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Vote -1 Vote +1Alan
September 7, 2010 at 11:19 pm

The big bag of sugar that Michael was using to make ethanol seemed to materialize out of thin air. It seems like that much sugar could’ve been put to better use to increase their caloric intake.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Drew
September 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Why only one cockraoch each? Im sure they could have caught a lot more. I missed the first few eposiodes so I dont know why they do not have little traps out for rabbit, mice, or any other small animal around.
The fact that the pregnant woman was a good distraction and that Tick could walk right into the camp proves that they need a lot of security help. Get someone with physical secutity in your group, it does not have to be a sniper, just basic knowledge will help save people.

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Vote -1 Vote +1andrea
September 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm

On the eating of cockroaches; Aren’t they full of bacteria that cause diseases? or, does cooking them kill it all?

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Vote -1 Vote +1john
September 8, 2010 at 11:56 pm

now it goes back to before the disaster strikes begining with security and really taking it serously and creating a force that can not be fooled like with the pregnant decoy and then securing the weakest spot that can be thought up and the tick that goes by that guy if that was real world he would be dead and then they have real problems and for the food situiation before you nearly starve to death its best to do dry runs to see how long you can go with out eating or limit your caloric intake to see how your feeling and have your body adjust to working with less and to make octane fuel is a good dry run to see if can be done with a simple recipie and give it a try but most of all to get all the goods and materials like batteries ammo for the weapons you have and first aid materials and food and the ability to open the cans and cooking materias to cook the food the list goes on and on and with this fourm we can discuss it i will be back later to see what else i can think of

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Vote -1 Vote +1Joe
September 9, 2010 at 12:44 am

After the second or third episode, I thought the colonists should of had a backup for food by creating traps to catch animals near their home. I’m sure they could of not only found rabbit, more snakes and gators, but alley cats as well.

As far as security goes, why would they “all” agree to make this colonist chain from their home base to Tick’s trailer. Why would they go at all? It seemed that everybody was “a_ _ wooped” into believing that the consequences of another attack/hostage situation was well worth the effort to meet a perfect stranger. For all they knew, Tick could of been a diversion to get them out in the open, so the gang of thugs could easily of taken siege of their building with running power. They never even talked about sending out a small recon unit prior to the meeting time, to scope out the situation.

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Vote -1 Vote +1MP
September 9, 2010 at 8:18 am

It almost appears that they heard me about the airboat suggestion I made earlier, almost funny. But the idea that they would fall for decoys of pregnant women just shows the naivity of the group, what’s next, using little children for decoys, since thats almost as common of a decoy too for people to get jacked. As far as the sniper guy Tick just walking by everyone, thats nuts too, most people tend to have this 6th sense where you just seem to feel the presence of someone near you, have you ever noticed how you tend to just turn your head at another car while stopped and find out that someone was looking at you? If these folks dont have that 6th sense, I think that just a little touch of paranoia would be necessary enough that I would be constantly looking up and around me to make sure someone doesnt sneak up on me, especially in such an insecure and hostile place like that. Point is, we all continue to learn more ourselves what not to do, this may very well be a good thing to hone our own skills and mindset in survivalism, keep us fresh in case we suddenly do get dropped into the same kind of mess.

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Vote -1 Vote +1eric
September 9, 2010 at 4:20 pm

my points guide to the colony:
+5 points= realy good,
-5 points= realy bad

+3 points for MP thinking 3 steps ahead of the colony!

+0 points for the colony failing to execute all the OTHER ideas presented on this website in a timely fashion.

-3 points for almost killing 2 colonists while hauling up a useless guard tower that 1) They will never use, 2) Could have probly just as eaisly hauled up several wooden planks and nailed them together than take apart a staircase and
man-handle it up 2 stories, and 3) Has no point…they have 2 stories of hight… an extra 5′ in my opnion just seem all that nessecery.

+4 points for a good patch job on the boat and making it sea-worthy
-.5 points for silly metal spikes that do nothing but waste time
-.5 points for decaling the boat
-2 points for a silly deep coversation about how decaling the boat = i’m going to up and up leave the colony even though i repaired the boat for you guys.

-4 points for not even looking around to see someone walk right in the middle of your camp and leave without you noticing (The funny/sad part of it is that I completely belive that it was not staged at all)

-5 points for leaving the colony UNGUARDED to go and meet a stranger (on the flip side +.5 personel points to jim for staying watch even though the colonists told him that he shoulden’t)

+5+5+5+5+infinity points for getting tick to join the colony!

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Vote -1 Vote +1MP
September 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm

First of all, thanks for giving me points for thinking more so than most of the group did.

Secondly, I totally agree with the guard tower statement, they had an entire roof to use where they could easily move around, hell, even war movies show that the guard towers are always the first to get hit and the poor schmucks in them are always toast, they can’t go anywhere. The wood could’ve been better used to barricade the doors and windows.

Next, the two on the ground should’ve had enough common sense to STAND BACK when they tried to hoist that thing up with that puny rope! Of course our cute yet dense friend Becka was one of them.

Next it was kind of amusing that they started to get really hostile about the other chick putting decals on the boat, personally, who cares? Would it have been better if everyone got to put silly stickers on the boat? Then again, with the track record of the rest of the group, the idea of leaving the group would eventually cross my mind, (do I wanna take my chances with these guys getting me killed).

Again, with the track record of the group, it would definately be easy to believe that they honestly didnt pick up on Tick just casually walking by them, too funny. On the lighter side, admitting the man to their group was probably the single best thing they did so far, at least they have someone that has enough sense that he would be able to survive by himself despite all the hostiles in the area.

Lastly, it was flat out stupid for everyone to leave the compound even to meet the man. Half of the group should’ve stayed behind as guards, that wouldve been THE perfect time for some more rowdies to take the place, and again, with their track record, they aren’t exactly good defenders of any stationary position, and probably less so staging an offensive to re-take a position. After the rest of the group admitted Tick, they could’ve hauled all the foodstuffs to the compound and fed the rest of the group, everybody’s happy, everybody’s safe (somewhat).

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Vote -1 Vote +1Marcia
September 9, 2010 at 9:14 pm

I have to agree with most of the comments also. They seem to be so slow on the uptake of getting it together. And now that the new guy has joined the group, let him get out there and teach some of them how to gather and hunt food and water. They can then teach the rest as well. Then teach another group some more skill and then those people teach a few more. then you have a handful of people who can then teach some more. The more things everyone can do. the more that can be done so things will get accomplished more quickly and responsibily. I really look forward to this show every week to learn some new techniquie or how to do something better then they thought. Thanks so much David for your super help; and patience with all us who are soaking up eveything we can. It is greatly appreciated

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Vote -1 Vote +1Mittens
September 10, 2010 at 11:29 am

Very interesting. I don’t watch the show or for that matter my TV service is on hold. To busy surviving in this economy and my time is spent doing other things than watching TV. I really like that knife that David was showing in the news letter. I was out brushing my teeth in the dark just last week and discovered a bear was messing with the wood pile at the same time. You just never know where your next meal will come from and a knife like that would do the job. Take care everyone.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Marcia
September 10, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I wanted to add that I was really impressed with the amount and variation of food that Tick had collected. He did all that by himself and this whole group can’t seem to accomplish anything too worthwhile. I also thought it was really petty that Becca brought up the lettering on the boat. Who cares? What a miniscule thing to argue about. And Jim, he has quite a temper. He needs to get a cooler head. Next week’s preview looks pretty good considering we are getting near the end. I so look forward to see what happens and then what everyone hear has to say about it. Thanks so much David for this opportunity to learn and share with others.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Kimberly
September 10, 2010 at 1:29 pm

My boyfriend and I have watched this show every week and we see many things that we shake our heads at, like when are they going to learn to keep an eyes open to their surroundings. One of my thoughts is that they know that this is a reality type show and not a real event so that perhaps is causing a different out look than if it was the real deal. Also most likely if it was real most of them would already be dead or slaved out IE : female I being female am acutly aware of this possile out come of strangers towards my self or other females or the rape then murdered situation so I see security very high on priority of thing to have in place and to always be gathering. trust is earned not given and in most situations very unlikely given in this type of situation. Dont go looking for trouble, but if it shows up, take them out, simple, if you know the likely out come is not good, any one that has good anttentions would not sneak up

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Vote -1 Vote +1MP
September 11, 2010 at 12:01 am

All of what Kim says is quite true….females would be particularly vulnerable in an environment like that, and as such should be more ruthless than even the men when it comes to apparent danger. Switch from the victim mentality and go to the kill or be killed mentality. I don’t think I’d wanna get into a fight with a battle hardened female in a SHTF situation and she goes for vital areas on the anatomy, especially if she has any extra tools in hand, not a pleasant thought….

I also tend to shake my head in any situation when someone is captured or otherwise subdued whether its male or female, and after being threatened with imminent death, they give in to their attackers demands, whatever they are. I would tend to think that if death is imminent, why not just go for broke and try to take as many down with you as possible, don’t make their kill an easy one, just a thought.

Ok, enough of the harda** stuff, as for the other responder afterward, he made a good point about the possibility of Tick being a rat, or just something otherwise fishy going on, why would one who is already doing a good job surviving on his own choose to team up with a bunch of misfits who are having trouble working together doing simple tasks? It would seem like there’s some other motive behind this turn of events, but being reality TV, we will see what does happen. I definately look forward to each episode, if not for the entertainment, like the other responder said, it helps hone our own skills in this field.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Calvin
September 10, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Just my 2 cents but once again security seems to take a back seat. I can’t believe that so many of them went to eat in Ticks roll off container. The person in charge should have sent them in 4 at a time and everyone else secure the house and the surroundings…..but then Tick wasn’t pregnant so I guess it couldn’t be another decoy!

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Vote -1 Vote +1Gary Woodall
September 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm

I’m not sure why the Marine ‘needs’ any of them…
He has more food that he could eat, so why would he get all this food ready just for them? I smell a rat…

obviously,some of the conlonists are a drain on the food and resources in the area, they contribute very little to the overall wellfare of the entire group.
I think he’s gonna recruit and try to split them up. Take the cream of the crop and dump the rest…

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Vote -1 Vote +1andrea
September 12, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I know this is just a reality show, but I am wondering what with these dog eat dog people who are harrassing the colonists, they haven’t attacked and stolen all his fine and plentiful stuff? Even if he is a marine, he is only one person.. I think they trusted him much sooner than they shoul have, Oh, paranoid me!!

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Vote -1 Vote +1patty t., alabama
September 10, 2010 at 9:29 pm

when the Colonists found the note/knife telling them to meet at the gate, I was screaming ‘NO, no don’t go!’ no way would i go. i would have put a note there saying meet us in broad daylight,….. It could have been a really bad trap.

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Vote -1 Vote +1charvel
September 12, 2010 at 10:26 am

Agree with Patty, no, no, no! But I would have kept the knife! Why would a survivalist leave a knife. No sense here. This episode was a complete miss. The tower, the boat, distilling alcohol for fuel—–to make whiskey maybe. I think Tick will bring more problems than he can solve. I see jealousy on the horizon—-the big T will rear it’s head in the males.

Every time outsiders have entered the compound, it came as a surprise. There should be someone on the roof 24/7. And as to “fair play,” Given the gravity of the situation—-natiional killer virus—-you take what you can when you can, anyway you can. Or, roll over and give it up. Law? There is no law. Charvel in Alabama

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Vote -1 Vote +1jeremy
September 11, 2010 at 12:50 am

if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. tick did just fine sustaining & avoiding the kind of chaos that the colonists bring. “grunts” or “watch dogs” doesn’t matter he made it 40 days without the burden. they didn’t even know he was there, why bother? my guess is the producers couldn’t chance the colonists starving to death or losing it & killing each other. so they sent in the ringer.

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Vote -1 Vote +1MP
September 11, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Heh Heh, it really does smell kind of fishy the more I think about it, and the same probably applies to many of us I imagine. There is a good amount of truth to the idea of the show putting in ringers to help make things move along smoothly enough, can’t have a show if you have people walking off in disgust after not being able to function smoothly through the course of the show, let alone killing each other over each others stupidity. Oh well, still an interesting watch nonetheless.

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Vote -1 Vote +1john
September 12, 2010 at 1:20 am

kim is right it would be good for all ladies to see the colony and learn what the worse case senario would be if socety were to callapse and they would be no better than sex slaves and once they get tired of them they would kill them and move on to the next victim and the marine has better survial skills i have better survial skills and have better chance to survive and for women to miss this series is either they live in denial or just dont care and this series shows what happens when the worse case senario happens and when you are not prepared you are at the mercy of the criminal element for example katrina was the worse case senario and we are after 9 years after 9/11 most americans are still unprepared and those who are prepared better for us to survive

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Vote -1 Vote +1Joy
September 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I find it amazing how because of hunger the colonist’s lost all sense of self protection. First Tick walked right into and out of their camp and he had been observing them for a long time. How do they know he’s not actually part of another group with more dominate ideas?. Then they decided the had to meet him on his terms, without knowing those terms ahead of time. Uhh no! Meet us in daylight. Except for Jim they all dropped their guards when he had food.” Treat this like a high-end dinner” Are you kidding? ? Granted his motives could be reasonable, however, I’m guessing with the rapid weight loss of the group the producers had to do something to keep them from starving completely. They did not insist on the quarantine time for him. They did not consider the fact that the food might not be safe. Sally asked him to join the group without consulting anyone else. What’s wrong with co-existing for awhile to see his true nature? The way Becka threw herself at him begs the question how long will it take for the hormones to kick in and create a cat fight or a testosterone fest?
Just my 2cents
Joy

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Vote -1 Vote +1Jerry
September 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I haven’t watched this series….a few episodes. It seems to be in line with all these other “Reality” television series. A lot of hype, showing people of various backgrounds trying to have a “Democracy” and making a stand against unknown elements and survive as well. It was amusing to see how some people had withdrawals from not having cigarettes, beer, coffee, etc. Imagine how most folks will have withdrawal when there is no Mickey D’s or Coca Cola or Dr Pepper…or Horrors!!!!! BEER!!!!!! I have an old 1987 Nissan Pickup with no A.C. and I live in central Texas where 105 degrees is relatively common. I have taken to drinking water on a dailey basis and i cook or make most of my food (although I don’t hunt, but should be learning). I’m becoming aclimated, somewhat leaner(since I’ve scaled back on my eating…no fast food) and I don’t miss having Dr Pepper everyday. I don’t use my cellphone nuch and hardly watch television. I read more and now find life….hmmm…more enjoyable.

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
September 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Good stuff, Jerry! It’s just another example of the flaws in a Democracy. They all fail. Guaranteed. It’s simply a matter of the laziest 51% realizing that they can live off of the efforts of the hardest working 49% and having the guts to steal the fruits of their labor.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Jerry
September 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Remember…..the right basic tools will make the most difference in whether you make it. The most important one is right between your ears. Acquired skills, knowledge, and wisedom will make all the difference. Also, a good book to read when the situation becomes problematic…..become pragmatic. Allow your mind to downshift and rethink your situation….and you won’t lose your cool…or your head when everyone else goes apes**t crazy.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Jerry
September 17, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Also, I couldn’t understand why they would post a Sentinel out in the open for everyone to see. In the military, we always kept undercover and watched our perimeters without being detected. Don’t let others know that you are watching them as well. plug all accessible areas to avoid penetration from the opposition. Have one way “In”, but have an escape route(undetected) in case you are overruned. Many creatures in nature know this and yet we are considered at the top of the food chain! Go figure…..

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
September 17, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Yup…that’s kind of the point behind putting your LP/OP on the military crest, isn’t it?

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Vote -1 Vote +1Jerry
September 17, 2010 at 11:30 pm

LOL! You’ve been there! You sly old dog! What bothered me the most when i was in the Guard, many of the old timers said”Been there, done that”. To them it was an extra paycheck. Not a way to learn more to protect your butt when the going gets rough. What was truly sad..many of these were old Viet Nam vets looking to get in “20 years and a letter” so they could get a measley “retirement” check to help supplement their small regular income. I did my Six and got out…I saw the writing on the wall when I was there and knew it would be fruitless. However, i learned enough and it has made a difference.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Pistol
September 21, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Nobody in their right mind can or should take this program seriously… After all, its exactly that ‘Programming’.. Dont forget that television was implemented by the Pentagon and all programming/news etc is approved by the Pentagon before its released to air..
This BS show is another attempt by the Global Elites to further brainwash a forever increasing ignorant public. David and many others have the right idea and I think someone already commented on this show being a great example of what NOT to do.
From a psychological perspective, this show will do much to aid in crippling ones belief in the ‘good’ and ‘value’ in other human beings.. Its almost makes ‘everyman for himself’ a more viable option as I for one, would rather take my own life then place it in the hands of a bunch of incompetent handicaps, completely dumbed down from their government educations and being raised in front of the idiot box, telling them how to think, act, wear, believe… like a pathetic consortium of drunken robots.
I cant help but see a malevolent subliminal plot just like most Hollywood recipes. Make people think they are never safe, always being watched, under constant threat, and scarcity.. and to make it worse, completely unrealistic situations. They could atleast, from time to time, cut to a deliberately orchestrated scene, (not that they arent already) and show what could potentially occur. eg. during the kidnapping, someone should have been killed, as with some of the other confrontations…. and then return to the pretend pseudo reality version after a brief explanation of events, both ‘real’ (unreal) and ‘unreal’ (total BS).
Yes, its a show and some do realize the underlying desire of the ‘entertainment’ or rather ‘entrancement’ industry and are able to view programming with a sense of detachment or awareness. Unfortunately, most will consume this BS with gusto and relish in their renewed false sense of security that ‘someone’ out there is warning them or giving them the vital, life-saving information (NOT) being presented in these pseudo-reality shows.
Nothing is going to prepare people for the reality of anarchy more than experience. Read some of the books David and others have on offer and apply the techniques…Have a weekend BBQ and invite neighbours, family and friends and tell them about your discoveries. We are living in the age of information and there is a reason why this info and more is finding its way to the people. The universe is moving its pawns in the game of life and those open-minded, fearless and adaptive to change are getting the warning they need..The economic meltdown has been timed to coincide with severe Earth changes.. Its far more difficult to prepare for global change when there is a financial crisis and threat of war and the globalists know this all too well… Human beings have survived global catastrophes in the past and we will continue to do so.. Its those whom take charge of their lives now, that lead the next stage of humanity into the future.
Its always been your choice…

Lead me,
Follow me,
Or get the f&^$ out of my way…
Peace to you all and God speed.
Pistol

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Vote -1 Vote +1Andy R
September 22, 2010 at 11:10 pm

They were absolutely, critically, even criminally incompetent to trust Tick as easily as they did; If I were say a slaver, I would offer them food, lace it with a sedative (preferably one that I had built up a tolerance to), and feed them as well as they wanted- Even meat. It doesn’t matter if it didn’t take effect for a couple hours; As long as everyone fell asleep. Then, tie them up, put them in one of those shipping containers so that they can’t get out on their own, and sell them overseas somewhere.
They are SOOOOOOO lucky that Tick turned out to be a good guy rather than their worst possible enemy, and should be a serious lesson learned- don’t trust anyone until they do SOMETHING to earn it.

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