Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Are you effin' kidding me? 'Zombie Apocalypse,' on Discovery Channel:
[T]he Discovery Channel is doing its part to equip us for life after the end of the world by offering a serious yet seriously absurd new wrinkle in the prepper-TV genre, a one-hour special on Tuesday night in which assorted people try to convince us that the zombie threat is real and that we should get ready for it. They are not, frankly, very persuasive, but don’t say you weren’t warned if the flesh-eating worst does come to pass.
The program, “Zombie Apocalypse,” is almost unwatchable at the moment because of the killings in Connecticut on Friday, since it is full of people detailing their plans for blasting away at zombies and discussing things like whether they would be able to shoot their own children if they were to become infected.
The National Geographic Channel’s “Doomsday Preppers,” among others, has already introduced viewers to people who go to seemingly extreme lengths to get ready for terrorist attacks, the collapse of the financial system, nuclear power plant disasters and more, so perhaps it’s no surprise that, at least according to this program, there are some among us who are seriously preparing for a zombie attack. What makes this program different is that among clips of the preppers spewing nonsense about how to shoot a zombie, it intercuts interviews with credentialed academics who say that, yes, a virus or some such that attacks the brain could find its way into humans, disseminate rapidly and cause symptoms that would make us resemble all those zombies we know and love from the movies.
“It’s something that, at least in terms of spread, is very likely,” says Robert Smith of the mathematics department at the University of Ottawa. “We have a lot of human contact. This means that a disease that works through just direct human contact can actually spread remarkably efficiently.”
Dr. Steven C. Schlozman of Harvard Medical School talks about how the brain works and which parts of it would probably be damaged if a zombie epidemic were to strike. “The zombie brain has almost no activity in the frontal lobe,” he explains helpfully.
The program also gives you the rare experience of hearing a professor (Daniel W. Drezner of Tufts University) described as the “author of ‘Theories of International Politics and Zombies’ ” — on Monday, No. 40 on Amazon’s list of best sellers in its sub-sub-subcategory of international and world politics. And it provides a new entry for the list of you-must-be-joking organizations: apparently there actually is something called the Kansas Anti Zombie Militia.
These apocalyptic "preppers" and "zombie hunters" are by definition too mentally ill to own a gun. And yet, they are able to purchase guns and ammo to live out their apocalyptic fantasies. And the effin' cable networks give the metally ill their own realty (sic) TV shows. Unbelievable!