Amazon Item of the Day for 7-29-16

millEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Fletchers’ Federal Pepper Mill. Now I know there are some that might ask why in the world anyone would pay about 50 dollars for a pepper mill?  The answer is because 9 years ago at a store, I found this mill, there was a promotional tag on it that said, “the last pepper mill you will ever buy”.

I snorted with condescension, but I also didn’t put it down.  Just that day I had thrown away yet another piece of junk pepper mill that crapped out.  My philosophy is always get the best value to performance ratio you can.  Another way of saying this is “always be frugal never be cheap”.

Frugal looks at total cost, cheap looks at cost today only.  Throwing out 5 or more 15 – 20 dollar pepper grinders over 5 years, costs 75-100 dollars and you get shitty performance during those years.

With skepticism I took the mill to the counter, mumbling under my breath “for this price it had better be” once again reading the propaganda saying, “the last pepper mill you will ever buy”.  Did it live up to the hype.

Well “last ever” is a bold claim!  I can’t say yet if that is true, even making allowances for buying a second one, or one as a gift.  Will this thing ever die?  I don’t know, I do know I have had it for 9 years, a year longer than I have been doing TSP.  With that in mind, 15 minutes before sitting down to type this I made to wonderful over easy pastured duck eggs, reached over to the side of the stove, grabbed this very mill, and it worked as good as the day I bought it.

The one bit of maintenance I do is every time I empty it, before refilling it I take the top off, turn it upside down, depress the bottom a few times and clean out the dust, then refill and rock on.  Is there anything better than the Fletchers’ Federal Pepper Mill I don’t really know, but if it costs more, I would not see the need to pay more.

A final note, when you cook with pepper or use it on food, please use it fresh ground.  Pepper has a lot of oils in it, that is where all the aroma and flavor come from.  This is why preground smells like, well nothing and fresh cracked smells, amazing.

As to the best deal on premium quality pepper corns, check out my write up on Tellicherry Peppercorns, or just get them at amazon, they are, Spicy World Tellicherry Peppercorns.  In any event no matter what pepper you prefer you should pick up the Fletchers’ Federal Pepper Mill to grind it in.  If not now, perhaps the next time you bang a cheap mill on the counter, curse under your breath and hold it up and look at the underside as though as it is an old Chevy in need of suspension work.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

PS – I have linked to the “Walnut” finished model.  Please note there are other finishes, some painted, some of smaller size.  The internals of all the PEPPER MILLS are the same, and there is some pricing variation.  For instance if you want one painted a sort of cinnamon color, you can get it for half the price.   This makes sense as hand finishing wood is more labor intensive than a simple lacquered paint finish.

And that is great, do use some care in your selection as some of the models you can select on the page are actually salt mills, like this one.  I am sure they work just fine, but the grinders are different as they are designed for a different purpose.

 

Episode-1837- Listener Calls for 7-28-16

If you don't design your life, a maze maker will design one for you.

If you don’t design your life, a maze maker will design one for you.

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on shooting, gardening, law enforcement, knives, moving south, vehicle maintenance, the secret to success, future technology 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…

  • Training an “off hand shooter”
  • A LEO speaks on division, and I have a potential solution
  • The uses of compost tea and comfrey tea in the garden
  • Is there any such thing as a good “electric knife sharpener”
  • Advice for a norther boy (yankee) moving south
  • Dealing with a grass incursion into a brick patio
  • Does “premium oil” or synthetic make sense
  • A successful exit from “the system” by a listener
  • Regulation vs. law enforcement they are not the same thing
  • Thought on the Farmbot, and an interesting challenge

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Amazon Item of the Day for 7-28-16

deathEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book Death in a Lonely Land, by Peter Hathaway Capstick.  Most of Capstick’s books are now in limited printing or simply being sold on what is left in stock.  So the hard covers are all over 20 dollars.  Some of the first editions I own are now worth over a hundred dollars.  But fortunately almost all of them are now on kindle and can be had at more affordable prices.

This one, Death in a Lonely Land is one of his best as it is a collection of shorter stories from Africa and across the globe.  Hair raising dangerous game stories of a time since passed.  Capstick’s work took up where famed writer Robert Ruark’s ended.

He was an amazing guy, with a really amazing life.  After a short career as a Wall Street stockbroker, Capstick headed to Latin America, where he traveled widely while hunting and fishing.

A few years later he returned to New York, where he founded a business arranging professionally guided hunting trips. Shortly thereafter, he took a position as hunting and fishing director of Winchester Adventures. In that capacity he made his first trip to Africa in 1968.  Subsequently, he worked as a professional hunter and game ranger in Zambia, Botswana, and Rhodesia.

He became a successful author in the 70s, wrote many books and was a featured writer for many magazines including Guns and Ammo and Sports Afield.  His books make you feel as though you are there, tracking the leopard or dodging the angry buffalo.

Sadly in 1996 at only 56 years of age he died of heart complications.  His work though lives on in his writing.  Also fans of this podcast owe Death in a Lonely Land a special little debt.  You see one of the last little stories in this book is about biltong.  Capstick describes his craving for the stuff while living in his semi retirement in Florida.

He discovers that he can simply hang red meat, dredged in apple cider vinegar and coated with salt, pepper and coriander in his home and in 7-14 days have wonderful biltong.  No stupid “biltong box” or dehydrator required.  In most instances just hang it, if it is abnormally humid just point a fan at it.   Sound familiar.

Yes Capstick didn’t just make me love hunting even more, he didn’t just let me travel to hunt Lions, Leopards and Jaguars with him, he also taught me about biltong, a debt I can never repay.  I will warn you though if you pick up Death in a Lonely Land you man find yourself like me, with every book the man wrote in your library or in your electronic collection.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

Episode-1836- Richard Ryan on Crime and Violence in Today’s World

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Richard Ryan is one of the world’s foremost authorities on martial arts, combative weaponry and self-defense. Recognized as a pioneer of the art and science of Reality Martial Arts, Ryan has taught his systems to countless civilians, law enforcement and military special ops in over 30 countries.

Holding Black Belt level or above in more than 12 different martial arts, Ryan was also a U.S. Protective Service Agent and Master Firearms and Edged Weapons Instructor for the U.S. Marksmanship Academy and the world famous Gunsite Training Center where he created groundbreaking integrated force programs.

Ryan also spent a decade as senior “use of force” advisor for AZPOST (Arizona Peace Officers Standards & Training) where he holds the distinction of having his programs taught by every law enforcement agency in the State.

Richard Ryan is know throughout the martial arts world as one of its most accomplished masters. In fact he has been inducted in every major martial arts hall of fame with honors ranging from “Combat Martial Arts Founder Of The Year, Self-Defense Master Of The Year” to the coveted “Professor Of Martial Arts Award.”

He is the founder of the Dynamic Combat martial art system regarded as one of the most sophisticated and effective fighting arts in the world today.

On top of his martial arts achievements, Richard O. Ryan is a successful actor having appeared in lead roles in both movies and television where he often performed double duty as both actor and fight director.

Richard’s programs and presentations are brutally honest, direct and highly enlightening and the success of his systems can be attributed to his no- nonsense approach to the martial arts and personal protection.

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Amazon Item of the Day for 7-27-16

routerEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the TP-LINK Archer C7 Wireless Router.  I did a TON of work when I last upgraded our router, this is the one I settled on, I have never regretted it.

We have a large house, not a mansion or something like that just a long house because the garage was converted to indoor space and lot of brick walls.  We always had trouble with the signal in certain areas, and especially out in the detached metal garage.

This thing bangs signal out hard and with one extender (which will come in a later review) I can hit almost any part of my 3 acre property.  It also has two bands one at 2.4 and one at 5 ghz.  We have found some of our devices like say our printer, just does better on the 2.4 ghz band.  Since they merge to a common network you just sign the equipment in on what works best and all is well.

It also comes with a guest network, so your visitors can be on the web but not on your network, which is very nice.  You can configure everything in your browser, the set up is step by step and anyone with a very basic computer knowledge can do it.

Best part?  Well it also has a smart phone app, this lets you pull up your network, see everything on it, change passwords, get your password if you forgot it, etc.  But the very best part of this is you can, reboot from you phone.  Yes you can reboot your router from your phone.

Imagine this, you and your spouse decide to hit the bed early and watch some Netflix, network issues ensue, you need a reboot.  Don’t get up like a fool and walk to the other side of the house, grab your phone and give the reboot command and all is well.

I dealt with a lot of buggy crap with three previous routers, unfairly yelled at Comcast customer service about their wonky internet due to one of those, found this and finally I am happy.  I can use my laptop or phone on network from my pool or in my garage, my guests have their own network, everything works and I have good signal in the entire house.

I am not a network administrator, or a MCSE or anything like that.  I just know this works, it always works, it is easy to set up and manage and does what I need.  If anyone wants a free router by the way I have three in my closet you are welcome to the next time you stop by.

So if you need a new router or are just ready to upgrade give the TP-LINK Archer C7 Wireless Router a shot.  I finally agree with the NY Times for a change, it is in their words “the best router for most people”.  It is far from an enterprise product but for home networks it is the best thing I have found.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

Episode-1835- Getting Ready for Fall Gardening

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Today it will be over 100 in much of the nation.  This is our toughest time of year in central Texas.  Grass is turning brown and the other thing that really thrives are snake, lizards, grasshoppers and things that eat grasshoppers.   Shade is the number one commodity if you are out side.

Even as a boy in Pennsylvania my Grandfather referred to this time of year as “the dog days”.  What he meant was leave any outside dog alone, they might bite as they are so miserable in the heat.  So it may seem like an odd time to discuss fall gardening.

Well let me put you in touch with reality.  Even for me where it is so how that two Hobbits threw a ring into my back yard to destroy it yesterday the first frost date right now is only, 107 days away.  If you live say in central Pennsylvania you are looking at 76 days or less.

You want me to really freak you out?  As of today we are only 121 days from Thanksgiving and 152 days until Christmas.  In short despite the heat and long summer days, Fall is coming and coming fast, in fact we are right now only 58 days from September 22, the Fall Equinox and official beginning to fall.

Join Me Today as We Discuss…

  • Bed maintenance for beds you won’t be planting with “crops”
    • Biochar, manure, green sand, other amendments
    • Mulch
    • Cover Crops
    • Heavy Harvest of the Summer Crops
  • New Bed Establishment
    • Site selection
    • Why this is a good time to establish new beds
  • Getting ready for the fall crops
    • Protection or not?
    • Killing Weeds
    • Starting seeds (sometimes indoors)
    • Selecting plants from a nursery
  • 10 Crops for the fall garden
    • Spinach
    • Chard
    • Beets
    • Garlic (planting for next fall)
    • Onions and Leeks
    • Broccoli
    • Cabbage
    • Kale
    • Carrots – Frankly most root crops
    • Lettuce
  • Getting the Edge on Cool Weather
    • Windbreaks
    • Southern Exposure
    • Row Covers
    • Micro Green Houses

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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 that can answer you questions. If you have a question send it to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Epert in the subject line. Ask your question in one to two sentences so it is clear then provide any additional details. Make sure to tell me what council member the question is for. You Meet the Expert Council at this Link.

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Amazon Item of the Day for 7-26-16

pplpEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book, The Protein Power Life Plan.  I was a huge fan of the original “Protein Power Plan” that came out in 1996, so much so that I never read this one when it was released.  I just bought a copy and have learned so much new information it is hard to believe this book was published in 2001, 15 years ago.

Unfortunately they did not make a kindle version of it, dang it.  But it is one of those types of books with a lot of diagrams and charts that seems to be better in print anyway.  I see the genesis of a lot of Paleo authors in this work, and it is so deep and yet readable I recommend you get a copy just for educational purposes even if you do not feel you need to loose weight.

In fact that is the point, this high protein, moderate fat (the right fats) and carbohydrate restrictive approach is  solution to many lifestyle diseases like High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol and Type Two Diabetes even for many who are not over weight.

This is not a “fad diet” it is the result of decades of work by two medical doctors who have helped thousands of direct patients in their practice.  It is very scientifically based and well worth the read.

FWIW you can get the original book, “The Protein Power Plan” for kindle but the more updated Protein Power Life Plan is really the way to go.  Unlike many authors Mary and Michael Eades are very quick to say, hey we said this before, then we learned something new and have updated our recommendations.

One example, in the first book they recommended fish oil capsules to help with Omega 3 acids for those that don’t want to eat sardines, which is the current best affordable and highly available source.  Then they read a study that 50% of off the shelf fish oils are rancid and updated new ways to address this.  They also explain why Flax is a fine thing but not the Omega 3 silver bullet many think it is.

So I really recommend that you add The Protein Power Life Plan to your library.  It will change what you think you know about nutrition, diet and especially modern medicine.  Again for the skeptical on the low carb approach, I challenge you to invest in this book the science is locked down, every I dotted and every T crossed.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

A Call for Presenters for the TSP Fall Workshop

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Almost all our workshops up till now have been mostly permaculture related.  Planting trees, earthworks, building greenhouses, etc.  This fall (either Oct. or Nov.) we are doing one workshop.  Two was too much for us last year.

This time we are doing basically a Fun and Skills workshop.  Our goal is a lot of variety and almost no real phyical work for our students.  Some of our typical instructors will be teaching along with some new ones.  Right now some examples we have planned are…

  • Making Soap – Mindy and Josh of Honey Locust Home
  • Setting Up Joint Property Ownership for a Gun Club, Hunting Club or other Uses – John Pugliano
  • Aquaponics with On Site Demo – David Seigler
  • Making Mead Like a Viking – Jereme Zimmerman (not fully confirmed)

Other instructors that are offered an open invitation include Michael Jordan, Nick Ferguson, Patrick Roehrman and some others you know and love.  I will be doing something with outdoor cooking, what yet I don’t know, perhaps we may even have a huge community grill and do some grill your own stuff.

Today though I am throwing out a call for any and all that want to come and teach a one hour class or perhaps two one hour classes.  My plan is 6 one hour classes a day, over three days is 18 classes.  The class can be demo, hands on or power point, or a show and tell but you must be able to pull it off in one hour to keep to schedule.

Doing six hours a day also gives plenty of time for socializing, catching a nap, what have you.

You can get creative and use your own time to get a project fully set up or partially done.  Then present on it for an hour so you still make the time cut off.  So think outside the system.   Understand this though I can’t pay this type of instructor or even let you come for free.  As any who have been here know we stack the traffic and can only take so many.

Teaching a workshop will result in a discount on the cost which is always 500 dollars.  I am thinking 20%. You will still have to either camp on site (which most do) or get a hotel room.  I can’t provide indoor lodging as that space is already claimed.

So what type of classes am I looking for?  Anything homestead related, I don’t even want to give examples because I am interested in the ideas you guys have.  If you want to suggest a subject do that below, but if you want to apply, send me a BRIEF email with the basic idea to jack@thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Event Instructor in the subject line, and I will consider you.

The most likely days right now will be Oct. 20-22 with set up for campers on the 19th.  The second most likely would be Nov. 3-5 with set up on the 2nd for campers.  There is a 99% chance it will be one of those two times, and I would say 90% it will be Oct 20-22.

This is going to be an amazing workshop and with only one it will sell out likely in 48hours or less when I open sales.  As an instructor you will know  you have a spot locked down.

As always we will have amazing food, live music, barter blanket, beer and mead tastings and more.  Before anyone asks, no you can’t reserve a seat now, no you can’t pay me early and we won’t likely open reservations and lock down final dates until about August 31st.

Episode-1834- Listener Feedback for 7-25-15

Learn More At FarmBot.io

Learn More At FarmBot.io

Today on the Survival Podcast I respond to your emails on the Farmbot, homeschooling, keeping cool, bugging out, natural disasters, prepping vs hoarding, cops shooting dogs, bugging in 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

  • Farmbot is coming to backyards – it is only a start!
  • Even those in the “best” school districts are home schooling
  • Using a pool to stay cool, oh and you have back up water too
  • A listeners AAR on a massive bug out and return due to fires
  • What is prepping, what is hording and why should you care about the difference
  • Hey cops, you want support stop shooting dogs
  • The concept of bugging in as a gray man, the good, the bad, the tin foil

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Also remember we have an expert council that can answer you questions. If you have a question send it to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Epert in the subject line. Ask your question in one to two sentences so it is clear then provide any additional details. Make sure to tell me what council member the question is for. You Meet the Expert Council at this Link.

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Amazing New Live Seminar Series from PermaEthos

PermaEthos is proud to announce a brand new seminar series that will be providing at least one free live presentation a week on an ongoing basis.  The PemaEthos team has reached out to some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry and have them already scheduled.  This will be an amazing opportunity to learn from the best of the best.

The seminars each run about 1 hour, with a half to full hour live questions and answers segment after the presentation.  If you miss a presentation they will be available for 2.99 each as an on demand download.  Additionally several of the presentations are available in full for free to give you a taste of just how awesome they are.

To see all the amazing people and subjects we have lined up just check out the announcement at PermaEthos.