This next guy is one of the more…interesting people they’ve profiled on the show.
Preston White, Colorado. Concerned with obsessed with some sort of lingering radiation cloud from the March 2011 Japanese earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster.
Other folks have said it too, but I’ll say it too—something about this guy is Off (and unlike Ms. Hurwitt, I don’t think this is an effect of the show’s editing). He’s both eager and creepy, and he hangs around with a younger, vaguely sycophantic, commando-wannabe guy.
His whole…everything…seems to be very much conspiracy-based (he’d be great on the ‘History’ channel!) Apparently, he claims that a year after the Fukushima plant melted down, the fallout is either still hanging over North America, or is going to start raining down radiation on the oblivious population really soon. Mr. White’s response is probably the most one-dimensional example of ‘prepping’ I’ve seen so far. He hoards seeds.
Because he always needs more seeds (11,000 varieties are not enough, apparently), he heads down to the local ‘hydroponics shop’. When the lady asks him what he’s buying all these seeds for, his answer (“Fukushima.”) smacks of the first-name-familiarity fringe-y conspiracy theory types use to talk about “pole shift” or “2012” or whatever.
To avoid getting his seeds watered by killer rain, they put up some tents in the backyard. I don’t know how well plants grow in canvas tents, and I don’t know if he plans on getting some grow-lights in there, but if not, I’m pretty sure plants need sunlight to grow right.
They show off what they call a ‘H-H-O generator’ (it supposedly breaks water down into hydrogen and oxygen), which looks like a B-movie background prop with its colorful LED rope lights. And really, a device that turns water into usable fuel? Why don’t we have cars built around this thing?, especially if, as they say, the plans to make one are easily available on the internet. Probably another conspiracy theory behind this, too.
Finally, there’s a section where this guy posts on craigslist about trading seeds or something, and gets into a shooting incident with some guys in a field way outside town. I’m not sure what was going on (the newspaper article shown suggests it was a ‘botched pot deal’), but some have suggested that Mr. White is into growing something a bit more profitable than heirloom corn and tomatoes. Regardless, everything about this guy is pretty fishy.