Contamination Boxed Set 0-3: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Dystopian Survival – T.W. Piperbrook

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Contamination Boxed Set 0-3: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Dystopian Survival

T.W. Piperbrook

Genre: Science Fiction

Publish Date: May 14, 2015

Publisher: Post Script Publishing

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


This specially-priced bundle contains the first four books in the CONTAMINATION series: * Contamination Zero * Contamination 1: The Onset * Contamination 2: Crossroads * Contamination 3: Wasteland ABOUT CONTAMINATION:  The infection has begun, ravaging the American Southwest and leaving chaos in its wake. In this new world, there will be no last meal, no dying wish. The only reward left is to survive another day… FULL SERIES BOOKS 0-7 AVAILABLE NOW! Fans of post-apocalyptic horror, dystopian science fiction, supernatural suspense, or the zombie apocalypse will enjoy this best-selling series!

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George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead – George A. Romero

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George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead

George A. Romero

Genre: Horror

Price: $ 4.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: November 1, 2009


The newest film from George A. Romero (legendary creator of the Night of the Living Dead franchise) picks up where Diary of the Dead leaves off – in a nightmarish world where humans are the minority and the zombies rule. Off the coast of Delaware sits Plum Island, where two families are locked in a struggle for power. The O'Flynns approach the zombie plague with a shoot-to-kill attitude. The Muldoons feel that zombies should be quarantined and kept "alive" in hopes that a solution will someday be found.

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Days of Chaos: EMP Survival Series, Volume 2 (Unabridged) – Jack Hunt

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Days of Chaos: EMP Survival Series, Volume 2 (Unabridged)

Jack Hunt

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 17.95

Publish Date: April 14, 2018

© ℗ © 2018 Jack Hunt

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The Purge of Babylon: A Novel of Survival – Sam Sisavath

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The Purge of Babylon: A Novel of Survival

Sam Sisavath

Genre: Science Fiction

Publish Date: September 23, 2018

Publisher: Road To Babylon Media LLC

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


Book #1 in the Purge of Babylon post-apocalyptic series. It all starts here. ______________________________ ONE NIGHT. THAT WAS ALL IT TOOK. Creatures that once lived in the shadows, hidden from humankind, have risen, spreading like a plague across the globe over the course of a single night. Their numbers growing exponentially through infection, these seemingly unkillable creatures have swallowed up whole cities and collapsed unprepared governments. Survivors call it The Purge. Against all odds, a disparate group of survivors has emerged from that blood-soaked night that devastated the planet and reduced humanity to an endangered species. Among the survivors are two ex-Army Rangers, a businesswoman, and a third-year medical student. But surviving The Purge was one thing – staying alive is another matter entirely. Hope exists in the countryside, in the form of a self-sustaining underground facility designed to withstand any calamity. But in order to reach its safety, the survivors must travel hundreds of treacherous miles, with the night – and the creatures that dwell within it – always at their backs. The rules are simple: stay out of the dark, load up on silver bullets, and whatever you do, STAY ALIVE. The road to salvation has begun …

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Fighting Rough: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller (The EMP, Book 5) (Unabridged) – Ryan Westfield

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Fighting Rough: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller (The EMP, Book 5) (Unabridged)

Ryan Westfield

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 17.95

Publish Date: June 29, 2018

© ℗ © 2018 Ryan Westfield

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‘Adrift’ showcases Shailene Woodley in harrowing survival tale

“Adrift” is a two-tiered throwback — a stirring, at times grueling portrait of survival, and an old-fashioned showcase for star-producer Shailene Woodley. It mostly works on both levels, although more casual film-goers might understandably opt to catch this TV-movie-style true story after it’s sailed out of theaters.


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We’re Alive: A Story of Survival, the Second Season – Kc Wayland & Shane Salk

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We’re Alive: A Story of Survival, the Second Season

Kc Wayland & Shane Salk

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 14.95

Publish Date: October 13, 2011

© ℗ © 2011 Wayland Productions

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Surviving Chaos: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller: The EMP, Book 4 (Unabridged) – Ryan Westfield

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Surviving Chaos: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller: The EMP, Book 4 (Unabridged)

Ryan Westfield

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 17.95

Publish Date: April 27, 2018

© ℗ © 2018 Ryan Westfield

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Out of Office with Brent Rose – Brent Rose’s Ultimate Survival Bag

Bug-out bags/survival kits are a controversial topic. Everybody has a different philosophy about what makes a good one. This is Brent’s. While bigger and heavier than a lot of the bags you’ll see online, you can keep it in the closet by your front door or the trunk of your car, and you’ll be prepared for an emergency that could last many days. Brent’s kit doubles as a slick backpacking setup, so you’ll get to know your gear extremely well, and you get to have fun with it, too.
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We’re Alive: A Story of Survival, The Third Season – Kc Wayland

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We’re Alive: A Story of Survival, The Third Season

Kc Wayland

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 14.95

Publish Date: March 18, 2013

© ℗ © 2013 Wayland Productions

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The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide (Unabridged) – Jenna Fischer

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The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide (Unabridged)

Jenna Fischer

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 14.95

Publish Date: December 22, 2017

© ℗ © 2017 Novel Audio

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Getting Out: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller (Unabridged) – Ryan Westfield

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Getting Out: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller (Unabridged)

Ryan Westfield

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 17.95

Publish Date: October 24, 2017

© ℗ © 2017 Ryan Westfield

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Staying Alive: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller (The EMP) (Unabridged) – Ryan Westfield

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Staying Alive: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller (The EMP) (Unabridged)

Ryan Westfield

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 17.95

Publish Date: December 27, 2017

© ℗ © 2017 Ryan Westfield

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Empty Bodies: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Dystopian Survival – Zach Bohannon

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Empty Bodies: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Dystopian Survival

Zach Bohannon

Genre: Science Fiction

Publish Date: July 28, 2015

Publisher: Zach Bohannon

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


When the world falls, who will survive? Overview: In a single moment, everything changes. Hundreds of thousands of people suddenly collapse, leaving their friends and loved ones behind, terrified and confused.  Moments later, the fallen rise and the survivors become the hunted. Follow three intertwining stories through the apocalypse. Will Kessler works a dead-end warehouse job in Tennessee, driving a forklift and unloading shipping containers. When he wakes up from a nap during his lunch break, he finds most of his co-workers have mutated into monsters, and they have turned the 50,000 square foot building into a war zone, murdering any other survivors. Alone and weaponless, Will must fight through the undead horde to secure the building and answer one question: Is he truly alone? In Texas, Gabriel Alexander boards a plane, thinking he is heading back to his wife and daughter in Washington D.C. After his flight takes off, several passengers fall suddenly ill, sending the cabin into a panic. Soon, the sick passengers go on a rampage, attacking others on the plane, including the pilot. And with no one to fly the plane, it dives toward the ground, taking Gabriel and the start of the apocalypse with it. Jessica Davies runs the front desk of a hotel in the North Carolina mountains. It seems like another boring day of checking tourists into their rooms when she receives a call from a guest to bring them some aspirin. The elevator door opens, and Jessica is forced into a hell she could’ve never imagined.  Fans of post-apocalyptic horror…the end is here! Start this best-selling series now! Perfect for any fan of post-apocalyptic horror, dystopian science fiction, supernatural suspense, or the zombie apocalypse!

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The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead (Unabridged) – Max Brooks

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The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead (Unabridged)

Max Brooks

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 17.95

Publish Date: September 12, 2006

© ℗ © 2006 Random House Audio

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Survival Aptitude Test: Sound – Mike Sheriff

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Survival Aptitude Test: Sound

Mike Sheriff

Genre: Science Fiction

Publish Date: November 1, 2016

Publisher: The Appended Press

Seller: Mike Sheriff


A blighted Earth. A dying species. A faint hope for humanity’s survival. The Cycle of Extinctions is nearly complete. Starving humans teeter at the top of the food chain. In fact, they’re the last remaining link. But a doomed boy and girl may offer a seed of hope. Like every 19-year-old prospect in Daqin Guojin, Daoren and Heqet must soon sit the Survival Aptitude Test. Only the smartest pass the S.A.T. The rest are harvested for grooll, the city-state’s sole food source and barter currency. If Daoren’s intellect can outpace his anxiety, he might earn the first perfect score in history and be named ruler. Heqet knows he can’t do it without her, even if he’d be the last person to ask for help. Together, they hold the answers for saving humanity . . . if they can stay alive. Daqin Guojin’s ruling caste has been manipulating S.A.T. scores for its dull-witted children, amassing a fortune in grooll and triggering a widespread famine. The elites will do anything to protect their wealth, even if it means ensuring Daoren and Heqet’s test leads to the pair’s harvesting . . . and humanity’s downfall. Survival Aptitude Test: Sound is the first book in the post-apocalyptic sci-fi series, The Extinction Odyssey. If you enjoy classic dystopian tales like Soylent Green and Logan’s Run , then you’ll love this modern twist on humanity’s last gasp. Grab Survival Aptitude Test: Sound today and begin your odyssey!

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We’re Alive: A Story of Survival – The First Season – Kc Wayland

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We’re Alive: A Story of Survival – The First Season

Kc Wayland

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 14.95

Publish Date: June 24, 2011

© ℗ © 2011 Wayland Productions

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ARK: Survival Evolved Spotlight: Giganotosaurus

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Introducing the dinosaur that makes the T-Rex look like a bitter chihuahua.
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Lamar Odom — 50/50 Chance for Survival

Lamar Odom’s survival is right on the line. Sources at the hospital tell us doctors are now saying Lamar has a 50/50 chance of surviving after enduring multiple medical problems … the apparent result of complications from drug use. Our sources say…

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Threat to Survival – Shinedown


Threat to Survival
Shinedown

Release Date:
September 18, 2015
Total Songs:
11

Genre:
Rock

Price:
$ 9.99

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℗ 2015 Atlanic Recording Corp. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.


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Voices Of Strength: Your Stories Of Survival

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Earlier this summer, I asked to hear stories of survival from Huffington Post readers. I wanted to know about the tragedy you faced, how you survived, how you turned your life around, and how you’re doing today.

Readers, you didn’t disappoint. Over the last few weeks we’ve heard from more than 500 of you. We’ve heard stories of illness, loss, natural disaster, bankruptcy, discrimination — and everything in between.

Having recently been confronted with a potentially life-altering diagnosis of breast cancer, I was buoyed by people reaching out to me with their own stories of survival. Many are blessed with never having to encounter the difficulties that life can bring. But many must. And they survive what life throws at them with grace, courage and humility.

Below are five compelling stories from those of you who have done just that (you can find all of them here). Thank you for helping us inspire others! For those of you who have not yet contacted us, please feel free to email us your own stories of 500 words or less to voicesofstrength@huffingtonpost.com. Make sure you put “survival” in the subject line and send us a photo as well.

Best,
Rita

Nancy Kirkwood
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“Tess Senay Raynovich died in a car accident on her way to work. The SUV hitting her car on the passenger side killed her instantly. She was 20-years-old. She was my youngest daughter. She was. She was. She was…” Read Nancy’s story here.

Susan Hausman
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“When I was seven years old I was raped by a neighbor and dear friend of our family. Everyone thought he was a great guy. I had no context in which to understand what had happened to me, so processing it took many years. I told no one. I grew up believing, in spite of dates here and there, that when it came to men I did not know what I was doing. I also believed that my words, thoughts and actions, in almost every realm, were without merit.” Read Susan’s story here.

Gabrielle Flank
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“My story begins in June of 2008 when, at the age of 10, I was diagnosed with ALL leukemia (acute lymphoid leukemia). Being diagnosed at the age of 10 was a hard thing. I was old enough to understand that I was sick but I did not fully understand the gravity of my illness.” Read Gabrielle’s story here.

Rashmee Patil
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“Losing my brother was the most painful thing I hope I will ever have to experience. It turns out that nobody is ever prepared for grief. It doesn’t arrive predictably in time or severity. It can be an overwhelming, moaning, sobbing kind of grief. Or it can ache just enough to remind you it’s there and yet somehow you never want it to go away.” Read Rashmee’s story here.

Stu Nunnery
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“Between 1978 and 1982, I lost much of my hearing and — along with it — any aspirations for a life in music. Technically speaking, I suffered from moderate to severe ‘sensori-neural’ hearing loss of unknown cause — not noise-related. It was sudden and unexpected; 50 percent of hearing in my left ear was gone in April 1978 within 24 hours.” Read Stu’s story here.

Rita Wilson is an actor, singer, producer and Huff/Post50’s editor at large.

Original illustrations by Jake Reeves.

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Sheek Louch – “Survival Of The Gorillas”

D-Block’s own Sheek Louch is no stranger to tackling other people’s instrumentals. This go around he decides to take it back to the 90’s and take a bite out of Mobb Deep’s classic instrumental, Survival Of The Fittest, he’s dubbing, “Survival Of The Gorillas”. His new project “Silverback Gorilla 2” is on the way so look out of that, but in the meantime, keep your ears to the streets as the Yonkers native doesn’t show any signs of slowing down anytime soon.


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Threat to Survival – Shinedown

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Threat to Survival

Shinedown

Genre: Rock

Price: $ 9.99

Expected Release Date: September 18, 2015

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The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead (Unabridged) – Max Brooks

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The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead (Unabridged)

Max Brooks

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 17.95

Publish Date: September 12, 2006

© ℗ © 2006 Random House Audio

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Fallout Shelter: Unofficial Survival Guide – John Conrad

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Fallout Shelter: Unofficial Survival Guide

Tips, tricks, cheats, tutorials, and more! The unofficial survival guide is for fans of the Fallout Shelter Game app. This manual will help you advance through the game fast, learn how to play Fallout Shelter, and act as a walkthrough of sorts. For fans of the Fallout series including Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, and the upcoming Fallout 4!

John Conrad

Genre: Games

Publish Date: June 23, 2015

Publisher: Too Rad Game Guides

Seller: John Tommervik


Do you want to learn advanced tips and tricks with the new Fallout Shelter game? Do you want game tutorials and learn how to play Fallout Shelter? Then this guide is for you!

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Rita Wilson: We Are Seeking Stories Of Survival

Dear Readers,

Since October 2011, Huff/Post50 has sought to remind people that we can still accomplish great things — while also having loads of fun — whether we’re 21 or 51 or 101. But our focus on the positive doesn’t exclude reality. And the reality is that many people have faced their fair share of tragedies and personal struggles.

Now I’m interested in hearing stories of survival from Huffington Post readers. Have you survived illness? The loss of a close family member? A fire? Bankruptcy? A very bitter divorce? How did you survive? How did you turn your life around? And how are you doing today? What advice would you give to anyone going through an unimaginable crisis?

Having recently been confronted with a potentially life altering diagnosis of breast cancer, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. During my recovery I was buoyed by people reaching out to me through social media with their own stories of survival of the same disease. It got me thinking that I am at an age where many people, like me, have encountered potentially life-changing experiences or have, in fact, had their lives altered in some way through illness, tragedy, loss, and more. Many are blessed with never having to encounter the difficulties that life can bring. But many must and they survive what life throws at them with grace, courage and humility.

As shocking as it was to hear my diagnosis and know what was ahead for me, I felt blessed to have a husband and children to lean on. My brother and his wife were extremely supportive. Friends helped me through with laughs and compassion. Support, care and empathy came from people I least expected — even people I had never met except through social media.

Now we want to hear from you. This summer, we’ll publish the most compelling submissions. What a wonderful way to inspire others!

Please email the following to voicesofstrength@huffingtonpost.com no later than Friday, July 10 at 5 p.m. eastern. And please put “survival” in the subject line.

Name and age
Hometown
Contact information including email address and daytime phone number
A specific description of the tragedy faced and how you survived it stronger than ever (500 words or less will do)
A photo (if you want to send a video, even better!)

Please note that your submissions are subject to HuffPost’s user terms, and please, no music if you submit a video, unless it’s an original work you composed and are playing. Thanks!

Thank you for helping us help others. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Best,
Rita

Rita Wilson is an actor, singer, producer and Huff/Post50’s editor at large.

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Rita Wilson: We Are Seeking Stories Of Survival

Dear Readers,

Since October 2011, Huff/Post50 has sought to remind people that we can still accomplish great things — while also having loads of fun — whether we’re 21 or 51 or 101. But our focus on the positive doesn’t exclude reality. And the reality is that many people have faced their fair share of tragedies and personal struggles.

Now I’m interested in hearing stories of survival from Huffington Post readers. Have you survived illness? The loss of a close family member? A fire? Bankruptcy? A very bitter divorce? How did you survive? How did you turn your life around? And how are you doing today? What advice would you give to anyone going through an unimaginable crisis?

Having recently been confronted with a potentially life altering diagnosis of breast cancer, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. During my recovery I was buoyed by people reaching out to me through social media with their own stories of survival of the same disease. It got me thinking that I am at an age where many people, like me, have encountered potentially life-changing experiences or have, in fact, had their lives altered in some way through illness, tragedy, loss, and more. Many are blessed with never having to encounter the difficulties that life can bring. But many must and they survive what life throws at them with grace, courage and humility.

As shocking as it was to hear my diagnosis and know what was ahead for me, I felt blessed to have a husband and children to lean on. My brother and his wife were extremely supportive. Friends helped me through with laughs and compassion. Support, care and empathy came from people I least expected — even people I had never met except through social media.

Now we want to hear from you. This summer, we’ll publish the most compelling submissions. What a wonderful way to inspire others!

Please email the following to voicesofstrength@huffingtonpost.com no later than Friday, July 10 at 5 p.m. eastern. And please put “survival” in the subject line.

Name and age
Hometown
Contact information including email address and daytime phone number
A specific description of the tragedy faced and how you survived it stronger than ever (500 words or less will do)
A photo (if you want to send a video, even better!)

Please note that your submissions are subject to HuffPost’s user terms, and please, no music if you submit a video, unless it’s an original work you composed and are playing. Thanks!

Thank you for helping us help others. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Best,
Rita

Rita Wilson is an actor, singer, producer and Huff/Post50’s editor at large.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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With this weekend marking the official start of summer, many of you will be looking to the skies and praying to the rain-god’s
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Exiled- A Prepper Survival Story – James Hunt

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Exiled- A Prepper Survival Story

James Hunt

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Publish Date: February 16, 2015

Publisher: Roger Hayden

Seller: Smashwords


Severe Dry patches in the Southwest are making the environment inhabitable. The Colorado Basin which provides water to almost 40 million people has finally run dry. The government sets up a perimeter across the entire southwest, exiling the region. Brooke and her family have to find away across and reach her sister in North Carolina.

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Reflections on Surviving Survival

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@2014 Frank Yamrus
from his ongoing series a “A Sense of a Beginning”
Portraits of Long Term Survivors of HIV

When Frank Yamrus was taking my photo, the bag I’d brought to the shoot with different outfits was left in the corner. “The solid blue shirt will work fine,” he told me. Contrary to my Vanity Fair photo-spread delusions of grandeur, there weren’t going to be a series of different poses all over the studio, as Frank played with wardrobe and lighting. Instead, I sat in the same chair as everyone else, close to the camera, prompted gently to let my facial expressions relax as much as possible.

When Frank agreed to let me write this essay, I asked to take an advance look at some of the other photos. I saw them iPad-sized, one scrolling onto another in perfectly coordinated dimensions. My initial thought was of Portrait Day in elementary school, as each face filled exactly the same space in the frame, against the very same background.

At first, the stylistic consistency between the photos seemed an odd choice to me. For years, many of us had been thought of as “my friend with AIDS,” or “my HIV-positive uncle.” As the crisis subsided, it felt, finally, as if it was no longer the first adjective that came to mind when those we love thought of us. Shouldn’t these portraits, I thought, be an opportunity to celebrate our individuality in spite of our HIV, rather than our sameness because of it?

Clearly, if that’s what Frank wanted to do, he could have — his other work is thoroughly eclectic, even unpredictable. So I sought to understand what he was aiming to create. Bearing in mind that the aesthetic he chose for this series could only be intentional, it became clear to me that by making each portrait as consistent as possible, Frank was stripping away all distractions for the viewer. No matter which photo, it is virtually impossible not to focus on the one element that is never the same, even when everything else is: the eyes.

I don’t know if the eyes are truly the window to the soul, or if the particular essence of living with HIV for so long can be captured by any camera. It’s almost as if we’d need to know what we would have looked like in an alternate universe where AIDS had never existed, in which our lives hadn’t been irrevocably translated by it, divided forever into before and after the moment we found out that sex could actually kill us. I’ll never know what you would have seen in the eyes of the “other” me. But I can share some of what I have lived through, some of what you might be seeing in my eyes and in the eyes of many in these portraits.

Seroconverting in the 1980s meant that time assumed a dyslexic quality for me; entire decades were flipped around. In my 20s, I started checking the obituaries before the headlines; in my 30s, I went on disability. For the next two decades or so, I often lived beyond my means, confusing instant gratification with being in the moment. Eventually, surviving meant returning to the workforce in middle age. Now I will almost certainly have to work as long as I physically can. Seems fair enough. Retirement? Been there, done that.

Obviously, many friends got sick and never got better. I learned that there is an art to visiting someone in the hospital, but that no one ever masters the best way to help someone die. I got scarily adept at writing eulogies, wondering as I delivered them if those gathered recognized the same suit I’d worn the last time, and the time before.

Once I was swapping stories with a bunch of “last men standing.” We kept topping each other with numbers of friends and lovers lost. After a pause, I shared a sudden epiphany: “Oh, my God, we’re grief-competing!” We laughed so hard. We had to laugh. There was nothing else left to do. (Loss on that scale is unarguably dreadful, but truth be told, it can also make you feel a little bit important.)

Then, in the late ’90s, I staggered from the desert onto an oasis, fairly sure it was going to end up being a mirage. I dutifully swallowed all the new pills — so many pills! And the side effects — let’s not forget those, even the times I blamed them to get out of doing something instead of owning up to nursing a hangover. I slowly noticed I was hearing terms like “viral load” and “genotype” far more frequently than “PCP” and “Kaposi’s Sarcoma.” When my doctor first pronounced me “undetectable,” I joked that it sounded like the title of a summer blockbuster.

“No,” he smiled. “It means we can barely find HIV in your blood.”
Say what?
“You’re going to live, my friend. AIDS is not going to kill you.”
Oh, I see.
(Pause for effect.)
But what’s the good news?

Clearly, I’d neglected to inform the doctor I could not afford to live. Did he know how much I owed on my credit cards? And then there was that Master’s degree I’d completely forgotten to get. Not to mention perhaps maybe a teensy-tiny crystal meth habit I’d picked up, the one I was able to completely justify because I had a two-year life expectancy and the paperwork to prove it.

Here’s the thing about the future. It’s not real, it’s an idea we have in our head. Survivors like me didn’t even know how much space it took up in our consciousness until it started shrinking, no longer the rapidly expanding universe of anticipation it was before HIV. I know when I confronted the very real prospect of dying young, I deliberately hastened my shift in perspective. It was far less painful to expect the worst and be prepared for it than live in denial and get mugged by reality. I’d seen some friends do that, and they did not go peacefully.

What did Bette Davis say? “Growing old ain’t for sissies.” Well, it ain’t for narcississies either. I dreaded the ego-puncturing years of turning fewer and fewer heads, of remembering when they used to call me “Sir” for a completely different reason. Sure, early death was scary, but calling a truce with it was so much less exhausting than fighting a battle I was sure to lose.

That was a smart strategy for the time, but dammit, it only worked if you actually died. Gradually, I realized I’d have to glue back all those pages I’d ripped from my calendar, crawl back to the ex to whom I’d so dramatically bid adieu years before. Hey, future, remember me? We used to be tight. Made lots of plans back in the day. Well… I was thinking we could let bygones be bygones and give it another whirl. Whad’ya say?

It took me a few years to put a name to this entire syndrome, but I even used it for the title of my Master’s thesis (oh, yeah, I finally remembered to get one of those.) I called it: The Disorientation of Survival. It doesn’t mean I wasn’t grateful for this unexpected turn of events, just that it caught me — most of us, I think — off-guard. Sort of like starring in a play and finding out in the second act that they’ve added a third act, and you’re going to have to learn all the new lines during intermission.

“I’m still here,” is the caption that would fit under each of Frank’s photographs. But in our eyes, you might see a question mark at the end of those words, representing the touch of surprise that we made it. I’m still here? Really?

Really.

“The Longterm Survivor Project” is on view at the SF Camerawork Gallery in San Francisco until July 18th.

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The Independent Musician’s Survival Guide (Music Industry How To, #1) – Shaun Letang

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The Independent Musician’s Survival Guide (Music Industry How To, #1)

Shaun Letang

Genre: Music

Publish Date: September 8, 2013

Publisher: Shaun Letang

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


Ever wondered why some talented musicians never seem to get that far, yet another average musician seems to be getting all the breaks? This is no coincidence; those that know how to handle themselves in the music industry will generally do much better then those that don't. Being a successful independent musician isn't just about how talented you are. You could be one of the best singers or rappers in the world, but if you don't handle yourself and your music career correctly, you won't get very far at all. Thankfully, those traits needed to do well are ones that can be learned. In this guide, I aim to give you the tools needed to do well as an independent musician. This includes help on the mentality you need to adopt, and the knowledge of what not to do. This is not a guide on how to market your music or how to improve your talent, this is something much more, yet just as important. Have a look at the table of contents to see exactly what you get in this guide. If you want to do well in the music industry and avoid the common mistakes most independent musicians make, The Independent Musicians Survival Guide is for you. Pick up a copy right now. Additional Notes: This book is suitable for all musicians, no matter what genre of music you make. By the end of this book, you will have a good sense of what it takes to do well in your music career, you will know how much money you can really make as an independent musician, and you will hopefully have the motivation to go out and make things work for you. This music industry guide is written by Shaun Letang, owner of Music Industry How To. Other people that have contributed to this music business book include Christine Infanger at Thirty Roses, Chris Rockett at Music Marketing Classroom, and some of the Music Industry How To insider members.

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Music Industry Survival Manual – TuneCore

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Music Industry Survival Manual

New Rules for the Music Industry

TuneCore

Genre: Music

Publish Date: February 23, 2012

Publisher: TuneCore

Seller: TuneCore


The music industry has changed, and it continues to shift. The traditional music industry was built on the world of physical shelf space, 12” pieces of vinyl, 5” circular pieces of plastic, the increasingly-irrelevant MTV, AM/FM radio, and analog television. All are gone or near gone, and so is the old world. The traditional music industry was not built for the world of digital downloads, on-demand streams, and unlimited digital shelf space where everything (and everyone) can be available with unlimited inventory on demand. The days of the major labels are over.   The “New Rules For The Music Industry” in this book originated as a TuneCore blog post, and we think these rules should last longer than the 80-year-or-so run of the traditional music industry. The rules in this book are accompanied by supporting articles, and are of value to those who will control the new music industry: the artist and the songwriter. You can read, comment and contribute to the conversation at the TuneCore blog. New Rules For The Music Industry: 1. Educate Yourself 2. Commercial Radio & MTV No Longer Singularly Break Bands 3. Marketing Does Not Always Equal Success 4. It’s Global 5. Take Action 6. Be Transparent 7. It’s About A Constant Stream Of Music & Media, Not A Once A Year Album Release 8. You Are Not Powerless 9. Define Your Goals Written by Jeff Price, TuneCore Founder/CEO, and George Howard, former president of Rykodisc and current advisor of numerous entertainment and non-entertainment firms and individuals. Edited by Jacqueline Rosokoff and George Howard.

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Everyone goes through breakups, but learning how to deal with your feelings and find closure can help you get over your split in a healthy, productive way. Here are some tips for surviving your breakup and moving on from your relationship:

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Mobb Deep Remixing “Survival Of The Fittest” For 2015 NBA Western Conference Finals

Mobb Deep’s honorary classic debut, The Infamous, turned 20-years-old last month and while the bone-chilling “Shook Ones Pt. II” has hogged all the credit these past two decades, there are plenty of other unforgettable records on the album.

NBA Countdown–co-hosted by unflinching Hip-Hop fan Jalen Rose–recognizes this and they have recruited The Mobb to remix song #3 in “Survival of the Fittest” for the upcoming 2015 NBA Western Conference Finals.

Reports ESPN:

Legendary hip-hop group Mobb Deep and ESPN have teamed up to create a special production open for NBA Countdown – ESPN’s NBA pre-game studio show – to debut during pre-game coverage of the 2015 NBA Western Conference Finals, exclusively on ESPN. Mobb Deep will lend a customized NBA remix of their classic track Survival Of The Fittest (1995) to NBA Countdown.

Mobb Deep:

“It is absolutely incredible that, on the 20th Anniversary of the recording of Survival Of The Fittest, the meaning of the song is as relevant as ever” says Prodigy. “We would like to thank ESPN for choosing our record and for making it the anthem of one of the most important U.S. sports events of the year” adds Havoc. “We were absolutely excited to deliver a remix version of this classic and a visual to accompany the opening of NBA Countdown.”

“When worst come to worst, my people’s come first.” Truer words have never been spoken Havoc. Get a dose of nostalgia with the “Survival of the Fittest” video down below and keep an eye out for that remix.


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DJ EFN Ft. Juvenile, Dead Prez & Trick Daddy – “Survival

DJ EFN brings together Juvenile, Trick Daddy and Dead Prez for his new cut “Survival,” produced by BeatsNDaHood.


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Meteorologists are forecasting that a major blizzard will hit the Northeast starting Monday night, with more than two feet of snow potentially shutting down roads and keeping residents from New Jersey to Maine stuck in their homes.




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We’re Alive: A Story of Survival, The Second Season – Kc Wayland, Shane Salk

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We’re Alive: A Story of Survival, The Second Season

Kc Wayland, Shane Salk

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 20.95

Publish Date: September 23, 2011

© ℗ © 2011 Modern Myth Productions, LLC

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We’re Alive: A Story of Survival – The First Season – Kc Wayland

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We’re Alive: A Story of Survival – The First Season

Kc Wayland

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 20.95

Publish Date: June 14, 2011

© ℗ © 2011 Modern Myth Productions, LLC

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The Survival Code – Barfly, London

Following a hiatus from the live scene to concentrate on writing and recording, London Alt-Rock outfit The Survival Code are back
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