Episode-1959- Listener Feedback for 2-27-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on hunting, composting, statism, contractors, political correctness, local government, MURS radios, guns, extremism 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…

  • Weekend AAR – hogs were killed but not by me
  • Dealing with ants in your compost bin
  • A lesson about “The State” from Star Trek
  • My rules for dealing with contractors
  • An example of political correctness eroding the human mind
  • Local Secession – The Unincorporation of Towns and Cities
  • MURS Radio as a property monitoring system
  • An Update on Guns in Oil Refineries in Texas
  • Why extremism both left and right could destroy America

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Jerusalem Artichokes from Yumheart Gardens – 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 Jerusalem Artichokes from Yumheart Gardens.  There are many sellers of Jerusalem Artichokes on Amazon but I have bought several varieties from this one and have been quite pleased with the results.

This is a plant I just think everyone should grow!  They are amazingly productive and talk about a plant you can grow almost anywhere they are hardy from USDA Zone 4A all the way up to Zone 9B.

I tried fermenting them in salt brine this year and I have to say it was my favorite way to make them so far.  You can see the very simple recipe in the PS below.  Let me tell you how my affinity for this plant began though.  All the way back in 2013 we we first moved to Nine Mile Farm a listener sent me 4 of them in a bag with a damp paper towel.  He said simply cut them in to 2-4 pieces each, make sure each piece has a nodule or two, stick them in the ground, make sure they get water and stand back.

I cut them into 10 pieces and planted them into a 10’x4′ small hugel bed.  That fall I harvested 4 five gallon buckets of them, what was left in the ground filled the bed with no replanting in 2014.  That year though I changed the purpose of that bed, it was also the last thing the chickens ruined before being gotten rid of and fully switching to ducks.

So for a year I didn’t grow any, and simply harvested a few random survivors that survived the bed conversion and the ravages of the chickens.  The fact that such survivors exist says something about this plant.

Since then I have tried a few varieties and a few sources, this one just seems like the best bang for the buck to me.  They don’t seem to be a specific variety, but they are low cost and grow very large.  Priced at 7.96 they are a great deal but shipping is 7.48 so call it roughly 16 bucks all in.  You are going to pay higher shipping on items like this because they are coming from independent sellers on Amazon (read that small businesses) who have to charge a bit more.  I find this fair enough and like to support entrepreneurs as you know.

The way to look at this though is you buy them once, if you make sure to hold over a few tubers each year for insurance, you never have to buy them again.  I also want to say I recommend a very cool red variety from this seller last year and they did well for me as well.  However, one listener bought them and was disappointed when she weighed them because they were about an ounce light of a full pound or something like that.

I would imagine that these are picked and packaged and ready to ship, it is quite reasonable that they could dry out a bit and be an ounce or two shy.  My view is so the heck what!  Again I planted 4 tubers cut into 10 pieces and got four 5-gallon buckets of harvest.

So please consider planting them as a very productive and sustainable food crop this year.  And as I said there are a lot of options on Amazon, but I have purchased several items from this seller and always been happy.  So consider planting Jerusalem Artichokes from Yumheart Gardens in your garden this year.

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

P.S. – Here is my basic recipie for fermented chokes.  It is very simple, wash them well to remove all dirt and cut into pieces about as big as say a carrot stick,  put them into your fermentation vessel of choice.  I do mine in jars and really like both Masontops and FermentEm products for doing so.

Add about 10 Black Peppercorns and two cloves of garlic peeled as well.  Cover with basic brine and weight down to keep under brine.  Ferment for about 7-10 days then store in fridge to slow fermentation.

They are crisp, a bit sweet and awesome!  They also don’t make you um, “gassy” if fermented.  For basic brine use 1/2 cup of salt to the gallon of water.  Adjust to the amount you need.

P.S.S. – The best way to store them hands down is in a ziplock bag.  Put them into said bag and had a wad of damp (not wet just damp) paper towels and refrigerate and they will store for many months.  The bottom drawer is the best spot.  If you store them long enough they may begin to sprout, if so you can just remove the sprouts and eat them or plant them and they will grow out again for you.

TSP Directory Feature: Individual Insurrection

Individual Insurrection

This weekend I am going to share another great business right out of the TSP Business Directory. Individual Insurrection is designed to help you put Jack’s marketing principles into action so you can start running a successful business.

Individual Insurrection - A TSP-Focused Business Consulting Service.

Individual Insurrection – A TSP-Focused Business Consulting Service.

Anthony Veltri is the owner of Individual Insurrection and he was featured on TSP Episode 916. He helps you succeed in business with tested sales and marketing techniques. Do you plan to get an interview on TSP to launch your business? It might not be as easy as you think. You need to have a good sales framework in place on your website to manage all that traffic you will get from a successful TSP interview.

Connect To Your Audience | Make Sales

Anthony works with his clients to give them actionable steps from the 5 Minutes With Jack podcasts. Learn how to create compelling sales videos and target an audience. You can learn effective marketing through Anthony’s workbook or get personalized training and coaching through a 6-week course.

Anthony-Individual Insurrection - A TSP Business Consulting Service

Anthony-Individual Insurrection – A TSP Business Consulting Service

Reach out to Anthony for a free consultation to see of Individual Insurrection is a right fit for you. If you want to get an idea of the course material before committing, you can download this free PDF that helps you sell, engage, educate, and enroll your ideal customer. What I find really unique about his 6-week course is that you are going to be working directly with Anthony and other members of the TSP audience. So, you have several things in common with everyone else going through the course with you. You’re all TSP listeners who are starting or growing a business based on Jack’s marketing and sales principles.

 

Start Your Own Personal Insurrection

Being a business owner allows you the freedom to choose your own path. Jack talks a lot about the value of insurrectionary thinking versus revolutionary thinking. But how does that apply to business ownership? I’ll let Anthony explain:

How would things change for you and for your family if you could put Jack’s marketing and business principles into play with someone to guide you along the way and help you to connect the dots? When we have our own business, we take back power. We become more self-sufficient and self-reliant as citizens, neighbors, and individuals. In a revolution, power is revoked from one party and transferred to another, often times bypassing those who struggled for the revolution… but in an insurrection, the power is retained by those who endeavored to take it. Running your own business, no matter how small, is your individual insurrection.

In my own personal experience, I would compare switching jobs to an individual revolution. Sure power changes hands, but you’re just trading one boss for another. If you really want to experience a personal insurrection, you need to transfer power to yourself by starting a business. If you’re ready to take that step, start your personal insurrection with TSP specific business coaching. Check out Individual Insurrection and all the other great businesses in Jack’s directory. Next week I will be back to write about Net Step Inc.

 

 

Episode-27- TSP Rewind – The Why, What and How of Modern Homesteading

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

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-1002- The Why, What and How of Modern Homesteading and originally aired on Oct 19, 2012.

The notes below are the original notes from that episode.

There is an old saying, “what’s old is new again”.  While a fashion minded yuppie may be referring to something like a brief return of the awful concept of bell bottom jeans or some such nonsense, there is a real meaningful component to the statement.

The Classic View of "Homestead" is not the Only Option

The Classic View of “Homestead” is not the Only Option

When we are unhappy, when we know something is wrong we try to think back to happier times and make part of what they had part of what we have today.  Why do you think “I Love Lucy”, “Andy Griffith” and even “The Three Stooges” enjoyed a lot of rebirth after 911? Why do you think one network plays “A Christmas Story” for 24 hours strait every Christmas?

This is particularly playing out today in the homesteading and back to the land movements.  Something is different this time though, people seem to be doing it for a new reason, while seeking the lessons of the past, they are actually looking to the future.  Rather then nostalgia driving a quaint idea, we seem to have realized, there is “a better way to do things”.

Join Me Today as We Discuss….

  • The Why of Modern Homesteading
    • Saving Money
    • Improving Health (mental and phyical)
    • Taking Control
    • Building Value in our Homes and Communities
  • The What of Modern Homesteading
    • Food Production
    • Animals That Have Jobs
    • Creation of Income
    • Development of Skills
    • Energy Independence (even by percentage)
    • Resource Identification
  • The How of Modern Homesteading
    • Gardening/Permaculture and Irrigation
    • Food Preservation Methods
      • Fermentation
      • Dehydration
      • Canning
      • Flash Freezing
      • Jerky/Biltong
      • Brewing/Vinting
    • Foraging
    • Barter and Buying from the Local Economy
    • Animal Husbandry
    • Tool Maintenance
    • Planning/Scheduling Activities and Upkeep
    • Record Keeping
    • Community Development

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-26- TSP Rewind – Steven Harris on Bio Fuels for Personal Energy Independence

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

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-707- Steven Harris on Bio Fuels for Personal Energy Independence and aired first on July 21st 2011 .

The notes below are the original notes from that episode.

Steven Harris is a consultant and expert in the field of energy. He is the founder and CEO of Knowledge Publications, the largest energy only publishing company in the USA.

Mr. Harris came to his current position to do full time work on the development and implementation of hydrogen, biomass and solar related energy systems after spending 10 years in the Aero-Thermal Dynamics department of the Scientific Labs of Chrysler Corporation.

Mr. Harris is currently working on Project Destiny, a solar hydrogen energy system and holds break through technology in the field of Solar Energy Conversion and Biomass Gasification. He is authoring an upcoming book, “The Positive Promotion of Hydrogen Energy a Model for Success in an Economically Driven Market” and the currently released book, “Sunshine to Dollars”, “Surviving the Blackout of 2003”, plus the author of 4 Hydrogen related DVDs and 2 other videos.

Join us Today as we Discuss…

  • What is Project Destiny?
  • What is the best REAL solar energy to use in a disaster?
  • Can a generator be run off biogas
  • Can a vehicle be run off biogas.
  • What is the history of cars running on biogas ?
  • How to run natural gas appliances on biogas?
  • How much biogas could be produced in a small backyard operation?
  • How to obtain material for making biogas for little to no cost
  • How to build your own wood gasifier inexpensively
  • How to stay safe when making bio gas
  • How do you safely store, compress, etc. biogas?
  • How much biogas already is working at a national level

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Episode-1958- Gary Collins on Off Grid Living

Gary Collins, MS was raised in the High Desert at the basin of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in a remote part of California. Gary enjoyed, and considers himself lucky to have grown up in a very small town experiencing fishing, hunting, and anything outdoors from a very young age.

He has been involved in organized sports, nutrition, and fitness for almost four decades. He is also an active follower and teacher of the self-reliant/survivalist/off the grid lifestyle.

After an exciting career in military intelligence Collins worked for the U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Special Agent.

His career took him around the world and gave him a unique perspective on not only how the United States, but the world is affected by our food, drug and healthcare policies.

It can be safely said no one in the health and fitness industry has the inside knowledge and background that Collins has. He is a hybrid of a high intensity health expert, self sufficiency advocate and an investigator rolled into one.

Resources for today’s show…

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Maxboost International Travel Adapter Kit – 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 Maxboost International Travel Adapter Kit.  This is the item you want when you travel and you want it both for domestic or international travel.   Everytime we travel it is the same thing, a nice hotel, a small desk, perhaps one power outlet and if you are lucky a USB port (that charges slower that dog snot in January) in the lamp base.

There we are, my phone, the wife’s phone, my laptop, her tablet, and don’t get me started about traveling before my son grew up!  With this little box you get four AC outlets and five USB outlets.  One of these lives in my travel bag at all times, it only comes out when I am away.

I use it when staying at a friends home as well.  They give you a nice little room but you have all your devices spread all over and are trying to find ways to keep stuff organized, find an outlet, etc.

I also keep one of what my friend Jon Dowie calls “an orange, Steven Harris, three way, freaking, thing“, in my bag.  So if that outlet I want down behind furniture is running a lamp, TV, etc, I can unplug it, pop in my splitter, plug the item back in and plug my box into the other port.

Now everyone can charge their devices, run laptops, etc.  And if you do travel internationally it includes adapter plugs for US-EU, US-UK and US-AU which will cover most any need you will have.  They are also high quality adapters, that snap together and organize beautifully.

The important thing, it actually works, including when used internationally.  This product has 67 reviews on Amazon and it averages 5 stars across them.  For an electronic device that is through the roof.  The best part is the price, 19.99 with free shipping.  So check out the Maxboost International Travel Adapter Kit for your needs today, especially if a lot of hotel rooms are in your future.

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

 

 

Episode-1957- The Beginners Guide to Growing Food

I have done some really advanced stuff with agriculture and permaculture over the years but I realized it has been a long time since I have done something totally devoted to a true beginner.  The person looking at a patch of ground and a back porch and just wanting a garden and some of their own food on their own table.

This does not have to be complicated and it also doesn’t have to be expensive.  Our grand parents and great grand parents didn’t spend a lot of money to grow a garden, they didn’t have design certificates or gadgets either.  Still today we have a lot of options they didn’t, by combining their simple approach and some modern convience we can get off the ground running fast.

We can have a great harvest in our first year and lay the ground work for a garden that gets better and better over time.  We can also do things in a way that shortens the learning curve and makes us feel good about what we are doing, rather than demotivated and frustrated as many first year gardeners become.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • An example of why the “green thumb” is a myth to be ignored
  • What is the goal of a family garden
    • Produce food
    • Save money
    • Improve quality of life
    • Provide better healthier nutrition
  • Should you go with “raised beds”
    • What is the ground like
    • What is your climate like
    • Can you either automate or simply irrigation
    • Are you going to want “borders” if so why
    • Where are you going to get your material and how much will it cost
  • Why I recommend buying plants your first year, at least some of them
    • Plants I recommend buying
      • Peppers
      • Tomatoes
      • Broccoli/Cauliflower
    • High success rate
    • Very broad availability of varieties now
    • Cost is not bad, and this is a learning year
  • Plant I recommend planting from seed in the ground
    • Peas/Beans etc.
    • Beets
    • Radishes
    • Arugula
    • Dill
    • Squash
    • Melons
  • Plants I recommend starting in containers even in your first year or buying
    • Chard
    • Lettuce
    • Basil
    • Parsley
    • Chives
  • Why everyone should grow sweet potato
  • Bed establishment
    • Double dig, sheet mulch or both
    • Bring in material – yes till/turn it in
    • Mulch with wood chips
  • The things that will make your plants successful almost no mater what
    • Dr. Earth 1014 Premium Gold Organic All-Purpose Fertilizer (balanced NPK) – Link
    • Garrett Juice Plus (foliar feed) – Link
    • Blood and Bone Fertilizer – Link
    • GS Plant Foods Liquid Kelp – Link
    • Hydro Organics Earth Juice Cal-n-Mag Plant Food – Link
    • Liquinox Iron Zinc Chelated Solution – Link
    • Endo Mycorrhizae Fungal Inoculation – Link
    • Azomite consider sourcing locally – Link
    • Green Sand consider sourcing locally – Link
    • Lava Sand – source this locally!
    • Expanded Shale – source this locally!
  • Going forward or doing more in the first year (composting-worms-etc)

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Dewalt 20V MAX Cordless Drill – 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 Dewalt 20V MAX Cordless Drill.   Any long term listener will know that I am a huge fan of Dewalt tools.  I have a large existing collection of old school 18 volt power tools.  Most are over 10 years old and still work as good as the day I bought them.

Last year I found out about the 18 volt to 20 volt adapter, I picked up one as a kit that included two batteries and a charger, since then I have decided whenever an 18vdc gives up the ghost to replace it with new 20Volt batteries and move on to better technology.

In fact I liked the adapter so much I bought a second bare one so that I don’t have to keep switching between tools.  I realized recently that Dewalt made a very savvy business decision in coming out with the adapters.  For a long time they seemed to be trying to smoke old guys like me out!  Charging more and more for the old batteries and offering no conversion solution to the installed base (the installed base is people like me).

Then a listener told me about the adapter and I got one.  So now when I need a new tool, what do you think I am going to buy?  Well more 20v lithium ion of course.  I have my eye on an angle grinder right now, but don’t need it yet.  I am doing a ton of projects right now though and decided to get another drill.  I like this one because it will also give me another battery and charger for less then I could buy them separately.  One can never have too many batteries or chargers you know!

This is not Dewalts top end drill by any measure but it is a damn solid tool for what most people need a drill for, drilling and driving.  When I picked up mine I also found a great add on item.  It is this, 30 Pack of Dewalt #2 Bits for $4.94 but again it is an “add on item” meaning your total order must be over 25 dollars to buy it.

My view on #2 screwdriver bits is this, buy them when ever you can at a discount, they are the single most used driver on the planet in my view and they absolutely wear out in time, then they strip screws and need replacing.  With this add on price they are 16 cents a piece.  In have made a note to always check my bit supply when spending over 25 dollars on Amazon on anything.  This is the best deal on these things I have found.

So if you are in need of a new drill/driver consider the Dewalt 20V MAX Cordless Drill as a new addition to your tool kit today.  It will get you into the 20V Dewalt world with a great drill, two batteries and a charger all for under 100 bucks!

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

P.S. – I noticed a significant number of one star reviews on this drill and almost every one was about the “batteries not charging”, this made absolutely no sense to me, at all.  Dewalt is an incredible company with a multi decade rep for quality.  It is why I am so loyal to them.

Then it hit me, such reviews only showed up on kits like this, where you get the batteries and charger with the kits.  Many are clearly from people who are not well, “tool people” and I thought back to when I got my first ones.  When you put the battery in the charger it seems like it is seated, and it may or may not charge when you do so.  Leading you to think, well I did it right, nope, no you didn’t.

The battery must be pushed all the way in, until it clicks.  Further if you do it wrong, and then push it in without pulling it our first it also won’t work.  Check this quick video to see what I mean.  I wonder if Dewalt themselves have figured out this problem yet?

Episode-1956- Listener Feedback for 2-20-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on business, automation, aquaponics, keyhole gardens, rats, guns, hunting 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…

  • Another TSP listener business success story
  • Why the plutocrats would be fine with taxing robots
  • A question on “thriving with Aspergers”
  • Doing small scale aquaponics indoors
  • Thoughts on keyhole gardens
  • Thoughts on monetization of fish ponds
  • Dealing with rats in the chicken coop
  • Carrying a gun when company you work with is anti gun
  • A lesson from the movie “Ground Hog Day”
  • Thoughts on choices for a “second job”
  • The truth about “trophy hunting” myth buster edition!

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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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