Odds ‘n Sods:

M.N. sent: Bird flu outbreak hits chicken farms in Mexico

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Our Editor at Large Mike Williamson forwarded this: Picatinny engineers set phasers to ‘fry’

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Sun watcher J.E.B. wrote to mention: “[Sun spot] 11515 has become more complex and grown rapidly during the last 36 hours now covering approximately 1150 SM of the visible disk. During the last 4 hours the average background X-ray flux has sustained at roughly a C-2.1 level. As I indicated previously, only in a few recorded cases has it occurred that such a sustained flux was not followed by high-magnitude flaring. As of this evening’s NOAA Daily Solar Report 11515 has been classed Beta-Gamma-Delta; the most potent sunspot type, with the STAR classification given by Solen.info as increasing to “FKC”. Lastly, the group is currently straddling the polar meridian and is therefore in optimal position for an Earth directed event. The next 24 hours will be interesting’

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News from Northern Virginia: No Deaths Related to 911 “Total Failure. Thanks to J.B.G. for the link.)

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I will be the keynote speaker via teleconference at Charlotte PrepCon. This is an event for North Carolina and South Carolina preppers. The conference will be held on July 14, 2012 in Ft. Mill, S.C. (near Charlotte, N.C.) Phone: (800) 704-1862 for details.