Monthly Archives: September 2010

Limited Tech Support Over the Week End

So I worked really hard this week and have shows set for today (already published) and one set for you guys tomorrow.  I am off the the BOL for a few days again to do some videos and check on my deer feeder project.  Hence I will be doing limited tech support via AT&Ts wireless network.  But this limits my overall Internet use plus I will be spending about 11 hours of drive time there and back.  So you should expect slow responses to tech support inquires while I am gone.

I will be back on Monday and we have a lot of stuff to discuss!

Jack Out!

Episode-521- Why I Think The Way I Do

When I talk to folks that have not listened to TSP and they ask me what I do today I generally start with “I run a podcast”, many then need to have me explain what a podcast is.  Often there is disbelief that this is actually what I do for a living but soon the questions begin about “well what is your show about?”

I often soft sell it at first and start with, “I do a show about self reliance and self sufficiency, about how to do everything from stay out of debt to growing your own food and being prepared for things like natural disasters”.

I generally now find myself with one of three types of people…

  • The true the world is going to end believer – They are the worst of the three!  Generally I start hearing about The Book of Revelation, etc.
  • The prepper/modern survivalist – recently some of these types have even gone, OH YOUR THAT GUY!  This is kind of cool when it happens.
  • The person who hasn’t really thought about it.  – I love meeting these people!  Most want to know more if for no other reason that the fact that I don’t have a j-o-b just doesn’t make sense

Eventually though we get into some level of philosophical discussion and unless the person is a listener they are always some what surprised by my view.  Most want to know why I have the beliefs I do, why I don’t fully trust the system but don’t write it fully off either and why even though I am a “survivalist” I seem so moderate and well, normal.  I am not sure how “normal” I really am but I figured if total strangers wanted to know about this stuff than perhaps your guys would as well.

Join me today as I tell you about my life and why I think the way I do including…

  • My family was poor, but I never knew that to be the case
  • I grew up in the woods and holding a rifle
  • I have grown food almost my entire life (took a break in the Army)
  • I served in the military in the 3rd World
  • I became “successful” in the main stream world
  • I am a “trouble shooter” (aka problem solver)
  • I analyze anything I find interesting
  • I remember the details of things, like in a freaky sort of way
  • I am never satisfied that I have learned enough
  • I know the reality of how fragile life and life styles are
  • To me liberty is the most precious thing a man can have
  • I gave up on political affiliation
  • I have given up as much of my personal prejudice as I am humanly capable of
  • I accept that I am at times going to be completely wrong
  • I know I can’t predict the future but I can be prepared for it anyway
  • I believe above all else that I am in control of my life, I know I am NOT a victim
  • I recognize modern slavery as self inflicted
  • I want to help others but understand in the end they must choose for themselves
  • I most want people to know WHY they believe WHAT they believe

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-520- Chef Keith Snow Joins Us To Discuss Harvest Eating

Today on The Survival Podcast we are joined by Chef Keith Snow to discuss what he calls “Harvest Eating”.  Harvest eating is right up the alley of the TSP audience because it is about cooking with food growing in your own back yard or acquired from local sources, it is about cooking seasonally the way everyone did before global systems made eating food from Argentina and Australia routine for Americans.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • How Keith found happiness by going from Executive Chef to cooking in a barn
  • What exactly is Harvest Eating all about
  • What makes the Harvest Eating website different
  • Why preppers and modern survivalists should learn about Harvest Eating
  • How gardening fits into healthy eating habits
  • The role of herbs in gardening and cooking
  • Cooking with items you don’t find in stores
  • Why you should NOT try to directly emulate restaurant food
  • A few tips to change up your cooking that are simply amazing
  • Making a pan sauce, stop throwing away your best ingreedents
  • Making stock from left overs
  • Some simple and awesome recipes you can start making today
  • Canning, dehydrating and preserving the harvest
  • Why local eating should be part of the prepper lifestyle

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.

Where Your Demographic Data Goes

Many people are worried about their data and in particular what the government is doing with it.  What I don’t think is evident to many people is what private companies are doing with demographic data and how quickly some of it is sold and past around.  Here are two examples that occurred in the last 4 days.

Friday night I was in the mood for something different than TV offered.  We stopped by Tom Thumb to pick up a few things on the way back from dinner.  I spotted a DVD of the old miniseries from 1982, “The Blue and the Gray” which was a very interesting look at life during the Civil War both for soldiers and citizens on both sides of the Mason Dixon Line.  I highly recommend it and it was 7.99 so I grabbed it to add to my DVD library.

Monday morning I get an email from Amazon.com who has always amazed me with follow up marketing based on your choices and browsing with them in the past.  This time though it was different what did they recommend for me this time…

Now I sure don’t remember looking up anything about the Civil War on Amazon ever, I don’t remember ever and I mean ever getting anything from them before about the Civil War and the timing seems suspicious at best.  This doesn’t really bother me this much other than it shows the technology exists to classify us quickly by what we buy.  This tracking of course was possible because I used my Tom Thumb discount card.

Again I am not mad at Amazon or Tom Thumb, hell I might buy The North and The South but one might want to consider using fake names and trash emails for discount cards at stores in the future since nothing seems to preclude that.

Now here is one that just happened about 15 minutes ago and this one is a bit more concerning just based on who sold my information.  I just got the an email that had the subject “Keep Bear protected from Fleas, Ticks and Heartworm”

Part of the emails says, “Is Bear protected from heartworm, fleas and ticks? The Petango Store is here to help – we’ve got great deals on Frontline flea and tick treatment, and Heartgard heartworm prevention. Bear can stay safe with great savings”. This email was sent by PetHealth Inc.  They sell everything from Pet Insurance to Pet Meds, etc.

So who the hell is Bear?  Bear is actually Max our big happy and protective German Sheppard.  The shelter called him Bear, we changed his name to Max.  All our Vet Records say that, etc.  We have never used the name Bear, ever.  This one is not circumstantial but conclusive.

The only way anyone would ever know my email address and that we have a dog who’s name at one time was Bear is via the Fort Worth Humane Society. In fact there is no doubt at all this is the case because in the email is states, “As a Humane Society of North Texas adopter, you get 10% off your next order!  Use coupon code: 360PA2010

In all honestly if the Humane Society can help more dogs by selling an email list fine, we all get so much spam everyday what is an email or two more.  Besides I am sure I checked a box or something about email updates when we filled out the paper work for Max, most likely the terms that I did not read allowed this type of information sharing.

Nothing is malicious in all of this but it sure shows how a government that wanted to could easily classify its citizens, my bet (foil hat on) is they are likely doing this already at least at a “trends level” (foil hat off).

There are a few lessons in this…

  • Sometimes you may want to give fake or at least one off information
  • There is no longer anything close to privacy in the modern world
  • Not all the spam you get is really spam, most is purchased from people you gave permission to sell it to
  • When you do anything someone knows even when it is something like buying bread
  • This is one reason to keep cash around and a big reason our government doesn’t want to (only 3% of US dollars currently exist as coin and paper)

So what are your thoughts on this?  Have you had similar experiences?

Episode-519- Making the Move to the Country

Yesterday’s show ended with an awesome story by a man who’s father moved his family to the city while staying on the farm 100 years ago.  He told us how that move required sacrifice but embraced a coming change and how his fathers efforts improved the quality of life for the entire family.  He postulated that perhaps now it is time for a similar move but this time back to rural America.  I have not stopped think about this since I read his letter so today we examine the move back to the country, what it offers and the sacrifices it might require.

Join me today ask I discuss…

  • Leaving small town USA for adventure and the real benefits it offered me
  • What living back in a small town while working a high paying  job taught me
  • The current trends with cities and why you might really want to get out now
  • The reality of real estate pricing and its current trend
  • Community life vs. isolationism in the country
  • How much land is enough
  • What are the sacrifices
  • How can you pull it off before you are “old”
  • Why it may be better for your kids to grow up in the country
  • The country life will be best for the highly self sufficient
  • Establish beach heads of freedom and land protection
  • It can be done, the question is only how bad do you want 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-518- Listener Feedback 9-27-10

Today is listener feedback Monday and we have great questions on air rifles, water purification, moving back to rural living, food storage, peak oil and more.  If you want your question, comment or article considered for a show like this just send an email with “question for Jack” in the subject line for consideration.  These emails can be sent to jack at thesurvivalpodcast dot com.  Please understand that due to large volume only about 5% of such emails are featured on the show.  I do my best but you guys out number me 14,000 to one!

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Limitations and advantages of BB/Pellet rifles as a prepping tool
  • Balancing debt elimination with spending on preps and other investments
  • A favor to a listener – Take a moment to thank those who have served our Space Program
  • Is water filtration a “sustainable prep”
  • If peak oil is real why is fuel less expensive today than 1920 (inflation adjusted)
  • If society has adapted to energy change before why will this time be different
  • Is the government storing huge amounts of food in caves, if so what does it mean
  • A wonderful message from a man who is looking both back and ahead 100 years

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

Wagan 400-Watt Power Dome EX – Power Inverter Test One

This video will be the first in a series of test I will be doing with the 400 Watt inverter function of the Wagan 400-Watt Power Dome EX. In this test I ran a Sony Vario Laptop playing a DVD and a Seville Classic Tower Fan on Medium Speed.  The Laptop was run with out the battery to insure the results measured the actual power draw.  In an actual power outage of course you would not do that.

Some additional tests will measure the PC doing various tasks both with and with out the battery, running a DSL modem, running a small television and DVD player and some other ideas I have.

  • This device has a lot going for it,  some features include….
  • 600 cranking amp auto jump starter
  • 260 PSI high power motor air compressor
  • 400 watt AC power inverter, high intensity LED light
  • Built-in AM/FM radio with iPod™ input
  • 2 AC Outlets and 1 DC outlets

I have used the jump starter and it worked perfectly,  we also use the radio feature by our pool and on our decks often.  I have used the compressor and it was effective but not stellar, certainly good enough to air up your tire enough to get to better services.  I firmly believe that one of these belongs in every car or truck you own.  The tests I am doing with the inverter for back up power is really more a nice to have, the main function of this device is to keep you mobile, informed and with lighting on the road.

Note that even when the power was to low to run the devices that the light and radio still worked for a long time.

If you do choose to order one from Amazon please consider using my link to help support the work I do with The Survival Podcast and on Youtube http://amzn.to/bWOtKL

Episode-517- Survival Podcast Call In Friday 9-24-10

It is Friday and time for another edition of “call in Friday” where I take your calls and comments on the air.  Today I have questions about food storage, credit, cold weather clothing, agricultural exemptionis, the free state project concept, using your preps and more.  If you would like to be on the show call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Join me today as we take your calls on…

  • Dealing with beavers cutting down your fruit tress (yes really)
  • Storing food in mason jars for dry storage vs. mylar
  • Options for clothing including cotton, wool, blends and dealing with cold and hot weather
  • Getting your land an agricultural exemption
  • Free State Project at the city/town/county level?
  • Do you need a credit rating in America today
  • Will I get a second BOL when we move to Arkansas
  • What do you do after opening large freeze dried amounts of food you can’t use quickly
  • Why is unemployment higher but more people are now buying houses
  • A young high school girl SCHOOLS the school!  FRICKEN AWESOME!!

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 Video on Using Yoders Canned Bacon

So I seem to always be going on and on about Yoders Bacon on the show because it is one of my favorite prepper foods for both long term storage and day to day use.  I think a lot of folks wonder how you get 50-60 slices of bacon into a can the size of standard soup can and have it still be usable and look  like sliced bacon.

The key is packing it really tight, folding he layers in half and separating each layer with wax paper.  When you open it this stuff is swimming in grease, heck though it is bacon what do you expect.  In this video I show you what to expect when you open it, how to get rid of a lot of the grease and how to package it for use after opening.

Of course in a SHTF scenario you would want to reserve the grease for use in cooking, etc.  Many people will do that day to day as well but as for me I am in the middle of continuing to drop weight and cutting out any excessive intake of fat.  This is one of the best long term storage foods that is also great for day to day you that you can make part of your food storage regiment.

Episode-516- A New Look at Peak Oil

After yesterday’s interview with Chris Martenson I have been unable to get the concept of Peak Oil out of my head.  What I am reconnecting with mentally right now is how many people don’t have any idea what peak oil is all about.

Peak oil isn’t the end of oil it is only the point at which production reaches a peak and can’t continue to grow concurrently with demand.

Additionally most people are not aware of what oil really means to our economy beyond the obvious.  How oil effects coal extraction, wind power, making plastic, making medicine, transporting our food, etc.  Today’s show is more of just me chatting with our than a more conventionally hard outlined show.

I will give you some numbers and statistics but mostly I want to talk more about what peak oil really means even with out a cataclysmic no oil left doomsday type event.  Imagine just a 5% shortfall in oil demand, the effect on cost, service reduction, economic impact, etc.

You will also hear a short piece from a show I did originally on Sept. 5th 2008 and what has happened since that point with the Cantarell oil field in Mexico.

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.

Photo Credit Above to Joshua Delaughter