Friday, September 28, 2012

Part 3 of The Conspiracy Theory: The Rise of the Preppers

The Last DegreeDigital Book Today: This is an interesting 3 part series. Conspiracies are a major plot in many books and movies. These articles are by Dina Rae the author of The Last Degree which is free on September 27-28.

The Conspiracy Theory: The Rise of the Preppers

Politics aside, we all can agree the world is a very dangerous place. Some people prepare for the worst. TV shows such as National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers and Discovery’s Doomsday Bunkers highlight a segment of society who believes impending doom is near. In response, they put all of their time and resources into future survival. The “prepper” label emerges.
Preppers collect water through cisterns, stock canned food, invest in remote underground living quarters, and practice off-the-grid living. Their reasons exceed fear, ranging from nuclear war and natural disaster all the way to prophecies of End of Days and New World Order.
Whatever the belief, they continue to unite, forming their own subculture. This movement is similar to the ‘70s and ‘80s survivalism, but much more sophisticated in technological advances of supplies, weaponry, and social networking. They even have their own vernacular. Here are some of the more popular terms.
BoB: Bug-Out-Bag
Bag packed with necessities when it’s time to take off. Depending on location, terrain, and weather, the contents vary. Everyone should have a flashlight, water, lighter, thermal blankets, radios, compass, hard-copy of a map, knife, gun, first aid kit, and cash. (3 days worth is the minimum recommendation) sells them pre-packed.
Zombie Apocalypse: It’s not just a horror novel term. When people who are infected and/or insane and become a threat.
PSS: Primary Shelter Site
A hideout. Prepper favorites-a home or trailer in a remote area, underground bunker, a spider hole (very temporary), and a cave
WROL: Without Rule of Law
No government or law enforcement-Chaos
SHTF: Sh@t Hits the Fan
The moment when a prepper makes the decision to bug out
Those who watch prepper reality TV have seen million dollar bunkers, advanced solar technology, militia sized arsenals, and endless shelves of medical supplies. Any attempt to prep seems overwhelming. Nonetheless, it doesn’t hurt to prepare. If interested in an easy, cheap way to start, I recommend reading Alex Newton’s Plan and Prep: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. It’s the only book packed in my BoB.
Thank you to author Dina Rae for an entertaining and informative 3 part series.

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