Monthly Archives: October 2011

4 Awesome New MSB Benefits

New Benefits for the MSB

I have been working hard to bring some new benefits to members of the Member’s Support Brigade, today I am really excited to announce four great new benefits along with three announcements.

Remember the MSB is a program for listeners who want to support the show and it comes out to about 20 cents an episode.  Members gain access to exclusive benefits such as free eBooks, supporting vendor discounts and video content for member’s only.

First Two Free eBooks with a Combined Value of about 45 Bucks 

  • How to Build Your Own Residential Wind Turbine – Value $14.99 – This 45 page manual teaches you the basics of wind power generation and tell you how to build your own wind based power systems from items you can scrounge of acquire inexpensively.  This manual usually sells for $14.99 from PreparingYourFamily.com but now all MSB Members get it at no cost.
  • The Glycation Factor – Value $29.99 – Glycation or glycation of proteins occurs when glucose is in the blood stream from when we consume a diet with carbohydrates and other sugars. Glycation can seriously damage the major organ systems of the body and lead to premature aging. In his new book, Dr. Greg Ellis explains the dangers of glycation and how it can be avoided to prevent aging as well as live longer and better than ever before. This book may be the most important scientific information about diet and nutrition you ever read.  This book contains over 500 pages of deeply researched data and while it normally sells for $29.99 at ByeByeCarbs.com but now all MSB members get it for free

Both of the Above Books are now available for free instant download on the “Download” Page of the Members Brigade. 

Two New MSB Supporting Vendor Discounts

  • Dr. Greg Ellis’ Website ByeByeCarbs.com –  As one of the Worlds’ foremost experts on nutrition, health and well being, Dr. Greg Ellis has dedicated over 40 years of his life to both scientific and practical research and has worked with over 10,000 subjects, including many champion amateur and professional athletes as well as the general public.  MSB Members receive a 15% discount on all items for sale on Dr. Ellis’ site www.ByeByeCarbs.com
  • ValRizanov.com – Val Riazanov trained in Judo and Sambo as a member of the Russian Olympic squad for 6 years and later served in the infamous KGB as an operative and trianer.  Val is a master of the Russian Martial Arts system known as Systema.  He has produced a series of DVDs and eBooks on the subject and MSB Members get 15% off all the products on his website.

The Discount Codes for Both of these new supporting vendors are on the “Benefits” page of the MSB.

Three Important MSB Announcements

  • Long Time Supporter Safe Castle Royal Increases Value – Vic over at Safe Castle Royal has increased the cost of his “Discount Buyers Club” to $49.00.  This lifetime membership offers big discounts on most Safe Castle Products.  The membership has been selling for $29.00 but due to increased demand they recently raised the price to $49.00.  However, all MSB Members will continue to recieve this membership at zero cost to them.  Meaning this one benefit now pays all but 1 dollar of the first year of MSB Membership.
  • Clarification on Free Silver from Ready Made Resources – Ready Made Resources is still offering free silver with the purchase of 3 Cases of Mountain House of Alpine Aire Foods, with a few qualifiers.  The purchase must be for 3 case of either Mountain House Freeze Dried Food in #10 cans, or Alpine Aire Freeze Dried Food (note not all Alpine Aire is Freeze Dried)  in #10 Sized Cans and Ready Made Resources will send you 2) .9999 U.S. Silver Eagles which have a value $81.00. This offer can not be combined with any other sales or offers.
  • MSB and Forum Memberships are NOT LINKED – I have had a large number of members recently wondering why they can’t log into the forum with their MSB username and password.  The answer is simple, the MSB and the Forum are not linked, they are separate systems.  While many forum members display MSB badges in their signature that is something they do manually, it doesn’t mean the two systems are linked together.

As you can see I am continuing to build value for members of the support brigade.  With the new eBooks just announced the value of eBooks alone is over $140.00 while the value of the Safe Castle Membership and Western Botanicals Membership now combines to about 100 dollars in value, meaning just the eBooks and these two free memberships provide a 249 dollar return against first year membership costs of only 50 dollars.

So if you are a Member you may want to go log into your account and get your new eBooks or take advantage of some of the new or existing discounts.  If you have been considering becoming an MSB Member just visit the Members Page for more information.

 

Episode-774- Zombie Apocalypse 2011

The Zombies are Coming - Are You Ready

The Zombies are Coming - Are You Ready? Photo Credit to bloodygoodhorror.com

For the last three years I was asked to do a Halloween special centered around a “zombie apocalypse theme”, this is my attempt at doing so.

I think the show came out pretty decent, I did learn a lot about doing this type of theater and think perhaps we can do a better version next year.

If I had it to do over I would have written out a complete script and provided the outline to the audience in advance.  That would have spurred on more interactive calls, etc.

Disclaimer – no zombies were harmed during this recording!

A few notes…

  • I used every call that came in, there were not that many if you call wasn’t used it was due to not getting it you did not get screened out
  • I did NOT use many of the emails, it just didn’t work well for the flow of a show like this, next time we will focus on calls and give you guys more time to get your calls ready to go
  • I am not an actor, I did my best, I hope you enjoy this for what it was

 

Episode-773- Paleoculture the Orginal Permaculture

The American Bison was the Deffinition of "Sustainable Protien"

The American Bison was the Definition of "Sustainable Protein"

So this week I have been thinking about the paleo lifestyle and how it would fit into a permaculture based system.  Turn out I am not the first person to ask the question and the fit is quite natural.   The last time I spoke on paleo living I brought a lot of the “homesteading components” into it, today I will try to do a bit more.

Permaculture isn’t about growing plants and trees, that is one element to it, it is really a methodology for “whole system design”, encompassing all things for human existence.  Some of these include as energy, housing, economy and capital, community and yes food.  In fact this is why as a survivalist I am so attracted to permaculture, the word means “permanent culture”, in essence it is survivalism.

When you talk about eating a mostly meat based diet (caloric intake) the first thing people often say is “well meat isn’t sustainable”.  As our bodies are made of meat my response to such people would be simply, “if meat isn’t sustainable, humans aren’t sustainable”.  The reality is in my view hunter-gathers were the first permaculturists.

Join me today as I discuss…

  • Some clarification on my last paleo shows, I have not become a food Nazi
  • How humans originally “found food” and figured out it was food
  • From 50 million bison to barbed wire
  • Evaluation of how much land we need for paleo vs carb based living
    • How many people do we have to feed
    • What sources of income can we create
    • Who can we trade with locally
    • What climate type do we have
    • What are our food preferences
    • Can game play a role in the equation
    • What is our topography like
    • What water resources do we have/not have
  • Using annual and perennial crops to support humans directly
  • Using annual and perennial crops to support livestock and/or game
  • Utilizing paddock shifts
  • The best protein sources for small landscapes
    • Chickens
    • Ducks
    • Geese
    • Turkeys
    • Small Hog Breeds
    • Fish
    • Goats and Sheep
  • Sustainability isn’t an individual project but a community based lifestyle

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-772- Trevor Van Hemert from Pedal to Petal

Trevor Van Hemert of PedalToPetal.com

Trevor Van Hemert of PedalToPetal.com

Trevor Van Hemert runs Pedal to Petal a company that picks up food scraps from all over the city of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Pedal To Petal is a permaculture-based collective of bicycle loving food security activists who are taking direct action to reduce carbon emissions and landfill waste and to feed the soil and the city’s hungry.

They do all their pick up and transport via the use of bicycles with zero use of any fossil fuels.  The finished compost is used to grow food in the same city where the components are collected and the compost is produced making Pedal to Petal a truly local business.

While most people would tend to expect Pedal to Petal to be a non profit business it is actually a very successful for profit enterprise proving that a business can be successful, profitable and still have a soul and a noble purpose.

Join us today as we discuss…

  • What is Pedal to Petal and what makes it unique
  • The importance of building a “transition business” in modern times
  • How Pedal to Petal is able to successfully compete with larger competitors
  • Why/how the Amish business model has a 99% success rate
  • Why you may want to cap the growth of a business
  • The concept of “spin farming”
  • What is a compost host
  • How yard and food wastes can be profitable
  • Why it is better to charge to pick up waste then for finished compost

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.

New Page at TSP – Jack’s Public Appearances

As I have stated often on the air I play to make 2012 one full of opportunities to meet members of the TSP audience.  I already have 3 confirmed events set up for early 2012 and to make things easy I have added a “Public Appearances” page to the the TSP Website.

So far in 2012 I will be at…

  • The 2012 Shot Show in Las Vegas, NV in January
  • The Free State Projects Liberty Forum in Nashua, NH in February
  • 7 Days with Sepp Holtzer in Dayton, MT in May

Full Details for each are out the Public Appearances page which will be kept updated constantly as new events are confirmed.  If you are running or coordinating an event you would like me to attend or present at just contact me and we will see if we can work something out.

I am not charging speaker fees, etc but I am giving priority to groups who assist, with travel expenses, lodging, etc.

Episode-771- Ben Falk on Growing Rice in Cold Climates with Permaculture

Ben Falk of WholeSystemsDesign.com

Ben Falk of WholeSystemsDesign.com

Ben Falk developed Whole Systems Design, as a land-based response to biological and cultural extinction and the increasing separation between people and elemental things. Life as a designer, builder, ecologist, tree-tender, and back country traveler continually informs Ben’s integrative approach to developing landscapes and buildings.

His home landscape and the WSD studio site in Vermont’s Mad River Valley serve as a proving ground for the innovative land developments featured in the projects of Whole Systems Design. Ben has studied architecture and landscape architecture at the graduate level and holds a master’s degree in land-use planning and design.

He has taught design courses at the University of Vermont and Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum as well as on permaculture design, microclimate design, and design for climate change. He serves on the Board of Directors and Faculty at the Yestermorrow Design-Build School.  Ben joins us today to discuss growing rice with terraced systems in cold climates along with permaculture design considerations.

Join Ben and I Today as we Discuss…

  • Why grow rice in the first place
  • The methods of hill side agriculture that make a rice system practical
  • Lessons learned by cultivating rice in a climate not know for it
  • Integration of water fowl into a rice based system
  • Pest control via the attraction and introduction of predators
  • What hiring a permaculture design consultant can do for you
  • The most common mistakes people make setting up a site
  • The first things Ben looks at when evaluating a site
  • Several ways you can save yourself thousands of dollars in mistakes when buying land
  • A few uncommon crops and what they can do for your system

 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-770- Modern Financial Survival

Yesterday I stated that we are about to in effect go into the middle of a financial war.  I am not sure the analogy was fully understood it wasn’t so much about fighting the battle but more about the way that even if good is the end result how many can be harmed in the process.

This resulted in a litany of people trying to nit pick about the justification for WWII, why the US prospered after the war, etc.   Such people are literalists that don’t comprehend analogies and tell “ants are socialists”, when you tell them the ant and grasshopper story.

Today I will revisit a few things people took exception to (very briefly) and will spend most of the show outlining my “modern financial survival guide” for the coming future.

Join Me Today as We Discuss…

  • Is the Catholic Church calling for a “World Bank” and global tax or not
  • What exactly do I mean by a financial war
  • Why do I believe so emphatically that I am right about the coming collapse
  • What I think you need to do to be financially prepared for the future
    • Get rid of debt (especially floating rate debt)
    • Try to save at least 20% of your income (6 months security)
    • Know your exit points for every investment
    • If you are in stocks by only the best companies
    • Do not hold any and I mean any long term bonds
    • Keep an eye on TIPS Bond Yields
    • Remember most “experts” on TV are actually idiots
    • Develop your local community
    • Don’t bet on any government money (specifically @ 100%)
    • Consider land as the best investment (not houses)
    • Increase your financial IQ daily – start with vocabulary
    • Focus on gaining some % of self sufficiency with the 5 needs
    • Try to be as “cash rich” as possible
    • Don’t act in fear, think before you do anything
    • Do not listen to conventional wisdom during unconventional times
    • Remember the prepared can always profit and prosper

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

 

A Zombie Show for Halloween

The Zombies are Coming - Are You Ready

The Zombies are Coming - Are You Ready? Photo Credit to bloodygoodhorror.com

Well next Monday is Halloween and we have never done a “spoof show” of any kind.  On Monday we will do our first one.  On Monday the 31st, we will do an “Orson Welles” style “Zombie Apocalypse” show.

Clearly this show will be just for fun but if a bit of real prepper knowledge comes out of it, so much the better.

To pull this off though I need your help!  I need reports, questions and updates about what is happening as the living dead rise from the grave and attack and are beaten back at your Bug Out Locations.

An example of this might be,

“Jack this just in, the zombies have begun a relentless assault just outside of Nashville, TN.  Head shots are effective but we are running low on ammo, we are going to attempt to……..”

The more creativity and thought you put into this the better folks.  We have some heavy stuff to talk about this week and I just think it is time to do something that is just fun and what better day than Halloween and what subject better to tie in with prepping than zombies?

To submit emails for use on this show simply send emails to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with zombie in the subject line.  Please get into character and even if you just have questions make it real time and as if it is going on right now and you need the answer before they get you or something like that.  An example could be,

Jack we are in a gun shop and the staff are gone, likely consumed or converted, we can take any guns we want, and all the ammo we can carry but we can only carry so much, what guns should we grab or should we just make our stand here”?

I have been asked to do this the last few years and have stayed away from it for a few reasons.  Mainly cause I figure some asshat will take this episode and cut out parts and use it to prove I am nuts or something to that effect, basically present my satire as reality.  My other concern is there might just not be enough interest in it.  For this to work I need you to participate and I need your email no later than Sunday the 30th at noon.

So get with it folks, get creative, get a bit gory (try to stay kid friendly for this one though) and get funny too.  Let’s have some fun with this and those of you that have asked me to do this for the last three years, you had better participate.

NOTE -Above it states clearly,

“To submit emails for use on this show simply send emails to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with zombie in the subject line. “

To avoid confusion over what that actually means I have closed comments for this post to avoid people thinking they are making a submission by commenting.  If you have any questions about this show, email them to me.

Episode-769- Listener Feedback on the Economy 10-24-11

Photo Credit to borman818

Today we are doing a listener feedback show based on emails sent to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com.  Today though they are all based on the economy and our economic future.

I will warn you that today some of the material may be a bit deep, some hard to accept and a few times it may even sound a bit tin foil hat.  The truth is that everything I will tell you today though is factual and will withstand any investigation you desire to put into it.

My message today is basically we are about to go into a financial war, a war we can win but one with many causalities and one where many may very well fall.  It is our choice as to how we fight this war, but no way around it the war is coming and it will surround us all.

Join me today as I discuss your emails about…

  • The Vatican is calling for a world bank (global taxes) – Story Link
  • The Potential Return of the US to Global Dominance – Story Link
  • There is Now 20 Times More Debt Than Money in the Bond Market – Story Link
  • The US is Now For Sale to the World – Free Visa if you Buy a House – Story Link
  • Is a new currency on the way – what will it mean
  • Downward Class Migration is On the Way – Story Link
  • 100 Shocking Facts about the Economy – Story Link

 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.

Get the Song – What Have You Done

Get "What Have You Done" at RevolutionRockAndRoll

Greg Yows and I collaberated on this project.  I played the song on a few episodes last week and we are now formally releasing it.  You can get the song for free at Gregg’s site, Revolution Rock and Roll

The song came about as Gregg and I were working on “The Revolution is You” for the TSP custom theme.  I had an idea to write a song that started in the American Revolution, up through WWII and to our current day.

Gregg took the song a little bit darker than I first imagined, in his words,

“I didn’t want to do another sappy ballad that takes advantage of our troops”. 

After his first pass I added in the verse I call “the reckoning verse”, I felt the song needed a sense of justice at the end.   The lyrics are below and again you can get the digitally mastered track for free at RevolutionRockAndRoll.com

What Have You Done?
Written by Gregg Yows and Jack Spirko
Preformed by Gregg Yows

well I had to leave my family
when the shot heard round the world
called up those British bastards
that put me to the sword
I died a lowly subject,
of a king and monarchy
yeah I’m the first American,
who made this country free

what have you done
with my country?
what have you done with the founding truths,
I gave my life
so you could be free
and this is how you repay me?

I hit the beach a runnin’
with an M1 in my hand
before I knew got to cover
I was face-Down in the sand
now I’m proud to die on D-day
and I’d do it all again
but time has shown me death in war
breeds politics and sin

[CHORUS]

I keep lookin’ down to see it all go wrong
my blood mixed with the dirt
that Yankees call their home

well I never woulda done it
if I knew what they would do
to the land I fought and died for
the land that I gave you!

now I look down on leaders
who look down on the sheep
who take their printed money
and buy a big TV
my blood was spilled for nothing,
you people aren’t free
and all the rights I gave my life for
just a memory…

[CHORUS]

now the patriots are standing guard
on just the other side,
they’re rootin’ for us all
who live free because they died

to those of you who turn your back
on the land in which you live,
when you go to meet your maker,
what answer will you give?

[CHORUS]