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Meet Me and a Ton of the PermaEthos Team at Permaculture Voices 2

I will be at Permaculture Voices 2 this March in California.  Also attending from PermaEthos will be Josiah Wallingford, Kevin Keegan, Charlie Mitchell, Jesse Tegtmeier and Michael Jordan.  Michael Jordan and I will both be speaking during the event. Michael Jordan will be teaching the BeeDC on the PermaEthos Learning Center next year.

You can find a full list of speakers here: http://www.permaculturevoices.com/speakers/

If you act by the end of this weekend you can still get the early bird discount price on tickets here: http://www.permaculturevoices.com/registration/

We will have a meet up during the event, check back later for more details.

We all look forward to seeing many of you at the conference.

Five New Companies Added to the MSB

New Stuff Has Been Added to the MSB

New Stuff Has Been Added to the MSB

I have been working hard to increase the value of the MSB and today am happy to let you know that 5 new partners have been added.

I am constantly looking for high quality unique vendors that offer things you would likely want to buy anyway.  I work with them to get my members significant discounts that you can’t just get anywhere else.

I personally vet each company and the products they offer by direct personal purchase or investigating the response of community members who have done business with them.  In most instances I have personally done business with many of these companies at full price before even discussing a discount with them.  Or I have heard enough good things from multiple community members to know they are solid and worthy of MSB inclusion.

In this round of additions here are five new great companies and products with big discounts for all members.

  • Doctor’s Nutrition - I first had Doctor Lewis and his wife Janet on TSP a bit over a year ago, and then a second time about 6 months later, you can hear those interviews here.  Many of you gave their science based, results oriented approach a try and the feed back has been 100% positive.  My wife started working with them as well and has had amazing results.  I have now negotiated a discount on all their supplements for the MSB.   The discount is 10% off all products except lab work.  The discount code is already in the MSB on the Benefits page.  You can use it when you order on the web or when you call in an order.  Please note that Doctor’s Nutrition only sells supplements to registered users and they prefer to work with lab results before making recommendations.  I can personally tell you their approach works!  Learn more at http://www.drsnutrition.org/
  • Pretty Loaded – Beth Warford is the founder of PrettyLoaded.org.  A company that provides training specifically targeted to women on firearms, concealed carry, self defense, situational awareness and more.  They have released their first video based seminar series on situational awareness and it is outstanding.  It may be targeted to women but men can learn just as much from it.  I am confident that this seminar will save lives and it is something you should make sure the women in your life see.  The course is 99 dollars and I got the MSB a discount of 20% discount and the code is already in the MSB.  Learn more at www.PrettyLoaded.org and you can hear Beth on TSP at this link.
  • Andrew McKnight - I met Andrew McKnight at the first ever PermaEthos Fall Festival and fell in love with his music at that time.  His music tells amazing stories based on the joy and pain of life in rural Appalachia.  As the son of a coal miner and of a solider who did a bit of both professions myself this music speaks to me directly, but I think Andrew’s music will speak to you as well.  I have negotiated a 15% discount on all of Andrew’s music for you guys.  Just use code that is in the MSB at check out.  Learn more at http://www.andrewmcknight.net I really hope to have Andrew  play at the TSP Homestead some day during one of our events.  You can hear me talk about his music and play one of his songs in this episode of TSP.
  • Lenwood Leather - You don’t want to be let down when depending on your gear, you want (and need) the very best. Lenwood provides the highest quality hand made equipment possible. Lenwood products are built with pride right here in these USA by Americans who know the value of a hard day’s work. Lenwood offers a 20% site-wide discount at LenwoodLeather.com just use the code from the MSB benefits page at check out.
  • HiddenTruckBox.com – Provides unique storage solutions for Ford F150 owners. These hidden truck boxes are mounted under the hood, and discretely keep your tools safe from the prying eyes of thieves. Take back you truck bed, and get a Hidden Truck Box. MSB members receive an additional 10% OFF with discount code from the MSB Benefits page at hiddentruckbox.com

Also Dan Malone who is the ownere of HiddenTruckBox.com set up a Community Business Directory on the TSP Wiki. TSP Community Members should add their side businesses in preparation for holiday shopping.

If listeners are going to spend money this holiday season, what better way than within our community.

This directory should be for dedicated listeners and friends of survival podcast, not just random links to other survival websites that don’t care about our us.)

It also serves another purpose.  Many times people with new businesses inquire about an MSB discount opportunity.  To protect my listeners and members I only take established companies as partners.  This directory can become sort of a launch point and a proving ground.  Once you have a few dozen happy customers or so if you provide something unique we can talk about getting you into the MSB.

So there you go 5 new and 5 totally different and unique new supporting vendors for the MSB.  If you haven’t signed up yet consider doing so you can do that here.

When I say that I am constantly trying to improve the MSB value this is what I mean.  New and unique companies with great and proven products at real discounts.

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

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/

Gauging Interest in a Mini Workshop

We are considering doing a workshop on setting up a green house.  This would be mostly for locals, I doubt many would travel very far for this but you’d be welcome to if you wanted to.  This would possibly be around Dec. 6th and likely cost say 100 dollars.  It would be an all day class and hang out.  If anyone really wanted to crash here we likely would sort that out.

We would supply lunch and dinner that day, likely cap it at 12 and need at least 8 to make it worth doing.  We are not sure about doing this so right now we are just gauging interest.

We would likely have the green house partly assembled prior to the class.  The shop would be on pluming, setting up in house beds, running power and just a great day of hanging out.  Of course it will likely be cold as shit and rain or snow or ice or something we don’t want, but it will be fun anyway if we do it.

 

 

Mike “New Mike” Cornwell to Host a Free Permaculture Webinar this Week

Mike Cornwell, (aka New Mike in the blog comments) is hosting a webinar is titled “Getting Serious With Permaculture” designed for budding  permaculturists or those who are potentially interested in how to develop an action plan if they want to get serious in permaculture.

This webinar is  not necessarily just for people who might want to start a business, but also those who might want to become a “permaculture employee” as in gain employment in a field related to or directly in Permaculture.

Here is the link where you can find out more and find out how to sign up for the webinar http://mikecornwell.com/getting-serious-with-permaculture/

The webinar is at 7pm Central Time and will last about an hour or more depending on questions. When a person signs up, on the day of the webinar Mike will send out an email that will contain the URL that people can tune into it with.

No Show for the Next Two Days

Just a reminder that I will be teaching a class with 30+ TSP members at my home for the next three days.  Hence there will be no show today or Friday.

This would be a good time to use the “listen to a random episode” feature to find a show from the past that you haven’t yet heard.

Also keep an eye on the TSP YouTube Channel for small video updates of the class.  I posted this brief video on cooking brisket for the students yesterday.

What is GenForward.com

Learn More at GenForward.com

Learn More at GenForward.com

GenForward.com is a revolutionary new company I am currently building with my past business partner Neil Franklin. It is actually an idea that has been in my head for over a decade.

Recently Neil and I got together and agreed the time was right for GenForward. That there is a reason we have talked about it since 2006 and have not done it till now. We will be funding GenForward with an Indiegogo campaign that will launch on Nov. 17th. But I am letting TSP members get little bits of behind the scenes information about it before then.

To get on our email list for that just go to www.GenForward.com and fill out the form. You will then get emails and behind the scenes info and you will even get the entire story a day or two before it goes public to all.

Here is the big news though, GenForward is going to be guided at all times by a 9 Point Pledge to our community. On Monday (that is tomorrow) I will send an email out about 9PM eastern time. That email will include the entire 9 Point Pledge. In many ways you will know 80% of the GenForward story from that pledge.

While I sent this pledge out before and was only going to do it one time, I continue to hear from folks saying they didn’t get it. Not sure if the spam monster ate it or what. In any event I will be sending out the pledge again tomorrow, so if you want an early peak at GenForward.com, get on the list today.

The big thing here is GenForward is something really special, it will help mend families, help future generations know where they came from and be a force for good things in the world. I will tell you this isn’t really a “prepper” or a “homesteader” type of thing. Yet, in many ways it is exactly what we need to be prepared for a better tomorrow.

Why I Won’t Bother To Vote this Year

Please Note – In the entire article below I did not once tell YOU not to vote if that is what YOU want to do.  In fact I didn’t once tell you to personally do anything.  Please consider that if you decide to comment on this article.

For those of you making a big deal about the coming elections and posting meme after meme on facebook, I have three things to say….

1.  Hillary Clinton isn’t running so you are not “stopping Hillary”

2.  Barack Obama isn’t running so you are not “stopping Obama”

3.  If you want to know if your elections will even be in play at all visit RealClearPolitics.com there you can see with amazing accuracy the results in advance of over 90% of the elections that will take place next week.  The majority of state and national level elections are already determined, your vote isn’t going to matter and neither will mine.

Please don’t insult my intelligence by telling me it is important for me to vote in elections that will be won by margins of more than 25% in most instances (that is the reality of my state and county).  Even a common core student can do that math!  My state Senators, state House Reps, federal Reps and my governor and Lt. Governor are all predetermined, and I don’t want any of them, nor do I want their opponents running my state or representing me in DC.

I know you dear reader do not live in Texas, but if you go to RealClearPolitics.com you will note that 10 senate seats are toss ups but if you dig deeper you will see that 7 are almost definite out of those, three are real toss ups.  You will see the GOP will LIKELY take the Senate and is going to 100% keep the house.  That is known, if the GOP takes the Senate rhetoric will change but the results won’t and the GOP will keep the house so that isn’t even an issue.

This election is billed as important but it is one of the least important in history.  Those of you that want Obamacare repealed it won’t happen the GOP is already selling you out.  Those of you that want to stop Amnesty you can’t, the GOP will give it to you in 2016-2017 along with expanding not repealing Obamacare.  The house majority leader sold you out long ago.

You are told your vote counts, it doesn’t, it won’t and it hasn’t in the lives of most adults.  The winner in all these elections is the power elite, the loser is the people, this is the only constant.  Voting for a third party won’t work, neither will voting for the lesser of two evils.  Right now every voter is doing nothing but pissing into the wind and supporting one mafia, extortionist, traitorous, murderous family over the other.

No matter who wins this election, Ebola will still exist and still represent less of a threat to you than say too many Big Macs or slipping in the bath tub.  The complete destruction of our private health care industry will continue unabated and by 2020 the government will be running health care.  By 2018 the nation will be over 21 trillion in debt and have over 138 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities.  Our southern border will not be secure and illegals will still be handed government benefits.

The total number of people (citizens and non citizens) on welfare and food stamps will continue to grow.  The deficit will continue to remain well over 400 billion annually assuming no more bail outs and destroying the free market in order to save it interventions.  If any of those occur of course it will be back into trillion dollar territory.

No matter who is in power they will tell you that ISIS which they created is a threat and use it as an excuse to take more of your liberty.  They will use the same fear to continue to bomb innocent people in a part of the world that should be left the hell alone to sort out its own problems.

No matter who is in charge your constitutionally protected rights will continue to be trampled on.  The NSA will continue to collect all your data and insist it is for your own protection.  They will even brag about spending billions of dollars of your money to do so and showcase a massive data center larger then the US Capital building like some fine jewel you should admire.

No matter who runs the senate, the house or the white house we will continue to see common core degrade the intelligence of our children in the name of making us competitive.  With techniques like taking 108 steps to solve the equation 90 divided by 18.    The nation will remain on a track to have us all taxed by the mile by the year 2025 at the latest, which will result in the wholesale tracking of all motor vehicles throughout the nation.

Those of you who want me to vote and tell me how important it is that I do so will have to do better that telling me that the “lesser of two evils” is the best we can do.  You will have to point to at least one place in all the things above I have just listed where my vote will have any effect on even one of them.  You see I don’t care which party takes which of my rights I simply care that both parties are constantly taking my rights day and night and that half the people cheer for one tyrant and half for the other.

I know that we have been programmed to believe that we are a representative democracy in the form of a republic and that every vote counts.  Well I am sorry that is a nice idea, but as grown adults should we not examine such claims with a critical eye?  Should we just accept this “good citizenship programming” or might we consider the claim that the US is an Oligarchy?  I have done so and I have noticed every government since 1980 when I was old enough to even pay attention followed constants.

  1. The size of government got bigger
  2. The Freedoms of every American were reduced
  3. The national debt grew
  4. The unfunded liabilities grew
  5. The producers were taxed at a higher rate (when total taxes were considered)
  6. The consumers were fed more of the national pie
  7. The percentage of consumers grew
  8. The percentage of producers fell
  9. The majority party always blames the minority party for not being able to get things done
  10. The minority party always blames the majority party for not being able to get things done
  11. All the power is actually wielded by those who fund politicians not the politicians themselves
  12. The same people that fund the republicans fund the democrats and vise verse

The truth is the system is rigged, it is a big club and you are not in it, and the only way out is to focus on what you can influence rather than that which you are concerned about.

So don’t worry if I ever think my vote matters and if I ever see a place where we have a real choice I will participate in it. But I won’t insult the intelligence of the average person by telling them a flat out lie.  Right now your vote doesn’t count in at least 99% of every measure on every ballot from dog catcher to referendum, how you vote personally won’t matter and it isn’t going to change anything.  You can be mad at me for saying so but it won’t make what I claim untrue.

I am open to being wrong about this but let me tell you what it will take.  You will have to show me an election where my vote would have changed both the outcome and the result.  The outcome is the winner, this you MIGHT find in some obscure election somewhere, likely where I could not have personally voted for the candidate anyway.  But the truth is the result is more important!

You will have to show me where and when voting for D vs. R or R vs. D will actually change any of the 12 points I made above in any meaningful way.  You will have to convince me that congressmen are not fully controlled by the party dues system.

Look I don’t want to be right about this.  It doesn’t make me happy, it doesn’t make me feel smart that I know this entire political game is a lie.  It doesn’t give me pleasure that our lives are run by a group of power elite and our elections are simply an illusion and a marketing campaign to get us to be happy in our modern from of serfdom.

I would love to tell you that your vote matters and real reform is possible in our current system and society.  I would also love to tell you that Neverland is real and you can go there and stay young forever.  I’d like to tell you the Tooth Fairy really will leave a silver dollar under your pillow in exchange for your tooth as well, but would you believe me if I did?  Look just because something sounds good doesn’t make it true.

So go ahead if you really think voting matters and make your case to the world for your side of the dichotomy, write memes, make phone calls, write your reps, etc.  I won’t fault you for it.  It is your right.

It is also my right to vote by not voting.  To state that none of the candidates are worthy of running my nation, state, county or city.  To exercise my patriotism by not endorsing people I see as shills, traitors, oppressors and often killers by not granting them the honor and privilege of my vote.

Yes receiving a vote is a privilege not a right!  Politicians are not entitled to votes, they are not entitled to me voting for or against them.  When you question a persons patriotism for not voting do you realize that you are saying the opposite?  If I am obligated by duty to vote, then one of the people I do not want to vote for, must be entitled to my vote.  Under critical examination that is a fact.

The fact that you will vote for these people and I won’t doesn’t make you a better American than me, it doesn’t mean you are more patriotic either.  As a patriot I stand willing to risk my life to defend the rights of every American equally.  I stand ready if needed to defend the rights of property, privacy and personal liberty of all Americans, regardless of sex, religion, sexual orientation, age or race.  So as a patriot I refuse to endorse people who stand in opposition to those things.  As I have yet to see a politician that isn’t for infringing on the rights and freedoms of some Americans to the benefit of other Americans, none right now are qualified for the privilege of receiving my endorsement in the form of a vote.

In short if you want me to vote, you’ll need to give me something to vote for.  Voting against something that is the greater of two evils is an old movie.  I am tired of watching this movie and I already know how it ends.  So I have left the stale pop corn on the sticky floor and simply walked out of the dim political theater during the “coming soon” promotions.  Instead of watching the choreographed nonsense I have focused on my own life and the lives of those I can help, influence and be a good example to.  I will put my energy where it has an impact in reality rather then on the feel good illusions of a mass media programmed mind.

 

GenForward Pledge to be Released About Noon Today

Learn More at GenForward.com

Learn More at GenForward.com

As I previously posted, the GenForward Pledge will only be emailed to people on the early announcement email list one time.  I have heard from several who were expecting it last night.  We didn’t send it last night because I have a film crew on site and basically go distracted.

That said the email about the GenForward Pledge will be sent about 12PM central time today.  So if you haven’t gotten on the list now, this is your chance.  Again we will only send out the pledge one time, anyone not on the list will have to wait until Nov. 17th to see it.

More Info is Here