Episode-1878- Listener Feedback for 9-26-16

jackspirkoToday on the Survival Podcast I respond to your emails on a teachers strike, future proof jobs, dealing with ADD, walking to freedom, training kids to use 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

  • What if teachers strike and no one cares
  • What jobs if any are “safe” from automation
  • How to deal with ADD without drugs
  • A walking to freedom story
  • How to begin training a young child in gun use and safety
  • Proper grill care and maintenance
  • Starting chestnuts from seed
  • How we manage our feed rate for our ducks
  • A male officers perspective on female officers (don’t shoot me, I’m just a messenger)
  • Grilling the perfect squirrel – yea really

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Amazon Item of the Day for 9-26-16

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.

Frankly I never let the 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 halve go in the freeze, 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 today 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.

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. – 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!

 

Episode-1877- Expert Council Q&A for 9-23-16

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Today is Friday so it is time for our ask 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 mil surplus vehicles, ham radio, battery back ups, cooking turkey, riots and protests, automated vehicles 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 military mobile kitchen trailer – Tim Glance
  • No, no, no, no, to used batteries for your battery bank – Steven Harris
  • Dealing with demonstrations and riots – Bryan Black
  • Cooking turkey with the souis vide technique – Keith Snow
  • Building a HAM Radio Antenna and Shack – Tim Glance
  • Perspective on the rise of autonomous vehicles – Jack

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Episode-1876- Listener Calls for 9-22-16

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Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on bombings, shootings, sick trees, life balance, planting trees, economics 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…

  • Work with Jack Weekend Sign Up by Noon Friday
  • A speak pipe update
  • Fall has begun, tick-tock, the clock ticks for us all
  • My take on the Oklahoma shooting
  • Dealing with sick trees
  • Balancing family prepping with community living
  • Responding during a bombing if you are near it
  • Prepping the ground for tree planting
  • The current long term economic outlook
  • Function stacking grapes and dogs, yea really
  • Bottling wine the easy way, aka the Spirko way

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Amazon Item of the Day for 9-22-16

griddleEvery 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 Greystone 11.5″ Non-Stick Griddle , after a few months of using my Greystone 13 inch frying pan I am hooked on this cookware.  Nothing sticks to it, you can cook hot as blazes if you want to, it wears like iron and you can use metal utensils.

Finding Greystone was a tag team affair. In Episode 1828 Chef Keith answered a cookware question and mentioned Italian Moneta cookware as a high quality non stick cook ware without the problems of things like Teflon. Looked good but was expensive enough for me to just use my old cast iron.

Then a listener named Camaron told me about this product called Greystone that was actually the exact same thing. Just basically a US Based brand of Moneta. So I check it out and it vetted 100% true. So I ordered my first pan. In a word it is amazing, it is everything those stupid infomercials promise about all the green this and copper that bullshit yet fail to deliver.

Durable as hell, non stick, oh wow is it! Looks good, light weight and just damn fine, but what do you expect from Italy when it comes to cooking. What Moneta did here is smart too.

They set up a US based brand, with the same product. They then ship tons of it at a time so they are doing all US based distribution. This of course creates US jobs even with a Italian made product and cuts the cost to the consumer by about 25% or more. Win, win, win.

I have now decided personally to add the Greystone 11.5″ Non-Stick Griddle because it will be better for some things than the frying pan, or because sometimes you are using two pans at one time.

This really is a great product. You know how you have to use those pathetic plastic utensils on most non stick, not this, metal is fine. Next there is this little logo on the handle right were it joins the pan, you can’t see it at first. When the pan is up to temp it turns green and shows up, this lets you keep turning down the heat to use the minimum amount to maintain a good cooking temp.

The pans heat up really fast, they hold temp quite well, it honestly made me love my gas stove even more than I already do.  Over time I plan to get rid of many of my pans and replace them with these.  I will still use cast iron for somethings, especially stuff that finishes in the over, as this stuff isn’t oven safe.  That is not due to the coating, but rather the handles.

If your frying pans have seen better days, check out the Greystone 11.5″ Non-Stick Griddle or the entire line up 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.

 

 

Last Chance to Sign Up for the Work With Jack Weekend this Saturday

We are running a short one day workshop on Saturday the 24th of September from 11AM to 730PM. In this workshop we will be doing the following.

  • Raising the back wall of the Aviary to about 9 feet to make more head room.
  • Putting in water and power to the green house
  • Tying in the new aquaponics systems
  • Having a lot of fun

I am allowing parents to bring children but setting the cut off age at 12. I am also stating flatly that kids that come should want to come and be part of the event. I do not want unsupervised kids running around the property chasing animals, breaking stuff etc.

To make this clear last time we had a group of kids here they took the floating ball that releases chlorine out of our pool and used it as a kick ball breaking it. Several also stressed out our animals by chasing them. Such activity will be met with an immediate dismissal from the farm. We expect you to know your kids and what they can and can’t handle.

Cost of the workshop is 25 dollars, as always we are going to feed the hell out of you, we will have a great assortment of micro brew on hand.

For many of you who are local and could not attend the fall event for any reason this is a great chance to see the aquaponics system as it is put into full function and learn from our instructor (David) during the install.

To sign up complete the form below. Please understand that your reservation is not complete until you complete payment which you will do after filling out the form. If for any reason the form fails to display for you on this page you can directly access it here.

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Episode-1875- Dealing with Rodent the Natural Way – With Dogs

jreedlogoToday we are joined by Jordan Reed to discuss using dogs to control rodents.  Jordan hopes to educate and support organic and small scale farmers. His message is that a certified organic farm cannot use poisons in a food production area; A chicken coop is an egg or food production area.

The most commonly used poisons are anti-coagulants, which causes the rodents’ blood to thin, resulting in bleeding from the eyes and internal organs. As no immediate effect is felt, a rodent may consume many times the mortal dose. A dosed rodent often suffers extreme thirst, and can be found wandering aimlessly from day 3-5, which is usually how long it takes for the animal to die.

These poisons are considered one bite, one kill. As a dosed rodent wanders the landscape bleeding, what might happen? For a start, all predators prey on the sick and wounded, including owls and raptors, other land mammals follow. Bobcats are the only animal to exhibit any natural resistance to these types of poisons, and that is resistance not immunity. In short, to poison rats, you also inadvertently poison all natural and native predators along with your pets as well.

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Also remember we have an expert council that can answer you questions. If you have a question send it to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Epert in the subject line. Ask your question in one to two sentences so it is clear then provide any additional details. Make sure to tell me what council member the question is for. You Meet the Expert Council at this Link.

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Amazon Item of the Day for 9-21-16

biocentricEvery 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 book Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe, by Robert Lanza and Bob Berman.  Okay that’s a mouthful, let’s just call it Biocentrism from this point forward.

So what is biocentrism, it is a new paradigm in the way we look at the universe, postulating, hold onto your hat, that observation of the universe by consciousness itself is what creates the universe as we know it.  For those that are of a religious persuasion, let me say in many ways this is actually a scientific argument for God, though the author does not approach it that way.

The authors are highly respected in their fields.  Robert Lanza is one of the most respected scientists in the world—a US News & World Report cover story called him a “genius” and a “renegade thinker,” even likening him to Einstein.  In this book Lanza has teamed with Bob Berman, the most widely read astronomer in the world, to produce Biocentrism, a revolutionary new view of the universe.

I am going to provide a video at the bottom where Lanza discussed this concept because it it too deep to provide in a short review here.  I am actually reading this book now with a great deal of skepticism for a reason that may seem counter intuitive.  Because it actually validates my very long held core beliefs.

You seen in 10th grade I was forced in government school to write a “term paper” in phyical science.  I decided to go rouge, use nothing but my instincts and wrote a paper I called, “Religious Misconceptions and Scientific Jokes”.  Note that I was a bible believing catholic at the time, this was not a shot a religion in and of itself.  Just the application of “God did it” as a full answer to how did the universe and life get here.  Additionally it was a shot at the “it just happened” explanation for the big bang and a perfectly balanced universe.

In this paper I postulated things like the non existence of space and time, that both were simply human constructs to explain that which we had no explanation for.  That there was no “big bang” of if there was it was not a beginning only a change of the relationship of matter and energy, which always existed.  It also got a bit metaphysical, but you get the gist.

I actually received an F on this paper, yea really.  Because I had no sources, no proof and just “made up a story in my head”.  Covered in Lanza’s book are 3 things I learned in following years about quantum physics.  They are…

  • The Heisenberg Principle of Uncertainty
  • The Two Hole Experiment
  • Quantum Entanglement

Those alone have been very validating, and if you want to hear about them I will discuss them briefly in today’s closing segment.  The key is there are some things Lanza proposes that I still have issue with, and I refuse to accept them without critical analysis precisely because in my heart I want to believe them.

It is that which we want to believe that we must most critically question.  That said this book is challenging my own concepts to a higher level, and that is valuable to me.  Challenging your mind to new levels is what helps us to grow our intellects and thinking.

I will say if you enjoyed the fiction books by Richard Bach, namely Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions this view is actually quite consistent with much of Bach’s imagined worlds.

In any event if you have ever questioned by main stream creationism and equally questioned the supposed scientific explanation of “its all an accident”, then you will want to consider reading Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe, by Robert Lanza and Bob Berman.

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-1874- You Might Be an Anarchist If

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Despite this phraseology today’s show isn’t a play on Jeff Foxworthy’s you might be a red neck if.  Today we won’t be either poking fun at anarchists or talking about the things they do and say, as such.  Rather we are going to talk about the core of anarchism and reveal to many who thing anarchism is radical, dangerous, won’t work, etc, that they in fact are at their core already anarchists.

How is this possible?  Well anarchism isn’t a way you vote like democrat, republican or even libertarian, it is a philosophy of morality at its core.  It actually comes down to core beliefs of right and wrong.  Such at taking the legitimate property of another is wrong.  Using force or coercion is wrong, period.

It is a belief that you own yourself, and an acknowledgement that others also own themselves.  My hope is this show will reach many that are currently closed minded to anarchism.  Those who think “that can’t work” or “its never been done”, because frankly it has, you can read about it here.

Beyond that though, humans have been on this planet for a long time.  The oldest human tools date to about 2.4 million years ago and were found in a cave in China.  Even if we shrunk that down to say 200,000 years, the state as a form of control is only about 5000 years old and it wasn’t everywhere at once.  Franky humans have lived as anarchists far longer as a species than we have lived as statists.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why you might be an anarchist and not know it
  • The core beliefs of anarchists
    • Theft is wrong no matter who does it
    • Force is wrong unless it is used in defense
    • People own themselves
    • No person should be forced to participate in anything they don’t want to be part of
  • The pragmatism of the modern anarchist
    • It isn’t going to happen today or next week, or next decade
    • The way you live is what you control
    • Only a goal of no state can ever shrink the state
    • Voluntary associations can exist now, so lets do that
    • If you can solve a problem without the state, do so
    • Technology is our greatest tool for human evolution
  • How becoming an anarchist by choice changes your world view
    • Might no longer makes right
    • War becomes an absolute last resort
    • You stop focusing on things outside of your control
    • You find an “inner peace” not too dissimilar from some religions
    • Your obligations increase they do not decrease
    • You become a systems thinker and solutions orentied
  • Final Thoughts

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Also remember we have an expert council that can answer you questions. If you have a question send it to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Epert in the subject line. Ask your question in one to two sentences so it is clear then provide any additional details. Make sure to tell me what council member the question is for. You Meet the Expert Council at this Link.

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Amazon Item of the Day for 9-20-16

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Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day the Winchester 51 Piece Gunsmith Screwdriver Set.  Look strait out of the gate this is not really “the kit” for the big time gun enthusiast that tinkers often with many projects.  It won’t do everything  you will even need in drivers for guns, but it will do most, like 95%.

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

driverkitbackThis is more than just a gun smith kit though.  Come on, 10 bucks for a good quality kit that has 48 different driver bits in it.  You know what I am going to say right.  Put one in the glove box of your vehicles.  Perhaps one in your Go Bag or BOB as well.

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

Pick up one or a few of these and the first time you need it, you will feel like it just paid for itself.  Again this isn’t top quality on the level of say Forester or Grace USA (which I keep in my smithing box) but for 10 dollars it is extremely versatile and I have never had one fail me yet.  So give the Winchester 51 Piece Gunsmith Screwdriver Set a look and determine if it might be the right product for your range bag or other needs.

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.