Monthly Archives: December 2013

Fun Post, My Playoff Preditions

As a warning I have a terrible track record at this, I should stick to predicting economics and government action where I have a far better track record.  Who knows though, may be this year I will pull it off.   In any event based on my tack record in picking football games, if you are a betting man, I would not use my predictions if you value your money!  You have been warned.

Oh if you don’t like football or think it is pointless or whatever, no bitching about this post, just ignore it.  LOL

Okay first round next week

  • Chargers vs. Bengals – I say the chargers are tiger fodder they almost got their butts handed to them by a bunch of second and third tier players from Kansas City.  Bengals win solid.  As a Steelers fan this is hard for me to say but the Bengals are playing some of the best football they ever have, takes me back to the days of Boomer Esiason when they made the playoffs frequently in the 80s and even took two trips to the big game, only to run into the juggernaut of the 49ers 80s football dynasty.  While I am picking them here, I say next round they run into the Broncos and will spend the rest of their season watching the playoffs on TV.
  • Chiefs vs. Colts – The Chiefs are playing great football and in most divisions would be division champs at 11-5.  They are a wild card only due to the amazing season Manning and the Broncos are having.  They just smacked around a really good Chargers team with second and third tier players in a game that didn’t mean anything.  Unless Andy Reid does something stupid (and sadly it happens a lot, just ask an Eagles fan) the Chiefs should win this one solid, the Colts have been winning in spite of themselves, that generally doesn’t carry over into the playoffs well.
  • Saints vs. Eagles – I will be jaded a bit in this one because many don’t know this but I am also an Eagles fan, Steelers first and Eagles second.  My son is a huge Eagles fan as well.  But I am picking the Birds over the Saints here.  The Eagles are really finding their offensive grove and a great offense is getting even better.  Dallas had some success against them last night but what you saw was the Dallas Defense ready to physically collapse by the end of the game.  New Orleans has a great offense and is pretty good on defense with the 13th highest ranked defense in the league.  But the hard charging Eagles offense has just been wearing defenses down.  Playoff games generally go down to the 4th quarter and are a battle of endurance.  I see the Eagles and Saints as a very even battle but think in the end, endurance will give the Eagles the edge.
  • Packers vs. 49’ers – My weakness here is the opposite of the Eagles game, the fact is this is the game I care the least about in regard to individual teams.  I haven’t cared what the niners have done since Montana became a Chief.  As for the Bears, well I just don’t really pay attention to them at all.  Thing is both teams played really hard and tough games this week and were impressive.  The Bears and Packers game must have been one hell of a game if you are a fan of either team.   Hell I enjoyed it and I don’t even care about either team.   I am going with the 49’ers though, I think they have an offense that will pick apart the Packers D, which was exceptional yesterday.

Last year I think I got one right in the first round, we will see how it works out this year.  Now back to vacation.

Offical Holiday Shutdown for 2013

I am off, done, finished, NOT DOING MUCH OF ANYTHING for the next week and a half.  TSP is officially shut down until Wednesday, January 1st, 2014.

What does this mean?

It means I am not working,  I not spending time doing much of anything at all related to business or work.  It means if you email me a long question, a proposal or much of anything at all during this shutdown you are likely wasting your time.  A week long shut down will create a huge back log of such things so MOST of it will just be deleted.  If you want to communicate with me on a meaningful level for anything other than an emergency, it will keep until January.

What it does not mean?

It doesn’t mean that actual customer service will be ignored.  Once a day when I am deleting a ton of email from people that think I don’t actually mean I am shut down I will also scan for any actual customer service.  Like I can’t log in to the MSB or something like that.  Or I need to cancel my renewal or I need the Safecastle Discount code or the Service Discount.

That type of thing can be done in a few minutes a day.  So I will provide that type of service during the shut down.  Everything else, well it will mostly be like it never happened.

We all need time off and this year I really need it.  I now belong to my wife, the rest of my family and my close personal friends.  I will see you in 2014 and wish you the very best Christmas and New Years possible.

Episode-1272- The Christmas Special For 2013

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…

 

Episode-1271- Dr. Nate Story on Vertical Farming and Aquaponics

Dr. Storey of BrightAgroTech.com

Dr. Storey of BrightAgroTech.com

Dr. Nate Storey is the co-founder, inventor, and CEO at Bright Agrotech, an innovative vertical farming start up on the high plains of Laramie, Wyoming. Nate and the Bright Agrotech team seek to empower commercial producers and home growers alike to grow a lot more nutritious produce with less space with their ZipGrow tower technology.

Dr. Storey earned his PhD. from the University of Wyoming in Agronomy researching aquaponic production and different creative live distribution models to help farmers live better. His research was in direct response to the many barriers there are to getting into farming and living well as a commercial producer today’s world.

Not only is the cost of land and equipment going through the roof, but also new farmers face substantial costs when harvesting and packaging their produce. A cost that Dr. Storey sought to dissolve with ZipGrow products. This technology allows the farmers to outsource the ha rvesting and packaging their crops to the consumers in turn giving the customer the freshest produce possible.

Join Us Today for a Discussion on Growing More in Less Space Including…

  • What’s wrong with the current food system
  • Why should we be growing some/most of our own food
  • What exactly is aquaponics
  • Why grow food vertically
  • Are there any inexpensive ways to get into aquaponics
  • What fish work best in aquaponics systems
  • How small should as system be before it is too small
  • What is zip grow and why is it cool
  • How can packaging be eliminated from the food system
  • Where can you learn more about aquaponic systems

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1270- Food Forest Questions and Answers – Part Four

Four weeks ago I did a show called Food Forestry and How it Actually Works. In that show I asked for specific food forest questions. The response was so heavy that a three weeks ago I did Episode-1251- Food Forest Questions and Answers – Part One and wasn’t able to cover all the questions by a long shot. So two weeks ago we did Episode-1258- Food Forest Questions and Answers – Part Two and we were still far from done, so I did, Episode-1263- Food Forest Questions and Answers – Part Three.  Even with that we still have more questions, a lot of them and some very good ones.

Given the huge volume of questions it is clear there is a tremendous amount of interest in this topic and there should be. Nothing can provide the sustainable food and resources like a well managed forest be it small or large.

If you didn’t listen to the first four shows, you might want to do so before listening to this show. The reason being is that this show is a direct result of questions that I asked the audience to send me at the end of the first show and the answers given on the next two. Hence much of what was covered there I will be assuming you have already heard today.

The reality is a food forest is both simple and quite complex at the same time. The complexity is based on the system that develops, the massive numbers of interrelationships and the fungal networks, guilds, etc that are formed.

Join Me Today As I Answer Your Questions Including…

  • Is chop and drop selective pruning or cutting to the ground
  • Do you cut up branches into small parts with chop and drop
  • What about attracting wildlife like snakes into forest litter
  • Where exactly do you drop the chop
  • Should you spread wood chips on pasture (probably not)
  • What should you do if your house is on your properties southern edge
  • What are some ways to make a hot micro climate
  • Broadcasting seed over a burnt area and dealing with birds
  • Thoughts on integrating hugul beds and swales
  • Are there “dwarf” nut trees or can you make your own
  • How do you choose food forest species
  • Choosing cover crop mixes, no Lawton’s mix isn’t a secret, Sepps is, I don’t care though
  • When you clear scrub forest to create food forest how do you cut the existing trees
  • To prune or not to prune, is that even the question
  • My final discussion on mosquitoes and I mean it, NO MORE, stop freaking the hell out folks!

Resources for today’s show…

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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-1269- You Are Your Only Solution

Like It Or Not, You Are Your Own Answer!

Like It Or Not, You Are Your Own Answer!

Day in and day out I get emails from listeners that mean well, but frankly most don’t get it.  They are emails about passing a law for this or that, as if that would really fix anything.  Franky I am at a point where the only laws that need be passed would be a law undoing an existing law.  Government and restrictions on liberty are the problems, hence stop looking for solutions from the people causing the problem.

Some sound good, such as, people that want to amend the constitution to say, “Congress shall make now law that “all laws made by Congress applying to citizens of the United States apply equally to members of Congress themselves”.  Sure that sounds good but you are saying, please let us ask the wolf and the fox to pass a law that says they can’t raid the hen house.  How likely is that to work?

It doesn’t help that this myth is attributed to Warren Buffet who first never said it and secondly shouldn’t be trusted any more then Barack Obama or George Bush, in other words not at all.  The government has created every single major problem it is currently trying to supposedly solve.  Let me be blunt you are NEVER EVER NEVER, going to see a world where our government becomes “good” or “smaller” or “less corrupt” unless it simply fails and even that is no guarantee of anything.  Sorry to tell you folks but you are your ONLY solution to any and all real problems that you and your family will face.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • Stop worrying about the next disaster and see the one you are in right now
  • Stop being so pissed off about “rounding errors”
  • Why government not only won’t but can’t and never will fix our problems
  • Why you would not government to fix things even if it could
  • The lesson of your destitute, drunken, dope addicted “Uncle Sam”
  • What you must do to thrive in coming years
    • You are your own answer
    • You have to learn from boxers and MMA fighters, train before a fight!
    • But what about community, it isn’t just me is it
    • Take responsibility for your food
    • Take responsibility for your health
    • Take responsibility for your education
    • Take responsibility for your own waste
    • Take responsibility for your own energy
    • Do shit and never apologize for doing good shit!
    • Act because you want to, not due to fear

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-1268- Listener Feedback for 12-17-13

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Since I filled in a call in show yesterday I will be doing a typical email in feedback show today. Today on The Survival Podcast I take your comments, questions and thoughts on military service, permaethos, off grid life, solar, urban farming 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

  • Prepper Chicks did not Author the “Phasing Out the Militia Man” article
  • What is up with PermaEthos
  • More on military service and the motivation of those recruited
  • TSP Survival Wiki is Coming and How You Can Help
  • The risks associate with converting distressed property into urban farms
  • Thoughts on grid service charges for solar users
  • A real rant on government and personal responsibility

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-1267-Listener Calls for 12-16-13

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 the mint, prepper vs survivalist, deer tallow, EMPs, military service, poultry, timber harvest, composting and more. For the expert council today we have questions being answered by  Steve Harris and Darby Simpson.

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…

  • Brink of Freedom Magazine is Coming
  • A TSP Survival Wiki – want to be part of it?
  • What I know about Mulligan Mint right now, not a lot
  • Thoughts on “phasing out the militia man” from prepper chicks
  • Uses for deer tallow and the difference between fat and tallow
  • Steve Harris on EMPs and generators, a must listen
  • What do I mean when I say I got sane and didn’t reenlist in the Army in 1993
  • What to do about a drop in egg production after a move
  • Dealing with collecting “greens” for compost
  • Chainsaw mills and clearing pine woodlands for permaculture use
  • What is air layering or air budding and how do you do it and why would you
  • Getting rid of large root balls without an excavator or a dozer

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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A Special Message from Jack and the Last Day for the MSB Christmas Sale

Just a heads up that the dec3013 Christmas sale expires tonight.  That means midnight central standard time, it DOES NOT mean you can email me in the morning and still get the discount.  It DOES NOT mean that if you explain how your nephew’s dog ate your MSB print out or that you really wanted it but forgot or what ever that I will give you the discount tomorrow.

Every time I run a sale I get people from a day to a week later that want the discount and want me to make an exception.   In spite of the fact that I can be an asshole the truth is I am actually a very nice guy, as those who have met me will tell you.  So the nice guy in me always wants to say yes, something prevents it though, that is integrity.

You see I watch all the slick internet marketing going on in the prepper world today and mostly it sickens me.  Bundles of this, the world is ending that, horde this before the zombies come.  Stupid shit like “Google banned this video, see why”, when Google never banned a damn thing!  “Only 5 days left to get this special information before it is gone forever”.  10 days later the same pile of crap is hitting your inbox.  Or how about a promise that something that cost 2 grand will let you live off the gird when the damn product can only run a simple refrigerator for about 40 minutes on its best day?

This is the world that have sprung up around prepping as the niche has become “hot” as turd ball after turd ball tosses a lure into the water to make a quick buck while the school is biting.  These people get no respect from me, I consider them sleaze because they break their word, flat our lie and never mean what they say.  All they want is to make a buck and move on, selling how to beat the blackjack table yesterday, how to prep for the zombies today and tomorrow likely how to speak Chinese in only 2 weeks, none of which will work by the way.

Well, I didn’t get into this when it was “hot”, I started this journey in 2008 when there were no prepper shows on TV, no podcasts on prepping, etc.  I did it because I love teaching, I know what we have lost in America and I wanted to help people.  It grew into a business but a unique one, one run by a man you might often disagree with but always know you can trust.  A man who will never lie to you and never break his word.  Not to mention one that tells sleaze like those mentioned above to shove their heads up their asses weekly when they try to leverage my business to sell to you.

So when I say, I am running  a sale from X to Y, I mean it.  It isn’t a gimmick or a game or a trick.  It is simply a sale, a sale that provides a great value to a product that already has a great value.  If I then give people the sale price after the announced term, what does that say about my integrity and my word?  What it might look like is I am a nice guy.  What it would really mean is what I said meant nothing, it was just a ploy to get you to buy and that I would sell to anyone at the sale price if they simply asked.  That ain’t me folks.  My word is my bond, simple and frankly in my view the real “American way”.

I have taken a lot of flack for this over the years.  Not for the commitment to sales deadlines, people generally grasp and respect that.  But from people in the industry that seem okay, I work with them and next thing you know they are dragging assclowns from National Geographic into the mix or people like the scum bag that sell the “37 Things You Should Horde” pile of crap.  I then refuse to work with them and they get all out of sorts and angry.  As though I am OBLIGATED to work with them some how.  I just don’t get it.

I’ll put it this way, some day the big wave of hype behind prepping will subside and those riding it will be left high and dry and we will still be here.  We will still be changing lives one person, one family, one community at a time.  And I promise you to never lie to you and when I get something wrong by mistake to admit it and tell you.  I will not hide my mistakes, take down episodes or segments of episodes where I screwed up, I will be a man of honor and speak the truth as I know it, always.  Again, always, not sometimes, not when it is convenient, not when it is profitable, simply always.

So I guess this simple, hey remember the sale ends today post turned into a rant but this has been weighing on me.  I have recently been approached to promote an “online conference” of preppers, and I know it is NOTHING BUT A WAY FOR TWO GUYS TO BUILD A LIST FAST OFF THE BACKS OF OTHERS.   Two good people I deeply care about are being sucked in, and I wish them the best.  I really do.  But Monday I am going to tell you about this thing.

I am going to tell you hell it might be worth attending, then I will tell you how to set up a temporary email to register for it and how to dispose of it after it is over so you are not sold to over and over with spam bullshit junk, which friends and neighbors is ALWAYS the plan when someone just shows up like magic to leverage the work of others.  ALWAYS.

Anyway, with that if you want to get the MSB at the special price, you can do that here

http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/msb-christmas-sale-2013

Given that it is a Sunday if you pay by mail I will accept anything post marked tomorrow.  Thanks to all who have made TSP what it is, again I promise above all to always look after this community and to always keep my word to you.

Episode-1266- Geoff Lawton and Jack Spirko on Permaculture’s Future

Geoff Lawton - Permaculture Artist

Geoff Lawton – Permaculture Artist

Today we have the great pleasure of having Geoff Lawton on to discuss many of his new upcoming free videos, his recent online PDC and how he feels Permaculture is changing the world.    The interview segment was pretty short because we had many and I mean MANY technical issues with lag across skype.

We always have a bit due to distance to Australia alone but this time was something we could barely work though.   Geoff was a champ though and worked though it.  I then went and spent over an hour editing things out and cleaning them up.  Tune in today and you will  hear more on what I had to do to get the recording to the quality it is now, and it is pretty damn good.  Suffice to say we had about 37 minutes of audio an after I removed echos, lags, dead spaces, etc we ended up with a segment of about 24 minutes!

Funny enough the recording works great, it was often the case that we had 10 seconds of silence but all the words actually came though on the other side.  Anyway just know a LOT of effort went into making this interview work on both ends.

The great part though is I was able to include more content on my own for you guys today in reference to two of Geoff’s coming videos.  One which came out today and one that will be coming soon.  Reason being is I have quite a bit of knowledge about both sites.

One is Eric Toensmeier’s home in Massachusetts.  I will fill you guys in a bit about what you might be seeing from one of Geoff’s videos on this property because it is featured in Eric’s book that he co-authored with Jonathan Bates called Paradise Lot.  I heard about that book from Dave Jacke and found it to be a great read.

Secondly, when Geoff mentioned the video being released today he discussed that is was about suburbs and flat lands.  What he didn’t say was that it was based on Village Homes in California.  What is great about this is Bill Mollison visited this location in 1983 and you can see it at that time in Bill’s video from the Global Gardener Series.  What I did was watch the segment from Bill’s trip in 83 and then watched Geoff’s new video twice so I can discuss the impact of this showcase of permaculture for you.

Lastly I just read an incredible article by Geoff about what they did to establish a farm in Jordan.  The results are pretty amazing but the one big takeaway for me was the structures that span swales in it.  These are basically arches that shade the swales to reduce evaporation and almost make a swale into a low tech chinampa system.   I am now considering how to implement this system on my property.

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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