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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.

What Would You Do?

There are events occuring every day around the globe that reinforce the need for basic preparedness. The recent financial crisis in Cyprus is a prime example of the need to be prepared. You might ask, why? It is only their money that is being held hostage. The answer is simple. If you do not have your basic survival needs met, you will quickly find yourself in a world of hurt. In this case, the vast majority of the residents of Cyprus find themselves without their needs met due to a lack of accessible money. The ATM’s have been cleaned out long ago. The government is limiting the amount of funds that can be withdrawn. Lastly, those that are able to make withdrawls are forced to wait for long periods of time and are prioritized based on age and health status.

This morning’s Wall Street Journal provides some inside views on the situation:

Katerina Stylianidou, 32, searched all morning for a cash machine that would dispense money without success, so she wound up waiting in line with others to enter a branch of Cyprus Popular Bank PCL, the country’s second-biggest lender.

“I have bills to pay. I need the cash for just ordinary expenditures like food,” she said. “Staff here say they’ll only let eight people in at a time, so I think I need to be patient.”

If Ms. Stylianidou had even just stored away a little extra food and neccissities, she would likely find herself not as desperately in need of her money because her basic needs would be met.

Others are outraged because of a lack of control of their own resources and forecast the rise of a feudal system:

Passerby Maria Papadakis lashed out at what she considered a raw deal for the country. “The European Union is descending into a feudal system with lords who will subjugate the others,” she said. “This will come back to haunt Europe…There is a reserve of strength here that is going to explode.”

The government has limited customer withdrawals to 300 Euros a day, restricting what citizens can do…

most transactions were for small withdrawals, up to the €300 daily limit that has been put in place as a result of new capital controls. “But some people have slightly more complicated requests and aren’t sure what we can and can’t do under the restrictions,” he added

The financial crisis has also led the labor force in some areas to grind to a halt,

Antonis Kalogeridis, a 47-year-old construction worker waiting outside a Cyprus Popular branch with two friends, said he isn’t so worried about his savings but he has been squeezed by the two-week-long bank holiday on the island.

“I stopped going to work two weeks ago because they stopped paying us,” Mr. Kalogeridis said. “I only just have a few thousand euros in the bank so I don’t really care what happens. It’s just the insecurity you feel. I’m planning to come and get €300 every day.”

Read the article in its entirety here.

What would you do if you found yourself in this situation? Will you have your basic needs met without having to fight the hoards?

Vic Rantala of SafeCastle may have said it best when he said…

Unfortunately, if you are one of the millions of folks now furiously rubbing your eyes trying to focus on the glaring reality of the situation, well, you are too late to get ahead of the curve.

Nonetheless, you are still on pace to join the stampeding herds that are moving en masse to convert risky holdings into real assets that will hold or appreciate in value through a catastrophic global confidence crisis. Think life-sustaining assets such as farmland, precious metals, firearms, ammunition, storage food, survival gear, and alternative energy sources. Anything that actually has a practical value and that you hold in your possession can qualify.

What are you doing to prepare?