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Monday, March 18, 2013

A Curious Question


Has anyone else noticed a number of preppers coming out of the woodwork lately?  I've been asked for prep advice by people who less than a year ago would have scoffed at the very idea.  What's more-because anyone can BS around the water cooler-I've gotten wind of some pretty serious purchases and training lately from folks that I always thought were on the poseur list.

What has people scared?  It isn't me; I've been preaching the same Doom and Hellfire on the streets of Btown the whole damn time.  My message hasn't changed but somehow the response to that message has changed.  Is it the news?  Maybe, but all of these have been fairly sensible people and sensible people should damn well know the news thrives on a state of perpetual panic that doesn't necessarily translate to blood in the streets.

I've gotten not one but two independent cases of my liberal friends freaking out about a possible civil war, one of which actually mentioned the Threepers by name.

I've gotten enrolees in my karate class who have an eye for prepping rather than hobbyism.  Not strictly bitching about this because it has really made class a lot better, but it is unusual to see multiple cases crop up at once, and openly.

Every gun show, every online vendor, every brick and mortar and army surplus store is paying hard cash for magazines and still struggling to keep stock on the shelves.  Every.  Fucking.  One.  This one I am complaining about, make no mistake.

What everybody asks me, as if a scumfuck who has been preaching the exact same message for ten years with no apocalypse has any answers, is "When is it going to go off the tracks?"  And I always have to say "I have no fucking idea.  Not now, and not then."  The writing on the walls-the signs of a society that is not sustainable-has been freely available to anyone who can do basic math for a long time now.  But a timetable was not included with my apocalypse manual.  Still, it has been interesting steering people onto what I hope is the right path.

Besides, I can always use more zombie bait.

4 comments:

  1. It's a combination of the popularity of "Doomsday Preppers" TV series on NatGeo and the way the government is obviously unprepared to handle emergencies (Katrina, Sandy).

    The worse-if-wiser part of me worries that the popularity of prepping in the media is the result of a "Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom"...

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  3. Can't comment on the 'prepping' aspect of your question, but can comment about something similarly unusual in my area.
    More people are asking advice on handguns and getting a cary permit. These people have been regulars in political jousting matches, admitting proudly they voted for the O, even denigrating me for my stand against him. Now they're asking me to take them to the range for familiarization sessions.
    I haven't asked any, but the question nagging me is, "Will these people be for or against the FreeFor when TSHTF?"
    Interesting times ahead, for sure.
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