Predictably, the Readiness Cycle returned with the threat of World War III, though the talking points are particularly ridiculous when presented alongside the potential threat. The director of a survival shelter company in Texas says he has already sold five bunkers since late February, each costing between $70,000 and $240,000. A company selling freeze-dried meals has released a color-coded map of caves across the United States that could reduce the risk of radiation poisoning if a person manages to “going deep” and have enough supplies. It also sells kits that claim to remove radiation from the food it supplies at a discount of $74.99. A child on TikTok who goes by “the Novice Prepper” has gone viral with tutorials such as “how to survive nuclear fallout without a basement”, although personally I wouldn’t use his advice. And recently there was a remarkable titleeven for The sun: “I’m a doomsday prepper and here’s how you could survive a nuclear disaster as tensions between Ukraine and Russia threaten World War III,” featuring tech CEO turned prepper influencer John Ramey, a a man who describes himself as Silicon Valley’s first “unveiled” survivalist. (And who, it’s probably worth noting, would stand a good chance of surviving most crises, not because of his specialist skills but because of his astronomical wealth.) Ramey told the outlet that he thinks it’s important for people to have an emergency fund with three months of expenses and a two-week supply of all the resources a family might need. Survivalist and tech blogger Josh Centers, who contributes to Ramey’s website The Prepared, has somewhat similar advice, with the added trick of stocking up not just potassium iodide, but possibly miso to counter the effects of radiation poisoning – although Centers is “skeptical”. he says, “Medical personnel working in the aftermath of the Nagasaki bombing found that he was unaffected by radiation poisoning when he ate miso soup regularly.” Recently, Centers got a bit of a hassle for a tweet in which he called nuclear war terrible but “more survivable than you think.” “The key to survival,” he wrote, “is realistic optimism and a positive mental attitude.” And then it linked to an article on how to store food.
Centers has a real knack for distilling a certain type of prepper ideology into its most absurd form: The man wrote a jingle with his wife that read, in part, “For World War III, I bought a few buckets and I hit the Dollar Tree.” But how does that really differ from doing war simulations with Wall Street workers or pointing out the location of caves? every scenario imaginable, I would say their significance has a little more to do with the kinds of disasters Americans are capable of imagining – disasters in which only a few well-supplied households survive. to think about getting into an action movie. And it’s comforting to believe that a little common sense and the right gear could get a person through a calamity. But taken to their natural conclusion, all of this advice are pretty dark, a series of preferences and tastes prescribed to where civic action or at least neighborhood concern might be.Imagine you’ve been to the caves th t that you ate miso paste and came out of nuclear winter more or less unscathed. What’s even the point if you’re the only one pulling it off? Why would you want to survive?