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3 Dystopian Visions for London in 2062

Rich Heap, Community Editor, Future Cities
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 07:00 EST

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richheap
richheap  
11/25/2013 3:53:36 PM
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Re: Preppers on the march
No, and I didn't say that. I thought you were talking about America!

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/25/2013 3:48:23 PM
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Re: Preppers on the march
Well, I don't think it's fair to say Preppers are restricted to the US. In fact, many of the rural people I know who are self sufficient are Canadian. There are lots of places worldwide where people are less dependent on external help than many urban dwellers.

richheap
richheap  
11/25/2013 3:00:22 PM
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Re: Preppers on the march
@Mary: Well, fair enough. This is an America I only know secondhand through TV and films. I'm way out of the realm of anything I actually know about...

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/25/2013 2:50:39 PM
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Re: Preppers on the march
Actually, I'm not sure on this one, Rich. The people I've known who are the most like Preppers were former city dwellers. That said, there are many country people who already count themselves prepared for anything. They're used to taking care of themselves and they know they can do it.

If you already own a gun and have your rations stockpiled against bad weather, etc., you don't really concern yourself with making it a new "thing."

richheap
richheap  
11/25/2013 2:47:51 PM
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Re: Preppers on the march
@Mary: Perhaps it also speaks to some of that "me vs the world" cowboy mentality that you get in vast sparsely-populated areas? I don't know, but it's just an idea. I can see how people living away from big cities need to be able to be more self-sufficient.

richheap
richheap  
11/25/2013 2:44:19 PM
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Re: Oh dear....
@kq4ym: I should add that most of the book isn't dystopian doom. I just focused on that section here as I found it the most entertaining. I'm sure I'll be referring back to some of the more "academic" and weighty essays in future posts.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/25/2013 1:12:08 PM
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Preppers on the march
Just happened to see an ad for an "engaging" book about preppers and survivalism. I had no idea this topic had such a fan base. That speaks to the concerns people have about disasters, I guess. Also to their desire to be resilient.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/25/2013 10:37:01 AM
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Re: Oooh, sign me up!
I had a close family member who became a prepper around the year 2000. She and her husband loaded up their home with canned foods and gold, and she bought a small pistol to ward off the marauders she foresaw overtaking her home in the Western US desert. I'm happy it didn't turn out as she planned.

 

kq4ym
kq4ym  
11/24/2013 12:39:11 PM
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Re: Oh dear....
Impending doom is always a big seller. Even doom not coming for 50 years gets our hearts pounding. I'm sure it's a fun read, but I'll just save my worrying for next week and next month, thanks!

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
11/21/2013 3:02:50 PM
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Re: Oooh, sign me up!
Rich, for the most part all you need to do to get started is by having 1 gallon of water per person per day, plus food and any medications you or someone in your family may need. dont forget your pets. for at least 5-7 days. but you should also add any important paperwork (i.e. health insurance, home owners insurance, life insurance, car insurance, drivers license, social security card (not sure what they have in England), retirement/banking information and of course photos)...just to name a few.

The FEMA website (here in America) has a list of basic things people should have. Thats where I would start.

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