Post-apocalyptic nuclear survivalist day in the Arizona Senate

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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. Continue reading

Urban survival course allows Winnipeggers to prepare for the apocalypse


WINNIPEG — In a makeshift classroom on the main floor of a housing co-op, 10 ordinary-looking Winnipeggers settled into two rows of seats, placed notebooks on their laps, and began preparing for the apocalypse.

Well, perhaps not the apocalypse, in the Judaeo-Christian sense of the term. In another sign that survivalism has entered the cultural mainstream, two Manitoba wilderness educators have started offering city dwellers a class on how to prepare for the disastrous aftermath of a catastrophic natural disaster or some unprecedented form of civil unrest.  Continue reading