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5/19/13

On Zombie Preppers

TiVo'd a random show on Discovery last night - Zombie Preppers. I figured it'd be like Doomsday Preppers with a zombie spin on it. Not the case.

Instead, the show aimed to make the zombie apocalypse a plausible scenario, by talking to folks who think zombies are inevitable and then reinforcing that with talking heads in suits - associate professors from various universities looking for screen time.Weave in some government conspiracy theories and you've got your show.

Lots of "A zombie apocalypse is not a matter of IF, but when!" Maybe everyone on the show just wanted to be on TV, but it sure seemed like many of them had fully bought into the idea that zombies were a real, plausible, inevitable threat to the world as we know it.

Look, I like zombies as much as the next guy, but a zombie apocalypse is only slightly more plausible than an alien invasion or rise of the machines. We talk about zombies, the Walking Dead and so on, but it's not because the undead are at the top of our threat list.

No, zombies are a fun, tongue-in-cheek way to talk about preparing for real-world problems. Hobbies are supposed to be fun and enjoyable, but survivalism can get pretty grim, doom-and-gloomy if you're not careful. Throwing zombies, killer robots, aliens or whatever into the mix is some mildly silly fun for many of us. And hey, most of us understand that survivalism and disaster preparedness is a bit zany to begin with, so why not have some humor and fun with it?

If the undead ARE at the top of your threat list, I'd encourage you to do some reading and learn about all of the real world, equally scary stuff that has happened and/or could happen. If zombies are a stand-in, catch-all for the long list of other real world very bad stuff that could happen (pandemic anybody?), then keep on keepin' on.

13 comments :

  1. Not to be a twit but prepping is prepping even if they like that nuclear green paint on their tools. Just means they are one less drag on society when a real disaster happens.

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    1. Got no problem with toxic green knives or ammo. I have fun with zombie apocalypse stuff too. Just concerned about folks who are really, truly concerned about the undead.

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  2. AnonymousMay 19, 2013

    I don't consider "zombies" a real threat, but I am concerned about chemical or biological warfare. "Zombie" prep IMO resembles prep for the other two emergencies.

    I think that people who honestly believe in zombies (coming back to life after death) need a reality check about biological warfare and the actual threat of having to protect your family from surviving looters and preventing them from contracting whatever horrific illness is shot at us.

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  3. Milo MindbenderMay 19, 2013

    I used to frequent another blog, ZS, and do agree with one of their motos" If you are ready for a Zombie Apocalypse, everything else is chicken shit". I do not look to see a zombie uprising, but it is less offensive than planning for anyother man made disaster, zombies make perfect opponents, because they always will fill in for "Other".
    Preperation for a zombie apocalypse will cross over to any other scenario very easily, and yet is not threatening to the "Sheeple". I find zombies make a good"What would you do if?" and allows you to desensitize the audience.

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  4. AnonymousMay 20, 2013

    Depends on what your definition of a Zombie" is. In my definition the "Zombies" I am worried about are the lifeless, welfare, food stamps millions who will "come back to life" and get off their lazy ass when the gravy train stops. They will then think they are "owed" what they were getting from the actual contributors to society that pay taxes to give them what they think they are owed. Those are the "Zombies" I am worried about and are far more dangerous than the other "Zombies"

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  5. AnonymousMay 20, 2013

    http://www.cracked.com/article_15643_5-scientific-reasons-zombie-apocalypse-could-actually-happen.html

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  6. I agree with Milo on this. I originally started my BoB and other planning because of zombie apocolypse movies. Not seriously thinking it would happen, but it got me thinking about real world situations that could mirror fictional survival situations. Once I saw that having the ability to grab essential gear and go would be good for a Walking Dead scenario, I started gearing it for real world situations.

    Of course, if someone asks, I'll either laugh and joke it's for zombies, or tell them it's for when a hurricane is blowing through and the family needs to bail. If storms knock out power in the winter, I know I've got what I need to get the whole family through a full two weeks. (Working on getting that longer). I've seen people without power/food/water for days. Zombies or no, prepping just makes sense. Zombies just makes it fun.

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  7. Brother Alex...Zombies are not real??? I killed VooDoo just because he was ugly???

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  8. AnonymousMay 20, 2013

    I think it's perfectly valid to consider a "Zombie Apocalypse" to be a real possibility.

    PROVIDED....

    That that we keep in mind that it's really just a metaphor for a civilization destroying event.

    Events big enough to basically remove the veneer of civilization from our daily lives can be natural. They can come in the form of a pandemic, a coronal mass ejection, a supervolcano or an impact event.

    They can be created by man as well. Pandemics again come up, as does nuclear war or even just an EMP attack that is pervasive enough that it pushes an entire continent back to 19th century technological levels.


    As for a REAL Zombie Apocalypse...?

    I suppose something along the lines of 28 days is a real if remote threat, but genuine reanimation of the dead...?

    Quantum theory suggests that ALL possibilities are possible, but at a certain point you just have to draw a line and decide; "This is fact, this is fiction and I will worry about fiction becoming fact when I SEE it.

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  9. AnonymousMay 21, 2013

    Zombies? I Wish!

    If things get very difficult, history has shown US, we won't have to contend with slow moving, mostly expired, bad eye'd, smell precedes them, poor witted Zombies.

    Ladies and Gentlemen our opponents will be our very own, half starved, dehydrated, violent, pack-mentality, armed, self serving, neighbors! These creeps might know or guess who we are and will be aerobically be hunting US (note: OPSEC is life!). Regrettably that's not all! We will also have to deal with persons who believe they have the authority to take possession of our neat preps, weapons, shelter, food, and even our children. All of that because our constitutionally challenged Government pinned a star on their chest or gave them a high tech ID they can flip out when they think it is required.

    I'll take the shuffling un-dead thank you!

    Colorado

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  10. Did you know there are zombies in the bible? It's a rather disgusting passage in Ezekiel, chapter 37, I believe. :-)

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  11. AnonymousMay 23, 2013

    Actually I think that an alien invasion is much more likely than a zomie threat. We cannot be the only beings in this vast universe.

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