by AZ BlueMeanie
Sen. David Farnsworth (R-Mesa), he of “constitutional” chickens fame, fears one day he will be living in the world of NBC’s post-apocalyptic science fiction television dramaRevolution, the premise of which is that all electricity on Earth has been disabled and people are forced to adapt to a world without electricity.
His bill SB 1476 (.pdf), addresses his concerns about an electromagnetic pulse that can be caused by certain types of explosion.
According to a briefing prepared for legislators, a nuclear weapon blast on or near the ground (NEMP) can damage electrical systems and communications for 70 miles or more from the site. But a high-altitude nuclear (HEMP) weapon — exploded 15 miles or more above the surface — could damage electrical grids nationwide for weeks, if not or longer. Read more »
Security experts offer tips about how to retain your privacy — as much as possible, anyway — and how to surf the Web silently, among other things
By Robert L. Mitchell | Computerworld
Who says privacy is dead? While it’s true that marketers, the government, data aggregators and others are gathering and analyzing more data than ever about every individual, you can still exert some control over what’s out there, who’s tracking you and what they do with that information.
From the NSA’s admission that it is capturing and analyzing metadata on every American to Facebook’s appropriation of users’ posts, likes and images for use in product advertising endorsements, privacy concerns are now top of mind. According to a December Harris Interactive survey commissioned by privacy consultancy Truste, 74% of Internet users are more worried about privacy now than they were a year ago. Some 74% also say they are less likely to enable location tracking on the Web, 83% are less likely to click on online ads and 80% say they are less likely to use apps they don’t trust. Read more »
The Farmington Hills/Farmington Emergency Preparedness Commission (EPC) will present a free series of Emergency and Disaster Response Training sessions every Wednesday 6:30 to 9 p.m., March 5 to April 9 at the Costick Center in Farmington Hills.
The free training sessions are open to adults and children ages 14 and up who are accompanied by an adult.
The Emergency and Disaster Response Training will prepare citizens to rely on each other when first responders who provide fire and medical services are unable to meet immediate needs. Participants will learn what to expect in terms of emergency services, individual responsibility for preparedness, and life saving skills. Topics will include: Read more »