Monthly Archives: September 2018

Episode-2299- The Basics of Being Prepared for Most Things – Part One

Note – A commercial free version of this episode for sharing will be releases next week when part two is also available so that they may be shared together.

We just had one hell of a hurricane in the Carolinas and the problems there are far from over.  Storm season is still upon us and there will likely be at least one more major storm impact this year.

Next up, well winter is on the way, blizzards and ice storms are soon to follow.  Next thing you know it will be spring, time for mudslides, tornadoes and other “fun stuff”.  Then back to summer, forest fires, more storms and it just goes on.

If you think about it we don’t have a disaster season, we have seasons with disasters that are more common during them, and even that rule gets broken.  You don’t think of winter and tornadoes but in 2015 in the three days following Christmas we had the December 2015 North American storm complex.  In three days we had a total of 32 tornadoes confirmed, 60 people died and hundreds of homes were destroyed.

To be blunt, shit happens!  And depending on the size of the shit, you are going to be your own first responder for hours, days or at times even weeks.  As I say in Spirko’s 7th Law of Life.  “Preparedness for hard times, is nothing more than being a responsible adult.”  Today we talk about the most basic preps that every grown ass adult should put into place for themselves and their family.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • I think it is non preppers that are crazy, not us
  • Preparedness is the only responsible thing for adults to do
  • Disaster Probability, Impact Scale and Commonality (DPICs)
  • Your Five Survival Needs and Basic Steps
    • Food
      • Food Journal
      • Copy Canning
      • Basic Deep Pantry
      • Everyone in the House is a Cook
      • Learn to Create Storables
    • Water
      • Don’t buy bottled water, make your own
      • A filter of some sort is a good idea
      • Fill tubs in advance
      • If you have a pool don’t forget about it
      • Rain catch can be cheap to set up
    • Shelter
      • Have a bug out and bug in plan
      • Have the basic things to fix problems
      • Have a designated shelter area
      • Do fun disaster drills, not scary ones
    • Energy
      • Black Out Kit
      • Rechargeable batteries AA and AAA
      • Power Inverter 800 Watts Minimum
      • Stored Gas
      • Extension Cords and Three Way Plugs
      • Generator
      • Battery Bank
    • Health and Sanitation
      • Basic First Aid Kit
      • Prescription Meds
      • Sanitation Items
      • Waste Disposal
    • Security
      • Procedures and protocols
      • Don’t do stupid things, in stupid places with stupid people (17th Law of Life Video)
      • Yes have a means of defense and know how to use it
      • Back to Procedures and protocols
  • Why this really is the only responsible choice
  • Coming in Part Two – Logistics, Communications, Documentation, Etc.

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New Freshwater Shrimp Tank

I have been looking into other ways to feed my aquaponics fish and shrimp are a great way to do that.  I have also found a variety of shrimp called Mississippi Grass Shrimp (Palaemonetes kadiakensis).  Being native to much of the United States, unlike many shrimp they are very cold hardy.

The ebay seller I got them from, johns796 says he catches them to order from his own pond.  He is in northern Louisiana just barely south of the Arkansas border and that he has had ice on it 3 of the last 4 years.  Additionally in the Pond Boss Forum I have read accounts of them surviving over winter in Nebraska in ponds.

That said surviving in a 200 gallon steel tank is different then in a 100,000 gallon natural pond.  So I am not sure if they will survive my winters.  Hence I have four tanks they are going in outside, 20 each and I will keep 20 in this tank.

The system is explained in the video below but what I did was use a “kritter keeper” to make a very large bio filter which also pacifies the filter so the top vegetation doesn’t get beat up and destroyed.   For now the top vegetation is salvinia.  The wood is chola cactus wood with lots of hiding space for the baby shrimps.  The bottom is a thin layer of baked compost, then a layer of lava sand and last a layer of lava rock.

The shrimp should be here tomorrow and some java moss and marimo moss balls should be here this week, Friday at the latest.

Anyway enjoy the video and ask any questions you have.

Items Used in this Project…

Mr. Heater Portable Big Buddy Propane Heater – 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 Mr. Heater Portable Big Buddy Propane Heater.  This guy saved our butts big time during the great ice storm of 2011 in Arkansas.  It is amazing the amount of heat this guy provides.

To get best use of it you absolutely want to get the large tank adapter for it.  Running on a lower setting a standard grill tank gives you heat for a LONG time.  Of course it can also use the little 1 pound cans which is convenient for somethings.

To make that economical I suggest you get an adapter that allows you to use large tanks to refill the one pound cans. These can be had for 10-15 bucks here is the one I recommend.  If you have never used one here is a video on how to do so.

I decided to feature this item because winter is swiftly on the way.  As I said in 2011 we had a major ice storm in Arkansas and were without power for 7 days, temps were mostly in the sub 30s during the day and low teens over night.  Between this heater and our fire place and generator we never even cared.

There are other uses though!  You know that relative you have, we all have one that is ALWAYS COLD, the one that stays at your place for the holidays and wants to turn up your thermostat to just this side of hell because they are cold at night.  Well put this in their room and let them heat just that room.

But is it safe?  VERY VERY safe indeed.  First it is quite safe to burn propane indoors, people have been doing it forever, but there are two safety features built in.  One it has a built in O2 detector, if levels drop it shuts itself off.  Also if it is tipped over it again shuts itself off.

The key to getting most efficient use of this heater is to pick a room or two to heat, set it pretty high for say 10 minutes to take off the chill and then run it pretty low.  It is amazing how well it works when you do it that way.  Again folks winter is coming, it always does, the time to beef up your winter preps is before not after the first snow flies.  So check out the Mr. Heater Portable Big Buddy Propane Heater soon.

I have also reviewed my favorite kerosene heater but not everyone has good local access to kerosene, so you can read both reviews and choose the right back up heat system for your pending winter needs.

Remember you can always find all of our reviews at TspAz.com

P.S. – If you live in the socialist hell holes of Massachusetts or Canada your owners (elected officials) say you have to buy this version and pay 20 dollars more more for it.  I can’t find a thing different about this version, likely it has a built in tax or some such shit.  Additionally if you live in the nanny state of California your owners say you must read this bunch of bullshit they wrote before you endanger yourself with a perfectly safe heater.

Episode-2298- Listener Feedback for 9-24-18

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on changes in demographics, business, rifle maintenance, concealed carry, automation and jobs, permaculture 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 Calls and Discuss…

  • Reminder the Fall Workshop goes on Sale Saturday at 8 AM
  • Millennials are Flocking to the “rust belt” what does that signal
  • How do you identify and assess a market
  • Field care of a rifle on rainy hunts
  • The 380 for concealed carry
  • Here comes the millions of jobs lost in retail I have been talking about
  • Small businesses and credit cards for on site sales
  • The Tesla Power Wall isn’t a great buy yet, but why everyone will have one in 10 years or less
  • The STUN method, what it is, what it is for, and what it isn’t for

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Sadaf Sumac – 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 Sadaf Sumac.  Note that this is middle eastern sumac not our native variety here in North America.  While there are some similar characteristics sumac from the Mediterranean and Arabic parts of the world is a different species with a long history of culinary use.

Dorothy and I really got hooked on this stuff when we found a recipe for “carrot fries” which are really just roasted carrots with this stuff on them, the recipe is really simple.  Cut carrots into sticks, coat with peanut oil, sprinkle Sumac, Salt and Pepper on them, roast at 425 until done, (20-30 minutes depending on your oven).  We use the “convection roast” setting on our oven when we make these and they come out great.

One of my other favorite uses for this stuff is my Lamb Heart, Lamb Sausage and Oyster Mushroom stew.  I have posted that on facebook and you can see it here.  I use Sadaf Sumac in the homemade lamb sausage that goes in the stew, I have to tell you it was pretty fantastic.

This stuff is great on fish and chicken as you might imagine as it has a tart lemon like flavor much like its US cousins we all know and love.  On that note, the reason for this is it is high in ascorbic acid (AKA vitamin C).

Hence it is natural anti oxidant and has quite a bit of good press around health benefits.  There is a pretty good write up about that here.  This is about the best quality stuff I was able to find and at less than 10 bucks with free shipping on prime a 12 ounce container will last you a long time for not much money.  So consider adding Sadaf Sumac to your spice cabinet today and expand your culinary options.

Remember you can always find all of our reviews at TspAz.com

P.S. – I guess I have to say it, no this isn’t poison sumac and no variety of sumac with red berries is poison sumac.  So no this stuff will not make you itch.  That said anyone with an allergy to cashews may have an allergy to sumac, so keep that in mind if it effects you or your family.  Bluntly always use all new food items with caution on the first use.

Episode-2297- Expert Council Q&A for 9-21-18

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 on The Survival Podcast, the expert council answers questions on nutrition, heart health, law enforcement encounters, investing, old vehicles, dogs, guns 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…

  • Meal replacements vs. protein powder – Gary Collins
  • Being pro active with cardiac screening – Doc Bones
  • Explaining to a LEO that he is wrong – Dan Ohmann
  • Thoughts on investing in the cannabis industry – John Pugliano
  • Dealing with a vehicle that has sat for years and needs coolant flushed – Charles Sanville
  • Dealing with ear problems with dogs – Dr. Kelly
  • Scoping a Remington 7600 for bush hunting – Jack

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Websites of the Expert Council Members

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Vaughan SF-12 Soft Faced Hammer – 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 Vaughan SF-12 Soft Faced Hammer.  I have owned this exact hammer for over 10 years and when paired with a good 2oz and 4oz ball peen set along with a good punch set there if very little else you will need in this realm.  Occasionally you may need a plastic mallet or a dead blow for something really stuck, but again 95% of the time this is all you will need.

Now the reason I selected this particular hammer is purely about quality.  I don’t remember exactly where I found this hammer but I was at a retail store and examined a few different ones.  Simply picking this one up told me all I needed to know.  It is also another made in the USA product and while some things are just fine imported, hand tools are one place where made in American is still 100% synonymous with the best you can get.

Good hand tools feel like good hand tools and junk feels like junk, if you have used both good quality and low quality tools you will know exactly what I am talking about.  Take a look at the short video of this hammer and you can see even after 10 years of use it looks almost like new.  Now again I am not a professional gun smith but I have used this thing plenty over the last decade, as much as most hobbyists would ever need to.

The price of this hammer is under 23 dollars with free shipping and it is well worth it.  So consider adding the Vaughan SF-12 Soft Faced Hammer to your gun smith and maintenance kit today.

Remember you can always find all of our reviews at TspAz.com

P.S. – This is the multi-tip hammer I mentioned in the video, it is a decent tool, lots of guys have them and love them.  I actually own one because it was so affordable to buy.  I now keep it as an emergency tool in my range bag because I never use it at home though.  So it is just my opinion that the Vaughan is a better investment.

Again though a lot of folks love the multi-tip and it will do a good job or you if you buy the one I linked to here in the PS.  However there is one on Amazon that has a metal handle sold by “MILITARIA” that one is complete and total FING JUNK do not spend your money on that one.  I mean it is total crap, yes it is that bad.

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Episode-2296- Listener Calls for 9-20-18

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your phone calls on bug out bags, cellular data, business, data cabling, marketing, vehicle prep 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…

  • More on choosing food for your BOB
  • More on cellular data plans for home internet
  • Thoughts on choosing a business or blog name
  • Using CCA data cabling for home networks
  • Uses for large volumes of hardwood sawdust and fine chips
  • If “affiliate marketing” a viable business in 2018
  • Storing gear in a work truck with limited space

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Frontier Organic Lemon Pepper – Amazon 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 Frontier Organic Lemon Pepper.  As always I recommend buying herbs/spices by the pound, buying by the ounce is a suckers game.  Also while I don’t eat 100% organic, I feel in this case you really should. 

Lemon pepper is made with lemon zest (the yellow part of the peel).  The citrus industry is one of the most heavy users of pesticides in the world.  When you think about these things being sprayed and the out side of the peel being removed and eaten, well, if you want a conventional product go for it.

Okay so as you might imagine this one is going to come with a recipe, but not just any recipe, the best lemon pepper herb chicken you will ever and I mean ever eat.  If you are making a lot just double the recipe, and it will work with any chicken but I formulated this for either boneless skinless thy or breast.  If you are doing breast cut it into thinner and smaller slices before starting.

Jack’s Lemon Pepper Herbed Chicken

  • 1/3rd cup of olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 of a lemon and the zest
  • 2 oz of white wine
  • 2 tsp of rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp of lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary (if it is large needles crush it with your fingers a bit)
  • 1/2 tsp of basil
  • About 1 teaspoon of dry mustard – or as much as you need to emulsify.
  • Skinless boneless chicken (as much as you want to make, the above will do about 4 breast halves or about 8-10 thy cutlets.

Wait?  What the heck is emulsify?  Okay this marinade is made of oil, lemon juice, wine and rice vinegar.  Do you know what happens when they are put together, well in short they don’t get together.

The wine, vinegar and lemon juice all blend and the oil floats on top.  How can we get a good uniform marinade like that?  Well we can’t!  So we need an emulsifier, this lets us blend an oil and a water based liquid and keep them together.  For instance mayonnaise is an emulsification.  Made mostly of eggs and oil.  This emulsification is much easier though.  The dry mustard will allow us to mix oil and the other liquids and suspend them while keeping the mustard flavor very low compared to “prepared mustard”.

So take a ball jar and put all the ingredients except the chicken into it.  Put the lid on and shake the hell out of it.  Like for a good 45 seconds to a minute.  Stop shaking and let it sit for about a minute, take a look and see if the liquids stay mixed.  It is normal for the herbs to settle some but the liquids should not separate.  If all is well continue, if it is separating give it another bit of dry mustard and repeat.

Put all your chicken into a large zip lock bag, shake the marinade one more time to get the herbs all suspended again and dump it into the bag.  Push most of the air out of the bag, massage the bag and work the marinade all over everything.  Put in a bowl (in case it leaks, which would suck without the bowl) and put it in the fridge.  Leave it over night, a few times during this period massage up the bag and flip it over.

The next day remove the chicken and put it on a few paper towels for about 30 minutes at room temp.  This is important or you will be frying in a pool of oil and it will be hard to get  good brown.  Then fry in a pan of your choice or grill until done.  Don’t over cook it!  Cook to 145 if you use an instant read thermometer, but I can just tell when it is done by feel.

You can make this with any lemon pepper and it will be very good, you may find yourself addicted to it.  But if you want a superior organic product consider adding Frontier Organic Lemon Pepper to your pantry today.

Remember you can always find all of our reviews at TspAz.com

Episode-2295- EDC Wearable Survival Gear with Dustin Hogard and Nick Blackman

Dustin Hogard, and Nick Blackman of Wazoo Survival Gear

What happens when you combine a Mechanical/Aerospace Engineer, an Adventure Guide, and a mutual love for the outdoors? Wazoo Survival Gear!

They design, create, and field test products engineered to save lives. The adventurer, Dustin Hogard, and the engineer, Nick Blackman, crossed paths for the first time in 2012 near Houston, Texas over a few pints of craft brew. That meeting was the beginning of a very unlikely partnership that has now spawned an entire new industry of wearable gear.

With the office walls covered in working design concepts and existing products such as a business card that can act as a fire starter, a belt with a hidden compartment, a hat with hidden pockets, or a beer sleeve with survival tips, Wazoo continues to strive to make survival sexy and emphasis the “fun” in functional.

Resources for today’s show…

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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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