Monthly Archives: September 2009

Episode-287- Advantages of Homesteading Small Land Tracts

This is the first time I have ever fully covered the topic of homesteading small land tracts (1-2 acres) and many of their inherent advantages.  I think today will be a great show and get you thinking and may be rethinking that “place in the country”.

I also wanted to let you know about a new product from Ready Made Resources called the LIFESAVER® Bottle 4000 which is the only filter that can filter all bacteria and virus from water.  While you are at Ready Made’s site make sure to sign up for their drawing to win a free Columbia River M21-14SF M21 Special Forces- Combo Edge Knife

Tune in today as we discuss…

  • The ease of small land management
  • Improving soil on poor land is much easier on a small scale
  • Smaller tracts have lower tax burdens
  • Small tracts are easy and inexpensive to fully fence or mostly fence in
  • 1 Acre can provide more food then most people can use
  • It is easy to install “impactful surface water”
  • You quickly can learn the “pulse of your land”
  • Small land tracts are easier to defend if necessary
  • In a rural area under some circumstances small may still feel big
  • Consider buying land that borders conservation land, state forest or land that is not suited for development
  • Consider how the land lays out, a narrow strip is not as useful as mostly square plot
  • Consider the direct and indirect community before you buy
  • No HOAs, ever they are the Devil!  I am not kidding
  • Seek land unlikely to be annexed or effected by imminent domain

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-286- The Homestead Dog

Yesterdays final question about choosing a good dog for a suburban homestead inspired me to dedicate a full show to choosing a great family dog and providing a good environment and training for your furry friend along with some basics on prepping to be sure you can care for your animals if the shit hits the fan.

We also have an “assclown of the day today“.  Today’s assclown is the British government and this article speaks for itself.

Tune in today as I discuss…

  • A dog is first and foremost a companion – the “working dog” BS doesn’t mean a dog is not part of the family
  • Thoughts on some hunting breeds such as the Brittany, the Springer, the German Short Hair, the Lab, the Golden, the Beagle, Coon Hounds, the Feist and the Cur
  • Some of the “protective breeds” who are still gentle such as the Cur, Labs, Goldens, Sheppard, Sheppard mixes and Rottweilers
  • What do you want in a dog and a cool online dog picking quiz
  • The ins and outs of crate training and how to do it properly and why it is so effective
  • The basic commands, sit, stay, heel, lay, leave it, take it
  • Advanced training, dead, shake, fetch (wait) and walking leash free
  • Why walking is so important and how it will solve many problems before they occur
  • The “touch” and the “bite” as corrections
  • The psychology of a dog’s world
  • Being prepared to take care of your buddy if the shit hits the fan

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-285- Listener Questions 9-28-09

Today I answer some great listener questions about subjects like fall gardening, buying silver, specific firearms, cartridge choices, buying real estate and choosing a good family dog.  This really was one of the best rounds of questions I have ever had to work with so thanks to all that participated in this show.

Tune in today as I answer…

  • Why a shovel for your bug out vehicle over an etool
  • What is my opinion of the Marlin 336 in 30-30
  • Choosing between the Marlin Model 60 and the Ruger 10/22
  • What am I planting in my garden right now
  • Is buying a duplex and renting out half of it a good investment, what are the pros and cons
  • Do I have a preferred eBay seller to buy silver from
  • What is considered “reportable” as far as metal purchases
  • What are the risks if any of “gold confiscation” in the future
  • What is my opinion of the 6.5×55 Swede as an all around rifle round
  • Why do I prefer Jeeps or Trucks to typical SUVs
  • What advice do I have on choosing a dog for a family companion and protector

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-284- 20 Simple Steps to More Independence

I am broadcasting from home today (very early by the way) because I have to go out on a location to do some film work and won’t have the option to upload the show from my office.  I didn’t want to leave you with out a Friday show so I knocked one out at the house before I left.

Today’s show is all about ways you can start to become more independent.  My challenge to you is to pick one or a few of them to do right away.

Tune in today as I discuss…

  • Buying an ounce of silver a month
  • Build a compost bin or a worm farm
  • Plant a few permanent producers
  • Put together a 7 gallon tub of storable foods
  • Find out what committees your congressmen is on and call them about something not in the news
  • Learn to identify 6 edible wild plants in your area, try cultivating 1 or 2 of them
  • Learn to make wine or mead
  • Learn to make bread
  • Learn to make biltong
  • Learn to make one new meal a month from storable and/or fresh items
  • Learn to grind and use ground wheat
  • Take a good quality firearms training class
  • Learn to reload ammunition and cast bullets from lead stock up some components
  • Build a simple green house
  • Build or buy a solar oven
  • Gain basic construction skills (volunteer if you have to)
  • Start a blog or write a book
  • Take a 15 minute or longer walk alone daily
  • Create your vision

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-283- Emergency Vehicle Preperations

oday we take a look at emergency vehicle preparations.  As I discuss these please note that item one is your bug out bag, (BOB) hence something in your BOB such as a first aid kit or pair of gloves, etc won’t be mentioned today.  We will be doing another show on BOBs soon.  Today we are focused on turing your daily drive in to a proper bug out vehicle (BOV) and making sure you can deal with day to day inconviences as well.

I do welcome your input and comments though so if you have additional items you want to suggest please do so in the comments section below.

Also I want to remind you again to consider going by the Freedom Watch website and posting a comment thanking Judge Napolitano for allowing me to appear on freedom watch, you can do that here.  Jack on the Judge.

Tune in today to hear…

  • Why parts and tools should be part of your vehicle preps
  • Why you need to have preps in your vehicle beyond your BOB
  • The importance of maps, navigation aids and basic map reading skills
  • The rules of three for evac, three destinations, three routes to each destination and three rally points on each route
  • Having proper documentation
  • Having back up methods of communications
  • Reserve fuel – think in range not gallons
  • Day to day uses for items that can also help in an emergency
  • Plan on using your vehicle during a disaster, going on foot is last resort
  • What is the purpose of a BOB, what is not the purpose of a BOB
  • A winch is your friend, so are tow straps
  • If you own two vehicles one should be a truck or a jeep
  • Carrying firearms and less than lethal options
  • Common sense for dealing with check points, government over reaction, etc.
  • Properly stocking a BOL so you have a place to go, you can’t carry everything
  • Using a modular approach for items you don’t carry day to day but would need to load fast during an evac

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-282- Back from The Judge and Listener Questions

Today I am back in the drivers seat (literally) and broadcasting from the mobile studio again.  I will be doing a round of listener questions but let me ask you to do me a favor today.  If you have not seen my interview yet please go this page and do so now.  In addition if you could please leave a comment thanking them for having me on that would mean a lot.

So today I will tell you about my trip to the North East and what it was like to be at the News Corp building and meet The Judge and John Stossle as well (very briefly).  Then I will answer some of your questions including…

  • What is my survivalist take on New York City?
  • Is making bio diesel worth the effort and investment?
  • What is the difference between compost and manure as far as fertilizer value?
  • Can you grow eucalyptus in Texas?
  • Where can I get powdered half and half?
  • What advantages do ham radios have over say cell phones?
  • I am getting close to my goals of self sufficiency and starting to “drift at work”, what do I do?

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

The Survival Podcast featured on Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano

I will be flying back to Dallas-Fort Worth today so there won’t be an episode but thanks to you guys I finally got on Freedom Watch with The Judge and the interview went great.

In place of today’s episode I am simply posting a link to the interview.  Hope you enjoy it and I will be back with another episode tomorrow.

Jack On Freedom Watch with The Judge (segment three)

Episode-281- An Interview With Listener Barb Harrington

Today I will be meeting with Judge Andrew Napolitano host of Freedom Watch on Fox.  I am not sure yet if we will have a show on Tuesday but I will attempt to make it happen while in NYC.

Today join me with Barb as we discuss…

  • Building a homestead in the suburbs
  • Making friends on the forum and realizing you are not alone
  • The value of a garden and how much a small garden can produce
  • The importance of the debt free lifestyle
  • Finding the place that is right for you
  • Keeping chickens and the challenges of roosters named stew
  • A lot of land is relative to where you live and how you use it
  • Having a home and a BOL paid for in full and the peace it brings
  • Why you should not compare your efforts to others
  • Creating your own preps from your own back yard
  • Canning, flash freezing and other ways to store you own food
  • The importance of quality food for those with systemic disease
  • Knowing exactly what you are eating and not eating and peace it brings
  • The threat of GMOs
  • A reason you might never eat bread from the store again
  • Why everyone should be armed especially women

Resources for today’s show…

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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.

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-280- Understanding the Mind of a Modern Survivalist

Today’s topic was impromptu because I actually left my show notes at the house.  I was going to do a show on Bug Out Vehicles but that show will now air some time next week.  That’s OK becuase today’s show came out very good and will help you understand why you think the way you do and to a degree why much of society things they way they do.

Tune in today to hear…

  • Everyone has a survival mind but most only use it as a last recourse
  • Where the survival mentality comes from and why you must make it part of your life to be authentic as a human
  • Why so many are living “plastic lives” and the misery it creates
  • Why many fear what you have to say when you talk about prepping
  • The damage that is done to our children when we change stories like the grasshopper and the ant
  • What is normal, who decides, do you think what most people call normal is really normal
  • Why do many hide “blue collar roots” and deny what they know to be true
  • What is normalcy bias and why is it so dangerous
  • What can we learn from the tin foil hat brigade
  • What can the current swine flu issues teach us about denial, obsession and balance
  • Why are survivalists generally happy and very optimistic people willing to take risks
  • What is a sheep vs. an ostrich, why are the ostriches even more dangerous

Resources for today’s show…

Region Six Sponsors

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-279- The Foundational Principle of Modern Survivalism

Today we discuss principle one of modern survival philosophy,

“Everything you do to prepare for disaster should improve your position in life even if nothing ever goes wrong.”

Today I give you the background on where that principle came from, how I was inspired by many already living by it but just not putting it that way yet.  I tell you the story of my slumber during my years of success and what led me to forget what I knew to be true.  How over time many events led me to reconnect with what I was taught about frugality, common sense, preparing and nature from my childhood.

More importantly I will tell you what I discovered about why people don’t prep, why they ignore stark reality and how to use the first principle to reach people who are just looking for something that makes prepping “okay” in their minds.

Resources for today’s show…

Region Six Sponsors

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.