As catastrophes of all kinds occur more frequently, government does what’s best—for government “… I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube. So, I was […]
The City Survivalist: Prepping In The Concrete Jungle
Survival prep isn’t only “bugging out” to the boonies A few months ago here on my ULTIMATE ERROR blog, I wrote about the burgeoning real estate submarket for disaster preppers. Perhaps not surprisingly, places like rural Montana and the Rocky Mountains of Colorado are leading the way. However, the capitalist cheer of “different strokes for […]apocalypse, catastrophic error, disaster preparedness, doomsday prepper, dystopia, emergency management, emergency preparedness, fiction book, james tesar, post-apocalypse, potential widespread disaster, survivalism, ultimate error
Sign of the Times: Survivalism as a Cottage Industry
At the junction of fear and entrepreneurship, survival lessons for cash What isn’t a commodity in America today? Capitalism is a robustly effective economic system, yet, as forces of industry and government embark on ever-bolder experiments towards purer exercises of it, every solid, liquid, gas, and concept—corrupt or otherwise—is up for sale. Consider an article […]apocalypse, catastrophic error, disaster preparedness, doomsday prepper, fiction book, james tesar, plutocratic kleptocracy, post-apocalypse, potential widespread disaster, prepper convention, ultimate error
Is “The Walking Dead” a Thinly Veiled “Golden Horde”?
The popular fantasy of “others” coming for you and your stuff The concept of a reanimated human corpse—a zombie—is said to have originated in Haitian folklore. Even today, especially in rural Haiti, grieving families sometimes believe that a mentally ill stranger wandering their village might be their deceased loved one come back to life. “The […]apocalypse, catastrophic error, doomsday prepper, dystopia, fact vs. fiction, fiction book, horror fiction, james tesar, potential widespread disaster, ultimate error, walking dead, zombie apocalypse
How Hard Should We Consider Our Carbon-Emission Choices?
Scientists have never been among the larger global-warming denier demographics. Most of us have received years of training, not only in our fields of study, but also in scientific methods which exclude political considerations and financial motivations. I’m speaking of the processes of hypotheses, experimentation, and results, not of the business side, which of course […]apocalypse, carbon emissions, climate change, drought, ecosystem collapse, fiction book, global warming, james tesar, potential widespread disaster, sea-level rise, ultimate error
Better A Difficult Deal With Iran Than None At All
U.N. reps: Implementation of nuclear accord tenuous, but Iran complying As the 2016 presidential election season drags into its final weeks (mercifully!), the United States’ nuclear pact with Iran becomes an ever more popular campaign topic, especially for the Republican candidate. “The worst deal ever made, proposed, or conceived in the entire history of the […]apocalypse, fiction book, IAEA, Iran deal, Iran nuclear, james tesar, money and power, nuclear threat, nuclear weapon, psychopath, ultimate error
What If The Nuclear “Football” Ends Up In The Hands Of A Psychopath?
I’m not talking about Middle Eastern terrorists, and I’m not talking about Russia… What I’m talking about is the United States of America electing a president who turns out to be a violent psychopath. Not all psychopaths are violent, and it’s more likely than not that we have already had one (or more) in the […]2016 campaign, 2016 election, apocalypse, fiction book, james tesar, money and power, nuclear threat, nuclear weapon, potential widespread disaster, psychopath, ultimate error
How and Where to Begin Preparing Your Family for Disaster
In recent days, on my ULTIMATE ERROR blog here, I focused on current-event disasters and the global warming trends that caused them. Today, though, I’d like to refocus on preparedness. Whatever the disaster, wherever it may occur, following recognized, best-practice protocols can save the lives and livelihoods of our families and our neighbors. The place […]apocalypse, disaster preparedness, emergency management, emergency preparedness, FEMA, fiction book, james tesar, survivalism, ultimate error
How To Choose Emergency Food Storage
Much depends on how large a disaster you will allow yourself to imagine A “bunker food” company called Augason Farms offers a package of freeze-dried food (for around $3,600.00) that will feed four people for one year. Think about that for a moment. What type of disaster that is survivable (at least by some) would […]apocalypse, bunker food, disaster preparedness, emergency food, food storage, james tesar, post-apocalypse, prepper, survivalism, ultimate error
What is Human Behavior Really Like During Catastrophes?
Hollywood has a penchant for the grandiose, so its love affair with disaster films is a long one. But how realistic are depictions of large crowds running through the streets in a panic, whether in the zombie apocalypse of World War Z or the classic, campy scenes of the original Godzilla movies? How people act […]apocalypse, crowd psychology, dystopia, fact vs. fiction, fiction book, golden horde, james tesar, potential widespread disaster, survivalism, ultimate error