrical [...]

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Dutch scientists create a highly contagious airborne strain of deadly H5N1 bird flu, US government fears outbreak, pandemic

A mutant strain of avian flu has been engineered by Dutch scientists. If it gets out of the lab it has the potential to wipe out millions. Just how scared should we all be? A deadly strain of bird flu with the potential to infect and kill millions of people has been created in a [...]

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The defining issue of 2012

Big government isn’t the problem. Corporate control over our political system is… The defining political issue of 2012 won’t be the government’s size. It will be who government is for. Americans have never much liked government. After all, the nation was conceived in a revolution against government. But the surge of cynicism now engulfing America [...]

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In strongest warning yet, IMF raises risk of another Great Depression

On a day that saw an escalation in the tit-for-tat trade battle between China and the United States and a deepening of the diplomatic rift between Britain and France, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde issued her strongest warning yet about the health of the global economy and said if the international community failed to co-operate, [...]

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EMP Nightmare: How Iran or North Korea Could Destroy America with a Single Bomb