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The “Powers at Be” are finally taking the threat from space weather seriously, unfortunately its probably too late to do anything significant about it..

White House directs accelerated response to solar flare grid threats
Peter Behr, E&E reporter
EnergyWire: Monday, October 24, 2016

Obama's order "directs the secretary of the Department of Energy, in consultation with the head of the Department of Homeland Security, to create a pilot program to deploy, test and evaluate devices that can shield transformers against dangerous ground currents."

The United States has limited capacity to replace the transformers that move power across the grid and any precautions will not be ready in time.

No kidding most of the 900KV transformers (the backbone) of the power grid are made in China and take up to 2 years to get from the time that the order is placed..

The order: 'Get moving'

Obama's order says, in effect, to get the regulatory process moving.

It directs the secretary of the Department of Energy, in consultation with the head of the Department of Homeland Security, to create a pilot program to deploy, test and evaluate devices that can shield transformers against dangerous ground currents. The United States has limited capacity to replace the transformers that move power across the grid.

"Eight, 10 years ago, didn't know a whole lot about GMD," said Richard Lordan, senior technical executive at the Electric Power Research Institute and a speaker at the Quebec conference. "We have come a long way in the industry," he said, but there are still important gaps in understanding the science and engineering of GMD threats and defenses. Grid operators' first principle is "do no harm," and that makes them wary about moving too quickly with new equipment, he said.


Solar Events / Re: Ed's Newer Topic for Geomagnetic Warnings, etc.
« Last post by MadMax on Today at 10:59:12 AM »

(Oct 25 1513UTC) Level 3 storm conditions have set in. All sector risks are up. Space weather alert is high.

When storm levels reach level 3 we should expect to see airline comm failures and many electrical/transformer fires world wide!

Stay alert..


Permaculture / Re: acquiring vetiver
« Last post by Socrates on Today at 10:45:54 AM »
Vetiver Spain offers 12 shoots @ 25 euros, payment possible through Paypal.
I already received confirmation. Hell, his wife is Dutch; how convenient could it be?  ;D
Latest headlines since the previous lists in this topic, most recent first from each source.

*  Tune In the October 27th PHENOMENON Radio with Host John Burroughs and Earthfiles Reporter and Editor Linda Moulton Howe in a discussion with New York Times best-selling author Jim Marrs to dig into the geopolitical territorial landscape of the controversial presidential election in the U. S. and tensions with Russia and beyond.

*  Six earthquakes hit Switzerland, including rare M4.1
*  Unusually intense hailstorm hits Zacatecas, Mexico
*  Explosion at Cleveland volcano, alert levels raised [Aleutian Islands region]

** Leopard kills 7-month-old baby in Gujarat, India
*  Deadly floods in Andalusia, Spain

** 2 pit bull terriers kill their owner in Uribe, Colombia
** Man severely injured in bear attack in Beerwah, India
*  Alert level raised for Cleveland volcano in Alaska after explosion detected
*  Unusual hailstorm blankets Central Mexican city with up to 50 centimeters of ice

*  NOAA: US completes record 11 straight years without major hurricane strike despite global warming fears
** Seal attacks 4 surfers at Manly, Australia

Nothing new in
Earth Changes / Re: Earthquakes General - 2016
« Last post by Jimfarmer on Today at 09:03:15 AM »
USGS and EMSC do not agree.  Reporting totals from both.
Earthquake totals in last 24 hours according to:
28 'quakes of magnitude >2.4   Total mags = 103.1   Avg mag = 3.68
80 'quakes of magnitude >2.4   Total mags = 287.5   Avg mag = 3.59
Three strongest quakes from either site (plus two):
*  Mag. 5.2  on the coast of mid-north Chile (both sites).
*  Mag. 5.2  off the coast of south-east Taiwan (EMSC.  USGS: 4.9).
*  Mag. 4.9  off the coast of mid-north east Japan (both sites).
*  Mag. 4.9  in mid-east north Papua New Guinea islands (EMSC.  USGS: absent).
*  Mag. 4.9 in mid-east mid-north Iran (EMSC.  USGS: absent).
(Note: both EMSC and USGS have smaller quakes near to each of the last two above)

Largest groups of multiple quakes from either site:
*  13  in Chile; north to central (EMSC.  USGS: 1).
*  9  in Mexico; mid-south to south and west to east (EMSC.  USGS: 0).
*  7  around Puerto Rico; W, NW, NE, and E (USGS.  EMSC: 6).
*  6  in Turkey; west incl. nearby islands (EMSC.  USGS: 1).
*  5  in southern Alaska; east to upper peninsula (USGS.  EMSC: 1).
*  4  in Greece; central, and west north and mid-south (EMSC.  USGS: 0).
From USGS:
*  Little shakers (mag. 1.0 ~ 2.4) in Alaska (48 Qs), Hawaii (9 Qs), Washington (state), Montana, California, Nevada, Utah, and Oklahoma (USA);  in SW Yukon (Canada);  and in Puerto Rico region.
*  38 little shakers in California and Nevada.
*  Stronger 'quakes (mag. > 2.4) in California and Tennessee (USA);  and in Alaska and Puerto Rico region.
Notes:  Quarry blasts and explosions are excluded from above lists and totals.
USGS lists some sites near borders as near locations across the border.

46 earthquakes of magnitude >1.9 in last 24 hours in Euro-Med region, according to (21 approx. in Turkey).
PREPAREDNESS / Re: Cement & Concrete
« Last post by Socrates on Today at 12:35:00 AM »
Btw, most folks when they think of cement just think about buying a bag of Portland cement.
A few things you should realize, though:
- it's made in 60-meter long rotating roasting ovens at high temperatures; in other words: we're not talking processes that are easily duplicated by basic tech or by individuals.
- cement is relatively cheap; i bought a big bag for 3 euros on La Gomera [i.e. heavy stuff that has to be hauled to the island from the continent and travel for 3 days before it gets there].
- concrete can harden in a matter of days; yes, it will take longer to cure properly but you'll be in business quickly

There are many recipes for concrete but here's the one i go by, mainly because it's easy to remember:
- 1 part cement
- 2 parts sand
- 4 parts gravel/rock

It should also be understood that though there are these superstrong concretes around, one can get the same result by simply using more of regular strength concretes. The superstrong types are about saving space, time and money during construction. You don't need them per se.

You don't need too much cement to do loads of work since you're mixing it with sand and rocks anyway. A little bit can go quite a long way. But since it will become practically impossible to acquire after TSHTF, it would be a good idea to stash a bunch of cement somewhere dry. Yeah, cause if you let it get wet it will just cure and you'll be left with a bag-shaped rock. Since this stuff is only a few bucks per bag but can be used to create life-giving things like dams and waterways*, if i had the resources, i would consider piling up some pallets of the stuff somewhere. It's cheap, if dry it will keep indefinitely and it's value in a bad future will be through the roof.
* Cement can be used for many valuable things, depending on knowledge and imagination. Basically, whenever it is usefull to be able to POUR rock into some particular shape, you'll be happy you have some.
Reporting Your Observation / Re: Evidence of Earth Axis Shift
« Last post by Yowbarb on October 24, 2016, 08:40:20 PM »
Interesting, MadMax.
I'm going to send it on to Marshall in case he did not see this.
Reporting Your Observation / Re: Evidence of Earth Axis Shift
« Last post by MadMax on October 24, 2016, 12:39:39 PM »
Is Our Sun's Mysterious 6-Degree Tilt Linked to A Huge 9th Planet?

“It's such a deep-rooted mystery and so difficult to explain
that people just don't talk about it.”

- Michael Brown, Ph.D., Prof. of Planetary Astronomy, Caltech

Our sun is the yellow sphere. Planet orbits are depicted as
gravitationally interacting rings. Orbit 9 depicts the great elliptical path
of what Prof. Michael Brown, Ph.D., Caltech, thinks is a gaseous 9th planet
billions of miles from the sun in the Oort cloud that is 10 times the mass of our Earth.

Why such a huge planet would have such an elliptical orbit is still unknown. Speculation is
that a passing star at the time the solar system formed might have pulled
Planet 9 into the strange orbit. Graphic by Michael Brown & Konstantin Batygin 2016.

October 22, 2016 Pasadena, California - Earlier this year in January 2016, planetary astronomers Michael Brown, Ph.D., at the California Inst. of Technology (Caltech) and his colleagues in Hawaii and Yale University [see Earthfiles report link below] reported they have found gravitational evidence of a gaseous 9th planet far out in this solar system's Oort cloud that is 10 times the mass of Earth. But no one has yet seen it physically, even after infra red searches.

Well not that they are telling us about!!

Elizabeth Bailey and Prof. Batygin explained in an October 19, 2016, Caltech press release: “Because Planet Nine is so massive and has an orbit tilted compared to the other planets, the solar system has no choice but to slowly twist out of alignment. ...the sun is staying put in its fixed reference frame, but it's the planetary orbits that are being tilted Planet Nine has tilted the entire disk of the solar system by 6 degrees and because we live on that disk, to us it looks like the sun is tilted. But it's actually the other way around.”

Another mystery is why would such a huge gaseous planet have such a strange, far out elliptical orbit around our sun. Speculation is that a passing star at the time the solar system formed might have pulled Planet 9 into the strange orbit.

Solar Events / Re: Ed's Newer Topic for Geomagnetic Warnings, etc.
« Last post by Yowbarb on October 24, 2016, 12:35:01 PM »
G2 Geomagnetic Storm Watch, 1929 UTC 24 Oct 2016

PREPAREDNESS / Civilisation reboot PRACTICAL priorties
« Last post by Socrates on October 24, 2016, 10:12:39 AM »
CONCRETE; don't make little of this. After the Romans where defeated and their knowledge of how to make cement was lost, it took Europe 1500 years [!] to reinvent the stuff.
Now, concrete is simple enough but even simpler is hempcrete. So here are both recipes:
CEMENT: shale and limestone are found just about everywhere. Cement is powdered shale and limestone at a ratio of 20 to 80%; roast at very high temperatures and then powder again.
HEMPCRETE: harvest hemp and take the fibers OUT of it, leaving the 'hurd', the inner part. When this is combined with quicklime [roasted limestone] the combination petrifies to make a concrete-like substance that is as strong as concrete but much lighter. As well, since limestone is a relatively soft rock, hempcrete requires much less effort to make than cement [create quicklime by burning limestone with coal, then add water].

GUNPOWDER. Okay, i can already hear the pacifists moaning...: Nooo...!
How are you going to blow up rocks to make tunnels and roads? Yeah...: gunpowder.
Listen, we could go into making nitroglycerine or ANFO but gunpowder is way easier.
Also, you may be thinking: Roads? Where we're going we don't NEED roads..., but COMMUNICATION is one of the pillars of civilisation [together with organisation and information]; you have to connect with others and roads, tunnels and level pathways are a main part of this. So; gunpowder. Slightly more complicated than making concrete.
15 parts saltpetre, 3 parts carbon and 2 parts sulphur.
SALTPETRE: Google it. Most farms used to produce it by governmental decree
CARBON is wood that's been burned without enough oxygen; use hardwoods.
SULPHUR is found near volcanoes; it's that yellow stuff. Yeah, harder to come by but worth it.

GLASS. Hey, what's life without glass? Ironically, it took like millennia to make though the ingredients can be found on any seashore:
- 63% sand [silica]
- 26% lime [roasted limestone or seashells]
- 11% sodium [roasted, quenched, then evaporated from seaweed]
Of course there are many other recipes for glass, involving such things as lead. Did you know people in the Old West would take their windows with them and build a house around them?

SOAP. Arabs first made hard soap but in Europe they were fooling around with liquid soap or no soap at all until they embraced the Arab protocol.
There a number of ways to make (hard) soap; usually it's about some kind of oil [like lard you get from your slaughtered pig] in which some alkaline medium is introduced [like the potash you get from a wholly consumed hardwood fire]. Add some salt.
Look it up; you wanna live without soap?
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