Monthly Archives: April 2011

Episode-654- A Look Back to August of 2008

So today I am on the road taking the RV up to Arkansas so there isn’t a new show but there is a rebroadcast of a show from August of 2008, I did this to expose new listeners to some of the early days.  It is also in response to a lot of recent questions about how I was able to call the 2008 crash.

The reality is the writing was clearly on the wall already. This again was in August a full month before the September fall off of the cliff.

Warning – While the introduction was recorded in the studio the majority of the episode is from the time I was doing the show in the car and BEFORE I sorted out the audio to a reasonable level.  In other words the audio quality sucks, try to focus on the content.

Tune in today to hear my thoughts in 2008 about…

  • A surplus of 5 years worth of ready to go residential lots and what that means to the economy
  • How the real estate bust is slamming into other industries like the Title Industry
  • How banks are building less new branches despite the very low cost of commercial construction right now
  • The stated and REAL reason many banks are ‘getting out of the student loan business’
  • The harsh reality every business must face when revenue and business declines
  • What the decisions of banks tell us about what’s coming next
  • Our responsibility for the clowns in government running our country today
  • The declining work ethic of the American worker
  • How everyone is actually “self employed”
  • The impact of our migration to a “service based economy”
  • Why you really need to prepare for hard times NOW
  • How we let our government officials keep their jobs with a 9% approval rating
  • Why storing food, saving money and protecting your wealth is a hell of a lot more important right now then “main battle rifle” or a “survival knife”
  • Thoughts on how Americans could use the economy as a weapon in a “bloodless by not painless revolution” (just a sneak peak more to come on this later)

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-653- Thirteen Interesting Facts About Liberty

Today we examine liberty to truly understand what we are working for with self sufficient lifestyles.  Liberty seems like a simple concept at first, are you free or not?  But what really defines freedom, what really is the difference between liberty and captivity and are their shades of gray that deceive us?

Join me today as we discuss these thirteen facts about liberty…

  1. Liberty can not exist in a pure democracy
  2. Liberty can not be defined except by the one experiencing it
  3. Government can not create liberty only defend it
  4. Liberty is about equal opportunity not equal results
  5. Liberty must be defended by the individual
  6. Liberty is a right that comes with many responsibilities
  7. Liberty can be frightening
  8. Liberty isn’t getting everything you want
  9. Liberty isn’t always “pretty”
  10. Liberty requires an crime to have a victim
  11. Liberty means others will do things you don’t like
  12. We are not born into liberty, we are born into captivity
  13. Liberty is something we grow into

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-652- Bow Hunting Deer Part Two

Today we finish our two part series on bow hunting deer.  Today we go into locating and hunting deer based on patterns and behaviors and understanding what drives deer to move during different seasons.   We also examine how to find property to hunt on and role effective scouting plays for the archery hunter.

Join Me Today as We Discuss…

  • Patterns and behaviors
    • Pre rut
    • Rut
    • Feeding and bedding
    • Travel routes – “runs” and “trails”
    • “Home range”
    • Hiding in plain site
    • The effect of pressure
  • Finding game and hunting areas
    • Getting permission on private land
    • State game lands and other public lands
    • Land that is not posted – be careful
    • Leases
    • Buying your own place
  • Scouting
    • After the season
    • Spring
    • Summer
    • Pre Season
    • Game Cameras
  • Things only bow hunters feel, see and know

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Photo Credit Above to laserbub

APMEX Want’s To Buy Your Gold and Silver

Well I am now more bullish on gold and silver.  Just got an email from APMEX asking to buy my gold and silver American Eagles.  They are paying 3.00 OVER spot on Silver and 38.00 OVER spot on gold.  Given this is one of the largest dealers in the US it should tell you something.   They are currently selling silver at like 5 dollars OVER spot as well.

Here is part of the email

“APMEX Wants To Buy Your U.S. Mint Products!

Dear Jack,

Due to the recent incredible demand for Gold and Silver bullion products, APMEX would like to offer you an exclusive opportunity to LOCK IN YOUR PRICES and sell us some of your U.S. Mint collection. This is a limited time offer and it is first come, first served until we have secured enough U.S. Mint bullion products to meet our current demand!

“We Want These Products:

We will pay you $38.00 over the current spot price of Gold for your Gold American Eagles. ANY year, ANY quantity!

We will pay you $3.00 over the current spot price of Silver for your Silver American Eagles. ANY year, ANY quantity!

We will pay you $1,250.00 for your 2010 America The Beautiful 5 oz. Silver coin sets. “

To me this is one of those small but significant signals that many big financial analysts miss.  The key here if you have ever sold gold or silver is you usually get right about spot price.  Be it eagles or generic rounds or what ever, each class has a spot price.

Generally spot is what dealers pay and some level over spot is what they sell at.  Silver is currently at about 45 and some change so 3 over spot represents a 6% premium on Silver Eagles.  That is not even close to out of line when you are buying from a dealer but it isn’t very common when selling to a dealer.

The conclusion is simple, APMEX one of the largest metal dealers in the U.S. believes that now is the time to buy even if you have to pay a little more.

Does this mean I am converting all my cash to silver or gold?  No and I am not saying you should either, given I hold significant metal reserves already I won’t buy much if any but it does tell us something about the current outlook.   I also think if you are currently buying an ounce or two a month it may make these recent highs a bit easier to handle.

FWIW – I have NO RELATIONSHIP or affiliation with APMEX.  They are just one place I have purchased metal from in the past and I am on their mailing list.  I have tried, UNSUCCESSFULLY to get some sort of discount or shipping deal from them from the MSB but they have never responded.

Episode-651- Bow Hunting Deer Part One

It may seem that April is an odd time to talk about bow hunting but if you are new to the sport or haven’t been keeping your shooting fine tuned this is exactly the time to start getting ready.   Today in the first of a two part series I am going to try to provide an overview of bow hunting, equipment options and techniques.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Archery as a skill set
    • Practice, practice, practice
    • Developing muscle sets
    • Target shooting vs. hunting
  • Primary bow options
    • Long bows and re-curves
    • Compound bows
    • Cross Bows
  • Primary hunting methods
    • Spot and stalk
    • Still hunting
    • Ground blinds
    • Tree stands
  • Techniques that give you an edge
    • Scents that help
    • Scents to eliminate
    • Silencing the arrow rest and rest area
    • No ticking watches
    • Mock scrapes
    • Rattling
    • Grunts and bleats
    • Feeders – what you believe may be wrong
    • The necessary stuff bag

Resources for Today’s Show

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Photo Credit above to adotmanda

Episode-650- Listener Feedback 4-25-11

It is Monday and I am back in Arlington for a week or two for the final push on the move.  We have a lot of great feedback for today’s show.  Remember you can send in feedback for a show like today’s to jack @ thesurvivalpodcast.com

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The mileage tax is coming here is proof
  • Introducing meat glue – yes I am serious
  • Next up pink slime, this makes meat glue sound okay
  • When will the next market crash happen
  • Are TIPS a good investment
  • Yet another move away from the dollar as the reserve currency
  • Donald Trump as president?
  • How did I KNOW the 08 crash was GOING to happen
  • Independent rain water analysis detects toxins
  • Could we stop the government by reducing tax withholding
  • A listener returns for Iraq
  • The debt ceiling is just hype it will be raised
  • What is open source ecology – it kicks ass!

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.

Forum Problems – We are working on it.

UPDATE – You are seeing this page because we are in the process of getting the move accomplished.

 

Once again we are experiencing an outage of the TSP forum, this time the primary site and the podcast are not effected.  The simple reality is we have grown to a level where we are adversely effecting the fellow customers on the shared hosting service.    HostGator is a great company and has served us well for a long time and if you think about how big TSP is and how we stream 20,000 plus audio files a day you can really see they are not a lightweight by any stretch.

So we are now faced with moving two sites survivalpodcast.net (MSB and audio server) and thesurvivalpodcast.com (main site and forum) over to a fully dedicated solution.   I have already located the host we will be using and we will have gobs of bandwidth beyond our monthly needs for a long time to come, we will have a gig up-link port and a smoking server with tons of processing power and RAM.

They also offer a support package I will be purchasing with a guaranteed response time of 5 minutes or less to all emergencies 24x7x365.

Of course I am at the homestead in Arkansas right now and running on my ATT wireless access stick.  This is no time to be making a move like this so here is what we are going to do going forward.

1.  The forum admin team is working on getting a caching solution in place on the forum as a get by.  Hopefully hostgator will then turn our forum back on and we can get it back up for about a week.

2.  Monday when I return to Arlington the first order of business after I cut the days show will be coming up with a migration plan with the new host.

3.  Sometime next week the new host will begin the migration, the forum will go into maintenance mode and the site may be unavailable at times, though not likely it could happen so I am letting you know.

4.  Once the migration is complete I will redirect the domains and when that propagates internet wide (about 24 hours) we will be back in business at full tilt.

This is going to cost more (of course right?) but I think the investment is warranted.  The upside is huge.

With dual processors, a dedicated box, a gig up-link and massive RAM everything you do at TSP will be faster for you, especially downloads of the show at peak times.

We will have a dedicated tech support team that will be ultra responsive to any problems and no matter who your host is there will be problems.

I would like to point out yet again that I don’t have anything negative to say about HostGator, they are a wonderful host.  We are just to a point where they sell say vans and SUVs and we need a couple buses to accommodate all our people.

I will continue to recommend them to bloggers and site owners for many years.  The challenges of a site like TSP are unique and we are simply at a point where we need a higher level of performance and service than they provide.

 

 

Episode-649- Listener Calls 4-22-11

This is the first Friday show broadcast from Hot Springs Arkansas at the new office.  Today we have some awesome questions and comments from the audience.  To be on a show like this just call 866-65-THINK and leave your message in two minutes or less and you might hear your call on a future edition of the show.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Self defense on vacation and situational awareness
  • Self defense tools for woman where a gun isn’t an option
  • The truth about most martial arts training
  • Building an AR
  • Growing food in high cold deserts
  • Storing brown rice
  • Choosing HSAs and individual Health Plans
  • Planting honey locust – the good, the bad and the ugly
  • The rocket mass heater greenhouse
  • Debt isn’t the answer don’t try to make it the answer
  • Moving pond water with a pump – give me some ideas here folks
  • A listeners tip that saves money and makes your house more marketable
  • Uses for a bomb shelter – do you have any ideas?  If so comment below

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-648- Reaching the Unreachable

Every day I get emails from people that say my ______ just doesn’t get it.  I have tried explaining _____ and ______ and ______ and they still don’t think there is any reason to have a preparedness plan.  What else can I say to reach them.   Now it is easy to write off people, call them sheeple (as most are), etc until they are someone we love and care about.  The problem though can be summed up in the quote, “a profit has no honor in his own country”.

Many of the people closest to you will be some of the last people to listen to you.  Today’s show will hopefully speak on your behalf, it may be something you can provide to the “unreachable” or at least the moderately resistant.  Unlike many in the “survival” niche I do not believe that you reach people with fear, gloom and doom but with empowerment.   So while today’s show may be like preaching to the choir for a lot of the audience I think you will enjoy it as well.  In the end I hope it also gives you a tool for reaching others.

A version with the housekeeping removed will be provided in the show notes as well. (Get it Here)

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Prepping is a normal activity
  • Not prepping is an abnormal activity (10,000 years proves it)
  • Food and water are our most fundamental needs
  • There are real threats to our on demand lifestyle
  • Prepping isn’t “running away” it is the exact opposite
  • Smart prepping has no downside
  • There is no real sacrifice required (long term)
  • The rewards are liberty and freedom
  • It will improve your physical health
  • It will improve your mental health
  • Getting started is very easy and cheap
  • It eventually becomes a lifestyle
  • It is NOT a political issue, prepping isn’t republican or democrat
  • Belief in conspiracy theories isn’t required or even useful
  • The primary rule is to do what YOU think is best

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-647- 12 Methods of Individual Food Production

Today I think we need to really begin to think about individual food production.  I 100% meant what I said yesterday about fearing future food shortages and as a result skyrocketing food prices.  America was once a “nation of farmers”, yet I think that statement gets misunderstood.

In our nation of farmer, yes, there were many true farmers in the way we generally think of the word.  Families who farmed more than 100 acres and literally earned their living from their land.  Yet at the same time countless men were tradesman and professionals as a primary source of income but still maintained a “farm” from a few to a few dozen acres.

These farms fed their families and raised additional income by selling surplus.  They also preserved much of the harvest to deal with winter shortages and other hard times.  Somewhere along the way the time clock and next promotion began to bury the small farms in the new reality of suburbia.  Yet even in the initial stages of suburbia the spirit lived on for a while.   Today we must continue to rekindle our roots as producers of food.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What became of our “nation of farmers”
  • Methods of individual food production
    1. Conventional gardening
    2. Guerrilla gardening
    3. Foraging
    4. Hunting
    5. Fishing
    6. Trapping
    7. Plant and forget
    8. Small Livestock
    9. Permaculture
    10. Aquaponics
    11. Container Gardening
    12. Food preservation

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.