Monthly Archives: November 2017

Episode-2122- Listener Calls for 11-30-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on real estate, technology, side hustles, fuel storage, bictoin, guns, aquaponic, cars 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…

  • What to do when selling off a rental, get another or pay debt off
  • A can opener suggestion and hype about Alexa from Amazon
  • Finding an opportunity in flowers that are being thrown away
  • Thoughts on Harbor Freight Jerry Cans
  • What do I mean by bitcoin being “infinitely fractional”
  • Getting started with aquaponics – choosing materials
  • Putting together a gun cleaning kit for a Christmas gift
  • Saving money by buying a used rental vehicle

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Episode-2121- Time to Start Planning for the 2018 Spring Garden

It is Easy to Forget that Each Season is Really Only About 13 Weeks Long!

Each year usually in January or February I do a show on spring garden planting and it hit me that I should really do so earlier.  Why? Because every year I transition from winter to spring with a entire list of shit that was supposed to be done, that ain’t done.

I fall behind on new bed preparation, seed starting, plant layout planting and other projects.  I mean just think about seed starting, this should begin for many crops a full 8-10 weeks before they are to be set out.  Cole crops like Broccoli and Kale can be planted well before the last frost as well.

Other in the ground starters like peas for instance can generally handle down to about 28-30 degree over night lows, so we need to be ready to plant them very early and success them into summer crops like tomatoes and peppers.

And this is the time to START planning, at least get down on an organized list what you want to do.  Because yes, it is the holidays, there will be shopping, travel, etc. but the mind is alert right now.  Soon you will have what I call “Christmas Coma” where you sort of cost though the end of December and most of January.  It is a slow time for many of us, but also tends to become a time of inaction.  Hunting season ends, too damn cold for many things, no baby livestock to worry over yet, etc.

To break it what you need is momentum!  Otherwise next thing is it is March and you are over paying for Bonnie’s plants at Walmart because it is too late to start seeds for the year etc.

So how do you get momentum?  The plan is your momentum.  The hardest part of any process is what?  Getting started!  If you have that plan, that rough outline it becomes a to do list, you follow that in those slow weeks and by the time things pick up your are hitting the ground running.  However if you wait until mid January to plan, you put it off one week, then two, then it is February, the some life event happens, its March, got it yet?

Today we won’t talk so much about what to do but getting that plan in place to create scheduled action items so that when spring comes and the birds sing, your growing season is off to a great start.  And even if gardening isn’t your thing, there is a big lesson in that.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • The lesson in taking a trip/vacation/etc.
  • Why planning is important for spring planting
    • It works
    • Gives you actionable items
    • It is a sanity check
    • Allows you to sort critical from necessary from nice to have
    • Prevents mixing spring and winter prep items
  • Some things I am planning for this year
    • Basic planting diagrams for all annual production
    • Massive wicking bed and aquatic expansion
    • Seed starting including a grow tent this year
    • Forage system for the quail aviary
    • New run of quail for production
    • Pastured chickens instead of new ducks this year
      • Brooder construction
      • Chicken tractor – build and complete dates, etc
      • Quantity – just for me or for others too?
      • Date to order
      • Date on pasture
      • Date of harvest
  • Key Dates to Determine
    • Last frost and last hard freeze dates (not the same at all)
    • Dates to get your seeds started by
    • Construction start and end dates (planned and “drop dead”)
    • Planting dates
    • Fertilizer and amendment dates
    • Spaying of trees and perennial dates
  • Keep a garden book
    • Weekly high and low avg temps, any frosts
    • Date of rain activity
    • In ground seed planting and first germination
    • Pest activity
    • Bud break on perennials
    • Flowering and first harvest of annuals
  • Final Thoughts

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Episode-2120- Andy Fancher on WWII Heroes and their Stories

Andy Fancher is a Dallas based photographer and videographer. At age sixteen, he started a historical documentary series designated “Andy Fancher Presents,” and began interviewing WWII veterans to spotlight.

Today, Andy is eighteen, and has interviewed fifty-seven WWII veterans and counting. Andy’s mission is a time-sensitive one, but he nonetheless enjoys capturing and preserving the stories of our greatest generation.

He joins us today to discuss how he got interested in WWII, why he began his project of interviewing WWII veterans and what he has learned by the experience.

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Come Meet Jack Spirko at Liberty Forum 2018

I will be appearing at Liberty Forum 2018 in Manchester, New Hampshire.  This will be the 11th Annual Liberty Forum will take place February 8-10, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester. Early bird tickets are available now!

I got you guys a discount too of 10% with discount code TSP10, so make sure to use that when you buy your tickets.

Other announced guests are Lou Perez who I am really looking forward to meeting and my friend and co cryptosavage Vin Armini.  I can tell you after Vin attended our fall workshop, he is like me, he hangs out and is very accessible.

I will be doing three talks this time around.  The opening key note which will focus on personal liberty though “proactive apathy”.  My hope is to fire up folks in this opening talk so they get the most out of event, more on that in a bit.

I will also be participating in a podcasting forum with other podcasters like Vin.  In that session we will be discussing how you put liberty into action thru podcasts and daily activities and show others how to do the same along with how to actually make a living doing it.

I have yet to decide on my final talk as to a subject, they have given me carte blanche to discuss anything.  As I know many of you will attend, I am open to suggestions, so just comment with them below.

So let me tell you why you should come to New Hampshire in of all months February for Liberty Forum.  Yes it will be cold but it will also be indoors, in a awesome hotel, so don’t let the weather scare you.

The reason is the people, just see all the speakers and education you get as a bonus.  I am heading back to New Hampshire to support a movement (The Free State Project) that I can’t even join, think about that.  Why?  The people, that is why.  I have been speaking in large venues for over 20 years and my absolute favorite place to do so is Liberty Forum in New Hampshire.

If you take the time and come this year you will be transformed by the experience and make connections with people that may last a lifetime.  I know quite a few ventures that started over a beer at Liberty Forum.

So what is the cost, there are two options for tickets they are…

  • General Admission for – $129.00
  • All Inclusive for – $289.00

I really recommend the all inclusive as it includes all sessions and meals.  If you want to attend my key note on Thursday night and do general admission plus Thursday evening dinner & entertainment as a $79.00 add on.  At that point you are up to 208 so I really think going all access for that plus Friday and Saturday meals makes a lot of sense.  It is during a lot of the meals you get a chance to meet and network with people you’d otherwise not connect with.

On that let me say PLEASE network, bring business cards, get cards or names, numbers and emails of those you meet and cultivate those relationships.  There are few places you can hang out with say 1,000 people that truly love liberty.  Make the most of it.

So again check your calendar and do what you can to come meet me and other awesome folks at Liberty Forum 2018.  Again you can get your tickets here, and make sure to use discount code tsp10 when you do so you get your 10% discount.

P.S. – Here is one of my talks from Liberty Forum in 2012, it will give you a bit of a feel for what the venue is like.

Episode-2119- Listener Feedback for 11-27-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions college poverty, dogs, fuel storage, herbalism, politics, guns, cooking 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…

  • An Update about Liberty Forum and a Discount Code for TSP Listeners
  • College kids are now likely to also be food stamp recipients
  • Training your dogs not to eat your poultry
  • My thoughts on Chinese knock off Jerry Cans
  • Some updates on vehicle “property tax” in West Virginia
  • How to start learning about herbalism – the easy way
  • The “progression of firearms” for kids
  • Spice grinder cleaning and maintenance
  • Making a buying decision on a wok
  • Cast iron and glass induction cook surfaces

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Check Out the All New TspAz.com

For about two years now I have been doing our Item of the Day Reviews which of course can be found at TspAz.com.  Well I took this Friday to tackle a long time goal and categorize all the TspAz Reviews by tags.

Now when you got to TspAz.com you can pull up say all the items for Cooking, or Power Tools or say EDC.  In fact all our reviews are now broken down into 49 different categories.

So check out the brand new TspAz.com today and remember as long as you do your online shopping at TspAz.com you support TSP and the work we do.

Episode-2118- The Thanksgiving Special for 2017

Note – You can get a full transcript of the original portion of this show here. Many families read this and the Christmas show as part of their holidays.

Today one day before the great American Holiday we stop and pause to think about what we have to be thankful for.

Last year I rerecorded the original portion of this show into much better audio quality, I do hope you enjoy it. If you would like to hear the first version of it as it was recorded in my car you can find the original that was published on Nov. 26, 2008 here.

The beauty of this show is I feel it is something you can share with friends and family. The real history of Thanksgiving is actually a lot more interesting and special then many of the myths.

Tune in today to hear…

  • How thankful I am for all that has happened so far in 2015
  • Why much of what we learn about Thanksgiving is wrong or at least inaccurate
  • How Thanksgiving was at one time considered a “damn yankee holiday”
  • How Thanksgiving became a way for our nation to heal and reunite
  • How the date of Thanksgiving has often been moved around and why
  • The truth about those big buckles the pilgrims wore and all that black clothing
  • What feasting meant 100 years ago to our prior generation that we have forgotten

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-2117- Steven Harris and Jack Spirko on Bug Out Trailers

Today Steven Harris and I brainstorm on Bug Out Trailers.  Big trailers, small trailers, what to put in them, what to have as an electrical system. Using cargo trailers as an emergency shelter and camper. Toilets in these trailers, storage and transportation of water for consumption and hygiene.

What concerns do you have with a trailer configuration in Minnesota in the Winter and how is this different from a configuration for summer in Phoenix AZ. How to best use a small trailer, how to best use a large trailer, what to do with a trailer that is only 5.5 feet high and you are 6’2″ tall. Batteries, Generators, heating and cooling of a bug out trailer.

Fuel storage and transpiration with a bug out trailer. Basically Jack and Steve freewheeling it on the topic of a bug out trailer. How can a bug out trailer be used for bugging in. Putting a sofa in your trailer and other house sized furniture. TV and internet in the trailer, how to do it, by what methods. How to use security cameras with your bug out trailer that has no windows.  On and on!  Let’s just see what we can come up with.

Resources for today’s show…

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An Update on Cryptogulch – 11-21-17

So Ben Fitts just released a video on Cryptogulch about his investor pulling out which pushes back his growth plans in a big way.

This has resulted in several dozen emails to me asking if I am said investor and if my confidence in Cryptogulch has changed?

That is really two questions so let me answer both one time so I don’t have to again. 

1.  Am I the investor? – No, I am not the investor, I never was and have not “invested” in Cryptogulch in any form of equity or debt.

2.  Have I lost confidence? – Absolutely not.

Here is were we are at, Ben could just take a shit load of orders and try to let cash flow solve the problem.  But if he did this what would happen?  Well, he’d end up with a huge back log of unhappy people.  Frankly my best guess is that his investor backed out due to his slow growth model in the first place.   In other words this investor wanted fast money over smart money.

His investor was doing venture debt, not venture equity, in other words a simple loan with repayment terms.  He in the end simply probably didn’t like his time to ROI under Ben’s sane and rational growth model.

I am going to work with Ben over the Holiday to see if we can come up with a way to raise sufficient capital to get things moving in a creative way.  I have been known to come up with those types of things.

In any event I am not the investor that backed out.  I have been clear from the get go that my relationship with Ben here is as follows.

1.  I am an affiliate and earn a small commission for each customer I refer.  I have elected to take this commission in mining gear.  Meaning the better I do the larger my stake in his success becomes.

2.  I am a customer at Cryptogulch in fact I was the first customer, customer 001.  I generally never ask anyone to spend money on something I won’t spend it on myself.  At this point I have purchased a rig and 6 GPUs from Ben out of pocket.

3.  I am a long time personal friend and business partner on many projects with Ben.

4.  As to Cryptogulch, in addition to being an affiliate I am an unofficial advisor to Ben and how he advances the company.  It is important to note that due to our long time relationship I would be doing this, even if I had no stake in the company.  Ben and I do this for each other in a lot of ways.  He is part of my very small core network.

So again I am going to try to help Ben develop a path forward with CryptoGulch.  I have posted a comment with one proposed solution on his video at YouTube, if you have thoughts about that comment please feel free to email me about it, or comment there.

My view is we will find a way though this period, it is a good problem to have mind you, more customers than you can take and people clamoring to get in as a customer.   The fact that Ben is being thoughtful and not taking stupid risks is exactly why I am working with him here, and why I have done so for 19 years.

 

 

Episode-2116- Cooking This Thanksgiving and Just Killin’ It

This Guy Will Be on the Spirko Table for Thanksgiving 2017

In previous years I have had Chef Keith Snow on to discuss various aspects of Thanksgiving Dinner.  This year I decided to go it alone but if you want some great additional tips and recipes I will refer you back to some of his previous episodes here and here.

I wanted to take a bit of a different approach and give you some alternatives and some things that just might blow your guests totally away.  I also think it is time for a fun show and frankly I need to get into the “holiday spirit” myself.  2017 has raced by and it is hard for me to believe that Thanksgiving is only 3 days away.

For the rest of the week we have some cool stuff going on.  Tomorrow Steven Harris and I will be doing a show totally off the cuff on options for bug out trailers.  Wednesday we will run the Thanksgiving special show and then shut down until Monday as we have made a tradition here at TSP.

Today We Discuss…

  • Dealing with “always late guests” (Tardiness Protocol 101)
  • Enjoy the day, spread stuff out over time
  • If people drink, put a drink, not a open bar in their hands
  • Argue about sports but ignore politics
  • Ignore perceived criticisms (in-laws and why they have them sometimes)
  • Appetizers
    • Sweet Potato Rounds with Cranberry and Walnut Lebneh
    • Apple and Chestnut Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon (or anything small)
    • Twice Fried Finger Potatoes with Blue Cheese and Garlic
    • Warm Cranberry Sauce (its a trick)
  • How I Always Cook a Turkey (brined and smoked)
    • De-breast Cutlets and Remove Leg Quarters and Wings
    • Reserve heart, liver, wing tips, tail and neck for stock
    • Bag up and freeze core for stock later on
    • Brine Breasts, Quarters and Wings in Jack’s Brine
      • Per Gallon
        • 1 Cup Salt
        • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
        • Handful of Black Peppercorns (whole)
        • Small Handful of Whole Mustard Seed
        • 4-6 Bay Leaves
        • 8 Sage Leaves (1tbs dry)
        • Optional Items
        • 2-4 Star Anise
        • Small Handful of Whole Coriander
      • Brine Turkey Parts 24 Hours
      • Smoke to 160-165, remove parts as they hit that number.
      • Immediately wrap in double thickness heavy foil
      • Wrap in towels set aside until time to serve
      • If you don’t have a smoker roast at 275
    • Sausage, Chestnut and Cornbread Stuffing
    • Making gravy – real gravy
    • Sauteed green beans and bacon
    • Some mashed potato hacks
      • Cook in chicken stock or with Better Than Bullion
      • Add garlic and or onion when cooking
      • Use heavy cream instead of milk
      • Provide chives and parsley for topping
    • Apple Pie Moonshine for After Dinner (giving away my secrets)
      • 1 750ML Bottle of Everclear (or high proof shine)
      • 2 Cups of Vanilla Vodka – secret (no longer well kept)
      • 2 Cups of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum – secret (no longer well kept)
      • 2 Gallons of Apple Cider
      • 8 Real Cinnamon Sticks (Ceylon) – secret
      • 2 Cups Brown Sugar
      • 2 Cups Honey – Secret until today
      • Tune in For the Procedure
    • White Chocolate Mint Shots
    • Okay Damn it One Desert – Stuffed Baked Apples
  • Final Thoughts

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.

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