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Jan 12 2013
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The KNS has a feature article about an area "doomsday prepper" who will be making an appearance on the National Geographic series.

The article links to the guy's YouTube channel. Most of his videos are about basic survival, food hoarding, etc. But you will also find videos about firearms training with semi-automatic pistols and AR-15 and AK-47 assault rifles, a video about protecting your gun rights, and a "post-election" video urging viewers to stock up on assault rifles and high capacity magazines.

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In his "post election" video, the guy also says the government is going to implant RFID chips in everyone sometime in the next few months to track all our movements, and that he cashed in his 401K to prepare for the apocalypse because "my retirement is in the Kingdom of Heaven."

The KNS article doesn't mention anything about the obsession with firearms, and portrays the guy as a bit eccentric but mostly harmless.

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R. Neal's picture

Groupon deal of the day: $39

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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From the KNS article:

He works a day job as a warehouse manager in Knoxville and volunteers as a Boy Scout cubmaster and unit leader.

Because I have previously advocated here and elsewhere in support of the Boy Scouts of America program, I'd like to go on record to assert my belief that this particular "Cubmaster and unit leader" appears not to have undergone a thorough enough background check.

Do hope the organization gets on that really fast...

R. Neal's picture

Don't know about scout leader

Don't know about scout leader requirements. What would preclude him from being one?

There's nothing in current state or federal law that precludes him from owning assault rifles or high capacity magazines, or training with them or making internet videos about it.

In some of his videos he is careful to point out that it's all for educational purposes and he isn't advocating violence against anyone.

And if anyone questions his mental state because of the beliefs he espouses they are attacking his religious faith.

As it currently stands, it's a curious situation.

metulj's picture

RFID chips?

RFID chips?

R. Neal's picture

I guess, as Michael put it,

I guess, as Michael put it, he's entitled to his opinion on that!

metulj's picture

Right. A government that

Right. A government that can't even get people immunized against a disease that everybody knows is going to happen every year is going to force everyone to stand inline to get a computer chip implanted. That's definitely an opinion.

Pam Strickland's picture

The story does mention his

The story does mention his belief that we will all be microchipped. But it is a huge omission to leave out the guns.

metulj's picture

A close friend of mine who

A close friend of mine who lives off the grid calls these people "veal" or "mushrooms." If things were to go really bad, they are down in their holes, just waiting to be eaten.

Deductively, if one were of this mindset, it would make more sense to find a more communal situation in order to survive, but what's going on here is completely the opposite. These are misanthropes for the most part.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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Deductively, if one were of this mindset, it would make more sense to find a more communal situation in order to survive, but what's going on here is completely the opposite. These are misanthropes for the most part.

Exactly, Toby.

I'm a bit of a "prepper" myself--not that I'd dream of pulling $50K from retirement savings, laying in years worth of food and drink, and arming myself to the teeth to fend off the Allies of Satan.

Really, my only thought is to be able to provide sustanance and comfort for a few days--maybe longer--for my own family and any neighbors in need, just through a natural disaster or more remotely following an outside attack of a "9/11" nature or some such.

I first took a few actions of this sort during the years I lived in Southern California, where earthquakes, wildfires, and mudslides happen fairly routinely and local governments advise preparedness. I added a bit more "gear" over time primarily as a consequence of having acquired it during my years as a Scout leader.

But again, my preparedness lacks this me-and-mine-against-the-world, kill-anybody-trys-to-eat-my-grub kind of mentality this guy demonstrates.

On the contrary, my instinct really is "communal," like you advise makes more sense in any "worst case," and my instinct in any emergency I truly believe would be to share anything I could.

So, Randy, as what might preclude this guy from being a Scout leader, I can't exactly say. He's pretty weird, though, and I do know that "a Scout is helpful, friendly, courteous, and kind???"

I'm wondering where he imagines the AK-47s fit into that Scout Law and I think he sounds mentally unstable.

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And if anyone questions his mental state because of the beliefs he espouses they are attacking his religious faith.

An afterthought on this topic, Randy: The religious faith he professes, namely Christianity, predicts a "rapture" which would presumably remove him from the action at the "end of time."

This guy doesn't accept the notion of any "rapture," though, and has instead concocted his own notion of how he should contend with the events his professed religion says he won't even be around to witness.

His "religious faith," then, is completely unrelated to the organized religion of Christianity and his war-like preparations most certainly aren't directed by the Bible.

The more I think about it, the more inclined I am to phone Council on Monday morning and suggest to them that this guy poses yet another problem to The Brand--to say nothing of the potential risk inherent in sending one's kids off on a two-night Camporee with a stark raving lunatic.

Seriously. I think BSA needs to hear from concerned citizens about him.

tennesseevaluesauthority's picture

Rapture (not Blondie's version)

(in reply to Tamara)

Actually, Tamara, the rapture is not a universally accepted idea within the Christian community. So, it's not like he's "invented" his own brand of Christianity.

It comes down to how one interprets a few choice verses regarding the return of the Christ. The over-simplified version boils down to two camps: pre-tribulation and post-tribulation (or pre-tribs and post-tribs as my Sunday school teacher used to call them). Pre-tribulation rapturists believe that the Christ would return to collect his faithful followers before all hell broke loose. This is the school of thought popularized by Tim Lehaye's books, Jerry Falwell and others. It is a concept that was more or less concocted in the 19th century and for a good long while was a uniquely American view.

Post-tribs naturally believe the Christ will come to collect "His church" after the tribulations. This, I believe, is the view generally held by the Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Lutherans and other mainstream denominations.

Our prepper sounds like a post-trib. Basically, I only point all of this out to say that he can be considered a kook for a variety of reasons, but not because he holds beliefs out of line with his professed religion. It's just that his professed religion does not have a universally accepted doctrine on this particular question.

metulj's picture

+1

+1

bizgrrl's picture

I was raised in the Catholic

I was raised in the Catholic Church. We went to church every Sunday and Sunday school as well. I even went to a Catholic school for 1st and 2nd grades. I have to say I never heard anything about "rapture".

I did a quick Google search on Catholics and rapture (post-trib). I found this in one of the results.

Are you Pre, Mid, or Post? If you don’t know how to answer that question, you’re probably a Catholic.

We attended Immaculate Conception Church (conservative I suppose) until I was about 8 or 10, then moved over to John XXIII on the UT campus (hippy liberals). However, I have to admit I do not attend church much at all now, but when I do it is still that hippy, liberal church on campus.

Up Goose Creek's picture

Disaster

The closest I've come to a disaster is being trapped above Tremont during last summer's wind storm. It was amazing how people pulled together to share comfort, comforters, food, towels etc. I'd like to think people would react with cohesion rather than malice and this guy is just an outlier.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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Yeah, to the extent that I stockpile (somewhat) this stuff beyond what might be needed by my own family, it's due to my realization that some people aren't prepared at all.

My late mother, for instance, had an entire living room cabinet stuffed with decorative piller and votive candles, but I discovered she had not one lighter or kitchen match in her whole house. Neither did she own a manual can opener. Neither did she stash a single empty milk jug of drinking water anywhere.

When I realized she needed those things, I got 'em for her.

I also recall a widespread power outage one evening after which I noticed the rental house across the road and down a ways appeared not to light up with any candles or oil lamps. Its tenants were a couple of twenty-something young men whom I rightly predicted had never given such emergencies a thought.

I gathered up a dollar flashlight, two pillar candles in an aluminum pie pan, and a disposable lighter and went with the mister to deliver them to our neighbors.

The guys were so relieved, when the power returned the next day they baked me a cake!

It takes little money to keep a few extras on hand and it takes little space to store them. My experience is that someone near and/or dear is gonna need 'em!

Tamara Shepherd's picture

Timely Tip: Vagabond Stoves and Buddy Burners

BTW, have you ever seen these Vagabond Stoves, as the Girl Scouts used to call them, made from emptied three pound coffee cans?

The fuel source the decades-old Girl Scout manual used to suggest was a so-called Buddy Burner, made using an empty tuna can.

The manual of the 1960's used to call for melted paraffin to be poured into the tuna can to make the burner, but I've made them with young girls and boys, both, using just old broken crayons for wax.

Even kids can cook burgers, dogs, salmon croguettes, grilled cheese sandwiches, and pancakes and sausage directly on top of the can (although an adult should use two potholders to steady the can when the child is ready to "flip" these foods). You can also place a lightweight saucepan on top of the can to heat soups and such.

To snuff out the burner's flame, all you do is flip the coffee can upside down (with potholders, of course) and set it atop the tuna can.

Anyway, got eight or ten in the garage, ready to go when you need one, and maybe ten or twleve empty coffee cans on hand, too, to make your own. Just ask!

:-)

bizgrrl's picture

Is there a brand that is

Is there a brand of coffee that is packaged in cans these days?

metulj's picture

Cafe bustelo

Cafe bustelo

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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Generally, store brands are still packed in metal cans (which is what this cheapskate buys, of coures).

Or I have a couple of empty cans to spare?!

bizgrrl's picture

No, I happen to have some old

No, I happen to have some old coffee cans left over from when Folgers, Yuban, and Don Franciscos were packaged in cans. I've never cooked with one, but they do come in handy.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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Thanks for that, TV.

I was familiar only with the "pre-tribs" doctrine and imagined our prepper had put some twist on same.

But tell me, do "post-tribs" cite any scripture instructive of a need to take on such "war-like" preparations as this fellow is?

(Or possibly I'll need to confine my complaint to this matter of his being a poor manager of his (earthly) resources???)

Min's picture

I'm not aware of any.

And any genuine Christian who believed in an eminent Rapture would not be so self-directed as to wall himself off from the impending chaos. He would be worried about the lost and would be reaching out to others and channeling his energy and resources into bringing as many people into the Kingdom of Heaven as possible before the End Times.

His reaction is what is wrong with modern Christianity, in a nutshell. I defy anyone to find the message, "I've got mine; you're all screwed", anywhere in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Pam Strickland's picture

It does make you wonder if

It does make you wonder if he's read the Beatitudes.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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Min and Pam, I want each of you to have one of these three pound metal coffee cans...

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