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    • #63549
      Joe (G.W.N.S.)
      Moderator

        With the diverse backgrounds represented here it is important define the narrative clearly. Words can have many meanings depending on individual experience.

        Here is my personal favorite example of “lost in translation.”

        “Secure The Building: Different Interpretations”

        The Army will appoint guard mount with a Sergeant of the Guard, take control of all exits, and make sure no one gets into the occupied building without a pass.

        The Navy will respond by conducting a thorough cleaning, turn off the lights, and lock the doors.

        The Marines will assault the building, captured it, sequester surviving prisoners, establish lanes of fire, and prepare to repel counterattacks.

        The Air Force will contact real estate agent and negotiate a five year lease with an option to buy.

        Same words, different results.

      • #63550
        Corvette
        Participant

          Nice one, GWNS

          This reminds me of an email i got from a guy that asked me what my survival plans were for zombies…and he was serious

          Bergmann

        • #63551
          Eric
          Participant

            Nice one, GWNS

            This reminds me of an email i got from a guy that asked me my survival plans were for zombies…and he was serious

            Bergmann

            So….

            what? There won’t be zombies in Alaska?? B-)

          • #63552
            Corvette
            Participant

              Just the worst kind of zombies…zombie grizzly bears and timberwolves.

            • #63553
              CW
              Participant

                Bergmann, I tend to think of the teeming masses as zombies. They mindlessly consume (both food and useless “stuff”), are barely sentient, and are completely unaware of what’s happening right under their noses. Pretty fair to say, they’re zombies. They just don’t know it yet.
                G.W.N.S.- I chose the wrong service when I joined. I went Navy, but according to your anecdote, I’m somewhere between the Army and the Marines. :yes:

              • #63554
                Corvette
                Participant

                  Bergmann, I tend to think of the teeming masses as zombies. They mindlessly consume (both food and useless “stuff”), are barely sentient, and are completely unaware of what’s happening right under their noses. Pretty fair to say, they’re zombies. They just don’t know it yet.<br>
                  G.W.N.S.- I chose the wrong service when I joined. I went Navy, but according to your anecdote, I’m somewhere between the Army and the Marines. :yes:

                  I know some use it for that but this guy was talking about TV, The Walking Dead kinda Zombies..

                  Bergmann

                • #63555
                  CW
                  Participant

                    LOL. There are WAY more plausible threats out there, but whatever floats his boat. No lime green tacticool weapons for me, thanks. It’d clash horribly with my neutral earth-toned clothing…

                  • #63556
                    Corvette
                    Participant

                      I thinkt he ZOmbie craze is wonderful for America.
                      No, really, hear me out.

                      a) When mainstream gets into zombies it makes them more apocalypse minded.
                      b) This makes them defensive minded.
                      c) That makes them buy a firearm.
                      d) Then they realize a firearm is not enough and become preppers.
                      e) Once preppers they are mentally divorcing themselves from the mainstream Gov is the answer narrative
                      f) Once they did that they are only one step away from becoming part of people like us.

                      Is it far fetched?
                      No I know examples of this process.. it doesnt always come to completion but it does work like this in many cases.

                      That’s why I think the Zombie crazy is a good thing for America.

                    • #63557
                      Corvette
                      Participant

                        Actually, it’s funny you use that narrative. I could probably trace back my “prepping” to watching some stupid zombie show on TV maybe 4 years ago. It prompted me to buy my first firearm. From there, I thought “Crap, ammo is expensive!” So I looked up ‘reloading ammo’ on YouTube and came across YankeePrepper. From there, found Survivalblog and read Patriots. Started prepping. From there, began reading more and more blogs, slowly transitioned my thinking from staunch “conservative” (Dub-yuh could do no wrong!) to reasonable libertarian to partisan. Had a short run with Alex Jones, then came back down to Earth. Can’t remember how, but eventually I came across WRSA. Rest is history…

                        Weird how that works, huh?

                      • #63558
                        Max
                        Keymaster

                          In the Name of Communication, the correct term is “shambling mall lamprey.” Pants down around ankles, gum popping, endless texting, selfies, etc., are the visual ID.

                        • #63559
                          CW
                          Participant

                            You know, I think you’ve got it, mvfmoderator. Honestly, that’s fairly close to how I came to be here. I watched zombie movies and “disaster porn”, then decided I was going to write a zombie novel, using real-world survival techniques (I still have close to 300 pages written somewhere). From there, it was prepping (which I’ve done far too little of, due to finances), then onto looking at the political landscape. I think a big factor in that transition is common sense. Without it, people won’t make the mental leaps to get from Point A to Point B.

                            And Randy, I just about choked on my sweet tea reading your post! A most accurate observation, though.

                          • #63560
                            Roadkill
                            Participant

                              I’m an inner city fireman, been for 28 years. Was talking to a buddy who delivers truckloads of free food. He drives his truck to a parking lot, opens the back doors and people line up for the free donated stuff. I asked what he gives out and he said meats and veggies, all good stuff. He said we can’t do cakes and pies any more though. I asked why. He said because fights break out over cakes and pies. PD gets called people get shot and stabbed. It’s fricking unreal. This is for free food. Those are your zombies folks. The one thing I’ve found about most zombies though, is most have diabetes. The sugars if your interested in the street term. I know this is kind of funny, but it’s for real. When the free stuff stops, well, you know what happens next.

                            • #63561
                              Corvette
                              Participant

                                Ive never met a Zombie ‘survivalist’I thought was all there about the reality of survival.

                                Bergmann

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