Remembering Those We Lost

REMEMBERING THOSE WE LOST

Memorial Day 2016

With a never ending cycle of 24 hour news, it can be easy to miss key events. This never-ending inundation of propaganda is further confused by the need for every person, group, and organization to be validated in one way or another. Most often, this is achieved by giving months, weeks, and days specific designations in the United States.

As an example, in the U.S., May 2016 is Date Your Mate, Foster Care, and Older Americans Month; along with National Barbecue, Bike, Blood Pressure, Hamburger, Photograph, Recommitment, Salad, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

We also get to celebrate Nurse’s, Wildflower, Bike, Police, and Emergency Medical Services Week and just to narrow it down even further, May 30 is Water a Flower Day, Mint Julep Day, and Loomis Day. Let us not forget the 26 medical causes that have May as their month, week, or day.

With all of these special designations, we have created an environment where it is easy to gloss over the more important things to reflect on.

Above all else, today is Memorial Day, an opportunity to stop and reflect on the men and women who we have lost in service to our nation. Today is especially important to me because of my service during combat operations in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division in  2003-2004, 2005-2006, and 2007-2008 as a combat medic.

As a combat veteran, I saw many lose their lives. As combat medics, we fought to make sure that every Soldier made it home. We were very good at our jobs but we were not perfect. In war, there will be casualties.

All gave some, some gave all.

There are many Americans who are sometimes confused about the differences between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Today is a day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and did not come home to their loved ones. It is always appreciated to know that our service is appreciated but, please honor us on Veterans Day.

Today I ask that you join me to honor those who answered the call from our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. Their families are forced to move on without them, without the chance to even share one last moment together. These men and women are the reason that we celebrate Memorial Day.

Human Capital & The Golden Rule

Human Capital & The Golden Rule

It is unfortunate but there will be no Monday Mania today. I am at the VA ALL day today! I just hope that I am on the secret list.

That said, I would like to share one thing with you all. Cliff Ravenscraft, of the Cliff Ravenscraft Show, recently interviewed Aaron Walker (life and business coach) about the fact that we all have a story to tell. For clarity, the Cliff Ravenscraft Show is very much focused on podcasting but, the Aaron Walker interview transcends podcasting and applies to each and every one of us because we do all have a story to tell.

I am sharing this because I feel like there is great value, on a human level, in listening to this interview. What particularly spoke to me was when Mr. Walker spoke about his dad’s story, a man who spent his life in business but never made any money.

The remarkable part (to me) in this story was the fact that when Mr. Walker’s dad was laying in the funeral home, there was a 1 1/2 hour wait, for 6 1/2 hours, for people to come through the line. Not one person had anything to say but great things about the elder Walker. It was not about tangible items, every person had something to say about how their lives had been better as a result of their interactions with Aaron’s father.

This ties into preparedness because it is human capital. Don’t you think that as a result of his investment in others, Mr. Walker could have rallied the community together or receive any assistance that he may have needed?

It is vital to remember that being prepared isn’t just about having a certain amount of stuff or skills, the ability to connect with others in a meaningful way can far outweigh stuff in many circumstances.

Life life by the Golden Rule and it will serve you well.

Matthew 7:12 (NIV)

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Have a great week and God Bless!

-Tom

Monday Mania – 5.16.2016

In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: How to Make Gunpowder the Old Fashioned Way, Turn a Car Battery Into an Emergency Power Source For the Home, Raw Venezuela: Looter Burned Alive, While “Streets Filled With People Killing Animals For Food”, How to Tie a Monkey’s Fist to Weight a Throwing Line, & 15 More

Monday Mania – 5.16.2016

Welcome to another week of Monday Mania!

I’m starting this week out with an interesting idea that I have been tossing around in my head for a long time.

I have been a guest on a couple of podcasts but I really would like to start one of my own. The thing that has been stopping me is the fact that I would like it to be interactive, meaning at least having one other person to discuss topics with. I would even love it if it became a round table type discussion.

That said, I have no candidates in mind so I would like to open up this opportunity to you all. As readers of the blog here, you probably have a bit of an idea of what I am about. My vision is to do a podcast that is an hour or less, once a week. We can record at a mutually beneficial time (hopefully) like the evening or weekend. I’m game either way!

If I seem like someone you could work with, and this seems like something that you are potentially interested in, please shoot me an email at tom@thepreparedninja.com with the subject “podcast.”

As far as the last week has been, it seems like we are spending a lot of time at my house just trying to get by. It is almost like we never really gain any ground because we are always just spinning our wheels trying to keep up with today.

When the opportunity presents itself, I am determined to adjust my lifestyle to live more intentionally. Instead of living to work, I want to work to live. As long as my basic needs are met and I have a secure foothold on life, why is there a need to do more at work? Unless I am working on my own project, why would I continue to put my health, my family, etc. on the line?

That sounds good right? We will see what happens but I know that I can make it happen. It’s just a matter of how soon I can do so.

Thank you all for your support! I appreciate all of you who continue to read and show an interest in what I do. Even if it is only once in a blue moon. More than anything, I hope that my work at least helps someone become more prepared for a difficult time.

I hope y’all have a blessed week!

-Tom

MY FINDS FOR LAST WEEK:

How to Make Gunpowder the Old Fashioned Way – Definitely a great skill to learn but the process seems to be long and smelly. DO NOT miss out on the download link for the Improvised Munitions Handbook.

Turn a Car Battery Into an Emergency Power Source For the Home – Here is a quick primer on how to use a car battery as an emergency power source. I’m not smart on electricity though so I am not sure how long this will last. If you do know the answer, please leave a comment for us all.

Raw Venezuela: Looter Burned Alive, While “Streets Filled With People Killing Animals For Food” – This is a good example to share with those who don’t necessarily buy into the idea of emergency preparedness.

How to Tie a Monkey’s Fist to Weight a Throwing Line

Enemy at the gates: Preparing for a Hillary Clinton presidency – This is an article that I wrote for personalliberty.com. You can catch my monthly contribution there on the 3rd Monday of every month.

9 Reasons Why Every Prepper Should Have a Stash of Alcohol (Even if you don’t drink)

15 Explosive Recipes for Preppers – This is absolutely for informational purposes only. Any science experiments you try to do are on you. The Prepared Ninja does not condone use of any of this information.

How to Use Amazon for Economical Purchasing- Part 1

How to Use Amazon for Economical Purchasing- Part 2

Prepper Candidate Appeals to “Americans Deeply Concerned About What Is Coming”

ITS Tactical – The Grey Man Concept, Consumable Gear and Pairing Cigars with Scotch

MORE MADNESS IN THE WORLD:

“Unconstitutional”: Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Illegally Funded Without Congress Authorization – Hopefully, the truth will set us free from our ObamaCare nightmare.

Presidents Are Selected not Elected: Rothschilds Hold $100,000 Per Plate Fundraiser for Guess Who – This should really not come as a surprise.

$15 Minimum Wage Forces Wendy’s to Introduce Self-Service Kiosks

A Satanist Is Running for State Senate in California – Good ol’ California!

Caught: Philadelphia Police Tried to Disguise This Spy Vehicle as a Google Streetview Car

DARPA Creepiest Programs For Human Control: “How Dark Will Our Future Be?” – This is not secret information. If you would like to see more about DARPA’s research projects, check our their website.

INTERESTING READING:

You’re More Likely to Die in a Global Disaster Than a Car Crash

This Unusual Indicator Confirms That The Tech Bubble Has Burst: “The Answer Lies In Ping-Pong”

That’s a wrap for me this week. As always, I hope that you all have a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. It seems like we get closer every day to something unfortunate coming along.

If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come back next week for another edition of Monday Mania.

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? 

With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Monday Mania – 5.9.2016

In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: Strategies for Dealing with Those Who Aren’t Prepared, 20 Reasons Preppers Are Happier Than the Rest of the World, “Skills That Could Save Your Life”: 25 Forgotten Survival Lessons You Need to Know, Raise Plants and Fish Together with Aquaponics, & 15 More

Monday Mania – 5.9.2016

The internet will not defeat me! Although, I must admit that I have been feeling awfully defeated over the last few weeks with the difficulties I was having here with the site. I was getting whooped by the internet.

I’m back though (seems like this has happened too many times) and ready to get Monday started.

There is nothing too exciting to report from my life at the moment. I am looking at a potential career change. I am praying that God’s Will can see me through this unpredictable time.

I was able to recently purchase a Smith & Wesson M&P22 which I am looking forward to being able to do some plinking with. It was a purchase that was predominantly motivated by the fact that I wanted a small pistol that my kids will be able to safely learn to shoot with.

That’s about it.

I hope y’all have a blessed week!

-Tom

 

MY FINDS FOR LAST WEEK:

Strategies for Dealing with Those Who Aren’t Prepared – This is a subject that cannot be ignored but requires some dedicated thinking? I can’t say for certain because the individual situation may dictate; but, don’t ignore the fact that when everything is at it’s worst, people will do ANYTHING to take care of them and theirs.

20 Reasons Preppers Are Happier Than the Rest of the World – Just being honest here; but, I don’t think too hard about all of the ways that prepping has impacted peoples lives that often. This list of 20 things that make a prepper’s life better is fairly insightful and worth reflecting on.

“Skills That Could Save Your Life”: 25 Forgotten Survival Lessons You Need to Know – In my opinion, skills are the most overlooked component to prepping,

Raise Plants and Fish Together with Aquaponics

Stocking a Variety of Fish Will Hook You on Aquaponics

The Skills That Will Really Matter After An Economic Meltdown

Laying Foundations: Building an Auxillary Cell – If it all falls apart, do you have a support network in place to sustain your efforts?

5 Security Measures That Will Keep You Alive During Doomsday – I’m not a fan of certainties when it come to the end of the world so I wish this title read, 5 Security Measures The Will HELP Keep You Alive During Doomsday. So it’s not perfect for me. Who cares? There is some good information here.

Another Look at Faraday Cages – A faraday cage seems to remain a tertiary goal for most preppers, and that is ok. That is an individual choice. What I can tell you is that if you are going to go to the trouble of making one, make sure you do it right. There is little margin for error.

The Small Group’s Mission Essential Task List, Part One

The Small Group’s Mission Essential Task List, Part Two

How to Turn Salt Water into Drinking Water – Here is an interesting look at three methods that can be used to turn salt water into drinkable water.

Survival Homesteading: Crop Production and Storage for Livestock

Survival Communications After a Collapse: “Pringles Can And Broadband Routers Could Create a WiFi Network”

MORE MADNESS IN THE WORLD:

Lunch Lady Called the Cops on 8th Grader Who Paid for Chicken Nuggets with a $2 Bill – Are there really adults who don’t know what a $2 is, or what it looks like?!?!

State Dept. Now Claims “We Never Said No Boots on the Ground in Syria” – The truth hurts. How is it that anyone still buys anything the government is saying?

Berned: Tow Truck Owner Tells Sanders Fan to Ask the Government for a Lift

School Shushed for Singing Anthem at 9/11 Memorial: “Obey Authority, Even if We Don’t Understand It”

INTERESTING READING:

Tracking and Separating Seeds for Success – This is some serious gardening!

That’s a wrap for me this week. As always, I hope that you all have a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. It seems like we get closer every day to something unfortunate coming along.

If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come back next week for another edition of Monday Mania.

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? 

With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Technology Is A Killer

Technology Is A Killer

Well…. Technology has been givin’ me a whoopin’ over the last couple of weeks.

Some of you may have noticed the issues with the site or perhaps the lack of emails and wondered what was going on. Basically, I am a low tech guy when it comes to the inner workings of websites and the internet so when there is a problem, there also tends to be a struggle for me. The bottom line, I guess, is that everything is working for the time being.

I’ll work on getting some new stuff going.

Don’t hesitate to hit me up at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

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