Archive for March 7th, 2012

FOX News: The Doomsday Business Is Booming

When I first started Survival And Prosperity back in November 2010, I had a pretty good idea that 2012 would end up being a busy year in prepping/survival circles. In many ways it feels a lot like 1999 again. Although this time around, December 21, 2012, has replaced January 1, 2000, as the big day of concern. And instead of the Y2K bug that could have screwed up life as we know it, it’s the fear that a number of threats could lead to The End Of The World As We Know It, or TEOTWAWKI, that’s got a whole bunch of people worried 13 years later. In addition to the despair over the end of the 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mayan Long Count calendar, there’s true polar wander (generically referred to a polar shift), solar superstorms, economic collapse, the list goes on. Pop culture, TV specials, and the Internet have ensured such threats now register on humanity’s radar. And just like in 1999, the emergency/survival preparedness industry is booming. Perry Chiaramonte wrote on the FOX News website earlier today:

As the date the Mayans predicted the world will end nears, restless ‘Occupy’ hordes rise up and rogue regimes threaten the world with nuclear weapons, one thing is sure: The doomsday business is booming.

From the society’s wealthiest and most powerful class to rural off-the-grid types, people are preparing for the worst, and sparing no expense on elaborate underground shelters, buying years’ worth of non-perishable foods and stockpiling fuel and ammunition. Some have embraced the term “preppers,” although precisely what they are preparing for varies…

It’s an interesting piece. You can read the rest of it on the FOX News website here.

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 Preparedness, TEOTWAWKI 1 Comment

Update On M1 Garand Rifles From South Korea

(Editor’s note: Latest update to post here)

Back on February 17, 2012, I blogged about recent declarations from South Korean defense ministry officials suggesting 86,000 U.S.-made M1 Garand rifles would be coming back to the United States from the Republic of Korea (South Korea) to be sold to American Korean War veterans and their families in time for the 62nd anniversary of the Korean War, which falls on June 25 this year. As recent as February 6, Lee Tae-hoon wrote on The Korea Times (South Korea) website:

Washington recently gave the green light to the sale of some 86,000 M1 Garand rifles that were used by allied forces during the Korean War and kept in the South Korean Army’s inventory for the past six decades.

A South Korean defense ministry official even went so far as to tell Tae-hoon weeks earlier that they planned on announcing a bid in January or February for the selection of agencies to sell the M1 Garand rifles to Americans, and that the U.S. government has been reviewing legal procedures for the approval of a third party transfer.

(Editor’s note: The Korea Times claims that the U.S. government rejected Seoul’s proposal to export some 600,000 M1 Carbines back to our shores)

Now, unbeknownst to me, two days before I published my post about the Garand rifles on Survival And Prosperity, Emily Miller discussed President Obama’s proposed 2013 budget on The Washington Times website and wrote:

Mr. Obama’s budget contains other gun-grabbing surprises. The White House is looking to reclaim authority to destroy surplus M1 Garand rifles and M1 Carbines. For 30 years, the Defense Department has been blocked from scrapping these collectible firearms that served our soldiers well in World War II and the Korean War.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

The senior editor for the Opinion pages was able to identify where in the 2013 spending bill language currently prohibiting the destruction of such firearms would be removed upon passage.

So on one hand, the South Korean press is reporting the surplus rifles are coming back to the United States for sale to American Korean War veterans and their families by the summertime. On the other, a member of the American press is claiming the Obama administration is looking to destroy the historical long guns.

That’s all I’ve got for right now, but I’ll keep digging and report back on any new developments.

Sources:

Tae-hoon, Lee. “[Exclusive] US allows import of 86,000 M1 rifles from Korea.” 18 Jan. 2012. The Korea Times. (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2012/01/116_103154.html). 7 Mar. 2012.

Tae-hoon, Lee. “45 mil. rounds of M1 ammo exported to US.” The Korea Times. 6 Feb. 2012. (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2012/02/116_104268.html). 7 Mar. 2012.

Miller, Emily. “MILLER: Obama’s fast and furious spin.” The Washington Times. 15 Feb. 2012. (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/15/obamas-fast-and-furious-spin/). 7 Mar. 2012.

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 Asia, Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Military, War 6 Comments

Potential March 8 ‘Internet Doomsday’ Avoided For Now

(Editor’s note: Update to post published here)

Time for some follow-up posts this morning. Who remembers when I blogged about a number of Americans possibly not being able to access the Internet tomorrow, March 8? I wrote on February 16:

This afternoon I came across a piece that’s being featured on Yahoo! which explains what this is all about. From Steve Huff on the Betabeat website today:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation may yank several crucial domain name servers (DNS) offline on March 8, blocking millions from using the Internet. The servers in the FBI’s crosshairs were installed in 2011 to deal with a nasty worm dubbed DNSChanger Trojan. DNSChanger can get an innocent end-user in trouble; it changes an infected system’s DNS settings to shunt Web traffic to unwanted and possibly even illegal sites.

DNSChanger oozed out of Estonia and may have fouled up as many as a half-million computers in the United States. The feds’ temporary fix to keep the worm from propagating was to replace infected servers with clean surrogates.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Well, it looks like a potential “Internet Doomsday” has been avoided- for now. Fahmida Rashid wrote this morning on the PC Magazine website:

A federal judge has given users infected with DNSChanger a four-month extension to get clean.

The FBI-controlled DNS servers that replaced the malicious servers will not shut down on March 8 as previously announced. But nearly half a million computers are still at risk for losing Internet connectivity when the new deadline rolls around in July…

The new deadline for getting cleaned up and averting the Internet blackout is now July 9. Users should immediately check their computers if they haven’t already done so.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

The article (located on PCMag.com here) contains the latest information on detecting and removing this Trojan.

I’ll make a note on my calendar in early July to see what sort of progress has been made in averting this potential Internet blackout.

(Editor’s note: The author disclaims any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented herein.)

Source:

Rashid, Fahmida Y. “Avoid Internet Doomsday: Check for DNSChanger Malware Now.” PC Magazine. 7 Mar. 2012. (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2401227,00.asp). 7 Mar. 2012.

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 Crime, Technology 1 Comment

Doomsday Bunkers TV Series Premieres Tonight On Discovery Channel

Due to my work on Survival And Prosperity and a number of other projects these days, I don’t watch as much satellite TV as I used too. So I was surprised to hear about a new Discovery Channel television series called Doomsday Bunkers that’s set to debut tonight, Wednesday, March 7. From the Discovery Channel website:

Get a sneak peek of Discovery’s all-new series Doomsday Bunkers, featuring the design and build of survival units. Tune-in for the premiere episode on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 10PM e/p!


“Doomsday Bunkers: Doomsday Bunkers Sneak Peek”
Discovery Channel Video

Now, I found out about the new TV series while surfing the FOX News website this morning. Hollie McKay wrote this morning:

Dallas-based Deep Earth Bunker owner Scott Bales and his engineers have teamed with the Discovery Channel to show exactly what goes into making these technologically advanced, secretive hideouts.

Each episode of “Doomsday Bunkers” is a start-to-finish guide in the building of a bunker, and shows how each of the safety rooms is tailor-made to suit the owner’s needs. For some, the biggest concern might be power grid failures, nuclear disasters or earthquakes. Others find it more necessary to prepare for shooting sprees, tsunamis, terrorist attacks or economic collapse…

“The series takes a really interesting look into this subculture or movement, from radical folks who really take these precautions to an extreme, to the average person who is using their common sense and taking responsibility for what could happen,” executive producer Anna Geddes told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “The core focus is really on how Scott built his business – he is an engineering genius with an incredible passion for design, and is always dreaming up ways to improve something.”


“Exclusive Sneak Peek: ‘Doomsday Bunkers’”
FOX News Video

I’ve always enjoyed learning about survival shelters. Therefore, Doomsday Bunkers looks to be right up my alley. I intend to watch the premiere tonight, so look for a review of the episode on this blog shortly.

Source:

McKay, Hollie. “‘Doomsday Bunkers’ shows how one man is helping people prepare for Armageddon.” FOX News. 7 Mar. 2012. (http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/03/07/doomsday-bunkers-shows-how-one-man-is-helping-people-prepare-for-armageddon/). 7 Mar. 2012.

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