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Monday Mania – 3.7.2016

In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: The Self-Reliance Manifesto, These 7 Things Are Better Than Paper Money in the Bank When the Economy Collapses, The Stupid Things People Do When Their Society Breaks Down, 5 Awesome Backpacks That You’ll Want To Bug Out With, Why You Need To Prepare For The Cashless Society, & 13 More

Monday Mania – 3.7.2016

If you did not get a chance to read my last post, Can You Spare a $1?, I would ask that you please take a chance to look it over. I titled the article with a specific meaning behind it. If everyone who receives this email gave $1, I would easily pass my goal of raising $500 to combat veteran suicide. Thank you for your consideration.

In other news….there is not much going on. It seems like we are stuck in that rut of a busy family scrambling all week to do what “needs” to get done. My goal is to eventually reach a point where I am doing more living and less working. I just need to find out where that is going to take place.

I hope that y’all have a great week!

-Tom

MY FINDS FOR LAST WEEK:

The Self-Reliance Manifesto: More Than 300 Resources to Guide You on the Path to Radical Freedom – This is the holy grail of resources to meet your self-reliance goals.

These 7 Things Are Better Than Paper Money in the Bank When the Economy Collapses – Preparedness in a nutshell. The land and off-grid power is my next desire. Bitcoin? I don’t understand it but I do know it is electronic so this is not something I will be worried about for now.

The Stupid Things People Do When Their Society Breaks Down – This is pretty spot on in my opinion. It is good to know what you may be up against if things go south.

5 Awesome Backpacks That You’ll Want To Bug Out With – I especially like the suggestion to have a firearm scabbard. My favorite bug out bag is no longer manufactured but a close second to it would be the 22 MAG backpack from Kifaru. Side note: the quality of Kifaru’s products is amazing. You won’t be diasappointed.

Why You Need To Prepare For The Cashless Society: “They Want An Intimate Knowledge Of What You Buy and Sell” – I am not sure about how far things may go but I do know that with all of the electronic banking going on, data is being collected and I don’t know what “they” are going to use it for.

95 Survival Tips For When the SHTF: “Carry These. Do This. And Don’t Ever…”

Tips on How to Disappear Without a Trace When SHTF

The following links are to James Wesley Rawles’ Survival Blog:

Letter Re: Know Your Limits

Letter: Advice on Establishing Retreat Group SOPs

Community Risk Mitigation

Letter: Ammunition Versus Silver for Barter

MORE MADNESS IN THE WORLD:

Homeless Man Owes Government Over $110,000 In Fines For Being Homeless

“He Is Aiding And Abetting The Enemies Of The United States” – Obama’s Use of Taxpayer Money to Arm our Enemies is Treason – This is not the first time someone has questioned what is going on with our foreign aid dollars. I think there is plenty of truth to this. We have been training and aiding our enemies for a long time.

Call It What It Is: America Is a Police State – Are we there yet? All I know is that if you took today’s police equipment and set it in the desert, it would probably look exactly like my last tour. If those armored trucks are truly for protection if it’s needed, why are there so many of them? Now there are drones also.

Crime Totally Pays: DC Council Approves Paying Criminals to Stop Committing Violent Crimes – We tried this same tactic in Iraq. What I remember happening is…we had enemies, we paid them to not fight us anymore, and then we ended up with enemies who had more money.

Feds to Border Patrol agents: Don’t like Obama amnesty? Then find a new job…

TIN FOIL HAT TIME?

9 Easy Ways To Get Your Name on a Government Watch List – I’m not sure about some of these but with the environment that we currently live in, I don’t think that anything can be ruled out. By the way, I am offended if I am not on anyone’s watch list. That is discrimination…I’m gonna go call Al Sharpton.

INTERESTING READING:

TEOTWAWKI is NOW! Overcoming Normalcy Bias: Critical Thinking for Survival

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? 

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Monday Mania – 2.29.2016

In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: 20 Steps: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Prepper, 101 Frugal Items You Need For Survival, Thinking of Starting a Prepper Network? Think Again!, DIY $20 Survival Food Bucket, How Dependent Are You On Electricity?, & 15 More

Monday Mania – 2.29.2016

It is officially the last 29th of February until 2020! I have seen a large number of errors being made when writing the date today. There are a bunch of people who want it to be March already.

There is not much to report for me this week.

I worked, I played, and I got soaked trying to fix the shower. I don’t know what I was thinking but I over tightened the screw that controls the water. When I went to loosen it, I turned the water on and it sprayed all over me. Luckily, I still have pretty good reflexes and I was able to limit the amount of water that covered me. If nothing else, it was good for a laugh.

My oldest son has battled some medical problems for almost a decade now. This week has been pretty good for him. It’s probably the best week he has had in the last year and a half. We have seen great improvement in his personality and demeanor. This is truly a blessing from God. We have struggled to get to this point. I pray that things continue down this path. Your prayers are always appreciated as well.

 

I hope that y’all have a great week!

MY FINDS FOR LAST WEEK:

20 Steps: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Prepper – This is not a supply list. These 20 steps are actionable and a great way to establish your emergency preparedness.

101 Frugal Items You Need For Survival – Affordability is a key component to purchasing supplies and gear. I like this list because it is no nonsense and straight to the point.

Thinking of Starting a Prepper Network? Think Again! – An interesting look at the pitfalls of forming a mutual assistance group (MAG) or prepper network. I’m still going to stick with my thoughts that community is the only way to overcome a crisis.

DIY $20 Survival Food Bucket – $20 for a bucket of food? I’m in! There is some good information here about the value of storing real food and how to do so.

How Dependent Are You On Electricity? – Have you ever stopped to really evaluate the number of items that are used on a daily basis and plan what you would do if those items were not available? This article covers many of those every day items and provides some suggestions on how to work around not having a dependable source of electricity.

Practical Preparedness- Simple steps you can take today to prepare your family for whatever may come

Prepper’s Threat Analysis – Establishing Prepping Priorities – Always have a firm grasp on what may come next and what you need to do to be prepared for it.

How to Organize a Bug Out Bag

How This Man Converted “Underground Shelter Using a 20 Ft. Shipping Container”

Atlanta Business Owner Gives All of His Employees a Gun – I personally like this idea but, I could see how (especially in our world today) this could lead to future problems for Mr. Toland. After all, “they made me do something against my beliefs” is a great foundation for a lawsuit these days.

God forbid, the complainant happens to also be LGBTQ or a Muslim. How dare they have to carry a weapon. It’s the religion of peace. (That is not what I was thinking when a Muslim was shooting at us with an AK-47 in the middle east.) It all would just make better fodder for the MSM.

This Is How Government Dealt With Dissent And Revolt In Collapsing Venezuela – “Soldiers Shooting Civilians In The Streets, Paramilitaries Roaming Neighborhoods”

Utilizing 12v DC Systems for Primary or Emergency Power – An interesting perspective on using an alternator as the center of an off grid power system. I can see the advantages but you will still need a motor of some type.

MORE MADNESS IN THE WORLD:

Is Political Correctness Literally Killing Our Society?

Obama Opens the Border to More STDs – This is only part of what scares me about my children’s, and future generations, wellbeing. Even if they escape the atrocities that are overcoming our world, as we continue to accept things (after all, they are treatable), it is only going to increase the rate of occurrence of these diseases.

WHY DO WE DO THIS TO OURSELVES?!?!?!?!?!

Mega Retailers Close Stores: Hard to Shop “When People Are Just Trying to Pay Their Mortage” – My expectation is that this is only a preview of what is to come. I recommend taking a look at The Alpha Strategy and making a plan to invest in your future with physical goods as they become harder and harder to obtain in local areas.

Germany Admits They Have Lost Track of 130,000 Refugees – Whether the numbers are accurate or not, this is a legitimate concern. I think that this gives us a preview of what is to come. No one could definitively say where all of the immigrants and visa holders (current and lapsed) are at in the U.S., right?

Zuckerberg’s Virtual Reality Photo: Our Future in the Matrix – This is really not that far fetched. We certainly are headed in a direction where this is probable.

TIN FOIL HAT TIME?

Beware Twitter Users: Your Tweets Help the Government Predict the Future – I would not doubt it.

INTERESTING READING:

Why Have There Been More Mass Shootings Under Obama than the Four Previous Presidents Combined?

75 Disturbing Economic Facts

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 – 2.1.2016

In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: Deadly Prepping Problem, Engineer Your Perfect Life, Surviving Occupied America, The 6 Laws of Survival, & 15 More

Monday Mania – 2.1.2016

Aaahhhhh! It’s February already. Where does the time go?

First things first, I know that I am having some issues with my website and emails. Here’s what is going on:

***WARNING*** – If you are on a mobile viewing platform and try to go to the site, it will try to tell you that:

Your Adobe Flash Player version is outdated.

Please install downloaded update file

Click OK to see instructions

DON’T DO IT!

This is an attack on those who have the Android platform specifically. It will not be able to download anything to other platforms. That said, please be careful anyway.

I am working on trying to get things squared away but I am not a cyber security professional and digging through the backend of my website is complicated for me. I thought I had it fixed yesterday but it is popping up again today.

Secondly, there are some issues with my email list and how it interacts with my website. I am looking into that as well but I am not sure when that may be resolved.

The internet can be a huge advantage for many things but with that comes many problems, including people doing malicious things.

Monday Mania

I want to share a few of my thoughts on the situation with Ammon Bundy and company that yielded tragic results last week. I am sure that if you are reading this, you are most likely familiar with the situation that was/is still occurring at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

I don’t know that the death of LaVoy Finicum could have been avoided if things were done differently, but I am confident that the groups approach destined them for trouble eventually. I was not surprised by the news of Finicum’s death. In fact, I was surprised that the situation did not end with more deaths.

Starting Question: Why did the FBI release video footage of Finicum being killed but they do not release other tapes of law enforcement involved shooting deaths?

Side Note: Maybe if the world had seen the video of the Michael Brown shooting, then Officer Darren Wilson would either be in jail (like some people want) or the man could live his life in peace and may still have his career. #BlackLivesMatter though, right? What about everyone else?

Here are a few of my thoughts:

  • Ammon Bundy picked a fight that he was destined to lose. I believe that there were good intentions to go to Eastern Oregon and stand in support of Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven Hammond. The follow on mission of occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was a mistake.
  • I definitely believe that what a group of people believe in is worth fighting for but, all peaceful routes should be completely exhausted and a large quorum should be in agreement before the thought of violence is considered.
  • There may be a time where fighting is going to be the best solution to a problem within the United States but I pray to God that it does not happen.
  • If Bundy was set on the occupation, bringing guns along set them up for a violent ending (maybe that is what they ultimately wanted). The federal government has demonstrated their ability to resort to violence at places like Waco and Ruby Ridge, anyone wanting to take a stand against the federal government should remember that.
  • If the Hammonds had accepted their fate, the best move was to go along with that.

With all of that said, there is another perspective to consider. We live in a time where many are divided over issues (some of them large in nature) and certain efforts have been largely supported by a certain side and criticized by the other, resulting in an ever greater divide.

  • It is crazy that Occupy Wall Street was a movement that took over public spaces across the country and really no significant consequence came of that. The police did not follow the occupiers to other locations with the intent of ambushing them.
  • The movements’ motto is, “the only solution is World Revolution.” Ammon Bundy was staging a revolution of his own.
  • The Occupy movement garnered support from:
    • Barack Obama, The President of the United States
    • Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the United Stated House of Representatives and 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives
    • Charlie Rangel, New York 13th Congressional District Representative and notorious violator of ethics
    • Dennis Kucinich, Ohio 10th Congressional District Representative (at the time
    • Barney Frank, Massachusetts 4th Congressional District Representative (at the time) and former chair of the House Financial Services Committee
    • Al Gore, (no introduction really necessary) Former Vice-President, Presidential Candidate, Overall idiot, and Global Warming Climate Change Fear Monger
    • Buddy Roemer, 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate
    • Ron Paul, 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate and longtime critic of the Federal Reserve (Not a fan of the Fed myself but also don’t care for the Occupy movement)
    • Multiple celebrities including Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Yoko Ono, Roseanne Barr, Susan Sarandon, and Russell Simmons.
    • The Occupy movement was also openly supported by the Communist party, the Socialist party, and the American Nazi Party. (Good company right?
  • The Bundy occupation received support from no politician, no party, and certainly no celebrities (as far as I am aware).
  • In the case of the Occupy movement, their message centers around dismantling the financial system and Capitalism in the United States. That is okay (and widely supported), but bringing to light the fact that states like Nevada and Oregon are more than 50% owned by the Federal Government seems to be problematic for those who lean to the left.
  • As a side note, the Occupy movement openly states that they model their movement after the Arab Spring. The Arab Spring as a movement did protest but they also incited riots and started civil wars. Some of those wars are still ongoing. In fact, we are now deploying American troops to Syria because of one of those civil wars. The Occupy movement models their movement after a group that incites riots and starts wars and they have the support of our president. Interesting.
  • By the way, the Occupy movement is not gone. This last Saturday they joined forces with many social justice groups, including Black Lives Matter, and marched in support of Bernie Sanders for President (2016).

This is only one issue. My concern is that at the rate things continue to evolve, and the divide between sides widens, that we are putting ourselves in a dangerous position. Even then, sometimes to have to pick a side and fight with everything you’ve got.

I am a native Oregonian and there is a reason that they call if the “Left Coast.” Ammon Bundy chose a state to stage his fight that, as a whole, would never support what he was trying to do.

I hope that y’all have a great week!

MY FINDS FOR LAST WEEK:

These People Were Prepared During Snow Storm Jonas, But They Died Because of This Mistake – This is a great reminder about a deadly problem.

“New American Dream”: Activist Plans to Survive In First Ever ‘Zero Waste Sapioponic’ Homestead – Interesting idea. I love the quote though:

“We’re setting up a homestead. This is, as far as I can tell, the new American Dream. Buy an RV, buy a piece of land and build until you’ve engineered your perfect life from the ground up and truly become the entrepreneur of your own happiness.”

How To Survive Occupied America – Mindset and knowledge will go a long way regardless of the situation.

Surviving Occupied America, Part 2 – After mindset and knowledge comes action.

How Do You Know When Your Society Is In The Midst Of Collapse? – Some interesting reflections on the current state of our society.

The Six Laws of Survival: Strategies For Beating the Worst Case Scenario – Six great points but I think that number two is my favorite.

OK, You Survived…but What If You Have Been Captured? – God forbid this scenario ever comes to reality in the United States but if it does, here is some good information to ponder.

How to Escape a Totalitarian Detention Camp – OK, you got captured, now what? Escape of course! Here’s how.

Types of Traps to Catch Feral Hogs – While they make work for feral hogs, having knowledge of how to make an animal trap could be very helpful if you find yourself trying to find your own food.

Bug Out Bags and Survival Vests – I have a couple of tactical vests of my own from my glory days. The idea of a survival vest is something that I have always wanted to do. Here is someone who has.

A Quick Guide To Shooting Fundamentals – The fundamentals of shooting, I believe, are something that everyone should learn in life (the earlier, the better).

Bug In Contingencies – A few considerations if you find yourself sheltering in place.

MORE MADNESS IN THE WORLD:

What’s wrong with America? And how did we get here? – That’s a good question. I wish I had a perfect answer.

The Perception Of Patriotism: Sears Censors “The Right Of the People To Bear Arms” On Zippo Lighters – The things I accomplished in the military mean nothing because stolen valor is now considered free speech but the 1st Amendment doesn’t cover it’s own Bill of Rights?

UNBELIEVABLE: Danish Teen FINED for Fending off Would Be Rapist with Pepper Spray! – Yes, the world really has become this stupid.

Facebook and Instagram Will No Longer Allow Private Gun Sales – I’m surprised to hear this was ever allowed. Facebook isn’t really known for their bipartisanship.

Gang of Masked Swedes Attack Migrant Children in Stockholm – Is this like looking into a crystal ball and seeing the future of America?

The U.S. spent half a billion dollars on mining in Afghanistan with ‘limited progress’ – No surprise here…

REALLY BAD IDEA: Oregon Musician Going to Syria to Stop ISIS with “Peace Concert” – I’m sharing this, but leaving this one alone. Ok, one thing…he must be a Democrat.

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!

Survival Sunday – 3/8/2015

Survival Sunday

The saying goes, “another day, another dollar” and it has been another week so I guess that makes it seven dollars. I am not sure that my wife will lend me that kind of money though so I may have to make due. (Just a little marriage humor!) My week was busy with work and I didn’t really get a chance to do much else. For those of you who have been keeping my son in your prayers, it is appreciated. He is doing better overall but is still struggling a bit. It is in the Lord’s hands at this point but thank you for your support.

Survival

As busy as I have been. rarely does a day go by that I am not on my computer for something. Even if it is to only check my email. So of course I ran across a few things that I thought would be worth sharing with you. Here’s what I found:

The Art Of Blending In: 5 Tips From A Counterintelligence Special Agent – We all have those moments where we feel like every person in the room is looking at us. Here are five things to consider if you would like to avoid standing out and blend in better.

How To Build Your Own Survival Team – This is a great post about putting together a team for survival. This covers all the basics and then some!

If You’re Spending Money To Prep You’re Doing It Wrong! – This is an interesting and well thought out take on preparedness priorities. There is a lot of truth contained here and highlights the fact that regardless of how much money you throw at an issue, it can’t cover everything.

How To Make A Rice Filled Heating Pad – This is a great item! We have some similar bags that were sewn with love by Grandma and they get used all the time. We heat ours in the microwave and they just as easily be thrown in the freezer if you would like to use it as an ice pack replacement.

5 Reasons Homesteaders Fail – I have a dream of one day having a homestead to call my own. This seems to be a common dream for preppers and those who just wish to have a place to call their own with little outside interference. These tips are great for those who share my dream.

50 More Items You Forgot To Put In Your Bug Out Bag – You may or may not have forgotten to put these items into your bug out bag. Either way, this is a good list. Don’t miss out on the first 50 items you forgot to put in your bug out bag.

Thats it for me this week! Keep doing what needs to be done to ensure that you are prepared for as much as you can be. If you found something that you would like to share with the group post it in the comments or 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!

Bug Out Bag Giveaway

Everyone knows there is no gear like free gear. The folks over at The Prepper Journal are giving away a bug out bag in celebration of their one year anniversary. You have the chance to win a backpack and 12 different items to help you build the perfect bug out bag, all you have to do is click on this link and enter to win!

The giveaway includes:

  • Internal Frame Backpack
  • Gerber Knife
  • Emergency Food Rations
  • Wet Fire Tinder Pack
  • Emergency Bivvy
  • Headlamp
  • First Aid Kit
  • Rain Tarp
  • Water Filter
  • Paracord
  • Edible & Poisonous of the Eastern & Western States Cards

What are you waiting for? Enter now!