Monthly Archives: February 2010

Episode-387- Eight Flowers With Medicinal Value

Today is the third in a multi-part series on medicinal plants, trees and herbs.  Today we cover 8 plants traditionally growing through out the world simply as “flowers”.  While each is certainly a beautiful flower for the garden or even in a vase on a table all of these can also help our bodies heal.

WARNINGYou alone are responsible for any items you consume, you must be sure of species identification, if you have any doubt, don’t put it in your body.  Always start with small does and slowly gauge what happens as you increase it.  While the plants here are easy to identify there are plants out there that can and do kill people.  Again use caution, be certain of identification and I take no responsibility for anyone who chooses to not follow this piece of advice.

Tune in today as we discuss these 8 North American Native Medicinal Plants…

  • Purple Coneflower (scientific name – Echinacea purpurea)
  • Calendula (Pot Marigold) (scientific name – Calendula officinalis)
  • Chamomile (scientific name – Chamomilla recutita)
  • Roses (scientific name – Rosa rugosa)
  • Nasturtium (scientific name – nasturtium gambelii)
  • Daylily (scientific name – Hemerocallis )
  • Lavender (scientific name – Lavandula angustifolia)
  • California Poppy (scientific name – Eschscholzia californica)

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Episode-386- Fishing a Part of a Sustainable Food Supply

Today we are going to look at fishing and how it can be part of the modern preppers lifestyle for day to day living rather than in a capacity such as wilderness survival or bush craft.  Our nation is blessed with millions of acres of accessible water for fishing.

Join me today as I discuss a variety of methods of having and utilizing wild fish protein…

  • Focusing on what is locally available
  • Targeting species with good food value, ease of harvest and high bag limits
  • Insuring that specific techniques are legal in your area
  • What trapping teaches us about fishing
  • The technique of jug fishing
  • What is limb lining
  • What is a trot-line
  • Combining multi species on trips for maximum harvest
  • The secret of creating your own structure
  • Sensible harvest and safe eating
  • When all else fails grow your own fish

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Episode-385- Solving Problems With Permaculture

In the Army I was a heavy wheeled diesel mechanic.  While I did not realize it as a young man the most valuable skill that job taught me was “trouble shooting”.  As a trouble shooter you look at a problem and dissect it logically down to component parts, evaluate and implement a solution.

I believe this is why I have so embraced Permaculture, as at its core it is trouble shooting for the problems we face in feeding, housing and providing energy for ourselves.  So today I will take some common problems those attempting to grow their own food face and give you permaculture style principles for solving them.

Join me today as we discuss problems such as…

  • Dealing with steep and rocky land
  • Dealing with cold climates and short growing seasons
  • Hot summers that drive up electric bills
  • Dealing with low lying areas that get too swampy
  • Dealing with excessive shade with out cutting everything down
  • Growing a decent amount of food in very small areas
  • Dealing with depleted soils with minimal off site organic matter
  • Dealing with swings in climate conditions
  • Dealing with deer
  • Not all holes, look like holes

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Episode-384- Listener Feedback for 2-23-10

Today we make up for skipping yesterday’s listener feedback show.  Today we have questions about gun rights, taxation, socialism, fascist economics, cutting down trees, survival gardening, permaculture, bug out bags for kids and more.

Join me today as I answer the following questions…

  • Is socialism necessary for “much needed progress”
  • If you need a license to drive why not a license to own a gun
  • Do we need taxes for some things, how much do we actually need
  • What is the real role of government in the U.S.
  • How does the US actually fund “socialized medicine” around the world
  • Should kids have their own BOBs and where should they be stored
  • What plants can you plant at a BOL when you are not able to be there often
  • Thoughts on the need for backing up your data
  • How to balance removing existing non productive trees with out cutting to many
  • How often should you change out ammo in your carry gun
  • What are some rules for keeping your carry gun functional

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Episode-383- 10 Uncommon Edible Plants for Every Backyard

Today we discuss 10 edible plants that are not very common in most backyards or stores and the unique advantages they offer the modern survivalists concerned with producing their own food.  Each of these plants offers unique advantages to the backyard and small homestead grower.  Advantages such as good nutritional profiles, disease resistance, ease in seed saving, heat tolerance and more.

Note that the seed sources below are comprised of many sources.  You can get many of these seeds from multiple providers.  I just wanted the opportunity today to expose you today to a variety of solid providers of organic and non GMO seed.

Join me today as we discuss the following unusual edible plants…

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Episode-382- All About Ballistics and Ammunition Components

I get a very large number of questions about ballistics terminology, cartridge specific questions and a lot of questions from very new or even aspiring first time gun owners.  Well today I am going to help you with the “ballistics code” so to speak.  Often you can hear a conversation between two experienced rifleman and it sounds almost like a foreign language.  So today I will tell not just what many of these terms mean but why they matter and even why some don’t matter that much at all.

Tune in Today as we Discuss…

  • What is bullet vs. what is a cartridge vs. what is a case
  • What is trajectory
  • What is ballistic coefficient
  • Why more velocity or a lighter bullet is often not the answer
  • What is sectional density
  • What is expansion, why does it matter
  • What is a magnum round vs. a non magnum round
  • What do all the numbers mean
  • Why is a 38 Special a “special”
  • How can a 38 Special be the same caliber as a .357 magnum
  • What is necking up or necking down
  • How are most “new” rifle rounds created
  • How can a short 308 be almost as powerful as a 30-06

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-381- Listener Feedback 2-18-10

I needed an easy day after a late night last night up in Farmer’s Branch where I did a presentation on Modern Survivalism at the AG Trading Post.  So today I am doing an listener feedback show.  Well sometimes a plan to take it easy doesn’t work, I get a bit of boiling blood today but I think you will agree it was well deserved.

Tune in today as we discuss…

  • The surprising facts about life expectancy during the Great Depression
  • The choice of carry your weapon but potentially loosing your job
  • Should young people use IRAs, 401s, etc with so many economic dangers ahead
  • Will the government require all food to be treated with radiation with HR 875
  • Advice on how to get an unpaid internship and turn it into a paying job
  • NAIS has died a deserving death, what it tells us, we can win

Additional 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-380- Rifles, Shotguns and Handguns for Modern Survival

Today we look at a variety of actions, calibers, gauges and platforms of both modern and traditional firearms.  Don’t be offended if your favorite model number doesn’t come up the show is only about an hour long.   Our focus today is more on how to think about firearms and some of the advantages and disadvantages of each option.

Tune in today to hear about…

  • There is no perfect gun for _________, ever
  • Thoughts on shotguns including
    • The Single Shot
    • The Pump Action
    • The Double Guns
    • The Semi Autos
  • Thoughts on rifles including
    • The BOSS rifle (break action single shot)
    • Levers and Pumps
    • The bolt action, “the rifleman’s rifle”
    • Semi Auto Rifles including ARs, AKs and more
  • Thoughts on handguns including
    • The revolver is a solid choice
    • Not all guns need to be or should be glocks
    • What you carry is a personal choice
    • Hunting with handguns
  • Building your firearms collection
  • The reason guns and freedom go hand and hand

Additional 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-379- How Taxation Enslaves Society

Today we discuss taxation from the view of the modern survivalist.  We examine the non partisan truth of taxation, the reality that the only constant in taxes for over 100 years is more taxation which have created more spending.  We now have an unsustainable government and that government has created sustainable poverty.

The long term consequences of this system are easy to see, understand and if we are not careful feel overwhelmed by.  I am here today to tell you that you are not controlled by the system, it is you and your fellow American’s that power the system.  Unlike a battery though you control your power, where is focused,  home much is used etc.

The reality is we are our own solutions and it is only by first changing ourselves that we can ever hope to change our system.  Tune in today for the horrible truth about taxation and the empowering reality of your ability to control it.

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Episode-378- Listener Feedback 2-15-10

Time to get back to our Monday tradition of answering listener questions.  Today we have questions on economic issue, dogs, gardening, guns and more.  Also make sure to check out our links and resources today as we have a tremendous number of very valuable resources today.

Tune in today as we discuss…

  • A few of my upcoming appearances
  • How would cap and trade create a new fiat currency
  • What are the advantages of the scout rifle concept
  • What is Google Map Buddy (kick ass free software)
  • How SaveOurSkills.com will help preserve traditional skills
  • Why do rifleman often prefer a bolt action to a semi automatic
  • What advantages does a bolt action offer when training rifleman
  • Is last minute hording a “pioneering” concept
  • How do you keep digging dogs out of a garden
  • What factors should you consider with “inside” and “outside” dogs
  • Your skills are something no one can take away from you

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