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29 September, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: "Pedestals of Ash (Holding Their Own Book 3)" by Joe Nobody

BOOK REVIEW: "Pedestals of Ash (Holding Their Own Book 3)" by Joe Nobody - We join Bishop and Terri, just on the heels of the Book 2 finale, still being pulled away from the tranquility of their West Texas retreat and caught up in a power struggle to decide which government will lead the recovery of the nation.
After catching up on some reading recently, today I'm going to review "Pedestals of Ash (Holding Their Own Book 3)" by Joe Nobody (Kindle edition). The popularity of this series tells me that I'm probably one of the few in our circles who hasn't already read every installment, but I'm trying my best to correct that particular error. Without a doubt, I can definitely say that such popularity is well-earned as – so far – this series has not failed to impress and entertain. 

Beginning right on the heels of the exciting finale of "The Independents (Holding Their Own Book 2)" by Joe Nobody, we continue to follow the lives of Bishop and Terri, who seem to want nothing more than to quietly retire to their West Texas retreat property, care for the child they are expecting, and wait out the harsh rebuilding years after the collapse of the United States following an economic meltdown. Yet, such tranquil plans seem further and further from being a reality for them as they continue to be drawn into the larger conflict between two competing government entities over which will ultimately come to power and lead the recovery of the nation. This installment in the series also features the welcomed return of a character from the earlier novels that I, for one, was glad to see.

Also, readers can expect to experience some very detailed and interesting military action as the two competing governments actually carry their conflict into action. Other points of interest for me, as a preparedness-minded reader, included the idea of cheap and rudimentary ballistic protection in the possibility of a firefight that basically involved simply filling trash bags with dirt, sand, and gravel to create enclosed firing positions. At one point in the story, we also witnessed a garbage truck being used as on offensive weapon of war to break through a fortification, and I couldn't help but think that such would actually also make a fairly decent bug-out vehicle for getting from one place to another in uncertain times: the rear garbage compartment being constructed of heavy steel that would make it virtually bullet-proof as well as being large enough to allow it to be used either to protect passengers and gear during a bug-out escape or in a role similar to an armored personnel carrier like in the novel.

And, finally, this installment also included a group fortifying a location I have mentioned previously here on Backwoods Survival Blog as a possible target for foraging for supplies, namely one of the many Walmart regional distribution centers. The group in the novel also took the interesting step of foraging solar panels from a nearby state park and wiring them to batteries from the automotive department to create a rudimentary off grid power system as well as taking a nearby patch of flat ground within the fence-protected property and planting it extensively with seed from the lawn and garden department to make a large garden in order to supplement the supplies already on-site and ensure future survival. A very good plan, honestly.


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27 September, 2015

REVIEW: Fear The Walking Dead: Season 1 - Episode 5 "Cobalt"

A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character's actions might be applicable in a real-life societal collapse.  I hope you enjoy.
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Ever wonder if there's anything to be learned from survival Doomer fiction like The Walking Dead? I think so. Here's what I mean...
This episode, the penultimate ahead of next week's season finale, revolves mostly around two different themes that are important for those of us in the Prepper / Survivalist community to focus upon. Aside from those, however, we are also briefly reminded early on that some people simply won't be able to handle the stress of any serious disaster or long-term emergency. The sad truth is that we are enveloped within a larger culture made up of a disturbingly high percentage of people who are only able to maintain balance mentally with the assistance of various pharmaceutical drugs, and so we must be prepared for what is going to happen once people stop being able to get their prescriptions filled.  

Moving along to the two major themes dealt with in the story this week, one of those essentially involves the military unit (a National Guard detachment) in control of the neighborhood of survivors becoming more of an occupying force, rather than one there to provide relief. We see them – for instance – dealing harshly with any citizen who voices dissatisfaction over their methods, believing these individuals to be inciting unrest. Basically, it's a powder keg waiting to explode, where volunteers who thought they were going to be assisting with flood relief and evacuating citizens ahead of wildfires are forced instead into a policing action. 

And, unfortunately, current events leave one with the worrisome indication that many among the military will carry out whatever orders given, regardless of how distasteful it might be. Honestly, I've never been one to believe that, feeling instead that the average American soldier would refuse to follow orders that were less than honorable. Much to my own sorrow, though, the recent child-rape scandal within the military with respect to what has been going on in Afghanistan leaves one with the sad conclusion that just the opposite is true: most soldiers will go along with whatever their commanders order them to do or not to do, no matter how bad. Of course, there would be those who would refuse to follow such orders, but there's simply no way to know and assuming the best in any situation is the province of naive children. Just like everything else, those of us in our little subculture know the wisdom of preparing for the worst and hoping for the best, so I think it best to err on the side of caution. 

And finally, the other theme dealt with throughout this episode involves the inability of some to do whatever is necessary in order to survive. Specifically, we are talking about some people not being able to bring themselves to resort to violence or perhaps even accept the need for it being carried out by others, even in the face of overwhelming proof as to it being necessary in order to keep oneself and one's family among the living. Coming to such an understanding and asking oneself where you stand on such issues is also an important part of preparedness, because I would advise that it is something that will need to be overcome if survival is going to be achieved.


The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]

The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]

The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]


My previous reviews for this series: Episode 1 - Episode 2 - Episode 3 - Episode 4


My previous reviews for the parent series The Walking Dead can be accessed by clicking the links below:






23 September, 2015

Another Source For Emergency Preparedness Gear Not To Overlook

Ozark Trail LED lanterns
Regular readers of Backwoods Survival Blog might recall about a year ago when I reviewed the Utilitech LED lantern I purchased from my local Lowe's Home Improvement. My household actually owns 3 of those, having purchased them as gifts that double as emergency preparedness gear for our family. Regardless of having that particular area at least somewhat squared away, however, I'm always cognizant of the need to expand on preparedness and deepen redundancies.

Just today, I was afforded an opportunity to do so when browsing through one of the many Facebook yard sale group pages for my area. Assuming you haven't completely sworn off Facebook, just about every area has pages like this that have popped up over the past few years to act as what are basically local electronic swap meets. Individuals post items they want to sell, and all you have to do is scroll down until you find something that catches your fancy. 

What I found was both of the two Ozark Trail LED lanterns pictured above, lightly used only for a bit of night fishing over this past summer, being sold together for only about 40% of what they go for when new. A brief exchange of messages and a meeting in the parking lot of the local post office, and they're mine. Another few moments to test them and make sure they work, and they are now safely put away in storage as back-ups to the ones I bought last year or to help family/friends, barter with, etc.


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20 September, 2015

REVIEW: Fear The Walking Dead: Season 1 - Episode 4 "Not Fade Away"

A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character's actions might be applicable in a real-life societal collapse.  I hope you enjoy.
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Ever wonder if there's anything to be learned from survival Doomer fiction like The Walking Dead? I think so. Here's what I mean...
As seen in the closing moments of the previous episode, the pandemic emergency portrayed in this prequel series (the eventual results of which we already know) has already progressed sufficiently in seriousness as to warrant a military response. This weeks episode picks up the story nine days later as elements of the (I believe) National Guard are occupying a 6-mile perimeter safe zone, one of 12 south of the San Gabriel Mountains, which includes the area in which our characters reside. This area is fenced-off from the rest of the city and beyond, where the infection has taken hold, and the residents are told essentially that there is nothing alive beyond the fence. 

Those living within the fence are subject to a strictly-enforced curfew, and only have electricity during certain hours of the day (specifically 8 AM to 11 AM) in an effort to keep from overly straining the grid and having it fail completely. Other public services are counted as being worked on to eventually be reintroduced. In the meantime, however, the people live under a boil water advisory and receive water treatment tablets as a part of their provided rations. 

Also, as would be realistic to fully expect in a situation revolving around a dangerous disease pandemic, the people are subject to mandatory health screenings. This is, of course, in an effort to maintain public health within the safe zone. There is a dark side to all of this, though, and the fact that these health screenings are physically-enforced by military authorities in cases where individuals choose not to submit is only the most minor foreshadowing of the true underbelly to which viewers are eventually introduced.

Rumors swirl among members of the community of soldiers overheard talking about quarantine camps that exist in other areas, hinting at pseudo-concentration camp settings of which the general populace is not supposed to be aware. Meanwhile, those who live within the safe zone that exhibit signs of being overwhelmed by the stress or succumbing to mental issues are removed from the general population, ostensibly to get rid of an unsettling influence; but their removal reminds one quite a bit of textbook military renditions. And this too turns out to be foreshadowing even darker elements as it is not long before the sick and infirm begin to be removed to a nearby facility touted as better able to handle more serious cases. The problem is that it's obvious there is some other purpose afoot, especially after another character goes over the fence and witnesses what is happening on the other side – worrisome indications that military personnel have, at least in some cases, killed people who did not appear to be sick.


The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]

The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]

The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]


My previous reviews for this series: Episode 1 - Episode 2 - Episode 3


My previous reviews for the parent series The Walking Dead can be accessed by clicking the links below:






18 September, 2015

In Arguing For Marijuana Legalization As A Personal Liberty Issue

Having laws in place to punish people for using a substance that isn't any worse and can be argued as being even less dangerous than other perfectly legal substances is an affront to both sensible logic and individual liberty. There's literally no excuse for any American who professes to love freedom to be against marijuana legalization, other than the misguided belief in dogma and propaganda statements proven false over and over by real peer-reviewed science.
Rand Paul basically eviscerated Chris Christie's stance on marijuana laws in the second Republican debate a few nights ago, which isn't getting nearly enough press coverage. I only wish that he had been sufficiently briefed as to be able to point out that New Jersey's medical marijuana laws (which Christie tried his best to claim as his own) were passed before he was elected and he has since blocked every effort to improve upon them as Governor there, not to mention sidestepping the fact that he has already sworn he would use federal law-enforcement to crack the whip on Colorado in complete violation of states rights. Not surprising at all, since he's also a lapdog for Big Brother government. Never forget that he has gone so far as to attack Rand Paul and say his stance would make him to blame for the next big terrorist attack, completely ignoring the fact that three separate independent commissions have agreed that the domestic spying program produced exactly 0 actionable intelligence and prevented exactly 0 attacks. The marijuana thing is very important, though, because it's difficult to win an election without having the backing of Colorado, the citizens of which aren't about to give up their legal marijuana and the *HUGE* benefits they are seeing from the taxes, etc. 

Having laws in place to punish people for using a substance that isn't any worse and can be argued as being even less dangerous than other perfectly legal substances is an affront to both sensible logic and individual liberty. There's literally no excuse for any American who professes to love freedom to be against marijuana legalization, other than the misguided belief in dogma and propaganda statements proven false over and over by real peer-reviewed science.

Talk of politics aside, the fact is that Colorado is blazing the path (pun very much intended), setting a clear example to prove marijuana legalization across the board – not just for medical use – is the correct way for the rest of the country to follow. Virtually every peer-reviewed scientific study that has been conducted proves that the use of marijuana isn't nearly as dangerous as some would have us believe, much of the evidence even proving that it's actually safer than drinking alcohol even when driving is involved. This was proven by a scientific study, pointing out that people who are high are almost universally more aware of their condition and more careful as a result, rather than being reckless the way people are when under the influence of alcohol - they actually overcompensate, drive slower, etc.

And, the fact is that having laws in place to punish people for using a substance that isn't any worse (and can be argued as being even less dangerous than other perfectly legal substances) is an affront to both sensible logic and individual liberty. There's literally no excuse for any American who professes to love freedom to be against marijuana legalization, other than the misguided belief in dogma and propaganda statements proven false over and over by real peer-reviewed science. There are people in prison right now and having their homes and property seized and sold at auction by an overreaching government over a plant, while child molesters sit at home on house arrest watching television from the comfort of their own couches. If you're OK with that then there is something seriously wrong with your thinking. ‪#‎FewerLawsEqualsMoreFreedom‬


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17 September, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: "Finest Hour (The Survivalist Book 7)" by Arthur Bradley

Today, it's time to review "Finest Hour (The Survivalist Book 7)" by Arthur Bradley (Kindle edition). I had previously thought that this was going to be the final book in the series, and I have to say that I was delighted to discover there is going to be a 7th installment at some point in the future. Needless to say, I've come to really enjoy this series. 

Picking up literally the morning after the final moments of the previous novel in the series, this one involves the characters beginning the quests they resolved to undertake to attempt to right all of the wrongs that have been done and set the struggling country back on a better path. Deputy Marshal Mason Raines, his trusty Irish wolfhound, and a new love interest who just so happens to be a Mossad agent in her own right set out to intervene in a plot meant to wipe out the last vestiges of the old legitimate government; while his father, Tanner Raines, and Tanner's adopted daughter Samantha hit the road on a mission of their own, Tanner's goal being one of vengeance and Samantha resolving not to be separated from him despite the danger. This novel again gave me a special treat as this series somehow always seems to feature locations that are actually pretty close to where I live. 

When I first started reading this series, my feelings were mixed. Basically, I looked at it as being along the lines of not the worst nor the best in the genre, and that is still true in many ways. It's impossible, for instance, to read this series and not immediately realize that one of the main characters is nearly an exact carbon copy of the main character of the television show "Justified." At first, this struck me as a bit unoriginal, but the truth is that the author has done an outstanding job of actually molding characters for which the reader develops a lasting relationship of care. You eventually get to the point where none of the little gripes matter anymore, because you're too busy worrying about the characters as they walk in and out of dangerous situations and rooting for them to succeed. And isn't that truly what good fiction is all about?


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16 September, 2015

Your Tinfoil Hat Is Making Us All Look Crazy

When you're constantly "crying wolf" about every little thing, you only succeed in making it more likely people won't heed warnings they really should when/if that time actually does manifest as a future threat. Observe, examine, be vigilant; but don't be one of the crazies who gives our movement a bad name.
So, here we are: 16 September with Operation Jade Helm over and done and nothing terrible has occurred. For the record, you will notice that I didn't talk much here on Backwoods Survival Blog about all the hysteria going around, largely instigated by the Tinfoil Hat crowd that tends to see a conspiracy around literally every corner. This is because, while I did vigilantly keep an eye out on things, I wasn't really worried. 

Unfortunately, many in our little subculture haven't yet learned that there is a line (and not a terrible thin line either) between facts and hear-say, facts representing tangible evidence. Stepping over that line, especially when doing so becomes a habit for you, results in a situation where you can become a distraction and even a danger to the rest of us. The Prepper / Survivalist subculture already has something of a poor reputation that the majority of us are working every day to try to overcome. Normal everyday people have unfortunately been goaded into believing that we are all crazy by popular media and a politically-motivated Administration, despite the fact that the federal government themselves encourages preparedness and most of our beliefs fall directly in line with the U.S. Constitution. Being perfectly honest (because I'm known to be a bit of a blunt bastard), it is the very loud minority among our little subculture with an obsession for conspiracy theories who is impeding our efforts to try to change those false perceptions about us and for what we stand. 

When you're constantly "crying wolf" about every little thing, you only succeed in making it more likely people won't heed warnings they really should when/if that time actually does manifest as a future threat. Observe, examine, be vigilant; but don't be one of the crazies who gives our movement a bad name.
Please understand that I'm not advocating a lack of vigilance or a stance of complete trust in the government. In fact, nobody who knows me would ever think I would say that. To be honest, I consider blind trust in ANYTHING to be the province of children. I'm for ALWAYS questioning EVERYTHING, but there's a right and a wrong way to go about that process. The greatest tool/weapon/skill any Prepper / Survivalist will ever possess is situational awareness, but that awareness should manifest itself in the form of astute observation and examination, rather than constantly "crying wolf."

Because you know how that story goes, right? When you're constantly "crying wolf" about every little thing, you only succeed in making it more likely people won't heed warnings they really should when/if that time actually does manifest as a future threat. Observe, examine, be vigilant, enjoy listening to Alex Jones and his ilk (I do too); but don't be one of the crazies who gives our movement a bad name, that's all I'm saying. Preppers / Survivalists have enough trouble in that particular area already that we are struggling to overcome. 

And this doesn't only apply to the Operation Jade Helm hysteria, but likewise to talk of FEMA concentration camps, crazy conspiracy theories about vaccines, etc. For Christ's sake, we just had a large cross-section of people expecting the end of the world in December 2012, based solely on some vague things printed in a book written decades ago and then grabbed a hold of and used by others to make money off of all the hysteria and pseudoscience. And this is despite folks like me saying all along that it would amount to nothing. There are plenty of real threats out there for us to worry about without wasting time and making ourselves look like psychos by harping about things that can be debunked by spending 15 minutes on Google and using a little common sense. Again, this doesn't mean your ear shouldn't constantly be to the ground. Preparedness is all about heightened vigilance, but some of us truly need to learn how to weigh the information we are given and not simply fall in line with everything someone tells us to believe. 


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15 September, 2015

Woman Shoots Intruder After Waiting *HOURS* For Police To Respond

Would you trust the police to protect you in time if someone was breaking into your house? If so, then I'm sorry but you suffer from delusions. In only a small percentage of situations do the police actually stop a crime in progress, and that's why gun ownership and learning how to shoot accurately and safely is an integral part of being a good citizen.
She tried calling 911 to get the police to help, but someone breaking into her house wasn't classified as an "emergency" by police in Dayton, Ohio! One hour later, she called 911 again for the THIRD time - this time to report she had shot the intruder dead!

Would you trust the police to protect you in time if someone was breaking into your house? If so, then I'm sorry but you suffer from delusions. Even in situations that don't exhibit the kind of obvious and arguably criminal incompetencies involved in this story, police response times in most places make it so that the vast majority of law enforcement activity involves taking statements about what happened after the fact, so that all of that information can be forwarded to detectives who will attempt to solve the crime and bring someone to justice. 

In only a small percentage of situations do the police actually stop a crime in progress, and that's why gun ownership and learning how to shoot accurately and safely is an integral part of being a good citizen, regardless of your personal political beliefs. The Nanny State will not always be there to save you. In a dangerous situation, there is simply no substitute for being armed and ready to defend oneself and family/friends. Period. Our safety is our own responsibility. 


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Police Shoot Bystander Armed Only With His Cellphone

In such a national climate, it is especially important to make sure that obvious instances of misconduct like this one need to result in punishment of those responsible. People have to be made to understand that we do not live in a Police State. Not yet, at least.These kinds of stories bother me particularly badly, because I'm normally very pro-law enforcement. From an educational standpoint, my field (where I am soon to achieve a Master's degree) is Criminal Justice, so I have cop friends, etc. Still, it would be disingenuous of me not to acknowledge that things get sometimes completely out of hand when it comes to the way police respond to certain situations. 

One such situation seems to have occurred recently in Sacramento, California, where a young man ended up being wounded by a police SWAT team apparently in response to pointing a cell phone in their direction. The SWAT team was actually there to arrest one of his neighbors for an offense involving firing an illegal machine gun into another house, so it's understandable that it was a tense situation. There is a certain "fog" that invades people's perceptions – especially when they are already in an amped-up state – which is why I have always been understanding when a police officer shoots a person pointing something at them that looks like a weapon (even a kid with a toy gun).

I'm not sure that mistaking a cell phone for a weapon is something I would be altogether ready to excuse, however, unless perhaps the event occurred in a dark alley and the phone was being produced from within a pocket or something like that... which was not the case here anyway. This is not a situation where someone was reaching into their pocket to produce their wallet, even though the police were clearly telling them not to move. Rather, this was a bystander positioned just outside his own garage, on his family's own property (not the property police were responding to), and filming what they were doing on his phone.

I don't know about you, but I'm not familiar with a model of mobile phone that even resembles a gun nor a handgun that you hold in any way remotely similar to the way people hold their phones when filming video or taking photos.

I would call this a pretty clear-cut case of officer misconduct as well as a frightening example of just how easy it is to find yourself under fire from the very people who are supposed to be looking out for our best interests. In no way is that sentiment meant to be a dig at law enforcement officers as a whole, because as I said I'm typically very pro-police; but one would have to be as na├»ve as a child not to understand that there are rotten apples in every bunch. 

Perhaps most worrisome is the fact that apparently no one is going to be punished. After all, we currently live in a climate where perceived infractions on the part of some police (whether right or wrong) has arguably brought us to the point where a few bad apples have contributed to a culture of thuggery making all police officers a target for a certain cross-section of society. Again, whether right or wrong, issues like this at least least have a commonly-held perception of happening more often, and the powers of the government seem to be increasing every day as personal liberty and individual rights shrink. 

In such a national climate, it is especially important to make sure that obvious instances of misconduct like this one (which I would argue is pretty much beyond debate) need to result in punishment of those responsible. Even the police themselves aren't trying to say that the victim here is guilty of doing anything particularly aggressive, just that they mistook his phone for a weapon. They have even apologized, which is a classy first step, but individuals entrusted with the lives of others also shouldn't be able to simply walk away without suffering lasting ramifications of making such a mistake. Mistakes as egregious as this one simply can't be tolerated if a department wants to maintain any level of credibility when it comes to any possible future use of force issues that arise.

People have to be made to understand that we do not live in a Police State. Not yet, at least.



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14 September, 2015

"Show Me Your Papers!" in the Future Fascist States of America...

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Beginning next year, you won't be able to fly – even domestically – with a simple driver's license. Rather, factors included in the passage of the Real ID Act (2005) will be going into effect, requiring each individual to have either a passport or one of the newer Enhanced Driver's Licenses that contain more advanced security features.

To be honest, the title of this article was meant to be mostly in jest as I don't necessarily subscribe very readily to conspiracy theories, etc. I do, however, take great issue with the subtle but definite moves toward a more totalitarian state in whatever form I find that occurring, no matter how seemingly insignificant. They've already made it as close to damn near impossible as they dare for people to be able to get their IDs and driver's license's issued as it is. The last time I had to go through that process, it more or less required an entire day of running around to different places to get all of the proof needed to show that I am who I am and live where I live. This craziness is, of course, yet another layer of the false veneer of increased safety in which we are all supposed to be reveling in response to the attacks of 9/11, though it's really just one more needless complication in each of our lives. It isn't really making anyone safer. 

And now we are all apparently going to be forced to show our papers when traveling like they did in Soviet Russia. How long before the airport security crapfest involves each of us being interrogated to see whether or not our reasons for wanting to travel are those of which the government approves? That might sound like a long-shot from where we are right now, but remember that all of these things happen in degrees – it's not a sudden overnight change.



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13 September, 2015

REVIEW: Fear The Walking Dead: Season 1 - Episode 3 "The Dog"

A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character's actions might be applicable in a real-life societal collapse.  I hope you enjoy.
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Ever wonder if there's anything to be learned from survival Doomer fiction like The Walking Dead? I think so. Here's what I mean...
This week's episode presents us with a story that largely revolves around the idea of sheltering in place during civil unrest or other dangerous situations. It may be that where you are during the onset of an emergency or disaster is not conducive to continued survival and "bugging out" is the eventual necessity, but that doesn't mean there's any guarantee you and the rest of your party would necessarily be able to leave immediately. That's when the idea of sheltering in place for at least a night, until the sun is up like the characters in the show, might be a necessity. 

Especially in the early stages of a collapse, this probably wouldn't be any more dangerous than stumbling out into the chaos in the middle of the night and with no advanced knowledge of what lies ahead. In such a situation, my advice would be to secure all entry points and make sure someone is always awake who can roust the others quickly if need be. From an emergency preparedness standpoint, it might be a worthwhile effort to purchase a couple of cheap boardgames on EBay or another inexpensive avenue. Even if it's not something your family would typically use, having something like this stored away could go a long way toward helping to pass the time in a blackout situation where everyone is sheltering within the home. 

This episode also does a very good job of getting across the point that hospitals and other places we might typically go for help during an emergency won't be immune from danger during any kind of a societal breakdown, especially during the outbreak of a pandemic illness. The anarchy that would likely result from the breakdown of law and order during a sufficiently serious disaster scenario would spill into virtually every area of society, and create so much chaos that most people wouldn't even understand what was happening. In the series, this idea is exemplified by the fact that there is so much chaos and violence during the rioting that people don't even notice the handful of zombies attacking people in their midst. 

This, in my opinion, is a worthy metaphor for the real life fog that occurs during situations of anarchy. When people are surrounded by violence on all sides and their proverbial "blood is up," most won't take the time to see what is really happening around them. You can use that state of mind on the part of others to your advantage, or it can represent a serious danger to the survival of you and yours. 

And, in seeking to ensure that survival, it's a sad truth that a certain level of violence or our parts might be an unfortunate necessity. What I'm talking about, of course, is defending oneself and their family and friends from the violence I mentioned earlier spilling over into their lives. There comes a point where threats to you and yours will need to be eliminated, regardless of the fact that doing so might put a ding in your conscience. As one of the characters in the series seems to be trying to point out to his daughter, "The good people are the first ones to die." What he is referring to, of course, are those who are apparently too weak and soft-hearted to do what is necessary to stay alive and protect their people.


The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]

The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]

The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]


My previous reviews for this series: Episode 1 - Episode 2


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