Zombie Propaganda

Title: How To Survive A Zombie Attack
Date: Unknown
Source: Hub Pages

Abstract: What is a Zombie?

In order to best survive a zombie attack, you'll need to know your enemy.

Zombies, as you've probably seen in various forms of media, are reanimated dead. They can be brought back numerous ways, but they generally have the same general properties and weaknesses. 

Most zombies are in some way decayed and have a taste for human flesh and / or blood.  They will seek out these sources of food and devour them like ravenous animals.  Once a zombie gets a hold of you, it's very difficult to get away.  Because of this, the best way to avoid zombies all together.  

How Zombies are Made

Radiation zombies: These zombies are created from radiation and were common during the 50s and 60s.  This is due to the large amount of nuclear testing that took place in that era.  These zombies are not generally infectious (although they can be), and are usually dead that have risen from the graves.  These zombies typically enjoy brains more than flesh.  Under most circumstances, anyone that dies in a radiation zombie outbreak will become a zombie themself.

Chemical zombies: Chemical zombies are similar to radiation zombies but are created through chemical means.  You will usually find these types of zombies near toxic dump sites.  If the chemical is airborne, it might infect living humans.  Many chemical zombies, however, become so due to chemicals being poured on their grave.  Chemical zombies may or may not be infectious.

Plague zombies: Currently, these are the most common type of zombie.  They are highly infectious and any contact with their blood or saliva will turn a person into a zombie.  Fortunately, this seems to be the only way to become a zombie and someone that dies of natural causes will not become one.  The zombie virus typically has an incubation period of 3-18 hours, depending on viral load and medical intervention.  There is never, ever a cure for the plague, so don't listen to any looping broadcast that says there is.  They're just lying to you.  Remember that this type of zombie is very aggressive and will attack without warning.

No place left in Hell zombies: These are a strange type of zombie that comes about due to overcrowding in Hell.  Typically, in this time of zombie apocalypse, people that die will automatically become zombies because they have nowhere to go.  Oddly enough, this type of zombie is usually infectious and being bitten will cause a person to become a zombie.  Fortunately, these types of zombies are relatively rare.

Fast and Slow Zombies

Regardless of how they're made, zombies can be broken down into two major categories. The first is the traditional slow zombie, followed by the new and improved fast zombie. Fast zombies are exponentially more dangerous than slow zombies and need to be taken very seriously.  If you've been out of the zombie killing game for more than ten years, you'll need a refresher: the name of the game is now "fast zombie."  If you haven't killed one, then you are a no one in the zombie killing community.

Here, I'll break down the differences between the two types of zombie.

Slow zombie: The slow zombie, also known as the retro (or traditional) zombie, is one that moves much more slowly than someone walking at even a brisk pace.  These can only overcome you in large numbers and are relatively easy to escape.  Slow zombies have shown some signs of intelligence and are sometimes able to be trained.  If you find yourself in a slow zombie apocalypse, consider yourself lucky.

Fast zombie: The fast zombie didn't even really exist up until about 10 years ago.  These have almost completely replaced the slow zombies and are much more dangerous.  Most fast zombies will be able to run faster than you and most have unlimited endurance.  They also have a significant amount of strength.  Unlike slow zombies, however, they show no signs of intelligence and can not be tamed.  Never stay in the same room as a fast zombie; they will always be trying to find ways to escape and kill you.

General Zombie Attack Survival Tips

The most important thing you need to know when trying to survive a zombie apocalypse is that you you need to avoid zombies.  Zombies tend to congregate in urban areas, so you'll want to stay out of those unless you absolutely need to go into them.  You should always have a buddy with you when you're traveling, but make sure you don't bring too many people.  Your group should consist of no more than 10 individuals, although 5 or 6 is a more desirable number.

The next most important thing is that head shots are the only way to kill zombies.  You can crush their body all you want, but the zombie will keep coming so long as their brain is still intact.  Many zombies will even survive being decapitated and the head will continue to try to bite if you come close.  The best way to destroy a zombie's brain is through blunt trauma.  If you are attacked by a zombie, strike it hard in the head with a blunt object.  If it doesn't die instantly, then keep hitting it until it stops moving.  Then hit it some more.

Guns are another way to kill zombies, although I prefer to avoid them if possible.  Guns are loud and not as reliable as a good axe, shovel, or tire iron.  Plus, you need to aim and take time to kill a zombie.  Guns are useful if you're killing zombies from a distance, but they're an easy way to die if you try to use them up close.  The only thing a gun is good for is offing yourself if the zombie horde surrounds you.

Tips for Slow Zombies

Slow zombies have become increasingly rare, but they do still exist.  If you happen to encounter one, you'll want to dispatch it as quickly as possible.  A few hard blows to the head should do the trick and will ensure that the zombie doesn't come back for more.  If there are multiple slow zombies, however, you'll want to get away from them.  I don't recommend running because you'll just wear yourself out.  Walk away from the slow zombies at a steady pace.  Only break into a run if they begin to surround you, in which case you'll want to get away as quickly as possible. 

Remember that slow zombies are usually easy to deal with and killing them should be considered a luxury.  Don't get used to hunting slow zombies, however, because the fast zombie is quickly taking their place.  You don't want to fall into a sense of safety and security when there are more dangerous foes waiting in the dark.

Tips for Fast Zombies

Fast zombies are what's "in" right now and should be avoided at all costs.  If you do, however, come into contact with these terrible beasts, then you'll want to isolate them and fight them one on one.  A single fast zombie is comparable to fighting a human, except they will only use their mouths to attack.  This is an advantage and you should be able to beat them fairly easily.  Multiple fast zombies, however, are much more dangerous.  The only sure way to escape a horde of fast zombies is to get into a car and drive off as fast as you can or to seek shelter somewhere.

In a fast zombie apocalypse, you'll want to find somewhere that has plenty of water and food - enough to hold out for several years.  You will not be able to escape a horde of these zombies on foot and attempting to is futile.  You'll have less than a 5% chance of success (Hub Pages, Unknown Date).

Title: How To Kill A Zombie: Ten Best Ways To Kill A Zombie
Date: October 27, 2009

Abstract: (The undead are notoriously difficult to kill, the base reason being because they are already dead. In order to kill a zombie, then, you'll need to do some extensive damage to the thing that's keeping them alive. That thing is the brain. There are multiple ways to kill zombies, of course, and you can be as creative as you like, but I'm going to list the best and most creative ways to kill zombies.

Remember that each of these methods requires that you destroy the brain, so make sure you focus most of your energy on the head. Destroying the other organs of a zombie will do absolutely nothing - it'll just direct its attention more toward you.

10. Crow bar to the skull. The crow bar is a great weapon for use against zombies due to its versatility and strength. The odds of a crow bar bending or breaking on a zombie's head are slim to none, making it a great weapon to kill them with. I recommend using two hands to swing this weapon, but you can make due with one if the zombie is being especially ferocious and has to be held back while you clobber its head in.

9. Drop an Egyptian obelisk on them. This is somewhat difficult to do, but will yield great results and will also be a lot of fun. You set up a trap and get several zombies to follow you through a corridor where you have an obelisk set to fall if a wire is tripped. The zombies, being brain dead as they are, won't avoid the wire and will cause the 10-ton stone to fall on top of them. While this isn't a direct attack on their head, it almost guarantees that their brain will be destroyed. Plus, it's a great way to brag to your friends, "Hey Joe, I killed a zombie with an obelisk this weekend. What did YOU do?"

8. Light the zombie on fire. This is a sometimes underutilized zombie killing method. This is because a lot of people don't think that lighting a zombie on fire is enough to destroy the brain. That idea, however, is false. If you cover a zombie in gasoline and light it on fire, the heat will be enough to liquefy the brain and cause the zombie to die. The goal is to get a good amount of gasoline on the torso or head of the zombie so you can be sure a lot of the heat and reaction is focused there.

7. Smash its head in a convection oven while it's on. This is a fun way to kill a zombie, although it's usually not the most effective. You can slam its head in a convection oven over and over again until it stops moving. Be careful, though, because some ovens might break before the zombie does, especially if you're hitting the neck instead of the skull. The inability to close will place a lot of stress on the oven door joints and may cause it to snap. If this happens, just use the door to bash the zombie. This is best used on partially disabled zombies.

6. Run it over with a car. This is one of my favorite ways to kill zombies, but the key is to not go too fast. If you hit a zombie at over 40 mph, you run the chance of totaling your car or severely injuring yourself. Since zombies generally move slow, you'll want to hit one at 10-20 mph. This will ensure that the zombie goes under the car instead of over and will limit the damage done to the vehicle and yourself.

5. .308 Winchester to the head. If you hit a zombie with this round, it'll split its skull in two. That's exactly what you're looking for. Remember, though, that rifles are most effective at long-to-medium distances, although I only recommend the latter if you're in a safe position. Zombie's make great target practice and you can play some fun games while killing them with guns. Just make sure that you don't run out of ammo. In a zombie apocalypse, guns are more useful in warding off human raiders than they are in killing zombies.

4. Chain saw. This is probably my favorite way to kill zombies, but I don't recommend it for rookies. The chain saw is a dangerous weapon that can have a serious kick back that could end up killing you. Not only that, but it's unwieldy and difficult to move, meaning that if the zombie manages to get past the blade, you'll end up dead. With that in mind, it is definitely the most glorious way to dispatch the dead. It creates a huge mess and will attract more zombies to come attack you so that the fun never ends. Just make sure you have a back up weapon or somewhere to retreat to if things go sour.

3. Starve the zombies out. A lot of people don't understand that zombies will continue rotting indefinitely. If you can survive a good 4-5 years into the apocalypse, then you'll live in an almost zombie-free world. Once the zombies infect more than 50% of the population, they'll have a hard time finding more people to kill and infect. Because of this, their numbers will stabilize for a couple of years and then begin to fall. A zombie only has a life span of 2-3 years, after which point they will be too corroded to be any threat.

2. Trap the zombie in a pit of concrete. This actually won't kill the zombie, but it's a good game to play with your friends. You'll need a pit of concrete with a depth of about 6 or 7 feet. You'll then coax a zombie or two toward the pit and let it fall into it. It'll sink in and won't be able to get out. The concrete will harden around the zombie, effectively trapping it in place. You can then play all sorts of fun games, like zombie poker or zombie golf.

1. Put the zombie through a wood chipper. This is one of the most brutal zombie kills that you can do and will be great fun. I recommend getting a friend to help you with this because you'll need to literally feed the zombie into the wood chipper. What you'll do is incapacitate it and then lift it up and put it through the wood chipper feet first. There's not much else to be said about this method other than that it's awesome (Yahoo, 2009).

Title: The Top Ten Signs That You Might Be A Zombie
Date: October 19, 2011
Source: Natural News

Abstract: If you burn your yard rather than mow it, you might be a redneck, says comedian Jeff Foxworthy. But how might you realize you're a zombie? Here are the top ten signs that you just might be a zombie...

Sign #1: If you routinely take flu shot vaccines and then wonder why you still catch the flu every winter, you might be a zombie

Annual flu shots are "medicines for the mindless." Even according to the medical scientists who are pro-vaccine, flu shots simply don't work on 99 out of 100 people (http://www.naturalnews.com/029641_vaccines_junk_science.html). So if you find yourself standing in line at the pharmacy waiting to get a flu shot, think to yourself, "Whoa! I might be a zombie!"

Sign #2: If you find yourself watching mainstream media news, but still can't make sense of world events, you might be a zombie

The purpose of the mainstream media is not to keep you informed, but to make you obedient. (http://www.naturalnews.com/033893_mainstream_media_vitamins.html) Mainstream news stories are chosen to promote a corporate agenda, not to bring you accurate information about events that might impact your life in meaningful ways. Those who watch mainstream news television quickly become zombies and then go on to succumb to vaccines and other brain poisons such as fluoride in the water (see below).

Sign #3: If you find yourself mindlessly following your doctor's advice even while your sickness gets increasingly worse, you might be a zombie.

Conscious people realize that if what they are doing isn't working, they need to change what they are doing! But zombies keep doing the same thing over and over again, all while wondering why they keep getting the same results. And doctors promote it with weird zombie logic such as: if that last round of antibiotics was useless, let's try another round of antibiotics and hope for a different outcome!

Sign #4: If you automatically do what you're told by police officers and "authorities," you might be a zombie.

A police officer shows up at your doorsteps and politely asks, "May I come in?" A zombie says, "Sure!" and mindlessly opens the door. But an intelligent, conscious person knows this is a zombie mind trick that allows law enforcement officers to testify that you gave them consent to search your entire home. When a police officer asks to enter your home, they are not being polite. They are asking you to surrender your Fourth Amendment rights, and they are using clever social contracts to manipulate you into giving up those rights without you noticing. Don't be a zombie! Know your rights! Learn more at: www.FlexYourRights.org

Sign #5: If you only read the front of food packages -- and not the back -- you might be a zombie

While shopping at the local grocery store, you notice a package of cereal that claims to be "all natural" and says it may "lower cholesterol," too. The back of the cereal, however, may reveal that the ingredients are not organic, meaning they're made with pesticides and GMOs (http://www.naturalnews.com/033838_breakfast_cereals_GMOs.html). Zombies only read the marketing claims on food products. Conscious people read the ingredients and learn how to see beyond the marketing hype of dishonest food companies.

Sign #6: If all your savings are currently held in U.S. dollars, you are almost certainly an economic zombie

Thanks to the inflationary actions of the Federal Reserve, the U.S. dollar is losing value with each passing day. Before long, it will likely collapse in value. As that happens, all the people left holding useless dollars (both physical ones or electronic ones in your bank account) will discover they have been acting like "economic zombies" because they put all their currency eggs in the same basket. Conscious people diversifytheir savings into land, real estate, gold, non-U.S. currencies, corporate stocks and even barter items like silver dimes, storable foods, salt, sugar or common ammunition.

Sign #7: If you believe what you were taught in public school, you are definitely a zombie

American scientists developed the nuclear bombs dropped in World War II, right? Wrong. It was Nazi scientists who processed the nuclear fuel and designed those first two bombs. (Read Rise of the Fourth Reich by Jim Marrs.)

Columbus treated the indigenous Indians with great friendship, right? Not exactly: He and his crews raped the female Indians, then tortured and murdered many of the males. To celebrate "Columbus Day" is to celebrate a mass murderer. (No wonder all the government workers get the day off!)

The federal government exists to protect the rights of the People, right? C'mon -- today's government goes out of its way to violate the Bill of Rights, violate federal law and destroy the very Constitution it was sworn to protect. For example, did you know the Obama administration runs a secret "kill list" of Americans to murder without any trial or due process? This has now been openly admitted and confirmed by the White House. (

Sign #8: If you drink fluoridated tap water, you are a fluoridated zombie (which is, of course, the whole point of fluoride)

The Nazi war machine used fluoride as a mind-numbing agent to keep its population under control while it committed genocidal murder. Have you ever wondered for what purpose the U.S., Canada, Australia and other countries are now using the same chemical cocktail in the water supply?

The medical fiction that "fluoride prevents cavities" is a complete quack science hoax. Fluoride is actually a highly corrosive toxic industrial chemical, as revealed in this hidden camera footage: 

Sign #9: If you find yourself rooting for any presidential candidate other than Ron Paul, you're probably a political zombie

Ron Paul is the only Presidential candidate who has offered a genuine balanced budget (all the other candidates want to keep spending us into financial oblivion). Ron Paul is the only Presidential candidate who stands firmly for health freedom, ending prohibition against medical marijuana, legalizing the farming of industrial hemp, and allowing nutritional supplement companies to make accurate, scientifically-validated health claims for their products. All the other candidates are just corporate puppets who have nothing to offer America other than a continuation of the problems that have driven our nation into economic and political turmoil.

To vote for Romney, Perry, Cain or even Obama is to mindlessly vote for continuing the same broken system of puppet Presidents who answer to their corporate globalist masters (just like Bush).

Sign #10: If you think that Bigger Government is the way to solve the problems that have already been caused by Big Government, you might be a zombie

Irrational faith in government is a sure sign of cognitive zombie-ism. As government itself is the cause of most of society's problems -- financial bankruptcy, political corruption, the waste of taxpayer money, the promotion of a culture of criminality, deadly health care monopolies and so on -- it is completely irrational to think that MORE government can solve the very problems it has created!

1. Zombie Obamanomics, for example, is the practice of spending more government money to eliminate government debt -- also known as "Zombienomics."

2. Obamacare, also known as "Zombiecare," is the practice of treating the health of the population with the very same medications and surgery that only "manage" disease symptoms rather than curing disease.

3. "Zombocracy" is what I call a government run by zombie politicians who are voted into office by zombie voters.

4. "Zombiflation" is the creeping upwards of prices on everyday goods at a pace too slow to be readily noticed by the zombie population. The Federal Reserve is constantly trying to create new money to expand the money supply at precisely the outer limit of Zombiflation.

5. "Zombruptcy" is what happens when zombie consumers go bankrupt and can't pay their home mortgages anymore, at which point zombie banks take them over and try to sell them at reduced prices to other zombies.

6. "Zombie elections" are contests between two or more globalist zombies who compete to receive the highest number of votes from a mass of zombie voters, none of which have any real knowledge about the character or voting records of the zombie candidates they are electing into office. Zombie voters tend to vote for people based on what they look like. "We need a black President because skin color is what matters!" Or better yet, "We need a fat President, because he looks like the rest of the zombie Americans!"

What about this instead? "We need a President who defends the Constitution and wants to stop the Federal Reserve from stealing more of our money!"

You can be a zombie for Halloween, but don't be one in real life

This Halloween, I was thinking of walking around wearing a mask of Anderson Cooper, because I can't think of a more frightening image of corporate-controlled zombie mindlessness. I could carry a microphone with the letters ZNN -- Zombie News Network -- and do interviews with "zombies on the street."

Hey there, parents, did you know the high fructose corn syrup in the candies your children are sucking down tonight is made from genetically modified corn? Did you know the chocolate in those name-brand candies was harvested from cacao plantations using child labor? Did you know the artificial food coloring chemicals in the candy promotes symptoms of hyperactivity and ADD?

Ah, but you see, the parents don't want to hear that, because they too are zombies. Who else lets their kids run around and collect bags full of mystery foods from the houses of total strangers?

By the way, it's okay to appear as a zombie for Halloween if you want. Just don't run around acting like a zombie in real life. Use your brain for a change... a global change!

Think about what you're doing, who you're supporting, what you're buying, where you're getting your information and what you choose to believe. Don't be a sucker for mainstream news fictions, pharmaceutical propaganda, medical system quackery and political hucksterism. Always ask skeptical questions; always demand accountability; and if you catch yourself in one of the top ten zombie situations described here,get out and take back your brain as quickly as possible!

A daily dose of NaturalNews will shock your brain back to reality and has been clinically proven in scientific trials to reverse chronic zombie-ism 
(Natural News, 2011)

Title: Be A Zombie This Halloween
Date: October 31, 2011
Delaware County Emergency Management Agency

Abstract: Delaware County Emergency Management Agency wants you to die this Halloween.

Ok, not really. But we would like you to come out and play one of the 250 "living dead" that we need for our Zombie Hazardous Materials Exercise.

There will be a contest for Best Make-Up, Best Costume, and even Best Zombie Walk.

So check out the info page and if you are interested, sign up online with the link provided above.

This is your opportunity to help our first responders be prepared. Being a Zombie this halloween may save a life in the future.

The Delaware County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is planning a Hazardous Materials exercise on Monday October 31, 2011

This will be a “Zombie Exercise” happening on Halloween.  The victims once exposed to a chemical will be turned into a zombie.  Zombies will have to go through decontamination to be turned back to normal.  We will be testing our first responders with approximately 250 Zombie Victims versus the 20-25 volunteers that assist for normal hazardous materials exercises.

To add to the fun (and the reality), if a First Responder comes in contact with the spilled chemical or a zombie while not wearing proper Personal Protective Equipment, they too will be turned into a zombie and will have to go through decontamination. This exercise will run from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM and we plan to have everything wrapped up by 4:00 PM.

We are looking for 250 volunteers to play the part of zombies for this exercise. Volunteers will need to fill out and bring a signed release form.  The age limit for these volunteers will be 8 yrs. and up. Children wishing to participate will need their parent’s signature on the release form as well as their parent(s)’ participation in the event.  We are asking that as many as possible already come made up in their costume and make up.  We will have someone available to assist those in need with their make up.  Please come at 10:00 if you need help with your make up.

All costumes must be in good taste.  We know you want to be the best of the living dead, but we will have 8 yr old children present. Additionally, zombies will go through a simulated decontamination process and we will ask zombies to remove some of their make-up or costume to symbolize they have been cleaned. 

A “Zombie Contest” will occur before the exercise begins. To be eligible for this contest, each person playing the part of a zombie will be issued a number.  Zombies entering the contest must also be participating in the exercise to qualify.  The contest will be judged in three different categories. Best Make Up, Best Costume, and Best Zombie Walk. The winner’s in each of these categories will receive a plaque. Additional awards may be given.

Players & Participants
People that will be playing the part of zombies, will need to download the release form, sign and date it, and bring it with you the day of the exercise. You are to report to the concession area under Selby Stadium, on the OWU campus, which is located to your left as you enter the gates. You will need to sign in at that time. We would like for you to start arriving at 11:00 AM. You will be assigned a number if you are planning to participate in the costume contest which will start at 12:05 PM before the exercise. The contest will be judged for best make up, best costume, and best walk. In order to participate in the contest, you must also be playing a zombie in the exercise. We are asking you, if possible, to come already in make up and costume. If you need assistance with applying your make up, you will need to be at the stadium at 10:00 AM and go to the registration area for assistance with your make up. There will be Law Enforcement Officers present during this exercise. They are participating in the exercise, but are also on duty and ready to respond to an actual incident. DO NOT approach these officers in a threatening manner. They are there to provide scene safety and security around the exercise area as well as performing other duties. Please comply with their directions and commands. We want this to be a safe and fun experience for everyone. There is plenty of parking around the downtown area, as well as near the University for you to use. The exercise area will be cordoned off with yellow barrier tape and we ask that you stay within that area. You will not be permitted to go past the sidewalk at S. Sandusky St. and you will not be permitted to park or wonder onto the St. Mary’s School grounds as they will be in session. All Zombie Participants and observers must stay on the track area once inside the stadium. NO ONE is permitted on the football field. 

Zombies will have the option of going through a normal decon line or a simulated decon line. We would like as many people as possible to go through the normal decon line with flowing warm water. This would allow our decon team to practice their training skills as well as to see how many people we could run through a working decon line in an hour time span. If you are willing to get wet, you will need to bring a change of clothes and a towel in a clear plastic bag with your name attached to it. If you choose to go through the simulated decon line, you will be handed a wipe towellet for you to wipe the make up off your face to show that you have gone through decon. You will need to tell the members of the decon team when you are brought to them as to which line you wish to go through. We are also looking for 15 brave souls to volunteer to go to Grady Memorial Hospital to go through their decon line. You will not have the same choice as previously mentioned. You will get wet so again, you will need to bring dry clothes and a towel in a clear plastic bag. There also are to be no weapons (Fake or Real) that are permitted on University Property or during this exercise, so please leave them at home.

Enjoy the exercise and have fun, but be safe!

From the staff of the Delaware County Office of Homeland Security And Emergency Management, The Delaware County LEPC, and the Delaware County Hazmat Team (DART), we thank you for your participation in this exercise. We hope you have a great time and an enjoyable experience
(Delaware County Emergency Management Agency, 2011)

Title: Navigating The Zombie Hoards!
Date: December 6, 2011

Abstract: It has been a little while since I gave you something that you could actually use, so I thought that I would kick start your day with a little knowledge and psychology. 

I have always loved the Zombie Survival phenomenon. Those roving bands of brain eating, undead monsters just awaken a primal survival instinct of kill or be killed. The fantasy casts off all social, religious, and moral obligations that would hold a person back if the brain eaters were not actually walking dead.

Unfortunately, the zombies that I am referring to are all around us every day, hell you may even be one. I'm taking about those roving hoards of brain eating protesters that are popping up all over the country. Their motivations are many and frankly, irrelevant to me, all I see is a mob. A mob with a single collective conscious that has cast off the accepted social standards and runs on emotion without thought of consequence. It is essentially a zombie hoard eating brains as it passes and getting more numbers as it devours your conscious and assimilates you into the herd. 

With the current state of political unrest and the mysterious formation of mobs and "protesters" it seems fitting to study their psychology. It is arguably more important now than ever to understand what makes them tick. More importantly what triggers the riots and how to recognize and avoid such possible hazards to your safety and well being. For starters it is important to know what is going on in your area of operation. Watch the local news nightly and "glean" what you need from the topics discussed. The media will mislead you as to the motivations of the crowds but they will likely provide accurate information as to locations and times. Probably because this attracts onlookers and makes the crowd look bigger and grow as it devours the brains of those that get too close. This makes for good news but points made as to strength of the crowd, reasons for gathering, or other motivators should be taken with a grain of salt. 

The basic human element sparking a disturbance is the presence of a crowd. FM 19-15
If in becoming locally aware you discover that the newest formation of unruly homeless people is in the neighborhood of your workplace or en route for your commute then you have got to MAKE A PLAN. Your plan should first start with an alternate route or two both in and out of your destination. If the disturbance can be avoided, do not expect it to stay put, you may not be able to avoid it on the way home. Plan to park a short distance away from the workplace and walk in. It is easier to get through the group if you are not stuck in traffic. Have a small pack or bag that you can easily carry, filled with some short term essentials (that is for you to decide) and a change of clothes. The clothing is essential, arrive dressed to blend in with the demonstrators and change in the office, change again before you leave for the day. You may need to have your ID handy to gain access to your building as the security personnel will likely be screening every one. Often times the group will direct its anger onto certain individuals based on how they are dressed depending on the crowds motivation. It is also easier to blend and disappear if you happen be recognized by one of them as a productive member of society. 

The leaders of the mobs are often socially inept individuals that have lower morale standards than the accepted norms. There are also organizations that specialize in taking over demonstrations and leading the groups, and they are exceptionally good at that task. They can move in, gain a position of attention, spark some emotional confusion in the demonstrators, then lead the crowd to whatever direction they wish. Many times they can incite the group to perform in a manner that is in conflict with their personal morals. Often this individual moral obligation is mentally shifted from the person to the crowd and is subject to manipulation by the more vocal individuals. Crowd behavior is influenced by the presence or absence of social factors like leadership, moral attitudes, and social uniformity. Behavior is then influenced by the psychological triggers of suggestion, imitation, intimidation, anonymity, impersonality, emotional release, emotional contagion, and panic. This leaves the crowds open to manipulation by those with a particular agenda. 

You must be aware of the crowds level of excitement and emotion as this is an indicator of the direction that the demonstration is going. When approaching that group stop short and listen to the chants and mantras. Get a little closer and analyze how you feel, being a part of the crowd affects everyone and that affect can be read if you are aware and focused. There is a gravity to a mob so be cautious not to get sucked in. That gravity is how they often form in the first place. That specific pull is present in a lot of situations and eventually it is a recognizable part of the big pattern of life. Make a statement to a couple of the demonstrators that does not involve emotion like: "our numbers are strong on this". Read the emotion and body language in the reply, if any reply is given. This should give you a reading on how stable the group is and rather you can maneuver to your destination. 

If there is any way that you can avoid the hoards and get to your destination do it. If there is no way to avoid them, then be careful. If you find that FOR ANY REASON you start getting emotional, remove yourself from the situation. Emotion is the gravity that will eat your brain. 

Do not, retreat to your home and wait out the storm, rather continue on your daily routine and develop the ability to read the crowd and adjust your plan. At least for the time being there is a majority of order and stability. In the future that may only be a memory and the skills that you learn now may save you from dying as a zombie in the uncertain future. 

Survival is a discipline of attitude, knowledge, skills and actions: survival is not mandatory!
(Survivology101, 2011)

Title: Baffling Illness Strikes Africa, Turns Children Into Mindless "Zombies"
Date: March 20, 2012
Daily Tech

Abstract: It's called the "nodding disease" and it's a baffling illness that has 
struck thousands of children in northern Uganda.  The illness brings on seizures, violent behavior in some(debated), personality changes, and a host of other unusual symptoms.

I. Mental Degradation: Child Victims Have no Cure, no Future

Grace Lagat, a northern Uganda native, is mother of two children -- Pauline Oto and Thomas -- both of whom are victims of the disease.  For their safety, when she leaves the house, she now ties them up, using fabric like handcuffs.  She recalls, "When I am going to the garden, I tie them with cloth. If I don't tie them I come back and find that they have disappeared."

Reportedly the children gnaw at their fabric restraints, like a rabid animals -- 
or "zombies" of popular fiction -- in an attempt  to escape.  (This is based on CNN's commentary.)

(Jason Oh points out that the restraints are intended to protect the chidlren from harm, and from starting fires.)

The effort to restrain the children is not unwarranted.  In one of the most bizarre symptoms of this tragic illness, children with the disease are reportedly setting fire to buildings in their communities.  Coupled with the aimless wandering this disease provokes in victims, this is a deadly combination.  More than 200 people have been killed in fires believed to be set by the zombified children.

(According to Jason Oh, there have been few reports of violent behavior.  It is unclear where our primary source CNN received this information, though a reader suggested that a CDC report indicated that 10 to 15 percent of children were found to exhibit increased aggression.  We were unable to locate this report.)

The disease is not new.  It popped up in the 1960s in Sudan.  From there it slowly spread to Libya and Tanzania.  

The Uganda infections, though, are a new outbreak -- a troubling sign.  The jump into a new region could be pure coincidence, or it could indicate the disease has become more virulent or found a new transmissions vector.
Infected children typically have regular seizures, which are proceeded by a repetitive nodding of the head.  This characteristic symptom has given rise to the unofficial title for the malady.

II. World Medical Organizations Racing for a Cure

Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) have been tracking the spread of this frightening ailment.  Dr. Joaquin Saweka says the scene in Uganda is horrific, stating, "It was quite desperate, I can tell you.  Imagine being surrounded by 26 children and 12 of them showing signs of this. The attitude was to quickly find a solution to the problem."

Yet the WHO and CDC are not fully sure what is causing the illness, which cripples children and turns them into mindless, violence-prone zombies.  The best clue they have is that most of the cases occur in regions inhabited by "Black flies", which carry the parasitic wormOnchocerca Volvulus.  That worm is responsible for another dangerous disease dubbed "river blindness", the world's second leading cause of infectious blindness.

(Jason Oh states that CNN misunderstood this reference.  While it's true the cause of the disease is unknown and the literature papers on the topic indicate an overlap with part of the river blindness afflicted regions, but he feels this reference was only intended to "state the obvious", not hypothesize causation.)

However 7 percent of infected children live in regions not inhabited by the Black fly, so a link is speculative at best.

Children with the disease also frequently exhibit vitamin B6 deficiency, leading medical experts to believe that the disease may be nutrition related.  However, infections by microbes, parasites, fungi, or even fungi/microbes carried by a parasitic host, can all lead to nutritional deficiencies.

Dr. Scott Dowell, director of global disease detection and emergency response at CDC, says the race is on to determine the cause and a cure.  He states, "At first we cast the net wide. We ruled out three dozen potential causes and we are working on a handful of probabilities.  We know from past experience an unknown disease could end up having more global implications."

In the current cases children as old as 19 have been found to be stricken, with the majority of the worst symptoms being spread over the 3-11 age range.

One mystery surrounding the disease is the seizures themselves.  While typically seizures are either randomly occurring or follow some singular cue/pattern, the nodding disease seems to have multiple triggers, including eating new foods, changing weather, and other changes.

(Jason Oh says CNN reporters messed up and that it's familiar foods trigger the seizures, not unfamiliar ones like bars of chocolate.)

Seizure often leave the children soiled with urine and drooling.  Local nurses are afraid to touch the infected.  States local nurse Elupe Petua, "I feel, because I don't know what causes it, I don't even know how it transmits, when I touch them I feel that I can also get the infection because I don't know what causes it."

III. Medication is Ineffective

Anti-epileptic medication slows the onset of symptoms, but is unable to stop the progression of the disease.  The seizures eventually leave many children unable to walk, only able to drag their bodies along the ground as flies tried to attack them.

(Jason Oh says that the diseases offers a tragic, slow mental degradation, taking years to develop.  Affected children, embarassed about the nodding and afraid of infecting classmates often drop out of school, while still mentally capable.  Eventually the seizures lead to the more severe symptoms mentioned in the intro -- loss of speech, partial paralysis, personality changes, and -- according to CNN -- violence.)

The government of Uganda has come under criticism for not being vocal enough in addressing the tragedy and demanding foreign aid/research expertise.  Local politicians have taken to transporting victims from affected villages by bus to city hospitals in order to force the issue into the eyes of the more affluent city-dwellers.

(Jason Oh adds some perspective writing, "Uganda had asked the CDC to investigate in 2009.  Most of the backlash against the government is because the Ministry of Health has been slow to use emergency funds that the Parliament made available.  They've established many local centers for Nodding Syndrome, but they are under-staffed and under-equipped.  The kids are being referred to and transported to Mulago Hospital (famous for being in The Last King of Scotland) so the top doctors at Makerere University and in Kampala can monitor them.")

The issue is yet another woe for a nation in which the impoverished majority was terrorized for years by warlord Jospeph Kony's militia, dubbed the "Lord's Resistance Army."

Mr. Kony is 
currently wanted by the International Criminal Court on multiple counts of violent war crimes, including rape and murder.  These offenses are punishable by death (life in prison), if he is ever brought to trial. (Jason Oh clarified that under the new Rome Statute of 2002, the ICC is not allowed to seek the death penalty, even in murder cases.)

IV. What if the "Nodding Disease" Found a Way to Reach the U.S.?

Dr. Saweka says that for all the hand-waving by the government about using better anti-epileptics and offering more funding, he appreciates and shares in the villagers frustration.  He states, "People complain that it looks like the lives in developing countries have less value than the lives in the western countries. When you know the root cause, you address the cure. Now you are just relieving the symptoms. We don't expect to cure anybody."

While the "First World" may not be focused on -- or even aware of -- the zombification that is leaving children in these African nations violent (debated), crippled shells of their former selves -- tied like dogs -- it is an issue that must be addressed.  After all, viruses, bacteria, parasites thanks to the wonders of evolution can mutate and adapt to new environments and
new transmission vectors.

Thus this zombie virus  While reports of violence or strange behavior -- like biting -- are disputed, the disease is very serious.  It may seem like a foreign issue to regions like the U.S. and EU who are struggling with their own financial crisises.  But if the illness finds a way to broaden its spread, this outbreak could 
cripple children across the globe.

(A word of clarification... CNN has reworded their report slightly to tone down the suggestion of violent behavior.  The reports of fire starting stand, but in the new context it's possible these were just innocent accidents triggered by the childrens' loss of coordination
(Daily Tech, 2012)

Title: Big Trouble For Obama If Court Creates Zombie Health Law
Date: March 28, 2012
Source: Fox News

Abstract: The justices of the Supreme Court will today hear arguments on the question of whether they could strike down the central provision of President Obama’s health law – a requirement that all Americans either purchase private insurance or be enrolled in a government program – and allow the rest of the law to stand.

After a day of arguments in which the mandatory insurance requirement was under fire from the bench, today’s hearing is even more crucial. With the Obama insurance mandate now looking very vulnerable, the question of whether it can be severed from the rest of the law matters a great deal to the case. If it can be split out, the chances are higher that the key provision can be stuck down. If justices decide that the law must stand or fall altogether, the stakes go way up for the litigants.

“And here, the government is saying that the federal government has a duty to tell an individual citizen that it must act, and that is different from what we have in previous cases. That changes the relationship of the federal government to the individual in a very fundamental way.”-- Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy questioning Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.

But the question of severability is even more important for the fall elections.

The court has three main avenues it could follow in a decision: uphold the law in full, strike it down in full or strike down the mandatory insurance provision and allow the rest to stand. The great peril for Obama comes if the law is allowed to stand but justices rip out its heart.

To understand why, consider the three most likely scenarios:

Health Law Struck Down
As Power Play has been explaining since August, a clear loss at the Supreme Court would carry lots of political advantages for the president. Obama would be able to rally his base with another tirade about the radical Republicanism of the Supreme Court, and, more importantly, he would get a court-ordered do-over on the consistently unpopular law.

For a president who likes to ponder his place in history, having one’s signature achievement tossed out would be a big embarrassment, especially if that pondering president happens to have taught constitutional law. It would also go the argument of Obama’s likely Republican adversary, Mitt Romney, that the president is bad at his job.

But, having tried and failed to create a new middle-class heath entitlement, Obama could promise a better process for the future that would produce a happier result. Obama could bury the issue under a pile of promises, knowing that Romney would have his own reasons for not wanting to press too hard on the topic.

The public dread at the contents of the legislation voters saw crafted in such slipshod fashion would abate and the discussion on health insurance would shift from specifics to generalities, always Obama’s best subject.

Health Law Upheld
In politics, winning is almost always better than losing. But this is one of those very rare cases in which winning could be worse.

Having been unable to convince voters that the massive law crammed through Congress with procedural shenanigans on party-line votes is really in their best interest, Obama would be helped if the justices got him off the health-law hook.

A victory for Obama’s health care law would be a boon to Democrats who are eager to move the U.S. in the direction of centralized health care. The justices would be affirming the central claim of the left: that health care is a human right and that the federal government is obliged to take whatever necessary steps to provide it.

But this would leave Obama to continue to defend his unpopular law and galvanize conservatives behind Romney as he leads the charge for its repeal.

A big part of the Obama campaign strategy is to undermine Romney with conservative voters, those holdouts whom Rick Santorum is currently asking to help him at least to block the moderate frontrunner. If the health law looms, even the die-hard Santoristas will have to get on board Romney’s bid to defeat Obama. If Republicans held the Senate and the House but Obama remained in office, the law would still be defended by a veto pen and a phalanx of administration bureaucrats and lawyers.

A victory at the court this summer increases Obama’s chances of defeat in the fall. And if he loses in the fall, Obama will get to watch his law dismantled anyway.

The Mandate Dies, But The Law Lives
If the court opts to cull the mandate from the rest of the legislation and then strike it dead, Obama would be in a world of trouble.

Obama embraced the mandate when he could not find enough support in the Democrat-dominated Congress for what he called the “public option,” a government-run insurance program like Medicare and Medicaid, but one that would be open to all Americans, regardless of age or income.

Jaw-dropping cost estimates for the program squelched Obama’s plan, so he shifted over to the mandate. The point of the mandate is to compensate private insurance companies for covering undesirable customers by forcing the most desirable customers, healthy, young adults, to purchase their product.

Take out the mandate, and the law becomes utterly unworkable. The private insurance market would be shattered by the new obligations under the law, especially insuring those who don’t seek coverage until after they are sick. But the law doesn’t have a government backstop, so tens of millions of working Americans would be careening toward catastrophe – huge premium increases followed by loss of coverage.

Having this zombie law terrorizing the populace would be very bad for Obama, so he would have to quickly come up with an alternative. A hugely expensive government-run national insurance program? An additional round of tax increases to finance insurance subsidies? Woof. Try selling either of those in the Columbus suburbs this fall.

Instead of either defending a law that was already passed or being able to promise future wonders of health transformation, Obama would have to re-litigate the issue of government-run insurance with the left and make a specific policy prescription before the election.

Worst for Obama, having the law still alive but in need of a massive overhaul sounds exactly like the kind of job for a turnaround artist like…. Willard Mitt Romney.

While liberals care a great deal about the constitutionality of the law and the creation of new government authorities vis-à-vis individual health, it is the severability issue before the court today that matters the most at Obama campaign headquarters.

A clear win or a clear loss can be dealt with, but nobody wants to deal with a zombie attack.

And Now, A Word From Charles
“If you had left after the first hour when the Obama solicitor general was being whipsawed and didn't have very good answers, you would have thought it was all over but the shouting, and that Obamacare was not going to survive. It was a rough hour for Obama's side.

“But I think it was somewhat of a change in tone at the end of the second hour from Justice [Anthony] Kennedy, who essentially is the reigning monarch of the United States. He'll decide one way or the other what our future is going to be and what our Constitution is going to look like.” -- Charles Krauthammer on Special Report with Bret Baier (Fox News, 2012)

Title: E-40 "Zombie" Feat. Tech N9ne & Brotha Lynch Hung
Date: May 10, 2012

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Title: Best Car To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse
Date: May 18, 2012
Fox News

Abstract: Now that the Centers for Disease control has warned Americans to prepare for a possible “
Zombie Apocalypse,” it may be a good time to rethink your upcoming automobile purchase.

If Hollywood has thought us anything over the years it’s that, while they are very susceptible to baseball bats, zombies are adept at jumping on cars and breaking through their windows in order to eat the brains of their occupants. Not to fear, there’s one vehicle that should keep your noggin intact.

The Knight XV from Conquest Vehicles wasn’t designed with the undead in mind (at least we don’t think that it was) but the mega-SUV is perfectly suited to the task at rotting hand. About twice the size of your typical HUMMER, the fully-armored truck could likely survive an assault by Team 6, let alone cracked fingernails.

Its opaque bullet-proof glass will keep you out of sight of glazed-over eyes, while ballistic run-flat tires should have no problem driving over the unkempt, bone-strewn streets of your town. It even runs on bio-diesel, so when the supplies run dry you can make your own fuel. Night-vision surveillance cameras and an external listening device serve as an early warning system and a high-power roof-mounted spotlight is just the ticket in case a few vampires find their way into the mix. Hey, you never know.

Granted, the price of survival is high at $300,000, but that’s about how much a three-bedroom costs in Pittsburgh – the location of “Night of the Living Dead” - and you won’t need one if you drive one of these. Its interior is upholstered in leather and Wilton Wool, comes with a flat-screen TV, refreshment bar and satellite TV to pick up the signal from any other survivors who might be out there.

Unfortunately, there’s no bathroom, so good luck with that. But it does come with a cigar humidor so you can live the good life to the fullest while you’re still alive. Hurry up, though, only 100 will be made and you don't want to be the one stuck driving around in a convertible (Fox News, 2012)

Title: Mysterious ‘Zombie’ Disease Is Afflicting Thousands Of Ugandan Children
Date: May 21, 2012
Business Insider

Abstract: Agnes Apio has to tie up her son Francis before she can leave the house. In his state, he is a danger to himself. 
Where once he walked and talked like a normal child, now he is only able to drag himself along in the dirt. Francis is suffering from “Nodding Disease,” a brain disorder that, according to CNN, afflicts at least 3,000 children in northern Uganda, leaving them physically stunted and severely mentally disabled.

“I feel dark in my heart,” Apio says as she waves flies away from her son’s face and mops up his urine after a seizure, “This boy has become nothing.”

“Reportedly the children gnaw at their fabric restraints, like rabid animals,” says The Daily Tech.  The article calls them “zombie children,” having “no cure” and “no future.”

First the victims become restless and can’t concentrate. They say they have trouble thinking. Then comes the nodding, an uncontrollable dipping of the head that presages the disease’s debilitating epilepsy-like seizures. It is this nodding motion that gives the illness its name.

Nodding Disease first attacks the nervous system, then the brain. As the seizures progress and worsen, the children become less and less like themselves, and more and more distant and blank. Eventually the brain stops developing and the victims’ bodies stop growing. So far, no patients have recovered.

Grace Lagat also has to tie up her children in order to leave the house. Daughter Pauline, 13, and son Thomas are bound hand and foot to keep them from shuffling away and getting lost. Pauline recently disappeared for five days.

Experts are baffled as to what causes the disease, which only occurs in children. Early findings suggest a confluence of the presence of the black fly-borne parasitic worm Onchocerca Volvulus, which causes river blindness, and acute vitamin B6 deficiency.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, onset usually takes place at the age of five or six and progresses rapidly, leaving the victims severely mentally and physically handicapped within a couple of years.

Victims can wander off and disappear. Some 200 “secondary deaths” have occurred due to fires and accidents caused by children with the disease.

Physicians and workers with the Ugandan Red Cross are frustrated by what they see as a lack of urgency in the government’s handling of the disease. After months of lagging, officials have only begun an official tally of cases within the last two weeks.

The situation was already dire when a team from the World Health Organization visited northern Uganda in 2009. CNN quotes one doctor from the team, Dr. Joaquin Saweka, as saying, “It was quite desperate, I can tell you. Imagine being surrounded by 26 children and 12 of them showing signs of this. The attitude was to quickly find a solution to the problem.”

Solutions, however, have been slow in coming.

Doctors have been treating the seizures caused by the disease with epilepsy drugs, but their efficacy is limited. The drugs only slow the progression of the disease, but fail to stop it.

Currently, Ugandan government officials say that they are doing everything they can to fight the epidemic. They say that new epilepsy drugs are being tried and special training has been instituted for local health officials. This, they say, is as much as can be done for a disease whose cause and cure are largely unknown.

Saweka said, “When you know the root cause, you address the cure. Now you are just relieving the symptoms. We don’t expect to cure anybody” (Business Insider, 2012)

Title: iDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation) Zombie Commercial
Date: May 23, 2012

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Title: Zombie Apocalypse Is Nigh? Blog Post Lays Out The Evidence
Date: May 30, 2012
The Inquisitor

Abstract: A zombie apocalypse is almost permanently on the lips and keyboards of web users worldwide, and for some reason the trope of impending armageddon is one that remains firmly entrenched in our collective psyche.

Zombie apocalypse is just one doomsday scenario of many that we consider (nuclear accident, plague and pestilence, or the election of Donald Trump to public office are other potential world-ending precipitates), and despite its relative implausibility, it’s one to which we return to plan our arsenal, bug out bag, escape route, and potential and sex-guaranteeing rescue of an object of our affection. (See Shaun of the Dead.)

So it was with no small measure of nervous giggling a series of zombie apocalypse-esque stories have been trending on social media in recent weeks, and despite the gruesome nature of many, Facebook and Twitter users can’t help but make references to the seemingly imminent arrival of Z-Day.

The most zombieriffic story to trend this week of course was that of the face-eater in Miami who continued eating a man’s face even after he was shot once by police, police who presumably have watched Zombieland and know to double-tap.

Then there was the man in New Jersey who began throwing bits of his own entrails at police officers, and was not subdued by pepper spray.

Two stories that really do sound like the start of Jersey Shore of the Dead to be sure, but wait, there’s more. Also in Florida, a doctor was arrested and began spitting blood at the officers taking him into custody, also impervious to standard methods of restraint.

Also, there is the radioactive sushi. I don’t know about you guys, but if a police chief that looks like George Romero gets on the news and tells me that reports that the dead have begun walking are internet rumors, I’m stocking up on baseball bats and scythes and heading up to Woodstock, who’s with me?

You can read a collection of all this month’s terrifying, zombie apocalypse signaling news over at this guy’s blogvia Gawker (The Inquisitor, 2012).

Title: Synthetic Drug 'Bath Salts': Did It Cause The Cannibal Attack And Why Can't The Feds Stop It?
Date: May 30, 2012

Abstract: The concern over synthetic drugs has come to a head in recent months, according to experts, and evidenced by events in 
Miami last weekend. On Saturday, Rudy Eugene was fatally shot by policefor gruesomely and repeatedly biting into another man’s face. President of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police Armando Aguilar believes that bath salts, a synthetic drug, is an underlying culprit in Eugene’s disturbing attack.

Bath salts are highly addictive and apparently elicit intense cravings similar to methamphetamines. They act on the brain like other stimulants, and are sometimes referred to as a “cocaine substitutes.” Also known as “White Rush, Cloud Nine, Ivory Wave, Ocean Snow, Charge Plus, White Lightning, Scarface, Hurricane Charlie, Red Dove, White Dove, and Sextasy,” their most common side effects are agitation, fast heart rate, and hallucinations and delusions, seizures, high blood pressure, and paranoia, according to the CDC. Deaths have also been linked to the drug.

“These substances are among the worst poison centers have ever seen,” said director of the Louisiana Poison Center, Mark Ryan. “The psychosis seen in some users is truly remarkable, in a very scary way. People high on these drugs have done some bizarre things to themselves and hurt others around them. It’s important that parents and young people understand just how dangerous these synthetic drugs are.”

Last fall, the Drug Enforcement Administration banned bath salts and their active ingredients, mephedrone, methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), and methylone. “This action demonstrates our commitment to keeping our streets safe from these and other new and emerging drugs that have decimated families, ruined lives, and caused havoc in communities across the country,” said Michele M. Leonhart, DEA Administrator. “These chemicals pose a direct and significant threat, regardless of how they are marketed, and we will aggressively pursue those who attempt their manufacture and sale.”

The drugs are generally snorted, taken by mouth, or injected. One recent CDC study found that the majority of 35 patients brought to the ER for overdose had injected the drug. The same report suggested that for the one person who died from it, that MDPV was the chemical most likely linked to the death. Many of patients also had other drugs, like cocaine, benzodiazepines, opiates, marijuana, or amphetamines, in their systems at the time.

Bath salts are sold at convenience stores, “head shops,” and gas stations, or may be purchased on the Internet. They are often mislabeled to avoid detection by officials, and their labels may read “Not Intended for Human Consumption,” according to the CDC.

The government has had a hard time keeping up with synthetic drugs, as has been seen with synthetic marijuana in recent years. Calls to poison control centers for synthetic drug-related emergencies have risen drastically over the last several years, according to the American Association for Poison Control Centers (AAPCC): In 2010, there were 3,200 calls to poison control, and this number rose to over 13,000 in 2011. Perhaps incidents like recent episode in Miami will bring the drugs’ neurological effects to public consciousness, and help spur officials to crack down on bath salts at their source – the people who concoct them in underground labs. But time will tell how the issue will evolve from here (Forbes, 2012)

Title: Scammers Hope You'll Bite On 'Zombie' News
Date: June 3, 2012
Fox News

Abstract: The past few weeks have given us a rash of unbelievably gruesome news stories. There's the 21-year-old college student who allegedly killed, dismembered and ate his victim's brain and heart; the Swedish man arrested for reportedly eating his wife's lips; and the "zombie" that started it all, Rudy Eugene, who was shot and killed by Miami police while in the process of eating another man's face.

Each story is horrific, disgusting and compelling in its own way — in other words, perfect fodder for online scammers.

Right now, there is surveillance footage of Eugene's May 26 attack, but the 18-minute video, embedded in articles from local Miami news sources including the Miami Herald, is partially obscured by a bridge. There is no other video, no "exclusive" footage or "never-before-seen" angle. This is important to remember, as online scammers, in a plea to get you to click on possibly harmful links, often promise to show you the "real" videos or photos you haven’t seen.

Scammers used these tactics after the Japan earthquake and tsunami last year and after the deaths of Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. SecurityNewsDaily hasn't yet seen any rigged emails or Facebook posts about these horrific "zombie" incidents, but they will almost certainly pop up in the next few days. They could come from anywhere, but with some common sense, you can keep your computer out of trouble.

The advice is simple: Use your brain. If you need to satisfy your curiosity and thirst for gore, read stories about these crimes from legitimate news sources. No matter how enticing or convenient, don't simply click on a link you see on Facebook or Twitter or in an unsolicited email.

Scammers know how captivating these horrifying stories are, and they're sure to cast their bait far and wide in the hopes of getting you to bite. As a matter of course, make sure you are running up-to-date anti-virus software on your computer to protect you in the event you fall for one of the scammers' tricks (Fox News, 2012)

Title: After Gory Incidents, Online 'Zombie' Talk Grows
Date: June 3, 2012
Fox News

Abstract: First came Miami: the case of a naked man eating most of another man's face. Then Texas: a mother accused of killing her newborn, eating part of his brain and biting off three of his toes. Then Maryland, a college student telling police he killed a man, then ate his heart and part of his brain.

It was different in New Jersey, where a man stabbed himself 50 times and threw bits of his own intestines at police. They pepper-sprayed him, but he was not easily subdued.

He was, people started saying, acting like a zombie. And the whole discussion just kept growing, becoming a topic that the Internet couldn't seem to stop talking about.

The actual incidents are horrifying — and, if how people are talking about them is any indication, fascinating. In an America where zombie imagery is used to peddle everything from tools and weapons to garden gnomes, they all but beg the comparison.

Violence, we're used to. Cannibalism and people who should fall down but don't? That feels like something else entirely.

So many strange things have made headlines in recent days that The Daily Beast assembled a Google Map tracking "instances that may be the precursor to a zombie apocalypse." And the federal agency that tracks diseases weighed in as well, insisting it had no evidence that any zombie-linked health crisis was unfolding.

The cases themselves are anything but funny. Each involved real people either suspected of committing unspeakable acts or having those acts visited upon them for reasons that have yet to be figured out. Maybe it's nothing new, either; people do horrible things to each other on a daily basis.

But what, then, made search terms like "zombie apocalypse" trend day after day last week in multiple corners of the Internet, fueled by discussions and postings that were often framed as humor?

"They've heard of these zombie movies, and they make a joke about it," says Lou Manza, a psychology professor at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania, who learned about the whole thing at the breakfast table Friday morning when his 18-year-old son quipped that a "zombie apocalypse" was imminent.

Symbolic of both infection and evil, zombies are terrifying in a way that other horror-movie iconography isn't, says Elizabeth Bird, an anthropologist at the University of South Florida.

Zombies, after all, look like us. But they aren't. They are some baser form of us — slowly rotting and shambling along, intent on "surviving" and creating more of their kind, but with no emotional core, no conscience, no limits.

"Vampires have kind of a romantic appeal, but zombies are doomed," Bird says. "Zombies can never really become human again. There's no going back.

"That resonates in today's world, with people feeling like we're moving toward an ending," she says. "Ultimately they are much more of a depressing figure."

The "moving toward an ending" part is especially potent. For some, the news stories fuel a lurking fear that, ultimately, humanity is doomed.

Speculation varies. It could be a virus that escapes from some secret government lab, or one that mutates on its own. Or maybe it'll be the result of a deliberate combination and weaponization of pathogens, parasites and disease.

It will, many believe, be something we've created — and therefore brought upon ourselves.

Zombies represent America's fears of bioterrorism, a fear that strengthened after the 9/11 attacks, says Patrick Hamilton, an English professor at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa., who studies how we process comic-book narratives.

Economic anxiety around the planet doesn't help matters, either, with Greece, Italy and Spain edging closer to crisis every day. Consider some of the terms that those fears produce: zombie banks, zombie economies, zombie governments.

When people are unsettled about things beyond their control — be it the loss of a job, the high cost of housing or the depletion of a retirement account — they look to metaphors like the zombie.

"They're mindless drones following basic needs to eat," Hamilton says. "Those economic issues speak to our own lack of control."

They're also effective messengers. The Centers for Disease Control got in on the zombie action last year, using the "apocalypse" as the teaser for its emergency preparedness blog. It worked, attracting younger people who might not otherwise have read the agency's guidance on planning evacuation routes and storing water and food.

On Friday, a different message emerged. Chatter had become so rampant that CDC spokesman David Daigle sent an email to the Huffington Post, answering questions about the possibility of the undead walking among us.

"CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead," he wrote, adding: "(or one that would present zombie-like symptoms.)"

Zombies have been around in our culture at least since Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" was published in 1818, though they really took off after George Romero's nightmarish, black-and-white classic "Night of the Living Dead" hit the screen in 1968.

In the past several years, they have become both wildly popular and big business. Last fall, the financial website 24/7 Wall Street estimated that zombies pumped $5 billion into the U.S. economy.

"And if you think the financial tab has been high so far, by the end of 2012 the tab is going to be far larger," the October report read.

It goes far beyond comic books, costumes and conventions.

— An Ace Hardware store in Nebraska features a "Zombie Preparedness Center" that includes bolts and fasteners for broken bones, glue and caulk for peeling skin, and deodorizers to freshen up decaying flesh. "Don't be scared," its website says. "Be prepared."

— On uncrate.com, you can find everything you need to survive the apocalypse — zombie-driven or otherwise — in a single "bug-out bag." The recommended components range from a Mossberg pump-action shotgun and a Cold Kukri machete to a titanium spork for spearing all the canned goods you'll end up eating once all the fresh produce has vanished.

— For $175 on Amazon, you can purchase a Gnombie, a gored-out zombie garden gnome.

Maybe it's that we joke about the things we fear. Laughter makes them manageable.

That's why a comedy like "Zombieland," with Woody Harrelson blasting away the undead on a roller coaster and Jesse Eisenberg stressing the importance of seatbelts is easier to watch than, say, the painful desperation and palpable apocalyptic fear of "28 Days Later" and "28 Weeks Later."

The most compelling zombie stories, after all, are not about the undead. They're about the living.

The popular AMC series "The Walking Dead" features zombies in all manner of settings. But the show is less about them and more about how far the small, battered band of humans will go to survive — whether they'll retain the better part of themselves or become hardened and heartless.

It's a familiar theme to George Romero, who told The Associated Press in 2008 that all of his zombie films have been about just that.

"The zombies, they could be anything," he said. "They could be an avalanche, they could be a hurricane. It's a disaster out there. The stories are about how people fail to respond in the proper way" (Fox News, 2012)

Title: Some Fear Zombie Apocalypse
Date: June 4, 2012

Abstract: A recent spate of gruesome incidents has fueled talk online and elsewhere about a “zombie apocalypse.”

The horrifying incidents, including the case of a Florida man who chewed off part of another man’s face, are anything but funny. But America seems fascinated: The Daily Beast has assembled a Google Map tracking “instances that may be a precursor to a zombie apocalypse.”

Even the federal agency that tracks diseases has said it has no evidence of any zombie-linked health crisis.

Elizabeth Bird, an anthropologist at the University of South Florida, says zombies are uniquely terrifying. Bird says zombies are doomed creatures, meaning they resonate in a world where many people feel as though we are moving toward an ending, amid economic crises and fears of bioterrorism.

The Centers For Disease Control issued a statement regarding zombies over the weekend (WGGB, 2012)

Title: 'Zombie Attack’ Prank Stuns Miami Residents
Date: June 4, 2012
Russia Today

Abstract: A “Zombie” outbreak has paralyzed a residential quarter in Miami with fear, having barely recovered from the shock of a grisly cannibalism story about a drug-user chewing off his victim’s face.

The video, which quickly became an online hit, shows a young man wearing a blood-stained shirt. The “zombie” quietly approaches passers-by and attacks them from behind. Vividly recalling recent bloody events, most locals ran away in a panic. 

YouTube Video

The “zombie attack” appeared to be prank staged by two young men who decided to make use of local tensions. The video was shot by an operator hiding in a car parked nearby and slowly following “the zombie”.

Curiously, only two little boys try to fight back using a ball and a fake pistol. When people realize that the prankster is harmless, a whole basketball team dares to attack him. What happened to “the zombie” next remains off-screen.

The video has gained almost a million views on YouTube and over 6,000 comments. Most users praise the creators for their humor and inventiveness, though some pointed out than such a prank was a bad idea given the shock people had just experienced. 

“They are idiots,” one user wrote. “Luckily for them, arms are banned in Miami. Should it happen in Texas, I would’ve shot him down without even thinking.”

Zombie conspiracies have recently been bouncing around the internet, becoming the third most-popular search term on Google. The Western media even accused the Russian Defense Ministry of developing new generation “psychotronic” weapons that turn people into zombies

The panic became so widespread that the US Center for Disease Control had to calm the American public in the wake of internet rumors of a possible “zombie apocalypse.” 

US authorities, meanwhile, have been increasingly worried about the recent wide distribution of a drug known as "bath salts”, which was allegedly behind the shocking cannibal case. The salts contain toxic chemicals capable of inducing psychotic episodes. 

The drug is known to cause agitation and increased heart rate and blood pressure. In severe cases, paranoia, hallucinations and aggressive behavior can occur, Mesa County Chief Deputy Coroner Kim Hollingshead told AP.

The Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center said it received 10 reports this year of people using bath salts or other combinations of the compounds. Last year, 44 cases were reported.

The DEA issued an emergency ban on three ingredients often found in bath salts, and Congress is debating whether to impose a permanent ban. Colorado lawmakers passed a bill this year to ban several combinations of synthetics that could be behind bath salts (Russia Today, 2012)

Title: Bath Salt “Zombie” Attack Site Gets Own Tourist Stop
Date: June 6, 2012

Abstract: Planning a Summer vacation to Florida? You’ll of course want to hit Disney World. Maybe head down to Key West and check out Ernest Hemingway’s house. Oh, of course, there’s the beaches. And then there’s … the place where the guy ate the other guy’s face off! Yeah, the highway spot where a “bath-salts-bugged-out” man (I won’t call him a “zombie,” okay?) is the latest hot tourist attraction.

(Living in Small-town Vermont I’m used to hearing gore stories that go along with tourist sites. In my own hometown when I give the tour to visiting friends from out of town I often hear myself saying “Thats the grocery store, thats the tattoo shop, thats where the suicide happened, and over there is where the vehicular homicide happened! Drove right through the front desk office.” –It happens. People do weird stuff and people want to know about it.)

The zombie-esque scene of the face-eating incident took place on an off-ramp on the MacArthur Causeway. Which makes it convenient for a bus to get to… Which makes it a must-see for Miami’s “Mystery & Mayhem” tour reportedly conducted by a Miami-Dade College history professor. (It happened, so it’s History.)

Also included in this tour is Al Capone‘s house. But at least that’s a house. Something to look at. You’re not going to see anything here except a bunch of cars whizzing past. Asked how he is going to describe the scene to tourists, the guide says he’ll just “tell it like it is.” Indeed, this is one story that needs no embellishment.

Rubber-necking tragedies is part of human nature, so as bizarre and disgusting as this one is, it’s only natural that some people are going to want to see it (LezGetReal, 2012)

Title: Revealed: Miami Cannibal's Girlfriend Shows Herself In Public For The First Time And Claims Her Beau Was Carrying A Bible Before He Ate A Homeless Man's Face
Date: June 6, 2012
Daily Mail

Abstract: The girlfriend of Miami cannibal Rudy Eugene revealed her name and her face for the first time on Wednesday afternoon. She continued to claim her boyfriend of four months was a harmless man and a devout Christian.

Yovanka Bryant, 27, went so far as to say that Eugene, who was gunned down by police after he ate 75 percent of a homeless man's face, would have been a 'good father for her children.'

Standing alongside celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, Miss Bryant said Eugene was carrying a Bible before he stripped naked and went on a brutal, unprovoked rampage along the MacArthur Causeway outside Miami Beach during Memorial Day Weekend. 

She says the only explanation of Eugene's behavior is that he must have been drugged without his knowledge.

'I thought he would be a good father for my children. I wish the public knew Rudy the way I did, she said, according to CBS Miami.

She said they never talked about voodoo or cannibalism when they were together.

Miss Bryant released a photograph of her and Eugene kissing during a choreographed media appearance led by the famous attorney. 

Allred represented Nicole Brown Simpson's family during the OJ Simpson murder trial. More recently, she stood with one of the women who accused former presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment.

Miss Bryant says her relationship with Eugene was marked by religious devotion. She says the couple had Bible studies together and watched religious TV programs.

She claimed Eugene was carrying a Bible with him before he stripped off all his clothes while walking three miles from Miami Beach to downtown Miami, Florida, in the scorching heat.

He also studied the Koran, she added.

However, she harmed her own credibility when she said Eugene lived a clean life.

'Rudy never drank alcohol or used drugs around me,' Miss Bryant said.

Moments later, she revised her claim: 'I only saw him smoke marijuana once,' she admitted. 

A preliminary toxicology report shows Eugene had marijuana in his system when he was killed. 

Authorities have said he snorted bath salts, which caused him to attack Ronald Poppo, the homeless man who is now recovering from the horrific injuries he sustained. 

Medical examiners must wait at least two months before more in-depth blood tests can determine if Eugene had any other substances in his system. 

Miss Bryant acknowledged that her picture of Eugene is dramatically different than the public image of her boyfriend. 

'This is a high-profile case,' Allred said. 

'(Miss Bryant) wanted to have the truth come out about Rudy Eugene to have people understand him from her point of view. That is why I am here, to help her have a voice' (Daily Mail, 2012)

Title: Zombie Bullets In High Demand Following Flesh-Eating Attacks
Date: June 7, 2012
CBS Detroit (PHOTO)

Abstract: Worried about a zombie attack? Buy zombie bullets.

Talk about zombies and a possible zombie apocalypse has increased due to recent gory accounts of drug-induced, flesh-eating attacks in the news.

Stores across the U.S., including in Metro Detroit, are getting in on the undead action by selling Zombie Bullets, made by Hornady Manufacturing.

In promoting the product on their website, Hornady suggests, “Be PREPARED – supply yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse with Zombie Max ammunition from Hornady! Loaded with PROVEN Z-Max bullets… MAKE DEAD PERMANENT!”

So, will this ammunition actually defend against the things that go bump in the night?

WWJ Newsradio 950′s Zahra Huber spoke with company spokesman, Everett Deger, who said, while the bullets are real, they’re only meant to be used on targets and not on people (or zombies).

Deger said company president Steve Hornady came up with the idea for Zombie Max bullets because of his love for zombie movies and shows.

“After it gained some acceptance among some of us here in the company got on board with the idea we decided just to have some fun with a marketing plan that would allow us to create some ammunition designed for that … fictional world,” Deger said.

He said the Zombie Max and Z-Max bullets are Hornady’s most successful products.

“This is probably one of the only (product) launches that we’ve seen when people who are not in the hunting and shooting industry will go out and they will purchase this,” Deger said.

“I mean, I’ve heard of guys who buy it just because they think the packaging is cool and they set it on their cube and they don’t even own a gun,” he said. ”It has that sort of cross-market appeal, which I think is rare to find these days, where you can actually sell something that will transcend not just one market but go into several.”

In Michigan, the bullets are available at Cabela’s.  You can find other retailers selling Zombie bullets at this link (CDB Detroit, 2012).

Title: Zombie Obsession Good For Business
Date: June 7, 2012

Abstract: Michael Jackson knew long ago that zombies, at the top of many minds in pop culture these days, could be good for business.

Moviemakers have long squeezed millions out of the flesh-eating walking dead.

Now the zombie phenomena, which The Wall Street Journal said generates $5 billion annually, has been getting more attention in the wake of the MacArthur Causeway face-eating attack. The Miami crime scene has even become somewhat of a tourist attraction for visitors who want to pose for pictures on the pedestrian bridge.

“We’ve had a few customers come in and talk about [the incident] and it is mostly shock and ‘Can you believe this happened?’” said Manuel Martino, who works at Mac’s Comics in west Miami-Dade.

The shop is filled with all things zombie, including a Spiderman zombie action figure and "The Walking Dead" comic book series.

“What was a bestselling book is now a bestselling TV show, and the book has become more popular because of it,” Martino said.

South Florida comic book stores have noted an uptick in business since the horror on the causeway, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

Martino said he doesn’t know who dreams up the big screen ideas.

“I have no idea, and I don't know if I want to meet them," he said.

Antonio Johnson doesn’t buy the zombie items, but he's aware of the moneymaking industry.

"Yeah, Batman has that whole zombie thing going on,” he said (NBC, 2012)

Title: Zombie Bullets: US Ammo Producers Cash In On Zombie Apocalypse Fears
Date: June 8, 2012
Russia Today (PHOTO)

Abstract: A weapon against zombies is being sold across the US after a series of cannibal attacks shocked the country. The largest independent producer of bullets in the world says their Zombie Max ammunition is a response to the flesh-eating crimes.

Hornady Manufacturing Company, an American maker of ammunition and hand-loading components has decided to cash in on current zombie terror. 

Zombie Bullets are designed for those who want to be ready and fully-equipped for what the company calls “a Zombie Apocalypse.”

Zombie fascination is also bouncing around the internet, recently becoming the third most-popular search term on Google. Conspiracies and expectation of the Zombie Apocalypse have even forced the US Center for Disease Control to address the American public and deny the threat.

But the move has obviously failed to calm the situation down. 

Hornandy say their bullets are sure to kill for good. 

 Company spokesman Everett Deger told WWJ Newsradio 950: “We decided just to have some fun with a marketing plan that would allow us to create some ammunition designed for that … fictional world.”

He also added that Zombie Max and Z-Max bullets are Hornady’s most successful products. 

But it’s not just weapons. Principles of theoretical defense against zombies are also proving popular in the US right now. A Zombie Apocalypse Survival Class is being offered in the city of Conover.  About a dozen people paid between $50 and $75 to take the first lesson Thursday night, WCNC.com reports.

"We focus on self-defense, firearms and how to handle apocalyptic situations. It could be anything from a nuclear bomb to a hurricane to an enemy invasion," says Jack Simons, Jr., the course creator. 

He added that it is "Basically, a survival course with a zombie theme."

A recent outbreak of bizarre attacks triggered zombie conspiracies across the US. Some blame drugs, others believe it’s a psychiatric issue, but macabre zombie-style crimes have put the country on undead alert.   

Last week, a man in Miami attacked and ate the face of his victim – a homeless man, and was shot dead by police. The victim survived, but doctors are having a hard time piecing his face together. Then, an engineering student in Maryland allegedly stabbed a man to death and ate his heart and brain. In Canada, police are on the hunt for a porn actor who reportedly slaughtered, dismembered, sexually violated the body and then ate his victim. 

The zombie paranoia inspired two young men in Miami to stage a prank:  video shot by an operator hiding in a parked car shows a young man wearing a blood-stained shirt. The“zombie” approaches passers-by with a roar and attacks them from behind. Vividly recalling recent bloody events in the city, most locals run away in a panic. The video quickly became an online hit (Russia Today, 2012)

Title: 'ZOMBIE' Vanity Plate Leads To Pennsylvania Stun Gun Arrest
Date: June 12, 2012
Fox News

Abstract: A Pennsylvania woman who allegedly hit a man with a stun gun during a pedestrian hit-and-run was arrested after police say her vanity license plate made her easy to track down.

Allentown police say Yardley Joy Frantz was promptly arrested Friday after witnesses spotted her "ZOMBIE" license plate.

Investigators say Frantz ran into a man and his nephew with her car around 7 p.m., then zapped the man's son with a stun gun after he confronted her.

The Morning Call of Allentown reports Frantz claimed she didn't know who had been driving her car.

Frantz is free on bail as she faces charges including aggravated and simple assault. A phone number for her could not immediately be located (Fox News, 2012)

Title: Medical Examiner: Causeway Cannibal Not High On Bath Salts
Date: June 27, 2012
Source: CBS News

Abstract:  Rudy Eugene, the Causeway Cannibal who ate the face off a homeless man he attacked along the MacArthur Causeway, was apparently  not high on bath salts or any other exotic street drug at the time of the attack, according to a report released Wednesday by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner.

The news leaves law enforcement officials wondering what drove Eugene to strip off his clothes, attack homeless man Ronald Poppo, and chew off pieces of flesh from Poppo’s face.

 Speculation about the cause of Eugene’s rampage on Poppo’s face centered on drugs, specifically bath salts, after police union officials claimed an increase in bizarre behavior among people on the street using such drugs.

The much-anticipated toxicology report released by Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Dr. Bruce Hyma found marijuana in Eugene’s system, something CBS4 News had previously reported, but no evidence of  any other street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs, or any adulterants found in street drugs.

The report said this includes cocaine, LSD, amphetamines (Ecstasy, Meth and others), phencyclidine (PCP or Angel Dust), heroin, oxycodone, Xanax, synthetic marijuana (Spice), and many other similar compounds.

Hyma’s office specifically ruled out bath salts, a class of synthetic drugs that have been known to cause bizarre behavior and overheating of people who use them, two things that made some believe Eugene’s cannibalistic behavior could be blamed on the drugs.

“The department has also sought the assistance of an outside forensic toxicology reference laboratory, which has confirmed the absence of “bath salts,” synthetic marijuana and LSD,” the report said.

“Within the limits of current technology by both laboratories, marijuana is the only drug identified in the body of Mr. Rudy Eugene.”

The news from the medical examiner sends investigators back to square one as they look for what caused Eugene’s bizarre behavior.

A girlfriend and a friend who had seen Eugene hours before the attack said he had used marijuana, but had seen him use no other drug before traveling to the Urban Beach Weekend on Miami Beach the morning of the attack.

Eugene abandoned his car on the beach and walked back to Miami on the MacArthur Causeway, stripping off his clothes during the three-mile trip, and at one point he was spotted swinging from a lamp post.

Once on the Miami side of the causeway, he encountered Poppo where the MiamiMover crosses the causeway, in view of security cameras atop the Miami Herald building. Those cameras detailed how the naked cannibal attacked the much older Poppo, knocked him to the ground, and stripped him of his clothing.

Once overcome, Eugene chewed flesh from Poppo’s face, but a later autopsy report found he did not actually eat it.

A police officer was called to the scene by people who spotted the bizarre attack. He tried to intervene but was forced to shoot, killing Eugene and apparently striking the badly wounded Poppo.

Poppo, who was taken to Ryder Trauma Center, survived the attack but has no memory of it. His face was virtually destroyed but doctors say much of it can be repaired.

Eugene’s family and friends say they are clueless about why he attacked Poppo, claiming the former high school football player and car wash employee had never shown such violent tendencies. Many believed drugs were to blame, but with Wednesday’s report the search has begun for a new cause for one of South Florida’s most bizarre crimes (CBS News, 2012)

Title: Zombie Apocalypse Theme Park Could Take Over Abandoned Neighborhood In Detroit
Date: July 2, 2012
Huffington Post

Abstract: Why wait for the zombie apocalypse? One man wants customers to experience the terror now.

With soaring budget deficits and population on the decline, Detroit has become a laboratory for testing out creative solutions for cities, like urban farming and pedestrian-friendly greenway trails.

Mark Siwak says he has his own idea for bettering the city -- a live-action zombie theme park set in one of Detroit's abandoned neighborhoods.

Paying customers would be chased by a growing horde of zombies (all professionals) through a cordoned-off, desolate section of the city, seeking shelter in abandoned homes and factories and businesses.

Z World creator Siwak, who has launched a fundraiser on IndieGoGo (he's raised $2,200 of the $140,000 needed to meet his goal), says that the city of Detroit needs to consider creative solutions to areas of urban blight.

Mayor Dave Bing's long-touted campaign promise was the implementation of the Detroit Works Project, which could ultimately relocate residents from blighted districts to more populated areas in an attempt to centralize city services. Spread across 140 square miles, Detroit proper is so large that the entire cities of San Francisco and Boston, plus the borough of Manhattan, can fit inside its borders.

And Siwak says, with all that land, there's room in the Motor City for a zombie theme park. He even compares his idea to the city's famed Heidelberg Project, in which artist Tyree Guyton transformed the empty homes of his neighborhood into a large-scale art installation.



But some critics have shrugged off "Z World" as an exploitative and insensitive ploy to profit off the glamorization of Detroit's problems. Curbed Detroit blogger Sarah Cox wrote that Siwak's plan "sounds a lot like all that fun we had during the 1960s race riots. It is nice to know that Z Land is finally going to capitalize on our love of adrenaline rushes and nostalgia. Now even visitors from the 'burbs can 'wonder if they will make it through the night.'"

Siwak told CBS Detroit that "the city can only have so many urban farms or similar uses for vacant plots.'

And while he's far away from his funding goals, not to mention permission from the City of Detroit, he says he's already getting resumes from Detroiters who'd like their next 9-to-5 to focus on eating brains and staggering through the streets.

On his site, Siwak assured, "while zombies are great, the real neat thing about this project is the potential to inject some life into a forgotten neighborhood - with the opportunity to work with neighborhood groups and organization."

This wouldn't be the world's first live-action zombie role-play game, though Detroit's proposal is almost certainly the most expansive. In Atlanta, thrill-seekers wielding paint ball guns will pay as much as $30 to play hide-and-seek with undead zombies in a formerly abandoned truck stop rechristened as the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse, opening Sept. 28. Over on the other side of the pond, wish.co.uk offers zombie combat mission experiences with training from military veterans and movie-grade special effects (Huffington Post, 2012).

Title: 'Zombie' Attack Indianapolis Video: David Martin Fights Off Cops, Stun Gun Shocks In 'Ninja' Attack
Date: July 3, 2012
ABC News

Abstract: A naked man went on a rampage against police officers, doing ninja-like flips and ignoring stun gun shocks -- and it was all caught on video.

David Martin, 27, was recorded running down the middle of a street, punching people during a violent frenzy in Indianapolis on May 20, Fox 59 reports .

According to nydailynews.com , police attempted to subdue Martin with a stun gun, tackling him to the ground.

Despite Martin's shrieks and screaming, the shocks had no effect on his mobility, and he continued to fight the officers with kicks. He is seen doing somersaults while fighting off police.

"This guy's like a ninja, man. Holy s--t!" the man filming the police encounter is heard saying in the video clip “That guy’s strong, he’s got to be on something,” the man adds.

FOX 59 reports that Martin allegedly injured a female officer when he pushed her into a building. He also punched a male cop in the face multiple times, according to the report (ABC News, 2012)

Title: Detroit To Be Hit By Flesh And Brain-Eating Zombie Apocalypse (But Only If Live-Action Terror Theme Park Plan Is Pushed Through)
Date: July 3, 2012
Daily Mail

Abstract: Derelict areas of Detroit face being taken over by hordes of 'flesh and brain-eating zombies' if an ambitious business plan takes off.

Entrepreneur Mark Siwak wants to create live-action terror theme park 'Z World' on Motor City's run-down and abandoned streets.

Customers would pay to be chased by professional actors and try to seek shelter in ghostly homes, factories and businesses.

Siwak said it would breathe fresh life into the rundown city, giving jobs to hundreds, if not thousands, of people.

But critics say it is an 'exploitative and insensitive ploy' to profit from Detroit's problems.

Curbed Detroit blogger Sarah Cox said the plan 'sounds a lot like all that fun we had during the 1960s race riots'.

She added: 'It's nice to know  Z Land is finally going to capitalise on our love of adrenaline rushes and nostalgia. Now even visitors from the 'burbs can 'wonder if they will make it through the night.'

Detroit has become known in recent years for pioneering 'creative solutions' like urban farming and pedestrian-friendly greenway trials.

Soaring budget deficits and a declining population has forced businesses and the authorities to 'think outside the box'.

And Siwak, who has raised $2,200 of the $140,000 needed through fundraising website IndieGoGo, said his theme park could be the perfect solution.

He told CBS Detroit: 'The city can only have so many urban farms or similar uses for vacant plots.'

And he revealed he is already receiving CVs from hundreds of residents keen to work at the tourist attraction.

He added: 'While zombies are great, the real neat thing about this project is the potential to inject some life into a forgotten neighbourhood - with the opportunity to work with neighbourhood groups and organisation'.

The project would follow in the footsteps of Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse, where thrill-seekers wield paint ball guns to play hide-and-seek with undead zombies in a formerly abandoned truck stop (Daily Mail, 2012)

Title: Zombie Apocalypse In Petco Park
Date: July 5, 2012
San Diego Reader

Abstract: Zombies invade San Diego's Petco Park on July 12-14. In intervals of 20 minutes at The Walking Dead Escape: Live the Apocalypse, "survivors" must navigate through infected "walker" zones to complete a 35-45 minute obstacle course which will include cargo nets and rope bridges. "Spectator" tickets are still available (though zombie and survivor tickets are sold out). Spectators watch the Apocalypse from the Escape Party area.

The obstacle course is not a race, although the site states that "the slow usually die for a reason...Depending on the encountered Walker, you may need to move briskly or lightly jog in an effort to avoid infection" (San Diego Reader, 2012)

Title: Mermaids, Like Zombies, Not Real, Say Govt. Experts
Date: July 3, 2012
New York Daily News

Abstract: Sorry everyone, mermaids can’t actually be found under the sea.

The National Ocean Service has declared that the mythical creatures do not exist after Animal Planet aired a seemingly realistic TV show in May about the half-human, half-fish sea creatures.

"No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found," the service wrote in an article online.

The service decided to respond last week to inquiries from at least two confused viewers who watched the fictional show titled “Mermaids: The Body Found” and couldn’t tell whether the creatures were real or not.

The statement, which describes mermaids’ mythological origins, was written based on public knowledge because “mermaid science programs” do not exist, NOS spokesperson Carol Kavanagh told the BBC.

The rather unusual declaration comes on the heels of a similarly bizarre announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC announced last month that there are no such things as zombies, despite the sudden surge in real-world face-eating attacks.

In recent years, the CDC has jokingly published several “zombie apocalypse” warnings, which advised people to stock up on food and water in case of a freak zombine attack - advise that also applies to natural disasters.

But the agency felt it needed to take a firm stance on the issue in May when Rudy Eugene chewed off the face of a homeless man on the side of a busy causeway in Miami.

Though mermaids may not officially exist, a Florida camp is getting as close as it can get to emulating the mythical creatures.

The Weeki Wachee Springs’ Sirens of the Deep Mermaid Camp teaches women ages 30 and older how to perform underwater ballets while wearing mermaidlike tails.

Campers learn the aquatic moves from “show” mermaids who perform in Weeki Wachee Spring daily. The “show” sirens, according to USA Today, rely on underwater air hose s to breathe.

"When we show, we know what you're feeling," camp leader Barbara Wynns tells her students. "We know what we've been doing for 65 years, and you leave here knowing you're a mermaid" (New York Daily News, 2012)

Title: An Actual Zombie Apocalypse Is ‘Frightening,’ Says ‘Walking Dead’ Producer Gale Anne Hurd
Date: July 5, 2012
New York Daily News

Abstract: All the news reports about the so-called real-life zombie apocalypse — a spate of gruesome cannibalistic attacks, including one that left a homeless man in Miami with most of his face bitten off – have been creeping out the makers of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

“It’s frightening,” says executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. “My Twitter Timeline people, every time there is one [of those stories], someone sends me a link that is very disturbing.”

Disturbing or not, the time has never been riper for the sight of a good old-fashioned horde of decaying bodies shambling down the side of a highway.

So to give fans and first-timers another reason to break out the #ZombieApocalypse hash tag, AMC is running a marathon of all 19 episodes from the first two seasons of “The Walking Dead,” starting Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

For those not among the record-breaking 9 million who tuned in to the season-two finale, “The Walking Dead” follows an ever-dwindling band of survivors led by deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) as they search for a safe haven in a world overrun by the titular phenomenon.

Don’t get too attached to specific members of the cast. Just like the comic book series the show is based on (creator Robert Kirkman is a writer/producer on the show), life expectancy on “The Walking Dead” isn’t too high.

“The first time I saw the scene where [a child member of the group] exits the barn as a zombie, I got teary-eyed,” says Hurd. “But we really wanted to give the audience that kind of gut punch.”

There will be plenty of gut punches when season three starts in October. The Saturday and Sunday marathon will be peppered with previews of the upcoming season from the Atlanta-area set of the show, where the cast and crew are busy fighting the heat and giant mosquitos as they film now.

As scary as it is to watch the show, imagine having to stand on line at the craft services table in the middle of a horde of zombies. Hurd does this on a daily basis.

“It depends on the level of decay,” she says about queasiness while eating lunch with the extras, after they’ve been taken care of by legendary makeup artist Greg Nicotero. “The ones that are shown only in the background are not really a problem, but he ones who literally have half their jaw missing and congealed blood dripping from their mouths — you don’t ever get used to that.

“It’s a fantastic diet aid” (New York Daily News, 2012).

Title: Top 10 Zombie Scenes In The Bible
Date: July 5, 2012
Huffington Post

Abstract: Zombies loom large in popular culture these days. Max Brooks' "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War" (2006), the Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith mashup "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" (2009), and Melissa Marr's "Graveminder" (2011), to name but a few recent novels, enjoy a wide readership. There are also graphic novels, the AMC television show "The Walking Dead," video games, and of course movies. Some of my recent favorites in the latter category include the Norwegian Nazis-as-zombies film "Dead Snow" (2009) with its delightful tagline "Ein! Zwei! Die!" and Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's "The Cabin in the Woods" (2012). With all of this going on, there is little surprise to come across the open-source, collaborative Stinque Zombie Bible. It was just a matter of time, I suppose, and the King James Bible will never be quite the same.

I am an unabashed zombie fan but also teach "classic" English literature and the New Testament so I can't quite bring myself to desecrate the literary and religious masterpiece that is the Authorized (King James) Version by contributing to the Zombie Bible. Still, wanting to get into the spirit of things, I can't resist noting a few biblical scenes and themes -- a top 10 list -- that come to mind each time I watch or read the latest version of the zombie apocalypse to come along. At least in some passages, a zombie-Bible mashup requires very little editorial interference.

1. The Gospel of Luke: "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen" (Luke 24:5). Such a suggestive phrase. Note also that the angels asking the question and those they address are standing inside a tomb at the time (Luke 24:2-4).

2. The Book of Revelation: "the sea gave up the dead that were in it" (Revelation 20:13). John the Seer's creepy statement reminds me of a scene in George A. Romero's "Land of the Dead" (2005) that features slow-moving corpses walking out of the surf, and Max Brooks' "World War Z" with its account of the boy returning from a swim with a bite mark on his foot. He also describes the zombie hoards roaming the world's oceans: "They say there are still somewhere between twenty and thirty million of them, still washing up on beaches, or getting snagged in fisherman's nets."

3. Deuteronomy: "Your corpses shall be food for every bird of the air and animal of the earth, and there shall be no one to frighten them away" (Deuteronomy 28:25-26; cf. 2 Samuel 21:10; Psalm 79:1-2; Isaiah 34:2-3; Jeremiah 7:33). The ancients worried about the exposure of their body after death. Improper care of one's corpse was a terrifying prospect, so it is no wonder it features in prophetic warnings of divine wrath. Qoheleth insists that even though a man lives a long life and has many children, if he "has no burial ... a stillborn child is better off than he" (Ecclesiastes 6:3). The indignity of non-burial presumably accounts for the honor bestowed on the poor man Lazarus in Jesus' parable; the rich man receives proper burial but Lazarus "was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham" (Luke 16:22) because there was no one to care for his remains.

4. The Book of Job: "Why is light given to one in misery, and life to the bitter in soul, who long for death, but it does not come, and dig for it more than for hidden treasures...?" (Job 3:20-21). Job is angry he did not die at birth (3:11), adding that he loathes his life and does not want to live forever (7:16). Others prefer death to life out of principled anger against God, like the prophet Jonah (4:3; cf. 4:8). Physical death eludes a surprising number of people in the Christian Bible, and this is not always a welcome thing. The prophet John refers to some who "seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them" (Revelation 9:6). The prospect of an elusive death, as every zombie fan knows, terrorizes the living. The "stricken" Charlotte Lucas in "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" agrees to marry the tedious and obsequious minister Mr. Collins because she wants "a husband who will see to [her] proper Christian beheading and burial." This is no small task for most survivors left with such a grim assignment, as Shaun well knows: "I don't think I got it in me to shoot my flat mate, my mom, and my girlfriend all in the same evening" ("Shaun of the Dead," 2004).

5. The Gospel of Matthew: "The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After [Jesus'] resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many" (Matthew 27:52-53). Unwanted persistent life is a recurring image in biblical literature and so too is language referring to the impermanence of bodily death. The dead do not stay dead. The psalmist is confident he will not "see decay" (Psalm 16:10 New International Version; cf. Acts 2:27; 13:35). We read of the physical resurrections of specific individuals (e.g., 1 Kings 17:17-24; Luke 8:49-56; maybe Acts 20:7-12) and expected mass revivals (e.g., 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). Some of these accounts of un-dying involve reference to un-burying. Mary and Martha's brother Lazarus walks out of his tomb when "they took away the stone" (John 11:41). On Easter morning, mourners find "the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back" (Mark 16:4). A second century writer describes further the events preceding Jesus' emergence from the tomb: "That stone which had been laid against the entrance to the sepulchre started of itself to roll and gave way to the side, and the sepulchre was opened" (Gospel of Peter 9.35).

6. Ezekiel: Ezekiel receives a vision promising the restoration of Israel (37:11). Seeing a valley full of bones, the Lord instructs him to speak to them, saying, "O dry bones ... I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live" (37:4-6). When Ezekiel does so, "there was a noise, a rattling" as bones come together and sinew and skin appears and the breath of life returns. The dry bones "lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude" (37:7-10).

7. Zechariah: "their flesh shall rot while they are still on their feet; their eyes shall rot in their sockets, and their tongues shall rot in their mouths" (Zechariah 14:12). They seem to resemble extras in a George A. Romero film.

8. The Gospel of Mark: "hell, where their worm never dies" (Mark 9:48; alluding here to Isaiah 66:24). Gehenna (here symbolically representing "hell," and usually translated so, as in Mark 9:44, 45, 47) refers to the Valley of Hinnom located to the south and southwest of Jerusalem. Following the reign of Israel's righteous King Josiah (see 2 Kings 23:10-14), it became Jerusalem's garbage heap, a place with maggots and rotting corpses. Jesus refers to this burning garbage in Mark 9:48, a place where residents of the city would leave the rotting corpses of humans and animals to the worms that do not die, to maggots. The image suggests the corpses of the damned rot in gehenna/hell -- maggot ridden -- in perpetuity.

9. 2 Maccabees: "[Antiochus IV Epiphanes] was seized with a pain in his bowels, for which there was no relief, and with sharp internal tortures -- and that very justly, for he had tortured the bowels of others with many and strange inflictions ... he fell out of his chariot as it was rushing along, and the fall was so hard as to torture every limb of his body. ... the ungodly man's body swarmed with worms, and while he was still living in anguish and pain, his flesh rotted away, and because of the stench the whole army felt revulsion at his decay. Because of his intolerable stench no one was able to carry the man who a little while before had thought that he could touch the stars of heaven" (2 Maccabees 9:5-6, 7, 9-10). The Syrian ruler's physical body rots away zombie-like while he still lives. The cause is divine, as the God of Israel strikes this enemy of the Jews with "an incurable and invisible blow" (2 Maccabees 9:5).

10. Genesis with the Book of Revelation: "the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep"; "the first heaven and the first earth has passed away, and the sea was no more" (Genesis 1:2; Revelation 21:1). With the disappearance of chaos, Eden returns: "On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit" (Revelation 22:2; cf. Genesis 2:9). Horrors stories often wander back and forth between forms of paradise (ordered society) and chaos (some variant of an apocalyptic hellscape) thus recalling biblical stories with similar alternations. Zombie stories typically depict the disintegration of the modern world, and often hint at a return from the wilderness to the paradisiacal garden for survivors (cf. Genesis 3:23-24). Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later" (2002), for one, ends with a developing romance between Jim and Salina, happy in the cultivated lands around a cottage that echoes Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The sequel "28 Weeks Later" (2007), however, depicts a failed attempt to restore Eden. After the spread of the disastrous infection in the first film, the sequel documents efforts to repopulate the United Kingdom. Survivors return to their homeland, to what the director's commentary refers to as "a new world" and a "Garden of Eden." Naturally, mayhem ensues and the infection spreads as the movie unfolds. It wouldn't be much of a horror movie otherwise (Huffington Post, 2012)

Title: For Die-Hard Zombie Fans, A Chance To Romp With The Undead
Date: July 8, 2012
Wall Street Journal

Abstract: Daniel Smith had run over hills, scrambled through streams and climbed over walls on a recent hot Saturday here, when he came face-to-face with his greatest obstacle yet: a field full of zombies.

He dodged through about 20 groaning, glassy-eyed antagonists with oozing facial wounds and streaks of red splattered across their clothes. "I felt like it was just nonstop sprinting for my life," said the 18-year-old from nearby Yorktown.

Mr. Smith, who runs high school track and cross-country, paid $87 for the privilege, while the zombies chasing him paid $25—and got a free makeup job and, for those over 21, a complimentary beer at the end of the race.

Obstacle-course races and zombie-themed events—from proms to marches to film festivals—have been spreading across the country like a flesh-eating bacteria. Now, a series of races called "Run For Your Lives" are bringing the two together.

Runners wade through pools of fake blood, duck under electrified wires and try to avoid letting zombies steal their "health flags" worn on a belt around the waist. A runner with no flags left is ruled dead—or is it undead?—and isn't eligible for awards at the end of the five-kilometer race. Crossing the finish line alive is no small feat: Only about 20% of racers make it with at least one of their three flags left.

Mr. Smith had managed to hold on to his flags through several close encounters with zombies when he suddenly found his path blocked by a pair of female twins in checkered blue-and-white dresses, their faces bruised and heads cocked to one side. "They looked sort of demented," he said.

He dodged to the side and into a shin-deep creek to pass them, but lost his first flag to a grasping hand.

Zombies come up with their own outfits, but organizers do their makeup, including pale skin, sunken eyes and fake blood—a mix of corn syrup, cornstarch and food coloring—splashed on their clothes. Adhesive plastic molds and red goo give some zombies gaping wounds.

Zombies preparing for the race here lined up to stand in front of a hanging white sheet and have a makeup artist throw handfuls of blood on their backs and chests before they set out to populate a 70-acre course rigged with water pits, log barriers and monkey bars.

"That felt really good because it was hot out," said Michael Packer, who drove 45 minutes from Indianapolis with his girlfriend and two other friends—all wearing surgical gear. "It soaked through pretty well and it stayed wet for a long time."

Reed Street Productions, a company based in White Marsh, Md., and formed by two friends in their 20s, is making a killing on the races. It held its first race just last year near Baltimore and unexpectedly drew 12,000 people, the company said. It will hold a total of 13 similar events in cities from Boston to Los Angeles this year. Next year, it hopes to double that. The company said it expects revenue of $18.8 million this year, but declined to disclose its profits. Between 3,000 and 10,000 people participate in the races, with about 5,000 at the event here.

"Why a zombie race?" asked Derrick Smith, co-founder of the Run For Your Lives races and no relation to Daniel Smith. "We came up with the name, and we said, 'Well, what do people run from?' We figured zombies was going to be a pretty popular idea," he said.

Indeed, zombies seem to be everywhere these days, including on television. AMC Networks Inc.'s apocalyptic zombie drama "The Walking Dead" has drawn millions of television viewers.

Zombies in the Run For Your Lives races are split into two groups. "Chasers" run after racers to grab their flags, while "stumblers" are supposed to "crawl, shuffle, drag, or perform any other type of slow movement in order to horrify runners and take their flags," according to instructions for zombies on the race website.

Mr. Packer, a 41-year-old software designer, was a chaser. He was resting in the shade when two men dressed as Elvis emerged on the path up ahead and began jogging toward him.

He looked around as if sensing the presence of the Elvises, then reached out with his clawed hands and lurched toward them and two other runners, his back stiffly bent.

"I went for the wide-eyed, slobbering, drooling zombie growl," said Mr. Packer. His startled targets leaped into a sprint down the path to escape.

Runners Kate Christensen, a 30-year-old microbiologist from Oconomowoc, Wis., and Cindy Rasmussen, a 30-year-old biochemist from Whitewater, Wis., wore plastic hula skirts with hanging green strips that made it harder for zombies to grab their flags. And when Ms. Rasmussen lost her third flag, she started running interference for Ms. Christensen.

"We worked together as a team and tried to use other people as bait," Ms. Christensen said.

But the zombies worked together too. Daniel Smith, the high-school runner, lost a second flag when a large group of zombies forced him to one side of a path, allowing a chaser zombie to catch up to him. He later dove into a mud hole to protect his remaining flag.

Mr. Smith continued on to a maze, where he narrowly escaped a different chaser, and climbed over a cargo net. With the finish line in sight, the race had one more surprise for him—a low, electrified fence to crawl under. Mr. Smith dropped to his elbows and started pulling himself forward.

"I looked up to look at the finish line and got zapped in the head," he said. "It stung pretty good." (Organizers later turned off the electricity when a combination of exhaustion and dehydration caused adverse reactions in some runners.)

Mr. Smith learned after he went home that he had finished with the fastest time among living finishers. His prize, which he has yet to claim, was a set of zombie paraphernalia including a keychain, a Run For Your Lives T-shirt and drawstring bag. Asked whether the prizes were worth the ordeal, he hesitated and then said: "Not that much" (Wall Street Journal, 2012).

Title: Zombies: A Living History
Date: June 17, 2012

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Title: Company Selling Zombie Preparedness Kit For $24,000
Date: July 26, 2012
CBS News

Abstract:  Preparing for a zombie apocalypse does pay off, but it’s hard work. Although battling the hordes of eBay bidders and gathering everything piecemeal could be one preferred method, an Illinois-based company has created an easier way.

Optics Planet created a one-stop solution for zombie battlers everywhere called Z.E.R.O.

Z.E.R.O., short for Zombie Extermination, Research and Operations, is a kit that contains everything someone would need to keep alive in the end times. Initially priced at $31,375, the kit has been discounted to $23,999 with delivery available to the customer’s home or armed complex.

The kit contains a number of items for standard survival, including a first aid kit, an entire box of batteries, solar panel, and several packs to carry gear.

Optics Planet also includes science equipment such as syringes, a few beakers, and a microscope. The company, however, warns that customers should “search for a cure or you’ll search for a grave.”

Perhaps the most interesting equipment that Z.E.R.O. contains are the pieces with offensive capability. There’s a custom holographic sight with a biohazard reticle, a custom-made zombie fighting knife, and tactical gloves with ridged knuckles.

Optic Planet insists that “punching zombies is the most fun you can have.” But if punching is not your style, Optics Planet includes an OPMOD Battle Mug.

“You can go from thirst-quenching to death-dealing in less than .45 seconds,” the company says in its packaging. “We tested that.”

Despite the discounted rate and the zombie mania that’s sweeping the nation, Optics Planet has not sold very many Z.E.R.O. kits.

Brian Weiss, marketing team leader for Optics Planet, told CBS Atlanta that “it’s more of a novelty item.”

“We have a lot of stuff already that are related to zombies, and we thought it would be fun to put together a collection of all that stuff,” Weiss said.

Although the chances of a zombie outbreak are slim, Z.E.R.O. kits serve another purpose.

“We wanted to raise awareness of what could people need in a survival situation, like with the weather we’ve been having lately,” Weiss told CBS Atlanta. “We want to get people thinking about what they could use“ (CBS News, 2012)

Title: Zombies Attack Westboro Baptist Church
Date: July 31, 2012

Abstract: Protesters in Washington State have found a way to fight hate speech: a demonstration outside of a military base led by the Westboro Baptist Church on Friday was upstaged by around 300 counter protesters, all clad as zombies.

Hundreds of protesters donned ripped clothing and gory make-up to resemble the walking dead during a Friday demonstration meant to show-up a rally being held by the Westboro Baptist Church in Seattle, Washington.

Members of the small Kansas-based congregation have made headlines nationwide in the past after picketing high-profile funeral services and other events with signs proclaiming slogans such as “God Hates Fags,” an anthem that has since become the calling card of the group and even serves as URL of the church’s official website. The WBC has garnered extra attention in recent weeks for plotting protests outside of the memorial services for victims of the Aurora, Colorado massacre and was in Washington State this weekend to rally against the US military.

“When you goofy, unthankful, flag-worshipping fools decided that you would declare war against the Lord and against His anointed, you put yourselves in the cross-hairs of a raging mad God. We will come to tell you a few things, to wit,”the WBC wrote before their protest on a missive published on their site.

On Friday, members of the church were indeed in attendance to say a few things to those that would listen outside of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but were outdone by around 300 staggering zombie counter protesters.

Melissa Neace of Spanaway, WA was once of the people instrumental in starting the counter protest over Facebook, where over 3,500 people were invited to attend. When asked by the News Tribune to explain the need to draw attention to the WBC, she said she thought it was necessary to expose the insanity behind the group’s own message.

“We wanted to turn something negative around, into something people could laugh at and poke fun at,” Neace says.“It was the easiest way to divert attention from something so hateful.”

Only around eight members of the church actually made it to the joint military base to protest, which allowed their rally to be easily dwarfed by an army of 300 zombies opposed to what many say are misguided messages that spawn hate.

"I think that their message is very hateful, and Jesus was not a hateful person. He loved everybody," one of the counter-protesters told local KIRO.

Another counter-protester, one with close ties to the US military, opposed the message the WBC advertised on Friday. “I come from a long line of military, including my husband. So if they’re going to protest my troops, I’m going to protect my first amendment and protest them,” Ashlee Nerad adds to KIRO.

Outside of the base and on the Web, hacktivists with the loose-knit Anonymous collective announced only days earlier the preliminary plans of an online campaign that they hope will crush the Internet presence of the church.

“They have hurt too many people, and letting this go on without any action being taken is not okay,” the message reads. “While, yes, Freedom of Speech is the First Amendment — there are ways to violate it. Which WBC partakes in by: slander; defamation; libel; harassment; verbal abuse; threats.”

“If you can hack, hack their website,” the post asks (RT, 2012)

Title: Miami Face-Chewing Victim Recalls Attack
Date: August 9, 2012
Fox News

Abstract: A homeless man whose face was mostly chewed off in a bizarre assault alongside a busy South Florida highway told police that his attacker "just ripped me to ribbons."

In a recorded interview with investigators, Ronald Poppo said the man who approached him initially seemed friendly. Then the man, Rudy Eugene, seemed to become angry about something that had happened on Miami Beach, where thousands were partying through the Memorial Day weekend.

"For a while he was acting nice. Then he got flustered. He probably remembered something that happened on the beach and was not happy about it," Poppo told investigators in the interview that was taped July 19 and first reported Wednesday by Miami news station WFOR-TV.

Poppo said Eugene then "turned berserk" and attacked with his bare hands, screaming that both men would die.

"He just ripped me to ribbons. He chewed up my face. He plucked out my eyes. Basically, that's all there is to say about it," Poppo said.

Poppo, 65, remains in a long-term care facility after losing an eye, his eyebrows, his nose and parts of his forehead and right cheek in the May 26 attack. His other eye was severely damaged.

Doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center said last month that Poppo was in good spirits, talking and walking around, but would need several more surgeries before he could explore the options for reconstructing his face.

Eugene, 31, was shot and killed by a Miami police officer during the attack on the Macarthur Causeway just off downtown Miami. Lab tests found only marijuana in Eugene's system, but no other drugs or alcohol.

Poppo said Eugene had said something about not being able "to score," adding that Eugene "must have been souped up on something."

In the police interview, Poppo sometimes seems confused about some details of the attack. He described Eugene wearing a green shirt and getting out of a car, but surveillance video recorded from security cameras on The Miami Herald building showed a naked Eugene walking up to Poppo as cars and bicyclists zipped by. Poppo was reclining on the sidewalk near the parking garage where he lived.

Police asked Poppo whether he provoked Eugene.

"What could provoke an attack of that type?" Poppo said. "I didn't curse at the guy or say anything mean or nasty."

Poppo also thanked the police for saving his life, saying the officer who shot Eugene arrived in the nick of time (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Zombie Apocalypse: You Had Better Now Start To Consider It!
Date: August 14, 2012

Abstract: Researchers in Japan have found signs of mutation in butterflies, signaling one of the first indications of change to the local ecosystem.

Just two months after the March 2011 accident roughly 12 percent of the butterflies showed signs of abnormalities, such as disfigurement in their antennas, smaller-sized wings, change in color patterns and indented eyes.

Even more alarming, when they collected another 238 samples six months later they found that those abnormalities had increased to 28 percent and the mutations had doubled to 52 percent in their offspring.

Are These the Footprints of Our Future?
Even though evolution is taking place all around us, for many species the process operates so slowly that it is not observable except over thousands or hundreds of thousands of years.

Evolution by means of natural selection is the process by which genetic mutations that enhance reproduction become and remain, more common in successive generations of a population. These conditions produce competition between organisms for survival and reproduction. Consequently, organisms with traits that give them an advantage over their competitors pass these advantageous traits on, while traits that do not confer an advantage are not passed on to the next generation.

Consider the Consequences
Changes to a species would take place over thousands or hundreds of thousands of years. As a result of the radiation, just in 2 months 12% of the butterfly’s showed abnormalities and disfigurement. After only 6 months the percentage of abnormalities and disfigurement more than doubled to 28%.

Traits in a species are not passed on unless it will give them an advantage over the competition. After only 6 months, the mutations had doubled to 52 percent in their offspring. A new life form may be developing right before our eyes.

Terrifying Scenario
One of the more important evolutionary concerns facing humans today is the emergence of antibiotic-resistant microbes. A battle against bacteria that we have been winning with medicine for the last 50 years or so is now an even race, according to some scientists because of the rapid rate of bacterial evolution.

The zombie virus is mutating faster than science can keep up. When the IR 4000 Serum became tainted, it set back science and their fight for the antidote decades in research. What would happen when the zombie virus now comes into contact with the radiation mutations, we may never be able to gain any ground as we may be fighting an enemy that has never existed before in our history with little or no known weaknesses.

This would represent the ultimate battle (CantonRep, 2012)

Title: ‘Zombie Attack’! St. Petersburg Swarmed By Undead In Fancy Dress
Date: August 26, 2012

Abstract: Several hundred “zombies” have taken a park in St. Petersburg by storm, after eyewitnesses saw them limping around moaning for brains and flesh. The so-called “dead” carnival was later interrupted by police.

Some 300 “zombies” were parading within the grounds of  Tavrichesky Garden mock dressed in an array of attire from dead bunnies to riving monsters. Sporadic shouts of “Brain, gimme your brain!” or “Meat, meat!” shot over general snarling and moaning.

With white and grey faces mixed with fake blood – teenagers and youngsters provided the core of the zombie mob, worthy of a “Dawn of the Dead” movie remake.

The zombie walk organizers did not apply for official permission to hold the parade, still the police tolerated the invasion for an hour or so before closing down the event. 

The zombie mob page at the social network Vkontakte, a Russian version of Facebook, gave a clear warning to the participants to behave and avoid provoking law enforcers.

The living dead are responsible for their own actions; they don’t bite other people; they don’t damage other people’s property and they don’t pose for cameras,” read the rules. “During the parade the instinct of preserving zombie-traditions is more important than the instinct of eating human meat.”

This was the fourth zombie mob in St. Petersburg which is deemed by many as Russia’s cultural heritage capital. A similar action planned for August in Moscow was banned, while in the Siberian city of Omsk a parade was dispersed by police – the local authorities had banned it citing protest from the Russian Orthodox Church and other groups (RT, 2012).

Title: Zombie Drive-Thru Prank
October 27, 2012

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Title: Police Respond To Report Of Woman Shot In Car, Find Her In Blood-Soaked Zombie Costume
November 1, 2012
Fox News

Police in Alabama were called to what looked like a woman shot dead in her car but found a Halloween reveler they described as drunk and passed out in a bloody-looking zombie costume.

The news site Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/SrbNCn) that a passerby called 911 in Birmingham on Thursday morning after seeing the woman slumped over her steering wheel at a traffic light.

Police say officers roused the woman and removed her from the SUV. Authorities say she was handcuffed and taken to the city jail on a DUI charge.

A photo of the woman by al.com showed fake blood covering much of her torso as she was apprehended.

Details on her identity weren't immediately available (Fox News, 2012).