Episode-1580- Listener Calls and Expert Council Answers 5-22-15

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls to 866-65-THINK

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on livestock, business, fish, hunting, flash lights, diet, finance, grafting, herbs and more.

In this episode the expert council is in force. We have eight council members. We are continuing with our new program I have started and a new way questions will be handled for the council. Tune in today to learn more about that.

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…

  • Tell the System to Duck Off – (link)
  • Should you feed ducks their egg shells back
  • Bryan Black on success in business and getting past the early years
  • My thoughts on fish harvested in urban area
  • John from WV wants to scratch his flashlight fetish
  • Keith Snow on getting though a kitchen remodel
  • Thoughts on the way we refer to taxes such as “your taxes”
  • Tim Glance on current values in military surplus
  • Helping a child get started hunting when you yourself are not a hunter
  • Steven Harris with an update on CAC
  • Is eating goji dangerous because it is a dun dun dunnn, nightshade
  • A lesson from a 1980s musician, don’t get to freaked out about food
  • Michael Jordan on mason bee set up and habitat
  • Thoughts on amaranth as duck feed
  • John Pugliano on refinancing mortgage debt
  • Thoughts on grafting apples onto root stock that survived where the top plant didn’t make it
  • Meet our newest expert council member Erica Strauss
  • Making comfrey salve and oil smell better
  • Paul Wheaton gives us an update on the Dukedom of Wheatonville
  • Gary Collins on core level foods for primal/paleo living
  • More proof the educational system has lost its minds

Resources for today’s show…

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Final Batch of French Press Mugs


french press

TSP Gear Shop has decided to run a final batch of French Press Mugs. Printed with “A Revolutions is Brewing” on one side and “The Revolution is You” on the other, these also come with a second lid if you just want to use it for a travel mug.

  • Nearly indestructible handle
  • Carabiner friendly
  • Constructed of double-walled, 18/8 restaurant-grade stainless steel
  • BPA-free
  • Storage compartment in the base for additional ground coffee, keys etc.
  • 14 oz. capacity, 6 3/4?H.

To get in on this final batch, place your order at TSP Gear Shop. You can also add any other items from the store, and your whole order will ship for free. MSB members can take 10% off their entire order.

Episode-1579- Michael Bolden on 2015 10th Amendment Issues

Michael Bolden of the Tenth Amendment Center

Michael Bolden of the Tenth Amendment Center

Michael Boldin is the founder and executive director of the Tenth Amendment Center. Michael has a full schedule working as senior editor of the Center’s website, writes a regular column, fields media interviews, and travels the country (when invited, of course) to speak to crowds about sticking to the Constitution – every issue, every time, no exceptions, no excuses.

Right now here are states rights and nullification bills being introduced on all kinds of issues – from blocking gun control and obamacare, to NSA, drones, and stopping FDA restrictions. Michael joins us today to give us an overview of where things are around the first week or two of February.

We will go through many of these concepts issue by issue – and talk about the states that have pending legislation on each issue – and then talk about what people can do to encourage state sovereignty. Our goal will be to provide some concrete action steps to help things move forward on issues that you find worth supporting.

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.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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A Scouting Alternative with Some Promise

bpsa_logo_200Since doing yesterday’s show I have looked deeper into the Baden Powell Service Association.  While I don’t think it completely frees people from the “Iron Law” it does seem to do a lot better than the current disaster represented by the central authority that is the Boy Scouts of America.

I realize my idea of a completely autonomous group for training up young people may be a bit ahead of the curve.  That people like structure and programs.  After a deep review of Baden Powell, I am very impressed with them.

I would recommend that people who want to run or work with scout groups or youth interested in scouting at least consider them as an alternative.

There are a few documents on the site that really show what these folks are about…

These two alone say a great deal about what this group stands for.  The release and the policy regarding it, (you keep it, don’t send it to us) says strait away we guide you, we don’t dictate how to run things and what you can and can’t do with your troop.

The introduction guide has a few excerpts of note one is…

Sponsoring organizations – In the BPSA, we want to keep things simple and straightforward for members and leaders. There is really no concept of a “sponsoring organization” within the BPSA for chartered Scout Groups.  This is a concept used by the BSA and GSUSA.

If a chartered group wants to find a sponsor for purposes of meeting place, shared resources, and adult members, etc; that’s fine. However, there is no formal contract or paperwork for that, as it would be between the chartered Group and the sponsor.

A sponsor must understand that they will have absolutely no say over the program of the BPSA or the chartered group. Sponsoring organizations should do so only because they want to help their community by supporting a local BPSA Scout Group.

A sponsor has no controlling stake in the group and cannot affect program, membership, training, or set down rules that violate the BPSA By-Laws or PO&R. The program is set up by BPSA and run by the Group Scoutmaster. Period.

So you mean people can actually form and run their own groups with guidance rather than control, decide their own activities and be respected as individuals?  All this and the world will not fall apart?

It is also apparent that BPSA is open to both male and female but individual troops can be all male, all female or coed and that decision seems to rest with the organizing group.  Um so once again individuals doing the work, the organizing, the training, spending their own time, talent and money, can decide what works best for them?

I also really like this!

Scouts can be members of the  BPSA starting  with the  Otters program  at age  5 as opposed to the BSA’s Tigers which start at age 6. The upper age limit for Scouts in the BSA is 20 through the Venturing program where the BPSA Rovers have no upper age limit.

The  BPSA is open to males and females in any  of the  program divisions, where  the BSA only allows female  members in its Venturing  program, which is only for ages 14 through 20, or as leaders (Scouters).  The  BPSA  believes  Scouting  should  be  available  to  everyone, youth  and  adult, male and female.

Membership  for both youth and adults is not conditional based on religious beliefs (or lack thereof), sexual orientation, or gender identification.

Oh my god gay people can be in scouting, this is the end of all things!  Hold on, turns out this organization didn’t do this in response to BSAs conflict about this issue, nope.  Turns out this organization has ALWAYS had this policy, seems to have no problems due to it and has been around since 1970.

And you know what I contacted a few people in this movement, turns out that it doesn’t even come up, no one can think of any issues that have ever occurred due to a policy of accepting everyone.  No one even asks about it.  Perhaps just perhaps when you don’t exclude people, they don’t feel a need to make a big deal about things?

Anyway given my show yesterday and the great feedback on it, mostly from Eagle Scouts by the way, which really made me feel good, I wanted to make this option known.

I still might set up a portal for “Sovereign Scout Groups” but I have to admit, if my son was 7 again, I might be highly tempted to help form a BPSA group based on what I have seen thus far, I do have a grandson who is 4, so time will tell.

If anyone that listens is involved with BPSA and would like to come on for an interview, please fill out the guest form.

 

Episode-1578- Could Open Source Scouting Save Our Youth

Yesterday I heard that the Boy Scouts of America has now banned scouts from shooting each other with water guns and says if you play with a water balloon that it is to be inflated no larger than a ping pong ball.  First I thought this was from the onion but now I see that it is factual and being reported by many people.  Here is one example.

Many are shocked, I am not.  Long ago I noticed that scouting was in a downward trend due to bureaucracy.  That is indeed the problem by the way, might I remind you of “the iron law of bureaucracy“?  It was written by modern thinker Jerry Pournell…

Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people”:

 First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Examples are dedicated classroom teachers in an educational bureaucracy, many of the engineers and launch technicians and scientists at NASA, even some agricultural scientists and advisers in the former Soviet Union collective farming administration.

Secondly, there will be those dedicated to the organization itself. Examples are many of the administrators in the education system, many professors of education, many teachers union officials, much of the NASA headquarters staff, etc.

The Iron Law states that in every case the second group will gain and keep control of the organization. It will write the rules, and control promotions within the organization.

This is truly what has drug down the Boy Scouts and most other scouting organizations, I also tell you truly there is no recourse, the down slide will continue.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • What was great about scouting and where it went wrong
  • Understanding the IRON part of the iron law
  • The only way to prevent bureaucracy from taking over is elimination of it
  • What are the real goals of scouting
    • Instill a sense of honor, duty and service
    • Promote doing your very best in anything you do
    • Develop real skills that translate into real life
    • Understand the power of teams, learn to both lead and follow
    • Develop real self esteem by accepting and completing challenges
    • Promote phyical, mental and spiritual fitness
  • None of this requires a bureaucracy
  • The OSSM (open source scouting model)
    • The only unification is 6 common goals
    • Individuals and groups determine how best to acomplish them
    • All information can be shared or not
    • The responsibility to vet leaders is 100% that of those involved
    • The group is a virtual nation made of virtual tribes
  • The OSSM Advantages
    • Immune to the iron law
    • Develops healthy competition
    • Creates independent innovation
    • Develops 100% voluntary groups
    • Requires individuals to truly evaluate their own success/failure
    • Allows freedom for all involved
  • How it would work
    • A social media style website
    • People share what works for them, what doesn’t
    • Groups form based on voluntary association
    • The only moderation is to prevent improper content (porn, illegal, etc)
    • The uniform would simply be something like a patch, or may be a challenge coin
    • Consider it Scouting Jeet Kune Do
  • Why it could work, why it likely won’t happen, yet anyway

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1577- Gun and Hunting Wisdom of our Fathers

Thirty Years, Three Thousand Miles, Three Hundred Thousand Rounds, Still Knocks a Dime out at 30 Yards.

75 Bucks when it was Brand New – 30 Years, 3,000 Miles, 300,000 Rounds, Still Knocks a Dime out at 30 Yards, What Else Could You Ask For?

I want to talk about guns today, but a bit differently then you might expect from a “survival podcast” to do.  No ARs, no concealed carry and no ninja like accessories.

No today I want to tell you about the gun wisdom I learned at the hands of my grandfather and father as a young man.  The stories, lessons and realities that made me love guns as the tools they truly are.

You may be shocked to learn I didn’t grow up hearing much about the 2nd amendment or gun rights.  Where I grew up boys hunted squirrels with pellet guns for the table until they hit 12, at that time they could get a hunting license and were handed a 22 or a old single shot Sears brand 20 gauge and told to bring back more now that they had a better gun.

The concept that anyone would ever seek to take a gun away from a man who had never harmed a person with it, was so foreign as to not even be discussed.  While there is a lesson in that alone, we shall save it for another day.  Today I want to take you back to the 1980s in a small town with only two main roads, called RD1 and you guessed it RD2.  The two is Joenstown, the boy is still called John, the squirrels are fat, the deer are plentiful and the year is 1986.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • My first lessons were in how to clean a gun
  • Guns sat in a cabinet, it wasn’t locked, nothing bad ever happened
  • If your rifle has killed a deer every year for a long time, you don’t want a new one
  • The 35 Remington is something special, almost no one knows that
  • Your dad’s 30-06 is an “elephant gun” but it is good for deer too
  • Don’t close one eye, you have two eyes for a reason boy
  • You have natural talent, it will be great when you develop skill to go with it
  • If someone hands you the exact same model of gun but it isn’t yours, you should know it
  • You can’t eat the horns, but it is certainly okay to have some pride in them
  • Hearts are great fried in butter and onions but no one here eats brains
  • Any man or boy for that matter can kill a deer, the skill is in butchering
  • Your shot gun and 22 will often feed your more than your rifle
  • A handgun is mostly for when a rifle isn’t practical
  • Always trust the dog, he is never wrong, even when you are sure of it
  • Never shoot anything in front of your dog that you don’t want him to hunt
  • Pack a lunch and let the yokels do the work
  • If you drop one duck of a pair, be patient and wait for the second to set its wings
  • Trust yourself, the gun will respond correctly if you do
  • See the target not the sites
  • Keep your head down on that shotgun and keep the gun moving
  • If you wound it, you find it, if you fail to find it, you learn from it
  • Bullets are cheap, if it doesn’t go down, shoot it again
  • Every trip into the woods is a scouting trip and a time to learn
  • The true value of a gun is in the hands of the man holding it
  • The guys that go home early, don’t eat well
  • When you start to see what others miss, you are figuring it out
  • Enjoy the experience, it is special, most won’t ever understand that
  • One day you will understand what we are trying to teach you

Resources for today’s show…

Bob Wells Plant of the Week
belleofgeorgiaBelle of Georgia Peach Tree – This peach is one of the more adaptable out there doing well from zone 5 to zone 8.

The Belle of Georgia is an old-time favorite that produces brilliant red flowers each spring and large fruit in late August. The peaches are very firm and highly flavored, with creamy white freestone flesh tinged with red.

While excellent for fresh eating, the fruit is widely used for desserts and canning as well. It is self-fruitful and requires 800-850 chill hours.

Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.Com – Bob Wells Nursery specializes in edible landscape plants and trees including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Vine Fruit, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com

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.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Episode-1576- Listener Feedback for 5-18-15

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on the Survival Podcast I take your emails on parenting, permacultue, back up power, community, tree planting, junk bonds, guns and more.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Emails On

  • Proof that American parents have by and large lost their minds
  • The skinny on Autumn Olive and what is expensive this time of year
  • Why a simple inverter is a top piece of prepping gear
  • Could there be a Survival Podcast listener code, how about TSPC.co
  • The story behind why TSPC.co exists
  • Thoughts on being vested in 8 years of military service and looking at separation
  • Should trucks that drive themselves mean free income for life, um no
  • Ecuador plants 600,000 plus trees in one day
  • Steven Harris on the ROI of swales
  • Steven Harris on the best silicon grease you can get your hands on
  • TSP is creating a trophic cascade, here is what that means
  • Chicago debt reduced to junk status, the bigger picture

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.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Episode-1575- Listener Calls and Questions 5-15-15

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Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls to 866-65-THINK

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on community, bees, chickens, ducks, cooking, lighters, pests, elderberry, medical prep, smart meters, wealth building, vine crops and more.

In this episode the expert council is in force. We have eight council members. We are continuing with our new program I have started and a new way questions will be handled for the council. Tune in today to learn more about that.

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…

  • Tell the System to Duck Off – (link)
  • Building for older folks without a lot of family around them
  • Michael Jordan on top bar hives
  • Uses for older cull chickens
  • Chef Keith on cooking with Asparagus
  • Do drakes bring any value other than reproduction to a duck flock
  • Dealing with duck water needs in cold climates
  • Steven Harris on feeding your zippo lighter on the super cheap
  • Controlling tomato horn worms
  • Ben Falk on elderberry
  • More on medical documentation prep
  • Smart meters, reality, conspiracy theory and living in the real world
  • John Pugliano on early mortgage payoff and mortgage debt in general
  • Growing grapes on fences and trees and vine crops in the north in general
  • Final thoughts on severe weather for the coming week

Resources for today’s show…

Bob Wells Plant of the Week

santplumSanta Rosa Plum Tree – This plum is adaptable from zone 5 to zone 10 . This tree produces beautiful, large, red fruits with gold flesh. The Santa Rosa is a big producer and bears sweet plums that are delicious when eaten fresh, cooked or canned.

The tree is considered vigorous and one of the easiest fruit trees to grow successfully. True to its name it originated in Santa Rosa, California in 1906.

It is heat-tolerant, ripens in mid-July and is self-fruitful and doesn’t require a pollinator making it ideal for smaller spaces.

Bob Wells Nursery specializes in edible landscape plants and trees including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Vine Fruit, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com

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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Duck the System Shirts now in Brown

Tell the System to Duck Off!

Tell the System to Duck Off!

At my personal request we have added brown shirts as an option for the Duck the System T-shirts.  This is an awesome but family friendly triple entendre.  Tell the system to duck off and do it in style!

Are you among the thousands of viewers that have been following The Duck Chronicles video series? TSP Gear Shop has decided to run some duck swag to celebrate this web series, starting with the new Duck the System t-shirt.

These shirts feature another great design from Nicodemus. TSP Gear Shop is going to do a limited run of these and has started to take orders. To take part in this group buy, place your order at TSP Gear Shop. You can also add any other items from the store, and your whole order will ship for free. MSB members can take 10% off their entire order.

Episode-1574- Frank Thrall on Permaculture and Keyline Systems

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Frank grew up in the San Fransisco Bay area and has lived in Northern California his whole life. He is a peace officer in California as well as a graduate student in Environmental Agriculture at CSU, Chico where he is researching Keyline Design in broad acre applications.

Frank is married and has three boys. In the past Frank has worked in retail, on extensive and intensive cattle ranches, cut firewood, worked as a horse trainer and riding instructor. Frank became aware of Permaculture about four years ago and has since completed his PDC, Holistic Management Training, and has co-founded a local 4-H club to expose children to the importance of the environment and preparedness.

Today we are spotlighting Permaculture within the belly of the beast in California’s Central Valley. The importance of making a difference where ever we can. I would also like to talk about the importance of stepping up to take on tasks that need to be done when we have the ability to do so.

We will also talk about Frank’s perspective as a middle aged person returning to University and the potential resource base found in the next generation to address the problems we inherited from the WWII generation.
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.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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