Monthly Archives: April 2017

Episode-1994- Expert Council Questions and Answers ~ 4-28-17

Today its Friday so it’s time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

Today the expert council answers questions on Zika, concealed carry, permaculture, Ford trucks, poultry, life in a van, sharpening, real estate and more.

In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air.

I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but can’t always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between.

To get more information on our Expert Council visit our “Meet the Expert Council Page” to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise.

Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss

  • Zika concerns when traveling to the tropics – Doc Bones
  • Concealed carry when running and working out – Gary Collins
  • Plants for the Ozarks for erosion control – Ben Falk and Jack
  • The Ford 5.4 Liter motor – Charles Sanville
  • Dealing with dead chickens – Darby Simpson
  • Living in a van and having AC – Steven Harris
  • The skinny on the “amazing” Russian knife sharpener – Patrick Roehrman
  • The stone cold reality of owning real estate as a land lord – Jack

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Episode-1993- Listener Calls 4-27-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on debt, trucks, children, tree planting, fascism, micro-nutrients, elderly parents, the war on words 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…

  • Some thoughts on the coming student debt crisis
  • Some thoughts on the Ford 6.0 Liter Diesel Motor
  • Storing diapers for SHTF in more ways than one
  • Tree planting and septic system considerations
  • The open fascism of the USPS
  • The skinny on micro-nutrients for your plants
  • The difficult decision of putting parents into a care facility
  • The consequences of changing words and their definitions

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Episode-1992- An Outsider Turned Insider’s View of Government Schools

Author Gregory Cecil, M.A.S. worked as a paramedic for 22 years before changing careers and becoming an aerospace technician. Gregory went to work as a Senior Aero-composite Technician for the Space Shuttle Program 3 months after graduating from school, and worked on all three remaining space shuttles.

During his time there, Gregory earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. After he was laid off from the Space Shuttle Program, Gregory became a Florida State Certified Educator and taught high and middle school science in both public and private schools.

In 2014, Gregory started a aerospace education consulting company called AeroSTEM Consulting to assist aerospace companies with their K-12 outreach. In April of 2015, SpaceTEC contracted with Gregory and AeroSTEM Consulting to create and implement their outreach program to secondary school students called Schools-to-Space and to run it as their National Coordinator.

Schools-to-Space’s mission is to introduce students to the STEM career of an Nationally Certified Aerospace Technician and has taught several teacher workshops and presented to schools all across the nation.

Gregory is also an adjunct professor for the Everglades University Aviation Graduate Program.

Gregory is the author of the book, “Classroom Laboratory at the Edge of Space: Introducing the Mini-Cube Program,” a book that gives a step-by-step guide for STEM instructors (both public and private), and home school parents that allows their students to send experiments/technology projects to the “edge of space” 100,000 feet in altitude (20 miles).

Gregory currently resides in Clearwater Florida with his wife Linda, and their cat Commander Merlin. Gregory has been a fan of the Survival Podcast since Jack’s commuting days in Texas.

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Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod – 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 Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod specifically the 5’6″ two piece model but the entire line is fantastic.  The line comes in weights from ultra light to medium heave and lengths from 4′ 6″ to 7′ 6″.  I have and will always be a light gear kind of guy.  My idea of fun is a 20 pound snook in the surf on 12 pound line and a light action rod to give you and idea of what I mean.

I was also at one time big into the all graphite super sensitive type rods until I broke one to many tips off them.  Years ago I switched to Ugly Stik as my go to rods and have been really happy with them, and I find them plenty sensitive for their weight class as well.

So recently I decided to add a new rod to the mix and wanted something light action and not too long for fishing creeks and over grown banks, etc.  So I settled on the  Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod in 5’6″ two piece and I am very pleased with it.

I paired this rod up with an Okuma Avenger ABF-30.  The Okuma reel comes with a metal and nylon spool.  So I rigged up the metal spool that I use daily with Spiderwire Ultracast Monofilament in 8lb line.  This is a great set up for everything from sunfish to mid sized catfish.  I rigged up the nylon spool with the same brand Spiderwire Ultracast Monofilament but in 12lb line for getting into larger catfish or rough fishing.

I previously reviewed the Okuma Avenger in the 65 size for surf fishing.  Since that review I have purchased both an ABF-20 and an ABF-30.  I am so impressed with Okuma reels I have pretty much switched over to them 100%.  The bait feeder feature is just great and the quality and smoothness of the reels is like something that cost three times as much.

The 5′ 6″ light action rod linked to in this review would pair fine with either of them.  What the 30 allows is more and larger line to get the most out of this rod.  Because for a rod of its size and weight it is damn solid even with larger fish.

I paired my ABF-20 with a Zhijin Telescopic rod that I keep in my behind the truck seat kit and it is a perfect fit for that as well.

In any event the Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rods deliver exceptional performance for the price and if you ever break one you did something wrong, really wrong.  They are marketed as the toughest rods on the market and in this case after years of using them I can say, it isn’t just marketing, it is a fact.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – In all my years I have only seen one Ugly Stik break.  It was on a beach on Sanibel Island and a guy hooked a very large bull shark with a Medium Heavy Ugly Stik running 100 pound braid.  The fish was so large his two buddies were holding him by his waste to keep him from being pulled in, the rod snapped in three pieces and the center piece bloodied his nose.  This fish was NEVER going to be landed with tackle of the size the man had, the line should have been cut, lesson learned!

New YouTube Videos 4-25-17

We have added four new videos to the YouTube channel.  They cover some stuff with the ducks, clipping goose wings and naturalized vegetables on Nine Mile Farm.

First on Season Three – Episode Sixteen – Little Ducks Have Joined the Big Ducks on the Homestead Scene we start at the gate, the gate to the holding area that is as the big ducks and little ducks have been fully integrated.  We then travel a bit around the property and finish up with a little look at things in the aviary.

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Then on Season Three – Episode Seventeen – The Young Ducks Have Settled into the Routine  we visit the young ducks and the old timers at bath time.  It is getting to a point where we can’t call them babies any longer.

We also take a look at how they are working the land and laying a lot of the tall grass flat, controlling the undergrowth but keeping the ground covered.

We stop by the mulberry trees for a late breakfast of both black and white berries.

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Then in this follow up video to Episode Seventeen of The Duck Chronicles we find the mystery plant was just scarlet Nantes carrot that has gone naturalized on my property.

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This final one was actually recorded in the fall of 2014 and got lost, I found it doing some clean up on my PC today and rendered it out for youtube.  It is us rustling up the geese and clipping their wings.

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Episode-1991- How Preparedness Leads to Liberty

If you go find my TSP forum profile you will see a bit of text that says,

Liberty is precious, fight to keep it!

I guess it is about 8 years since I put those words on my profile and my view of the value of liberty has only increased since that time.  Since day one I have said the real mission of The Survival Podcast is to educate people to the concepts of Self Sufficiency, Self Reliance, Independence and Liberty.  To me those four ideas can’t be separated.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • First let’s define the four pillars of TSP
    • Self Sufficiency – The percentage of your needs met by your own systems
    • Self Reliance – The duration in time you can live well without systems of support
    • Independence – The ability to control your own life on your own terms
    • Liberty – The freedom to fully exercise your independence
  • Why people choose bondage over liberty
    • Programming and conditioning (domestication)
    • Fear
    • Misdirected morality
  • How Preparedness Leads to Liberty
    • It removes fear
    • It directly addresses programming and domestication
    • It requires independent thought
    • It is counter to the norm, and requires action
    • It sooner or later pays off, so you know it works
  • The things we should be taught are our personal responsibility as children
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Energy
    • Security
    • Finance
    • Health
    • Education
  • Why the system will never take this approach

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Gilmour PRO Commercial Hose – 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 Gilmour PRO Commercial Hose.  As you may know I always say with somethings always buy the best you can afford.  When I do I often use a garden hose as an example, because when you cheap out on a hose, you always regret it.

Up till now I have always said just go to Home Depot and get the red contractor grade hoses.  Well that was until I recently took my own advice and did that.  In a hurry I simply grabbed the hose that looked right, instead of a Gilmour it was made by a company called “Contractor Farm”. (this POS here)  It sure looked good and it damn sure was expensive enough, it also sucks.

Unrolling it alone I knew I had been had, stiff, not pliable and kinks like mad!  Great over built fittings but the hose just sucks.  So I went and looked at the three I had that I loved, all were Gilmour.  Frankly they are now the only thing I will buy.

What makes them so great?  First diameter, the flow you get though them is impressive, given I fill 8 kiddie pools or more a day that is important to me.  Next is the rubber, it is thick and very pliable, what that means is it simply doesn’t kink.  I mean you can kink it if you try hard enough but with normal use I never kink mine.

Lastly the hardware is just top notch, very sturdy and no spray by at the connections.  I personally like the 75 length, but when I got mine initially they didn’t make a 100 footer.  They are now available in lengths of…

It is a bit strange to me that the 25 and 50 are almost the same price and the 100 is less than the 75, but in the end pick what works best for you needs.  Again I have to say that until I find something better I won’t buy anything but these in the near future.  So check out the Gilmour PRO Commercial Hose and stop dealing with crappy garden hoses, life is too short to deal with a kink in your hose!

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

Episode-1990- Listener Feedback for 4-24-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on automation, geese, GMOs, composting, idiocy in government, restoring land, aquaponics, investing and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.

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 Calls and Discuss…

  • MSB updates and an MSB Sale
  • A quick bit of listener feedback on automation
  • How to successfully tractor geese for meat
  • Is there any legitimate use for GMO crops
  • Getting your compost to actually compost
  • A woman is banished from a town for calling 911, SERIOUSLY!
  • What one man did with 5500 yards of damaged land using mostly grass seed
  • Bulkheads vs. uniseals in aquaponics
  • A concern to watch out for with your mail box, not one you would think about
  • Is congress about to raid your 401K, not exactly, not yet anyway

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Episode-1989- Expert Council Questions and Answers ~ 4-21-17

Today its Friday so it’s time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

Today the expert council answers questions on cars, home school, comfrey, L.E.D. head lamps, bees, medicine, diet, business and more.

In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air.

I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but can’t always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between.

To get more information on our Expert Council visit our “Meet the Expert Council Page” to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise.

Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss

  • The ins and outs of buying a vehicle with a “salvage” title – Charles Sanville
  • How homeschoolers can make friends and have a social life – Mike and Sue Laprise
  • Is comfrey truly a dynamic accumulator – Nick Ferguson
  • Choosing the right led head lamp for S&R – Steven Harris
  • How to make pollen patties and swarm traps – Michael Jordan
  • Dealing with an “environmental cough” – Doc Bones
  • Is there anything to concepts like the “alkaline diet” – Gary Collins
  • The difference between hobby and legitimate business – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Websites of the Expert Council Members

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.

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Entsport Saltwater Fishing Pliers – 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 Entsport Saltwater Fishing Pliers.  Now given that 95% of my fishing is in fresh water you may wonder why I selected a salt water set as my go to.  Well pliers are pliers to a degree if they are good ones anyway and have similar features.  Yet something designed to hold up to salt water corrosion will do very well for the fresh water fisherman.  I.E. they don’t rust easily or corrode easily.

I have tried out several brands and these are the best I have found.  Like everything I review they are well reviewed and highly rated on Amazon, with 5 Stars total with 41 reviews and a FakeSpot.com Grade of an A.

Some of the features important to me on these include.

  • The cutters are tungsten, hence they hold an edge a long time and don’t end up making cutting braid or wire a pain in the ass only a few weeks into fishing season.
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  • They have a sheath and a lanyard, bluntly I drop stuff and dropping stuff in 8 feet of water usually means it is gone.  I also sit stuff down and lose it, not going to happen with these guys.
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  • The jaws are stainless steel and that means they won’t rust if you provide just minimal maintenance.  The body is aluminum again big time resistance to corrosion and no rusting.
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  • They perform many functions, for instance see that little tooth at the tip of the jaw, that allows you to open split rings for rigging up different things.
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  • They are spring open designed, in other words when you pull them out they open with a tension spring, this makes doing things one handed a LOT easier.

In the end they are the best set of fishing pliers for the money and I think with just a bit of care they should last many many years.  So check out the Entsport Saltwater Fishing Pliers and give you fishing kit an upgrade in 2017.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.