When Technology Fails by Matthew Stein - "DO THE RIGHT THING! FOR YOURSELF... YOUR FAMILY... THE PLANET..." http://www.whentechfails.com/ en The "Bible" for Emergency Prep & Survival, Plus Green & Healthy Living http://www.whentechfails.com/node/10 <div align="center"><img alt="" src="http://www.whentechfails.com/files/WTF_blurb.jpg" /></div> <p>Is it not already too late if one waits until one is thirsty to begin digging a well?</p> <div align="right">-Chinese Proverb</div> <p>The devastation of New Orleans, combined with the current rash of wild fires in the West and severe weather in the East, brings home the fact that climate&nbsp;change and ecological collapse are bad for business (and people's lives). Ready or not, life as we know it is going to change radically over the next decade. I doubt that we will see technology fail completely, but I am certain that we will see increasing environmental and political instabilities that will create disruptions in the flow of electricity, goods, and central services to huge numbers of people, and that America will not be spared from societal disruptions on a global scale.</p> <p><span lang="en-US" style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">When Technology Fails</span>, a book by Matthew Stein, provides something for everyone, from folks who just want to help their families when disaster strikes, to the go-it-alone survivalist, to the eco-minded person who wishes to tread more lightly on the earth, whatever the future may hold. Hurricane Katrina, the Tsunami in Asia, and 9/11 really bring it home. How many of us are prepared for disruptions of this magnitude? How will you cope if the water stops flowing out of your tap, or if gasoline and electricity are unavailable? If the doctors and hospitals are overloaded, can you deal with common medical emergencies? How can we do our part to minimize our impact on this planet, and to live more sustainably?</p> <p><a href="http://www.whentechfails.com/node/10" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2007 05:48:16 +0000 Jeremy 10 at http://www.whentechfails.com Why I wrote Geronimo the Frog http://www.whentechfails.com/node/1572 <p><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">When my daughter Elisha was a little girl, I created “</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Geronimo the Frog</span><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">” as a bedtime story. She and her friends loved the story so much that I decided I should write it down, but I never seemed to get around to it. &nbsp;Years later, while on a business trip to Las Vegas, I was yanked out of a deep sleep at 1:00 AM with this message burning in my mind: </span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“STOP PROCRASTINATING! &nbsp;WRITE THE GERONIMO STORY NOW!”</span><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> &nbsp;Unable to sleep, I started writing. Finally, around four o’clock in the morning, the first draft of </span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Geronimo the Frog</span><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> was completed and I was “allowed” to get back to sleep.</span> </p> <p> Later that day, as I waited to board my plane back home, I sat in the Las Vegas airport contemplating the dubious task of determining native American names for the Florida swamp animals who populated my story. At that time, I didn’t even remember the name of Florida’s Native American tribe (Seminole Indians). What followed was a fine example of life’s strange and wonderful synchronicities. </p> <p>Ten minutes later, I boarded my plane and was seated next to a striking older lady who was wearing a large quantity of exquisite Indian jewelry. When I noticed that she was carrying a book on Indian sign language, I struck up a conversation. She related that she was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian and that she was the author of the book that she was carrying. </p> <p>I told her about the strange events of the night before and described the story line of Geronimo the Frog. When I asked her if she had any suggestions for how I might find the Native American names for the characters in my book, she related that she had spent the prior week on the Seminole Indian reservation in Florida and could provide me with two Native American contacts on that reservation. She also said that it was obvious to her that our meeting was more than coincidental and that my story and our meeting must have been due to a higher inspiration and purpose. I later contacted her Seminole friends who graciously provided me with the animal names for my story. They also suggested that it might be more appropriate to name my main character after the Seminole Indian hero, Osceola (Geronimo was an Apache, who was imprisoned for a time in Florida after he was finally captured by American soldiers, before being held in Oklahoma for the remainder of his life). I chose to stick with Geronimo the Frog, since in my opinion that title has a better ring to it than my alternate title, The Brave Frog Osceola, but I did include a mention of Osceola on the second page of Geronimo. </p> <p><a href="http://www.whentechfails.com/node/1572" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whentechfails.com/node/1572#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 06:35:25 +0000 Jeremy 1572 at http://www.whentechfails.com 400 Chernobyls: Solar Flares, EMP, and Nuclear Armageddon [Fulll Length Version] http://www.whentechfails.com/node/1545 <p>&nbsp;There are nearly 450 nuclear reactors in the world, with hundreds more either under construction or in the planning stages. There are 104 of these reactors in the USA and 195 in Europe. Imagine what havoc it would wreak on our civilization and the planet&rsquo;s ecosystems if we were to suddenly witness not just one or two nuclear melt-downs but 400 or more! How likely is it that our world might experience an event that could ultimately cause hundreds of reactors to fail and melt down at approximately the same time?&nbsp; I venture to say that, unless we take significant protective measures, this apocalyptic scenario is not only possible but probable.</p> <p>Consider the ongoing problems caused by three reactor core meltdowns, explosions, and breached containment vessels at Japan&rsquo;s Fukushima Daiichi facility, and the subsequent health and environmental issues. Consider the millions of innocent victims that have already died or continue to suffer from horrific radiation-related health problems (&ldquo;Chernobyl AIDS&rdquo;, epidemic cancers, chronic fatigue, etc) resulting from the Chernobyl reactor explosions, fires, and fallout. If just two serious nuclear disasters, spaced 25 years apart, could cause such horrendous environmental catastrophes,&nbsp; it is hard to imagine how we could ever hope to recover from hundreds of similar nuclear incidents occurring simultaneously across the planet. Since more than one third of all Americans live within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant, this is a serious issue that should be given top priority![1]</p> <p align="center" class=" " style="text-align: center;"><img align="bottom" alt="" src="http://www.whentechfails.com/files/images/CME.png" /></p> <p align="center" class=" "><span style="font-family: TimesNewRoman;">Figure 1. Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), SOHO image, June 9, 2002.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In the past 152 years, Earth has been struck roughly 100 solar storms causing significant geomagnetic disturbances (GMD), two of which were powerful enough to rank as &ldquo;extreme GMDs&rdquo;. If an extreme GMD of such magnitude were to occur today, in all likelihood it would initiate a chain of events leading to catastrophic failures at the vast majority of our world&rsquo;s nuclear reactors, quite similar to the disasters at both Chernobyl and Fukushima, but multiplied over 100 times. When massive solar flares launch a huge mass of highly charged plasma (a coronal mass ejection, or CME) directly towards Earth, colliding with our planet&rsquo;s outer atmosphere and magnetosphere, the result is a significant geomagnetic disturbance.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whentechfails.com/node/1545" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whentechfails.com/node/1545#comments Survival Tue, 27 Dec 2011 05:10:25 +0000 Jeremy 1545 at http://www.whentechfails.com Building the Ultimate Survival Kit http://www.whentechfails.com/node/1544 <div style="background-color: transparent;"> <p class="rtecenter"><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Every time a disaster strikes, you see pictures of people walking down the road. Usually they are thirsty and hungry. Often they are cold, wet, injured, and sick. Before a disaster struck close to home, every one of these people thought that disasters were something that happened to other people in other places. When the scope of a disaster is huge, most of the doctors, nurses, firemen, and policemen are either injured themselves, busy caring for family members, or evacuated from the area, and those civil servants that remain will be seriously overworked and under-supplied. In times like these, the majority of survivors are left to fend for themselves for several days, and sometimes for weeks or months. This is called </span><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">&ldquo;YOYO Time&rdquo;</span><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">, and </span><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">YOYO</span><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> stands for </span><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">You are On Your Own!</span><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> Mother Nature built into each and every one of us a desire to provide food, shelter, water, and protection for ourselves and loved ones. This article will help you put together a supply set to do just that!</span></p> <p><span style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We will start out with more basic items that every family should have on hand, followed by several highly recommended optional items, ending with a few additional items that will be extremely helpful in the event of a long term catastrophe or collapse-type scenario. Using the article links to purchase recommended products will help support this web site through modest associates commissions paid by the linked vendors. I have spent years collecting information, speaking to the public, and writing my books. Some may think I am getting rich off these efforts, but I still have a ways to go before I break even, much less actually make a dime of profit. Your use of the following article links to recommended products will help support this web site and these efforts, won&rsquo;t cost you an extra penny, and will help us to expand our efforts to provide useful information that could save your life someday, or that of a loved one.</span></p> </div> <p><a href="http://www.whentechfails.com/node/1544" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whentechfails.com/node/1544#comments Survival Mon, 21 Nov 2011 05:42:19 +0000 Jeremy 1544 at http://www.whentechfails.com The Perfect Storm http://www.whentechfails.com/node/1500 <h1 class="rtecenter">Six Trends Converging on Collapse<span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></h1> <p class="Quote"><span style="border-collapse: separate; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px;" class="Apple-style-span"></span></p> <h1 style="margin-left: 0.7in; font-size: 18pt;" class="head1-western"><font size="3">By Matthew Stein, P.E., Author of<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><em>When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability and Surviving the Long Emergency</em>, ISBN</font><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><font size="3">#978-1933392455, Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT (800) 639-4099<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font><a href="http://www.chelseagreen.com/"><font size="3">www.chelseagreen.com</font></a><font size="3"><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>www.whentechfails.com</font></h1> <p></p> <p class="Quote"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Failure is not in falling down, but in refusing to get up.</span></p> <p style="text-indent: 0in;" class="Quotesource"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Symbol;"><span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&mdash;Chinese Proverb </span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class=" "><span style="font-size: 12pt;">There are dark clouds gathering on the horizon. They are the clouds of six hugely troubling global trends, climate change being just one of the six. Individually, each of these trends is a potential civilization buster. Collectively, they are converging to form the perfect storm&mdash;a storm of such magnitude that it will dwarf anything that mankind has ever seen. If we are unsuccessful in our attempts to calm this storm, without a doubt it will destroy life as we know it on Planet Earth!<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class=" "><span style="font-size: 12pt;">There is a popular saying that &ldquo;the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result.&rdquo; If we keep doing business in the same way as we have for the past century, each of these six trends will continue their steep rates of decline, collapsing the natural systems that form the foundation for our civilization and the lifeblood of the global economy. Perhaps the recent Gulf oil spill is the wake up call that mankind needs to snap us out of our complacency, realize that we are soiling our nest and that continuation of &ldquo;business as usual&rdquo; will destroy the world as we know it? Time will tell whether we heed this warning, go back sleep once the oil spill is contained, or simply tire of the endless media coverage, numb ourselves, and set these critical issues to the side.</span></p> <p class=" "><span style="font-size: 12pt;">We already have the technology and the means to turn this dark tide, but we lack the commitment to make the hard choices and sweeping changes that are necessary for shifting the future of our world from its current course of collapse to a new course of sustainability. </span></p> <p class=" "><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The following six trends are converging to form the perfect storm for global destruction, each of which is a potential civilization buster in its own right, if left unchecked:</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.whentechfails.com/node/1500" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whentechfails.com/node/1500#comments Sun, 27 Feb 2011 03:17:40 +0000 Jeremy 1500 at http://www.whentechfails.com When a Super-Bug Strikes Close to Home, How Can You Deal With it? http://www.whentechfails.com/node/1447 <p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="border-collapse: separate; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px;"></span></p> <h1 class="head1-western" style="margin-left: 0.7in; font-size: 18pt;"><font size="3">By Matthew Stein, P.E., Author of<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><em>When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability and Surviving the Long Emergency</em>, ISBN</font><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><font size="3">#978-1933392455, Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT (800) 639-4099<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font><a href="http://www.chelseagreen.com/"><font size="3">www.chelseagreen.com</font></a><font size="3"><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>www.whentechfails.com</font><br /> </h1> <p style="margin: 0px;"><font size="2"><em>Certain bacterial infections now defy all antibiotics.</em></font> </p> <p class="quote-source-western" style="margin: 0px;">—Stuart Levy, M.D. </p> <p style="margin: 0px;"><font size="2"><em>We have to recognize that we are in the most dramatic moment of the epidemic… And the number of cases will unfortunately increase and that's why we will reinforce all the measures necessary to contain the outbreak.</em></font> </p> <p class="quote-source-western" style="margin: 0px;">—Mexican Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova, Monday April 27, 2009 </p> <p class="western" style="margin: 0px;">It appears that the “next pandemic” may be budding right now in the form of a new strain of deadly swine flu that has spread throughout large parts of Mexico, closing schools in Mexico City and sending millions of people to their homes. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Cases of this new strain of swine flu has already been confirmed in California, Kansas, New York, Ohio and Texas, as well as several other countries, raising the specter for its potential to blossom into a global pandemic. Much like the 1918 pandemic of Spanish Flu that killed an estimated 20-50 million people world wide, the scary part about this most recent outbreak is that<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><font color="#0000ff"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/25/world/americas/25mexico.html?ref=health"><span style="text-decoration: none;"><font color="#000000">most of Mexico’s dead are young previously healthy adults</font></span></a></font>, ages 20-40. None of them were over 60 or under 3 years old, which are the age groups that are generally most susceptible to common human flu viruses. </p> <p style="margin: 0px;" class="western">The current swine flu may run its course, like SARS did, never reaching pandemic proportions, but that does not mean that one of a number of existing antibiotic resistant superbugs won’t come knocking at your family’s door some day. There are a host of antibiotic resistant superbugs that are already well established in our world, each with the potential for bringing great tragedy to an individual, or to explode into a global pandemic. In this article, I am going to provide several examples of the former, but also balance that fear with knowledge and hope gained from stories of individuals who have used a variety of alternative medicines, procedures and herbs to heal when the high-tech pharmaceutical arsenal of mainstream western medicine had failed to work its magic. </p> <p><a href="http://www.whentechfails.com/node/1447" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wed, 29 Apr 2009 04:40:03 +0000 Jeremy 1447 at http://www.whentechfails.com 12 Tips for the Sustainability Shift http://www.whentechfails.com/node/1413 <p><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-stein/making-the-shift-to-susta_b_115827.html" title="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-stein/making-the-shift-to-susta_b_115827.html">http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-stein/making-the-shift-to-susta_b_...</a> </p> <p>These days, most people sense that our world is off balance and that we are sliding steadily towards some dark abyss. It can be hard to keep a cheerful positive outlook when you consider just these three signs of trouble:<br /> </p> <p><a href="http://www.whentechfails.com/node/1413" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.whentechfails.com/node/1413#comments General Thu, 12 Feb 2009 07:00:36 +0000 Jeremy 1413 at http://www.whentechfails.com Do The Right Thing! http://www.whentechfails.com/node/12 <div> <p class="body_text" dir="ltr" style="text-align: left; margin-bottom: 6pt; margin-top: 6pt; text-indent: 0.5in;"><span lang="en-US">Most of us just want to “do the right thing” for our selves, friends and families, </span><span style="font-weight: bold;" lang="en-US">but what is this “right thing”</span><span lang="en-US">? </span> </p> <p class="body_text" dir="ltr" style="text-align: left; margin-bottom: 6pt; margin-top: 6pt; text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-weight: bold;" lang="en-US">First</span><span lang="en-US">, we must educate ourselves </span><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;" lang="en-US">(knowledge </span><span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; text-decoration: underline;" lang="en-US">is</span><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;" lang="en-US"> power!)</span><span lang="en-US"> about where our world is headed so we may have a realistic view of the challenges facing the world in the next few years and the following decades. </span> </p> </div><p><a href="http://www.whentechfails.com/node/12" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 30 May 2007 05:55:55 +0000 Jeremy 12 at http://www.whentechfails.com A Perspective on Relative Threats http://www.whentechfails.com/node/14 <div> <p class="body_text" dir="ltr" style="text-align: left; margin-bottom: 6pt; margin-top: 6pt; text-indent: 0.5in;"><span lang="en-US">In spite of the very real threat of terrorism, I believe that our greatest threats are from other sources. To gain some perspective, let's compare the impact of several major events:</span> </p> </div><p><a href="http://www.whentechfails.com/node/14" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 29 May 2007 05:58:21 +0000 Jeremy 14 at http://www.whentechfails.com The Main Threats to Our Future http://www.whentechfails.com/node/13 <div> <p class="body_text" dir="ltr" style="text-align: left; text-indent: 0.5in; margin-top: 6pt; margin-bottom: 6pt;"><span lang="en-US">As I see it, the main threats to a stable American and world future are: </span></p> </div><p><a href="http://www.whentechfails.com/node/13" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 28 May 2007 05:57:21 +0000 Jeremy 13 at http://www.whentechfails.com