Monthly Archives: August 2009

Back from DirtTime09

I am back from DirtTime09 but won’t be recording a show today.  After a long trip there is a lot to do to catch up around the homestead but I have some great stuff planned for the rest of the week.  I did want to post a quick review on what DirtTime was like (with more commentary coming tomorrow).  First let me say whether it is DirtTime or a TSP event or any event involving preppers or survival minded individuals if you can get to it then go.  I can not tell you how amazing the people were and how great the training was, much like the old Harley Davidson saying, “if I have to explain you won’t understand”.

Next I want to mention how approachable the instructors are at this event.  As an instructor myself with a very big TSP turn out by the way I can tell you it is a little overwhelming to have so many people say so many nice things to you.  It is humbling and I could tell many of the others felt the same way.  I also realized that some attendies were a bit intimidated and did not go speak to people they really wanted to talk to, please don’t do this, the instructors at such events are there to meet you and there to help you.  On that note if you were there to see me and did not get to talk to me as much as you may have liked to I apologize.  With over 150 in attendance I tried to devide my 3 days up among as many people as I could.

For me the event was shorter then I would have liked.  We attended Monday, Tuesday and about half of Wednesday.  I was under obligation to my son and wife to make this trip our vacation as well as attending DirtTIme.  If that had not been the case I assure you I would have been there from the fist tent up till the last one down.  You just don’t get the opportunity to be with people of this caliber in such a great environment very often.  The training was exceptional with something for everyone from bow making to trap making to plant indentification and some amazing tracking training by a few marines and one special forces solider (all on active duty).

Some of my personal highlights included

  • Meeting Sisterwolf and TW and spending a day with them in Seal Beach after DirtTime was over
  • Meeting Ron Hood and having him agree to do an interview on TSP
  • Finally meeting Dude McClain and Alan Holcan in person, amazing people both will be on TSP in the future as well
  • Presenting to such a large group, I would estimate well over 100 were in my audience, it really was awesome to have such an audience
  • The several people that came up to me and said, “you’re the only reason I came” to those who said that I thank you immensely I hope though that now you realize I was a small part of something very special
  • Watching Dave Canterbury present the “Pathfinder System” including his slingshot bows and Dave will be coming on TSP as well
  • David Wendell and I made this great video on making cordage with yucca, Dave is a great guy and will be coming on TSP
  • I met a gentleman (I so apologize for not remembering your name) who will be having me up to his permacultured acre in northern Arizona where they are growing peaches and almonds in Zone 4 and some other amazing things that are said to be impossible
  • I have been invited to The Hoodlums event in Oct in Llano, Texas and I will be going
  • Meeting “masterguns” (Scott Anderson) a man who has served our nation for more then 30 years as a United States Marine

All in all it was amazing and it has me very energized about getting serious about TSP events as soon as I get out of the corporate scene.

Episode-266- Eric Shelton from the Handgun Podcast Joins Us

By now I am probably on Catalina Island on my vacation but on the show Eric Shelton from the handgun podcast joins me to discuss gun right, self defense options, a bit on handgun hunting, the 22 and more.

This will be the last show this week so there will be no show on Friday, I hope you have enjoyed the interview shows while I am off in California.

Episode-265- An Interview with Johnny Maxx and The Queen

Tune in today for an interview with Johnny Maxx and The Queen, (aka John and Tammy McKissack) who are the host of “The Self Sufficient Homestead” and co hosts of “BrewCrazy“.

Join in today as we discuss a variety fo subjects and projects John and Tammy are working on in at their south Texas homestead such as…

  • What is up with today’s bumper music
  • Hydroponics
  • The perpetual onion
  • Making “lazy mans cider”
  • Keeping bees and making mead
  • Why debt free is the way to be
  • What dealing with multiple hurricanes taught them
  • The cost of running a generator over a few weeks
  • Why savings really matter when the chips are down
  • Price gouging in a SHTF
  • Keeping chickens
  • Alternative energy
  • And of course a little bit about beer

Episode-264- The Core Concepts of The Survival Podcast Community

Once again I am off at DirtTime09 in California so I knocked out this show on a Friday afternoon a week ago and set it aside to fill in another day during my absence.

So what are we going to discuss today?  I thought it might be a good time to just back up a bit and talk about the unique concepts that we have developed together at The Survival Podcast.  Notice I said we not I because from day one the audience has been a huge part of not just the show but its’ development, direction and evolution.

Tune in today as I discuss…

  • How we have made “The Grasshopper and the Ant” part of modern survivalism
  • A quick retelling of the original story of the Grasshopper and the Ant”
  • How disaster commonality can eliminate worrying about exactly “what” we prepare for
  • What must we accept if we are to become prepared
  • What does it mean that a hungry family makes it into the news today?
  • What is “just in time” inventory and why should you care
  • The real danger of swine flu is that it makes real dangerous diseases take a back seat
  • Is the economy held together with duct tape or is that an insult to rednecks?
  • Why should we occasionally listen to the tin foil hat crowd
  • How to ask questions that lead people to prep rather then telling them they should prep
  • Why debt is cancer and such a statement is not hype
  • What I really think the plaque on the Statue of Liberty should say
  • Why making the decision to do something is more important then how you are going to get it done
  • Why preparing for a specific event, eventually leads to failure
  • Why preparing for nothing to go wrong is the way to prepare for anything that goes wrong
  • A new car or a second home, you have a choice

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-263- An Interview with Matt Hundley aka Trioxin

Today while I am off in the San Bernardino National Forest at Dirt Time 09 I am airing an interview with Matt Hundley I did a bit over a week ago.  Matt goes by the forum handle Trioxin on our forum.  Matt is a really great guy and a proud member of our forum and serves on our moderator squad as well.

Join me today as Matt and I discuss things like…

  • The forum hits 3000 real members and the moderators rack up almost 3300 confirmed spammer kills
  • A bit on gardening and an introduction to the ground cherry
  • Using a cheap incubator to sprout seeds (a like duh moment)
  • How to build a small scale back up power box
  • Moving into a small scale solar back up system
  • How to get free solar panels, yes it really works
  • Learning to see what is right in front of your face
  • A shot cut for dehydrating veggies, cheap and no blanching required
  • A bit about small live stock and the symbiosis between chickens, dogs and rabbits
  • Why you may want a rooster even if you don’t want meat chickens right now
  • Lessons from Detroit and New Orleans when there was not disaster in either
  • How to get out of the rat race

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-262- The Long Term Value of Silver

Today we discuss the investment value of silver and how it have maintained the value the dollar has lost since the US mint stopped making silver coins in 1964.

We also recognize Justin Holcom as the (hero of the day) for his creation of this video designed to promote the a Tea Party gathering.

Tune in as we discuss..

  • What a silver quarter bought in 1964 and what that same silver quarter buys today
  • Choosing between Eagles, Bars and Rounds
  • The unique tax advantages of the silver eagle
  • The recent “strong floor” for silver in the past 5 years
  • Comparing the historical moves between gold and silver
  • The advantage of possessing your investment
  • How to calculate “melt value” of silver coins
  • Investing as little as 5 bucks a month
  • The ability to sell off small quantities as needed
  • The huge advantage of “no paper trail” with small consumer purchases of silver
  • The inheritance value of handing down silver from one generation to the next

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-261- The Debt Prison vs. the Survivalist

Today’s show notes are brief so I can get the show out.  I will back fill the notes later today.  Suffice to say for now today I discuss how debt creates slavery, why it doesn’t fit with survival philosophy and how to avoid or eliminate it.

Episode-260- 12 Permaculture Principles Applied to Modern Survival

Today I decided to continue on yesterday’s podcast about permaculture’s 5 zones and 7 layers and go over the 12 guiding principles of permacultre.  I also expand each one and explain how they directly apply to the overriding concepts of modern survival philosophy.

Today we name Barack Obama assclown of the day for opposing offshore drilling for US oil by US companies but supporting funding a 2 billion dollar “loan” to Brazil so they can you guessed it, drill offshore in Brazil.  We also name the Semper Fi fund as heroes of the day for the work they do for injured Marines.

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-259- Learning to Harness Permaculture Zones and Layers

Today I discuss an introduction to permaculture principles and explain the 7 layer system along with the 5 primary zones, how they interact and how you can harness them to improve your sustainable production whether you live on an urban lot or in a rural area.

I also name Franklin County Washington as asscowns of the day for paying residents to kill fruit trees and replace them with non produces and yes they are really doing this.  I also name 3 UK soldiers as heroes of the day for their actions in Afghanistan.

Join Me Today as We Discuss

  • The high canopy layer
  • How low trees begin the transition to the “edge”
  • How shrubs complete the edge transition
  • The herbaceous layer is more then you realize
  • The rhizosphere (root crops) and its overlap with other layers
  • The soil surface (cover crops) the over looked layer that gives so much
  • The vertical (climbing vines) layer that bridges other layers and zones

From there I explain the 5 zones of permaculture beginning in zone one (closest to human habitation) and progressing to zone 5 (wild forest).

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-258- Listener Questions 8-17-09

Today we do another round of listener questions.  We have some great questions today on things like handguns, dealing with wildlife, securing weapons in a home with children, storing fishing gear and more.

In the intro segment we name Roxana Mayer as assclown of the day for pretending to be a doctor while at a town hall meeting with Shelia Jackson Lee in support of Obamacare.  We also name Charles “Gus” Agusto, Jr. as hero of the day for taking out four armed gunmen with an old pump shotgun.  Oh by the way “Gus” is 72 years old.  Salute to you sir!

Tune in to hear me answer the following questions…

  • How do you store fishing line long term?  (easy one)
  • What about the 40 S&W for a defensive handgun round?
  • What’s up with the expiration dates on thing like rice, pasta and beans?
  • How do you deal with bears, does bear spray work?
  • How do you safely keep a gun in the home with an autistic child?
  • What should you do to prep if you live on an island?
  • What about buying real estate with an IRA and making improvements to it?
  • What type of food do you keep in a BOB in very hot climates?
  • Is water collected from an AC condenser good for the garden?
  • How do you build a community in an everyday neighborhood?

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.