From reader G.P. we learn of this article describing why you should never get in a car if dealing with a nearby nuclear explosion. It’s not something that we want to think about, but if you have survived a surprise nuclear explosion, sheltering in place is probably the best thing you can do. A car offers miserable protections from the fallout, not to mention dealing with the crowded road conditions of others fleeing the scene. The article offers some information about using basements and office/school buildings as protection. However, it does make the assumption that the blast is in the typical 10-20Kiloton yield with the dangerous fallout zone lasting approximately 48 hours. The hot zone will last considerably longer but allow you to travel quickly through it.
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From the New York Times Magazine comes this article on How to Build a Fallout Shelter. It’s a pretty basic description with a number of subjects untouched (such as waste disposal), but it fits in with the last article on sheltering in place. It’s not difficult to create a safe space to get through the worst and most dangerous fallout after a bomb. Thanks to G.G. for the link.
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Why the concern over fallout shelters? North Korea obviously has the intention of reaching the mainland United States with an ICBM, and their illustrious leader (Kim Duck Soup, or something like that) is just insane enough to use it. The U.S. is planing its first test of an ICBM intercept. The American interceptor has a spotty record, at best, on less-than-intercontinental range tests, yet the military is keen to up the ante and start testing the full blown system.
You might want to read Protection from Radioactive Fallout by Tennessean on SurvivalBlog as well.
Reader T.J. sent in this article on the health risks associated with public pools. Apparently, illnesses contracted from the public pools are on the rise. Three illnesses stand out, too. Those are lice, swimmers ear (bacterial infection that takes hold in your ear), and, the most disgusting– Cryptosporidium (Crypto). This parasitic infection comes from ingesting the fecal matter from individuals who are infected themselves. Think about that statement for a moment. Perhaps swallowing that mouthful of pool water is not as benign as you thought. Along with that article comes another article that tells you how much pee in in your public swimming pool. A study of 31 pools showed an average of 75 liters of human pee.
Reader T.J. also sent in this article on nine ways to store meat without refrigeration. It covers traditional methods, such as smoking, curing, brining, canning, and dehydrating as well as a couple of modern methods like freeze drying. Just because you don’t have electricity doesn’t mean you can’t have meat in your diet. Along with that comes this older article from Mother Earth News on making a solar food dehydrator.
In the oppressive state of Kalifornia, a farmer is now facing 2.8 million dollars in fines because he plowed his farmland without obtaining a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. This issue stems from the government’s power grab through the Clean Water Act. Note that the farmer’s land is not in the wetlands, just nearby. Thanks to DSV for the link.
The U.S. government has lost track of 1.3 billion dollars worth of weapons and equipment sent to Kuwait and Iraq. This was revealed through a Freedom of Information request on a 2016 US government audit. The fear is that these missing weapons are making their way into the hands of ISIS. Link from reader A.S.
The west coast of the U.S. has had two Alaskan Volcanoes erupt with earthquake swarms occurring at Mount St. Helens. In the last 30 days, 55 seismic events have occurred in the vicinity with over 100 events so far recorded. Mount St. Helens is still classified as an active volcano so this activity isn’t too out of the ordinary, but it underscores the idea that we still need to keep watch. Mount Rainier is also seeing increased activity as well.