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2012-11-13 11:49:11 PM  
6 votes:
There was a Doomesday Preppers marathon on today, and I caught a few episodes. I thought it was an interesting show. Many of the preppers believed in laughably idiotic/unlikely end of the world scenarios, and many were prepping for true societal collapse, government gone, every man for himself, cannibalism come winter scenarios. I don't know if the show covers everything they do, but for most of them I could think of several things they didn't have but would obviously need. Only one stockpiled alcohol, none had any medical supplies or training. One guy had solar powered well pumps that he was very proud of, but didn't mention any electronics knowledge or spare parts.

What struck me most though was the lack of stockpiled knowledge. Call me crazy, but if I was building a bunker like that I would take books, books on survival of course but also on how to make things, blacksmithing, farming, anything I thought would be useful. Books on history, literature, science, anything I thought would be worth saving.

I'm a firm believer in being prepared, and I do keep an emergency disaster kit handy but I was left with the overwhelming impression that most of these people for all the thought and planning they put into their preparations had only really half thought things through. 

/Reread Lucifer's Hammer a few weeks ago
//Always made me sad that Forrester didn't survive
2012-11-13 11:18:43 PM  
4 votes:
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Yeah or you could just move close to a primary target and not worry about it.
2012-11-13 11:11:43 PM  
4 votes:
I'll be honest. If the real "end of the world" is coming, all I am really going to want is a place with a bar and a good view. I don't want to survive that. Just get me nice and numb before the 500 MPH burning winds strip the flesh from my bones and leave nothing but a shadow on the wall.
2012-11-14 01:05:49 AM  
3 votes:
On the Beach.
2012-11-13 11:31:40 PM  
3 votes:
And not for nothing, but welcome to being a kid in the 70s and 80s. You left for school every day wondering if the bomb was going to be dropped. Forget nice awesome places to hide out; you were shown where your local Fallout shelters were.

That's not me farking with you, Gen X grew up thinking today could be your last day.

/Probably why I love playing Fallout
//All that stress growing up, and now the world is your playground
///Your mutant infested, faction-riddled playground
2012-11-14 12:45:08 AM  
2 votes:

belhade: It depends on what "the end of the world" really means. If it's a fully nuclear world war, then sure, some of these bunkers might work. If it's an Earth-breaking meteor, then you might as well grab the first primate you see and start humping, coz you won't be waking up in bed to it tomorrow. If it's zombies, or financial/societal ruin, then I'm thinking the Catskills might work out, as long as you can survive the first winter.

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Maybe, but I think you've got that backward. In a fully nuclear war, you probably won't be waking up, unless the first couple strikes take out the command&control centers, or unless it's small-scale terrorist style strikes. In case of The Big One, we're all pretty much dying, either sooner or later. If it's a world-ending asteroid, like what took out the dinosaurs, remember that that only killed about 65% of known species and humans, being the innovators that we are, would have a pretty good chance of outlasting the cataclysm that would follow, assuming you weren't in the impact zone.

Now, in a social meltdown, it's going to be slow, kind of an erosion more than anything, so there will be time to prep and plan if you know what you're looking for. Think of the "Mad Max" movies as a kind of continuum. In the first movie, there was still a kind of society, on the verge of breaking down, but with enough resources and social control that things barely held together. In the second, little clumps of humanity were holding out against anarchy. By the third, chaos had taken over except a few despotic enclaves. It would be like that; or like the "Fallout" scenario. Stay near hydroelectric plants or clean running water. I'm going to the High Sierras, myself.
2012-11-14 12:01:57 AM  
2 votes:
In the event of a zombie apocalypse, I have come to the conclusion I will find a well-armed extreme couponer.
2012-11-13 10:58:17 PM  
2 votes:
I think the best places to ride out the end of the world are probably pretty well-kept secrets that you will not find online.
2012-11-13 10:47:17 PM  
2 votes:
Screw all these underground bunkers.

If it's the end of the world, I want comfy spot with a great panoramic view and a nice variety of refreshments.
2012-11-13 09:29:51 PM  
2 votes:
No mentions for Boulder, Colorado or Las Vegas, Nevada?
2012-11-14 10:29:16 AM  
1 vote:
A few weeks ago the power went out. Got me thinking of "End of the World" scenarios. You see, I had my thyroid gland removed 10 years ago. I need to consume a constant level of thyroid tissue to survive, and when my T3 and T4 levels start to get low, I become increasingly psychotic.

So, if it's just a societal collapse, everything will be fine. I live in flyover country so there will be plenty of fresh killed game (Any mammalian thyroid tissue is supposed to be good enough.) But if I was stuck in some kind of bunker, with just a handful of other people and no thyroid meds, my options would be either suicide, a slow agonizing death, or cannibalism.

So if the end does come, and I'm a survivor, I may quickly devolve into a night crawling, throat ripping monster. Creepy.
2012-11-14 01:15:06 AM  
1 vote:

Langdon_777: On the Beach.

Excellent book.

Another good "it's truly the end" depresso-fest book I enjoyed just for musing about a completely futile end known in advance is a book 「終末のフール」("fools at the end") by 伊坂幸太郎(Isaka Koutarou). It's a series of short stories all set in the same world (and some characters are in multiple ones) where it is 3 years before the known absolute end of the world, which will happen with an asteroid hit that is large enough to actually destroy the earth (surface will go molten, etc) and completely unavoidable. The first story opens up with essentially "it was the beginning of autumn, and hard to believe there would be only three more autumns left..."

Anyway the asteroid was discovered five years previous, and so there were massive riots and whatnot for a while, some things have broken down (along the "why bother going to school?" variety) but things are in a sort of settled period for a while, with everyone wondering when they will inevitably start up again as the end gets closer.

It's just a weird halfway broken twilight world, people sorta going on with life as they can, but everything completely known to be futile. Lots of musing about kids whom everyone knows will never grow up, etc.
2012-11-14 01:14:16 AM  
1 vote:
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While the world outside is completely destroyed, I wouldn't mind spending eternity in an Aperture Science Relaxation Pod. Unless there are no supplies/robot servants. And if I have to test.
2012-11-14 12:56:45 AM  
1 vote:
The Adirondack Missile Silo was for sale - may still be. I wouldn't mind living in a silo. Only problem you have I hear is making sure the water table doesn't seep in.

It's an old read... but here's a tour of an abandoned one. I got curious a couple of years ago and emailed the guy since he mentioned they got caught. He managed to get the charges dropped, but he did say it was out in the middle of nowhere and when he and his buddy came out there was the sherriff's department along with a military MP truck. He never did figure out how they found out there were in the silo. He figures it was under remote surveillance or they tripped a sensor.
2012-11-14 12:20:31 AM  
1 vote:
It depends on what "the end of the world" really means. If it's a fully nuclear world war, then sure, some of these bunkers might work. If it's an Earth-breaking meteor, then you might as well grab the first primate you see and start humping, coz you won't be waking up in bed to it tomorrow. If it's zombies, or financial/societal ruin, then I'm thinking the Catskills might work out, as long as you can survive the first winter.

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2012-11-14 12:16:39 AM  
1 vote:
was planning a dec 22 wedding. the woman and I figured one way or another, our life of happiness will be over ;-)

had to push the wedding back a few months, sadly
2012-11-14 12:01:04 AM  
1 vote:

JasonOfOrillia: Gyrfalcon: JasonOfOrillia: The wikileaks shelter looked like the best bond-villain/spectre outfit. The Maldives one looked the nicest. None of them looked like McAfee's Belize.

That's pretty good. Does it come with a team of leather-clad female ninjas for male residents, and a cadre of black-uniformed male Spec Ops types for us women?

Do you want your own team of female ninjas or are you willing to share? If you want your own you might be out of luck. Especially if you aren't Carlos Slim.

You get the girls. I get the boys.
2012-11-13 11:24:25 PM  
1 vote:

gremlin1: AlwaysRightBoy: gremlin1: no Cheyenne Mountain ?
We could always go thru the stargate

Do our credit cards even work there?

It's the end of the world they're not going to take credit. It would probably need to be precious metals or gem stones.

lol nope Whiskey my friend....
2012-11-13 11:23:17 PM  
1 vote:

cookiefleck: order room service

Hmm. Unless you plan on getting information most other people won't, you may want to re-think your cunning plan.
2012-11-13 11:04:27 PM  
1 vote:
Tristan is completely out of the line of fire.
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2012-11-13 10:48:17 PM  
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