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  #554 New May 24th, 2019 05:41 PM
I think it was either the History Channel or a National Geographic production that introduced me to the class of paranoids known as "preppers". People who had either read too many Axel Foley books, played too many Fallout games, or watched too many Mad Max films, take the post-apoc fantasy to heart, and turn a portion of their home (or all of it) into a bunker.


On YouTube type, when I queried him, stated that one of the big issues with prepper types is the possibility of a massive solar flare strong enough to overcome Earth's magnetic shield, and blot out all electronics with a huge EM pulse. Well, okay, sure, that's possible, and at least one such event apparently happened in the 19th century. But, as I told him, you'll note that civilization did not collapse, and it was essentially business as usual, even for the then new fangled telegraph lines.

I actually made the same comment on a number of other YouTube prepper threads, but as yet to this day I have never received a comeback nor retort of any type.

If all of our electronics went out, then yes, there would be a lot of casualties. There would be a lot of chaos and quite a few deaths arising from such an event. Passenger jets would have to restart in mid air and, if they could restart, navigate the old fashioned way or ditch in some desert, coast line, or I the wide blue ocean. Cargo ships would have to have their engineers sit an monitor the engines just like in the olden days. People would have to find their way home, cops would be deployed to guide traffic day and night until system could get back online and the such.

But society, unless it were already on the brink, as a whole, would not collapse.

I guess it's a fun macho fantasy for those inclined to think or fantasize about it, but if civilization can survive the world's deadliest droughts during ancient times where war-chariots and camels were all the rage with militaries, then I think computerized society temporarily denied its toys can withstand a little down time from laptops, phones, and cable TV. Call me crazy

So, I tend to wonder what goes on in the male prepper brain to stockpile ammunition, water, tents, crossbows and whatever else, and maybe even camoflauge their homes and cars heck, maybe even give their young ones mohawks and toy bows and arrows, and call their families normal.

Whatever. Woe to the young man or woman who has to deliver pizza to that place. Woe to the UPS, Amazon or USPS worker who has to drop off some item ordered online or just plain regular mail.

I remember catching an episode of some prepper show where some dude had turned his house into a giant cinderblock castle, complete with huge bay windows next to the front door (no moat). Well, doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose of a curtain wall which is a castle's main defensive structure? In ye olddenn days people used to go to the funny farm to be entertained by the antics of the nut cases locked up in there. I think that's kind of what TV and it's so--called "reality shows" are all about today. And so it is with prepper shows, and just the whole prepper phenomena.

I don't know. I don't know why some ideas stick in the male paranoid machismo brain to the point of where they turn their household into an armed camp because they think mister Sun is going to lash out in EM pulse like anger. I think if you were a "prepper", then you'd be better off starting a ranch to raise chickens, cattle and all kinds of produce than trying to prepare for "Mad Max" times.

Crazy stuff.

Prepare to jump. One. Two. Three. JUMP!
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