Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Storm front moves through & taking precautions about Ebola makes survivalists/preppers unpopular.
We had a serious storm come through last night, with strong wind gusts and heavy rain. It's still raining outside now, but the wind has died down. The power went out about five this morning and just came back on, but as far as I can tell I haven't had any damage here. I haven't been outside, though. Nor have I gone down the Jeep trail to see if there are any trees down across it. It would be a modern miracle if there weren't, after all that wind and rain.
There has been some damage across the county, and the road crews and electric cooperative have their hands full this morning. I've been listening to them on the scanners, and while they usually have it pretty easy I wouldn't want to be working with them today, trying to clean this mess up while the rain is still pelting down.
Other than checking the area around the buildings and the trail down the mountain, I suppose I'll stay inside today. Of course, if there are trees down I have to clean up, then I'll get to run the chain saw, in the rain, by myself. That is not one of my favorite activities.
I have a search engine set up to find articles on survivalism and prepping. Some of the articles that have useful information, I put a link to on the right side of my blog.
Probably 30 percent of the articles the search engine turns up are fair and unbiased, and present people who take basic precautions for their own safety in a favorable light. Another 20 percent are neutral, without a pro or con slant. But a good 50 percent are derogatory and some of them are nothing more than bitter screeds against what the writer sees as dangerous nonconformists.
Since the Ebola issue cropped up, there are have been a lot more negative articles. The general gist is that Ebola is not a threat, and anyone who thinks it might be dangerous is an alarmist and a rabble rouser. There was one particular article in this mornings batch that typifies this attitude. Written by a rotund middle aged sheeple who works for a Pasadena paper, he equated self sufficient people with fascists, jew haters, and sociopaths. He may have been trying to come across as funny, but if so it was a dismal failure. This guy was the personification of the attitude that says " if you need it, the government will provide it."
I have trouble understanding people with this attitude. I never tried to convince anyone to be a survivalist, though I have provided my family and friends with books , from time to time, that I thought they might profit from reading. If they followed up, that was great. If they didn't, that was their choice and no more was said about it. It strikes me the same way that owning a gun does. I never tried to force anybody to buy one, so why should others try to deprive me of the right to do so?
In the end, I think it infuriates some hive drones that self sufficient people are striving to be just that. They don't want to be dependent on the government or anyone else for their own welfare, and that of their families. The hive equates this with aberrant and inexplicable behavior. They don't like non conformists. As far as I'm concerned, their efforts to disparage and denigrate people who don't toe their line is an exercise in futility.