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Old 12-08-2012, 12:19 PM   #1
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Doomsday Bunkers

I've been watching this program called Doomsday Bunkers. It's a reality show about this company that makes survival bunkers for people worried about all kinds of end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it scenarios. The engineer side of me is fascinated, because it essentially is a really cool, big toy.

Most of these wingnuts are convinced we are decending into a permanent state of lawlessness and societal chaos.

Now, I've always been one to be prepared for storms, disasters, etc, within reasonable limits. But this seems a bit much. I'm not sure preparing for a world of lawlessness is realistic or even worth planning to live thru.

I would think that the best use of your resources to survive/deal with disasters, storms, etc, where basic services are unavailable is your RV. Hunkering down in a fixed place is kinda putting all your eggs in one basket, so to speak. I mean, if your bunker is flooded, then all your supplies are gone and you are screwed! Much better to keep your RV ready to go and hit the road to a safe place if need be, right?
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:22 PM   #2
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:27 PM   #3
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There have been doom and gloom naysayers since the beginning of time, and yep, I just looked outside and we are still here. But, that is what makes this world such an interesting place to live, correct? As an engineer I was wondering the same thing as you, they are cool looking devices, and I wonder what else could they be used for?
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I guess it's a big underground RV, as much fun as that sounds.

The one I'm watching now they are building a 10' diameter steel tsunami ball. A good idea, I guess, if you lived at the beach, but I wonder if you'd have enough warning to get into it in time to make it worth the $80k price tag. Plus, not sure where you'd really put the thing, as most houses I've seen at the beach are on postage stamp lots.
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When I worked for Seed Savers Exchange we had this guy who would order thousands of dollars of seeds to make and sale doomsday capsules. You know in case of a war you would have a way of feeding yourself. Well, I think he might be out of jail by now.
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:44 PM   #6
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I'm making my plans now to stack spare tires on the roof of the Motorhome. Wouldn't want to be stuck in one place in a post apocalyptic world without a spare tire or three. Come to think of it - the roads probably won't be much worse than they are now and I don't have a spare. Never mind.
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I'm not so much of a doomsdayer. But I do keep the TT clean, stocked, fueled and ready to go at a moments notice in case of storms, long term power outage, blah, blah, blah.
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I guess it's a big underground RV, as much fun as that sounds.

The one I'm watching now they are building a 10' diameter steel tsunami ball. A good idea, I guess, if you lived at the beach, but I wonder if you'd have enough warning to get into it in time to make it worth the $80k price tag. Plus, not sure where you'd really put the thing, as most houses I've seen at the beach are on postage stamp lots.
BTW - what network etc. Sounds interesting enough to look in on.
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After watching one of those shows, I told my hubby that if that's the kind of people who will survive, I hope the bomb hits right on our house.

And as for the "End of the World" jokers who are building underground shelter...um, it's the END OF THE WORLD, goob.

OK, I have nothing of value to add here, so I'll move along.
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I have seen plans for survival bunkers and such and have this to offer.

You can stock it as well as you can but unless you can stock a life time of non-perasable fuud, air and water (And figure out what to do with your sewage) you are gonna die.. (And even if you do you are gonna die). If the button is pushed, If the world ever descendes all the way to savagery... Survival for most of these survivalists will NOT be an option. All they can do is prolong their death.

Survival of the human race will happen. but it's not the survivalists that will be responsible for that. It is the people who have the skills needed to grow process and store their own food, clothing and the like. And not all of them will survive, I'm good for, at most around 100 days without a fresh supply of medication. I have, however, grown, processed and stored my own food.
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Hope I didn't bury my coach for nothing! Just kidding! I'm with you Sarah about the bomb hitting the house. Who would want to fight that mess.
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I've been watching this program called Doomsday Bunkers. It's a reality show
Whose reality?

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Guess we will hafta dust off our Ewell Gibbons books.
"Jever eat wild hickory nuts?"
"Jever eat a pine tree? Some parts are edible."
Or, from Johnny Carson, "Jever eat a redwood picnic table? Some parts are edible."
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