Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Italian Military Has a Bad Ass Bug Out Bag – You Can Get One Too

Special Update – Old Grouch Emailed me about 24 hours after I uploaded the video.  You guys must really have liked the review because he just sold out of these bags.  Make sure to join his facebook page and/or mailing list and he will be announcing when more come in.

I have been looking for a truly modular, high capacity, rugged, well planned, water resistant and above all comfortable to hump bag for a long time.

It turns out that the Italian military has been building the perfect bag for their troops for many years now and they are now available on the surplus market.

Old Grouch at Old Grouch’s Military Surplus sent me one these Italian Military Alpine Rucksacks to review, check out the video below for my thoughts on it.

You can find these Rucksacks at http://store.oldgrouch.biz/itmialru.html

These are real Italian military issue packs, used but in great condition. The Italian military drew upon the countries long history of alpine exploration and excellent outdoor industry when they designed and made this pack.

Very light at just 4.5 pounds, the main compartment measures 14″x7″x28″, and the side compartments are 6.5″x4″x15″ each.   These have lots of extra straps for lashing gear to the outside which is one of my favorite features, a bonus top compartment on the top flap, sturdy plastic frame, and great padded straps.  The assault packs which can be broken off and run independently really increase the adaptabality of these packs both for trail use (think overnight gear and day pack) or as a BOB (think all your stuff and daily or often used gear).

Episode-613- Listener Feedback on Genetically Modified Organisms

GMO Food is Far More Sinister Than Most Realize

The concept of GMO’s (generically modified organisms) is largely misunderstood and I feel somewhat hyped as both overly safe and overly dangerous by both sides of the debate.    Today we dig deeply into this issue to fully understand the dangers of GMO’s including the often missed larger implications and impact on the biosphere and system level life webs.

Also remember today is the last day of our MSB special.  You can get your first year of MSB today for only 30 dollars.  Just join the MSB and use the discount code “positive” and get your first year for only 30 dollars.  See this post for more info on that.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Is GMO the issue or is what they are spraying on the GMO’s the answer
  • How is a GMO different from a natural hybrid
  • Are GMO’s chemically different from non GMO’s
  • Is there a new micro pathogen connected to GMO’s (I am not sure yet)
  • Are GMOs and their related herbicides linked to breast cancer (a top oncologist thinks so)
  • Will GMO alfalfa cross pollinate and infect other fields, experts say it is a certainty
  • Why may our farmers not be able to ever stop growing GMOs now (anyone else think about this yet)
  • What is “bent grass” why should you care
  • Should we require an IQ test to be a politician (wait till you hear this)
  • Why GMOs threaten us even when they are not “food crops”
  • What is bioaccumulation and how does it move through “trophic” levels
  • How GMOs have an unexpected effect on our ground water, rivers and oceans
  • What the gulf dead zone and why it is expanding

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.

Emergency Seed Banks and Open Pollinated vs Hybrid vs GMO

In this video I don’t just review the emergency seed bank from Directive21.com I dispel many myths about GMOs vs. Hybrid Variety seeds.  Emergency seed vaults are in my view an outstanding addition to your long term preps but the hype in the emergency seed industry is really misleading.  Tune into this video for hard and somewhat harsh facts about emergency seed products and the real reasons to invest in them vs. the fear based marketing of many other manufactures.

Having seeds is a vital part of preparation and survival. One really great seed bank is the seed bank that comes with 37,000 seeds or 1.4 Lbs of Non-Hybrid seeds, sealed in an airtight military grade Seed Vault from Directive21.com  You can find this seed bank at www.directive21.com/emergencyseedbank.html

The Seed Bank Contains

  • Beans, Kentucky Wonder brown Pole – 580 seeds
  • Beets, Detroit Dark Red – 1350 Seeds
  • Broccoli, Waltham 29 -­ 950 Seeds
  • Cabbage, Golden Acre – 3100 Seeds
  • Cantaloupe, Hale’s Best – 250 Seeds
  • Carrot, Scarlet Nantes – 10330 Seeds
  • Corn, Golden Bantam – 675 Seeds
  • Cucumber, Straight 8 – 460 Seeds
  • Onion, Utah Sweet Spanish – 4200 Seeds
  • Pea, Lincoln – 640 Seeds
  • Pepper, Yolo Wonder – 1250 Seeds
  • Spinach, Bloomsdale Longstanding – 800 Seeds
  • Squash Zucchini, Black Beauty – 130 seeds
  • Swiss Chard, Lucullus – 870 Seeds
  • Tomato, Rutgers – 1750 Seeds
  • Parsnip, Harris Model – 1250 Seeds
  • Winter Squash, Waltham Butternut – 260 Seeds
  • Winter Squash, Pink Banana Jumbo – 45 Seeds
  • Radish, Champion – 1420 Seeds
  • Lettuce Leaf, Black Seeded Simpson – 3000 Seeds
  • Lettuce Romaine, Paris Island – 3000 Seeds
  • Pepper, Jalapeno – 1500 Seeds
  • Watermelon, Crimson Sweet Jumbo – 185 Seeds
  • (Seed counts are approximate based on weight)

Gary Vaynerchuk is Coming, An MSB Discount and More

Just a few announcements about some things that are up and coming or currently going on at TSP.

1.  The long awaited Gary Vaynerchuk interview will be conducted on Tuesday afternoon (March 1st) and will air on Wednesday morning.  Gary is honestly world famous as a master of marketing and building businesses in the modern world.  I am bringing Gary on to talk about building both a business and a “personal brand” as a way to create greater self sufficiency in today’s world.  Make no mistake even if you never want to own a business “personal brand”, even for employees, will grow in importance as technology continues to evolve.

The first time I heard about Gary a business colleague sent me his presentation from the Web 2.0 Expo in NY from a few years back, he blew me away.  Warning Gary uses what we call “adult language” and plenty of it, even compared to me.  Here is his presentation, this almost made me walk out of my own office and quit working for a company I owned the first time I saw it.   Gary Vaynerchuk at the Web 2.0 Expo.  Further warning I do not plan to ask Gary to censor his speech in any way during his interview, translation next Tuesday’s episode will be “explicit”.

2.  Right now I am running a special for the Members Brigade.  From now until Feb 28th you can get your first year of the MSB for only 30 dollars, that is a discount of 20 dollars on your first year.  Keep in mind that a few benefits alone exceed the value of the MSB for instance you get a free lifetime membership to Safecastle Royal’s discount buyers club (a 29 dollar value) and a free Preferred Membership from Western Botanicals (a 50 dollar value).  So those two benefits alone are worth 79 dollars.

Keep in mind there are over 25 total discounts available, along with over 100 dollars worth of free eBooks and some other great benefits.  To get this discount just visit the members page and use the discount code “positive” between now and Feb 28 and get your first year for only 30 dollars.

3.  On March 7th Steve Palmer president of ShelfReliance.com will be appearing as a guest on TSP to discuss the innovative storage systems offered by ShelfReliance.com along with prepping in general.  ShelfReliance is the source of “The Food Rotation System”, or FRS, which is designed with the idea that you store what you eat and eat what you store. By keeping familiar items on hand, you’re better able use your food storage should you have to rely on it in an emergency. The FRS also saves you money because you are no longer throwing out old food storage that has expired.

We will be discussing food storage, current economic concerns and other interesting topics with Steve and it should be a great interview.

4.  Many of you have asked about the status of our move (AKA the big bug out) to Arkansas.  So I figured I would update everyone here.  About 25% of our “stuff” has been moved to the Arkansas homestead and I have even been up there sowing cover crops to help me get some production out of my first year at the new place full time.  We have another 25% of our stuff that we are donating and giving away as I type this.

We have paint and carpet bids on the Arlington home and have selected the folks to do that work.  We should be all but moved out by March 15 with a target to be fully in Arkansas and the home listed for sale absolutely no later than March 31.  The joy I feel in this, despite the work left to do (we actually have too much redundancy at this point) is unbelievable.

I  have received several inquires about mailing things to us, some gifts and some business stuff like those that join the MSB by mail. For now our shipping address in Arlington is the way to go.  I have still have yet to secure a PO Box in Arkansas, as of course we will not be making our physical address publicly known.  Rest assured we will have our mail forwarded when the time is right and you can simply ship items to our current shipping address until we change it on our order form.

I would once again like to thank the entire audience for your continued support of the show and our work.  While some time we may spar in the blog comments and disagree I have a true dedication to you all that I can’t put into words.  All I can say is thank you to each of you and know those words will never be sufficient in truly conveying my feelings for all of you.

Episode-612- Paul Wheaton on Hugelkultur and wofati Eco Buildings

Paul Wheaton of RichSoil.com

Today one of our most popular guests of all time has returned for an encore performance.  According to a poll in the TSP forum you guys most wanted Paul to return next to go more in depth about wofati eco buildings.

While the main topic of today’s show is going to be wofati building there have been a ton of hugelkultur questions as well so we will open with a few of them.

Many of the details shared about the wofati structure are highly visual and referencing Paul’s Article titled “wofati eco building” will be of great help.   Also highly recommended is Mike Oehler’s book, The 50 Dollar and Up Underground House.

The wofati building is essentially a modified and improved version of Mike Oehler’s design (approved of by Mike himself) which improves the overall thermal mass, keeps the structure 100% dry, increases the flow of light into the structure and offers several other advantages.

Join us today as we discuss…

  • Many hugelkultur beds are built up, can you build them down
  • Are some areas to wet for hugelkultur
  • What types of wood must be 100% avoided with hugelkultur
  • What is a wofati building
  • How do you assess a site for wofati construction
  • How do you avoid problems with permits and codes, etc.
  • What materials are required for wofati building
  • How to you eliminate water problems with an earth berm structure
  • Along with plenty of humor and observation from Jack and Paul

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-611- Listener Calls 2-24-11

This week call in Friday is call in Thursday because Paul Wheaton will be back tomorrow for more on Permaculture and WOFATI housing.  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 pond construction, smart shopping, water filtration, EMP preps and more.

Join me today as we take your calls on…

  • What is a Faraday Cage and how do you build one
  • What things are part of my EDC (every day carry)
  • Thoughts on games for your BOB
  • What is a “LifeStraw®” and what do we have available in the US similar to it
  • More on Hugelkultur
  • Transporting extra gasoline in vehicles
  • What makes a treaty valid and can a treaty counter the constitution
  • What are the first steps for small backyard permaculture
  • Building a log cabin from timber on your own land
  • Buying smart by paying attention to product containers
  • Thoughts on pond construction

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-610- Staying Positive in a World Full of Disaster

Eeyore is the Antithesis of Modern Survival Thinking!

I have never understood wholly negative people, you know the folks that personify the Winni the Poo character Eeyore.   To these people the world is one of unending hardship and everyone who succeeds either knows the right person or screwed someone over to reach a place of prominence.

What I understand even less is a survivalist (modern or other wise) that is a fricken Eeyore!  How can you be a negative human being if you are survivalist?

While it is true we head on face disaster and accept some of them are invertible we also understand that for the most part we control our own destiny.  It bothers me when I get emails from people who have clearly lost hope, I ask these people if you have no hope, why are your even worried about “survival”?

Join me today to discuss….

  • Why most survivalists are the most positive people in the world
  • Why we must prepare every bit as much for success as we do for failure
  • Why problems are less daunting if you know their solutions
  • Why money is just a symbol for energy and how that frees you if you understand it
  • Why your job or your next job is both important and meaningless
  • The role of “vision” in the lives of modern survivalists
  • The one undeniable truth that most people can not accept

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-609- Listener Feedback for 2-22-11

Join me today as we make up for my absence yesterday with a extra long episode listener feedback episode.  To submit a link or question for a show like this send an email with question for jack in the subject line to jack @ thesurvivalpodcast.com  Today we take a look at some alarming news around gold, suburban decline, WMDs (now apparently called WMEs) and more.

Join me as I discuss your feedback today on….

  • Have WMD’s gotten into America already
  • What the hell is a WME and how stupid are we becoming with PC language
  • How could a state create a state level currency constitutionally
  • Why do I choose a 20 Gauge over a 12 for home defense
  • What is a “magnum” shot shell vs. a “standard” shot shell
  • Thoughts on weapons mounted light for tactical use
  • Gee no real oversight of the Fed, wait till you hear this
  • China and Russia are buying TONS of gold
  • A reason we currently can’t legally return to a gold standard (I didn’t know this!)
  • How much rain can your home harvest in a year, very cool free online calculator
  • The suburbs well 1 in for counties are “dying”

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-608- Listener Calls 2-17-11

Due to the large back log and a very real possibility of no show tomorrow I am doing a  second listener calls show for this week today.  I also have two important bits of news at the beginning of today’s show.  One is why I am rescinding my support of the Dervaes family and their work and something hard to believe, plastic rice.

To get your call on the air on a show like today just dial 866-65-THINK and I will try to get your call on the air.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The Dervaes family believes they own common words and bullies bloggers and authors
  • The Chinese have a solution to a rice shortage, make it out of potatoes and plastic
  • Utilizing vertical spaces and cross pollination concerns about berries
  • Can you just set up your own bank, no, not really
  • Raising a milk cow on an acre of ground, the good, the bad, the ugly
  • More on the false claim that “only gold is money”
  • My final and I mean my final word on S-510
  • Long term BOV maintenance preps for major SHTF scenarios
  • How to really teach children (or adults) about stock market investing
  • How to stay warm if stranded in a car in cold weather

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-607- Survival Podcast Listener Calls for 2-16-11

Even though it is Wednesday I have a huge backlog of your calls to 866-65-THINK so we are going to do a call in show on Wednesday this week.  I have great calls today on furthering your education, the prepper library, permaculture in north Florida, hog hunting, food storage and more.

Join me today as we take your calls on…

  • Dexron transmission fluid as a firearms lubricant
  • Dealing with severely upside down vehicle debt
  • Books for the modern prepper library
  • Getting a PhD when it really makes sense to do so
  • Storing breakfast cereal
  • Dealing with sewage back up in a SHTF scenario
  • Hog hunting for veteran and new hunters alike
  • How to make sure your hot peppers are “hot”
  • Permaculture on sandy land with lots of native pines
  • UV grow light systems for starting your own seedlings

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.