Monthly Archives: July 2010

Episode-485- Call In Thursday 7-29-10

Sad to say there probably won’t be a Friday show this week but we are doing a call in show on Thursday to make up for it.  Since I am remote the show notes are brief but at least you have a show today.

Join me as we discuss your questions like…

  • How does a divorce impact your prepping
  • Why not just put all your excess cash into gold and silver
  • Thoughts on domesticating and breeding wild rabbits
  • Urban homesteading
  • Chemical dependency and disaster
  • Why deflation often trumps inflation and can be worse
  • The effects of hyper inflation on existing debt
  • Redundancy for natural gas heating in the cold north
  • Finding information on prepping online
  • The challenges of composting chicken poo

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-484- 12 Plants for the Fall Garden

Well I am on the road today on my way to Norther Tennessee for some vacation and RV time.  Let’s face it, it is HOT right now, it is 4 days until the dog days of August begin but that actually means fall is bearing down on us all like a freight train.  Only about 40 days from now many of us will be standing in the dove fields with shot guns in hand, kids will be back in school and archers will be scouting for the coming deer season.  The days will shorten, the leaves will turn and summer will become a memory.  The ants will be going made getting prepped for winter and many gardens will “shut down” until next spring.

There is no reason to shut down garden operations in fall, it can be and often is the best time of the year for many crops.  While the peppers may die in the first freeze and even a mild frost will take out the green beans there are a lot of things that can tolerate frost or can be container grown and sheltered at least from the first few frosts.  Add a bit of frost protecting and you can have garden free salad on Thanksgiving day.

Join me today as we discuss my favorite fall crops an how to get them going before the cold air they loves is available.

  • Starting seeds indoors isn’t just for spring
  • My favorite 12 fall garden veggies
    • Lettuce, red, green, speckled and more
    • Spinach
    • Broccoli
    • Cabbage
    • Beets
    • Kale
    • Orach
    • Vegetable Amaranth
    • Carrots
    • Garlic
    • Fava Beans – YUM!
    • Turnips
  • Why even hardy plants need a start in the warm periods
  • The mini green house tricks that cost little money and tiny effort
  • Break out the containers
  • Time for a green house?
  • Spring is a long way off – too long for me

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.

Jack on Vacation July 27 – Aug 5th

Who knows may be longer, may be till the 6th or even 7th.  I am tired guys and I need an escape, not just a little jaunt to the BOL where I spend most of my time working either.  This time the wife and I are firing up the big red F-350, hooking up the RV and we are traveling to the mountains of Tennessee to hang with a few folks from the moderator squad and just fricken chill out.  I decided to do this announcement to keep folks informed that may be a few days behind on the broadcasts.  Expect the following over the next 9 days…

1.  There will be a show tomorrow and one on Thursday, I recorded three shows on Monday, it was tough but you guys are worth it, so I made it happen.

2.  There will be no show on Friday, my voice is to pushed to squeeze out one more before I leave.

3.  Monday (my birthday by the way) there will be a special guest show about Survival Firearms, this is going to be done by a guest host.  It is the guy that started this thread on our forum.  Firearms for TEOTWAWKI”-(PDF Book Under Construction)

4.  Tuesday and Wednesday next week there may be a mini episode from the road, we shall see.

5.  Tech support will be extremely delayed during this period.  I will be cheeking email though once a day.  It would be best to hold off on questions, input, etc during this time.  Your email will get better attention if sent after I return.  You are welcome to email chit chat and feedback during this time some of it just may very well get over looked.

So tune in tomorrow and Thursday and I hope you enjoy Chip pinch hitting for me on Monday.  Jack Out!

Episode-483- 20 Simple Steps to Basic Preparedness

Perhaps these could even be called baby steps and even so I bet even a few veteran preppers could do say 4-7 of them to improve what they have already done.    I figured it was a good time to back up before I roll out with the RV for a long vacation and give people concrete action.  Don’t worry there will be shows Wednesday, Thursday and a guest host on Monday, Friday this week is still sort of up in the air.  By the way these steps are not in a defined order other than the first three which will help you immensely with the other eighteen.

Join me today as we discuss….

  • Step one – keep a food log
  • Step two – keep a spending log
  • Step three – perform a risk assessment on your life and geography
  • Step four – build a basic black out kit
  • Step five – build a basic first aid kit
  • Step six – start copy canning
  • Step seven – cut two expenses, just two of your choosing
  • Step eight – Build a basic 72 Hour Kit – BOB
  • Step nine – buy some source of back up power – any source
  • Step ten – get some source of back up heating
  • Step eleven – build two 7.5 gallon tubs or four 5 gallon buckets emergency food
  • Step twelve – store a minimum of 50 gallons of water, more if you can
  • Step thirteen – acquire a minimum or two emergency radios
  • Step fourteen – acquire some means of back up communications
  • Step fifteen – build a basic documentation pack
  • Step sixteen – build up a 30 day supply or commercial long term storage food for your house hold
  • Step seventeen – learn at lest 2 methods of food storage
  • Step eighteen – find a local farmer’s market and visit often, learn about seasonal opportunities
  • Step nineteen – learn to cook 5 items you have never eaten before with storable items
  • Step twenty – store up a reasonable amount of COH (cash on hand)
  • Step twenty-one (bonus) – affirm your right and responsibility to survive

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-482- Listener Feedback 7-26-10

Time to hear what you guys have to say and want to ask about on another listener feedback Monday.  Today I have questions on buying used firearms, making beer and wine, starting a business during a recession, hand crank radios, food storage and more.

Tune in today as we discuss…

  • Options for increasing food storage space
  • Power bars for emergency rations
  • The media says we are all wackos again
  • Get ready for the GMO goat
  • Choosing a hand crank radio
  • RV living as a full time stationary homestead
  • Indoor firearms discharge and concussion effect on the shooter
  • Making wine/cider the easiest way possible
  • Starting Kiwi seeds, easier than you think
  • How to buy a second hand gun
  • Choosing fall container gardening crops
  • Is it really a good idea to start a business during a  recession, YES!

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-481- Call In Friday 7-23-10

It’s Friday again and we are back with more of your questions called into 866-65-THINK, we have some really great stuff today, lots on gardening, choosing a new generator, leveraging a skill set, dealing with visual impairment, prepping in an apartment and more.

Join me today as I answer your questions on…

  • Getting a garden plot ready for next season
  • Gardening when you are on the road
  • Prepping for truckers, what to carry
  • Dealing with unproductive peppers
  • Tomato blight has defeated many of us in the south
  • Square foot vs. bio-intensive gardening what is the difference
  • How do you leverage a hobby or skill to increase your preps
  • How can you set up remote monitoring of your BOL
  • A tip for keeping stuff cold in the freezer during a power outage
  • How to choose a good generator for your needs
  • When if ever do you borrow from a 401K
  • How do the vision impaired prep effectively
  • What guns really need to be a left handed version for a lefty shooter
  • What do you do when you run out of prep space in an apartment

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-480- Listener Feedback 7-22-10

The questions, comments, input, news stories and feedback are coming in faster than anytime in the history or the show so I decided it is time to do a few more episodes than normal of feedback.  Today we have great stuff from you the audience including a major threat to the republic, proof that social security is a ponzi scheme, a chance for one person to work with me as a partner and more.

Join me today as we discuss..

  • I need a partner for SaveOurSkills.com are you the right candidate
  • The up and down side of lower than market assessed property tax values for new buyers
  • I told you the public option would be back but even I am surprised by how quickly it happened
  • Biltong is back, can you make it from previously frozen meat, YES
  • Yes social security is a ponzi scheme, let’s compare it to Burnie Madoff
  • Can weed seeds from grass clipping ruin your compost
  • What is the alternative to keeping money in the bank
  • Why can’t you drink pool water with out treatment first
  • Killing the electoral college, a huge threat to the republic
  • One listener tells us why she loves being a prepper

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 befo

Episode-479- Listener Feedback 7-21-10

So since I was out in the field on Monday I figured we would do a listener call in show for today, I have some great questions, please understand if you have asked a question or even a few questions and have not had it answered on the air that my volume of email at this point is barring on the insane.   On any given day 200-300 emails that are either questions, show comment materiel or references to relevant articles are sent in to me, that ammounts to 1400-2100 a week.  I can’t get to everyone but I work hard to get a good snapshot into each show like this.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Fun with the Border Patrol and Park Rangers at Big Bend (apparently camo on a manikin is “highly suspicious but not illegal”)
  • Here is an idea a GMO “super mosquito”  but at least it won’t carry malaria
  • The Colony Season Two will begin soon but what is the deal with their invasive facebook application?
  • Is investing in a 401k, 403b, IRA, etc . a good idea right now – this isn’t a yes or no question
  • Can a state legally nullify a federal law, under what circumstances, etc.
  • What can you trade a paperclip for, how about a house
  • Is prepping an enjoyable activity, I think so what about you
  • You can get your investment principle out of a ROTH investment penalty free, I was wrong on this one
  • When making jerky what are you looking for in a cut of meat

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.

Back From Big Bend

Well I was gone for two days off to Big Bend National Park to help Bryan Black of ITS Tactical with his second round of the camo comparison.   Bryan is doing some great work with comparing camo patterns in various terrain, at various distances under controlled third party conditions.   Big Bend provided the perfect environment to simulate what our troops are working with in Afghanistan right now.    We shot 12 patterns, in four locations at various magnifications.  Each was shot according to a rigorous methodology that Bryan developed to allow a truly objective vendor agnostic assessment of each pattern in a variety of real world situations.

It was a fun project but one I think you would underestimate the work involved with if you were not there.  Starting out with the fact that we choose July to do this project in the desert, so we are not the brightest pair but hey the work needed to get done.  We also had to get into some pretty hairy conditions on two of the shoots, I risked limb and Bryan risked life and limb on the first set up because of the location and the perfect conditions it offered.  On our last controlled location we found a particularly nasty strain of very low growing Cactus that managed to get barbed spines into both of our feet (yep right through the shoes as though we were not wearing them) and into our calves, I picked out 9 from one cactus ball, the little demons don’t like to be pulled out once they are inside your flesh.  We should have taken pics of that but I wasn’t really in the mood!

Topping it off after getting back to Marathon, TX with dreams of cold Margaritas at a place that makes them beautifully called The Famous Burro, we learned to our dismay that in Byran’s exact words…

“The F’ing, Famous Burro is closed on Mondays!”

He did not use the censored version of the word.    The only place open in town was a place called The Gage Hotel, which was under major rennovation and had no full bar, no inside seating because everything had been ripped out and the staff didn’t even seem know they were open when we first arrived.  We settled for a few beers and what appeared to be over priced food.  There is an upside to many things, in this case the food was outstanding, in fact beyond outstanding it was perfect in every way food can be.  I had a feast that was made up of flank steak, shrimp, quail and the absolute best chicken enchiladas I have ever tasted, I mean they were just amazing.   If you are ever in Marathon I recommend the Burro for casual dining but if you want to treat yourself I am sure The Gage will be amazing when the remodel is done.

We rolled back in to town today about 3:30, tired, sore, holes in our feet and calves but well fed and ready to get back to work.  Bryan will spend at least a few days distilling the data and writing up the report that goes with it, when he publishes it I will let you guys know.  The photos below are a few from my personal camera of the park in general.  My roll in this project was to take the pictures while Bryan ran around dressing up his doll, (really a torso manikin but I called it his “Ken doll” to screw with him, you know how military guys are with each other).

In the end it was a fun, thorny, thirsty and tiring project with a good friend and good food and drink.  We also did a bit of foraging on manzanito, cactus fruits and some other stuff.   Barren as the place might seem surviving wouldn’t be that hard.  Plenty of quail and ground squirrels to trap, water wasn’t abundant but you could find it even in July.  Over all things went pretty well until a pair of Park Rangers showed up thinking we were smuggling Mexicans or Drugs, for the details tune in to tomorrows show.   None of the shots below are of the actual project, that is Byran’s project to publish but I thought you might want to see what I was up during my absence.  Clicking on them will link to larger versions of each photo.

Prickly pear cactus fruit, they were abundant and many were well ripened.  Good eating but be careful of the little hairy spines.

I thought this knobby little bluff was really cool.

This shot was more toward the center of the park than were we shot our photos of the camo, notice how much greener it is and check out the mid day moon!

So sorry to  have missed a day for you guys but at least I had the Mike Gasior interview set up for Monday so it was only one day.  I will have shows for you for the rest of this week but will be bugging out from July 28 – Aug 5th for some more “field work”, well that is my story anyway and I am sticking to it.

If you happened to get an email response from me Saturday, Sunday or Monday that seemed overly brief this trip and its planning were why.  I do my best to answer as many emails as I can every day even when traveling but it isn’t always easy or possible.  Again, tune in tomorrow for details about our encounter with the Park Rangers and The US Border patrol.

No Show for Tuesday July 20, 2010

I will be driving back from Big Bend today and won’t be able to publish a show.   The show will return tomorrow, for today why not run a search for a subject you really enjoy and listen to one of the 478 shows in our archives.