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  • His nickname in the article is BS. Seems appropriate.

    As a life long Utahn I can say if someone were to detonate a smallpox bomb in the Utah desert the only thing it would do is infect jack rabbits and antelope. But don't mess with my desert!
  • The terrorists might not attack Utah, but where do you think the people in LA and SF are gonna go to get away from terrorist attacks?
  • I know a guy like this. He has barrels of food in his basement. He is constantly changing jobs because his rich parents own a few shady used car dealerships in town and he gets to play at being an adult than actually be one. He's out of his mind now that Obama won again and is buying the bulk food containers from Costco and setting his house up for defense against the masses.

    /the dude is a loon
    //even his wife is getting sick of his shiat
  • Person who take threat of small pox attack seriously makes their home in a place far from likely smallpox attack targets. Incomprehensible.
  • I was watching that show about Doomsday preppers and there was an episode about a prepper who had all kinds of stuff she was hoarding and refused guns because she honestly thought that come doomsday, or what ever big disaster, the best of humanity would come out and no one would try to use a gun to steal all of her stuff.

    My doomsday prep plan is to find locals with her same beliefs, an assload of supplies and my shotgun.
  • BS: ...I look at it like this: You have a savings account and hope to God you don't have to use it for a medical emergency. We're doing the same thing, but with food, and fuel, and the coal I buried in the backyard. And generators. That to us is money in the bank.

    LiveScience: What if your fears are overblown and nothing apocalyptic happens? Would you view your prepping as a waste of time?

    BS: Not at all. It's our little pet project. Some people collect China and trinkets. We collect food and other things. We'll use all our food and fuel eventually.



    Oh my GAWD ... what a lunatic madman!
  • Since the Utah desert is probably the last place they'd target, isn't that exactly the place you would want to be if you were concerned about such a thing?
  • The good people of Rala, Missouri were worried about getting anthrax and I said "What the fark.. what you nuts, you gonna get it in a K-mart catalog asshole? Even the Taliban isn't iterested in you, you idiot look... where you live, you're already dead!
  • The issue is not a "small pox bomb".

    The issue is developing a virulent strain of smallpox or other similar disease that is easily communicable. Infect a bunch of people, then ship them off to various airports around the world, where they come in contact with and infect people going off to even more disparate destinations. From there, everyone they come in contact with that contracts the disease, plus all of the stuff they contaminate, continue to spread the disease until you have a full-scale cascading epidemic.

    Best way to avoid infection, then, is to get the fark away from population centers, and avoid contact.
  • fortheloveofgod: Since the Utah desert is probably the last place they'd target, isn't that exactly the place you would want to be if you were concerned about such a thing?


    Came to say this.

    Subby sounds like a target.
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    So much for "doomsday prepping".... woman doesn't even know to let her hair down when she's donning a protective mask.
  • Our goal was to have a one-year supply of food. From there, you start thinking about water.

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  • He didn't seem all that crazy. Small pox is probably less likely than a storm knocking power out for a few weeks, but like he said if you are prepared for the most implausible you are prepared for the most likely. And it becomes a hobby.
  • The probability of a total collapse is unlikely, but prolonged financial hardship is almost a sure shot.

    Greece is out the tubes for $1.5 trillion, or $300,000 per working person---of which there are very few. Amerika is out the tubes for $16 trillion and change, and they are talking raising taxes on everyone who still has a job; have fun with that!

    The Dollar has already gone from $835 to $1730 in real money value over the last four years, and more deterioration is damn likely.

    Try $7 gasoline, $16 per six--pack Heineken and $8 Big Macs, and see what it would do to your budget, assuming you could keep a job paying the same rate; fat chance.

    Then figure out how much worse it would get if everyone who pays taxes went on strike.
  • If there is a catastrophic disaster of some sort, just think for a second. What are the kind of people who are prepared to live through it? Mormons and other religious cults, fringe survivalists, eccentric rich folks, etc...

    Maybe it would be better to die off in the initial days than it would be to live on in Earth 2.0 with the remaining scavengers and the nutjobs.
  • I don't know. I don't consider myself paranoid or crazy, but one of my biggest failings is that I don't have a stockpile of some sorts in case something untoward were to happen, whatever that may be. It's just good sense. And what does it hurt? You can utilize your provisions as you replace them over time, and if disaster hits, you'll be feeling pretty damn smug.

    The issue with survivalists isn't that they prepare, it is that oftentimes their preparation leads them down some path of crazy where something MUST happen, damn it, else why have they spent so much effort preparing for it?
  • Utah desert.... LiveScience sat down with the Southwicks to hear more about why they are prepping for a doomsday event, and what possessed them to stockpile more than 2,000 pounds (907 kilograms) of flour, sugar and wheat, not to mention 14 guns and eight chickens, enough to support their family of eight for more than one year.

    so.. just at or below the "recommended food storage" for the area.

    My grandparents had a couple years worth of food storage, and extra belt onions, as was the fashion at the time.

    And yet, grandma died of starvation... :(
  • olddinosaur: The probability of a total collapse is unlikely, but prolonged financial hardship is almost a sure shot.

    Greece is out the tubes for $1.5 trillion, or $300,000 per working person---of which there are very few. Amerika is out the tubes for $16 trillion and change, and they are talking raising taxes on everyone who still has a job; have fun with that!

    The Dollar has already gone from $835 to $1730 in real money value over the last four years, and more deterioration is damn likely.

    Try $7 gasoline, $16 per six--pack Heineken and $8 Big Macs, and see what it would do to your budget, assuming you could keep a job paying the same rate; fat chance.

    Then figure out how much worse it would get if everyone who pays taxes went on strike.


    If Atlas shrugged, you mean?
  • What happened to the people in New York and New Jersy?

    "Hurricane Sandy's damage still causing issues
    Weeks since Hurricane Sandy smashed into the east coast, New York and New Jersey are still trying to repair and fix the damage caused by the storm, however, complications caused by the nor'easter storm have slowed repairs. "

    Wouldn't it be nice if you were prepared for such a disaster? Ah it can't happen to you right? LOL at all the people who think this guy is crazy for preparing. Like he said... if nothing happens they still use all the food and gas. There's nothing wrong with being smart and prepared and making sure your family is safe if something happens. I hope you people will prepare a little in case something bad happens in your family. You can't predict the future. But you can prepare for it.
  • RoxtarRyan: woman doesn't even know to let her hair down when she's donning a protective mask


    that's his 14yo daughter. Can't imagine what all that is doing to her head
  • Why would you want to live through the doomsday? "Hi Im the Emperor of a pile of corpses and ashes."
  • Dinjiin: If there is a catastrophic disaster of some sort, just think for a second. What are the kind of people who are prepared to live through it? Mormons and other religious cults, fringe survivalists, eccentric rich folks, etc...

    Maybe it would be better to die off in the initial days than it would be to live on in Earth 2.0 with the remaining scavengers and the nutjobs.


    Why don't you check with anyone from New York or New Jersey and ask them how it feels to get hit with a disaster and not be prepared.

    "-----Duh, don't worry, the gum--mint will take care of us!-----"

    Yeah, sure.
  • Preppers better prepare for my dick.
  • Great Janitor: I was watching that show about Doomsday preppers and there was an episode about a prepper who had all kinds of stuff she was hoarding and refused guns because she honestly thought that come doomsday, or what ever big disaster, the best of humanity would come out and no one would try to use a gun to steal all of her stuff.


    Or they could just be lying about the guns....
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