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  • $425M in World Bank Catastrophe Bonds Set To Default If Coronavirus Declared A Pandemic By June

    03/11/2020 4:44:08 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 02/26/20 | Spencer Neale
    Investors betting big against catastrophic diseases are watching the World Health Organization closely as insurance bonds tied to whether the organization labels COVID-19 a pandemic are set to mature in June.In 2017, the World Bank designed a new way to raise money: Pandemic Emergency Financing bonds. Over $425 million worth of such bonds, which bet against a global outbreak of infectious diseases and will default if WHO declares the coronavirus a pandemic, were sold by the World Bank in its first-ever issuance of catastrophe bonds. In the event of no pandemic, investors would be paid a healthy annualized return. Meanwhile,...
  • Rasmussen: 51% Of Young Voters Believe Humanity Could Be Wiped Out Within 15 Years

    09/24/2019 8:52:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Scott Rasmussen ^ | 09/23/2019 | Scott Rasmussen
    Over the next 10-15 years, 29% of all voters believe it is at least somewhat likely that the earth will become uninhabitable and humanity will be wiped out. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 71% disagree and find it unlikely.The totals include 10% who consider it Very Likely and 37% who say Not at All Likely.There is a dramatic difference by age on this question. Half (51%) of voters under 35 believe it is at least somewhat likely humanity will be wiped out in the next decade or so. Only 12% of senior citizens agree (and only 4% of seniors...
  • 'Pompeii-Like' Excavations Tell Us More About Toba Super-Eruption

    03/04/2010 7:13:24 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies · 666+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | March 3, 2010 | University of Oxford
    Newly discovered archaeological sites in southern and northern India have revealed how people lived before and after the colossal Toba volcanic eruption 74,000 years ago... The seven-year project examines the environment that humans lived in, their stone tools, as well as the plants and animal bones of the time. The team has concluded that many forms of life survived the super-eruption, contrary to other research which has suggested significant animal extinctions and genetic bottlenecks. According to the team, a potentially ground-breaking implication of the new work is that the species responsible for making the stone tools in India was Homo...
  • Asteroid Strike Simulation Ends With Expected Catastrophic Results

    05/07/2019 10:17:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/07/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    What would happen if we found out on very short notice that a sizable asteroid was incoming and projected to strike a major city? You might guess that it would be pretty bad news. And according to a simulation designed by NASA and run at a recent scientific conference, you’d probably be right. The fake asteroid crisis assumed that an objecting packing a thousand times as much punch as a nuclear bomb was splintered off of a larger body and wound up on a collision course with New York City. (USA Today) In a NASA simulation of a fictional...
  • Yes, Venezuela Is a Socialist Catastrophe

    01/28/2019 8:56:52 AM PST · by george76 · 46 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan. 25, 2019 | Bret Stephens
    In the age of A.O.C., the lesson must be learned again. Conspicuous by its absence in much of the mainstream news coverage of Venezuela’s political crisis is the word “socialism.” Yes, every sensible observer agrees that Latin America’s once-richest country, sitting atop the world’s largest proven oil reserves, is an economic basket case, a humanitarian disaster, and a dictatorship whose demise cannot come soon enough. But … socialist? Perish the thought. ... the Venezuelan regime’s admirers used to speak of “21st century socialism,” as it was dubbed by Hugo Chávez. The late Venezuelan president, said Britain’s Jeremy Corbyn, “showed us...
  • Paris explosion: Massive blast hits French capital as witness claim ‘destruction for blocks’

    01/12/2019 1:02:48 AM PST · by blueplum · 35 replies
    The Sun UK ^ | 12 Jan 2019 | Gemma Mullin
    Pictures shared on social media show fire engines swarmed the area with reports a number of people have been injured MULTIPLE people are reported to have been injured after a massive explosion rocked Paris this morning. Police confirmed a blast had taken place on Saturday morning on Rue de Treviso the 9th district of the French capital. The cause of the explosion is not yet known, however there are reports that it was due to a gas leak in a bakery.
  • USGS: Yellowstone Super Volcano Threat Set To ‘HIGH’ (No Actual Change To Volcano)

    10/30/2018 6:47:18 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 10-30-2018 | Mac Slavo
    The United States Geological Survey has increased the Yellowstone supervolcano threat to “high.” This is the first time that the USGS has updated its volcano threat assessments list since 2006. The USGS said that 11 of the 18 volcanoes they have classified as a “high threat” or a “very high threat” are located in Washington, Oregon, or California, “where explosive and often snow- and ice-covered edifices can project hazards long distances to densely populated and highly developed areas.” According to the Epoch Times, the danger list is topped by Kilauea in Hawaii, which has been erupting continuously in 2018. Mount...
  • Daine's will vote yes

    10/04/2018 8:18:27 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 56 replies
    10-04-2018
    He was just in studio with Shannon Bream and said he will be there to vote yes.
  • No Volcanic Winter In East Africa From Ancient Toba (Super-Volcano) Eruption

    02/13/2018 10:06:52 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA—The massive Toba volcanic eruption on the island of Sumatra about 74,000 years ago did not cause a six-year-long "volcanic winter" in East Africa and thereby cause the human population in the region to plummet, according to new University of Arizona-led research. The new findings disagree with the Toba catastrophe hypothesis, which says the eruption and its aftermath caused drastic, multi-year cooling and severe ecological disruption in East Africa. "This is the first research that provides direct evidence for the effects of the Toba eruption on vegetation just before and just after the eruption," said lead author Chad...
  • Earth May Be Close to 'Threshold of Catastrophe'

    10/04/2017 3:17:22 PM PDT · by PROCON · 57 replies
    livescience.com ^ | Oct. 2, 2017 | Tia Ghose, Senior Writer
    The amount of carbon dioxide that humans will have released into the atmosphere by 2100 may be enough to trigger a sixth mass extinction, a new study suggests. The huge spike in CO2 levels over the past century may put the world dangerously close to a "threshold of catastrophe," after which environmental instability and mass die-offs become inevitable, the new mathematical analysis finds. Even if a mass extinction is in the cards, however, it likely wouldn't be evident immediately. Rather, the process could take 10,000 years to play out, said study co-author Daniel Rothman, a geophysicist at the Massachusetts...
  • Vanity: We are more than halfway through September 23, and the world is still here. . . LOL!

    09/23/2017 4:27:10 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 56 replies
    Vanity | September 23, 2017 | Swordmaker
    I just noticed that it's ľs of the way through September 23, 2017, the day that was supposed to be the last day of the world, and I'm still here? Is everyone else still here as well, or am I and my lady all alone and everyone else already gone? What about it? Has anyone else experienced the Apocholypso Dance? Any Catastrophes out there? How about a Cat-Ass-Trophy, you know the taxidermied rear end of a cat mounted on a plaque hanging on the wall? Mild disaster? I thought not. The guy who was making the prediction when called for...
  • 5 Essential Tips for Disaster Preparedness

    09/10/2017 5:08:57 AM PDT · by Raymond Pamintuan · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 5, 2017 | Jeff Sanders
    When it comes to natural disasters, probably everyone is thinking of Hurricane Harvey and its destruction in and around Houston. In addition to that devastation, there are also wildfires raging in southern California and Montana (hundreds of people have had to evacuate). Aside from those terrible disasters, most people don't spend much time thinking about chemical spills, blizzards, tornados, riots, or terrorist attacks. Now that I have your attention, are you taking steps to protect yourself and family in the wake of a disaster?
  • Human Extinction Isn't That Unlikely

    04/30/2016 2:25:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 94 replies
    theatlantic.com ^ | April 29, 2016 | ROBINSON MEYER
    “A typical person is more than five times as likely to die in an extinction event as in a car crash,” says a new report.Nuclear war. Climate change. Pandemics that kill tens of millions. These are the most viable threats to globally organized civilization. They’re the stuff of nightmares and blockbusters—but unlike sea monsters or zombie viruses, they’re real, part of the calculus that political leaders consider everyday. And according to a new report from the U.K.-based Global Challenges Foundation, they’re much more likely than we might think. In its annual report on “global catastrophic risk,” the nonprofit debuted a...
  • Supernovae showered Earth with radioactive debris

    04/06/2016 3:50:53 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 27 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 4/6/2016 | Australian National University
    An international team of scientists has found evidence of a series of massive supernova explosions near our solar system, which showered Earth with radioactive debris. The scientists found radioactive iron-60 in sediment and crust samples taken from the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The iron-60 was concentrated in a period between 3.2 and 1.7 million years ago, which is relatively recent in astronomical terms, said research leader Dr Anton Wallner from The Australian National University (ANU). "We were very surprised that there was debris clearly spread across 1.5 million years," said Dr Wallner, a nuclear physicist in the ANU Research...
  • Cuvier and Schaeffer’s Catastrophism:

    01/25/2016 4:24:32 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 11 replies
    Thunderbolts website ^ | January 20, 2016 | Peter Mungo Jupp
    The Opening of the Key to the Electric Universe Criticized, ostracized, derided, scorned and rebuked; Cuvier and Schaeffer. These two French eccentric geniuses ranged their new practical paradigms against the sanitized teachings of the Royal Societys consensus science. Georges Cuvier and then later Claude Schaeffer, dared question the hidebound uniformitarian teachings demanded by the Royal Societys geology darlings, Hutton and Lyle. They insisted that the worlds development was a slow evolutionary process explained by millions of years of uniform steady change. This misneme eventually influenced Darwin to explain evolution as a child of slow natural selection that, by chance, produced...
  • Trump Spokeswoman: Malcolm X Is 'My Idol,' Republicans Are Racist

    01/22/2016 11:19:28 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 125 replies
    the Daily Caller ^ | January 22, 2016 | Peter Hasson
    Since joining the Trump campaign as a national spokeswoman in November, Katrina Pierson has served as an attack dog of sorts for Donald Trump, attempting to expose his critics and opponents as faux conservatives who are simply pulling the wool over the eyes of the American people. And yet, Ms. Pierson's own statements reveal she is a self-proclaimed devotee of Malcolm X (whom she has referred to as her "idol") and has a history of attacking conservatives as racists, sneering at Christians who are unable to "handle the truth" and mocking candidates who open up about their faith on the...
  • Yellowstone about to blow? Scientists warning over SUPER-VOLCANO that could kill MILLIONS

    01/07/2016 5:06:58 AM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 131 replies
    EXPRESS ^ | Jan 7, 2016 | JON AUSTIN
    Instances of volcanic eruptions are their highest for 300 years and scientists fear a major one that could kill millions and devastate the planet is a real possibility. Experts at the European Science Foundation said volcanoes - especially super-volcanoes like the one at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, which has a caldera measuring 34 by 45 miles (55 by 72 km) - pose more threat to Earth and the survival of humans than asteroids, earthquakes, nuclear war and global warming. There are few real contingency plans in place to deal with the ticking time bomb, which they conclude is likely to...
  • "Unstoppable" California Gas Leak Now Being Called Worst Catastrophe Since BP Spill

    12/24/2015 8:55:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/24/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Since initially reporting on California's Alison Canyon gas leak, more details have emerged on the scale (and potential for no solution) of the problem as the infamous Erin Brockovich writes, "the enormity of the Aliso Canyon gas leak cannot be overstated. Gas is escaping through a ruptured pipe more than 8,000 feet underground, and it shows no signs of stopping," as according to the California Air Resources Board, methane - a greenhouse gas 72 times more impactful in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide - has been escaping from the Aliso Canyon site with force equivalent “to a volcanic eruption”...
  • Canada Awaits a Pair of Impending Catastrophes

    12/03/2015 9:48:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/03/2015 | BY DAVID SOLWAY
    There are two countries that I once regarded as home: Canada, where I have spent most of my life, and Greece, where I lived for five years. Both are now lost to me. Governed by a leftist administration and effectively submitting to the adhan--the call of the muezzin--each is now under siege. Greece has become a way-station for a vast press of Muslim refugees sowing disorder and mayhem in their wake. Fishermen on the island of Lesbos, which I know well, have seen their livelihoods disrupted, and are unable to navigate through the filth and garbage littering their shores. Elsewhere...
  • Double Whammy: 2 Meteors Hit Ancient Earth At The Same Time

    09/15/2015 9:53:39 AM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    Fox News - Live Science ^ | 9-15-2015 | Elizabeth Palermo
    Elizabeth Palermo September 15, 2015An artist's depiction of the dual meteor strike. (Don Dixon/Erik Sturkell/University of Gothenburg) It's not altogether uncommon to hear about double rainbows, but what about a double meteor strike? It's a rare event, but researchers in Sweden recently found evidence that two meteors smacked into Earth at the same time, about 458 million years ago. Researchers from the University of Gothenburg uncovered two craters in the county of Jämtland in central Sweden. The meteors that formed the craters landed just a few miles from each other at the same moment, according to Erik Sturkell, a professor...