This posting represents the crossing of a milestone for Prepography. There’s not much in this note to help you become more self reliant or better prepared but there’s a lot in the previous 999 articles, notes, infographics and quotes.
That’s right, this is our 1,000th posting!
It’s interesting to see which articles are of the most interest to our readers…it’s not always what I expect. Some of the articles that take the the most time and effort researching and writing fall flat on their face with only a few hundred views, others which are written in just a few minutes on a topic that crossed my or one of our other writer’s mind or that I wrote for personal gratification only go viral.
To give you a feeling for how truly varied the most popular articles are, here are the Top 100 articles we’ve published in order from most popular to least…if our posts were graded on the curve, these are the top 10%, the ‘A’ work:
That’s the list…the top 10%. I can’t wait to see what the top 100 are from our next 1,000 posts!
Thomas Edison’s teachers …told his mom he was “too stupid to learn.” His attempts to build a light bulb failed a thousand times. When he finally succeeded, a reporter asked him, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention …with 1,000 steps.”
I recently had a conversation with a Prepography reader about the concept of intentional living. The concept was new to that particular reader and he encouraged me to introduce it to my other readers with a short article. I’m certainly not an expert on intentional living and it’s still more a goal than a habit but every month I get a little better at living with intention. Here’s that brief introduction:
I was recently asked by a longtime Prepography reader about what motivated me to write the Prepper’s Creed. It was really an attempt to capture the essence or ethos of the Prepper Movement as I understand it both from the preppers I know and my own experience. I wanted to codify how preppers differ from their preparedness ancestors, The Civil Defenders and The Survivalists. Each of these movements has made important contributions to and led to the development of The Prepper Movement. Think of the three movements as a preparedness family with Grandpa, Dad and Son all sharing interests but approaching those interests just a little differently.
The problem with the Civil Defender and Survivalist models available in the 1980s were that the Civil Defenders preparedness efforts was predicated upon getting all of society ready for a single type of event (nuclear war) and the Survivalists, although more broadly prepared seemed destined to abandon society altogether. Thank heaven for the preppers and their third way.
A Prepper is an individual or group that practices preparedness in advance of any significant change in normal circumstances. Preppers frequently describe this change in normal circumstances as “The End Of The World As We Know It” or use the acronym TEOTWAWKI. Continue reading
There is only one security, and when you’ve lost that security, you’ve lost everything you’ve got. And that is the security of confidence in yourself; to be, to create, to make any position you want to make for yourself. And when you lose that confidence, you’ve lost the only security you can have… Self-confidence is self-determinism. One’s belief in one’s ability to determine his own course. As long as one has that, he’s got the universe in his pocket. And when he hasn’t got that, not all the pearls in China nor all the grain and corn in Iowa can give him security, because that’s the only security there is.
Andrew’s Note: Hubbard is best known for founding a celebrity embraced religion but his Mission Earth Series is one of the most masterly written satires to ever explore the subject of bureaucracies. Watch out though…if you read the first book you’ll have to finish the series…and it’s a decalogy.
Whether your Dad’s a prepper or you just wish he were… here are the Top 10 Preparedness Gifts for Father’s Day:
One Second After by Dr. William R. Forstchen isn’t just one heck of an exciting read or the best book ever written to convert someone into a prepper…it’s both. This book presents an extremely well researched and science-based story with realistic, well developed characters and an exciting storyline.
One Second After tells the story of a group survivors in a small college town as they live through the aftereffects of an EMP. The only thing you have to worry about if you buy this for your Dad for Father’s Day is if he’ll loan it to you when he’s finished.
Cost: ~$9.00 for Paperback
I was fortunate to be raised by a father that introduced me early to the twin wonders of duct tape and WD-40. I remember him telling me the story of WD-40‘s creation and thinking it was too fantastic to be true…turns out he took very little editorial license. The WD stands for ‘water displacing’ (hydrophobic properties) and WD-40 was the first mass marketed hydrophobic coating but it also cleans, lubricates, penetrates, and protects. There are a number of superhydrophobic coatings entering the market currently but I can’t imagine that any of these magic formulations will be as multi-talented as WD-40. There are well over 2,000 documented uses of WD-40 according to the manufacturer but here are Prepography’s Top 10 Preparedness uses of WD-40. Continue reading
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
It’s that time of year again when people turn their yards and garages into second hand stores for a day or a weekend. I hate looking at other people’s junk but I love some of the deals I get when I’m Prepping with Garage Sales.
In our neck of the woods garage sales generally start at about 8 a.m. on Thursdays and many of the towns and subdivisions set aside just one weekend a year or one weekend a month for garage sales. I don’t tend to do a lot of research ahead of times but the local paper and Craigslist will give you a good set of marching orders. I tend to stop at garage sales that are along my way as I’m driving except for the city garage sales which are worth going out of your way for.
I challenge anyone to tell me there isn’t evil in this world… from the days of Cain and Abel, we know all too well there will always be evil. But that evil shouldn’t take away our freedoms. In fact, the only way to defeat evil is by taking advantage of our freedoms.
Taya Kyle (widow of Navy S.E.A.L. Chris Kyle) via Must Watch: Wife of Slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle Gives Heart-Wrenching Speech at NRA Event
Also Read Prepography’s Book Review: American Sniper by Chris Kyle
From a security perspective, many preppers concern themselves primarily with tactics, techniques and procedures for use in a long term WROL (Without Rule of Law) situation but I believe that all preparedness functions (see Full Spectrum Preparedness) especially security preparedness should be considered in light of a continuum of a security environments from today’s rule of law (imperfect though it is) through increasingly degraded security situations, short term WROL situations and all the way to a full, long term, WROL environment. Even in today’s ‘normal’ your security environment may change several times each day. Knowing this, you should frequently assess your security environment. You can find yourself in several very different security environments just by driving across most U.S. cities or even while standing still as day turns to night or crowds dissipate. Today I’ll provide you with a the first part of a framework to assess and adapt to various physical security environments by considering the Principals of Protections and Forms of Protection that the U.S. Army uses to adapt to their physical security challenges.
Spring Publishing Schedule: Spring prepping projects, work and travel schedule necessitate an adjustment to Prepography’s Publishing Schedule. We’ll continue to publish original articles three times a week, quotes daily and the occasional infographic, manual excerpt or guest article.
The task of weaning various people and groups from the national nipple will not be easy. The sound of whines, bawls, screams and invective will fill the air as the agony of withdrawal pangs finds voice.