Episode-1970- Listener Feedback for 3-27-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on planting trees, evolving technology, economics, ammo selection, social media and more.

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Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • Getting ground ready for tree planting
  • The death of retail continues and what it all means
  • Listener feedback on a week of rewind episodes
  • A millennial speaks the truth about what it takes to succeed today
  • Selecting ammo for newbies
  • Understanding the tax advantages of even a micro enterprise
  • Why I don’t automate my “social media”
  • Balancing paleo and permaculture

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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Gerber Dime Multi-Tool – TSP Item of the Day

dimeEvery 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 Gerber Dime Multi- Tool.  To me everyone should have a mini multi-tool on their key chain.

This is one of my absolute favorites due to how small and useful it is. There are so many times in our lives we could use a screw driver or a pair of pliers or even a good pair of tweezers.  I spent a lot of time checking into small key chain sized multi tools and the Gerber Dime was the one I settled on.

With this little gadget on my key chain I have the following tools everywhere I go, all the time.

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Wire cutter
  • Fine edge blade
  • Retail package opener
  • Scissors
  • Flat Screw Driver
  • Crosshead Screw Driver
  • Bottle opener
  • Tweezers
  • File

For many years I carried a Leatherman Wave, in fact I often still do.  Frankly I think it is the best full sized multi-tool out there.   But it is a rather large item on your belt and just not practical for every day and all the time.  To much EDC makes one look like a pathetic version of Batman you know.

So at times I would need pliers, a driver, etc, and just not have it with me.  Well pretty much anywhere I go I have my keys.  To drive home how small this item is when folded here is mine on my key chain below.  As you can see it takes up less space than the key to my 4-Runner.

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The Gerber Dime Multi- Tool is also a great deal at under 17 bucks with free shipping on Prime.  It absolutely will not do everything a full sized tool does but it is small enough to always be there when you need it.  To me that is the key with mini multi-tools, better a small set of pliers then none at all!

Remember you can always find all TSPAZ Items of the day by just going to TspAz.com along with a link to Amazon’s top deals of the day.

 

Guns Holsters and Gear

TSP Business Directory Featured Member

Guns Holsters & Gear

Tax time is over (at least for me), so I am back with another featured business out of our community directory. This week we are taking a look at a business that specializes in reviews of guns and tactical gear. What I like about this business is that they do not accept manufacturer ads, so there is not a very big chance of review bias here. Richard puts together these reviews with the consumer in mind. They also write reviews for knives and tactical/survival gear as well.

Gun and Gear Reviews

“I’ll put it simply: my gun reviews are biased toward the consumer.  I aim to give you the best information possible so you can make an informed decision.  No gun manufacturer has paid us or compensated us in any way to publish reviews here, nor will I ever accept such money.”

News and Useful Information for Gun Owners

Outside of the regular reviews, the site also provides some really great information for gun owners absolutely free of charge. You can access the entire site without paying for any content. Get useful answers to questions like “Am I required to apply a serial number to a homemade firearm?” They even have book reviews and cover industry events like the 2017 Shot Show. So, if you’re looking for honest reviews and news on firearms, check out http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/

Gun and tactical gear reviews

Check out Guns Holsters & Gear along with all the other business in the TSP Business Directory. We literally have businesses that specialize in everything from guns to gardening and everything in-between. Speaking of gardening, we’re really starting to get into Spring weather here in Alabama. Check out all the listings under Farming/Homesteading and Nursery/Seed Supply before you start planting your garden this year. You might find something new to try in your annual garden, or maybe get some rare perennials established to diversify your food preps.

About the Directory

The TSP Business Directory is a place for listeners to advertise their businesses to the rest of the TSP community. You can get setup for less than $10 a year and gain exposure to Jack’s growing audience. Premium listings get a ton of added marketing help like these featured posts and exposure to the TSP Facebook community. If you have a business, consider listing it with us to let the TSP nation know what you do and how you can add value with your product or service. I’ll be back in April with a featured post on CDS Tactical.

Episode-36- TSP Rewind – The One Year Anniversary Show

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-224- The One Year Anniversary Show and was first broadcast on June 19th, 2009.

Not much for show notes today.  Today’s show is all calls from the audience describing what the last year has been like for them.  I only speak about 90 seconds total today.  Get ready to be inspired!  If you have been looking for a way to get friends and family on board, I think this will be a great show to share with them.

Today we continue with our week of vintage shows.  The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Episode-35- TSP Rewind – The Core Mission of The Survival Podcast

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-223- The Core Mission of The Survival Podcast and was first broadcast on June 18th, 2009.

Today we continue with our week of vintage shows.  This show was one day shy of our one year anniversary episode.  I took this moment to reflect on our first, explain what I was really doing and lay out the future vision for the show and community.  I think after listening to it, you will see that all the way forward into 2017 we are still on track.

The following are the original show notes form this episode.

So what are we really doing every day on TSP?  Is it just about storing food, creating self sufficiency and putting together a more sustainable life?  Of course the show is about those things but it also about a lot more.

Tomorrow we are doing a very special episode in honor of our 1 year anniversary.  So today I wanted to inspire you to really think about how you are living, what your goals are and decide you really can take control.  While I hope today’s show is inspirational I think what you hear from fellow listeners tomorrow will be even more so.

Resources for Today’s Show

Episode-34- TSP Rewind – Survival Lessons from the Aguan River Valley

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-185- Survival Lessons from the Aguan River Valley and was first broadcast on April 22nd, 2009.

Today we continue with our week of vintage shows.  This show chronicles 6 months I spent on deployment to one of the most remote parts of Honduras.  I was part of team building roads in this third world nation.  This time changed my life in many ways, also as I was 19 at this time I did a lot of growing up as a man in this place.

At the time I simply wanted this tour to be over, today looking back it was a great blessing and turning point in my life.  Later it would lead me to my decision after finishing my service to hike about a third of the Appalachian Trail before moving to Texas.

The following are the original show notes from this episode.

In 1991-1992 at the age of 19 I took part in something called “Operation Furetes Caminos” as part of a detachment to the 536th Combat Engineers.  From Dec 91 – June of 92 we worked to carve 10 miles of road into the Honduran interior in one of the harshest environments in the world.  While there I learned a lot about life, survival and I learned how that which seems desolate and harsh can show you some of the most beautiful things the world has to offer.

Join me today on another time travel event back to 1992 as we recall together what the real power of man is all about.  I will tell you lessons I learned and acted on at 19 that I could not articulate or even understand until more then a decade later. Today’ show notes are brief, just tune in the story speaks for itself.

Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-33- TSP Rewind – Five More Lies That Attack Liberty

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-43- Five More Lies that Attack Individual Freedom and Liberty and was first broadcast on August 28, 2008.

Today we continue with our week of vintage shows.  Today’s show builds upon yesterdays.

The notes below are the original notes from that episode.

Today’s show expands on yesterday’s and gives you five more lies that most American’s believe to be true. No conspiracy theories or tin foil hat concepts here. This stuff is all wide open and easy to verify as fact by reading simple history and looking at current realities.

Sorry for the background noise in today’s show, while I think the audio is over all much better my mobile studio seemed to attract every semi truck on the highway today.

Tune in today to get my thoughts on,

  • The lie that the “governments role is to solve the problems of the people”
  • How ridiculous the concept of a “government that would solve individual problems” would be in a discussion among the Founding Fathers
  • The lie that “America is the freest nation in the world”
  • One thing that you can do in many countries that will get you arrested at gun point in America
  • The lie that we need to “spend more on national defense”
  • The fact that the U.S. spends more money on our military then the combined military budgets of every other nation in the world combined
  • The reality that the U.S. economic system is now best defined as fascist
  • The lie that it is “normal for the price of goods and cost of living to continually rise over time”
  • The effect of having a false paper currency backed by nothing and what a 1935 silver quarter still buys today
  • The lie that “politicians should be experienced”
  • How a government of “career politicians” have destroyed our freedom, yet not had to live with the consequences of their decisions as private citizens
  • Why a Kansas farmer, Texas rough necker or Detroit auto worker would all be better as our senators then the people we have in office today

Resources for today’s show

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Episode-32- TSP Rewind – Five Lies That Attack Liberty

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-42- Five Lies that Attack Individual Freedom and Liberty and was first broadcast on August 27, 2008.

This week I am tied up all week with the Spring Workshop, so I wanted to do something special with the rewind episodes.  Today is the first of a two part series, and they are from VERY early in the shows history.

You will note in these episodes the problems we discuss are articulated in much the same way as we do today.  What has changed is the solutions have become more evident, both due to our learning in this journey and due to evolution in technology.

Later this week we will take a journey to the Aguan River Valley of Honduras, hear the first SOTPA (state of the podcast address) then on Friday we will hear from listeners who changed their lives in the first year of the podcast.

The notes below are the original notes from that episode.

Today’s podcast covers five lies that have been marketed to people by both industry and government and how they take away individual liberty and national freedom. This show is a long one but these were some things I feel honestly called to speak about and I have a great deal of passion for them.

I know many listeners are more interested in practical preparation but one can not separate survival mentality from individual liberty. Where as the sheeple follow the government and seek solutions from them, the individualist knows that he or she is the master of their own fate.

Today’s podcast may challenge some of your beliefs and might even make you angry at times. That just means is isn’t the same old – same old. Tune in to get my thoughts about,

  • The lie that “its a consumer driven economy and there is nothing wrong with that” and how it is driving people and our nation into the oppression of debt.
  • The lie of “no child left behind” and that “everyone should go to college” and how it is destroying our economy and making us dependent on illegal immigrant labor
  • The noble professions no one goes to college to do and why we need quality people to do them
  • The lie that “The Constitution gives us rights” and how that lie grants government power that it does not and should not have
  • Why The Constitution does not “apply to Americans” and how it actually applies to humans
  • The lie of class warfare and how it convinces you that you don’t have what you want because of some other group
  • The class structure of Europe that we left behind and why it needs to stay there
  • The lie that “you can’t do it” or “you can’t make it” with out government help and how the government is actually the problem that limits individual achievement
  • The lie of being told what you want or told what is a success or a failure or what you need
  • Why no matter who runs Washington we all still have the ability to declare individual liberty
  • How we lost the attitude of “this family doesn’t take charity” and how that is killing us
  • How the individual spirit and personal fortitude is stronger then any law, government or situation
  • How many of the “poor” are really free and many of the most “successful” are enslaved by life and debt
  • How your personal action, personal spirit and determination are your greatest survival asset

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.

Episode-1969- Expert Council Q and A for Saint Pat’s Day

Today its Friday so it’s time for 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 plants, nutritional supplements, passive solar, steam treatments, essential oils, kombucha, investing, homeschooling, liberty under attack 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

  • Labeling your plants – Nick Ferguson
  • The reality of exogenesis supplements – Gary Collins
  • Dealing with orientation of a home for passive solar – Ben Falk
  • Using steam to treat respiratory issues – Doc Bones
  • Getting a scoby for kombucha – Erica Strauss
  • Investing in a 401K with limited options – John Pugliano
  • More on the attack on home schooling – Mike and Sue Laprise
  • Why there is a war on freedom, follow up to Mike and Sue – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Websites of the Expert Council Members

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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RedYetiWare Kitchen Shears – Item of the Day

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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 one of my favorite kitchen tools, RedYetiWare Kitchen Shears.  I kid you not that I went though almost a half dozen different shears to find the ultimate pair.  What I believe I have found is once again the best value to price ratio.

In this case though it is balanced to the value side, as these are better quality than items costing 2-4 times more.  Frankly I don’t even understand how an item this good sells for only 12.75.  They only have 8 reviews on Amazon but 100% are 5 stars.

There are a few things I require of shears if they are to be used in my kitchen.  They are power, quality steel, micro serrated and you must be able to take them apart.  Oh and as they must be able to come apart, they should also stay the hell together when being used.

Here is a break down of each area of concern…

  • Power – I want something that will remove the back bone of a large chicken or duck without working hard, these do that brilliantly.
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  • Quality Steel – These are made of 2CR14 stainless steel.  This is not something a custom knife maker is going to use but for the application it is great steel.  I judge them on performance and so far they get an A+.  I have been using them a long time, they hold sharpness well, and 2CR14 seem to be a good quality steel for this level of tool.
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  • Micro Serration – One blade of these is a strait edge the other has micro serrations.  This is why they are good at cutting though bones, joints, cartridge.
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  • Take Apart – This is critical, if I am going to take apart raw chicken one day and cut salad vegetables the next, you must be able to 100% clean every part of it.  Take down shears are also easier to sharpen.  And critically these don’t accidentally come apart while using them, which I have seen very expensive shears do.

One great thing about the take apart feature, is that the part that retains the blades can be adjusted.  It simply has a small “acorn nut” on it, that can be loosened and reset then re-tightened.  I have never had to do this, but it is clear that you can.

They are also great for butchering quail.  Though I have gone to a new method I call “the dove hunter method” that requires no tools at all.  That said for those of you that butcher quail with shears, you will love the job these do.

Kitchen shears are a great tool, they are great for cutting herbs in the garden as well.  Here is the biggest endorsement I can give them, since I featured them in my “Pepper Kitchen Tools” episode, several hundred of you guys have purchased them, and none of you, not a single one has sent me a single complaint.

Once you get a good set of shears in your kitchen you will find they make a lot of tasks faster and quicker.  If you are in the market for some, check out, RedYetiWare Kitchen Shears and I promise you will not be disappointed.

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. – Yes these have a bottle opener and a fish scaler on them and it says they can crack nuts.  Don’t buy them for that, such things are best done with tools specifically designed for the task.  I really don’t like “all in one” tools because they never excel at all their tasks.  However, these excel at being shears, so that is what I recommend them for.