Disturbing actions: prepper billionaires

Steve Shannon

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I have no idea what targets have been identified by the nuclear armed enemies of the United States. I assume that the government knows what they’re talking about when they designated sparsely populated portions of Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, and North Dakota as a “sacrificial nuclear sponge.”

In any case I’m not preparing for a nuclear attack or any other kind of global apocalypse. Life is good and I’m not going to muck it up by over complicating things. I have four beers, the usual 12=48 package of toilet paper, two cans of tomato soup, and three cans of beans. I’m good. 😁
 

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FLASH! Medieval French peasants report a disturbing action - Prepper Billionaires building castle forts...

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Not much left of this one. Still looks like a nice place to visit, maybe with a picnic lunch and a bottle of some local vintage.

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Prepping isn't just for the ultra-rich. My in-laws moved in with us 4 years ago. He's a prepper who spends all his waking hours "researching" on the internet. Our basement is full of his stockpile. We have to support them because they have no savings (besides ammo or canned goods), partly as a result of all of the prepping. There's an entire industry dedicated to making him scared and then selling him stuff.

It's a hell of a drug.
 

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Well, if you remember, Texas had a famous collapse of their electrical infrastructure during a bad winter just 2 years ago. Turns out all those Texas preppers were starving to death in their bunkers full of canned goods, because their can-opener was electric. I'm not kidding on this one. The sheer stupidity actually made my jaw drop. I knew better than that when I was 7.
 

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Well, if you remember, Texas had a famous collapse of their electrical infrastructure during a bad winter just 2 years ago. Turns out all those Texas preppers were starving to death in their bunkers full of canned goods, because their can-opener was electric. I'm not kidding on this one. The sheer stupidity actually made my jaw drop. I knew better than that when I was 7.
Just shoot the can of Hormel chili and dried milk open with a .22, come on man! :headspinning:
 

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Just shoot the can of Hormel chili and dried milk open with a .22, come on man! :headspinning:
Alternatively, you can do what grandpa did once and put the sealed can of beans right in the coals so it heats up faster. That led to some excitement with popcorn spread over a three-campsite radius. Fortunately, nobody was injured.
 

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There was a comment form someone in another thread from a few years ago.. Basically saying that they were prepared, and had all the fixin's to stay alive should the apocalypse come around. He was proud to note he has a generator and a few other things..

I then pointed out, that a good sniper will likely take him out.



if it's one thing I've learned in life, it that there is always someone who is:
  • faster ( at driving, cycling, riding, running, etc..)
  • smarter (at math, outdoor skills, problem solving, etc..)
  • Stronger (physically, endurance, stamina, etc..)
  • a better shot
  • Belter looking
  • a better cook
  • a better ...
  • etc...
"You" are not the best. You may be among your friends / family / church group.. but not against "everyone"
 

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It's not just that that. I don't care how thick the walls are on your bunker. They will not sustain a dedicated assault from a sufficiently large group of scavengers who are after what supplies you have. And if your bunker is in the middle of nowhere, that essentially makes things worse because you will have to defend it by yourself. What preppers fail to understand is that civilization formed for a reason, and that reason is that we all need each other to actually stay alive. Tribes formed for that reason and in a larger sense, we're all a tribe now.
 

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What preppers fail to understand is that civilization formed for a reason, and that reason is that we all need each other to actually stay alive.

I'm convinced there's a few thousand neurons in the brain that help folks understand that. The ones that don't, can't; and won't ever, no matter how it's explained.
 

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In any case I’m not preparing for a nuclear attack or any other kind of global apocalypse. Life is good and I’m not going to muck it up by over complicating things. I have four beers, the usual 12=48 package of toilet paper, two cans of tomato soup, and three cans of beans. I’m good. 😁

Yikes, you are woefully unprepared! At minimum you need to add:

1: 2 cans of milk
2: 8 slices of bread
3: Half a stick of butter (a full stick might be better)
4: 8 slices of American Cheese
5: Something that gets hot
6: Something that is flat (other than the Earth, we all have that).

Without that, the tomato soup is wasted and you should just buy 2 more cans of beans.

Sandy.
 

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Alternatively, you can do what grandpa did once and put the sealed can of beans right in the coals so it heats up faster. That led to some excitement with popcorn spread over a three-campsite radius. Fortunately, nobody was injured.
How hot was it to turn beans into popcorn?! Was your grandfather an alchemist?
 

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Yikes, you are woefully unprepared! At minimum you need to add:

1: 2 cans of milk
2: 8 slices of bread
3: Half a stick of butter (a full stick might be better)
4: 8 slices of American Cheese
5: Something that gets hot
6: Something that is flat (other than the Earth, we all have that).

Without that, the tomato soup is wasted and you should just buy 2 more cans of beans.

Sandy.
I’m down to 3 beers, maybe even 2.
Send help.
 

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How hot was it to turn beans into popcorn?! Was your grandfather an alchemist?
OK, that's a fair question. I was several years from being born at the time, so I just have family lore to go by. Plus assuming that the result of sudden decompression of the can of beans would be a lot like the sudden decompression that turns corn to popcorn. The only real information I have is (a) sealed can of beans put in the coals of a campfire, (b) no injuries, and (c) beans covering a 3-campsite radius. Preppers be advised not to take advice solely from people on the Internet. :D

On a slightly more serious note, I remember seeing one of those "take a bunch of survivalists and dump them alone in a wilderness somewhere" shows. In that episode, they dumped people in the Pacific Northwest somewhere (Vancouver Island maybe?). Anyway, several people talked about thinking that they knew rain at home in [Alabama, Ohio, etc.], but the PNW rain was far, far worse. The lesson of the day is to spend some time camping in the area where you're planning on riding out the apocalypse. You might find you don't like it very much.
 

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This looks to me like billionaires finding yet another thing to burn their money on and measure their Ds against each other.

"You have retired Seals? Well, I have retired Delta Force with some Moussad mixed in AND a moat!"

I bet at least one of them is trying to buy an Apache attack helicopter.

They're gonna shoot their eye out.
 

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This looks to me like billionaires finding yet another thing to burn their money on and measure their Ds against each other.

"You have retired Seals? Well, I have retired Delta Force with some Moussad mixed in AND a moat!"

I bet at least one of them is trying to buy an Apache attack helicopter.

They're gonna shoot their eye out.

Maybe, after the apocalypse, after all of us “small folk” without a billion bucks have perished, the billionaires will all emerge from their bunkers, with their private armies and technologically advanced weapons systems, and they will have one final epic battle to see who will reign over the ashes and corner 100% of the global market share.
 

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Maybe, after the apocalypse, after all of us “small folk” without a billion bucks have perished, the billionaires will all emerge from their bunkers, with their private armies and technologically advanced weapons systems, and they will have one final epic battle to see who will reign over the ashes and corner 100% of the global market share.

I was thinking more like the end of Don't Look Up where they rocket off to another planet, emerging from cryosleep into a beautiful new world and get eaten by predatory indigenous animals.

Your sounds fun too.
 

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Maybe, after the apocalypse, after all of us “small folk” without a billion bucks have perished, the billionaires will all emerge from their bunkers, with their private armies and technologically advanced weapons systems, and they will have one final epic battle to see who will reign over the ashes and corner 100% of the global market share.

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It’s the low hanging fruit that always tastes the sweetest.
 
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