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Doomsday Preppers
National Geographic ^

Posted on 02/26/2012 9:19:57 AM PST by AtlasStalled

Doomsday Preppers explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Unique in their beliefs, motivations, and strategies, preppers will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties. And with our expert’s assessment, they will find out their chances of survival if their worst fears become a reality.

(Excerpt) Read more at channel.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: prepper; preppers
Has anyone seen the show? What do you think?
1 posted on 02/26/2012 9:19:59 AM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: AtlasStalled

They usually have one or two halfway normal people and a couple of complete wack jobs. The last one had a commune of hippies who actually had a pretty good set-up until the point of security came up. They said they would ‘invite the marauding bands in to eat’ and show them how nice they are so they wouldn’t want to attack them. ::facepalm::


2 posted on 02/26/2012 9:26:07 AM PST by mnehring
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To: AtlasStalled

Anyone that would be on that show is a FOOL! (they will be among the first to get routed when TSHTF)


3 posted on 02/26/2012 9:27:03 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: AtlasStalled

It’s ok. Not as kooky as one would think although there are is the bozo who shoots off his thumb during filming, the dingbat liberals who think using their charm will save them from zombies and the gal who’s going to execute her cat. Try watching it for tips like preserving eggs.


4 posted on 02/26/2012 9:29:25 AM PST by bgill (Romney & Obama are both ineligible. A non-NBC GOP prez shuts down all ?s on Obama's admin)
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To: AtlasStalled

Designed to make the right look like redneck idiots.

Allows you to be painted with the same brush, if you’ve got guns and some extra groceries.


5 posted on 02/26/2012 9:30:00 AM PST by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: KoRn

They are already being rounded up. Someone posted a few days ago a story about how one guy on the show had all his guns seized and given government psychological evaluations and declared ‘mentally defective.’

http://offgridsurvival.com/doomsdayprepperdeclaredmentaldefective/


6 posted on 02/26/2012 9:30:12 AM PST by mnehring
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To: AtlasStalled

Prepper?

Where I live the neighbors are the prep network. They have been supporting each other for well over 100 years.

Some of the same families still live here who settled here in the 1880’s.

No need to go anywhere. That seems very sane to me.


7 posted on 02/26/2012 9:30:32 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: KoRn

The disabled fat guy that was on a week or so ago has already been taken in for observation and they confiscated all of his weapons.

Last night one of the preppers was throwing malatov cocktails into a fire in his yard. He also show about a gazillion weapons in his house. Expect a visit from DHS anyday.

We love to watch the show but you have to be insane to go on there and tell what you have.


8 posted on 02/26/2012 9:31:28 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: AtlasStalled

This show is making it easy for the DHS to identify potential “Domestic Terrorists”.


9 posted on 02/26/2012 9:32:21 AM PST by JohnKinAK
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To: mnehring

“They said they would ‘invite the marauding bands in to eat’ and show them how nice they are so they wouldn’t want to attack them.”

Haha . . . I actually saw that part. Somewhere in New England, I think. Their faith in the human condition in such an extreme scenario was a tad naive!


10 posted on 02/26/2012 9:39:19 AM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: AtlasStalled

I keep hoping the most-preped guy in my neighborhood will be on the show. Save me a bunch of work when the SHTF.


11 posted on 02/26/2012 9:44:40 AM PST by upchuck (Let's have the Revolution NOW before we get dumbed down to the point that we can't.)
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To: AtlasStalled
In my humble opinion, the very first thing a potential "prepper" should do is keep his or her damn mouth shut about what they are doing. Do not advertise, do not brag.

This show is subterfuge - it is about exposing what a liberal would call a right wing nut.. I'm sure Janet Nazitano and her Gestapo goons are eager and will take notes.

When has something anyone in the film media ever done anything worthwhile for the conservative thinker? Especially the media of today, in ANY format?

Stay away from it.

12 posted on 02/26/2012 9:45:23 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: mnehring

Furthermore, I recall a youtube video where this peace-loving hippy described in the expression of a sociopath how he would kill those people in their sleep, or poison them.

He’s a dangerous, dangerous man.


13 posted on 02/26/2012 9:48:03 AM PST by Celerity
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To: AtlasStalled

I see very little tips - a lot of wacky people and a show more interesting than ‘Horders’(looks like they are going after that viewer audience)

A Sane Prepper would never go on this show.


14 posted on 02/26/2012 10:02:22 AM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: AtlasStalled

I used to live in that county, and can attest that the rule of law is often of little consequence in parts of TN. That said, I suspect he is being a little overdramatic in that he has no recourse. I emailed him last week, explaining that I am a conservative lawyer who lives nearby, and would be willing to see what I could do, but I never heard back from him. Another article I read said that Gun Owners of America is taking on his case. While I don’t practice in mental health law, I suspect it takes more than just a doctor’s say-so to declare someone incompetent and confiscate their property and not even allow them to dispose of it the way they want. It is Wilson County, however...


15 posted on 02/26/2012 10:11:15 AM PST by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: Gaffer
In my humble opinion, the very first thing a potential "prepper" should do is keep his or her damn mouth shut about what they are doing. Do not advertise, do not brag.

I agree 100%. Kinda like the first rule of Fight Club: You don't talk about Fight Club.

One of the preppers has her own web site and defends her decision to appear on TV. The site is actually pretty good and does have some interesting info:

Do Preppers Belong on TV?

16 posted on 02/26/2012 10:46:31 AM PST by Jed Eckert
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To: G Larry
Designed to make the right look like redneck idiots.

My impression too. NatGeo has a political bent, indeed.

NatGeo has a lovey-dovey relationship with enviro-wackos, but you will never hear what some of those environuts believe.

IIRC, none of the "reasons" for their motivations for being a prepper are about oppressive government-government out of control.

The underlying reason that the Libs are trying to ridicule preppers, IMO, is one word or phrase, independence or rugged indiviualism. This has got to drive the Libs crazy. To think that individuals and groups do not need government to survive is so, well, American. This cannot be allowed by Libs and must be ridiculed.

17 posted on 02/26/2012 10:56:44 AM PST by VRW Conspirator (Neo-communist equals Neo-fascist)
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To: AtlasStalled

As many have pointed out, the show seems designed to make preppers look crazy. Also, the producers go out of their way to show any religious symbols that are on the prepper’s person or in their home.


18 posted on 02/26/2012 11:08:14 AM PST by matt1234 (Bring back the HUAC.)
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To: AtlasStalled

They talk about staying “under the radar’ or “off the grid”, then do a reality show? Now all the “threats” know who they are, where to find them and how they are armed. Bad guys (including their own government) can plan too, and are not always stupid.


19 posted on 02/26/2012 11:20:50 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Gaffer
In my humble opinion, the very first thing a potential "prepper" should do is keep his or her damn mouth shut about what they are doing. Do not advertise, do not brag. This show is subterfuge ...

I tend to agree. There is one thing that I see in this show as a glaring ommission. Of all the skills to obtain as a prepper (i.e. food preservation, shelter, security, communication, fire arms and so on), the one skill set that is missing or de-ephasized is leadership. That is, the skill set of bringing indiviuals into the fold as functioning members; establishing interdependency between desparate groups such as trade, reconnoitering, etc.; and implementing long term plans to rebuild and rejoin. For lack of a better phrase, don't shoot me, it is community organizing.

The abiltiy to shoot a pistol is worthy, but the ability to train a bunch of newcomers as a security team and place them accordingly is far more lasting and powerful.

So the "subterfuge" is really about inhibiting the role of leadership among preppers and such associations by making anyone who steps up to the plate look like "a right wing nut". Imagine if the preppers were truly organized and cohesive? The Libs would howl.

20 posted on 02/26/2012 11:21:07 AM PST by VRW Conspirator (Neo-communist equals Neo-fascist)
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To: upchuck
Save me a bunch of work when the SHTF.

I'm betting you intend that as a jest; you don't REALLY intend to do leftist-style evil when the time comes.

21 posted on 02/26/2012 11:24:46 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: VRW Conspirator
Imagine if the preppers were truly organized and cohesive? The Libs would howl.

The libs would then label them a "militia".

22 posted on 02/26/2012 11:30:38 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: AtlasStalled
Lucifer's Hammer should be on everybody's bookshelf, heavily read and marked up.
23 posted on 02/26/2012 1:49:41 PM PST by redhead (Alaska: Step out of the bus and into the food chain.)
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