Building science expert says we should prepare for the coming Stucco-Pocalypse

Why does anyone actually build with this stuff?

Stucco is wonderful stuff, and has been used for thousands of years in hot, dry countries; Roman stucco is still visible in Pompeii. Stucco is also cheap; in Vancouver, British Columbia, it was used on thousands of condos built in the nineties, where it caused the Leaky Condo Crisis. A major public inquiry concluded that the crisis caused “a litany of horrific experiences, personal tragedies, and dashed dreams” endured by homeowners. It hasn’t gone away either; there are still thousands of units that need repair.

Usually, people who write about such things as building science are dry and technical, but then there is Joseph Lstiburek of Building Science Corporation. He looks at the problem of using stucco on wood, which is still being done. He says we are heading for another stucco-pocalypse. But first, a bit of history:

We used to put the stucco over brick and stone. If things got wet, so what? Nothing to rot. And the walls were not insulated. Lots of energy flow. Lots of energy available for drying. Lots of drying. Life was good. Then we started to put stucco over wood. Wood rots. But it does not rot unless you get it real wet for a long time. We didn’t get the wood real wet for a long time. And more importantly it was real wood. And we didn’t insulate the walls. Lots of drying available even if the real wood got real wet… We then insulated. And we insulated. And insulated some more. This reduced the ability of the assemblies to dry when they got wet.

An approved stucco detail from the industry© International Masonry Institute

Traditional stucco was permeable to moisture, so if a wall got wet, it would dry out. Then they added acrylics and binders to it that turns it into a skin on the outside of the building, so the OSB board rotted and the insulation got soaked. It was never really suited to wood construction but people keep trying. The manufacturers of stucco keep coming up with systems to provide a drainage layer, but it really isn’t enough. Lstiburek concludes:

Things are getting worse. But things have to get intolerably bad before we change. We didn’t learn from Vancouver. I predict that they are going to get intolerably bad sooner than later. The stucco-pocalypse is coming.

He is still doing stucco, but on top of a 3/8″ air space. When I worked as a developer and an architect, I wouldn’t touch the stuff, and after the Vancouver crisis I have never understood why anyone would. If you are going to build a rainscreen, why go with stucco on OSB? In Arizona, on top of block, maybe. But in Cascadia? Surely it is still asking for trouble.

But nobody knows this stuff better than Joe. Have a good read at Building Science Corporation.

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Prepare Yourself: These 5+ Photos Show What A Body Farm Looks Like

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

In the case you’ve ever wondered what a body farm looks like, here is your chance to find out. On this farm in Texas, bodies are left to rot in cages.

Contrary to what you might first think, this isn’t done by sadistic humans. Rather, it is carried out by trained scientists. Their mission? To study how human bodies decompose.

As IFLScience reports, the researchers are based in San Marcos, Texas and receive dead bodies through donation. The Forensic Anthropology Research Facility (FARF) is located on approximately 26 acres of land and has been operating since 2008. There are presently 60 bodies on the farm, left exposed outside.

Its website explains that FARF “is used by the forensic science community to gain knowledge about human decomposition and developing methods for determining the post mortem interval or time since death.”

“The FARF is also used to train forensic anthropology students, law enforcement, and medicolegal personnel in methods for searching and recovering human remains in a medicolegal context,” it continues.

Information that is obtained from this body farm helps forensic experts analyze crime scenes better and, as a result, solve more murders. Though the process might be gruesome, one cannot argue that it benefits the collective.

When the bodies at FARF are no longer found to be useful, they are removed from the premise. They are then stored in the Texas State Donated Skeletal Collection, where the remains are used for scientific research later on.

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Duma to prepare mirror response to US steps targeting RT – speaker

It would be the right thing to do if our parliamentary committee [for information policy] develops some proposals that mirror the US actions and protect the citizens of our country from the unconcealed interference that the US mass media has unfolded on Russian territory,” Vyacheslav Volodin was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

We will try to draft the proposal at the Duma council on Tuesday and vote on it at the plenary session on Wednesday, it is possible that we will pass the motion within one week,” Volodin said.

The statement came in response to the US Department of Justice’s ultimatum for RT America to register as a foreign agent before November 13, threatening to freeze the company’s assets and arrest its head if this does not happen. RT’s editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan, said in an interview with Channel 1 television that the broadcaster would have to comply with the demand.

On Friday, Volodin discussed the issue at a conference with the heads of all four parliamentary caucuses. During the meeting, the head of the parliamentary majority caucus United Russia, Sergey Neverov, proposed that the reciprocal bill should include measures against foreign social networks. “Not only will we develop our proposals on the issue, the future commission would develop broader mechanisms that could include social networks,” the MP was quoted as saying by RBC.  

Another United Russia MP, Pyotr Tolstoy, noted that the future bill would concern the mass media from all foreign countries, not just the US. “The bill must have a general approach; we cannot single out some certain nation. The legislative norm would regulate all foreign mass media outlets,” he said.

Deputy Duma speaker Ivan Melnikov, representing the largest opposition party in the parliament, the Communists, told reporters after the meeting that all parliamentary caucuses had consolidated position over the issue. He also said that in the nearest future lawmakers intended to either draft a separate bill with mirror measures or amend existing laws with corresponding provisions.

Another Communist Party MP, Ivan Kharitonov, proposed much more radical measures. “In my opinion it would be fair if the State Duma made a statement and a proposal to the nation’s  leaders to sever diplomatic relations and close our sky for any aircraft that is heading to or from the United States,” RIA Novosti quoted Kharitonov as saying. Other participants of the meeting have not issued any public statements regarding this proposal.

Russia has previously warned the US that any hostile moves against RT would trigger reciprocal measures in regards to American media working in Russia. “If someone starts to fight dirty, perverting the law by using it as a tool to eradicate the TV station, every move aimed against the Russian media outlet would be repaid in kind,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

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U.S. Nuclear Bombers Prepare to Go on 24-Hr Alert for First Time Since the Cold War


Washington, DC – With tensions continually escalating on the Korean peninsula, the U.S. Air Force is reportedly preparing to put its fleet of nuclear-armed B-52 bombers on 24-hour ready alert for the first time since the end of the Cold War in 1991.

Defense officials reportedly denied to Fox News that bombers were ordered to go on 24-hour alert, but Gen. David Goldfein, who is the Air Force’s top officer and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Defense One preparations are underway. So, although the alert order for 24-hour ready status had not yet been given, plans are currently underway to operationalize the order when it comes.

According to the exclusive report by Defense One:

“Goldfein and other senior defense officials stressed that the alert order had not been given, but that preparations were under way in anticipation that it might come. That decision would be made by Gen. John Hyten, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, or Gen. Lori Robinson, the head of U.S. Northern Command. STRATCOM is in charge of the military’s nuclear forces and NORTHCOM is in charge of defending North America.

Putting the B-52s back on alert is just one of many decisions facing the Air Force as the U.S. military responds to a changing geopolitical environment that includes North Korea’s rapidly advancing nuclear arsenal, President Trump’s confrontational approach to Pyongyang, and Russia’s increasingly potent and active armed forces.”

Gen. Goldfein noted that by the U.S. Air Force positioning its fleet of B-52 nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert, the Air Force is preparing “for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in.

This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,Goldfein told Defense One. “I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we’re prepared going forward.”

“It’s no longer a bipolar world where it’s just us and the Soviet Union. We’ve got other players out there who have nuclear capability. It’s never been more important to make sure that we get this mission right,” Goldfein added.

The report sheds light on the recent move by the Trump administration to amend an executive order signed by George W. Bush, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, that will allow for the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots to address what the Department of Defense labeled “an acute shortage of pilots.”

Pundits were initially at a loss to understand how there was a sudden shortage of pilots, but given the reported change in readiness posture of the Air Force’s B-52 nuclear bomber fleet, the move now seems to be explained.

Additionally, Defense One reported that Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, home of the 2d Bomb Wing and Air Force Global Strike Command, which manages the service’s nuclear services, is in the process of being renovated so the B-52 fleet can be ready to “take off at a moment’s notice.”

“Inside, beds are being installed for more than 100 crew members, more than enough room for the crews that would man bombers positioned on the nine alert pads outside. There’s a recreation room, with a pool table, TVs and a shuffleboard table. Large paintings of the patches for each squadron at Barksdale adorn the walls of a large stairway.

One painting — a symbol of the Cold War — depicts a silhouette of a B-52 with the words ‘Peace The Old Fashioned Way,’ written underneath. At the bottom of the stairwell, there is a Strategic Air Command logo, yet another reminder of the Cold War days when American B-52s sat at the ready on the runway outside.”

The B-52 can fly to about 50,000 feet at subsonic speeds and has the ability to release a variety of ordnance, including cluster bombs, gravity bombs, and precision-guided missiles—both conventional and nuclear.

The 24-hour alert status for B-52s ended in 1991, as the Cold War wound to a close with the fall of the Soviet Union.

If these events are any indication, the world is on the brink of potential devastation, unlike anything we’ve seen in the past 26 years. As tensions increase with North Korea, China and Russia, make no mistake that being poised to strike at a moment’s notice only emboldens a security dilemma whereby competitor states will, in turn, put their own militaries on increased readiness to strike. What often ensues is a vicious feedback loop that has the potential to quickly devolve into open warfare.

The ominous result is subsequently the creation of a paradigm where one miscalculation could result in a devastating nuclear exchange that would forever change the world.

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WW3: Hawaii Citizens Warned To Prepare For Nuclear Attack From North Korea

Citizens of Hawaii have been told to prepare for a coming nuclear attack from North Korea as tensions between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un reach an all-time high.

Residents of the Hawaiin Islands have been warned to state authorities to make preparations as they would if a tsunami or hurricane was about to hit.

The public has been advised that a new siren system has been set up that will them 12 to 15 minutes to find safe shelter before a nuclear missile strikes, once it sounds.

State Representative,Gene Ward, said that he didn’t want people to be alarmed, but that it was imperative that they prepared for the worst.

Panic has started to spread on the islands though after a local newspaper exposed a secret, closed-door meeting between state officials in which they were making definite preparations for a devastating attack, which has revealed to the public that they are doing more than just trying to prepare them.

As government officials scramble to find shelter for themselves in underground bunkers or prepare to evacuate to the mainland US, fear has started to spread among the other 99%.

Independent reports: Mr. Ward said younger Hawaiians were likely worried because talk of fallout shelters and drills are not issues they grew up with; it’s “probably more surreal to younger generations,” he said.

However, the Washington Post reported that residents are not panicking.

Tsunami and hurricane preparation is nothing new for Hawaiians and instead of seven days of food, water, and emergency medical supplies on hand, they have been told to keep double that.

However, officials are not downplaying the seriousness of a potential nuclear attack.

The Honolulu Civil Beat newspaper obtained a copy of the document circulated at the closed-door meeting.

It includes chapters titled “Enhance missile launch notification process between U.S. Pacific Command and the State Warning Point” and “Publish a new ‘Ballistic Missile Threat Annex’ to the State Emergency Operations Plan (underway).”

The state will begin testing a siren warning system, a wailing sound, in November.It would give people about 12 to 15 minutes to get to safety, after which they would be required to stay indoors for 48 to 72 hours.

Hawaii does not have any public fallout shelters at the moment.

But in a darkly positive note the Frequently Asked Questions portion of the document said “current estimates of human casualties based on the size (yield) of North Korean nuclear weapon technology suggests an explosion less than 8 miles in diameter” which would mean about 90 percent of the state’s population would survive in the event of an attack.

Donald Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly last week and was warned by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres not to “sleepwalk our way into nuclear war.”

Mr. Guterres said extreme language – such as the type Mr. Trump has been using like saying he would rain down “fire and fury” – on Pyongyang could lead to “fatal misunderstandings”.

During his speech, Mr. Trump did not hold back in the isolated Asian nation and its mercurial leader Kim Jong-un, saying he would “totally destroy” it should North Korea threaten and attack the US or an ally.“

The whole world should clearly remember it was the US who first declared war on our country,” North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong-ho said from New York.

The Pentagon and Defence Secretary James Mattis have briefed Mr. Trump on all available military options.




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California officials prepare for nuclear strike deriving from North Korea

(INTELLIHUB) — On Aug. 16 the Joint Regional Intelligence Center released an unclassified 16-page bulletin to officials in the State of California titled “Nuclear Attack Response Considerations” which details key points to review “radiation protection basics” regarding “nuclear explosions.”

The bulletin goes on to warn that a nuclear attack in the region ‘would lead to devastating casualties critical infrastructure damage and extended elevated radiation levels’ and points out that the electromagnetic pulse triggered by such an explosion would take out communications infrastructure which would hinder response time.

“There will be no significant federal assistance at the scene for 24–72 hours following the attack. The full extent of federal resources will not be available for several days,” it warns. “Immediate shelter, followed by evacuation, will be required for the general public. With limited understanding of radiation risks, they will experience high anxiety and may be non-compliant.”

A nuclear attack in the Southern California would be catastrophic” it says, also pointing out that first responders are sworn to their duty and “are expected to remain operational to preserve human life, maintain order, and aid in the recovery process.”

“Continuity of Government/operations (COG/COOP) plans will be activated.”

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You need to know these 8 essential survival tips to prepare you for the next catastrophe

Image: You need to know these 8 essential survival tips to prepare you for the next catastrophe

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Hurricane Harvey is a natural disaster that has rocked this nation to its core. The devastation left in its wake has placed hundreds of thousands of people in uncertain and terrifying situations. Unfortunately, Harvey is far from being the last major natural disaster to assault our country. Many more will come, and there’s no telling if they’ll be just as bad or even worse than Harvey. Before that happens, be sure that you won’t be caught with your pants around your ankles, like how many people were when Harvey swept through our Gulf Coast region. Here’s some tips for how you should prepare for the next catastrophe:

  1. Ready disaster preparedness kits  Disaster can hit at any given moment, so be sure to have an emergency kit with all the essentials at the ready. Fill this kit with food, water, medical supplies, lights, personal hygiene items, a means of communication (radio and/or cellphone), and personal documents. Place everything in a sturdy, easy-to-carry bag and situate that bag in an accessible area. Furthermore, be sure to keep at least three disaster preparedness kits: one for your home, one for your workplace, and one for your car. You could be at any of these places when something bad goes down. (Related: Hurricane Harvey proves again why it is foolish if you don’t become a prepper.)
  2. Plan for your area – Knowing your environment will give you a good idea of what you could be facing. Whether your hometown is prone to flooding or earthquakes, being aware of it will help you plan better since no state or city is truly the same as another. This will also help you become familiar with your area’s shelter locations and evacuation routes if ever you’re forced out of your home.
  3. Plan for your family, pets included – Even if you’re at peak physical condition, other members of your family might not be. Children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and pets should all be taken into consideration when you make emergency preparations and plans. If a member of your family needs special medications, then be sure to have them on hand. For pets, you can opt to have them microchipped to make it easier for them to be returned to you if you ever become separated.
  4. Learn basic emergency skills – What would you do if you’re bleeding from a deep wound and first responders are nowhere near you? Having a working knowledge of how to treat bleeding will make a huge difference in situations like these. Not just bleeding, though: being familiar with how to perform CPR, how to treat a burn, and even how to use a fire extinguisher can and will come in handy one day.
  5. Set aside some cash – Your debit or credit card won’t be of much use if there’s no electricity or electronic systems online. That’s why you should always put away a few hundred dollars just in case. Small denominations are ideal since a $100 bill is going to be harder to break.
  6. Have an out-of-area emergency contact – Should you ever need to leave your hometown, it definitely helps to know someone outside of it whom you can always rely on for shelter or supplies.
  7. Keep your car in top condition – If you have a car, don’t forget to maintain it. A well-maintained car with a full tank of gas should always figure into your emergency plans. You never know when you need to hit the road or when your vehicle will be all you’ll have left.
  8. Practice your plan – Having an emergency plan is one thing, carrying it out is another. Make it a point to practice your emergency plan every few months to see if there are still any kinks that need to be ironed out.

As with many things in life, a little preparation goes a long way. That’s why the Health Ranger Store is proud to offer Survival Preparedness Gear to help you get through just about anything. From multi-purpose tools to pandemic protection kits to the space-saving Garden Tower, the Health Ranger Store has got it all and so much more. Don’t let the next catastrophe catch you by surprise and hold you down. Stock up on the equipment and food you need to protect and support you and your family.

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Antifa Manual Leaked! Prepare for TOTAL SHOCK


The Antifa Manual. What are they all about? Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children has received leaked documents allegedly from inside the Antifa organization that are extremely disturbing. This information is not yet verified. While it appears to be in keeping with their agenda, something else may be going on. Stay tuned.

We will show you excerpts here, and remind you: Antifa originated from Nazi Germany. They are not now nor have they ever been for “tolerance” or “peace.” They are bullies, intent on manipulating America to do their bidding – through media, through violence, through protests, through shutting down the opposition by any means possible.

The front of the manual specifically states not to give it to “cis white males, non-PoC, or non-LGBTQ peoples.” Cis is a term used for males who identify with their birth gender.

Here are excerpts from the Antifa Manual:

Hatred of White Males – It’s all about the paint

Antifa’s hatred of white males is totally unreasoning, since George Soros is a white male and he pays most of their bills. Africa was home to slavery for centuries. Blacks and Muslims who sell their own countrymen still practice the barbaric culture today in many parts of the African continent and Middle East.

We have seen pictures of some of the Antifa groups in which there are many white males…so what’s the deal? It’s all about the paint used to create a picture. A picture of “fascists.” They WANT YOU TO BELIEVE that they are the good guys.

Control the media- Both social and mainstream

Here the Antifa recruit is reminded that they should call any opposing person “racist, homophobic, misogynistic” and use it as a weapon against them. They are to wield power in the media and hide their true intent.

“Culture of Tolerance” by intimidation

Here we have the hypocrisy of the Antifa Movement displayed for all to see. To create “tolerance” they must “eliminate all forms of hate speech.” They do it by ridicule and name-calling, rather than discussion or rational thought. To say they have “facts and history on our side” is purely ludicrous. To Antifa, EVERY Conservative is a fascist, something we have been trying to tell you for a long time. They are redefining “American” on their own terms.

Note here that they view their color first – in a later article we will discuss their plan to use that as the basis for who can say certain words.

Friends, this is most certainly NOT “tolerance.” This is control and manipulation.

Long Term Plans

Here one of their long term plans is stated: turn America into a Socialist/Communist Utopia where everyone is equal. Their stated goal is to split the media into “worker-owned, Antifa controlled entities.” It also says they’ll have to raise the tax rate on the “1%” (wealthiest and mid to upper middle class) to accommodate their plans.

I hate to burst their bubble, but their definition of “worker” is completely Communist in origin. Using the term “worker” instead of “employee” is a dead giveaway.

They want to “confiscate” foreclosed properties to give to the “homeless.” It never works that way. People who believe this are fools.

Unfortunately, in ALL cases of socialist/communist governments there are no opportunities for anyone but the “rich.” Evidence? Look at Venezuela. The people starve while the leaders get fat. The government has become so repressive that protesters are either killed or disappear never to be seen again.

More? North Korea – where the people starve and Kim Jong-Un enjoys a multi-million dollar luxury compound. Dissidents are imprisoned in labor camps, killed or disappear.

And Cuba – there’s reason a huge population of Miami is made up of ex-pats from that island nation. Dissidents end up shipped off never to be seen again or imprisoned.

The Antifa manual specifically says that they will “succeed where others have failed.” Is that anything like “you can keep your doctor?”

Threaten the livelihoods of the opposition

“Threaten the livelihood of anyone who dares speak out against our agenda.” Here we have evidence that Antifa is a pack of bullies, intent on intimidating, coercing people to bend to their will.

They are agents of the New World Order. There is much more to this Antifa Operating Manual, which we will share with you in more articles. We have also located a supposed list of Antifa members. Are these documents real? We have people working to verify them now.



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Finland Builds Massive Underground City To Prepare For Russia Invasion

Finland is currently building a massive underground CITY to fit all 600,000 residents of the capital should there be a Russia invasion.

Hundreds of miles of tunnels underneath Helsinki, Finland, have been constructed in the case of an emergency. Putin pushing military drills around eastern Europe adds to unease in Finland.

The Underground Master Plan contains 40 new areas reserved as rock resources and 100 new space allocations for future rock construction. Approximately 9 million cubic meters, consisting of about 400 separate facilities or tunnels, have already been built under the city. The more important facilities are listed and classified by theme in connection with the Helsinki Underground Master Plan.

Russia is currently preparing to conduct its Zapad 2017 military exercise, the largest since the end of the cold war during which Russian troops will carry out drills close to the Finnish borders. Unease is spreading across the European country.

It has now been revealed Finnish soldiers are carrying out training to deal with a mass evacuation. In March, soldiers carried out an exercise which was designed to prepare for a siege on the city.

Neighboring Estonia has already voiced major concerns over Putin’s practice close to their country. Kristjan Prikk, undersecretary for defense policy at Estonia’s Ministry of Defense, said earlier this week: “We don’t consider this year’s Zapad exercise in itself to be a direct threat to us [NATO] or a cover for an attack, but we have to keep in mind that the Russians have the nasty habit of hiding their actual military endeavors behind exercises.


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