Friday, November 20, 2015

A Quick Run Around the Web -- November 20, 2015

Ebenezer Newman Downard, Winterlandschaft mit Fuchs und Hasen (1894)

Survival/Prepping Related Stories:
  • Winter Storms Are Coming:
  • "Lights Out: Has Ted Koppel Become a 'Rightwing' Survivalist?"--News Buster. Ted Koppel (or Nightline fame) authored a book called Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath. Apparently preppers aren't as "crazy" as the MSM has always made us out to be. Being one of the most respected journalists living, Koppel's book has been praised by many other well-known journalists and some former top government officials. (I haven't read the book, but looking through the table of contents, it appears to be mostly about the threat posed by EMP, and what some organizations have done to try and prepare for such a disaster).
  • "Inside Europe's only 'prepper' shop: What survivalists are buying to protect themselves from the end of the world"--Mirror. "Lincoln Miles runs Preppers Shop on a farm in Bedfordshire. He stocks knives, jackets, bags, rations and - worryingly - crossbows." Heh. 

Juxtaposition This:

Other Stuff:
THE STORY GOES LIKE THIS: Over a series of nights in the fall of 1903, several respected and prominent men of Van Meter reported a half human, half animal with enormous, smooth bat wings flying about. It let off a powerful stench and scared the daylights out of them because it moved at speeds never seen before. And it shot a blinding light from its horned head.
    Shots were fired each time, first by implement dealer U.G. Griffith as it flew across building tops. The monster shrug­ged them off like a minor nuisance. The next night the town doctor and bank cashier Peter Dunn separately saw the creature and opened fire. Dunn even took a plaster cast of the “great three-toed tracks.”
      The following night, O.V. White, reportedly a dead-eye with a gun, was awakened from his slumber in his quarters above the hardware store and shot at the creature that was perching atop a telephone pole. This awakened Sidney Gregg, who had been sleeping in his store nearby. Gregg said the monster hopped like a kangaroo. Even the local high school teacher saw it and deemed it some sort of antediluvian monster.
        It seems there’s never a decent pitchfork-and-torch gathering these days, but back then towns­men were not averse to taking up arms and forming a posse. So to the northwest side of Van Meter they charged, near the old brickyard where J.L. Platt Jr. heard a noise down by the abandoned coal mine.
          “Presently the noise opened up again, as though Satan and a regiment of imps were coming forth for battle,” according to an article in the Des Moines Daily News on Oct. 3, 1903.
            The monster appeared, joined by a smaller version. In a brilliant light they sailed away, only to return in the morning where the men had gathered “to rid the earth of them” with their firepower heard far and wide.
              “The reception they received would have sunk the Spanish fleet, but aside from unearthly noise and peculiar odor they did not seem to mind it, but slowly descended the shaft of the old mine.”
                Never to be seen again.

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