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Ready for the apocalypse! One American family shows what it takes to prepare for the end of civilisation

Ready for the apocalypse! One American family shows what it takes to prepare for the end of civilisation as we know it

By Ryan Herman

PUBLISHED: 17:00 EST, 23 March 2013 | UPDATED: 05:36 EST, 24 March 2013

 

Imagine if suddenly, and completely without warning, the world experienced a total blackout – no electricity, no mobile phones, no banks, no internet, no TV, no emergency services. Nothing

 

 
 
Apocalypse-ready and proud: The Douglas family is one of many stocking up for the end of the world. To stage this photograph, it took 15 people over six hours to move all of his stockpile - mostly kept in his basement - out onto his front lawnApocalypse-ready and proud: The Douglas family from Colorado is stocking up for the end of the world. To stage this photograph, it took 15 people over six hours to move all of his stockpile – mostly kept in his basement – out onto his front lawn

WHAT THE PHOTO SHOWS: THE DOUGLAS FAMILY STOCKPILE THAT TOOK SIX HOURS TO BRING OUT OF STORAGE

1. Staples in six gallon buckets include rice, beans, nuts, sugar salt, wheat, flour 2. Freeze-dried meals 3. Assorted canned foods, cheese, butter and meat 4. Water-bath canner 5. Vacuum Sealer 6. Pressure canner 7. Pots 8. Canned pork and turkey 9. Broth: beef and chicken 10.Salt:39lb bags 11. Aluminium foil 12. Portable first aid kits, lighters, UV light sticks, fast-acting glue 13. Candles 14. Sunflower seeds 15. Cough drops 16. Canned turkey 17. Stackable canned food 18. 72-hour backpacks 19. Charcoal chimney 20. Potatoes 21. Grill 22. Solar oven 23. Beef Jerkey 24. Vinegar, white and cider 25. Olive oil in cans 26. Wall-mounted first aid kit 27. Canned staples: rice dried carrots, dried onions 28. Powdered milk and eggs 29. Laundry detergent 30. The Douglas family 31. Heirloom seed bank 32. Bleach 33. Pasta 34. Dehydrated mashed potatoes 35. more assorted staples 36. Miscellaneous canned goods 37. Stackable canned goods 38. Powdered hot chocolate 39. Generator 40. Propane burner 41. Water filter 42. Hand warmers 43. Surgical masks 44. Empty jars for canning 45. Jars of roasted peppers 46. Rifle, shotgun and pistol 47. Buckets of honey 48. Cans of Sardines 49. Fold-out tent 50. Five gallon gas cans 51. Solar panels 52. Plastic hose

Imagine if suddenly, and completely without warning, the world experienced a total blackout – no electricity, no mobile phones, no banks, no internet, no TV, no emergency services. Nothing.

Highways quickly become jammed with cars that have ground to a halt; an aeroplane falls from the sky; a satellite view of the planet shows it rapidly plunging into darkness.

As it becomes apparent that the lights are never coming back on, nations are plunged into chaos, mass riots break out in major cities and, without electricity, governments are toppled. Into the vacuum step ad-hoc militias, armed and ready to enforce their own rule of law.

This is the apocalyptic premise of the hit American TV series Revolution, which begins on Sky 1 this week. In the first episode, viewers are pulled through this nightmarish chain of events.

So, what would you do? It’s a question that members of a burgeoning subculture known as ‘Preppers’ – people who are prepared for any kind of disaster – have been asking themselves for years.

It’s estimated there are three million Preppers in the U.S. alone, and the number is rising

Preppers look at the world around them and see all kinds of potential threats – economic collapse, global warming, terrorism, nuclear war, dwindling energy supplies, asteroid strikes and, yes, a prolonged blackout.

They’ve largely reached the same conclusion: the end of the world as we know it is just around the corner, and time is running out to gear up for the total collapse of society.

It’s estimated there are three million Preppers in the U.S. alone, and the number is rising.

Furthermore, the recession has seen ‘Prepping’ become a multibillion-dollar industry, with many American Preppers spending thousands every year stocking up on supplies to see them through the impending catastrophe. 

Ron Douglas (pictured above, with his wife, six children and enough supplies to be self-sufficient for a year) has seen business boom in the past 12 months. A founder of the Red Shed Media Group in the States, he’s enjoying what might be described as the ‘profits of doom’.

Last year, Red Shed organised five Self Reliance Expos, which pulled in 40,000 punters at $10 a head, while its radio network has notched up over two million podcast downloads.

The company also owns the rights to a book called Making the Best of Basics, first published in 1974; it reportedly sold around 20,000 copies last year.

Douglas, in his late thirties, lives in Frederick, Colorado, around 30 miles from Denver. To stage the photograph to the left, it took 15 people over six hours to move all of his stockpile – mostly kept in his basement – out onto his front lawn.

If a disaster resulted in basic necessities such as food and water becoming scarce, the Douglas family would tough it out at home.

If they absolutely had to leave their house, they would get into a modified Chevy Suburban SUV equipped with emergency supplies that can do 850 miles before needing a refill.

Interest in what Douglas has to offer, as well as the Prepper movement as a whole, is growing, fuelled by the success of another TV programme, National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers.

'Prepper' Tim Ralston with his Jack Russell, and surrounded by guns and supplies in his bunker in Phoenix, Arizona. Ralston, who invented the 'Crovel' (see the Survivor's Toolkit below) is one of the stars of Doomsday Preppers ‘Prepper’ Tim Ralston with his Jack Russell, and surrounded by guns and supplies in his bunker in Phoenix, Arizona. Ralston, who invented the ‘Crovel’ (see the Survivor’s Toolkit below) is one of the stars of Doomsday Preppers

It’s the channel’s highest-rated show in America, and the second series has just started in the UK. One episode features Derek Price, who runs a Wild West theme park called Deadwood in Bear Grass, North Carolina.

The park doubles as his compound in the event of the power grid being knocked out by a solar flare. Within the grounds there’s a golf course that has a series of sniper positions set up behind the greens, from which he could take out any rioters.

During the episode, Haven, Price’s 11-year-old son, is seen being put through his paces as a nightwatchman, clutching a 9mm rifle (albeit with the safety catch on).

The show hasn’t met with broad approval within the Prepper community, perhaps because it sheds light on a more sinister side of the movement, one that generated headlines when it was reported that the mother of Sandy Hook killer Adam Lanza was a Prepper.

Nancy Lanza, Adam’s first victim, was shot four times before her son embarked on a killing spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School, murdering 20 schoolchildren and six teachers before taking his own life.

While there’s no evidence to prove that Nancy’s lifestyle directly contributed to the tragedy of Sandy Hook, it has prompted some commentators to suggest that Preppers are gun-toting, conspiracy-theorising, right-wing militia.

Much like the Australian punters who last year bet on the world ending after our planet is ‘consumed by the Sun’ (in which case, how would they claim their winnings?), there are radical elements within the Prepper community.

As Hurricane Katrina demonstrated to Americans how quickly a major city can collapse in the wake of a natural disaster, so England’s riots of 2011 provided many of our own Preppers with a ‘wake-up call’

But not all Preppers are armed and dangerous. Many are becoming self-reliant because they care about the environment and want to safeguard the future of the planet. Douglas insists he’s one of them.

‘We’re not saying, “Hurry up and buy your stuff, because Obama is going to ruin the country.” We don’t get into the political crap. We just want to teach people the lifestyle.’

In Britain, our strict gun laws shift the focus away from firearms to a more down-to-earth, subsistence approach to Prepping.

‘The thing we have to remember about Preppers is they reflect society,’ says British Prepper Michael Sanderson, 53.

‘There are some who are mentally unstable, but there are also those who are very intelligent, highly qualified and motivated individuals.’

Sanderson – nicknamed ‘Roach’ because friends say he could survive anything – spent 17 years in the military, serving in Northern Ireland and the Falklands. He subsequently became a paramedic and now lives with his wife and two young daughters in Luton.

In his garage he has enough food to feed his family for 12 months. He reckons he has spent around £5,000 on supplies over the past four years, despite saving money by bulk-buying goods such as pasta, flour, yeast, tea and coffee.

He has a trailer attached to his Land Rover containing three months’ worth of supplies. In an emergency, he and his family could be on the road within 15 minutes, bound for his camping retreat in Wales, where he keeps further stocks of food and water.

‘What I’ve tried to do is draw examples and knowledge from places in the world where bad things have happened to good people,’ he says.

‘Prepping is about being self-reliant. So if I’m made long-term unemployed, I don’t expect the state to feed my family.’

As Hurricane Katrina demonstrated to Americans how quickly a major city can collapse in the wake of a natural disaster, so England’s riots of 2011 provided many of our own Preppers with a ‘wake-up call’, followed last year by a false alarm over fuel supplies, which caused panic at the petrol pumps.

‘Do I expect the police and the fire brigade to come and save me if we have a resurgence of rioting  and looting caused by mass unemployment?’ asks Sanderson. ‘Hundreds of people called the emergency services and nobody came.’

Eric Kripke, the co-creator of Revolution, says this ‘back to basics’ lifestyle is the concept at the heart of  his show.

So is there anything we can learn from Preppers about how to survive a possible apocalypse?

‘As a survivalist, the rule of threes is paramount,’ explains Sanderson.

‘We can do without oxygen for three minutes. We can do without a viable water source for three days. We can live without food for three weeks. But after that, you’re dead.’ Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

‘Revolution’ begins on Friday, 9pm, Sky 1 HD. ‘Doomsday Preppers’ is on Wednesdays, 8pm, National Geographic

 

 

 
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INVASION FROM THE STARS: OPERATION BLUE BEAM & THE TIDES OF THE NEPHILIM WAR

INVASION FROM THE STARS: OPERATION BLUE BEAM & THE TIDES OF THE NEPHILIM WAR

 

By Paul McGuire
March 25, 2013
NewsWithViews.com

One day soon after some global crisis on the level of an Armageddon-like and all-out nuclear war the skies will by be filled with a thousand starships descending upon the Earth… nothing less than an invasion from space. This event will seem cataclysmic to normal, awake, and conscious human beings. As was the case when actor Orson Welles broadcast the Mercury Theater adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, people across the U.S. and the world will experience psychological break downs and post- traumatic stress syndrome as the reality which they once believed in melts all around them.

The 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast created terror and panic across the United States as millions of people tuned in and believed that there was a real invasion of Martians. The broadcast was partially funded by the Rockefeller Foundation through The Princeton Radio Project and guided by the Council on Foreign Relations, evidence that it may really have been a psyops test to create “accidental” and “unfortunate” panic and hysteria throughout the United States.

The Princeton University Radio Project, under supervision of psychologist Dr. Paul F. Lazarsfeld, Frank Stanton (later head of CBS), and Dr. Hadley Cantril, hired Orson Welles to adapt H. G. Wells’ fiction book The War of the Worlds for radio in order to study the behavior of citizens under panic conditions.

War of the Worlds was heard by six million people,1,700,000 of whom believed in a Martian invasion, and 1,200,000 of whom were frightened enough to take action… either by running away or by preparing to fight the invaders.

Later Dr.Cantril wrote a paper entitled: “The Invasion From Mars…A Study in the Psychology of Panic.” Cantril’s study examined the power of the radio broadcast media and its effects upon a population under the direct influence of fear.

Later on Project Blue Beam was developed by NASA, using EMF waves to project visual hallucinations inside people’s minds, and giant holographic images and other technology that could create a simulated alien invasion. Films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Star Trek series, Independence Day and Star Wars all deal with invasions from space and the coming together of all nations to repel the invaders.

While the great masses on planet Earth, in a state of mass religious euphoria, will be convinced that the beings on these starships have come to save them there will be other, more analytical people who will question whether or not the event is real or is actually the outcome of a highly sophisticated mind control operation like Operation Blue Beam where those who have perceived the event have been given the electronic equivalent of LSD using EMF waves.

This arrival of alien visitors from the stars or another dimension will be welcomed by most as the long-awaiting arrival of the Messiah. The ancient Pre-Flood civilizations who built highly sophisticated monolithic structures left evidence of a highly advanced and scientific civilization that came from the stars and “seeded” planet Earth with their DNA. These ancient races of god men coming to Earth established the legendary civilizations of Atlantis, Thule, and Hyperborea. The symbols found on the monolithic monuments, including pictures and inscriptions, are evidence of some kind of visitors from another world, who would one day return. This is the theme of movies like Prometheus. I have spent a great deal of time researching this for my new book, “A Prophecy of the Future of America.”

However, there is another element that has to be added to the technology of mass mind control and the ancient legends of god men who came from the stars. The Bible records that the sons of God, or fallen angels, impregnated human women, producing the hybrid race of the Nephilim.

The Nephilim are found throughout Old Testament history and referred to by Jesus Christ when he said, “For the days of Noah will be the days of the coming of the Son of Man,” which refers to the return of the Nephilim. The Nephilim were found throughout the ancient world in such places as Canaan and other regions. Apparently, the builder of the world’s first one world government, with its capital at the Tower of Babel, was Nimrod, who was a Nephilim. David fought Goliath from Gath, and Goliath was a Nephilim.

According to researcher David Flynn, in the apocryphal Book of Enoch it reads, ”And when the sons of men had multiplied, in those days, beautiful and comely daughters were born to them. And the Watchers, sons of heaven, saw them and desired them. And they said to one another, Come, let us choose for ourselves from the daughters of men, and let us beget for ourselves children…And they descended onto the peak of Mount Hermon…”

As we explore the possibilities of a Fourth Dimensional War and the return of the Nephilim we need to examine whether or not this invasion of Earth is a mind control experiment, the invasion of aliens from another world, or an invasion of aliens from another dimension. Again, the words of Jesus Christ should ring true in our ears for He said, “As it was in the days of Noah so it will be in the days of the coming of the Son of Man.” The Biblical record indicates that Lucifer’s fallen angels came to Earth as the sons of God and had sexual intercourse with human women, which produced a hybrid race of god men known as the Nephilim. Theoretically, the Nephilim were destroyed by God with the Flood of Noah.

But apparently some of them, and perhaps entire communities of them, survived the Flood in giant underground caves, which would explain the Nazi legends of the Hollow Earth and Hyperborea. In any case, the Nephilim have returned and are once again impregnating human women. Added to this is the fact that major militaries around the world have embraced a Transhumanist revolution and are actively breeding a new race of supermen and super soldiers, using the DNA from Nephilim, animals, and human


If all this is difficult for you to understand, consider the words of a young woman who attended one of my meetings where I teach this material. She explained to the class that her husband had been attending my meetings for about two years and he would tell her of all my teachings, which seemed for her to go in one ear and out the other. She then said that about a week before she spoke to us she had some kind of strange, supernatural experience where all of a sudden she could see that everything her husband was trying to tell her was true. She said “It was if my eyes were opened and I woke up in some future world of science fiction, except it was all here and now!”

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Hitler really did take the guns from Jews before throwing them into concentration camps (or gas chambers)

Yes, Hitler really did take the guns from Jews before throwing them into concentration camps (or gas chambers)

by J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) They say those who learn nothing from history are doomed to repeat it, but then again, sometimes repeating history is exactly the point, as longtime anti-gun Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s new “assault weapons ban” planned legislation for early next year proves.

Feinstein, a California Democrat, was instrumental in enacting a similar piece of legislation in 1994; with the help of President Clinton and Democratic majorities in both Houses of Congress, that ban lasted a decade before being allowed to expire by a Republican-controlled Congress in 2004.

But her current measure would go much further and, in many ways, actually mirrors anti-gun measures enacted nearly 75 years ago by Nazi leader Adolph Hitler, in a bid to disarm a particular ethnic group he loathed.

This is gun control redux

Prior to 1938, when Hitler’s new restrictions were put in place, the earlier Weimar Republic government had already enacted gun registration. “The laws adopted by the Weimar Republic intended to disarm Nazis and Communists were sufficiently discretionary that the Nazis managed to use them against their enemies once they were in power,” says Clayton Cramer, author of the book Firing Back, as told to the website The Straight Dope. So what Hitler essentially did was strengthen existing German law (which was aimed primarily at preventing Jews from being armed).

And that is the all-important difference. Bernard E. Harcourt, writing for the University of Chicago Law School and Political Science Department, notes:

If you read the 1938 Nazi gun laws closely and compare them to earlier 1928 Weimar gun legislation – as a straightforward exercise of statutory interpretation – several conclusions become clear. First, with regard to possession and carrying of firearms, the Nazi regime relaxed the gun laws that were in place in Germany at the time the Nazis seized power. Second, the Nazi gun laws of 1938 specifically banned Jewish persons from obtaining a license to manufacture firearms or ammunition. Third, approximately eight months after enacting the 1938 Nazi gun laws, Hitler imposed regulations prohibiting Jewish persons from possessing any dangerous weapons, including firearms.

The point was, Hitler had it in for the Jews, so he first disarmed them before carrying out his murderous campaign against them. And, unable to resist, millions died.

“In Germany, firearm registration helped lead to the holocaust,” National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre wrote in his book, “Gun, Crimes and Freedom.”

Nothing new under the sun

Here are some key aspects of the 1938 law:

— Police permission was required to own a handgun;

— All firearms had to be registered;

— Any Germans who enjoyed shooting bolt-action rifles were told to join the army “if they wished to shoot ‘military’ rifles,” writes LaPierre, in his book;

— The Nazi regime “also enacted the “Regulations against Jews’ possession of weapons” within the days of Kristallnacht – the ‘night of broken glass’ – when stormtroopers attacked synagogues and Jews throughout Germany,” he wrote;

— Firearms registration lists were used to identify (and persecute) gun owners (bear in mind that a New York newspaper just published the names and addresses of legal handgun permit holders after obtaining them via a Freedom of Information Act request, because permit holders by the very nature of obtaining the permit had to be registered [http://www.naturalnews.com/038479_gun_owners_New_York_newspaper.html]).

Let’s compare these Nazi-era gun control requirements to what Feinstein is proposing. As posted on her Senate website, her legislation would:

— Ban the sale, transfer, importation or manufacture of 120 specifically-named firearms;

— “Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one or more military characteristics;”

— “Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds;”

— Require that currently owned weapons that would be grandfathered in nevertheless be registered under the National Firearms Act;

— Require a background check of any owner and/or transferee;

— Provide the government with the type and serial number of the weapon;

— Require a photograph and fingerprint to be on file with the government;

— “Dedicated funding for [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] to implement registration” of firearms (keep in mind the BATF is the federal agency responsible for launching “Operation Fast and Furious,” in which federal agents supplied thousands of weapons Feinstein wants to ban to Mexican drug gangs, several of which have since been tied to the murders of Mexican citizens and U.S. federal agents [http://www.naturalnews.com]).

What we’ve seen before, we may see again

It doesn’t take a genius (or conspiracy theorist) to figure out the parallels between Nazi gun control laws and some of the same provisions being pushed by Feinstein. Understanding that our country is not a totalitarian state (yet), Feinstein and other gun-controllers like President Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others all know they have to take a longer, more measured approach to disarming the U.S. public, that they can’t just mandate it overnight.

But make no mistake, new gun control laws like those being proposed are nothing more than rehashed mandates dredged up from the past, with similar intentions: To make political opponents and the masses less powerful and less able to resist.

Sources:

http://www.infowars.com

http://www.naturalnews.com/038479_gun_owners_New_York_newspaper.html

http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/assault-weapons

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=557183

http://www.naturalnews.com

BRICS Nations Plan New Bank to Bypass World Bank, IMF

BRICS Nations Plan New Bank to Bypass World Bank, IMF

By Mike Cohen & Ilya Arkhipov – Mar 26, 2013 5:36 AM PT

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg
The leaders of the so-called BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — are set to approve the establishment of a new development bank during an annual summit that starts today in the eastern South African city of Durban.

The biggest emerging markets are uniting to tackle under-development and currency volatility with plans to set up institutions that encroach on the roles of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Davies Says BRICS Currency-Pool `Work in Progress'

4:43

March 22 (Bloomberg) — South African Trade Minister Rob Davies discusses the likelihood of starting a foreign-currency pool with Brazil, Russia, China and India, and the establishment of a BRICS Business Council. He spoke with Bloomberg’s Mike Cohen in Cape Town. (Source: Bloomberg)

Yale's Roach: 'Deep, Systemic Flaws' in Euro Zone

11:47

March 26 (Bloomberg) — Stephen Roach, a senior fellow at Yale University and former non-executive chairman for Morgan Stanley in Asia, talks about Cyprus’s bailout and the outlook for the European debt crisis. Roach also discusses Japan’s central bank monetary policy, and China’s new leadership and economic growth. He speaks from Beijing with Susan Li on Bloomberg Television’s “First Up.” (Source: Bloomberg)

While BRICS leaders may approve the creation of a development bank in principle at the summit, there’s still disagreement on how it should be funded and operated. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

A security guard stands in front of a floral arrangement ahead of the BRICS Summit in Sanya, Hainan Province on April 12, 2011. The BRICS nations have combined foreign-currency reserves of $4.4 trillion and account for 43 percent of the world’s population. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

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The leaders of the so-called BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — are set to approve the establishment of a new development bank during an annual summit that began today in the eastern South African city of Durban, officials from all five nations say. They will also discuss pooling foreign-currency reserves to ward off balance of payments or currency crises.

“The deepest rationale for the BRICS is almost certainly the creation of new Bretton Woods-type institutions that are inclined toward the developing world,” Martyn Davies, chief executive officer of Johannesburg-based Frontier Advisory, which provides research on emerging markets, said in a phone interview. “There’s a shift in power from the traditional to the emerging world. There is a lot of geo-political concern about this shift in the western world.”

The BRICS nations, which have combined foreign-currency reserves of $4.4 trillion and account for 43 percent of the world’s population, are seeking greater sway in global finance to match their rising economic power. They have called for an overhaul of management of the World Bank and IMF, which were created in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in 1944, and oppose the practice of their respective presidents being drawn from the U.S. and Europe.

Reform Needed

“We need to change the way business is conducted in the international financial institutions,” South African International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said in a March 15 speech in Johannesburg. “They need to be reformed.”

The U.S. has failed to ratify a 2010 agreement to give more sway to emerging markets at the IMF, while it secured Jim Yong Kim, an American, as head of the World Bank last year over candidates from Nigeria and Colombia.

Finance ministers and central bank governors from the BRICS nations, who met in Durban today, agreed to set up currency crisis fund of about $100 billion, Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega told reporters today. He didn’t give details of proposed funding for the new bank, which Brazil wants established by 2014. The nation’s leaders are due to sign a final accord tomorrow.

FDI Inflows

Goldman Sachs Asset Management Chairman Jim O’Neill coined the BRIC term in 2001 to describe the four emerging powers he estimated would equal the U.S. in joint economic output by 2020. Brazil, Russia, India and China held their first summit four years ago and invited South Africa to join their ranks in December 2010.

Trade within the group surged to $282 billion last year from $27 billion in 2002 and may reach $500 billion by 2015, according to data from Brazil’s government. Foreign direct invesment into BRICS nations reached $263 billion last year, accounting for 20 percent of global FDI flows, up from 6 percent in 2000, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development said on its website yesterday.

“If they announce a BRICS bank it will be quite something,” O’Neill said in an e-mailed reply to questions on March 15. “At a minimum it symbolizes they can achieve something as political group and means lots of other things could follow in the future. It also means that they will have their own kind of special World Bank, which may aid infrastructure and trade projects.”

Currency Pool

While BRICS leaders may approve the creation of a development bank in principle at the summit, details on funding and operations may take longer to finalize.

Russia favors capping each side’s initial contribution at $10 billion, Mikhail Margelov, President Vladimir Putin’s envoy to Africa he said in a March 15 interview in Moscow.

“It will be some time before it will be feasible for this bank to start financing say, a railway project,” Simon Freemantle, an analyst at Standard Bank Group Ltd., Africa’s biggest lender, told reporters in Durban yesterday. “That is some way out.”

Interest rates near zero in the U.S., Japan and Europe have fueled foreign investors’ appetite for higher-yielding assets, driving up currencies from Brazil to Turkey. Brazil has warned of a global currency war as nations take reciprocal action to weaken their currencies and protect export industries.

African Leaders

Brazil’s real has gained 1.9 percent against the dollar since the beginning of the year, while South Africa’s rand has dropped 8.7 percent in the period.

For South Africa, which makes up just 2.5 percent of total gross domestic product in BRICS, the summit is a way to showcase its role as an investment gateway to Africa. President Jacob Zuma has invited 15 African heads of state, including Egypt’s Mohamed Mursi and Ethiopia’s Hailemariam Desalegn, for talks with the BRICS leaders at the summit. For most of the BRICS leaders, it’s also the first opportunity to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping after his appointment on March 17.

“We will discuss ways to revive global growth and ensure macroeconomic stability, as well as mechanisms and measures to promote investment in infrastructure and sustainable development,” Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a statement yesterday.

To contact the reporters on this story: Mike Cohen in Cape Town at mcohen21@bloomberg.net; Ilya Arkhipov in Moscow at iarkhipov@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Nasreen Seria at nseria@bloomberg.net

Scientists Link Harsh Winters to Dramatic Decline in Arctic Ice

Published on Monday, March 25, 2013 by Common Dreams

Scientists Link Harsh Winters to Dramatic Decline in Arctic Ice

New satellite images show Arctic sea ice extent nearing minimum ever recorded

– Lauren McCauley, staff writer

As the Eastern Seaboard of the United States bears the brunt of yet another late season snow storm, a growing body of research proves that the record decline in Arctic sea ice has played a “critical role” in the large and southerly snowfalls of recent years.

A view from above of a rapidly disappearing Arctic sea ice patch, roughly half the size of Singapore, between Greenland and Iceland. (Photo: banyanman via Flickr/ CC 2.0) Satellite images published Monday by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, confirm that the ice extent is close to the minimum ever recorded for this time of year.

“The sea ice is going rapidly. It’s 80% less than it was just 30 years ago,” said Jennifer Francis of the Rutgers Institute of Coastal and Marine Science. “There has been a dramatic loss.”

She goes on to explain that the rapid decline in sea ice is what is affecting the jet stream and leading to the extreme weather currently being experienced in the mid-latitudes.

“It allows the cold air from the Arctic to plunge much further south. The pattern can be slow to change because the [southern] wave of the jet stream is getting bigger. It’s now at a near record position, so whatever weather you have now is going to stick around.”

Adding to her assertion, in a report published earlier this month in the Proceedings in the National Academy of Scientists, researchers confirm that global-warming induced sea ice loss is causing changes in the “winter Northern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation,” including the jet stream, which allows cold Arctic air to reach further south and causes “more frequent episodes of blocking patterns that lead to increased cold surges over large parts of northern continents.”

Reporting on this phenomenon, the Guardian writes:

The heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures which have marked March 2013 across the northern hemisphere are in stark contrast to March 2012 when many countries experienced their warmest ever springs. The hypothesis that wind patterns are being changed because melting Arctic sea ice has exposed huge swaths of normally frozen ocean to the atmosphere would explain both the extremes of heat and cold.

According to Carbon Brief blog’s summation of “Five Reasons Why the Speed of Arctic Sea Ice Loss Matters,” scientists are just beginning to understand the effect that enhanced Arctic sea ice melt will have on northern hemisphere climate.

“If the summer ice covers disappears sooner than climate models project,” said Francis, “I would expect to see Arctic amplification intensify sooner, and the effects on the large-scale circulation would become more conspicuous.”

Take Back Santa Cruz!

Take Back Santa Cruz!

Its time we kick these fascist right wing police state SCUM out of our town!
Time to arrest them and confiscate their earth threatening, gas guzzling trucks and SUV’s!
These people are ECO-TERRORISTS, threatening our childrens future and destroying our beautiful planet
with their plumes of excess carbon dioxide soot and smoke!

Lets BAN their gluttonous meat-eating (which is destroying our precious rainforests) and SHUT DOWN their coal and nuclear plants!
Remember Chernobyl and now Fukushima?

And lets FORCE them (by Law) to STOP having more children.
The planet is already overpopulated at 7 billion!

These people are DESTROYING our planet and our future.
If they won’t change willingly, then I submit they MUST be changed by FORCE.
FORCE: re-education camps, martial law and the crash and total devaluation of the US American dollar.
Time to TAKE the rich man’s house and give them to the poor and homeless.
ENOUGH of this hurtful antichristian insanity!

Its time to implement Agenda 21 here in Santa Cruz and throughout the world!
Time to spread the wealth and take control of our environmental destiny as a species.

We don’t need their right wing, mafia, POLICE STATE nor their intrusive spy and surveillance cameras.
We don’t need their self-righteous fascist right wing police state prisons and nazi checkpoints.
We need to throw these right wing republican filth back to the hell holes they
crawled out of in texas and other brain dead states.

So, lets TAKE BACK Santa Cruz from the right wing SCUM who don’t belong here!
Lets END their Madness and Insanity once and forever!

Santa Cruz is for high, righteous, progressive, leftists and visionaries. 
This is the LEFT COAST, NOT a place for right wing idiot/morons. 
Lets Kick em all out of our town!

Lenny Schorr
Boulder Creek

US Senate Passes Monsanto Protection Act Granting Monsanto Power Over US Citizens

Senate Passes Monsanto Protection Act Granting Monsanto Power Over US Govt

Anthony Gucciardi

monsantoprotectionactpassessenate 258x161 Senate Passes Monsanto Protection Act Granting Monsanto Power Over US GovtIn the typical slippery nature of Monsanto’s legislation-based actions, the biotech giant is now virtually guaranteed the ability to recklessly plant experimental GM crops without having to worry about the United States government and its subsequent courts. The Monsanto Protection Act buried deep within the budget resolution has passed the Senate, and now nothing short of a presidential veto will put an end to the ruling.

In case you’re not familiar, the Monsanto Protection Act is the name given to what’s known as a legislative rider that was inserted into the Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill. Using the deceptive title of Farmer Assurance Provision, Sec. 735 of this bill actually grants Monsanto the immunity from federal courts pending the review of any GM crop that is thought to be dangerous. Under the section, courts would be helpless to stop Monsanto from continuing to plant GM crops that are thought even by the US government to be a danger to health or the environment.

Senate Passes Monsanto Protection Act Despite Outcry

It is a lobbyist-created recurring nuisance that has been squashed in previous legislation thanks to outcry from not only grassroots but major organizations. Last time we saw The Center for Food Safety, the National Family Farm Coalition, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Sierra Club, and the Union of Concerned Scientists all come out against the Monsanto Protection Act from the 2012 Farm Bill.

This time, there was a swift resistance I thought might be enough, however sadly the Senate acted so quickly on this and almost entirely ignored the issue that it has now passed despite thousands of fans signing the old petition I linked to in my previous articles on the subject. The old petition by Food Democracy Now detailed the effects of the bill:

“If approved, the Monsanto Protection Act would force the USDA to allow continued planting of any GMO crop under court review, essentially giving backdoor approval for any new genetically engineered crops that could be potentially harmful to human health or the environment.”

 

That said, now a new petition exists telling Obama to veto the bill. The reality is that the bill is actually seen as a positive one by most politicians, which is where Monsanto lobbyists were so deceptive and slippery as to throw in their rider (the actual Monsanto Protection Act into the bill). This makes it very unappealing to veto the bill, but also we must remember that Obama actually promised to immediately label GMOs back in 2007 when running for President.

In case you don’t believe me, here’s the video:

Ushering In a New Era of Activism

The simple fact is that this bill will likely not be vetoed by Obama, and instead Monsanto will get what they wanted. That said, this ushers in an entirely new era of activism. Monsanto has decided to push the envelope in a way that is unprecedented, fighting the US federal courts. I expected to see almost immediate legal action taken that will certainly hit the headlines, leading to even more people to become aware of what’s really going on with this company and therefore their dinner.

Sometimes in order to truly have an intellectual revolution on a subject, the people need to see exactly what they are facing. With the truly blatant and downright arrogant Monsanto Protection Act, it’s now clearer than ever.

About Anthony Gucciardi:
1.thumbnail Senate Passes Monsanto Protection Act Granting Monsanto Power Over US Govt Google Plus Profile Anthony is an accomplished investigative journalist whose articles have appeared on top news sites and have been read by millions worldwide. Anthony’s articles have been featured on top health & political websites such as Reuters, Yahoo News, MSNBC, and Bloomberg. Anthony is also a founding member of Natural Attitude, a leading developer of super high quality spagyric formulations.

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