Please Remember the Real Meaning of Memorial Day

Today We Honor the Fallen

Today We Honor the Fallen

There will be no episode of TSP tomorrow in recognition of Memorial Day. I do want to take a moment to remind everyone today of what Memorial Day is all about. Many well meaning people even get it wrong in a way. My inbox tends to fill up with “thanks for your service” emails around Memorial Day. I appreciate it, there is nothing wrong with thanking a vet today, yet it is not really the day to thank vets many seem to believe it to be.

It seems to me that many think Memorial Day is like Veterans Day Part Two, it isn’t. Again no day is a bad day to thank a vet but if we become convinced that Memorial Day is about those of us that served and came back home, we miss the point. Memorial Day is more somber, it is about those who fell in battle and never again got up, it is about those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, it bluntly is about those who died.

Today at some point just pause and think about that. Think about the 4,400 of our US service members that have fallen in Iraq, the 2,300 in Afghanistan, the 47,000 in Vietnam, 33,000 in Korea, 291,000 in WWII, 53,000 in WWI or perhaps the 212,000 that fell on both sides in the War Between the States.

You don’t have to be for any war past or present to respect men and women who will give their lives for what they believe and fight the wars that politicians initiate. There are days for just about everything now. Days for bosses, secretaries, days for this and that and anything Hallmark can come up with.

What you won’t find in most greeting card stores is a Memorial Day Card, because those who would receive the card can’t open it, read it and feel good that someone cares. All they can hope for is that someone remembers their sacrifice, perhaps a flower or a wreath on their graves (if they even have one) or a comrade who is now living with a zeal for life in their memory.

Memorial day my friends is to remember those who served and died. Enjoy the day off if you have it, just try to remember the cost of this day. Some say you can’t count the cost, sadly you can and the numbers are very large. If you want to put it in perspective, just view the US Military Casualties of War Page on Wikipedia.

Episode-2012- Expert Council Q & A for 5-26-17

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 developing pasture, knife sharpening, military packs, alternative health, modern vehicles, cooking, education 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

  • Turning old row crop land into pasture – Darby Simpson
  • Sharpening a chefs knife with a wet stone – Patrick Roehrman
  • FLCs and Ruck Packs – Tim Glance
  • The health benefits of black strap molasses – Doc Bones
  • The reasons not to modify your vehicles electronics – Steven Harris
  • Cooking heirloom pork shoulder – Chef Keith Snow
  • Why High School valedictorians are generally successful but not world changers – Jack

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The Hitchin Rod – 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 Hitchin Rod.  I first discovered the concept of a device like this when I bought my first RV.  They still make ones like the first one I had.  Basically two foam balls on something like an old school transistor radio antenna.  Problem isn’t that they don’t work, rather that they break.

Here is an example of the cheap style ones I no longer use.  They work fine, they just break often.

I bet you older folks like me remember using wire or coat hangers more than once to fix an old school radio antenna.  That material is just designed to break, so you might imagine how swiftly it gets broken in an application like this.  Still being able to back up and hook up fast and easy on your own was nice enough that I would just replace them when I had to.

Then I found the Hitchin Rods, someone decided to be good rather than cheap.  These are even better than the cheapos with the balls in function not just longevity.

Here is how it works.  Put one of them center on your trailer hitch, the other center on your truck hitch and back up lining them up.  Since it is just a magnet your trailer hitch will simply push the rod on the truck hitch over, as soon as you move it back a bit you are lined up.

Get out crank your trailer down, hook up your safety chains and electronics and roll the hell out.  Having worked construction for many years I actually came up with a great way to guide folks onto a hitch that works better than any I have ever found.  And if you have two people and both get it, it works slick.  Tune into today’s show and I will explain it.

But let me point you to something the manufacturer says about this product, they say,

Imagine the marriages this can save!!

Yea don’t know about saving a marriage but it makes a happier one.  I love my wife but a good ground guide she is not when it comes to hooking up trailers.  It isn’t a “woman thing” either I have dealt with plenty of guys that can’t guide you to a hitch to save their life, you end up doing it alone.  Back up, get out, take a look, adjust, etc.  They wave their hands but you give the hell up on their erratic meaningless motions and just deal with it.

For 35.99 with free shipping that problem is gone for good.  And they are well made in a durable one piece format.  At 48″ long they fit easily behind your truck seat taking up almost no space and you know they will be there when you need them.

This is how I feel about this product the first time you use it and get on the road faster with no stress you will feel that they have already paid for themselves.  It is just that convenient.  So if you often have to hook up trailers alone or with people that lets just say have “spacial perception and communication issues”, get a set of these.  It will make your life easier and lead to less shouting as well.  So check out the Hitchin Rods today.

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Episode-2011- Listener Calls for 5-25-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on comfrey, social media, the state, gardening, poison ivy, the Manchester Bombing, disaster prep, martial law 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…

  • A listener reports on using Dr. Christopher’s Comfrey Ointment
  • Using social media over the state to solve problems
  • Using soil around an artesian well as a garden amendment
  • A listener describes a treatment for poison ivy
  • How does the Manchester bombing scale on this “does this affect me scale”
  • A listener is “punched in the chest” by the song of the day & the Manchester bombing
  • What is martial law, what would it mean if it happened today

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Miracle of Aloe Heel Stick – Item of the Day

heelstickEvery 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 Miracle of Aloe Heel Stick.  I am pretty skeptical when I see any health and wellness product marketed as a “miracle” but after trying this one, I am okay with them claiming it.

I have always struggled with dry heels and sometimes they crack, but when we started actually farming and I dealt with farm work coupled with North Texas very dry winters, it got really bad.  I tried a few things and NOTHING and I mean NOTHING came close to how well this worked.

Not only does it work but this packaging is the perfect solution to simple application.  Most other products have to be put on with your fingers, this results in your hands being coated in thick lotion like product.  I for one dislike this a great deal.  Then you have to wash it off because if you touch anything, it gets all over it.

With this stick approach, I put on my socks up to my heel, apply it, pull the sock up and done.  Clean hands, no wasted product and man this stuff works and works great.  So if you or someone you love suffers from dried or cracked heels give the Miracle of Aloe Heel Stick a try, you won’t regret.

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P.S. – For those with diabetes this type of injury can have severe consequences an I think this product is even more important to know about.

 

 

Episode-2010- Nicole Sauce on Building Local Demand in a Niche Market

Nicole Sauce has had side hustles going her whole life. She developed a love of good food – and great coffee – in the Pacific Northwest. She started her career as a high school teacher, but quickly realized that system was so broken that she needed to do something more meaningful.

After 8 years of executive coaching for expatriates, Nicole discovered a world of libertarian policy think tanks and her life changed. For 13 years, Nicole has worked with policy organizations that seek to make government smaller. However, working in the system against the system accepts their rules. Along the way, she fled the intolerance of Oregon for a more hospitable Tennessee.

Nicole loves showing people how to do forgotten homesteading arts such as canning and preserving, cheese-making, meat processing and more.

For five years, Nicole has roasted coffee and earlier this year she launched the Holler Roast brand alongside her podcast, Living Free in Tennessee. She and her fella run a local tourism focused paper called The Center Hill Sun and a small homestead.   She joins us today to discuss building a local market based niche business.

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King Kooker 12-Slot Leg and Wing Grill Rack – Item of the Day

wingrackEvery 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 King Kooker 12-Slot Leg and Wing Grill Rack.  Oh you out door cooking types are going to love this, though it works quite well in the oven too!  Since I first reviewed this item the price has gone up to 16 bucks but the good news is it is no longer an “add on item” so you can buy one alone if you want to.

There is so much I love about these things, first they hold either 12 wings or 12 legs and they do it in about 1/4th of the space that you’d normally need.  Next is that they end up with perfectly crisped and seasoned skin.  Since they never touch the grill rack and you never have to turn them.

I generally cook my chicken on a low temperature on indirect or very low direct heat until almost done.  Then bring up the temp at the end to crisp up the skin.  It also makes sense to set these in a small pan or toss away aluminum pan to minimize flare ups when cooking over direct coals or flame.

Again they work great in the oven as well, cook until almost done at say 350 then pop up to 425 for a bit to crisp up the skin, want a recipe, tune into today’s show for one!  You cans see in the above photo how the wings are hung from the rack by the tips and in the photo below how the legs hang and are held by the knuckle.

Let me tell you try the King Kooker 12-Slot Leg and Wing Grill Rack and you will never loose that crispy skin off a drum stick ever again.

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P.S. – My latest cook with these was indoors and let me give you the skinny.  I coated the wings in my famous “chili garlic pepper oil” and then dusted them with a mix of chili powder, smoked salt, garlic, cumin, paprika, onion and black pepper, all about equal amounts ground in a Mr. Coffee Grinder. (FYI this is my everything seasoning mix)

I used the “convection roast” setting in my oven, ran them at 425 for 45 minutes, they were beyond fantastic.

To do this without creating a grease fire or lots of smoke take a large aluminum foil ban like for baking a turkey, put this rack inside it and put about 3 inches of water in it.  This will catch dripping fat and the water won’t let it scorch on the pan when it gets caught.  The extra humidity will be good for keeping them juicy.

On this latest run I got 15 wings on the rack with a bit of fiddling, which is 30 pieces.  The only down side is you can only fit one of these in a standard oven.

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Episode-2009- A New Look at Virtual Nations

What Truly Defines a Nation vs. a State?

In 2014 I first conceived of the concept of a “Virtual Nation” in episode 1428 and it was huge learning experience.  The most surprising thing was when I asked people what would they put in the constitution of a virtual nation, some of the first ideas were things like term limits and restrictions on elected officials.

What?  Why would you have elected officials in a voluntary society?  That was my reaction and what I learned is even in the liberty community how entrenched the concepts of statism are.

Not long after this, the first proclaimed virtual nation (BitNation) was launched.  Along with that I took another look at the concept in episode 1561.  Since then BitNation has yet to do much that I can see anyway, though I am officially a citizen, there isn’t much you can really do yet inside it.

Then this week I was listening to podcasts on the Let’s Talk Bitcoin Network and came across this episode, State Change #41 Unpacking Digital Identity – Christian Lundkvist, Stephen Wilson. The guest brought up a lot of challenges with digital identity including layers of identity, such as how much identity does a given action require.  Such as to play an online game you don’t need to reveal as much information as you do to say request a loan.

They seemed pretty resigned to still needing the state to acomplish much of this, however, it led me to what virtual nations should really be doing to create a “first product”.  A true and validated identity that anyone would accept.  While it sounds complicated, it really would not be.  It would also be a source of initial funding for a virtual nation and provide a creditable base for everything beyond that.  Make sense?  If not tune in for a revolutionary idea that I have been working on in my head for over three years now.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • My original idea for a virtual nation in a nut shell
  • How the currency model is now far easier to acomplish
  • The concept of a virtual nation identification
    • Create a secure vetted environment
    • Use the states tools to verify identity in every meaningful way
    • Put the individual in full control of their identity
    • Allow “natives” to build ID 100% internally
  • Where a VN goes from here
    • Market force (group buys)
    • Educational certifications
    • Conflict resolution
    • Corporate Structures
    • General Marketplace
    • Entertainment
    • Insurance (yes really)
  • Why this is our only real play at this time

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The Bradley Smokers Original Smoker – TSP Item of the Day

bradleysmokerEvery 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 Bradley Smokers Original Smoker.  I first learned about this smoker from Kevin Kegan one of my partners at PermaEthos.  He recommended the digital version, but after a lot of research I decided the original version was good enough for my needs.  So I could not justify the extra expense and I always cook with a two probe thermometer anyway.

The four rack system give a lot more cooking area then you would think.  I recently removed one of the racks and with a bit of creativity in how I slid in the other three was able to do six pork shoulders in a single smoke.

If there is a downside to Bradley it is you have to use their “bisquettes” which are compressed little pucks of wood shavings.  To me though it isn’t a big issue, if you smoke with a tool like this you are not making a single meal, rather you are making a significant amount of food. When you pro rate the cost across the per pound of yield it is insignificant.

The fact that you can keep many different woods on hand in a small space is nice too.  Alder for salmon, hickory for that home cured bacon and cheese (using the cold smoke adapter of course), oak for pork, pecan for brisket.  (crap giving away more of my secrets here)

Frankly I never let any extra space go to waste.  Lets say I am doing a single pork shoulder for a small family get together.  Okay great, so I will toss in a few rib racks and say a chuck roast, smoke it all.  I then let the extra stuff cool, vacuum seal and freeze it.  All you do is take it out and re heat it and rock on.  This means you can have low and slow smoked wonderful meats ready to go.

When you do a brisket you have to cut it in half, it just won’t fit whole, but two fit cut in half.  Half a brisket is still a lot of meat, so one smoke, 4 half briskets, for a family thing two halves go in the freezer, but if it is just for Dorothy and I, one half gets used and three go in the freezer.

How does that effect quality?  It doesn’t, at all, I could put fresh and frozen and re heated in front of you, you’d never know.

I am a guy that loves my grills and smokers.  I love that I can smoke on a kettle grill, I have a huge side box old school smoker, but once I got this it is just too easy to not use most of the time.  The results are dead simple consistent.

There is one caution, one time I ran 2 briskets and got distracted and ended up with a grease fire.  It was easy to put out and didn’t get out of hand but it could have.  This is because you have so much fat dripping into one area.

What I suggest is the smoker comes with a small pan which you fill with water, replace it with a aluminum throw away oven pan, so it has more capacity.  Empty and refill it say every two hours.  This pan isn’t just for moisture the finished pucks are pushed into it and extinguished.

Next is if you are only using one to three of the racks, put one of the aluminum pans on the lowest rack and let it catch your fat drippings.  This helps keep your smoker a lot cleaner anyway.  With three racks I can still do two shoulders, 3 rib racks and  couple rings of sausage.

If you love smoked meat but don’t relish the constant tweaking for old school smoking check this thing out.  And as always don’t be a purist.  Smoke up to about 160 for your meat.  Then wrap in foil and finish in the oven at about 225.  This is called the Texas Cheat, and as a good friend of mine says, if you are not cheating you are not trying.  The oven finish is the way to go, and let me tell you a secret, a real secret.

This is exactly how I pull off freezing roasts and heating them up and them tasting so great.  I don’t finish them!  I smoke up to 160 (it is called “the stall”) and I wrap in foil, then vac seal and freeze what we are not going to use right away.  When we want to use it, we defrost it, pop it in the oven and finish it the day we eat it.  Now guys, that is a real Spirko hack and until I published this review, it was a closely guarded secret.

Oh and hey, want to blow it up for Thanksgiving?  Get one of these, quarter your bird, smoke it, then wrap and oven finish.  Don’t try to cook it heavy in the smoker, go lite, about 2.5 hours, just to season it with smoke, then cook in wrapped foil until it is perfectly tender.

Do this and you will never have a dry turkey again!  Sure it won’t be a big giant browned bird on the table but how long do they stay that way anyway, in the end it is what is on the plate that matter.  So for all these reasons and more check out the Bradley Smokers Original Smoker today.

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P.S. – Of course I hate one trick pony type things, like a smoker that only smokes.  So check this out, when I have big gatherings one of my favorite thing to provide is brats and sausages.  It is finger food, help yourself type stuff.  So I cook them on my grill and then put them in the smoker, I put in no wood pucks and simply set the Bradley to about 120 degrees.

It is then a hot box to keep them warm, I can now have a beer and socialize and people just help themselves.  Just make sure after about an hour to clean it out or you may find something very unappetizing next week when you go to cook again!