Episode-2115- Expert Council Q&A for 11-17-17

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 permaculture, SEO, boosting energy, cryptocurrency, diet, tree propagation, nut harvesting, vehicles, cooking, the pharmaceutical industry 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

  • The path to being an agent of change in permaculture – Geoff Lawton
  • The skinny on top level domains and SEO – Nicole Sauce
  • Boosting energy levels – Doc Bones
  • Will ethereum be able to scale to meet future demands – Brandon Todd
  • Is fermented dairy better than standard dairy products – Garry Collins
  • Starting butternut and walnuts from seed – Nick Ferguson
  • Processing black walnuts – Ben Falk
  • Why some vehicles have two batteries – Steven Harris
  • Cooking leg of pork – Keith Snow
  • Why millions of Americans now have “high blood pressure” – Jack

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Websites of the Expert Council Members

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Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier – 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 book Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier.  Eric is the author of other books such as Paradise Lot and Edible Forest Gardens (which he co wrote with Dave Jackie).  This book though is the most practical for the average homesteader that just wants to grow food without replanting every year.

In this book you will learn about over 100 perennial veggies and what it takes to grow them.  Eric covers more than just a list of plants.  He goes into some plants that are ideal for aquatic systems and others that you can grow in green houses along many that can be grown in most of the United States out doors.

I feel there is a great deal of work to be done with breeding and developing more perennial vegetables but Eric’s book is the most concise guide to where were are right now I know of, that is why I have it on my book shelf.

On that, on this book I highly recommend going for the hard copy over the kindle version.  There are a lot of photos, charts and other visual components that simply work better in hard copy.  Along with the fact that the kindle edition flatly has some editing and lay out problems.

So if you want to up your game with perennial veggies check out Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier today.

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

 

Episode-2114- Listener Calls for 11-16-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on guns, ammo, reloading, economics, water systems, water storage, taxes 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…

  • Another child of the 30-06 – the 50 BMG
  • Uses for an old septic tank
  • Understanding global debt to global gdp is a 1:1 ratio
  • Thoughts on a lever action 7.62×39
  • Scoping the 450 Bushmaster
  • A great storage option for 2 liter bottles
  • The concept of property tax on cars and the current tax bill

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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The FURminator deShedding Tool for Dogs – 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 The FURminator deShedding Tool for Dogs.  We first learned of this tool from our vet back when we had our Siberian Husky named Lakota.  Let me tell you there is shedding and then there is Husky Shedding.  It is like living with two Chows, a Sheep Dog and a German Shepard at one time!  How one relatively small animal can make so much hair is beyond me.

So our vet proceeded to brush him and we were sold, enough fluffy undercoat to make a small pillow came off in a few minutes.  We bought one, of course the mark up was very high.  When we later found them in pet stores they were still very expensive.  We started using some off brand versions, and most were good, not as good but good enough.

Now this is why I love the free market.  FURminator was able to keep its hold on some of its really unique stuff with patents but the basic concept is pretty simple.  So a bunch of Chinese hack shops and creative American entrepreneurs emulated it and sold a good product for a much lower price.  Instead of acting like a child and suing over an “idea” FURminator understood they were no longer alone in the market, adjusted pricing, still charges a bit more but now their price is fair for the product.  Well in almost every instance.

For some reason they are still charging 45 dollars for the “Giant Size Short Hair” version the good news is you don’t need it, and it isn’t that much bigger than the Large Size anyway.  For some odd reason the long hair giant one is no where nears as expensive.

So how much is the large sized one now that I scared you with 45 bucks for a freaking dog brush?  Try this, $14.89 while similar knock offs like the Brandismo Groomer sell for just a couple dollars less at $12.97.  It is almost like the free market works or something crazy like that.

So why not just save the buck ninety two and buy the knock off, I mean a buck is a buck right?  Yes but the FURminator is better and more that two dollars so.  The first reason is unlike the knock offs the FURminator can be bought for short or long hair dogs.  You make that call this way, if your dogs majority of hair (specifically undercoat) is 2 inches or longer buy the long.

If it is shorter on average buy the short version. In my experience if you are borderline buy the long.  What you don’t want to do is use the long version on a truly short haired dog or it can irritate the skin.  Personally we have the giant long hair model (17 bucks) for Lucy and Max (she is only 50 pounds and he is about 150) and it works fine for both of them.  We have a large short hair model (like 10 bucks) for Charlie.  Unless your dog is really small the large size seems best all around to me.

The amount of hair this thing removes is unbelievable.  The image below is from a Amazon Customer’s Review.  It is not an exaggeration, trust me we find dog hair in birds nests around our farm when Dorothy bushes Max during his spring blow outs.

There are a variety of sizes you can select from Extra Small to Giant.  The price changes with options of short and long as size but everything is in the 10-17 dollar range except the short hair giant one which again is 45 bucks.  I think the people at FURminator still haven’t gotten the memo on that one!  The rest are just great and very good values for the price.

The other big advantage of FURminator over knock offs is the hair removal button.  You push it with your thumb and a mechanism pushes the hair out of the fine comb.  You still need to pull it out by hand but it makes getting the comb fully clear a lot easier.   And that is the key to getting the most out of brushing your pups with the FURminator, clean it out as you go often.

So if you have had enough of dog hair or cat hair, yes they work on cats too and even have a cat specific model (though I think it is just the small dog one in a different color, marketing and all you know), check out the FURminator today.  Keep in mind this is a product with 4.5 out of 5 stars with over 10,000 yea, 10 fricken thousand reviews on Amazon.  Add to that it has a A grade on Fakespot and it is hard to find a product more well loved by its customers.  Try it and you will understand why.

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

P.S. – This is a great video showing this product work.  The resolution is poor and the music is like really bad 70s porn or something but this is the best video with the most variety of dogs being brushed I could find, yea it really and I mean really is the best thing on the market.

Episode-2113- Cat Ellis on Self Reliance though Herbal Medicine

Cat Ellis of HerbalPrepper.com

Cat Ellis is an herbalist and preparedness author from Southeastern, MA.  Cat is the author of Prepper’s Natural Medicine and Prepping for a Pandemic, and teaches evidence-based herbal medicine courses for self-reliance.

Cat is also an urban homesteader, beekeeper, and midwifery student.  In addition to being a long-time fan of TSP, Cat Ellis hosts a weekly online radio show, Herbal Prepper Live, every Sunday evening on www.PrepperBroadcasting.com.

She joins us today to discuss why people need to become more self-reliant by learning herbal medicine.  Our medical system is just as vulnerable as any other of our systems.  The CDC estimates that 1 in every 2 adults in the US have a chronic illness.  A tremendous number of our medications are manufactured in China.

What would happen if shipping or shut down like the recent attack that disabled shipping giant Maersk, but for a longer period?  That’s a lot of sick people without medication.  Herbs, however, can be made into safe and effective medicine. But, the time to learn the skills to do so is now.

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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TSP Now Has an iPhone App

This is so long overdue but we have finally entered the 21st century when it comes to apps.  TSP now has its very own iPhone and iPad app and it is pretty bad ass.

Of course it will syndicate all new episodes of TSP to you so you never miss an episode but it does a lot more.  Included are the most recent posts from the TSP Forum, posts to the TSP Facebook page and the official TSP Twitter Feed, all in one place.

You can of course also get the TSP Youtube channel and all our great video content though it as well.  There are some features I would like to get our developer Blake to add, such as the blog posts that are not podcasts currently don’t display and a few other things.

I’d like to have you guys install it, start using it and tell us what you’d like to see added to this app.

Oh, how do you get it?  Okay the App is called Survival Podcast but searching the app store for that brings up a ton of video game crap, at least for now.  So the best way is by going to this link,

The Survival Podcast iPhone App

I and the dev team would love your thoughts and input on this new app.  Also any bug reports, so far we haven’t found any bugs.  You can also search the iTunes App store for the Development Company’s name, “Conspecture” and find it that way.

K&H Ultimate All-In-One Stock Tank De-Icer – 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 K&H Ultimate All-In-One Stock Tank De-Icer.  Winter is either here or coming soon depending on where you live.  I love these De-Icers in my view it is the best option on the market.

They come in several sizes including…

  • 250 Watts
  • 500 Watts
  • 750 Watts
  • 1000 Watts and
  • 1500 Watts

Why this Item Rocks!

Its in the name, “all in one” that is what you get an all in one solution.  Previously I have reviewed the thermocube, it is a great product and would be ideal for use with many stock tank heaters.  Why have your heater running when it is 50 degrees?

But you don’t need a thermocube that feature is built in.  When your water hits 35 degrees the heater comes on, all by itself and when it hits 45 it shuts off.  So you only draw power when you need it.

Choosing the Right Sized Heater for your Needs

Personally I use the 250 watt models.  There are a few reasons for this.  First and foremost my belief is when you use anything electrical you should use as little power as necessary to do the job. In my climate for a 50 gallon tank 250 watts is sufficient.

I also run two (two is one and one is none you know right) to two separate 50 gallon stock tanks.  If I ran two 500s that would put a 1000 watt draw on a single circuit doing other things as well and could pop the breaker.  These are only useful if they work you know.

In the end you should consult K&Hs great chart right here, just click on it for a full sized view.

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You will note that for my zone (USDA 8) a 50 gallon tank requires a 250 watt heater.  So that works for my needs.  I personally only use mine to make sure there is some water available at all times for my ducks.

These can be used as floating heaters or submerged by removing the foam that makes them float.  This gives you flexibility.  Say you want to keep a poultry watering going you can put one of these inside it and let it sink.  To me for a stock tank you want it floating because it ices up from the top down.

In any event if you want to keep your critters watered this coming winter, check out the K&H Ultimate All-In-One Stock Tank De-Icer today.

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

Episode-2112- Listener Feedback for 11-14-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions social media, education, cooking, grinders, processed foods, permaculture, green houses, solar power, guns 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…

  • Maintaining a social media presence without a ton of work
  • More evidence the education industry is in a death spiral
  • What I do when it comes to deep frying
  • Choosing a grinder, adding fat and best grinding practices
  • What specifically makes “processed foods” so bad for you
  • Growing walnuts and the evil substance juglone, that ain’t so evil
  • Will Green House Glass soon double as a PV solar panel
  • Scoping a 30-30 without over spending or over scoping
  • A reminder about Liberty Forum 2018

Resources for today’s show…

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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Monoprice Releasable Cable Ties – Item of the Day

cabeltiesEvery 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 something I feel no one should be without.  They just do too much, for too little cost to not have some.  They are Monoprice Releasable Cable Ties and at only seven bucks and some change for 100 pieces they are a steal.

Get a few bags and do the following.  Make up bundles of about 20-30 a bundle.  Just use one tie to hold the rest together.  Put a bundle in your BOBs, put one in every glove box of your vehicles, put some in your garage where you can see them and just grab them, etc.  Heck I keep half a dozen as part of my EDC, you don’t even notice them in a cargo pocket until you need them.

The key is the releasable part!  We even use these for keeping gates closed on our low fences for our ducks.  I keep a few tied on top of various fences all over the property, so if you need one there is always one close by.   They are very strong and stay flexible a long time.  They tend to last about 1.5-2 years if in direct sun before becoming brittle.  Otherwise they seem to last forever.

I use them for many other things as well.  I use them to tie up new seedling trees for say a month until they stiffen up.  Since you can remove and reuse them it is cheaper than plant tape.  I use them to tie 4 large hog panels into a square and make an on the fly animal pen.  There is no limit to how useful these things are.

Sure they are kind of small at 6 inches, but you want 18 inches?  Put three together and when you don’t need that any more take them apart.

So just how versatile are cable ties in general, okay I am going to tell you a story, I am NOT SUGGESTING THAT you do it, it is just what happened.  Many years ago when I was in the Army I had two friends, Brad and Dean.  Dean was the one that owned a truck and he was a “character” to say the least.

Dean would just toss Brad or I the keys anytime we needed his truck.  One day we wanted to run to the PX, so Dean tosses Brad the keys.  In we jump and to the PX and back we go, beer run of course.  Brad is a typical guy from Southern Louisiana so he bends speed limits till they break.  We get back an Dean says, “oh yea, I should of told y’all to take it easy until the new tie rod gets here”.

Brand and I get down and look and see that fricken Dean had used 4 tie wraps to hold a broken tie rod together.  As in it had broken in two and he tie wrapped it back together.   For those that don’t know, the tie rod holds the front searing brackets to the frame so you can turn.   Kind of an important function!  So Brad almost kills Dean but later we laughed about it, because when you are 20 you are stupid!

That has always stuck with me and while I would not replicate it as a “temporary repair”, I would replicate it with great care and driving very slowly to get a vehicle to safety in a similar situation.   Trust me and if you don’t keep cable ties in your preps, start doing so and the best ones for flexibility and usefulness are Monoprice Releasable Cable Ties.

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 have brought this item back a few times, the reason is simple, if I made a list of the top 5 most useful things on my homestead, I am sure it would change over time, but these would never fail to make the list.

 

 

 

Episode-2111- Veteran’s Day Special for 2017

Thank a Vet Today

Today is Veteran’s Day and so it is time yet again for our special Veteran’s Day edition of The Survival Podcast.

I have also removed any time based references so that this version can be timeless. There is no commercial content today as the entire show is dedicated to those that serve our nation.

You will notice more music in today’s show, with songs by Trace Atkins, Tim McGraw or Toby Keith.

Additionally you will hear the song I co wrote with Gregg Yows, “What Have You Done”.

So tune in today for the story of Veteran’s Day, stories about our troops and the real reasons you should never miss a chance to say thank you to a veteran.