Monthly Archives: September 2013

Episode-1217- Jason Bruns on Capturing Wild Swarms

Jason Bruns of LetMBee.com

Jason Bruns of LetMBee.com

Jason Burns lives near Liberty, IN. His primary profession is in hospital pharmacy. He began keeping bees in 2010 because he was interested in pollination for his garden and obtaining a honey for his family. Initially he had planned on keeping two hives.

Things got interesting when he figured out how easy it was to catch feral bees that were local to his area. Currently he keeps about 30 hives of untreated/unfed bees amongst endless fields of soybeans and corn (mono-crop hell).

Jason joins us to discuss sourcing honeybees by Swarm trapping for sustainability and self sufficiency for the backyard or even the sideline beekeeper. Including how catching local bees can simplify your beekeeping life and make beekeeping more affordable.

Join Jason and I Today as we Discuss…

  •  How can catching local bees can simply a beekeeper’s life
  • What if you live in an area that has both Africanized and European honey bees
  • Why wild bees are more resilient then pacified bees
  • The advantages of locally sourced feral bees
  • What is a swarm trap and how do they work
  • How to construct a swarm trap
  • How do bees find the trap
  • How do you pick trap locations
  • When do you deploy swarm traps
  • After you have caught a swarm then what do you do
  • If you have to buy your bees what is the best way to go

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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MSB Week In Review Episode 002

vimeo_iconHere is this weeks MSB insiders video of our week in review.  We want to make these videos really cool for members of the Support Brigade, so after watching it please be sure to leave questions and comments for what you want to see in next weeks updates.

The purpose of these videos is to give MSB members a behind the scenes look at what we do at the the Spirko homestead and with the operations of the TSP business itself. This will generally be things that we are reserving for our private members only.

All the videos are posted to Vimeo and are password protected. The pass code will be the same for all videos and it is prominently displayed on the main page of your MSB Private Area. You will see it as soon as you log in. You can’t miss it. It is in BOLD RED at the top of the page when you log in.

Our latest MSB Week in Review covers…

  • 3 Guests coming this week
  • What beer Jack is drinking
  • Lessons learned with freedom ranger chickens
  • Our initial results with sprouting grains for our poultry
  • What you have to do to get Dorothy on camera
  • TSP and all our sites are moving to a new server
  • Why it will be “rerun city” in Oct for TSP
  • How you can always find the new MSB only videos
  • Questions on our aquaculture system
  • Thoughts on picking up and “petting” geese
  • Customizing moras and sheaths are coming to the gear shop
  • Wild crafting at the TSP homestead
  • What did we eat this week, we really went “off the reservation”
  • Why our video looks so much better, and a secrete only some will understand
  • The geese do make a guest appearance once again!

You can view this weeks video at https://vimeo.com/75701412

 

Episode-1216- Listener Calls for 9-27-13

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your Calls

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on permaculture, livestock, guns, land remediation, energy, EDC, disaster prep, night vision, lock picking  and more.

And boy oh boy is the expert council in force today!  While I didn’t get the hoped for call for every member in, at least in time for all to get an answer back, we did get most.  This is going to be one of the coolest and most diverse Friday call in shows of all time.

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…

  • A quick note about what being MSB does NOT mean, real quick
  • How would you harvest dirt driveway run off and retain access
  • Tips on setting up rabbits for covert operations in the suburbs
  • Converting a GMO farm into a beyond organic operation
  • Why is it now scary to some people when children play with nurf guns
  • When composting does it make sense to compost cotton cloth
  • What to do with an unlimited supply of pickle buckets
  • Thoughts on large inverters and small cars
  • Keeping basements dry when the grid is down
  • What would cause your battery bank to release a sulfur odor
  • Copy canning, is it possible on a paleo diet
  • Are there uses for  a tourniquet beyond stopping massive blood loss
  • Another look at restoration of previously conventionally farmed land
  • My take on the rehabbing land questions
  • Bryan Black on learning more about lock picking
  • Bryan Black on night vision gear

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.

Our Expert Council is Made Up of…

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Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

 

Two New Great MSB Benefits

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Two New Benefits for the MSB!

I love when I get to bring you guys a great new MSB Supporter and we don’t really have anything like them already.  Well that is what today is.  Many of you guys loved the interview I did with Evan Folds.

Evan is a great guy and very switched on.  We already have him booked for a second interview on hydroponics this time around.

Well I have gotten him to do a full 10% discount at both of his websites, here are the details.

  • Progressive Gardens – Progressive Gardens is your garden consultant. Not only does our online store contain ALL the products you will need to grow the best garden of your life, but we have the know-how to help you make it happen from the start, even in poor soil conditions. We stock hydroponic systems & fertilizers, natural lawn care, rain barrels, organic gardening supplies, natural pest & disease control, composting & compost tea supplies, worm farms, beneficial insects and so much more!  MSB members now get a 10% discount on all products.
  • Progress Earth –  Global distributor of the Vortex Brewer® system, Progress Earth specializes in the creation of living, organic compost tea. We have a complete turnkey system that uses BioEnergetic techniques to bring balance and harmony to living systems. This reduces the need to fertilize and use toxic biocides, as well as increasing yield, brix, shelf life and flavors.  MSB members now get a 10% discount on all products including Compost Tea in a Box, Wheatgrass in a Box, Earth Tonic and more. Visit www.VortexBrewer.com  to get started and for a chance to win a FREE Vortex Brewer®.

The discount codes are for these two new website are now in the Member’s Private Area of the Member’s Brigade.  If you have been considering joining the MSB this is just another example of some of the great discount benefits we offer.

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Episode-1215- Gary Collins on Primal Nutrition

Gary Collins, Creator of the Primal Power Plan

Gary Collins, Creator of the Primal Power Plan

Gary Collins, MS was born in Southern California and raised in the High Desert at the basin of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. He has been involved in organized sports, nutrition and fitness for over 30 years.

A self-declared sports junkie, he participated and excelled in various organized sports since the age of seven. He is extremely passionate about the pursuit of optimal health in mind, body and soul. Collins has two goals: To make being healthy as simple and enjoyable as possible and to give people the truth.

Collins’ background is very unique and brings a much-needed perspective to today’s fields of both health and nutrition. He holds an AS degree in Exercise Science, BS in Criminal Justice and a MS in Forensic Science.

After an exciting career in military intelligence Collins worked for the U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Special Agent. His career took him around the world and gave him a unique perspective on not only how the United States, but the world is affected by our food, drug and healthcare policies.

The highlights of his career took him from protecting some of the most powerful people in the world to investigations involving the biggest tainted pet food death case in the U.S. to the intricate dealings of one of the largest counterfeit prescription drug rings in the world. He has often said, “If Americans really knew what was going on in the area of healthcare and nutrition in this country, they would be appalled.”

It can be safely said no one in the health and fitness industry has the inside knowledge and background that Collins has. He is a hybrid of a high intensity health expert and an investigator rolled into one.

An author and college professor, Mr. Collins advises specialist and is a consultant for high-level organized sports programs and gyms. He is currently an exercise and nutrition consultant for the San Diego City College Men’s Basketball team, one of the most successful Junior College sports programs in California. Some of his other clients include college football players for high profile programs, to include Purdue and Kansas State University.

In addition to his published articles and Primal Power Method Series, his total lifestyle reboot, Factor X: The Last Health Program You Will Ever Need, blows the lid off of conventional wellness expectations and is essential for every American seeking better health.

Collins is a Master level personal trainer (only a few people in the world hold such a designation) with specialized training in fitness nutrition, exercise therapy, strength and conditioning, youth fitness, and senior fitness.

He is a CrossFit member, a member of the International Sports Science Association, International Mountain Bicycling Association, Nutritional Therapy Association, National Association for Nutrition Professionals, IDEA Health and Fitness Association, and the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.

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.

Our Expert Council is Made Up of…

Join the MSB Today

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Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

 

Kydex for the Mora 2 Classic

I  had a member of the audience who makes kydex part time whip up some sheaths for the Mora Classic Number 2.  I will be giving four away at the coming workshop in Oct and keeping one for myself.  These are being paired with some Mora’s I have refinished the handles on and put a patina on the blade to prevent rust.

I know the Mora is loved for bush crafting and for good reason, it is a 13 dollar knife that you just look at and go, how the hell do they sell that for 13 bucks.  One custom knife maker told me flatly, “I can’t buy the raw material in that knife for as low as they sell the finished knife”.

We all know the Mora is no high end custom, but that is the point, it is a knife you beat, if it wears out you replace it.  But at the price, hell you can buy three and keep two in reserve.  The beauty of kydex though is it is tough as nails, if it stops holding you heat it with a hair dryer and reform it and and back in business.  I’d say one good sheath could outlast these knives many times over.  Not to mention, if you are like me, you have lost knives but never lost a sheath!

So here is the deal I am thinking about having Kelly put some in the gear shop if there is sufficient interest.  We would have to sell them at 20 bucks roughly to make it worth the shops time and the makers time.  When I get them I may suggest a few tweaks, a few already come to mind.  In any event if you would be interested in some of these at a price point around 20 bucks let us know.

Here is the sheath as it is currently designed, as you can see it could be belt carried, neck carried or it could be lashed to a pack, etc.

A Custom Sheath for the Mora 2 Classic

A Custom Sheath for the Mora 2 Classic

And here is what 5 minutes with a butane torch, some sand paper, a dremil some stain and linseed oil along with a vinegar bath can do to the mora classic to make it far more field worthy.

A Mora Classic 2 with about 15 minutes worth of labor to customize it.  It does have to sit in the vineagar over night mind you.

A Mora Classic 2 with about 15 minutes worth of labor to customize it. It does have to sit in the vinegar over night mind you.

So again if you would have interest in these sheaths let us know. If at least 20 folks will say they will order one, we will put them in the shop.

Char-Broil – 25% Off Everything in Their Store

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The Char-Broil T-22D Grill

I just did a show on grilling and highly recommended the Char-Broil T-22D and converting the grill top to cast iron.  Well I just got an email that said that Char-Broil is giving 25% off everything on their website on all orders of 55 dollars or more, today only.

To get the discount use discount code E13JD25 when you order.

I know this might seem like set up or something but I have no relationship to Char-Broil other than I love their inferred grills.  I simply received a few emails from listeners about this who suggested I let everyone know.

Again the grill I have an love is the T-22D and I highly recommend that if you get one you upgrade to cast iron grill tops.  I have used both the steel and the iron and the iron is highly.  The larger version of it is the T-47D.  Personally I see the T-47 as too big but if you want a large grill it is the way to go.

Anyway just wanted to pass on this info for anyone considering getting one of these.  If you do buy one hey tell them where you found out, may be we can get some sort of MSB thing going if enough of you guys do that.

Again to get the discount use discount code E13JD25 when you order.  If you need assistance they seem to have great customer service by instant message on their website.

Episode-1214- Life After Awakening

Once you take the red pill, you can't go back, ever.

Once you take the red pill, you can’t go back, ever.

In the movie the Matrix the hero Neo is offered a choice by his mentor Morpheus,

“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”

The issue is, once you take that red pill and wake up into reality, you can never go back.  It is a fundamental change and the real horrors of the world along with the real beauty will forever be known to you.  While we are not in a world run by machines and used as batteries the metaphor of the movie is quite fitting.

The Original Blue Pill

Valium – Is The Blue Pill

We live in a world where the masses are the tools of the elite, the controls are taxes, debt, consumerism, marketing, leveraged jealously, class warfare and false dichotomy.  Once you see this, it is over, you can’t ever go back, just like Neo, take the red pill and you have made a permanent choice.

Then you have something interesting to contend with, the people around you are popping blue pills daily.  Most people hear blue pill and think of viagra, though it wasn’t popular when the story was created.  The most famous blue pill at the time the matrix was written, was, Valium.  Think about that!

Today We Discuss The Real Zombie Apocalypse, The One In Progress…

  • What is a zombie – this will shock you
  • Why it is a good thing to be awake
  • Why you should talk to the sleeping but not evangelize too much
  • Why some won’t wake up, ever, and why you must accept that
  • The truth about “the machine” and why you much change yourself
  • The biggest lies used to control you
    • Taxes are necessary
    • Debt is good, it is a status symbol
    • Having more things will make you happy
    • What your neighbor has or does effects you
    • The problems are all because of people who are different than you
    • The are two distinct sides and you have chosen the right one
  • What to do about it
    • Accept that the machine exists, exist as apart from it as you can
    • Focus first on your life, your families life, let the zombies sleep
    • Zombies wake up slow, use pull vs. push marketing
    • Know that what you do matters and act
    • Prepare for disaster and enjoy life at the same time

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.

Our Expert Council is Made Up of…

Join the MSB Today

Join the MSB Today

Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

 

The Revolution is Brewing


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TSP Gear Shop has a batch of “The Revolution is Brewing” French Press Travel mugs arriving next week. A good chunk are already sold and this will likely be the last batch we have in 2013.

These are the Double Shot 2.1 French Press Mugs by Planetary Designs. They also come with a second lid if you want to just use it as a regular travel mug.

  • Nearly indestructible handle
  • Caribiner friendly
  • Constructed of double-walled, 18/8 restaurant-grade stainless steel
  • BPA-free
  • Storage compartment in the base for additional ground coffee, keys etc.
  • 14 oz. capacity, 6 3/4″H.

Also be sure to check out the Special Deals section for some great prices on hard to find Paladin and SO Tech bags. Check back often as we will likely be adding some items from SOE and Hazard 4.

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We are running a contest for 13Skills.com.  A lot of designers have entered some great designs.  The purpose of this contest is to pick the favorite badge based on community opinion.  We will make all badges available for people to use but only one will be the winner.

You can vote for up to 5 badges but you can also vote for just one or three or any number up to five.  The winner will recieve a Lifetime MSB Membership.

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