Monthly Archives: October 2011

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Episode-768-Craig Cole from The Outdoor Podcast

Craig Cole from The Outdoor Podcast

Craig Cole from The Outdoor Podcast

Craig Cole is an avid outdoorsman and hunter who decided to start The Outdoor Podcast as a method of sharing his passion for the outdoors with other people.

Craig’s passions range from hunting to canoeing to wilderness self-reliance skills and just about anything and everything outdoors.

He is currently a student of Dave Canterbury’s Phase 1 Course and was published in Issue #3 of Self-Reliance Magazine.  He joins us today to discuss ways we can all find more adventure in our lives and add a sense of realism to our self reliance skills training.

Talking to Craig was great, sort of like chatting to an old friend you had never actually met, I think this will be a great podcast to kick off a fall weekend.

Craig Joins Us Today to Discuss…

  • Adding realism to self reliance
  • Finding Adventure in your life
  • The law of the lowest common denominator
  • Canoes vs. kayaks
  • Skills over stuff
  • Real scenarios that are the most likely to require self reliance skills
  • Practicing skills within your daily activities
  • EDC and day kits
  • Butchering big game
  • Finding an outdoors mentor
  • Small game hunting

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-767- Winter is Coming Are You Ready

Our Dog Blackie Enjoing over 11 inches of Texas Snow

Our Dog Blackie Enjoying what ended up being over 11 inches of Texas Snow

So today for the first time when I took the dog for a walk in the early morning there was frost on the car and trucks.  I actually put on my Carhart vs my windbreaker and even put my free (non coffee holding) hand in my pocket for a bit of warmth.

Of course that means winter is on its way.  Sure we have a few months of “fall” to go, at least in the south but this is the time of the year where things seem to accelerate.  So in the tradition of the ant and the grasshopper today I say, winter is coming, are you ready?  If not let’s talk about getting there.

My hope is that this show will make each listener consider and shore up just one or two places that they have put off or forgotten about in preparation for the coming winter.

Some of these choices are about life and death and others are just about preserving some of the special times  of the season, like family visiting during the holidays in relative comfort.  Others may not save your life but may save you hundreds or thousands of dollars by preventing damage due to winter weather events.

Join me Today as we Discuss…

  • Winter Prepping the home
    • Furnace inspection
    • Fireplace cleaning
    • Wood/gas/pellet stove test run
    • CO Dectors
    • Back up heating options
    • Inventory fuel and assess requirements
    • Hose bib protection
    • Check up on your kits
    • Back up lighting
    • Considering a generator
  • Winter Prepping the Car
    • Oil Change – (proper weight)
    • Wiper blade upgrade and ice scrapers
    • Freeze resistant windshield washer
    • Clean and care for your battery
    • Fuel and air filters
    • Check belts and hoses
    • Consider snow tires
    • Check out the 4×4
    • Flush and replace antifreeze coolant
    • Make sure the spare tire has air
    • Make sure you have jumper cables
    • Extra fuel if it is practical
  • The winter car/truck kit
    • Cold weather gear
    • Water and food
    • Shovel
    • Traction material (salt, cat liter, etc)
    • A come along or winch
    • A good stable jack
    • Inspect and account for spare tire tools
    • Consider a tool like the PowerDomeEX
    • Emergency radio
    • Cell phone chargers
    • Fire starting material
  • Common Sense Procedures
    • Estimate travel times and make sure someone is aware of your plans
    • Sometimes DON’T GO is the only answer
    • Keep all items charged and fresh batteries around
    • Test anything you answer a “what if” question with

 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-766- Jacob Lund Fisker from Early Retirement Extreme

Jacob Lund Fisker is the author of Early Retirement Extreme, he retired at 33 with enough investments to never need to work again.  He is from Denmark but has lived in the US since 2004

In his prior life he was a theoretical astrophysicist, but got tired of the careerism and wasn’t inspired by the prospects of doing the same thing day after day for the rest of his life.

He now self-identifies himself as “a writer”.  When he was in grad school, he discovered peak oil (in 2001, before it was cool) together with anticonsumerism and finance. So he started saving as much as he could to avoid “getting mortgaged” while at the same time prepping for TEOTAWKI.

Later it just became a lifestyle (he considers himself a “recovering doomer”) and somewhere along the way he discovered that he could use the money he had saved to buy his first house in cash to supply himself with a living income for the next, oh say, 300 years. The rest, as they say, is history.

Join us Today as we Discuss…

  • How different generations define “retirement”
    • The GI Generation
    • The Boomers
    • Gen X
  • What is a climax state in nature and how it applies to the modern economy
  • How complex systems break down and need to be rebuilt
  • Why most people should focus more on savings than increasing income
  • How 3% ROI can yield a full retirement with only 5 years of savings
  • Getting out of consumer mentality (problems equal products)
  • Why modern specialists are more replaceable than an “uneducated” farm hand
  • The value of leaning to cook
  • Turning your oven into a grill – you will probably go “DUH!” when you hear this
  • Living a great life below the “poverty level”

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-765- Useful Small Animals for the Homestead

Okay there is a lot of gloom and doom out there and to be honest some of the crap is really hitting the fan right now.  It will be necessary for me to delve into that world more and more in the coming months/years but I still want to keep some positive and fun stuff coming as well.

Hence today we are going to focus on homesteading and animals that can feed us, protect our property or provide us with other benefits.  The list we will cover today includes some “traditional small livestock”, some wild game and some other stuff people don’t usually think of.

So what happened to chickens?  They get a token mention but as everyone thinks of chickens first we are focusing elsewhere today.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What makes an animal useful for our homestead
    • Produces food
    • Produces functional by products
    • Produces useful waste
    • Performs a useful function
    • Provides entertainment
    • Supports other systems
  • Some useful and easy to care for livestock
    • Dogs
    • Rabbits
    • Small Swine
    • Squirrels, Raccoons and other small wildlife
    • Bees (mason and conventional)
    • Ducks
    • Fish – tilapia, catfish, trout, crayfish, frogs, etc.
    • Worms and insects
    • Goats and sheep
    • Pigeons and Quail

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-764- Listener Calls for 10-17-11

Time for another round of your calls to 866-65-THINK.  Yep it is Monday not Friday but I decided to change things up a bit, we will stick to one feedback and one call in show a week (most weeks) but they just won’t always be on Fridays and Mondays.

Join me today as I answer your calls on…

  • My thoughts and the whole story on Hank Williams Jr.
  • Creative ways to hide valuables in your home
  • Using re-sublimated iodine crystals for water purification and first aid
  • Critters that may damage ponds or swales
  • Turning a lawn into a garden
  • Who designed the TSP website
  • What do I mean when I say “hold cash”
  • The reality about “cutting essential services” like firefighters and teachers
  • An easy way to clean used drums that may have held chemicals like antifreeze
  • Thoughts on buying a house right now
  • How we could actually make a difference at the ballot box

 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-763- The Paleo Prepper Mindset

Yesterday I did a post about my 18 month experience of eating mostly paleo and my final 90 days of doing it almost totally hard core.  The responses are mixed, mostly anyone that has tried it is very much in agreement with me, those opposed are mostly rehashing dogma.

So today we are going to discuss this subject, I will clarify myself on a few things (such as exercise) and explain some of the science.  Mostly though I want to share my experience, my results and how as a prepper you address food storage when focusing on a “paleo” lifestyle.

Join me today as I discuss…

  • It isn’t a “diet” in our modern vocabulary
  • It isn’t just meat and fat (my partial list of foods I eat)
  • My epiphany on how to choose what I eat
  • My results
  • Beer and alcohol
  • How I actually “exercise”
  • How our ancestors exercised
  • The many problems with modern exercise
  • The reality that some must exercise in a more conventional way
  • The problem with modern medical “wisdom”
  • Why what you “believe” is irrelevant
  • Why some people are “healthy” on food I consider unhealthy
  • Why I believe fermented foods are ancient
  • Why I believe anthropology over ideology
  • My thoughts on the “Paleo Homestead”
  • Why “low carb recipes” mostly bore me
  • 30 Days and judge it for yourself

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

 

My Thoughts on The Paleo Solution by Rob Wolf

The Paleo Solution By Robb Wolf

The Paleo Solution By Robb Wolf

Recently I had a guest on that talked about fermented foods and a diet high in protein and fat and low in carbohydrates.  I know many of your are skeptical about this (of course you are because it defies dogma) but I can tell you personally it works.  Over the last year and a half I have focused on a diet of meat and veggies, I weighed myself for the first time in a long time this week and the results are 71lbs of lost weight.

I have not counted calories, I have not even paid attention to fat, I have eaten plenty of bacon and steak and I have not exercised at all in the conventional 1-2-3-4 way.  About three months ago I went full tilt bore on it, no more bread (and you know how I love beer bread), no noodles, no rice, I didn’t just eat them in moderation I banished them.  The slow loss accelerated and I shed 25 pounds of those 71 in 90 days.

My exercise routine has been gardening, walking and playing with my dogs.  I haven’t done a push up (my shoulders were nearly destroyed by my zeal for them in the past) or a jumping jacks and I haven’t been hungry at all.

During this 6 week period is when I interviewed Doc Fermento and found Robb Wolf’s book The Paleo Solution.  In the book and in the interview a certain thought came up but was never completed.  Basically that some foods are actually designed to repel themselves from being eaten, they are bitter or hard or taste bad until they are cooked and or processed in some way.  Rob puts it this way in his book, if you eat a blackberry the seed passes in your stool, a blackberry is designed to be eaten.  If you eat a wheat berry it is destroyed and is lost to digestion, it is designed to repel us from eating it.  Doc Fermento made some similar analogies during his interview.

Well, while reading The Paleo Solution I had what I consider an epiphany that completes this line of thought.  Here it goes,

“All food meant for human consumption is edible and tastes good in its raw natural form even if that isn’t how we eat it due to cultural or health related reasons.”

Let me start with meat, no doubt many of you have never eaten raw meat, unflavored, unsalted, unseasoned plain old raw red meat or fish.  I have and I can tell you it is easy to chew, tastes good and if not infected with bacteria or other pathogens does not make you sick.  It is only our cultural bias that makes us think we need to cook meat along with the modern reality of how meat is handled and the health risks it creates.  Yet make no mistake raw meat tastes good to humans if they are devoid of bias.

Conversely rice is only good to eat if soaked and boiled or steamed, the same is true of wheat, ever toss a handful of wheat berries unsoaked into your mouth?  So I started considering all the foods that are acceptable in the Paleo/Protein Power world.  For instance sweet potatoes are a go while white potatoes are a no go.  Ever eat a piece of raw sweet potato?  Yum!  In fact try grating one on a salad it is wonderful.  Yet how about raw white potato?  Not so good minus the steam bath and butter now is it?

I tried this with every food on the go vs. no go list and only one food really stood out as being a somewhat no no and still tasting good raw, it was corn.  Funny enough corn is considered a “consume in moderation” food, one of the few cross overs in the world of paleo style eating.  So my one “grain” for the last 90 days has been grilled corn once or twice a week with a steak.

Those of you who have seen me recently at Salt Lake and Denver know just how dramatic the weight loss is.  I feel healthy and I feel better than I have in years.  I have no plans to start “working out” either even though Robb Wolf advocates it.  My paleo ancestors walked everyday, they built stuff, they ran only when chasing or being chased.  None of them did dips or squats or other repetitive motion activities that destroy our joints.

Again I know many will doubt this can be true, that a man can eat ribeyes, sweet potatoes, bacon and pork chops and loose weight but results are hard to ague with and two pictures are worth 2000 words.

Here is a picture of me right after I left corporate American about 18 Months ago at OpenCamp in Dallas Texas.  Three years of “client entertainment” at fancy restaurants and clubs along with stress created the person you see below.

Jack at 281

Now I am not trying out for the cover of GQ and I am not trying to develop a 6 pack, though my wife commented about my abs last night (wink) but contrast the above photo to this one with me standing next to Dave Canterbury two weeks ago.

Jack at 210 with Dave C.

Of course the Government in their eternal wisdom states that I should be about 175 pounds but I played football as a senior in High School at 190 lbs, so I feel pretty good about being 210 at 40 years of age and government is the last group I look to for approval in my life.  So I am sticking with my epiphany from now on,

“All food meant for human consumption is edible and tastes good in its raw natural form even if that isn’t how we eat it due to cultural or health related reasons.”

If you want to debate me about this I really don’t have the patience for it.  I have over 70 reasons now as to why I know this lifestyle works and works well.  To understand what losing 70 pounds is like go look at a 5lb tub of butter in the grocery the next time you are there.  Then realize that I lost 14 of those eating the very food government and government medicine insists makes us fat.

If you want the science read Rob Wolf’s book, “The Paleo Solution” and you will find the science overwhelming, personally I don’t need science, I am sticking with results.

This does leave me looking at buckets of beans, rice, pasta and grains in my preps and thinking about how wise storing them is.   I have decided I can use it to feed my neighbors while I live on deer, rabbit, tilapia, eggs, goat and chicken and it is survival food if I need it.  I also want to point on one last thing for the doubters.

NO I AM NOT SAYING you can eat big macs and loose weight, they are full of sugar, full of unnatural fats and wrapped in bread.  I am saying you can eat a ton of high quality meat, ignore the fat and eat large amounts of vegetables, seeds, nuts and fruits and loose weight.

My one indulgence is dark chocolate in moderation, goes nice with a dark beer for desert.  I also now love “NorCal Margaritas” a recipie I got from Rob’s book.  I really recommend Rob’s book along with Protein Power by the Doctors Eades for those who are skeptical and can’t simply judge the very clear results.

Books Mentioned in this Post

Episode-762- Tom Haile on Serving in the Peace Corps

Tom Haile in Madagascar

Tom Haile in Madagascar

Tom is a Texas native growing up in Katy Texas. He doesn’t remember leaving Texas until being at least old enough to buy a beer.   He started a career in software development in 2000 but tired of it and joined the Peace Corps in 2007.

After returning in 2009 he continued a career of software development in Austin Texas. His experience as an environment volunteer in the third world has given him a new perspective on humanity.

I think many people feel the Peace Corps is made up of nothing but peacenick hippies who want to escape reality for a few years before joining the corporate grind.  While serving in Honduras in 1991 building roads as a solider in the US Army I knew several Peace Corps members.

They lived in tougher conditions then I did, they had no way to defend themselves and were largely on the same mission, to help people in need.  My hope is Tom’s experience will expand the listener’s mind today on what service in the Corps is really all about and how valuable it is in helping others and perhaps someday helping us right here at home during hard times.

Join us today as we discuss…

  • The three primary objectives of the Peace Corps
  • What you get out of serving in the Corps
  • Individual skill sets in the third world such as
    • Growing rice
    • Building clay and mud ovens
    • Teaching language skills
    • Erosion control
    • Gardening/Permaculture
    • Raising poultry
    • Medical care in absence of doctors
    • Building community
    • Solar cooking
    • Building nurseries for tree cultivation
  • The way taxes can begin at a city level almost in an extortionist way
  • Theft and punishment thereof in the third world
  • Road construction in rural Madagascar (roads are a luxury in the 3rd world)

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-761- Downward Class Migration

Photo Credit to Purpleslog via Flickr

I have been predicting downward class migration in the coming years but the more research I do the more I realize that it is actively occurring and has been for the last 50 years.

In reality it is only the illusions created by easy consumer level debt that has hidden the drop in class level over the past few decades.

The coming downward class migration is more accurately a revealing of what has already occurred than something new.

Join me today as I discuss…

  • The inflation rate over the last 50 years
  • How a surplus of “educated” people has eroded the value of an education
  • Why almost all people with degrees used to be upper management and now are often receptionists
  • The real value of a general labor construction income in 1973
  • How debt has created an illusion of prosperity during an onslaught of poverty
  • How cities and counties are cutting costs today
  • 9 American cites that are on the fast track to bankruptcy
  • Harrisburg PA is bankrupt, how the state made it happen
  • The cold hard facts about what is coming
  • My challenge to you, do it on 70% for one month

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.