Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Prepper's Dilemma

Urban Dictionary Definition - The Prepper:
Someone who focuses on preparedness, generally for various worst-case scenarios like peak oil or armageddon. Sometimes used to avoid the more loaded term survivalist.
 Our Definition - The Prepper's Dilemma:
Warning people of the coming end has, up until this point in human history, been wrong.  Therefore, warning others of the end will make you look like like the latest in a long procession of fools.  If you think the end is near, do you warn others, or not?

 A FB comrade recently linked to this article at PreppersWorldUSA:  More Unusual “Activity” at Yellowstone Super Volcano! Releasing Thousand More Times Of Helium Steam Than Anticipated

Read it, and you'll hear how the Yellowstone Super Volcano is going to blow any day now.  Don't look for any graphs of changing Helium levels, or scientific references or other measurable data.  You won't find any, as this article was written for the casual end-of-the-world reader who doesn't want to be burdened with critical thought, or even curiosity.

Our motive for this post isn't the article, but the comments:
alvin - all of that helium means everyone will soon start talking like chipmunks!!!!

Dan - It’s on the Internet, it must be true! Here’s a few minutes of my life I’ll never get back. I’ll tell you what, my family and I live close to the park. We will keep you updated year after year after year of its progress.

Stephanie - Helium-4 (42He or 4He) is a non-radioactive isotope of the element helium. It is by far the most abundant of the two naturally occurring isotopes of helium, making up about 99.99986% of the helium on Earth. Its nucleus is identical to an alpha particle, and consists of two protons and two neutrons. (you can find this information with the simplest of google searches).

And it didn’t just “suddenly” appear. The helium has been venting that way for millions of years – they just now measured and studied it.

There were many more comments, including from those who believe the Yellowstone Super Volcano will be blowing any day now.  Very sad.

We make light of the thinking behind this article because, if it is true, nobody will be around to tell us we were wrong.

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