Zombie Squad's strict organizational refusal to adopt any one ideological stance has also helped to create a community which is open to people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Despite Zombie Squad's tongue-in-cheek nature, the members of the organization bring a surprising amount of experience ranging from civilian American Red Cross disaster response volunteers and amateur radio emergency communications enthusiasts to professionally trained paramedics, firefighters and military personnel.ConceptThe basic concept behind Zombie Squad is that zombies are a useful metaphor for a worst-case scenario: if someone is prepared to survive the complete breakdown of society due to an uprising of the living dead, then he or she will be prepared for almost any real-world disaster or emergency conceivable. The zombie metaphor was chosen for humor, originality, and as a bait and switch for horror movie fans, science fiction fans, gamers and others who otherwise may not be drawn to the idea of disaster preparedness or community involvement.
Friends at a loss to explain actions of 'Miami zombie'By ELINOR J. BRECHER and FRANCES ROBLES — The Miami HeraldPosted: 12:00am on May 30, 2012Ronald Poppo had a hard-knock life on the streets.A homeless drinker who had been shot once and arrested two dozen times, he is fighting for his life at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center after an 18-minute cannibal attack that cost him most of his face. At 65, he has been homeless for almost four decades.His hardscrabble existence took a volatile turn Saturday afternoon when he encountered Rudy Eugene, a 31-year-old former North Miami Beach High School football player who liked to smoke marijuana and hoped to start his own mobile car-wash business.Eugene died in a hail of police bullets when he mauled Poppo in a sudden and unprovoked attack. Eugene will be forever remembered as the Miami Zombie."Rudy was not a face-eating zombie monster," said his high school friend Victoria Forte. "The Rudy we know was a nice gentleman with a warm smile, and funny."It remained unclear Tuesday what brought the two unlikely characters together at the eastern end of the MacArthur Causeway, just south of the Miami Herald building. Poppo was known for hanging out on and under the bridge there; Eugene liked to go to South Beach for Memorial Day Urban Beach Week.A Herald surveillance video showed Eugene at the Miami end of the causeway shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday, naked and in an apparent drug-fueled rage. He straddled Poppo, punched him, tore off his clothes and gnawed at his face as at least four cyclists rode by.The carnage ended at 2:13 p.m., when Miami police Officer Jose Rivera ordered Eugene to stop, and then shot him at least five times.Eugene's friends were stunned to learn of his involvement in the bizarre case. They described him as funny and friendly, with a particularly radiant smile. He was normal, and did not suffer from any mental illnesses, they said."He wasn't homeless. He had a place to stay. He had a car, and he worked," said Erica Smith, a close friend and former roommate of Eugene's. "He had his ups and downs, but he was not an aggressive person. He was really sweet and giving."Smith said Eugene was down on his luck about five years ago with a string of arrests and a broken marriage, but recently was getting his life back together.In 2004, North Miami Beach police used a Taser to subdue him during a domestic dispute."He did smoke, I'm not going to lie about that," Smith said. "Someone must have given him something really bad. A few days ago he told my brother that he was really depressed and didn't want to live anymore. He was a guy who just wanted a family and someone to love him."Toxicology reports on Eugene's body have not been completed. A Miami police union official speculated that he must have been high on LSD or some other drug that causes psychosis as the body overheats. As doctors and pundits hypothesized about what could have caused an ordinary man to do something so extreme, police said no tangible evidence to explain it had emerged.Class of 2000Eugene graduated from North Miami Beach High in 2000. He lived off and on with his mother and friends, and worked at an assortment of odd jobs, from selling CDs to working at McDonald's to telemarketing. He last worked washing cars at an automobile dealership, Smith said.Lately, he spoke of buying his own mobile car-wash business. His late-'90s model Chevrolet Caprice was discovered Tuesday at an impoundlot after it had been towed from South Beach."He was always looking for ways to make money. Not necessarily illegal, but sometimes he got in trouble with it," said his lifelong friend, Daniel Ruiz. "But for Rudy to do something that graphic, that aggressive, that violent, that gruesome -- that's what's really troubling us. Rudy? Really? Rudy? Naw."He said Eugene liked to freestyle rap and listen to music."He had his little problems, but nothing too dramatic," Ruiz said. "He was sane."Forte, his North Miami Beach High classmate, said other members of the Class of 2000 want to spread the word that Eugene was better known for his stint playing defensive end of the high school football team, doing favors for friends and cheering them up on bad days.http://www.bradenton.com/2012/05/30/405 ... tions.html
Bath Salts Death: 'Imitation Cocaine' Kills ManBy Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on June 6, 2011 8:44 AM | No TrackBacksJust a few days after Florida banned imitation cocaine, there has been a bath salt death in the Sunshine State. These "bath salts" are different than the kind you put in your tub - essentially, it is imitation cocaine, and overdosing on the drug can cause death.Jairious McGhee, 23, is the first case of a bath salt overdose death nationwide, according to the St. Petersburg Times.While McGhee's death is the first reported death, bath salts have been attributed to 2,500 calls to poison control centers across the country, according to ABC News. Ingesting too much of the imitation cocaine can cause paranoia, hallucinations, and rapid increases in heart rate.Bath salts and other imitation drugs are currently sold in more than 30 states across the United States. There is no federal law banning the imitation drugs. Florida's law banning the bath salts was signed into law this past week, reports ABC News.Before McGhee died, motorists had reported that he was acting erratically. When police arrived, McGhee was walking in and out of traffic on the street and banging on cars. Officers took him into custody, where he was taken to the local hospital. He died a little more than a day later, after his body temperature rose to 106 degrees, and suffered from brain swelling and his organs shutting down, reports the St. Petersburg Times.Could the makers of the "bath salts" be liable for McGhee's death? It's hard to say, considering the fact that they were legally sold in Florida, and continue to be legally sold throughout the country.However, manufacturers of products do have the legal obligation to warn consumers about the potential harms of a product. While the "bath salts" were not being marketed as a cocaine substitute, it's very likely (and almost certain) that the makers of the imitation cocaine knew that their product would be ingested like a drug, and not used in a bath tub. As a result, they might have the legal obligation to warn consumers about the foreseeable medical risks of using their products.For now, this first bath salt death, and the possibility of imitation cocaine overdoses increasing, will likely cause the federal government and lawmakers across the nation to consider implementing bans on the product.
Thank you for posting the update that the attacker was black. This is really bombshell proof they are covering up race crimes intentionally. They spun the zombie scare while really it was just a scary crackhead negro. Not that all blacks are this bad, he must have been on pcp or crack, or thes new bath salts, but they had the surveillance video the first day, but cut it down as a kosher approved news article, now while the idiots are loading their shotguns, fantasizing about the zombie apocalypse, the media announced buried in their article that the attacker was black, while the victim was an elite school basketball star, turned bum