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.

Monday Mania – 4.11.2016

In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: Surviving The Unthinkable – Being Prepared For What Is Coming Will Be The Difference Between Living And Dying, SHTF Skills Every American Needs: “Improvise With What You Have”, How an Attack on America Would Probably Begin: Possible Courses Of Action By Foreign Military Powers, How to Survive Workplace Violence, & 9 More

Monday Mania – 4.11.2016

It has been three weeks since the last Monday Mania and for that I apologize. The timing of things just did not work out very well for me and in terms of priorities, I have selfishly chosen to put my family, my job that pays, and the Carry The Fallen Ruck March that I completed the weekend before last. I hope, and am sure, that you will all understand.

Speaking of my priorities, I want to give you all a heartfelt thank you for your support, both financially and with your thoughts and prayers, for the Carry The Fallen Ruck March. With your support I was able to not only survive, but also raise $760 (my goal was $500) for this extremely worthy cause.

It meant so much to me to get to participate in this event. Not only have I lost someone I consider a friend, and fellow veteran, to suicide, I myself have struggled through the post-war trauma that included bouts with suicidal ideation. I thank God for bringing me through that difficult time in my life.

In terms of how everything else has gone over the last few weeks, things have been going mostly decent. I say that because my oldest son has continued to suffer from increased severity of his Tourette Syndrome, my middle son broke his arm, and all of this is happening in the midst of daily life. I can tell you this much, I could not deal with it all; I don’t know how my wife does it. I am truly blessed to be married to such a wonderful person.

I am hoping this week will go well. My parents are visiting so it has been good to see them and of course my kids are excited to see them (The two younger boys anyway. It’s hard to get a 16 year old excited about anything, at least at our house.). We will see what is to come!

I hope y’all have a blessed week!

-Tom

 

MY FINDS FOR LAST WEEK:

Surviving The Unthinkable – Being Prepared For What Is Coming Will Be The Difference Between Living And Dying – This may seem like an obvious statement but it is full of truth. Do now and you will have later. Do nothing and you will have nothing.

SHTF Skills Every American Needs: “Improvise With What You Have” – Sometimes it is not about what you have, it’s what you can do with what you find.

How an Attack on America Would Probably Begin: Possible Courses Of Action By Foreign Military Powers – All I have to say is, “Wolverines!” If you are not familiar with the quote, it is from the movie Red Dawn.

How to Survive Workplace Violence – This is not an unheard of thing in America anymore. There is a growing percentage of the population who are disillusioned or so out of touch with reality that they determine that such shootings are an actual solution to something.

Collapse Survivor On The Reality Of Killing And Violence: “Killing Is A Nasty Job…”

Plan B: What To Do When Your Survival Shelter Has Been Compromised

Going Rogue: 15 Ways to Detach From the System

MORE MADNESS IN THE WORLD:

CEO Keith Neumeyer Warns: “There’s Going To Be a Major Revolt… We’re Going To See Riots” – I don’t think that such a response is out of the realm of possibility. In fact, if things continue to move the way they are, I see it as being probable.

“KKK Member With Whip” Panics College Over Race… Oh, Wait. It’s a Priest With Beads – This is the future of America? Student who can’t tell the difference between the KKK and Catholicism.

Man Harassed and Fined for Planting Vegetables in His Own Yard

VIDEO: White College Student Attacked By Black Classmate For Having Dreadlocks: “Because It’s MY Culture” – Making an issue of a white individual having dreadlocks is the type of activity that ensures racism will never end. When it’s a “black thing” or a “white thing” or a “whatever thing,” we will never be able to move toward issues being an individual “person thing.”

Officer Backs Down After Citizen Cites Code: “It’s Wrong To Know Your Rights?”

INTERESTING READING:

America 1956 vs. America 2016

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!

Body Armor For What?

Body Armor For What?

A bullet proof vest is a very useful tool for a wide variety of people. From Police Officers to Soldiers and even civilians, a protective vest can protect against a number of threats and keep you safe in wide variety of situations. Of course, body armors main function is to protect you against firearms and this is certainly of great benefit, particularly as gun crimes continue to be a problem. However, as any good Prepper- or ninja- knows, you should expect the unexpected and body armor can keep you safe against some unusual threats.

Body Armor

As any good ninja will know, any weapon can be fatal in the right hands, and many are fatal even in the wrong hands. Even before you find yourself fighting for survival after a catastrophe, there are many threats to you safety and wellbeing. One such example is cars. Modern Americans rely on cars for almost everything, and American culture is built upon automotives. However, they are responsible for a large number of deaths every year, many of which could have been avoided with the proper preparation.

Kevlar is to body armor as bread is to sandwiches, it is present in nearly all bullet proof vests. DuPont, the maker of this fabric, regularly honors Law Enforcement Officers whose lives have been saved by their product. A significant number of these Officers were involved in otherwise fatal car accidents, saved only by their body armor. This is because materials like Kevlar can absorb and disperse vast amounts of energy, essentially mitigating the impact. This means that in an otherwise deadly car crash, a bullet proof vest could be the difference between life and death.

Of course, if you do find yourself out in the wasteland fighting off raiders and deathclaws, your bullet proof vest may prove less useful. While firearms will naturally be a high priority for anyone after the collapse of society, ammunition will dwindle relatively quickly. You may still be targeted by opportunists and desperate individuals who covet your supplies and well-prepared shelter. These individuals may no longer be armed with guns, but you will need to protect yourself against their attacks.

It may seem unlikely, but even a single solitary rock can kill you – just look at David and Goliath. Even without divine intervention, stones, rocks, and fists can cause a great deal of damage, and require little to no skill to wield. While it may take more than one to kill you, and their range and power are solely dependent on the thrower, they can still kill you. When dealing with the difficulties of post-apocalyptic society you may not see them coming either. This is why you will need body armor, which can absorb and disperse the energy from the impact, keeping you safe from the attack.

Similarly, some may follow the inspiration of popular TV and film characters and equip themselves with a crossbow or bows and arrows. Fortunately, most people will not have the skill or experience to use these effectively. Nevertheless, it only takes one errant shot to kill you, and your bullet proof vest will not be able to prevent it. This is because the sharp point of the bolt or arrow will pass through the minute gaps in the fabric, negating the protection completely. You will therefore require a stab or spike proof vest.

These vests will usually use materials like Kevlar to help mitigate the impact of an attack. However they will also use tough materials like chainmail and/or plastic laminate to stop the fabric from being cut or bypassed. These multi-threat vests will be incredibly useful in the wild in particular, even before the SHTF; animal attacks should never be underestimated, and the teeth, claws, and horns of animals can be potentially fatal. A stab and spike proof vest will help protect you against the worst nature has to offer, again giving you the upper hand.

The materials used in bullet, stab, and spike proof vests are all thinner and lighter than ever before, not to mention incredibly flexible. This means that even high levels of protection can be achieved in a lightweight and thin package, making protective vests all the more comfortable. The immediate advantage of this is in covert vests, which are designed to be worn under clothing. These vests benefit from these discreet materials and allow you to be fully protected without displaying your armor to the world. No good ninja should announce her/his preparation, and this includes your armor. Choosing a covert Kevlar stab and spike proof vest allows you to be discreet, protected, and ready for anything.

 

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