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Monday Mania – 3.21.2016

In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: It’s Time To Stock Up On Ammunition, Survival Hacks: With These 17 Tricks, You Can Improvise Through Any Crisis, “The 2nd Amendment Will Be Under Siege Before The Election” – New Supreme Court Nominee Supports Whatever Big Government Wants, The Fallacy of Hunting as a Survival Technique & 9 More

Monday Mania – 3.21.2016

The big story for me this week is that I have 10 days left until my ruck march to prevent veteran suicide. I am getting closer to my goal of raising $500 for this great cause. So far I have raised almost $200 and every $1 helps! I thank those who have already shown their support. For those who may not be able to contribute, if you could at least share my goal with those on social media I would appreciate it.

I’m good for the most part, my family is good for the most part, and more than anything, I thank God for the opportunity to live my life!

Other than that, I’m buried at work so I hope this makes it out on time!

I hope y’all have a great week!

-Tom

MY FINDS FOR LAST WEEK:

It’s Time To Stock Up On Ammunition – Coming from within the ammunition manufacturing sector itself, and I could not agree more, it is time to stock up on ammunition.

Survival Hacks: With These 17 Tricks, You Can Improvise Through Any Crisis

“The 2nd Amendment Will Be Under Siege Before The Election” – New Supreme Court Nominee Supports Whatever Big Government Wants

The Fallacy of Hunting as a Survival Technique

10 Great Bartering Items for When the SHTF

7 Prepper Tips if Trapped in The City When SHTF

Does ISIS Use Fake Facebook Accounts for Intelligence Gathering?

MORE MADNESS IN THE WORLD:

More from Clinton Twilight Zone: The borders are secure – Say What?!?!

Monuments move, landowners lose: A surveyor’s dirty little secret

College debate star calls for ‘affirmative suicide’ because ‘white life is wrong’

This Man Stops Police From Illegal Search in Just 7 Seconds: “Honor Your Oath, Scumbag!”

GOP Insider Admits: “That’s Just the Way It Is… We Choose the Nominee, Not the Voters”

INTERESTING READING:

Jack’s story: A politically incorrect civics lesson – Do we do these things to ourselves? This scenario seems oddly familiar and yet we don’t learn.

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.

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Monday Mania – 8.10.2015

In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: Avoid Stray Cat Syndrome, Prepping w/ Contacts or Glasses, 10 Everyday Items That Will Be Missed When The SHTF (With Substitutes!), Greece Reverts To Barter Economy, Grants To Start A Farm, and 8 more.

Monday Mania

I’d like to start off by saying a big thank you to Thomas for his feedback on my regular Survival Sunday posts. He brought up a great point that, because of my posting schedule and how email subscribers get their notification, it is often Monday before most people get their update. Long story short, I am going to try out Monday Mania instead of Survival Sunday and see if it fits my schedule a little better.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Last week was chock full of medical appointments and meetings so I don’t really feel like I got much of anything done. We did dodge a bullet when Hurricane Guillermo broke up and was downgraded to a tropical storm but now we are facing the incoming Hurricane Hilda that is predicted to be downgraded further (currently a category 2 hurricane) but did reach category 4 hurricane status Saturday night.

My latest Amazon.com shipment came in that had my new WaterBOB in it along with a diffuser for essential oils to assist in treating my chronic pain. As far as I am concerned the WaterBOB is an absolute must for any home that has a bathtub. I am anxious to see if the diffuser makes a big difference or not. I am hopeful.

Lastly, I am always proud of my children but I was especially proud of my oldest son this last week. Even with some of the struggles he has had this year, he tried out for his school’s bowling team and made the cut. I am looking forward to getting a chance to watch him compete this season. As a bonus, if things fall apart we can use my son’s bowling balls to shoot out of a bowling ball mortar. I just need to convince my wife that I need to build a bowling ball mortar.

Here are this week’s discoveries:

Avoid Stray Cat Syndrome – I wasn’t sure what to expect of this article based on the title but I am glad that I took the time to read it. If things go bad, you have to take things like ‘stray cat syndrome’ into consideration when making decisions.

Preparedness For People With Contacts Or Glasses – Wearing any type of corrective lenses, regardless of the reason for doing so, makes emergency preparedness more complicated. Being prepared is more than just having extra contact lenses though. Make sure you have all that you need.

10 Everyday Items I Will Miss When The SHTF – If things ever fell apart I think there would be things that we all would miss. This is especially true considering all of the technology that we have become dependent upon. While everyone’s list will be different, the think I like about Lisa’s list is the fact that she identified the closest replacement for each one following a SHTF scenario.

Total Collapse: Greece Reverts To Barter Economy For First Time Since Nazi Occupation – It’s the natural transition when the economy falls apart but that does not mean that a barter economy is ideal. But since Greece is living that reality right now, we might as well learn from it.

Government Grants For Starting A Farm – Here is a list of a few resources that can be used to find financial assistance to get starting in farming. I took a look through some of them and there is some great information to be found.

Treating An Animal Bite – Animal bites can be nasty injuries. With the amount of bacteria in an animals mouth, infection can easily set into a bite. Check out this step-by-step guide by Dr. Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones on how to properly treat an animal bite.

OPSEC & The Dangers Of People You Thought Were Like-Minded – Don’t take everything at face value and closely consider the claims of other. Always remember to do your due diligence.

More madness in the world:

Do You Qualify As A Domestic Terrorist?

Louis Farrakhan: If The Federal Government Does Not Intercede, Then ‘We Must Rise Up And Kill Those Who Kill Us’ – Farrakhan, a Barrack Hussein Obama ally, decided that the answer to the blood that has been spilled of blacks on America’s streets is to kill more people. I guess he takes that eye for an eye thing in the Bible pretty seriously. Oh wait! He’s a muslim…isn’t that supposed to be the religion of peace?

In Zimbabwe, We Don’t Cry For Lions – Finally a reasonable perspective on the killing of Cecil the lion.

California City Council Meeting Erupts After Two Illegal Immigrants Are Appointed to Commissions – I erupted in my chair from across the country. This is absurd.

Death By Pain Reliever – For those who believe that because a medication is “safe” because it is sold over the counter, it is not. A recent report by the FDA even warns users of NSAID’s (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) like Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, etc. that these medications and others like them could quickly increase your risk of death from their use.

The Seattle business owner who promised all employees a $70,000 ‘minimum wage’ is now fighting to stay afloat. Who would have ever thought that paying everyone across a company regardless of position or responsibility would lead to any sort of problems?

What is it with the folks up in Seattle? I think there has been something ridiculous in the news that comes out of Seattle just about every week!

That’s a wrap for me this week. As always, I hope that you all have had 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 Survival Sunday.

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!

Survival Sunday – 6/28/2015

In this weeks edition of Survival Sunday: Bacon, Beans & Rice, Monthly Purchases, Powdered Milk, Living w/o Water, Fast Growing Vegetables, Bucket Food Storage and 2 more.

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Survival Sunday

This was a big week for a number of reasons; none of them seem to be helping get the United States back on track to being a great country. I have been losing hope for a number of years now about the direction that things are heading in America and I can’t help feeling like things are only getting worse. I will cease with my rant, but only for now though.

As far as how things went for me personally this week, they could be a lot worse. I enjoyed spending some time with my family (my favorite thing to do) and also got the chance to get a few things in order around the house. I also got a great new book titled ‘The Hunting & Gathering Survival Manual‘ which I am very excited about. My wife and I also got to go out on a date which we do not get to do often. Thanks mom for watching the kids!

Now on with the show!

Here are my favorites of what I found this week:

Makin’ Bacon: How To Dry Cure Pork Belly – I love bacon. It is a great thing. Here is a step-by-step on how to make your own bacon. This could be a useful skill during good times and bad.

What Is The Cost Of 5 Gallons Of Beans And Rice? – A look at the current cost of putting away rice and beans.

10 Preparedness Items You Should Be Buying Every Month – Prepping doesn’t have to be hard and the practice of making regular purchases makes things even simpler.

Make The Most Of Powdered Milk Food Storage – Storing powdered milk is a great way to ensure that you have milk as part of your long term plan. I don’t know much about powdered milk but this article cleared things up a little for me.

Living Without Running Water: A Practical Guide – Not only practical, this is a by the numbers look at what water requirements a family of six has and how they plan on meeting those requirements.

Growing Fast Food In The Garden – Not that type of fast food of course but fast when it comes to gardening anyway. I am not much of a gardener but I have been able to grow a few things in my day. There are several varieties of vegetables here that grow relatively quickly. This is good information if you find yourself needing short turnaround vegetables at your own hand.

The UBER Guide To DIY Food Storage With Mylar Bags, O2 Absorbers, And Buckets! – A plethora of information on putting your own food storage together.

Cash After The Collapse: Maximizing Your Bartering Potential – A different look at barter; items that should not be bartered and how to deal with the actual exchange.

We Prepare For Survival But Is It The Main Thing? – All about keeping the main thing, the main thing on our way to the train wreck looming on the horizon.

That’s a wrap for me this week. As always, I hope that you all have had a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. It seems like we get closer every day to something bad happening. Unfortunately, it does not always seem like natural disasters are the biggest threat to us anymore.

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 Survival Sunday.

Survival Sunday – 6/21/2015

In this weeks edition of Survival Sunday: Happy Father’s Day!, Gun Violence, Always Be Armed, Adapt or Die, Post-Collapse Barter, Draft Dodging and four more.

Survival Sunday

First things first, Happy Father’s Day to all of my fellow dad’s out there. I would especially wish my own dad a happy  who has helped me become the dad that I am today by sharing with me what to do (and sometimes what not to do) to succeed at fatherhood. To make it even more special, I get to spend some time with my Dad today which is something that I have not done on Father’s Day in a few years. Just to make it even better, we had authentic Texas BBQ for lunch. It was good. I should have taken a picture of it but by the time I thought of it, my plate was empty! Did I mention it was good?

As far as how my week was…I spent a few days getting some work done and a few days traveling this last week. Neither option I am really fond of but I dislike traveling so much that I might actually choose to work if I was given a choice. With the rest of my time I hung out with family, did some swimming, and that’s pretty much what I can remember.

There was a great tragedy this week when a single man excuse for a human being shot up a church in South Carolina. What happened is absolutely tragic and I despise the fact that there are people who are using the event to push their agenda (insert talking head on TV here). While tragic, this is another case where the gun is not the cause of the problem, just a tool which was used in the commission of a crime. If guns were illegal (of course they would all disappear because that it what has happened with meth and heroin, right?) they would just be replaced with something else.

When we look at history, there are some common things that can be discovered about events that have been classified massacres:

  1. Many of them have been committed by governments against citizens.
  2. Several have been for political or religious reasons.
  3. In the U.S., “gun free zones” seem to be the only real locations that are selected for massacres.

If that is not enough, even in countries that have enacted strict gun control laws, criminals often use other tools to kill large numbers of people. Even if guns are legal, there are plenty of examples where massacres happen regardless:

  • An attack in a Chinese train station on March 2, 2014 by ten men with knives that killed 29 and injured 130 more.
  • The bombing attack on the Boston Marathon by a pair of radicalized brothers that killed three people and injured more than 260 others using two bombs in pressure cookers.
  • A massacre in Houla, Syria where 108 people were killed with knives on May 25, 2012.
  • The April 30, 2009 attack on the Dutch Royal Family in Apeldoorn, Netherlands where Karst Tates drove his car into a parade, killing seven people and himself.
  • An attack on the Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad, India where an estimated 69 people were burnt to death in their homes.

These are only a few of the documented attacks over the last decade and a half and NONE of them used guns.

The most deadly school attack in the history of the United States was the Bath School Massacre in 1927 using explosives. To  put this into perspective, this was a point in time where almost anyone could order a Thompson Sub-Machine gun through the mail.

Let us not forget that on September 11, 2001; several terrorists with box cutters took over airplanes with hundreds of people on them and committed the worst terrorist attack on American soil in our history.

It’s possible that guns alone are not the problem.

Here are the highlights of what I found this week:

A Green Beret’s Guide To Planning Your Personal Posture: “First Things First: Always Be Armed” – One of the most important areas of preparedness is what you have with you at all times. I couldn’t agree more with J.J. when he says to always be armed…unless you live in a God forsaken place where protecting yourself is illegal.

Adapt or Die: Why You Need More Skills & Less Stuff – I will not argue with the information contained here at all. Graywolf hits the nail on the head. While there is a place for “stuff,” we all need the skills more.

Bartering In A Post-Collapse Society – A unique look at the practice of bartering, retired Green Beret JJ talks barter from a different angle; including how to forecast, hustle, and conceal.

Draft Dodging 101: How To Preserve Your Freedom In A Time Of Crisis – I don’t advocate running from military service. In fact I don’t have much respect for those that don’t at least support our men and women in uniform. My time in the Army wasn’t easy and it hurt my family but I did it because it was the right thing to do and I gave my word that I would.

With all that said, I don’t know how I would feel about my children being forced into service for no reason other than money, resources, or a vendetta. This information could prove useful in the future if things keep going the way they have been. It could at least be a survival strategy.

Defeating Drones: How To Build A Thermal Evasion Suit – This is an interesting article (with video) about one potential way to evade detection by a drone.

Military Movements On The Northern Border – For those interested in Jade Helm, its associated military movements, and accompanying conspiracy theories, here is a piece about some major military action going on in Montana. There is also an update about military movements.

This last article is not necessarily preparedness related but I appreciated it and found it to ring quite true.

The Last Rebels: 25 Things We Did As Kids That Would Get Someone Arrested Today – Read it and see if it isn’t true!

That’s it for me this week. I hope that you all have had a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. 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 Survival Sunday.

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!

Survival Sunday – 4/5/2015

Survival Sunday

Today is Easter Sunday! I hope that you spent your time with family and had the chance to reflect on what today means for you. I am spending my time today with my wife and boys. As a matter of fact, technology is so handy that this post is being made while I am at church this morning.

As far as how things were last week, I battled a cold all week that really took a toll on me. It ended up being bad enough that I needed to stay home from work a couple of days so that I could get the rest that my body needed to get better.

Here is what I found last week that I feel is noteworthy:

How To Build A D.I.Y. Portable Solar Generator – This is a step-by-step article that was put together by Dale over at the Survivalist Prepper about how he put together a portable solar system. If you are interested in putting together a back-up power source, this is a must read.

Bartering Your Skills To Fill The Cupboard – Barter can be a great way to get something that you want or need without having to spend any money. Whether you barter for food for your cupboard like the example in the article or use your talents for something else, barter skills are handy now and will be vital in a survival situation.

17 Common Home Security Mistakes – As a prepper, it can be pretty easy to get caught up in all the gee-whiz gadgets and overlook the basics. When it comes to security, it is often the basic (and low cost) things that we can do that will make the most difference. These are some great points. One of my favorite and low cost home security items is the FakeTV.

A Green Beret’s Guide To Low -Budget Home-Defense Techniques 101: “Early Warning Systems And Fortifications” – The title kinda says it all but I will say that if you don’t get anything out of this, you didn’t read it close enough. Also make sure that you check out part two in the series; A Green Beret’s Guide To Low-Budget Home-Defense Techniques 102: “Defensive Positions”

10 D.I.Y. Projects From PVC Pipe For Your Homestead – Some of these projects might apply to you more than the rest, but they are all nifty in my opinion. I especially thought the PVC Snow Shoes were cool.

Docs To Build A Life On – What would you do if there was a huge disaster and you had to start your life all over again? Would you have all the documents that you need? Here is a great list of documents to organize now in the event that this unfortunate situation ever comes along.

How Many People Will Have To Migrate Out Of California When All The Water Disappears? – This hasn’t happened yet, but it does highlight the need to be prepared. It also brings up a scary subject…the possibility that there will be at least a segment of California that will have to relocate, a move that will place a strain on the resources in other parts of the country and transplant the political ideals that are synonymous with California.

I hope this last week has been great for you. If nothing else, hopefully you weren’t sick like I was. Keep preparing for tough times.

If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

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!