Amazon Item of the Day for 8-30-16

cabeltiesEvery 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 something I feel no one should be without.  They just do too much, for too little cost to not have some.  They are Monoprice Releasable Cable Ties and at only seven bucks and some change for 100 pieces they are a steal.

Get a few bags and do the following.  Make up bundles of about 20-30 a bundle.  Just use one tie to hold the rest together.  Put a bundle in your BOBs, put one in every glove box of your vehicles, put some in your garage where you can see them and just grab them, etc.  Heck I keep half a dozen as part of my EDC, you don’t even notice them in a cargo pocket until you need them.

The key is the releasable part!  We even use these for keeping gates closed on our low fences for our ducks.  I keep a few tied on top of various fences all over the property, so if you need one there is always one close by.   They are very strong and stay flexible a long time.  They tend to last about 1.5-2 years if in direct sun before becoming brittle.  Otherwise they seem to last forever.

I use them for many other things as well.  I use them to tie up new seedling trees for say a month until they stiffen up.  Since you can remove and reuse them it is cheaper than plant tape.  I use them to tie 4 large hog panels into a square and make an on the fly animal pen.  There is no limit to how useful these things are.

Sure they are kind of small at 6 inches, but you want 18 inches?  Put three together and when you don’t need that any more take them apart.

So just how versatile are cable ties in general, okay I am going to tell you a story, I am NOT SUGGESTING THAT you do it, it is just what happened.  Many years ago when I was in the Army I had two friends, Brad and Dean.  Dean was the one that owned a truck and he was a “character” to say the least.

Dean would just toss Brad or I the keys anytime we needed his truck.  One day we wanted to run to the PX, so Dean tosses Brad the keys.  In we jump and to the PX and back we go, beer run of course.  Brad is a typical guy from Southern Louisiana so he bends speed limits till they break.  We get back an Dean says, “oh yea, I should of told y’all to take it easy until the new tie rod gets here”.

Brand and I get down and look and see that fricken Dean had used 4 tie wraps to hold a broken tie rod together.  As in it had broken in two and he tie wrapped it back together.   For those that don’t know, the tie rod holds the front searing brackets to the frame so you can turn.   Kind of an important function!  So Brad almost kills Dean but later we laughed about it, because when you are 20 you are stupid!

That has always stuck with me and while I would not replicate it as a “temporary repair”, I would replicate it with great care and driving very slowly to get a vehicle to safety in a similar situation.   Trust me and if you don’t keep cable ties in your preps, start doing so and the best ones for flexibility and usefulness are Monoprice Releasable Cable Ties.

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 the prepper/survivalist/bushcraft world is enamored with parachute cord. Yes I do think it has its uses, but it can’t come close to the versatility, usability and bang for the buck good tarred line gives you.

 

 

Tickets for the Fall Workshop Go On Sale Friday Sept 2nd.

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Here is how it is going to go.  On Friday at 9AM central standard time I will add a special link to the home page of the Member’s Area of the MSB.  You can log in and click on that link to reserve your spot.  When I do that I will post here that registration is open.   Spots will be reserved for MSB members only for the first 24 hours.

On Saturday at 9AM if and it is a big IF, any seats remain I will open it to any and all to sign up.  So if you are an MSB member you may want to log in now and make sure your account is in current standing, that you have the right password etc. before Friday morning if you want to come.

Dates – The class dates are Oct. 27-29 but most students choose to set up camp on the 26th.  You can arrive on property any time after 2PM on the 26th.  Most students, especially those who camp on site, will stay over until the 30th.  We request everyone off property by 11:30 AM on the 30th.

Location – for those who have not been here before our property is located near Lakeside Texas, which is just north of Fort Worth.  If you are flying in, DFW Airport is the best bet to fly into.  It is about a 30 minute drive from our house, if you take the toll express lane, trust me, pay the five bucks or it is an hour of hell instead!  You don’t even need to pay the toll, just take the express lane and they will send you a bill in the mail if you don’t have a toll tag.  Big brother at his finest.

Cost and Payment – Cost is 500 dollars per student.  We take a 100 dollar deposit to hold your spot with balance due when you show up.  You need to pay your deposit with paypal but you don’t need a paypal account.  You can use a major credit/debit card to make your deposit payment.

Couples and Families – Due to the extreme limited spots in this event couples will have to pay for both parties and will have to complete two separate forms to do that.  Kids under 18 are free if accompanied by an adult, limit two per family.  Conditions for your kids include the following.

First you are 100% responsible for your kids, they are expected to be part of the event, not running around messing with our animals or breaking things.   Please do not drag your kid to this event, bring only older children that considers attendance an opportunity.

Second, this is an adult event, there will be drinking, “adult words spoken” etc, if you are not okay with this, do not bring children to this event. People will be up late, making noise, you get the picture.

Third I get final approval, if you reserve a spot and intend to bring a minor, email me with details to make sure it is going to be okay.  I am going to want to know age, maturity level, etc.  I don’t mean to be a hard ass about this but we have a LOT going on in taking care of everyone.  My rule used to be no kids but the few we have allowed in have been really great, so I am doing this on a case by case basis.  If I end up saying no and that is a deal breaker for you I will happily refund your deposit.

Refunds on Deposits – I have what I think is a very fair deal on this.  If you decide in 48 hours of locking in your spot you want to cancel, I refund you no questions asked.  After that if a true emergency occurs like a death or illness in the family, something involving work you can’t get out of, I refund 100% of your deposit.  Otherwise this is my rule, if I can sell the spot, you get a refund, if I can’t you don’t.  This is because sometimes people cancel a day or two before the event, when that happens it is hard to sell the spot which would have otherwise sold and been filled.

This is going to be the most awesome workshop we have ever done, just check out the schedule.

Day One

  • Breakfast 930-1030
  • Session One –1030-1130 – Long Range Backpacking Gear – Jessica Mills
  • Session Two 1130-1230 – Scythes Restoration and Use – Chris Prater
  • Session Three 1230-130 – Sharpening Tools and Knives – Patrick Roehrman
  • Lunch 130-230
  • Session Four 230-330 – Aquaponics Part One – David Seigler
  • Session Five 330-430 – Airsoft for Practical Training – Jack Spirko
  • Break 430-530
  • Session Six 530-630 – Dealing with Predators – Chris Prater
  • Seven 630-730 – Radio Communications – John Pugliano & Triple Kocurek
  • Dinner 730-830

Day Two

  • Breakfast 930-1030
  • Session One – 1030-1130 – Building a Vaccucanner – Jake Robinson
  • Session Two 1130-1230 – Aquaponics Part Two – David Seigler
  • Session Three 1230-130 – Soil and Composting – Mike Vertrees
  • Lunch 130-230
  • Session Four 230-330 – Vermicomposting – Tim Flood
  • Session Five 330-430 – Mead Making – Jack Spirko
  • Break 430-530
  • Session Six 530-630 – Finishing Wood like a Pro – Jeff Dheer
  • Seven 630-730 – Shop Tools – Bryan Stout
  • Dinner 730-830

Day Three

  • Breakfast 930-1030
  • Session One – 1030-1130 – Michael Jordan Bee Keeping
  • Session Two 1130-1230 – Buying Land on Your Terms – Mike Centex
  • Session Three 1230-130 – LLP Property Ownership – John Pugliano
  • Lunch 130-230
  • Session Four 230-330 – Soap Making – Mindy and Josh Crandall
  • Session Five 330-430 – Building Soil in the First Year – Nick Ferguson
  • Break 430-530
  • Session Six 530-630 – Escape from Illegal Detention – Bryan Black
  • Seven 630-730 – Mental Prep for Combat – JR Haley
  • Dinner 730-830

On top of this we will as always serve up amazing food, have an awesome barter blanket night, an amazing mead tasting session, a beer tasting and more. Since we are doing only one this fall we are going with a seat count of 40 students, which is a bit of a push for our property but we want to be as inclusive as we can be.

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Episode-1859- Listener Feedback for 8-29-16

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Today on the Survival Podcast I respond to your emails on gardening, planting trees, teaching, homesteading, investing, guns, the student loan bubble 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

  • An update about the Fall Workshop
  • Fall gardens because you have no choice
  • The right timing with tree planting
  • A teacher goes tutor and replaces her full income
  • Listener Kendall on a 14 day staycation at her new digs
  • Thoughts on 401k “investing”
  • If you have an intruder call the fire department?
  • CMP has some new M1 Garands in
  • The student loan bubble is beginning to implode
  • A cool gmail hack for dealing with spam, etc.
  • How to “introduce dogs” to new people and animals
  • Muh roads, smugglers fix roads the government won’t in Russia
  • Apparently the Cajun Navy needs to be licensed, (wow government sucks)
  • Government is not America, and what do freedom and liberty mean

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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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Amazon Item of the Day for 8-29-16

cmitwineEvery 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 go to essentials for BOBs, Vehicle Kits and around the homestead, and frankly everywhere.  It is Catahoula Manufacturing #36 Tarred Bank Line.  Let me say that any size bank line by Catahoula Manufacturing Incorporated (aka CMI) is fine, if you want heavier or lighter stuff there are many options, check here.

I personally recommend that you get at least one 550 foot roll of #36 because it is such a good bang for the buck.  At 30 dollars with free shipping it isn’t just a monetary value either.  As a pack item you are talking about a spool that weighs only a pound and yet gives you 550 of 320 pound tensile strength line.  Tarred line is the best go to as a twine and binder for everything from “red neck repairs” to setting traps, building survival structures or fishing with limb lining or trot lines.

The key here is ONLY BUY Catahoula Manufacturing Line.  Most bank line is in a word, shit, it isn’t tarred line just because the label says so.  CMI is the only manufacturer I trust when buying this stuff online when I can’t inspect it by hand prior to purchase.

Look I know it sounds obvious but the entire point of tarred line, is that it is well, tarred.  Let me explain a bit further.  Tarred doesn’t mean it is black, or it has some trace bit of a tar like substance on it.  No it is supposed to mean that the twine is fully impregnated with tar.  It should be sticky, you should smell tar when you open it, get it tarred.

You know how they say you can’t push a string?  Well if it is a tarred string you should easily be able to push a foot or so of it.  Again, get it, tarred!

The point is that this twine doesn’t unravel and it holds both in knots and in wraps, the tar is what makes that happen.  They way the part you red neck reparied stays put till you fix it right, or you lean to doesn’t fall on your head, or that big catfish doesn’t yank it off the sapling you used for a limb line set.

Most so called bank line or tarred line has little if any tar on it.  CMI, is the real deal.  So consider adding some Catahoula Manufacturing #36 Tarred Bank Line or other sizes of it to your preps.  Again it is something I consider an absolute essential.

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 the prepper/survivalist/bushcraft world is enamored with parachute cord.  Yes I do think it has its uses, but it can’t come close to the versatility, usability and bang for the buck good tarred line gives you.

 

 

PETV Presentations – S01E10 Gasification

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This week on PETV Presentations

Tuesday, August 23
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Episode 10 – Troy Martz
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Topic: Gasification
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Gasification is an old technology, with a history going back as far the nineteenth century. Before the dominance of liquid fuels, gasification was a technology widely known in Europe. In fact, during WWII, over one million automobiles were fitted to run on wood gas, primarily due to the shortage of petroleum-based fuels.

It seems gasification emerges from obscurity whenever there is an energy crisis, and because of its ubiquity, and low barrier of entry, it has become a favorite to those interested in alternative energy, preparedness, and sustainability.

This presentation is designed to introduce the viewers to the technology, and present a path forward for those who wish to incorporate it into their energy package. We will be discussing the science, the variations (biomass vs. charcoal gasification), the feasibility and/or practicality—based on your climate, biome, and context—and the holistic strategy to make it all come together.

  • Introduction & History
  • The New Pioneers
  • The Science
  • The Various Designs
  • The Market
  • The DIY Community
  • Related Technology
  • The Holistic Strategy
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Troy Martz is a technologist, permaculturist, farmer, and alternative energy hacker, enjoying life with his beautiful family in tropical paradise.

Episode-1858- Expert Council Q&A for 8-26-16

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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 hydration, power inverters, farm equipment, entrepreneurship, functional fitness, broad acre permaculture 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

  • Making “spa water” – Erica Strauss
  • Large inverters run by a vehicle – Steven Harris
  • Thoughts on large farm equipment – Darby Simpson
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities in the home school niche – Mike and Sue Laprise
  • Exercise for those that hate exercise – Garry Collins
  • Going broad acre with permaculture – Geoff Lawton
  • The case for starting small – Jack

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Websites of the Expert Council Members

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Amazon Item of the Day for 8-26-16

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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 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.

 

 

Episode-1857- Listener Calls for 8-25-16

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Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on anarchy, moving, squirrels, automation, raising kids, annoying phone calls, livestock, guns, hacks 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…

  • A lesson in anarchy from of all things, the wagon trains
  • Another walking to freedom success story
  • How to stop squirrels from eating your fruits and nuts
  • How automation is replacing minds not just muscles
  • Kids that can’t even go to the bus stop alone, teacup city
  • How to stop annoying political phone calls
  • Keeping water from freezing up in a animal watering system
  • Thoughts on a first AR15
  • A follow up about a shooting by LEOs from last week
  • The first edition of Jack’s Hacks – this one is for Amazon

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Amazon Item of the Day for 8-25-16

paprikaEvery 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 Hoosier Hill Farms Gourmet Paprika.  Eventually I will be posting all my favorite spices, seasoning and herbs.  Why?  First they are consumables, meaning you use them over and over and in this case often.  Two they are expensive in small quantities, the way most people buy them.  Three, they are incredibly easy to store in bulk.

In this case much like my favorite peppercorns, when you buy in bulk you get top quality and pay a lot less.  Try this next time you are at a grocery, find a good quality paprika in a 2-4 ounce bottle and work out the price per pound.

So how do I store bulk herbs, usually I put them in half pint jars then put them in my Vaccucanner.  I keep a jar in the cabinet and when it is empty I just refill it and order new stuff when I am down to say two jars left.  In this case though, I just put the big bottle up in the less accessed part of my kitchen pantry and keep a jar in my spice cabinet.

Why, first it stores for a long time with no real effort and no loss in quality.  Easily over a year.  Leading to the second reason, we use this stuff in almost every spice we mix up using our coffee grinder method, we use it as garnish, we use a LOT of it, hence a pound will never make it a year here.  So no need for longer term measures.

I find it interesting that many preppers have tons of food stored and often go to heroic measures to make it storable.  Yet herbs and spices can pretty much just be put in something airtight and store for years and yet they don’t buy in bulk or keep any storage of them.  I always say eat what you store and store what  you eat, well herbs and spices fit that perfectly.

And the best part, this is great paprika, it has 144 reviews at the time of this posting, and is 4.5 stars over all.  And yet it is only 12.99 on Amazon Prime.    I highly suggest every prepper build up a good spice and seasoning storage rotation.  I have worked out that buying high quality in bulk vs. high or even low quality in small amounts saves us about 10 dollars on average per pound in most spices and herbs, etc.  With even 10 herbs or spices you use a lot and go though on an annual basis that is 100 dollars back in your pocket.

So give Hoosier Hill Farms Gourmet Paprika a try next time you place an order on Amazon and really consider getting my highly recommend Tillicherry Black Pepper Corns too.

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-1856- Societal Collapse with CJ Kilmer

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Prof. CJ – Of The Dangerous History Podcast

CJ Killmer has been teaching college history since 2006, but he has been a smartass, iconoclast, and cynical questioner and critic of authority since he was a kid.

Naturally, these attitudes have influenced his take on history.

In 2014, he started the Dangerous History Podcast, a show that covers a wide variety of history topics from an individualist-anarchist perspective, combining education and entertainment with the ultimate goal of empowerment.

Today we discuss the historical reality of societal collapses in history, both long ago and very recently.  We also take a look at the causes of societal collapse beyond the surface examples usually given.  Further we look at what our future holds and what lessons we can learn from past collapses.

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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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