Monthly Archives: May 2009

Episode-209- Survival Podcast Audience Questions 5-29-09

We are continuing a series of listener questions today.   Since it was done from the “mobile studio” there are no call ins or anything.  These are all questions sent in by email, asked in comments, asked on the survival forum, etc.

I would like to do this type of show for the rest of the week so if you want to have a question answered send me an email to jack@thesurvivalpodcast.com with the subject line “question for Jack”

Tune in to hear me answer these questions today…

  • Are ants a problem in the garden or in the compost bin?
  • How often should you water your garden in what type of pattern and volume?
  • How important is physical fitness to survivalism, what are some good ways to stay fit?
  • What advice do I have for the single woman who wants to be a good prepper?
  • If you carry a handgun do you need a back up gun, a “third gun”?
  • Am I still happy with my Springhouse Greenhouse? – Short answer no.
  • Are alcohol and cigarettes good barter items?
  • What is the probability of a North Korean EMP attack?
  • What is the best way to stake up your tomato plants?
  • How do you use willow tips to create rooting horomone?
  • If I move to my BOL permanently will the Podcast continue?  – YES IT WILL!

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.

Episode-208- Survival Podcast Audience Questions 5-28-09

We are continuing a series of listener questions today.   Since it was done from the “mobile studio” there are no call ins or anything.  These are all questions sent in by email, asked in comments, asked on the survival forum, etc.

I would like to do this type of show for the rest of the week so if you want to have a question answered send me an email to jack@thesurvivalpodcast.com with the subject line “question for Jack”

Tune in to hear me answer these questions today…

  • Would a pandemic with a high fatality decrease rural property values long term?
  • How do you harvest potatoes with out damaging them?
  • What additional security measures can you add to your BOL?
  • What are some options for people dependent on Public Transportation?
  • How do you best arm yourself when traveling where guns are not permitted?
  • How do you deal with long term sewage/waste at a BOL?
  • Are there or have there been any true physical survival communities?  Rational one?
  • What options are there for using public property for permaculture production?
  • How do you best deal with septic/waste treatment on a long term basis at a BOL?

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.

Episode-207- Survival Podcast Audience Questions 5-27-09

We are continuing a series of listener questions today.   Since it was done from the “mobile studio” there are no call ins or anything.  These are all questions sent in by email, asked in comments, asked on the survival forum, etc.

I would like to do this type of show for the rest of the week so if you want to have a question answered send me an email to jack@thesurvivalpodcast.com with the subject line “question for Jack”

Tune in to hear me answer these questions today…

  • What do you do with sod if you want to kill the lawn and go with 100% functional/edible landscape?
  • Do I own dogs if so which breeds and why?
  • Which dogs are best for protection which for hunting?
  • What is a good caliber for a pistol-rifle combination and why?
  • What is the harsh reality of field dressing large game?
  • How do you keep from “going over the edge” with survivalism?
  • What are some ideas for survival planning for apartment dwellers?
  • What are some less thought of uses for paracord?
  • How do you find a survival minded spouse or how do you flip one you already have?
  • Should you have your own survival seed bank?

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.

Episode-206- Survival Podcast Audience Questions 5-26-09

Today I decided to do another audience questions show.   Since it was done from the “mobile studio” there are no call ins or anything.  These are all questions sent in by email, asked in comments, asked on the survival forum, etc.

I would like to do more of these types of shows if you want to have a question answered send me an email to jack@thesurvivalpodcast.com with the subject line “question for Jack”

Tune in to hear me answer these questions today…

  • Will you be able to get to your bug out location (BOL) if TSHTF?
  • How do you get the old versions of The Survival Podcast?
  • How can prepping be helpful in a minor family emergency?
  • Is there irony in being a survivalist and being a libertarian?
  • If you move permanently to your BOL do you loose an advantage and what can you do about it?
  • Do safety deposit boxes have a place in modern survivalism, why or why not?
  • Should you ever “bug out” to the national forest?
  • What about shipping containers for a bug out structure?
  • Should you keep money in foreign currencies and foreign banks?

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.

Episode-205- Survival Podcast Audience Questions 5-22-09

I decided to do an audience questions show today.  Since it was done from the “mobile studio” there are no call ins or anything.  These are all questions sent in by email, asked in comments, asked on the survival forum, etc.

Tune in to hear me answer these questions today…

  • Should owners of city real estate hold out or cut losses and sell now?
  • Is renting to own a good option?
  • Is the mobile/RV approach better then owning property?
  • Are the small “family farms” going to return?
  • Will second/third tier cities grow as large cities decline in population?
  • What is the percentage of chance that swine flu becomes very serious this winter?
  • Will real “small houses” (under 500 sf) come into vogue in the near future?
  • Is it okay to compost non organic food from stores, if you do are you still growing organically?
  • Is my truck a diesel like my car?  Why or why not?
  • Will I take a “stand” on tamiflu is is good or bad?
  • Is the ammo shortage or is the government behind it as a passive form of gun control?

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.

Episode-204- Bug Out Location – Questions, Considerations and Options

Today’s show covers the concept of setting up a bug out location, also referred to as a BOL or a fall back location.  When you are not bugging out (like most of the time) they also serve as great real estate investments, tax deductions and vacation spots.

However there are some real gotchas to watch out for.  If you go the low cost route you need to make sure to get the costs of improvements via quotes and asking the right questions before you buy.  If you are crossing state lines there are more questions and considerations.

Tune in today to hear about options, gotchas and what I have learned by managing and improving my own little 5 acres in the Ouachita Mountains.

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.

Episode-203- The 12 Permaculture Design Principles

Today we discuss the 12 principles of permaculture design and how they can be stated in more tactical or business minded views to make them a bit more concrete for some.

Tune in today to hear the 12 Permaculture Design Principles and Alternative Views of Them…

  1. Observe and Interact – or – Be a Part of Things
  2. Catch and Store Energy – or – Be an Ant not a Grasshopper
  3. Obtain a Yield – or – Get an ROI on Your Efforts
  4. Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback – or – Don’t Kill the Golden Goose
  5. Use and Value Resources and Services – or -Be Efficient to Become Independent
  6. Produce No Waste – or – Make Use of Everything
  7. Design from Patterns to Details – or -Be an Artist and Step Back for a Longer View
  8. Integrate Rather than Segregate – or -Understand the Power of Teams
  9. Use Small and Slow Solutions – or – Focus On What You Can Do First
  10. Use and Value Diversity – or – Practice Risk Reduction
  11. Use Edges and Value the Marginal – or – Seek Alliances Not Conflicts
  12. use Creativity and Adapt to Change – or – Improvise, Adapt and Overcome

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.

Episode-202- 9 Underrated Permaculture Options

Today we take a look at several underrated permaculture options several from around the world and many from right here in the U.S.   Each of these can be grown in most if not all of the U.S. and is highly disease and pest resistant.

Tune in today to hear about the following plants/shrubs/trees and how they can fit into your landscape and survival planning…

  • Editable Dogwoods (Cornelian Cherry)
  • Flower Quince
  • European and Russian Strains of Mountain Ash
  • The Paw Paw (how to get fruit in 2-4 years)
  • The Aronia (productive US native mostly unknown)
  • Honey Berry
  • Goumi
  • Sea Berry (or Sea Buckthorn)
  • Mini Dwarf Apple Trees

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.

Episode-201- Survival Podcast Listener Calls 5-18-09

I am broadcasting from the home office today so we are doing a listener call in show.  Remember to ask a question and get it answered on the air you can call in and leave a voice message at 866-65-THINK.

Tune in today to hear my answers to these questions…

  • How do you make blackberry mead?
  • Is a fair tax coming to America, is it too good to be true?
  • If we have more survivalists will there be more shortages?
  • What are some good “survival drills” to test your level of preparedness?
  • Would precious stones be good for barter in a SHTF scenario?
  • If you save your money is life insurance necessary?
  • Will the bank have enough cash for your large withdrawal?
  • How did I get started in prepping?
  • What are the best resources for the uninitiated to get them to consider prepping?

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 be

Episode-200- Future Predictions from The Survival Podcast

Heads up!  There is a listener appreciation contest in today’s show to win some SOE Tactical gear, in particular a Micro Chest Rig, so pay attention to the beginning and join the contest before you try to win as well.

Also please remember I am on vacation tomorrow so no show this Friday.

Today we cover a variety of predictions that I personally have for the near and long term future.  Remember I reserve the right to be wrong!

Tune in today to hear…

  • Why the green/garden/permaculture movement will continue
  • Why the recession is creating gardens but how the press is totally clueless as to why/how
  • Why Michelle Obama is not the example to follow with gardening, nor part of the real movement
  • Saving money is not the main reason for the gardens popping up, sustainability is
  • The reality of social security is coming home to roost and the 40-60 year olds are going to revolt
  • Why very soon you will have you very own personal “old person” that you will individually support
  • The population in major cities will fall over the next 10-15 years and urban real estate values will fall
  • A migration by 10-25% of the population to country land
  • The 3/2 rancher on 2 acres will replace the McMansion on 1/10th of an acre
  • A new “community group” will be formed to provide a community for the non church types that want a community with out the religious component
  • Why 50% of the population know that something is wrong and what it mean if even 25% of them (12.5% total) figure it out
  • What happens when “producers” figure out how to produce for themselves an opt out of the systems

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 be