Monthly Archives: December 2017

Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book – 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 Item of the day Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book.  When I first heard that this book existed I had to have a copy, I ordered it without even reading any reviews of it, or worrying what exactly was in it.  That says something given the price of this book is about 50 dollars.

The reason is simple, Jefferson is one of my biggest heroes.  He was not a perfect man, we know his faults but we know his genius as well.  He sat with other founders like Ben Franklin and penned our Declaration of Independence, he served in our the Continental Congress and was our second president.

We know him as an author, a leader, a politician and a diplomat, he was all those thing but in his heart what he most wanted to do was to cultivate the soil.  In his own words he said as much when he said this….

I have often thought if heaven had given me my choice of my position and calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered and near a good market for the productions of a garden.

No occupation is as delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of a garden.  Such a variety of subjects, someone always coming to perfection, the failure of one thing repaired by the success of another, and instead of one harvest a continued one though the year.

Under a total want of demand except for our family table, I am still devoted to the garden.  But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.

His Garden Book, more accurately this modern version with commentary and hundreds of letters from Jefferson to family, friends and business partners included is amazing.  It is a look into the world of early America.  It includes requests for seeds and plants both from Jefferson and from his friends back to himself.  You also get  some pretty amazing quotes on what this founder of our nation really thought such as this…

I know nothing so charming as our own country.  The learned say it is a new creation; and I believe them; not for their reasons, but because it is made on and improved plan.

Europe is a first idea, a crude production, before the maker knew his trade, or had made up his mind as to what he wanted.

This book is full of such wisdom and poetry and also simple letters, notations, planting schedules, landscape designs, sketches and more.  Fans of permaculture will see a lot of new ideas are really simply discovering old ones such as Jefferson’s work to introduce contour plowing to our nation, a practice which then spread rapidly.  You also see how much he valued plant diversity and utility for instance here is another quote…

The greatest service to any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.

Oh by the way, all of the above quotes are just in the introduction of this book!

Reading it is like a 700 page treasure hunt where you find something akin to gold on ever other page.  A plant variety to research, made much easier by the editors notes and use of Latin names for many of them.  You also realize something about Jefferson, the man like peas!  I am talking every years entry starts out with something like, “Sowed a bed of peas, first soaked to better germinate“.  He was also fond of lettuce feeling if every family would simply sow a single thimble full of lettuce seed every Monday from February to September our nation would always be well fed.

This book is fantastic, if you love gardening you will love it, if you love history you will love it, if you love the concept of liberty you will love it.  Now if you love all three, then like me you won’t just love this book you will consider it a heirloom in your library.  My copy is full of underlines and side notes.  Some day when my grandchildren read it, they won’t see a perfectly preserved antique, I hope it will as tattered with my own thoughts and interests, frayed and yellowed a bit.  And my hope will be that they too will see that indeed these ideas are timeless that liberty and freedom can exist only when men and women care enough to feed both their stomachs and souls though the tending of plants.

A few times a week I open this book and read a few pages, it is like walking with Jefferson, in Monticello and learning something new everyday.  Some days I read from my last bookmarked spot, others I just randomly open it to a page and it is always awesome.  So consider adding a copy of Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book.  It will also make a treasured gift for anyone who loves history, freedom or gardening.

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Episode-2131- Mike and Sue Laprise on Homeschooling and Family Dynamics

Michael grew up in a triple decker house in an urban environment in Massachusetts. The sixth of seven kids, he worked in his dad’s butcher shop / grocery store beginning when he was 13 years old (like all of his siblings).

After graduating from college Michael moved to Houston, Texas where he met Sue. Michael has worked in Banking, Oil & Gas, Industrial Distribution, Real Estate and Insurance. He loves flying, backpacking, mos, who was the youngest of seven children, was brought up with rural gardens, chickens and ponies from t things outdoors but mostly he loves spending time with his family.

Sue Malibou Lake to Oregon, learning from a “let’s try this” lifestyle. Sue has been a “professional” volunteer working in scouting, church and the home school community and loves the outdoors – her passion is helping people who want to be helped.

While they make an interesting couple what they share is a love of freedom, learning and strong families.  They join us today to discuss homeschooling, childhood education and family dynamics.

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Crosman Nitro Venom Break Barrel Air Rifle – Item of the Day

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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 Crosman Nitro Venom Break Barrel Air Rifle available in both 22 Caliber and 177 Caliber.  A few months ago I set out to find the best value to price ratio in break barrel air rifles and settled on this one.

There is a lot to like about the Nitro Venom Series.  First is price, there are better break barrel guns out there but nothing close to this that I have found in the 150 dollar and under range.  Next is quality of fit and finish, now a high end Weatherby this gun is not but as a pellet gun the finish is very well done.  Next we have power.  The 22 caliber version will put standard lead pellets down range at 800 FPS and the 177 smokes em down range at 1000 FPS.

Now were it really comes together is accuracy, please understand that piston guns have a break in period, more on that in a second.  That said I was getting decent groups out of the box with this gun.  After a full break in of 500 rounds I can now drill a quarter at 20 yards, and I can knock holes in beer cans off my back fence from my porch, about 60 yards.

Now another feature that I really liked and led me to this pick was the integrated picatinny rail.  By that I mean the rail is fused to the receiver, not bolted on.    Piston guns have forward recoil, they can be hard on scopes but harder on rings and mounts.  Because this rail is welded to the receiver you eliminate an entire point of failure, this rail is NOT going to move.

The included rings are 4×4 rings, meaning they have 4 vs 2 bolts for each ring, this is really important with forward recoil.  The included Centerpoint 3×9 Scope is in my opinion the only weak point, but I would pay the price for this gun with no scope so I am fine with it, in fact it is still on my gun.  It isn’t a bad scope and it does hold zero (over 2000 rounds now).

It is just not a really clear scope.  I don’t expect Leopold quality in a scope at this level but suffice to say it could be better.  I will likely eventually put a UTG 4X32 1″ Mil-dot Airgun Scope on mine, I currently have that scope on my Crosman 392 and I really like it.  I also think 4x is plenty of power for an airgun and like mildot to play with hold over and windage at extended ranges (50-100 yards).

On break in, one of the nice things about nitro piston is they break in faster.  Older style pistons took 1500 or more to really settle in.  Most now break in at about 1000 shots.  Nitros tend to settle in at about 200-300 but I go 500 before I really start dialing in the “perfect pellet” for it.

Here is my basic break in.  I get the gun hitting about center at say 10 yards, then move it to 25 yards, get it basically hitting center, not really concerned about a tight group.  Then I put 100 cheap ass pellets in a small dish on my back porch.  Every time I get a chance I shoot it until I am bored.  I just shoot some of my metal targets off hand until the bowl is empty.  I do that until I get though 5 bowls and then get down to picking the best pellet.

So far one of the most accurate pellets this gun shoots is a pleasant surprise.  They are the quite inexpensive Crosman Premier 22 Hollow Points.  As this is a fine hunting pellet and only $5.82 for 500 rounds, I have pretty much settled on it.  It has been more than adequate for squirrels and rabbits so far.

The other thing to do is check the scope rings/mounts every so often during break in.  This means check tightness but don’t keep torquing them down more and more every time, just make sure you are not getting movement or loosening.  You can also mark your scope with a grease pencil along the rings which will show you any movement of the scope.  Though be aware it is easy to wipe off.

So if you are in the market for a good quality piston air rifle that doesn’t cost as much as an entry level center fire rifle, check out the Nitro Venom in your choice of 22 Caliber or 177 Caliber today.

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 online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – The 22 Caliber is on sale right now for $107.90 which is just stupid cheap.  The 177 is on sale for $137 which is also a great deal but I brought this one around today because at just over 100 bucks, every prepper should own one of these guns in 22 caliber.  They do so much and pellets are so cheep it is almost like shooting for free.

Episode-2130- Cryptocurrency – Understanding the Current State of Affairs

I have been getting tons of questions on Cryptocurrency and while I know some members of the audience sort of are tuning out on this subject, I ran a poll on our Facebook Group today and this won hands down.

Additionally I felt if I did this episode I could condense the subject to a single show for those not overly excited about it and let most other questions on crypto go to our new Expert Council member Ben Fitts of CryptoGulch.  I try hard to not let any one subject dominate the show and our subject matter.

This is one though I think you avoid at your own peril, even if you never invest a dime, this is something you need to understand.  Major shifts will come, there will be winners and losers, but crypto and blockchain are not going a way.  The governments and banks are not going to shut them down either, if they could do so they already would have done so.

This is the single biggest thing to happen to “money” in the life of any living human being.  And the government can say it isn’t money all they want, anything that is a medium of exchange is money.

I also obtained the majority of content for today’s show in a follow up post on the facebook group.  This group is not the TSP official business page, it is a private group you have to ask to join, no one can see what you post as a member unless they are also a member and posts are not sharable beyond the group.  We like it that way.  So if you are not a member this is a good reason to join, ability to influence show content.  You can find the group here, TSP Members Only Facebook Group.

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Gerber Dime Multi-Tool – TSP Item of the Day

dimeEvery 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 Gerber Dime Multi- Tool.  To me everyone should have a mini multi-tool on their key chain.

This is one of my absolute favorites due to how small and useful it is. There are so many times in our lives we could use a screw driver or a pair of pliers or even a good pair of tweezers.  I spent a lot of time checking into small key chain sized multi tools and the Gerber Dime was the one I settled on.

With this little gadget on my key chain I have the following tools everywhere I go, all the time.

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Wire cutter
  • Fine edge blade
  • Retail package opener
  • Scissors
  • Flat Screw Driver
  • Crosshead Screw Driver
  • Bottle opener
  • Tweezers
  • File

For many years I carried a Leatherman Wave, in fact I often still do.  Frankly I think it is the best full sized multi-tool out there.   But it is a rather large item on your belt and just not practical for every day and all the time.  To much EDC makes one look like a pathetic version of Batman you know.

So at times I would need pliers, a driver, etc, and just not have it with me.  Well pretty much anywhere I go I have my keys.  To drive home how small this item is when folded here is mine on my key chain below.  As you can see it takes up less space than the key to my 4-Runner.

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The Gerber Dime Multi- Tool is also a great deal at under 17 bucks with free shipping on Prime.  It absolutely will not do everything a full sized tool does but it is small enough to always be there when you need it.  To me that is the key with mini multi-tools, better a small set of pliers then none at all!

Remember you can always find all TSPAZ Items of the day by just going to TspAz.com along with a link to Amazon’s top deals of the day.

 

Episode-2129- Listener Feedback for 12-11-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on meat grinders, futures trading, concealed carry, cooking, herbs, government schools 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…

  • Thoughts on choosing a meat grinder and care and maintenance of it
  • Thoughts on bitcoin futures and how futures trading works
  • Thoughts on concealed carry reciprocity and what my alternative would be
  • More in the quest for perfect cast iron cookware
  • Thoughts on mint in a pasture
  • More proof that our public schools are more like prisons then ever before

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Felco F-2 Hand Pruner – 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 Item of the day is the Felco F-2 Hand Pruners.  To me pruners are a tool that you absolutely go with the “buy once cry once”, model.  I have owned many different ones over the years, from cheap ass stuff, to mid priced stuff like Fiskars and say Corona.

Some were complete crap, some like Fiskars and Corona are damn decent but nothing compares to Felco.  I found Felco by asking a few different nurserymen what they used, including Bob Wells and most said Felco.  So I bit the bullet and ponied up 48 bucks for a pair.  This was hard to do as you can get a decent pruner for 20-30 bucks.  In the end though, there is the best and there is the rest.

My mantra is buy the best you can afford.  So when we are talking cars, I fall back to 2nd fiddle but when you are talking 50 bucks for an item you will use often and use for years I say step up to the best.

These cut like a razor and are easy to sharpen, see video below on sharpening options.  Personally I use a simple carbide sharpener like this.  Note that I linked to the two pack of sharpeners, because it is a dollar more than buying one, and well I can’t understand it but I sure as hell take advantage of it.

And after many seasons if you really wear out that blade, what then?  You just pick up a replacement blade and install it and rock on.  Winter is here and the next few months are ideal for pruning.  And many of us are doing back yard orchard culture and prune several times a season.  So if you want the best hand pruners you can get check out the Felco F-2 Hand Pruners today.

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

P.S. – Some folks with smaller hands find the F-2 to be a bit large, another option is the F-6 which is the scaled down version, it also has the ability to have the blade replaced and women and smaller handed people may find it more comfortable.  You do give up some leverage though, so it won’t cut larger limbs quite as well.

Also if you just can’t bring yourself to spend 50 bucks on this tool, my number two pick would be the Corona 6250 at 28 bucks and my number 3 pick would be the Corona 7100D at about 20.  If you want to go under that, just by generics from a box store, expect to be unhappy and expect replace them in one season or less.

P.S.S. –  This video shows how to sharpen and clean pruners.  I jumped ahead to 1 minute and 9 seconds in because I figure you can work out how to clean dirt off yourself.  What I like about this video is he shows how to use several different tools so you can find the one you think works best for you.

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Episode-2128- Expert Council Q&A for 12-8-17

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 block chain, farming, health care costs, diet, law enforcement encounters, energy, rabbits, butchering 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

  • How can cryptocurrencies deal with block chain bloat – Brandon Todd
  • Choosing a walk in freezer – Darby Simpson
  • Taking on debt to deal with health costs – John Pugliano
  • Dealing with problems when eating red meat – Gary Collins
  • Dealing with LEOs asking to search your vehicle – Dan Ohmann
  • Integrating solar heating in a northern climate – Steven Harris
  • Building rabbit cages – Nick Ferguson
  • Honing your deer butchering skills – Jack

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Websites of the Expert Council Members

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Weber 8835 Hinged Cooking Grate – 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 Weber 8835 Hinged Cooking Grate.  I did a great deal of research and thought about finding the most cost effective upgrade for the Weber Kettle when it came to a better grill top.  This was my choice for quite a few reasons.

Cost – This was a big consideration here.  Most of the higher quality cast iron upgrades available would cost close to or over 100 dollars which is 2/3rds the cost of a Weber Premium Kettle Grill itself.

Material Quality – At first I thought this was just a stock weber grill grate with a hole in the middle that you could remove an insert from.  Upon reading reviews though I found it was almost twice the weight of a standard grate.  Coming in at 8.2 vs. 4.5 lbs.  Heavier material equals more thermal mass for more even cooking and heat retention and stability.

Flexibility – To be blunt I wanted a grate that had a center panel you could remove, this had that but it also retained the side hinged panels so you could use it with a hot zone center or on both sides or on one side.  You can also cook something like a beer can chicken in the center on the bottom grate so you can close the lid, you can run a Vortex with it, you can cook something like potatoes under a low and slow pork shoulder.  The flexibility is almost unending.

Additional Accessories – In addition to the base flexibility above this grate is designed to work with a variety of additional accessories including a cast iron center searing grate, a plancha/griddle, a pizza stone,  a Wok, along with some other items and Weber seems committed to expanding these options.  This has me thinking of really seeing just how much this simple grill can do.  Not to mention the cast iron insert gives you a cast iron surface at 1/3rd the price of most other options!

Personally I find this to be the most cost effective upgrade you can give your Weber Kettle, so check out the Weber 8835 Hinged Cooking Grate today.  At only 35 bucks with free same day shipping for Prime Members, in most markets it is a hell of a deal!

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

P.S. – Check out the short video below of this new grate installed on my Weber Premium Kettle Grill.

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Episode-2127- Listener Calls for 12-7-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on real estate, reloading, cooking, silver, aquaculture, guns, outbuildings 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…

  • Should you get an agent when you sell your house
  • How long can you safely store gun powder
  • Making the decision on buying cast iron cookware
  • Can you do anything with a bacon press other than cook bacon
  • The smart way to sell or exchange silver
  • More on turning an old septic tank into an aquatic system
  • What is the barrel life of a typical 30-06
  • Building an out building

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