Episode-2149- Listener Calls for 1-18-18

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on liberty, automation, pricing work, EMPs, composting, microgreens, seeds, ROI 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…

  • A quick guest segment with Rachel Goldsmith of the Free State Project
  • Yea Our Site is having some display issues, help is on the way
  • A story of automation eliminating high end engineering jobs
  • Pricing work for friends when you are a professional service provider
  • Why do I think there will be no EMP attack ever
  • How to compost dog poo safely
  • The easiest microgreens to grow
  • Are organic seeds worth the premium
  • Some garden and seed source tips from a listener
  • The space/time ROI on aquaponics

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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Perfect Cook – Digital Instant Read Thermometer – 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 the Perfect Cook – Digital Instant Read Thermometer.  This isn’t a hard item to figure out but there is a big misconception about the most valuable thing it does for you.

Many people feel that a meat thermometer is so you don’t under cook meat.  I refer to these people as “the people who ruin meat and are not worthy of a cows sacrifice to create a steak”.

Now don’t get me wrong there are minimum temps different meats should be cooked to, but very few people would actually eat and under cooked piece of chicken.  The problem tehre is you take the poor bird out before it is done, cut into it and ruin that wonderful roasting you had going as now it must go back in cut open.

So yes, a meat thermometer can help you make sure meat is done, but that is its second greatest use.  Its higher use is to ensure meat is not over cooked.  And that is why you need one of these.  I have gotten pretty good at doing steaks by eye, no matter how, frying pan, broiler, gas grill, charcoal, you name it I can nail it by eye and touch.

Well that is until I am trying to make 4 steaks and they have been requested to be 1 rare, 2 medium rare and 1 medium well (which I call almost ruined).  With a thermometer you remove each steak at just the right time, every time.   What you want your steak “well done”, okay you will have to do it yourself, I don’t ruin meat.  Perhaps I can interest you in say a pot roast

Seriously though, every good cook should have a good instant read meat thermometer.   And the Perfect Cook – Digital Instant Read Thermometer is the best one I have found under 25 bucks, hell it is the best one I have found under 50 bucks but it is only 22 dollars.  There are two things you need in a tool like this, first speed and the second is accuracy.

This one gives you a reading within one degree of accuracy in about 5 seconds or less.  It will change the way you look at your grill because now you will know you can nail the internal temp you are looking for every time.  It will also please your guest and in spite of my humor above, even the ones that insist on a “well done steak” even if you and I never understand their thinking.

Remember you can always find the TSP 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.

OMG Leather Works Joins the MSB

OMG Leather Works is run by long time friend of the Spirko family and show supporter Jeff Dheere.  Jeff is one of those guys that can do 100 different things but his real passion is working with leather.

Last year I got to a point where I was blatantly sick and effing tired of shitty dog collars.  So I went to several pet stores (big ones like PetSmart and smaller family ones) to get all three dogs, new collars.  I was at the point that I didn’t care what they cost, I was tired of spending 20-30 bucks for shit that was frayed and stinking in 3-6 months.

Max my big old German Sheppard had an old (like 10 year old) heavy leather collar.  It was still okay but had seen better days, so I figured I would buy something like that for him along with similar ones for Charlie and Lucy.  Well a decade changes a lot of things!  To be blunt everything I found was complete total garbage.  Chinese made total shit.  No matter what I was willing to pay, quality just wasn’t an option.

So when Jeff taught at my spring workshop on leather making I explained my situation, he quoted me a price and he made me the three collars below.  These were custom made, to spec, per dog and not that much more in cost than the best you can buy in a store.  Except these were all bad ass, custom engraved, and will last 10 years, more if you treat them with oil, say once every six months.  Conversely most store bought collars today are lucky to make 1-2 years maximum.  And again they stink to high heaven in about 6 months.

The one with the spikes was for Charlie, seemed like a good idea at the time but in the end with our Granddaughter climbing on him all the time I decided to make it a “show collar” (Check Charlie Out He Looks Great In It).   I was worried my little gal would get hurt by the spikes, so Jeff was hired to build a more practical one.  This one below was the result and it is now part of Charlie’s EDC, the spikes come out for the fun of it once in a while still.

So this fall I got with Jeff again and got him set up with the MSB.  MSB members can now get 10% off all items in the OMG Store or on custom orders.

Much as Patrick Roehrman of MT Knives, has become my personal knife maker I now consider Jeff Dheere my personal leather crafter.  If I need anything I am going to him and either buying off the shelf or getting him to make me specifically what I need.

Jeff gets my highest endorsement and now MSB members get 10% off all his products.  Learn more today at OMG Leather Works, and the discount code is already sitting in the benefits section of the MSB.

P.S. – So it is now January 17th,  and in only in 17 days I have brought you GunAdapters.com, ButchrerBox, RidgeWallet and OMG Leather as discount partners for the MSB and guess what folks another partner is coming tomorrow! Yes tomorrow.

If you are not an MSB member yet, tell me the thing you want a discount on and I will go get it for you.  Otherwise consider buying an MSB Membership today, it pays for itself many times over for most members.

That’s why MSB has a 87% retention rate at 3 years.  Got that, 87% of members keep their membership at least three years!

FWIW, the retention rate at 6 years, is still an amazing 64%, so we are doing something right.   Get on board today and find out why we have such loyalty among our members.

Episode-2148- Ryan Lewellin of the Cold War Cast

The 1983 TV Movie called “The Day After” Impacted Many Who Grew Up in the 70s and 80s, It Even “Depressed” President Ronald Reagan and Changed the Course of The Cold War.

Ryan Lewellin is the host of the Cold War Cast, a podcast that chronicles the history of the Cold War and tries to tell as much of the story as possible through the pop culture of the time.

Ryan has also written an ebook with in-depth analysis of Red Dawn from his historical and military perspective called “Wolverines: Reflections on Red Dawn”.

Today Ryan and I discuss dystopian fiction and lessons from it, including Red Dawn, The Day After, 1984 and The Twilight Zone.  We also discuss the mind set of people from the 50s-80s vs today in regard to the cold war threat, basic preparedness and other issues.

Resources for today’s show…

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Chard/Cary 9.5 quart Smart Pressure Canner and Cooker – Item of the Day

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Special Notice – I am bringing this product around today for two reasons.  First it has gone out of stock many times and has currently come back into stock at good levels, where me running it won’t sell out all inventory in an hour, annoying people who can’t order one. 

The bigger reason is it is on sale, on sale so low it is like stealing it to get one right now.  We are talking $94.15 with free shipping.  Screw the “Insta Pot” this thing does everything that thing does and more.  If you have been waiting to pick up one of these, the time is now.  Tune in today for how I made ribs with this cooker/canner last night.  

Every day I will 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 Chard/Cary 9.5 quart Smart Pressure Canner and Cooker

In the past I have recommended the PowerPressure Cooker XL, as it was the only electric canner guaranteed to be safe for pressure canning by the manufacture.

The Chard is better in so many ways, while also being guaranteed safe by the manufacturer for pressure canning, it has several additional features that make me want to exchange my PowerPressure Cooker, they are…

  1. The Chard allows you to can quart vs. pint jars.  In fact with it you have the ability to can, four quart jars, six pint jars, eight jelly jars or ten half-pint jars in one batch
  2. It also does a separate water bath or steam function for water bath canning
  3. It uses true petcocks and hence can be used at higher altitudes then the PowerPressure Cooker
  4. It has twenty built in safety features to ensure your safety.

Additionally while I brought this product to you first almost a year ago it was constantly sold out and would go up in price as quantity dropped.  Cary now seems to have supply side worked out and they are readily available for under 120 dollars with free shipping.

Remember you can always see 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.

P.S. – The PowerPressure Cooker XL is available in sizes like 6 and 10 quart but that is all about capacity, none of them are tall enough for the lid to go on with quart sized jars inside of them.  I really don’t recommend it.

P.P.S. – I  have changed the item name here to the “Chard/Cary 9.5 quart Smart Pressure Canner and Cooker – Item of the Day” because the same product has been marketed under both names.  This is because Chard was founded Richard Carey, or as the brand came from riCHARD Carey, you can read about that here on the chard website.  Just know if the product says Carey or Chard it is the exact same product, I have verified this with the manufacturer.

Episode-2147- Seed Starting Primer for 2018

Last week we talked about a lot of great new plants to grow for 2018 so today is a good time to talk about starting all those seeds you’ve ordered or will be ordering this month.  Today’s show was prompted by a question about leggy seedlings of tomatoes grown for market sales, but I think it will help everyone.

Today’s show includes a segment from a show back in 2012.  I am doing this to help save my voice during my cold (dubbed snot slinger flu).  More so however, because I think this information is imperative to understanding how to get best results with seed starting, and frankly the way I teach it hasn’t changed in all these years.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • Understanding how seeds germinate in the wild (this answers so many questions)
  • Setting up your seed starting systems
    • How much do you want/need to start
    • Indoors, garage, outdoors. green house
    • Lights (LED, T5, T8, Natural)
    • Heating (mats, space heating, etc)
  • Determining your starting dates
    • Determine last frost date
    • Plan at least one week later
    • Count backwards based on time to “set out”
  • Trouble shooting
    • Slow / Low germination
    • Leggy
    • Poor color
    • Mold, slime, etc.
  • Final thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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Episode-2146- Listener Feedback Aquaponics Edition

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on aquaponics.  Since I launched my Indoor Aquaponics Project on YouTube tons of questions are coming in so I am taking today to answer a few of them.

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…

  • What is the best type of bed to make from 55 gallon drums
  • Should you build a system in full sun, partial shade or heavy shade
  • What is the best source of good bacteria to kick start a new system
  • What about feeding mosquito larva or other natural feed to your fish
  • What does and does not go in an aquaponics system
  • What kind of ROI do you get on a aquaponics system
  • How can you deal with “sludge” without a solids separator
  • What fish gives you the best ROI in an aquaponics system
  • Where do you get seed for black oil sunflower microgreens
  • What about pollinators in your system
  • More on grocery store planting any any concerns about it
  • If I could only have one, wicking, ebb and flow or raft which would I pick and why

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Ridge Wallets Joins the MSB and Becomes a Show Sponsor

I have entered into an agreement for The Ridge Wallet company to become an official MSB show sponsor.  I am really impressed with this company and their products.

Their lead product is of course The Ridge Wallet.  These wallets come in a large array of colors and types but they offer three primary value propositions.  First they are compact, holding as much or more as a standard wallet in far less space.  No more sitting on a big lump when driving etc.  Next they are practically indestructible.

These wallets are made with your choice of aluminum, titanium, carbon fiber or polycarbonate.  I am a black titanium man myself but the choice is yours.  And this brings me to the third primary benefit.  Have you noticed how all credit cards, bank cards and even many IDs now have an RFID chip in them.

Well did you know that RFID tags can be easy to hack, really easy.  Check out this video on that.  An 8 dollar part on eBay and people can steal your credit card information.  Oh and the biggest thing!  Listen to the last 20 seconds, “the bigger thing is passive surveillance, with an antenna on this thing I can go into Starbucks and get the name of everybody there”.  Well every ridge wallet is immune to RFID sniffing.

There are cheaper ways to do this, you can line your wallet with foil I guess but with the Ridge Wallet you get all this security with a wallet that will last a lifetime, use less space and looks great at the same time.

The Ridge also offers some of the best looking, highest quality and functional phone cases as well.  Right now they offer options for the iPhone 6 -X but will be adding other phone types this year.  On top of this they offer one of the best minimalist back packs I have ever seen along with a great 10,000mh power back up pack that fits perfectly into a custom pocket for their back pack.  That back up power pack is 40 dollars as a stand alone but only 20 bucks if added to the back pack.

So you know I have a 10 year rep here of bringing you guys the best in show sponsors, companies that don’t just want your business but serve our community.  The Ridge is that type of company, founded with a 300K successful kick starter and our contact there is a long time listener to TSP.  But the other thing I do is get you guys DEALS.  And once again I have done that for you too.  MSB Members get 10% off all Ridge Products, the code is already added to the MSB Benefits Section.

So check out Ridge Wallet today and their amazing line up of products that are sure to grow.  I think we have a long term partner in Ridge and I am very excited to have them as part of the TSP Community.

P.S. – This year so far I have brought you Butcher Box, GunAdapters.com and The Ridge as new discount partners and I will be announcing a 4th one this week.  If you have been on the fence about MSB, I am telling you 2018 is the year we make the value so insane you’d have to be crazy not to be a member.  So if your not an MSB member, consider becoming one today.

P.S.S.  – I heard from a few of you last week that the High Mowing Seeds discount wasn’t working, so I reached out to Maggie over there and they just renewed for another year, the new updated code for 2018 is already in the MSB as well.

Whistler XP800i 800 Watt Power Inverter – 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 Item of the day the Whistler XP800i 800 Watt Power Inverter.  Long term listeners may be thinking oh this is an old one, and it is, sort of.  While doing research last week I found that Whistler no longer makes the 800 Watt inverter that Steven Harris and I have both recommended for years.

So does the new Whistler XP800i 800 Watt Power Inverter stand up to the old Whistler PRO800W Inverter?  Yes!  Yes it most certainly does.  Despite the few idiots writing low reviews (more on that in a minute) this is pretty much the same old Whister in a new body with a few small upgrades.

Just like the old model there are two AC outlets, however now the inverter has 2 vs. 1 USB port, which is great for charging smart devices while using the inverter for other things.  It also still has the most important safety features including, Electronic Circuit Protection consisting of Smart Surge Control, Overload/Voltage Protection, Short Circuit Protection, and Thermal Cutoff.

What about the idiotic negative reviews?  First there are a few legitimate ones where they say it is DOA, with any electronic product this can and does happen.  This is why I love Amazon if anything is wrong you exchange or return it.  Just consider they sell thousands of these a week, if .2% have a problem, a few will show up.  The beauty is with Amazon you have no risk, print a return label and exchange it or get a refund.  One reason right there I LOVE Amazon.

Most of the negatives are idiotic though.  People trying to pull 500 watts but plugging it into a cigarette lighter plug which can only handle 150 watts tops.  People saying that the back terminals are not threaded like the picture, well dummy that is because you ordered the 1200 watt one with heavier terminals for higher wattage.  Or someone saying it won’t run a microwave, well no shit!  I mean who would have ever expected that a 800 watt inverter would not be able to run an 1100 watt microwave?  Keep in mind these people breed and they vote!

This inverter is what it always has been a good low cost option for back up power when you need it.  It allows you with simply some extension cords and some power splitters to make use of the one or two “generators” sitting in your driveway or garage.  If you are sane you can power most things in your house with one or two of these just not all at the same time, you can run a fridge for a few hours to keep it cool then run other things.

It will easily run some LED lights to keep you able to see where things are.  It will of course give you all the power you need to charge all your devices, run a laptop and even a cable modem, again you just have to pick what you want to do at any time, you can’t do everything at once, but you can do an awful lot.

At 48.55 a piece I don’t know of any other single preparedness item that can do as much for under 50 bucks.  I also want to say this is a big time case for two is one and one is none.  This is a good product but inverters do fail, all electronics do, so keep two at least on hand.  So check out the Whistler XP800i 800 Watt Power Inverter today and consider adding it to your black out kit.

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

P.S. – For more on using this item check out the podcast I did with Steven Harris on powering your house with your car.  In fact two of them, Part One and Part Two.

 

Episode-2145- Expert Council Q&A for 1-12-18

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 gardening, bees, cooking, food storage, TMJ treatment, cars, eczema, cryptocurrency 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

  • Using hay as mulch – Nick Ferguson
  • Of bee smokers and fuels – Michael Jordan
  • Building the preppers pantry – Chef Keith Snow
  • Dealing with Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) – Doc Bones
  • The right intervals for oil changes – Charles Sanville
  • Dealing with eczema – Gary Collins
  • Two new crypto currencies on my radar – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsor of the Day

Websites of the Expert Council Members

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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