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Offline Amisheggpicker

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National Geographic prepping show
« on: February 02, 2012, 11:16:52 AM »
Here is a link to a new series that Nat Geo is putting out....I don't think I would ever go on national television with my plans....and I hope that there are things I can learn from this show....and not a bunch of dopes that make preppers look stupid....I have been perusing the site...and I can see some things that I already think are dumb...hahahah!   like the folks that turned the pool into a hydroponics place...and are raising talipia...

Don't get me wrong...that is a pretty cool thing to do...but in a teotwawki situation....that's sticks out like a sore thumb...and the hordes will dessimate that real quick....especially now that its being advertised...that's the part that's dumb....but check out the site...and watch the show...then tell me what you think!
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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2012, 01:31:11 PM »
Obviously, the one-off program we made fun of last year was more popular than we thought.

Also, obviously, there are a lot of preppers out there whose desire for money or thirst for notoriety is stronger than their sense and OPSEC awareness...
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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2012, 09:40:56 AM »
Actually, the sub-urban guy with the shelves full of canned food...his stash doesn't look all that different from some of the folks you see on those shows about hyper-couponers.  Although those folks tend to have huge stockpiles of things like deodorants, condiments, and other stuff that's not the most useful, prep-wise.  A lot fewer #10 cans of vegetables.

Now, the guy on the ATV, with the k-pot and the tac vest?  He looks like your Hollywood stereotype 'survival nut.'  And the fact that the pistol is horizontal like that is kind of scary to me.
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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2012, 12:39:41 PM »
What would make me nervous would be, the production crew shows up, and they start making small, incremental changes "just for the show" that take what might seem rational, if a bit out of the ordinary, and turn it into whacko.  "That full facial helmet you wear on the ATV doesn't film well, try this."
"You're going to the range, try wearing your pistol in a shoulder holster."  "I don't have a..." "Here, use this one."
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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2012, 12:46:32 PM »
There is one episode on there that has a woman showing how she is going to escape in the night....and they do a test run...once this is aired, she and all her new best friends, are going to be using the same route....makes a lot of sence to me...hahahah!
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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2012, 01:12:34 PM »
Put it this way:  I'd be interested enough to watch, but I'd never, ever be stupid enough to participate. ;D

When my neighbor - who can see down into my fenced patio from her second floor bedroom - asked me why I had those big water storage tanks, I told her it was so I could use the rain runoff from the roof to water my dwarf fruit trees.  The water, I explained, was unfit for human or pet consumption.

Which actually may be true, although not after you finish running it through a Big Berkey filter. ;D

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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2012, 03:28:27 PM »
I'm definitely interested in watching the show.  (Actually, the guy with the wood-powered truck looks familiar - has he been in a previous show?)

I have to hope they make episodes available streaming, though, since I don't have cable TV.
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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2012, 11:20:16 AM »
I don't have cable either, but we have satelite...

Ok so I took a tea break and watch a couple more previews....like I said before...I would NOT expose myself like these folks are...but there are some interesting things....

one thing that I found a little offensive was this....there is this lady, and pardon me if i misspell her name....but I believe its killeen...after one of her videos...some dope made the comment that the FIRST thing about survival is being fit....and that she wasn't...


ok, so maybe she isn't as fit as that person thinks she should be...but this woman has knowledge....and personally, I would rather bug out with an overweight person, whom has knowledge, than a skinny stupid person...

Once you start eliminating a person because they are overweight, then whats next...age?  handicap?  This is like the lifeboat game all over again...
I guess I would be eliminated real quick....I'm overweight, Older..hahahah! and have a bad knee, and still recuperating from surgery...have a disabled husband who is blind in one eye...(this is starting to sound like a bad joke)

But by gum, I have enough spark left in me that I'm going to do everything possible to make it....fat, old and disabled!  And I know for a FACT that my husband and I can make a go of it a lot better than about 90 percent of my co-workers whom are CLUELESS..

Ok, I'm done..hahahahah!
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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2012, 11:43:17 AM »
I would rather bug out with an overweight person, whom has knowledge, than a skinny stupid person...

I guess I would be eliminated real quick....

I dont believe that I could have said it any better myself and you could always head over here...I'd welcome any of the members of this site; we'd be one heck of a survival group!

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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2012, 07:56:28 PM »
Anybody who would eliminate you from their group for any reason in the world, Egg, isn't a survivalist, they are a suicidalist! 
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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2012, 08:20:02 PM »
Anybody who would eliminate you from their group for any reason in the world, Egg, isn't a survivalist, they are a suicidalist! 

Exactly!

If you EVER need someplace to hole up, Egg, let me know and we'll be sure to leave the light on for ya".

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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2012, 12:44:50 PM »
Well, it's nice to know that I have places to go...hahahah...and Bill, folks might WANT to commit suicide after living with me...hahaha...

I once worked with this 20 something kid....and we were discusing Obama care....and he thought that persons that were of his age group should get operations first over persons of my age group....I just laughed and said to him...."let's see if you have that same opinion in another 30 years..hahahah!)

This kid had been fired from his job before that one....he got fired from the job he and I were working....he then got fired from his next job...and the last I heard he was in jail...I guess his contribution to society made him more valuable then per say a 50 something person...(at least in his own eyes)  Maybe we should play the lifeboat game....and see how far he would get.....hahahahahah!  What a joke....

It does greatly concern me though the mindset of some people....where it comes to the elderly and the young....I have actually seen forums where persons state that they will not allow couples with young children, or elderly or disabled into their mag group....

Well, I don't want to be in your slimy group anyways...hahahah!  What kind of community would that be?  When we cease to care about our fellow human beans....all of them....then we are a degenerate society indeed!
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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2012, 12:52:34 PM »

Once you start eliminating a person because they are overweight, then whats next...age?  handicap?  This is like the lifeboat game all over again...
I guess I would be eliminated real quick....I'm overweight, Older..hahahah! and have a bad knee, and still recuperating from surgery...have a disabled husband who is blind in one eye...(this is starting to sound like a bad joke)

Add me & my husband to the mix & we'd have a sit-com. We're both, um, older (love those sen. cit. discounts!), he's deaf in one ear & inherited a tricky heart, I'm fat, diabetic, & tend to fall over because of nerve damage caused by a now-fixed back problem. With my balance problems I can easily be mistaken for a drunk.

But somehow, we do manage to cut our own fire wood on our property, raise a few meat rabbits & a pathetic garden (each year we swear we'll do better - and maybe this year is it!) & know how to live pretty well in a grid-down situation. We keep telling the deer that hang around that if we get hungry, they're dinner.  ;D
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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2012, 12:54:51 PM »
ok, so another thing I saw, was this woman whom demonstrated what they were going to do to their pet cats if they had to evacuate....

This disturbed me also....and I'm no anti hunting person, nor a vegan, nor a vegetarian...and I have killed many an animal for eating or because they were nuisance or sick and had to be put down....I do it humanely as possible....but I still don't like having to take a life....I find no pleasure in that...

But it was the way the woman had no emotion over the plans for  killing her supposedly pets, ....sorry...I find that repulsive...If I lived near her, I would steal them...hahahahah!

My father taught me a great respect for life...and that included animals...he was a great hunter and sportsman...and many a night, we would call the game commission and get permission to "track" a wounded deer that someone hit, but failed to kill...My father said it wasn't right to let something suffer like that..and we would walk in the dark with flashlights looking for the animal.

I'm rooting for the guy and his family whom have a secondary bug out place....and they practiced bugging out....WITH their animals....they have trained their little goats to get in the trailer.....now that was cool....
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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2012, 01:06:09 PM »
hahahahah  Bonnie......the four of us really are a bad joke....
my husband has that stumbling problem too...well occasionally....some kind of nerve damage....
with the two of you looking like your drunk...well that gives me a plan....we could use you two as decoys (you know, you guys would be looking drunk and all helpless)....
and then when the marauding raiders tried to rob us...you guys could blast them with rotten vegetables  from our gardens...hahahah...
with me and your husband being back ups hahahahah... 
I could borrow my sisters crutch that we pass along in the family, for when we have knee operations....that could be my weapon of choice.....
we will show those young pups! 
Then will put them in a cage that we built from the fire wood we cut and chopped by hand...and them smoke them by burning wet wood in our woodburners....that should chase them away!
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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2012, 01:07:30 PM »
Depending on the type & severity of a disaster, the cats might end up on their own for a while, but I wouldn't kill them. They keep the rodent population down. The only reason for bugging out that I can think of is a forest fire. So how we deal with the animals will depend on how close the fire is & how fast it's moving. The rabbits are the easiest since they're in cages already - just toss them in the back of the truck. The donkeys I'd have to walk out or let loose. For the chickens, it would depend on if it were night or day. Can't catch the critters during the day - at least not quickly & if time was important.
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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2012, 10:50:28 PM »
I'm surprised they haven't been made out to be more nutty.  "For the ratings" of course.

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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2012, 11:40:06 AM »
No, to "fit the narrative" better.  You know that narrative?  Anybody not helplessly dependent of the government for everything is potentially a "domestic terrorist?"

Yeah, that narrative.
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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2012, 12:52:13 PM »
Well I watched the first two shows and came away with some interesting thoughts....

It wasn't as bad as I thought it might be....for the most part, they weren't made out to be buffoons....EXCEPT at the end of each interview....the show did a "likelyhood" of the event that the subjects were preparing for.....and EVERY one of them were deemed very unlikely.....

Which I disagree...Economic collapse and inflation are a VERY REAL threat as far as I am concerned....and I don't know which "experts" that they are referring to...because all the "Experts" I listen to, say that these events are inevitable.

I did like the part where they critiqued each participant....and my favorites were the people with the goats....awesome.....

And of course my least favorite....cat killer gal....well she wasn't to bright, she didn't get a good review and in the end , ended up joining the military...no disrespect intended....

Now here was the part that made me almost fall off the couch....The "prepper experts" recommended getting guns for several of the participants of the show....I could hardly believe that....I so used to seeing anti gun on tv....I thought that was amazing and circumvented any negative aspects to the show....

And Kelleen, the fat lady whom the stupid person criticized....she can kick butt!  hahahah!   My bet's on her.....she has one awesome food storage....and makes what appears to be great food from it....

Then there is the disabled truck driver....he's pretty cool too....he's disabled, doing the best he can and realizes his handicap...but he still perseveres....

I was thinking about this....and hopefully it will encourage others....you can't possibly be ever 100 percent ready for every thing that could happen....like my favorites on the show...the goat people said when told that they should keep all their food in one place.....if someone is able to steal their food, then they themselves will probably be dead....(my paraphrase)   hahahah  They realize that NOTHING is 100 percent for sure.........all we can do, is this....do the best that you can, with what you got....do good to others....and prepare your soul to meet your maker!  hahahah...

Proverbs 21:20  In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil,

but a foolish man devours all he has.

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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2012, 01:12:16 PM »
...I was thinking about this....and hopefully it will encourage others....you can't possibly be ever 100 percent ready for every thing that could happen...
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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2012, 04:28:51 PM »
The key is to assess the probably threats in your area and to prepare as fully as possible for them.  That way, when the real disaster/emergency strikes, even if it isn't the one you were planning on, you'll be ready for something.

Amen. Robert Baden-Powell (founder of Boy Scouts) would agree. He was once asked, "Be prepared for what?" He replied, "For any old thing."
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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #21 on: February 10, 2012, 01:00:56 PM »
Haven't seen the show yet, I got the torrents on the machine, just haven't gotten to it. 

That said, this can hardly come as a surprise: How Nat Geo misrepresented the foxhole atheist ‘Doomsday Prepper’, Megan Hurwitt

For the more delicate of our members, I will let you know now that there's salty language behind that link and that the website seems to be devoted to atheists.

Reality teevee is the furthest thing from reality as we all know, and apparently we should take future episodes with the appropriate grains of salt.

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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #22 on: February 10, 2012, 11:37:15 PM »
We've got Basic Cable, but it comes with On Demand and we're able to catch portions of this show.

It's okay, I guess. The girl in Texas that was a prepper and was planning on walking across the city to get to her BOV didn't appear to have a lick of common sense...and it was her boyfriend that proposed shooting her cats if the SHTF.  Interestingly, as she spoke these words aloud, her expression and tone changed (even though she tried to continue her brash bravado) and I suspect that their relationship is not destined for longevity.  I believe the name for such a boyfriend is "tool."

I'm picking up bits and pieces that might be good to implement into our preps.  Sure, they're going for the sensationalistic aspects ("I believe the poles are going to reverse and the continents will break free." and so on) but there are some excellent tidbits.

There are some things that made me roll my eyes and wonder if these folks have considered everything all the way through; I still have no idea who the "prepper experts" are that "grade" the individual preppers after their episodes- but all in all, it's entertaining and educational in a "how in the heck can they afford to live like this?!" sort of way.

I have not seen the episode with Kellene Bishop, who is the lady prepper that seriously kicks some butt.  It turns out she's community-oriented, has one heck of a good blog for preppers (preparednesspro.com, among others) and she apparently creates gourmet meals from the food she's stored.

As I was reading about her, her aspects actually reminded me of AmishEggpicker. ;)

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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2012, 12:40:23 PM »
I do know that Rawles and Creekmore both said they were approached to be the experts, and declined. 

I had been concerned about the possibility that the production crew made the preppers appear do be whackos, but it occurs to me that t eh selection process might have been in favor of the more entertaining preppers.  "Ooooh, that'll film well/draw in viewers!"  Imagine if they'd found a black belt martial artist stripper who was concerned about the Zombie Apocalypse...
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Re: National Geographic prepping show
« Reply #24 on: February 11, 2012, 02:36:56 PM »
Have you heard the latest? David Sarti, the Tennessee Prepper has been declared mentally defective and had his guns seized bythe government.

There's a petition going around, and a Paypal donation button for him.  He can't afford an attorney, and for some reason, the NRA attorney isn't returning his calls.

Here's a link to the drama:
http://offgridsurvival.com/doomsdayprepperdeclaredmentaldefective/

I'm not sure how this could happen, but it's certainly taught me that just because I can't understand how an event can occur, doesn't mean that it's not a possibility.  Geeze.


 

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