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
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.
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.
Andrew’s Note: Today we introduce The Quartermaster and The Quartermaster’s Report. The Quartermaster brings us information on cool gear and equipment as well as the availability of cool gear and equipment. Today’s report is on the X CALIBER Shotgun Gauge Adapter System.
Ever wished you could carry one gun and have it shoot multiple calibers and guages? I’m not talking about .38 Special and .357 Magnum either…I’m talking about a tool that can hunt grouse as a 12 Gauge shotgun but quickly convert into to a 7.62×39 to drop a deer and even to .22 Long Rifle to bring down a squirrel…well now you can.
Top 10 preparedness uses of mineral oil…mineral oil is a colorless, odorless and tasteless liquid byproduct of petroleum refinement. Mineral oil is often used for it’s hydrophobic properties which means that it repels water. Mineral oil is non-conductive and will also air. Mineral oil doesn’t expand when heated which is why it’s often used for hydraulic and heating (like space heaters) applications. There are a number of different grades of mineral oil available including ‘food grade.’
Mineral oil can be purchased at pharmacies, grocery stores, pet shops, veterinary supply houses, hardware stores or online but you should only stock and store ‘food grade’ mineral oil to have the most potential uses and reduce the risk of using the wrong type for your application. Some grades that aren’t as refined are believed to be carcinogenic so stick with ‘food grade.’
Andrew’s Note: Jefferson didn’t mean these as a replacement of the Judeo-Christian Ten Commandments but as his own ‘Ten rules for living.’ Jefferson’s 10 Commandments for Living still translate remarkably well after two centuries…not unlike some of his other works…
Today I’m pleased to announce the release of our first application for Android phones and tablets. The Prepography
Android Application can be found HERE in the Google Play Store or just search the store for “Prepography.”
The application provides an RSS Feed, a shortcut to the website and shortcuts to our articles on the 10 Fundamentals of preparedness that we describe as Full Spectrum Preparedness. The application is pretty responsive but the RSS feed option does take a few minutes to load the first time it’s selected.
The application will be enhanced from time to time as we develop more tools for the preparedness minded so make sure to sign up for the automatic updates. I’d like to include some checklists as well if I can adapt those I use personally for more generalized use. Maybe some readers will have some enhancement ideas as well.
Of course we’ll add the Prepography Android Application to our Online Tools Library as well…
I hope this application makes it easier to access the information provided at Prepography. I almost forgot to mention that the Prepography Android Application, like the website is provided for FREE. Enjoy!
Michael Bloomberg is a former businessman, media magnate, the Mayor of New York City and the 10th richest person in the United States. He’s so sure that he knows what’s good for you that he’s willing to use all the power that he has at his control including his wealth (estimated at $25 billion net worth), his media darling status, his influence and the mechanisms of government he controls to make many of your everyday choices illegal.
Some of the decisions he doesn’t think you’re qualified to make for yourself include…. Continue reading
After spending entirely too much time this week (not to mention a year of keeping every receipt and logging every business, charity and military mile driven) and getting ready to spend WAY too much money filing my State and Federal Taxes I thought I’d do something I’ve never done before and appropriate today’s article from another website….it’s OK they want to get the word out…what follows is a brief introduction to a tax program that just makes so much sense the only reason we haven’t done it is because special interests wield so much power in our seats of government. Ladies and gentlemen there is a better way to tax…The Fair Tax…
While I’m partial the Flat Tax proposal as well I think it’s a harder sell because so many voters have been sold on the idea that the more successful you are the more of your labor (as a percentage of your income) should be taken from you (isn’t there a word for forcibly taking someone’s labor?)…don’t get me wrong…the only thing rich about me is my imagination, my friendships and the love of my family…but I aspire to be wealthier and don’t believe that the harder someone works the more they should be indentured to government. The Fair Tax takes that argument away because it taxes consumption (it also treats investment and dividend income the same as earned income)…and the more you make the more you are able to consume…but you could just as easily consume little and save…which is good for society as well.
The bad news is that I’ve made most of these prepper mistakes…the good news is that you can learn from my mistakes:
Today I’m running a Best of Prepography article on Stealth Prepping that first ran in July of last year. I’m rerunning this today in response to a request I saw over the weekend at another preparedness site encouraging folks to publicly identify themselves as preppers in an attempt to shatter the Doomsday Prepper narrative that the media usually attaches to those prudent enough to prepare. I understand the reasoning…it seems that anytime a criminal is found to have more than one firearm or a deep larder they’re labled by the news media as another crazy prepper or wacko survivalist. I hate that our movement is having it’s reputation tarnished but I’ll bet you got into prepping for your family…don’t risk everything you’ve accomplished (or intend to accomplish) with your preps by ‘going public.’
Being a ‘Stealth Prepper’ means keeping your preparations to yourself and practicing what we call OPSEC (Operational Security) in the military. The journey towards self-reliance and preparedness for life’s unexpected situations is exciting…you will want to celebrate your successes and discuss how to rectify your failures with like-minded people…but don’t do so until you put a lot of thought into who you’re talking with, who they’ll tell and so on. Here are the Top 10 Reasons to be a Stealth Prepper:
The next time you call 911 because you need a police response you might be referred to ‘another department’ that will take your police report over the phone…at least if you live in one of the safest (if you believe gun control reduces crime that is) cities in the country…Chicago. It’s scary to think about no police response to 911 calls…
Chicago authorities are revamping how police respond to 911 calls in hopes of freeing up more officers to respond to the most serious crimes.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that starting Sunday officers won’t respond in person to lesser crimes. Those include vehicle theft or incidents where the victim is safe and doesn’t need medical attention.
Those calls will go to another department and police reports taken over the phone.
The move is expected to make the equivalent of 44 police officers available and comes as the city has seen a spike in murders.