Monthly Archives: January 2009

Episode-132- The 800 Billion Dollar Economic Stimulus Only Stimulates Big Government

One of today’s biggest stories the the 800 Billion Dollar Economic Stimulus championed by the Democrats in Congress and Barak Obama.  Yet what does this bloated bill stimulate?

Tune in today to hear…

  • The code word for today’s Listener Apprecation Contest
  • David Crawford’s Novel “Lights Out” to be made into an Audio Book – More Info
  • Understanding the Stimulus is IN ADDITION TO the budge it is not the government budge for 2009
  • Just Some of the Items in this superposed “stimulus”
    • Approximately $4.5 Billion for Federal management/oversight of the funds
    • $650 Million for the Digital-To-Analog Converter Box Program
    • $2.4 Billion to demonstrate ‘carbon capture’ and sequestration technologies
    • $79 Billion for State Fiscal Stabilization – The ‘States Bailout’ I said was coming
    • $5.2 Billion for a Community Planning and Development Fund (That would be for ACORN)
    • $10 Million for Self-Help and Assisted Homeownership Opportunity Program
    • $900 Million for Social Security Administration expenses
    • And it just gets worse

Resources for Today’s Show

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You also now can call in questions or comments for the host at 866-65-THINK, please read the suggestions for calling in before you do for the best chance of getting your comments on the air.

Episode-131- Making Beer and Mead at Home

Today’s initial show notes will be very brief and I will back fill them with resources and bullet points mentioned in the show this evening.  Due to the reminants of yesterday’s ice storm my morning drive took almost three hours.  So I will just put up the audio and back fill later on.

Tune in today to learn the basics and some of my personal tricks for makeing beer and meads at home.

Episode-130- Low Cost Bug Out Location Options

Picture your ideal bug out location.  You can see it now, 80 acres of remote land, half in pasture and plowable and half in timber with lots of native nut trees and wild life.  Remote enough to be out of the way but still have access to what is left of society after a big crash.  Solar panels and wind gen at the ready, power from the grid not even needed, a deep well and a well fortified structure for comfortable living.

Now wake up!  How far away is that place right now, how much would it cost?  Don’t worry today we are going to talk about stepping stones to building a bug out location over time, ways to do it low cost and gotchas to watch out for while you do it.

I also have a few big announcements and some new stuff available for listeners.

Links for today’s Show

Episode-129- 6 Emergency Heat Options

Today I am recording from home rather then on the road.  Why?  A typical North Texas Ice Storm!  It got me thinking that I have never discussed emergency heat requiements and ways to provide emergency heating.

Tune in today to hear…

  • Do you have a fireplace, will it matter?
  • Is your fire wood protected?
  • Thoughts on buying and sourcing wood, not all wood is equal
  • Don’t wait till winter to procure your wood
  • Thoughts on finding free firewood even if you don’t own land or live in the backwoods
  • Electric space heaters?  Yes sometimes power doesn’t fail, just the furnace does
  • Gas space heaters (properly installed) are a great back up idea
  • Kerosene Heaters can be safe don’t believe all the bad press
  • Back up generators are great but heat draws a ton of power you still need other sources
  • Thoughts on storing large quantities of gas for generators and stabilization
  • When all else fails build a “cocoon”

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.

You also now can call in questions or comments for the host at 866-65-THINK, please read the suggestions for calling in before you do for the best chance of getting your comments on the air.

No Show for Jan. 26, 2008

Sorry folks my “allergies” have turned out to be some sort of a cold and I just have almost no voice so we won’t be doing a show today.  However I want to point out a few important updates…

  • You can now call in comments and questions to 866-65-THINK – If you tried last week we did have a small technical issue, that has now been resolved.   This service records you comments and we then choose ones to use on the air.  Learn More
  • The Survival Podcast is Now on Twitter.  If you use Twitter you can get updates from us just by following us on Twitter.  If you don’t use Twitter, you may want to check it out.  Follow The Survival Podcast on Twitter
  • This week we are starting more give a ways for the Listener Appreciation contest, if you have not entered please do so and share the word about our show and win cool stuff by listening.   Join the Contest
  • We now have our on Fan Page on Facebook, if you have a Facebook account please consider becoming a fan of TSP on The TSP Fan Page

Rest assured the show will return tomorrow even if I still have some weakness to my voice.

~ Jack

Episode-128- Turning a Home into a Homestead

This is a topic we discussed in the past and I thought it was time to do it again.  Time to ask yourself a question, “does your home provide for you or do you provide for it”?

Tune in today to hear….

  • Make sure to call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK
  • We have more gear for the Listener Appreciation Contest from SOE Tactical Gear
  • What is the main difference between a house that owns you and a home stead
  • What to look for when buying a home today
  • Things you had to buy before leaving back during the hay day of homesteading
  • Thoughts on gardening and permaculture
  • A 48 Hour ‘What If’ project
  • Thoughts on energy efficiency in the home
  • Thoughts on solar and wind energy
  • The real difference we have lost in how we view our homes and the one thing that will NEVER let your home become a homestead

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.

You also now can call in questions or comments for the host at 866-65-THINK, please read the suggestions for calling in before you do for the best chance of getting your comments on the air.

Episode-127- Why You Must Store Food

I read a great post today from the Down In The Hills Survival Blog called, Running out of food.  He pointed out that “See if you got food, it’s easy to get more food. Being out of food and trying to get enough food to survive on ain’t so easy”.  That is a simple but astute observation and prompted me to do today’s show about various sources of food for storage beyond the store front.

Tune in today to hear…

  • A bit about why getting food is a easier if you already have what you need on hand for the near future
  • Why “a country boy can survive” mentality is both valid and invalid in some ways
  • Considering crops that produce large yields in your garden and storage methods for them
  • Using food steamers to blanch vegetables such as green beans and snap peas
  • How adding some low cost highly storables such as pasta, rice and dry beans can extend your gardens ability to feed you
  • A cool recipe for a vegetable soup with beans and rice
  • How rice and beans combine for complete protein when you don’t have fresh meat around
  • Lessons learned in my garden last year
  • Thoughts on local foraging with plants like blackberries, blueberries and wild strawberries
  • Thoughts about fishing and adding meat to the freezer or smoker
  • Learning about editable plants in your area and a great YouTube channel called “Eat the Weeds”
  • Making wines, juices and jellies with wild berries
  • Thoughts on wild sources of nuts such as black walnuts and acorns and others
  • How hunting provides food but also has some major limitations in many areas
  • The reality that the State of California, New Jersey and others may soon go bankrupt, what it means and why you need to get serious now about survival living
  • Why in spite of all the negative news, likelihood of societal collapse, etc I remain such an optimist

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.

You also now can call in questions or comments for the host at 866-65-THINK, please read the suggestions for calling in before you do for the best chance of getting your comments on the air.

Episode-126- Airsoft and Airguns for Training and Practice

Today we are going to delve a bit into the world of Airsoft and to a lesser extent conventional air gun shooting as well.  Airsoft has immense potential for introducing new shooters to the shooting sports and offer very realistic fully accurate reproduction weapons to work with.

Tune in today to hear…

  • Some of the different options in Airsoft weapons from spring to gas to AEG (automatic electric guns) we give an over view of them all
  • The value of all metal gas blow back airsoft pistols for training new shooters in practical pistol applications
  • How Airsoft can let you shoot more often, right at home and for less money so you stay sharp
  • Why even those “cheap plastic spring pistols” have a lot of value as training aids
  • The accuracy of reproduction of may airsoft weapons and how it accelerates the learning curve for new shooters
  • The unique safety advantages of a brand new shooter that makes coach a better coach
  • Using airsoft to replace fear of firearms with respect for them
  • Taking the step up to conventional air guns and their additional advantages and disadvantages
  • Thoughts about moving new shooters from airsoft into rim and then eventually center fire shooting
  • How spreading the sport of shooting and responsible firearms ownership protects the second amendment

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.

You also now can call in questions or comments for the host at 866-65-THINK, please read the suggestions for calling in before you do for the best chance of getting your comments on the air.

Episode-125- Mental Simulations of Disaster Scenarios

Today we take a look at why we prep, what we prep for and the most important question any person evaluating current theats can ask themselves.

Tune in today to hear…

  • The big question is “what if”, and it unlocks the game plan for survival
  • Using the pandemic disease threat to unlock the fact that the cause is less important then the threat itself
  • Bridging the gap between the tin foil hat world and the more practical survivalists, why is less important that the fact that the results of potential disasters are the same
  • Taking action is only valid if the action is appropriate, asking what if makes you run a scenario and makes you see where your weak and what you would do if a plan fails
  • Why prepping for various disasters is always 90% the same actions no matter what the threat is
  • Why slow and steady preps make a difference and getting paranoid results is failure
  • Could there be a global war, would it result in rationing, curfews, etc. it has before
  • A 12 year old asks, could a war come here
  • Why now is the time to get serious and stay level headed

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-124- Overlooked Items for the Bug Out Bag

Today’s show will not be an exhuasting inventory of what I keep in my bug out bag or even what you should keep in yours.  Instead we will cover a few often over looked and ignored items that you may want to consider adding to your 72 hour emergency kit.

Tune in today to hear…

  • The origin of the orginal concept of a bug out bag (at least according to online forums)
  • Understanding bug out vs. battle pack or even survival kit
  • The most over looked item in a bug out bag documentation, procedure and contact documentation
  • The GPS, why many choose not to include one, why that choice is a mistake
  • The good old fashioned compass, do you have one, if not why
  • Why a written plan is a good idea, the psychology of crisis and how it effects you
  • Both maintenance and OTC meds are a good idea, don’t leave them out
  • A trick with benadryl that can help with toothache or mouth injuries
  • A simple bug out bag drill to evaluate what you might be missing
  • Thoughts on what makes good bag for your bug out kit
  • Thoughts on back up solar charging and additional methods of communications

Resources for Today’s Show