Episode-1469- The Official Launch of Citizens Assisting Citizens

We Need You at CAC!

We Need You at CAC!

In October of 2012 I rolled out of my warm bed, headed to my kitchen and poured a hot cup of coffee.  I walked my dogs, breathed cool beautiful fall air and got ready to head to my office (at the time called The Ant Hill).  I went inside and turned on the news to see how things were going for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

I sat there for many minutes awestruck at what I saw.  Not so much the devastation, it was expected and I  had followed the storm closely.  I was mostly struck by how little people had, how unprepared they were.  I watched upper middle class people dumpster diving for food after only two days of aftermath.  I watched as people clamored where there was power to use small power stations people had set up just to charge up cell phones and tablets.

I saw people who had waited for days for some level of help, get no help.  Some I felt like, why the hell don’t you get out of there and go to where you can get help, get supplies, etc.  Others I realized had no where to go, no car or their car was dead from storm waters.

I watched big charities like the Red Cross run countless TV commercials to raise funds but not do much for the first week.  Later we would hear from the Red Cross’s own employees that funds and assets were diverted away from the Storm Response.  Based on the Red Cross’s Haiti Response this I already suspected things like that would happen.

After considering this I climbed into my big old red F-350 and drove to the Anthill, during the 15 minute drive all I wanted to do was go home, load up some stuff and drive to NJ/NY and “help”.  Yet I realized I wasn’t prepared to help, I would not really know where to go, who to help, what to do, how to do it and likely the first responders there would see me as a hindrance and prevent me from helping.

I started to conceive of a faster, more agile response force.  One run by preppers that would ignore a lot of red tape yet be official enough to operate without interference by other responders.  One that would simply go where the other organizations were not helping yet or where they were never going to help.  It would provide food, water, power, communications, a place to clean up and some guidance of what to do next.

The critical thing was we could help in the first 72 hours when the big companies were just “getting set up” so that the eventually could help.  A group where inbound volunteers would communicate with on the ground scouts and buy what was needed on the way in.  So if you contributed to help today, your contribution could help today for the event you contributed to.

That day I floated the idea on the air, 13 days later the idea had coaleced into a concept I at first called the TSP-DRT with DRT standing for Disaster Response Team and did this podcast about the concept.  From there I assembled a “Honcho Team”, two of whom Greg Gray and Steven Harris join us today to discuss the final result, Citizens Assisting Citizens.

Join Us Today to Hear…

  • What is the CAC Team
  • What is the mission of the CAC Team
  • What types of positions are open at CAC
  • What we are looking for in volunteers
  • Why we do background checks on all volunteers
  • How you can join and or contribute to CAC
  • Why and how we are setting up “scout/anchor” vehicles
  • The “feeder vehicle” concept and how it works with anchor vehicles
  • How we will equip our scout/anchor vehicles
  • What are the initial services and items we will be providing to disaster victims
  • Why type of disasters will CAC respond to
  • How long can a volunteer expected to be deployed for
  • How we will empower volunteers to purchase supplies en route to the disaster
  • What percentage of funds donated to CAC will go to actual disaster relief
  • What are CAC’s plans for future growth and development of services

 Resources for today’s show…

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Your Questions about GenForward Answered

We are off to a great start with the GenForward Indiegogo Campain but quite a few questions have popped up.  Rather then answer them one at a time in text I did a quick video answering them.

Keep the questions coming and I will answer them about once a week.

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Episode-1468- The World Won’t End but Your World Could

Just Because the World Doesn't End, Doesn't Mean Your World Won't End.

Just Because the World Doesn’t End, Doesn’t Mean Your World Won’t End.

Monday I took a question on “economic collapse” and tried to explain that no that isn’t going to  happen, not the way many think about it anyway.  That the collapse is here, it is on going and it will have both chronic and acute symptoms.  In short instead of prepping for TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) many should be prepping for TEOYWAYKI (the end of your world as you know it)

As usual when you try to explain this some people feel that means, well, “it isn’t so bad” so do we even need to prep beyond say basic readiness.

Also after doing this for so long I often forget that many of the core concepts of modern survivalism might be foreign to even people who have listed (especially selectively) for say two years or even more.  That the ground work I laid in the formative years may never have been heard by many listeners, at all.

So today I will combine a bit of the fundamental modern survival thinking with current modern threats and considerations.  I will try to explain the balance between Doomsday Prepper nonsense and all I need is a flash light and some candles thinking.  Humans by and large are binary creatures with an internal binary code of ones and zeros, this is why the political dichotomy is so effective.

We literally think in two dimensions.  Safety and danger, democrat or republican, Pepsi or Coke, rich or poor, sick or healthy, alive or dead, etc.  The absolutes are indeed black and white but life is a million shades of gray, today my goal is to bring you out into the spectrum and let you see some of those shades.

Join me Today as I Discuss…

  • The disaster probability factor
  • The disaster impact scale
  • The inverse relationship of impact scale and probability
  • How the circles of influence and concern fit into this
  • The six primary needs and a new way to think about them
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Energy
    • Health and Sanitation
    • Security
  • What exactly is a
    • Recession
    • Depression
    • Economic Collapse
    • Currency Default
  • What I consider BASIC common sense preparedness
    • Food for 30-60 days with out complete boredom
    • Ability to deal with initial power loss in 5-10 minutes
    • Power for 14 days with basic needs and comfort
    • Ability to deal with wastes for 30 days if you have to
    • Ability to treat basic injuries and illnesses
    • Ability to keep your home sound in any damage that isn’t catastrophic
    • Water for at least 30 days for all needs, drinking, cooking, bathing, etc.
    • Money to pay all expenses for 90 days with no income without RRA!
    • Security for your home and person’s (ETPP)
      • Equipment
      • Training
      • Procedures
      • Protocols
    • The ability to help neighbors
    • The ability to communicate and get information
    • The ability to move out, survive away from home and get back home
    • A full info and documentation kit
    • Situational Awareness and a Positive Mental Conditioning
    • Basic phyical fitness and reasonable activity
    • A network of friends and contacts you can count on
  • Do that and you are ahead of most of the Doomsday People
  • Don’t think everything is swell just because everything isn’t burning

Bob Wells Plant of the WeekThe Mayhaw Tree – Adaptable from zone 6 to zone 9 The Mayhaw tree is a small native fruit tree. This showy tree is primarily found in bottom land and along the river’s edge. It is known for its love of water but will grow well in your yard or home garden, as well.

The Mayhaw produces best in partial to full sun locations and is self-fertile. The small cranberry-like fruits are highly prized for making the best jellies, preserves, and syrups. Eaten fresh, it tastes like a crabapple. Mayhaw jelly has been a delicacy in the southeast for generations and a Mayhaw tree will make a fine addition to your landscape.

Plant your Mayhaw tree in a prominent spot to show off its beautiful pure white early blooms and attractive red berries that appear in May. Bob Wells Nursery specializes in anything edible: fruit trees, berry plants, nut trees, as well as the hard to find specialty trees. Find them at BobWellsNursery.com

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1467- Diego Footer from Permaculture Voices

Diego Footer is the founder and CEO of the Permaculture Voices Conference and Podcast where his goal is to go out and motivate and inspire people to push the limits, do great work, and live the life that they want to live through permaculture principles.

I met Diego though Paul Wheaton a bit over a year ago when he first came up with the concept for the Permaculture Voices conference.  The first conference was an amazing success, especially since it was the first event Diego had ever done.

He is now getting ready for the second conference, PV2 and joins us today to discuss that along with his podcast.  We also discuss in depth what it takes to build a business, any business if you want to be successful.  We dig deep into many of the lessons he has learned interviewing permaculturists who have started successful and profitable businesses over the past year.

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.

Bob Wells Plant of the WeekThe Mayhaw Tree – Adaptable from zone 6 to zone 9 The Mayhaw tree is a small native fruit tree. This showy tree is primarily found in bottom land and along the river’s edge. It is known for its love of water but will grow well in your yard or home garden, as well.

The Mayhaw produces best in partial to full sun locations and is self-fertile. The small cranberry-like fruits are highly prized for making the best jellies, preserves, and syrups. Eaten fresh, it tastes like a crabapple. Mayhaw jelly has been a delicacy in the southeast for generations and a Mayhaw tree will make a fine addition to your landscape.

Plant your Mayhaw tree in a prominent spot to show off its beautiful pure white early blooms and attractive red berries that appear in May. Bob Wells Nursery specializes in anything edible: fruit trees, berry plants, nut trees, as well as the hard to find specialty trees. Find them at BobWellsNursery.com

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-1466- Listener Feedback for 11-17-14

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on the Survival Podcast I take your comments, questions and thoughts on GenForward, concealed carry, economics, BOBs, guns, comfrey, big Ag 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

  • GenForward is here and here’s how it is a prepper concept
  • Concealed carry tough questions about rules and laws
  • What economic collapse really looks like, extraction mining of the middle class
  • Thoughts on BOBs for kids
  • Can you grow comfrey in a bucket, yep, here is how
  • Is there any value in a 9mm AR platform over a 5.56 platform
  • Is round up why wheat is toxic or is it gluten, nope, both

Resources for today’s show…

This Monday’s Prepper Scenario

Somehow you have screwed up and are in a bad situation.  You are in an alley way with two men in front of you and two behind you.  You do not have your gun for whatever reason.  Anything else you keep in your EDC can be used here but again you have NO GUN.  The men are approaching from both sides, they definitely mean you harm, you are outnumbered and you know it, what do you do?

Last Monday’s Prepper Scenario

A storm hits your neighborhood hard, you are without power for at least a week. There is a lot of damage to the neighborhood but you got off pretty easy, your house is still sound, any real damage is superficial. Others didn’t get off so easy, a close neighbor is among them. Their house has literally be destroyed and isn’t safe to live in. They are basically homeless and have no where to go.

You want to help them by offering them a bed and a room which you have, at the same time you don’t want them as house guests for the long haul. How long do you let them stay and how do you start off the arrangement so that there is a clear time limit for them to figure out what to do next? How do you do this while being sensitive to how traumatic the current situation is for them?

 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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GenForward is Here

Learn More at GenForward.com

Help Us Fund the Platform, We will Help you Create your Legacy

Today is a big day for me.  Today I officially launched a company based on an idea I have carried around since, get this, 1998.  The company is called GenForward.  I carried the idea behind GenForward right though the .com boom and bust, carried it in my head even when I was building companies in the technology sector and even though 6 years of successfully building The Survival Podcast.

Why?

Everyone I told about this idea loved it, everyone understood it, everyone encouraged me to do it.  This is generally not the reaction a entrepreneur gets with an “idea”.  Generally you have to explain things because the mind of the entrepreneur sees a bigger picture that is why he/she is an entrepreneur.  Not this though, 5 sentences of explanation and “wow, that’s great, do it.”    Yet still I didn’t do it, I waited.

Why?

Something told me to, something always said the time isn’t right, I had no idea why but now it seems clear.  The ability today to leverage a platform like Indiegogo is amazing and most don’t even get why.  Raising funds is one thing but what is bigger is building a community of people that believe in what you do right from the ground up.

Today you have the ability to do what no corporate giant would ever DARE TO DO, bare the very soul of your company and right from the beginning commit to doing only good things, tell people what you promise to do for them and hold yourself by that very action accountable to deliver!

This is what we have done in the GenForward Pledge, it represents the very soul of our company.  You can see the pledge in this video…

So what exactly is GenForward?

GenForward is a new web based platform that creates a record of your family history and life’s lessons going forward.  In other words it is like “genealogy forward”.  With a GenForward account your family will be able to access information you journal for them in an simple and easy format.

Our platform will be seeded with hundreds of questions that we know people have about their families and life lessons from their past.  Those questions will make it easy for members to spend as little as 2-10 minutes a day building and preserving a history for their children and for future generations.

You Can Learn More at http://bit.ly/genforward

I explain the concept in this video as well…

To Help Us Get GenForward Started Please Consider Supporting our Indiegogo Campaign

Episode-1465- Listener Calls For 11-14-15

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls t0 866-65-THINK

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on poultry, investing, business, food storage, net neutrality, the Swiss gold vote, greenhouses 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…

  • News about GenForward
  • Thoughts on preventing fights when raising meat birds
  • John Pugliano on choosing a good financial adviser
  • Good advice from Jim Carey, the same but better comes from Gary V
  • Why does canned fish seem to have a longer shelf life than other canned items
  • Michael Jordan (the Bee Whisperer) weighs in on getting bees ready for winter
  • What’s up with Net Neutrality and President Obama’s plan for it
  • What exactly is Switzerland Voting on as to gold and gold standards
  • Nick Ferguson on selecting a good greenhouse for your back yard
  • A listener that explains why the revolution really is you, not me, not anyone else, you
  • Why wolves should not care about the opinions of sheep

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-1464- Fernando Aguirre on Strategic Relocation and Bugging Out

Fernando Aquirre (aka FerFAL)

Fernando Aquirre (aka FerFAL)

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is a modern survival author that has lived through the 2001 socio-economic collapse of Argentina. He’s recognized in the survival and preparedness community for his first-hand experience and practical approach to survivalism.

He published his first book “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” in 2009 and is the editor of “The Modern Survivalist” website. Fernando bugged out of Argentina in 2011 and now resides in Ireland with his wife and two children. Fernando has recently published his second book, ” Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying Put is not an Option “.

Today he joins us to discuss what going though an actual financial collapse was like, why it isn’t what you’d expect and how it is still going on 13 years later.   He will also talk to us about bugging out in two very different ways.  The short term reactionary way to the immediate threat and the long term strategic way to ongoing geo, economic, political, etc. issues.

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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The New 2014 Ranger by Patrick Roehrman at MT Knives

Learn More and See My Video Review at MTKnives.net

Learn More and See My Video Review at MTKnives.net

Patrick Roehrman has released the third limited edition pattern of the MT Knives Stake Holder series of knives.

For those not familiar with the program there are 100 stake holders that bought numbered knives in the first edition.  Each stake holder is given first chance to buy their number in each limited edition of 100 knives.  Once that happens other stake holders can buy up any additional knives if they want more than one.

IF and it is a big IF any knives remain after that they are released to the public for purchase.  As of right now all but 21 of these are spoken for in the 2014 LE-03 Ranger.

The way Patrick his handling the knives that may go to the public for sale is with a raffle.  Each person drawn will get 48 hours to respond and make a deposit on the knife if they want to purchase it.  If they don’t do so within 48 hours the option to buy goes to the next person and so on.  If you want to get a shot at buying one of them just go to Patrick’s site and fill out the form for it.

To me this is the best knife Patrick has ever made, I was lucky to receive a prototype.  My video review of this knife and the form to get on the waiting list can be found here, http://mtknives.net/2014/09/2015-ranger/

Episode-1463- A New Look at GMO’s – Can There Possibly be an Upside

Could GMO Save the American Chestnut?

Could GMO Save the American Chestnut?

I am known as a staunch opponent of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and with good reason.  I loathe companies like Monsanto and consider many of their products as primary contributors to many of America’s modern disease epidemics.

What many don’t know is in the beginning I didn’t oppose GMO at all and had the same reaction many today have to those of us in the “anti GMO camp”.  I figured all the anti GMO hype was nothing but a bunch of people afraid of science and some ultra natural purple breathing uber-hippies!

In the beginning the promise of GMO was things like corn that was more drought resistant and more pest resistant, who in their right mind would resist that if it could be done safely.

Five major things changed my view dramatically on this…

  • The patenting of a life form and the persecution of farmers with cross pollinated seed
  • The existence of a “terminator gene” and its danger of out crossing
  • The modification of plants to be sprayed with dangerous herbicides which are then ingested
  • The use of internal pesticides which create super bugs
  • The use of herbicide resistant plants in creating super weeds

These things were not part of the original promise of GMOs, but they were in fact always the goal.  This is typical action by companies like Monsanto who when caught hiding how they poisoned the people of Anniston Alabama, had a CEO that said, “I am proud of what we did”.  Promise one thing and deliver another.

Join Me Today as we Examine the Dangers of GMOs and Look for any Positive Potential…

  • What exactly is a GMO
  • What are the five big dangers of GMO
  • What happens when Monsanto practices “natural breeding”
  • Could GMOs save the American Chestnut from extinction
  • What could you modify a plant to do without chemicals
    • Stronger, deeper, larger roots
    • Develop higher brix levels
    • Use less water for the same rate of growth
    • Modification for mutually supportive guilds
    • Resist disease
  • Why I don’t trust the companies behind this
    • Their track record
    • The clear unintended consequences
    • Quarterly returns trump honesty in big business
    • The patenting of life forms
    • The dangerous out crossing potential
    • The historical misinformation campaign of lies
    • The creation of farmer dependence
    • The depletion of soil that this will continue to cause
  • Final Thoughts

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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