Thursday, September 11, 2014

9 of the Most Fascinating Abandoned Mansions from Around the World

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/4X1VaW/1NAZrH_h3:8AYZ+5oU/io9.com/9-of-the-most-fascinating-abandoned-mansions-from-aroun-471010619

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There's something particularly spectacular about witnessing the decay of a once-grand building. Lavish trappings fall into disrepair, once proud halls play host to insects and dust, and elegantly constructed architecture is exposed to time and the elements. Here are nine crumbling mansions that are fascinating to look at and come with some intriguing backstories.

Pidhirtsi Castle, Pidhirtsi, Ukraine

9 of the Most Fascinating Abandoned Mansions from Around the World
This castle, built between 1635 and 1640, was once richly furnished, but during World War I, Russian soldiers destroyed the lavish interior. Later, the castle belonged to prince Roman Sanguszko, who removed some of its valuable furnishings in 1939 and took them to Brazil. After WWII, the Soviets reopened it as a Tubercolosis sanitarium, but in 1956 the old castle caught fire and burned for three weeks, destroying the last of its interior beauty. The Lviv Gallery of Arts is trying to restore the building, but at present, there aren't any visible changes.
(via Shutterstock/seregalsv and Explore Ukraine)

Château Miranda or Château de Noisy, Celles, Belgium

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Château Miranda was built in 1866 by an English architect for the Liedekerke-Beaufort family. The family lived there until World War II, when it was taken over by the National Railway Company of Belgium. It's empty since 1991, in part because the family refuses to turn it over to the municipality of Celles.

Halcyon Hall, Bennett College, Millbrook, New York

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Halcyon Hall was originally built as a luxury hotel in 1890, but closed in 1901. However, the hall enjoyed a second life when, a few years later, the Bennett School for Girls moved in, making the building home and school to students from prominent families. However, with the rise of coeducational schooling, the Bennett failed to thrive, going bankrupt and shuttering its doors in 1978.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Are you ready for your town to be the next Ferguson?

3 Day Emergency Backpack Checklist:
Toilet paper (half roll zip lock bag)

Toothpaste
Toothbrush
Hand santizer
Soap (hotel size)
Shampoo (hotel size)
Body lotion (hotel size)
Lip balm
Contacts and solution (if applicable)
Prescription Medications (if applicable)
Wash cloth
Hand towel
Q tips
Folding knife
Leatherman multi-tool
Battery Powered Radio w/ extra batteries
1 Deck of Cards
Extra Set of Keys
List of Family Physicians
List of important information, license plate, serial number of pacemaker, etc.
compass (combo compass, thermometer, whistle)
Mini Mag lite
Head lamp
Extra batteries
Water filter
2 Water Bottles
Leather work gloves
Several Black trash bags (in Zip lock bag)
1 box strike anywhere matches (in Zip lock bag)
3 Bic lighters (zip lock bag)
Fire starter or sticks (zip lock bag)
Water purification tablets 
Carabiner 
Nylon para cord 
Dust breathing mask 
Binoculars-small 
Poncho 
Camouflage Tarp
Small first aid kit
Kotex (large bandage)
Ink pen, pencil and note pad (zip lock bag)
Cash money
2 pairs of socks
2 pairs of underwear
2 T-shirts (one white, one dark color or camo)
1 pair of pants
1 Hat
Duct tape
Emergency thermal space blanket 
Large thermal blanket (ground cover or lean to)
safty glasses 
Metal cup
2 MREs
2 MRE heaters
2 Freeze dried Food packs 
1 Can Opener
Several Power Bars or Peanut butter in small plastic container
Raisins or other non-perishable dried fruit
Coffee bags or Tea bags
2 Road Flares or Flare Gun
1 Disposable Burner Phone
Emergency Phone Number List
1 Good Book
you are now up to nearly 20 pounds (if not a bit over) with full water bottles

Saturday, July 19, 2014

BOOT LACE COVERT HANDCUFF KEY #How-to #lockpicking #handcuffs #DIY

This site has them for $15.00, but I bet one could easily fashion one now that the impetus has been given. :) Happy hacking.

http://www.shomer-tec.com/product/boot-lace-covert-handcuff-key-1574.cfm

BOOT LACE COVERT HANDCUFF KEY
BOOT%20LACE%20COVERT%20HANDCUFF%20KEYThis covert handcuff key was developed for an elite U.S. unit whose members are at high risk of being taken captive and require improved odds of escape.  

It was designed to have a near zero likelihood of detection, yet still have the capability to be rapidly accessed when required. This was achieved by engineering a unique covert hide-out key which is located seemingly far out-of-reach of a handcuffed captive.

Discreetly attached to the tip of your bootlace, this handcuff key does not seem to be within any useful proximity while handcuffed behind your back. But just bend your knee up sharply and it puts it right into your hands! This works whether standing, sitting, or prone. Grasp the device, and then return your foot to its original position; as your foot descends the lace unties, leaving you with a tethered handcuff key in your hand.

Fits on all standard boot laces (not included). A black rubber cover is included to protect and further conceal the key. Installs easily using just a regular pair of pliers (directions included). Constructed of blackened brass. Length: 3/4". Weight: 0.017 oz. Patent pending. Made in USA.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Five Famous Sci-Fi Weapons That They're Actually Building

(if you think this is scary, check out the date it was written...)

http://www.cracked.com/article_16477_5-famous-sci-fi-weapons-that-theyre-actually-building.html

5 Famous Sci-Fi Weapons That They're Actually Building

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Ever find yourself watching a movie, and at the moment the villain whips out an elaborately sinister doomsday device, you say, "Hey, I wouldn't mind having one of those things!"
Well, it turns out defense contractors are thinking the exact same thing. The only difference is they have billions to spend to make it happen. Coming soon to a battlefield near you:
#5.
The Advanced Tactical Laser, Boeing's Flying Laser Cannon
We've been waiting for a good freaking death ray for, oh, about 70 years. So when Boeing says, " ... directed energy weapons are relevant to today's battlefield and are ready to be fielded," we pay attention.
Now, Boeing's already doing a few interesting things with laser technology on a smaller scale (like mounting devices to Humvees and using them to detonate bombs from a safe distance. They can also put a bigger one in a jumbo jet and use it to destroy incoming ICBMs from hundreds of miles away. But those are hardly death rays, right? They're reassuring defensive measures designed to protect our brave men and women!
That's where the Advanced Tactical Laser comes in.
Designed to engage (that is, utterly destroy) ground targets, the ATL is a weapon fitted to an aircraft like a C-130 transport plane. From 10,000 feet up and five miles away, this 40,000-pound, megawatt-class, chemical laser will melt a hole through a tank.
Or should we say, tanks. The ATL is intended to strike up to 100 targets in rapid succession. Oh, and the beam's silent. And invisible. One moment you're having a nice cup of coffee atop your troop transport, the next you're a smoking hole in the ground.
This space age, science fiction gadget is scheduled for live fire demonstrations later this year.
Where They Got the Idea:
Independence Day.
Or, quite possibly from the 1985 Val Kilmer comedy Real Genius.
#4.
Railguns, the Navy's Fleet-Destroying Doom Cannons
If you're into sci-fi or first-person shooters, chances are we had you at "railgun." For everyone else, there's the above picture. If you can't make out the writing there, it says "Velocitas Eradico." Speed destroys. That's from a recent railgun demonstration by the US Navy.
Railguns work by electrically generated magnetic repulsion, no toxic chemicals or propellants involved--so yay, finally a gun that kills people and not the environment! In the test pictured above, the projectile was fired with an electric charge of 10.6 megajoules, that's a one second pulse of 10.6 million watts, or enough electricity to power the average American household for a year. When applied in a single split second to an aluminum slug that's much, much smaller than your house, it's enough to make the slug do Mach 7. For those of you who just imagined a seven blade razor, first pretend you're not an idiot, and then try to conceive of something moving fast enough to ignite the air around it and to fuck up anything it strikes in ways science barely understands.
How far away are these things? Well, the Navy intends to put 64 megajoule railguns in their new, all-electric DD(X) battleships, which should be ready in 10 years.
Winston Churchill, in a quote that wasn't used on Navy recruiting posters, dismissed Naval tradition as "rum, buggery and the lash." In American, that's "rum, boning dudes and the lash." If Churchill's right, we just hope the rum makes the sodomy go down easier. We'd join a radical off-shoot of Scientology that thought Tom Cruise was too heterosexual and timid in his beliefs if there was a chance we'd get to fire a railgun.
Where They Got the Idea:
They seem to have combined Quake's railgun ...
... with the BFG 9000 from Doom.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

10 Foods to Naturally Protect Yourself From Fukushima Radiation

http://ultraculture.org/blog/2013/09/05/foods-naturally-protect-fukushima-radiation/

Try These Natural Remedies to Protect Your Body From Fukushima Radiation

Japanese officials have just admitted the grim truth that since the 2011 Fukushima earthquake, tsunami and meltdown, 20 trillion to 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium have leaked into the Pacific Ocean, plus a huge amount of cesium, as well as strontium—which replaces calcium in bones and stays in the bodies of humans and sea life. Over 300 tons of radioactive water are still leaking into the sea each day. And if that wasn’t enough, reactor 4 is severely damaged and sinkingthe removal of the spent fuel rods will be one of the most urgent and dangerous tasks ever undertaken in the history of nuclear energy. A rodent chewed through the wiring recently, causing a power outage which came close to triggering an unstoppable nuclear chain reaction.
Those living downwind, especially on the west coast of North America, may have significant reason to be aware and take precautions.
Not only did the Vancouver Sun report that the seaweed in British Columbia has radiation levels four times the amount considered safe, but cow’s milk samples taken from across the US after the Fukushima incident have shown radiation levels three times higher than EPA maximums.
But don’t buy your ticket to Sydney just yet—there’s hope. Avoiding certain foods and eating more of others may help you protect yourself and your family from possible damage from radiation. Here’s a partial list of tips to help you navigate these waters:

Products to Avoid:

1. Many experts are urging people to stop eating sea life from the Pacific. This would obviously include anything from Japan. Marine chemist Ken Buesseler found Pacific cesium levels 50 million times higher than pre disaster levels. (The levels tapered off but plateaued at 10,000 times higher than normal.) The algae get contaminated and it goes to the little fish, to the big fish and then to you.
2. Dairy and meat. The higher on the food chain, the higher the concentration of radioactive materials may be. Dairy products in particular may be the most contaminated item, because the living creature has eaten the contaminated grass, other foods and water (from contaminated rain that forms from the Pacific and atmospheric particles); the radiation from which is stored it in its body and passed on to whoever eats it. After the Chernobyl disaster there were numerous cases of children becoming severely ill from drinking cow’s milk.

Products to Choose:

1. Citrus pectin or apple pectin. In supplement form, these have been shown to bind to and remove radioactive materials such as Cesium-137 from the body. (Try citrus pectin here and apple pectin here.)
2. Spirulina and chlorella have both been shown to reduce significantly or even remove radioactive materials in people who were contaminated by the Chernobyl fallout. However, this blue-green algae superfood should probably not be sourced from Japan or nearby waters. (Try spirulina here and chlorella here.)
3. Seaweeds (and green and black teas for that matter) have been shown to neutralize radioactive isotopes in the body, and contain a high amount of protective natural iodine that would definitely protect the thyroid. Many people are claiming that dulse from Ireland is the safest. The jury is still out on California coastal seaweed, with some people even buying Geiger counters to test everything they consume. Geiger counters are rather blunt tools though, and do not tell you the type of isotope involved. I personally would not eat seaweed from the west coast of North America or Japan, but that’s an individual decision. (Try dulse here.)
4. Foods high in carotenes, (vitamin C and E), are natural protectors against radiation induced carcinogenesis. This includes carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, winter squash, kale, collard greens, chard and spinach. (Beta-carotene, however, may actually promote cancer.)
5. The entire cabbage family is high in caffeic acid, which may protect peripheral blood lymphocytes against gamma radiation induced cellular damage. This would include broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, bok choy, radishes, mustard greens and the like.

- See more at: http://ultraculture.org/blog/2013/09/05/foods-naturally-protect-fukushima-radiation/#sthash.NeW9WlA3.dpuf