Episode-2048- Expert Council Q&A for 7-21-17

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 anemia, paleo eating, engineering, invasive species, mining ethereum, bees, home schools 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

  • Preventing and treating anemia – Doc Bones
  • The myths of kidney damage from paleo – Gary Collins
  • What the heck does an engineer actually do day to day – Steven Harris
  • Dealing with a Chinese Tallow Tree invasion – Nick Ferguson
  • All about mining Ether and the ROI behind it – Brandon Todd
  • Dealing with a hive full of drone brood – Michael Jordan
  • The mythology of “socially awkward” adults due to home schooling – Jack

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Episode-2047- Listener Calls for 7-20-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on soil remediation, blueberries, amaranth, homesteading, cooking, wasp stings, cryptocurrency 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…

  • Cleaning up an old dumpsite on a new homestead
  • Growing blueberries in pots
  • All about Hopi Red Dye Amaranth
  • Prioritizing new homestead projects for initial establishment
  • Storage of bacon grease
  • Dealing with wasp stings
  • In search of a app for podcast note taking
  • How might crypto currency effect the next financial crisis

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Winchester 51 Piece Gunsmith Screwdriver Set – 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 the Winchester 51 Piece Gunsmith Screwdriver Set.  I am bring this one back around because I reviewed long before we began our gunsmith kit project for 2017. Look strait out of the gate this is not really “the kit” for the big time gun enthusiast that tinkers often with many projects.  It won’t do everything  you will even need in drivers for guns, but it will do most, like 95%.

No what this kit is for is your range bag.  I can’t tell you how many times I have been at a range and a fellow shooter had some maintenance issue and no tools to fix the situation.  With this kit and a basic cleaning kit, a shell extractor and some lube if you can’t fix it at the range, you likely need a gun smith or to use your warranty if it is yet to expire.

driverkitbackThis is more than just a gun smith kit though.  Come on, 12 bucks for a good quality kit that has 48 different driver bits in it.  You know what I am going to say right.  Put one in the glove box of your vehicles.  Perhaps one in your Go Bag or BOB as well.

Does it have every torx bit, no but it has 7 and the one you are looking at pissed off because you expected it to be a Phillips bit likely will be one of those.  This is also a great gift to a young person who has finally be trusted to maintain his/her own firearms and frankly a good gift for anyone you need to get something for, not something spectacular just something.  You know what I mean.

Pick up one or a few of these and the first time you need it, you will feel like it just paid for itself.  Again this isn’t top quality on the level of say Forester or Grace USA (which I keep in my smithing box) but for 12 dollars it is extremely versatile and I have never had one fail me yet.  So give the Winchester 51 Piece Gunsmith Screwdriver Set a look and determine if it might be the right product for your range bag or other needs.

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Episode-2046- Cryptocurrency in the Real World ~ Who’s Using it and for What

Bailey Reutzel of MoneyTripping.com

Bailey Reutzel of MoneyTripping.com

Bailey Reutzel is an independent freelance journalist covering the intersection of finance, culture and technology. She started writing about bitcoin in early 2013 for American Banker and PaymentsSource and has since become one of the leading journalists covering cryptocurrency, blockchain and everything in between for publications such CoinDesk and Digital Transactions.

Because of her expertise in the area, she has been asked to appear on various YouTube videos and podcasts discussing the industry, most recently on Boulder, Colorado’s local radio station KGNU for the Co-Op Power Hour.

Wanting to explore the interactions everyday people have with money, including this new evolution of money, Bailey headed out on a six-month, 48-state drive blogging project called Moneytripping in the summer of 2015, where she covered bitcoin and blockchain wherever she found it. The blog is currently being turned into a Gonzo-style novel on American politics, economics and culture.

Bailey joins us today to discuss “Cryptocurrency in the Real World: Who’s Using and For What?”

While blockchain hype continues to consume industries of all kinds, real-world applications for the technology have been hard to come by. Blockchain is a complex system that many thought could be stripped of its cryptocurrency feature, but it’s not quite that easy. And so bitcoin still remains the most used cryptocurrency, except only at the edges, in the gray areas where traditional financial services don’t play.

Yet, maybe ethereum could change some of that. Maybe ethereum with it’s more advanced blockchain on which smart contracts ride could democratize more than just payments, starting with more corporate processes than bitcoin’s consumer-facing mechanism seems to benefit.  Today we discuss all of this and more.

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Matiz Gallego Sardines – 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 Matiz Gallego Sardines and you can get them in either a 5 count pack or a 25 count pack.  Oh dear friends the reasons these items are being featured are many, let us take a look at a few.

First I try to feature items not just of good quality but stuff I use, and I eat these a few times a week.  Due to the fact that I like them and that they are a good source of Omega 3 fats, which the average person is largely deficient in.  I eat them strait from the can, wrapped in lettuce with yogurt cheese, on Flax Crackers or as part of a lunch time salad.

Secondly lets talk about those Omega 3s.  Sardines and herring are about the best source of them on the planet.  Because these small fish are very low in the food chain.  So while fish like mackerel, tuna and salmon are great for Omega 3, they also carry a fair load of mercury and other toxins.   Not enough to never eat, you body can deal with some exposure to toxins, it it couldn’t’ we would all be dead.  But you need to eat something like this about 3-4 times a week for a good omega 3 vs 6 balance and you should not rely on large ocean predator fish that often.

Third is quality.  I am a sardine connoisseur, I love the little guys!  So I scoured the net for others reviewing sardines and one name constantly was at the top of most lists, Matiz.  When I tried them I found out why.  These are not your cheapo sardines that would be better as cat food.  There are only 3 to a can, because they are beautiful plump little guys!  Yes gutted and deheaded but skin and bones on as good sardines have.  Mild smelling compared to other sardines, caught in the waters off norther Spain and Portugal, where the best of the best come from.

Fourth, no junk!  No extra preservatives, no garbage, Here is the entire list of ingredients, sardines, olive oil, sea salt.  Fantastic.  Never and I mean never buy sardines with mustard sauce, soy bean oil, etc.  Packed in their own oils and olive oil is best, just like these guys.

Fifth this is a perfect prepper storage product!  Think about where preppers struggle to keep a good storage up.  That would be high quality fats and meats, with nutrient dense caloric yield.  Well the ones that just came in have an expiration date of 2022!  You know I say eat what you store and store what you eat, well with this even if you only eat them a few times a month, that is no problem.  In each can you get 228 calories, 130 in high quality fats and 98 from one of the best sources of protein on the planet.

So why not give Matiz Gallego Sardines a shot and whether you pick up a 5 count pack or a 25 count pack is up to you.  Do let me caution, these are the best sardines I have ever eaten but they are still canned sardines.  They are not magical, they don’t taste like chicken, they taste like small ocean fish.  So if you in general do not like sardines, you likely will not like these either.  However if you “sort of like them”, this may change your entire sardine world.  Far less fishy tasting, more clean smelling, nice firm flesh and man they go good with a bit of avocado.

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Episode-2045- The Ins and Outs of Jug Fishing

I grew up in my teen years where I had total freedom to hunt and fish in Pennsylvania, and in Pennsylvania jug fishing is illegal (many things are illegal in Pennsylvania that don’t make sense by the way).

In any event when you grow up where something is illegal you often form a negative image of it.  So growing up I came to believe that jug fishing was akin to gill netting, which I am pretty sure the folks at PA Fish and Game actually do believe.

When I moved to Texas I saw jug fishing gear on the shelves at stores and started asking about it.  I learned it was a very productive way to fish but certainly not some indiscriminate method of killing millions of fish or fishing a lake to extinction.

The primary fish targeted (and legal by the way) with jug are catfish and rough fish.  Rough fish include things like drum, carp and gar.  In most states where jugs are legal gear anything else must be released and there are regulations about how often your jugs must be checked, additionally in most states all jugs must labeled with your name and contact information.

Before engaging in any activity covered in this podcast check your local and state regulations.  Any specific law I mention in this podcast will be a Texas law and you should not assume that it applies to you.

Additionally, even in states were jug fishing is legal, some bodies of water have specific regulations.  Such as size or bag limits that are different from the state normal regs, and this can at times apply to jug fishing.  I also know some lakes in my area where jug fishing is legal but it isn’t legal in certain areas of the lake.

As best I can tell at least 20 of our 50 states allow jug fishing in some way, shape or form.  Most, not all southern states do.  And to be fair our catfish populations in the south grow and reproduce faster than in many northern states.

I want to also add something many people fail to realize, in many states what is illegal on public land is totally legal on private land, you do need to confirm this first.  Additionally though, if you own or your buddy owns 30 acres with a 2 acre pond surrounded by woods, how often do you expect to be checked by a fish warden said pond?  I am not suggesting anyone do anything illegal, I am though pointing out that jug fishing is not like “fishing in a barrel” it isn’t magic and it is definitely a survival skill, one that may be needed some day, so if there is a way to learn it, you may wish to.

Lastly much as in about 90% of what I will cover today also applies with some adaptation to trot lines and limb lines, and in many states were jugs are illegal, trot or limb lines or both are legal, again check your local and state regs before doing any of this.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • What types of jug fishing are there and why do we use them
    • Anchored jugs
    • Drifting jugs
  • The basic components of a jug line
    • The jug – swim noodles, plastic bottles, etc.
    • The main line – tarred bank line is best
    • The fishing line – go heavy with mono
    • The hooks – some use octopus hook or circles, I prefer O’Shaughnessy for holding power
    • Swivels – if you don’t have them you will hate your life
    • Anchor – should not be heavy enough to sink the jug, use half brick or one pound dumbbell
  • The basics of constructing a jugline
    • Dropper loops
    • I recommend one hook per jug for a very good reason
  • Constructing a flagging jug line
  • Bait choices for catfish
    • Prepared bait
    • Shad
    • Cut Bait – sunfish is great
    • Live Bait
    • Shrimp
    • Hot Dogs
  • Primary jugging methods
    • Long unmonitored sets
    • Short unmonitored sets
    • Actively watched sets
    • Drifting with your jugs
  • My process for setting, checking and running a jug set
    • Have at least 2x the number of hooks/leaders as you do jugs, 2.5 is better
    • One driver one setter/retriever in a boat
    • Get enough leaders set with bait for all jugs (exception for live baits)
    • Deploy jugs, decide on depth from bottom, use rubber band trick for excess line
    • Let jugs set
    • Bait your next set of leaders before running your line
    • On the “run” your setter, pulls in line, removes leader, adds new leader, drops anchor
    • Wash rinse repeat until you are done or want to try a new spot
  • Why I love this sport

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SweetDrops Liquid Stevia – Item of the Day

steviaEvery 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 SweetDrops Liquid Stevia and I recommend the 4oz bottle because it lasts a hell of a lot longer, though you can get it in a 2oz bottle or go the other way and get a twin pack of 4oz bottles.  This is one of those cases though were the more you buy the better the price.

I took a bit of time to come to love stevia, it is sweet, but no it doesn’t taste exactly like sugar.  It does taste a lot better than every single other calorie free sweetener I have ever tried including sucralose.  What I learned worked was to use just one drop say in tea, taste it, then add one more, until I found my perfect amount for a given cup.  After about a week of using it, you realize it doesn’t taste that different from sugar after all.

The deal is your body is highly tuned to sugar, it knows exactly what it is supposed to taste like, one reason those of us who grew up in the 70s know those of you who are younger have no idea what Coke is supposed to taste like!  Corn sugar is not cane sugar!

It is kind of the same with Stevia, it just takes some getting used to.  Once you do though you may very well prefer it to sugar.  The liquid alone means you can sweeten cold drinks and it will actually dissolve.  I use this all the time in my morning tea and in our amazing low carb strawberry limeade.

If you are looking for stevia on Amazon, SweetDrops Liquid Stevia is your best option.  It is on prime, a 4oz bottle is only about 20 bucks with free shipping, I paid 8 bucks for a one ounce bottle at a store recently because we needed it.  I have tried other vendors on Amazon, with poor shipping times and damaged and returned by the shipper orders due to shitty packaging.  While it may seem expensive I drink 8-10 cups of tea most days and a bottle lasts me about 3 months.

If you check SweetDrops Liquid Stevia has 561 reviews and 4.5 stars and if you actually read the one star reviews it will hurt your faith in humanity!  Seriously.  My favorite negative review is, “I don’t like this one either”. sigh.

The only valid criticism is that the dropper is a bit short so you end up with some at the bottom that is hard to get out.  This is a non issue to me, when I get close to running out, I simply order more.  Then, when it gets difficult to get the last bit out, I open the new bottle and use it about two weeks, by then you have some head space and just pour what is left in the old bottle into the new one.  Also frankly if you tilt the fricken bottle, you can get most of it out easily.  Again some negative reviews on Amazon make my faith in humanity fall further than it already is.

In the end guys being serious, excess sugar consumption is the number one cause of lifestyle disease in the modern world.  Yes this site is The Survival Podcast, and man this is a survival topic, getting off sugar could save your life.

Here is a simple low end break down, say you drink 4 cups of coffee or tea a day, with one tsp of sugar per cup, and 4 “soft drinks” or similar at 12 ounces each a day.  We will go low and say those have about 2 tsp of sugar per drink.  Well that is 12 tsp a day, 84 tsp a week.  That is almost 310 carbohydrates a week, in pure sugar form, jacking up your insulin resistance.

From a purely caloric standpoint, that is 1344 calories, if you are on a 1500-2000 calorie a day level, well that is almost an extra day of eating per week, 52 times a year.  And this is if sugar is your only vice and you only consume it in drinks!  And here we are talking self sweetened ones, look at what happens with say 4 cokes a day.

We toss out the tea, one coke has 39 carbs, x 4 is 156 x 7 = 1092 grams of carbs a week!  Cut that in half down to two a day, you are now at 546 carbs a week.  Can you even begin to know what that does to insulin resistance.  Calorically 2 cokes a day is almost 2000 calories a week!  If we go back to 4 a day, 8000 that adds up to four full days of eating to every week.  With no nutrition at all.

If you are thinking, but I don’t do that, what about your kids?  Kids seem to be able to eat this crap, and they can but if they do by adulthood they are addicts, and that amazing insulin resistance always goes away in the end.  Just something to think about.

Why not give SweetDrops Liquid Stevia a shot in your coffee or tea.  Try whipping up some of my special morning tea blend or my amazing strawberry limeade.  Trust me folks kids love the limeade, so do big kids.  Sugar isn’t evil but read a label it is in almost everything any more.  All it is doing now is creating lifelong customers for the medical industry and drug companies.  Take your health back and this is just one simple way to start doing that!

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Timber Frame Pond Update for 7-18-17

Today we take a look at the timber frame pond about 3 weeks into it being filled. The biology is doing very well, despite some surface algae the water is clear enough to see the fish and the bottom (about 3.5 feet deep).

Episode-2044- Listener Feedback for 7-17-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on moving to other nations, black out kits, making wine, retirement, entrepreneurship, aquaponics and more.

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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…

  • A listener follow up on homesteading abroad especially in South America
  • A listeners has created a resource on developing the “black out kit”
  • Making wine post shtf without added sugar
  • Deciding when to retire and should we redefine the word
  • Another listener makes the jump from employee to entrepreneur
  • A better way to bell siphon?
  • Visa declares open warfare on cash

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The Truth vs. The Bullshit About Net Neutrality

This is an exert from The Survival Podcast Episode 2042, it explains what net neutrality is really all about vs. the hysteria being trumped up by people that know nothing of networks.

Below the video is a minor summary of the experience I am drawing on in speaking in this video.  I don’t generally talk a lot about my past experience in this world as it is seldom truly relevant to what we discuss on TSP, it is however very relevant to this discussion.

When someone tells you that we need net neutrality please do two things.  Ask them what experience they actually have with large scale data networks and if they know the difference and similarities of say a DSLAM and a CMTS?  Then ask them to watch this video.  The hysteria around this issue would be funny if it were not so damn deceitful and so damn effective.

My Personal Experience with Network Design, Installation and Management

At one time I was a Certified Bicsi RCDD, with both LAN and OSP add ons. The RCDD test alone has a 70+% first time failure rate and less than 10% of RCDDs had BOTH LAN and OSP add on certifications at the time I did.  The LAN add on is now replaced with DCDC certification.

My past employment includes designing and installing both LANs and WANs.

I have extensive experience in installing, programming and managing Central Office equipment. (where you get your DSL from)

I have actually designed and built Head Ends from the ground up. (where you get your broadband cable internet from).

I have sold equipment into the carrier space, specifically -48 VDC for the equipment that actually provides DSL and worked closely with engineers at companies like Alcatel (Now Nokia after becoming Alcatel-Lucent) as a supporting vendor and co systems designer.

I spent 2.5 years overseeing the primary contractor crews that installed all the optical and up graded hard line cabling both aerial and under ground for what was at the time Marcus Cable. Including equipment installation both in the field and tie ins at the Marcus Cable head ends for the entire Western DFW Metroplex.

This was done specifically to provide high speed internet. Marcus Cable was absorbed by Charter Communications. Hence if you live on the western side of Dallas Fort Worth, and use Charter Spectrum, you are getting your TV and internet over equipment and cable I personally installed or supervised the installation of over 15 years ago.

I also spent 3 years working for Fluke Networks and have a full understanding of network testing for both customer premise (LANs) and Outside Plant (WANs)

My first telco job was for MCI to date my experience a bit. My primary responsibility was installing and servicing MUX (multiplexing equipment) for Central Office equipment, at that time we were talking voice networks, but multiplexing (aka trunking) works the same in all multi user networks.

Finally before leaving corporate America my last job was working with major wireless providers designing software to optimize LTE and 3G Networks. This company is called (Cerion Optimization Services) and has worked with AT&T and other carriers to optimize their network since 2002.

While I didn’t do the programming or actual work in that role I served as the Companies CMO, while at the same time serving for their sister company as COO. That sister company (Dataworkforce) provided thousands of contractors that were deployed across the entire world to actually install, program and manage these networks.  Both wired and wireless.

This doesn’t make me right in and of itself HOWEVER it does make me a lot more informed about this subject than the majority of the people spouting off about it right now. Please consider that before you tell me I don’t know what I am talking about.

Lastly this entire 20 minute presentation was done on the fly with no notes, no outline, nothing. Why?  Because I actually know the subject matter, despite leaving the industry in 2012, which itself was 6 full years after the entire push for so called “net neutrality” began.