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  •  That is a fabulous series that I've highlighted... (23+ / 0-)

    ...several times. While some preppers take things to extremes, like the guys in the NatGeo piece, being well-prepared at reasonable levels is a good thing. Not being prepared is as foolish as being over-prepared. I live in earthquake country and I need to be ready.

    I grew up in the era of backyard bomb shelters (we DID NOT have one), which the government urged on people. Some of that prepping attitude comes from that time.

    Mormons take the concept of food storage very seriously, although the old charge to keep a year's worth of food has been reduced more recently. It's all part of the LDS credo that families should be "self sufficient."

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:04:08 PM PST

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    •  agree. I don't have weapons (5+ / 0-)

      (not allowed where I live anyway-yup it's unconstitutional but you are not allowed to possess a gun within city limits)

      but I have first aid stuff some food and water...and ways to get clean water.

      I call it insurance. I've needed it before, too.

    •  You're absolutely right. (7+ / 0-)

      As a former Boy Scout (3 score of years ago) the simple motto of  “Be Prepared”, trite and over used, is correct.  One's knowledge and awareness will, in the long run,  get further than will  an assault rifle and 30 round clips stacked to the roof of the root cellar called home.
      For most of these people,  ignorance, of the real world, is the fertile soil of paranoid induced behavior.
      Since News Corp (Murdock and Fox) bought National Geographic the programming has turned to shit.

      "If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. Isaac Asimov (8.25 / -5.64}

      by carver on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 01:25:58 PM PST

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    •  Unfortunately, that is not the kind (4+ / 0-)

      of "Prepping" covered by this TV series.

      They are all preparing for "End of Days" events, and every one of them, with very few exceptions, needs to be able to survive, at 900 rounds a minute.

      Occasionally they have some very good ideas which would fit well with a more sustainable lifestyle. If that was the major topic I would write Diaries about it too :)

      I''ll contribute something about brewing beer.

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      Who is twigg?

      by twigg on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 02:01:29 PM PST

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    •  I think people should use common sense (5+ / 0-)

      but shoot it is hard for me to keep extra toilet paper in the house for 2 weeks  much less stock up on it for a year....People around here find my hiding places for the coca cola too.   My bunch would never let me be a prepper....They, along with me have little self control.
      Candles?  forget it... They light them when friends come over.
      Canned goods?   I can never find my can of tuna when I want a good tuna sandwich.   One of the household members will fess up and say they gave it to the cat.  A whole bag of Meow mix and they give away my Charlie Tuna.

      desserts?  Forget it.. Gone in thirty minutes.

      Every stash place has been discovered and raided.
      I doubt my bunch would ever consider my stash of anything an emergency.   Pepto Bismol...Gone..Both bottles.
      Maybe I should have answered screwed instead of basic emergency kit...but the bandaids are the only distrubed thing in that.  We have flashlights but someone keeps taking the batteries. can always come to the Fl Meetup and have a sunshine time.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

      by Vetwife on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:58:47 PM PST

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    •  Couple of mormon thoughts (0+ / 0-)

      1) Having a supply of "stuff" can be useful to the family budget. If I have plenty of veggies stored then when my most favorite product (toilet paper!) is on sale I can shift a lot of my food budget to, um, paper products. This is good economics.
      2) It's a cushion for unemployment, etc.

      and if the zombie apocalypse comes...
      3) I'll be able to donate stuff to Seattle after the big earthquake. I live in eastern Washington state.

      For some reason I tend to think being a benefit to others is in the bible somewhere.  

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