https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/06dabddadc3887f91906172d863749ab/P-936_sec3_508.pdf FEMA flood prevention methods
Floods are becoming more common around the world. What was once a 100-year phenomenon is now a seasonal trend that homeowners must deal with.
And the main solution deployed to fight these rising water is sandbags – 1000’s upon 1000’s of sandbags made from burlap or polypropylene. But is this the most effective method?
As product designers, we began thinking about the challenges of floods and exploring other product solutions already on the market. See what we found below:
1) Water Gate: Rapid Response Flood Control System
Water gate is a clever PVC device that uses the pressure of oncoming water to stabilize itself. While more expensive than sandbags, it has been proven to be a highly effective means of containing flood damage. A single person can deploy the product in a few hours to protect a home, or larger devices can be purchased to protect entire areas and unrolled trucks.
The product is lighter than sandbags, reusable and doesn’t require filler material that will be contaminated after use.
2) WIPP: Water Inflated Property Protector
The “Water Inflated Property Barrier” WIPP is a system made from a long (up to 150 ft.), extremely durable, vinyl-coated polyester. The idea is to fight water with water, and WIPP does just that; essentially a long tube with an internal support structure, the system can be inflated with any nearby water source, acting as a heavy barrier against oncoming waters.
Like other systems, WIPP can be easily and quickly deployed, repaired and packed away compactly when not in use.
3) Quick Dam: Flood Barrier Socks
Quick Dams – water barrier socks are the fastest growing flood protection device in North America. Over the past year Quick Dam’s distribution has grown to include all major home renovation retailers (ie. Home Depot, Lowes, Rona) as well as a large Amazon store stocked with product variations.
The Quick Dam flood barriers are available in 5ft, 10ft and 17ft long pieces, suitable for all types of environments. And based on reviews so far, the product is doing a good job of keep homeowners property dry in the wake of rising flood waters.
4) Floodblock: Modular Flood Prevention Solution
FloodBlock is another Lego-like invention that can be interlocked, stacked and positioned to protect homes and commercial spaces from flooding. The device is a self-filling crate with foam padding on the bottom creating a seal which prevents water seeping from underneath. The stacking feature ensures a minimal footprint when stored away. The simplicity of the system and its light weight means that no special training is required to assemble – and it’s a high quality, affordable solution that’s more effective than sandbags.
5) Aquobex: Heritage Floodguard system
Aquobex is a global leader in fighting flood waters and offers a variety of flood devices to help both homeowners and cities deal with rising water. There Hertiage Floodguard is one of their most popular devices and the often the first line of defense to prevent entering doors and windows.
The lightweight reusable barrier provides the same protection as a permanent barrier and has helped 1000’s of homeowners stop water in in it’s tracks.
Salt Lake County Jail
South Jordan mother headed to prison for sexually abusing child she knew
Stacey Colleen McQueen, 37, admitted in July that she touched the genitals of a child on Dec. 8, 2016, causing “substantial emotional or bodily pain,” court documents show. On Thursday, 3rd District Judge Katie Bernards-Goodman sentenced McQueen to at least one and up to 15 years in prison.
In exchange for McQueen’s guilty plea over the summer to a single count of sexual abuse of a child, a second-degree felony, prosecutors dropped seven other felony charges against her, including sodomy on a child, five other child sexual abuse counts and lewdness.
McQueen originally faced eight felony charges after police said she supplied at least two of her child’s friends with alcohol and inappropriately touched them.
In a previous case, McQueen pleaded no contest to assault, a class B misdemeanor, in South Jordan Justice Court in June 2016. She paid a $1,000 fine, court records show.
The judge on Thursday ordered her prison sentence to begin immediately.
Exclusive: Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the
With an ambitious decentralized platform, the father of the web hopes it’s game on for corporate tech giants like Facebook and Google.
Source: Fast-Company | by KATRINA BROOKE
Last week, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, asked me to come and see a project he has been working on almost as long as the web itself. It’s a crisp autumn day in Boston, where Berners-Lee works out of an office above a boxing gym.
After politely offering me a cup of coffee, he leads us into a sparse conference room. At one end of a long table is a battered laptop covered with stickers. Here, on this computer, he is working on a plan to radically alter how all of us live and work on the web.
“The intent is world domination,” Berners-Lee says with a wry smile. The British-born scientist is known for his dry sense of humor. But in this case, he is not joking.
This week, Berners-Lee will launch Inrupt, a startup that he has been building, in stealth mode, for the past nine months. Backed by Glasswing Ventures, its mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it. In other words, it’s game on for Facebook, Google, Amazon. For years now, Berners-Lee and other internet activists have been dreaming of a digital utopia where individuals control their own data and the internet remains free and open. But for Berners-Lee, the time for dreaming is over.
“We have to do it now,” he says, displaying an intensity and urgency that is uncharacteristic for this soft-spoken academic. “It’s a historical moment.” Ever since revelations emerged that Facebook had allowed people’s data to be misused by political operatives, Berners-Lee has felt an imperative to get this digital idyll into the real world. In a post published this weekend, Berners-Lee explains that he is taking a sabbatical from MIT to work full time on Inrupt. The company will be the first major commercial venture built off of Solid, a decentralized web platform he and others at MIT have spent years building.
A Netscape for today’s internet
If all goes as planned, Inrupt will be to Solid what Netscape once was for many first-time users of the web: an easy way in. And like with Netscape, Berners-Lee hopes Inrupt will be just the first of many companies to emerge from Solid.
“I have been imagining this for a very long time,” says Berners-Lee. He opens up his laptop and starts tapping at his keyboard. Watching the inventor of the web work at his computer feels like what it might have been like to watch Beethoven compose a symphony: It’s riveting but hard to fully grasp. “We are in the Solid world now,” he says, his eyes lit up with excitement. He pushes the laptop toward me so I too can see.
On his screen, there is a simple-looking web page with tabs across the top: Tim’s to-do list, his calendar, chats, address book. He built this app–one of the first on Solid–for his personal use. It is simple, spare. In fact, it’s so plain that, at first glance, it’s hard to see its significance. But to Berners-Lee, this is where the revolution begins. The app, using Solid’s decentralized technology, allows Berners-Lee to access all of his data seamlessly–his calendar, his music library, videos, chat, research. It’s like a mashup of Google Drive, Microsoft Outlook, Slack, Spotify, and WhatsApp.
The difference here is that, on Solid, all the information is under his control. Every bit of data he creates or adds on Solid exists within a Solid pod–which is an acronym for personal online data store. These pods are what give Solid users control over their applications and information on the web. Anyone using the platform will get a Solid identity and Solid pod. This is how people, Berners-Lee says, will take back the power of the web from corporations.
For example, one idea Berners-Lee is currently working on is a way to create a decentralized version of Alexa, Amazon’s increasingly ubiquitous digital assistant. He calls it Charlie. Unlike with Alexa, on Charlie people would own all their data. That means they could trust Charlie with, for example, health records, children’s school events, or financial records. That is the kind of machine Berners-Lee hopes will spring up all over Solid to flip the power dynamics of the web from corporation to individuals.
A new revolution for developers?
Berners-Lee believes Solid will resonate with the global community of developers, hackers, and internet activists who bristle over corporate and government control of the web. “Developers have always had a certain amount of revolutionary spirit,” he observes. Circumventing government spies or corporate overlords may be the initial lure of Solid, but the bigger draw will be something even more appealing to hackers: freedom. In the centralized web, data is kept in silos–controlled by the companies that build them, like Facebook and Google. In the decentralized web, there are no silos.
Starting this week, developers around the world will be able to start building their own decentralized apps with tools through the Inrupt site. Berners-Lee will spend this fall crisscrossing the globe, giving tutorials and presentations to developers about Solid and Inrupt. (There will be a Solid tutorial at our Fast Company Innovation Festival on October 23.)
“What’s great about having a startup versus a research group is things get done,” he says. These days, instead of heading into his lab at MIT, Berners-Lee comes to the Inrupt offices, which are currently based out of Janeiro Digital, a company he has contracted to help work on Inrupt. For now, the company consists of Berners-Lee; his partner John Bruce, who built Resilient, a security platform bought by IBM; a handful of on-staff developers contracted to work on the project; and a community of volunteer coders.
Later this fall, Berners-Lee plans to start looking for more venture funding and grow his team. The aim, for now, is not to make billions of dollars. The man who gave the web away for free has never been motivated by money. Still, his plans could impact billion-dollar business models that profit off of control over data. It’s not likely that the big powers of the web will give up control without a fight.
When asked about this, Berners-Lee says flatly: “We are not talking to Facebook and Google about whether or not to introduce a complete change where all their business models are completely upended overnight. We are not asking their permission.”
Source: DreamCatcher Reality | by Arno Pienaar
Thought has created this 3-dimensional experience on Earth since its inception. The currency of creation in 3 dimensions are thoughts.
Thinking, logic, theory, intellect, philosophy, rationalizing, assessing, evaluating, reasoning, conjuring and judging, are all products of thought. Thought is the conduit for absolutely everything that comprises the 3-dimensional reality.
It has now been proven beyond any doubt that matter is empty space and does not exist. Matter arises out of light, a frequency that we harmonize with, in order to materialize what it is we believe to be real.
If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain. — Morpheus, The Matrix
Now let’s go deeper into what this light is, and why it is that we harmonize with a programmed matrix reality?
This reality is held intact by the collective unconscious that all agreeing upon, through their continual perpetual thoughts, which can be likened to the codes that program this world that we experience and live in, correspondingly.
The key question is: are we responsible for these thoughts, though, or have we been fooled to identify with a false god, of which we’ve had no previous knowledge?
This mass thought-form, egregore, creates even more illusion and deceit through us, within a 3-dimensional reality that originated from thought itself.
You see, once we mistake ourselves for being our thoughts, then we start running the Luciferian egregore algorithm on our own volition. A thought set in motion is the same as energy set in motion.
All thoughts are implanted by the perpetual motions set into play since the beginning of this conjured up reality. We are told that energy never dies, only perpetuates and transmutes.
Energy simply never dies when thoughts never die, and when thoughts do stop, which will soon take place, then the light/ vibration given off by those that create the third dimensional existence, will fade into the abyss.
A THOUGHT is a WORD. A word is a SOUND. Sound VIBRATES. Vibration is ENERGY. Energy GLOWS. Glowing is LIGHT. Therefore, THOUGHTS are LIGHT. – Bryan Kemila, Illuminatimatrix
Our very existence was set in motion by a thought/ word/ vibration/ light and is fueled by this continuous flow of energy, or shall I say, overthinking.
“Everything you see is formed by thought. The very nature of light is to corrupt. This thought process called thinking has created a corruptible 3-dimensional realm.”
In Genesis, Lucifer is called the Lightbringer/ bearer.
In the beginning there was light.
And the rest is this perpetual 3-dimensional lightshow as we know it!
With this light we are all, in fact, suns that spray realities into existence with our power that has been hijacked by the mass egregore Luciferian mindset — thought-form — that exists through our thinking.
We are unknowingly using this light that creates on this plane for agendas implanted into our liquid crystal prisms, in our brains, every single day.
We are actually keeping this very plane in existence by not reclaiming our eternal state of NO THING — Above thought.
Always remember, there is no single thought that you have ever been responsible for thinking. Thinking only arises outside of the all knowing wisdom state, inside of the ignorant state.
You are everything, pure knowingness and wisdom. Thought is only ignorance, the result of not knowing through manipulation.
You have been fooled to believe that you are the thinker, by thinking yourself into a box! It is nigh impossible to think “outside the box” when thinking IS the box.
At first, it may be very hard to imagine that thought is not a product of our creation, and has not ever originated from us.
Everything in this reality that has arisen out of thought can only be false and a lie, as thought is the origin of a 3rd dimensional experience that is not real.
So, from that inception, all thoughts perpetuated after that only serve the Luciferian mindset that needs thought to materialize a matrix.
Any kind of thought would do for the Luciferian egregore group that wants to simply keep the illusion alive with our collective thoughts.
That is why our mindsets have been steered and fashioned by the Illuminati industries. They have manipulated us and our incredible power to create a world that they want and not us.
Anything we can think of, can exist in an instant. In order for that thought to come into physical existence, all it needs is worship and more validation/energy from more batteries (i.e people).
Some thought-forms, obviously, need more energy than others to come into fruition, such as governmental and global agendas.
From Nothing to Something
Our original paradise state where only peace resides is called “nothingness”, which is a state of consciousness beyond time and space, that does not include any emotional attachment to a 3-dimensional thing.
Do not confuse nothing with darkness, as nothing does not have darkness nor light. It is NO THING at all. Darkness and light are only products of the 3D prison.
Logic cannot truly comprehend this, as any thought is automatically a negation of the actuality. Only wisdom knows of the still awareness within nothing.
This nothingness state is what we were before a mass group-thought-form (i.e. Luciferian mindset egregore) took that nothing and created something from a thought.
The spirit, just an attachment to your unique 3D experience
The uniqueness that you feel on this plane and that you pin down to your soul is just the illusion of all the thoughts you have conjured up out of all your experience in 3D since your inception.
The inception is said to be in the beginning, yet your true inception is outside of time and eternal, so, your spirit is just another construct of your own making via thought.
You are everything.
We are only one here on Earth in actuality, all others are self parading around in ignorance, hence why anger may overwhelm you at first when you realize how many other parts of yourself are trapped in a trance. The thought possessiveness is what is keeping them in obliviousness to the universal oneness.
One here is just split up into many and each person in just another version of self that experiences self uniquely through the algorithm bestowed to employ from the egregores. Beyond the code lies a common unification between all, and a familiarity of the oneness, a recognition. From inequality to equality.
We all have somehow become trapped and entranced inside this lightshow by attachment to the whole illusion itself! The attachment binds you to the illusion and causes you to become trapped. Reincarnation occurs due to a mere attachment one has to the illusion.
Why Come Here?
Why would you come here to become sold to an illusion and become trapped in it?
The only answer I can find within me at the moment is that the deception within the illusion has such a large number of veils that it makes this experience an extremely difficult one to remain humble in and to carry on questioning everything no matter how far you may “think” you have progressed spiritually.
There is always more truth awaiting as your frequency rises. Pride can end ones progress prematurely here, hence why it is one of the seven deadly sins that stops spiritual evolution dead.
As I have also mentioned, there is no such thing as a soul deciding whether or not to come.
We are divided awareness from the eternal one that has been manipulated to create an individualized thought form! This thought-form builds on itself and simply remains in 3D forever until the attachment is broken and all the data released!
Those at the top of the pyramid that fulfil the luciferian agenda have no idea what is truly going on as they are being controlled by thought permanently where consciousness does not exist – truth a remnant. The blame game is a losing struggle, the elite do NOT KNOW what the hell is truly going on.
From the Inside Out
Thought creates and preserves a template of experience and this experience we then project through the five senses from the inside out! Not from the outside in as we are taught to believe through indoctrination!
The implanting occurs within and the projection has its source from there. Once you become conscious of this, you begin to reverse the process and start to project that which you favour instead of that what the egregore favours!
Think in terms of a hypnotist that implants thoughts into his/her subject’s mind, for instance, making the subject perceive things that do not exist for anybody else in the audience.The hypnotist is hacking the projection from within. The outside world has absolutely no affect on the perception!
The suggested reality for the subject is completely real, yet for the audience is not at all. Who is beholding the truth?
The answer is both, as what is perceived is real for both by the validating thoughts within, yet the paradox is that neither is seeing the truth, as all are just witnessing manipulated light from thought conjuring up an illusion.
This reality is the ultimate paradox! When the time comes for us to turn the tables completely there will literally be no limit to what we choose to experience in this reality of light that is so easily corruptible.
For now I think, many would choose to be playful and enjoy the illusion until the time comes to return back to the eternal nothingness where paradise awaits. The game is over.
About the Author
Arno Pienaar I am a freelance writer for DreamcatcherReality.com. The source of much of my work is diclem, a pair of metaphysical alchemists. You can contact me via my website: https://deprogramthematrix.com/deprogramming