Doomed to Repeat – Today’s Quote

The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance.  It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false.

Paul Johnson

Gandhi On Teaching – Today’s Quote

There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.

Mohandas Gandhi

War Department on Learn and Live – Today’s Quote

“The old saying ‘live and learn’ must be reversed in war, for there we ‘learn and live’ otherwise, we die.

It is this learning, in order to live, that the Army is so vitally concerned.”

U.S. War Department Pamphlet # 20-17, July 1945

King on Ignorance & Stupidity – Today’s Quotes

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hitler on Propaganda – Today’s Quote

By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise.

Adolf Hitler

Andrew’s Note:  We think the era of National Socialism (NAZI) was bad…imagine how much more damage Hitler and his propaganda machine could have done with modern media technologies.

Mayfield on Preparedness – Today’s Quote

Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy.

Max Mayfield, Director National Hurricane Center

The Intellectual Prepper Paradigm

Andrew’s Note:  Today’s article is on the creating an Intellectual Prepper Paradigm and having the intellectual honesty to face your own blind spots so that you can think clearly and take care of yourself and your family.

At a dinner with my daughters a few years ago I posed a question to them to assess their knowledge of the world, their education and world outlook…I already knew how intelligent they are.  The question I asked them is:

Are all cultures equally valid? (more…)

Andrew’s Top 10 Preparedness Websites

While I’m kind of partial to Prepography…there are a number of other preparedness related websites out there worth checking out as well.  Here are my current Top 10 Favorite Preparedness Websites:

  1. reThinkSurvival:  A great preparedness site written out of the Midwest.  The publisher is a heck of a nice guy I’ve corresponded with several times, great content and he offers a free e-book he’s written to subscribers.
  2. SHTF Plan:  Probably my favorite site these days.  New content every day in an easy to read format.
  3. Prep-Blog:  Nice site written by a couple of bi-coastal buddies.  I like the clean look of the site and the articles are written from a ‘exploratory’ perspective.  It’s almost as if you’re reading one side of a discussion and you are free to chime in to keep the talk going.
  4. Modern Survival Online:  A great, common sense preparedness site run by a nice guy named Rourke.
  5. SouthernPrepper1:  YouTube Site of a former U.S. Army Infantry Non-Commissioned Officer.  His scenario videos I find especially compelling as it puts you through a mental rehearsal for a world a lot different than we enjoy today.  The site’s ‘star’ has a preparedness consulting business in the Carolinas with Engineer 775. (more…)

Today’s Top 10 Prepping Motivators

September is Preparedness Month.  Here are 10 headlines from the past few days on diverse topics to help keep you focused on your prepping:

  1. Yosemite doubles scope of hantavirus warning to 22,000; third death confirmed:  Many diseases including hantavirus can be prevented through proper pest control and sanitation (personal and environmental).  Stock what you need and know what to do.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information on preventing hantavirus can be found here.
  2. Drug shortages down overall, but some linger longer:  Stocking the medicines your family needs to stay healthy is important for both mundane ‘drug shortages’ as well as societal upsets that could potentially break down the medical or drug distribution systems.  Make sure you stockpile legally by talking with your doctor or hiring a new one like Dr. Bob Olson.  Until recently Dr. Olson conducted his consultations by telephone to help preppers safely and knowledgeably stockpile critical medications.  The State of Missouri actually changed its law to close down Dr. Olson’s tele-practice.  You can still visit him in person or find a like-minded medical provider in your area.
  3. Rescuers told to keep at it after China quake kills 80:  Nature’s fury can strike anywhere at any time.  Keep on prepping and if you want to see a map showing 2.5 Magnitude or greater quakes for the last week…check out this map at the U.S. Geological Survey (as of this writing the earthquake map looks a lot like the Pacific’s Ring of Fire…it usually does).
  4. Yet another pig flu virus infects peopleZoonotic diseases (capable of cross species transmission) aren’t just creepy…they’re also scary because of their ability to mutate.  We wrote about this particular flu strain earlier this summer in Beware the Fair. (more…)

Deming on Learning – Today’s Quote

Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival.

Dr. W. Edwards Deming

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