Go to almost any survivalist site offering advertisements and inevitably they offer the same tired advise hawked to the great unwashed proletariat ever since the early Eighties. Concrete bunker atop a wilderness hilltop, years of freeze dried foods and a humongous arsenal of semi-automatic weapons. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not opposed to advertising per se. That is how I get twenty free channels of television to lull my brain asleep after a hard day. And that is how a lot of us get a free, no maintenance publishing platform ( blogger )( and just in case you missed the last discussion, the Google ads on my site are not chosen by me, nor do they pay me much of anything-they influence me not at all-most times I don’t even pay attention to them which is a practice you should NOT emulate ). But with TV, other than product placement such as the vehicles being driven by the characters being of a certain brand or drinking one or the other type of soda which I see no harm in, and other than the TV corporations sucking the big black floppy rectal lips of Uncle Obammy so as to keep their license to broadcast, which is another form of influence but has no bearing on the advertising ( an article tomorrow touches on that ), the advertisers are not influencing the content of what you are viewing as much as what happens on survivalist sites.
TV might push the consumer culture, and it does with all its might, but it doesn’t push any certain products. As long as you are consuming, Hollywood is happy. And indeed, they don’t want to actually influence any particular item. Think about it. As long as it is always a battle between product A and product B, both companies will pay Hollywood to advertise. If one company is favored over another, they might lose 50% of their revenue. But survival sites have a vested interest in only pushing Yuppie Survivalism. No other lifestyle prepper wise advertises. Farmer John wheat doesn’t advertise, as does Mountain House freeze dried foods. Manufactures of bolt action rifles don’t advertise, but makers of semi-auto accessories sure do. I trust you see my point. I call conflict of interest, and I believe most but not all sites are guilty. No, I’m not insanely jealous I’m not rich and famous like some hawking $750 wheat grinders. When you have too much money you have too many fair weather friends. And while most people claim that money is just a means to an end, I believe most never survive its initial loving embrace and are forever ruined afterwards. What I am is pissed off, having to deal with this money bias in survivalism for almost forty years ( I started reading up as a young teenager ). It isn’t one person, rather one trend. You can SOOO easily prep with nearly no money.
Need food for six months? Freeze dried foods and MRE’s, while fine for a weeks worth of a bug out bag when you can’t cook, are also $6 A FRIGGIN MEAL!!! One tenth the price is what we always buy, and is in every market. White flour, white rice and beans. Granted, it is a basic bare bones calorie source only. You understand it is JUST to keep you alive, right? It isn’t tasty, or a “comfort food” or designed for Green Berets Killing Commies For Mommies ( and it needs vitamin supplementation ). It is, oh, let me search for the right word, SURVIVAL food. For $100, you can feed one person for half a year. I still advise wheat for multiple years, this is just a quick and easy way to have familiar food in your pantry today. $40 will buy you 100 pounds of white flour. An additional $40 40 pounds of beans and the last $20 gets you forty pounds of white rice. How easy was that? To arm yourself, if you have nothing and need something which is better than nothing, get a break open single shot twelve gauge shotgun. It is perfect for novices and the rounds are the cheapest retail. $150 gets the gun and $50 gets two hundred rounds. $50 buys you a Berky brand ceramic water filter element you build a filter out of with two five gallon buckets. You just spend less than a lot of “perfect” knives that are being sold on the aforementioned sites. It’s easy being a prepper newbie. Tell everyone you know.
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