Monthly Archives: December 2010

Six Last Minute Gift Ideas for Preppers

Wow it is December 17th!  Christmas will be here in just 8 days.  I figured I would post some items you can get on Amazon.com for preppers and modern survivalists that I have acquired over the last year and can definitely recommend.   All of these are great values and I guarantee you they will make anyone who loves the TSP lifestyle smile.

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Pick One – Lights Out by David Crawford Price $19.85. I found out this was now in hard copy just a few days ago, it ordered it with standard shipping and it was here in 48 hours flat.  This is a great book anyone who enjoys survivalist fiction will love.

This just in! Many have stated they would love a Kindle Version of this book, well Amazon now has one.  It just doesn’t come up with the main book for some reason but you can get the Kindle Version of Lights Out Here.  The great news is the Kindle Version is only $7.99

Get Lights Out By David Crawford on Amazon

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Pick Two – Wagan PowerDomeEX Price $106.46 – Buy one for a friend or loved one or for yourself.  This item belongs in your car, your truck and definitely in the vehicle of your kids if you have young ones on the road.  You can see a review I did of this product on Youtube here.  This is one of the most versatile and practical preparedness items I have found.  I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Get the Wagan PowerDome EX on Amazon

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Pick ThreeThe UTG Ranger Field Bag – Price $40.01 – What a value, this bag is tough as nails and huge, I am talking carry a small child inside it huge.  I have been meaning to do a review of this bag but have not gotten to it yet but every review of it online is exceptional.  This is the ultimate in a really big bug out bag or vehicle kit.  Trust me this bag is one of the best values on the market today.  It is available in Army Digital Camo, Woodland Camo and my personal favorite Black.

Get The UTG Ranger Field Bag on Amazon.com

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Pick Four – The Cold Steel American Lawman G10 – Price $65.77 – I bought one of these for my brother-in-law for his birthday this year and decided to order two and keep one for myself.  Good call!  This is now my EDC folder, it is way more practical than the Spartan I had been carrying and it is tough as nails.  Check out this video Cold Steel put out on the Lawman.

Get The Cold Steel Lawman G10 on Amazon

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Pick Five - Leupold Yosemite Binoculars in either 6-Power or in 8 – Power - Price $76.05 $93.62 – I upgraded my binoculars to a set of these this year and wow, the glass is unbelievably clear.  They to me are the perfect size avoiding to small or too bulky.  Since I hunt mostly in forest I went with a 6X pair if you get out more on the plains consider perhaps the 8X version.    Here is a video I did about these binoculars.


Get the 6X Version on AmazonGet the 8X Version on Amazon

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Pick Six - The Excalibur Dehydrator in either 5-Tray or 9-Tray versions Price $149.99 – $185.45 –  A more expensive item then everything else here for sure but I know when I got mine it put a HUGE smile on my face and heck I had to buy mine for myself.  Don’t underestimate the capacity of the less expensive 5 tray version either.   It is very seldom that I completely fill all 9 trays and I give my dehydrator a severe work out.  Oh did I mention they come with a lifetime warranty on the motor?


Get the 5 Tray VersionGet the 9 Tray Version

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Bonus Stocking StufferGerber EAB LitePrice $11.40 – I reviewed the EAB not long ago but at 11 bucks if you need some prepper stocking stuffer it bears yet another mention.  I personally use mine as a money clip and it sure has taken a load off of my main knife.  Here is the video where I reviewed the EAB.

Get The EAB at Amazon.com

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Well there you go if you are stuck for last minute ideas any of those would suit most preppers.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!  I am now officially out for the weekend!

Episode-573- Listener Calls 12-17-10

Today we have one of the best line ups of really diverse calls in a long time.  Tune in today to learn about AC vs. DC for solar and wind, growing squash in a forest garden, using hardtack, important changes to FSAs, raising rabbits in the cold and more.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Ben Bernanke says the Fed used “its own reserves” to execute QEII (fact or fiction)
  • Growing squash in mounds vs. using rain harvest or do both
  • Grinding hardtack, does it result in “four” or something else
  • Changes to your FSA that could cost you big time
  • Raising rabbits cold and hot weather challenges
  • How to know what sources to trust with survival advice
  • Dealing with having your name on another person’s mortgage
  • Harvesting tree nuts like pine, oak and hickory
  • DC vs. AC devices with solar and wind power
  • Thanking vets and taking care of the wounded and families of the fallen
  • Advantages of psychological well being types of preps
  • Spiritual methods of dealing with hard times
  • Dealing with extreme abundances of  fruit

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-572- Economic Fear vs. Common Sense Reality

So today’s show is drawing from a large volume of emails about financial and economic issues based on a request I made for such materiel this week on facebook.    I decided to do today’s show due to a excess of false fear I am seeing in the market right now.  Tune in today to learn why as I put it, “yes Rome is burning but no the sky isn’t falling”

Tune in today to hear…

  • Gold is always THE answer but it is often an answer
  • Understand you don’t have to sell all of anything, you can liquidate half
  • Stop being afraid to hold onto some cash
  • Why yes you should pay off debt and no inflation won’t help YOUR debt
  • What is going on with this JP Morgan, Max Keizer silver short thing
  • If no wealthy people put all assets in one class, why should we, why should our nation
  • What is a TIPs
  • What does it mean when people take a negative interest rate on a TIPs
  • How should we view real estate for us as individuals
  • My case to you as a fellow share holder for the restructuring of USA Inc.

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

David Crawford (AKA Halffast) to Appear on the Survival Podcast

David Crawford (known on most forums as Halffast) and author of  Lights Out
will be on The Survival Podcast sometime in the next week or two.  I communicated with David and confirmed him as a guest.  I will be calling him tomorrow to set up the actual time.  David is also going to get some singed copies that we can give away to listeners as prizes.  Well at least as soon as he gets his hard copy, he is still waiting for them to ship like many of us.

David is an awesome guy who’s work has done a ton to spread the prepping message.  We will be discussing the book, its inspiration and prepping in general.  So stay tuned and as soon as we have a firm date for David’s interview I will let you know.

Lights Out focuses on the disaster scenario of an EMP attack and the resulting aftermath. Lights out doesn’t go from from a typical day to the apocalypse overnight with the onset of the attack. Instead it presents a worsening spiral where things go from okay to bad to worse on a more realistic time frame then most similar books of the survival/apocalyptic genre.

So if you are one of the 5 million who downloaded the PDF and always wanted a hard copy or just want a book that is just an awesome read and a great way to spur the mind about prepping from the tactical to the practical check out Lights Out.

Get Your Copy of Lights Out

Episode-571- Marjory Wildcraft of Back Yard Food Production

Today Marjory Wildcraft of Back Yard Food Production joins us to discuss taking control of your own food supply with home growing, small livestock and community building.

Not long ago humans fed themselves, provided for their on needs and were largely self sufficient. They knew how to feed themselves, how to take care of animals, what to plant and what to do when something went wrong. Marjory’s DVD, “Food Production Systems for a Backyard or Small Farm” is your guide to recapturing that lost knowledge.

Join us today as we discuss…

  • Making the move from the corporate world to the rural one
  • Seeing the coming crash was easy if you were looking for it
  • Replacing fear and panic with power and action
  • What is in our food today, why take control
  • Keeping live stock with out living off the feed store
  • The truth about meat, meat isn’t the problem it is what’s in the meat
  • How to deal with killing and butchering your own animals
  • The link between hunting and gratitude during slaughter
  • A free book to identify and harvest wild invasive edible plants (this rocks)
  • Thoughts on GMOs and the risk they represent
  • A differing view on “invasive plant species”
  • The concept of natural succession

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-570- Sam Coffman from TheHumanPath.com

Today we are joined by former special forces solider and wilderness survival trainer Sam Coffman of TheHumanPath.com to discuss survival training, permaculture, rebuilding after collapse and more.

The Human Path is an ecology-based, wilderness-survival and wilderness-living school offering a huge variety of outdoor, bushcraft classes (outdoor fitness, wilderness and primitive living skills, wilderness medicine, herbology, self defense, teamwork and leadership, primitive engineering, permaculture certification, aquaponics, green building and much more) in both the San Antonio and Austin areas of Texas.

Join Me Today as we Discuss…

  • What is “The Human Path” what was the inspiration for the name
  • How is The Human Path Different from other survival training
  • How do wilderness survival and primitive skills translate to the urban environment
  • Why does The Human Path focus beyond breakdown to the rebuilding process
  • What role does permaculture play for surviving in the modern age
  • Thoughts on herbology as sources of both food and medicine
  • Functional fitness as part of survival training

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.

David Crawford’s Lights Out Now Available in Print

One of  my all time favorite fan fiction style book about prepping and disaster is Lights Out by David Crawford.   For several years this book has been available in PDF but with such a long book reading on a PC screen gets kind of tough on the eyes.

Well I just found out that David has finally completed the long process of getting his book into print and what do you know, just in time for Christmas.

Lights Out focuses on  the disaster scenario of an EMP attack and the resulting aftermath.  Lights out doesn’t go from from a typical day to the apocalypse overnight with the onset of the attack.  Instead it presents a  worsening spiral where things go from okay to bad to worse on a more realistic time frame then most similar books of the survival/apocalyptic genre.

So if you are one of the 5 million who downloaded the PDF and always wanted a hard copy or just want a book that is just an awesome read and a great way to spur the mind about prepping from the tactical to the practical check out Lights Out.

Get Your Copy of Lights Out

Episode-569- Listener Feedback 12-13-10

So on a Monday what else would we be doing but answering your emails and questions.  Today we have great ones like getting started hunting as a teen, life insurance on kids, more proof that the global warming scare is total bullshit and more of your questions and commentary.  To be on a show like this send your email to jack @ thesurvivalpodcast.com with “question for jack” in the subject line.

Remember if you have a question and background information ask the question (in one to two sentences first) followed by your background information.  Due to extremely high email rates this will give you the best chance of getting your email on the air.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Is there any reason to have life insurance on kids at all
  • Is water fluoridation required by law or simply local policy
  • Are gemstones a good way to invest as an alternative to gold and silver
  • How does Goldman Sachs profit from Quantitative Easing
  • What is a basis point
  • Would hyper inflation eliminate counterfeiting
  • Thoughts on an impromptu BOL
  • A car and an inverter for back up power, the good and the bad
  • Knife or pepper spray for EDC defense when a gun is not an option
  • Pepper spray use by a civilian vs. by law enforcement
  • Getting vinegar smell out of a five gallon bucket
  • The good and bad of tankless hot water heaters
  • Double CO2 apparently ain’t all bad, more on global warming BS
  • The real pollution from things like coal no one talks about any more
  • Thoughts on hyperinflation
  • The dangers of private security forces like XE on American soil
  • Self policing a community during a SHTF and compliance with LEOs
  • Getting started with hunting and gun ownership for a teenager
  • Why paying bills can be fun, at least for a while
  • Dealing with hygiene and parasites during a SHTF

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-568- Listener Call In Friday 12-10-10

So it is Friday and today we have your questions and comments on storing rice, the LDS canneries, shot sales, heating a green house, EDC tools, using O2 absorbers and more.

Join us today as we take your calls and questions like…

  • What are my favorite survival themed movies
  • Using the resource of the LDS Canneries
  • Storing tobacco for the long haul
  • Storing rice, the reality of brown vs. white
  • Better understanding precious metals and real estate IRAs
  • How much does the banking system actually loose with a short sale
  • Heating a green house for really cold environments
  • Thoughts on unusual patches of hair on a deer hide
  • Using O2 absorbers after opening the main packaging they are shipped in
  • More on animals that can take care of themselves on remote land

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-567- Rob Gray on AOCS Copper, Silver and Gold

Today we are joined by Rob Gray, founder of the AOCS (American Open Currency Standard)  to discuss AOCS copper, silver and gold as a barter currency and all things monetary.

We also discuss the three fold mission of the new TSP copper rounds.

Our goals are to educate people about barter economies, educate people about preparedness and educate people about what money really is all with one coin.

We do this from a stand of morality based on our 4 guiding directions on the front of the coins, honor, courage, strength and knowledge.

Honor – Dictates that we think of our children and that we don’t abuse our strength on those weaker then us

Strength – Is necessary so that we can stand in the face of adversity be it physical, financial or the strength of being prepared

Courage – Combined with honor allows us to act as we know we should, focusing on solutions vs. complaining about problems

Knowledge – Is our true power, our guiding force of the other tenets and something we must always continue seeking if we are to be honorable, strong and courageous as a community.

Join us today as we discuss…

  • Lessons from the failed “Liberty Dollar”, what not to do
  • Why AOCS is different
  • Why copper, isn’t gold and silver enough
  • The difference between and intrinsic and a market value
  • What spot prices are, what they are not
  • How to find merchants that take AOCS currency
  • Developing your own barter systems
  • Spreading the TSP message at a buck a shot
  • Why we need Americans to become educated about monetary policy
  • The difference between competitive vs. replacement currencies
  • What the word voluntary actually means and why it matters
  • Why the larger the internal economy the less the exchange rate matters
  • Solutions vs. complaints
  • The beta launch of www.trtam.com (The Real Truth About Money)

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.