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THREE MILLION PREPPERS IN AMERICA Are Getting Ready For The End of the World As We Know It
SHTF Plan ^ | 2-12-2012 | Mac Slavo

Posted on 02/12/2012 7:41:15 AM PST by blam

THREE MILLION PREPPERS IN AMERICA Are Getting Ready For The End of the World As We Know It

Mac Slavo
February 11th, 2012

In the autumn of 2008, as Presidential hopefuls sparred over whether we had entered a recession or not and well before the onset of the most serious global crisis since the 1930′s, trend forecaster Gerald Celente advised his Trends Journal subscribers to prepare for the worst and plan for the best. “It will be,” warned Celente, “like nothing we’ve ever seen in our lifetime.”

The aware and prepared … those understanding just how out of control society would become, and those who had acquired the skills for survival would stand the best chance of navigating the chaos safely.

But Americans were not prepared. Not by a long shot

Very few had the foresight to predict that the economic system and social fabric of our nation would be threatened with upheaval and disarray. But some, whether through independent education or through intuition, deduced that there was a real possibility of a system shock so significant that life as we know it could be on the verge of a major paradigm shift – perhaps even a complete collapse of our economy and resource infrastructure.

As natural disasters around the world took the lives of hundreds of thousands, space agencies warned of solar disruptions that threaten our power grid, the economies of the world slid further into depression, and tensions between the world’s financial and resource super powers grew, more and more people began to realize that the stability we have come to depend on to live our daily lives was nothing but illusion.

With very few places to turn for support, most headed for the internet, where communities had popped up to discuss possible disaster and collapse scenarios, and ways to minimize the impact on oneself and family. That it was happening or could happen was no longer the question.

The real question was how to survive it when it finally came to pass.

With none of us ever having experienced (or even imagined) such a possibility before, many turned to guidance from experts in their fields – people like Gerald Celente or Marc ‘Dr. Doom’ Faber, who had an uncanny ability to see developing trends, and authors like survival expert James Rawles who wrote the popular economic collapse and survival cult classic Patriots and William Forstchen who penned One Second After, a frighteningly realistic look at what life without the grid might look like. First it was thousands, then tens of thousands of concerned Americans who began learning the essentials of survival by learning from each other with resources offered at web destinations like the American Preppers Network, Doctor Prepper, Survival Mom, Off Grid Survival and Ready Nutrition.

Those who chose to insulate themselves against coming disaster were often vilified or dismissed as lunatics by friends and family alike. And while many chose to ignore the trend which had become quite apparent, those who had the willingness to consider a different reality than had been painted by the powers that be just kept on preppin’.

As global malaise continued and the people began to lose confidence in political platitudes and corporatist solutions, the movement towards preparedness, survival and self reliance grew. After having seen what took place in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, many came to the conclusion that if the worst were to happen there would be no government to help, no 9-1-1 to call, and no emergency management agency to distribute food or water.

Today, at the cusp of possibly the most trying times in human history, more Americans than ever before are preparing for the possibility of disaster.

As many as three million Americans now fall into the category dubbed ‘preppers’ – people who are making detailed plans for the end of the world as we know it.

The preppers are an ever-growing group of survivalists who take extreme measures to prepare for a major catastrophic event.

More than 300,000 people a month visit the movement’s website, survivalblog.com, which catalogues how people are preparing for the worst.

The website has been set up by James Rawles, a former US Army intelligence officer, who is one of the movement’s leading figures.

Speaking to The Times, he said: ‘Should the worst happen, it’s become apparent that the Government can’t provide for everybody. And now that realisation is becoming more widespread.‘

‘People invest so much money in life insurance,’ Mr Ralston told National Geographic. ‘This is life assurance.’

He is like some of the people featured on National Geographic’s new show Doomsday Preppers, which chronicles a new prepper each week, delving into their conceptions of the end and what they’re doing to prepare for it.

‘It’s not a hobby, it’s a lifestyle,’ Gloria Haswell told National Geographic. She and her husband spend 50 hours a week getting ready for a climate shift in the poles.

‘These are not just a handful of people living in the mountains,’ National Geographic Channel’s executive vice president of programming Michael Cascio told the Wall Street Journal. ‘They’re everywhere.’

The Journal notes that Nat Geo has begun appealing to a growing subculture that has seen the past disasters – from last year’s tsunami and earthquake in Japan to riots to economic uncertainty – and have wanted to prepare the best they can.

‘The last few years have probably exacerbated the doomsday fear,’ Mr Cascio told the Journal. ‘The world is changing.’

Source: UK Daily Mail

This week the National Geographic series Doomsday Preppers debuted to an audience of four million, a testament to the fact that preparing for disasters – regardless of the kind – is a growing trend, and one that’s popular even among those that have been affectionately dubbed the sheeple. No doubt some of those watching the show, who never considered the possibility of far-from equilibrium events, will take to preparing right away.

Most seasoned preppers will agree that those first few weeks and months of preparedness are the most stressful, with emotions being described by newbies as anxiety and panic. For those just getting started, you should feel better knowing that it’s better late than never.

What you may be experiencing today isn’t panic. It’s a sense of urgency, and that’s a positive motivator that can, with focus, drive you to quickly and effectively achieve your goals.

Panic is what we’ll see from those remaining 99% of Americans who have failed to take measures to protect themselves from the coming devastation.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: collapse; economy; getreadyhereitcomes; getyourhouseinorder; prepperping; preppers; shtf; survival; survivalping
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The One Hour Meltdown
1 posted on 02/12/2012 7:41:20 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

ok


2 posted on 02/12/2012 7:43:52 AM PST by Artemis Webb
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To: Kartographer; ChocChipCookie
FYI

The Survival Mom is FReeper ChocChipCookie

3 posted on 02/12/2012 7:47:28 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

And all of those preppers are considered a threat to the District of Criminals. Just ask Nappy at the DHS!


4 posted on 02/12/2012 8:01:05 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Artemis Webb

Yup.


5 posted on 02/12/2012 8:06:01 AM PST by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: blam
YAWN. Yeah, thanks sport. Been through all this nonsense during the 70's. Same dire prediction, same warnings to prepare, same massive amounts of money invested by the paranoid--excuse me--the "prepared" /rolleyes, same bunker mentality . . . "excitable little fellows" no longer intrigue or interest me.

Ya'll have fun though . . . who knows, one of these myriad of times the fringe might actually turn out to be right . . . even a blind pig finds an acorn every now and then.
6 posted on 02/12/2012 8:17:10 AM PST by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: blam

We have to prep, invest resources and time because of f’n idiotic leftist politicians and their anticonstitutional laws (For presidents, think heodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, ‘Toon, and lastest incarnation of idiocy - the Usurper). Throw in, also, for good measure, the black-robed tyrants ( think Wickard v Filburn).

Their names must be held in perpetual infamy, their corpses exhumed to be abused and spat upon, to be finally dumped into the ocean. For those anticonstitutionl tyrants still alive, they should be strung up like Mussolini and their families and sychopants hounded out of what remains of this country.


7 posted on 02/12/2012 8:18:38 AM PST by bkopto (Obama is merely a symptom of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: blam

Bump.


8 posted on 02/12/2012 8:20:41 AM PST by Jaxter ("Pro Aris et Focis")
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To: blam
The One Hour Meltdown

Thanks for posting the link to that important article. I posted it as a thread a couple of years ago, and it still gets hits:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2529196/posts

9 posted on 02/12/2012 8:34:40 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Sudetenland

Living in earthquake country, a bit of prep- 3 days to a few weeks - is entirely rational.

And no civilization has survived forever. The Egyptians, Romans, Ming all had going concerns for longer than the US has been around and ‘it’ hit the fan in each case.

That said, the folks who seem eager for such a scenario, along with goldbugs and those who believe in The Rapture, are to me as big an annoyance as any other group out there. If you are *HOPING* for a scenario that involves pain or loss for your fellow human beings (regardless of their religious or political beliefs) they you are part of the problem.

It can become an obsessive hobby and pretty ridiculous, but I read once that the odds of having to fend for yourself due to a disaster of some sort, at some point in your life, are about 40 percent.


10 posted on 02/12/2012 8:43:24 AM PST by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: blam
She and her husband spend 50 hours a week getting ready for a climate shift in the poles.

That's just foolish - and unnecessary. They'll burn themselves out from overdoing things and negate all that they've accomplished.

11 posted on 02/12/2012 8:47:12 AM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: RedStateRocker

Exactly. bttt


12 posted on 02/12/2012 8:57:15 AM PST by Matchett-PI (There is no reasoning with anyone deeply indoctrinated into the tyranny of political correctness.)
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To: blam

bfl


13 posted on 02/12/2012 9:06:17 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Sudetenland

You know, it doesn’t have to be a global financial meltdown—keeping extra supplies makes sense for everyone who lives in an earthquake zone, a tornado zone, a hurricane zone, a blizzard zone—in other words, just about everyone. It’s just common sense.


14 posted on 02/12/2012 9:08:39 AM PST by MizSterious (Now that Perry's out, I guess I'll just have to vote for "Generic Republican Candidate")
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To: Sudetenland

You know, it doesn’t have to be a global financial meltdown—keeping extra supplies makes sense for everyone who lives in an earthquake zone, a tornado zone, a hurricane zone, a blizzard zone—in other words, just about everyone. It’s just common sense.


15 posted on 02/12/2012 9:08:48 AM PST by MizSterious (Now that Perry's out, I guess I'll just have to vote for "Generic Republican Candidate")
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To: blam

Good link. Thanks.

Grandpapy’s site has some of the most well tought out, useful, easily implemented advice and common sense information on the net.


16 posted on 02/12/2012 9:19:59 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: RedStateRocker

Plus the thing to remember is that not every situation means the end of the earth. There are more things that could happen which would throw the US into a disaster of maybe only a year or two but you can still starve in that time. We are planning for that type of event which is most likely to occur. If you can feed and protect yourself for 2 years you will get through almost any eventuality.


17 posted on 02/12/2012 9:30:17 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: RedStateRocker

Plus the thing to remember is that not every situation means the end of the earth. There are more things that could happen which would throw the US into a disaster of maybe only a year or two but you can still starve in that time. We are planning for that type of event which is most likely to occur. If you can feed and protect yourself for 2 years you will get through almost any eventuality.


18 posted on 02/12/2012 9:30:36 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: Sudetenland
"YAWN. Yeah, thanks sport. Been through all this nonsense during the 70's. Same dire prediction, same warnings to prepare, same massive amounts of money invested by the paranoid--excuse me--the "prepared" /rolleyes, same bunker mentality . . . "excitable little fellows" no longer intrigue or interest me."

Yup. You don't care.

Well SPORT you showed your yapping, insignificant little ass up on this thread didn't you.

23 posted on 02/12/2012 9:32:18 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

Why is everyone posting the same thing several times?


24 posted on 02/12/2012 9:35:40 AM PST by Principle Over Politics (Romney 2012 is McCain 2008. No more RINOs!)
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To: RedStateRocker
If you live on the gulf coast the chances of having to fend for yourself are about 100%.

Sooner or later there will be a hurricane and you will be without power for several weeks.

If you don't have what you need you don't get it because there is nowhere to get it.

Get hungry, get in line and let the govt hand you a case of MRE’s and a case water.

25 posted on 02/12/2012 9:42:54 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: RedStateRocker
If you live on the gulf coast the chances of having to fend for yourself are about 100%.

Sooner or later there will be a hurricane and you will be without power for several weeks.

If you don't have what you need you don't get it because there is nowhere to get it.

Get hungry, get in line and let the govt hand you a case of MRE’s and a case water.

26 posted on 02/12/2012 9:43:02 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: Principle Over Politics

FR is having a meltdown this morning:) Need to double click to get it to response this morning. I tried withdrawing all my funds from FR and it just locked up:)


27 posted on 02/12/2012 9:43:29 AM PST by Cold Heart
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To: Principle Over Politics

FR is having a meltdown this morning:) Need to double click to get it to response this morning. “Service Temporarily Unavailable” I tried withdrawing all my funds from FR and it just locked up:)


28 posted on 02/12/2012 9:44:07 AM PST by Cold Heart
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To: blam
Thanks for that link. What the author writes is very true. For more info, FReepers can read the books One Second After and Alas Babylon. The Babylon book was written in the late fifties, but still has wide application today.
29 posted on 02/12/2012 9:54:07 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: MizSterious

That’s not what this article if focused on. Yeah, a little hurricane or earthquake preparedness only makes common sense, but all of this “end of the world as we know it” garbage is just more of the same old survivalist garbage that goes around about once a decade.


30 posted on 02/12/2012 10:55:20 AM PST by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: upchuck

Pat Frank, the author of Alas Babylon, also wrote a survival manual about a post-atomic world. The fallout shelter mania of fifty years back produced much discussion about how to survive but Frank’s manual contained the following advice:

“The day may come when a pound of tobacco is worth more than a pound of gold.”

BTW, sure is a lot of talk on FReepers about zombies and how to eliminate them. The two topics are somehow related /s.

Anyway, check out the Vincent Price horror classic “The Last Man on Earth”. Masses of zombie vampires versus the last uninfected human.


31 posted on 02/12/2012 11:39:16 AM PST by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: Sudetenland
You're back again?

I thought you didn't like this stuff...SPORT!

You're an ill-mannered, low-class punk to address and ridicule fellow Freepers in this manner.

You're old enough to know better.

Just go away, you're dismissed SPORT!

32 posted on 02/12/2012 1:25:10 PM PST by blam
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To: Sudetenland
You're back again?

I thought you didn't like this stuff...SPORT!

You're an ill-mannered, low-class punk to address and ridicule fellow Freepers in this manner.

You're old enough to know better.

Just go away, you're dismissed SPORT!

33 posted on 02/12/2012 1:25:24 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
Since you have now twice invited my reply, even when in the second case, my comments were not directed to you, I will respond to you in the manner in which you deserve.

Awwww. Did wittle blammie get its poor feewings hurt. Poor wittle baby. Boo-hoo-hoo.

Why don't you grow up and get in the real world instead of playing around in your little doomsday fantasies?
34 posted on 02/12/2012 1:37:53 PM PST by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Prepper Ping!

‘The One Hour Meltdown’ is in my Updated Preparedness Manual Rev J:

http://tomeaker.com/kart/Preparedness1j.pdf


35 posted on 02/12/2012 6:18:03 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: IMR 4350

A number of years ago I found a very old can of “powered scrambled eggs” down in the cellar at my grandparents home. It had font like the old “western town” signs, lol. I asked my grandma what it was, and she told me about the depression. How even people that had jobs and small gardens were still short on food. And how many people had really suffered. So the government gave away some things to “help”, like those powdered eggs in a can. She also said how awful it had felt to take any kind of “welfare”.

She said she didn’t even know why she still had it down in the root cellar.

She also had a huge double deep-freeze chest down there. And shelves that were filled with home canned goods. Until they got into their seventies, she always canned a ton of stuff every year from the garden they grew. When she got older, she shopped the specials and sales, and kept her shelves LOADED even though there were only three of them living at the house then.

Her parents had been dairy farmers. It was simply a way of life to have a large pantry.

Over the years she had supplied her grown children, her grown grandchildren, and a great grandchild or two, with stuff from that pantry in the fruit cellar, and spare sheets, towels, pots and pans and dishes. We all shopped in Grammys root cellar. We all came on hard times, and she came to the rescue so we didn’t have to go get the “gubermint cheese”.

She also had a wood/coal cooking stove down there that they kept going in the winters. Things can get very unpredictable here in NY. There was no point in taking chances, and it kept the floors warm - which helped aching elderly joints. Such stoves are rare to find and expensive now.

We have a pantry. We use coupons. We were secure when the second massive flood happened in a four year period this past fall.

I remember how relieved I felt knowing that although all of the stores were closed, many roads closed, etc., we could get along perfectly well for at least several weeks. AND help the neighbors if they needed anything.

So many families here suffered for lack of foresight. They had to wait in lines for water and peanut butter.

It’s best to have a pantry like the old days, :). Sure beats the MRE stuff.


36 posted on 02/12/2012 6:36:19 PM PST by Ladysforest
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To: blam; ChocChipCookie
I'll be damned! I should have guessed!
37 posted on 02/12/2012 6:55:27 PM PST by Ladysmith (The evil that's happening in this country is the cancer of socialism...It kills the human spirit.)
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To: IMR 4350

I’m always preaching the sailing lifestyle as the ideal survival platform...but you have to love the ocean. In this economy fixer-upper sailboats can be got really cheap if you’re a patient hunter.


38 posted on 02/12/2012 6:55:32 PM PST by AnTiw1 (I lived through a mormon hell, I will not live in a country with a mormon president.)
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To: AnTiw1

That’s the problem with New Mexico, tons of beach, just NO WATER!


39 posted on 02/12/2012 7:10:46 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Sudetenland; MizSterious; Kartographer
Same dire prediction, same warnings to prepare, same massive amounts of money invested by the paranoid--excuse me--the "prepared" /rolleyes, same bunker mentality . . . "excitable little fellows" no longer intrigue or interest me.

Then why did you show up on this thread?

You know, ours is probably the first generation this planet has seen where being prepared to be on your own is considered abnormal.

We don't live in earthquake, hurricane, or tornado country. We get snow and usually lots of it and some ice to boot.

Anyone who is not prepared to be several days at least without electricity or food is an idiot.

And for the record, if you live as far out in the country as some of us do, you WILL be prepared because it is simply not feasible to drive 20 miles to the nearest grocery store for every little thing.

So go ahead and be a good, little, dependent sheeple. Obama and his minions are counting on you to do your part by coming begging to them for food, water, and protection when TSHTF. You can sell them your soul for that if you want.

The rest of us will remain free.

40 posted on 02/13/2012 2:36:54 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: metmom

do not reply to these type of people. They will never learn— prepare for the worst hope for the best is all one can do.
All one needs to do is read about Argentina, or Bosnia, I believe Kartographer has posted links to these two situations.

Actually all one needs to have is grasp of history to understand the need to prepare.

Fable I believe is the ant and grasshopper- 1 played 1 prepared.


41 posted on 02/13/2012 2:50:32 AM PST by Nailbiter
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To: Nailbiter

Well, people like that will be greeted with a rifle sticking out the door if they come begging.


42 posted on 02/13/2012 2:53:08 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Sudetenland
What possible motivation could there be for you to belittle the efforts of those who believe in disaster preparedness?

Why is it crazy, or worthy of derision, for people to stockpile food, water, medicine, fuel, weapons, ammunition, and the like, to better help themselves and their community in the event of civil unrest, natural disaster, etc.

"Doomsday fantasies?"

Since when is self-reliance something to be castigated?

Sheer lunacy. Could you be more juvenile?

43 posted on 02/13/2012 2:59:15 AM PST by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: metmom

That is a reality that the left is constantly try to prevent :)


44 posted on 02/13/2012 3:01:11 AM PST by Nailbiter
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To: Sudetenland
I've had another FReeper tell me that we should "just raise taxes another 10 percent" in order to keep the teat flowing for the 48% that rely on the govt. Do you agree? If not, why not?

What do you think will happen when the govt. teat dried up? Do you think the millions of people living here, on the govt teat, will simply start working? There is generational welfare and they have no clue how to fend for themselves except through taking - which will lead to violence. Even Obama's benefactor, Soros, has already encouraged it.

45 posted on 02/13/2012 4:16:22 AM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Sudetenland

Your screenname is indicative of a certain neighborhood which has had several interesting periods in its history, during which the types of collapse you pooh-pooh actually happened.

Perhaps it is time you educated yourself on the mechanisms by which the world works, as such an education would keep you from embarrassing yourself, again, among the adults in the room.


46 posted on 02/13/2012 6:34:05 AM PST by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist idiot with no rational argument.)
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To: Ladysforest

In 2000 we had a flood. It started raining about midnight and by 6AM we had over 20 inches of rain. All told we got over 30 inches of rain in 2 days.

My sister and I were at my mothers house going up and down the road cleaning the storm drains trying to get as much drainage as we could.

About 11AM on the first day of the flood, a guy from across the street came out and the first thing out of his mouth was wondering when the govt food trucks were going to be coming around to feed people.

Electricity was still on. Water was still working. Houses weren’t really flooded in that area just the streets were flooded. Yet this clown was looking for a govt handout.

My sister told him a food center had been set up in town a distance of about 5 blocks. He didn’t want to walk the 5 blocks. I told him the two stores across the highway were open, that was only about 2 blocks away. He didn’t want to walk the 2 blocks he wanted somebody to bring the food to his door.

This guy didn’t know who my sister and I were when he said if the food trucks weren’t there by noon we should all get together and go in these rich peoples house and take their food. He was pointing at my mothers house.

I informed him if he so much as stepped foot on that property i was going to shoot his ass. So much for being a good neighbor. Oh well, he got the message.

People that live on handouts will take when they don’t get their handouts and it doesn’t take them 3 days to start taking.


47 posted on 02/13/2012 6:37:39 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: metmom

LOL—I was just going to say, we stock ammunition for many things, including fools who didn’t have the foresight to keep emergency supplies on hand—and then want to forcibly take someone else’s.


48 posted on 02/13/2012 6:49:01 AM PST by MizSterious (Now that Perry's out, I guess I'll just have to vote for "Generic Republican Candidate")
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To: blam

Preppers are the new 1% ;)


49 posted on 02/13/2012 6:51:40 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. We have ideas-the Dems only have ideology.)
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To: snowrip
Perhaps it's time for you perennial panickers to grow out of your little fantasy world and see how the world truly works. Such an education would save you from your repeatedly incorrect prognostications of doom and gloom . . . I mean really, going through the same old routine every decade . . . one would think that eventually you guys would figure it out. Through it all--5 decades of this nonsense--the mothership still hasn't landed. You know why? Because it isn't going to land. The end times are not here. The end of civilization as we know it isn't happening.

I know it's useless to preach reason to the detached from reality, but one must at least make the attempt. After 5 decades and endless predictions from every crack pot and profiteer with a glib tongue and a slick sales pitch including Lyndon LaRouche for nearly that entire 5 decades--how many times do you have to be wrong before you figure it all out?

You want to prepare for 3 or 4 weeks of bad weather or some other natural disaster--that's reasonable and probably a good idea. You live in a fantasy world in which the world is coming to an end and it'll be you against the zombies or the ravening hoard, then you are way out on the fringe and have left your sanity well behind.

But, whatever melts your butter--have fun!
50 posted on 02/13/2012 7:51:05 AM PST by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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