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

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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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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.

Amazon Item of the Day for 7-25-16

snsEvery 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 Slown ‘N Sear for the Weber Kettle Grill.  After over two years of using the Smokenator,  I have definitely found a better solution.  Don’t get me wrong, the Smokenator is a fine product, the Slown ‘N Sear is simply a massive improvement.

One way is that you don’t have to cram charcoal into it and deal with it moving around.  Another is that is has a capacity of 4 cups (a full quart) of water in its integrated reservoir, so it can run for hours closed and without needing a refill, and thus spiking in temperature.

On top of all this rather than cheap stamped thin steel the Slown ‘N Sear is made of almost 6 pounds of heavy grade stainless steel.  I have decided that next week I am going to trying doing my first ever smoked chuck roast.

For full disclosure I was given this item in return for my review, but as you all know if something sucks, I say it sucks.  And my friends this thing far from sucks in a word it rocks.

I do want to note I did have some issues holding the temperature as low as I would have liked.  My take aways on this are as follows…

  1. The biggest issue was that I had to open the kettle more often and leave it open longer than I should of, due to wanting to explain the entire cook on film.  This let way too much air get the coals going a bit too fast.
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  2. The other issue is likely that I really did overload the charcoal well.  The instructions say to add one chimney of coals to the dozen you get ashed over.  I pretty much filled it all the way to the top, so much so that they grate was a bit elevated when the cook started.

Even with that the highest temp I hit was in the 260s and the cook stayed below 240 for most of the time.  I also do highly recommend the dual probe BBQ thermometer for all low and slow cooks, it is the, Famili Digital Remote Thermometer, but that will be a review for another day.

But if you are a Weber Kettlehead let me say the Slown ‘N Sear is one piece of kit you really want to add to your arsenal.  The best part unlike other such tools, this one can just stay in your grill, I really don’t like single use items.  The Slown ‘N Sear is just as at home grilling steaks and finishing them on indirect heat as it is at taking a pork shoulder for a 8 hour low and slow ride.  In fact I can’t wait to give that a try.

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.

Here is a video of my first run with the Slown ‘N Sear I will add more cook videos to this page as I continue to perfect my technique with it.

P.S. if you want the Plus Model in this video with the grid bottom, it costs a bit more.  I chose the plus model because I was offered either, it may or may not be worth the extra money to you.  I leave that decision to you, if you want the plus model you can order from this link, Slow ‘N Sear Plus.

Episode-1833- Expert Council Q&A for 7-22-16

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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 lard, permaculture, cooking, bee keeping, earth works, dealing with debt, low carb eating, freedom 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 ins and outs on lard – Erica Strauss
  • An update on Wheaton Labs – Paul Wheaton
  • Making your own ice cream – Chef Keith Snow
  • Top Bars vs. Langstroth hives – Michael Jordan
  • Dealing with logging debris – Ben Falk
  • Paying off student loan debt the smart way – John Pugliano
  • Dealing with the low carb diet yo yo – Gary Collins
  • Can we ever really be free again in this nation or anywhere – Jack

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Amazon Item of the Day for 7-22-16

muelEvery 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 CamelBack M.U.L.E.  What exactly does M.U.L.E. stand for, well that would be “Medium to Ultra Long Endeavors”.  This is my go to pack and it has only gotten better over the years, I bought mine over 7 years ago, I am still using it, it is still in great condition.

In fact the video below is from a short hike we did in Arkansas over 6 years ago.  I mean this is SO LONG AGO, I Have an iPod in the electronics pouch vs. an iPhone!  I mean really I have been though 3 iPhones in those 6 years and I still have the same pack.

I will say this pack doesn’t have massive cargo capacity but is is plenty for EDC and basic trail emergency gear on short hikes.  It excels for mountain biking because it is not over sized.  My number one use is wearing it while working on the farm in our 100 plus degree heat, so I stay hydrated and do not pass out.

If you want a larger capacity for cargo check out the CamelBack H.A.W.G. – Which stands for “Holds A Lot of Water and Gear”.  It is basically an up-sized version of the M.U.L.E.  Unless I am taking a major hike or spending an over night or something like that I prefer the lighter and smaller format of the CamelBack M.U.L.E.

I personally feel that the CamelBack concept as a whole has saved many lives over the years and prevented likely 10 of thousands of cases of basic heat exhaustion and trips to the ER for heat stroke.  In my days in the military, especially in Panama and Honduras, the number one injury I witnessed was what is called a “heat casualty” and it always came down to insufficient hydration.

If you are in the market for a top quality hydration solution and want to be able to carry a nice amount of gear along with it, take a look at the CamelBack M.U.L.E. today.  It isn’t the cheapest item in the category but for a pack that has lasted 7 years and is still going strong, as often is the case you get what you pay for.   At 80 bucks with free shipping, this pack is worth every cent.  And hey that is less than I paid for mine, so many years ago.

When I first got this Dorothy liked the idea but thought is was “too expensive”, so she bought some cheapo hydration back pack, (the kind with no cargo space) from Academy for herself.  It failed, she bought another.  At that point I had, had enough and ordered her a M.U.L.E. and of course I paid extra to get it in red for her.  Where that second cheapo is I know not, likely in a land fill somewhere, but her red CamelBack is still in service.

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.

Here is my video from 2009, this pack is slightly faded from the brutal southern sun but still going strong.

Episode-1832- Listener Calls for 7-21-16

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Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on voting hysteria, tin hat preppers, gardening for hard times, law enforcement, crossbows, hunting, learning about guns 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…

  • Dealing with the “you have to vote” manic drones
  • Gardening now and a lesson about the “zombie apocalypse”
  • The Alex Jones crowd and a throwback to Office Space
  • LEOs using viability to fight crime instead of direct force
  • Thoughts on hunting crossbows
  • Learning about shooting rifles and handguns (two very similar questions)

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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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Amazon Item of the Day for 7-21-16

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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 Mr. Beer 16oz Swing Top Glass Bottles.  These became my go to bottles for my small batch mead this year.  I started out using 32 oz bottles but in the end these just work better.  Smaller quantities to savor your mead with.  Not to mention the 32 oz ones seem like a good deal until you realize shipping is a killer and none of them are on prime.

Of course they are fine for beer, cider, etc.  I was going to get these up on Item of the Day eventually but moved them to today, let me share why with you.  Recently I ordered two boxes of these for my next few gallons of mead, currently in a secondary fermenters.

I got the text from amazon saying my order was delivered, went out to the gate and the box had seen better days.  Knowing it was glass, I was concerned.  One of the boxes was fine, the second sounded like well, shattered glass.  I went in and printed a return label and explained why to the seller though Amazon’s system.  In less than two hours I received the following email,

Hello,

I’m sorry to hear about the condition in which your  Mr. Beer 12 Count Swing Top Glass Bottles, 16 oz  arrived. We make every attempt to pack items securely to protect them during shipping, but sometimes damage does occur.

We always appreciate customer input on how we can improve our services.

On this occasion, we don’t require you to return the original. You’re welcome to keep, donate or dispose of it – whichever option is most appropriate and convenient for you.

I would like to help you, I’ve created a replacement for you at no additional charge. Here are the details:

Order Number: redacted
Shipping Speed: Two-Day Shipping
Guaranteed delivery by: Friday, July 22, 2016

Here is a direct link to check on the status of your replacement order: redacted

I hope you understand that we do our best to ensure that all our customer orders are delivered safe and on time.  Unfortunately, in spite of our efforts sometimes there are unforeseen delays and circumstances beyond our control, and we sincerely apologize for inconvenience caused.

Your patience is highly appreciated in this matter.  We look forward to seeing you again soon.

We’d appreciate your feedback. Please use the links below to tell us about your experience today.

Best regards,
Vishal G

Ten minutes later I received a shipping confirmation from Amazon.  This was about the best level of service one could expect in this situation.   Today I will CAREFULLY open the broken box, perhaps I will get a few non broken bottles in it, for all I know more that half are okay, once I realized many were smashed I just didn’t open it.  If nothing else I will get 12 spare caps and gaskets.

I love swing tops for bottling, while I now always keg 5 gallon batches, 1-2 gallon batches always get bottled for practical reasons.  Generally after two rackings of my 1 gallon batches I fill 5-6 of these for a gallon, with a half pint or a little more in a mason jar that goes in the fridge for “early quality analysis”.

The bottles do ship with the tops not installed, but they are very easy to put on.  The reason for this is the box won’t quite close for packaging with them on.  However it is fine for storage, another reason I love them.  Bottle up two gallons, put them back in the box, label the top and put them into the aging room (okay it is just an upstairs closet).

For many years I used to save returnable beer bottles and cleaned the labels off them, what a pain in the butt.  I get it but if you have the budget these are just much more convenient.  And again 16oz Swing Top Glass Bottles are just perfect for meads, 2 people can have two 4oz servings or 4 people can each have one.  Mead isn’t something one just guzzles, it is to be savored and enjoyed with select friends.

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-1831- Nick Hazelton from An-Yak on Self Directed Learning

Check out An-Yak.com

Check out An-Yak.com

Nick Hazelton is a 17 year old yak and hog farmer from Oregon. He dropped out of school last year to pursue his farm business, Hazelton Farms, that he now runs with his father, the former principal of the school he dropped out of.

Nick also hosts and co-hosts a few libertarian anarchist podcasts, including his own podcast, the Anarcho-Yakitalism Podcast, as well as the Freedom Feens Radio Show and The Lolberts Podcast.

Nick joins us today to discuss getting out of government schools to pursue self directed education or home based education.

Resources for today’s show…

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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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