Monthly Archives: July 2013

Episode-1176- Shawn Hipskind – Libertarian Candidate for Arkansas Governor

Shawn Hipskind and Family

Shawn Hipskind and Family

I am joined today but the first ever political candidate on TSP.  Shawn Hipskind my long time friend is running for Governor of the State of Arkansas as a Libertarian.  Shawn’s real goal isn’t so much winning but to bring awareness to problems in our political system, how votes are bought and paid for and the concept of zero dollar campaigns.

I want to warn some of our audience that today you are likely to hear many things you disagree with.  Specifically on many libertarian issues like the use of force, the war on drugs and gay marriage.  Note that no one is trying to convince you of anything, frankly no one is trying to tell anyone here how to live their lives.  What we are simply asking is that you at least consider some of these concepts in a new light.

Not interfering with another individuals natural rights does not mean your endorsement of their decision as to how to exercise said rights.  If you want to learn more about official positions of the Libertarian Party you can do so at LP.org.

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-1175- Nick Burtner on Permaculture in Action

Nicholas "Nick" Burtner of WorkingWithNature.org

Nicholas “Nick” Burtner of WorkingWithNature.org

Nick Burtner is a permaculture practitioner, advocate, consultant, and teacher. After a greater calling in 2011, permaculture found Nick and infused him with an endless passion that has led him to travel many places learning, spreading, and practicing permaculture and natural living and healing ever since.

Nick has attended internships at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia under the leadership of Geoff and Nadia Lawton. He has also obtained a permaculture design certification from Geoff Lawton and Bill Mollison. And he has attended the Earthship Academy for natural and recycled building techniques in Toas, NM under the guidance of Michael Reynolds.

After very worthwhile learning, and on the ground experiences, Nick opened Working With Nature Learning, Research, and Healing Center in late 2012. The center has both an urban and a rural demonstration / educational site which offer hands on experiences as well as class room learning.

He teaches classes and speaks about permaculture and sustainable living all over Texas and is open to travel for out of town classes and/or consultancies. You can see Nick’s list of permaculture credentials at the Worldwide Permaculture Network

Aside from permaculture, sustainability, and ecology related activity, Nick – a Nidan (2nd degree black belt) – teaches Aikido at the Flowing Circle Aikido Center, which currently is only taking private sessions. He is also a big proponent of internal happiness and believes through the training and application of these disciplines people can find their existence more purposeful and meaningful.

Resources for today’s show…

 

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Episode-1174- Listener Feedback for 7-29-13

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your questions and emails on agriculture and GMOs, economics, politics, guns, freedom,  coming shifts, taxes and more.

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.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also 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

  • What if every crop plant could fix its own nitrogen, is this GMO?
  • California to mandate a retirement program, workers are clueless to what it means
  • Sheila Jackson Lee grandstands on the Zimmerman verdict, why no one should care
  • The Chinese Yaun is close to becoming a “safe haven currency”
  • Tax by the mile isn’t coming, now it is here
  • The truth about chosen slavery and why much of what we talked about today is not worth focusing on

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 (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

 

Episode-1173- Survival Podcast Listener Calls for 7-26-13

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Join Me Today as I Answer Your Calls

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on tea cup kids, communications, water storage, energy,  gardening, business, economics, bug out bags, public service, shooting 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 quiet 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 many of them on.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • Why depriving kids of scrapes and scratches may be doing a lot of harm
  • Using old military field phones for communications
  • Using tanks that once contained methanol,  why it shouldn’t worry you
  • The price of going on grid vs. off grid living
  • Alternatives to herbicides, the systemic method vs. replacement therapy
  • Magazines I prefer to Mother Earth News for homestead information
  • Advice for those wishing to publish a book today
  • What does it say about us that our historic parks sell imported souvenirs
  • Not getting discourage with your gardening
  • Stabilizing fuel, gas vs. diesel
  • Building a BOB out of a guitar case
  • Special considerations for those using a slap cap
  • Thoughts on the Chevy K5 Blazer
  • A promise from a new police officer, my thoughts on keeping 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 (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Episode-1172- Aaron Esch on Urban Logging and Using Rough Cut Timber

Did you know in the past few decades a entire new industry has been invented, one called urban logging.  Joining us today is Aaron Esch of BarnGeek.com to tell us all about it.

Imagine a system where trees in urban and surburban areas can be felled and then milled just a few feet from where they are dropped.  The resulting lumber can then be used on site or in another local area.  In most cases these are trees which need to be removed regardless of their use.

With infestations occurring like the ash borer and pine beetle there are many trees that are sick and dying and needing to be replaced, this method is a great way to insure the 20-50 years of time it took to grow them isn’t wasted.  For every tree used this way, a few less need to be cut down in the forest and less “pine farms” need to be planted creating sterile stands of evergreen monoculture.

Much of the timber that can be harvested this way is of amazing quality.  Wood that homeowners and homesteaders could never afford to buy via conventional channels.  This is an exciting new way to build and conserve resources at the same time.  Tune in today to learn more.

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-1171- The Bright Future of Homesteading in America

In the 70’s there was a very large back to the land movement that just didn’t last.  Many are calling the current boom in gardening and small livestock keeping something similar, but that is quite short sighted.

To begin with the current boom in such things really began about 2006 and was in full swing by 2008, it is now 2013 and things are moving faster then ever.  That is a total of 7 years so far, the 70’s back to the land movement only lasted about half a decade before fading into oblivion.

So what is different this time and why is this new multi generational group of homesteaders different and what does the future hold for us.  That is today’s subject.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • The 70’s movement was yet another cycle of things that occurred in the 60’s and the 30’s
  • The 30’s were driven by survival and the 70’s by an escape mentality
  • Both movements had some urban components but were mostly rural
  • Today’s homesteaders are working land from 1/10th to 100 acres and more
  • Today’s movement is driven by multiple factors
    • Concern about the future
    • The quality of our food
    • The environmental damage of big agriculture
    • The concerns about GMOs
    • Regaining what was lost in Generations X and Y for everyone
    • A change in the fundamental understanding of wealth
    • An understanding of what is actually “beautiful”
    • A desire to regain control in our lives
  • What will sustain the modern homesteading movement
    • The I can do this almost anywhere mentality
    • The internet and info sharing
    • Opposition will strengthen the movement
    • It is being done BEFORE an economic crisis
    • The problems of modern society are more evident then ever
    • Automation and technology will make doing it easier
    • The biggest reason, it is simply becoming accepted by most people
  • Why I believe almost everyone will do at least a bit of homesteading in coming years
  • What decentralizing even 25% of the food system would mean for society

 

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-1170- Phil Williams on Creating a Profitable Permaculture Business

Phil Williams' Permaculture Garden

Phil Williams’ Permaculture Garden

In 1997, with one business partner, Phil Williams started and grew a mostly residential landscape construction and maintenance company from $0-$5 million plus in revenue in 8 years.

They sold the company in early 2008′ because Phil felt they were riding the housing bubble, but also because he felt the business model was unsustainable.

After that Phil went to weatherization trade school and became an energy auditor, building analyst, and a weatherization contractor.  He learned a lot about efficient building and retrofits, but really he just wanted to spend time in his garden.

Phil got hooked on permaculture in 2011, and obtained his PDC in 2012, and has been working on his own permaculture design site for the past 2 years. Phil has been documenting the process on his site which is FoodProduction101.com

Phil joins us today to discuss how to create a profitable business installing and maintaining permaculture gardens.

Join Us As We Discuss…

  • How a permaculture company can out compete a “landscape company”
  • Why the current landscape industry is dying a slow but sure death
  • The major reasons new landscape businesses fail
  • What do really successful landscape companies have in common
  • Some of the biggest challenges in the landscape industry
  • Are existing landscapers aware of permaculture gardens
  • Why landscapers  don’t want to install and maintain edible landscapes
  • The most profitable type of landscape or maintenance work
  • The least profitable type of landscape or maintenance work
  • What types of communities will pay for this type of service
  • Which types of communities typically won’t pay for this type of service
  • How you could sell permaculture to suburban upper income HOA type 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-1169- Listener Feedback for 7-22-13

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

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Today on The Survival Podcast I take your questions and emails on Detroit’s bankruptcy, solar power, guns, parenting, misdirection and more.

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.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also 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

  • Detroit’s bankruptcy, what I will tell you that no one else will, it is a “test bed”
  • I force Steven Harris to build a solar powered vent system for a chicken coop
  • Is there any real purpose to fluting a barrel on a rifle
  • A new method of parenting, the CTFD method, for the parents not the kids
  • Look some food stamp recipients are shipping food overseas, um misdirection much?

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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 (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

 

Episode-1168- Survival Podcast Listener Calls for 7-19-13

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Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on guns, parenting, generators, legal issue, media, permaculture, real estate, making alcohol 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 quiet 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…

  • A shocking answer to who teaches your kids about guns if you don’t
  • Building a 12VDC generator with spare parts by Steven Harris
  • Thoughts on Hybrid Vehicles as a back up power source
  • No bullshit coverage of the Zimmerman trial results (possibly the only example)
  • Really understanding the whys behind the second amendment
  • Acclimating dogs and chickens to each other
  • Thoughts on aquaponics
  • Balancing long commutes to work with real estate prices
  • How do you prepare and store up resources and still be a generous person
  • Can you “chop and drop” thistle without cultivating it and making it worse
  • The Alaskan Bootleggers Bible
  • A cool trick to find PDFs and how to be responsible if you find copyrighted materiel
  • What the hell is All-Vantage with Aquabond and Should it concern you

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 (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Episode-1167- Lori and Jeff Haynes on Olla Irrigation

Lori and Jeff Haynes of Dripping Springs Ollas

Lori and Jeff Haynes of Dripping Springs Ollas

In 2009 Lori and Jeff Haynes returned to the United States to a town called Dripping Springs, just west of Austin, Texas. After Jeff’s twenty-four year career as a Marine the couple was anxious to get back home to Texas and put down roots.

In 2011, Lori founded Dripping Springs OLLAS (DSO) with the mission of making the OLLA (pronounced oi ya) – a natural, geographically appropriate option for irrigation by self-reliant Southwestern gardeners. Lori designed and field tested the Dripping Springs OLLA which are made from Tecate clay per Lori’s specifications.

Today Jeff and Lori join us to discuss ollas as a low tech, traditional solution to Texas’ (and other areas) water issues, irrigation reduction and self reliance as well as integration in to your families system of nutritious and nourishing food production.

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.