Monthly Archives: June 2010

We Are Giving Away High Mowing Organic Seeds

Get ready, on Thursday July 1st and Friday July 2nd High Mowing Organic Seeds is sponsoring a listener appreciation contest.  For a full description of the seeds we are giving away see the video at the bottom of this post.

They recently stepped up to support our listener appreciation contest with two great seed packs.   Total value to each winner is about 47 dollars.   Please note you will play this contest by sending me a code word in an email ONLY if you are regestered in the Listener Apprecation Contest.  I will NOT tell you the code word either, I will tell you a page on the High Mowing website to get a code word from.  So there are two things you should do today.

1.  Go to the Hight Mowing Organic Seeds Website and book mark it so you can get back quickly during the contest

2.  If you are not registered in the listener contest do so now by going to this page.

Additional details about how to play will be given out tomorrow.  We will give out two seed packs on Thursday and Three on Friday,  I will also do something with the MSB and a limited discount code on Thursday and Friday.  So tune in early both days for the best chance to win.  Next week we are giving away soil cubes and more prizes will come over the summer.

More information is available about things mentioned in this video below

Episode-466- Start Thinking about Fall Gardening

What?  What the hell is wrong with Jack?  Here we are it is just about to be the 4th of July, the “dog days” of August are still over a month away and I want to talk about fall?  Yes indeed officially “fall” or autumn begins on the 21st of September with the autumnal equinox but when I think about fall gardening I use September 1st as my starting point.   Sure it is still hot in many places but the turn of the seasons can be felt already, the days are noticeably shorter, the sun’s angle has begun decline and most fall/winter crops can manage for a few weeks until cooler weather arrives.

But why now, what should you be thinking about for fall in July?  Glad you asked, join me today as we discuss…

  • Starting plants indoors or in shade, yes really
  • Finding your first frost date, isn’t this like spring in reverse
  • Time to grow those plants that can’t handle your heat
  • Some beans don’t produce well in heat but they can grow in it
  • A few frost tolerant crops to plant in the early fall
    • Cress
    • Spinach
    • Lettuces
    • Radishes
    • Garlic/onion
    • Peas
    • Carrots
    • Broccoli
    • Cabbabge
    • Calendula
    • Swiss chard
    • Beets
  • The evil squash vine borers are almost done laying eggs, quick plant now
  • If you have multiple beds start planning come cover crops for winter
  • Is it time to build that green house perhaps one with shade
  • Tomatoes?  Now?  Perhaps
  • Peppers in pots
  • Surviving the first and second frost really extends a season
  • Fire up the canner and dehydrator

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-465- Technology Based Tools for Preppers

Many preppers seem to shun technology in exchange for more “primitive” skills such as bush-crafting and  stellar/solar navigation.  Personally I feel neither should be relied on to the exclusion of the other.  For instance I carry a lighter in every kit I own but I also know how to make friction fire and I can fire steel as well.  Each tool has its place and acts as redundancy for the others.

A fellow prepper once mocked my use of a GPS, I simply asked if he rode a horse to work on a daily basis.  The point was received with that one question.  Technology can be both a blessing and a curse, it is up to us to fully utilize it while still understanding its limitations.

Join me today as we discuss the following technologies

  • Emergency Weather Alerts from The Weather Channel
  • Google News Alerts
  • Facebook/Twitter
  • Off the shelf back up power
  • Solar/Hand Crank Radio
  • Vehicle based GPS
  • Handheld GPS
  • Cell phones and apps
  • Thumb Drives – Portable Data
  • Lap Top Computers
  • Digital Camera
  • Ready.gov etc.
  • YouTube (Download Helper)

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-464- Listener Feedback for 6-28-10

Today we have another round of your questions, comments, suggestions and feedback.  Today we discuss topics such as getting reluctant spouses to the gun range, a scientist that says humans are going extinct, GMO Salmon coming to the dinner table and more.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Humans to be extinct in 100 years of less, so says on scientist
  • Getting a worried spouse on board with gun ownership
  • Considering buying a home and the interaction of location and gas prices
  • Collapsible rain barrels from Sportsman’s Guide, these look damn cool!
  • Building a back up power system
  • Where to get food grade paint cans
  • Buying a first piece of land, what approach to take
  • GMO Salmon, it may soon be for dinner, NOT on my table
  • Can cowboy action shooting make you a better prepper
  • Are all guns “weapons”
  • If I don’t like a round does that mean you shouldn’t either
  • How to easily remove cosmoline with a common house hold item
  • Is sick and vacation time sort of like “money in the bank” in the event of a layoff

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-463- Call In Friday for 6-25-10

I am here with another call in Friday on The Survival Podcast today we have questions on corn worms, sewer system failures, Israli made firearms, buying bug out land and more.

Join in today to hear your questions and comments about…

  • How can you set up remote monitoring of your BOL
  • Should you fill out the warranty card on that new gun
  • The transom knot for tying up a trellis follow up from last Friday
  • Is your sewer system “electric” if so what does that mean
  • Are fly in communities good for a BOL, the pros and cons
  • What is the deal with the IMI Jericho 941
  • How do you deal with corn worms
  • Should you buy remote land if you might get transferred with a job
  • How can we best preserve spiritual heritage in a SHTF
  • The reverse mortgage, the good, the bad and the ugly

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.

New YouTube Series – Survival Fishing with Flowers

Did you know that you can use flowers to catch fish and that once you catch a few you can use parts of those small fish to catch bigger ones.

In this 4 part series I take you fishing with a minimalist kit.  My kit in this video consists of…

1.  A small assortment of snelled hooks
2.  A cheapo one dollar knife
3.  A small spool of monofilament line
4.  A small hank of parachute cord

Hope you enjoy these videos!

For more about survival fishing check out my episode on building a survival fishing kit.

Episode-462- Dave Canterbury from Dual Survival

Today Dave Canterbury from the Discovery series Dual Survival joins us to talk about the show, working with Cody Lundin, the value of survival skills, primitive archery, teaching kids and more.

Join us today as we discuss.

  • Dave ran a reptile farm?  Yep!  And what it has to do with survivalism.
  • How YouTube, facebook, etc have changed everything entrepreneurs in the survivalist niche
  • What the “Path Finder” system is and why Dave created it
  • Why the contrast between Dave and Cody Lundin is part of the show
  • What Dave really meant when he said, “sometimes I have to fight Mother Nature”
  • Why we will continue to see more skills and how to as the Dual Survivor evolves
  • A sneak preview of Episode Three
  • What it is like to spend time with indigenous people learning the way their cultures live
  • The environment that was the toughest one for Dave Canterbury
  • The one place Dave wasn’t just comfortable he could have stayed a few extra days on vacation
  • Where you can meet and train with Dave Canterbury in person
  • The new upcoming book, “The Pathfinder System, a Common man’s Survival Guide”
  • Why Dave feels being a survivalist keeps you humble
  • The importance of teaching our children values and traditional skills

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-461- Why Survivalism?

That is honestly a fair question and one I get from a lot of people.  Here I am this guy who has a lot of computer and internet knowledge, I know how to make Google do my bidding with the art of SEO (search engine optimization), I have been in sales for global corporations and I have about a million interests.

Why in the hell would a person like me…

1.  Be a survivalist?

2.  Make teaching it and spreading it my life’s work?

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What survivalism is to me
  • Why my roots make survivalism part of my make up
  • Why I don’t shun modern technology like say a GPS or a computer
  • Why I still value ancient skills like fire making, tracking and trapping
  • Why I believe that survivalism is a “human concept”
  • Why I tend to stay away from a lot of typical survivalism stuff like the New World Order
  • Why I see gardening and permaculture as survival topics
  • Why I really love guns but only discuss them may be 10% of the time
  • Why I believe that survivalism can actually save America
  • What the covert mission of The Survival Podcast really is

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-460- Listener Feedback for 6-22-10

Today we have your feedback and some additional things that you just won’t believe since we prempted the listener feedback show yesterday for the 2 year anniversary show.  Today we discuss a real world example of a country turning to gold, 50 facts about the US economy you just won’t believe, zip ties, parachute cord and more.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • 50 things about the U.S. economy that defy all reason
  • Uses for zip ties and parachute cord in your prepping, bush-crafting, etc.
  • Why did I choose Arkansas for my BOL
  • Thoughts on how to store a 8 month cash emergency fund
  • The pros and cons of grid tied solar with battery back up
  • Why is China again buying US Treasuries
  • Can seeds survive outside in a freezing winter
  • What is the new proposed FCC regulation of the internet really all about
  • Greece turns to gold for safety, what we can learn from it
  • Assclown of the week returns, a school principle thinks a 2 inch toy solider is a weapon
  • Hero of the week returns, a retired general tells a young man what he did was right

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-459- Two Years of The Survival Podcast

Hard to believe isn’t it?  Two years ago I climbed into my VW Jetta Diesel TDI and began this journey with our very first episode, An Introduction to The Survival Podcast, on that day one person listened, me.  Over the next few weeks we got into iTunes, I put a few episodes of the show into “Stumble Upon” and a few other social media sites and just began working my ass off.

I had a full time job back than, actually more than one, I was the owner of one company and in that capacity worked as effectively the Director of Marketing for three others.  My days were long, often the nights were as well, business dinners, recruiting events, etc.  Some nights I got home at 10-12 at night and would begin the outline for the next show at that point, climb into bed, get up and do it all again.  Hell even my wife didn’t know I was doing TSP until about two months into it.

I worked like a mad man and it wasn’t really so I could build TSP into the business it has become it was because at last I was living my true passion, teaching people.   During that first month we grew from one listener to about twelve, really just twelve!  But in the next month it grew to a few hundred, we set a goal (the early listeners did it with me) grow to 1,000 regular listeners by the end of the year, we hit 1,000 in November of 2008, I gave a free iPod to one of the listeners that was inscribed, “Be an Ant, Not a Grasshopper”.  Today more than 14,000 people a day download or stream TSP and about 11-12 thousand are direct consumers via our feed.  In fact the show has been downloaded in total now over 2.2 Million Times, and that is only counting via our feed!

Despite my maniac like work ethics that is not really what grew the show though, you did it!  The community around the show built it.  The forum is a classic example, I wanted no forum. I was known in several forums and didn’t want to appear to be a “forum pirate” (one who sets up a new forum to siphon users from others that are already established, to me these people rank with spammers and phishers as scum of the internet).  I wanted TSP to be built on its own merits.

In the fall of 2008 I was actually informed by several members of the audience that I had no choice about a TSP Forum.  Seriously!   It was basically a threat, you will give us a forum, we need one we will even run it for you but, you are going to do it.  So I did it, I installed the forum, I set up the initial boards, recruited about 7 moderators to help the 4 “thugs” that extorted a forum from me and stepped back.   The results?

  • Over 5100 Real Members (spammers, inactives, etc are terminated by the Mod Squad)
  • Over 16 Thousand topics of discussion on the forum so far
  • More than 1.9 MILLION posts, I think we will break 2 million today
  • My moderators became my “Ad Council” creating the only advertising program I know of where the audience approves sponsors
  • I have made friends that I wold trust my life with, yes I mean that
  • I met Tiffany and Rich Rockwell as moderators and out Gear Shop was born

Those folks are just highlights.  Now every day I wake up and I thank all of you, I honestly say it to all of you verbally generally as I walk my garden and prepare for the day’s show.  I try to do each show with an outflow of gratitude and a sincere desire that every day at least one person fundamentally takes at least one step to towards a better life based on something I say on that day.

Last year on the anniversary we had an amazing episode that if you have never heard you should listen to. (Episode 224)   Listeners called in and told others what the show had meant to them, what they had changed, the debts they had paid off and the freedom they were feeling.  That show changed me, I actually felt the change I was causing, more accurately the change WE WERE CAUSING together across the nation even across the world.

Prior to launching the show there were a few days I looked at my nation and as a former solider and true patriot shed a tear or two for America.  These were tears of despair, the nation I loved, the people I loved were dying right in front of me.  Their spirits were broken, they began to believe the lie that the answer was outside of themselves.   My response was “damn it no!”  in fact, “hell no, not while I can still shout to someone, to anyone that this is not our path!,  We are still free men and woman, we still are in charge of how we live.”  I wondered if anyone would even listen.

People listened, they did a hell of a lot more, they shouted back, they cried out, “I am here, lots of us are here, we are not gone, we will not go away, we are with you”.  Something even bigger began to happen other voices cried out, “we are awake now, we were asleep, we believed the lies that told us we couldn’t do it on our own, now we know it is bullshit and we are with you too and WE ARE TELLING OTHERS”.

This year as the anniversary approached I considered doing another call in show with people just saying what they have done, (we will do one don’t worry), but something else happened.  Enter Greg Yows of RevolutionRockAndRoll.com who worked with me to create a new song called “The Revolution is You” and this time I asked you guys to send me pictures of you living the new revolution.  Gardening, fishing, hunting, building, bee keeping, shooting, teaching, camping, etc. anything that was linked to preserving lost skills and creating self sufficiency and independence.

A total of 650 plus pictures came in (keep sending them, there will be new versions of the video in the future with more pictures)  120 made the cut for the first edition of the video.  I worked like a mad man on this one, when it was finished I again paused and shed a tear or two, this time both of hope for my nation and of gratitude for each of you that found the courage to act, to do something, anything that says, “I will control my own life, I will teach others and my children how powerful we all really are.”

Below is the video we created together, if you sent a picture and I did not include it I apologize, the time constraints of the video meant over 500 could not be included.  Like I said more versions will come.

Today’s show will be sort of brief, no sponsors, no house keeping, no announcements.  Just me telling all of you what this journey has meant to me and a request that you forward this video to as many people as you can.  Thank you, all of you who have understood that the choices are our’s and the revolution is you!

With great appreciation to all,

~ Jack