Episode-1880- Bob Brown with An Engineers Take on Automation

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Robert G (Bob) Brown has a bachelors degree in chemistry (SUNY Stony Brook) and a masters in computer science (New York Institute of Technology) but considers his pursuit of life long learning far more important than his formal education.

He started out teaching science but has been an embedded computer systems engineer for three decades. As an engineer he is listed as the inventor on several patents and has written over a dozen articles on computer and electronic topics.

He is a knowledgeable investor who has been expanding his investment strategies beyond just the financial for several years now. Born in the middle of the baby boom years, he is also focused on health and wellness so that he can keep pace with his two teenage children and remain an asset for them as he gets older.

This has lead him to study and practice permaculture, which is an ethics based design system for meeting human needs while caring for the planet.  He joins us today with an engineers perspective on how automation is changing the world.

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Amazon Item of the Day for 9-28-16

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Every 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 Bug-A-Salt 2.0 Insect Eradication Gun. I decided it was time for something that was just fun for an Item of the Day.  And this thing is fun.  Here is how it works, you put a bit of salt in it.  Not fancy kosher or sea salt, plain very fine table salt.  You cock it, and find a fly, flip off the safety and BAM!  Dead fly!

Range is about 2-3 feet for effective killing, which is pretty easy to get in range of on a fly.  Is this a practical tool?  In some ways yes it is.  You know when a fly is up in top of a window and you just can’t smack it in a recessed area, well now, BAM! Dead fly.

Or you know that one fly that torments you and you just can’t get a crack at him.  There ain’t no hunting regulation about baiting flies boy.  Put out a bit of scrap, hide by the fridge and when he comes BAM! Dead fly.

Okay but seriously it is just fun to blast the shit out of a fly with salt.  This thing is inherently safe fun as well.  About the only real injury it might cause if if you shot someone or yourself in the face so don’t do that.  Salt is not a aerodynamic substance so at about 4 feet it is pretty much done and done.  It only shots a tiny amount per shot.  What I am saying is you can set any responsible child or adult loose with it and not worry too much.

So check out the Bug-A-Salt 2.0 Insect Eradication Gun today and have some good, clean, salty fun.  And hey if you keep chickens, consider giving some lightly salted flies to them after your hunting trips.

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.

Creating Gaia’s Garden Early Bird Special

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Join best-selling permaculture author Toby Hemenway and over 100 students for a dynamic and practical course on creating your home ecosystem. Imagine living in a yard that overflows with food and other useful products such as medicine, fiber, and building supplies. Your yard can also shrink home energy bills, extend your growing season, and be a comfortable outdoor space year-round in all but the harshest climates.

It can also help provide income and reduce your dependence on money. In this 5-session course, you’ll learn how to do all this, but there’s more: That same yard that gives you food, energy, and income security can also enhance wildlife habitat, sequester carbon, and provide a beautiful, restful sanctuary for you and your partners or family. If you enjoyed reading Gaia’s Garden, this course will show you how to bring that book to life in your yard. Those who complete this course will earn a certificate from the Permaculture Institute (USA).

Early Bird Special 

PermaEthos and Toby Hemenway are offering a HUGE discount on the course. The normal price is $299. If you register before October 1st you will get $100 off making the course only $199. If you are a PermaEthos founding member you will receive an additional $25 off.
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Each live class lesson will be recorded in case you miss it or if you are unable to attend live. These will also be available for download!
Our live classroom software is compatible with iOS and Android devices as well as on the PC (Mac, Linux, Windows).

  • Lesson 01 – 6pm Pacific on October 6th
  • Lesson 02 – 6pm Pacific on October 13th
  • Lesson 03 – 6pm Pacific on October 20th
  • Lesson 04 – 6pm Pacific on October 27th
  • Lesson 05 – 6pm Pacific on November 3rd

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PI-USA logoThose who successfully complete the “Creating Gaia’s Garden” course will receive a certificate from The Permaculture Institute USA, a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1997 by Bill Mollison and Scott Pittman, and will also receive 10 credit hours toward a Diploma in Permaculture. PI-USA is one of the principal certifying organizations of the international permaculture community, and Toby Hemenway is a Field Director for the Institute, which means that he can offer certificates sponsored by PI-USA, and can mentor students through the Institute’s Diploma Program.

The Diploma in Permaculture is awarded to individuals who meet certain education requirements, achieve excellence in permaculture practice, demonstrate their commitment to permaculture ethics, and submit adequate evidence of their work to a committee of peers (College of Diplomats) for review and recommendations.

A permaculture design certificate course (PDC) is a pre-requisite for the diploma, but the credit hours from the ”Creating Gaia’s Garden” online course can be applied toward the diploma regardless of whether the student has completed a PDC prior to this course or not. The credit hours from this course cannot be applied toward the PDC at the present time. More information about PI-USA’s diploma program can be found at http://www.permaculture.org/what/diploma/

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Episode-1879- Remembering Bill Mollison

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Today I am “calling and audible” and dedicating this show to Bill Mollison.  He is to date the greatest mentor I have that I have also never met.   Many are understandably sad at Bill’s passing, but I am less so.  In 2013 I spoke at length to his grandson and even that long ago the family knew Bill would not be here much longer.

His family had come to as peace with it as anyone contemplating the loss of a loved one can.  Bill is the reason I even know what Permaculture is, as its’ creator that is true of everyone, but for me it was this rough old man that made me see Permaculture as something beyond purple breathing hippy stuff.

Part of today’s episode is from Diego Footer’s Permaculture Voices Podcast where he reads a wonderful obituary for Bill, rather than redo that I thought I would just include it today.

This piece was actually written by Graham Bell, you can find the transcript here.

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Amazon Item of the Day for 9-27-16

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Every 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 my favorite Magnetic Arm Band.  Hold on this isn’t one of those wear this and it will cure your arthritis, it is instead wear this and you will keep track of screws, bolts, nails, drill bits, driver bits, etc. when doing a project.

Ever been on top of a ladder, you just took out three screws and want to bring down what ever you just disconnected and not loose the screws on the floor or say in the grass?

How about you drilled a hole and need to swap to a T25 Torx bit?  Great that bit is in the cool little holder on your DeWalt drill, yea I love that thing too, but it doesn’t hold drill bits.  Ever put a drill bit in your pocket only to have it manage to somehow drill itself to escape and never find it again.

Ever put sharp nails or screws in your pocket only to wish you hadn’t for one reason or another later?  Have you ever been on your back under a car and had to remove some nuts only to have one fall and well, you are just not able to get it, so you have to slide out and try to find it?

If only there were a technology that caused metal things to stick to something, gee wouldn’t that be great?  Okay I am being a little terse but you get the point, we call that technology a magnet.

With one or two of these bands your life when doing projects can be so much better.  It isn’t just that you don’t have to use a pocket, it is, you don’t have to reach into your pocket while holding up something heavy in one hand and a drill driver in the other and many similar situations.   That nail, screw, washer, drill bit, allen key, etc, is right there.

I look at it this way, these are like having that helper who can’t do much but can hold stuff and hand stuff to you while you work, except it is only 12 bucks and you don’t have to provide it free beer to help you on a Saturday project.

They are simple to use, very effective and will make your life easier on project days, so why not pick up a Magnetic Arm Band soon, your pockets along with the tender areas near them will thank you for it.

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Episode-1878- Listener Feedback for 9-26-16

jackspirkoToday on the Survival Podcast I respond to your emails on a teachers strike, future proof jobs, dealing with ADD, walking to freedom, training kids to use guns 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.

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  • What if teachers strike and no one cares
  • What jobs if any are “safe” from automation
  • How to deal with ADD without drugs
  • A walking to freedom story
  • How to begin training a young child in gun use and safety
  • Proper grill care and maintenance
  • Starting chestnuts from seed
  • How we manage our feed rate for our ducks
  • A male officers perspective on female officers (don’t shoot me, I’m just a messenger)
  • Grilling the perfect squirrel – yea really

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Amazon Item of the Day for 9-26-16

bradleysmokerEvery 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 the Bradley Smokers Original Smoker.  I first learned about this smoker from Kevin Kegan one of my partners at PermaEthos.  He recommended the digital version, but after a lot of research I decided the original version was good enough for my needs.  So I could not justify the extra expense and I always cook with a two probe thermometer anyway.

The four rack system give a lot more cooking area then you would think.  I recently removed one of the racks and with a bit of creativity in how I slid in the other three was able to do six pork shoulders in a single smoke.

If there is a downside to Bradley it is you have to use their “bisquettes” which are compressed little pucks of wood shavings.  To me though it isn’t a big issue, if you smoke with a tool like this you are not making a single meal, rather you are making a significant amount of food. When you pro rate the cost across the per pound of yield it is insignificant.

Frankly I never let the space go to waste.  Lets say I am doing a single pork shoulder for a small family get together.  Okay great, so I will toss in a few rib racks and say a chuck roast, smoke it all.  I then let the extra stuff cool, vacuum seal and freeze it.  All you do is take it out and re heat it and rock on.  This means you can have low and slow smoked wonderful meats ready to go.

When you do a brisket you have to cut it in half, it just won’t fit whole, but two fit cut in half.  Half a brisket is still a lot of meat, so one smoke, 4 half briskets, for a family thing two halve go in the freeze, but if it is just for Dorothy and I, one half gets used and three go in the freezer.

How does that effect quality?  It doesn’t, at all, I could put fresh and frozen and re heated in front of you, you’d never know.

I am a guy that loves my grills and smokers.  I love that I can smoke on a kettle grill, I have a huge side box old school smoker, but once I got this it is just too easy to not use most of the time.  The results are dead simple consistent.

There is one caution, one time I ran 2 briskets and got distracted and ended up with a grease fire.  It was easy to put out and didn’t get out of hand but it could have.  This is because you have so much fat dripping into one area.

What I suggest is the smoker comes with a small pan which you fill with water, replace it with a aluminum throw away oven pan, so it has more capacity.  Empty and refill it say every two hours.  This pan isn’t just for moisture the finished pucks are pushed into it and extinguished.

Next is if you are only using one to three of the racks, put one of the aluminum pans on the lowest rack and let it catch your fat drippings.  This helps keep your smoker a lot cleaner anyway.  With three racks I can still do two shoulders, 3 rib racks and  couple rings of sausage.

If you love smoked meat but don’t relish the constant tweaking for old school smoking check this thing out.  And as always don’t be a purist.  Smoke up to about 160 for your meat.  Then wrap in foil and finish in the oven at about 225.  This is called the Texas Cheat, and as a good friend of mine says, if you are not cheating you are not trying.  The oven finish is the way to go, and let me tell you a secret, a real secret.

This is exactly how I pull off freezing roasts and heating them up and them tasting so great.  I don’t finish them!  I smoke up to 160 (it is called “the stall”) and I wrap in foil, then vac seal and freeze what we are not going to use right away.  When we want to use it, we defrost it, pop it in the oven and finish it the day we eat it.  Now guys, that is a real Spirko hack and until today a closely guarded secret.

Oh and hey, want to blow it up for Thanksgiving?  Get one of these, quarter your bird, smoke it, then wrap and oven finish.  Don’t try to cook it heavy in the smoker, go lite, about 2.5 hours, just to season it with smoke, then cook in wrapped foil until it is perfectly tender.

Do this and you will never have a dry turkey again!  Sure it won’t be a big giant browned bird on the table but how long do they stay that way anyway, in the end it is what is on the plate that matter.  So for all these reasons and more check out the Bradley Smokers Original Smoker today.

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.

P.S. – Of course I hate one trick pony type things, like a smoker that only smokes.  So check this out, when I have big gatherings one of my favorite thing to provide is brats and sausages.  It is finger food, help yourself type stuff.  So I cook them on my grill and then put them in the smoker, I put in no wood pucks and simply set the Bradley to about 120 degrees.    It is then a hot box to keep them warm, I can now have a beer and socialize and people just help themselves.  Just make sure after about an hour to clean it out or you may find something very unappetizing next week when you go to cook again!

 

Episode-1877- Expert Council Q&A for 9-23-16

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Today is Friday so it is time for our ask expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

Today the expert council answers questions on mil surplus vehicles, ham radio, battery back ups, cooking turkey, riots and protests, automated vehicles and more.

In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air.

I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but can’t always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between.

To get more information on our Expert Council visit our “Meet the Expert Council Page” to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise.

Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss

  • The military mobile kitchen trailer – Tim Glance
  • No, no, no, no, to used batteries for your battery bank – Steven Harris
  • Dealing with demonstrations and riots – Bryan Black
  • Cooking turkey with the souis vide technique – Keith Snow
  • Building a HAM Radio Antenna and Shack – Tim Glance
  • Perspective on the rise of autonomous vehicles – Jack

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Episode-1876- Listener Calls for 9-22-16

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Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on bombings, shootings, sick trees, life balance, planting trees, economics 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…

  • Work with Jack Weekend Sign Up by Noon Friday
  • A speak pipe update
  • Fall has begun, tick-tock, the clock ticks for us all
  • My take on the Oklahoma shooting
  • Dealing with sick trees
  • Balancing family prepping with community living
  • Responding during a bombing if you are near it
  • Prepping the ground for tree planting
  • The current long term economic outlook
  • Function stacking grapes and dogs, yea really
  • Bottling wine the easy way, aka the Spirko way

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Amazon Item of the Day for 9-22-16

griddleEvery 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 Greystone 11.5″ Non-Stick Griddle , after a few months of using my Greystone 13 inch frying pan I am hooked on this cookware.  Nothing sticks to it, you can cook hot as blazes if you want to, it wears like iron and you can use metal utensils.

Finding Greystone was a tag team affair. In Episode 1828 Chef Keith answered a cookware question and mentioned Italian Moneta cookware as a high quality non stick cook ware without the problems of things like Teflon. Looked good but was expensive enough for me to just use my old cast iron.

Then a listener named Camaron told me about this product called Greystone that was actually the exact same thing. Just basically a US Based brand of Moneta. So I check it out and it vetted 100% true. So I ordered my first pan. In a word it is amazing, it is everything those stupid infomercials promise about all the green this and copper that bullshit yet fail to deliver.

Durable as hell, non stick, oh wow is it! Looks good, light weight and just damn fine, but what do you expect from Italy when it comes to cooking. What Moneta did here is smart too.

They set up a US based brand, with the same product. They then ship tons of it at a time so they are doing all US based distribution. This of course creates US jobs even with a Italian made product and cuts the cost to the consumer by about 25% or more. Win, win, win.

I have now decided personally to add the Greystone 11.5″ Non-Stick Griddle because it will be better for some things than the frying pan, or because sometimes you are using two pans at one time.

This really is a great product. You know how you have to use those pathetic plastic utensils on most non stick, not this, metal is fine. Next there is this little logo on the handle right were it joins the pan, you can’t see it at first. When the pan is up to temp it turns green and shows up, this lets you keep turning down the heat to use the minimum amount to maintain a good cooking temp.

The pans heat up really fast, they hold temp quite well, it honestly made me love my gas stove even more than I already do.  Over time I plan to get rid of many of my pans and replace them with these.  I will still use cast iron for somethings, especially stuff that finishes in the over, as this stuff isn’t oven safe.  That is not due to the coating, but rather the handles.

If your frying pans have seen better days, check out the Greystone 11.5″ Non-Stick Griddle or the entire line up today.

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.