Monthly Archives: August 2010

Episode-501- The Real State of the Economy

I haven’t really discussed the economy in quite a while much less the current state.  I know these shows are not everyone’s cup of tea but if you are concerned with your future you really do need to be informed about the current risks.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Forget left and right – conservative and liberal, this is about math!
  • Social Security not takes in less money than it pays out – insolvency has begun
  • Is Alan Sloan right, is a social security bail out next
  • The economic geniuses say screw the deficit grow the economy – WTF!
  • What the hell is going on the Dow should go under 10K today
  • The U.S. Debt Clock and the numbers we never look at
  • Peter Schiff says the bond market is the “mother of all bubbles”
  • Where is the recovery?  China and India
  • What does it mean for us?

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Episode-500- Listener Feedback 8-30-10

Well today is episode 500, wow!  It has been an honor to serve this audience for 500 shows, time to rock forward and keep it going.  Thank you to everyone out there that has done me the honor of listening to my show and sharing it with others.  There are two words that sum up the success of this show, “the audience”!

Today I have another round of your comments and questions on the solar storm predicted for 2012, food storage equipment, building a log cabin, the supposed lead ammo ban and more.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Is the EPA really about to ban lead ammo?  NO!
  • How much mortgage is too much and how do you find land
  • Which food storage equipment should you buy first
  • Are pressure canners dangerous
  • Is off site climate controlled storage a good idea for storing emergency food
  • Thoughts on pre made log homes
  • Building an extended family compound (good/bad/ugly)
  • The skinny on the price point of silver coins, round, etc and “spot price”

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.

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The Truth vs. Myths About the “Lead Shot Ban”

On a rare occasion I receive so much email (sometimes hysterical email) about a subject that my response needs to be in print vs. on the show.   During this week while on vacation I must have gotten no less than 100 emails about the supposed “plan to ban lead ammunition and lead fishing weights”.  Most of these emails say things like, “The EPA is going to rule on this issue on Oct. 31, 2010 and if they decide to go through with the ban lead ammuniton and fishing weights will immediately be illegal and banned from all sporting use.  This is of course nothing but a back door attempt at gun control”.

This is followed by links to a news story about blog post about the pending “ban” that is just a hairs breath it seems from being “passed”.   Problem is presented this way the event is pure fiction!

Now let me be clear I am totally opposed to this “ban” and think we should all voice our opposition to it and we should let congress know if we are opposed as well.  We should tell them we don’t think they should let the EPA circumvent them with out any challenge on any issue especially one that can have a back door impact on the second amendment.   Just if we are going to be heard we need to be heard FACTUALLY and with common sense and reason to our objections.  We should not make ourselves look like half informed hysterical hicks, especially when communicating with government types that already see us that way to some degree.

So what are the facts about this proposed ban?

  1. There is indeed a petiton filed by the “American Bird Conservatory” sent to Lisa Jackson via official channels asking the EPA to consider banning all lead sporting ammunition and fishing tackle.  This is a PETITION though, it is not being “ruled on” by the EPA it is simply being “heard” as a petition.  Thousands of such petitions are currently being heard and are available for comment on regulations.gov
  2. You too can submit a petition on anything to many government bodies and if you follow procedure your petition will end up on regulations.gov.  Doing so is a step in getting a government body to act but 99% of such petitions are never taken to the next step.
  3. The current petition is not being considered as a potential rule, just being considered to possibly be considered as new docket, some day, may be with the potential to become a rule.  Sounds like a lot of words but that is what it is.  To verify this go to the docet on regulations.gov here (Lead Fishing Sinkers and Ammunition Components) and on that page you will see a phrase that says, “Show More Info about this Docket”, click on it to get the “more information”.  When you do one thing you will see on line three is the words “Docket Type: Nonrulemaking”, meaning the current docket is not about creating a rule but hearing a petition asking for a rule to be considered.

Now onto something I present to you as opinion.  I don’t believe the American Bird Conservatory to be a bunch of anti gun nuts, over zealous environmentalists, yes but this I don’t see as a back door attack on gun owners.  The truth is in many areas lead shot is already banned at state, federal and local levels for the hunting of water foul.  Water foul are indeed damaged by lead shot as birds like ducks and geese typically end up with it ingested into their crops as “grit”.  This ban has been in effect for decades and any duck or goose hunter will likely be familiar with it.  This is why we have shotgun ammo like “Hevi-Shot” and some that use tungsten etc.

The expanded ban would include all sporting ammunition and that is definitely not necessary but if you believe that the ghost of Ted Kennedy wants to use this to control your gun rights you just are seeing to much in it.  The reality is lead is a toxic substance and there is good reason to ban its use in certain environments.  Specifically in wetlands and in the use as “shot” in shot guns due to the high volume of fire and large number of small projectiles.  This is already largely covered by existing bans, if we have wetlands that should be protected via existing game regulations that are not than those should be added to the protected list under EXISTING LAW, not under a new EPA mandate that circumvents the legislature.

A congressman or senator should be receptive to such a message because it is both factual and demonstrates the potential for a circumvention of power.  To make waves in government you need to understand it, this is the case to make in a professional manner to your elected officials if you see fit to do so.  Rambling on about some conspiracy against the second amendment will be discarded as hick rhetoric here.  When ever possible avoid hot button issues, this is about existing law and circumvention of power so make the case with that if you feel the need to do so.

Above all please take the time to fact check all hot button emotional email information. I get 20-30 a day about something Obama or whoever has supposedly done.  99% of the time they don’t check out even with a very low effort search for the truth.   Like many of you I don’t like very many politicians at all no matter what party, many of them are slime and I detest above all else a bureaucrat that can regulate with out being subject to elections.  Due to that distaste it is always easy to be angry and believe the worst, it is however, much more effective to fact check, stay logical and oppose bad legislation on the facts rather that hearsay and conjecture.

Episode-499- Call In Friday 8-27-10

Well I am back from vacation and well be here 5 days a week again for the next few months.  Today is call in Friday and we have great calls today about IRA distributions, raising chickens, organic pest control, long term food storage and two heroes of the week.  One is one of our own community and the other a Sheriff that just happens to be serious about the constitution.

Tune in today to hear your calls on…

  • Shannon Appleby and his family are heroes of the week
  • Storing dehydrated veggies in paint cans and using o2 absorbers
  • More information on diesel hybrids and the new offering from Mahatma
  • Using nitrogen to store food vs. CO2
  • Uses for coyotes if they are shot as vermin
  • Water from a dehumidifier is it drinkable (sort of)
  • Thoughts on taking money out of an IRA to pay off debt
  • Do chickens need commercial food, can you raise them fully self sufficiently
  • Is a flexible spending plan for deductible medical expenses worth the effort
  • Thoughts on the 22 hornet M4 and M6 survival guns
  • Dealing with Japanese Beatles
  • A Sheriff tells the Feds hell no and they back off, what this teaches us

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.

The Survival Podcast Will Return Tomorrow

Well we are back but due to a delay in the flight got in pretty late.  I have about 2200 emails to deal with (really and that was with some culling of junk while away) and the boy and I are about to embark on mission, “retriever”  (the code for our drive to retrieve Max, Blackie and Alice from the “pet resort” they were staying at).   So I am going to take today to get caught up with all the administrative stuff I have backlogged and will return with a new episode of Call Friday tomorrow.

Anyway I am glad to be back!

Episode-498- Five Questions to ask Yourself Before Buying an RV

Today we have a guest host to discuss with us five questions to ask before buying an RV and using it as a survival resource.  Our guest began working on the trailer production line for the Skyline Corporation in Mansfield, Texas in 1972, he began the journey that would take him to where he is today.

He is the recipient of the National Scholastic Achievement Award from the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), a Master Certified RV Technician, a Licensed Insurance Claims Adjuster and is a College Instructor at Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas where for 6 years trained RV Maintenance Technicians and now teaches Solar Technology.

The Professor and his sidekick, Roady the RV Dog have developed a training program called The Take Home Technician Series that they use to teach the RV Consumer do-it-yourself skills to enhance their RV lifestyle.

Join Terry and I as we discuss the following five questions and many other components of RV Ownership

  • What do you and your family enjoy doing
  • What features and options do you want your RV to have
  • What types and classifications of RV are available to me
  • What is your budget
  • How do all these “things” work in my new RV

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-497- Call in Friday 8-20-10

While I am off to Florida (hope the oil ain’t bad for me) to lay my butt on a beach for a few days on a real vacation this time I didn’t want you to be with out a Friday show.  So kick back tune in and listen to some great questions from the audience today.  The last question of the day was difficult to answer and not really a “survival question” in the way we think of but I think many people out there needed to hear it.  I hope it leave you with something special to think of over the weekend.

Join me today as we answer these questions…

  • What are the best ways to store meat
  • How to you store and get surplus medication for emergencies
  • What is Jefferson State and what is it all about
  • A solider tell us how to dechlorinate pool water – Thanks for your service man!
  • Real story about the failure of electric sewers in Florida
  • How you store biltong
  • Lessons from a guy who had his water cut off by a vengeful spouse
  • Why is the inside of my tomatoes white
  • Thoughts on building a storage crawl space
  • Growing cactus fruit
  • Staying mobile with your preps
  • What do I do next with my life

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.

Vacation Until Aug 25th

I am going on a REAL vacation this time.  Meaning no work, no attachment to work, no response to customer support email, no connection to work, nothing, nadda!  Yep me the wife and the kiddo (kiddo?  the “boy is going to be 21 on the 22nd) are off to Sanibel Florida for a few days of laying on our butts, fishing, chasing dolphins and basically being totally useless.  Hence, there will be no tech support or responses to email until the 26th of August.

There will be a show tomorrow, there will be a show Monday, both shows are done and preloaded and will publish themselves via the magic of WordPress about 8am each day.

Friday’s show is a call in show as usual but the last question is something really special, wait till you hear it.  My heart tells me there are a lot of folks out there that have the same question.

Monday’s show will feature Terry Cooper as my guest to discuss RVs for the prepper and five questions to ask yourself before you buy an RV.  Terry is an amazing guy and I think you will love my interview with him.

I did what I could to not leave you guy’s hanging with out a show.  There will be no show on Tuesday the 23rd and Wednesday the 24th.  One cool thing about this trip is my boy will become a man on it and perhaps have his first beer with his old man, heck may be it will be a Yuengling since I can get my old Pottsville suds in Florida.  That would be kind of cool!

Anyway sorry to go off again so soon but this may be our last real “family vacation” and you got to make the most of things like that while you can.

Jack Out!

Episode-496- So What is this Permaculture Stuff All About Anyway

If you listen to The Survival Podcast frequently you might often here me mention permaculture from time to time as an aside, such as “that’s a permaculture principle”.  However I  realized it has been about 3-4 months since I did a show truly dedicated to permaculture and many new listeners many not really be clear on what I am talking about.  So today we will take another look at permaculutre along with the principles that drive it.  For those who have heard episodes on permaculture before there is definitely some new material and observations in this episode as it was pulled from materail in Bill Mollisons “Permaculture – A Designer’s Manual”

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What is permaculture and why does it apply to survivalism
  • What is the “prime directive” of permaculture – “The only ethical decisioin is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children”
  • The Three Primary Ethics of Permaculture
    • Care of the earth
    • Care of people
    • Setting limits to population and consumption
  • Five design principles of permaculture
    • Work with nature, rather than against it
    • The problem is the solution
    • Make the least change for the greatest possible effect
    • The yield of a system is theoretically unlimited
    • Everything gardens
  • The seven layers of a permaculture system
    • The High Canopy
    • The Low Tree
    • Shrub
    • herbaceous
    • rhizome
    • cover crops
    • vertical climbers

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.