Sunday, February 12, 2012

Shame on you National Geographic!

This isn't going to be a regular type of posting on here, but for the few people following this blog so far that might not have heard about it otherwise, I thought I'd bring up the craziness surrounding "Doomsday Preppers."

Nat Geo put together a show on "Preppers," a group of people that in the late 70's and early 80's probably would be called Survivalists.  Back then, it was probably a little wacko, especially when you consider the sheer numbers that had some serious PTSD from Vietnam going on.  But these days, where you can buy freeze dried food at the grocery store, it kind of makes sense to have some reserves on hand in case the power goes out, a hurricane hits, or you get snowed in.  We won't even go into the whole "the end of the world as we know it" (TEOTWAWKI) scenario, since it's pretty unlikely... in my opinion. But some people feel very strongly about this, and prepare for it in their daily life.  More power to them, it's the freedom of America to be able to do things like that.  They live by the words "Bullets, Beans, and Band-aids" and don't want to have to use any of them, but are prepared to do so if they had to.

Anyway, the backlash on the prepper population as a whole after this show has been huge.  One guy, in Tennessee, lost his 2nd Amendment rights because his doctor insisted that he was suicidal and had him committed. (Apparently because he said that he wasn't afraid to pass on at his natural time because he was "saved."  This makes you suicidal???)

Another, and this is the one that irks me, because it shows just how much of the show is faked for ratings, is the story of Megan Hurwitt.  She's kind of the rare exception in the prepping world, as an atheist most of the other self claimed preppers would call her crackpot.  Since most of them would be, what I consider to be, fundamentalist Christians.*  Anyway... and you can read her own words at the link below, the producers decided that her preparations for hurricanes weren't "wild enough" for their show, so they asked her to step things up a notch.  This isn't real hard when you consider the results of Katrina and the loonies that came out of the woodwork on that, on both sides of the thin blue line.  So she did.  And then... here's the really good part, to make the show "better" the producer offered her $1000 to kill her cat while they filmed.  Obviously a sane person, which I'm glad to say she is, told them where they could stick it with that idea.  But they decided to try to make her look wacko just the same.  I'm not going to make any conspiracy theories that it's the "gun grabber agenda" at work.  But actions speak louder then words, and I for one, am not going to be tuning into nat geo after this one.

And now for the link: How Nat Geo Misrepresented The Foxhole Atheist Doomsday Prepper Megan Hurwitt

If you want to learn more about prepping, go on Amazon and get any/all of the books by James Wesley, Rawles. (yes, with the comma between Wesley and Rawles.  No idea, don't ask.)  He's put out a how to book, and a couple of novels, one with a lot of intro prepper stuff mixed in, the other, just a straight up novel.  All of which are fantastic writing though and highly recommended.

*If you're "saved" why are you prepping for the rapture anyway???!!! Makes no sense to me.

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