Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Doomsday Bunkers

One of the programs I watched while in the hospital was Doomsday Preppers, which followed the survival preparations of a diverse group of survivalists.  There was another show following a company that builds high end survival shelters.  What struck me about both shows is what these shows tell us about the loss of confidence in the future that they reveal, and especially the loss of confidence in civil government.  One of the guys featured had bought a nuclear missile silo and was converting it into survival condos for rich people.  He seems to have been a success.  From November 9, 2014 Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Hall, who lives in a Denver suburb, bought his first missile-silo site in Kansas in 2008 and completed construction in December 2012. A year later, he says, the development had sold out. Work on the second security compound—the one where Mr. Allen bought a unit—is under way, and Mr. Hall says he is considering additional sites in Texas and elsewhere.

As former nuclear missile sites built under the supervision of the Army Corps of Engineers, the structures were originally designed to withstand a direct hit by a nuclear bomb. At ground level, they can be sealed up by two armored doors weighing 16,000 pounds each. Mr. Hall added sophisticated water and air-treatment facilities, state-of-the-art computer network technology and several alternate power generation capabilities.
This seems to be a pretty serious indictment of the left's promise to fundamentally transform America. There is even a website devoted to sale of such hardened sites.

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