Monthly Archives: December 2009

Episode-347- Setting Self Sufficiency Goals for 2010

Join me today as I discuss some self sufficiency goals that I have set for myself in 2010, along with goals I have for the show and to better serve you the audience.  The show notes are brief today due to the type of show we are doing, I am not going to list my goals in the notes if you want to know them you will have to tune in.

I will be trying to inform and educate along the way too.  I will be discussing some really interesting permaculture concepts, revisiting my “green greenhouse” (Bill Mollison does it better then me), ideas for people that want to start a business and more.

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.  Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-346- Listener Questions and Events for 12-30-09

Well after yesterdays technology failure I redid the show for today from the home office.  Join me today as we discuss concepts such as mass production solar power, permaculture, our incompetent TSA, Monsanto and more.

Tune in today as we discuss…

  • Mass produced snap together solar power is on the way
  • Get ready to remove your underwear at the airport (virtually anyway)
  • TSA leaked its’ secrete screening processes
  • How do you find land that is usable and affordable and not to far away
  • Can you freeze dry food at home
  • What do I think of Tom Brown’s Tracker Knife and what are some alternatives
  • Is Tuberculosis the new big pandemic threat and what about pandemic threats in general
  • Monsanto now controls 90% of the global seed supply
  • How to pattern and plan permaculture in a northern climate

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.  Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Technical Difficulties – No Show Today

I apologize I got in the mobile studio today and did a great show on listener feedback, questions and current events like the underwear bomber.  When I got to the office the recording had a lot of blanks spots, jumps and stutters in it.  So much so that it is unusable.

So no show today, but remember there are over 300 hours of archives.  I will try re-recording the show on the way home if I don’t have to much trouble from the second snow storm in North Texeas in a weeks time.

See you tomorrow with a new episode!

Episode-345- An Interview with Christopher Nyerges

Join me today as I interview Christopher Nyerges from the editorial staff of Wilderness Way Magazine.  Christopher is also the author of quite a few books and a wealth of knowledge on gardening, permaculture, botany, alternative energy, wilderness survival skills and more.

Note of Correction – In today’s show I mention a 5000 year old food forest, that was an error it was a 2000 year old forest.  I apologize for the misstatement and a link to the Youtube video is in today’s show notes.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Christopher’s new book, The Self Sufficient Home
  • How to be cost effective with solar, wind and other energy projects
  • Why being part of the effort is key to success with alternative energy projects
  • The parallels between surviving urban/suburban disasters and wilderness survival
  • The importance of caring for others in a survival situation
  • Why political awareness is important for modern survivalism
  • The three illusions of money
  • Why Christopher choose the format for his new book of showing multiple families and communities with real world projects
  • The importance of growing your own food
  • Methods of harvesting water and why it is key to your success
  • Why “resource shortage” is more important that political concepts like global warming

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.  Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-344- The Christmas Show for 2009

Most of today’s show is a rebroadcast of 2008′s Christmas special.  Today we pause and take a moment to reflect on Christmas and how it has become the Holiday we celebrate today.  Many American’s have no idea just how Christmas became unique here in America, the role it played in bringing our nation together after two wars of independence and the civil war.

Christmas is special and a time to pause and reflect.  Christmas is indeed a special time of year, today I will cover many aspects of it that may make this Christmas just a bit more special.  There is also a full text transcription on of the non commericial portion of todays show in the show notes below.

Tune in today to hear about…

  • Christmas was banned in England at one time and even parts of America
  • Early Americans didn’t really celebrate Christmas, (congress was in session on Dec 25th, 1789)
  • In the early 1800s Christmas was a rowdy holiday spurred by class conflict, turmoil and unemployment
  • In 1819, best-selling author Washington Irving wrote The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon bringing us many “ancient customs”, he simply invented
  • Leading up to the Civil War, Christmas was a “southern holiday” and Thanksgiving a “northern holiday”
  • How Christmas and Thanksgiving together helped to heal a young America
  • Today is a time to pause, reflect and just be, prepping, planning and stress will all wait patiently for you
  • Different ending music for today’s show!  The most beautiful version of Oh Holly Night I have ever heard, just pause, listen and realize what really matters while it plays.

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.  Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-343- Listener Feedback 12-23-09

Today I am at home and wanted to take the opportunity to do another listener feedback episode.  We discuss some political things today like China’s role in global government and the new health care bill that just came out of the senate.  We also discuss some more traditional topics like firearms selection and training, using swales for permaculture and we even get to read another “hate email” to me.

We also make a few announcements today that include our awesome new survival forum theme designed by SisterWolf who is also one of the forces behind the TSP Gear Shop.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Why are thing like tax increases and public funding of abortion in the health care bill
  • Why some form of this bill is going to be passed even though most Americans don’t want it
  • The sob story we are going to hear from Blue Dogs and RINOs about the eventual compromise
  • The one hope we really still have to prevent national health care, it isn’t in the House and Senate
  • What is a swale, how does it work, why do you want them
  • How do you create swales in flat desert land
  • Is TSP now “all about the money”
  • Why growing your own food is a path to freedom
  • Why the modern survival community is feared by many, be proud of it folks
  • Thoughts on choosing a first gun, getting training, etc

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.  Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-342- Alternative Ways to Evaluate Property

If you talk to most good real estate agents you will get great advice on buying property, IF, you want buy a typical house in the city or suburbs with the intent of moving every 5 years.  Yet if you want somethign to sculpt, to create something unique with, a place to really LIVE, here are some alternative things to consider.

Tune in today as we discuss…

  • If you have paid for real estate that you live in it doesn’t matter if property values drop
  • Growing areas are NOT good places to buy a home
  • Why you want natural water on property and some alternative ways to get it
  • What are micro climates and how can they be utilized
  • Thoughts about wildlife on your property the good and the bad
  • Evaluating things on property that would take 10 or more years to create
  • Flat land is not always good land, some slopes are desirable
  • Evaluating the micro and macro community before becoming a part of them
  • The advantages of near by public lands like national forests, state game lands, etc
  • Is the area live stock friendly, do you want it to be
  • No HOAs, HOAs are evil creations that avocate your liberty
  • What is a community covenant, the anti thesis of an HOA
  • What can a property become is more important that what it is right now

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.  Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-341- Listener Feedback 12-21-09

Back on another Monday with another round of questions.  Many of them are centered on land and land purchases today, a bit on libertarian politics at the end, some stuff on solar power during a SHTF, a bit on HSA’s and a report in from the North East on the big snow storm and its’ impact.

Tune in today to hear…

  • What is vanishing from store shelves in the North East, it ain’t food
  • What is an HSA, how do they work, why aren’t they more popular
  • How do you evaluate pricing on a large parcel of land
  • If the SHTF what will we do for our solar systems once our batteries run out
  • Would I buy land bordered on three sides by others who have not built yet
  • Can you use an IRA to buy land, what are the advantages and disadvantages
  • If the constitution applies to humans, not just Americans how does that effect the use of military force

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.  Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-340- The How, What and Why of Permaculture

We haven’t done a really deep gardening or permaculture show for a while, so I figured it was a good subject to make us think about the coming warm days of spring while the cold days of winter are just setting in.

Tune in today as we discuss…

  • What is permaculture – beyound the typical deffinition
  • What permaculture is not and misconceptions about it and the people behind it
  • Why we should practice permaculture
  • The Seven Layers of Permaculture
    • The High Canopy
    • The Low Tree
    • Shrub
    • herbaceous
    • rhizome
    • cover crops
    • vertical climbers
  • The Five Zones of Permaculture
  • Using chickens, rabbits, geese, ducks and worms to do the work for you
  • Seven rules of permaculture that fly in the face of “conventional wisdom”
    • Slopes are wonderful for growing food
    • Don’t compost everything
    • Clay soil is your friend
    • Don’t till your soil ever
    • Let plants die
    • Don’t be tidy and use strait edges and rows
    • Attract insects
    • Grow weeds

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.  Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-339- Listener Feedback for 12-17-09

I am in the home office today please forgive my voice which is strained for some reason today.  We discuss topics today that include tolerance for others, gaining independence, gun ownership in the UK, community supported agriculture and more.

Tune in today as we discuss…

  • Feedback from two listeners on how they are living that better life
  • What is libertarianism – it isn’t really a system of government but self governance
  • Choosing between installing utility lines and living off grid with new construction
  • Should you have a gun safe at a BOL
  • Growing in containers on a boat
  • What is CSA (community supported agriculture) and why should you support it
  • Could something like CSA in 1890 prevented the Federal Reserve – sure might have
  • What can you do with duct tape

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.  Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.