Monthly Archives: March 2012

Episode-862- The Modern Homesteading Mindset

Some folks wonder why I spend so much effort on homesteading type topics.  Simply put because modern survivalism is about a better quality of life, not just prepping for total systems failure.  In fact I feel in many ways that systems have already failed or are actively failing.

Understand the role of society and government is supposed to be to make sure people have individual rights and the ability to pursue happiness.  While it may be the case that these words are part of our foundational documents I view them as universal natural law.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • How well are “the systems” working for the average person
  • Homesteading as a mindset vs. tasks and stuff
  • What were the goals of the original homesteaders
  • Typical modern homestead lifestyles
    • Urban Homesteading
    • Suburban Homesteading
    • Rural Homesteading
    • Off Grid Homesteading
  • How the six needs of survival relate to homesteading
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Energy
    • Security
    • Sanitation
  • The importance of community for homesteaders
  • The concept of a true “homesteaders community”

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-861- Listener Feedback for 3-19-12

It’s Monday and time for another round of you your feedback, questions and commentary sent to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com.  Make sure if you submit content for a Monday feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Today we discuss the new Executive Order by Obama that ain’t what the tin hats are telling you it is, the untold story of the bank stress tests, Ron Paul as VP, who gets the “spoils of war” and more.

Join Me Today as we Discuss…

  • No the new Executive Order isn’t really anything new, seriously
  • 15 of 19 Banks “pass” the stress test, why 4 failures is bigger news
  • The “spoils of war” in Afghanistan go to India, China, Russia and Iran
  • New ion cannon tech may cut the cost of solar panels in half
  • A video that says I ain’t crazy after all when I explain the monetary system
  • Would I vote for Rick, Newt or Mitt if Ron Paul was their VP
  • Keith Snow to be on RFD TV starting May 1st
  • Thoughts on why “paleo” sometimes may not seem to work
  • Protecting “physical” gold and silver
  • One listener shares his transformation story it should inspire us all
  • A young listener shows up what self reliance looks like
  • What I want every listener and member of the TSP community to never forget

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-860- Listener Calls 3-16-12

So it is Friday and we have some calls today on some great stuff.  Today we hear about open carry, protesting, precious metals, tornadoes, libertarianism, entrepreneurship, prepping on the road, election cycles and how they effect the stock market, livestock and financial advisers.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.  The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details.  Also call from a quite area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard.  I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get most of them on.

Join Us Today as we Discuss…

  • My thoughts on open carry
  • Thoughts on filming demonstrations and protests
  • Thoughts on passive solar heating of a work shop
  • In a libertarian government who would pay for national defense
  • One family reports on the recent tornado outbreak
  • Silver or gold or both on a current bullion buy
  • Starting a business in the firearms niche
  • Thoughts on being a traveler and modern “hunter gatherer”
  • When do you retire laying hens
  • What was different about 2008 from other election years
  • Picking a financial adviser

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-859- Jack Dody on Off Grid Homesteading

Jack Dody of christianhomesteaders.org

Jack Dody of ChristianHomesteaders.org

Jack and Marilou Dody live on a homestead on the plains of Colorado, within sight of Pikes Peak. Jack has been designing and building “alternative” housing since the late sixties.

His workbook entitled Abundaculture gives the details of his homestead construction, including solar and wind power, a rainwater catch system, indoor garden, passive solar, and a composting toilet.

Jack runs workshops to train missionaries, homesteaders and homeschoolers on the knowledge he has gain in his years of actually living the life of a truly off grid homesteader.   His work has prepared many for trips to remote ares of the world on aid missions along with helping others realize their own dream of homestead life.

Jack joins Jack today to discuss…

  • The challenges of true off grid living
  • Using a sawdust toilet
  • Using gray water for irrigation
  • Using SIP containers in dry climates
  • The value of kids growing up on the homestead
  • How you can  make solar and wind affordable
  • Why most homesteaders need at least some off homestead income
  • Common mistakes of new homesteaders
  • Why homesteaders are generally the first to know about threats to liberty

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-858- Lierre Keith on The Vegetarian Myth

Lierre Keith Author of The Vegetarian Myth

Lierre Keith Author of The Vegetarian Myth

I first found Lierre Keith on Peak Moment TV being interviewed by Janaia Donaldson.  She is the author of a book highly recommended by Robb Wolf called, “The Vegetarian Myth”.  When I heard her explain many of the roots of why we are told veganism is so good for us I knew I had to bring her on TSP.

The Forward of The Vegetarian Myth explains, “We’ve been told that a vegetarian diet can feed the hungry, honor the animals, and save the planet. Lierre Keith believed in that plant-based diet and spent twenty years as a vegan. But in The Vegetarian Myth, she argues that we’ve been led astray–not by our longings for a just and sustainable world, but by our ignorance.

The truth is that agriculture is a relentless assault against the planet, and more of the same won’t save us. In service to annual grains, humans have devastated prairies and forests, driven countless species extinct, altered the climate, and destroyed the topsoil–the basis of life itself. Keith argues that if we are to save this planet, our food must be an act of profound and abiding repair: it must come from inside living communities, not be imposed across them.

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.

GBTV Needs a HAM Radio Expert

Update – I am officially booked and will be on GBTV tomorrow with Glenn, additionally they have found a HAM for the segment.

It looks like I may be going back on GBTV tomorrow for an interview with Glenn Beck.  If so we will be driving down to Dallas in the early morning for it.  The producer has asked me if I might also be able to recommend a HAM radio operator to be on the show.

This person needs to be able to be available tomorrow between about 2PM and 6PM and able to go in studio in the Dallas area.  If you can help out with this please get in touch with me by email at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com and I will forward your info on to the producer.

The are basically simply looking for someone to explain what a HAM radio is and demonstrate how it works.   I could actually do that but as I am not a licensed HAM (yes I know I should add that to my skill set) I don’ t feel it would be appropriate for me to present the material and essentially make and illegal communication.

Anyone who may be media shy should know that the staff of GBTV have been completely professional with me the entire time.  I don’t think anything here is being sensationalized and you know me if I did I would not be involved with it.

Episode-857- Listener Feedback for 3-12-12

It is time for another show based 100% on emails the audience has sent in to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com  Remember to submit content for a show like this.

Please realize I get hundreds of submissions a week and can only get about a dozen on the weekly feedback show.  That said I do read them all and often put out many of them on facebook and twitter even if I don’t put them on the show.

The best way to make sure I read your question or comment is to put “question for jack” or something similar in the subject line of your email.  This will also help to prevent accidental spam sorting.

Join Me Today As I Answer Your Emails on…

  • A welcome and an explanation for new listeners about our community
  • A reaffirmation I can think you are totally wrong and still respect you fully
  • Creative solutions by one Spanish town to austerity and recession
  • California cities continue with “water wars”
  • An insider report that the FEDs are drilling for food shortages
  • Is Quickclot worth the cost, in a word, YES
  • Why I generally feel that prisons should be state run
  • Two listeners that really need to pause and take a breath
  • Why hugulkulture is not suited for container gardens
  • A lesson from Greece on why you should deal with local farmers today
  • Thoughts on relocation of houses, yes the entire house

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-856- Listener Calls for 3-9-12

So it is Friday and we have some calls today on some great stuff.  Today we hear about the forming of the expert council, societies rebuilding, doubling up, water filtration, the value of a garden and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.  The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details.  Also call from a quite area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard.  I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get most of them on.

Join Us Today as we Discuss…

  • A real live example of how society rebuilds itself
  • Direct evidence that TSIHTF right now based on school tax issues
  • Thoughts on water filtration
  • Another look at the “value of a garden”
  • Suggestions for a concealed carry “jogging gun”
  • Sources for tobacco seed
  • Are all #2 buckets food grade, not exactly
  • What is a wasted vote
  • For once Jack says, yea you can use a credit card

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-855- Understanding Caliber, Millimeter, Gauges and Ballistics

The 30-06 is the Father and Grandfather of Many Rounds

The 30-06 is the Father and Grandfather of Many Rounds

When I stated I wanted to do some more shows on firearms topics I was flooded with emails by new shooters that all basically said some version of this…

“Jack can you do a very basics style show that explains what all these calibers and rounds mean.  Sometimes when you are talking about a firearms subject I am fine then you start saying something like the 38 special is 35 caliber and I just don’t get it.  Or that a 40 S&W is equivalent to a 10mm in a carbine.  None of this makes sense, please help.”

Often I feel that those of us who grew up reading gun magazines and shooting our entire lives forget how long it took for us to actually “know what we know”.  My hope today is to condense this stuff into an hour long show in a way that will make sense to newbie.

I also hope that those of you who know this stuff will gain a better understanding of how to explain it to others.  Just because you know something doesn’t mean you know how to teach it.

One thing I can promise you is that even if you are brand new to shooting and ballistics after today you will likely want to pull your hair out the next time you hear some idiot behind the counter at a sporting goods store giving out advice.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Cartridge vs. case vs. bullets
  • What happens when you pull the trigger
  • Rim fire vs. center fire
  • What is a caliber
  • What is the difference between millimeters and calibers
  • What is a gauge
  • What are some common caliber to millimeter equivalencies
  • What actually does the killing when it comes to a gun shot wound
  • Power mythology – real numbers from real shootings
  • What is “sectional density”
  • What is “ballistic coefficient”
  • How “new” rounds usually come into existent
  • The effects of longer barrels on handgun rounds
  • Choosing a round is not as hard as people try to make it

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 Presentation at the 2012 Liberty Forum on Video

The presentation I gave at the 2012 Liberty Forum can be found in 3 parts below.  It went very well and it is a great introduction to Modern Survival Philosophy and has the added value of being done with a live audience.

If you actually go to Vimeo to view these in each part there is an option to download the actual videos rather than just stream them.  Should anyone wish to do so and use them in any way to help spread the message about being prepared please do so.  I consider them to be public domain videos and you can do anything with them other than sell them.

The videos are in full 1080 HD so the files are large but the quality is very good even on a large screen.  Again feel free to use these if you wish for any purpose as long as it introduces prepping to others.

Jack Spirko at the 2012 Liberty Forum Part 1 of 3 from Jack Spirko on Vimeo.

Jack Spirko at the 2012 Liberty Forum Part 2 of 3 from Jack Spirko on Vimeo.

Jack Spirko at the 2012 Liberty Forum Part 3 of 3 from Jack Spirko on Vimeo.