Monthly Archives: September 2011

Member’s Support Brigade Updated with Zip Files up to Episode 749

Just a quick post to let you know that I updated the Member’s Brigade today with zip files.  There are now 24 episode zip files for every episode of TSP from Episode 1 all the way up to Episode 749.

If you have ever wanted to get every episode of TSP with out downloading them one at a time this is just one benefit of joining the Members Brigade.

You can find these files in the “download” area of the Member’s Brigade.  I also occasionally get questions like “how will companies know I am a member so I can get my discounts from them as a Brigade Member”.  The answer is simple, in your members area there is an area that is called “benefits” that area provides discount codes and their details for all supporting vendors of the MSB.

More info on The Member’s Brigade Here

Episode-753- Call in Friday 9-30-11

Absolutely an awesome round of calls today on a tremendous variety of subjects along with two things I had to cover today instead of waiting until Monday to discuss.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The “useful idiots” of “Occupy Wall Street”
  • Help keep a heirloom seed company in business for 5 bucks
  • Making peanut butter
  • The nonsense of “doomer reality TV” and why I won’t touch it
  • How to sell your home and what to do if you stay
  • How to winter over peppers
  • Issues when mixing ethanol and gasoline
  • Cameras and recorders at public meetings for all, not just for who we like
  • Why the über-rich are buying farm and timberland
  • Will cities and counties sell off public lands
  • Did Sepp Holtzer influence my choice of my homestead
  • Dealing with DE when it has been over used
  • Is a refinance the same as a new loan – depends on how you look at it

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-752- Courtney Clay on Unschooling

Courtney and Her Son Cedar

Courtney Clay was “unschooled” for her entire childhood, and received great benefit from this method of self-directed learning.  Now 29 years old she is raising a  2-year-old son of her own.

She is also enthusiastic about sustainability, nature-based community, self-sufficiency, enjoying wild food and all of nature’s healthy, free gifts, and growing and preparing my own nourishing food.

When asked about herself Courtney puts it this way,

“I am a mother, adventurer, and lover of life. I am passionate about my family, community, infinite sustainability, optimal nourishment, and finding truth, empowerment and joy in all my life experiences”.

She also runs an awesome blog called Ecstatic Mothering that can be found at http://chocotrixie.blogspot.com where she discusses alternatives for bring u children in a cookie cutter world where despite what we are told, one size certainly does not fit all.

Join Us Today As We Discuss…

  • Do we need to force children to learn or will they just do it if we let them?
  • How do unschoolers learn fundamentals with out traditional structure?
  • Do unschoolers ever go to college?
  • How do unschoolers/homeschoolers develop a social life?
  • Is school really a way to learn about socializing in the “real world”?
  • Do children institutionalize parents in old age because that is what they were taught?
  • What is the difference in an education and graduation?
  • Are we kidding ourselves with the “everyone needs college” mantra?
  • Have we lost the “community teaching” of our ancestors?
  • What can we learn about learning from “primitive” peoples?

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.

Ready Made Resources Issues on the AR 15 Upper Contest

Ready Made Resources just ran a contest to give away an AR15 Upper.  Apparently due to some sort of browser issue or scripting issue quite a few of you tried to enter but got failure messages or said that the “submit button on the form was not displayed”.

I discussed this with Robert and he is making it right.  All you have to do is send him an email to grisrob @ gmail.com – (ONLY IF YOU TRIED TO ENTER AND IT DIDN’T WORK) – with the following,

1.  Your full name
2.  Your Address
3.  Your email
4.  A note saying I tried to enter the AR15 contest but the form gave me an error

You have till Friday to do that and at the time Robert will use a random number generator to pick the winner.  They made several efforts to fix this issue during the contest and the problem would go away and come back.  I would like to thank Robert for making this right.

AGAIN PLEASE DO NOT SEND AN EMAIL FOR THIS UNLESS YOU TRIED DURING THE CONTEST AND GOT A FAILURE MESSAGE.

That means if you don’t know anything about the AR15 contest you don’t need to worry about this but do make sure to enter our current contest with Bulk Ammo for Free Ammo.

Episode-751- Common Sense vs. Consumerism

Today I wanted to take a moment to take a look at the concept of consumerism and how it directly conflicts with the preparedness lifestyle.  Now don’t get me wrong I am a capitalist libertarian, I believe in the free market but I also believe in making informed consumer decisions.

Consumerism is the opposite of that, consumerism is a heard mentality where providers and producers spend time competing for existing market share and replacing products that are still functional.  An informed consumer market requires producers and providers to innovate and create better longer lasting products and services.

Join me today as I discuss…

  • Early Retirement Extreme – a book that got me thinking this way
    • Are we in a “climax stage” as in Permaculture
    • Are companies innovating or competing in existing markets
    • Working Man v. Salary Man v. Business Man v. Renaissance Man
  • How our grandparents evaluated a purchase of a product
    • Do I need it
    • Does anything I have fill the role now
    • How long will it last
    • What will it do for me and my family
    • How long must I work to pay for it
    • If I don’t buy it what difference will it really make
  • How companies market products today
    • Can we create a fad/cult following around it
    • What existing market share can we capture with it
    • Can we build a market to sell subsequent products to
    • Is it a consumable or designed to fail
    • How cheaply can we manufacture it
    • Can we outsource most of the work
    • Will it last long enough to avoid returns
    • Can we sell it for less than the competition
    • Or can we justify a premium at little to no internal cost
  • How do we avoid the consumerist trap and still have fun and cool stuff
    • Avoiding debt solves most of the problems
    • Have a 48 hour waiting period on major purchases
    • Ask the questions our grandparents did

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.

Bulk Ammo Give Away for TSP Listeners

Win Free Ammo From Bulk Ammo

BulkAmmo one of our awesome sponsors has stepped up for the next big give away on The Survival Podcast.  In fact they are giving away over 450 dollars in top quality ammo to our audience.

For 4 weeks, you have the chance to ask a question on BulkAmmo.com and be entered for the chance to win FREE ammo!  Each participant can choose up to 2 products to submit a question for – each unique question per unique product enters your name once for a chance to win (max of 2 entries per person).

Questions must be legitimately related to the product, intelligent, relevant and interesting, useful to the end customer, and refrain from any foul language or inappropriate content.  BulkAmmo.com reserves the right to disapprove questions if they do not follow these guidelines and disqualify them from counting for a chance to win.

The Bulk Ammo staff will answer each question as they receive it – once answered the Q & A will appear live on our product page for all customers to see!

How to Participate:

  1. Go to www.bulkammo.com
  2. Navigate to a product you would like to ask a question about
  3. Click on the “Product Q&A” tab underneath the product details/pictures
  4. Click on “Ask a Question”
  5. Enter your name as “First Name – TSP” so that we know you are participating in this TSP promotion
  6. Enter your email, your question, and then click “Submit”

Prizes:

  1. First Place- $200 BulkAmmo.com Gift Card
  2. Second Place – $150 BulkAmmo.com Gift Card
  3. Third Place – $100 BulkAmmo.com Gift Card

Winners:

The last day of the promotion will be October 21, 2011.  The three winners will be chosen randomly on Monday October 24th, 2011 and passed along to Jack to be announced on TSP.

You can watch this video for more details! 

Episode-750- Bryan Black on the Top 10 Tactical Skills for the Common Man

Bryan Black From ITSTactical.com

Bryan Black From ITSTactical.com

Bryan Black from ITS Tactical joins us today to discuss tactical skill sets.

ITS was founded in early 2009 as a joint venture between Military Veterans and those serving in the Special Operations community, ITS Tactical has quickly grown into a definitive resource for skill-set information, tactical gear reviews and DIY projects.

While ITS provides a lot of information specifically designed for the military, LEO and security communities they are also a great resource for preppers even those who are not into “everything tacticool”.

Today Bryan joins us to discuss his personal top ten list of tactical skills that everyone should make a part of their lives, specifically for those of us in a preparedness mindset.

Join Us Today As We Discuss…

  • Self Defense, Combatives and Situational Awareness
  • Navigation
  • Fitness
  • Lock Picking
  • Medical
  • Driving
  • Knot Tying
  • Digital Competency
  • Home Security/Assessment
  • The Tactical Mindset

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-749- Listener Feedback for 9-26-11

Today is Monday and I have a lot of great positive stuff this week along with a lot of interesting questions and concerns from the audience.  Remember to submit content for a show like this simply send your email to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with the appropriate subject line such as article for jack, comment for jack, question for jack, etc. and I will try to get your material on the air.

Please note I receive 200-400 emails (real ones) on an average day, there is no way I can respond to them all or put them all on air, I do read them all though and your thoughts are important to me so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • Come hang out with me and Sepp Holtzer in Montana in May
  • An update on AgriTrue, coding has begun
  • A possible land buying opportunity
  • Is now the time to buy precious metals
  • One piece of monitoring equipment kills power for 6 million
  • Advice for anyone in any demographic
  • Follow up on carrying a zippo and not having it dry out
  • The real cost of not having a back up generator
  • Storing vehicle components such as motors long term
  • A simple small scale wetland/swale project
  • A sneak peak of a new song I co-wrote with Gegg Yows
  • When I want cash for my gold and silver what do I do
  • The protesters on Wall Street are NOT your friends

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.

Some Photos from the Denver Self Reliance Expo

Here are some of the pictures from the Denver Self Reliance Expo. Lots of folks were camera shy and we only took picutres of visitors on the second day.  Why?  Because our brains were fried from travel and the lead up to the show and what have you.

I do know tons of you guys came by and took your own pictures too though on both days, so if you want to share them in the comments below please do.

Remember we are in Salt Lake City on Oct. 7-8 for the next Expo and hope to see many of you there.

Episode-748- Listener Calls for 9-23-11

So it is our first Friday after the Denver Expo so of course the listener calls show has returned.  To submit a call for a show like today, please just call 866-65-THINK and we will try to get you on the air.

Today we have great calls on matched guns, gardening, gold vs inflation, the secret of oz and more.  Please keep in mind that if you do call in you should call from a quite area, know what you plan to say before you make your call and insure you are on a land line or at least a cell phone with good signal.  There will be no one on the other end of the line to let you know if you can’t be heard clearly.

Join Me Today As I Answer Your Calls On…

  • Pistol and carbines in a common caliber
  • Getting a mortgage with out credit cards
  • Pressure vs. water bath canning why not always just pressure can
  • How gold can hedge inflation along with some unseen gotchas
  • EDC – where and how does cash fit it
  • Square foot gardening is it all it is cracked up to be
  • The Secret of Oz and what it teaches us about gold and money
  • Upcoming events with Jack in 2012
  • Storing “give away” food
  • The ins and outs of mulching and chop and drop

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.