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    Enemy Expiration Act

    What's especially scary is something others have alluded too. The PATRIOT Act is written in such a way that a domestic terrorist is described as anyone who attempts to use intimidation to affect policy change in the United States. However, the term "intimidation" could easily be interpreted to mean "If you don't do what I feel is right, I will work to prevent you from being reelected." The NDAA refers to Al Queda and "associated forces", but there is no definition of those forces. How long until someone decides that "associated forces" really just means anyone who can be defined as a terrorist, and then exercises that power to silence critics? Now, if the EEA goes through, they can strip citizenship from people making them men and women without nations. I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but I also don't judge them negatively...because it gets harder and harder to really believe they might be wrong.
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    dooms day prepers tonight

    Hold up, let me make sure I'm tracking what you're saying. The two guys who were on the show are the NatGeo "experts at Practical Preppers"? I find that hard to believe since two two guys I was referring to were told their location was to exposed, and they balked at the assessment. However, that said, I think there's a big difference between some YouTube videos and the National Geographic channel as far as OpSec goes. Their work on YouTube? Nothing but respect for that kind of thing, because there's a lot of ways you can go about that and you don't have to pinpoint your location. NatGeo, however, doesn't seem to really care. Not just that, but as someone who works in the press, I know that it's common practice for television shows to send press releases to location television and print media, letting them know someone local is going to be on television. Now, since no one in my area has appeared on the show just yet, I don't know if this happens with Doomsday Preppers or not (and I sincerely hope not), but personally I just wouldn't take the risk. FWIW though, those two guys were probably the most squared away folks on the show IMHO.
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    Mountains, or Plains?

    I think part of it also depends on what type of mountains. The Appalachians versus the Rockies, for example. The Appalachians aren't nearly as rugged as some other mountain ranges, so I wouldn't think twice about going there. As for the Rockies, Cascades, or similar ranges, I think I'd go plains myself FWIW. However, that's a question best answered internally due to OPSEC.
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    Old gold for new silver

    I'm not saying there are no circumstances where it will be useful, I just think it's utility is overstated is all. FerFal has a great deal of experience to impart because he actually survived an economic collapse. However, economic collapses are among the few circumstances where I can see silver being incredibly useful. Many other circumstances, I just don't see people parting with needed commodities for something they can't use except to trade again. That's not to say stocking up on silver isn't a good precaution. I think it is. I just think that far to many people (and I'm not pointing at anyone in particular with this comment) focus on silver and don't take care of the essentials first. Food, toilet paper, things like that can always be traded as well to those who need them, and I see a lot more circumstances where folks will need those things than silver coins. However, as a hedge against economic problems, precious metals are hard to beat.
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    Old gold for new silver

    biblenguns, Post 1965 coins aren't really worth much of anything. Obviously, for most disasters, any cash is better than nothing, but pre-1965 coins had 90% silver, post-1965 didn't. The pre-1965 coins are called "junk silver" because they're not pure silver, but they still work well for prepper purposes because there's enough silver in them to retain value. Of course, when it comes to silver, I've always had my doubts on precious metals and their value post TEOTWAWKI. When people are hungry, they could give a flip about a shiny piece of metal, regardless of what it is. However, there are scenarios where they would be incredibly useful. I personally think it's best to make sure your other preps are in order before worrying to much about silver. But that's just me
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    dooms day prepers tonight

    I wonder if it's possible that part of the damage this show does is by showing people with these elaborate setups that most folks can't afford and therefore discourage people from really preparing. After all, these people spend tens of thousands of dollars, but Nat Geo's experts are still pointing out all these holes. Now, those of us who've done this for a while know that you'll never close all the holes, but does Joe Sixpack who's also worried about an economic collapse? Frankly, a guy who's ready for a two week power outage is a lot better off that 90% of the population...and probably more than 90%. The show doesn't show that most preppers don't have 80 foot long bunkers hidden in the mountains with five years worth of food. Most of us don't live in castles made of shipping containers with 20 years of food stored as well as chickens and goats. Most of us don't have all that, and that's fine. Don't get me wrong, I like the show all in all. I've gotten some good ideas myself, but I've also seen some people who have spent piles of money that most of us will never have and I can't help but think that some folks will get discouraged by the whole thing (especially since the "experts" always talk about how remote these possibilities are ) and never bother to stock up on some stuff that might help help them make it through a tough winter storm or unemployment.
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    Skill VS Gear

    Gear should, ultimately, serve as a supplement for skill but not as a replacement for it as much as possible. However, that's not to say gear should be shunned either. A person who can forage for everything will last a lot longer than most...but he won't be particularly comfortable while he's doing it
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    dooms day prepers tonight

    I watch that show and just shake my head. Even the folks who have good preps show a distinct lack of intellect by posting their faces on cable television for everyone to see and outlining what all they have done in the name of prepping. One episode, there were a couple of guys who had gone in together and, along with their families, were sharing a farm. The guy shows all these tripwires he had set up and that he had all these caches. The guy was even careful to ask that they not show anything but the cache so it would be difficult to find. He understood OPSEC...and here he is on television. Does he think that he wouldn't be recognized? Every now and then, someone takes a bullet for us all by going public to talk about prepping. They discuss the need to do it, what is required, all those things. They all run a risk if they put their faces out there of being compromised. These people though, they know they're not going to be prepping spokespeople. They're just on one episode, and that makes me question their intelligence. The need to be famous is more important to some folks than it is to be safe and secure apparently.
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    What emergency scenario are you prepping for?!?

    My personal approach is to plan for two different events happening simultaneously, a Coronal Mass Ejection and the Yellowstone Supervolcano erupting. Will either of those happen? No idea. The odds aren't necessarily great that even one of those two will happen, but less both at the same time. However, if I'm prepared for both, I figure I should be able to weather anything. So how does one get to that point? Well, to start with, I started planning for power outages (relatively common, all things considered). After that, tornadoes and floods which happen far to often for me to be really comfortable. Then on and on, layer after layer. I can handle the small stuff easily enough, and am working towards larger and larger problems. Right now, I'm working towards civil unrest/economic collapse. Oh yeah, I've got my AK and stuff like that, but does it matter? I'd rather have a guy next to me with an old Marlin 30-30 who knows how to use it than some tool with an AR decked out with $1500 worth of gizmos and no clue about anything except being some warrior deity despite not even really knowing what he's doing. I look at using my AK for anything other than game as a sign of means I didn't do a good enough job being careful. Here's hoping this remains academic versus becoming a reality
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    The Dream!

    If money were no object, I would have a full underground compound with hydroponics and housing for livestock. There would be minimal footprint visible from the surface and what is there would be disguised. There would also be hidden escape routes should that be necessary. Basically, I want a shelter that could handle pretty much anything short of a direct nuke hit. That should handle the super volcano eruptions just fine, should something like that happen. I'd also want it shielded from EMP. At that point, I'm in heaven
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    Where Do They Get The Money

    Something to keep in mind is that there is often a disparity in incomes that accounts for some of it. Someone who sells toothbrushes for commission has to sell a lot more items to make a living than a surgeon. Someone who owns his own business often can make less than an executive with another company. It can get frustrating to learn about people who have all this money and are able to just spend for stuff. I pretty much quit reading survival fiction on another forum because so much of it was really just "survivalist dream" stuff like huge underground bunker that allowed them to grow food, keep livestock, etc for a fairly sizable group. However, you can't let something like that dictate how you prep. Stock what you can, as much as you can, prepare for what you can. If/When you are able to do more, do more, but don't sweat it to much. Like someone else said, some of these people are just throwing money at a potential problems without understanding reality behind what they're doing. It's almost funny if the results couldn't end up being so tragic.
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    Introduction Thread

    I'm new so I figure I should introduce myself. First, I'm a rare breed indeed. I'm a journalist who's also into guns, real freedom, and of course prepping. I've been into it off and on for five years or so now, but I'm nowhere near where I need to be with it. However, one up side with the show Doomsday Preppers is that I have family members who are starting to get interested in prepping which makes the whole thing a lot easier. I'm located on Southwest Georgia where I actually own my own business (it's a newspaper, and that's about all I'm saying on it ). I'm also a veteran of the U.S. Navy where I was a corpsman. I never deployed to a combat zone though, primarily because there weren't to many of them when I was it (got out in the mid 90's). My EDC is a pocket knife (no-name brand that has worked well for the last two years), keys, wallet, Blackberry, and my CZ-75B. Pretty basic, but my BOB is in my vehicle (and I'm working on a better one with a bag on order at the moment) that is designed to get me home from my office, and then possibly restocked at the house for deploying to a BOL. I'm a married father of a ten year old son with a daughter who will be joining the world in the next couple of months. I prep not out of fear of the unlikely, but out of a belief that unlikely things happen far to often, and I will not let my family suffer for my inability to accept that those unlikely things just may happen. I look forward to getting to know you guys better and learn from you all, and perhaps share a few tricks of my own with folks.