Archive for August 2007

A Run on a Bank!

August 18, 2007

This is a little off topic, but I was stunned to read this headline from The Atlanta Journal Constitution: “Californians rush to pull money from Countrywide Bank.” The first sentence reads, “Anxious customers jammed the phone lines and Web site of Countrywide Bank and crowded its branch offices to pull out their savings because of concerns about the financial problems of the mortgage lender that owns the bank.” Click here for the full article.

Is this 1929 or 2007? How messed up is the financial system? How would the markets react to a nuke attack? Are your assets safe? At a later time I’ll talk about what I’ve done to disaster-proof my finances.

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Security and terrorism website: DEBKAfile

August 15, 2007

The website that broke the NYC dirty bomb story is debka.com, I site I’ve browsed over the past few years. It’s a very good site and you’ll get stuff there that you won’t see in the mainstream American press or DEBKAfile gets it first. I’ve also placed the link in the blogroll.

Dirty Bomb Scare in NYC

August 15, 2007

There was a dirty bomb scare in New York City a few days ago. Here’s the Reuters link.

According to CBS News there were checks points and travel was brought to a “near crawl”. The CBS article also stated, “First word of the threat came from an Israeli-based Web site quoting an alleged American member of al Qaeda predicting attacks in New York, Miami and Los Angeles.” But Miami and Los Angeles “made no adjustments to their normal security arrangements”.

I’m curious to know why NYC reacted cautiously and Miami and LA seemed to ignore the warning.

Thinking About the Unthinkable

August 2, 2007

I live in a big city, three miles from a known terrorist target. I wonder and worry about nuclear terrorism.

This is what I think about: What’s the likelihood of a nuclear attack (NA)? What can I do to prepare? If I don’t die in the blast, how can I survive a NA and how do I deal with contamination? What will life will be like after a NA?

I don’t know a lot about surviving a nuclear bomb, but I’m curious. I have a lot of questions and, as I find the answers, I’ll be blogging about it. I hope others more knowledgeable will chime in.