This post is going to be a response to allegations and rumors being spread by a certain “water based prepper” via podcasts and articles over the past couple of months. It has come to my attention that this person cannot simply let things stay in the past and continues to attack me and my friends in the prepping establishment, using our popularity in an attempt to propel himself into greater favor amongst preppers. This person doesn’t give us the respect of speaking to us, won’t answer direct messages from us and has even begun having his own followers attack us in twitter and issue threats about the situation.
So how did all of this begin? Well, this began when Doomsday Preppers aired on March 05, 2013. The episode featured the prepper in question and I was live-tweeting during the show. The next day I posted my review of the show, which can be read by clicking the link below:
Following the posting of my review one of the preppers posted a “response” to my review, which is linked from within the above article. I read the response and found that it was a scathing attack upon my person in response to a review that realistically wasn’t very bad at all. This person surmised from my posting that I was unqualified to be a prepper and should never have dared to question his claims about his boat. He provides plenty of information in his post about just how smart he is in comparison to me and dismissed me out of hand. Mind you, he didn’t read any of my other postings, nor did he read my book. He didn’t communicate with me via twitter to question my review nor did he allow me to answer his response by virtue of closing the comments on the posting, even though in his response he demands that I give him the “respect” of posting out his response to my followers in Twitter.
After my reply to his response, posted on the original review as an update, this individual began attacking me in twitter. This lasted a day or two and then it died down, or so I thought.
Since that time I have found that this individual is using just about every platform available to him to attack me, and yes I know it is me based upon his descriptions and using “zombie” with all of them. He doesn’t say anything to me and since I ignore his articles I knew nothing about it until someone else sent me a message about them. I listened to the podcast and read a few articles and, well, got a little angry.
Here is this person attacking me and my fellow preppers by trying to discredit us in every forum available. He does this by scaring the listeners and readers into thinking that if they follow us or listen to us we are going to put their lives in danger. He makes statements that since we don’t provide everyone our “resume” or a stack of credentials we obviously don’t know what we are talking about and therefore should not and can not be trusted. When I informed this person of my military background he dismissed it out of hand saying that most people in the military don’t know anything about survival/prepping. You see, no matter what “credentials” are provided, he will find a way to dismiss them because that is his goal. This is not about “protecting” people from us, this is about elevating himself above what he perceives to be his competition.
Don’t believe me? How come his latest article spends so much time talking about some mysterious and diabolical Twitter conspiracy to keep his tweets hidden from the rest of the world? Why does he spend so much time talking about people purchasing twitter followers in some grand scheme to make people think we are more popular that their account shows? This is a way to make other people believe we are “padding” our accounts in order to impress the less informed.
You can listen to his rant here:
Or you can read a text article written after the podcast was released here (WARNING – VERY LONG ARTICLE):
Why am I posting all of this person’s rants and hate in my own article? Because UNLIKE some people, I DO believe in giving people all of the available information. I want people to be able to listen and read this information and decide for themselves whom they would like to put their trust in and whom they will decide to discount.
Another big portion of the article revolves around Twitter handles. Apparently everyone in the world that is using a Twitter handle instead of their real name is hiding something and cannot be trusted. This was mentioned in his first response to my review and he has carried this through the entire time even though I provided him my real name. As a matter of fact, my Twitter profile contains the name of my book, which on Amazon is accompanied by my name, my bio and a picture of myself. I guess having to click on something is just too much for some people.
Secondly, just because someone doesn’t share their name online doesn’t make them scary or devious. This is once again a ploy to place himself above all others. In reality, this same person uses a Twitter handle as well! He puts his real name in his profile, but that is his own choice.
Another area of attack is that all of us horrible and hidden people are just trying to cash in on the prepper movement. A comment he made about my website was that there was a lot of ads on it so therefore I MUST just be in it for the money, right? Amazingly, this SAME person is putting up “reviews” of supplies and equipment that are truly nothing more than sales pitches, placing ads on his website and promoting his book and posts just like everyone else. Apparently this is a very serious case of “do as I say, not as I do”.
Now, before we get TOO far along let me just say this…
I do not CARE what this person claims to be, what he sells, how he preps or what credentials he possesses. This is not about competition and this is not about sales in my opinion. This is about one person’s OBVIOUS crusade to discredit specific preppers for his own reasons and purposes. Not ONCE have I questioned this man’s ability or knowledge. Not ONCE have I questioned his credentials or his knowledge of prepping. I wrote a review that he didn’t like and since that time he has been out to get me. PERIOD.
In return I have been continuously attacked in writing and in speech by this person. He is smart enough not to post my name or speak my twitter handle, but MANY people in the prepping community know exactly whom he is referring to when he alludes such things based on the history and the nature of the comments. These attacks are not only on me, but also are upon my business, Plan and Prep, by virtue of the business being built upon my own personal reputation. The attacks are baseless as he has NEVER pointed out a SINGLE thing I have posted or written that is incorrect or flawed other than his perceived slight in my review of his episode of Doomsday Preppers.
In order to attempt to quell some of this person’s fears about my credentials and my Twitter followers I will post both credentials and Twitter information below. Any future attempts by this person to defame myself or my business via his text based articles or audio podcasts will be handled through legal action.
Plan and Prep Credentials
Plan and Prep is a company created and run by myself, Alex Newton. I was in the US Army Military Police but never served in any combat roles. I was active in the Cub Scouts as a boy, was Den Leader for my son’s Cub Scout den and have taught basic First Aid and CPR classes as a volunteer. I grew up in the south and spent a great deal of time hunting, fishing, camping and enjoying wildlife. I have a college degree (BA) in Computer Information Systems and have worked in the IT field for over 14 years. I hold several professional IT certifications. I have served as a firearms instructor and I earned “expert” marksmanship credentials in every weapon I qualified with in the Army. In Basic Training I earned “marksman” with my M-16 but re-qualified at my permanent duty location as expert. I studies numerous martial arts through my youth and have been trained in hand to hand combat as well. I excelled in security logistics and weapons in the Army.
When joining the US Army I was required to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). Although a 51 was required to qualify for Military Police (MOS 95B) I completed the test with a 99 AFQT, which is the highest score possible. I do not include this information to “brag” but simply to show that sometimes “credentials” don’t tell the whole story.
My “specialty” in prepping is logistics and planning. I am not a farmer or a survivalist. I can splint your broken leg but I can’t perform surgery or repair a torn artery. I make no claim otherwise anywhere in my writing or my speaking. I take my knowledge and the needs of the person or family in question and I help them plan. I teach people how to plan for themselves, things to consider and areas to review. I have NEVER claimed to have all of the answers.
I wrote my first book, “Plan and Prep: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse” in 2012 and it has sold over 3500 copies worldwide. Out of those 3500+ sales I have not had a SINGLE person contact me and question the information within the book. Only one person has given it a bad review and that was for presentation, not content. Most of the book’s content was completed through my direct knowledge but some content came from other sources within Plan and Prep and from research and trial and error.
I have written and published over 20 articles since that time, mostly in the realm of prepping. No one has questioned the articles and MANY preppers have read them and enjoyed them and commented on them. I believe that through this body of work I have EARNED my reputation as a viable resource for prepping information. If someone asks me about something I don’t know about or can’t find out about, I will tell them so. I do NOT make up information or lie in my articles.
Still not enough information? Okay, here is some more for you.
Through the other members of Plan and Prep, as this is a family business, we have the following credentials:
- 20 year Veteran, United States Marine Corps, service in Korea
- Masters Degree, University of Michigan
- Eagle Scout
- First Aid trained/certified
- Advanced knowledge in gardening (small space vegetable gardening)
- Expert Marksman
We also have this person:
- Expert machinist, welder and small engine repair specialist
- Current Regional Manager of Logistics, American Red Cross
- First Aid trained/certified
- Six Sigma Black Belt
- Expert Marksman and Journeyman Gunsmith
- Landscaping and gardening powerhouse
Then there’s this person:
- Beginner gardening
- Advanced food preservation
- Logistics expert
- Research specialist
- Homemaker specializing in natural homemade foods and canning
We have three other members of the Plan and Prep family that have other, specific areas of expertise. I believe I have provided sufficient information. I would suggest that ANYONE searching for information on prepping make the effort to vet the source and the material before using the information. To do otherwise is just not a good idea.
Now, since my followers have also come into question I have taken the following screenshots from Status People. Please click on the link and check your own accounts and those of the people you rely on!
Here are my stats for @ZombieApocGuy:
Once you go to the site you can run the stats for my other account @PlanandPrep yourself. You will find it is very similar to this one. So, 2% of my followers are fake, out of 2100+ followers. Not bad I would say, and pretty obvious I am not purchasing followers. Since @SurvivorJane has been attacked, you should check out her AMAZINGLY good numbers too. It should be very clear that neither of us engage in nefarious twitter conspiracies.
At the same time, you can watch the people that “retweet” the articles posted by the person attacking us. Run their accounts through here and get ready to be astounded! Yup, one of them has over 50% FAKE followers and another one has nearly 95% fake followers! Anyone ever hear of the pot calling the kettle black? If you want to know which accounts those are just shoot me a tweet and I will let you know.
So there it is in a nutshell, folks. The person screaming that I am engaging in conspiracies with Twitter is getting retweets from the very type of accounts he is warning people about. He is complaining of my “multiple accounts” (I have two, and I don’t hide that) yet I just found out HE HAS A SECOND ACCOUNT! lol He complains of me using these accounts to “pad my stats through RTs and Favorites”, yet he is doing EXACTLY that with his own posts! He claims I am simply trying to make a buck but he is FAR out pacing me in the self promotions arena.
Basically I just want these hypocritical and baseless attacks to stop. If they don’t I will have to start researching my legal options and I don’t believe anyone wants to go down that road.