Tuesday, November 27, 2012

NatGeo "Doomsday Preppers" are a bit crazy, I hope; NBC Revolution fall finale doesn't say much



I finally watched an hour-long episode of National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers”, who have also been covered on Anderson (weekdays, ABC) and some local news channels.

A middle aged man in Berryville, VA, in the upper Shenandoah Valley, discussed how he expects society to fall apart because of the economy.  He said a “thin fabric holds society together.  He talked about protecting his family from violence and looting, by using “home field advantage”.  He discussed a “circle of force” and the use or boarding, as well as pepper spray as a non-lethal defensive weapon.

Later, Brian P. Murdock, of Sommerville MA (near Boston), was moving to upstate New York in his mobile home to a 50-acre property.  His new bride from eastern Europe, Titianna, didn’t know what she had bargained for.  He said that the “covenant of marriage” was important to survival.

The Brian May, living somewhere in the lower Mississippi River valley, talked about how another New Madrid style earthquake could split the continent in half (that’s not true).  He showed home preparedness. 
All the speakers mentioned the value of barter in acquiring fortification, and May talked about acquiring gold and silver coins.  It was if a money economy was immoral.

If the world “as I know it” were destroyed, I wouldn’t want to survive, because I would have nothing to offer a world  (fragmented into  militias as in the NBC show “Revolution”) that doesn’t recognize an economy and law and order.  My existence would become meaningless.  I would be seen as a parasite.

By the way, the Fall 2012 season of “Revolution” concluded Monday night  ("Nobody's Fault but Mine") – without explanation of how the power went out.

The link for the NatGeo series is here

A question on ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" on Nov. 28, 2012 referred to this show as "Doomsday Bunkers". 

Here’s another episode put up by NatGeo, “I Hope I Am Crazy”.

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