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Are You Ready for the Apocalypse?

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Remember the 1999 rumor that computers would have a melt down and the world would end with the millennium? Or in 2012 when people all over the world were convinced the apocalypse was coming with the end of the Mayan calendar that December? It’s been estimated as many as 3.7 million Americans are classified as survivalists, or preppers. There’s even a convention dedicated to preparing survivalists for the pending end of days.

Fortunately, computers didn’t end up blowing up the world in 1999, and 2012 is a thing of the past. But how exactly would one have survived if such disasters did occur? Grab some duct tape, a flashlight and non-perishable foods and get ready to switch into survival mode.

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From a secret underground command center carved out of the Rocky Mountains, the North American Aerospace Defense Command used to watch the skies for Soviet missiles and prepare for a nuclear attack. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Colorado http://bit.ly/1sOLclf
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The world did not end on December 21, 2012, but should it ever, here are survival tips from author and "Daily Show" correspondent John Hodgman. Join the BOOKD forum on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/82026-bookd You can find more advice and "facts" regarding the coming apocalypse in Hodgman's book, THAT IS ALL, the third of his COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE trilogy, now available in box set. BOOKD is a series brought to you by THNKR that explores game-changing books through the insights and opinions of engaging personalities. Follow @THNKR on Twitter for the latest! Like us on Facebook: ‪http://www.facebook.com/thnkrtv‬ Check out what we're into on Tumblr: ‪http://thnkrtv.tumblr.com/‬ The views expressed in this video only represent those of the participants. They do not necessarily represent the views or endorsement of @radical.media LLC or any other party involved in the production and distribution of THNKR.
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Drinking dirty water, sharing scarce supplies, and trying not to despair, the miners describe their underground struggle for survival.
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Say the world was actually taken over by vicious zombies, World War Z style. What would an actual government response to an apocalypse look like? Anthony fights his way through imaginary an undead army to find out. Read More: Public Health Service Act, Section 361 (42 U.S. Code § 264): http://www.fda.gov/RegulatoryInformation/Legislation/ucm149429.htm Definitive Care for the Critically Ill During a Disaster http://www.dpcma.org/Portals/1/AmericanCollege/CareforCriiticiallyIll_CapabilityLimitations.pdf 10 USC § 333 - Interference with State and Federal law http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/10/333 The National Emergencies Act, Pub. L 94-412 http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/50C34.txt Emergency Alert System (EAS) http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&SID=533ee12b0c1d8df2cf9f50b714851658&rgn=div5&view=text&node=47:1.0.1.1.12&idno=47 Understand Quarantine and Isolation http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/quarantine/ "People can be infected with dangerous diseases in a number of ways. Some germs, like those causing malaria, are passed to humans by animals. Other germs, like those that cause botulism, are carried to people by contaminated food or water. Still others, like the ones causing measles, are passed directly from person to person. These diseases are called "contagious." Legal Authorities for Isolation and Quarantine http://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/AboutLawsRegulationsQuarantineIsolation.html "Isolation and quarantine are used to protect the public by preventing exposure to infected persons or to persons who may be infected." CDC Organizations Involved in Preparedness and Response Activities http://emergency.cdc.gov/cdc/orgs_progs.asp "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) builds and strengthens systems at local, state, and federal levels to respond to all hazards." Department of Defense Implementation Plan for Pandemic Influenza http://fhp.osd.mil/pdfs/DoDPIImplementationPlanAugust2006PublicRelease.pdf "The Secretary of Defense's principal responsibility in responding to a pandemic will be to protect U.S. interests at home and abroad." New disaster preparedness strategy announced http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-05/acoc-ndp050108.php "In an unprecedented initiative, US and Canadian experts have developed a comprehensive framework to optimize and manage critical care resources during times of pandemic outbreaks or other mass critical care disasters." Watch More: Our Zombie Obsession: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iepfMEKcof0 The Last Of Us: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dats8N107zo Slow-Mo Scorpion Sting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C22Fshhe-Q ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube http://testtube.com/dnews Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel DNews on Twitter http://twitter.com/dnews Anthony Carboni on Twitter http://twitter.com/acarboni Laci Green on Twitter http://twitter.com/gogreen18 Trace Dominguez on Twitter http://twitter.com/trace501 DNews on Facebook http://facebook.com/dnews DNews on Google+ http://gplus.to/dnews Discovery News http://discoverynews.com
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A profile on people who build underground bunkers to prepare for the end of the world whether it's nuclear, environmental or biblical.
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Stephen Hawking says all we have to do is survive another two hundred years and the human race will be saved, because by that point human settlements in space will already be well-established.
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http://bigthink.com The characteristics that increase your chance of survival in extraordinary situations can also help you manage the daily trials of life. Question: What knowledge about survival could we use to deal with panic and challenging situations we confront on a daily basis? Laurence Gonzales: One of the things that I found about Deep Survival is that people from all walks of life are interested in it because the principles apply in every day life and in business and every way you look, they apply.  The reason for that is because, at the heart, it's about how you think and how you make decisions. The better you are able to stay calm and not panic, the better you are able to make good decisions.  Reason and emotion work like a seesaw, the higher the emotion, the lower your ability to reason.  So in a high state of stress, you literally can't remember your own phone number.  So these things apply whether you're losing your business, getting a divorce, being diagnosed with cancer.  All of these situations produce stress and so you have to learn to be calm and think clearly. Question: Are there any techniques that can help people remain calm in the face of extraordinary situations? Laurence Gonzales: The best way to put these things into practice is to put them into your daily life.  You can't suddenly find yourself stranded on a mountain and say, now's a good time to become a good survivor and learn how to be calm.  You have to be doing it day by day.  So if you find that you are the kind of people who, oh, let's say you're in a traffic jam and you find yourself pounding the steering wheel and screaming at the other drivers, this is not a good sign.  You can begin to learn to approach life's challenges calmly and think through logically what you should do, how can this benefit you?  This is another trait of survivors; they are always looking for opportunity even in adversity.  So when bad things happen, the real survivor is going to say, okay, I got it, this bad thing happened, now how can I turn that to my advantage, or how can I learn from this, and how can I come out the other end even better.  Question: Is gut instinct more important than reason for survival? Laurence Gonzales: One of the other things that survivors do is that they tend to find a good balance between their gut instincts and their ability to reason.  Sometimes people will go into a situation and they will get a feeling something's not right here on this ski slope.  I don't like the look of that mountain.  I've heard this from firefighters a lot, they approach a fire and they say, "You know?  There was something just -- I didn't like about it, I couldn't say why.  We didn't go in and then the house exploded."