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At the Edge of the World, Facing the End of the World

Writing about climate change is an exercise in managed insanity. The human mind isn’t equipped to parse a crisis—the greatest in the history of our species—of such complexity and urgency and darkness. With record-breaking superstorms ravaging coastlines at a regular clip, it’s hard to feel good about the impact that Homo sapiens has had on our leafy, temperate, Goldilocks planet.

You might even go so far as to suggest that the human species is a plague, given the untold destruction we’ve wrought on this planet. Once you subscribe to that argument, it becomes nearly impossible to think of a noble pursuit for a person. Doctors save lives—firefighters too. Teachers hope toinspire the next great genius, maybe someone like Norman Borlaug, whose agricultural breakthroughs allowed our population to balloon on a planet with only so much arable land. All noble pursuits in the name of spreading the human plague.

The thing about the human plague is that while it’s busy wrecking the planet, it’s also demolishing us. Climate change will destroy not just our bodies, but our psyches. Supercharged rivers will wash away cities. Even when we should know better, because we have more than abundant science to back it up, the Trump administration prepares to obliterate regulations controlling methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases. That plague theory is holding up.

But unlike a plague, we can think. We can plan. A plague tears through a population indiscriminately. It can’t pull back when it starts running out of victims and say, Whoa, what am I doing? If I keep this up, it’ll be the end of me! We can, and last week at the Global Climate Action Summit, many of the best minds the human species can muster gathered to right the course.

These people included but were not limited to: environmentalists, mayors from around the world, human rights activists, technologists, academics, business leaders, labor leaders, and former secretaries of state. The kinds of folks with noble pursuits. This was climate change activism without borders. If the Paris Agreement, drafted in 2015, was about governments coming together to fight, last week’s event showed that the most ambitious climate action isn’t happening on the national scale—it’s cities and states that are leading the way.

It’s easy to think that our presidents or prime ministers, our queens or our kings, are the undisputed arbiters of a country’s direction. Not so. For several thousand years, it’s been the cities that truly guide a nation. Cities are where citizens trade goods and ideas. Cities are where foreigners bring their own cultures and knowledge. And cities are were innovation flourishes. Cities have always competed with each other, but they have also shared ideas.

And so it goes with developing and deploying green technologies. Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti put it to me best: “When Shenzhen says, I’ve got 100 percent of our bus fleet electrified and all of our taxis, that’s good competition for LA to try to catch. And it’s collaborative in the sense that when people back in LA say there’s no way we can electrify our buses by 2030, I can point to the fact that Shenzhen in China just did it, and it took them two and a half, three years.”

While environmentalists or, really, anyone who cares about the future of Earth, have been getting bent out of shape about Trump, cities and states have been gaining tremendous ground in the battle against climate change. Last week, an organization called C40, essentially a climate-change-busting network of international metropolises, announced that 27 of its member cities had already peaked in their emissions and had come down at least 10 percent from that high.
On the other side of the country, as I write this, Hurricane Florence is tearing the Carolinas to pieces, just days after news broke that the Trump administration had transferred $10 million from FEMA to ICE. Bad enough in a world without climate change, but all the worse in a world where warmer waters are feeding stronger hurricanes. Scientists suspect Florence is no exception.

And so the climate chasm between American cities and the federal government widens. That’s instilled a sense of urgency in mayors, who were already leading the way on mitigation. The president has galvanized that movement, not crippled it. While Trump’s EPA does literally the opposite of protecting the environment (do keep in mind that a Republican, none other than Nixon, created the EPA, cities are scrambling to deploy solar panels and electric bus fleets and car charger networks. It’s what the planet demands, but also what citizens demand—constituents want clean air, no matter what the EPA does.

Al Gore got onstage Friday and said this, his voice crescendoing into a boom: “We are seeing businesses lead the way, we’re seeing investors lead the way, we’re seeing cities and counties and all kinds of civic organizations leading the way. We must we do it, we can do it. I’m convinced ever more because of the success of this summit here in San Francisco that we will do it. For anyone who doubts that we as human beings have the political will to meet our obligations that history is demanding of us, just remember that political will is itself a renewable resource.”

We’re not only the plague. We’re also the immune system, and we’re fighting back.

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Russia’s Next-Gen Combat Suit is Getting Tech That’s Resistant to Nuclear Blasts

Russia has a new battle suit that seems to be visually inspired by Star Wars’s Imperial Shadow Stormtroopers. While Russia’s version likely doesn’t come with a cloaking device, the high-tech armor does have a few tricks up its sleeves, including nuclear blast resistant tech.

The suit was developed by Rostec and is called the Ratnik-3. The latest upgrade to the new armor includes a reportedly nuclear blast resistant watch. According to a statement released by the press office, the Chief Designer for the Life Support System of the Soldier Combat Outfit at the Central Scientific Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering, Oleg Faustov, says “The watch, which we have included in the Ratnik outfit, retains its properties upon the impact of radiation and electromagnetic impulses, for example, upon a nuclear blast.”

The watch also features a self-winding mechanism and operates under water.

Other perks of the 59 items Rostec has included in the suit include a powered exoskeleton, which is said to give soldiers greater strength and stamina; the latest in bulletproof body armor tech; and a full face-covering visor and helmet equipped with a video game-esque heads-up display (HUD). According to Russian state-owned media outlet Tass, the weight of the completed combat gear will be reduced by 30% when it is released for use in the field.

The Ratnik 3 is expected to be ready for use by 2022.

Next-Gen War

The future of how we will one day wage war is being developed now. The United States is also working on a high-tech combat suit of its own. The suit, inspired by pop culture, has been dubbed the Iron Man.

Weapons are also getting next-gen upgrades, with laser weapons currently being deployed in various forms around the world. The United States Navy has the Laser Weapons System (LaWS)mounted on the USS Ponce, an amphibious naval transport dock, to defend against drone strikes and eventually incoming missiles. China has also previously given its soldiers laser weapons designed to blind opponents.

In the sky, killer drones the size of a quadcopter have been developed to carry weapons. The Air Force is even training soldiers to get the military ready for combat in space with extraterrestrials or other hostile interests.

Of course, with all these developments, it maybe good to be reminded what a nuclear showdown would do to the planet—and hope that these future technologies rarely have to be put to use.

Source futurism.com

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They record a zombie deer in the garden of a house in the United States, will the infection started to humans?

A few days ago we wrote how the “zombie deer virus”  has become a real problem in the United States, since it has spread to 24 states and two Canadian provinces, and experts warn that it is spreading to humans, being a potential risk too urgent to ignore. In fact, the “zombie deer virus” is called the Chronic Attrition Disease (also known as Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD).

The symptoms of this disease is that deer, elk, reindeer, and deer quickly lose weight, coordination and become aggressive; in other words, they become zombies. At the moment there have been no cases of CWD in humans, although experts are sure that we will see cases in the coming months. However, scientists do not know what kind of effects the “zombie deer virus” will have on people. For its part, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English), has acknowledged that the CWD could be more widespread than is believed. Therefore, they recommend that hunters do not shoot or manipulate deer meat that has strange behavior.

So far it was a warning about a possible infection. But in the last hours, they have begun to spread videos that show how the first zombie deer approach populated areas.

The zombie deer

A zombie deer has been recorded in the garden of a person, which has caused panic in social networks to consider that the images show how the CWD is spreading to humans. In the video, posted on the profile of a person named Javonte Watson , you can see a deer in a garden at night. But the animal has large red bumps all over its body, especially on the face. The person who records is surprised by the state of the deer while eating.

“This is a zombie deer that is alone in Cleveland, does anyone explain this?” Says Watson.

When the deer looks at the person without fear, you can see even larger bulges on their other side, including a huge one hanging below the mammal’s mouth. It must be said that this video was shared on social networks last year, although this has not prevented the great impact it has had now, especially after the warning about the spread “zombie virus of the deer” to humans.Without a doubt, the terrifying images have provoked thousands of comments, with users assuring that this is the evidence that fiction surpasses reality. In addition, it has been inevitable the similarity with the South Korean film “Train to Busan (Train to Busan)”, where at the beginning you can see a zombie deer. There have also been many who say that the CWD is a disease created in a laboratory to eradicate part of the population.

Reality surpasses fiction

The CDC warning that the CWD may be more widespread than is believed, has made conspiracy theorists begin to ensure that the US government is aware that we are facing an imminent “zombie apocalypse”. Moreover, they claim that the recent declaration of national emergency by order Donald Trump, which is supposedly an attempt to build its border wall, is actually the first stage of containment in the face of the imminent threat.

As we already published in Esoteric and Paranormal World, the US Department of Defense prepared a strategy to combat a more than possible zombie apocalypse. The plan, called  “CONOP 8888”, is a document established in three parts. The first step is to maintain a defensive plan to protect humanity from the zombies, which would be this plan; the second step would be to establish procedures to eradicate the threat, the national emergency of Trump; and the third step will be to restore society through martial law.

zombie deer human contagion - They record a zombie deer in the garden of a house in the United States, has contagion begun to humans?

It seems that the case in Cleveland would be the definitive evidence of what many scientists have been warning for years. Researchers at Kent State University in Ohio said in 2015 how a pandemic of this kind could spread around the world and the devastating effects on humanity. And wounded up to this point, it may be necessary to heed the recommendations of the scientific community, that if a zombie apocalypse occurs it will have to go towards the Rocky Mountains, located in the western sector of North America.

Researchers from Cornell University believe that less populated or rural areas  “could resist for at least a month”  while the zombie apocalypse lasts. It is true that there are many unanswered questions about the disease of the zombie deer, but as scientists have said, we will have to wait to see the effects on humans, although it may be too late.

What do you think about the Cleveland zombie deer? Is it the first step to the real zombie apocalypse?

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Giant Asteroid Could Devastate Cities on Earth, Turn Them to Powder

“…first predicted collision date is just 10 years from now.”

via Sputniknews:

Princeton University graduate, physicist Jay Melosh’s golden tips on how to avoid an asteroid collision with our planet and the thousands of deaths that that would entail have emerged only now, with the closest predicted year when it may happen being 2029. Yet, NASA came to believe several years ago, that it is a bit more likely to occur in 2068.

Jay Melosh, an American geophysicist whose scientific interests involve impact cratering estimates, played out a shocking scenario, of a gigantic, 370-metre wide asteroid, code named Apophis 99942, coming into direct contact with Earth.

As early as 2004, when the asteroid was first spotted, NASA suggested that a collision might happen in 2029, with the year further changed to 2036, and finally to 2068, with the space agency admitting on 21 February 2013 that there is a 1/150,000 chance of a direct impact with Earth in 50 years’ time.

Melosh, who completed his physics and geology degrees at Princeton University, outlined the scenario in Amazon Prime’s “Asteroid Trackers” as early as in 2009, but its relevance is particularly well-felt as of today, as the first predicted collision date is just 10 years from now.

“In space, we would use a mirror like a magnifying glass. As we hit the asteroid, we begin to vaporise material and, as it vaporises, the asteroid gets pushed the other way”, he said, adding that all that needs to be done is the velocity of the asteroid to undergo a minute change of one centimetre a second.

Melosh expressed certainty that this tiny annual shift away “will push it off a collision course and save Earth”.

He previously voiced a chilling assumption that if Apophis or a similar-sized space rock did strike Earth, then it could wipe out a whole city, or the lion’s share of one.

“If something like Apophis were to strike a city – let’s say it fell on Boston – it could create a ten-kilometre-wide crater. Almost all of metropolitan Boston would be destroyed”, Melosh shared, providing a scary description of the way humans would feel should this happen, such as an intolerable heat, like of “there were six suns in the sky”.

“Clothing would ignite, you would suffer third-degree burns, it would be devastating”, Melosh summed up.

Meanwhile, the European Space Agency’s Near-Earth Object Coordination Centre is increasingly concerned about another space rock, the asteroid 2018XB4, which was only discovered in December 2018 and is preliminarily estimated to be about 70 meters in diameter. It has recently been included in the top 10 potentially most hazardous Near Earth Objects (NEOs/) and currently ranks fifth on the list.

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