April Fool’s Day Apocalypse

Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day, so I thought I’d do a themed post for that lovely holiday that always catches me by surprise.

Luke 20:16- 21- And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

So, what I am trying to tell you from that Bible verse is that a fool is one that does not prepare for the right things.

We all know there are different levels of doomsday preparedness from the freaks to the inept, but what I would like to at least see you ready for are the normal disasters you might face. I doubt that any of us live in an area that is completely free of natural disasters, be it hurricanes, tsunamis, tornados, or anything else. Manmade disasters? Well, if you live anywhere near a business, highway, railroad track, or people, you’re susceptible to that too.

Here are a few items I recommend to move you toward basic preparedness…

Doomsday Preppers season 1– This show mostly profiles the crazy folk, so it’s a good place to see the fringe element and then find your happy medium that works for you. You can learn a lot from watching these folks.

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SOS Rations Emergency Food Bar– These things usually taste like crap, but it’s a good idea to have some food stored away that is portable, compact, and has a decent shelf life. In a disaster situation, taste isn’t important.

MSR Miniworks EX Microfilter– You can do without a lot of things for a while, but water is not one of them. Drink bad water, and you’ll only make things worse. Think you’d never be without water in the US, just ask folks from last year’s chemical spill in Charleston WV. The citizens of a modern state capitol could not drink water from their taps for some time.

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Be Ready When the Sh*t Goes Down by Forrest Griffin– If you’re going to read about being ready, you might as well have fun when you do it. This prepping book by a professional UFC fighter is simple, straight to the point, and hilariously funny.

Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter– Fire just might make the difference for you. Not only can you cook, boil water, and create heat, but sitting around a nice outdoor fire also creates a wonderful sense of comfort and community.

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There you go. For under a couple hundred dollars, you have a head start on the 99% once something bad happens.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

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Would a Dome Protect You in the Apocalypse?

I’m a fan of the television show Under the Dome, although I’ve not read Stephen King’s book of the same title. It’s great because the installation of the dome was a great way to study the slow to rapid collapse from civilized society to chaos. It didn’t take long for the inner self to come out to rape, murder, and pillage the small town of Chester’s Hill, Maine.

Being in the dome wouldn’t be so bad though if they apocalypse were outside and you were in. Even so, at some point you can expect apocalyptic behavior to find its way inside.

But, apocalypse aside, what are the socioeconomic ramifications if people and governments start constructing domes. I just read an interesting article by Blaine Brownell in Architect magazine. I posted portions of it below and you can click HERE for the source article.

Consider this carefully if you decide to build your own dome. But does it have to be a dome to follow the lesson? In an apocalyptic event, everything becomes a struggle between the haves and have-nots. You don’t need a dome for that to happen.

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WHY URBAN DOMES ARE BAD FOR SOCIETY

In 1960, architect Buckminster Fuller proposed one of the most ambitious designs of his career: a dome to cover Midtown Manhattan. Made of ultralight, wire-reinforced glass, the 3 km (1.86 mile) wide, 1.6 km (0.99 mile) tall dome could supposedly be constructed by a fleet of 16 helicopters in three months. The overall structure would be as light as the air it contained, and would require cable-tethering in order to prevent uplift during the summer. Why the dome? Fuller and collaborating architect Shoji Sadao, AIA, promoted its capacity to protect inhabitants from air pollution, as well as its climate-conditioning ability. Fuller also anticipated additional economic benefits, writing that “the cost of snow removal in New York City would pay for the dome in 10 years.”

With respect to the architects, city dome schemes are socially cynical and environmentally defeatist. As last-ditch measures to ensure a suitable climate for a pragmatically select few, city domes project architectural visions of socioecological acquiescence. There are two implicit messages: one, that the social divide is intractable, and two, that humanity has failed to be a proper steward for the natural environment, so we must sequester ourselves further from it (and each other), expanding the technology of the hermetically sealed glass envelope to an urban scale.

The city dome idea may be viewed as an obvious (or extreme) end to one type of technological trajectory, and the sheer audacity of this vision is indeed impressive. Interestingly, however, what is laudable as an approach to building becomes troublesome as an urban application. Although the architects most certainly did not intend this outcome (and to Orproject’s credit, they do not specifically mention applying Bubbles at an urban scale), these schemes undermine the very notion of public space. Unless such an idea can be applied on a geographic scale, such projects will inherently reinforce the socioeconomic divide, protecting the health of privileged insiders while allowing contaminated exiles and what is left of the natural world to languish.

City dome proposals reveal the trouble with the ambitious yet naive architectural vision: these schemes exhibit technical bravado, yet they are cowardly with regard to social and environmental justice. In this way, a utopian vision becomes inherently dystopian.

As architects are sought out for their increased leadership in an increasingly uncertain climate, we must advocate ideas that are courageous not only concerning design and technology, but also in terms of their sensitivity to broader social needs. Without this multifaceted advocacy, the notion of a selective sanctuary—and the social ills that accompany it—could proliferate with far-reaching consequences.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

DC Comics’ The Wake and Skysurfing in the Apocalypse

You all know I’m a big apocalypse nerd. It really doesn’t matter if it’s zombies or robots. What I like most about apocalyptic fiction isn’t the cause of the societal collapse, but what our current world ends up looking like.

I found this gem in DC Comics’ new series The Wake by Scott Snyder. Could you imagine hang-gliding between the New York city skyscrapers on the wind currents created by massive waves pounding what used to be Manhattan? Sounds like fun to me.

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This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!