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Video: Swiss Bunkers
Friday, 17 January 2014 22:35

Monocle Magazine is featuring a fascinating video about Swiss bunkers and underground shelters that’s worth a short watch.

During the heyday of the Cold War, the Swiss government passed legislation requiring space in a fallout shelter for every citizen.  While many private homes contain shelter-in-place bunkers, the government also built massive underground facilities that can withstand a significant nuclear attack and subsequent radiation.

Although the law is still in effect, many of the bunkers are now in disuse or being purchased by private entities.  Monocle’s video gets some great imagery from some of the larger bunkers.

2013: Year of the Survival-Themed Movie
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 21:33

The WSJ notes that many of the movies released in 2013, including several that are on the Oscar slate, had a theme of survival and resilience. The slideshow includes some of our favorites, such as World War Z, Lone Survivor and ‘12 Years a Slave.

Fukushima Radiation Myths
Saturday, 04 January 2014 14:06

There have been a lot of shock/scare posts making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter concerning the Fukushima reactor and radiation. This article from Deep Sea News debunks a lot of the hype and is written for the layman.

Are You Prepared for 2014?
Thursday, 02 January 2014 00:23

Novelist and futurist David Brin has a slightly unsettling take on 2014 and what the New Year will bring. He points out that the past two centuries did not “start” in 1800 or 1900; rather, their beginnings were marked in history by their fourteenth year (1814 saw the Congress of Vienna, and WWI started in 1914).

So what does that mean for 2014? While his pattern recognition isn’t exactly scientifically valid, Brin believes that the 21st century has yet to begin and discounts the 9/11 terrorist attacks as the turning point.

The coming year may hold wonders or sorrows, just like every year prior and every year to come.  We at Black Umbrella hope you have a wonderful year and that you’re prepared for whatever adventures life may present.

How Long Would You Survive?
Friday, 27 December 2013 01:53

AMC’s The Walking Dead just released a short personality test to see how long you’d survive during the zombie apocalypse.  AMC asks, “When the dead rise and the world ends, each day presents a new set of obstacles and challenges. To succeed means surviving long enough to face the next day’s danger; to fail means joining the hordes of undead. How long would you survive in such a landscape?”

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