... and, believe it or not, they A.) somehow managed to interview a guy who isn't a complete nutter, and B.) made it through the entire article without being overly condescending. Heck, the reporter even ended the thing with the idea that he himself should make it a point to be better prepared in the future. Read the article here.
By and large, I would call this one a win for the survivalist/prepper community as a whole with respect to public perception. Of course, I say that while fully believing that all the hoopla surrounding 2012 is just a bunch of hokum.
Here are a few articles I've written previously on the subject:
2012 is B.S.!!!
DOOMSDAY 2012: THE TRUTH & THE LUNACY, PART 1
DOOMSDAY 2012: THE TRUTH & THE LUNACY, PART 2
DOOMSDAY 2012: THE TRUTH & THE LUNACY, PART 3
DOOMSDAY 2012: THE TRUTH & THE LUNACY, PART 4
In the long run, however, I have no problem with people prepping their butts off for 2012. Emergency preparedness is a lifestyle choice I wholeheartedly recommend, and so prepping for a non-existent disaster that is supposedly going to hit us in 2012 just means these folks will be well-provisioned in the event of any other calamity. All in all, I don't care why folks prepare, just that they are prepared.
It makes just as much, if not more, sense than taking out an insurance policy. I only wish it was as widespread a practice.