Monthly Archives: May 2010

Episode-444- Setting Up A Low Cost Bug Out Location (BOL)

We talk a lot about Bug Out Locations on the show and in the forum, most listeners are more than aware by now of what they are, why you would want one and what makes a good one.   Many may also be under the belief that a BOL is beyond their financial reach.  Now for many a fully stocked second home full of survival goodies may very well be unaffordable in their current lifestyle, yet just about anyone can create a niece little hide away and at worse case have a bit of real estate diversifying their investments.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • How cheap real raw land can be even in fertile areas
  • How owning a spot of land can save you a lot of money
  • When all else fails there is always the tent
  • The teardrop trailer
  • Converting cargo trailers
  • The RV and the story of “Snob Hill”
  • The underground cache – how not to have it all destroyed
  • The empty shack bring your generator, propane and window unit AC
  • Life underground, you can do it but you may not like it
  • Encouraging native wild life, plant and animal
  • The beauty of the “Danger Shooting Range” sign
  • Fencing even just wire makes a difference
  • The hidden entrance, easy and effective
  • The importance of a TO&E and how to develop one

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-443- Change Your Nation By Changing Yourself

Today’s show notes are brief as I will let most of this show speak for itself.  While I will talk about “politics” today I won’t tell you what to think or how to vote.  Instead I will talk about the dark reality of America’s past and present, I will tell you some shocking facts about this nation, I will even admit that the views many have about things like the “New World Order” are grounded in a lot of fact in addition to a lot of fiction.

Today my hope is to tell you how we can fix America with the current system we have, why we can count on our fellow Americans and the common values I think we all share regardless of any political affiliation.  In short I will tell you how we can fix America but I will ask you only to liberate yourself and trust that America will know what to do with a new found liberty that will be the result of individual action.

Note - There is a discount in today’s show for the Members Support Brigade.  It is a really big one but you will have to listen to the show to get it.  The discount expires on midnight of the 31st.

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-442- Listener Feedback 5-25-10

Today we are going to continue to whittle down on the massive back log of your questions and your feedback.  Today we discuss a conversation with a good financial adviser, buying silver bars vs. coins,  and the freedom our government officials have to do insider trading and more.

I also want to let everyone know we now have a great new product in The Survival Podcast Gear Shop.  You can see my video review of it on my Youtube Channel  -  It is a very cool French Press Tumbler

Join me today as we discuss…

  • If you avoid a massive loss in the stock market during extreme cases is that really “market timing”
  • When and where does “buy and hold” make sense
  • Why must you do if you are going to work with any financial adviser
  • Why 20-Year Term Life Insurance is not a long term investment
  • Thoughts on a carry gun for a lady and problems with a Bersa 380
  • Food preservation supplies for new preppers on a very limited budget
  • How do you choose between silver bars vs. coins, the answer isn’t cut and dry
  • How do you get rid of poison ivy vines – it ain’t easy
  • Is inside trading legal, it is if you are in congress
  • Creative ideas for selling paid for real estate
  • The new 1099s are coming in 2011, what does that really mean
  • When it comes down to it who should you really listen to about anything

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-441- Survival Podcast Listener Feedback 5-24-10

Today we discuss something really out there credit card companies are doing to earn your business, a bit on reloading, a new method of fish farming, choosing BOL land and much more.  Join me today for another round of your questions and feedback.

Tune in today to hear…

  • How far are credit card companies willing to go for you (your Monday humor)
  • Thoughts on reloading for the beginner
  • An awesome new method of fish farming, of course regulatory bullshit pushes it out of America
  • What uses are there for a horse if the SHTF other than for transportation
  • What permaculture books do I recommend
  • Can you really learn a lot about permaculture from a webinar
  • Thoughts on planting apple trees and their impact on attracting unwanted wildlife
  • Choosing a BOL that is close to home and accepting its limitations
  • How do you negotiate big ticket purchases like vehicles, boats, real estate and RVs
  • What do I think of “Fall of the Republic” by Alex Jones
  • What can we do to make a real difference
  • How do you share the message of individual liberty with out over doing it

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-440- Expanding Your Financial IQ – Part 2

I decided we should extend from yesterday’s show about investing.  The harsh reality is we are bombarded by financial terms in news and media every day.  Often this is done as a type of class warfare that is totally lost on most of the population.  Such as blaming the woes of the stock market on “naked short selling”.  At times such statements are at least partially true at others they are totally false.  Yet one thing is clear, 90% of the sheep that are all pissed off at the “naked short sellers” have no idea what short selling is, how it works, what it does, the risks involved, etc.  They also have zero idea what it means to be “naked” on a short sale, the reason shot selling exists or how they can go short sell if they want to as well.

This is just one more component of the dumbing down of America.  The media uses terms in a positive or a negative light but makes no attempt to explain them to a population they know very well doesn’t understand them.  Hence people take a positive view of terms like “reform” and negative views of terms like “shorting” but they don’t really know what the terms mean at all.  My view is form your own opinion, control your own money, etc. but don’t form opinions based on another person’s view of a word you don’t even truly understand.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What is a put (aka a short)
  • What is a call
  • What does it mean when you are “naked” in an option
  • What is a derivative
  • What is a P/E Ratio
  • What is a dividend
  • What is a DRIP
  • What are Class A, B and C shares in your mutual funds
  • What is an annuity

My goal in today’s show is simply to improve your financial understanding and vocabulary.  I know some may not see this as a true “survival topic”.  Yet given the current state of the U.S. and Global economies and the risk posed by any level of economic collapse understanding money may be one of the most important components of your future survival.

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-439- Conventional and Unconventional Investing

I get a lot of questions about investing both conventional and unconventional so today I am going to try to address both.  Yet unlike the typical supposed financial guru I will discuss this from a prepper/modern survivalist view point.

In today’s show I will go over a variety of investing options, I will discuss some of the positives and negatives of each, I will explain how many of them work, the hidden problems in the most common ones and more.  I WILL NOT be telling you what to invest in or how you should personally invest.  I do not give financial advice on TSP I simply explain what I see in trends, how things work and the risks and rewards in different investments.

America has developed a new dependency in the last 50 years.  No it isn’t enough to be dependent on systems for energy, food, medicine and a million more things, no now we are dependent on people to tell us how to hold and invest our own money.  Enough is enough, time to raise your financial IQ and begin understanding things deeply enough to make your own decisions.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Why investing always means risking
  • What is the only reason we invest in the first place
  • Why most financial advisers simply SUCK
  • Mutual funds, the good, the bad, the ugly
  • Individual stocks
  • Dividends – something but not everything
  • Why you must “time the market” but that doesn’t make you a “trader”
  • Gold and Silver don’t always glitter but they usually do
  • Metal stocks vs. actual metal
  • Metal stocks vs. metal ETFs
  • Real estate – not low risk but it can be
  • Cash – yes it looses value but at a “fixed rate” in normal times
  • Foreign currencies – not really all that great, not all that bad either
  • Food the one that never fails

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-438- What Debt Freedom Means

Yesterday I made my second large purchase of the year, a 2005 F-350 Diesel Super Duty I got for 30% under its Kelly Blue Book Value, I paid cash.  Earlier this year I bought a new RV (a Shamrock 21ss) I also paid cash.  I almost feel guilty about this but it got me thinking, 8 years ago my wife and I sate down face in hands looking at over 25K in credit card debt, medical bills (which grew before they shrank) and more.

We thought “how did we let this happen”, we thought about just letting things keep going and paying a “little bit more” on a few debts.  Our income was great, our house payment was low, it would all be okay, a meeting with a “financial liar” confirmed it wold be fine.  The liar even suggested we take out some home equity since we had so much if we were worried about low cash reserves.

In my head the wisdom of my grandmother screamed out over the words of this clown who had the arrogance to claim he understood money.  My wife and I began a journey, one many of you have followed as well.  I have discussed he journey and the how and why behind it, yet until today I have never discussed the freedom that lies on the other side.

In January I walked away from a six figure salary to do TSP full time.  It was a hard choice but we had paid all debt by that point and began saving money heavily.  We jumped from stocks before the crash and had not taken the hit.  Something totally unexpected occurred though, despite a massive reduction in my income, we actually seem to now have more money.

I have started to really understand why this is the case and a lot of your “post debt” emails took on a new meaning for me as of yesterday.  So today while I will talk a bit about debt, I am going to talk far more about what completing the journey will mean.  If you are going fight a difficult battle you need to realize what victory will mean.

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.

Please Comment with Your Debt Stories Today!  – I want success stories, your stories about where you are on your journey and anything and everything in between.  Note – If you are a spammer that wants to plug some debt help bullshit, don’t bother posting.

Episode-437- The Road to Individual Energy Independence

Today we discuss “alternative energy”, not always “green energy” as a path to energy independence.  Like many topics that involve “independence” it is not an all or nothing concept, unlike death, independence does come in degrees.  So what we cover today ranges from initial baby steps to full tilt off grid life.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The why’s behind the quest energy independence
    • Alternative vs. green energy
    • Polar bears vs. practicality
    • Peak oil?   May be.  Peak expense?  Inevitable.
    • Taxation
    • Disaster
    • Liberty
  • Steps on the route to independence
    • Start with efficiency
    • Identify reality (lights aren’t that big a deal)
    • Building a back up system
    • Adding a small generator
    • Adding solar/wind to your back up system
    • Adding a large generator
    • Building a passive solar heater
    • Building a solar hot water heater
    • Going full tilt with solar and wind

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-436- Listener Feedback 5-17-10

Today we do another listener feedback Monday and discuss your questions about precious metals IRAs, bugging in vs. bugging out, the lie that everyone should go to college, advice for people considering a military career and more.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • What military trades are best for post military careers?
  • What is a “maintenance echelon and why should a perspective solider care?
  • What should a person do that doesn’t want to bug out?
  • Is a college degree necessary, can it be a bad idea for some?
  • Can you hold physical gold and silver in an IRA or just “paper metal”?
  • How do you secure gold and silver in your home?
  • What should you consider before you get a safe deposit box?
  • What permaculture investments can a short term resident make in property?
  • Are organic pesticides safe for your garden?
  • Is the state of Pennsylvania threatening its citizens with thuggery?
  • Does the Federal Reserve use lobbyists?

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-435- The Revolution is You

We only occasionally dip into politics around here, time to time we focus on economics and that always by the very nature of out current state must include some political components as well.  Some members of the audience want more and some want less and wish we would stick 100% to practical pepping action.

The reality is the two are one in the same!  Make no mistake about it this is a revolution you and I are conducting together.  Today we discuss the multi-planked revolution where “taking this country back” isn’t  just about the next election or political topic “du jour”.  No this revolution is about how we live, how we prepare, how we self educate and above all how we impact those around us simply by living as who and what we are, human with sovereign rights bestowed upon us by our creator.

Today I also introduce our new long awaited custom bumper music, as you might have guessed the title of the song is “The Revolution is You”.  The song was written and performed by Gregg Yows of RevolutionRockAndRoll.com (I am actually a minor co writer as well) .  The final track was mastered by Matthew McCabe at Finley Sound.  Gregg and Matthew are both long time listeners to TSP which means this song is truly a creation of our community, I hope it inspires you to know the power you truly have, indeed YOU are the revolution.

I am also running a special on the Members Brigade that will run until Monday the 17th, you can get your first year of the MSB for only 35 dollars with the discount code “revolution”.

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.