Monthly Archives: December 2016

Episode-25- TSP Rewind – The Profitable Small Acre Homestead

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode 1379- The Profitable Small Acre Homestead and originally aired on July 1st, 2014.

The notes below are the original notes from that episode.

Homesteading is a dream for a lot of people, a some day idea.  Generally it is usually this way.  I need a job, so I need to be close to work, so we can’t afford a  huge place close enough, so ONE DAY I will have enough saved to make the move.

This can and does work, but one day has a way of becoming a moving target, a carrot before the horse that keeps the cart moving yet never is tasted for many.  So my view is for some at least, the homestead can at least in time become a significant income source.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • Our basic plan and why it might not be right for you
    • Start with eggs, build a customer base
    • Sell other nice items, meal worms, candles, etc.
    • Begin selling plants, cuttings, fertilizers
    • Sell produce as it comes into production
    • Possibly at some point sell poultry
  • What I think you can learn from our plan and how you should build your design
    • Specialize in something that builds a customer base
    • Expand slowly over time
    • Develop DEEP relationships with your customers
    • Let them guide your development
  • What I would look for in a property
    • Close to a reasonable population center
    • Decent internet access
    • Good drive buy traffic
    • No restrictions (unincorporated if possible)
    • Deep soils with pond sites
    • Flat to relatively flat
    • As always it comes down to water, access, structure
  • Thoughts on different revenue elements
    • Paddock shift silvopasture poultry (eggs, meat)
    • Market gardening
      • raised beds of fixed length
      • heavy weed blocking
      • designed to the sun or shade by climate
      • Develop a CSA around it fast
    • Small nurseries
    • Small “orchards” for produce
    • Specialty craft products
    • Bees and bee products
    • Dairy
    • Other stock, cattle, sheep, goats, etc
    • Focus on value added products
  • Some final thoughts
    • It takes time, how much is based on how much you have
    • You can’t do everything so don’t even try to, do one thing then another
    • It isn’t for everyone, that is great!
    • It isn’t easy, but in reality it is simple
    • It is hard to do on your own, a multi family approach has a lot to offer
    • Making a living is better than working for a living

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-24- TSP Rewind – You Are Your Only Solution

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally,

Episode-1269- You Are Your Only Solution and originally aired on Dec 13, 2013.

The notes below are the original notes from that episode.

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.

Like It Or Not, You Are Your Own Answer!

Like It Or Not, You Are Your Own Answer!

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

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Episode-23- TSP Rewind – Listener Feedback on Genetically Modified Organisms

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally,

Episode-613- Listener Feedback on Generically Modified Organisms and originally aired on Feb. 28th, 2011.

The notes below are the original notes from that episode.

GMO Food is Far More Sinister Than Most Realize

The concept of GMO’s (generically modified organisms) is largely misunderstood and I feel somewhat hyped as both overly safe and overly dangerous by both sides of the debate.

Today we dig deeply into this issue to fully understand the dangers of GMO’s including the often missed larger implications and impact on the biosphere and system level life webs.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Is GMO the issue or is what they are spraying on the GMO’s the answer
  • How is a GMO different from a natural hybrid
  • Are GMO’s chemically different from non GMO’s
  • Is there a new micro pathogen connected to GMO’s (I am not sure yet)
  • Are GMOs and their related herbicides linked to breast cancer (a top oncologist thinks so)
  • Will GMO alfalfa cross pollinate and infect other fields, experts say it is a certainty
  • Why may our farmers not be able to ever stop growing GMOs now (anyone else think about this yet)
  • What is “bent grass” why should you care
  • Should we require an IQ test to be a politician (wait till you hear this)
  • Why GMOs threaten us even when they are not “food crops”
  • What is bioaccumulation and how does it move through “trophic” levels
  • How GMOs have an unexpected effect on our ground water, rivers and oceans
  • What the gulf dead zone and why it is expanding

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Episode-22- TSP Rewind – Massad Ayoob on Lethal Force Aftermath

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Today’s episode was originally, Episode-1094- Massad Ayoob on Lethal Force Aftermath and it originally aired on March 21, 2013.  The notes below are the original notes from that episode.

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Massad Ayoob has been handgun editor of GUNS magazine and law enforcement editor of AMERICAN HANDGUNNER since the 1970s, and has published thousands of articles in gun magazines, martial arts publications, and law enforcement journals.

He is the author of more than a dozen books on firearms, self-defense, and related topics, including “In the Gravest Extreme,” widely considered to be the authoritative text on the topic of the use of lethal force.

Massad Ayoob

Massad Ayoob – Joins Us To Discuss Lethal Force Aftermath

The winner of the Outstanding American Handgunner of the Year Award in 1998, Mas has won several state and regional handgun shooting championships. Ayoob is one of the very few Five Gun Masters among the 10,000-member International Defensive Pistol Association, and was the first to earn that title.

He served 19 years as chair of the Firearms Committee of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, and several years as a member of the Advisory Board of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. In addition to teaching for those groups, he has also taught for the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and the International Homicide Investigators seminars.

Massad has received judicial recognition as an expert witness for the courts in weapons and shooting cases since 1979, and has been a fully sworn and empowered, part time police officer for decades. Ayoob founded the Lethal Force Institute in 1981 and served as its director until 2009, and now trains through Massad Ayoob Group.

Massad has appeared on CLE-TV delivering continuing legal education for attorneys, through the American Law Institute and American Bar Association, and has been retained to train attorneys to handle deadly force cases through the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network. Ayoob served for two years as co-vice chair of the Forensic Evidence Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He also appears in each episode of Personal Defense TV (Sportsman’s Channel).

Massad joins us today to discuss protecting yourself as an armed citizen from the threat we seldom consider, our own legal system.  How to make sure you are not in violation of the law, what constitutes justification for the use of deadly force and having a “prep kit” for after a deadly force incident.

Join Us Today As We Discuss…

  • What is the biggest thing most armed citizens fail to plan for
  • What happens in most cases immediately after a “justified shooting”
  • What plans should you have in place in case you ever have to use deadly force
  • How does a deadly force incident differ when it is in your home vs. away
  • What about the castle doctrine, how much protection does it really provide
  • Can a shooting legally justified in one state and not another with the same facts
  • What is the absolute worst thing you can do after a shooting
  • When the police arrive how should you greet them
  • Is there anything you should never say or do in from of first responders to an incident
  • Defense of life vs. defense of property
  • Can the appearance of a weapon influence the outcome of a trial
  • How can ammo selection be used against you

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Episode-21- TSP Rewind – Toby Hemenway on Developing Self Sustaining Urban Communities

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-1610- Toby Hemenway on Developing Self Sustaining Urban Communities and originally aired on July 23rd, 2015. The notes below are the original notes from that episode.

Toby Hemenway is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, which was awarded the Nautilus Gold Medal in 2011, was named by the Washington Post as one of the ten best gardening books of 2010, and for the last eight years has been the best-selling permaculture book in the world.

Toby has been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and has taught over sixty 72-hour permaculture design courses. He has presented lectures and workshops at major sustainability conferences such as Bioneers, SolFest, and EcoFarm, and at Duke University, Tufts University, University of Minnesota, University of Delaware and many other educational venues.

Get a Copy of Toby's New Book on Amazon

Get a Copy of Toby’s New Book on Amazon

His writing has appeared in magazines such as Natural Home, Whole Earth Review, and American Gardener. He has contributed book chapters for WorldWatch Institute and to several publications on ecological design.

After obtaining a degree in biology from Tufts University, Toby worked for many years as a researcher in genetics and immunology, first in academic laboratories including Harvard and the University of Washington in Seattle, and then at Immunex, a major medical biotech company. At about the time he was growing dissatisfied with the direction biotechnology was taking, he discovered permaculture, a design approach based on ecological principles that creates sustainable landscapes, homes, and workplaces.

A career change followed, and Toby and his wife, Kiel (key-ell), spent ten years creating a rural permaculture site in southern Oregon. He was the editor of Permaculture Activist, a journal of ecological design and sustainable culture, from 1999 to 2004. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 2004, and spent six years developing urban sustainability resources there. Toby and his wife now live in Sebastopol, California.

Today he comes back to TSP to discuss  urban permaculture, and his new book, “The Permaculture City: Regenerative Design for Urban, Suburban, and Town Resilience” We will be talking about food, energy, water, shelter, building community, creating livelihoods, and how to use permaculture thinking to arrive at solutions for the challenges of life in towns and cities.

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Episode-20- TSP Rewind – The Christmas Special

Most of today’s show is a recreation 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-1921- Listener Calls for 12-22-16

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on concealed carry, pushing legal boundaries, driverless cars, guns, back up power, cattle, planning for the new year 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.

While I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get as many of them on as I can.

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

  • Thoughts on “Urban Carry Holsters”
  • Pushing the boundaries by understanding the law
  • More but what ifs on driverless cars
  • A south paw and lifetime shooter says there’s no need for left handed guns
  • Thoughts on Anker’s PowerHouse back up power system
  • More on the ongoing debate about remote cow/calf opperations
  • Jacks thoughts for the coming holiday

Resources for today’s show…

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Dura Heat Kerosene Heater – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Dura Heat Convection Kerosene Heater.

What!  My God Jack don’t you know how dangerous those things are? 

Hold on, calm down, let’s take a look at this concern.

We now live in a society where they put, “do not iron clothes while wearing them” as a warning label on irons.  Think about that for a moment please.  Oven doors have a warning not to stand on them and use them as a step ladder, (yes really).  So do you think if Kerosene Heaters were the death machines some claim them to be any company would be in business selling them today.

That said safety is a concern which is one reason I like this model.  If you bump it hard or if it gets tipped over, it will shut itself off.  It also has a great heat cage to prevent accidental burns.

What about CO2 you fool, we will all die!

Please take a breath and let me ask you, when exactly was the last time you heard, “Kerosene heater kills family of four”?  Anyyyyyyway, yes CO2 is produced when burning any organic fuel, but here are basic rules for using a heater like this.

  1.  Do not use in a small closed in room
  2.  Always make sure your wick is in good condition
  3.  Don’t burn the fame to high, if it is smoking it is way too high
  4.  Crack a window or two just a bit to allow circulation

Number 4 likely isn’t needed with modern heaters but it is such a cheap insurance policy there is no reason not to do so.  By simply doing the above these heaters are safe and hundreds of thousands of people are using them all the time.

That said my primary use for them was always outbuildings, shops and sheds and they are fantastic for that.  But when we lived in Pennsylvania and the electric heat went out they saved our bacon, and two heated our entire 2200 square foot home to comfortable levels with one up and one down stairs.

What makes this great is they produce deep heat and radiate it 360 degrees.  If you live in a truly cold climate bang for the buck this is YOUR BEST BET FOR BACK UP HEAT if you don’t have a wood stove or a fireplace insert.

There is one big concern that to me makes something like the Big Buddy Propane Heater a better option, and that is kerosene availability.  Now you can generally get prepackaged cans from hardware and specialty stores for about 8 dollars a gallon just about anywhere, but that is not economical.  These things burn about 1 gallon per 4-6 hours.  So do that math over a week!

Now where we lived in PA every gas station had K1 at the pump for about the price of gas and diesel.  Here in Dallas – Fort Worth it is hard to find more than a few places with kerosene and it seems there are less each year.  So in short I recommend kerosene heaters for colder states with wide availability of fuel at fair prices.  I recommend propane for back up heat for many southern states because you can get cheap propane everywhere.

Again though bang for the buck if you have kerosene available these heaters heat far more efficiently then propane portable heaters, they are easy to maintain and safe if used properly.  If your primary heating solution is electric, let me simply say whether it is the Dura Heat Kerosene Heater  or the Big Buddy Propane Heater, get at lest one or two of these into your winter preps if you don’t have a solution already.

The alternative is that one day it is say 12 degrees outside, an ice storm takes out power and you and your family have 3 days or more of shivering to look forward to.

I do want to be clear I have not used this particular model.  I switched to propane back in 2004 when we returned to Texas due to fuel availability.  We actually gave our two kerosene heaters to neighbors when we left.

To find a heater to recommend what I did was intensively research safety, service and customer satisfaction and found this one to be the best currently available.  With over 120 customer review and 4.5 stars overall, along with a price of only 140 bucks with free shipping, I simply think in this area the Dura Heat Kerosene Heater  is the best value currently on the market.

Final note, fireplaces are great, but they don’t heat homes, they at best warm one room.  I am not putting them down, I love fireplaces but they send 85% of their heat up the chimney and out into the sky. Don’t think simply having a fireplace is a complete back up for cold weather grid down scenarios.

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Episode-1920- Camping for Becoming More Prepared in Life

I have found that many make camping over complicated, attempting to bring “all the comforts of home” with them.  To me this sort of defeats the point.  What you should focus on with camping is comfort.  By this I mean, sleeping comfort, ability to get clean, stay dry, not be too hot or too cold.  Much of this is more about planning than gear, though some gear is very helpful in this endeavor.

Let me say I am also a big fan of “car camping” especially if children or larger groups are involved.  This does let you take more gear but it also allows for the ability to get something if you forgot it without too much trouble.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why the hell do people go camping anyway
    • It reconnects us to our true selves
    • It is fun, well it certainly can be
    • It disconnects us from “the modern world”
    • It blends well with other activities (fishing, hiking, etc.)
  • Why people tend to not go camping
    • Time limitations
    • Reluctant family members
    • Finding a good location
    • Cost of gear and shelter
    • Lack of knowledge
  • My rules for an enjoyable camping experience that you will want to do again
    • Have good sleeping gear, comfort, comfort, comfort
    • Have a good shelter for your season
    • Plan a few activities, fishing, hiking, etc.
    • Pick a location where you can hike
    • Ensure water access is available
    • Make the food great
    • Find a place were you can have a campfire, and enjoy campfire time
  • What you learn by camping that applies to prepping
    • How to cook without the grid
    • How to be comfortable without a house
    • How to acquire food from nature
    • How to do without, or what you will need so you don’t have to
    • That all the shit you think is important, largely isn’t
  • Rules for keeping kids happy on camping trips
    • Pick the right time of year
    • Make individual activities brief unless they are really into it
    • Take away the cell phones, game boys, etc. yes really
    • Make the first trips shorter trips
    • Don’t get your personal expectations set too high about things
  • My personal thoughts on gear (not an essential or complete list)
    • Good sleeping pad, cot or hammock camping
    • Seasonally appropriate bedding/sleeping bag
    • A good cook stove – I love this one
    • Dutch oven and camp fire cooking gear
    • A quality tent, no one ever says, there is too much room in here
    • A good flash light and a good head lamp or cap light, LED lanterns
    • Toilet paper, um a few extra rolls
    • Eating utensils – consider paper plates, plastic forks
    • Rain gear – I like Frog Togs
    • Dish washing supplies
    • Water containers for a washing station – if needed
    • Insect repellent
    • Fire making supplies, (I have no problem with a lighter and fluid)
    • First aid kit
    • Cordage
    • Tables and chairs
    • Shade canopy
  • Final Thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

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The Permaculture City by Toby Hemenway – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book, The Permaculture City by Toby Hemenway.  Toby of course passed away of pancreatic and liver cancer yesterday, 12-20-16.  That makes this book the last one he completed, in some ways it is his best.

Unlike most permaculture books this one focuses actually more on building resilient towns and communities and larger concepts like local economic development, rather than just growing food.  It was during the work he did on this book that Toby found affinity for anarchism.

While this book doesn’t really make a direct case for anarchism, it lays out a blueprint for communities, cities and towns to develop self governed systems that are independent of the state, and that friends is what anarchism is all about.

The Permaculture City provides a new way of thinking about urban living, with practical examples for creating abundant food, energy security, close-knit communities, local and meaningful livelihoods, and sustainable policies in our cities and towns.

The same nature-based approach that works so beautifully for growing food?connecting the pieces of the landscape together in harmonious ways?applies perfectly to many of our other needs.

This book begins in the garden but takes what we have learned there and applies it to a much broader range of human experience.  One in which we don’t just garden plants but people, neighborhoods, and even cultures.

My hope in featuring this book today is to encourage you to purchase a copy for your library for several reasons.  First it is a great book and if you are permaculture enthusiast you should have it if you don’t already.   Toby’s contributions to spreading the message of permacutlure are up there with Geoff Lawton, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren.

Next my hope is that it will serve to help his wife Kiel who now finds herself without her husband and looking to an uncertain future.  One thing an author leaves behind to his heirs is some security in knowing that his books will continue to sell.  Well if the author was exceptional that is, and Toby certainly was.

So consider adding The Permaculture City to your library today, and if you already have a copy consider buying one as a gift to pass on to someone who might benefit from a new way of thinking.

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