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Forum topic by RibsBrisket4me posted 02-19-2012 06:00 AM 1591 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2012 06:00 AM

Topic tags/keywords: doomsday

Watched this show for the first time tonight. Very interesting,

What say you—are these people, smart or ??

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#1 posted 02-19-2012 02:07 PM

Truthfully I had to look it up.

I think being prepared for disaster is necessary in today’s world, but having said that, I wonder if Nat Geo is using sensationalistic reporting to boost it’s ratings.

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#2 posted 02-19-2012 02:15 PM

I haven’t seen nor heard of this show. I tend to ONLY watch crappy police/drama shows! Well, I also watch, Rough Cut, The Woodwrights Shop, This Old House….....................

I will have to check it out.

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#3 posted 02-19-2012 10:56 PM

I think that preparing for a natural disaster is smart. Preparing for the end of the world as we know it is paranoia at it’s finest.
We live together as a country because we have each other. We are not capable of supporting ourselves independently in any great number. We in the USA can walk into any grocery store and buy fruit any time of the year. The fruit we buy is harvested halfway around the world. It is a great time to be alive. Yet when things are good we worry about it not lasting.
If the stuff does hit the fan, as many of the preppers are planning for, it will not be the small independents who survive in any great numbers. It will be the members of large organized gangs who practice organized violence who will do the best. The better the group is at forcing their will on their environment using any means necessary, the more successful they will be.
Rome was a large and successful country and they fell to large organized tribes whose leaders trained alongside the soldiers they would eventually dispatch. If you truly think the world is going to end soon, and you want to survive, I would suggest you go and join a Mexican gang. If you can survive the risks of the gang, you could survive the collapse of the US government.

-- Mel,

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#4 posted 02-19-2012 11:01 PM

Interesting viewpoint Mel. And I can’t really argue with the main point you present.

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#5 posted 02-20-2012 04:03 AM

I’ve watched it a few times mostly because I was fascinated by how out there some of the people are, but i always feel vindicated by the fact when the “experts” say most of what the people are preparing for are relatively unlikely.

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#6 posted 03-01-2012 02:59 AM

I haven’t seen the show, but I think that unless you’re talking about some major wack jobs, then “preparing for the end of the world” is very inaccurate. Please let me explain.
If the world is truly ending, then no amount of preparation will help. Once the world is gone, then everyone is gone. Thus, there is nothing to prepare for. I could also go deeper into my religious beliefs on the particular subject of the end of the world as we know it, but that isn’t the point.
Now, if you’re talking about people preparing for the worst case of beakdown in infastructure as we Americans know it, then I am one of those people.
I don’t go as far as some people I have heard of and ruin my life worrying about it, but I do make a point of being prepared for the worst.
There are three commodities that will be very valuable in a worst case scenerio.
The first is knowledge. If the infastructure breaks down and you can’t just run down to the closest Wal-Mart or Kroger and pick up milk and eggs for an extended period of time, then the best prepared will have the knowledge and skills to survive by finding, and preparing, food.
The second is a stockpile of drinkable water. No matter what else happens, the human body cannot survive without water. It is amazing to me how ill prepared modern America is in the case of water cantamination. I’t not rocket science, but a real eye opener for me was what lengths some went to after hurricane Katrina while worrying about the local water supply source, and how un-educated they were on what would be a suitable source for clean drinking water.
The third is ammunition. No, I’m not talking about some crazy militia crap that sounds like it came from the Twilight Zone show. I simply mean that, if you are well prepared, there will be some less fortunate who will rather try to come take what you have instead of working and doing what they need to in order to get their own supplies. You need to be able to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your supplies.


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#7 posted 03-01-2012 04:34 AM

I don’t watch reality shows or programs that the NY execs think the public will spend time watching. What a waste of time when I could be building projects in the shop.
If the world ends, so be it.

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#8 posted 03-01-2012 09:29 AM

The title of the show is unfortunate… Doomsday Preppers makes them sound like whackjobs but some are clever and self sufficient and there is nothing wrong with that. On the other hand, some have been whackjobs like the woman from the most recent episode who kept emphasizing that the government was going to come knocking yet her stockpile of food is at her apartment next to the capitol building. I have news, if the government declares martial law and feels the need to knock down your door, they are in all likelihood going to confiscate your rations. And now that she’s been on the show, they would know exactly where to look!

Also the guy who shot his thumb off = dolt.

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#9 posted 03-01-2012 12:41 PM

This is kind of like the paranoia of the 50’s with the bomb.
Who would be better off, being at ground zero and over in a millisecond or survive to die a slower death?
I think the mayan calendar is bunk from the standpoint the civilization disappeared and no one was left to carry on the calculations. Otherwise they were smart and skilled people.
Just my $.02

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