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The OutRamp Guide to Dystopia: Episode #9 – March 19, 2014

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  1. US intelligence oversight group from 1975 says things are way worse now
  2. Can Stun Guns Cause Cardiac Arrest?
  3. Fake Body Parts Still Fool Biometric Scanners

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The OutRamp Guide to The Apocalypse: Episode #11 – March 19, 2014

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  1. The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains
  2. 7 Badass Weapons You Can Make At Home
  3. How Would You Rebuild Society After the Apocalypse?

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The OutRamp Guide to Dystopia: Episode #8 – March 15, 2014

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  1. Only People In America’s Richest Area Can Afford New Cars
  2. Video: Bill Moyers interviews Dragnet Nation author
  3. The Internet’s Biggest Enemies

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The OutRamp Guide to The Apocalypse: Episode #10 – March 15, 2014

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  1. Video: Nuclear crisis at Fukushima continues to unfold: a trilogy of reports by PBS NewsHour’s Miles O’Brien
  2. Can You Make Me a Student Survival Kit? [RQ #1]
  3. Gallery: 11 Photos of Ukraine’s Soviet-Era Nuclear Missile Silo

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The OutRamp Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian Newsletter #4: February 10 – 16, 2014

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  1. Outbreak! Watch How Quickly An Epidemic Would Spread Across The World
  2. What the terrifying future of a drone police force would look like
  3. Watch The Crowdsourced “Robocop” Remake Before (Or Instead Of) The Official “Robocop” Remake

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The OutRamp Guide to Dystopia: Episode #7

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  1. Free Fiction: “Levels of Observation” by Kenneth Schneyer
  2. 229 Million Children Are Officially Invisible
  3. DIY Drone Shadow Handbook: how to create accurate drone-shadow street art

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The OutRamp Guide to The Apocalypse: Episode #9

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So much fiction, so little time. Same goes for survival tips.

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  1. Outbreak! Watch How Quickly An Epidemic Would Spread Across The World
  2. Instructables: Emergency Crampons for Ice and Snow
  3. The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus Loved The Omen As A Kid, Terrified His Teachers

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The OutRamp Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian Newsletter #3: December 2 – 8, 2013

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  1. Thieves in Mexico Just Stole Ingredients for a Radioactive Dirty Bomb: Jamie Condliffe at Gizmodo scares peoples’ pants off, with not so sexy results. I’m left wondering if somehow telling the world about the potential for a dirty bomb will just “egg them on”.

    In no way attempting to keep the public calm, the UN referred to the stolen material as “extremely dangerous.”

  2. Ten Common Mistakes Prepper’s Make: Chris Ray (The Prepared Christian) gives a good list over at Modern Homesteaders. You know I can’t resist mentioning that apparently bad grammar is number eleven.

    Lopsided Preparedness

    I think it is common for people to have a favorite area of preparedness and it makes sense that the favored area gets more attention. Keep in mind The Five Basic Human Needs and having a well-rounded approach to preparedness is the best method. Having a safe full of guns and ammo does you little good if your family is starving. Then again, a year’s worth of food does you little good to protect you from Joe Dirtbag and his merry band of takers.

    The truth is that none of us know how or when things will fall apart. Being able to cook and feed, provide and heat shelter, purify drinking water and defend yourself and your family are all musts!

  3. This is How the World Ends: How our apocalyptic fixations may be affecting our culture. Shane Lindemoen at Secret Laboratory points out something that I think has some truth. I remember some evangelical Christian pastors bemoaning that too many of their flock were focused so much on the end times that they didn’t give a holy rat’s ass about the environment. If we’re always focused on things going wrong, ignoring the possibilities for rescuing our own holy asses, guess how things are going to end?

    I can’t help worrying about our seemingly growing fascination with the end of things. Part of me wonders if our obsession with the end of the world is not just an obsession with our own mortality by proxy – how we will personally face our end by either going down swinging an ax into a horde of zombies as they pull us down into the deep dark, or shivering to death in an abandoned tube-station somewhere, frightened and alone. Because even if the world doesn’t end in some spectacular fashion, it will certainly end sooner or later for each one of us on a personal level.

  4. Someone’s Been Siphoning Data Through a Huge Security Hole in the Internet: Kim Zetter at Wired fills us in.

    In 2008, two security researchers at the DefCon hacker conference demonstrated a massive security vulnerability in the worldwide internet traffic-routing system — a vulnerability so severe that it could allow intelligence agencies, corporate spies or criminals to intercept massive amounts of data, or even tamper with it on the fly.

    The traffic hijack, they showed, could be done in such a way that no one would notice because the attackers could simply re-route the traffic to a router they controlled, then forward it to its intended destination once they were done with it, leaving no one the wiser about what had occurred.

    Now, five years later, this is exactly what has happened. Earlier this year, researchers say, someone mysteriously hijacked internet traffic headed to government agencies, corporate offices and other recipients in the U.S. and elsewhere and redirected it to Belarus and Iceland, before sending it on its way to its legitimate destinations. They did so repeatedly over several months. But luckily someone did notice.

  5. Air Force’s Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Nears One Year In Orbit: Leonard Davis at Space.com reminds you of something you may have forgotten to worry about.

    A global network of skywatchers has been keeping an eye on the robotic space plane’s movements during its three flights to date. Some veteran observers, like skywatcher Kevin Fetter of Brockville, Ontario in Canada, have even captured video of the X-37B space plane in the night sky.

  6. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’s Official Plot Synopsis Revealed: Rudie Obias at Giant Freakin Robot tells you just what to expect for the next big Hunger Games installment. Spoiler: Woody Harrelson just wants to talk about Rampart.

    Now that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is kicking ass at the box office, let’s look forward to November 2014 and the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One. While the final installment of The Hunger Games film series will be split into two parts, the film’s director, Francis Lawrence, will hopwdully make sure audiences don’t miss a beat between parts one and two. The final book in author Suzanne Collins’ widely popular book series isn’t that much longer than the first Hunger Games and Catching Fire books, so it’s going to be interesting to see what Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Danny Strong will add to Mockingjay‘s film adaptation.

    Lionsgate recently released the sequel’s official film synopsis, which clues us in on what will happen to Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, and Gale Hawthorne after the events of Catching Fire. Once again, Katniss is at the center of the action, as war breaks out in the Capitol and all of Panem.

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The OutRamp Guide to Dystopia: Episode #6

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Don’t Miss These Links:

  1. Someone’s Been Siphoning Data Through a Huge Security Hole in the Internet: Kim Zetter at Wired fills us in.

    In 2008, two security researchers at the DefCon hacker conference demonstrated a massive security vulnerability in the worldwide internet traffic-routing system — a vulnerability so severe that it could allow intelligence agencies, corporate spies or criminals to intercept massive amounts of data, or even tamper with it on the fly.

    The traffic hijack, they showed, could be done in such a way that no one would notice because the attackers could simply re-route the traffic to a router they controlled, then forward it to its intended destination once they were done with it, leaving no one the wiser about what had occurred.

    Now, five years later, this is exactly what has happened. Earlier this year, researchers say, someone mysteriously hijacked internet traffic headed to government agencies, corporate offices and other recipients in the U.S. and elsewhere and redirected it to Belarus and Iceland, before sending it on its way to its legitimate destinations. They did so repeatedly over several months. But luckily someone did notice.

  2. Air Force’s Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Nears One Year In Orbit: Leonard Davis at Space.com reminds you of something you may have forgotten to worry about.

    A global network of skywatchers has been keeping an eye on the robotic space plane’s movements during its three flights to date. Some veteran observers, like skywatcher Kevin Fetter of Brockville, Ontario in Canada, have even captured video of the X-37B space plane in the night sky.

  3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’s Official Plot Synopsis Revealed: Rudie Obias at Giant Freakin Robot tells you just what to expect for the next big Hunger Games installment. Spoiler: Woody Harrelson just wants to talk about Rampart.

    Now that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is kicking ass at the box office, let’s look forward to November 2014 and the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One. While the final installment of The Hunger Games film series will be split into two parts, the film’s director, Francis Lawrence, will hopwdully make sure audiences don’t miss a beat between parts one and two. The final book in author Suzanne Collins’ widely popular book series isn’t that much longer than the first Hunger Games and Catching Fire books, so it’s going to be interesting to see what Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Danny Strong will add to Mockingjay‘s film adaptation.

    Lionsgate recently released the sequel’s official film synopsis, which clues us in on what will happen to Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, and Gale Hawthorne after the events of Catching Fire. Once again, Katniss is at the center of the action, as war breaks out in the Capitol and all of Panem.

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The OutRamp Guide to The Apocalypse: Episode #8

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The race continues today, between the impending doom of Drug Cartel Dirty Bombs and the hope of … nah… who am I kidding? Doom wins today, severed and/or radioactive-lesioned hands down.

Don’t Miss These Links:

  1. Thieves in Mexico Just Stole Ingredients for a Radioactive Dirty Bomb: Jamie Condliffe at Gizmodo scares peoples’ pants off, with not so sexy results. I’m left wondering if somehow telling the world about the potential for a dirty bomb will just “egg them on”.

    In no way attempting to keep the public calm, the UN referred to the stolen material as “extremely dangerous.”

  2. Ten Common Mistakes Prepper’s Make: Chris Ray (The Prepared Christian) gives a good list over at Modern Homesteaders. You know I can’t resist mentioning that apparently bad grammar is number eleven.

    Lopsided Preparedness

    I think it is common for people to have a favorite area of preparedness and it makes sense that the favored area gets more attention. Keep in mind The Five Basic Human Needs and having a well-rounded approach to preparedness is the best method. Having a safe full of guns and ammo does you little good if your family is starving. Then again, a year’s worth of food does you little good to protect you from Joe Dirtbag and his merry band of takers.

    The truth is that none of us know how or when things will fall apart. Being able to cook and feed, provide and heat shelter, purify drinking water and defend yourself and your family are all musts!

  3. This is How the World Ends: How our apocalyptic fixations may be affecting our culture. Shane Lindemoen at Secret Laboratory points out something that I think has some truth. I remember some evangelical Christian pastors bemoaning that too many of their flock were focused so much on the end times that they didn’t give a holy rat’s ass about the environment. If we’re always focused on things going wrong, ignoring the possibilities for rescuing our own holy asses, guess how things are going to end?

    I can’t help worrying about our seemingly growing fascination with the end of things. Part of me wonders if our obsession with the end of the world is not just an obsession with our own mortality by proxy – how we will personally face our end by either going down swinging an ax into a horde of zombies as they pull us down into the deep dark, or shivering to death in an abandoned tube-station somewhere, frightened and alone. Because even if the world doesn’t end in some spectacular fashion, it will certainly end sooner or later for each one of us on a personal level.

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