Monthly Archives: April 2010

Episode-428- What Will a U.S. Economic Collapse Look Like

Note – there is a MSB discount in today’s show it will expire on Sunday night.  It is mentioned at the end of the house keeping segment.

What Will a U.S. Economic Collapse Look Like?  More important than what it looks like may be what will the consequences be?  Survival fiction is full of ideas about this concept that range from a second period of time like the great depression to the total end of all civilization.  As usual my opinion is that most often the reality is closer to a middle ground.  Today we will examine some current issues and consider what it would mean for us if the dollar collapses.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • First could I be wrong about the false recovery – could this be as good as it gets before the next crash?
  • What is an Alt-A Loan and what happened to FAS 157
  • Then a blast from the past as I replay part of my show from July, 23rd 2008 about FAS 157
  • Exactly what could really trigger the next crash
  • Why the big banks are “making nice” with the Feds
  • The danger that we lack skills in this nation
  • The lack of any real savings in America
  • The debt that has not gone away
  • The ostriches that simply think it can’t happen to me because they made it this far
  • When food fails so does everything else
  • Return of the “large family”
  • Fleeing to and away from cities – the death of the suburbs
  • Why you should act now, not tomorrow

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-427- The Economic Shell Game Continues

Things are getting better right?  The “green shoots” are starting to “bear fruit”.  The mighty bail outs have worked!  I mean come on, last winter CITI paid back their loans, GM’s President just did a commercial saying that, “repaid our government loan, in full, with interest, five years ahead of the original schedule.”  The Dow is up above 11,000 today when it was down to 6600 in March of 2009.  Everything is wonderful right?  Not so fast!

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Did GM really pay back the American people “with interest”, NO!
  • Did CITI really make good out its piece of the bailout, NO!
  • The hidden bail out, free, well almost free money
  • One of the “hidden bail outs” – Interest Rate Swaps
  • Another hidden bail out – cheap money for the banks – so they can counterfeit more
  • Who will really pay the cost of “Financial Reform of Wall Street”
  • What does the Financial Reform Bill Actually Say
  • Obama says debt is cancer, well after racking up trillions of dollars of it
  • Why nothing has changed or will change when it comes to US debt

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-426- Developing Survival Knowledge While Camping

My view on survival planning is that running out into the forest to hide if the shit hits the fan is generally a very bad move, well in most situations.  Today though we are going to look at camping in another light.  When you camp you deal with out a lot of the conveniences we tend to take for granted, families communicate better (sometimes by force) and opportunities for leaning and contingency plan development present themselves.

Join Me Today as we Discuss…

  • New MSB Supporting Vendor CampingSurvival.com (MSB get 5% off all orders)
  • Camping to learn about survival vs. survival camping
  • Don’t go spend a lot of money right away
  • The basics
    • Good tents
    • Padding, air mattresses or cots
    • Lighting
    • Food – including some “healthy junk foods”
    • Insect repellent
    • A way to cook
    • First aid kit
    • Storage bins
  • Start out close to home with full amenities
  • Focus on self reliance with shelter, food, water
  • Get away from the crowds even in crowded areas
  • Move on to more remote camping once you have a system in place
  • Purchase animal, insect, plant, bird, etc field guides and use them
  • Make fishing part of your camping experiences
  • Require children to deal with discomfort within reason
  • Take time to work on skill development (crafts, navigation, etc)
  • Use the time for bonding, it may be part of family survival some day
  • The golden rule, have fun and learn

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-425- Eight Essential Survial Gardening Skills

Today we take a look at developing eight conventional and unconventional skills for the survival gardener.  Ways that you can maximize production, protect your crops, extend your seasons and maximize space.

I am also going to do a follow up on my comments about the Arizona immigration bill yesterday, giving you what Paul Harvey would call “the rest of the story”.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Succession planting
  • Trellising
  • Guerrilla gardening
  • Companion planting
  • Container gardening
  • Sheet mulching and rough mulching
  • Water harvesting
  • Wildlife identification

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-424- Listener Feedback 4-26-10

Today we have another round of your questions including things like Arizona’s new immigration bill, left handed AR shooting, China’s growing influence in Africa, the movie Food Inc and more.

Join me today as I discuss your feedback on…

  • The reality of the new Arizona Immigration Law\
  • Could we have State level deportation, well sort of if I was Governor
  • Watch Food Inc. be aware it may change how you see food
  • How Food Inc. and illegal immigration are linked
  • How do you set priorities in dealing with debt and living in a place you don’t like
  • Should left handed shooters learn to shoot right handed
  • What is a master eye, why does it matter
  • What is China doing in Africa and why should we care
  • Concealed carry for the dress wearing lady, (help me out gals)
  • A simple law in Georgia leads to deep constitutional and libertarian questions

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-423- Thoughts on the Use of Deadly Force

I get a ton of questions on “guns for survival situations”, “handguns for self defense”, the “best knife if you need to defend yourself with a blade” and more like that all the time.  Of course I believe in being armed to what ever level your local laws allow, I am all for defending yourself with lethal force if you need to and I do think being trained with your weapons is a great idea.    Yet the number of such questions has led me to ask do people really think about the ramifications of being faced with a lethal force situation?

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The two never discussed myths about killing from Hollywood
  • Fantasies about a “Red Dawn” like scenario
  • The is no glory in death, for the killer or the killed
  • Your gun may be highly ineffective if you are the one being attacked
  • Cover, concealment and movement
  • Home defense, put awareness on your side
  • Handguns are for times when you can’t carry a rifle or shotgun
  • A knife is a terrible weapon for an honorable man (listen before you object)
  • You do not know if you are really capable of pulling the trigger, until you have to
  • You can’t discount the long term effects of winning in a lethal conflict

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-422- The Damage Done By Agriculture

We rely on our modern agriculture system to feed the planet.  While most people in the modern world seem to believe food comes from a store it most certainly does not.  The bright lights and shiny packaging at the grocery is simply the last step in a long chain of systems.

The reality is be it animal or vegetable it all starts in the farm fields of the world and those fields are sick and dying for a variety of reasons.  Of course man’s solution is genetic engineering, new chemicals and attempting to adapt to the damage we are doing vs. reversing it.

Join me today as we discuss the following recent news stories about this problem…

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-421- How to Develop Your Personal Survival Plan

Monday I responded to a listener who asked a question about planning and he was hoping for a checklist.  My response was that I can’t really give you a hard check list because you must develop your own plan (Tenet Ten of Modern Survival Philosophy).  From the beginning of TSP I have stated that to be the case, I also realized that it has been a long time since I did a show on planning and that I have never really dissected the personal aspect of planning for the needs of the individual and their immediate family.  So today we are going to do just that.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • First we must define survival and preparedness
  • Next we should consider the meaning of self sufficient and self reliant
  • It is important to acknowledge that you need a plan in the first place
  • Before we assess threats we need to delineate between acute and long term effects
  • Next examine threat probability and the commonality of disaster
  • Now define your self sufficient and self reliant time lines (“wealth” according to Buckminster Fuller)
  • Then define your primary and secondary priorities
  • Determine your weakest points and assign future resources based on your most urgent needs
  • Journal your progress, successes, failures, the weather, everything
  • A plan is designed to be fluid but you must have a basis and changes need documenting
  • As you shore up weaknesses you will find new ones emerging, prioritize them accordingly
  • Be sure to test yourself both voluntarily and involuntarily
  • Remember no one cares about you as much as you do

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-420- What Will the False Recovery Look Like

Well, long before the full brunt of the crash was felt I was already forecasting a false recovery.  I decided today I would go on record with what it might look like, how we might deal with it and the signs we will see when it is about to go into the second big down turn.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Why I could be wrong – Gerald Celente says I am wrong
  • Why I believe I am right but what you believe is most important
  • Please understand we have seen this pattern in recent history
  • Previous time lines and the inflation that went along with them
  • The experts are right about one thing – “nothing has been fixed”
  • Inflation initially creates the illusion of economic growth
  • Socialism is leading the way – another illusion
  • Cap and Trade will happen by hook or by crook – watch out for the hook
  • The new health care bill increases “government revenues” long before “cost”
  • People are not the ones “holding the money” right now banks are
  • The effects of flat wages, inflation and no access to more credit
  • Gold is being held but you have to cash it in for chips if you want to play at the casino
  • The real “political party” and why they won’t shut off the music
  • The false recovery isn’t good news and it is truly false

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-419- Feedback, Articles and Commentary for 4-19-10

I am going to try to start making the feedback shows more engaging with a lot of different sources.  So today we have your questions by email, your feedback by phone, some interesting news stories and even some audio off of Youtube on money creation to help answer one of your questions.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What about making your own solar panels
  • Should a young grad buy land even if they are not ready to build
  • How do you set priorities and “pull it all together”
  • Exactly how is money created by “lending it into existence”
  • CITI Pays back the loans to the government, what does it mean
  • Are you contributing to “the systems” with credit cards if you pay your balance in full
  • A simple additive to improve the life of your vehicle
  • A Icelandic volcano disrupts Europe’s food chain
  • Who feeds the world, industrial agriculture of peasant farmers
  • How do you transport silver & gold long distances
  • Window Farms – and idea who’s time has come
  • Can you grow guavas in New Mexico

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.