Monthly Archives: June 2012

Episode-933- Listener Calls for 6-29-12

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your Calls to 866-65-THINK

Today I take your calls on paleo eating, gas prices, handgun ammo, firearms training, gardening, BOBs, firewood, inflation, economic collapse, the Obamacare decision 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 please do your best to 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 Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • Meet me at the Self Reliance Expo in Arlington – July 27-28 (link)
  • The death of the silver bullet vote republican objection just occured
  • What is the deal with property with “free natural gas”
  • Using hybrid popular as firewood
  • Dealing with times it is impractical to take your BOB with you
  • What would a move to a cashless society look like and how fast would it happen
  • Hype vs reality with self defense ammo
  • Why are gas prices down, is it actually “cheap” right now
  • Why do some trainers have students drop firearms on purpose
  • Choosing between mulching or cover cropping
  • How much value must the dollar loose before people just “stay home”
  • More specific proof that networks like Nat Geo exploit and misrepresent us
  • Thoughts on memory and the blessing and curse of Asperger’s
  • Paleo without organic, grass fed, pastured, etc.

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-932- Selco from SHTF School on Survival During the Balkan Wars

This was Relaity for Millions in the Balkans

This was Relaity for Millions in the Balkans

In the 1990s as Yugoslavia broke up a series of conflicts erupted that are often called the Third Balkan War.  In fact what this was amounted to a series of regional conflicts that were in essence several different civil wars.

In the middle of this region lived a young man we shall call Selco who simply was happy to have friends and a job along with playing in a local rock band.  Something that could have come right out of Americana.  Then almost overnight the entire dream became a nightmare.  The region was in the middle of a war, there was absolutely no support for over a year.

During this year Selco and his group lived without running water, no electricity, no food service or grocery stores, no distribution of any goods and absolutely no legitimate law enforcement.  It was a time when simply walking down certain streets during daylight hours would be met with a hale of sniper fire.  A time when a man who stood alone would meet with certain death.  A time with very little medical care, abysmal sanitation and where most people buried dead comrades and family members in their back yards.

Today Selco still lives in this area and he runs a website called “Shit Hit the Fan School” where he provides information on what happened, what worked, what didn’t and how order was eventually restored.  There is no other source of education on survival of a complete breakdown better then from someone who didn’t just live it, but survived 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.

Be a Part of Episode 1000 and Revolution 2.0

Episode 1000 – I Need Your Help

Right about the beginning of the fall of 2012 TSP is going to reach an incredible achievement, Episode 1,000.   Episode 1,000 will be just like…

Except that it will bigger and include more members of the audience then ever before.  Please consider calling in for this show, I have set up a special 800 number just for this show to help me easily sort out all call for this show.  This number is ONLY for calls for episode 1,000, please use the THINK line for regular calls.

The number is 866-691-5353

For those that called into 224 and 550, please consider calling for episode 1,000 as well, it has been a long journey.  Episode 550 was 144 minutes long, I am expecting episode 1,000 to more than double that.

You are not alone folks, join me in sending that message to all of those out there looking to change their lives toward liberty in Episode 1,000.

Revolution 2.0 Send Me Your Pictures

When we release episode 1000 we will also be releasing a new version of the “Revolution is You Video“.  So send me your pictures of you and your families communities working on your own personal independence, liberty and freedom.

Please send me pictures with people in them, not just gardens and solar arrays.  Stand up and be seen, the revolution is YOU, it isn’t a garden, a solar array, a gun collection or a backpack, it is YOU using these and other tools to further your personal freedom.

Take a look at the original version to get some ideas and get your pictures into me as soon as possible.  Just put “Revolution 2.0? in the subject line and email your pictures to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com  please send your pictures as attachments not embedded in the email.  Sometimes the embedded photos can’t be saved to a file for some reason I don’t understand.

Episode-931- 15 Questions and Answers on Preparedness

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Today I Answer 15 Questions I am Always Asked.

In 2008 when people asked me what I did if I mentioned this show they always seems a bit taken back, guarded and looked at me like perhaps my tin foil hat was showing a little.  Today though things are different, when I meet people at the farmer’s market, the compost facility, the supermarket, business meetings etc. and they ask what I do I am now greeted with interest and questions.

Some of these questions are almost universal, some are a bit odd and some clearly tell me I am dealing with either a newbie or a seasoned prepper looking to go further.  Given many of them are very common questions though I figured I would do an episode today on some of them.  This will likely be a great show for newbies and hopefully have some interesting stuff for people who have been around a long time as well.

Join Me Today as I Answer…

  • What is the biggest threat we face nationally?
  • How can I afford to get prepared when I can barely get by already?
  • How much land do you need to produce 100% of your own food?
  • How to you test your preps, more often stated as how do I know if I’ve done enough?
  • How much food should I store?
  • What do you think will happen where I live? (usually from suburbanites)
  • Don’t you think it would be 100% safe in rural ares? (usually from those who live rural)
  • How do I get my wife/husband/brother/uncle/etc to understand this stuff?
  • What should I do if I have no place to evacuate to?
  • How big of a solar system do I need to provide all my own energy?
  • How long can a generator run my house for me?
  • If I have lots of gold and silver won’t that make me rich if the economy collapses?
  • What kind of gun should I get?  How much ammo is enough? etc.
  • I want to put a group together how do I find like minded people?
  • Why do you tell people about what you do, isn’t that a mistake?

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-930- Lacto Fermentation and Other Ways to Use Excess Production

The Schmitt 5L Fermenting Crock Pot is My Personal Favorite

The Schmitt 5L Fermenting Crock Pot

Likely if you garden (or even just hit the Farmer’s Market or get stuff from your gardening neighbors) you are either in peak production or soon will be.  Often the stuff we love the most comes in with such abundance that we can’t possibly keep up with it.

Sometimes this is just great as part of why most of us grow our own food is to create long term storage so out comes the canning gear and dehydrator, or the steamer and blanch and freeze is the name of the game.  Yet sometimes we don’t have quite enough to warrant the canning gear or we simply just don’t feel like it on an dog day in the middle of summer.

What to do then?  What do you do with 12 big cucumbers when the neighbors are like, no thanks we have enough now.  What about those jalapenos that are not quite big enough for the bacon and cheese wrap but you don’t feel like dehydrating them yet because you know the fall will bring so many for that it really isn’t necessary.  What about those zucchini that just keep coming and coming?

Today I will focus mostly on lacto fermentation for short term use and refrigerated storage along with a few other things that can use up or extend the shelf life of all the abundance this time of year provides.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • The basics salt and sometimes water
  • Fermentation vessels from simple to refined
  • Why I like smaller crocks and would prefer several of them to one big one
  • Making basic fermented pickles a great start
  • Yes it is completely safe and the mold on top won’t hurt you
  • Do you need whey? No but I will tell you how to get it anyway
  • Some recipes
    • Basic fermented pickles
    • Fermented jalapenos
    • Jalapeno Escabeche
    • Fermented zucchini
    • Beet and apple relish
    •  Chow Chow – roll your own recipe that’s how its done
  • Some other shelf life extenders for veggies
    • Salsa, pico and bruschetta
    • Cucumber vinegar salad
  • Some creative recipes and cooking ideas
    • Fried green tomatoes
    • Zucchini chips (long term storable and short term snack)
    • Cucumber melon salad or salsa
  • The big thing, just try stuff, if something isn’t good don’t do it again

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-929- Listener Feedback for 6-25-12

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

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 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 gardens, city level bankruptcy, the eventual QE3, safe handling of wild pork or bear, GMOs, the Euro crisis and more.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air. I do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Emails On

  • Tulsa cuts down a woman’s garden in direct opposition to their own law
  • If the Fed goes on a “money printing bender” after the election what happens to metal prices
  • Can you protect yourself from trichinosis by freezing pork and other meats
  • How to avoid a city level bankruptcy, just declare an “emergency”
  • Speaking of bankruptcy, Stockton California is about to go over the edge
  • Did GMO grass just kill cattle, personally I am not sure it is GMO grass
  • Peter Schiff gives us his take on the Euro crisis and America’s future

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-928- Amateur Radio and Scanners with Tim Glance

Tim’s Store with on of his Mil Surp Vehicles Parked in Front

Tim Glance is the owner of Old Grouch Military surplus and a veteran of the US Army where he served for 18 years as a Construction Equipment Mechanic, Wheeled Vehicle mechanic, and now as a Warrant Officer Engineer Equipment Repair Technician still serving in the Army Reserve.

Tim is also a Ham Radio operator with 10+ years with experience in emergency communications.  He joins us today to discuss How and why to listen to local public safety with a scanner, how and why to listen to shortwave along with how and why to get started in ham radio and all the things you can do with it.

 

Join Us Today As We Discuss…

  • Why is a scanner or receiver the most important part of prep communications
  • What to look for in a scanner
  • Scanner compatibility with your local systems
  • Are older scanners good
  • What scanner Tim feels is the best available today
  • What is ham radio
  • What makes ham radio so versatile and reliable
  • What kinds of communications are possible with HAM
  • The folly of just buying  a radio and storing it
  • How do you get started with HAM radio
  • Levels of license- who needs what and privacy
  • Is encryption available or legal
  • What kind of radio to start with, what to avoid
  • Where to find more resources for getting starte

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-927- Frank Belcastro of Independence USA

Frank Belcastro and His Family

Frank Belcastro and His Family

Frank Belcasto is the host of a show on GBTV called Independence USA.  He and his family are attempting to become self-sufficient and emergency prepared.

Frank is quick to state that he does not consider himself an expert in self-sufficiency and the trials and tribulations he and the family encountered often lead to mishaps or conflict.

Persistence and reaching out to experts in certain fields ultimately leads to success.  The process serves as a valuable learning experience to him and his family and the viewers of Independence USA.

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.

Meet Me in Arlington Texas at the Self Reliance Expo – July 27-28

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

I have been asked to speak as a key note speaker once again by Ron and Scott of the Self Reliance Expo in Arlington, Texas on July 27-28.  On Friday the 27th I will be part of an expert panel and my area of discussion will be growing food self sufficiently with permaculture techniques.  The other panel members will be,  Southern Prepper One and Doc Bones.

On Saturday the 28th I will be presenting the 12 Planks of Modern Survivalism.  Many of you have seen this presentation on video or heard versions of it on the air.  I assure you seeing it live takes it to an entirely new level and it is always updated to specifically serve modern events and the venue it is presented at.

I have done two other Expos with Scott and Ron and I think this will be the biggest and best one yet.  If you live anywhere near the Arlington area please do come by, even if it is just to say hello.  I will be making myself available most of both days just to meet you guys, hang out, take pictures, etc.

The Arlington Convention Center is great venue, big kudos to Ron and Scott for selecting it.  Lots of easy parking, easy to get to and get in and out of the area.  You are right near the Cowboys stadium which is worth seeing if you never have and the Rangers play just across from them as well. Lots to do and see right in the area and a very short hop on I-30 to either downtown Dallas or Ft. Worth.  Additionally DFW is a great airport and easy to get in and out of for those who might be making a longer trip to attend.

You can see some of the currently booked speakers here and you can get tickets to the event at the main Self Reliance Expo Site.

Episode-926- Alex Leavens on Axe Skills and Tracking

Alex Leavens of Old Fedeal Axe Co.

Alex Leavens of Old Federal Axe Co.

Alex Leavens has a long wilderness and survival background that includes: the Eagle Scout Award, back-country ranger and climbing assistant in the Hoh River Valley, Olympic National Park.

He has also served as a wild land firefighter in three states and as an instructor for the Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS).  He has studied Aikido for over a decade  and studied extensively under Jon Young, founder of the Wilderness Awareness School (WAS).

Alex has also served as instructor at WAS.  Most recently he produced the DVD: Ax Skills for the Homestead & Wilderness Survival.  He joins us today to discuss the axe and how to maintain it, how to repair it, how to select a quality axe and how to find value buy on old axes.

We also discuss tracking lore, the tails of dangerous game hunters Jim Corbett and Robert Ruark and what many predatory animal’s abilities can teach us about tracking as a skill.

Resources for Today’s Show…