Episode-1491- The Christmas Special for 2014 – Corrected

Note – Somehow the first time this show was published the audio didn’t attach to it, I have now republished it as a new post with audio attached.  I apologize for the mix up.

Most of today’s show is a recreation of 2008’s Christmas special. Today we pause and take a moment to reflect on Christmas and how it has become the Holiday we celebrate today. Many American’s have no idea just how Christmas became unique here in America, the role it played in bringing our nation together after two wars of independence and the civil war.

Christmas is special and a time to pause and reflect. Christmas is indeed a special time of year, today I will cover many aspects of it that may make this Christmas just a bit more special. There is also a full text transcription on of the non commercial portion of today’s show in the show notes below.

Tune in today to hear about…

  • Christmas was banned in England at one time and even parts of America
  • Early Americans didn’t really celebrate Christmas, (congress was in session on Dec 25th, 1789)
  • In the early 1800s Christmas was a rowdy holiday spurred by class conflict, turmoil and unemployment
  • In 1819, best-selling author Washington Irving wrote The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon bringing us many “ancient customs”, he simply invented
  • Leading up to the Civil War, Christmas was a “southern holiday” and Thanksgiving a “northern holiday”
  • How Christmas and Thanksgiving together helped to heal a young America
  • Today is a time to pause, reflect and just be, prepping, planning and stress will all wait patiently for you
  • Different ending music for today’s show! The most beautiful version of Oh Holly Night I have ever heard, just pause, listen and realize what really matters while it plays.

Resources for today’s show…

 

 

Merry Christmas from The Survival Podcast

Every year on Dec. 24th I publish our Christmas special, “A Survivalists View of Christmas” and at the end I play O Holy Night by Martina McBride.   Tomorrow I will again publish our Christmas special but today I wanted to send this out to the entire TSP community.

At one time I had a CD of this song with the acapella intro and then the version with music following it. I can’t find the CD, nor can I find the CD for sale. I think it is an older version. So I made my own and decided to share it with some Christmas pictures. I hope you enjoy it! Merry Christmas!

Let me say to the TSP Community, please take a moment and listen to and watch this short video with your family this season. It is one of the most amazing vocal displays I have ever heard. This year it is my Christmas gift to the entire TSP community. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and may your family be together this season.

Episode-1490- 22 Low Capital Businesses You Could Start in 2015

If you feel like this, may be it is time to do your own thing.

If you feel like this, may be it is time to do your own thing.

In episode 1487 I asked you guys what you wanted to hear about in the last regular episode of the year, the topic of low cost to start up businesses seemed most popular so, so be it.

I am a little leery of doing this show, because the what of a business is actually less important than the why, how, execution and passion of a business.  So I am going to ask you guys to do me a favor and use these ideas more as a think tank stye of things rather than, “Jack says these are good ideas”.

In the end a business is about trading value for value, one need only do that efficiently and one becomes profitable.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Exactly what makes a business successful
  • Why owning a business is the best way to earn a living
  • Deciding on a business based on 6 major attributes (abilities)
    • Scalability
    • Profitability
    • Referability
    • Marketability
    • Deliverability
    • Repeatability
  • Why in the end passion for success is so important, not necessarily passion for product
  • 20 Businesses you Could Start Cheap and Make Successful
    1. House Cleaning
    2. Child Care (rife with legal problems)
    3. General Handyman
    4. Pet Sitting/Walking
    5. Cooking/Catering/Home Meal Prep
    6. SPIN Farming
    7. Pooper Scooper – Yes I am Serious
    8. Organic/Local Food CSA Middleman
    9. Social Media Maniac
    10. Plant Leasing and Maintenance
    11. Pond Weeds to Compost
    12. Home Staging – Real Estate Consulting (not agent stuff)
    13. Back Yard Nursery
    14. Tree Pruning and Firewood
    15. Debt Collections – The Ethical Way
    16. Power Washing
    17. Pool Care (above ground is a great niche)
    18. Tour Guide – be creative, very creative
    19. Deck and Fence Cleaning/Staining
    20. eBay Consignment Trader
    21. Fishing – Hunting Guide
    22. Vacation Planner – (on the ground, not a travel agent)
  • In the end remember it is the why, how, execution and passion of a business not the product

Resources for today’s show…

pear_1Bob Wells Plant of the WeekWarren Pear Tree – The Warren Pear tree is highly adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9.

It is an excellent quality dessert pear and the tree is highly resistant to fire blight.  It produces medium to large, long-necked fruit with pale green skin, sometimes blushed red. Smooth flesh with no grit and it is juicy and buttery with superb flavor.

Cold hardy down to -20 degrees F and ripens early August.. It is a good keeper, requires only 600 chill hours and is self-fruitful. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com

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Episode-1489-Listener Feedback for 12-22-14

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Today on the Survival Podcast I take your emails on teaching children, the matrix, guns, education, technology, the military, politics 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

  • Teaching one child a year about self reliance, more effective than voting?
  • Chill the frick out about the “UN Small Arms Treaty”, seriously
  • Libraries should they be saved, obsoleted or hybridized
  • Should students in high school be treated like students in college
  • Is there lighter fluid in your food, sort of, and the FDA is okay with it
  • 16 signs that you are slave to the matrix
  • Should a young person join/consider the military
  • State mandated retirement 2.0 is here, Illinois goes first
  • What is Jack’s “dream gun”
  • 30 Years ago, Jackson Brown explained it all, has anything changed
  • The view from outside the matrix and remembering when you were part of it

Resources for today’s show…

This Monday’s Prepper Scenario

You are in a public building and someone starts shooting at people randomly.  This is a public building that does not allow concealed carry and you have followed the law.  How do you assess the threat, attempt to survive and help others (if you can) in this situation.

Last Monday’s Prepper Scenario

Your home has been destroyed by fire. Luckily no one was killed or even severely injured. Most anything of value in your home is ruined and/or gone. You are left with the clothes on your back, what you keep in your vehicles and any items that are in a DETACHED structure only. Describe now how you begin to put the pieces back together, how you deal with insurance, etc. If you keep documents, money, etc in a firebox or firesafe you can assume those survived.

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-1488- Listener Calls for 12-19-14

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

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on politics, homesteading, real estate, meat production, legumes, energy, investing, retirement, Class III weapons, oil production 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…

  • The Sony hack will kick off a gain puppet show, do not participate
  • Thoughts on owning land near a military base
  • Can you breed your own “meat chickens”
  • Thoughts on DIY legume inoculation
  • Steven Harris on running a aquaponics system on back up power
  • Growing and producing your own oil as a homesteader
  • How far can Class III firearms go (uppers, lowers and suppressors)
  • Jon Pugliano on investing inside a ROTH IRA
  • Thoughts on true timber farming as a retirement plan

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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New MSB Only Video – Episode Two – The Nine Mile Farmstead

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I have started a new MSB Video series about our work with Nine Mile Farm which is Dorothy’s new farmstead business and the work we are doing, the results we are having and the way we are marketing and building a customer base.

We want to make these videos really cool for members of the Support Brigade, so after watching it please be sure to leave questions and comments for what you want to see in next weeks updates.

The purpose of these videos is to give MSB members a behind the scenes look at what we do at the the Spirko homestead and with the operations of the TSP business itself. This will generally be things that we are reserving for our private members only.

All the MSB Only Videos videos are posted to Vimeo and are password protected.

The pass code will be the same for all videos and it is prominently displayed on the main page of your MSB Private Area. If you ask for the password or tell me a you can’t see the video in the comments here, you comment will be ignored.  

You will see it as soon as you log in. You can’t miss it. It is in BOLD RED at the top of the page when you log in.

The video is located at https://vimeo.com/114987070

Remember you can always find all our MSB Only Videos at http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/tag/msbvids

Today’s video notes,

  • We had a very busy Two Weeks and we got our third Customer, and our first Repeat Duck Eggs (4 dozen eggs on a repeat order.)
  • I completed 60 feet of swale mulching, seed, etc. and completed the third swale main irrigation feed but had a failure of one of the pipe joints and have to now dig it up and redo it.
  • Sam got our second 1550 gallon tank installed and plumed to the other for equalization. The ¾ inch line going into the building is going to be plumbed into a filter and pump to pressurize the water for use in the nursery, zone one and several gardens.
  • We got signage from vistaprint.com and they are great but too small we have to order lager ones now.
  • Our duck eggs were hatched by two different friends both got about a 30% hatch rate. I think the ducks young age and the wet conditions during collection were the reason for the lower numbers.
  • I have begun research for a cider apple nursery and planning the layout for it.
  • Heard a great podcast at permaculturevoices.com/97 with the owner of kuffelcreek.com
  • Found a great book called Old Southern Apples you can find it at bit.ly/southapple
  • If you want Antonovka seeds for growing your own apple trees from seed, you can get them from Sheffield’s at bit.ly/antonovka

Episode-1487- Ian McCollum on Military Surplus Rifles and More

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Check out InRange.TV

Ian McCollum is a firearms writer and researcher specializing in arms from the 1880s to the 1950s or so.  He is interested in the mechanical details of different firearms designs as well as their use in practical field situations.  Ian has run a web site on these guns called Forgotten Weapons for about 4 years, and his work has appeared in publications including Gun Digest and the Canadian Press.

Ian has just recently released the first episode of his new project, InRange TV – an online TV-style show focusing on interesting factual and detailed content, without the drama and BS that is endemic to gun programs on cable TV.

He joins us today to discuss how older guns can be just as good as the modern AR-15 while costing less and looking better.  We start out with what Ian feels is the current best deal in old military arms for long range shooting.  We then discuss how shooting skills translate from one type of gun to another.

We continue with some of the best ways to improve your shooting skills and have a discussion as to is the AR15 really even a “modern firearm” at all and have we gotten out of hand with accessories, add ons, etc.  We finish up with why Ian feels that all gun-related shows on cable TV so horrendously dumb and why Internet Television may be the answer to better gun related video content.

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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Episode-1486- 20 Simple Prepper Steps Every American Should Take that Most Don’t

This is NOT the place to be when you start your journey as a modern survivalist.

This is NOT the place to be when you start your journey as a modern survivalist.

Yesterday I did a “back to fundamentals” show on permaculture, today I am going to do one on basic preparedness.  On some levels it is great that prepping has become its own “industry”.  This brings some unique products to the market and allows preppers to buy from companies that think like they do.  On the other hand, it has also attracted parasites to our world.

Said parasites hype every news story to infer the end of the world, dollar, oil, _____, will be here in just a few short months.  They cite “CIA insiders” that are likely some dweeb that grew up reading spy novels to make their case and other nonsense.  Then networks like Discovery get on board and do nonsense TV shows like Doomsday Preppers, and other BS.

The problem is the person simply concerned by events like hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, realistic pandemic threats, loss of liberty, sustained inflation begins to feel prepping is for quacks.  Or they feel that prepping is so expensive that it is just not possible anyway.

The truth is prepping doesn’t require a mountain retreat, it doesn’t require a bunker and it certainly doesn’t require 20 pallets of MREs down in your basement.  What it actually requires us to do is simply think more like our grandparents and great grand parents and less like modern slaves who worship authority, conformity and debt.

Join Me Today As We Discuss these Twenty Rules…

  • Step one – keep a food log
  • Step two – keep a spending log
  • Step three – perform a risk assessment on your life and geography
  • Step four – build a basic black out kit
  • Step five – build a basic first aid kit
  • Step six – start copy canning
  • Step seven – cut two expenses, just two of your choosing
  • Step eight – Build a basic 72 Hour Kit – BOB
  • Step nine – buy some source of back up power – any source
  • Step ten – get some source of back up heating
  • Step eleven – build just two 7.5 gallon tubs or four 5 gallon buckets emergency food
  • Step twelve – store a minimum of 100 gallons of water, more if you can
  • Step thirteen – acquire a minimum or two emergency radios
  • Step fourteen – acquire some means of back up communications
  • Step fifteen – build a basic documentation pack
  • Step sixteen – build up over time a 30 day supply of commercial long term storage food
  • Step seventeen – learn at least 2 methods of food storage
  • Step eighteen – find local food producers and visit often, learn about seasonal opportunities
  • Step nineteen – learn to cook 10 new recipes (try to use some of your storables)
  • Step twenty – store up a reasonable amount of COH (cash on hand)
  • Step twenty-one (bonus) – affirm your right and responsibility to survive

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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Episode-1485- What is this Permaculture Stuff and Why Should I Even Care

The Effect of Pulsing Poultry over One Year

The Effect of Pulsing Poultry over One Year

From time to time I back up and do a sort of “back to basics” show on certain subjects.  Often things like Modern Survival Philosophy or basic preparedness.  But yesterday I realized the word “permaculture” is tossed around at TSP constantly but likely many listeners don’t really understand it at all or perhaps even know what it is.

Additionally many people wonder why they should even care.  Isn’t permaculture just hippies rolling in mud?  No, it is more like Greening Deserts, Greening More Deserts and perhaps even using cows to restore entire eco systems and feed half the world.  It also might be completely redesigning the largest farm in Jordan, building a cold climate sustainable profitable orchard or perhaps making a back yard feed a family.

So today we take a look at Permaculture from a basics of understanding and functionality standpoint.  I think that both people totally new to permaculture and those who are full time practitioners will enjoy this look into the design science of permaculture.

Tune in today as we discuss…

  • What is permaculture – beyond the typical definition
  • What permaculture is not and misconceptions about it and the people behind it
  • What is the prime directive and the three ethics
  • Understanding techniques are techniques they are not permaculture
    • Swales
    • Hugulkulture
    • Food Forests – A good teachable example
      • The High Canopy
      • The Low Tree
      • Shrub
      • herbaceous
      • rhizome
      • cover crops
      • vertical climbers
  • What are zones and sectors
  • Permaculture on a small scale
    • Intensive gardens
    • Urban food forests
    • Reuse and recycling
    • Back yard engineering
  • Permaculture on a broad acre scale
    • Can not be run like “conventional systems”
    • Not always called “permaculture”
    • Absolutely requires the integration of Animals
    • Requires a time phased approach
    • Largely misunderstood both by main stream and “purple breathers”
  • The simple truth
    • The unaltered ethics and directive are universal
    • This is a system of design, not just a way to grow food
    • If permaculture “doesn’t work” natural systems don’t work
    • Truthfully modern agriculture doesn’t work if fairly judged
  • Final Thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

 Bob Wells Plant of the WeekMethley Plum Tree

The Methley Plum is highly adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9.  It is a juicy sweet plum with red flesh, reddish purple skin and great flavor.

It is an attractive tree that is vigorous and bears heavy. It ripens early and is very cold hardy. This is Bob Wells personal favorite when it comes to plums.

Bob Wells Nursery specializes in anything edible: Fruit trees, Berry Plants, 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.

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Episode-1484- Listener Feedback for 12-15-14

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 permaculture, soils, sourdough yeast starters, investing, reloading 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

  • Thoughts on entrenched dogma in growing food
  • Microsoft is accepting bitcoin, why that is a bigger deal than most realize
  • A tip on making your own sourdough yeast starter
  • Thoughts on teachers creating their own opportunities outside the system
  • Why investing is like dating and what that teaches us
  • What makes a progressive reloading press worth the money

Resources for today’s show…

This Monday’s Prepper Scenario

Your home has been destroyed by fire.  Luckily no one was killed or even severely injured.  Most anything of value in your home is ruined and/or gone.  You are left with the clothes on your back, what you keep in your vehicles and any items that are in a DETACHED structure only.  Describe now how you begin to put the pieces back together, how you deal with insurance, etc.  If you keep documents, money, etc in a firebox or firesafe you can assume those survived.

Last Monday’s Prepper Scenario

This one is strait from my interview with Masaad Ayoob if you remember it. Whether you do or do not put yourself into this scenario. A man attempts to break into you home and manages to do so. You hear the commotion and pick up your gun. You find the man in your home, you order him the ground but he comes at you, you shoot him, he is down dying in a pool of blood. For what ever reason you are alone in your home, no other witnesses. You now must dial 911, how do you handle everything from this point forward.

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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