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GBTV To Premiere Show For American Preppers

December 15, 2011 by  

GBTV To Premiere Show For American Preppers

Glenn Beck’s live video network GBTV will premiere a reality show on Jan. 18 that follows a family of American preppers as they attempt to become able to live completely off the grid.

The show, called “Independence U.S.A.,” follows Frank Belcastro and his family as they tackle prepper tasks that would become commonplace in the event of the collapse of civilization. The show documents the family of four struggling with such tasks as identifying the best alternate fuel sources, planning hunting trips to provide all of their own food and making alcohol for barter.

“This show, for me, is a fun and sometimes funny way to get people to open their eyes and see what’s going on,” said Belcastro, in a statement. “Americans are so reliant on the infrastructure around them but when you can create something with your own hands and everybody works as a team, everybody does a part, you can focus on the positive of this.  You can spend time with your family and your community.”

Belcastro and his family have done this before, starring in a similar show called “Apocalypse, PA,” which aired for a short time on History Channel last year.

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Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Dave

    Will they be able to watch themselves…or would they have no TV??!!
    This could never work in the “real world”.

    • http://personaliberty CO Tom

      Collapse of ‘real world’ civilization will open the eyes of the unprepared.

    • 12AngryMen

      They can still power a laptop, so they can still get internet, and that is where GBTV and Facebook are…

  • BSG

    What is this “real world” of which you speak? The techno-wonder life of today that is on the brink of collapse?

  • Sirian

    Glenn has simply asked a few people to go without the common day to day things that we all think we have to have. Go without TV, radio, cell phones, computers etc. etc. etc. They are to go for thirty days without using any of these merely to see if they can do it along with learning what it would/will be like if we continue down the road we’re on. Simple as that.

  • http://na Jim

    All’s you have to do is caught up with some natural disaster one time to know what this is like. Such as Katrina, Irene, Earthquakes, Sunamies, etc.. But many people don’t and the harsh reality is they won’t make it without outside help. Thats sad.

  • 12AngryMen

    As a prepper, I am interested to see how this show goes. Although, I have to admit, after seeing the preview I am already disappointed at the emphasis on hunting rather than trapping. This is a prepper BASIC.

    Every survivalist knows that snares and traps will land you ten times more food per ounce of effort compared with hunting. Energy and time are too precious to be spending your time hunting just to feed yourself.
    It is, in fact, so effective, it is illegal in many states.

  • http://na Jim

    Two things about this show. The only people that will get anything out of it are already a survival/prepper type. The second is the media will butcher these people and show to the same extent they did the tea party. So take from it what you can and don’t bother with the hype.

    12Angrymen. Hunting or trapping as you prefer can only be a subsidy to what you produce. The areas that would support game will be decimated of all game quickly and the trees cut down for fire wood removing the habitat. Unless you have and can protect 24/7 your land and the land owners around you this can’t be your principle protein source. Justsaying.

    • 12AngryMen

      I agree with that. You need to own and protect, at a minimum, at least ten acres with much of it wooded, with a good surface water source, like a pond, just to attract any game that may be remaining.

      Much better for protein would be raising and keeping (and guarding) your own livestock. Starting with chickens, since eggs are THE most efficient meat protein. Fish in your pond (if you protected it from any fallout) and rabbits are also extremely easy.

      If wood is your only source of fuel, that is also totally unsustainable. I recommend anyone that can install geothermal heating for all buildings and water.

      I wonder if this show will think that far ahead.

      • http://na Jim

        12Angrymen, tell me about the thermal thing. Isn’t that all about hot volcanic like activity deep in the ground you tap into or is there something else?

        After Katrina I complained about a Black Widow explosion that I’d never seen in my area and someone suggested Chickens. I didn’t know anything about them but bought two chicks that ended up both being hens. Since I was living in an area that know one but a few like me returned to I just let them free range and my stray Katrina dog I adopted protected them from predators. It was a win win for me and those eggs were something else. Each egg was three times the largest egg from any grocery store and I got two a day. I am all on board with the chickens plus they kept the bugs off of my vegitable plants.

  • JimH

    When I was a kid we called it a camping trip.

  • Carol J

    Sure sounds interesting. Too bad I live on $765 a month, and can’t afford to pay for Beck’s channel.

  • Carole

    i,m feeling cause so please get me your
    gbtv on computer

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