In-your-face stuff from an opinionated
rural north Idaho housewife.
Likes project runway? She should read your blog for footwear ideas :)Remember, WE pay her salery. YukTerry
Went to the link and read her article. She is the type of person that wants ME to prepare for HER. Sorry, lady - you would only get a doggie bag if you stopped at my door. And that's just because I am kind.These people have such a entitlement mentality that they think that what is mine should be theirs too, because it's only fair, you know.Plus, she should know better. No prepper is going to fill out a survey stating what they have, don't have and what they would like to have. How dumb does she think we are??
Someone send her the location of every dumpster in town, that wold be fair.
I don't watch T.V. so I am speculating here.Wouldn't you expect people who put themselves on reality shows (regardless of subject) to be a little self centered and narcisstic?So I think her major failing is extrapolating on a group of people within the population at large based on a small group of people who are on a television show.Of course her general argument as presented is a bit incoherent, but she likely sees her life's purpose of helping people in a dissaster as being downgraded in importance. A foolish idea given that the vast majority of people will continue to be completely unprepared.
How can you help someone else if your not prepared yourself? But then again I am a white male republican, so I'm sexist, and racist; so I must be selfish too. And I don't think I'll be filling out a survey about my preparedness either.
WOW! only 14 days and she is an Emergency manager? Why prepare cause on a long enough timeline we all die anyway. From what I read in her article it seems she was looking for a reason not to prepare herself beyond the 3-14 day suggestions from FEMA. I think most preppers show a lot of courage and take some risks to try and help others to prepare not counting all the time,sweat and money we invest in our families and others. Sadly she is probably reflects the majority veiw of anyone who prepares.
Interesting that nearly every comment I read after the article took great exception to what she had said.Several pointed out preppers on the show who were involved in educating their whole neighborhoods on preparedness. Others noted that the preppers who don't do such things probably tried to for a while, and gave up because nobody would listen. A number of the commenters seemed to have had this experience.
Another media article full of crap. "Prepping" was just another day in the lives of our great great grandparents. And yes, back then, only the strong survived. Thats how this country came into being. I cant believe the Bullsh-t i am hearing anymore. So twisted.The biggest reason we have to e-d-u-c-a-t-e people and communities now is the dumbing down of america and its entitlement programs.
Don't laugh at the "socially selfish" comments. This is either a trial balloon or a hint of the future. Socialist do not like self sufficiency and they consider self sufficient people to be the enemy. This is how they will label you and denigrate you. Two suggestions; 1 Fight this label and if necessary call names back at them. Not crude or dirty names but "socialist" and "statists". These people do not mean you well. 2. Keep your preps secret. Remember Anne Frank who was hidden by a dutch family. What kept her safe was total secrecy. If the family had even mentioned once what they were doing in public they would have been discovered, imprisoned and probably killed. Will it ever get that bad here??? Don't bet against it.
You are dead on the mark with your comments. This is EXACTLY what socialists and liberals always do to those that spurn "their help" and want to be self sufficient and left alone. They call us names, insult, and marginalize us. Then they try to make us look like kooks and fringe members of society.I don't care. Let them say anything they want they are not slowing my preparedness efforts down one bit. In fact, the more they say things like the more impassioned I get about doing it, just doing it very, very quietly.
The author undercuts her own argument. Those who prep will be one less family for her to have to worry about managing. She unconsciously is telegraphing her own lack of preparation and is probably in way over her head.Dee Jay
Dee Jay-To her, "management" means "I, the professional, will tell you what to do, and you, the sheeple, will meekly follow." It's CONTROL they are after.
Nice "I am my own FEMA", but my husband says it should read "I am my own PEMA" (personal emergency management agency). We're not federal anything!
I imagine some disaster preppers after big hurricanes like Katrina and Sandy will forever after become "Doomsday" preppers. The Sandy victims have been without power for quite a while now, and disaster prepping for just a couple of days or weeks without water and food and being off the grid has now become a thing of the past as weeks drag on. Many are out of luck and out of money with NO PLACE TO LIVE and no prospect of a place to live for a while!I would hope people like the one who wrote about preppers being socially selfish would look around and see what the rest of us see -the infrastructure and our governments -local, state, and federal - often unable to help because of their own low resources or bureaucratic red tape, etc. No, preppers of any description aren't socially selfish -but the ones I know are socially aware. They know the government can't or won't help (and they don't expect them to) AND they know enough about human nature to see what people resort to when they can't get what they want or need. Anybody looking at the results of the presidential election can see the large number of takers out there who expect people just to give them things on demand.
I didn't read all of the comments to this article by Valerie Lucus-McEwen, but all the ones I read came down on the lady pretty hard. Lots of good common sense! She is obviously just another liberal-progressive plant, trying to show intelligent, reasonable people how unintelligent and unreasonable they are. As is always the case, it's the liberal-progressive who shows who is REALLY being stupid and unreasonable! This gal should just be ignored. --Fred in AZ
Editor’s Note: The article referenced by David Nash has been removed by author Valerie Lucus-McEwen who cited numerous reasons for her decision to pull it from public view, including that she “wasn’t thinking this would be that controversial.” Though the original article was deleted, Ms. Lucus-McEwen notes that she stands by her original premise, which is that “DOOMSDAY Prepper’s [as opposed to DISASTER preppers] are socially selfish.” She says, “there is a difference between preparing for a major earthquake and preparing for the end of the world.” To read the original article in full, you can visit a snapshot of the page in its original state cached by Google or Bing.http://www.emergencymgmt.com/emergency-blogs/campus/Doomsday_Disaster_Preppers_Emergency_Management-120212.htmlNow everyone that disagreed with her just didn't understand what she was trying to say, also we are mean, nasty and also probably poo poo heads
Haha Ms. McEwen is up at 9:45PM arguing one on one with comment makers on that blog. The little communist seems positively shrill.
Never put much faith in what "academia" has to say anyway. They live in another world.Jane
Nearly every comment made was castigating her for calling preppers selfish.
And don't tell me...let me guess....Miss thang 'doesn't believe in guns,' either.Uh huh. When the shtf miss thang will soon learn the truth about her idealized "community." People like her will be among the first to perish.A. McSp