Episode-1582- Why Blind Patriotism is a Greater Danger than State Oppression

This is Not Patriotism!

This is Not Patriotism!

I could simply say as to today’s topic that blind patriotism is a greater danger to liberty than state oppression because the former enables the latter but that would be an over simplification.  This is actually a highly complex and I believe a very important subject.

I have been struggling with how to explain what I have to say today for a long time.  Yesterday I made two posts on facebook that stirred up some shit storms, the first was this in response to the outrage at a shirt with an upside down flag on it.

The second post was my overall feelings about the flag itself, where I express disgust at those who damage our flag but I also acknowledge their right to do so if said flag is their property.

The most concerning thing to me that people said in response to these posts was, “if you don’t like America the way it is, leave”.

Really?  So should all of our forefathers that didn’t like slavery of left?  Should all of our great grandparents that found it wrong that women could not vote have left?  Should all of the people who found the 18th Amendment to be insane just have left America?  Should the people who worked to pass the Civil Rights Act have just instead left America because they didn’t like the way it was?

I am sorry folks, America doesn’t work that way.  Love it or leave it is not patriotic, it is the opposite of patriotism, it is simply saying accept the will of the State or shut up or leave.  It is also extremely dangerous thinking, today we examine why.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • If you blame the individual solider you are part of the problem too
  • A story of a Nazi solider that saved my father in laws life
  • My post about the flag shirt and my follow up about the flag itself
  • Be angry with the system, not those who have been fooled by it
  • What it means when you place a symbol above the ideals it is to represent
  • Why our nation should not be at war at all right now
  • Why you can yes support our troops and not support their mission
  • How your government actually views the military you revere
  • Why those who served the longest and gave the most get offended by these things
  • Why we should understand their offense and respect them as people
  • Why American ideals in my view are actually anarchist ideals
  • Why the most patriotic thing you can do is speak against your government when it is wrong
  • The real danger of blind patriotism, and the larger danger of anarchist arrogance

Resources for today’s show…

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2nd Amendment Shirt is Back!


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After many recent requests, TSP Gear Shop has decided to run another batch of the 2nd Amendment T-shirt. The front breast design proudly states Molon Labe.  It is a classical expression of defiance reportedly spoken by King Leonidas I in response to the Persian army’s demand that the Spartans surrender their weapons at the Battle of Thermopylae. Consider it the orginal statement of “from my cold dead hands”.

The back design flies the stars and stripe and our guns which folks like to us seem to cling to according to the current president.  We also bring in our battle cry of “Every Citizen a Sentinel” and include the most easy to understand piece of government legislation ever written.

“The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed”

To get in on this group buy, place your order at TSP Gear Shop. You can also add any other items from the store, and your whole order will ship for free. MSB members can take 10% off their entire order.

New MSB Discounter – Olive Basket, LLC

white-truffle-325x390The Olive Basket, LLC – now offers either a 15% discount on your order OR free shipping for MSB members.

Olive Basket is proud to offer the freshest in olive oils and balsamic vinegars in over 60 flavors. Heart healthy oils come from the freshest harvest either in the southern or northern hemisphere during the year.

The balsamic vinegars are made the old fashion way in Modena, Italy, assuring you no artificial colors or ingredients. Just go to the website, www.olivebasketonline.com  to learn more.

Please note that this is EITHER OR discount, not both.  You can either select free shipping OR 15% off.   These discount codes are already posted to the members area of the MSB.

This is another example of my efforts to expand the diversity of the MSB.  If you have a high quality company and would be interested in discussing a discount for the MSB please let me know and we can see if we can reach an agreement.

Log In or Join the MSB for this and Other Great Discounts.

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Right now I specifically would love to add a supplier of mushroom spawn.  This is one I have tried to acomplish for a long time and it has led me to believe most suppliers are spending a LOT of time with magic mushrooms!

The truth though is I am open to anything high quality that I feel my audience would benefit from and appreciate.  Just email me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC discount partner in the subject line and tell me a bit about your offering.

If you have been on the fence about MSB this is just another example of the high quality discounts I work to negotiate for members.

To learn more about the MSB or log in to get your latest discount just visit the Members Page.

Episode-1581- Jim Steele on Challenging the Global Warming Myth

Jim Steel Former California State Biologist Raises Serious Counter Points to Modern AGW Theory

Jim Steele Former California State Biologist Raises Serious Counter Points to Modern AGW Theory

Jim Steel is a former environmental educator and scientist who began his career in 1983.  In 1983 San Francisco State University’s biology department wanted to close the Sierra Nevada Field Campus and use the savings to support more molecular and genetic research. In contrast the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, Dr. James Kelley, was an avid supporter of field stations.

Dr Kelley understood that students must immerse themselves in the environment they are studying. Otherwise they would be forever misled by limited observations and the resulting bad models.

Although Jim Steele was just completing his Masters Degree, Dean Kelley believed Jim Steele was the best person to resurrect and grow the Sierra Nevada Field Campus. Together they turned the rustic Sierra Nevada Field Campus into one of California’s leading environmental education centers.

His understanding of climate change evolved as he sought to understand the causes of the declines in local bird populations that he had studied each summer as part of the Sierra Nevada Neotropical Migratory Bird Riparian Habitat Monitoring project. He soon discovered maximum temperatures in the Sierra Nevada had declined since the 30s as observed at the nearby Tahoe City weather station that is part of the US Historical Climate Network.

It became clear that the Sierra Nevada were not overheating despite publications blaming wildlife extinctions on global warming. The most important factors affecting local climate change were the cycles of El Nino and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation as well as landscape changes that had greatly altered the regional microclimates.

Believing the politics of global warming have been misguiding conservation efforts, Jim Steele wrote the book Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism. And the lessons learned from his students helped shape his writing style, making the book’s science lessons most enjoyable and easily grasped by all.

Resources for today’s show…

Bob Wells Plant of the Week

li_jujube_700_0Li Jujube – This tree Adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9.  The Jujube is also called the Chinese date.  It is a round shaped fruit, reddish brown, dry and wrinkled, sweet and chewy (like dates) when fully ripe in early fall.

This is an attractive, easy to grow tree: hardy, drought resistant, virtually pest and disease free and it is self-fruitful, which means it does not require a pollinator.

Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.Com – Bob Wells Nursery specializes in edible landscape plants and trees including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Vine Fruit, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Trees. Find this plant and more 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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Please Remember the Real Meaning of Memorial Day

Today We Honor the Fallen

Today We Honor the Fallen

There will be no episode of TSP today in recognition of Memorial Day. I do want to take a moment to remind everyone today of what Memorial Day is all about. Many well meaning people even get it wrong in a way. My inbox is full of “thanks for your service” emails today. I appreciate it, there is nothing wrong with thanking a vet today, yet it is not really the day to thank vets many seem to believe it to be.

It seems to me that many think Memorial Day is like Veterans Day Part Two, it isn’t. Again no day is a bad day to thank a vet but if we become convinced that Memorial Day is about those of us that served and came back home, we miss the point. Memorial Day is more somber, it is about those who fell in battle and never again got up, it is about those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, it bluntly is about those who died.

Today at some point just pause and think about that. Think about the 4,400 of our US service members that have fallen in Iraq, the 2,000 in Afghanistan, the 47,000 in Vietnam, 33,000 in Korea, 291,000 in WWII, 53,000 in WWI or perhaps the 212,000 that fell on both sides in the War Between the States.

You don’t have to be for any war past or present to respect men and women who will give their lives for what they believe and fight the wars that politicians initiate. There are days for just about everything now. Days for bosses, secretaries, days for this and that and anything Hallmark can come up with.

What you won’t find in most greeting card stores is a Memorial Day Card, because those who would receive the card can’t open it, read it and feel good that someone cares. All they can hope for is that someone remember their sacrifice, perhaps a flower or a wreath on their graves (if they even have one) or a comrade who is now living with a zeal for life in their memory.

Today my friends is to remember those who served and died. Enjoy the day off if you have it, just try to remember the cost of this day. Some say you can’t count the cost, sadly you can and the numbers are very large. If you want to put it in perspective, just view the US Military Casualties of War Page on Wikipedia.

Got You Guys a Big Discount on Comfrey

comfflowerMarsh Creek Farmstead is a true Survival Podcast success story.  Inspired by my multiple episodes on comfrey, the owner put in propagation beds and began selling roots on eBay.

Not too long ago I myself needed a ton of cuttings for an orchard I was installing.  It was a hard time of year to get comfrey but I found this company on eBay saying they shipped year round and the price was only a dollar a cutting and 7 bucks for shipping.

comfrootsThey were smaller cuttings but the point was the price was awesome and I could get them any time I wanted.  I placed my order for three bundles, they showed up and we planted them.  All went well.  Next thing I know I hear from the owner, Jon, and he tells me that it was my show that prompted him to start building this business!

Guys all that might seem like a small thing, but to me it is an incredible circle that really shows what TSPC is all about!  So when Jon wanted to do a discount for MSB we hammered out a few details and now I have an increadible deal for you guys.

Marsh Creek, sells Bocking 14 Comfrey for all your Permaculture and homesteading needs. Putting in a food forest? Need a high protein feed addition for your animals? Want to make your own liquid fertilizer? We’ve got your covered! Our MSB discount is 10% and free priority shipping (us addresses only on free shipping) on 35 root cuttings.

So what is the math on that?

His normal every day customers get 30 cuttings for 30 dollars and pay 6.95 shipping.

MSB get 35 cuttings (5 free) and pay 27 dollars and zero shipping.

Total sayings there, 9.95 plus 5 cuttings, call that 5 bucks more, so that saves you, 14.95!

When I talk about value for the MSB, this is what I mean, now being able to do this with a TSPC inspired business, that is a just plain awesome.

Log In or Join the MSB for this and Other Great Discounts.

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The discount is available via a special password protected TSPC.co only page, the password to access the page is already in the benefits section of the MSB.

Note – I will be putting out a video showing the cuttings provided by March Creek in a day or two.  They are smaller cuttings and he recommends starting them out in pots, that said I got about 75-80% success in my orchard with direct planting.  This is IN SPITE of excessive rain.  Too much wet is bad for comfrey until it gets established, it can actually melt the roots.  So I am highly impressed with the success ratio I got with direct planting.

If you have been considering joining the MSB, this is just another example of the great values I gain for members.  Learn more or log in at the MSB Members Page.

Episode-1580- Listener Calls and Expert Council Answers 5-22-15

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

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

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on livestock, business, fish, hunting, flash lights, diet, finance, grafting, herbs and more.

In this episode the expert council is in force. We have eight council members. We are continuing with our new program I have started and a new way questions will be handled for the council. Tune in today to learn more about that.

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…

  • Tell the System to Duck Off – (link)
  • Should you feed ducks their egg shells back
  • Bryan Black on success in business and getting past the early years
  • My thoughts on fish harvested in urban area
  • John from WV wants to scratch his flashlight fetish
  • Keith Snow on getting though a kitchen remodel
  • Thoughts on the way we refer to taxes such as “your taxes”
  • Tim Glance on current values in military surplus
  • Helping a child get started hunting when you yourself are not a hunter
  • Steven Harris with an update on CAC
  • Is eating goji dangerous because it is a dun dun dunnn, nightshade
  • A lesson from a 1980s musician, don’t get to freaked out about food
  • Michael Jordan on mason bee set up and habitat
  • Thoughts on amaranth as duck feed
  • John Pugliano on refinancing mortgage debt
  • Thoughts on grafting apples onto root stock that survived where the top plant didn’t make it
  • Meet our newest expert council member Erica Strauss
  • Making comfrey salve and oil smell better
  • Paul Wheaton gives us an update on the Dukedom of Wheatonville
  • Gary Collins on core level foods for primal/paleo living
  • More proof the educational system has lost its minds

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.

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Final Batch of French Press Mugs


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TSP Gear Shop has decided to run a final batch of French Press Mugs. Printed with “A Revolutions is Brewing” on one side and “The Revolution is You” on the other, these also come with a second lid if you just want to use it for a travel mug.

  • Nearly indestructible handle
  • Carabiner friendly
  • Constructed of double-walled, 18/8 restaurant-grade stainless steel
  • BPA-free
  • Storage compartment in the base for additional ground coffee, keys etc.
  • 14 oz. capacity, 6 3/4?H.

To get in on this final batch, place your order at TSP Gear Shop. You can also add any other items from the store, and your whole order will ship for free. MSB members can take 10% off their entire order.

Episode-1579- Michael Bolden on 2015 10th Amendment Issues

Michael Bolden of the Tenth Amendment Center

Michael Bolden of the Tenth Amendment Center

Michael Boldin is the founder and executive director of the Tenth Amendment Center. Michael has a full schedule working as senior editor of the Center’s website, writes a regular column, fields media interviews, and travels the country (when invited, of course) to speak to crowds about sticking to the Constitution – every issue, every time, no exceptions, no excuses.

Right now here are states rights and nullification bills being introduced on all kinds of issues – from blocking gun control and obamacare, to NSA, drones, and stopping FDA restrictions. Michael joins us today to give us an overview of where things are around the first week or two of February.

We will go through many of these concepts issue by issue – and talk about the states that have pending legislation on each issue – and then talk about what people can do to encourage state sovereignty. Our goal will be to provide some concrete action steps to help things move forward on issues that you find worth supporting.

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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A Scouting Alternative with Some Promise

bpsa_logo_200Since doing yesterday’s show I have looked deeper into the Baden Powell Service Association.  While I don’t think it completely frees people from the “Iron Law” it does seem to do a lot better than the current disaster represented by the central authority that is the Boy Scouts of America.

I realize my idea of a completely autonomous group for training up young people may be a bit ahead of the curve.  That people like structure and programs.  After a deep review of Baden Powell, I am very impressed with them.

I would recommend that people who want to run or work with scout groups or youth interested in scouting at least consider them as an alternative.

There are a few documents on the site that really show what these folks are about…

These two alone say a great deal about what this group stands for.  The release and the policy regarding it, (you keep it, don’t send it to us) says strait away we guide you, we don’t dictate how to run things and what you can and can’t do with your troop.

The introduction guide has a few excerpts of note one is…

Sponsoring organizations – In the BPSA, we want to keep things simple and straightforward for members and leaders. There is really no concept of a “sponsoring organization” within the BPSA for chartered Scout Groups.  This is a concept used by the BSA and GSUSA.

If a chartered group wants to find a sponsor for purposes of meeting place, shared resources, and adult members, etc; that’s fine. However, there is no formal contract or paperwork for that, as it would be between the chartered Group and the sponsor.

A sponsor must understand that they will have absolutely no say over the program of the BPSA or the chartered group. Sponsoring organizations should do so only because they want to help their community by supporting a local BPSA Scout Group.

A sponsor has no controlling stake in the group and cannot affect program, membership, training, or set down rules that violate the BPSA By-Laws or PO&R. The program is set up by BPSA and run by the Group Scoutmaster. Period.

So you mean people can actually form and run their own groups with guidance rather than control, decide their own activities and be respected as individuals?  All this and the world will not fall apart?

It is also apparent that BPSA is open to both male and female but individual troops can be all male, all female or coed and that decision seems to rest with the organizing group.  Um so once again individuals doing the work, the organizing, the training, spending their own time, talent and money, can decide what works best for them?

I also really like this!

Scouts can be members of the  BPSA starting  with the  Otters program  at age  5 as opposed to the BSA’s Tigers which start at age 6. The upper age limit for Scouts in the BSA is 20 through the Venturing program where the BPSA Rovers have no upper age limit.

The  BPSA is open to males and females in any  of the  program divisions, where  the BSA only allows female  members in its Venturing  program, which is only for ages 14 through 20, or as leaders (Scouters).  The  BPSA  believes  Scouting  should  be  available  to  everyone, youth  and  adult, male and female.

Membership  for both youth and adults is not conditional based on religious beliefs (or lack thereof), sexual orientation, or gender identification.

Oh my god gay people can be in scouting, this is the end of all things!  Hold on, turns out this organization didn’t do this in response to BSAs conflict about this issue, nope.  Turns out this organization has ALWAYS had this policy, seems to have no problems due to it and has been around since 1970.

And you know what I contacted a few people in this movement, turns out that it doesn’t even come up, no one can think of any issues that have ever occurred due to a policy of accepting everyone.  No one even asks about it.  Perhaps just perhaps when you don’t exclude people, they don’t feel a need to make a big deal about things?

Anyway given my show yesterday and the great feedback on it, mostly from Eagle Scouts by the way, which really made me feel good, I wanted to make this option known.

I still might set up a portal for “Sovereign Scout Groups” but I have to admit, if my son was 7 again, I might be highly tempted to help form a BPSA group based on what I have seen thus far, I do have a grandson who is 4, so time will tell.

If anyone that listens is involved with BPSA and would like to come on for an interview, please fill out the guest form.