south-beachZombie News - 06.15.2012
With several brutal and cannibalistic attacks in recent news, including the Miami incident in May, we often get the question about how to recognize the coming zombie apocalypse.
The question is somewhat difficult to answer, given that we’ve never been through one. However, if we look at a zombie apocalypse as a pandemic, we can look for events. A pandemic, as opposed to an epidemic, is an infectious disease spread across a large area. For a disease to be pandemic – it must be infectius and spread from person to person.
The World Health Organization identifies a model for influenza spread which could be applied here. It starts with animals being infected, then animal to some human spread, then human to human spread, and finally the disease travels around the world.
To identify a potential zombie outbreak being driven by an infectious agent, we’d want to look for several signs:
Zombie Info - 06.04.2012
If you are still human, you might have gotten wind of the increase of flesh-eating incidents in the past week. Before you wonder if we are facing the beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse, let’s review cannibalism. Check out our handy graphic!
Human cannibals eat human flesh. Necro-cannibalism involves the ingestion of dead human flesh; homicidal-cannibalism involves the ingestion of human flesh before death. Not all cannibals are zombies. But all zombies are cannibals.
History has documented numerous instances of cannibalism; here are some of the most “common” reasons:
- Religion/superstition/human sacrifice - Asmat people, Polynesian tribes, etc.
- War – a warrior eats their enemy’s heart to inherit that enemy’s power/spirit or humiliate that enemy’s spirit/culture – World War II Chichi-jima, Leopard Men of West Africa, etc.
- Torture – Blood Countess of 1560
- Starvation – Donner party, Jamestown, Rugby team in the Andes, etc.
- Insanity/Deviancy/Pathology – Jeffrey Dahmer, Idi Amin etc.
- Art/Entertainment (yes, really) – Dutch TV
The reasons above indicate human choice, albeit irrational and disturbing. Eat X to gain X–A logic, of sorts.
Zombies, flesh eating and either dead or resistant to pain (drug-induced or disease motivated), lack such decision-making. They are simply driven to eat flesh for no other reason than that they must.
Lastly, zombification involves the condition spreading from human to human, either through bite or fluid transfer, sometimes through exposure to chemicals. It’s one thing to have isolated incidents of cannibalism, a worrisome thing when there seems to be a growing geographic prevalence and/or frequency around the time of the Miami zombie incident. Keep in mind that the preponderance of such news can simply be due to the interaction between increased attention by the media and increased Internet searches by curious/worried people. Cannibal crimes have been occurring for years. Watch for trends and patterns.
Is it time to panic?
No. But it’s always time to be prepared. Don’t go on a premature rampage like the guy in Novi. Don’t break the law unless the government has fallen apart.
Even if it’s not quite ZA time, if enough people panic, you might have to worry about live people.
Don’t be scared, be prepared… for the AWESOMENESS that is the Zombie Apocalypse.
Zombie News - 06.04.2012
Here’s an interactive map tracking potential zombie apocalypse precursor activity in the US A fan named David Garcia sent this in to us.
The label is:
Newsweek & The Daily Beast is (sic) tracking news of instances that may be the precursor to a zombie apocalypse. Blue pins represent suspicious incidences or infections, while red pins represent acts of strange violence.
Seems like there are a lot of strange violent incidents along the East Coast.
Here’s the Google map for your convenience:
Zombie Fan Question - 05.31.2012
Recently, a number of news events culminated in zombie-like or cannibalistic behavior. Take, for example, the recent South Beach zombie attack in Miami where Rudy Eugene chewed most of the face off Ronald Poppo. Police had to use numerous shots to put Eugene down, since he didn’t respond to being shot the first time.
Police are theorizing drug involvement in the zombie attack – with the most likely culprit being the new synthetic drug called bath salts.
A Facebook friend asked, “how do you tell the difference between somebody who’s been zombified, and somebody who’s just on drugs?”
The following is our video response to that question.
For us, a zombie can be somebody under the influence of drugs. In fact, there is a whole family of “zombie drugs” out there including datura, and scopolamine, and some neurotoxins which effectively zombify people. In Haiti, where we got the word zombie from, zombies were people usually drugged into a death-like state, buried, and dug up later for slave labor.
Zombie News - 05.30.2012
The victim of the brutal zombie attack on Miami’s MacArthur Causeway, near South Beach, has been identified as 65 year old Ronald Poppo. Believed to be homeless, Poppo was beaten, stripped, then had significant portions of his face torn off in an attack by Rudy Eugene, 31.
The attack was only ended when police were force to kill Eugene with several shots (witnesses say as many as six). Poppo remains in critical condition in a Miami hospital.
Zombie News - 05.29.2012
An update on the zombie attack on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami’s South Beach. Police have named the attacker who was killed with a number of shots after eating off most of the face of the victim. The man’s name is Rudy Eugene.
Apparently, Eugene has a history of violence which led to the breakup of his marriage.
Police are still theorizing that LSD or some kind of synthetic drug causes the assault.
The victim remains in critical condition in the hospital. Police sources say that Eugene ate off 75% of his face, including his eyeballs and nose.
The attack happened on Saturday afternoon. Bystanders who witnessed the attack flagged down a yet unnamed police officer. The police officer drew his service weapon and ordered Eugene to cease. Eugene reportedly growled at the officer and pressed the attack.
The officer then reportedly shot Eugene, which had no effect on him. Witnesses report at least 6 shots used to kill Eugene.
Photo courtesy of Miami Police
Zombie News - 05.27.2012
It’s all over the news, Miami Police shoot and kill a naked man chewing off the face of another man. None of the lame-stream media want to mention the obvious – zombie attack.
A witness flagged down a police officer who ordered the attacker to stop. When he ignored the command, the police officer shot him. The man continued the attack despite being shot.
Witnesses report half a dozen shots being used to take the face-chewing assailant down. The victim hospitalized in critical condition.
UPDATE – A ZPN member from Miami has told us that the attacker was growling whle eating the face off the victim, that he was completely unphased by being shot, and it took at least a dozen shots to take him down.
So why, might we ask, is nobody in the media using the word we all instantly think of – “zombie”?