Marines, Navy Special-Ops Forces Taking Part in Zombie Apocalypse Training Exercise
U.S. Marines and Navy special operations forces who are taking part in a training exercise on an island off the San Diego coast that began yesterday, on Halloween, are readying for a zombie apocalypse. You read that right. The Christian Science Monitor reports that the exercise is modeled in part on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public-service campaign last year that warned Americans should be ready in the event of a zombie invasion. The idea — although presented in this tongue-in-cheek way — is to be ready for anything, and that’s the goal of this military exercise too. It will have “zombies” invade a resort that will be transformed with sets, including a Middle Eastern village and a pirate cove. Some 1,000 military personnel, police, and state and federal government officials will have to respond. Brad Barker, president of the Halo Corp. security company, at whose annual Counter-Terrorism Summit security conference the exercise will take place, acknowledged to the Associated Press that the zombie apocalypse is what he called, “very whimsical,” saying it was created to, quote, “add some levity to the more-dire scenarios summitgoers will encounter.”
Apple Streaming Music Site Coming?
Apple is working on an internet radio service. The company is reportedly in negotiations with major music labels to license their music for such a service. It’s anticipated that Apple could release the free, ad-supported online radio service sometime early next year. (IT World)
In Sandy’s Wake, Some Question Whether NYC Marathon Should Be Held Sunday
New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg has said that the annual New York City Marathon will go on as planned this Sunday (November 4th), despite the damage to the city caused by Hurricane Sandy. But some are questioning if that’s the right decision. The Week explains that the city is planning to go ahead with the race both because it brings a lot of revenue to New York — a projected $340 million — and because it would signal that the city was back on its feet. But on the negative side, the marathon places high demands on New York’s municipal resources, including police and fire departments, which are now involved in managing the aftermath of Sandy. And even though the 26.2-mile marathon course mostly avoids the areas hardest hit by flooding, there are questions about the runners getting to New York, with the area’s major airports operating below capacity, and even get to the starting line in Staten Island, with the borough’s ferry still not running and the subways not running below 34th Street. Beyond the logistics of holding the marathon now, questions have been raised about the taste of doing so just days after an historic storm that killed at least 24 New Yorkers, left many others without a home, and plunged thousands into darkness who still don’t have power.
Ways That Bad Storms Affect.. *Ahem* Affection
- According to a study by Trojan Condoms, 70-percent of Americans have had sex during a thunderstorm or a tornado.
- The same Trojan study says: 7-percent of people say they’ve had sex during a hurricane, but 27-percent of people in Miami say they have had sex during a hurricane.
- A study says 83-percent of Americans say rainy days or nights are the best time for sex.
- In 2007, researchers compared storm warnings and the number of babies born nine months later. The number of babies born rose nine months after a low-severity storm, but dropped nine months after people were preparing for a dangerous hurricane.
- A study says: For couples who haven’t had kids yet, the storm won’t necessarily make them start conceiving. However, couples who are already parents are more likely to conceive when a storm hits, as long as the storm isn’t too severe.
- In an online poll conducted by Your Tango, 53-percent of respondents said sex is hotter during a hurricane.
- Experts say Hurricane names often become popular baby names.
- It’s a longstanding urban legend that the birth rate spikes nine months after a blackout. But researchers have studied it and found no statistically significant evidence that this is true.
- Snowstorms don’t create an elevated birthrate…After large 2010 snowstorms, The Chicago Tribune asked local hospitals if they’d seen an increase in births. They said no. As a demographer explained, “Years of data must be gathered on either side of a single event to discern whether it was responsible for an elevated birth rate.”
- People may not have sex during a dangerous event, but they might in the aftermath. A 2005 study looked at birth rates in counties near the site of the Oklahoma City bombing in the 10 years following the attack. They found that birth rates were indeed higher close to the site, causing the researchers to conclude that “couples, confronted with stark evidence of life’s fragility, might have been motivated to reproduce to ensure that their genetic line would carry on.”