Category Archives: Natural disasters

Majority of Americans unprepared if economy collapses

Apocalypse

In the 2013 Brad Pitt movie, World War Z, unlike all the world’s other governments caught in the normalcy bias, the government of Israel had a Tenth Man policy which enabled Israel to take seriously an early warning about the impending zombie apocalypse and so secured its borders.

According to the tenth man policy, when nine people agree on something, it’s the tenth man’s responsibility to disagree no matter how improbable the idea.

The normalcy bias refers to human beings’ predisposition to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. Our erroneous assumption is that since a disaster hasn’t occurred, then it never will occur. We then downplay the likelihood of a disaster while, at the same time, interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible or ignore those warnings entirely.

Our normalcy bias results in our failure as individuals and government to adequately prepare for a disaster, as well as our inability to cope when disaster does strike.

Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse warns that America is “steamrolling toward the edge of an economic cliff” because “the long-term trends that are destroying our economy have continued to get worse since 2008, and none of the problems that caused the last financial crisis have been fixed.” Most Americans “in our entertainment-addicted society are totally oblivious to what is going on. So they are not doing anything to get ready for the immense economic pain that is coming.”

Are you prepared for the coming economic collapse? Here are 5 questions to ask yourself:

1. Can you come up with $2,000 right now? According to a shocking study by Atif Mian of Princeton University and Amir Sufi of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 40% of Americans said they could not come up with $2,000 if an unexpected need arose.

2. Do you have 3 months of income saved in an emergency fund? In that same study, an astounding 60% of Americans said they do not have 3 months emergency funds to cover expenses in case of sickness, job loss, or an economic downturn.

3. Are you living paycheck to paycheck? Another study found that 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Less than one out of every four Americans (25%) has enough money stored away to cover six months of expenses.

4. How dependent are you on government benefits? More Americans are dependent on the government than ever before. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49% of U.S. households receive and depend on direct monetary benefits from the federal government.

5. How prepared are you for an emergency lasting just a few days? According to a survey conducted by the Adelphi Center for Health Innovation:

  • 44% don’t have first-aid kits
  • 48% lack emergency supplies
  • 53% do not have a minimum three-day supply of nonperishable food and water at home
  • 55% believe local authorities will come to their rescue if disaster strikes
  • 52% have not designated a family meeting place if they are separated during an emergency
  • 42% do not know the phone numbers of all of their immediate family members
  • 21% don’t know if their workplace has an emergency preparedness plan
  • 37% do not have a list of the drugs they are taking
  • 52% do not have copies of health insurance documents

What do you think is going to happen to these people once the economy collapses and there is chaos in the streets?

One reason why so many Americans are unprepared for an economic disaster is because we are being taxed into oblivion. Americans — the 56.7% of us who actually pay income taxes — now spend more on taxes than we spend on food, clothing and housing combined.

~Eowyn

Chicago Subway Crash. Can You Say YIKES!!!!

Watch the Vid it’s about :40 sec. Do you think those guys 

A) Have Guardian Angels?

B ) Needed to change their shorts?  s_shocked-11

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NTSB to check whether Chicago train operator dozed before crash

AP4:09 p.m. EDT March 25, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) – An emergency track-side braking system activated but failed to stop a Chicago commuter train from jumping the tracks and barreling to the top of an escalator at O’Hare International Airport, a federal investigator said Tuesday.

The events that led to Monday’s accident, which occurred around 3 a.m. and injured more than 30 passengers, might have begun with the train operator dozing off toward the end of her shift, according to the union representing transit workers. But Tuesday’s announcement that a piece of emergency safety equipment might have failed was the first indication the accident could have been caused by human error and mechanical failure.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Ted Turpin said a preliminary review showed the train was traveling at the correct speed of 25 mph as it entered the station. Investigators said they have not yet determined whether the operator ever applied the in-cab brake.

Turpin, who is leading the investigation, said an automatic emergency braking system located on the tracks was activated but failed to stop the train as it burst onto the platform.

“It activated,” Turpin said of the emergency system. “That’s all we know factually. Now, whether it did it in time or not, that’s an analysis that we have to figure out.”

A team from the NTSB also is exploring how rested the train operator was before starting her shift and whether rules governing overtime had been violated, after a union official suggested she might have dozed off.

They planned to interview the train operator Tuesday afternoon.

“We’re going to ask probably the operator how they felt … because we always take into consideration the fatigue factor. It’s one of the things we do investigate,” Turpin said.

The operator, whom officials have not identified, was off duty for about 17 hours before starting work around 8 p.m. Sunday but had recently put in a lot of overtime, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308 President Robert Kelly said Monday.

“I know she works a lot – as a lot of our members do,” he said. “They gotta earn a living. … She was extremely tired.”

Kelly said the operator took standard drug and alcohol tests after the derailment and that she assured him they were not an issue.

Asked whether she might have nodded off, Kelly responded: “The indication is there. Yes.”

Federal investigators hoped to turn the scene over to local officials later Tuesday to begin removing the train from the escalator at the underground Chicago Transit Authority station.

The train is designed to stop if operators become incapacitated and their hand slips off the spring-loaded controls. Kelly speculated that, upon impact, inertia might have thrown the operator against the hand switch, accelerating it onto the escalator.

~Steve~

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/03/25/chicago-train-ohare-speed/6869687/

Breaking!!! Malaysia Prime Minister Announces MH-370 Crashed In Indian Ocean

No details yet. Presser just over. They have notified families.

UPDATE 3-25

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) – For families whose loved ones were aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, the past day has been full of news they were dreading.

First, a grim-faced Malaysian Prime Minister confirmed their worst fears, announcing Flight 370 went down somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

Then, even as investigators seemed closer than ever to finding the plane, stormy weather forced Australian authorities to call off a day of searching for the Boeing 777.

“It’s almost felt like a miniature roller coaster within the day,” said James Wood, whose brother Philip was one of three American passengers on the plane.

Families are stuck in a “holding pattern,” he told CNN’s “AC360.”

“We’re just waiting and waiting,” he said, “and not getting any answers one way or another.”

They’ll have to wait at least a day longer. Gale-force winds, large waves, heavy rain and low clouds forecast for the area “would make any air and sea search activities hazardous and pose a risk to crew,” the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Tuesday. Teams will resume searching Wednesday if weather permits, officials said.

When they start looking again, they’ll be combing the remote area in the southern Indian Ocean where officials now say they believe the flight ended.

New analysis of satellite data by a British satellite company and accident investigators led to that conclusion, Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday.

“They have told us all lives are lost,” a missing passenger’s relative briefed by the airline in Beijing said.

Malaysia Airlines also sent a text message to relatives saying “we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those onboard survived.”

While the last-minute announcement appeared to end hopes of finding survivors more than two weeks after the flight vanished, it left many key questions unanswered, including what went wrong aboard the Beijing-bound airliner and the location of its wreckage in the deep, wild ocean waters.

Rest Of Story HERE!

Steve

Here are the links on Drudge Report:

Malaysian PM: ‘Flight Ended in Southern Indian Ocean’…

No Survivors…

Data Put Last Location Far From Possible Landing Site…

Families faint, scream over news…

Australian movie Shelved Over Eerie Resemblance…

~Eowyn

St. Patrick’s Joke.. A Day Late.

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It was Kelly and Patrick giving the motorcycle a ride on a brisk autumn day.

After a wee bit, Kelly who was sitt’n behind Patrick on the bike began to holler …”Patrick … Patrick … the wind is cutt’n me chest out!”

“Well, Kelly my lad,” said Patrick, “why don’t you take your jacket off and turn it from front to back … that’ll block the wind for you.”

So Kelly took Patrick’s advice and turned his jacket from front to back and got back on the bike and the two of them were off down the road again.

After a bit, Patrick turned to talk to Kelly and was horrified to see that he was not there. Patrick immediately turned the bike around and retraced their route.

When after a short time he came to a turn and saw a bunch of farmers standing around Kelly who was sitting on the ground. “T’anks be to heaven, is he alright?” Patrick hailed to the farmers.

“Well,” said one of the farmers, “he was alright when we found him here .. but since we turned his head back to front .. he hasn’t said a word since!”

~Steve~                                            H/T     I_MAN

 

If You Thought Your Winter Was Bad…

You should try Florida. Just Kidding. Think it’s Russia.

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~Steve~                                      H/T  Hujonwi

A Bit Of Irony To Start The Day

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~Steve~

http://www.funnyjunk.com/funny_pictures/1715592/Friends/

A Sign From God.

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A woman went through a red traffic light and crashed into a man’s car.
Both of their cars are demolished but amazingly neither of them is
hurt.

After they crawled out of their cars, the woman said; “Wow, just look
at our cars! There’s nothing left, but fortunately we are unhurt. This
must be a sign from God that we should meet and be friends and live
together in peace for the rest of our days.”

The man replied,” I agree with you completely.
This must be a sign from God!

The woman continued, “And look at this, here’s another miracle. My car
is completely demolished, but my bottle of wine didn’t break. Surely
God wants us to drink this wine and celebrate our good fortune.” Then
she hands the bottle to the man.

The man nods his head in agreement, opens it, drinks half the bottle
and then hands it back to the woman. The woman takes the bottle,
immediately puts the cap back on, and hands it back to the man.

The man asks, “Aren’t you having any?”

She replies, “Nah. I think I’ll just wait for the police.”

Adam ate the apple, too! Men will never learn!

~Steve~                                                       H/T  hujonwi

Weather Warning Preparedness.

Weather Channel has issued a travel warning due to snowfall and bad road conditions.

They suggest that anyone travelling in the current icy conditions should ensure they have the following:
Shovel
Blankets or sleeping bag
Extra clothing including hat and gloves
24 hours worth of food
De-Icer
Rock Salt
Flashlight with spare batteries
Road Flares or Reflective Triangles
Full gas Can
First Aid Kit
Booster cables

I looked like an idiot when I got on the bus this morning!

~Steve~                                      And Hujonwi

Sleeping On The Couch. Or Man Rules.

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FINALLY A GUY HAS TAKEN THE TIME TO WRITE THIS ALL DOWN.

WE ALWAYS HEAR.

THE RULES’ FROM THE FEMALE SIDE NOW HERE ARE THE RULES FROM THE MALE SIDE THESE ARE OUR RULES! PLEASE NOTE. THESE ARE ALL NUMBERED #1 ON PURPOSE! 

1. MEN ARE NOT MIND READERS. 

1. LEARN TO WORK THE TOILET SEAT. YOU’RE A BIG GIRL. IF IT’S UP, PUT IT DOWN. WE NEED IT UP, YOU NEED IT DOWN. YOU DON’T HEAR US COMPLAINING ABOUT YOU LEAVING IT DOWN. 

1. CRYING IS BLACKMAIL. 

1. ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT. LET US BE CLEAR ON THIS ONE: SUBTLE HINTS DO NOT WORK! STRONG HINTS DO NOT WORK! OBVIOUS HINTS DO NOT WORK! JUST SAY IT! 

1.. COME TO US WITH A PROBLEM ONLY IF YOU WANT HELP SOLVING IT. THAT’S WHAT WE DO. SYMPATHY IS WHAT YOUR GIRLFRIENDS ARE FOR.

1. ANYTHING WE SAID 6 MONTHS AGO IS INADMISSIBLE IN AN ARGUMENT. IN FACT, ALL COMMENTS BECOME NULL AND VOID AFTER 7 DAYS.

1. IF YOU THINK YOU’RE FAT, YOU PROBABLY ARE. DON’T ASK US.

1. IF SOMETHING WE SAID CAN BE INTERPRETED TWO WAYS AND ONE OF THE WAYS MAKES YOU SAD OR ANGRY, WE MEANT THE OTHER ONE.

1. YOU CAN EITHER ASK US TO DO SOMETHING OR TELL US HOW YOU WANT IT DONE. NOT BOTH. IF YOU ALREADY KNOW BEST HOW TO DO IT, JUST DO IT YOURSELF.

1. WHENEVER POSSIBLE, PLEASE SAY WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO SAY DURING COMMERCIALS.

1. CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS DID NOT NEED DIRECTIONS AND NEITHER DO WE…

1. ALL MEN SEE IN ONLY 16 COLORS, LIKE WINDOWS DEFAULT SETTINGS.. PEACH, FOR EXAMPLE, IS A FRUIT, NOT A COLOR. PUMPKIN IS ALSO A FRUIT. WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT MAUVE IS.

1. IF WE ASK WHAT IS WRONG AND YOU SAY ‘NOTHING,’ WE WILL ACT LIKE NOTHING’S WRONG. WE KNOW YOU ARE LYING, BUT IT IS JUST NOT WORTH THE HASSLE.

1. IF YOU ASK A QUESTION YOU DON’T WANT AN ANSWER TO, EXPECT AN ANSWER YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR..

1. WHEN WE HAVE TO GO SOMEWHERE, ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING YOU WEAR IS FINE, Really.

1.. DON’T ASK US WHAT WE’RE THINKING ABOUT UNLESS YOU ARE PREPARED TO DISCUSS SUCH TOPICS AS FOOTBALL OR MOTOR SPORTS.

1. YOU HAVE ENOUGH CLOTHES.

1 .. YOU HAVE TOO MANY SHOES.

1. I AM IN SHAPE. ROUND IS A SHAPE!

THANK YOU FOR READING THIS. YES, I KNOW, I HAVE TO SLEEP ON THE COUCH TONIGHT.. BUT DID YOU KNOW MEN REALLY DON’T MIND THAT? IT’S LIKE CAMPING… PASS THIS TO AS MANY MEN AS YOU CAN – TO GIVE THEM A LAUGH… PASS THIS TO AS MANY WOMEN AS YOU CAN – TO GIVE THEM A BIGGER LAUGH, BECAUSE ITS TRUE! —   

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PS. My Attorney is Dewey Cheatem & Howe, and they have a copy of my last Will and Testament should my wife read these. :lol:

~Steve~                                            H/T hujonwi

The Mooche Is Out Hustling 10 Bucks A Head For BamaCare.

May I just say there is an old saying  “Class Shows”

And This Umm, Lady Whatever, Just doesn’t have any. 

Whatever is so right!

Whatever is so right!

 

Class vs. Classless. You guess?

Class vs. Classless.
You guess?

Michelle Obama wants $10 donations to ‘help protect Obamacare’

BY PAUL BEDARD | JANUARY 27, 2014 AT 10:59 AM

First lady Michelle Obama is seeking $10 donations to protect Obamacare, her husband’s troubled health insurance system.

Just one day before he gives the annual State of the Union address, the first lady sent out a fundraising email to supporters hoping to use the speech to prompt donations to help Democrats in the midterm elections this fall.

Friend —

Earlier this month, because of what you did, it became illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against the up to 129 million Americans living with pre-existing conditions. Young Americans are able to stay on their parents’ health care plans as they get on their feet, and we can now know that our insurance companies won’t put lifetime caps on our coverage.

You should be so proud of that. That happened because you organized, you talked to your friends and neighbors, and you chipped in what you could, when you could, to elect Barack and a Congress who supported his agenda.

Today, I’m asking you to do it again.

So before Barack gives his State of the Union address tomorrow, chip in $10 or more and help protect Obamacare:

https://my.democrats.org/State-of-the-Union

Thank you so much,

Michelle

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~Steve~

http://washingtonexaminer.com/michelle-obama-wants-10-donations-to-help-protect-obamacare/article/2542925