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Just a quick Happy Easter to all, and a quick reminder that the MSB Spring14 Sale ends at midnight central time tonight!

The discount code is spring14, you get the first year for 30 dollars.  You can sign up here, and you can get full details on the sale are here.

Episode-1337- Listener Calls for 4-18-14

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your Calls

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on missing the forest for the trees, gardening, food storage, fuel storage, composting, economics, prepper fiction, politics 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…

  • Stop the “we are not a democracy we are a republic” idiocy!
  • The effects of a late frost on asparagus
  • Freeze dried vs. dehydrated
  • Thoughts on heat pumps and geothermal with Steven Harris
  • Is there “long term life” in the stock market, so many misconceptions!
  • Tips on composting
  • Exactly how are republicans as bad as democrats
  • What to do with a traditional IRA at age
  • Thoughts on The Eagle Has Crashed (link to my interview with the author)
  • Okay, I will say something about Bundy ranch!
  • Storing gas for a generator in an apartment
  • What to do with a cell number that is no longer local to where you live
  • Why silver is the perfect small increment long term investment for your children

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.

Our Expert Council is Made Up of…

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Some Humor and Fun – Charlie Dog Takes Out Jeff D.

Friend of the Spirko family Jeff D (not sure he wants his last name published so I will leave it at D) stopped by the TSP homestead. Charlie decided to have some fun, it really is a good thing Charlie is a friendly dog. Can you imagine what would have happened if this was an attack vs. just Charlie playing!

FYI for drive by visitors that don’t call first! Charlie doesn’t like strangers until they are introduced, he is part of our security protocol. But as you can see once introduced he is as friendly as they come though a bit rough in his play.

This is the “dangerous pit bull” that has been so hyped up by the media.  Sure he will defend his home and his family but would not any good dog?  The truth is simple dogs of any breed are a product of their upbringing.  Charlie is a clown, he gets into trouble but he is as friendly as they come.

We just got DNA results on Charlie, he is part Stafford Terrier, part Bull Terrier and part Pointer.  So basically a pit bull and pointer mix.  Oh the horror, oh the terror of a dog that licks you so viciously, plays with such reckless abandon.  Something must be done, pit bulls must be stopped, won’t someone think of the children, won’t someone think of the Jeff!

Enjoy, it is pretty damn funny!

Episode-1336- Critical Thinking and Issue Analysis

Today I want to discuss the concept of critical thinking and how we are often led by those in power.  How many “issues” are presented to divide us yet they really shouldn’t.  Most if actually examined critically would result in people either realizing the issue doesn’t matter and nothing should be done, or in general agreeing on the solution.

Those in charge can’t have this, a people divided are easily led, in fact a divided people given their consent to being controlled, having liberty taken and are in general okay with the oppression of their fellow man.

Way back in September of 2009, I did episode 269, in it I came up with a series of questions called, “The Issues Test” today I am going to revisit those questions.  While I am sure today’s show will have some similarities to the original, I am willing to be a lot will be new and different.  It has been over 4.5 years since I did that original early TSP episode.

Along the way I have evolved my thinking.  In some ways I am far more the pessimist, in regard to political solutions and government anyway.  In others I am far more optimistic, in regard to human beings and individual solutions.  I guess that makes me a realist! Sometimes people really seem to dislike the realist! Whether mired in apathy, pessimism or illogical optimism, people seldom want their fantasies disrupted.

The Realist Is Often Disliked for Speaking the Truth!

The Realist Is Often Disliked for Speaking the Truth!

Today instead of disrupting your fantasies about the world I would prefer to discuss how you can do so for yourself.  There is a lot to be done in this world, one must accept reality and not be misled if one is to accomplish anything meaningful.

The first time I went though this list of questions it was mainly related to legislative actions.  This time I am taking a more universal approach.  I believe it can be applied to news stories, life decisions, business choices, you name it.

Today We Revisit the Issues Test…

  • Will it effect me? (me meaning us, the average American)
  • Does it increase or decrease the power of government?
  • Is it Constitutional?
  • Does it make people that agree on 95% of issues fight amongst themselves?
  • What is it going to cost us? What is our ROI on it?
  • Who is paying for it?  Who benefits the most financially?
  • Is my personal prejudice or bias influencing my judgment on this?
  • What happens if we take this action?
  • What happens if we don’t do anything?
  • Does it set up the future potential for government intrusion in more areas?
  • Do I really need to be “for” or “against” this issue?
  • If we only focused on issues that “passed the test” what would be left?
  • How would that effect the ability of our government to bullshit us?
  • If everyone did this, would we know “what we believe” and “why we believe it”?

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.

Our Expert Council is Made Up of…

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You Guys Broke the PermaEthos Server

Okay here is the deal, when I set up the PermaEthos Blog I did so on a shared account on one of my HostGator.com accounts.  Apparently the show today has taken it the heck out!

Here is a direct link to the video promo for the PDC on YouTube.  We will move PermaEthos to our main dedicated server but we can’t do that today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLUv2gqIjsw

And just to make sure here is the video in an embed in this post.

Episode-1335- The PermaEthos Model 3.0

A View of the First PermaEthos Farm!

A View of the First PermaEthos Farm!

See the PermaEthos PDC Video Trailer Here!

Today we are going to talk about PermaEthos.  I have been on a break from “permaculture topics” and will continue that break though next week but today we have some really exciting things to discuss.

PermaEthos began as a dream, one simple libertarian community built on the ethics of Permaculture.  It was hoped to be a place where 100-160 families could live and work together for liberty and independence.

In our quest to leave government issues behind we ran into of course more government.  Despite having surveyed the community and identified over 2.5 million in potential revenues for the projects establishment, we could not get local governments to simply tell us what we could and could not do.  All wanted a “master plan” done by professional engineers in advance.

We shifted to a community farm model, we again looked to “investors” and while we did identify that a co-op model likely would work, we also found two wonderful community members who wanted to make a serious commitment to PermaEthos in the form of Charlie and Kevin of Elijah Springs Farm in West Virgina.  We are now only a few short weeks away from PermaEthos shifting from dream to reality.  Listen today to hear how you can help out.

Join Me Today to Hear…

  • PermaEthos is what we talked about yesterday, being the wolf!
  • The initial model, how it changed, why this is better
  • The flagship product, a Permaculture Design Course like none other
  • The opportunities
    • Founding Community Member
    • Tenant Farmer
    • Wwopfers
    • Element Partners (own a Fiefdom)
    • Farm Partnership
  • Our advisory council (confirmed members)
    • Geoff Lawton
    • Ben Falk
    • Darby Simpson
  • Our team
    • Jack Spirko
    • Josiah Wallingford
    • Charlie Mitchell
    • Kevin Keegan
    • Nicholas Ferguson
    • Jesse Tegtmier
    • Kelly Herrin
  • Our basic plan (phase one)
    • Establish the farm while teaching a PDC – Real World Education, not theory
    • Complete Wwopfs and Staff Housing Needs
    • Develop and set up a nursery, camping area, parking areas
    • Establish the first livestock (pork, poultry, lamb)
    • Establish annual crops and perennials into an alley crop model
    • Establish a local market for the sale of products
    • Plan and implement large scale earthworks (amazing stuff)
    • Provide ongoing video updates of progress (subscription model)
    • Develop stand alone educational products
    • Install element partner fiefdoms along the way
    • Head into 2015 and complete the implementation on the initial 18 acres
    • By 2015 have revenues from farm operation that return a profit plus fund salaries for tenants and farm stewards
    • Replicate on other farms (many small communities vs. one large one)
  • Some common questions and my current answers

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.

Our Expert Council is Made Up of…

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Reminder MSB On Sale for Only 30 Bucks for the First Year

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Just a quick reminder that the MSB is currently on sale.  With this sale you can get your first year of TSP Members Brigade for the next ten days for only 30 Dollars, which is a savings of 40%. Use discount code “spring14″ to get your first year for only 30 dollars.

This sale runs until midnight on Sunday the 20th and as usual I will not offer the discount after the sale closes. This is a great discount on an already great product.

You can learn more and join the MSB Here. Those who wish to pay by mail can just write the discount code on the mail in form. Those paying by silver will receive 2 extra months (14 vs 12) instead of a direct discount.

Yes you can pay for multiple years if you pay by cash, check or silver and apply the discount to every year. If you pay online you can’t use this code to renew early, sorry it creates a logistical nightmare to do that. Let me just say in the words from the Electric Company song on PBS when I was a kid, “I would if I could, but I can’t so I won’t, please forgive me if I don’t.”

That said if you currently have an expired membership, you can use this code to add a new subscription to your old account. Just log in to the MSB, you will see a link saying your account has expired. Use the code “spring14″ during renewal and select MSB 12 Month Renew as your term of membership.

Let me just close with, while the MSB is already a great value, when I return from vacation later this month I am launching a full on summer time blitz to gain new discount vendors. The value of the MSB will definitely go up in 2014 a great deal, so if you have been thinking about it, now may be a great time to get in on a great deal and help support the work we do at TSP at the same time.

 

 

Episode-1334- Of Wolves and Liberty

If a Wolf Can Change a River, You Can Change a Nation.

If a Wolf Can Change a River, You Can Change a Nation.

Recently I have pointed out a lot of things wrong with our nation.  From our own government spying on us, to the IRS taking money from the children of dead parent to the crumbling system we call public education.  I have also discussed the rigged political system and repeatedly said voting right now won’t fix anything.

I have explained how we are lied to, manipulated and controlled.  The most depressing thing I have had to tell you though is that at least, and I mean at least 9 out of 10 Americans are asleep, don’t care or think their side of the crime syndicate is the solution.  90% of Americans are either controlled by the system, don’t care about anything anyway or simply feel totally defeated and have accepted their sorry state of affairs.

A very fair email came in recently and said,

“Well if I can’t vote for change, if I can’t wake up the masses and if I can’t trust either side, what the hell can I do?  Oh and Jack, please don’t tell me to pant trees and get chickens.  For the record I already have, I see the value but clearly that isn’t enough.

What happens when they come take my chickens, bull doze my garden and raise my taxes to pay for doing so?  What happens when they take away the last of my natural rights?  I see the writing on the wall, and sadly I know you are right about the voting issue, so what do we do, what do I do?  How do we fight back?

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • It sounds overly simple but change yourself, it will change others – be the wolf
  • To win a fight first you must understand you are in a fight
  • To defeat your opponent use his own energy against him
  • To stack the deck, build an alliance of others to fight at your side
  • Wars are fought with both arms and information, information can be more powerful
  • Never seek a solution from one who caused the problem
  • Develop skills, knowledge and teach them to others
  • Never compromise your integrity, be true to who you are
  • Never call theft justice, never call captivity freedom and never equate safety to freedom
  • Remember wolves are not solitary they run in packs, build your pack

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.

Our Expert Council is Made Up of…

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Episode-1333- Listener Feedback for 4-14-14

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on the Survival Podcast I take your comments, questions and thoughts on, survival scenario, permaculture, water catchment, politics, the NSA, the IRS, the education system  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

  • Conflicted Monday – My take on last week
  • Conflicted Monday – Skills for Children in a Survival Group
  • The PermaEthos PDC will be Open for Enrollment Soon
  • Thoughts on tarantulas in your garden
  • Finding a roof level on a hillside for gravity feed water storage
  • Is a constitutional convention imminent, would it even be a good idea
  • The NSA admits lying and wrong doing, no one really seems to care
  • The government now holds children responsible for their parents death
  • What we learn when a teach resigns and tells us the truth

Resources for today’s show…

The Conflicted Monday Scenario

The survival group you belong to has lots of children.  What are the three essential life skills that every child should know in today’s current society?  What are three other skills you would add to their education in a post apocalyptic world?

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.

Our Expert Council is Made Up of…

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PermaEthos is Looking for Partners

We are now looking to find a second tenant farmer to work with one we have already selected and head farm steward Josiah Wallingford.

Additionally we are beginning to screen for “Element Partners” and “Wwopfers”.  What are Element Partners and Wwopfers?  Cruise over the PermaEthos blog and find out.

PermaEthos is now Taking Applications!