Episode-83- TSP Rewind – Bugging In vs. Bugging Out – Answering with Logic

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

Today’s episode was originally,  Episode-502- Bugging In vs. Bugging Out – Answering with Logic and was first published on Sept. 1st 2010.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Do I stay or do I go!  Not just a great old song by The Clash but an ongoing debate and topic of discussion everywhere preparedness is discussed.  Some are sure they will bug out, they have a plan to live off the land (good luck with that) and others just know they are going to guard the fort and hunker down.   The reality is this is one of those issues that is very situationally dependent.  The same person (if they act with reason and logic) will choose different answers.  To help me formalize this process I developed 12 questions to ask yourself both in advance of and during a disaster to make this decision with logic vs. emotion.

Tune in today as we consider the following…

  • Logic vs. emotion
  • Which choice gives you the best chance of survival for the scenario at hand? (this is not always clear)
  • How well prepared are you to bug in?
  • What exactly are you prepared for? (a forest fire is far different from local rioting)
  • Have evacuation orders been given?
  • What is the nature and probable duration of the threat?
  • Well staying put change anything as far as “saving your home”?
  • Where will you go and how will you get there?
  • Do you own a bug out location or have double up plans or no place to go at all?
  • Will you be able to help your community if you stay?
  • What will the impact of staying or going be on your family, can they handle what you can?
  • What can you take with you and what must you leave behind?
  • If you leave what exactly is waiting for you at your destination?

The time to answer these questions is not in the middle of a disaster but right now.  At this point you can plan, form contingencies and be prepared for a variety of outcomes. That way if the day comes your mind is ready to act and you can make the best use of the resources you have.  As always how you act and how you think is more important then your resources.

Episode-82-TSP Rewind – Urban and Suburban Homesteading

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

Today’s episode was originally,  Episode-494- Urban and Suburban Homesteading and was first published on Aug. 17th, 2010.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Here are two things I know about my audience.  The majority, over 70% live in urban and suburban areas.    The second is that a major majority of those would like to get out of the city some day even if the shit never hits the fan.  There is also the reality that many at least for the short term are held by job, family obligations and other factors.  So I thought today would be a good day to discuss urban homesteading and tomorrow we can discuss urban prepping.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What exactly makes a home a homestead anyway
  • Why homesteading on some level makes sense for everyone
  • Start out by assessing what you have
  • Sketching your land and determining energy flows
  • Gardening is hard work and may not be for you large scale
  • Perennials take more time but pay far larger rewards
  • Drip irrigation and automated watering systems
  • Small live stock – Chickens, Rabbits and Ducks
  • Considering – Hydro and Aquaponics
  • The Greenhouse is your Friend
  • Think about property value increasing activities
  • Understand your advantages

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-81- TSP Rewind – Putting Your House Hold in Order

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

Today’s episode was originally,  Episode-457- Putting Your House Hold in Order and was first published on June 17th, 2010.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Today I though I would give sort of a mile high view of taking your home from grass hopper fields of green to organized ant hill.  Or if you are on the journey already from disorganized ant hill to  organized ant fortification.   Getting prepared seems tough, it seems beyond reach and on some levels it is.   One can never be fully prepared for everything but getting to well prepared for most things is doable in steps.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Another look at the old story, The Grasshopper and the Ant
  • Taking an inventory
  • Journaling items used on a regular basis
  • Committing to copy canning
  • Develop a black out kit
  • Install emergency lighting
  • Set up some sort or back up power
  • Develop a documentation package
  • Set up at least 2 weeks to 1 month of long term storables
  • Install a back flow preventer on your water heater
  • Store at least 25 gallons of water, more is better
  • Journal your spending – EVERY PENNY
  • Form a debt elimination plan and DO IT
  • Define your lifestyle vision and WORK ON IT
  • Create a get out – get home plan
  • Own and know how to use a grill
  • Teach yourself at least 2 food preservation methods
  • Visit farmers markets
  • Talk to your neighbors
  • Believe you can get it done, because you can
  • Focus on the results, not the battle

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-80- TSP Rewind – What Debt Freedom Means

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

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-438- What Debt Freedom Means and was first published on May 19th 2010.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Yesterday I made my second large purchase of the year, a 2005 F-350 Diesel Super Duty I got for 30% under its Kelly Blue Book Value, I paid cash.  Earlier this year I bought a new RV (a Shamrock 21ss) I also paid cash.  I almost feel guilty about this but it got me thinking, 8 years ago my wife and I sate down face in hands looking at over 25K in credit card debt, medical bills (which grew before they shrank) and more.

We thought “how did we let this happen”, we thought about just letting things keep going and paying a “little bit more” on a few debts.  Our income was great, our house payment was low, it would all be okay, a meeting with a “financial liar” confirmed it wold be fine.  The liar even suggested we take out some home equity since we had so much if we were worried about low cash reserves.

In my head the wisdom of my grandmother screamed out over the words of this clown who had the arrogance to claim he understood money.  My wife and I began a journey, one many of you have followed as well.  I have discussed he journey and the how and why behind it, yet until today I have never discussed the freedom that lies on the other side.

In January I walked away from a six figure salary to do TSP full time.  It was a hard choice but we had paid all debt by that point and began saving money heavily.  We jumped from stocks before the crash and had not taken the hit.  Something totally unexpected occurred though, despite a massive reduction in my income, we actually seem to now have more money.

I have started to really understand why this is the case and a lot of your “post debt” emails took on a new meaning for me as of yesterday.  So today while I will talk a bit about debt, I am going to talk far more about what completing the journey will mean.  If you are going fight a difficult battle you need to realize what victory will mean.

Episode-79- TSP Rewind – Dealing With Violent Confrontations

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

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-416- Dealing With Violent Confrontations and was first published on April 14th, 2010.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

After spending a week with Val Riazanov on systema and Russian martial arts and filming the new DVD series I thought it might be a good day to do a show on dealing with potentially violent confrontations.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Real violence vs. movie violence
  • The morals of the criminal, he has none
  • Professional = death when it comes to killing
  • The first rule is avoiding the confrontation
  • If you can’t avoid it focus on deescalation
  • If deescalation fails at times controlled retreat is the best option
  • You should always appear relaxed and “harmless”
  • When you do strike it must be with sufficient force for the situation
  • Pressure points are useless in full speed combat, anatomy points are critical
  • The “systema strike” – misunderstood and highly effective
  • Dealing with an armed opponent takes things to another level
  • The knife is the oldest consistently deadly weapon for a reason
  • In dealing with an opponent with a gun 1.5-2 meters is “critical distance”

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-78- TSP Rewind The Cancer and Slavery of Debt

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

Today’s episode was originally,  Episode-369- The Cancer and Slavery of Debt and was first published on Feb. 22nd, 2010.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Today we back up and take a deeper look at the topic of debt and how it both destroys lives in good times and bad.  Debt is a cancer that is destroying America.  We have been sold a false dream, a false dream that robs the true dream of America’s legacy of freedom.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The basic rules of survival
  • The false dream of debt vs the real dream that is America
  • Why debt really is cancer and why it will make you act in fear
  • How debt leads to bigger government
  • Why financial management and debt elimination cannot be separated from survivalism
  • The cost of debt must be measured in time, not dollars for the horror to become evident
  • The only way to eliminate debt
  • Why people in debt out spend people who are debt free
  • Why you must at least start eliminating debt if you want to be a modern survivalist
  • The main way to be a survivor is to reduce dependence
  • Inflation punishes savers, save anyway
  • We are forced into risk, debt makes that worse
  • The solution is in your hands

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-77- TSP Rewind – The Missed Lessons of Major Disasters

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

Today’s episode was originally,  Episode-366- The Missed Lessons of Major Disasters and was first published on January 28th, 2010.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

It seems there is always a disaster somewhere in the world.  Right now eyes are on Haiti, over the last two decades we have had many.  The LA Riots, The California Quake, Hurricanes Andrew, Ike, Rita and of course Katrina.  Lesser publicized weather events like the Ft. Worth and Arlington Tornado (which we lived through), the Mississippi floods of the 90s, Tropical Storm Fay in Jacksonville and more.

Each time we hear how we have “learned” from the event and will do better next time, yet a lot of what we learn misses many of the real lessons.  This will be the subject of today’s podcast.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • More first responders per individual
  • Biggest shortages are food, water and shelter
  • Law and order will break down
  • Law abiding citizens often become targets of law enforcement
  • The media loves hardship, blame and is never part of the solution
  • The size and scope of large disasters has actually be quite small
  • Government and your fellow man will help but you may still be on your own
  • Redundancy in your preparations is critical
  • The disaster is not the biggest danger, the aftermath is
  • The cause is less important then the removal of systems of support
  • Money can become worthless, beer can be a currency
  • Free societies are vulnerable
  • What happens elsewhere can and very well may effect you
  • It can happen where you live
  • It is up to you, no matter the intentions of others

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.

Please Be Nice to Western Botanicals

As I said on yesterday’s show a butt hurt person contacted all my sponsors complaining about TSP.  Western Botanicals did reach out and ask about the situation.  Randy (one of the owners) and I had a good conversation about the situation.

My stance was, TSP was this way when you found us 8 years ago and we are not going to change.  They simply did a thoughtful investigation into what occurred and came to the conclusion that our partnership was more valuable than one person complaining.  They are great partners who have supported us and we have supported them for 8 years and I look forward to at least 8 more.

Now Randy told me one of you told them you’d not do business with them again over this, that is NOT helpful.  They are again a great partner who simply cared enough to reach out and investigate the situation.  Please be supportive of them, 8 year sponsorships tend to not exist in the world of podcasting though they seem very common here at TSP.

We deeply value our relationship with Western Botanicals and all our sponsors.  If I ask you guys ever to reach out and let any of them know that you value you them, please do so, but don’t use any sort of threatening language that is never helpful and frankly when people do that to me, I tell them to pound sand or worse.

Again Western Botanicals is a wonderful partner, they made a firm decision to stand with us as they always have.  For that we are grateful and remain their loyal partner.

Why North Korea will Denuclearize

While I am officially now on vacation I could not leave without going on record about this.  The T.V. keeps telling us that North Korea won’t give up its nukes, because they prevent regime change, etc.   I mean if “little rocket man” didn’t have his nukes we could just waltz in and topple him.  This is the view the media has been presenting for years.  The problem is, as usual with our media it is complete and total fake news.  Of course as Adolph Hitler said, “tell a lie loud enough and long enough and people will believe it”.

But let’s examine simple facts, the Korean War ended in a cease fire on July 27th, 1953.  North Korea tested its first claimed successful nuke on May 25th, 2009.  They did an earlier test in 2006 which even they admitted failed.   This means from 1953-2009 North Korea had exactly ZERO nuclear capability and yet the US never invaded them or effected any sort of regime change.

One reason of many is very simple, with zero nuclear weapons North Korea has enough conventional long range weapons turned on Seoul South Korea to literally level it in about 45 minutes.   Yes US air power, smart weapons and counter artillery could take a lot of it out but by then the damage would be done into the trillions of dollars and at the cost of 10s of thousands of lives, perhaps even hundreds of thousands of lives.   Additionally North Korea is aligned with China and they know we won’t risk war with China unless it is absolutely necessary.  This stand off kept the Kim regime in power for exactly 55 years, 9 months and 28 days without having any nuclear capability.

So shocking I know but the media is once again LYING to you in complete denial of the facts.  So this leads to an obvious question why would North Korea provoke the west by acquiring nuclear weapons in the first place?  We are told at a minimum it further protects them from US aggression.  But Asian nations including North Korea are always far more strategic.

So simply let me ask you, what does North Korea want?  They want what they have wanted since the death of Kim II-sung, normalized relations with the world.  The problem was before that, what did the world want in return?  Two things mainly!  One get rid of the prison camps.  Two stop pointing enough artillery at Seoul to level it.

Okay well either of those things really do threaten the regime.  North Korea can’t exist with out the camps, the regime would end up dragged into the streets and murdered Gaddifi style in a year at most once the threat of the camps was gone.  Leading to a refuge crisis and likely a new military dictatorship, also not friendly to the US.  History shows this to be how most dictators fall only to be replaced by a new dictator.  Also taking the guns off Seoul and standing down their posture could potentially open them to attack by the vastly superior forces of the US and its allies.  So both of those requests are no gos.

I also want to say I am not defending the horrible prison camps in North Korea but the truth is Kim Jong Un was born into this reality, he can’t just close them, he would be toppled by his own military, he wants to survive and stay in power like all tyrants.  He will do whatever makes that happen.  So why get nukes?

Simple, to have something you can use to cut a deal!  The nukes North Korea has are barely functional, they can’t launch a creditable attack on the US, despite what the TV says, and yes I do have confidential sources that back that up.  They could perhaps nuke Japan, etc.  This would result in the instant annihilation of North Korea with the “fire and fury” Trump threatened.  It doens’t give Kim what he wants.

So what does Kim Jong Un want, he wants his nation to be modernized, he wants his nation to have trade with the world.  So how do you get it.  You develop something you don’t really need that shocks the world, then you make a deal to give it up in return for what you actually want.  In other words the entire nuclear program was designed to get the US to negotiate with them for something they could afford to give up and still keep their power.   And that is why they will denuclearize, it was always the plan.

I know that sounds crazy but consider the alternative.  Imagine that North Korea had never developed nukes and wanted negotiations today.  What would they be asked to do?  Take the guns off Seoul and close the camps is the only answer there is.  Again they can’t do that, even if Kim wants to close the camps to stay in control it will have to be done in a series of reforms over time.  I am not saying that is moral or ethical, I am saying it is necessary for the regime to stay in power.

Next for the guns to come off Seoul will require North Korea feeling that the threat of US invasion is not really there anymore.  In denuclearizing they effectively neuter the rhetoric of the west.  In other words giving up those few, pathetic, sad, nukes that are truly useless in reality to them, strengthens their position.

They then still have their camps which they can scale back as people become happier with a new North Korea with more “stuff” and above all more food.  Even the most modest reforms will be praised by the west, especially South Korea, Japan and E.U. Nations.  They can then begin to redirect military assets while maintaining a very strong though less directly threatening military.  Each tiny bit they give from this point forward seriously weakens US ability to marshal other nations to oppose a new North Korea.

So there you go, North Korea will denuclearize and will change dramatically from at minimum an economic stand point and it is going to happen fast.  Kim knows Trump could lose reelection in just a few years and this opportunity could pass, the next guy likely won’t be a deal maker.  He also knows he can make this deal, cement his power and likely this deal will guarantee that he will be dealing with Trump until 2024 as it will cement Trump’s reelection.

My Prediction – By the end of 2018, the Korean War will officially end and North Korea will either be fully denuclearized or have 100% agreed to it and the process will be well into motion.  Frankly the North Korean nuclear program is a lot like Regan’s Star Wars Program.   There is something there but most of it doesn’t work, most of it will never work but it makes a hell of a negotiating tactic.  Doubt me if you wish but an actual logical analysis that stops assuming Kim is “insane” makes all of this most likely scenario.

Note – this article is a logical evaluation of the reality we are observing.  It is free from my personal political opinions.  It has nothing to do with support or opposition to Trump, just a logical and factual analysis.  The main stream media should give that a try sometime.

Episode-2236- Expert Council Q&A for 6-12-18

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 the expert council answers questions on hyperemesis, 4×4 vehicles, plant propagation, retirement relocation, blood thinners, SEO, coffee 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…

  • What is lisnopril and how would you deal without it – Doc Bones
  • On stabilizing fuel – Charles Sanville
  • Get shit done life hacks – Nicole Sauce
  • Making awesome stuffed zuchinni – Keith Snow
  • Feeding large numbers of people on paleo for cheap – Gary Collins
  • The latest and greatest in rechargeable batteries – Steven Harris
  • The 10mm lever gun and other options – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Steve’s Battery Links

Websites of the Expert Council Members

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