Episode-2255- Expert Council for 7-20-18

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 rockets ovens, redundant off grid systems, permaculture, chicken processing, business, home schooling, fixing public 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…

  • Rocket ovens and morel mushrooms – Paul Wheaton
  • Redundant systems for a mobile tiny house – Gary Collins
  • How salt cedar can heal landscapes – Geoff Lawton
  • Setting up a mobile chicken butchering service – Darby Simpson
  • Home schooling in states with very restrictive laws – Mike & Sue Laprise
  • How could you actually implement merit pay and make schools better – Jack

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The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook by James Green – 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 is the book, The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook, A Home Manual by James Green.  If I had to rely on only one book on medicinal herbs and their use it would be this book.

This book is hard to describe in a way as it is almost a dichotomy in itself.  On one hand it is extremely easy to read and highly approachable.  The author starts out with a true project/lesson.  Making a dandelion tincture.  The author does this for a variety of reasons.  First, almost anyone can find dandelion to harvest locally.  Second, the herb is inherently safe to use.  Third, the herb is easy to identify and no dangerous plant even looks remotely like a dandelion.  Fourth, by getting you started with a project out of the gate you gain confidence as you proceed with the book.

This book is written by a guy that uses both humor and humility and never tries to sound smart, he just ends up sounding really smart, because well, he is.  This is not a guy that decided one day that “oh I should gather up some information and write a book about herbs”, rather a man that lives this way who decided to canonize his knowledge into an incredible book.  Yet it is kept incredibly simple with the majority of it based on a core of 30 common herbs.

Then there is the other side.  While easy to read and approachable, this is really like a full course text book on herbal medicines.  Want to know how to make your own simple still from what you likely already have in your home to make a hydrosol?  Well first would you like to know what a hydrosol is and how to use it?  You will learn both in this book.  How about making and using glycerite and 20 herbs that work well in that form?  Yep you will learn that too.  Take the time and work though this book, all 384 pages of it, make at least 2-3 products of every form given and it is like taking a self directed course in herbalism.

One thing to be aware of for some.  The author sort of crosses into the world of shamanism/paganism at times, sayig things like,

“Now that you have properly identified and graciously harvested this plant, offer gratitude one again for its life.  Consider leaving an offering, like a strand of your hair, a prayer, a song, a story, whatever; plant spirits are known to be deeply touched by simple gestures of appreciation.”

While this may be a bit off putting for some, I’d like to point out two things here.  First that showing gratitude is good for our spirits, no matter how you define spirit.  Whether a religious prayer before a meal or simply a thought of I am grateful for this food from a secular perspective, either one builds good character and self reflection.

Second I remember a documentary on Amazon peoples where the tribe decided they needed a new canoe.  A tree was selected and one man selected to fell the tree.  The man said a prayer and spoke to the tree, he apologized for needing to take its life.  He explained that his people would honor the tree’s sacrifice, that the canoe and other parts would serve his people for several generations.  That they would plant a tree from this trees own seed in its place and make sure it was protected so it could grow into a strong tree.

That had to be 25 years ago and I have yet to forget that moment and the words that man said to a tree.  Call such a man a primitive if you want but how much more forest would exist if all trees cut for our needs were cut with such reverence.  Also think about this, that man was about to spend a full day of manual labor to cut that huge tree down.  No chain saws in his tribe and yet he met the task with humility.

So yea there is some woo woo in this book but nothing over the top in my view.  What you get is quality instruction, a true course in home herbal medicine making and concise information to make this practice safe and effective.  Again, if I could only have one book on herbal medicine it would be The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook, by James Green.

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Episode-2254- Listener Calls for 7-19-18

jackspirkoToday I take your phone calls on education, sales, asset protection, poultry, road flares, gardening, tractors, security 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…

  • More on teacher training and other job requirements
  • Can permaculture make you a better sales person or business manager
  • How to protect business assets
  • Dealing with parasitic diseases in quail or other poultry
  • Best practices with road flares and night time break downs
  • What is the “best” method of gardening
  • Picking a homestead tractor
  • Security for large acreage homestead properties

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Amazon Elements Multi Vitamins – 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 is Amazon Elements Multi Vitamins available in Men’s, Women’s and Women’s 40+ formulas.  Recently I was asked about the supplements I personally take on an episode and listed them all.  There has been some interest in more on them so I am going to go through them over a few weeks and figured I would start with my core.

Frankly in looking for a simple multi vitamin I almost said the hell with it after a while.  I really have to say while I see value in supplements, I really don’t like the industry at all.  It’s like watching hundreds of jackals snapping at a few suspended hunks of meat the way they market against one another.

So here is what I want in a multivitamin.  Simply I want a good profile of the most essential vitamins to make sure on days I am low on one thing or the other, it is made up for.  That’s it, nothing more.  Let me tell you when you start taking heroic doses of most vitamins you are actually buying expensive urine and not much more.

Worse many vitamins are simply not absorbed well by the body.  When I found Amazon Elements I was at first skeptical but after seeing how abundantly transparent they are with all their results, ingredient etc. I gave them a try.

Simply put they are a top quality supplement and a good general purpose multivitamin.  I won’t go on with line by line marketing and do what all the companies do.  Simply put, I think everyone should take a multivitamin daily.  I also think you should spend the money to get a good quality version.  Sure you can pay half the price and get crap, but then you are just throwing money away.

After researching dozens and trying quite a few I settled on these.  At about 21 dollars a bottle they come out to 31 cents a day.  They also have a botanical blend that I find to be a great selection of herbs, these provide both the benefits of the herbs and some of the minerals and vitamins as well.  You will also notice a slight difference in this blend for the men’s and women’s versions.

Bluntly I am not a natropath or nutritional specialist, I am not going to go line by line though the individual vitamins and minerals as to how the men’s formula and women’s are different.  I’ll just say if I were a woman, I would order the women’s formula.  Basically a personal endorsement of “this is what I use personally” is about as high a recommendation I can give for anything.

The one exception here that I do want to point out is the none of them provide supplemental iron.  Some women I know do supplement iron, specifically when young due to blood loss due to menstruation.  If you want to supplement iron, make sure if you choose this brand you do that separately.  Also they have a regular women’s formula and an over 40 woman’s formula.  I have provided links to all three options below.

Again I don’t prescribe any specific supplements, I am just telling you what I use and why I personally do so.  If you have specific requirements I recommend simply reading the label and assessing these for your needs.  There are some specific things that I supplement at a higher level.  Again I use these as my base and build from it.

Lastly not only is it best to take a multivitamin with meals for absorption it is also a good idea to help avoid stomach issues, etc. that can come with taking vitamins on an empty stomach.  I know most take multis in the AM with breakfast.  I take mine with dinner (my largest meal), in fact I take it about 15 minutes after dinner on a full stomach.  I personally consider this a best practice, but again I am just telling you what I do.  Anyway if you want a top quality multivitamin I do recommend these because they are what I personally use.

Again you can get them in…..

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Episode-2253- Dillon Allen on Nuclear Power, Anarchism, Urban Prepping and More

 Dillon was born and raised outside Jackson, MS. He studied chemical, mechanical, and nuclear engineering as well as business and, due to a fortunate injury, ended up in the one place in the military where his questioning attitude was welcomed instead of court-martialed. His military service took him to Washington, DC and Central America, both of which were formative in his adult view on governments, freedom, and liberty.

He witnessed 9/11 first hand and how it changed his town as well as the blatant lies told by our most senior politicians about how we interact with foreign nations. He was lucky enough to return home to MS with his family where he is a senior leader in a major US utility, large enough that I’m giving the following disclaimer for him: The views Dillon expresses are his own and are not that of or endorsed by his company.

He’s been listening to the show since 2010 somewhere in the neighborhood of episode 500 and has been engaging as a member of the community as Angusbangus via the blog, forum, Permaethos, 5min with Jack, Walking to Freedom, & MT Knives.

He designed his own avatar that marries Calico Jack’s Jolly Roger and the rattlesnake from the Navy Jack. Some say “Don’t Tread on Me”. Dillon prefers to live by the motto “Tread if you Dare”.

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Bug-A-Salt 2.0 Insect Eradication Gun – 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 is the Bug-A-Salt 2.0 Insect Eradication Gun. I decided it was time for something that was just fun for an Item of the Day.  And this thing is fun.  Here is how it works, you put a bit of salt in it.  Not fancy kosher or sea salt, plain very fine table salt.  You cock it, and find a fly, flip off the safety and BAM!  Dead fly!

Range is about 2-3 feet for effective killing, which is pretty easy to get in range of on a fly.  Is this a practical tool?  In some ways yes it is.  You know when a fly is up in top of a window and you just can’t smack it in a recessed area, well now, BAM! Dead fly.

Or you know that one fly that torments you and you just can’t get a crack at him.  There ain’t no hunting regulation about baiting flies boy.  Put out a bit of scrap, hide by the fridge and when he comes BAM! Dead fly.

Okay but seriously it is just fun to blast the shit out of a fly with salt.  This thing is inherently safe fun as well.  About the only real injury it might cause if if you shot someone or yourself in the face so don’t do that.  Salt is not a aerodynamic substance so at about 4 feet it is pretty much done and done.  It only shots a tiny amount per shot.  What I am saying is you can set any responsible child or adult loose with it and not worry too much.

So check out the Bug-A-Salt 2.0 Insect Eradication Gun today and have some good, clean, salty fun.  And hey if you keep chickens, consider giving some lightly salted flies to them after your hunting trips.

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Episode-2252- A New Understanding of Permaculture

I should probably call this podcast “an accurate understanding of permaculture” but “A New Understanding of Permaculture” has a better ring to it.   This show was in part inspired by a video by my good friend Curtis Stone called “What Permaculture Got Wrong“, while I love Curtis it could have been called “What Curtis Doesn’t Understand About Permaculture”.

Though that is in NO WAY a dig at Curtis.  His opinion is based on seeing what people call permaculture and how those same people define it.  I see a huge problem here and it comes down to conflating technique and tactics with overall strategy.

Permaculture is a strategy, more accurately…

Permaculture is an ethical design science used to create specific strategies for any given situation using appropriate methods and techniques for the purpose of specific goals.

Many have struggled to define permaculture over the years but I would hold that the above one may be the most accurate, simply because it separates strategy from techniques and tactics.  Permaculture is a systems thinking process, it is not simply a collection of techniques that are natural and safe ways to grow food.  Today we examine how that simple understanding allows Permaculture to actually live up to all that it promises.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • What does permaculture actually promise
  • What is permaculture at its core
    • The Prime Directive
    • The Three Ethics
  • How politics screws everything up
  • Understanding
    • Strategy
    • Method
    • Techniques
    • How the three lead to good design
  • How many critics get it right and wrong at the same time
  • What is really meant by appropriate technology
  • Some common methods and how they go wrong
    • Mulching
    • Swales
    • Hugulkulture
    • Rotational Grazing
    • Food Forestry
  • Some common myths about permaculture
    • There is no annual production in permaculture
    • There are no real pest/weed problems
    • Permaculture is only good for back yards
    • You can’t do mechanized harvest and do permaculture, etc.
  • Some of Permaculture’s biggest pitfalls
    • Obsession with a method
    • Unrealistic goals
    • Lack of experience (equating knowledge with skill)
    • Attachment to ideology
  • The keys to success
    • Start with realistic goals
    • Define the end game
    • Accept the following
      • Budgets (time and money)
      • Your ability
      • Market realities
      • Climate limitations
  • Why I feel Permaculture when understood is the best of all worlds

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Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker – Item of the Day

Special Notice – I am bringing this one around today because due to Prime Day it is on sale STUPID CHEAP.  How stupid cheap you ask?  The WiFi and BlueTooth Version is only $108 and the BlueTooth Only Version is insanely cheap at only 79.99.   This is a Prime Day only sale, so get it today if it has been on your wish list.  In other words this top of the line cooker is selling today for less than many low end cheap ones.

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 Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker.  I have talked about Sous Vide Cooking a lot on the show and this is my third cooker to purchase before settling on which to recommend.  One worked great until it crapped out in six months and a value model proved to be of little value for consistency.

There are two versions of the Anova to consider, they are,

The difference is you can control the Bluetooth only version with your smart phone when in bluetooth range.  But the WiFi becomes a device on your network attached to an account (that is free) with Anova.  This means you can control your cooker from anywhere you have signal to your phone.  Like the parking lot at your office when you leave work.  More on why you may want this in the PS below.

Here is my thoughts on this though, when I buy anything I think about its disposal value.  If I need to sell or barter it, will the cost of the additional option make it more valuable at hat point, in this case for 10 extra bucks, I say yes it will.  So with no further thought I got the WiFi model.

The Anova on the other hand is what I always look for, it JUST WORKS, always works and also always works.  Sous Vide is a method of cooking that I describe as a dry poaching.  Poaching of course is holding a food item in a liquid until it is cooked to your liking.  This keeps foods moist and prevents over cooking.  It is also simmering in water when you get right to it, for some stuff that is fine.

There are a few primary differences with Sous Vide.  First it uses a precision cooker, meaning if you want 137 degrees you get exactly that, if you want 165, and you might, say for chicken, you get EXACTLY THAT.  Not 162, not 166, not 163, you get precisely the temperature you want.  Most poaching is a best effort process.  It also in general uses higher temps say 180 for instance for eggs.

Next Sous Vide is dry, well not exactly dry but the food doesn’t contact the heated liquid, it is instead held inside a food safe bag.  This can be done with a quality zip top bag but I prefer to use a vacuum sealed bag.  The meat or other item is seasoned as you choose, then cooked to the exact temp you want.  After that it is finished with a quick sear, about one minute per side or less.

For steak the results are a perfect cook to your preferred temp, we are talking end to end pink or red or what ever you want.  Not perfect in the center and darkening to the outside. We just did up some steaks with this tool in Episode 5 of Biltong For Breakfast.

There are other uses too though.  Like today I am thinking a new riff on jerk chicken.  Part out chicken and marinate in Walkerswood  Jerk Seasoning.  Vac seal and sous vide to 165.  At this point the chicken is perfectly cooked, no cool spots, not over cooked spots.  Now just crisp the skin on the grill and done, perfect.  How about fried chicken, imagine just being able to fry to a perfect golden brown and never worry about the chicken being “done”.

There are tons of things you can do with Sous Vide cooking, tune in today to learn some more and check out Episode Five – Dead Cow Flesh of Biltong for Breakfast to see this cooker in action.   Above all if you have been considering a Sous Vide cooker, I truly recommend the Anova for consistency, value and longevity.

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. – So why would you want to be able to control your cooker from miles away.  Imagine you want to come home and have steak for dinner.  Well in the morning you take your vac sealed steak and put it in a pot of cold water and fill it with ice. Your trusty Anova goes in to the pot too.

A one inch steak takes about an hour to cook but still mostly frozen it will take 90-120 minutes.  So as you get in your car, you push start.  When you get home say 45 minutes later, the steak has about 45 minutes to go.  You start your side dish and salad, open the bag when ready, sear and eat.  Oh and while you can run Sous Vide too long for a cut of meat, it will NEVER over cook because it can’t, 135 is 135 period.  More on this in today’s show.

 

Episode-2251- Listener Feedback for 7-16-18

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on investing, global politics, aquaponics, teaching, email marketing, debt, real estate, automation 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 Calls and Discuss…

  • Thoughts on “trick ways” to invest money
  • Why I think the US is the last nation that should complain about election interference
  • Of aquaponics and city water
  • Now teachers complain about having to work year round
  • What email program I use for TSP and why
  • My thoughts on paying off a mortgage and how it relates to tax law
  • Advice for the current first time home buyer
  • A new example of the “rise of the robots”

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Catahoula Manufacturing Tarred Bank – Item of the Day

cmitwineEvery 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 one of my go to essentials for BOBs, Vehicle Kits and around the homestead, and frankly everywhere.  It is Catahoula Manufacturing #36 Tarred Bank Line.  Let me say that any size bank line by Catahoula Manufacturing Incorporated (aka CMI) is fine, if you want heavier or lighter stuff there are many options, check here.

I personally recommend that you get at least one 550 foot roll of #36 because it is such a good bang for the buck.  At 30 dollars with free shipping it isn’t just a monetary value either.  As a pack item you are talking about a spool that weighs only a pound and yet gives you 550 of 320 pound tensile strength line.  Tarred line is the best go to as a twine and binder for everything from “red neck repairs” to setting traps, building survival structures or fishing with limb lining or trot lines.

The key here is ONLY BUY Catahoula Manufacturing Line.  Most bank line is in a word, shit, it isn’t tarred line just because the label says so.  CMI is the only manufacturer I trust when buying this stuff online when I can’t inspect it by hand prior to purchase.

Look I know it sounds obvious but the entire point of tarred line, is that it is well, tarred.  Let me explain a bit further.  Tarred doesn’t mean it is black, or it has some trace bit of a tar like substance on it.  No it is supposed to mean that the twine is fully impregnated with tar.  It should be sticky, you should smell tar when you open it, get it tarred.

You know how they say you can’t push a string?  Well if it is a tarred string you should easily be able to push a foot or so of it.  Again, get it, tarred!

The point is that this twine doesn’t unravel and it holds both in knots and in wraps, the tar is what makes that happen.  That way the part you red neck reparied stays put till you fix it right, or you lean to doesn’t fall on your head, or that big catfish doesn’t yank it off the sapling you used for a limb line set.

Most so called bank line or tarred line has little if any tar on it.  CMI, is the real deal.  So consider adding some Catahoula Manufacturing #36 Tarred Bank Line or other sizes of it to your preps.  Again it is something I consider an absolute essential.

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P.S. – Yes the prepper/survivalist/bushcraft world is enamored with parachute cord.  Yes I do think it has its uses, but it can’t come close to the versatility, usability and bang for the buck good tarred line gives you.