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chuck chetian
chuck chetian

when isis in Syria get their hands on the chemical weapons,  they will simply go to Mexico, walk across the boarder, and in a collective strike, they will wipe out untold millions in every populated city in America.  Unfortunately our President probably believes we deserve it, so most likely we won't plan against it.   ...and here we go.

Andy Zarowny
Andy Zarowny

On a recent episode, a poll was mentioned reporting that 49% would rather buy a bunker than a new car.  Anyone know what poll it was?  Link?

Tony Osborn
Tony Osborn

all good ideals but they are not under fire and being shot al by 30 aytomac wepons and rocket lanchers missels ect .big time war fare not a chanch in hel.good luck because you all are going to need it very much LUCK

they are going to fire nucks at the big cites and take them out.they don't want that stuff they want to destroy US DONT YOU ALL WATCH THE NEWS.you wont be able to live in world war 3 here in the u.s.a

the only chance you have is to hide deep in the woods maybe for a little time you will live until the fall out gets YOU.

Badger Johnsson
Badger Johnsson

BTW- Does anyone have ANY respect for their "experts", Practical Preppers? Whenever they rate the Preppers, there does not seem to be any set criteria for how well or badly they are rated. Someone with a year of food and water, and several firearms, might get a 42, while someone with only 8 months foood and water, and one firearm, might get a 64. No rhyme or reason. 

Also, remember the episode where they had a man at their office, set him up with a large kitchen knife as a weapon, instead of teaching him how to utilize the KNIFE as a weapon/harvesting tool/kindling and shelter making, etc., they had him duct tape it to a pole and THROW it at targets. NOT use it as a slashing/stabbing weapon, but THROW IT AWAY at your adversary, whereby you:

1] have ony one chance to stop one attacker

2] risk not only loosing your only weapon, but give it to your attacker

3] damage the blade on what might be your only weapon.

They also taught him to run around a rock outcrop, set a fire to stop people from advancing, and climb up on the rocks and throw rocks down upon them. 

Hmmm... lets see... jump over or go around fire, come up behind him, or, just stop and shoot guy throwing rocks, from a greater distance than he can throw... now I have everythig he owns! Great advice, for his opponents!


From my experiences and learning, these guys are more likely to get people killed if anyone accepts their advice... I am loosing any respect I had for this show on an episode-by-episode basis. Some very little good advice can be gleaned if you view it with a "jaundiced eye", but ignore most of it and you might end up safe in the end.

Badger Johnsson
Badger Johnsson

@Steve B.:...Arctic ice has dropped to its lowest in recorded history;...: 

Just how long was that recorded history? 150~200 years? 

What bothers me is that 'scientisis'/politicians/rabel rousers who promote Global Warming Alarmism refuse to acknowledge past. PROVEN, history of warming and coling trends, which show previous warm spells similar to the last 50 years. 

Look at Greenland for an example: Ice has been melting at 'alarming' rates, however, there was more snow compacted ice formed between 1940~1990 than was from 1900~1940. 

Ex: Remember the Army Air Force aircraft that were dug out in the 1990s' from beneath over 100 meters of snow and ice? The two B-17s' and six P-38s' landed on the ice in 1942, and were dug out in 1992. So, 50 years saw deposits of over 100 meters of ice, and how much of that has melted? Hmmm? No scientist that I have heard has used the facts of the ice melt in Greenland in a reputable manner. The estimates are that the snow/ice is still above 1930 levels, last I heard.

The GWA people conveninetly LEAVE out past factual history in 'explaining' GWA, and often- if not always- use computer models designed to proove their GWA agenda.

Robert Plowman
Robert Plowman

Does anyone have an idea what SUV or Pickup does not have a computer?

Steve B.
Steve B.

There is a web site that I have found very helpful in cutting through all of the BS and as far as I can tell it swings neither left or right: 
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/
If you click on the comment under the meter you will go to a window that explains their reasoning.
To get to questions about climate change just click on the link below:  
http://www.politifact.com/georgia/article/2013/jun/25/look-back-our-climate-change-fact-checks/ 
A lot of work went into fact checking Berry Smitherman’s, a candidate for Texas attorney general, statement “The Earth is not warming.”  Please read the complete article because it is a very complex issue.
http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2013/dec/13/barry-smitherman/scientific-consensus-remains-planet-warming/

N. Ten
N. Ten

Carbon emissions are a non issue.  The 95% of scientists claim has been debunked. There maybe some small component of man made contribution to global warming but the science says the earth's temperature is much colder right now than the average. It is naturally swinging warmer and will continue to do so.

Steve B.
Steve B.

As if the extreme weather was not enough we now have Russia trying their damnedest to put a nuclear reactor in everyones back yard or at least those that can afford one.    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=russias-nuclear-reactors-could-take-over-the-world-safe-or-not   The more reactors there are the greater the chance of another Chernobyl like accident.  Then on top of that we have strange fungi now stalking healthy people.     http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=strange-fungi-now-stalk-healthy-people    So when you get around to planning your bunker, shelter or storm cellar you might want to look into including a NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) air filtration system.

Steve B.
Steve B.

James, 95% of all climate scientist believe that humans and their production of CO2 and other green house gases are causing our planet to get warmer.  If I was betting on something I would damn sure bet the 95% chance rather than the 5%.  Please check out this link: 
http://www.climatecentral.org/news
Forget about what is causing it and just look at the weather we have been having:  This last October was the seventh-warmest on record and the 344th consecutive month with global average surface temperatures above the 20th century average; Australia is on tract to have it’s hottest year ever; Alaska had its record-warmest October; Arctic ice has dropped to its lowest in recorded history; and the list goes on and on and on.  You don’t have to be a scientist to know the weather is changing just look out the window at the floods, droughts, blizzards, tornados and hurricanes/cyclones.  It is not a question of if but a question of when and when it happens are you prepared to deal with it like the blizzard that hit South Dakota in early October.  Lead, South Dakota had 55 inches of snow in three days killing over 20,000 cattle.  Needless to say the cattle nor the farmers were prepared to deal with that kind of weather.  Are you?  Because it is just a question of when.
I think that too much of the prepper movement gets bogged down in the Societal Breakdown and Protecting Your Stuff aspect and totally forgets all the other catastrophes that need to be prepared for.  I would think that the people of Leads, S.D. are now thinking of preparing for very deep snow rather than worrying about someone taking their stuff.  

james j
james j

There's no proof at all that carbon causes mass heating of the atmosphere. Oh wait--they're not calling it global warming anymore.  And, carbon is one of the most basic elements--without carbon, we would not exist!  So what does it do? NOTHING.  Other studies have proven that EVEN if carbon dioxide does cause atmospheric heating, the msot we could hope to do to stop it is by .01 degree Fahrenheit.  See, this is the problem--the media doesn't know science, and yet they claim to know how everything about how we affect the earth.

james j
james j

There's no proof at all that carbon causes mass heating of the atmosphere. Oh wait--they're not calling it global warming anymore.  And, carbon is one of the most basic elements--without carbon, we would not exist!  So what does it do? NOTHING.  Other studies have proven that EVEN if carbon dioxide does cause atmospheric heating, the msot we could hope to do to stop it is by .01 degree Fahrenheit.  See, this is the problem--the media doesn't know science, and yet they claim to know how everything about how we affect the earth.

P F
P F

If the above Pandemic model is to be believed then the best place in the U.S. to be in this scenario is anywhere in Nevada for a month and a half.

Vegas anyone?


Christopher K.
Christopher K.

put your head between your legs and pray like hell

Javier Gonzales
Javier Gonzales

hello geographic:D im writing a book but need some help with adding natural disasters that will affect/alter it. please reply to help:/

KarateJames Moriarty
KarateJames Moriarty

What can we do? Try to influence our self to stop the bad habbles we have. I'm not sure about this? Can someone me what we need to do to stop it?!

Steve B.
Steve B.

On my list of catastrophes to plan for are:
Extreme Weather (blizzards - floods - ice storms - large hail - tornadoes/hurricanes - very deep snow - severe lightening storms - prolonged drought - prolonged rain - very high winds - extreme cold - extreme heat - wild fires) Agriculture Collapse
Earthquakes/Tsumanis
Electromagnetic Pulse(EMP) and Geomagnetic Storms
Super Volcano Eruption, Asteroid Impact or Nuclear - Winter Lasting Three Years or More
Terrorism, Pandemic and/or Societal Breakdown

I understand what you are doing in showing the disasters that could effect the whole country and how fast they can spread.  That is good because it gives people and idea of how long they have before a nation wide problem will arrive at their door.  But the question you asked is:   “What should you be prepping for?”  Extreme Weather, Wild Fires, Terrorism and Earthquakes/Tsumanis are all local events not effecting the whole country but they still need to be prepared for if you live in an area that is subject to those conditions.  I don’t think that agriculture collapse as a result of bee colony collapse is as likely to happen as the effects of extreme weather and aquifer drawdown because bees are only one(admittedly the biggest one) of a group of pollinators.  I do believe that a combination of factors such as wide spread flooding, multi year long drought, aquifer drawdown and bee colony collapse hitting farming all at once could create a devastating blow to our food supply.  While all of the possible catastrophes need to be considered I feel that Extreme Weather, Wild Fires, Earthquakes/Tsumanis, EMP, Pandemic, Agriculture Collapse and Societal Breakdown due to a deadly virus like Ebola or crop failure from some aspect of extreme weather are the most likely to happen and therefore need to be the main focus for how you prepare.  Any of these could require a short term indoor stay of six months or less.  A winter lasting three years or more caused by a Super Volcano eruption, Asteroid Impact or Nuclear War is not likely to happen in the foreseeable future (about 1 chance in 20,000) so preparing for a years long stay indoors is not necessary unless you want to be ready for any and all disasters.  Please keep in mind that all of these catastrophes are questions of WHEN not IF.  So once you are setup for the short term you might want to keep adding supplies, given you have additional storage space, to prepare for the long term.   

Wayne F.
Wayne F.

First of all your model on Pandemic starting from Atlanta is completely bogus. Assuming there is some sort of incubation period where people are contagious and may have symptoms but are not yet dying, then it is very well possible that within two weeks every major airport and city, even in the west (what planes don't fly there every day from Atlanta) would have populations infected. Then from those cities it could spread out as people try to get out of the cities that are infected. The CDC would have to be on this right away and I don't see that happening until the first couple of deaths, and by that time it could be way too late to stop anything.

lorinda buck
lorinda buck

@Badger Johnsson hi, I agree with almost everything u said but I cant lose my respect for them because  1. each episode has given me new & sometimes odd information that I didn't know ie: coating eggs with mineral oil & storing them in a cool dry place will keep them good for a year !!!! 2.  I wouldn't have known about so many other preppers if this show didn't start . I so agree about the way they were "grading" these guys , it just don't make sense . also some of the "help" they gave was dumb lol all in all I will continue to watch & probable laugh at a few people but I`ll also learn something new :) I would love to find a site just for preppers so I could ask some questions & maybe give some advice on what I know :) do u know any ?

Gen King
Gen King

@Steve B.


I agree with you. The problem is NO ONE in the occidental world or Asia, is prepared to make the SACRIFICES to diminish global warming. 

Less consuming, lower use of electricity and nuclear power, 1 fridge, 1 car per household (actually this is kinda the norm in Europe), take public transports or walk for small distances!


I get really angry when people treat the planet as an all you can use buffet, over consume raw materials, electricity etc, thus producing way too high a level of CO2, and then DON'T UNDERSTAND why all those climatic disasters take place!!


People are not informed properly, or do not know where to look for the information, or have had too little education to even care.

Krista L
Krista L

@james j  Wow.  What sources are you reading?  Seriously... something written by  computer scientists, perhaps, who thinks he knows more about the climate than 97%+ of climatologists?  If you want a real 'world', so to speak, example of the greenhouse effect, look at Venus.  Venus is just inside the Goldilock's zone.  In other words, if it had an atmosphere similar to ours, it should be able to support life.  Instead, lead would melt on its surface.  The primary cause of that is its atmosphere trapping the heat of the sun.  Greenhouse gases.

Steve B.
Steve B.

@KarateJames Moriarty  

As the cartoon character Pogo once said “We have met the enemy and it is us”.
All the problems we have on this planet are caused by us humans and our desire to control our environment.  Basically, what we have to do is to stop population growth and lower the amount of carbon each human adds to the environment (carbon foot print).  All our energy requirements have to come from renewable sources (solar, wind, water and geothermal) and not fossil fuels.  Someone once said “If you always do what you have always done you will always get what you have always got”.  We have to stop doing what we have always done because it has gotten us an over populated planet that is running out of fresh water and arable land.  On top of that, to add insult to injury, our planet is slowly heating up making the farm land and water problems even worse.  So what can you do is to do something different like create a self sufficient life style where your carbon foot print is 0.  Have no more than two children, encourage others to embrace zero population growth and support organizations that promote these ideas.  We have done and are still doing some serious messing with Mother Nature and Mother doesn’t like that so we will get a major spanking in the form of more Sandy and Haiyan type storms, severe droughts, extreme flooding and the rising sea level.  Actually, I think a lot more people are going to have to die before we change our ways.  Humans do not like change so we will cling to our old beliefs until there is no other option especially if those beliefs are rapped up in religion and we do have some religions that don’t believe in birth control.  These religions are going to have to change or die because the earth can not support 20 billion people.  It is either we make the hard decisions or Mother Nature will make them for us and if that happens I don’t think we will like the results.  

N. Ten
N. Ten

@Steve B. Some limited nuclear denotations are actually one of the highest likelihood events major intelligence agencies expect. Access to the technology and ability refine materials will be come easier and cheaper and within reach of smaller than nation state actors (STNSA) and even small groups in the next 50 year. Next would be biological agents.

Deterrence depends on identifiable actors  and retribution within game theory. That deterrence disappears with STNSA

P F
P F

@Wayne F.Totally agree with you that this model is bogus.  For example, if you ramp up the meter to its most severe scenario, the entire state of Nevada remains unaffected by the pandemic, yet the most populous areas in Alaska and all of Hawaii are affected.  Really NatGeo?  The entire state of Nevada goes unscathed?

Let's look at Las Vegas, one Nevada's more populous cities excluding Nevada's capitol city.  Having lived in both Hawaii and Las Vegas, there is frequent air travel between Honolulu and Las Vegas (or was when I was living in Hawaii).  I realize Las Vegas isn't a major hub as far as airports but today alone there are about 20 flights from Atlanta to Las Vegas some with stop overs in other major cities.  Unless Las Vegas, Carson City, Reno and other Nevada cities have some secret cache of future anti-virus, Nevada must also join the fold of affected states.

P F
P F

@Wayne F. Totally agree with you that this model is bogus.  For example, if you ramp up the meter to its most severe scenario, the entire state of Nevada remains unaffected by the pandemic, yet the most populous areas in Alaska and all of Hawaii are affected.  Really NatGeo?  The entire state of Nevada goes unscathed?

Let's look at Las Vegas, one Nevada's more populous cities excluding Nevada's capitol city.  Having lived in both Hawaii and Las Vegas, there is frequent air travel between Honolulu and Las Vegas (or was when I was living in Hawaii).  I realize Las Vegas isn't a major hub as far as airports but today alone there are about 20 flights from Atlanta to Las Vegas some with stop overs in other major cities.  Unless Las Vegas, Carson City, Reno and other Nevada cities have some secret cache of future anti-virus, Nevada must also join the fold of affected states.

Steve B.
Steve B.

@Wayne F.Wayne you have hit the nail on the head.  Pandemic has a very real chance of being our biggest problem.  In 1989 some monkeys were imported into the USA that carried the Ebola virus.  This virus is one of the most deadly species jumping viruses on the planet with a kill ratio of 50 to 90 percent and no cure.  If you are concerned about pandemics please read “The Hot Zone” by Richard Preston it is all about Ebola and that event.  It will really put a scare in you.

Krista L
Krista L

@N. Ten @Steve B.  Um, did you even read the article you posted?  "97.1% endorsed the consensus position that humans are causing global warming. In a second phase of this study,"

Steve B.
Steve B.

@N. Ten@Steve B.N. Ten
This link  http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/8/2/024024/article   is a very good article but I think you miss read it because it does not support your position.  Please read the below quotes taken from the abstract.
“66.4% of abstracts expressed no position on AGW”
“32.6% endorsed AGW”
“0.7% rejected AGW”
“0.3% were uncertain about the cause of global warming”
The above numbers are taken just from the abstracts papers without contacting the authors.  The below numbers are from asking the authors to self rate their papers as to AGW.  35.5% expressed no position on AGW and of the remaining 64.5% that expressed a position, 97.2% of those endorsed the consensus position that humans are causing global warming.  That means that out of all the scientist expressing a position only 2.8% do not believe humans are causing global warming and this paper does not include all of the papers from the last two years.  
“Among self-rated papers expressing a position on AGW, 97.2% endorsed the consensus” that humans are causing global warming.  
“Our analysis indicates that the number of papers rejecting the consensus on AGW is a vanishingly small proportion of the published research.”

N. Ten
N. Ten

@Steve B. @KarateJames Moriarty

Almost none of the serious threats are caused by humans.

Perhaps the anti vaccine movement of the political left. Otherwise the biggest threats are geologic and galactic, ie mass volcanoes, or a black hole strike

james j
james j

 There's no proof at all that carbon causes mass heating of the atmosphere. Oh wait--they're not calling it global warming anymore.  And, carbon is one of the most basic elements--without carbon, we would not exist!  So what does it do? NOTHING.  Other studies have proven that EVEN if carbon dioxide does cause atmospheric heating, the msot we could hope to do to stop it is by .01 degree Fahrenheit.  See, this is the problem--the media doesn't know science, and yet they claim to know how everything about how we affect the earth.

Krista L
Krista L

@N. Ten The anti-vaccine movement is NOT part of the political left.  There are plenty of red-neck conservatives who don't believe in science, or for that matter, modern medicine, who reject vaccines with any number of conspiracy theories about them.