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Not-So-Monday Mania – 7.20.2016

This week on Not-So-Monday Mania: It Hit The Fan, Now What?, Bugging Out: Staying Ready for Evacuation, The Rule of Law, Trash Cans – Overlooked Survival Tool for Preppers?, Survival Recipe: How to make Buckaroo Beans with Storage Foods, In a post SHTF world, when should I travel, during the day or night?, & 10 More

Not-So-Monday Mania – 7.20.2016

Welcome to another week of Monday Mania (even though I am a couple of days late)!

I have found that I feel a more urgent need to be prepared for the unexpected as the world seems to continue to de-stabilize. This seems to be the result of many things, but the recent attacks on police officers in Dallas, TX and Baton Rouge, LA is particularly unsettling to me and the fact that there has almost been a #BlackLivesMatter insurgency that has started is even more troubling.

As I watched the initial press conference about the Baton Rouge shootings on Sunday, I think that Sheriff Sid Gautreaux of the East Baton Rouge, LA Sheriff’s Office probably said it best when he said, “This isn’t so much about gun control as it is about what’s in men’s hearts.”

There is a lot of truth in that. Guns have been around for hundreds of years without these types of events happening. Even if guns were illegal, there are still plenty of mass killings that have occurred in history that were carried out without a single firearm.

My bottom line is that it is vital to take the steps to get prepared for troubling times because I am believe they are here, and they will only get worse as time goes by.

I am going to close this out with my tin foil hat on…

Over the last year or so, and as we get closer and closer to the election in November, I have heard more about the idea that martial law will be implemented prior to the presidential election. This would in turn lead to the ability of Barack Obama to remain as the POTUS past the expiration of his second, and final, term in office.

When I first starting hearing this, I honestly did not buy into the idea that this would realistically be a possibility. I did not think that the American people would ever really let this happen. My confession here is that this does not seem like such a stretch anymore.

Here’s why…

There was a prediction that I made before the identity of the Dallas shooter was revealed, it was that the shooter was a military veteran who had deployed in support of the Global War on Terror. My assumption was also that the shooter was black (based on the claim that the goal of the shooter was to kill white police officers).

Insert rant here ↓

I realize that I said black and not African-American. It is just like the fact that I am white and not Anglo-American. Like most Americans, I am not a first generation American. This makes me more American than any specific group or skin color. Therefore, if you would like to lump me into a smaller group than Americans, you will have to probably go with my skin color which is “white.”

If you would like to subcategorize me even further, you can use my religion (Christian), my sexuality (heterosexual), and gender (male). Does that make you feel any better or worse about me? While I may not agree with all the decisions that other people make, you are who you are (just like the next guy or gal, is the next guy or gal) and to make a decision about you without knowing you, is asinine.

I will even take things an additional step further and say that if we chose to treat others how we would like to be treated, we would find ourselves in a much better world. I truly believe that the only reason that racism continues to be a problem in America is because, in some areas, many believe that we still have to put labels on things. But just like I should be shamed if I say all mankind, as opposed to humankind, when addressing all humans (men and women), it should not be so acceptable to address people by their skin color.

Rant complete.

Unfortunately, I was correct with my earlier prediction and assumption about the Dallas shooter.

As the news of the attack on police officers in Baton Rouge, LA spread on Sunday, I found myself thinking that we were going to find out that we would be in the same situation…a shooter that was a military veteran, who served in combat, and was black. Two strikes. I was right again.

As humans, our concern should be for the completely unnecessary loss of anyone’s life, regardless of any set of identifiers. At the same time, we need to look at each situation objectively and not rush to specific conclusions based on the fact that a law enforcement officer felt forced to take a specific action. One that, realistically, they probably would rather have not taken but, like most of us, that officer is going to do what it takes to survive and make it home to their loved ones at the end of the day.

With all of that said, the continued occurrences (of what I would call a “race war”) will do nothing to solve anything. But they could potentially lead to the imposition of martial law. Think about it, if there are continued attacks on law enforcement agencies across the nation, along with everything else that is already going on, would the idea of martial law be so far-fetched? Would it seem unreasonable at that point to empower the military to lock the country down and reduce, if not remove, most of the constitutional rights of the American people?

It doesn’t sound so crazy now, does it?

Hopefully this is a true tin foil hat moment and not a preview into the future.

I hope y’all have a blessed week!

-Tom

MY FINDS FOR LAST WEEK:

It Hit The Fan, Now What? – I wrote this article as my monthly contribution to Bob Livingston’s Personal Liberty Digest about some of the immediate actions that should be considered following a disaster or emergency.

Bugging Out: Staying Ready for Evacuation – The ability to get out in a few minutes time is a valuable advantage when faced with an immediate need to leave home, work, etc. The absolute last thing that you want to have happen is for an emergency occur and you have to scramble to gather your things and hope you don’t miss anything.

The Rule of Law – This is an interesting look at the rule of law and how it is breaking down right in front of us. Current events of the last week really paint a good picture of how the rule of law does not apply when those in power do not want it to.

Trash Cans – Overlooked Survival Tool for Preppers? – Trash cans are like buckets (only bigger), and the use of buckets in survival and preparedness is almost endless. I found the idea of growing potatoes in a trash can particularly interesting.

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Survival Recipe: How to make Buckaroo Beans with Storage Foods – This recipes sounds pretty good to me but I think that I might change the beans up a little bit, I am not a fan of kidney beans (thanks mom for forcing me to eat them as a child!).

In a post SHTF world, when should I travel, during the day or night? – My personal thought is to travel by day. If the military or law enforcement is on the “other side,” traveling at night will be a bad idea.

Beating The Heat Old-School Southern Summer Style – It’s the middle of summer and I know that we are trying to beat the heat here in the south. If you are looking for ways to deal with the heat, there are a few good tips here, especially if you are without air conditioning.

Bug Out Bag Documents: The Most Important Papers For Surviving – Keeping vital documents with you in your bug out bag is something that requires serious consideration. Be intentional when making the decision on whether to keep these documents in electronic form, paper form, or both.

Bugging Out: Staying Ready for Evacuation – I like this article because it not only addresses the need to remain ready to evacuate, there are a couple of elements to staying ready for an evacuation highlighted that should be a part of your plan.

5 items You Probably Should Not Stock Long Term – While a short list, it is good to know the limitations in storing items like bleach and some medications that are important to emergency preparedness planning.

Should You Pack Emergency Gear While on Vacation? – This is a question that I find myself pondering every time I go out of town. My belief is that there are definitely some preparedness items that should go with you on vacation. A few items that I try to ensure that I always have with me include a small first aid kit, tape (electrical or duct), paracord, extra glasses, some extra clothing, water, and some snacks.

How to Make and Use Pine Pitch – While not something that I have much experience with (other than getting it in my hair and on my clothes as a kid), these are some great uses for a naturally occurring product.

Are You Prepared for Lockdown? How to Stay Safe When Chaos Erupts in America – The need to be able to shelter in place seems to be more important now then it ever has before. Looking into the future, I see the information in this article being very useful.

MORE MADNESS IN THE WORLD:

Marine Officer Under Fire Wants Same Treatment as Hillary Clinton – This makes plenty of sense to me. She wants to be the POTUS and as the Commander-in-Chief, if the treatment she received is acceptable, then the same should be done for anyone in the military. It’s too bad that we already know that will not happen. During my own military career, I have personally seen numerous occurrences of a leader getting different treatment and what often turn out to be more leniency when compared to a subordinate in the same situation.

Students scared of cops on campus force university to take drastic measures during RNC – This is just ridiculous. Really? The students at Case Western are scared that the 300 police officers brought in as additional security for the RNC will be a threat to them? It is thinking like this that has people thinking it is a good idea to ambush and kill police officers.

INTERESTING READING: 

Musings of a Southern Anti-Federalist on the Presidential Election – This is a well-written piece about the current state of the United States, states’ rights, and the system of “creditism.”

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 – 2.8.2016

In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: What Would It Take To Go Completely Off Grid, Evac Strategy: How To Create a Coordinated Bug Out Plan, Preppers – Foot Care is a Top Priority, In A Crisis, Your Paper Dollars Are Worthless: “Real Goods Are The Real Money”, & 9 More

Monday Mania – 2.8.2016

Yesterday there was a marathon of Alaska: The Last Frontier on the Discovery Channel. I have seen this show many times before but I found myself reflecting on what it is that the Kilcher’s do to get by in their day-to-day lives.

Seeing the skills and knowledge to survive in a challenging environment really had me reflecting on the importance and value of skills and knowledge. It really is number one on the list of importance when it comes to preparedness. If nothing else, prioritize learning about the basic skills that will keep you alive if there is a disaster.

Watching the show, I was actually reminded of a TV series that was on in 2008 and 2009 (If I remember correctly) called The Colony that was pretty interesting.

The show followed a group of ten people that are placed into a simulated post-apocalyptic setting where they are expected to not only survive, but rebuild their colony using their skills and knowledge along with whatever they are able to scavenge from the surrounding areas.

As an example, the season that I remember watching, they were able to get an old diesel tractor to run using the oil that they were able to get from rendering pig fat that they got from a few decomposing pigs they found. While the show is definitely designed to work as it does (casting, environment design, supplies, etc.), it was still very interesting to watch.

All that aside, I had a fairly busy work week. I spent the balance of my time hanging out with my family. There is really nothing exciting to report on that front. Just business as usual.

I hope that y’all have a great week!

MY FINDS FOR LAST WEEK:

What Would It Take to Go Completely Off Grid? – I can’t speak for everyone but I know that to me, the ability to live on a piece of property that I own, with complete freedom from others to get what I NEED, would be a dream come true. The points made here are very good items to consider when determining whether or not to homestead, whether on or off the grid.

Evac Strategy: How To Create a Coordinated Bug Out Plan – If you gotta go, it’s best to have a good plan. I especially like number one. Organization is key.

Preppers – Foot Care is a Top Priority – I will definitely stand behind this. If there is one thing that I learned in the military, it is to take care of your feet. Nothing is worse than trying to use your feet and, either wanting to quit every time you take a step or screaming out in pain every time you put weight on your feet.

In A Crisis, Your Paper Dollars Are Worthless: “Real Goods Are The Real Money” – I wholeheartedly believe this to be true. If things are bad enough, the only currency that will matter are the things that one person needs or wants in exchange for something the other person needs or wants.

Free Heating – How To Build a Solar Heater Using Aluminum Cans – This is a pretty cool idea.

Why to be a Prepper: 8 Realistic Threats you should be Ready For! – Boom! Drop the mike, walk away.

Understanding the Two is One, One is None Concept – We’ve all heard it. Here it is explained.

Bugging Out: Living in a Van or SUV – This isn’t going to work for my family! It might be a good concept for you though.

Preppers, a growing generation of ‘crazy’? – Here is a good look at what most preppers are; not what most people think of preppers.

How to put together your own bug out bag perimeter alarm kit… or how to sleep better at night when the “zombies” are on the move.

MORE MADNESS IN THE WORLD:

Border Patrol’s New Stand Down Policy: “We might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether” – Nothing to worry about. It’s not like anyone that entered the country illegally has ever done any harm to an American, right?

In Case You Missed It: Obama Just Proposed Raising the Federal Gas Tax 136% – That’s what we need, more taxes!

Shocking! Judge Tazes Man in Court Because He “Continued To Speak When Ordered To Stop” – This will improve your faith in the justice system (read with a sarcastic tone of course).

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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Survival Sunday – 7/12/2015

In this weeks edition of Survival Sunday: ‘The System’, Fighting Fires w/o 911, 21 Prepper Tips For Beginners, 25 Terrible Truths About Prepping, Bugging Out To The Country, and 4 more.

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

This week leaves me without a lot to report. I spent all of my work time and a good chunk of my personal time working through a health care administration course for work. It was hours upon hours of taking data, lots of data, and putting it together to make something meaningful out of it. It was worthwhile and will be helpful at work but to be honest, this type of work is not always of great interest to me. What is important is that my family is taken care of, just like prepping.

Next Thursday (July 16th) at 8 pm EDT is the Sun Oven Cooking Essentials class. Have you signed up yet? It’s not too late if you haven’t. Register here if you would like to learn how to use the power of the sun to cook, bake, dehydrate, and even purify water. I’ll see you there!

Here are my favorite finds this week:

When The Trucks Stop Delivering, ‘The System’ Will Collapse – It is not a surprise that if trucks stopped rolling down the interstate, the logistics in the country would come grinding to a halt. There are many threats that could cause such a catastrophe. Here is a look at how it might happen and what it might look like.

No Firefighters, No Power & You Have A Fire – Fire is a big threat if you are not careful. This is especially true if you heat your house with fire. What would you do if 911 was not available. Better yet, plan now so that your risk of fire is as low as possible.

21 Prepper Tips I Wish I’d Heard BEFORE I Started Prepping – Getting prepared is not always about what you do. Sometimes it is about how you do it. A little bit of planning can go a long way and these tips are great points to review, whether you are just getting started or have been at it for a while. All of these tips are good but I think that #21 is my favorite.

25 Terrible Truths About TEOTWAWKI – It is worth considering the fact that some of the realities of prepping include ongoing research and redesign of your plans and processes. This list is worth taking a look at.

10 Tips For Bugging Out To The Country – There are many prepping types that like the idea of ditching the urban or suburban environment and bugging out to the country if things get rough. These ten tips could be useful if you would like to make the country your post-apocalyptic refuge or if you live in the country and find others wanting to make your home their refuge.

Not surprisingly, in the wake of the Charleston, SC shootings, Gun Sales Reached Record Highest Last Month

There is no shortage of madness in the world:

Seattle Councilman Proposes Ridiculous Firearm & Ammo Tax – Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess proposed a solution to pay for the violence that occurs in the Emerald City, a $25 tax on all firearms sold and 5 cents on every bullet. That’s a method but is that really the best way? Will they also tax illegally obtained firearms? I wouldn’t be surprised to see more liberal strongholds try this tactic.

New MTV Show Publicly Shames White People For “What They’ve Done In America” – Just read it and weep.

School Threatens To Take Kids If Parents Are Late For Pickup – Sadly, this is the school district where I got all of my education. It was great then. I wonder what happened to it.

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.

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!

Prepping Gems From The Web

One of the great things about the internet is that it is always being updated. It is a constant and never ending process. While this is great, it also means that it is impossible to keep up with everything. With that in mind, here are a few items that I found over the last week or so that I though were worth passing on to you. Hopefully, there will be at least one thing of value to you.

Super Easy Survival Bread

This last  week I stumbled across a REALLY simple recipe for a bread that could easily be made in a survival situation or even just a time of personal economic difficulty. There are only four ingredients and an oven is not required. Check out the recipe from BeSurvival.com.

12 Gauge is Enough Gun

In the last release of All Outdoor’s newsletter, they included an article on shotguns and why the 12 gauge caliber of shotgun is the universal do-it-all smoothbore gauge. It is a well versed take on why there should be no substitute for the 12 gauge when it comes to smoothbore firearms. Read the whole article here.

How To Hide Your House From Google Maps

This article originally appeared on Off The Grid News in October of last year and has the step by step instructions on how to block the street view of your house on Google maps. What is significant about this process is that it can also be used to block license plates, cars, or even people if you feel that you would rather not have you or your property on display to the world. Read the article as well as the necessary steps to complete the process here.

Yard Sale Prepping

The Backyard Pioneer shared a piece on prepping and the use of garage or yard sales to obtain items at a fraction of the price for which they could usually be acquired. While it is not a comprehensive list, there are some good pointers and the article highlights a solid strategy for preparing on a budget. Check it out here.

How To Plan A Bug Out Route For Emergency Evacuation

Graywolf Survival has a great article on how to plan a bug out route. Not only does the article cover how to plan a bug out route but also how to assess a route and the follow up steps that should be taken once you have selected your route(s). Plan your bug out route here.

Quick-Start Guide for Preparedness Newbies

If you have not had the chance to review it yet, James Wesley Rawles over at Survival Blog has compiled a wealth of pertinent survival information for the new prepper. While this info is geared toward newbies, it is a valuable reference for any level of survival minded individual. My recommendation would be printing a copy to keep as a guide to prioritize and keep track of your progress. View the guide here.

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