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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 – 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!

Survival Sunday – 8.2.2015

In this weeks edition of Survival Sunday: Gang Violence, What Food Storage Is Best, Conquering Self-Doubt, Surviving The Drought, Hand & Surface Hygiene, Forgotten Storage Foods, Setting Up A Prepper Cell, Making A DIY Wire Toaster, and 5 More.

Survival Sunday

It’s August already! I do not know where the time has gone. I do know this, we have only five months left in the year and I have a quite a few unfinished goals for the year. I need to get busy!

As far as what I did this week, mostly medical appointments and work as always which included the opportunity to attend countless meetings that failed to accomplish anything. That may not be completely fair but that is how I feel. I am sure that there are many of you who can relate. I did some volunteer work this weekend but mostly stayed close to home because I was on call for work.

I did add 20 gallons of water to our preparations this week and ordered the WaterBOB to allow us to store another 100 gallons of water in a quick manner if we need to.

Other than that, nothing to report (unless you want to hear about the repeated strokes I think I have suffered by accidentally seeing the news from time to time). It scares me that my children have to grow up with everything that is happening in modern society.

Here are this week’s discoveries:

Violent Street Gangs Launch Shocking Contest: “Kill 100 People In 100 Days” – In the event that the shootings that are happening across the United States at random aren’t enough reason to take your security into your own hands, now two street gangs of L.A. have dedicated themselves to killing 100 people in 100 days.

Mac may have said it best when he points out that,

In California, where strict firearms restrictions make it nearly impossible for most to carry a personal defense weapon, residents are left with two options. They either need to stay home and away from the public. Or, if confronted or shot, they can call the police who will arrive several minutes after the fact.

I would say that there is a third option as well, don’t live in California and carry a gun with you everywhere you go. I like #3.

Which Type Of Food Storage Is Best? – A common question in preparedness, this is a comprehensive look at the pros and cons of: Commercially Canned Foods, Home Canned Foods, Commercially Dehydrated Foods, Home Dehydrated Foods, Frozen Foods, & Freeze Dried Foods.

An Open Letter To Preppers: How To Conquer Self-Doubt – It can be relatively easy to wonder if the time, resources, and thought that goes into prepping is worth it or not. This letter covers some of the strategies to help overcome self-doubt.

Surviving The Drought: 25 Easy Ways To Conserve Water – A lack of water can be a driver for making some tough decisions but when it comes to water, these tips are great for any situation where you would like to stretch the use of your water.

Hand & Surface Hygiene When There’s No Water To Spare – Hygiene and sanitation is vital to survival, especially following a disaster. A majority of the deaths that tend to occur after large scale disasters across the world can be attributed not following appropriate hygiene and sanitation practices which leads to disease and ultimately death.

14 Foods You Might Have Forgotten To Store – This is a great reminder that despite your best efforts, it is easy to overlook items. It is also good to reiterate that storing comfort items is a good idea as well.

Setting Up A Prepper Cell – The military has proven itself ten times over and this article takes a look at using the military’s basic cell framework to set up a prepper group. It is a great starting point if you are looking to form a preparedness group.

Make A DIY Wire Toaster – Whether it is for camping, your bug out bag, or in the back yard after a disaster, this DIY toaster is a simple project that would even be great for kids to make.

Living Within Your Means – Here are a few simple ways to help you live within your means.

More madness in the world:

Cecil The Lion – Ok, I get it; the dude killed a lion which evidently he thought was legal to do. I could be wrong, but would he really pay $55K if he knew it was illegal? What doesn’t pass the common sense test is the number of people who think that killing Dr. Palmer is going to help. Cecil the lion was also projected onto the Empire State building. It is just crazy to think that thousands of unborn children are aborted EVERY DAY in America and yet the only thing we have a problem with is a lion being killed.

Never mind the fact that in the course of an average day it is estimated that 22 military veterans commit suicide. Who cares though because a lion got killed, right? As long as the lions are ok, my fellow veterans can just keep offing themselves.

The Clinton’s Love Expensive Haircuts – You may or may not recall that in 1993 President Bill Clinton tied up half of LAX’s runways while Air Force One idled its engines for almost an hour while the president got what, “may have been the most expensive haircut in history” at a cost of $200.

Now we find ourselves 12 years into the future and Hillary Clinton, running for president herself, was the recipient of a $600 haircut that the Washington Times was happy to point out is more than the average American makes in a week. She wants to be president and thinks that American need a higher “living wage” but she lives a lifestyle that doesn’t seem to match up.

Speaking of the Clinton’s, Hillary “Stop Climate Change” Clinton was spotted recently at the airport in Des Moines, Iowa boarding a gas guzzling private jet that if her theory about climate change is correct, is killing the environment in a slow and painful manner. However, referencing the paragraph above, it looks like the idling of Air Force One by #42 was a contributor to the problems that Mrs. Clinton thinks we are facing, even though she doesn’t give a rodent’s behind about it.

Kentucky man faces felony charges for protecting privacy by shooting drone hovering over his backyard… Yes, we have reached the point where you have to be concerned about every little thing that might fly over your house. At least the black helicopters were louder and much easier to spot, eh?

Indicted Democrat Flying on Air Force One with Obama

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 – 5/31/2015

Survival Sunday

Another week has passed and I am having a hard time believing that tomorrow is the 1st of June. I am not sure where the time is going but it just seems like this year is flying by. I don’t really have anything to report this week but it looks like this year might be a good one for hurricanes. This is just a reminder that being prepared is not crazy, it is necessary. I would rather be called crazy than stupid for not doing anything to take care of myself and my family.

Here are my favorite preparedness findings for the week:

Learn To Build Shelter For Any Survival Situation – Chris from the Bug Out Bag Guide put together this great resource on how to build several survival shelters that can be put together with simple tools (a log cabin takes a little more than this). Log cabins aside, there are six shelters that can be made in relatively short time. This is good stuff to know…just in case.

How To Choose The Best Survival Knife For Your Needs – I believe that a good knife is the single most important tool that a prepper can own. Dale over at the Survivalist Prepper has put together a great (as always) podcast and article about what to look for in a survival knife.

Made By Hands: Make It Or Buy It? – This is a huge collection of the projects that Todd Walker from Survival Sherpa has created over the years. I personally enjoy doing projects and creating things by hand but the nice thing about Todd’s collection here is that almost all of them can be used for survival and/or homesteading.

The Illusion Of Preparedness: Our Story – This is Sharon’s story from the Trailer Park Homesteader. It is always easier to learn from another person’s hardship than to have to experience it yourself. Check out the lessons that Sharon and her family have had to learn the hard way.

DIY Projects: 7 Ways To Harness Wind Power To Survive Off-Grid – The titles says it all. These projects all look interesting though and I like the idea of being able to produce my own energy off-grid. I would have to do some research to see if there was a good commercially available substitute for some of these parts but for the most part, these projects are all pretty straight forward.

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 – 4/26/2015

Survival Sunday

It is hard for me to believe that it is the last Sunday of April already! The year really is flying by. This week was pretty busy for me (as it always seems to be). We had some VIP’s visit at work and that always requires extra straightening and cleaning on top of the need to talk about all the great things we are doing. After all, no one wants to talk about what we are not doing well.

Yesterday I had a big health scare. I started to not feel real great so I sat down; but then I felt like I was going to pass out. I had sweat pouring out from every square inch of skin I have and that was followed by losing the ability to move my arms or legs. I honestly thought I was having a seizure because of the way that my hands and feet were curling up. I happen to know that was not likely though because typical seizure activity happens in a way that the person experiencing it does not know what is happening.

As all of this was happening, I was trying to tell my wife what was going on but she said I was slurring my speech really bad. She told me later that she thought I was having a stroke. This was scary for both of us. After a couple of minutes of not being able to move (including my wife forcibly trying to straighten my limbs), she called an ambulance. I did not know what else to do. As it turns out, by the time the ambulance got there I was able to move a little bit and with the help of my wife I was now laying on the bed. They checked me out and said that I could either go by ambulance or car to the hospital. I opted to have my wife drive me. The doctor told me that it was presyncopal syndrome that led to hyperventilation which caused such an extreme reaction in my body that I could not move.

Needless to say, this was a huge scare for my whole family. I have never been in a situation like that and have never had to have anyone call an ambulance for me. Hopefully it doesn’t happen again. With all that being said, value what you have and make the best of your time…we never know when our number might come up.

Here are my official findings for this week:

A Green Beret’s Guide To Planning Your Personal Posture: “First Things First: Always Be Armed” – Another installment in the “Green Beret” series that has been running over on SHTFplan.com. This installment is about the items that you carry with you every day and important considerations when putting this kit together.

A Green Beret’s Guide To Action Bags: “Your Go-To-Kit When You Have To Pop Smoke & Depart In a Rapid Manner” – Continuing from the last installment, this article covers your EDC bag in an effort to be prepared for the day-to-day stuff that life may throw at you.

Another American Water Emergency: Utah Municipal Water Supply Tainted by Chemical Spill – Just one more real event that has happened that provides legitimate reason to have your basic preparations in place and a few tips about making sure you have the water you need to survive.

8 Steps To Surviving A Job Loss – Personal disasters, like a job loss, are some of the most common disasters that you may encounter in your life. Here are 8 practical, and implementable, steps that can be taken to overcome a job loss.

Create A Secure Hiding Place For Electronic Documents – This is an awesome step-by-step guide on how to securely store documents and files on a USB flash drive, a great way to keep important documents on you and without taking up any space at all.

24 Lost Survival Tips From 100 Years Ago (With Illustrations) – Some of these survival hacks are great to have in your back pocket just in case the need arises. It might even be worth adding a couple of them to your survival binder in hard copy.

6 Cheap DIY Greenhouse Designs Inspired By Traditional Shelters – This is a great resource for those of you who may want a greenhouse but do not want to spend hundreds of dollars to get a cheaply made greenhouse kit that really is not all that sturdy.

Hydration For The Apocalypse: How To Store Water For Long-Term Emergencies – Water is vital for survival and it is certainly easier to store it now, than look for it later. This article from The Art of Manliness covers some great strategies for keeping water on hand for an emergency. If nothing else, check out the WaterBOB.

Resource Of The Week: Free Digital Editions Of GUNS Magazine, American Handgunner, Shooting Industry, And American COP

Check out the FREE searchable, downloadable, and printable topographic maps that are available from AnyplaceAmerica.com

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!