Monthly Archives: January 2011

Episode-597- Listener Feedback 1-31-11

Today we take your emails there were sent to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com about all sorts of subjects.  Today will be an educational episode with some shocking facts about the nations future with a bit of other topics tossed in to keep things from being too heavy.  Today we end with a really new way to see the Pledge of Allegiance from and old patriotic American, Red Skelton.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Using treated wood for raised bed, dangerous or hype
  • The new republican congress proposes a huge 1% cut in spending (really?)
  • Coming soon swine flu vaccines in your food, corn to be specific
  • Small ponds for growing fish
  • Obama says the recession is over, is anyone listening, not me
  • A man of 73 years tells us why “climate change” ranks up there with little green men
  • The real lesson from Egypt is not to be in fear or government
  • China sets their sites on making the yuan the world’s reserve currency
  • The President of the world’s largest bank says, “The economies of China and Africa are supplementary,”
  • Does it make sense to go “cheap” on seeds
  • Why I buy from small seed providers and support Seed Savers Exchange
  • How to keep stored water free of contamination
  • Shoe Goo – Great addition to the bug out bag
  • GMOs are not enough, now we are going to “grow meat” in a tube, seriously!
  • Red Skelton teaches us what the Pledge of Allegiance is really all about

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-596- Call In Friday 1-28-11

Well it is finally Friday and that means today’s show is dedicated to the listeners and all about you.  Today I answer your calls to 866-65-THINK about some great subjects along with some awesome tips from listeners. Today we cover topics like getting kids on board with prepping, bio diesel, solar dehydrators, bankruptcy, surplus rifles for hunting and gold as money.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Thoughts on home brewing bio diesel
  • Building solar dehydrators
  • Are electronic health records a privacy threat
  • LEO and Health Care as Survival Minded Employment
  • How to download the entire Wikipedia to your hard drive
  • How to plan and implement drip irrigation
  • Best fast growing trees to block the view of neighbors
  • Hard decisions after bankruptcy
  • What to do with surplus cash
  • Thoughts on the Australian floods
  • How small disasters can really be big disasters
  • Thoughts on the chipper shredder
  • 7.62x54R Hunting ammo availability
  • Is gold money, if not, why not

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-595- Baldy and the Blonde Invade TSP

Two of my favorite libertarian minded people join us on TSP today.  Join me as I interview Tom Kowitz and Michelle Gaudin better known as Baldy and the Blonde.

Tom and Michelle do a show every Wednesday on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans Louisiana.

Their show called of course “The Baldy and the Blonde Show” focuses on individual liberty and the encroachment on the same by the State.

To learn more about Tom and Michelle’s show and work please visit BaldyAndTheBlonde.com

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Why two normal people went out and became radio personalities
  • How they managed to do that
  • What they are truly motivated by
  • How you could do the same if you wanted to
  • How buying radio time can get you off the ground faster than just a podcast
  • Thoughts on some current concerns
    • State and City Level Bankruptcy
    • State sovereignty as a convenience vs a constant
    • The Constitution only seems to apply when it favors the State
    • The “big cut” from a 3.8 down to a 3.7 billion dollar budget (sarcasm meter pegged)
    • J.P. Morgan making a fortune on the food stamp program
    • Lessons from Hurricane Katrina
    • The story of the average person’s common sense the media never told you about New Orleans

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-594- Herbal Actions Part 4

Photo Credit to Arthur Chapman

Today we wrap up the four part series on Herbal Actions.   An herbal action is the specific effects any herb has on a body.  Most herbal guides list these actions and understanding them will improve your effectiveness with herbs.

On this episode of The Survival Podcast we will review 10 more of 40 primary herbal actions which will wrap up our 4-part series.

Today we cover the following ten herbal actions alterative, anticatarrhal, anti-oxidant, astringent, demulcent, emollient, febrifuge, glactagogue, hypnotic and stomachic.

Join Me As We Discuss the Follow Actions and Corresponding Herbs

  • Alterative – Gradually restores health and vitality to the body by helping the body assimilate nutrients, eliminate waste and restore proper function.
    • Some alterative herbs – Nettle, Garlic and Chickweed
  • Anticatarrhal – Counteracts the build-up of excess mucus and inflammation in the sinus and other upper respiratory parts.
    • Red Clover, Elderberry, Wild Cherry, Ginger, Garlic
  • Anti-oxidant – Protects the body against free radical damage.  Free radicals are highly reactive compounds that bind to and destroy other molecules.
    • Goji (Wolf) Berry, Sage, Black Pepper, Oregano and many more
  • Astringent – Contracts, firms and strengthens body tissues by precipitating proteins and an reduce excess secretions and discharge.
    • Calendula, Plantain, Sea Buckthorn
  • Demulcent – Mucilaginous herbs which relax, soothe and protect tissue.
    • Comfrey, Marshmallow, Slippery Elm, Sea Buckthorn
  • Emollient – Applied to the skin to soften, soothe and protect
    • Almond, Violet, Sea Buckthorn, Chamomile
  • Febrifuge – Assists the body to reduce fever
    • White Willow, Peppermint, Dandelion
  • Galactagogue – Increases the flow of mothers milk
    • Basil, Dill and Garlic
  • Hypnotic – Has a powerful relaxant and sedative action and helps to to induce sleep.
    • California Poppy, Chamomile, Passion Flower
  • Stomachic – Stimulative tonic to the stomach
    • Basil, Lemon Balm and Rose

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

High Mowing Organic Seeds Renews their MSB Support

One really great benefit of the Member’s Brigade is discounts from about 20 different vendors.  Recently the two seed providers in the MSB (High Mowing and Seeds of Change) had their discount codes expire with the year’s end.   While I am still waiting to hear if Seeds of Change wants to renew High Mowing has signed up for another full year of support.

As before all MSB Members get free shipping on all orders with High Mowing Organic Seeds, this is an outstanding benefit especially on larger item orders.

January through March are great times for checking out seed catalogs and ordering seed stock for the coming year.  In order to improve the benefits of the Brigade I have reached out to three more great organizations that provide seed and gardening supplies.  One has already responded and will probably do something for the members.

At any time that you ever come across an expired code in the MSB just email me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com and I will do all I can to get it renewed as swiftly as possible.

Episode-593- Listener Feedback 1-25-11

Today we take your emails there were sent to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com about all sorts of subjects.  Today will be an educational episode with some shocking facts about the nations future with a bit of other topics tossed in to keep things from being too heavy.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The sweetheart deal making billionaires richer via short sales
  • So where do most people think an egg comes from
  • JP Morgan is getting rich with food stamps, YES REALLY!
  • Why some states are considering printing their own money
  • Thought on small frog ponds and keeping them clean an mosquito free
  • France being fined by the EU over a hamster, in Euros of course
  • Plans to let states declare bankruptcy and how it may effect sovereignty
  • The unseen story behind China nationalizing more rare earth mines
  • The Washington Post says be a good parent and make your kids drink fluoride

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-592- Listener Calls 1-24-11

Since I was away Friday I decided to do the listener call show today instead.  Today we have great questions on bug out locations, spring gardening, keeping balance and staying positive with your prepping, composting toilets and more.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Getting ready for spring planting with seeds and plants
  • Choosing between composting toilets and septic systems
  • The Ground Nut (Apios americana) more protein than an egg!
  • TSP has an Android Application (iPhone Developer Invitation)
  • Does everyone need a BOL, what will we do when we move to our’s permanently
  • Long term labeling of trees and shrubs to keep track or varieties, etc.
  • The Military CUCV, the good, bad and ugly
  • Why anyone can become debt free and why the plan is the key
  • Accepting the horror of debt is the first step to freedom
  • Making your own primers, thoughts on the skill as a whole
  • How to stay positive and balanced in your prepping efforts

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-591- Planning and Building the Suburban Homestead

Photo Credit to annethelibrarian

When you hear the word homestead you typically think of open spaces, rural America and some acreage.  For many American’s though it just isn’t currently an option.  Many of us are bound to the city by employment, family obligations or other considerations.

Still I believe homesteading is for everyone and there are some real opportunities for suburban homesteaders who want to convert their homes from consumer to producer.

Of course there are challenges for the suburbanite with considerations such as excessive shade, available space, ordinances and retaining marketability of the home for resale.

The key to successful suburban homesteading is understanding your limitations but focusing on making the most of the unique advantages inherent to small landscapes such as ease of management and easy irrigation.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • Define the overall goal of a homestead
  • Evaluate your limitations and landscape
  • Define your wants and needs
    • What do you like to eat
    • What is cheap and easy to buy
    • What is expensive to purchase
    • What is difficult to acquire organically or locally
  • Define areas by shade, sun, wind, usage, etc
  • Focus on the right types of crops
    • Heavy producers
    • Not readily available commercially
    • Perennials over annuals
    • Easy to store for long term usage
    • Require special care that can be automated
  • Considering livestock
    • Poultry is highly efficient for eggs
    • Rabbits are probably the best meat option
    • Utilize wildlife for livestock functions like manuring
    • Aquaculture and Aquaponics are excellent options
  • Extending your seasons and productivity
    • The greenhouse or cold frames are essentials
    • Using and channeling roof run off
    • Understanding and maximizing micro-climates
    • Use climbers and vertical spaces
  • Taking big techniques and downsizing them
    • Swales
    • Hugelkultur
    • Food Forests
    • Ponds

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-590- Herbal Actions- Part Three

Photo Credit to cicill3d

Today we will be doing the third of a four part series on “herbal actions”.  An herbal action is the specific effects any herb has on a body.  Most herbal guides list these actions and understanding them will improve your effectiveness with herbs.

On this episode of The Survival Podcast we will review 10 more of 40 primary herbal actions which will take us 75% through the series.

Today we cover the following ten herbal actions adaptogen, antacid, anti-microbial, cholagogue, diaphoretic, diuretic, lymphatic, rubefacient and styptic.

Join in today to learn about these actions and corresponding herbs…

  • Adaptogen – Increase the body’s resistance and endurance to a wide variety of adverse influences from physical, chemical and biological stressors, assisting the body’s ability to cope and adapt.
    • Some adaptogen herbs – Ginseng (American and Asian), Reishi Mushroom, Valerian
  • Antacid – Neutralizes excess acid in the stomach and intestinal tract.
    • Some antacid herbs – Dandelion, Fennel, Catnip
  • Anti-microbial (aka anti-bacterial or anti viral) – Helps the body’s immune system destroy or resist the proliferation of pathogenic micro-organisms.
    • Some anti-microbial herbs – Parsley, Thyme, Oregano, Basil and Garlic
  • Antiseptic – Prevents or eliminates sepsis (infectious destructive condition of tissue)
    • Some antiseptic herbs – Calendula, Sage, St. John’s Wort and Comfrey
  • Cholagogue – Promotes the discharge and flow of bile from the gallbladder (gogue means to “flow”)
    • Some cholagogue herbs – Dandelion, Tumeric, Rosemary
  • Diaphoretic – Induces increased perspiration, dilates capillaries, increasing elimination of toxins through the skin.
    • Some diaphoretic herbs – Chamomile, Lavender and Lemon Balm
  • Diuretic – Increases the flow of urine
    • Some diuretic herbs – Hibiscus, Lovage, Black Pepper
  • Lymphatic – Support the health and activity of the lymphatic system
    • Some lymphatic herbs – Red Clover, Echinacea, Plantain
  • Rubefacient – Generates a localized increase in blood flow when applied to the skin.   Often used to warm the skin and ease the pain and swelling of joints.
    • Some rubefacient herbs Oils of Peppermint, Spearmint, Pine
  • Styptic – Reduces or stops external bleeding by astringent action.
    • Some styptic herbs – Plantain, Blackberry, St. John’s Wort (oil)

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

Off to the Arkansas Homestead and Some Updates

Just over two years ago my wife took the picture on the left corner of this post.  I included it and a few more on a forum thread you can view here.   The caption I wrote for that picture was “A man takes one last look at his homestead and thinks to himself, someday I am coming back and I won’t be leaving”.   Well after this trip I will still have to leave but only for a short while.

As listeners know Dorothy has had her freedom day on the 12th of January (quit her job) and we are in process of moving to our Arkansas home permanently.   For the rest of this week we will be there laying flooring, getting some carpeting quotes and just in general fixing up all sorts of odds and ends in prep for the move.

My response to tech support will be only during mornings and evenings this week.  I do have wireless access but batching email to twice a day will help me get the most out of this trip.  Just know that your inquiry will be responded to, just that your response may take up to 12 hours to come.

There will be shows today (already published) and Wednesday and Thursday.  There will be no Friday show, I have doubled up for the past few days to make sure I left shows behind for you guys but with the laryngitis I have been suffering with I just couldn’t manage one more on the twice a day schedule.

On today’s show Chef Keith mentions a document with all the recipes he discusses on it.  He will be getting it to me soon and I will get it up for your guys as soon as I can.

It was 2 years and 6 months ago the first time I got into my VW Jetta and podcasted episode one from the road.  This week’s trip is part of the final chapter in realizing a dream that the show accelerated by quite a few years.   When I started TSP I had no concept it would ever become a business at all, let alone my life’s work.  To all of you who have supported my efforts I am eternally grateful.

Two years ago I made myself a promise when I said, “someday I am coming back and I won’t be leaving”, thank you all so much for your help in keeping that promise to myself and my family.

I will be back with new shows on Monday, we will do a listener call show for Monday to get caught up on the call back log I currently have.  I hope you enjoy this weeks line up, we have the show today with Chef Keith on cooking with preps, tomorrow is the third in the four part series on herbal actions and Thursday will be a show on planning and building homesteads in suburban environments.