Food & WaterBrick Giveaway

There is another great giveaway this week! I’ve teamed up with the Prepared Bloggers and EarthEasy to give away some food and waterbricks. Check out the details below.

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FoodBrick and WaterBrick Giveaway!

Eartheasy.com has graciously agreed to sponsor a pre-Thanksgiving Giveaway to one of our loyal readers so they can get their food and water storage off the ground! Today you get the opportunity to win FOUR waterbricks and FOUR foodbricks! The WaterBricks can hold up to 3.5 Gallons of water, and are sturdy enough to stack up to 4 feet tall. They are small enough to slide under a bed, and light enough (even when full) to be easily carried with their handy handle. The FoodBricks are the same size as the waterbrick, but they are specifically designed to pack, stack, and store food. They interlock and stack perfectly with the waterbricks. Both bricks are made of heavy, durable, BPA-free food grade plastic. Food and WaterBricks are perfect for preparedness, disaster relief, or any outdoor activity like boating, rafting, camping, tailgating, and more, and you can enter to win your very own set of EIGHT food and waterbricks (4 of each) today!

Meet the Bloggers Involved

The Busy B Homemaker
Home Ready Home
The Prepared Ninja
Living LIfe in Rural Iowa
Prepared Housewives
Food Storage and Survival
Blue Yonder Urban Farms
The Rural Economist
Abundant Living with Less
Are We Crazy or What?
The 7 P’s Survival Blog
Prepared in Every Way
Preparedness Mama
Stop Existing and Start Living
The Tattooed Homestead
Apartment Prepper
Homestead Lady
Trailer Park Homesteader
The Easy Homestead
Fabulous Farm Girl
Little Blog on the Homestead

Terms and Conditions

This FoodBrick and WaterBrick Giveaway is sponsored by Eartheasy.com, and is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Nov. 17th at 6:00 am (CST) and ends on Sunday, Nov. 23th, 2014 at 6:00 pm (CST). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone!

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Sunday Survival On The Web – 11/16/14

Survival Sunday On The Web

Happy Sunday! This week has been pretty busy and left me a little short on the preparedness finds but I did discover a few things that will hopefully add some value for you all.

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The internet is loaded with great information about survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of. I feel that it is important to share anything that could be valuable to all of us. Here are a few things that I found this last week for todays edition of Survival Sunday:

4 Life-Saving Tips For Vehicle Preparedness – I know that I am guilty of most often assuming that I will be at home if a disaster were to hit. This is not always the case. Besides home and work, most of my remaining time is spent in the car. This makes having a plan for survival on the road not only necessary but probably pretty smart. Check out these tips from Patrick Blair over at Survival at Home.

How To Build A Sturdy Takedown Bucksaw – This is a project that I have seen before but this tutorial from Todd at Survival Sherpa is the best. A bucksaw is a mandatory piece of equipment to have on hand anyway and can be a make or break in a survival situation. If you are not too handy or would prefer to not build your saw, check out this 21″ Sven Saw that breaks down for easy inclusion in your bag or kit.

Keep Your Power Out Supplies Together – This is a project that we have undertaken at our house but this article takes it to a whole new level. Our black out kit consists of the bare essentials to see in the dark. This article is awesome and will have you doing everything in the dark!

Getting Preps Ready For Winter – This is an article that has some great information about getting ready for winter as a prepper. I will be honest though, it is also just a great reminder to see this info from a preparedness perspective because it is a great reminder. We need to remember to not only obtain the skills and equipment that we need to be prepared but maintain them as well.

This wraps up my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for the difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

Make sure to check 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!

James Rawles from Survivalblog.com – Q & A

Q & A With James Rawles From Survivalblog.com

I recently wrote a review of Expatriates by James Wesley, Rawles (JWR for short) and as part of that review I was provided the opportunity to ask a few questions of JWR. (Like a bonehead, I forgot to include the Q & A with my review post.) This was both an honor and a daunting task for me. What I mean by that is that Mr. James Rawles is with certainty, one of the foremost authorities on modern survival. I wasn’t sure at first what I was going to ask him. Of course I had about 100 questions I wanted to ask him but I wanted them to be questions that may be able to help you all as readers of The Prepared Ninja. For those of you who may not be familiar with James Rawles, he is the founder of survivalblog.com, a preparedness consultant, and an expert on all things modern survival.

James Rawles

I hope you enjoy his insight:

1. Expatriates is in part, the story of a family living in the Philippines and a man living in Australia, all Americans, who are forced to ride out a global collapse abroad. If you were forced to choose a location out of the United States to live, where would you go?

I’d much rather stay here, but if forced to move, I would consider Belize, Uruguay, Chile, or perhaps some of the less populous small islands in the central Philippines.

2. While many of us would argue that the United States is slipping away from our roots, what makes the U.S. a great place to weather the storm if there were a disaster?

Our diverse economy, our rich natural resources, livable climate, and the fact that we are a net food exporter.

3. What surprises you most about the success you have achieved with Survival Blog and your books?

The market longevity of my books has amazed me. For example, my nonfiction book How To Survive The End of the World as We Know It has been in Amazon.com’s top 3,000 books for five years, and it is still ranked #4 in their Survival and Emergency Preparedness category. In a book market where most titles go out of print within 18 months, my books have had remarkably long legs.

4. If you could go back to the beginning and start prepping all over again, what is the primary thing you would do differently?

I would get an earlier start at growing fruit and nut trees. They do take a long time to reach their full potential.

5. Of the many items that are considered essential to being prepared for difficult times, what is the item that is most important to really do your homework on prior to purchasing and is worthwhile to spend the extra money for the highest quality?

Water filter quality ranges from abysmal to outstanding. Do your homework, folks!

6. As a parent, did you find it challenging to get your children involved in survival and preparedness?

No. It is part of our lifestyle. The challenge for us is getting our kids to understand the unprepared mindset of outsiders.

7. What are some pointers that you could provide to other parents that are interested in getting their children more involved in preparedness?

Make prepping and self-sufficiency fun for kids. It should not be seen as drudgery. Encourage your kids to excel in areas where they show a particular interest. For example, two of our kids really enjoy riding our horses.

8. As a veteran I have found that my military service revealed a side of our government that I was not previously familiar with, and not in a good way. Do you find that your military service motivated you to ensure that you were the best prepared that you could be?

Yes, my working in intelligence enlightened me about the vulnerability of western societies. I also gained a full appreciation of the effectiveness of weapons of mass destruction, and precision guided munitions. That was all the more reason to move to a remote, lightly populated region. I don’t want to end up “down range” of any of those weapons!

9. Do you believe that the average person can actually be prepared to survive the majority of threats that we face?

Absolutely. While there is no absolute “ultra safe place”, simply prepping while living in the suburbs will give people a substantially better chance of survival in most scenarios.

10. What advice do you have for someone who is reading this interview but has not taken any steps to get prepared for the tough times ahead?

Take the time to read SurvivalBlog’s Quick-Start Guide for Preparedness Newbies.

I really appreciate Mr. James Rawles taking the time to share his thoughts on survival and the current global environment. Hopefully it was helpful for you all. If you haven’t read them already, make sure to check out all of JWR’s books (available online and at most major book retailers). They are all great!

Veterans Day 2014 – Always Remember

Happy Veterans Day 2014!

I just wanted to say that I hope everyone has enjoyed their Veterans Day 2014 today. It is a time to have fun and hopefully get a respite from work as we celebrate the sacrifices that have been made by the uniformed service members of the United States.

Veterans Day 2014
My 2nd Tour in Iraq, 2005-2006

This is a special day to me because I made the choice to serve my country and to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. This has come at a price. There are many days that I missed with my wife and kids. Christmas and birthdays came and went and I was in the middle east just hoping for the chance to call and wish them a Merry Christmas or happy birthday. But even as hard as that was, there are many of my friends, brothers and sisters in arms, who have come back missing a part of themselves.

There is nothing wrong with having a good time today. In fact, I am making the best of my day by grilling hamburgers with my family and friends. My hope though is that you will all take the chance today to at least pause for a moment and think about everyone out there who has gone above and beyond so that we can live the life we have.

I also wanted to share a little bit of what the Department of Veterans Affairs has to say about the history of Veterans Day.

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

To read the entire history, visit the VA webpage.

It is important to know why we take this time of remembrance. Please make sure to share the true meaning of Veterans Day with your kids. I hope that you all have a great day!

Thank you for celebrating Veterans Day 2014 with me!

Survival Sunday On The Web – 11/9/14

Survival Sunday On The Web

It’s Sunday again and hopefully everyone’s week treated them well! One of the things that is on my mind as I go into this next week is Veteran’s Day and how the sacrifices of the few make such a tremendous difference for the majority. This is a sacrifice that comes at a great price. Even those of us who made it home without physical wounds still live every day with the memories of what we have done and seen. Make sure to thank a Veteran for everything that they have done for us and our country.

Survival SundayThe internet is loaded with great information about survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of. I feel that it is important to share anything that could be valuable to all of us. Here are a few things that I found this last week for todays edition of Survival Sunday:

The Psychology of Survival – Because Sometimes Prepping Just Isn’t Enough – I think there is something to be said about the mental aspect of prepping. There are a myriad of situations where you can have all the gear and training in the world but if your mind isn’t right, none of that may matter. This is some great insight into survival and how psychology plays a huge part.

Personal Protective Equipment For Biological Agents – There has been no shortage of news about Ebola and how it is becoming a global outbreak. This article covers personal protective equipment (PPE) that will work for not only Ebola but any sort of pandemic or outbreak. Not only are the various pieces of equipment covered but so are the levels of protection.

Reasons To (And Not To) Keep Chickens - Chickens are part of what I would like to implement into my long term survival strategy. I just need to get to a place where I can do it. Here are a few reasons to keep chickens if you are thinking about it and also a few reasons not to choose to keep chickens. It is good info to have if you are on the fence about it.

How To Wear a Bullet Proof Vest Correctly – This is another example of how having the right gear will only work to its maximum efficiency if it is correctly worn. There is also a chance to win a set of free body armor.

Why You Should Learn Wilderness Survival Skills – To be a well-rounded prepper it is imperative to know a variety of skills and this includes wilderness survival skills. Check this piece out on some of the reasons that you should learn these skills if you are not already convinced. This is actually the area that got me started into prepping. Just to be clear, I meant well-rounded in the sense of being experienced in a broad spectrum of skills, not just eating too much at the buffet. (Insert lame laughter here.)

Six Preparedness Tips For The Mobility Challenged – This is some great advice not just from the perspective of dealing with those who are already dealing with these challenges but because this is something that could happen to any one of us in a disaster situation. Plan for it now and it won’t be a game ender later.

This wraps up my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for the difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

Make sure to check 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!

18 Reasons Not To Suture A Wound

18 Reasons Not To Suture A Wound

Sutures, most commonly known as stitches, are the single most familiar method used to close a wound of any significance. It doesn’t seem to matter if it was a playground accident or a bar fight, there are many injuries that rely on being sewn (sutured) shut to promote healing and provide a pleasant looking end result. Not only because of their effectiveness but the level of appeal that sutures have, it seems that any wound that is serious in appearance warrants sutures in the eye of the person who does not know any better.

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While there are probably hundreds, if not thousands of different types of lacerations and wounds that get sutured, there are many reasons NOT to suture a wound. This part can be tricky because when a wound is really long, deep, or both; it can seem like the only right thing to do is to close it up with sutures. This is not always the appropriate choice and the distinction is important to be able to make. This is especially true in a survival situation where further care may not be available within a reasonable distance, if at all.

Here are some of the most common reasons that a wound should not be sutured (contraindications):

  1. Any wound that is more than six hours old.
  2. A wound that is dirty with severe contamination that requires extensive cleaning or debridement.
  3. Some concave skin surfaces like the temple is best healed through secondary intention (natural healing).
  4. Complex structures like the eyelid require complicated repair and should not be closed.
  5. Damaged tissue, especially in severe wounds, crush injuries, and gunshot wounds.
  6. Any bite wounds whether from an animal or a human.
  7. All open fractures.
  8. Absorbable sutures should not be used where prolonged approximation (joining) of tissue under stress is required due to risk of potential tearing of the tissues.
  9. If the patient is set to go on a long journey/prolonged travel.
  10. All wounds that are a result of combat.
  11. Any wound that involves a tendon, nerve, or major blood vessel injury.
  12. Any wound that is so severe that anesthesia cannot be obtained without a toxic dose of local anesthesia or sedation.
  13. Silk sutures should not be used in any patient with an allergy to silk or silk products as well as in any location where permanent retention of tensile strength is required.
  14. Most open joint wounds.
  15. A wound should not be closed if antibiotics are not available to treat an infection if one becomes present.
  16. If the patient has a known allergy to collagen or chromium, neither plain or chromic gut sutures should be used to avoid potential allergic reaction.
  17. The wounds of a patient that is in severe shock should not be closed because of the risk that poor peripheral circulation could hinder proper wound repair and healing.
  18. Avoid suturing a wound that may have to be treated with skin grafting (degloving injuries, etc.)

With all of that being said, while the reasons listed above are all reasons to not suture a wound, many of these reasons are just indicators to delay closure of the same wound. You can take several of the reasons listed above to not suture a wound and change the circumstances by introducing the ability to clean the same wound or the availability of antibiotics and the reason to not suture the wound is gone. This may delay the closure but does not ultimately rule out sutures in the long run.

The importance of knowing when to suture a wound and perhaps more importantly, when not to is applicable to everyone. You may not be the one that is doing the suturing but you still need to know this information. What if you see a person that was going to suture a dirty wound shut? You now know that a dirty wound should not be closed. This knowledge could potentially save the life of that person. Closing that dirty wound could lead to an infection that if not properly treated could eventually result in death. It is probably just best to know better to begin with.

For more information about sutures, please download the Wound Closure Manual on the downloads page.

Survival Sunday On The Web – 11/2/14

Survival Sunday On The Web!

It’s Sunday again and that means another edition of Survival Sunday on the web! I hope that everyone has been enjoying their weekend and had the chance to relax a little. With that being said, the world does not seem to be getting any better. We have a president who refuses to be a leader and has allowed Ebola to continue to spread among the general populace while he imposes a 21 day quarantine on the Soldiers who he forced to go to Africa to help fight Ebola. Talk about a slap in the face to the service members who put their lives on the line to try to stop a disease! They try to stop it while Obama tries to spread it.

That reminds me…have you all read that our new Ebola Czar, Richard Klain, believes that one of the top challenges that global leadership faces today is overpopulation? I find that just a bit ironic.

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The internet is loaded with great information about survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of. I feel that it is important to share anything that could be valuable to all of us. Here are a few things that I found this last week for todays edition of Survival Sunday:

Here is an awesome video about turning an old meat cleaver into a bush crafting knife-

Body Armor Giveaway! - There are still a few days to get in on this giveaway! AR500 Armor is giving away a body armor package that is valued at over $1300. This is a great chance to improve your defenses and peace of mind.

Financial Preparedness – One of the key areas to preparedness is financial security, both in the ability to prepare as well as be able to do what needs to be done in response to a disaster (leave a job if necessary, etc.). Check out Sean Ogle and Pat Flynn for some great info about creating your own independent income streams.

How To Scavenge After The SHTF – I have given thought to scavenging after a disaster before but I will be honest, I have never given specific thought to how I would do it. Alan on the Urban Survival Site has laid out not only a plan that would work for scavenging, but a list of places to check for useable items. This is something that should probably be printed out and added to your library or survival binder.

101 Low Cost Items To Barter When The SHTF – Gaye over at Backdoor Survival has put together a great list of barter items that are low cost to keep on hand in the event that things fall apart. It is a great list and practical because it is not a bunch of high cost items.

What The Government Is Really Saying… – This is a great article from Todd over at EdThatMatters about the current state of government and how it directly correlates with the need to be prepared. If you are not familiar with it, you should also check out one of Todd’s other sites, Prepper Website. It is loaded with the latest and greatest articles from the preparedness and survival community.

How To Prep Like A Spartan – Here is an interesting look at preparedness through the perspective of the ancient Spartan warrior. It is a unique, but applicable, view on how the mindset and training that the Spartan’s endured ties into modern preparedness.

This wraps up my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for the difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

Make sure to check 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 Giveaways!

I hope everyone is having a great week. It is Thursday and that makes me happy because the weekend is almost here!

There are always obstacles in life. There is no exception when it comes to getting prepared for tough times. It doesn’t matter whether it is time, money, or something else, the resources required for prepping can be hard to come by. This makes giveaways a great way to build on your preparedness efforts for a great price…FREE! Here are a few giveaways running right now that you might want to enter:

Trayer Wilderness Giveaway – I teamed up with Trayer Wildernesss and several other bloggers to giveaway a $75.00 gift certificate for the Trayer Wilderness store. They have some awesome stuff!

Maxpedition Backpack Giveaway – Make sure to enter the Maxpedition Vulture II backpack giveaway that I am doing with some other bloggers. This is a great bag for and survival kit.

Zombie & Dystopian Books Giveaway - The Survival Mom, Lisa Bedford is running a giveaway of several Zombie and Dystopian themed books during the Halloween season. One of the books being given away is Expatriates by James, Wesley Rawles that I just reviewed.

Survival Bunker Giveaway – Rising S Bunkers is giving away a 10 foot by 30 foot underground survival bunker complete with NBC air filtration, solar power, and a whole bunch of other stuff. It is the real deal!

AR500 Armor Giveaway – This is a body armor package valued at over $1300. It would be a great addition for your personal security.

I hope this helps! If there is anything else that I can do to help out, feel free to send me an email at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Trayer Wilderness Giveaway

I am stoked today to offer up the chance to get in on another great giveaway. I’ve partnered up with Trayer Wilderness and some other preparedness bloggers to support the Trayer’s Handcrafted Christmas! The Trayer’s have agreed to give away a $75.00 gift certificate that is good for anything in their store! This is a great opportunity to get your hands on a great gift for the prepper in your life! (Or maybe even to get yourself a gift!) Make sure to enter the giveaway but also make sure you take the time to check out the Trayer Wilderness store.

Trayer Wilderness Handcrafted Christmas Giveaway

Trayer Wilderness Handcrafted Christmas Giveaway

Trayer Wilderness is offering

(1) $75.00 gift certificate, usable on their website towards any combination of their handcrafted items!

Who is Trayer Wilderness?

Welcome To Trayer Wilderness

Trayer Wilderness is a family of three homesteading traditionally off-grid in northern Idaho with 100% solar power. Their family consists of the Mountain Man, Glen Trayer, his Mountain Woman, Tammy Trayer and their Mountain Boy Austin. They utilize the land and their God given talents to earn an income while living their dream. All their items are handcrafted on their homestead offering a little bit of something for everyone with their girly homemade goats milk soaps, candles and melting bricks by the Mountain Woman, the elk hide leather moccasins and paracord survival items such as gun slings, belts, bracelets and more made by the Mountain Boy and the Mountain Man’s hand forged tools, survival fire tools, paracord items, decorative metal art and decorative metal horse shoe art. The Mountain Man also invented and fabricated three different tools for fire making called the Trayer Fire Tool, the MultiFlame Tool and the MultiFlame Mini Tool for the outdoor enthusiasts and survivalists. The Mountain Woman also has several e-books soon to be released at their website TrayerWilderness.com which will educate on solar living, building a traditional cabin, building a traditional smokehouse and more. Additionally, they will be adding e-courses in the new year offering more in depth education and training on blacksmithing, brain tanning, canning, soap making, etc. They offer a weekly newsletter that will keep you well informed on all they offer.

Here are some reviews on the Mountain Man’s Fire Tools:

Trayer Fire Tool

MultiFlame Mini Tool

MultiFlame Tool

They not only handcraft items in the wilderness, but they also educate on homesteading, natural health, healing and essential oils, wilderness survival, traditional and primitive skills, autism, whole foods and a gluten free and casein free diet, living off the land, off-grid and solar living and so much more. The Mountain Woman has a weekly radio podcast on the Survival Mom Radio Network and they share their information on many social media platforms and on YouTube. The Mountain Woman also writes for the New Pioneer Magazine, American Frontiersman, Prepare Magazine, Self Reliance Illustrated, Backwoodsman Magazine and Cabin Life Magazine. Be sure to connect with them below and check out their website to see what items you would purchase if you were the winner of their $75.00 gift certificate!

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Sunday Survival On The Web 10/26/14

Happy Sunday Survival! I hope that you are all having a great weekend and are gearing up to not only survive the week ahead but the unknowns that our future may hold. It is imperative to be prepared because you never know what is going to hit and when it will happen. There has been a lot going on in my life this last week but I was still able to find some great stuff to share with you all.

Before I get to all of that though I wanted to ask if you have you gotten your free copy of Special Operations Forces Medical Kits guide yet? If you are a current WordPress subscriber and would like to receive a free copy of the Special Operations Forces Medical Kits guide, send an email to tom@thepreparedninja.com. Make sure that you use the email address you subscribed with. This is also going to be the last week that I will have updates going out through WordPress and MailChimp. After this week, I will be shutting down my WordPress subscriber database and will strictly use MailChimp.

Sunday Survival

The internet is loaded with great information about survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of. I feel that it is important to share anything that could be valuable to all of us. Here are a few things that I found this last week for todays edition of Sunday Survival:

Body Armor Giveaway! - AR500 Armor is giving away a body armor package that is valued at over $1300. This is a great chance to improve your defenses and peace of mind!

What If Your Apartment Has Ebola? - We are living in interesting times! Even if you do not watch the news or read the paper, we all know that Ebola is spreading and is a hot topic right now. This article by Bernie over at Apartment Prepper has some great advice about what to do if you find yourself living in close proximity to the Ebola virus.

Planning On Bugging Out? Some Things To Consider – It seems like the idea of bugging out in a survival situation is always viewed as being somewhat glamorous. Here is a look at some of the things that you should consider if this is part of your survival plan.

Build An EDC You Can Be Proud Of – Here is an area where I often fall short. It seems like putting together an Every Day Carry Kit, as simple as it should be, is often complicated because it can quickly become cumbersome. Here is a look at putting together a functional EDC set up.

How To Make An Emergency Shelter In 5 Minutes Or Less – Sometimes it seems like the simplest things are the best. This is especially true when you find yourself short on time. Todd at Survival Sherpa has put together a light weight, down and dirty plan for building an emergency shelter, quick.

Is Expired Food Safe To Eat? - This is a topic that I often find myself discussing with my wife. She will almost never eat anything, regardless of how the label reads, that is past the “expiration” date. Make sure to check out a little insight into what the information on our food labels actually means when it comes to the safety of eating it.

Ten Fall Preparedness Projects – The seasons are changing and that means that it is a good time to take care of some projects. We all have things we need to get done but here are some that we should focus on as preppers. I know that numbers 4 and 5 are the ones that are easy for me to forget, even though they are some of the easier and faster tasks on the list.

This wraps up my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for the difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

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Maxpedition Vulture II Backpack Giveaway

I am excited this week to be part of another great giveaway. A great group of fellow bloggers and I have joined up to give away a Maxpedition Vulture II backpack. The preparedness applications for this bag are almost endless. It would make a great bug out bag, car bag, day pack, or even a school bag. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

Maxpedition Vulture II

Maxpedition Vulture II Backpack Giveaway!

Whether you use this backpack for camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, or as an emergency pack, you are sure to love it. On the off-chance that you already have too many quality backpacks, this would make a fabulous gift for someone special!

Meet the Participating Bloggers

The bloggers listed in the Rafflecopter form below have come together to purchase this prize for one lucky contestant. As you click “Like” on the form, visit their pages and get to know them. Every time you like, comment on or share one of their posts, you are supporting their page. We all appreciate you so much.

Enter to Win

This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. Entrants must be age 18 or older to enter. Giveaway runs from 12:00 am MST October 25th to 12:00 am MST November 2nd. Winner will be drawn November 2nd and emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email before another entrant is chosen, so check your spam folders too!

Good luck!

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Common Mistakes Preppers Make

Today I wanted to do a post on some of the common mistakes that are made by preppers. It is a good topic to cover because I think we all make mistakes. Some of us (myself included) have made some stupid decisions that seemed like they would help one way or another but they never quite worked out.

As I started to type, I suddenly remembered that I had seen a great video over on The Daily Prep about common mistakes preppers make before. I did a little digging on YouTube and found the video! I understand that we all have a different way of presenting things but I didn’t feel like I could do it any better than Dan.

I really like Dan’s work. He has a great way of wording things. Did you hear anything that surprised you? I think even if we have heard all of this before that it can be an important reminder of what to steer clear of (or avoid doing again).

It is worth mentioning that there is more to Dan than his YouTube channel. If you visit his website, you will see a lot of useful information. He has a few great guides that he has put together and offers free to his subscribers! They are:

  • Pulling The Trigger: 6 Steps To Purchasing A Prepper Pistol
  • The “Average Joe’s” Guide To Long Term Food Storage
  • A Prepper’s Come To Jesus: The 8 Biggest Mistakes That Preppers Make (I believe this is the companion guide to the video above.)

Don’t miss out on the quiz that Dan has put together titled, “What Kind Of Prepper Are You?” My results were that I am a pantry prepping pro! I suppose that is a good thing. You wouldn’t want to be reading this if it turned out that I was a prepping idiot and have nothing to offer! Unless it was for entertainment of course.

Common Mistakes Preppers Make

It is always good to ensure that we all keep our focus and learn from one another. I appreciate Dan sharing a few common traps that we should all avoid. What do you think are some common mistakes preppers make? Did Dan miss anything?

Survival Sunday On The Web 10/19/14

I hope that everyone has had a great week! I want to start off this week with an apology. Last week I mentioned that I had migrated everyone but my WordPress subscribers over to MailChimp. This has been a good move but I made a big mistake! While I remembered to mention that new subscribers could get a free download, I failed to mention that my existing subscribers aren’t excluded! I am sorry for the omission. If you are a current subscriber and would like to receive a free copy of the Special Operations Forces Medical Kits guide, send an email to tom@thepreparedninja.com. Make sure that you use the email address you subscribed with.

Survival

The internet is loaded with great information about survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of. I feel that it is important to share anything that could be valuable to all of us. Here are a few things that I found this last week:

Building Tribe, Part I and Part II - This is a great two part article about putting together a group of like minded individuals. I like it because it takes a different approach than the average ‘build a prepper group’ article. These articles talk about the importance of people and not necessarily their practices. If you take your survival seriously, you will eventually need to band together with a tribe of your own.

Tips From A Storage Unit Auctioneer - There are many people who buy the contents of storage lockers who have been defaulted on as a way to find survival items. This is a great article about storage units that is full of useful tips from an experienced auctioneer who has not only sold storage units, but bought them as well. Whether you are buying abandoned storage lockers to profit or to prepare, this article is very useful.

39 Fantastic Prepping Tips - Here are some excellent tips on prepping and survival. Most of them are designed to be done in ten minutes or less. There are some great ones but one of my favorites is #8 – The 10 Minute DIY Water Distillery.

How To Filter & Purify Water - This is a great article that compiles several outstanding ways to get clean water in an emergency. It would be a great one to print out and add your files.

Build A Brick Rocket Stove - There are several options for cooking during a grid-down or survival scenario. Not all of them are quick, efficient, and cheap but this brick rocket stove is. It would be a great low-cost addition to anyones preps.

This wraps up my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for any difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

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Expatriates Book Review

I just finished reading the book Expatriates by James Wesley, Rawles  and I was not disappointed. In fact, this is my new favorite Rawles novel. It is not only entertaining, but informative as well. This is not the first JWR novel that I have read (they were all good) but Expatriates clearly demonstrates what I believe to be his best writing and a great amount of research to develop such intricate details throughout the book.

In previous installments of JWR’s writing, I was somewhat conflicted by the fact that the story was often broken up with the explanation of what the characters had done to prep or were doing to survive. Don’t get me wrong, the additional details are what makes his novels very helpful and they would lose some value if those facts were missing. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that Expatriates seems to be a great balance of the helpful preparedness facts that are reminiscent of a JWR novel with a story that flows nicely.

Expatriates

The story of Expatriates is unique because it tells the story of a missionary family in the Philippines and a petroleum engineer in Australia, all Americans, and their struggles as they find themselves outside the United States during a major socioeconomic meltdown. Away from their family and systems of support at home, the Jeffords (missionary family) and Chuck Nolan (petroleum engineer) are forced to not only endure the fallout of the socioeconomic meltdown (referred to as the “Crunch” in Expatriates), but the ensuing power grab that is carried out by the newly radicalized Islamic government in Indonesia. It is not the typical “defend the homestead” type of post-apocalyptic thriller.

While a fictional account, Expatriates also gives the reader a good account of what guerrilla warfare is all about and what the actions of a few can actually accomplish. This is why, as a conventional force, we have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan for years without “winning” these wars. But even as the Guerrilla forces fight against an oppressive Islamic army, there is plenty of knowledge to be gleaned from the experiences that the characters in Expatriates go through. It is a great demonstration in the power and importance of community and relationship building. Without the relationships that were formed in the story, the outcome would have been very different.

Not only did I enjoy the story, I appreciated the various quotes that were printed at the beginning of each chapter. Here are two of my favorites:

Never forget, even for an instant, that the one and only reason anybody has for taking your gun away is to make you weaker than he is, so he can do something to you that you wouldn’t let him do if you were equipped to prevent it. This goes for burglars, muggers, and rapists, and even more so for policeman, bureaucrats, and politicians.

- Aaron Zelman and L. Neil Smith, Hope, 2001

The more I learn about people and society the more I love guns and explosives. Guns and explosives are more understandable, more predictable, and less hazardous.

-Joe Huffman, in his blog The View from North Central Idaho

This first quote represents one of the ways in which some of the world’s most well known dictators have risen to power. The second quote I like because it is true.

The bottom line is that Expatriates was a great read that I could not put down. It was entertaining, informative, and thought provoking. You will not be disappointed. If you have read any of James Wesley, Rawles novels, you will love Expatriates. If you like the post-apocalytic thriller genre, you should read this book. It is available online and from most major book retailers.

Other fiction titles from James Wesley, Rawles include:

Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

Founders: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

And the soon to be released:

Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse

In addition to these titles, JWR also has two great non-fiction books which are a great resource to either establish or grow your preparedness efforts. They are:

How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times

Tools for Survival: What You Need to Survive When You’re on Your Own

2014 Midterm Elections – Make Or Break?

I have great concern over the direction that the country is headed. With that being said, I am even more concerned about how the results of the 2014 midterm elections will impact some major issues. Earlier this year, the president opted to postpone executive action on immigration because of the potential impact of the midterms this fall. Legislative action did not come together for the president so in true Obama form, he was threatening to make another royal decree take executive actions on immigration. To me this means that if the Dems were concerned that this executive action would cause some loss during the 2014 midterm elections,  they are not supported by most Americans.

2014 Midterm Elections

The single greatest step that can be taken to avoid disaster is to get out and vote (if you still believe in the system) and choose a candidate that truly will represent the people and stand up for what we actually want. If not, that is your prerogative but my guess is that if the Democrats manage to get the outcome that they desire from the upcoming elections, they will feel emboldened to take wide and sweeping action on a number of issues. We all know the president has nothing to lose and a good outcome in the midterms for the Dems will likely make them feel like a Hillary Clinton 2016 victory is in the future. All of this could add up to the perfect storm against liberty and freedom.

If LibertyGate 2014 comes to fruition, it seems like some of the most likely proposed executive and legislative actions will impact us as preppers. Some of these issues will probably look familiar to you as they have already been pushed before and failed. The immediate things that come to mind include:

I am sure there are others that will be on the list but this is what comes to mind as I sit here typing. If this does happen, there is going to be a run on guns, magazines, ammunition, maybe body armor, and perhaps even internet goods. Just the threat of action is all that is needed. It might only take a Democrat sweep of the 2014 midterm elections and not even the threat of action! Nothing even has to actually pass legislation to wipe the store shelves clean.

It seems the prudent thing to do is look at what might be threatened in the future and take appropriate steps to obtain those goods now. If scary black guns are on your wish list, time may be running out. There is finally some availability of AR series rifles, 30 round AR magazines, and “high-capacity” pistol magazines. I would hate to see what would happen if there is the threat of gun control legislation or additional executive action again. Does everyone remember the $100 PMAG’s following the 2012 presidential election? I do!

My intent is not to be a fear monger. That is the last thing that I feel is helpful but, then again, a little bit of fear might be a good thing if it provides the motivation required to get you and your family prepared for tough times. Keep your eyes toward the future and take action today!

Survival Sunday On The Web

This week I made a big move in trying to improve the quality and overall user experience of The Prepared Ninja by migrating my subscriber list over to MailChimp. As a result of this move, I will be able to offer new subscribers the opportunity to download a free copy of the Special Operations Forces Medical Kits guide (a look at the med kits that America’s elite medics carry into combat). If you are already a subscriber, I migrated your email address over MailChimp (unless you were a WordPress subscriber, then you will have to subscribe in the new box in the right sidebar). Thank you for your continued interest in The Prepared Ninja!

Survival

The internet is loaded with great information about survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of. I feel that it is important to share anything that could be valuable to all of us. Here are a few things that I found this last week:

50 Last Minute Ways to Prepare for and Emergency - This is a great list of tasks that should be completed in the last few days, hours, and minutes leading up to a disaster. On a side note, if you are looking for more food storage information then you know what to do with, make sure you sign up for Jodi & Julie’s mailing list.

Four Greatest Kinetic Threats To Preppers – I recently hear about Forward Observer ( a magazine by veterans, patriots, and preppers) in a podcast interview. This article outlines the greatest physical threats to preppers. Look around the site because there is plenty of other useful information!

How to Safely Shelter In Place During a Pandemic - This is a great article from Gaye at Backdoor Survival about setting up your home to shelter in place during a pandemic. This is timely information based on the fact that Ebola seems to not be going away.

Where You Should Hide Your Food - Do you have a plan in place that allows you to hide your food from intruders, marauders, or even the government? Check out these great places to hide your food to keep it safe during a disaster or unrest.

Camp Fire vs. Survival Fire vs. Cooking Fire - Do you know which type of fire to build for each survival situation in which you might find yourself? This article sheds some light on the different types of fires you can build and what the best use of each type is.

Evaluate the Perimeter Of Your Property - I found myself thinking pretty hard about some of the questions posed in this article. How is the perimeter of your property protected? What would you do if you needed to better protect it? Read this article for some good questions that you should ask yourself.

This wraps up my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for any difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

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Will Your Fuel Stores Fail You?

It is impossible to survive a hardship for any significant amount of time without a plan. Improvisation can work, but not usually for longer periods of time. This demands a long term plan. While a solid plan is multi-faceted, two of the key components of a complete survival plan are energy and transportation. For mostly obvious reasons, one of the easiest ways to get energy during a disaster is from a generator and most of us rely on a vehicle as our primary means of transportation. While these two items serve two different purposes, they do share one common thing…their fuel source.

Fuel
Fuel Storage

THE PROBLEM

Unless you are using newer technology like a solar generator, you will need gasoline for both your car and your emergency generator. This poses some unique challenges for the prepper who is concerned about not only having enough fuel for the here and now but for long term survival as well. The primary challenges with fuel storage are where to put it and how much of it to store. This takes a safe storage area like a specialized underground tank and probably some math to calculate the fuel consumption of all necessary equipment multiplied by the amount of time that you would like to be able to run the selected equipment. But that is not what this is about. What if you have all the fuel in the world but it becomes worthless?

ETHANOL IS A KILLER

Why is alcohol bad for an engine? The ethanol (most modern gas has up to 10% alcohol content) in fuel attracts water which in turn causes the formation of rust and corrosion in your engine. This is especially true in vehicles and equipment like generators and mowers that have a tendency to sit for long periods of time. In addition to rust and corrosion, ethanol causes the rubber and composite seals and gaskets to break down and fail. Most newer vehicles have been built to better withstand the use of 10% ethanol fuel but that is only if the fuel is consistently replaced and not allowed to sit for any length of time. This is the exception though. Almost all power equipment is adversely impacted by ethanol containing fuels, especially those that have been stored. Just to add to the problem, the Environmental Protection Agency gave the ok a few years back to add up to 15% ethanol to fuel. It is not only effecting cars, trucks, and power equipment; outdoorsman have been warned that ethanol fuel may kill their boat motor too.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO

The best solution for fuel storage is to avoid ethanol containing fuels all together. (By the way, you get better gas mileage with 100% gas because of the higher energy content that is watered down in 10% ethanol gas.) There are gas stations that still sell ethanol free fuels. You can find the closest ethanol free gas stations at pure-gas.org which seems to have a fairly accurate account of not only the street address, but the GPS coordinates of these stations. That is not always realistic though. Consider these options to deal with ethanol fuels:

  1. Use the fuel that you are storing and then replace it immediately. By doing this, your fuel stores will be rotated and not have the opportunity to go bad so easily.
  2. Add fuel stabilizer to fuel stores to remove water and prevent the fuel from going bad.
  3. There is also the option of installing a shut-off valve on the fuel line. An article from The Crux titled, ‘How To Protect Your Vehicle From Ethanol Gas‘ has some a great tip on using a shut off valve to save some engines.

Most motorcycles have a fuel tap that you can use to turn off the flow of fuel from the gas tank to the engine. When you’re done riding, turn the tap to “off” and let the engine idle until it burns up the remaining fuel in the carburetors. Then it will just stop running – and you can leave it that way for awhile without worrying about stagnant fuel in the carburetors decomposing the internals. You can do the same with a car – if you install an shut-off valve in the fuel line, ahead of the carburetor. With power equipment, your best bet is to drain their tanks and run the engine until it shuts down.

I am not an expert but I would speculate that you could install a fuel cut off valve on almost any piece of power equipment if it doesn’t have one already. Here is a YouTube video on how to do just that:

ALTERNATIVES

If you would like to avoid the difficulties of fuel storage all together, make a long term survival plan that does not require fuel at all. Seems simple right? The reality is that this can be a challenge, but it is not impossible. Solar systems, even on a small scale, can be a great way to charge the batteries needed to provide the necessary energy to survive. Here is a great article from fellow blogger Graywolf on how to build a simple, portable solar power system. A system like this could be used to charge a variety of batteries from AAA all the way up to high performing deep cycle, marine grade.

Fuel free methods of transportation are limited but in the event that there were some sort of long term survival scenario, a bicycle can be invaluable. Not only have bicycles been the transportation solution of choice during disasters in the past, they are often used in third world countries and high population density areas as the best non-vehicle option for getting around. In addition to a bike, a bike trailer could be incredibly useful if things were to go bad.

While there are problems with todays fuel, there is no avoiding it for most of us. We have become a society that is dependent upon using gas for almost everything. If you can’t avoid it, make a plan to properly store fuel and don’t forget to have a secondary plan in the event that you run out.

21 Survival Uses For Dental Floss

Most everyone knows that dental floss is an integral part of daily oral hygiene but how many of you knew that dental floss was also a key component to a survival kit? In fact, for the little that it weighs and the amount of space that  it takes, dental floss could very well be one of the most valuable components in your survival tool kit!

Dental Floss
Survival Uses For Dental Floss
  1. Sewing – It is hard to beat the durability of dental floss, especially when it comes to making emergency repairs to clothing and equipment. Unwaxed dental floss is typically the best option for sewing.
  2. Whip A Rope – This is the best way to keep a rope that is not nylon from unraveling. Check out this tutorial to see how to whip a rope.
  3. Replace A Shoelace – This is pretty straight forward but doubling or tripling the thickness of the floss will work best.
  4. Clothesline – Fall in the lake? No big deal, just tie up some floss between two trees and hang your clothes up to dry.
  5. Trip Wire – A nice tight length of dental floss is a great trip wire for an early warning device. Just make sure to rub some dirt on the floss to keep it from standing out like…well, a piece of white dental floss tied between two trees.
  6. Suspend Food In The Air – If you find yourself in the woods without a good place to store your food, place it all in a bag and then suspend it in the air from a tree with some floss.
  7. Fishing Line – It is estimated that dental floss is equivalent to about 20 lb test line which makes it great for almost all survival fishing.
  8. Fix Glasses – While not pretty, a piece of floss can be tied through the frame of your glasses to replace a missing screw.
  9. Start A Fire – Wax dental floss burns well! Wrap dental floss around a match to significantly increase the burn time.
  10. Make A Snare or Trap – Dental floss will not hold its form as well as wire but it can definitely be used to make a snare or trap in a survival scenario.
  11. Lashing Together A Shelter – An improvised shelter will need to be lashed together in most cases but if you don’t have any cord, use some floss!
  12. Tie A Knife To A Pole – Dental floss can be used to secure a knife to a stick or pole for use as a spear to hunt or fish with.
  13. Securing Gear – Don’t have room in your bag for a piece of gear? Tie it to the outside with some dental floss. It can also be used to make a dummy cord for an important piece of equipment.
  14. Make A Bow String – I don’t know that a single strand of dental floss would work well as a bow string but a braid of three strands would likely work well as a backup or improvised solution.
  15. Hand Cuffs – This one makes me cringe a little. (I think it could be a bit painful!) If the emergent need arises to detain an attacker or invader, floss can be used for handcuffs in a similar manner to handcuffing someone with paracord.
  16. Make A Fishing Net – This takes the knowledge of how to make your own fishing net but, dental floss will hold up well against the water and makes a strong net.
  17. Cutting Food – While not sharp, the small diameter of dental floss allows it to easily cut through some foods. In this case, think soft foods like cheese or bread dough.
  18. Make A Rope – Dental floss can be woven together to make a rope.
  19. First Aid – Floss can be used as a substitute for sutures as well as for tying off a severed artery or the umbilical cord of a newborn baby. (It is not a great substitute for a tourniquet because it can just cut into the skin instead of effectively stopping bleeding.)
  20. Hide Items In A Wall – Use dental floss to suspend items in the hollow space inside interior walls.
  21. Treasure Hunting – This was a surprise to me but there has been successful treasure hunts using dental floss as the key component of the treasure recovery system. Read a first hand account here.

Hopefully if you didn’t realize it already, you now know how valuable dental floss can be in a survival situation and some of the many reasons that it should be included in your kit.

What else do you use your dental floss for?

Fall FoodSaver Giveaway

This week I am excited to be a part of the Fall FoodSaver Giveaway with the Prepared Bloggers! It couldn’t be happening at a better time either. The FoodSaver is the perfect tool for putting up the last of the vegetables and will come in handy when deer season starts! On top of that, I love using my FoodSaver to vacuum seal items for my survival kit. It sure saves a lot of room!

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This is a great way to preserve your food for an extended amount of time. You can make mason jar salads, package your cheese in smaller bags, the list is endless. We are all thinking about how to be prepared for the unexpected times in our lives. This FoodSaver will help you save money by not wasting any of your precious grocery dollars.

The fine print: This FoodSaver Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Oct. 6th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Monday, Oct. 13th at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders.

Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!

*****Please note: We may have to exchange this exact FoodSaver with a comparable or more expensive FoodSaver should this item sell out or not be available when our giveaway ends. Thank you so much for your understanding. Good luck!
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Sunday Survival On The Web

To start things off this week I want to thank everyone for participating in the National Preparedness Month giveaways last month. They were a huge success! With that being said, just because September is over doesn’t mean that the giveaways are over. Make sure you come back tomorrow for the next great giveaway. Now on to last weeks great survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of…finds on the web!

Prepping and Fish Antibiotics – Dale and Lisa over at SurvivalistPrepper always put out great content and this article, with  its accompanying podcast, are without exception. (On a side note, the SurvivalistPrepper podcast is one of my favorites!) This will give you a good overview of the various fish antibiotics that are currently available and the uses that they serve. Make sure to check out the Camping Survival link in the right sidebar for a great selection of fish antibiotics.

Baiting Tips For Hogs – It doesn’t matter if you are hunting to put food on the table during good times or bad, the successful hunters are those who know what it takes to bag their prey. Check out these awesome tips on how to successfully bait when hunting for hogs.

CDC States…”now is the time to prepare” – Rourke over at ModernSurvivalOnline posted a piece about a short guide that the CDC recently shared with hospitals about being properly prepared for Ebola. Make sure to check out the checklist for tips on how you can get prepared for Ebola or any pandemic.

Why Carry A Gun?: People Carry Concealed Guns For Many Reasons – This article takes a look at the many assumptions that the anti-gun crowd makes about concealed carry and how that compares to the facts surrounding concealed carry and personal security.

How to Make Oral Rehydration Solution: This Knowledge Could Save a Life! - This is a basic recipe for oral rehydration salts (ORS). While there are several recipes that can be found for ORS, the basic ingredients are typically the same. This is a good bit of information to have in your survival tool kit!

This wraps up my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for any difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

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Sunday Survival Around The Web

To start things off this week I want to remind everyone about the Preparedness Month MEGA Giveaway that has one day remaining to enter! It is the last event for National Preparedness Month that was put together by myself and a group of fellow survival and preparedness bloggers. Make sure to check it out, and don’t forget to enter if you haven’t already!

The internet is loaded with great information about survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of. I feel that it is important to share anything that could be valuable to all of us. Here are a few things that I found this last week:

Not A Good Sign: Iran and China Prepare Joint Naval Exercises: While not directly a survival article, this is information that is worth knowing. I don’t know what the future will bring but it is even more important to be prepared for the unexpected if Iran and China are becoming friends. Especially knowing that we just had China participate in the U.S. led, Rim of the Pacific naval exercises! But they wouldn’t share what they learned with Iran would they?

3 Barter Items You Probably Haven’t Considered But Will Be Valuable Even If The Poop Doesn’t Hit The Fan!: There are tons of articles out there about barter items but not all of them are about items you will actually use. I have seen many accounts where people were stockpiling up on items like tobacco when they don’t even smoke! This will only work if you actually get to barter with someone that needs tobacco. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

13 Steps To Prepare For Civil Unrest: Civil unrest can come about as the result of almost anything and it can happen without any notice. Ask the residents of Ferguson, Missouri. In all reality, next to a personal disaster (loss of a job, loved one, etc.) or a natural disaster, civil unrest is probably one of the most likely survival scenarios to occur. Check out these steps that we can all take to make sure we are ready!

Creating The Average Joe Look: I am sure that most of us are familiar with the “gray man” look but what is your plan to achieve mediocrity with your appearance? This will help you make sure that you are not noticed; good, bad, or otherwise.

So You Can’t Afford To Prep, Eh?: This is a valuable article that will help you think about the financial choices that we all make, and how those choices come at the cost of lost opportunities. At a minimum, this could be a valuable mental exercise on where we could all make some cuts.

This wraps up my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for any difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja it would mean everything to me if you would be willing to share my page with your friends and family! Of course, a monetary donation of any amount is always appreciated. If you would like to make a monetary donation of your own, it can be made via PayPal here. Thank you for your support!

Zombie Survival Classes Anyone?

The following is a guest post from Kimberly about survival and the recent appearance of zombie survival as the topic of study in college courses.

Zombie Survival Classes Anyone?

Admit it, you’re one of the few zombie apocalypse addicts who, at one point, played “The Walking Dead” roles just so you could feel the rush of being chased by zombies. Right? Or maybe you are one of those avid zombie fans that have read and studied all techniques to survive the zombie armageddon. Well, you don’t have to wait for dead men to start walking, you can now officially be a bachelor of zombie survival!

Last year, the University of California, Irvine announced that a massive open online course titled “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’” will be offered to students interested in zombie survival. Apparently, this was not the only one. The University of Pennsylvania offers a course titled, “A Zombie’s History of Medicine and Technology”, George Mason University offers Anthropology 314-Zombies, Columbia College Chicago opened the course Zombies in Popular Media, and even Harvard University which offers Zombies, Monsters, and Super Heroes: The Fantastic in 20th Century America. You may think it’s crazy. If so, then the US government is crazy too!

In 2011, the US government drafted the CONPLAN 8888-11 titled “Counter-Zombie Dominance” which documents a strategy to defend the state against a zombie attack. As the document read, “ this plan was not actually designed as a joke.” With all the zombie courses and zombie survival classes, it seems that we are now embracing the idea of having an actual zombie attack. (Tom adds: The actual idea behind CONPLAN 8888 was to outline a viable plan to deal with the fallout from a fictional training scenario that the public perceives as real, similar to the panic experienced by some with the broadcast of  ‘The War of The Worlds’ in the 1930′s. Labeling the plan as “Counter-Zombie Dominance” would eliminate confusing the plan with a real location or scenario.) This may sound foolish for most people but for preppers, this is where their expertise comes in.

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Preppers 101: Are They Crazy?

You might be thinking: Preppers are indeed crazy! Most people have a prepper stereotype, one who locks all their doors, keeps a huge amount of canned goods, guns, and locks himself in the bunker. However, preppers are people who believe that a catastrophic disaster or emergency is likely to occur in the future. With this thinking, preppers stock food, ammunition, and other supplies. In recent years, the number of preppers in the US has exploded to an estimated 3 million. All over the country, people are stockpiling their pantries, planting gardens, utilizing alternative sources of energy, and studying self-defense courses among others. Besides, there’s no harm in getting ready if problems arise, right?

Due to the term itself, the word is exaggerated to mean someone who prepares for the doomsday. But in reality, there are different reasons to be prepared. Some prepare for the collapse of the economy, saying that if the economy burns down, numerous aspects of life such as transportation and communication could be crippled. Others prepare for natural disasters.

Terrorism, killer epidemics, and mass hysteria are other dangers preppers prepare for. Being a prepper does not necessarily mean preparing for a doomsday or a zombie apocalypse. It does not mean you want to experience it as well. Look within your neighborhood, there’s bound to be one person planting crops in her garden, another who keeps a healthy stock of food in the pantry, another keeps a gun inside his home – that’s prepping already. So you see, preppers are not at all crazy because thinking of survival steps and being ready for disasters is being systematic.

Walking, Reading, Writing, Studying With The Dead

You’ve probably seen the show Doomsday Preppers, the show that gives us an insider look of extreme preppers. Well, there’s a new one on air, the Zombie Preppers, which basically showcases people preparing for the zombie apocalypse. For preppers, preparedness is everything. Just like insuring your house or car, why not insure your life with some survival lessons?

In an article published in express.co.uk, National Geographic’s Tim Ralston said, “Prepping is a kind of insurance. You have car insurance, health insurance, life insurance. Why not this?” Another article published in the National Geographic, David Donohue, Franklin County Emergency Services Director said,  “Let’s face it – if you’re prepared for zombies, you’re prepared for anything!” Such was the point of the entire Zombie course of UC Irvine, “There will be something for everyone in this course, which will explore concepts as varied as post-disaster nutrition, the foundations of human survival and stereotypes in a Darwinian environment,” UC Irvine professor Zuzana Bic said.

Even the CDC showed support on zombie survival titled “Preparedness 101:Zombie Apocalypse,” which noted that “zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way.”  Given that there might be a zombie apocalypse, or even if there won’t be any, arming yourself with survival skills can have huge benefits.

Increase The Prepping Experience

Your prepping experience is incomplete without survival training up your sleeve. Survival training should be the basic training to prepare you for any type of disaster or dangerous situation, starting with basic skills such as finding your way in the woods, building a camp or shelter, looking for trail signs, or gathering food in a different environment. There are numerous videos online and even classes which offer survival skills training.

You should remember that part of the training does not involve actual zombies nor an asteroid actually hitting your home. Therefore, you should practice on your own and regularly. Work on those skills during your free time; go hiking or mountain climbing. Be one with the environment which you intend to be your safe place. If you intend to stay at home, master your house and your neighborhood. Always have a back-up plan. Here are some of the benefits that you can get from survival training:

  1. It increases the odds of your survival.
  2. It helps you manage yourself during tough situations, building up your character in dealing with harsh realities.
  3. You learn to be less dependent on the system.
  4. You gain a stronger sense of self reliance.
  5. You also learn which gear and kits to buy among a whole lot of necessary things.

Have you ever pondered upon these points? The world, nature, economy, everything is unfathomable. It may be here one second, and gone the next. People who are building their survival skills to become independent and prepared are not at all crazy. The concept of a zombie apocalypse may be crazy but just like everyone else, you value your safety and even that of your family’s. Now, would you like to take on zombie survival classes? Anyone?

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Sunday Survival Around The Web

To start things off this week I want to let you all know to make sure to check back here tomorrow. There is a MEGA giveaway that is being launched as the last event for National Preparedness Month by myself and a group of fellow survival and preparedness bloggers. Make sure to check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

The internet is loaded with great information about survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of. I feel that it is important to share anything that could be valuable to all of us. Here are a few things that I found this last week:

BREAKING NEWS: 3 Afghan Soldiers in U.S. for Training Reported Missing From Cape Cod Base - There is a report coming from Massachusetts National Guard officials that three Afghan National Army officers are missing from their place of duty as part of a tactical strategies joint exercise. This could be a coincidence however, is a particular concern in light of the threat from groups like al Qaeda and ISIS who would like nothing better than to attack Americans on our own soil.

How To Communicate When The World Goes Silent – This is a great piece from Graywolf Survival (an awesome resource by the way!). In this article Graywolf covers a myriad of communication options that could be viable choices when events place strains on telecommunications or when things just plain don’t work.

10 Disaster Preparedness Tips for Couples – Some great tips for all couples who are working towards becoming prepared for a disaster. My favorite tip listed was to make the joint decision to prepare. Things are always easier in a relationship when everyone is in agreement!

Plans Fail…Skills Endure – Todd over at Survival Sherpa has this great piece on the value of having skills because while plans are great, they do not always come together in the end. This is a great point and further value can be gleaned from it when you stop and think about the fact that even if you have supplies, they will run out and all you will be left with is your skills.

This wraps up my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for any difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

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The Core Concept Behind the Assault on Your Freedom

The following is a guest submission from J. Roberts about one of the lesser discussed beliefs held by those of “higher” learning.

The Core Concept Behind the Assault on Your Freedom

“In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill….All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself.”

-        Club of Rome, 1993

In 1894, the Times of London estimated that in under 60 years, every street in the city would be buried nine feet deep in horse manure. Similarly, a New York prognosticator in the 1890s predicted by 1930 the citizens of that not-so-fair city would see that selfsame horse excrement rise three stories high if nothing were done. Neither the Times nor the New York diviners had computer models, but undoubtedly, if they had, given their underlying assumptions, the conclusion would have been the same. Garbage in, garbage out, as the programmers say.

Linear predictions such as the above were first formalized by the Rev. Thomas Malthus (1776–1834) who noted that population is not always immediately limited by food and energy, writing in his 1798 An Essay on the Principle of Population, that “The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man” and “That the superior power of population is repressed, and the actual population kept equal to the means of subsistence, by (the mechanisms of) misery and vice.” Malthus’ writings need much more nuance for the scholar reading this, of course, but in short, the crux of the issue was the well-known quote that human population increases geometrically, while food supply is only able to increase arithmetically. Thus, if population is left unchecked, misery, starvation and death will result. And in large part, much of what you see today in the socio-political realm, is built around this one basic presupposition. To illustrate the point, bear with me as I cite a large number of well-known leaders and groups who parrot the exact philosophy of Malthus, only in more modern garb. Scan or skip the quotes as you need, but my purpose in providing the quantity of citations is to illustrate just how well entrenched this philosophy is throughout our culture.

“The present vast overpopulation, now far beyond the world carrying capacity, cannot be answered by future reductions in the birth rate due to contraception, sterilization and abortion, but must be met in the present by the reduction of numbers presently existing. This must be done by whatever means necessary.” Initiative for the United Nations ECO-92 Earth Charter (of course the authors of this are excepted, presumably)

A cancer is an uncontrolled multiplication of cells; the population explosion is an uncontrolled multiplication of people. Treating only the symptoms of cancer may make the victim more comfortable at first, but eventually he dies—often horribly. A similar fate awaits a world with a population explosion if only the symptoms are treated. We must shift our efforts from treatment of the symptoms to the cutting out of the cancer. The operation will demand many apparently brutal and heartless decisions. The pain may be intense. But the disease is so far advanced that only with radical surgery does the patient have a chance of survival. Stanford Professor Paul Ehrlich, The Population Bomb. Ehrlich is a former 1970s global cooling fanatic, which demanded development and population restrictions, who a few decades later converted to global warming fanatic, which also requires population restrictions. Ehrlich predicted the world would come to a catastrophic denouement from global cooling in the 1970s – but of course he has now converted the mechanism for our destruction to global warming. Whatever fits the narrative.

“We have to take away from humans in the long run their reproductive autonomy as the only way to guarantee the advancement of mankind.” Francis Crick, discoverer of the double-helix structure of DNA

“One America burdens the earth much more than twenty Bangladeshes. This is a terrible thing to say in order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it’s just as bad not to say it.” Jacques Cousteau, UNESCO Courier (Jacques, of course, with all his globe-trotting, was equivalent a zillion Bangladeshes –though only half as bad as Obama’s regular vacations – but as Orwell warned us, in the socialist paradise, some of us will be “more equal” than the others.)

“A reasonable estimate for an industrialized world society at the present North American material standard of living would be 1 billion. At the more frugal European standard of living, 2 to 3 billion would be possible.” United Nations, Global Biodiversity Assessment

- “A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline would be ideal.” Ted Turner, founder of CNN and major United Nations contributor. (Ted…. are you volunteering to “check out” first?)

- Noted professor Eric Pianka declared that the Earth would be better off if nine out of 10 people were to die. “The Earth’s population is growing,” said Eric Pianka of the University of Texas, who was named the 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist by the Texas Academy of Science. “We will see a point when we reach the carrying capacity – there aren’t enough resources.” Pianka believes the planet’s current population of 6.5 billion is much too high, and 700 million would be the ideal number. He says people are turning the Earth into “fat, human biomass” and leaving the planet “parched,” as the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons quoted him as saying. According to Pianka, the most likely instrument for killing 90 percent of the Earth’s human population is the Ebola virus, after it evolves the capacity for airborne transmission: “War and famine would not do. Instead, disease offered the most efficient and fastest way to kill the billions that must soon die if the population crisis is to be solved. AIDS is not an efficient killer because it is too slow. My favorite candidate for eliminating 90 percent of the world’s population is airborne Ebola (Ebola Reston), because it is both highly lethal and it kills in days, instead of years. We’ve got airborne diseases with 90 percent mortality in humans. Killing humans. Think about that. You know, the bird flu’s good, too. For everyone who survives, he will have to bury nine.” As with Mr. Turner, there are no reports that Dr. Pianka is volunteering to help out the situation by going first.

- Finnish writer Pentti Linkola is the classic uber-greenie, who wants to reduce Earth’s population to 500 million and abandon modern technology (presumably he is getting his message out via smoke signals) who wrote: “What to do, when a ship carrying a hundred passengers suddenly capsizes and there is only one lifeboat? When the lifeboat is full, those who hate life will try to load it with more people and sink the lot. Those who love and respect life will take the ship’s axe and sever the extra hands that cling to the sides.” And of course, America is the core of the problem: “The United States symbolises the worst ideologies in the world: growth and freedom” Adds Linkola, and “Any dictatorship would be better than modern democracy. There cannot be so incompetent a dictator that he would show more stupidity than a majority of the people. The best dictatorship would be one where lots of heads would roll and where government would prevent any economic growth. We will have to learn from the history of revolutionary movements — the national socialists (Nazis), the Finnish Stalinists, from the many stages of the Russian revolution, from the methods of the Red Brigades — and forget our narcissistic selves.” Linkola has also publicly called for climate change deniers be “re-educated” in eco-gulags and that the vast majority of humans be killed, with the rest enslaved and controlled by a green police state, with people forcibly sterilized, cars confiscated and travel restricted to members of the elite (what? You expected the leftist elite to eat their own cooking?) No word from Linkola as to who will control the controllers, of course. A fellow Finnish environmentalist writer, Martin Kreiggeist, hails Linkola’s call for eco-gulags and oppression as “a solution,” calling for people to “take up the axes” in pursuit of killing off the third world. Kreiggeist wants fellow eco-fascists to “act on” Linkola’s call for mass murder in order to solve overpopulation. Linkola and Kreiggeist come from a long line of those that would just that! The Black Book of Communism, by Courtois, et al, says various flavor of the left murdered 100 million last century, while Dr. RJ Rummel, Univ. of Hawaii, puts the number as high as 160 million (the vast majority murdered by the left). See his web site, or take the time to review his magnum opus, Death by Government, which provides details on how he came up with his numbers.

“If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels.” Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Leader of the World Wildlife Fund

“Malthus has been vindicated; reality is finally catching up with Malthus. The Third World is overpopulated, it’s an economic mess, and there’s no way they could get out of it with this fast-growing population. Our philosophy is: back to the village.” Dr. Arne Schiotz, World Wildlife Fund Director of Conservation.

“There is a single theme behind all our work–we must reduce population levels. Either governments do it our way, through nice clean methods, or they will get the kinds of mess that we have in El Salvador, or in Iran or in Beirut. Population is a political problem. Once population is out of control, it requires authoritarian government, even fascism, to reduce it….” and “Our program in El Salvador didn’t work. The infrastructure was not there to support it. There were just too goddamned many people…. To really reduce population, quickly, you have to pull all the males into the fighting and you have to kill significant numbers of fertile age females….” The quickest way to reduce population is through famine, like in Africa, or through disease like the Black Death….” Thomas Ferguson, State Department Office of Population Affairs. “Too many goddamed people.” I think that expresses your sentiments perfectly, Mr. Ferguson. (“Godammed people” pretty much sums up the whole issue, but again, Mr. Ferguson probably doesn’t consider himself “people” – he is undoubtedly special.)

- “Depopulation should be the highest priority of foreign policy towards the third world, because the US economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less developed countries”. Dr. Henry Kissinger. Kissinger also noted “The world’s population needs to be reduced by 50%,” and “The elderly are useless eaters” Kissinger is 91 – but no word yet if he plans to “check out” early. Y’know… just to do his part and all.

“Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Nope, no word from the leftist media on this racist comment. And never will be, either.

“The Planetary Regime might be given responsibility for determining the optimum population for the world and for each region and for arbitrating various countries’ shares within their regional limits. Control of population size might remain the responsibility of each government, but the Regime would have some power to enforce the agreed limits.” Obama’s science czar John P. Holdren, cited from Ecoscience. Holdren is a current global warmer cult leader – while in the 1970s, he joined Ehrlich as a fanatic global cooling alarmist. Any mechanism to control the population, you know!

“It is easier to kill a million people rather than trying to control a million people… people are fighting back…our capacity to impose control over humanity is at an historical low…” Zbignew Brzezinsi

- As just one final example of hundreds of quotes I could have included, the Club of Rome in 1993 stated in their The First Global Revolution, that “In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill….All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is mankind.” Came up with the idea”… as opposed to “the facts led us to the conclusion.”

The fact of the matter is, as Robert Zubrin observed, to today’s Malthusians, “… each new life is unwelcome, each unregulated thought or act is menace, every person is fundamentally the enemy of every other person, and each race or nation is the enemy of every other race or nation.” Yes, we are back to the disproved socialist assumption that life and economics are a zero sum game, but this assumption is not up for debate – at least among the powers that be (and for those of you who think of Thomas Kuhn’s famed book The Structure of Scientific Revolution, which deals with how intellectuals become victims of group think just as easily as your local “Yes we can” chanters, you are exactly right). And it is not just your life that is unwelcome, but your financial status as well, until you not-so-mercifully decide – or it is decided for you- to put off this mortal coil. The economic side of the matter is put most clearly by the World Wildlife Fund Living Plant Report of 2012, which Lewis Page summarizes in the May 16, 2012 edition of the Register that “economic growth should be abandoned, (and) citizens of the world’s wealthy nations should prepare for poverty.” Individual rights are verboten, of course, given the Malthusian threat to the earth. As Harvey Ruvin, Vice-chair of International Committee for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI), a group that wants to impose the green agenda on everyone has noted, “Individual rights must take a back seat to the collective.” Pol Pot, move over… but please do not concern yourself that Obama and his cronies might have their tee times or uber-luxe vacations impacted.

Perhaps the best known antecedent of the ideas quoted above comes from the National Socialist (Nazi) T4 euthanasia programme, run by Hitler’s doctor, Karl Brandt. As early as 1929 Hitler proposed 700,000 of the weakest Germans be “removed” per year. By Aug. 1939, every doctor and midwife was notified they must register all children born with genetic defects, retroactive to 1936. The doomed were to “give their lives for the greater cause.” Nazis used injections; then later – being the ever-efficient National Socialists they were – used carbon monoxide. They would then send a letter to the parents, telling them that their child was dead (hey, it depends on what the definition of “was” was, right?) from pneumonia, and already cremated.

As you know, those responsible for the T4 programme were condemned and punished at the Nuremburg Trials after World War II. Importantly, ignorance or “just following orders” was not an excuse during these court proceedings. Most interestingly, individuals like Kissinger were with the Allied army as they fought Germany during this time, and should have zero excuse. Yet today, the Nazi wannabes are back at. For example, Drs. Francesca Minerva and Alberto Giubilini just published an article in a respected, academic journal about “after birth abortion” (sic) in the Journal of Medical Ethics (source), while Dr. Peter Singer of Yale believes that children should be able to be killed up to two years old (yet all the while he refuses to euthanize his elderly mother, who is horribly incapacitated with Alzheimers). It is, as the philosopher/theologian Os Guinness once noted, that “while all philosophies are arguable; not all are livable.”

You are now aware of the impact of Malthusian philosophy on population and resources, and have a general idea of who and what is behind it – which is pretty much the bulk of Hollywood, academia, the lamestream media, Al Gore and his acolytes, Agenda 21 types, and your Hilary-esque political, social and economic betters. You may have also surmised, correctly, that this Malthusian presupposition is going to directly impact you, your health, your wealth, your family, and your now nasty, short and brutish life.

Here we come to the crux of this article. Is the Malthusian assumption actually valid? Or is it just one of those faux truisms accepted by a culture for generations, such as the thinking that Chinese girls’ feet should always be bound, or the Boston Red Sox could never win the World Series after they traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees. Has anyone actually conducted a real life, boots-on-the-ground examination of the Malthusian assumptions?

As a matter of fact, someone has. But before we go there, a few preliminaries. Were you aware that between 30 and 50 percent of all food produced globally, equivalent to two billion tons, is thrown away each year according to a recent report written by the UK-based Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME), titled ‘Global Food; Waste Not, Want Not? The problem is not with production, it is with distribution. Might I suggest that before we ponder throwing away human lives, as per Dr. Pianka above, we start by making sure food isn’t thrown away? Similarly, were you aware that three times the current population of the world could fit in the state of Oklahoma, which has an area of 69,903 square miles? In this case, one square mile will accommodate 278,784 people if each person were allowed 100 square feet. At that rate the state of Oklahoma could accommodate a 19.49 billion people— almost three times the earth’s current population of 6.4 billion – with the entire acreage of the US left over to farm, hike, populate with office buildings, put solar panels on, etc. The highly quoted scientist, and author of The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming, Bjorn Lomborg, takes the issue of trash under the same microscope, noting that the entire waste produced by the United States in the 21st century could fit into a square 100 feet thick and 28 km along each side, or 0.009% of the total surface of the United States

Lomborg also considers pollution from different angles. He notes that air pollution in wealthy nations has steadily decreased in recent decades, and finds that air pollution levels are highly linked to economic development, with the less developed countries polluting most. Again, Lomborg argues that faster growth in emerging countries would help them reduce their air pollution levels, and suggests that devoting resources to reduce the levels of specific air pollutants would provide the greatest health benefits and save the largest number of lives (per amount of money spent), continuing an already decades-long improvement in air quality in most developed countries. Similarly concerning water pollution, Lomborg notes again that this is connected with economic progress – not bumping off people, as the ignorant Georgia Guidestones imply.

Some will erroneously conflate being profligate, ignorant, wasteful with those who disagree with the Malthusians. That is an utterly gross misunderstanding of the issue. The point is that human life brings with it not just resource consumption, but intelligence, which is the key point in the whole debate. Going back to the horse manure issue in London, human intelligence brought about the invention of the automobile, which solved the manure issue. If the mad doctor Pianka had been around then, perhaps Henry Ford would have been intentionally bumped off by the Spanish flu before he got his auto industry in gear. Ah, but the car has created problems the Malthusian will say. And of course, the simple rejoinder is that the next step to resolve the issues brought about by the car are under way. The catalytic converter has already solved a certain percentage of the smog problem, though obviously more needs to be done. In fact, that “more to be done” is already under way. The very day this article began to be composed, a new paper in Science, reported how University of Glasgow scientists have taken a major step forward in the production of hydrogen from water, using solar powered electrolysis to break the bonds between hydrogen and oxygen, the constituents of water. Dr. Dan Nocera of MIT has a similar new product, marketed by SunCatalytix, which he explains in a YouTube video. The issue is, the Univ. of Glasgow scientists and Dr. Nocera may never have come into existence were it for the Malthusians, and in fact, if the Malthusians had their way, horse poop might well actually be 9 feet high in London now – though of course, they presumably would have killed off much of the population to prevent the problem. The real problem is not the number of people, but rather the corruption of law, politics (yes, Harry Reid, we are looking at you!), distribution processes (which are most efficiently left to Adam Smith-style private initiative, not USSR-style central planning), the slowing of patent granting (of which I have personal experience), socialism-caused poverty, and more. The problem is not population, per se.

We now come to the piece de resistance about the Malthusian misunderstanding, which it is found in the famed Julian Simon/Paul Ehrlich wager – essentially a wager between whether Malthus was right, or if the ingenuity of man is more significant. Simon’s point was that “The most important benefit of population size and growth is the increase it brings to the stock of useful knowledge. Minds matter economically as much as, or more than, hands or mouths.” Simon bet the then catastrophic global coolers – who are now catastrophic global warmers – Paul Ehrlich and John Holdren in 1980 that the price of chromium, copper, nickel, tin, and tungsten would go down, not up, by Sept. 29, 1990.  In fact, all five commodities – which Ehrlich selected – went down by the targeted date. In Oct. 1990, Ehrlich mailed Julian Simon a cheque for $576.07 to settle the wager.  No word if current unelected Obama science czar Holdren chipped in any dough or not. But – as the last refuge of scientific (or economic) scoundrels – of course they trot out the old “this time will be different,” and the Malthusians, in the form of Agenda 21ers, etc. still remain in their cult-like trance.  The Wikipedia summary of the Simon/Ehrlich wager can be seen here.

The key point of this paper, which the Malthusians who deign to run your life based on their faulty assumptions miss, is that scarcity is mitigated by human intelligence and creativity. Horse poop doesn’t grow up to the trees in downtown NY or London, without some brainiac coming up with a novel solution. I will admit, however that horse apples do, apparently, grow up to the trees and beyond in the halls of academia or some bought-and-paid-for politician in Washington or Brussels.

It is true, as Orwell once noted, that “There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.” Malthusianism is one that is at the top of the list.

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