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The Prepper Movement

Quote:In America today, there are millions of "preppers" that are working feverishly to get prepared for what they fear is going to happen to America. There is a very good chance that some of your neighbors or co-workers may be preppers. You may even have noticed that some of your relatives and friends have been storing up food and have been trying to convince you that we are on the verge of "the end of the world as we know it". A lot of preppers like to keep their preparations quiet, but everyone agrees that the prepper movement is growing. Some estimate that there are four million preppers in the United States today. Others claim that there are a lot more than that. In any event, there are certainly a lot of preppers out there. So exactly what are all these preppers so busy preparing for?

Well, the truth is that the motivation for prepping is different for each person. Some preppers believe that a complete collapse of the economy is coming. Others saw what happened to so many during Hurricane Katrina are are determined not to let that happen to them. Some preppers just want to become more independent and self-sufficient. There are yet others that are deeply concerned about "end of the world as we know it" scenarios such as terrorists using weapons of mass destruction, killer pandemics, alien invasions, World War III or EMP attacks.

But whatever the motivation is, the prepper movement is clearly growing. Today, millions of Americans are converting spare rooms into storage pantries, learning how to grow survival gardens and stocking up on everything from gas masks to auxiliary generators.

Recently, the Salina Journal gathered together about two dozen preppers. What they found is that there is a tremendous amount of diversity among preppers, but that they also clearly share a common passion....

Quote: It was a diverse bunch. All different shapes, sizes, ages, gender and political persuasions.

Some were ex-military. Some never served. Some were unemployed, some had jobs. A few were retired.

But they all shared a common bond: They call themselves Preppers, and they had gathered to share ideas, demonstrate various skills, enjoy each other's company and to put faces to the online names they use to disguise their identity.

Never before in U.S. history have we seen anything like this. We are at peace and most of us still have a relatively high standard of living and yet millions of Americans feel called to start preparing for the worst.

A lot of preppers don't like to publicize the fact that they are prepping. As the Salina Journal discovered, a lot of preppers try very hard to keep their prepping to themselves.....

Quote:They are trying to keep their passion for prepping hidden from neighbors and, in some cases, employers who they said would frown on their association with such a group. Two admitted their appearance here would probably get them fired if their companies found out.

Many people believe that it takes a lot of money and resources to be a prepper, but that is not necessarily the case.

For some, the best way to get prepared is to radically simplify things.

For example, a recent article posted on Yahoo Finance profiled a man that lives in his RV and that survives on about $11,000 a year....


Quote: I had an apartment in Burbank and was the typical Los Angeles apartment dweller. I started to feel a strong desire to simplify my life. I had a garage full of stuff I never used, my closets were full, and I started to see that it was costing me money to have an apartment big enough to hold all the stuff I never use.

My initial plan was to scale back and move into a smaller apartment. Before long, I realized I didn't need too much to be happy. I could fit into a small space. That's when the RV idea occurred to me. I was just sitting in traffic and an RV pulled up. I said, "I could probably fit in that thing." The more I looked into it, the more I realized how practical it would be. For what I was paying for rent in LA, I could own my "house" free and clear and not pay rent, and own my car as well.

Other people make the most of what they already have. It is absolutely amazing what some families are able to do with limited resources.

For example, there is one family that is actually producing 6000 pounds of produce a year on just 1/10th of an acre right in the middle of Pasadena, California.

This family grows more food than they need and they sell the excess to restaurants in the surrounding area. You can see video of their amazing garden right here.

Other Americans take prepping to the other extreme. For example, Steven Huff is building a 72,000 square foot "home" (some call it a fortress) in Missouri. Huff is the chairman of Wisconsin-based TF Concrete Forming Systems, and he wants to show off what his firm is capable of. Huff claims that this will be "a home that uses very low energy, as well as having strong resistance to tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, fire, flood and insect damage".

In reality, what Huff is building kind of resembles a castle. You can see pictures of this remarkable "home" right here.

But Huff is not the only one taking things to extremes.

In a recent article, I detailed how renowned Texas investor Kyle Bass appears to be very well prepared for the horrible economic collapse that he believes is coming. The following is how one reporter described his recent visit to the 40,000 square foot "fortress" owned by Bass....

Quote:"We hopped into his Hummer, decorated with bumper stickers (God Bless Our Troops, Especially Our Snipers) and customized to maximize the amount of fun its owner could have in it: for instance, he could press a button and, James Bond–like, coat the road behind him in giant tacks. We roared out into the Texas hill country, where, with the fortune he’d made off the subprime crisis, Kyle Bass had purchased what amounted to a fort: a forty-thousand-square-foot ranch house on thousands of acres in the middle of nowhere, with its own water supply, and an arsenal of automatic weapons and sniper rifles and small explosives to equip a battalion."

Do you think that Bass is taking things too far?

Well, there are other big names that are busy preparing for the worst as well.

For instance, Robert Kiyosaki, the best-selling author of the "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" series of books is now a full-fledged prepper.

He says that he is "prepared for the worst" and that he and his wife "have food, we have water, we have guns, gold and silver, and cash".

So should the rest of us be preparing?

Of course we should be. Our nation is drowning in debt, the U.S. economy is dying, the number of earthquakes and other natural disasters is increasing, and the entire globe is becoming an extremely unstable place. If you read my articles on a regular basis, then you know that there are a whole host of reasons to try to become more independent and self-sufficient.

Source: http://endoftheamericandream.com/archive...we-know-it

Wow now we even have a doomsday movement.
Don't sound to excessive to me considering the road we are going down.

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Well scary thing is that they're right, something WILL happen...Katrina v. 2.0 will eventually hit the East Coast, or some other natural disaster, or a disease (read the Hot Zone). Then again I don't think anything will happen anytime soon. Well either way 2012 is going to be a very calm year, no one freaking out or predicting disasters or any suchlike thing

Go to work. Send your kids to school. Follow fashion. Act normal. Walk on the pavement. Watch TV. Save for your old age. Obey the law. Repeat after me: "I am free."

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I didn't take the prepper movement seriously until Irene. People up here went nuts, and fighting over food and supplies, to the point where police had to escort people to their cars at hardware stores. And that was over a category 1 hurricane.
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(10-26-2011 03:56 AM)Ayliana Wrote:  I didn't take the prepper movement seriously until Irene. People up here went nuts, and fighting over food and supplies, to the point where police had to escort people to their cars at hardware stores. And that was over a category 1 hurricane.

People are stupid. I had to witness that crap too. I went out during the hurricane (granted like a moron) but it wasn't that bad.

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(10-26-2011 03:56 AM)Ayliana Wrote:  I didn't take the prepper movement seriously until Irene. People up here went nuts, and fighting over food and supplies, to the point where police had to escort people to their cars at hardware stores. And that was over a category 1 hurricane.

Yep people are trained to act like dumbfucks in the face of adversity instead of helping one another. Be honest this is the first time I've heard of such a movement and I'm a bit interested.

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Lol...Americans...

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Fuck yeah. I have no money, and no supplies. Should be good. I was talking about getting an AK-47 earlier, and this is pretty much why. But eh, no money, no supplies.

I don't think it'll happen at least for another few years though, so I might survive just yet lol.

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(10-26-2011 04:32 AM)HeartofShadows Wrote:  Yep people are trained to act like dumbfucks in the face of adversity instead of helping one another.

Nah that's just Americans
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I don't think it's JUST Americans, but I certainly think we have a lot of dumbasses here. I've seen signs of this type of shit going on in other countries as well. Our news over here tends to hype dumb shit up until everyone is panicking. For the ratings, so that's what I attribute it to.

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(10-26-2011 10:55 PM)psychopath Wrote:  
(10-26-2011 04:32 AM)HeartofShadows Wrote:  Yep people are trained to act like dumbfucks in the face of adversity instead of helping one another.

Nah that's just Americans

Lol members of the UK are useless too in adversity.
Have yet to see the Kangaroo Aussies.

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My Mormon friends who live near me have stockpiles of food, when civilization collapses I'll bring some guns and help them defend the food from the zombies.

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