How Prepared Are You? Get Your Prepper Score
by Gary Stamper
December 11, 2012
First of all, you should know that every keystroke you make on your computer keyboard is recorded by your ISP and is available to the FBI, the NSA, the DHS, your local police department, and maybe a half-dozen super-secret government organizations you never heard of, and they want to know everything you’re doing. Whether you know it or not, everyone in the U.S. lives in a police state and is under virtual surveillance by the Feds. Why? Because they are scared shitless of us, and that’s what empires do when they start to fail.
So, be aware that, even though the National Geographic website doesn’t ask for your name on the Doomsday Preppers web pages that have the “get your prepper score” quiz, the information you post there is available for the Feds to see if they want to. Personally, I’m not quite that paranoid, but you know the old saying: “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.” Every time I fly, I swallow hard before going through security and opting for the free TSA massage instead of going through the death scanners, thinking I might be on a “no fly” list…not a bad thing if I must go to Detroit, but not good if I’m trying to get home and I’m in Hawaii, although there are worse places to get stuck as long as you don’t run out of money.
One more brief rant before I talk about the quiz: It doesn’t require a PhD to know that the people featured on Doomsday Preppers are chosen to make other preppers look stupid—or worse—and thereby putting everyone who prepares for emergencies or in the obvious category of kooks, survivalists, sociopaths, and conspiracy nuts. That’s how they get viewers: by making the featured preppers look dumber than the rest of us. And, in fact, the preppers who are chosen for the show pretty much are dumber than most of us. Two of the preppers who appeared on the show have been arrested for being stupid although that’s not what they were charged with. One had a felony conviction from 20 years ago and when the police state found out, they sent 150 SWAT team members and tanks to arrest him after doing an unwarranted background check on him because he was on the show. His 20 year old felony comviction made it illegal for him to own firearms. His neighbors were furious about how this perfectly nice and helpful neighbor was treated and the police did not win any friends. The other prepper implied that he was unhappy about how the presidential election turned out. We still don’t know what crime the Secret Service charged him with, and with the NDAA, they no longer need to charge someone to hold them indefinitely. These arrests—and the way they were carried out—are designed to intimidate others into submission, because, again, that’s what police states do.
Okay, the test. You’ve decided that you’re not that paranoid, either, even though you’re now wondering how that could be possible after my rants, and you’ve decided to take the quiz anyway .It’s actually a pretty good test except that in a coupole of places it’s not very well nuanced. For instance, the quiz asks, “what kind of a climate do you live in,” and the only choices are Extreme cold, Cool, Temperate, and Hot. I live in the mountains where it is cool in the winter and hot in the summer. Small stuff.
All in all, it’s a pretty good test. At the end, you can compare your score with preppers who were on the show to see how you’re doing and where you need to improve. Pretty cool. But I still can’t figure out why people on the show would tell National Geographic what their preparations are. In most prepping circles, that’s a cardinal sin, and I can tell you that I have personally heard people say that they aren’t prepping. They’re just keeping track of those who are, and that’s their plan. To take stuff from others.
Last, I want to emphatically point out that I am NOT a prepper. You never know who might be listening.
You think I’m stupid?
You can take the test here…or not. And no, I’m not telling my score…it was low….real low….not worth stealing low….