Episode-1473- The Thanksgiving Special for 2014

Note – You can get a full transcript of the original portion of this show here. Many families read this and the Christmas show as part of their holidays.

Today one day before the great American Holiday we stop and pause to think about what we have to be thankful for.

The beginning of today’s show is new, most of it is rebroadcast of the first year I did this show.

The beauty of this show is I feel it is something you can share with friends and family. The real history of Thanksgiving is actually a lot more interesting and special then many of the myths.

Tune in today to hear…

  • How thankful I am for all that has happened so far in 2014
  • Why much of what we learn about Thanksgiving is wrong or at least inaccurate
  • How Thanksgiving was at one time considered a “damn yankee holiday”
  • How Thanksgiving became a way for our nation to heal and reunite
  • How the date of Thanksgiving has often been moved around and why
  • The truth about those big buckles the pilgrims wore and all that black clothing
  • What feasting meant 100 years ago to our prior generation that we have forgotten

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Photo Credit Above to Vicki’s Nature

Episode-1472- Chef Keith Snow on Making Thanksgiving Dinner Awesome

Check Out Harvest Eating for More Great Stuff from Chef Keith Snow.

Check Out Harvest Eating for More Great Stuff from Chef Keith Snow.

Tune in today for a special edition of The Survival Podcast with Chef Keith Snow. Keith is the creator of HarvestEating.com which focuses on eating seasonally and cooking with food you can grow in your backyard of obtain locally.

He is also a daily listener to our show and shares many common ideals with the Survival Podcast audience.

So I thought who better to bring on the air in preparation for Thanksgiving then Chef Keith.

Whether you are going though having the “in laws” over for the first time or just want to have the best Thanksgiving meal you ever cooked, today’s show is for you.

Today we discuss the way to get a perfect turkey every time, how to make potatoes that are perfectly fluffy and other “non survivaly stuff”.  The key though is that family is important and this is a time to pause, enjoy each other and just relax.  So instead of some  hard hitting Tuesday show let’s just all enjoy the kick off to the holiday season with Expert Council Member Keith Snow.

Tune today to learn…

  • Simple steps to a perfect turkey
  • Easy great gravy without the paper envelope
  • Perfect and simple mashed potatoes
  • Root veggies beyond the potato – parsnips, turnips, etc.
  • Awesome roasted sweet potatoes with special secret ingredient
  • A great way to do green beans
  • Greens and Brussel sprouts for Thanksgiving, yep
  • Sweet Potatoes – without the marshmallows

Resources for today’s show…

Chef Keith Snow’s Links

PAW PAW TREE  Highly adaptable from zone 4 to zone 8 Also called “The Custard Apple” because of its delicious taste of vanilla custard. The trees grow to about 25 feet and the fruit is 3-6 inches long. They work best if you plant two for pollination. Some people refer to the Pawpaw as the “Miracle Fruit” and attribute their good health to it.

The tree makes an attractive ornamental tree as well. Pawpaw plants are easy to grow. Find this plant and more at Bob Wells Nursery. Bob Wells Nursery specializes in anything edible: fruit trees, berry plants, nut trees, as well as the hard to find specialty trees. Find them at BobWellsNursery.com

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Episode-1471- Listener Feedback for 11-24-14

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on the Survival Podcast I take your emails on crowd funding, agriculture, soil amendments, politics, education, guns, law enforcement and more.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Emails On

  • GenForward passes 10K in crowd funding, a quick thank you
  • Nine Mile Farm is officially a reality
  • White sugar vs. horticultural molasses and improving soils
  • What is the ROI on lobbying 750 to 1, yea I’d invest in that too
  • What one man learned about letting children self direct their education
  • Why the current education will fail, it has to, in fact, it already has
  • Are guns a good investment, depends on how you define investment
  • A story of cops standing up to a corrupt system

Resources for today’s show…

This Monday’s Prepper Scenario

Look at Buffalo New York and the surrounding areas right now.  First they were hit with about 8 feet of snow.  Now as the melt comes flooding is probable.  During this event no help could be sent in.  Frankly the melt might be a disaster unto itself but it is also a blessing.  With 8 feet of snow there really isn’t many places to push it out of the way to.  In such an event you will likely be stuck inside your home for at least a week, if power goes out cold weather is a big problem.  Regardless of where you live how would you personally prepare for such an event?

Last Monday’s Prepper Scenario

Somehow you have screwed up and are in a bad situation. You are in an alley way with two men in front of you and two behind you. You do not have your gun for whatever reason. Anything else you keep in your EDC can be used here but again you have NO GUN. The men are approaching from both sides, they definitely mean you harm, you are outnumbered and you know it, what do you do?

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Meet Me and a Ton of the PermaEthos Team at Permaculture Voices 2

I will be at Permaculture Voices 2 this March in California.  Also attending from PermaEthos will be Josiah Wallingford, Kevin Keegan, Charlie Mitchell, Jesse Tegtmeier and Michael Jordan.  Michael Jordan and I will both be speaking during the event. Michael Jordan will be teaching the BeeDC on the PermaEthos Learning Center next year.

You can find a full list of speakers here: http://www.permaculturevoices.com/speakers/

If you act by the end of this weekend you can still get the early bird discount price on tickets here: http://www.permaculturevoices.com/registration/

We will have a meet up during the event, check back later for more details.

We all look forward to seeing many of you at the conference.

Episode-1470- Listener Calls for 11-21-14

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls t0 866-65-THINK

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on economics, jobs, music, grazing, hugulkultur, diabetes, composting, chickens, planting trees, virtual nations and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK. The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details.

Also please do your best to call from a quiet area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard.

While I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get as many of them on as I can.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • First thank you guys and WHAT A WEEK!
  • Thoughts on future employment, contracting and mobility
  • You can now download our theme song in full
  • Thoughts on mob grazing and holistic management vs. conventional thinking
  • When it comes to hugulkultur, forget about the nitrogen “loss” and rock on
  • Herbs for diabetics and are diabetics dead meat if TSHTF
  • How to deal with beaver from a permaculture perspective
  • How to deal with excess acidity from coffee when vermicoposting
  • Hog panels for chicken tractors, what works and what doesn’t
  • When and how to plant Mimosa Trees from seed
  • Cooking ground hogs
  • What video games can teach us about the virtual nation concept

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Five New Companies Added to the MSB

New Stuff Has Been Added to the MSB

New Stuff Has Been Added to the MSB

I have been working hard to increase the value of the MSB and today am happy to let you know that 5 new partners have been added.

I am constantly looking for high quality unique vendors that offer things you would likely want to buy anyway.  I work with them to get my members significant discounts that you can’t just get anywhere else.

I personally vet each company and the products they offer by direct personal purchase or investigating the response of community members who have done business with them.  In most instances I have personally done business with many of these companies at full price before even discussing a discount with them.  Or I have heard enough good things from multiple community members to know they are solid and worthy of MSB inclusion.

In this round of additions here are five new great companies and products with big discounts for all members.

  • Doctor’s Nutrition - I first had Doctor Lewis and his wife Janet on TSP a bit over a year ago, and then a second time about 6 months later, you can hear those interviews here.  Many of you gave their science based, results oriented approach a try and the feed back has been 100% positive.  My wife started working with them as well and has had amazing results.  I have now negotiated a discount on all their supplements for the MSB.   The discount is 10% off all products except lab work.  The discount code is already in the MSB on the Benefits page.  You can use it when you order on the web or when you call in an order.  Please note that Doctor’s Nutrition only sells supplements to registered users and they prefer to work with lab results before making recommendations.  I can personally tell you their approach works!  Learn more at http://www.drsnutrition.org/
  • Pretty Loaded – Beth Warford is the founder of PrettyLoaded.org.  A company that provides training specifically targeted to women on firearms, concealed carry, self defense, situational awareness and more.  They have released their first video based seminar series on situational awareness and it is outstanding.  It may be targeted to women but men can learn just as much from it.  I am confident that this seminar will save lives and it is something you should make sure the women in your life see.  The course is 99 dollars and I got the MSB a discount of 20% discount and the code is already in the MSB.  Learn more at www.PrettyLoaded.org and you can hear Beth on TSP at this link.
  • Andrew McKnight - I met Andrew McKnight at the first ever PermaEthos Fall Festival and fell in love with his music at that time.  His music tells amazing stories based on the joy and pain of life in rural Appalachia.  As the son of a coal miner and of a solider who did a bit of both professions myself this music speaks to me directly, but I think Andrew’s music will speak to you as well.  I have negotiated a 15% discount on all of Andrew’s music for you guys.  Just use code that is in the MSB at check out.  Learn more at http://www.andrewmcknight.net I really hope to have Andrew  play at the TSP Homestead some day during one of our events.  You can hear me talk about his music and play one of his songs in this episode of TSP.
  • Lenwood Leather - You don’t want to be let down when depending on your gear, you want (and need) the very best. Lenwood provides the highest quality hand made equipment possible. Lenwood products are built with pride right here in these USA by Americans who know the value of a hard day’s work. Lenwood offers a 20% site-wide discount at LenwoodLeather.com just use the code from the MSB benefits page at check out.
  • HiddenTruckBox.com – Provides unique storage solutions for Ford F150 owners. These hidden truck boxes are mounted under the hood, and discretely keep your tools safe from the prying eyes of thieves. Take back you truck bed, and get a Hidden Truck Box. MSB members receive an additional 10% OFF with discount code from the MSB Benefits page at hiddentruckbox.com

Also Dan Malone who is the ownere of HiddenTruckBox.com set up a Community Business Directory on the TSP Wiki. TSP Community Members should add their side businesses in preparation for holiday shopping.

If listeners are going to spend money this holiday season, what better way than within our community.

This directory should be for dedicated listeners and friends of survival podcast, not just random links to other survival websites that don’t care about our us.)

It also serves another purpose.  Many times people with new businesses inquire about an MSB discount opportunity.  To protect my listeners and members I only take established companies as partners.  This directory can become sort of a launch point and a proving ground.  Once you have a few dozen happy customers or so if you provide something unique we can talk about getting you into the MSB.

So there you go 5 new and 5 totally different and unique new supporting vendors for the MSB.  If you haven’t signed up yet consider doing so you can do that here.

When I say that I am constantly trying to improve the MSB value this is what I mean.  New and unique companies with great and proven products at real discounts.

Episode-1469- The Official Launch of Citizens Assisting Citizens

We Need You at CAC!

We Need You at CAC!

In October of 2012 I rolled out of my warm bed, headed to my kitchen and poured a hot cup of coffee.  I walked my dogs, breathed cool beautiful fall air and got ready to head to my office (at the time called The Ant Hill).  I went inside and turned on the news to see how things were going for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

I sat there for many minutes awestruck at what I saw.  Not so much the devastation, it was expected and I  had followed the storm closely.  I was mostly struck by how little people had, how unprepared they were.  I watched upper middle class people dumpster diving for food after only two days of aftermath.  I watched as people clamored where there was power to use small power stations people had set up just to charge up cell phones and tablets.

I saw people who had waited for days for some level of help, get no help.  Some I felt like, why the hell don’t you get out of there and go to where you can get help, get supplies, etc.  Others I realized had no where to go, no car or their car was dead from storm waters.

I watched big charities like the Red Cross run countless TV commercials to raise funds but not do much for the first week.  Later we would hear from the Red Cross’s own employees that funds and assets were diverted away from the Storm Response.  Based on the Red Cross’s Haiti Response this I already suspected things like that would happen.

After considering this I climbed into my big old red F-350 and drove to the Anthill, during the 15 minute drive all I wanted to do was go home, load up some stuff and drive to NJ/NY and “help”.  Yet I realized I wasn’t prepared to help, I would not really know where to go, who to help, what to do, how to do it and likely the first responders there would see me as a hindrance and prevent me from helping.

I started to conceive of a faster, more agile response force.  One run by preppers that would ignore a lot of red tape yet be official enough to operate without interference by other responders.  One that would simply go where the other organizations were not helping yet or where they were never going to help.  It would provide food, water, power, communications, a place to clean up and some guidance of what to do next.

The critical thing was we could help in the first 72 hours when the big companies were just “getting set up” so that the eventually could help.  A group where inbound volunteers would communicate with on the ground scouts and buy what was needed on the way in.  So if you contributed to help today, your contribution could help today for the event you contributed to.

That day I floated the idea on the air, 13 days later the idea had coaleced into a concept I at first called the TSP-DRT with DRT standing for Disaster Response Team and did this podcast about the concept.  From there I assembled a “Honcho Team”, two of whom Greg Gray and Steven Harris join us today to discuss the final result, Citizens Assisting Citizens.

Join Us Today to Hear…

  • What is the CAC Team
  • What is the mission of the CAC Team
  • What types of positions are open at CAC
  • What we are looking for in volunteers
  • Why we do background checks on all volunteers
  • How you can join and or contribute to CAC
  • Why and how we are setting up “scout/anchor” vehicles
  • The “feeder vehicle” concept and how it works with anchor vehicles
  • How we will equip our scout/anchor vehicles
  • What are the initial services and items we will be providing to disaster victims
  • Why type of disasters will CAC respond to
  • How long can a volunteer expected to be deployed for
  • How we will empower volunteers to purchase supplies en route to the disaster
  • What percentage of funds donated to CAC will go to actual disaster relief
  • What are CAC’s plans for future growth and development of services

 Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Your Questions about GenForward Answered

We are off to a great start with the GenForward Indiegogo Campain but quite a few questions have popped up.  Rather then answer them one at a time in text I did a quick video answering them.

Keep the questions coming and I will answer them about once a week.

For More Visit GenForward.com

Episode-1468- The World Won’t End but Your World Could

Just Because the World Doesn't End, Doesn't Mean Your World Won't End.

Just Because the World Doesn’t End, Doesn’t Mean Your World Won’t End.

Monday I took a question on “economic collapse” and tried to explain that no that isn’t going to  happen, not the way many think about it anyway.  That the collapse is here, it is on going and it will have both chronic and acute symptoms.  In short instead of prepping for TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) many should be prepping for TEOYWAYKI (the end of your world as you know it)

As usual when you try to explain this some people feel that means, well, “it isn’t so bad” so do we even need to prep beyond say basic readiness.

Also after doing this for so long I often forget that many of the core concepts of modern survivalism might be foreign to even people who have listed (especially selectively) for say two years or even more.  That the ground work I laid in the formative years may never have been heard by many listeners, at all.

So today I will combine a bit of the fundamental modern survival thinking with current modern threats and considerations.  I will try to explain the balance between Doomsday Prepper nonsense and all I need is a flash light and some candles thinking.  Humans by and large are binary creatures with an internal binary code of ones and zeros, this is why the political dichotomy is so effective.

We literally think in two dimensions.  Safety and danger, democrat or republican, Pepsi or Coke, rich or poor, sick or healthy, alive or dead, etc.  The absolutes are indeed black and white but life is a million shades of gray, today my goal is to bring you out into the spectrum and let you see some of those shades.

Join me Today as I Discuss…

  • The disaster probability factor
  • The disaster impact scale
  • The inverse relationship of impact scale and probability
  • How the circles of influence and concern fit into this
  • The six primary needs and a new way to think about them
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Energy
    • Health and Sanitation
    • Security
  • What exactly is a
    • Recession
    • Depression
    • Economic Collapse
    • Currency Default
  • What I consider BASIC common sense preparedness
    • Food for 30-60 days with out complete boredom
    • Ability to deal with initial power loss in 5-10 minutes
    • Power for 14 days with basic needs and comfort
    • Ability to deal with wastes for 30 days if you have to
    • Ability to treat basic injuries and illnesses
    • Ability to keep your home sound in any damage that isn’t catastrophic
    • Water for at least 30 days for all needs, drinking, cooking, bathing, etc.
    • Money to pay all expenses for 90 days with no income without RRA!
    • Security for your home and person’s (ETPP)
      • Equipment
      • Training
      • Procedures
      • Protocols
    • The ability to help neighbors
    • The ability to communicate and get information
    • The ability to move out, survive away from home and get back home
    • A full info and documentation kit
    • Situational Awareness and a Positive Mental Conditioning
    • Basic phyical fitness and reasonable activity
    • A network of friends and contacts you can count on
  • Do that and you are ahead of most of the Doomsday People
  • Don’t think everything is swell just because everything isn’t burning

Bob Wells Plant of the WeekThe Mayhaw Tree – Adaptable from zone 6 to zone 9 The Mayhaw tree is a small native fruit tree. This showy tree is primarily found in bottom land and along the river’s edge. It is known for its love of water but will grow well in your yard or home garden, as well.

The Mayhaw produces best in partial to full sun locations and is self-fertile. The small cranberry-like fruits are highly prized for making the best jellies, preserves, and syrups. Eaten fresh, it tastes like a crabapple. Mayhaw jelly has been a delicacy in the southeast for generations and a Mayhaw tree will make a fine addition to your landscape.

Plant your Mayhaw tree in a prominent spot to show off its beautiful pure white early blooms and attractive red berries that appear in May. Bob Wells Nursery specializes in anything edible: fruit trees, berry plants, nut trees, as well as the hard to find specialty trees. Find them at BobWellsNursery.com

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-1467- Diego Footer from Permaculture Voices

Diego Footer is the founder and CEO of the Permaculture Voices Conference and Podcast where his goal is to go out and motivate and inspire people to push the limits, do great work, and live the life that they want to live through permaculture principles.

I met Diego though Paul Wheaton a bit over a year ago when he first came up with the concept for the Permaculture Voices conference.  The first conference was an amazing success, especially since it was the first event Diego had ever done.

He is now getting ready for the second conference, PV2 and joins us today to discuss that along with his podcast.  We also discuss in depth what it takes to build a business, any business if you want to be successful.  We dig deep into many of the lessons he has learned interviewing permaculturists who have started successful and profitable businesses over the past year.

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Bob Wells Plant of the WeekThe Mayhaw Tree – Adaptable from zone 6 to zone 9 The Mayhaw tree is a small native fruit tree. This showy tree is primarily found in bottom land and along the river’s edge. It is known for its love of water but will grow well in your yard or home garden, as well.

The Mayhaw produces best in partial to full sun locations and is self-fertile. The small cranberry-like fruits are highly prized for making the best jellies, preserves, and syrups. Eaten fresh, it tastes like a crabapple. Mayhaw jelly has been a delicacy in the southeast for generations and a Mayhaw tree will make a fine addition to your landscape.

Plant your Mayhaw tree in a prominent spot to show off its beautiful pure white early blooms and attractive red berries that appear in May. Bob Wells Nursery specializes in anything edible: fruit trees, berry plants, nut trees, as well as the hard to find specialty trees. Find them at BobWellsNursery.com

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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