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Doomsday preppers

  1. Jun 27, 2011 #1

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    This is so sick. This show focuses on 4 families that believe in crackpot doomsday scenarios. The first family is preparing for a coronal mass ejection from the sun in 2012 that will destroy most of the earth.

    They have two children, should they be allowed to expose children to such insane beliefs? He just announced at dinner with his two small children "a toast to the end of the world".

    They have drills to make their children get into hazmat suits in under 6 minutes. The children live in constant fear.

    Isn't this child abuse? Should mentally ill people be allowed to do this to children?

    http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/doomsday-preppers-6202/Overview

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    Mother: We have no other purpose in life than to prepare for armageddon.

    Her young son: "I don't know if I can't eat this at the end of world."
     
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  3. Jun 27, 2011 #2
    Just yesterday I was talking to my friend how Nat Geo is the only channel left that is not investing in stupid reality shows :cry:
     
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  4. Jun 27, 2011 #3

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    Is it real? Is this not a TV farce? If yes and no, the children should be given new homes with actual human parents.

    BTW, if the Sun is going to go "tantrum" on us and destroy the Earth why make children get into hazmat suits? Does that bonehead believe that less than a paper's depth of Tyvek is going to protect his family from a nova?
     
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  5. Jun 27, 2011 #4

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    The entire wesbsite has nothing but crackpot doomsday shows. Just look at it!!

     
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  6. Jun 27, 2011 #5

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    Oh my god, that's so sad for the children :frown:

    People who want to adopt children need to go through several tests and get checked very well. As it should be.

    But for some reason, most loonies out here can have children without anybody checking whether they are good parents...
     
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  7. Jun 27, 2011 #6

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    And Nat Geo is encouraging them, saying, our experts say these people have done well to prepare themselves for doomsday, and here are a few more insane things they should do!!!!!!!1111111

    I'm in complete shock. Has the world gone mad? Is the pursuit of the almighty dollar, screw reality, all that matters anymore? What can we do to stop the insanity?

    If they post the text of the show, I will post a link to it.
     
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  8. Jun 27, 2011 #7

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    What???? Who in earth are these "experts"?? This is seriously sickening.
     
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  9. Jun 27, 2011 #8

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    They don't say who the *experts* are.

    Nat Geo had credibility and is why this is so frightening. They're telling people that doomsday scenarios are real and preparation should be started now. The experts' only criticism of the doomsday crackpots is that they haven't included their neighbors, so run a risk of being attacked when doomsday comes. :surprised
     
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  10. Jun 27, 2011 #9

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    A person that is training his family to kill their neighbors because they think the economy will crash and food will disappear and their neighbors will come after their food.

    The *experts: You might want to better hide your complex and increase your numbers, otherwise you have done a great job of preparing for survival.

    Watching this I feel at some point they will announce that it's just a sick joke. But with only a few minutes left, I guess not.

    The next family is preparing for a nuclear holocaust on Omaha, Nebraska by terrorists. If Omaha is hit by nukes, he has a backpack with what he needs for 72 hours to get to his bunker. ROFL!!!

    He also has small children that are subjected to this insanity.

    The expert says this is a great idea, you just need more water.
     
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  11. Jun 27, 2011 #10
    is it any worse than the Duck and Cover nuclear holocaust campaign from the government years ago?

    kids'll be ok. we got through y2k and we'll get through this, too.
     
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    The yearning for things to be over and the end of the world will never stop.
     
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  13. Jun 27, 2011 #12

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    This is nothing like that.

    I don't see any way that the kids will be ok. They are told they are about to die and are forced into rigorous daily training to prepare to kill friends and neighbors.
     
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  14. Jun 27, 2011 #13
    Guess they are really desperate for money.
     
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  15. Jun 27, 2011 #14
    Yeah it's different from any other programming ... a new twist.
     
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  16. Jun 28, 2011 #15
    :surprised:rofl:


    I think all these shows are a result of efforts in increasing science and technology awareness among the general public. As people see that science and technology are playing important role in their lives, they are forcing to learn them from their personal perspectives. (This is my best personal explanation for why there are so many reality shows on Discovery, Nat , ..)
     
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  17. Jun 28, 2011 #16

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    I've seen this trend lately. I used to watch Discovery, and the History channel quite a bit during my high school years. Now, I just avoid them... It seems Reality TV Shows have become the favorite form of entertainment. Welcome to watered down "science" TV packaged for ratings :cry:
     
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  18. Jun 28, 2011 #17
    ok, i've seen it. most of it, anyway. got a little bored. i most liked the guy growing cardboard-flavored fish in his aquachickenarium. he's a bubble off, but mostly not unharmless.
     
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  19. Jun 28, 2011 #18
    Yeah. They should soon just show pourn on every channel. Nah, but overall it's not that bad. You have discovery science. "How do they do it" is pretty sweet.
     
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  20. Jun 28, 2011 #19

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    I've watched the trailers on the webpage, and it seems like an interesting show. Call me a nerd and/or a pedophile, but all I could focus on was the car that ran on wood gas, and the cute daughter. It's sad that she's being raised in this type of family.

    That said, there's no shortage of stupid people in the world. At least this family seems mostly harmless--they're not promoting hatred or intolerance, which is more than can be said for much of the world's population.
     
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  21. Jun 28, 2011 #20
    Right :approve:

    My two cents

    Maybe because most mammals are herd animals by instinct, they need a common threat to unite against, like wildebeasts do when the lions approach. So in order to make friends you have to have a common threat or enemy, that requires scaremongering, if you don't have a threat, you just create one. Believing the scaremongering promotes the social bonds: we are all in this together, lets unite.

    And since the program makers interact with public opinion, you just get a positive feedback loop between scaremongering and desire to be scared.

    Just my two cents
     
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