Watch as preppers gear up for the possibility of World War II, an explosion on the surface of the sun, and the collapse of the American economy. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault off Norway is the Arctic repository of seeds for all the world's crops. A conservationist cradles two vials of peas destined for deposit in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. An armed guard patrols the long entrance tunnel of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which is carved into the permafrost on the remote Arctic island of Longyearbyen, Norway. Crowds gathered on February 26, 2008, to inaugurate the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which was born of 2004's International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is isolated in the Arctic, but it gathers contributions of vital crop and plant seeds from nations all over the world. When officials and journalists gathered in the Arctic chill to open the seed vault in February 2008, the vault was home to some 268,000 distinct seed samples. A rugby team from Uruguay faces stark choices when the plane carrying them to a match in Chile crashed on October 13, 1972.
From caterpillars that masquerade as queen ants to fish that sneak in sperm, nature abounds with clever creatures. A natural disaster, an economic collapse, an unexpected harsh winter — for every person, there’s that moment when they discover that the world and everything they hold dear can be taken away. In case you missed it, our first web-spin-off show, Selling Survival, just released its 15th and final episode.
On the latest episode of Selling Survival, Brooklyn is catching up with Doomsday Preppers veteran Snake Blocker. Tonight on Doomsday Preppers: The Fight Ahead, we profile two unique individuals who fear the end of the world is fast approaching. This custom companion to the blockbuster National Geographic Channel series Doomsday Preppers is filled with how-to illustrations, "Prepper Profiles" of people in the show, and survival tips from preppers themselves.
Meet Craig, a proud Alaskan living in the woods of Fairbanks, fearing the collapse of the American economy.
DVD-R FormatThe DVD-R is a non-rewriteable digital format that is compatible with most commercial DVD players. Much of modern society today is operating with a complete disregard to the laws of nature, and it is by no means the master of those universal laws. Instead of learning from those universal natural laws, which have shaped the universe around us over the millennium, some of society stupidly seeks to cheat those laws at every opportunity. Initially, I was encouraged and thought that reality TV could become a teaching tool for survivalists and Preppers, which is one of the reasons why I appeared on National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers. However my opinion is now beginning to morph as a result of the recent National Geographic reality TV show titled ‘Doomsday Castle’, which is premised on the concept of using a so-called ‘castle’ as a means of post apocalyptic long-term survival.
As some National Geographic Doomsday Preppers viewers may recall, the same people and ‘castle’ that are now featured in Doomsday Castle were previously featured in season-2 episode-8 of the Doomsday Preppers series (‘No Such Thing As A Fair Fight’). Season-two of National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers covered the survival paradigms of 43 different Preppers, including the castle people, who were given a score of ‘68’ by Practical Preppers, LLC, which put them in 19th place in a field of 43 Preppers. Having been through the entire process myself, coupled with my background in long-term survival and disaster preparedness, I find myself in a position to offer some insights and critiques on the Doomsday shows, which some other writers cannot possibly have. Of course with the media-driven onslaught of these various risks as they apply to personal safety, a market has arisen for the equipment and know-how in survival-preparing and dealing with risks ranging from common accidents, such as lacerations, broken bones, heart attack and downing; to fires, earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes. When it comes to large-scale disasters, the vast majority of citizens will find themselves on their own, and some people realize this truth after a bit of due diligence using reliable sources.
So with these understandings, it’s clear that we are possibly faced with increased levels of personal risk, that logically require some measured and proportionate levels of training and preparedness, which is why disaster preparedness TV shows are suddenly relevant, and may even be a good idea, if they teach legitimately effective measures and concepts. In the case of the Reality TV show ‘Doomsday Castle’; for openers, the castle that is highlighted isn’t even a ‘castle’ in the traditional sense. The walls on the so-called ‘castle’ on the Reality TV show Doomsday Castle are a mere 12 inches thick, which to those of us with any engineering backgrounds know can be easily breached by ramming a truck through the wall, which would likely bring the adjacent wall down in the area of the impact. So when a Realty TV personality tells the public that a 12-inch concrete wall is adequate as a primary defensive wall on a fixed-location facility that is engulfed in a large-scale disaster that is defending against thousands of potential aggressors over time, that statement is in my opinion misinforming the public.
I recall watching an episode where Bear Grylls squeezed the liquid out of some elephant dung, claiming that it was a solution to dehydration in an emergency. So as we see, these reality TV shows are less about ‘reality’ and ‘edutainment’ and more about mindless television entertainment (sit back and ‘zone-out’). Programming producers today look to add characteristics (and ‘characters’), action, drama and sex appeal to reality TV so they can attract large audiences with as much range in viewer demographics as possible within the genre, which in turn attracts a host of advertisers and that of course makes money.
Clearly the ideal programming mix is a tall order for even the most talented producers, and it sometimes fails in one episode and succeeds in another when it involves a series of episodes, such as in National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers, where the depicted survival methodologies ranged from the obtuse to the actionable. When I saw the young lady with the bow and arrow on Doomsday Castle, I couldn’t help thinking it was a Hunger Games knock-off.


However, these same things may not be very interesting to some audiences who may simply tune-in hoping see certain family members and the drama related to family dynamics. And the worst part, I think, is that some of the lesser experienced audience may embrace and incorporate some of the obtuse ideas and methods that are being depicted and portrayed in Doomsday Castle into their own preparedness methods and plans. We need to keep in mind that prepping and survival is not a popularity contest, or a game show where you get another chance; death doesn’t care who you are! As Albert Einstein said: “What is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right”. The remarkable facility set on a rugged Arctic island off Norway is the ultimate global safety net for food security.
The facility is guarded by people and advanced technology but it's also protected by its remote location.The Svalbard Islands are an Arctic Ocean archipelago located halfway between Norway's mainland and the North Pole, best known as a rugged wilderness of peaks, glaciers, and polar bears. The first box of seeds included rice varieties from 123 countries.Construction of the seed vault was financed by the Norwegian government. Here in Ames, Iowa, a woman catalogs and packages local agricultural seeds for shipment and storage in the vault.Seeds in the vault are only to be accessed if the original collections from which they came are lost or destroyed.
Now that number is 750,000, gathered from all manner of farms and fields, around the globe, for perpetual safeguarding here at the top of the world.In the event of catastrophe, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault could be the essential resource that allows nations or regions to rebuild lost agricultural productivity.
Snake has a host of Apache defense products, and he’s about to give Brooklyn a quick lesson in knife fighting as a self-defense skill. We decided to celebrate by creating a  Spotify playlist based off suggestions from our Facebook fans. Jason and Jacob are a father-son team from Alabama who are prepping for exactly that: a global solar flare with the potential to wipe out power grids around the world. Handy and comprehensive, the manual offers valuable life-saving information to help prepare for the most devastating calamities. The DVD-R format is created with MPEG2 Variable Bit Rate Compression with stereo sound.How our DVDs and DVD-Rs DifferCustomers who purchase programs in the NG DVD-R Library will receive a non-interactive, play only disc.
One simple lesson that stems from Darwin is this; the smart and the strong survive and the stupid and the weak perish. Some variations of these concepts are integrated into some Reality TV shows that market to the Prepper and Survivalist audiences. Some potential issues are also related to the overpopulation of the planet coupled with serious societal and political problems. Of course the 12-inch-thick cement-filled cinderblock walls on the Doomsday Castle are no match for a .50 caliber rifle round, which will penetrate the wall. There are many other flaws with the Doomsday Castle survival model, both short and long term. Sure, that might work in a situation where you only needed to live for a few hours longer, until a military EVAC unit arrived. In the end, when you are trying to appeal to a very wide audience demographic, you can end up with content that is too diluted at every level. Sure, the bow and arrow is ‘in-theme’ with the castle genre a few hundred years ago, but using a bow and arrow in the modern context of trying to defend any fixed-position from aggressors who are using firearms is just silly.
Discovery Channel’s Orange County Choppers successfully capitalized on that paradigm for many seasons, and maybe Doomsday Castle can do the same?
The Global Crop Diversity Trust helps guide management of seeds and finances much of the vault's day-to-day operation. The vault functions like a safe deposit box in that depositors retain the rights to their seeds and could request their return at any time. But even under better scenarios, the dizzying variety of seeds within will likely be key to helping farmers successfully tailor their crops for success in a changing world. He believes a “wiper” (a code that instructs a computer system to self-destruct) will take out the country’s telecommunications systems. Jason was almost stranded for good in the wilderness when he was 19, but that will not stop him from prepping in those very same woods by molding his own ammunition and preparing his 20-piece bug-out pack.
Episodes of this highly original show, which debuted in February 2012, explore the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it.
There is no chaptering information on these DVDs, but there are chapter marks approximately every five minutes, which make it easy to fast forward through a program. Some people in society today have elected to pursue actions that are counter to the universal laws of nature, creating situations that are unbalancing themselves and the world around us; situations which are not sustainable in the long term. The show also seems focused on the study of people trying yet failing in their disaster preparedness and the family’s interactions in those endeavors.
Of course some ‘doomsday predictions’ are little more than science-fiction, as in the walking dead (‘Zombies’), while a few are based in real science (EMP attack, Geomagnetic Storm, Computer Hacking of the Energy Grid, etc.).
Near the end of the video below, you will see a USMC sniper make a shot through a solid cement block wall from a mile out, killing the aggressor!


In the final analysis, this so-called ‘castle’ is in reality little more than a commercial building that has the facade of a castle. And it also works on TV since there is a medical doctor nearby with the various drugs that you would require to combat all the parasites, viruses and bacteria that are likely contained in such an unsavory solution. Maybe the trick is to focus a bit more, and make sure that whatever is depicted is legitimate and the techniques depicted will work in the given scenario, even if the scenario is staged.
From my chair, Orange County Choppers did it best because in addition to showing a lot of cool custom motorcycles, they showed a lot of hands-on motorcycle building techniques and mechanics along with the family-drama; they had the right balance. Simpson, disaster preparedness, Doomsday Castle, EMP, National Geographic Doomsday Castle, Prepper, prepper news, Prepper Press Releases, Preppers, survival by William Simpson. The vault represents a chance to save as many as possible."I'd say doomsday is happening everyday for crop varieties," said Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, which helps manage the facility. Storage of seeds is provided to depositors free of charge.The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that three-quarters of the world's crop biodiversity is no longer being planted in farmers' fields. The seed vault does not make seeds available to others without the express permission of the original depositors. Preppers go to extraordinary lengths to plan for any of life's uncertainties, from constructing a home out of shipping containers and stockpiling 50,000 lbs. Scripps School of Journalism, where he serves as director of the graduate program and teaches print journalism courses. When it comes to educating the public with regard to survival and disaster preparedness, realty TV shows in that genre are, in my opinion, starting to fail in the mission of educating audiences. Sadly the show fails to teach or highlight methods that would work under the conditions of an actual large-scale disaster, which is why you’d even want to consider such a large fixed defensive structure in the first place.
In a real off-the-grid survival situation, where you are actually ‘on your own’, such a solution to dehydration might allow you to live long enough to perish from dehydration due to dysentery and or a bacterial infection. However, this would require the participation of expert advisors on-set, and that costs money. Contrast that to a skilled hunter with a powerful compound bow who is only effective out to 50 yards…and then there’s the cyclic rate of a semi-automatic rifle compared to a bow… talk about a miss-match. I fear that Doomsday Castle is far to unrealistic to be considered legitimate by knowledgeable Preppers and survivalists, so they will likely lose much of that audience if the episodes continue as they have begun.
Merchant Marine Officer with decades of boating and expedition sailing experience, having logged more than 150,000 miles at sea. When crops are consolidated they become more vulnerable to disease, pests, droughts, or other threats. Entertainment is a transient value to audiences, however the educational aspects (if any) of a show can provide long-term value to audiences. From my chair, Doomsday Castle instead focuses more on the interpersonal family dynamics, and creates a show more along the lines of a ‘doomsday soap opera’. He also has published academically on the history of wartime journalism, and particularly on the methods and effectiveness of censorship in wartime.
So far, the show seems to appeal in large part to teenagers and young adults by the looks of their fan page on twitter (#doomsdaycastle); basically people with the least amount of experience in disaster preparedness and survival. Simpson has successfully survived long-term ‘off the grid’ at sea and at remote uninhabited desert islands with his family for years at a time. We are losing seed diversity every day and this is the insurance policy for that."Even a seemingly simple crop, such as wheat, may have 200,000 different varieties. And each variety has a suite of individual traits that determine how it fares in high or low temperatures, during droughts, or against certain diseases or pests."Even conservative projections of changing climate now indicate that by mid-century huge areas of some countries, in Africa for example, will be experiencing climates that are unlike any that have existed since the beginning of agriculture in those countries," Fowler explained."How will they become adapted to future climates?
Simpson appeared on National Geographic's hit TV show DoomsDay Preppers (Season-2 'A Fortress At Sea') and received the highest score ever given for disaster preparedness and survival, earning the title of 'Best Prepper’.
One way they can is by tapping into this rich storehouse of diversity and breeding new crops with traits that allow them to succeed in those climates.
Sweeney received his bachelora€™s degree from the University of Nebraska, his mastera€™s from the University of North Texas, and his Ph.D. 500-ton captain’s license for commercial-inspected passenger vessels and he is also a commercial airplane and helicopter pilot..
Coast Guard Honolulu Sector for his assistance in the successful rescue of two sailors lost overboard at sea. Simpson was again instrumental in the successful rescue operation of an American sailor lost over-board in the Sea of Cortez in hazardous seas. His work has been featured and republished via numerous magazines and websites and he has been a featured guest on various disaster preparedness radio talk shows.



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