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Doomsday Preppers
American Thinker ^ | 3/27/2012 | Tom Thurlow

Posted on 03/27/2012 12:10:57 PM PDT by WPaCon

This just has to be a sign of the times. Record deficits and oil prices rising, and it could all get worse. So the National Geographic channel has begun airing a show named Doomsday Preppers, where viewers can watch end-of-the-world types prepare for doomsday.

Each episode highlights several people and their preparations for the end of the world, or, as they often put it, "when the stuff hits the fan." If you are a "doomsday prepper," the show has some pretty useful information, and if not, the show is still pretty entertaining.

Some of the calamities predicted by the preppers seem pretty far-fetched, like a shift in the earth's axis or an earthquake that divides the country's supply lines in half. But some of the calamities predicted are worth getting nervous about, like hyperinflation or a failure of the world financial system.

The preppers store or grow food, store water, generate their electricity, and prepare to defend themselves with handguns and homemade explosives. At the end of each segment, "experts" grade each prepper's plans.

Some of the prepper plans are pretty impressive. One episode involved an Arizona family who keeps a pool/greenhouse, with chicken above fertilizing a pool that contains quickly regenerating fish. A byproduct, duckweed, purifies the water and generates fertilizer for the vegetable gardens.

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KEYWORDS: doomsday; obamanomics; preppers; shtf
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1 posted on 03/27/2012 12:11:02 PM PDT by WPaCon
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To: WPaCon

Looks like just another facet of the mainstream media’s “Gee aren’t those Mormons weird?” attack on Romney.


2 posted on 03/27/2012 12:15:14 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: WPaCon

The AZ family’s use of the pool is probably one of the most creative ones. If you have to have a hobby, this one sounds like the most fun.


3 posted on 03/27/2012 12:15:28 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: WPaCon

I would say the show is of little assistance to most doomsday preppers as it acutaly has little new material. Rawles book “Patriots” is fairly common in the prepper community along with a number of more trustworth survival guides. In fact, I would venture that most preppers could review the show and tell them what they are doing wrong.


4 posted on 03/27/2012 12:16:35 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: WPaCon

“family who keeps a pool/greenhouse, with chicken above fertilizing a pool that contains quickly regenerating fish. A byproduct, duckweed, purifies the water and generates fertilizer for the vegetable gardens”

Hey, why didn’t I think of that! I’m gonna watch that episode!


5 posted on 03/27/2012 12:18:27 PM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: WPaCon

This is the left making these folks out to be kooks, by citing their SHTF scenarios.
Finally, one family sounded sane and then proclaimed they didn’t find the need for weapons to defend their little well stocked farm......
Most of these folks are so overweight they have more to worry about death due to poor health, than anything else.


6 posted on 03/27/2012 12:21:54 PM PDT 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: Kartographer

Over here....


7 posted on 03/27/2012 12:25:38 PM PDT by appalachian_dweller (Live each day as if it's your last. It might be.)
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To: WPaCon

A general infrastructure collapse in this country will see 50% of Americans dead in 6 months. The first months near central cities will be horrific after food runs out as hungry looters will fan out to the surburbs.


8 posted on 03/27/2012 12:27:34 PM PDT by AU72
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To: WPaCon

Sounds like these folks think that Obamanomics is well on its way to successfully destroying America as we have known it. Hey, that is Obama’s plan isn’t it?


9 posted on 03/27/2012 12:28:54 PM PDT by Perseverando
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To: WPaCon

If you’re not prepared, you’re dead already.

Believe it.


10 posted on 03/27/2012 12:32:38 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: AU72

Anyone who lives near the coast in a hurrican area can attest to the fact that grocery store shelves will be empty within a day.

People would start dying in mass within a week.


11 posted on 03/27/2012 12:32:59 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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12 posted on 03/27/2012 12:33:19 PM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: WPaCon

If people think that such a scenario is likely (not necessarily saying it isn’t), why don’t they just move to, say, Australia?


13 posted on 03/27/2012 12:52:04 PM PDT by WPaCon
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To: Buckeye McFrog; Kartographer
Looks like just another facet of the mainstream media’s “Gee aren’t those Mormons weird?” attack on Romney.

I read the entire link and did not take that interpretation away from it. The Author made some important points involving operational security, heirloom seeds and water treatment.

My Wife says her coworkers (when a Penguin game is not on) "all" talk about the show. The discussions are not just about the entertainment value, but about an unease of the current state of affairs. I believe the prepper community is much larger than anyone can imagine. This is subject that wise people just do not divulge publicly.

All I need to watch is the increase in weapon sales, phenomenal growth of longterm food storage suppliers and precious metal sales to see that a large sector of Americans are prepping. Big time.
14 posted on 03/27/2012 12:55:51 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: AU72

Coming, sooner than most think, and the only candidate that even mentions the problem is anathema on this board.

http://www.shadowstats.com/article/no-414-hyperinflation-special-report-2012


15 posted on 03/27/2012 1:00:37 PM PDT by EasySt (Life is precious. Live it well.)
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!


16 posted on 03/27/2012 1:02:45 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: WPaCon

A woman who co-hosts a morning show on a local talk-radio station recently discovered this TV show.

As I recall, her comment was “Where have these guys been all my life?”.


17 posted on 03/27/2012 1:20:57 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: WPaCon

Maybe I’ll have to look it up on Youtube.

Folks need to realize that NatGeo has long been a major ‘house-organ’ of the oligarchy.

Check out their Board of the Directors over the years . . . they are a veritable Who’s Who among the globalists.

Certainly their seductive seeding of globalist values through the journal has been quite faithful to that dark collection of ‘stuff’ from hell.

Nevertheless, I still enjoy the nature programs etc.


18 posted on 03/27/2012 1:25:43 PM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: WPaCon

I bought a bunch of mid-to-late 1970’s gun magazines a while back and there was a column in them by a “prepper” way back then. In reading them, not much has changed in the past 30-35 years.


19 posted on 03/27/2012 1:26:04 PM PDT by jim_trent
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To: PA Engineer

I’ve been preparing for over a year now, out here in farm country. What won’t be used in an real emergency, can be used/re-used in otherwise *normal* times, if TSHTF doesn’t come.


20 posted on 03/27/2012 1:35:50 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: WPaCon
If you are a "doomsday prepper," the show has some pretty useful information, and if not, the show is still pretty entertaining.

This is why I started to watch. I no longer do. I found nothing useful in any episode. And I am not entertained by lunatic fringe idiots who spend $300,000 to protect themselves against solar flares.

21 posted on 03/27/2012 1:40:39 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I will not comply. I will NEVER submit.)
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To: Silentgypsy
The AZ family’s use of the pool is probably one of the most creative ones.

It was neat but all I could think was that it was pretty stinky.

22 posted on 03/27/2012 1:41:29 PM PDT by bgill
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To: PA Engineer

When the government is (quietly)buying up enough long term storage food to affect the market that tells you something too.


23 posted on 03/27/2012 1:43:13 PM PDT by Cold Heart (It takes a liberal to raze a village)
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To: WPaCon
why don’t they just move to, say, Australia?

No guns allowed.

24 posted on 03/27/2012 1:43:29 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I will not comply. I will NEVER submit.)
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To: WPaCon

There is another show about bunkers and a bunker builder. Those are good too. As for the preppers show; some of them are doing what they can, others are clueless. The hippies they put one were doing good right up until the point they professed their trust in the goodness of their fellow man. The looniest was the girl in Houston who has a good size stash of stuff in her apartment, but her bugout plan involves walking out of Houston to the south.


25 posted on 03/27/2012 1:43:39 PM PDT by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Looks like just another facet of the mainstream media’s “Gee aren’t those Mormons weird?” attack on Romney.

Give it a rest.

Mormons are no longer any more of a target than African-Americans are...and have a whole lot less to justify any kind of inferiority complex.

26 posted on 03/27/2012 1:44:12 PM PDT by papertyger
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To: bgill

But having lots of tilapia at your disposal? And knowing that it wasn’t raised in some third-world, contaminated, disease-infested fish farm? Gimme stinky any day :) !


27 posted on 03/27/2012 1:46:04 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: AU72

Forget about the food shortages, just wait until they can’t get cell phone service!!!!!!!!!!!


28 posted on 03/27/2012 1:47:12 PM PDT by bgill
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To: carriage_hill

Probably a good time to build a tornado shelter though. Even if stuff don’t hit the fan it’ll still make your family feel just a bit safer and secure. Good ole dad!


29 posted on 03/27/2012 1:48:44 PM PDT by cliffco (cliffco)
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To: bgill
just wait until they can’t get cell phone service!

Oh boy. That's when the SHTF. Hordes of 18-25 year old females running around screaming incoherently as they wave their "Smart" phones in the air looking for service. No thanks.

30 posted on 03/27/2012 1:51:56 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I will not comply. I will NEVER submit.)
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To: PA Engineer
There are networks of prepper groups springing up throughout the country. There are about 30 of us who meet here in Central Florida once a month to discuss prepping-related issues and gain new prepping knowledge.

Unlike the 'Doomsday Preppers' show every one in our group is concerned almost exclusively with economic collapse.

31 posted on 03/27/2012 1:53:47 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: bgill

Cell phone, schmell phone.

There’s always Skype.

I’m stockpiling credit on my Starbucks app!


32 posted on 03/27/2012 1:53:53 PM PDT by papertyger
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To: Silentgypsy

I can almost cast a line into a river from where I’m typing. All the fish I want and no stink from their walled in hot Arizona backyard. But you do what you need to do, I guess.


33 posted on 03/27/2012 1:54:01 PM PDT by bgill
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To: The Duke

HOLY CRAP!

Did you come over on the Mayflower with JimRob?

;o)


34 posted on 03/27/2012 1:57:35 PM PDT by papertyger
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

It depends on the specific scenario, but it if the sh*t were to hit the fan in America but not Australia, you would most likely be safer in Australia, even without a gun.


35 posted on 03/27/2012 1:58:22 PM PDT by WPaCon
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To: cliffco

We already have a very secure underground shelter/survival area, here on the farm. On the 2-3 occasions we’ve had to go there, the tornadoes missed the compound by 1+ miles, so we were fortunate.


36 posted on 03/27/2012 2:00:27 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: The Duke
Unlike the 'Doomsday Preppers' show every one in our group is concerned almost exclusively with economic collapse.

I agree, however I am also concerned about pandemic.

I know you came over on the FR Mayflower so you probably remember the threads from Mother Abigail. We have been having an interesting thread about it on THE COMING WAVE.

There is one thing I have noticed on the recent episodes. Originally they downplayed economic collapse. They have back away from that now.
37 posted on 03/27/2012 2:33:31 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: carriage_hill
What won’t be used in an real emergency, can be used/re-used in otherwise *normal* times, if TSHTF doesn’t come.

Agreed. I believe we will look back at these last couple of years with shock because we failed to see the collapse is already happening.

"Just in Time" material delivery got me thinking many years ago. That is when I began to prep.
38 posted on 03/27/2012 2:39:26 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: PA Engineer

Great minds... That’s *exactly* how I look at it, and *exactly* what I’ve done and why.


39 posted on 03/27/2012 2:42:59 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: bgill

Ah, a river. I think my closest river is eight miles. I wish I knew how to fish.


40 posted on 03/27/2012 3:02:44 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: Kartographer

I like the show. There was one guy that had a sign on the hidden door to his preps that said something like “I am a bitter gun owner clinging to my religion”.

Several of the shows have featured preppers who have made statements like “The world has changed a lot in the last three years.” Never any mention of 0bysmal himself, but you can read between the lines.

Of course, there’s some real loons, too. The hippy guy who bought an old missile silo is a real laugh. His wife thinks we should all reconsider what America is really about. LOL. She’s a definite 0bummer disciple (prepping nonetheless). LOL.

There’s another program called Doomsday Bunkers, too.


41 posted on 03/27/2012 3:23:45 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: WPaCon
I view these shows as so much garbage. Nothing more than Reality TV for the masses.

IMO- anyone that would display to the world what their preparations are is plain stupid. If SHTF does become reality, everyone in their neighborhood will come by with their hands out, unless government goons don't appropriate everything "for the common good" beforehand.

42 posted on 03/27/2012 5:24:23 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Money cannot buy happiness, but it's more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.)
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To: PA Engineer
There is one thing I have noticed on the recent episodes. Originally they downplayed economic collapse. They have back away from that now.

I've noticed the same thing - they are starting to characterize economic collapse as being more imaginable.

Pandemic is certainly a possibility, and with modern transportation and population densities the outcome could be biblical in nature. There's a 9-part series available on YouTube entitled "After Armageddon" that does a good job of portraying this (I bet you've already seen it).

43 posted on 03/27/2012 5:41:48 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: Silentgypsy
Available from $.02 at Amazon (but they won't tell you that fishing is a thinly veiled excuse for drinking.) It's a simple as sitting on a bank with a radio and drowning worms. All the fancy gear is not essential but, if you get a boat, Call Me?!
44 posted on 03/28/2012 3:40:59 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: jim_trent

Mel Tappan, 1933-1980

Vacuum pack for ammo and all sorts of other stuff. Nice pull on the archived gun mags. The 9mm vs. .45 debate was raging back then.

Cheers


45 posted on 03/28/2012 8:17:47 AM PDT by petro45acp (NO good endeavour survives an excess of "adult supervision" (hence the American experiment))
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To: carriage_hill

I’m trying to build one myself right now. 10x12, 3 ft. of dirt on top, 8 inches of concrete and rebar. Kind of a dual purpose. Two big bulls eyes in this area, and super cells overhead for the last two years.


46 posted on 03/28/2012 8:52:20 AM PDT by cliffco (cliffco)
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To: cliffco

This is what Dad & I built, but 2x as large, several years ago (scroll down), and nicely furnished/well-stocked:

http://www.atlassurvivalshelters.com/aboutus/nbc/backyard/


47 posted on 03/28/2012 9:02:32 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: cliffco

“Two big bulls eyes in this area, and super cells overhead for the last two years.”

A couple of big ones just missed our 200ac farm by 1+ miles, so I know the damage it can wreak, as evidenced by the rescue/recovery ops we did.

Take care and be safe, c...


48 posted on 03/28/2012 9:07:29 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: carriage_hill

Wherever you ventilation shaft is is a weak link. How many days of water can you store?


49 posted on 03/28/2012 9:16:51 AM PDT by McGruff (Sarah...Sarah...Sarah!)
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To: evets

What about them walkers?


50 posted on 03/28/2012 9:30:26 AM PDT by McGruff (Sarah...Sarah...Sarah!)
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