Monthly Archives: October 2010

TSP – AOCS Copper Round Preview

Well I posted a concept of our new AOCS one AV Ounce earlier this week, we now have the final version of the proofs of the coins.   We are waiting for the final editions back from the die artist but this is what they should look like.  Again they are going to be very affordable about $1.25 a coin in small quantities and about $25 dollars for a roll of 25.

The domain on the back www.TRTAM.com isn’t live yet.  The site should be live in about 2-3 weeks.  TRTAM stands of course for The Real Truth About Money.    As per the request of several listeners we did manage to get some bee symbolism onto the back to compliment the ants on the front.  There is also a symbol for the American flag on the back, do you see it?  It may be a lot larger than you think.

We will begin taking pre orders soon, as soon as we have an estimated delivery date back from the mint.  Again www.TRTAM.com isn’t live yet but will be in plenty of time for when the actual coins are available.  Remember to help fund the manufacture of the dies and the initial set up costs we are running a sale on the MSB this week.  Use discount code copper to get the first year for only 30 dollars.  That code expires on Midnight of Halloween.

Free Silver Eagles for MSB Members

I just spot to Bob Griswold over at Ready Made Resources a long time show sponsor with a great assortment of gear for preppers.   I have been asking Bob to come up with something special for to support the Members Brigade and he came up with a program that has totally exceeded my expectations.

I mean if you are a prepper you probably make Mountain House Foods part of your storage right?  You probably want silver to hedge against inflation with as well or for use as a barter item if it comes to that right?  Well what if every time you purchased a case of Mountain House cans it showed up with a shinny new American Silver Eagle?  Wouldn’t that be great?  Well now if you are in the MSB you can get that deal over and over again with no limit.

It works like this, MSB Members now have a special code in on the benefits page of your private area.  Log in there and get the code, when you order any full case of Mountain House #10 Cans (that means a case of any single item not making up your own case with individual units) you get a free American Silver Eagle.  Good deal right?  Hold on I am not done yet!  There is no limit to this offer, you buy one case you get one Silver Eagle, you buy ten cases you get ten Eagles and it keeps going.  If you are really going to stock up and buy 20 cases you get 20 ounces of free silver to go with it.

This is just awesome and Bob will be keeping it available as long as the price of silver stays low enough to do so.  When it goes up we talked about doing something like buy three cases get two Eagles but right now it is one for one.  This means you are buying food and getting silver for investing and bartering for free.  Ready Made Resources occasionally does this with a sale for a limited time only or for the first month when they launch a new advertising campaign again with a time limit.  For MSB though this is an ongoing benefit.  Order what you want, when you need it and still get free silver every time.

This alone makes it a great idea to join the MSB and remember between now and Halloween you can get your first year for only 30 dollars using the discount code “copper”.  Check out this new benefit and all the great benefits you get by supporting the show as a member of the support brigade and consider joining if you have not already done so.  I have committed to continuously improving the value of the MSB, this is just another great example of that.

So you get Ready Made Resources already great prices on Mountain House Cases and free silver to go with it, what’s not to love.

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Episode-541- Call In Friday 10-29-10

It’s Friday so I have your questions and comments called into 866-65-THINK once again.  Today I have your calls on great subjects like growing potatoes in stray, water purification, choosing a gun, our import based economy and more.  Remember to be on a show like this just dial 866-65-THINK.

Join me today as I take your questions like…

  • Growing potatoes in straw with comfy for fertilizer
  • Growing tobacco and saving tobacco seeds
  • To or not to pay for a home warranty or any warranty for that matter
  • Surrounded by fields of GMO corn and soy and TSHTF, what do you do
  • Drainage planning for an under ground shelter based on a shipping container
  • Thoughts on hunting license fees in a state where you are a non resident
  • The Blair Holt Bill (HR-45) is a dead bill, the bigger lesson here though
  • An import based economy doesn’t mean our resources are preserved
  • A new take on the only one gun question
  • Water purification for those with an iodine allergy
  • Why immigrants are often sad for our nation today
  • Why America can be better then we have ever been before, its your choice!

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-540- Owning Silver, Gold and Other Metals

Today we are going to look at various forms of holding metals as a hedge against other investments.   Many times metals are considered a hedge against inflation.  They certainly can be such but I find that to be to limiting.  Metals can do well in an up economy or a down economy and they can also at times go flat and down, they are only one piece of your investments but a critical one you need to get right.  Today we will also look at metals beyond gold and silver, such as rare earth and even base metals.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The simple case of the 1964 quarter
  • What is a “spot price”
  • Why metals always sell above spot especially in a refined form
  • Common forms of physical silver and gold
    • Investment bullion
    • “Coin” and “junk”
    • ETFs
    • Mining Stocks
  • Jewelry as an investment
    • Silver (look for STERLING, STER or .925) – 6 Nickles
    • Gold Percentages
      • 8K is .333
      • 10K is .416 – .417
      • 14K is .583 -.585
      • 18K is .750
      • 22K is .916
    • Avoid Gold marked in this manner
      • 1/20 14K
      • 14K P
      • 14K HGEP
      • 14K EP
      • 14K GF
  • Other Metals to consider
    • Platinum
    • Palladium
    • Tantalum
    • Copper
    • Lithium
  • Consider you use metals to provide insurance for
    • Hyper inflation
    • Typical inflation
    • Total collapse
    • Successful Economies
  • Metals
    • Most large dealers are safe to buy from
    • eBay is safe if you stick to established sellers or small buys
    • Coin shops are good to buy from with cash anonymously
    • ETF and paper assets can be bought with an online brokerage account
    • Jewelry is best bought from individuals not shops, flea markets, pawn shops
  • Storing your physical metals
    • Safe deposit boxes (good, bad and ugly)
    • Home safes and fire boxes
    • Private storage facilities
    • Free Lakota Silver Bank
    • Wearing some on your person

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 Be A Part of Episode 550

Okay folks I need you to help out with show 550.  We are doing a show much like the one year anniversary show.  You call in and leave a message about 1-3 minutes long as to what TSP, the Community, Prepping in general has meant to your life in the last say year to two year.  Tell us about getting out of debt, your garden, how you feel empowered, getting your CCL what EVER, anything that makes your life better because of prepping and the prepping community.

For ideas you can listen to the anniversary show here http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/episode-224-the-one-year

I need more calls then we currently have and if we don’t get more soon I will have to push our to say 575 for this or something like that.

To be part of this show just dial 866-65-THINK and leave your message

I know some folks may feel that your accomplishments are not as big as others, may be nervous about calling in, etc.  Trust me your stories will impact the lives of others.  You an remain totally anonymous.  Just leave your first name (or forum handle) and consider leaving your state because it helps people make a connection with you.  Trust me “Dave in Illinois” or “Debby in Georgia” isn’t specific enough for anyone to know who you are.

The first time we did this it had a profound impact on many members, this is your chance to be part of it the second time around.    It also impacts me, whenever I get stuck for a topic or tired I pause and listen to it, it reminds me why I do what I do.

Remember the revolution is you, tell your story and long live the revolution!

~ Jack

Episode-539- A New Understanding of Money – Part Two

Today we shall continue with Part Two of  “A New Understanding of Money”.  This subject is deep and complex yet once we peal back the layers it is remarkably simple.  Yesterdays show set up the fundamental underlying knowledge necessary to comprehend the real mess that has been made of our monetary system.

Today we will learn about the way our money is supposed to be created and managed and the common misconceptions about gold and currency in relation to the United States dollar.  We will build a fictional currency of our own to work in a barter economy, this will be like studying Latin to actually understand the structure of English but a lot more entertaining.

When you finish with today’s show and add it to yesterday’s you will know more about our currency than 99% of Americans with Bachelors Degrees.    Indeed you will know more about what really maters then may with degrees in economics and finance.

Join me today to learn…

  • The real issue is the private control of public money
    • Money creation and control is one of the Federal Governments few assigned constitutional roles
    • Why the House should be the most powerful force in government
    • Why the House was designed to be subject to the will of the people
    • How the Senate is supposed to be a “States check” on the House
    • More to 1913 then just the Federal Reserve
    • To correct the system Congress must retake control of the creation of money
  • What is money really?
  • Creating a barter currency to understand reality
  • Requirements for a functional currency
    • Total quantity must be limited
    • Expansion of the supply must be possible
    • Durable
    • Divisible
    • Backed by an intrinsic value
    • Have greater face value then its physical worth
    • Difficult or impractical to counterfeit
    • Able to be exchanged for goods and or services
    • Convertible into external currencies (useful outside its internal economy)
    • Have the confidence of its users
  • Fixing our current monetary system
    • A gold standard alone is not the answer, perhaps no answer at all
    • How moving both to and from gold have both been used to steal public wealth
    • What do we really need our currency to do and what value should it reflect
  • What you can do for yourself and your nation
    • Be an informed, educated and polite evangelist
    • Understand the money supply is not about politics
    • Accept that the current system will change but that we can’t know how
    • Exist outside the system where you can
    • Base your personal economy on value

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-538- A New Understanding of Money – Part One

My hope today is to help you understand money from as many new perspectives as possible.  If you think about it nothing in general has a greater effect on the lives of most Americans than money.  Money is why we work, how we provide our housing and food, how we are taxed and how our class structure is defined.  We can deny this if we choose to but a family with a gross income of 100,000 dollars a year lives a much more comfortable life than one with a gross income of say 25,000  a year.

Yet if you ask most people, “what is money” they really have no idea.  Now if you are going to answer that question with something like, “gold and silver” you really don’t have the answer either.  Money is far deeper than to try to simply define it with a group of commodities.  I promise you that no matter what you think about money from its constitional basis, national purpose or method of creation that today’s show will expand your horizons.  It may also challenge you.

As always, I reserve the right to be wrong and that includes today, but I have spent more effort on gaining a new perspective on this issue than any other in the past year.  So tune in with an open mind today and when you feel challenged really think about what I have to say, examine and re examine it but please don’t dismiss anything due to political allegiance or personal bias, that is all I ask.

Join me today to discuss…

  • How money is created today in the US
    • The birth of dollars
    • The dollars have children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and so on
    • Buying nothing, with nothing and creating something
  • How does money derive worth
    • Inflation
    • Deflation
    • Monetary Velocity
  • Vanishing dollars
    • Paying off debt eliminates money
    • Defaults on debt eliminate money
    • The shrinking M3 Supply – how is it possible
  • The Monetary Systems Traps
    • Total debt is always bigger than total supply
    • Elimination of debt contracts the money supply
  • The income tax exists to service the debt not primary spending
    • New Federal Debt in 2009 was 1.1 Trillion
    • The expense of interest alone in 2009 was 383 Billion
    • Personal Income Tax Receipts in 2009 where 1.21 Trillion
    • We spent 1.48 Trillion to service debt in 2009 about 200 Billion more than income tax receipts

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.

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-537- Listener Feedback 10-25-10

Today we have some great stuff from the audience, how to get free land, volunteers in the garden, the ultimate survival scenario and more.  Make sure to check out or special sale mentioned for MSB today.  Use code word “copper” between now and Halloween and get the first year for only 30 dollars.  The sales is to try and help get our new copper coin project off the ground,  more info on that here.

Tune in today to hear…

  • Fishing with flowers really works, a tale from a listener
  • Food storage with the Shelf Reliance Food Rotation Systems
  • What to do when upside down with debt on a vehicle you don’t really want
  • The ultimate survival scenario, a Mars colony, not as sci-fi as you might think
  • If you go with a diesel do you run a greater risk of fuel shortages during SHTF
  • A new grad has a 90K job but 175K in student loans, what to do next?
  • Old debate 308 or 30-06 with a Maine twist and in comes the big bore levers as an option
  • Two compost questions I have never had asked before
  • Lessons from Walden by Henry David Thoraeu
  • Is peak rare earth metals the next big problem, not exactly
  • Thoughts on sewing seeds in the fall and letting them come up in spring, the gotchas
  • No job is “secure” a doctor tells how prepping has paid off
  • Will excess mulch kill trees or is that a “suburban legend”
  • Five places that will give you 100% free land, well almost, yes really!
  • Advantages and disadvantages of buying a mobile home

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

Survival Podcast AOCS Copper Coins Coming Soon

Here is the deal we have a new project going with Rob Gray with the AOCS (American Open Currency Standard) to produce AOCS Copper Coins for TSP.  These are going to be awesome and VERY affordable, like 1.25 a piece or there about and about 1 dollar a piece in larger quantities.

Rob is a huge supporter of TSP so he is fronting the copper on the first run. We will pay for it of course but as the coins are sold.

Tiffany Rockwell of the Gear Shop has been working on the design, below is a comp, we are not done with it yet and the final will look a bit different.  Additionally it will be proof quality copper not a black enamal but this gives you and idea of where we are going with it.

These coins will be official AOCS currency and usable for barter with AOCS merchants.   They will also be a good tool to spread the message about honest money and TSP.  In fact a special covert project is underway that will teach anyone you give one of these to the real truth about our money supply.

Rob Gray from AOCS had given us an awesome deal to bring these coins to our listeners in helping me with the initial cost of the copper.  I do however have to pay the set up fees and the die making cost.  So I am running a special until Oct. 31`st on MSB, just use coupon code “copper” and get your first year of MSB for only 30 dollars.

If you want to see some actual AOCS copper check them out at the AOCS mint, this will give you a better idea of what our coins are going to look like in the final result.  Also don’t freak at the prices on the mints page most of those are for bags of like 250 units or more.  Again our coins will sell for about 1.25 a coin in small volumes and have a good discount for volume buys.

Examples of Current AOCS Copper Coins

Again the design above is not final and these won’t even be up for pre order for close to a month.  We have at least one major design change in mind, we are going to make the hyphens into little ants.  The image is a compass rose and the words honor, courage, strength and knowledge represent keeping your moral and mental bearings.  They are also the primary tenets by which I set up the show’s philosophy.

The reverse will mention a new site where people can learn the truth about money but more on that later.  We would love to hear what you think of the design and please remember there will be no black on the actual coins they will be proof quality copper with the images includes by relief and impression.

For those that wonder why we are not doing silver, we can’t do that at this time and sell them at a fair price and even break even much less make a tiny profit.  It is on the radar some day but this is a much more affordable way for us and the audience to work on helping others learn about honest money and being prepared.

Episode-536- Call In Friday 10-22-10

So once again we  have made it to Friday and that means it is time for your calls to 866-65-THINK!  Today we have your questions and comments on wood stoves, home defense for women, prepping for danger when overseas, heating a green house, fluoride in our water and more.

Join me today as I take your calls about…

  • How can a house hold of women deal with danger during a breakdown if unarmed
  • How do you plan to maintain and replace key home infrastructure after retirement
  • Odd ball question – can you feed trapped wild rodents to pet snakes
  • How do you learn to identify native plants in your area
  • Choosing between a male or female dog  and the German Sheppard vs. Black Mouth Cur
  • The problem with Canadian canola, it isn’t canola it is herbicides and GMOs
  • Choosing a wood stove
  • Planning for disaster for military spouses during overseas deployments
  • Storing food in paint cans
  • Building a dome green house with supplemental heat
  • The facts about fluoride in the water supply and fluoride in general

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