Monthly Archives: December 2012

Episode-1047- The Christmas Special For 2012

Most of today’s show is a rebroadcast of 2008′s Christmas special. Today we pause and take a moment to reflect on Christmas and how it has become the Holiday we celebrate today. Many American’s have no idea just how Christmas became unique here in America, the role it played in bringing our nation together after two wars of independence and the civil war.

Christmas is special and a time to pause and reflect. Christmas is indeed a special time of year, today I will cover many aspects of it that may make this Christmas just a bit more special. There is also a full text transcription on of the non commercial portion of today’s show in the show notes below.

Tune in today to hear about…

  • Christmas was banned in England at one time and even parts of America
  • Early Americans didn’t really celebrate Christmas, (congress was in session on Dec 25th, 1789)
  • In the early 1800s Christmas was a rowdy holiday spurred by class conflict, turmoil and unemployment
  • In 1819, best-selling author Washington Irving wrote The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon bringing us many “ancient customs”, he simply invented
  • Leading up to the Civil War, Christmas was a “southern holiday” and Thanksgiving a “northern holiday”
  • How Christmas and Thanksgiving together helped to heal a young America
  • Today is a time to pause, reflect and just be, prepping, planning and stress will all wait patiently for you
  • Different ending music for today’s show! The most beautiful version of Oh Holly Night I have ever heard, just pause, listen and realize what really matters while it plays.

Resources for today’s show…

Winners of the 13 in 13 Challenge

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-1046- Listener Calls for 12-21-12

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your Calls

Today I take your calls on  real estate, planting hard woods, precious metal storage, rocket mass heaters, social media, water storage, emergency heating 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…

  • What happens when property appraises well below the sale price
  • When it comes to planting and permaculture remember we can grow more then food
  • Safe storage of silver and gold at home
  • Dealing with an active shooter in body armor – Frank Sharpe weighs in
  • Building a garbarge burning rocket mass heater – Paul Wheaton weighs in
  • Using social media to keep up to date with emergencies and first responders
  • Thoughts on wood heating for everyday and for back up emergencies
  • Why I would never spend one thin dime on a “water brick”
  • A reality check on “golden hordes” and sensible BOL locations
  • Making healthy meat and produce choices on a limited budget
  • Getting the best money for sterling silver items
  • Using waste water from pets for fertility

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-1045- Every Day “Disasters” and DIY Prepping and The Criminal Mindset with David Nash

Today we have a minor inconvenience when our power went out.  Out came the 6K Troy-Bilt Generator and soon daily emails were being handled and hot coffee was had by all.  I posted a picture of it on Facebook and was amazed how a few fellow preppers sort of crapped on the concept. It was a very few but still it shows a problem with mindset in my view.  To the guy who recommended solar I am not including you in this group of a few, don’t want you getting your panties in a wad or anything, LOL.

One person said, “warm water, hot coffee and TV won’t help you when TSHTF”.  My question is if you are not prepared to be comfortable in a routine system failure how on earth can you claim that you are ready for the Zombie Apocalypse?  I will also tell you as a business owner not being able to run your business is a disaster.

So in the first part of today’s show I talk a bit about this concept and how it relates to yesterday’s segment on getting started.

Then I introduce David Nash of TNGun.com.  David is a full time emergency manger by trade, and an advocate of self-reliance and personal preparedness by avocation.  He is also instructor certified in a variety of topics such as firearms, terrorism response, WMD, and incident command.  He’s written two books, and runs a DIY focused prepper website, based around his training business “The Shepherd School”.

Today he joins us first to talk about prepping from a DIY standpoint.  David feels prepping is full of $500 problems, but if you only have $50, you  have to use other ways of making up the difference, we also want to talk about my upcoming book “52 projects for self reliance”.

From there we move into some of his experiences as a corrections officer and we take a real look into the criminal and violent mindsets that many people simply cannot seem to get their heads around.  During this period I tell the story of how my grandfather was shot, even though he complied with a robber and how fighting back and running away saved his life.

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.

 

How to Build a Survival House and Garden Permaculture Style

It seems that I have described “Y2K Dave’s Survival Garden” from Geoff Lawton and Bill Mollison’s PDC on DVD course many times.  Every time I find it very difficult to convey in audio format so I decided to do a video and in spite of my poor artistic skills I think it will make a lot more sense this time around.

Effectively what Y2K Dave ended up with was a bug out location within a bug out location and the construction cost was about 1,000 dollars.  It certainly isn’t a 3 bed, 2 bath condo on the water but it would keep you cool in summer, warm in winter and dry in the rain.  The garden is well protected from predators, the up grade pond produces water pressure on demand and the swale systems could produce more perennial foods then a small family could need.

If you like this and haven’t seen Geoff Lawton’s new video yet called, How to Survive the Coming Crisis you should really get on over to his website and view it, it is 30 incredible minutes on creating fully sustainable food based systems.

Of course this video is just the latest in my entire Free Permaculture Video Series.

Episode-1044- Meals in Jars with Jennifer Ess and Starting Out as a Prepper

From #10 Cans to Meals Ready to Go!

From #10 Cans to Meals Ready to Go!

I have a great interview with Jennifer Ess of “Rainy Day Food Storage” for you today.  We only talked for about 25 minutes but the ideas and tips and simple formulas are great.  With this information you can turn all those huge cans of long term storage food into meal size ready to go recipes.

Jennifer joins us today to discuss why creating meals in a jar makes sense for busy people.  The self life of these meals.  The easy way to make these meals shelf stable.  A simple formula for creating your own recipes and how you guys can free sauce mixes and jar meal recipes from Jennifer.

I have also been getting a ton of “I am just starting out” or “I have just found your podcast” emails lately.  Such emails always go on to say “I am overwhelmed and don’t know where to start” in the next sentence.  It is totally understandable.

I have been trying to figure out where to fit in a new “getting started” episode and this is a great opportunity.  First Jennifer’s method of breaking down long term storage foods will make that far less intimidating for many people.  Additionally the very basic of “eat what you store and store what you eat” is a great way to get the ball rolling.

So I am leading off today with a short segment (about 25-30 minutes) on getting started and then we switch over to Jennifer and take this simple approach to a bit of a higher level with pre planned meals in a jar.  Oh and ladies, they really are pretty too.  I think I said pretty more times in this episode then all others episodes of TSP combine, um that would be two.

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.

Reminder the 13Skills Blog Contest Ends Friday

Blog About 13Skills and Win Cool Stuff!

Just a quick reminder that you have until Midnight central standard time on Friday the 21st to enter the contest and get your blog post to us.  We will announce the winner on the Christmas eve show.

We have also added more prizes as promised thanks to Steven Harris, rather then distribute them among the top three winners we just created a 4th place prize as well.  Here are the full details including the new prizes added to the mix.

1.  Post on your blog or any blog you are a contributing member of about 13Skills.com be sure to link to the main page of the site and your personal profile page.

2.  Explain the mission of the site, make sure to get across the concept of not just picking stuff and checking it off but actually stretching and challenging yourself in 2013 with either completely new skills or really making a big improvement in something you are already doing.   For instance an experience shooter may make a goal to take 3 different professional training classes in 2013.  Or perhaps to attend an Appleseed and qualify as a rifleman.  The goal is to drive home the point that we can all add or drastically improve something.

3.  Share your post on facebook and twitter and ask your followers and friends to share it as well.

4.  Talk about your personal goals in the post, be personal and explain why you choose to work on two specific areas.  Try to make this something that will relate to your readers beyond it just being a goals based site.  Talk about what it will mean if you complete these things personally and how if you complete at least 13 serious goals in 2013 it will help you be more independent and self sufficient.

5.  Discuss the need for restoring skills and knowledge to a nation that has forgotten how to fix things on our own, invent new things, build something rather that buy it, etc.

6. Bonus points are to be awarded for anything particularly awesome any individual comes up with.  This is the x-factor you can add if you are creative.

Once you post has been made send an email to skillgirl @ 13skills.com with “13Skills Blog Contest” in the subject.  Provide us with your name and shipping address in case you win, because hey you might and we have some great stuff to hand out.  We also need you to include a link to your post so we can judge it for the contest.

The contest will run from now until Dec. 21st 2012 (yep doomsday but we think we will all still be here).  Winners will be announced on air December 24th at the beginning of the 2012 Christmas Special.  So what can you win, here is a start.

So get blogging, pay attention to all the bullet points and let us know when your post is up.  Again be sure you like to both 13skills.com directly AND to your profile on 13Skills.com as well.  In early January we are going to run a profile contest based on who submits the coolest profile so you non bloggers won’t be left out that time around.

With a 4th prize category your chances of winning are even better so give it a shot, we only have about a dozen entries so let’s just say your odds of winning are a lot higher then buying a scratch off ticket.

 

Two New Videos on Permaculture Terrace Creation

Here are two new videos on building terraces.  These methods will work best in areas with a gentle slope, a source of fill and organic matter on site or at low cost and lots of rocks available.  The basic principles though can be employed anywhere.  These videos are part of a growing series that is now 15 videos long, if you want the entire play list you can find it here.

Episode-1043- A Look into the Reality of Violence

First today I take some time to do a follow up on yesterdays show/video where I discussed how the “lock down” plan most of our schools have does not “keep our children safe” as we have been led to believe.  Many people called it Monday morning quarterbacking (such people don’t know the real meaning of the term) and some brought up some very valid “what if” questions.

So today I will cover more on the subject.  I also want to be clear I was not advocating “the plan” should be evacuate and only evacuate, just that evacuate needs to be part of the plan.  Right now what most schools have seems to be a two stage plan, “Plan A” hide and wait for help, with no real Plan B, hence Plan B becomes by default, if Plan A fails everyone gets killed.

I also give some thought and ideas to improve the odds of survival in these situations, things that can start being done now, at little to no cost.  Lastly we do have some good news out of the CT shootings, one little boy at least who was in one of the rooms the shooter entered is alive and at least physically unharmed.  Why?  Simply put because he ran away.

Rory On Location in Baghdad

Rory On Location in Baghdad

Next we have Rory Miller as a guest to discuss a unfortunately applicable topic today, the reality of violence.  Rory Miller has been a Corrections Officer, a Sergeant, a Tactical Team member and a Tactical Team Leader.

Rory has taught corrections and enforcement personnel skills from first aid to physical defense to crisis communication and mental health.

His philosophy can be summed up this way…

“It is better to avoid than to run; better to run than to de-escalate; better to de-escalate than to fight; better to fight than to die.  The very essence of self-defense is a thin list of things that might get you out alive when you are already screwed.”

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.

What No One Will Say About the Connecticut School Shootings

This video is possibly the most important video I have ever done or will do.  The sad fact is “the plan” most schools have to deal with an active shooter scenario will do little to nothing to protect our children.  I do not know the entire solution but I know part of it, when someone is trying to kill you, if you can get out of the area of threat, that is what you do.  Please share this with your friends, specifically parents, LEOs, teachers and anyone setting policy in our school systems.

Episode-1042- Listener Feedback for 12-17-12

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 what no one will say about the shootings in CT, fitness, threats to your 401k, the mileage tax, using a meat processor for deer meat and prepping as a family.

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

  • The lessons about the shooting in CT, no one wants to learn
  • Why fitness isn’t a bigger topic in the prepping world
  • The truth about the so called 401K take over no one will tell you
  • What you need to understand about “off grid energy systems”
  • Just like I told you two years ago we are back to states going after a mileage tax
  • Is there any meat theft or swapping risk when using a butcher to process deer meat

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.