At USA Today, the hed says it all: "Doomsday Shelters Making a Comeback" (July 28).
How does USA Today know that doomsday shelters (aka bomb shelters) are coming back? Has it counted them over time?
Of course not. What data does the newspaper have? It talks to three builders of underground shelters, who say business is up. One of them says sales have doubled every year for five years, which is a very soft number if the sales from five years ago weren't that great. Note to USA Today: Please be more suspicious of self-reported data in the future, and when reporting percentage increases and decreases please include the raw numbers behind those percentages.
The paper also speaks to the developer of doomsday shelters who is refitting an existing underground building to house 134 people. The Mojave Desert structure will function as a sort of cooperative for its "members" in the event of an asteroid strike, a nuclear attack, or political chaos. The developer plans to construct a "nationwide group of 20 fortified, underground shelters," USA Today reports.
Hey, USA Today, get back to me after the guy builds and sells his 20 shelters and then we can talk honestly about the shelter comeback.
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