Monthly Archives: April 2009

Episode-191- Survival Reaction Mentality

Today we will continue to talk a bit more on swine flu or more accurately what is starting to look like a massive overreaction by government.  Our larger topic though is going to be about a simple question…

In a survival situation which response is better, a swift instinctual response or a well planned logical response?

With that in mind today’s show notes are very brief just tune in and hear my take on this question along with an interesting story about what I learned when I coughed (more accurately cleared my throat) at Starbucks recently.  Another quick question what do you think is more dangerous right now, the flu or the response to it by government and the general public?

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Episode-190- Is a Global Food Shortage Inevitable?

My view is yes, sooner or later it is inevitable due to declines in production and resources and expansion of population.  I also think we should not engage in alarmism at this point either.  Much like peak oil this is a real problem that will get worse but over a rather long period of time, not tomorrow morning.

Today we also briefly discuss the defection of Republican Arlen Spector and we do another swine flu (h1n1) update.

Tune in today to hear…

  • A news caster that should have his ass kicked
  • New swine flu cases in my back yard
  • Don’t take your kid to the doctor if they don’t have any symptoms just to be “checked out” DUH!
  • What we are learning about how people react in a SHTF right now
  • How Spector’s defection is meaningless
  • How politics is like pro wrestling – but it ain’t funny when it comes to our national leaders!
  • 6 of the last 9 years we have failed to meet demand with global grain capacity
  • What global trends are telling us about future food production expectations
  • Why grain is so important to the global food supply
  • Subsidiaries are not new, they are VERY old
  • Why food shortages can only lead to war sooner or later
  • 25% of US grain production will go to bio fuels in 2009
  • The grain used for biofuel could feed a half a billion people in India
  • Why we indeed may face water shortages soon – nothing to do with your Bermuda Grass
  • How we are depleting fossil aquifers
  • The powder keg of the US, Western Europe, India, Russia and China
  • How individual agriculture is the answer, large scale farms can not grow food that way

Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-189- Peak Oil – Fact? Fiction? Or Both?

Today we discuss the concept of peak oil and what it means in the coming two decades.  Is the oil going to run out?  Will capacity exceed demand, will it create more wars?  Regardless of environmental wackos, global warming hoaxes and carbon credits what does it all actually mean for the individual and what should you be doing about it.

Today we also do a brief update on the Swine Flu (now called the North American Flu), a bit about the truth vs. the myths of what went wrong in 1976 with a different variant of the Swine Flu and an update from a Doctor at Parkland Hospital on the severity or lack there of, of swine flu.

Tune In Today to Hear…

  • Is Tamiflu a government plot to kill us all, NO!
  • What the 1976 Flu screw a conspiracy or incompetence, bet on incompetence
  • What exactly is Peak Oil – perhaps not what you think
  • Do we need to run out of oil before we have peak, no
  • Can we have peak oil even if there is still lots of oil in the ground, yes
  • If we don’t use oil for electricity will peak oil still increase the cost of electricity, yes
  • Understanding the capacity and demand equation in oil
  • How do we know the oil isn’t running out, the government is build a tax system based on it
  • The myth that taxes are designed to change behavior and we we learn by looking at pricing models
  • Why the message is save the earth vs reduce dependence and increase self sufficiency, no foil hat required
  • Why you should increase your ability to produce your own electricity and it has nothing to do with saving the polar bears
  • The inconsistency of the environmentalist claiming peak oil is here
  • What we were told about “climate change” in the 70s and 80s
  • What a school text book had to say about remaining oil in 1985
  • The new battleground over oil is Africa, it is coming sooner then you think
  • Where the environmentalists are right, the US using 25% of the worlds oil is very bad
  • The difference between the end of oil and the end of easy oil

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Episode-188- Swine Flu H1N1 Pandemic Risk

Today we discuss the recent events around the H1N1 variant of swine flu currently on every radar screen from local news to the CDC.  Is the big pandemic finally here?  Don’t get ahead of yourself there is a real risk of epidemic or even pandemic here there is also a large probability that this will end up being a non event and overreaction may be worse the the flu itself.

Today we discuss..

  • This is an H1N1 and so was the Spanish Flu but these are not the same
  • Have you found holes in your preps because this has made you evaluate them
  • What effects might this flu have on the world beyond the illness itself
  • Should you cancel travel to Mexico
  • Is the media overreacting will that back fire long term
  • No one died from this in the US yet, does that mean we are safe
  • Why has the flu been fatal in Mexico but not the US

Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-187- Conspiracy Theories Nonsense and Reality

Today’s show is about conspiracy theories and those that believe them, more those that believe in ALL of them.  I want to be clear this is NOT a typical episode of TSP, I actually wonder if I wasted today’s show with this subject but I needed to give answers to a lot of this stuff I constantly get questions about.

If this show is not your cup of tea, listen to an archived show today, you have been warned, (grin).

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Episode-186- Life Long Lessons from the Garden

This is an updated version of a show I originally did back on July 24th, 2008 this time I have expanded it to be even more in depth.  Today as we go over 10 crops and 10 lessons that we can teach kids with a garden that are priceless beyond words. Tune in today to learn…

  • How Radishes and Greens teach that what we do now matters
  • How to use beans and peas to teach kids how plants “help” each other
  • How Tomatoes, Squash and Peppers can build a community and teach sharing
  • How Potatoes and Carrots teach that what you don’t see matters
  • How Pumpkins teach us to create our own entertainment

With Gardening in General we talk about…

  • How gardening teaches kids that food does not come from a store
  • That the life in a seed applies to the entire world
  • How the earth should be seen as a provider not a “resource”
  • That hard work pays off
  • That you can take care of yourself and others

We need to realize that survival preparedness is best done by blending it with life on a day to day basis. To survive we need to also ensure the survival of the next generations.  Today we will discover how a garden can build a new generation of Americans that value hard work, seek self sufficiency, have planning and know what they do matters.

I would love to hear your stories about what you learned about from gardening with parents or grandparents and what these lessons mean to you. Or what other lessons do you think we learn from gardening. Remember to make suggestion and comment.

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.

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Episode-185- Survival Lessons from the Aguan River Valley

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.

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Episode-184- Listener Feedback 4-21-09

Today we discuss a variety of issues recently brought up by our listeners and in our forums.  Tune in today to hear…

  • Join the forum and possibly win a free membership in the Members Support Brigade
  • Clarification on my comments about a sword for home defense (note I don’t think it is ideal at all)
  • Do you expect a burglar to also have a sword, really?
  • If you can’t “swing a sword” why do you think you can swing a bat
  • A request to contribute to our thread Best Home Defense Weapon if No Gun
  • How our Advertisers are vetted before being allowed on our site
  • Is the man the head of the household if so does that mean that a marriage is not a partnership of equals (the answer is not as cut and dry as you might think on either side)
  • Why I talk about guns and why it being “irrelevant to someone in the UK” is even more of a reason to talk about them
  • Is domestic violence an excuse for gun control
  • If 40,000 people die a year in cars should we ban them
  • When a man has to step up and control a situation it is now called chauvinistic, it used to be called leadership
  • Should we ban streets and overpasses, I am not kidding
  • Is there a big surprise for you at the end of your mortgage
  • Why you never take a no from a person with out the authority to say yes

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Episode-183- Why Do Preppers Prep?

This is a question I get quite often when I discuss my show with people be they individuals or the media.  Generally they are expecting some sort of answer about the end of the world coming or something like that.  Of course TEOTWAWKI threats are out there, they exist but they are not my main motivation.  I also don’t think they are the main reason most people choose prepping as a lifestyle.

Tune in Today to Hear…

  • My number one motivation for prepping, I don’t want to be anyone’s slave
  • How debt creates slavery
  • How government support creates slavery
  • Why slavery isn’t inherently malevolent in intent but is always malevolent in practice
  • The comparison between being dependent and living a dogs life
  • How Hurricane Katrina has devalued the impact of other storms and made people complacent vs. vigilant
  • Why individual threats are not as important about the concept of losing systems of support
  • Understanding systems of dependence and how many you really have
  • The journey of a cucumber from Argentina to your home and what it can teach us

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Episode-182- Gardening is Patriotic Our Nation is a Net Importer of Food

In 1970 our nation first became a net importer of oil, join today’s show as I discuss the parallel of this event and its’ impact over 30 years to the fact that the US just became a net importer of food in early 2008.  Join me today as we discuss…

  • The US, The UK, China, Japan, India and Malaysia are now all Net Food Importers
  • How our conversion to a net food importer is very similar to our status as a net oil importer
  • How oil imports started climbing in the 50s and then outweighed native production by 1990
  • Exactly what do Patriotism and Gardening have to do with each other
  • How a food deficit is far worse then an oil deficit
  • What people are doing with 500 dollar houses in Detroit
  • The lesson from the Soviet Union and what happened when they killed the farmers
  • Why we don’t have to let this final global dependence happen to our nation and why we need to take action
  • Spreading gardening and permaculture to your neighborhood
  • The loss of gardening as a true skill
  • What we can learn about food production from the tragic history of U.S. Manufacturing and Oil Production
  • How loosing our ability to feed ourselves could take away the last of our autonomy in the Global market place
  • If your grandparents, great grandparents and parents did this, so can we
  • How we used to feed the world and why it matters

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, (866-658-4465) please read the suggestions for calling in before you do for the best chance of getting your comments on the air.