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Limited Time Special Offer on the Plant Propagation Course

I have something special for you today! The PermaEthos Plant Propagation Course with Nick Ferguson is $200 off for a limited time!

Go learn more and sign up for the course now.

Normally the price is $349. From now until March 31st it is on sale for only $149. That is a HUGE savings on a very well done, skill building course.

The knowledge you will gain from this course far outweighs the normal price at $349 let alone for only $149.

When you sign up for this course you learn amazingly simple techniques for taking hundreds or thousands of cuttings of your favorite plants and turning them into new plants that you can either plant on your own land or sell for a nice profit.

Sign up for the course now.

If you haven’t watched the intro video yet here it is:

TSP Directory Feature: Net Step Inc.

Net Step Inc. – Web Design, Hosting, and Online Marketing

This week I’m back to feature another great business right out of the TSP community. Net Step Inc. is a peer of mine working in the Web Dev and Online Marketing space. Net Step is here to help empower fellow TSP listeners who own a business. They can help you create a custom WordPress or Joomla site, or manage a local SEO campaign to outrank your competition in Google.

Even if you’re not interested in SEO, you should seriously consider the value of a high quality website. I tell my clients all the time that your homepage is just like an introduction and a handshake. It’s your first impression on the web. It can be the difference between someone calling you or searching for a competitor. Does your website impart a sense of confidence and know-how? Or does it look like you’re a fly-by-night business that threw something together at the last minute?

I had this conversation myself a couple of weeks ago with a landscaping contractor. He had actually lost a sale due to an outdated website. It happens all the time. Improve your chances of closing business with a modern website design. You can reach out to Net Step Inc. to get your new site started by calling 360-631-0198.

Services Offered

Net Step Inc. offers the power of a custom website with the simplicity of a builder tool wrapped in hands-on customer support. They are in business to help you succeed by managing a long-term marketing strategy for your business. Here are some of the services available to help your business grow:

Web Development and Hosting from Net Step Inc.

  • Web Development
  • Logo Design
  • Web Hosting
  •  SEO
  • Pay-Per-Click
  • eCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Joomla
  • Service and Support

 

How to Get Started

If you’d like to start marketing your business on the web, reach out to Net Step Inc. You can view their listing in the TSP business Directory to find their contact info. Or you can order web development and hosting services directly on their site. Be sure to do business within the TSP community whenever possible. Support small businesses whenever you can. And remember that your online presence is often the first impression for a potential customer. Make it a great first impression with online marketing solutions from Net Step Inc.

 

 

TSP Directory Feature: Individual Insurrection

Individual Insurrection

This weekend I am going to share another great business right out of the TSP Business Directory. Individual Insurrection is designed to help you put Jack’s marketing principles into action so you can start running a successful business.

Individual Insurrection - A TSP-Focused Business Consulting Service.

Individual Insurrection – A TSP-Focused Business Consulting Service.

Anthony Veltri is the owner of Individual Insurrection and he was featured on TSP Episode 916. He helps you succeed in business with tested sales and marketing techniques. Do you plan to get an interview on TSP to launch your business? It might not be as easy as you think. You need to have a good sales framework in place on your website to manage all that traffic you will get from a successful TSP interview.

Connect To Your Audience | Make Sales

Anthony works with his clients to give them actionable steps from the 5 Minutes With Jack podcasts. Learn how to create compelling sales videos and target an audience. You can learn effective marketing through Anthony’s workbook or get personalized training and coaching through a 6-week course.

Anthony-Individual Insurrection - A TSP Business Consulting Service

Anthony-Individual Insurrection – A TSP Business Consulting Service

Reach out to Anthony for a free consultation to see of Individual Insurrection is a right fit for you. If you want to get an idea of the course material before committing, you can download this free PDF that helps you sell, engage, educate, and enroll your ideal customer. What I find really unique about his 6-week course is that you are going to be working directly with Anthony and other members of the TSP audience. So, you have several things in common with everyone else going through the course with you. You’re all TSP listeners who are starting or growing a business based on Jack’s marketing and sales principles.

 

Start Your Own Personal Insurrection

Being a business owner allows you the freedom to choose your own path. Jack talks a lot about the value of insurrectionary thinking versus revolutionary thinking. But how does that apply to business ownership? I’ll let Anthony explain:

How would things change for you and for your family if you could put Jack’s marketing and business principles into play with someone to guide you along the way and help you to connect the dots? When we have our own business, we take back power. We become more self-sufficient and self-reliant as citizens, neighbors, and individuals. In a revolution, power is revoked from one party and transferred to another, often times bypassing those who struggled for the revolution… but in an insurrection, the power is retained by those who endeavored to take it. Running your own business, no matter how small, is your individual insurrection.

In my own personal experience, I would compare switching jobs to an individual revolution. Sure power changes hands, but you’re just trading one boss for another. If you really want to experience a personal insurrection, you need to transfer power to yourself by starting a business. If you’re ready to take that step, start your personal insurrection with TSP specific business coaching. Check out Individual Insurrection and all the other great businesses in Jack’s directory. Next week I will be back to write about Net Step Inc.

 

 

TSP Directory Feature of the Week: Webology

Webology: Website Development and Online Marketing – Birmingham, AL

Today’s TSP Directory feature is my own business, Webology! I’ve held off on writing about my own business until now for a reason. Today, I am launching a special contest for members of TSP Nation. First, a little background. I have been doing web development and online marketing for a few years under the name Blake Development.

In September of last year, I finally quit my last job to build my own business full time. So, we rebranded as Webology SEO LLC this year. To celebrate, I am giving away either a free basic website, a logo or flyer design, or a month of on-page SEO work. The winner will get to pick, and it would be a great way to kickstart a new business with some free marketing.

The Details

If you want to know more about this contest, just visit my listing in the TSP Business Directory. Or go directly to the source and read my Free Website Giveaway page for all the details. Either way, you get all the info you need to enter. Basically, I am shamelessly asking for Facebook likes. I know, you can buy those. But I would much rather work for a member of the TSP Audience than give my hard earned dollars to Zuckerberg! So, visit my Facebook page, then like, share, and comment on the top post. The winner will be announced March 31st.

More About Webology

We’re a creative design and web development firm in Birmingham Alabama. We are a one-stop shop for all online marketing services. Our work includes everything from Agritrue to Appalachian Tactical Academy. Literally guns to gardening and everything in-between! We’re really good at technical on-page SEO marketing. In non-geek terms, that means we help rank your site in Google so you get inbound leads. We do a little bit of everything though. Here are just a few of the services we provide:

  • Web Development
  • Design and Logo Creation
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Social Marketing
  • Web Hosting
  • E-mail and Text Marketing
  • Banner Ad Retargeting
  • Cloud Software Development

Wait This Isn’t Fair!

Why do I get to promote a contest for my business! What about all the other outstanding business listed in the Directory? I’d like to do the same thing for everyone. So please send me your e-mails with your promotion ideas. I’m going down the list, and writing about every listing in the Bronze tier or above. Next week I will be writing about Individual Insurrection. So, if you scroll through the main list from there you can see where your business falls in the order. Get me your text or idea ASAP, and I will do my best to incorporate it into your feature post. You can e-mail directory@thesurvivalpodcast.com if you want me to write about something going on at your business. Have a great week, and continue working to grow your own personal liberty and resiliency. Cheers!

Webology: Birmingham SEO and Web Development Company.

Webology: Birmingham SEO and Web Development Company.

 

Wheaton Laboratories PDC

I recently found out that my old friend Paul Wheaton is hosting and teaching a permaculture design course at his place in Montana, Wheaton laboratories in late May/early June.  Paul has been a friend of TSP since 2010 and has been answering questions since we started the expert council.

Well, now is your chance to do a complete permaculture design course and in this case, the emphasis is going to be on design!  This is going to be epic, folks.  This is not some holding hands and singing songs PDC.  The main instructor is Tim Barker (Paul assures me he will be teaching a big chunk of the course as well) who ran PDCs for Geoff Lawton, and if you don’t know who Geoff Lawton is, just stop right here, do a little reading, and then come back.

Register for the PDC and ATC here!

There will also be a bunch of guest instructors including:

  • Thomas J. Elpel
  • Helen Atthowe
  • Ernie and Erica Wisner
  • Jacqueline Freeman
  • Davin Hoyt

Paul talks about the PDC and all of the instructors on this episode of PETV’s Permaculture Smackdown with Josiah Wallingford.

Josiah (Joe) Wallingford informs me he will be attending as well and giving out PermaEthos PDC seats to whoever signs up for both the PDC and the ATC. You can contact him directly for more details on this josiah@permaethos.com

Group Hotel Info for the March Workshop

If you are coming to the fall workshop and want a hotel we have a group rate for you at the Holiday Inn Express at 3541 NW Loop 820, this is about a 10-15 minute drive tops from our place.

The rate is 87 dollars, there are 10 king rooms and 5 double queen rooms available.  The number to reserve your room is 817-744-7755.  Just call and reserve your room, tell them you want the group rate and you are with The Survival Podcast.  We have these rooms held at this rate until the 21st of this month.

If there is any confusion when you call our contact there is Jennifer Camp.

The Hotel Website is here, http://bit.ly/2l8vsw9

Is America a Fascist State – If So Does that Have anything to do with Trump

Let me answer that question, with, yes it is, and no it doesn’t.  A friend recently posted on facebook the following,

FASCISM: An alliance between government and industry to fleece the citizens…..At least this is how I define it.

This is close but the key is to acomplish this fascists see the differences between the classes as advantageous and they feel the role of the State and the Corporatocracy is to mediate those differences and leverage them as mediators to the advantage of both the State and industry.  This is seen as neither laissez faire capitalism or full socialism, rather a “third way” that offers the advantages of both.  You know like a supposedly capitalist nation with hundreds of billions of dollars spent on “social services”, does this sound familiar?

In a fascist State, the State controls every major industry and human need, food, water, energy, medicine, housing, transportation, the media, communications, etc.  Would you please give me one of those without a multi billion dollar federal department and stacks of rules and regulations that fully control how they are managed, delivered and consumed in our society?

The truth is our nation has been a neo-fascist State for well over 100 years, but now because a guy with bad hair is POTUS all of the sudden people are aware of it?

How is neo-fascism different from classic fascism. In classic fascism, the state directs industry in neo-fascism industry directs the state.  That is the main change, but then it gets far more creative and frankly effective as a system of control.

Neo-fascism is also far more nuanced and effective at controlling people, you can only imprison and kill so many people before you run out of people.  Neo-fascism uses a false dichotomy (called a two party system) to convince its people they have a “choice” which they do not.  This enables all the other key aspects of fascism with the people blaming one another for their oppression.

This is very useful to the State which is the mechanism of said oppression and the Corporatocracy which is the source of it.  I mean you did know almost every bill that becomes law is actually written by lobbyist firms and handed to elected officials right?  Did they teach you that in political science?

Let’s examine my claim deeper by taking one aspect of fascism, that it is to be “fiercely nationalistic” to the point of extreme violence in defending nationalist ideology.  The neo-fascist knows it is more effective to first use the threat of violence rather than actual violence as it keeps good drones doing their work, what ever it may be.  So you create an environment where even if both sides of the false dichotomy hate each other, they are fiercely nationalistic and condemn anything seen as not so.  In effect you create an environment where the prisoners police each other and the guards only step in if things get “our of hand”.

I know you will point to idiots burning the flag in the street as proof the left is not fiercely nationalistic.  However those idiots are no more representative of the main stream left then the actual American Nazi Party is of the main stream right.  Doubt me, post something defending the right of a person to burn their own flag as free speech on facebook and threats will descend upon you from the left, the right, the center and even many who claim to be libertarians.

Say you won’t vote in an election (like I did here) and be prepared to be attacked, mocked, called names and threatened with violence by people from both sides of the dichotomy.  Why, America is fiercely nationalistic, that is why.  And the State has no need to enforce this, the people do it, they like to do it, they enjoy doing it.  Again democrat, republican, centrist, etc, in the end, most Americans are statists at heart, so in the end they will defend even with violence the State itself.  Can you see how much more effective this is than police or soldiers doing the enforcing?

Concentration camps?  No we don’t have those and neither did Mussolini and no one claims he was not fascist.  Hitler was a fascist but he doesn’t define fascism.  Well he should not define it, but you see, making it so, is great if you are running a neo-fascist state. Hence your people don’t recognize the fascist pattern controlling them.  They yell and scream that “we can’t be fascist, there are no swastikas, no gas chambers, no eugenics” (eugenics, um well we can save that for another time).

I would point out though that we do have a parallel in America today in our prison system to concentration camps.  Now I am no bleeding heart, there are people in that system who I think would be better served with a bullet in the head and a hole in the ground then living their entire lives paid for with the taxes of working men and women.  But there are also literally millions of men and women in our prison system for victimless crimes.  They have literally harmed no one, stolen nothing, impeded upon the freedom of no person.

These people work for companies that BUY THE PRISONS and hence BUY THE PRISONER’S LABOR IN THEM, to produce products and do work for pennies an hour.  Didn’t we used to call this slavery or at least indentured servitude?

And once they are released, even when we say “they have paid their debt to society” they are forever MARKED as bad, and can’t even get a decent job.  Keep in mind I am talking about people who were imprisoned for crimes with no actual victim here.

These people often end up in the prison system for life, marked as “bad” by the State because they can never get ahead in life, due to that mark.  And you know what, the people are the ones that enforce the mark, not the State.  Once again the people do it, they like to do it, they enjoy doing it, they feel they are good because they treat “bad people” poorly.

Yes the United States is a fascist State, more accurately a neo-fascist state and if you think that has anything to do with Donald Trump you have no idea at all about the real problem.  Further if you see this article as pro Trump in any way, at all, you have just proven every word of it as accurate.

Bluntly if you are upset about the power that Donald Trump has, or the power that Barack Obama had, or the power any elected official has, at any level, the problem is not the individual.  No the problem is the system that grants them so much power in the first place.

Final note, another hallmark of fascism is being comfortable with extreme power of the State as long as “your side” is in charge.  Well news flash, in a democratically elected republic, sooner or later, your side won’t be in charge.

TSP Directory Feature: Werkz LLC

Werkz LLC Combo Discount on Holsters and Magazine Carriers

Custom Holsters and Magazine Carriers

This week I’m featuring another TSP Directory business that focuses on tactical gear. Werkz LLC has over 150 different pistol molds and dozens of light/laser molds. Chances are really good that they can build you what you need. Werkz is a custom shop that designs OWB (Outside The Waistband), IWB (Inside The Waistband), and AIWB (Appendix Inside The Waistband) carry gear. What sets Werkz LLC and many other businesses in our Directory apart from the competition is customer service. If you call their toll free number it rings through to the owner’s cell phone! Reach out to Werkz to see if they have the holster that’s right for your application.

Combo Discount

Right now Werkz is offering a combo discount when you buy a holster and magazine holder in the same order. You can get 10% off your entire order when you buy both products. Visit their website to learn more. While you’re there, check out the Custom Holsters and Mag Carriers page. You’ll see some examples of their custom work. They have products to accommodate your accessories like lights, lasers, and suppressors. Expect a fast turn-around time on orders. Even though Werkz is a custom shop, they ship most items within two weeks or less.

1911 Holster

Custom Work, Retention, and Ride Height

One important thing to note is that your particular pistol might not be listed on their website. If so, you should reach out to Werkz to see if they can source the appropriate mold for your holster. They have a policy in place that says if a customer requests it, they will attempt to source a new mold and buy it to build holsters on. So, definitely reach out if you don’t see your weapon listed. If you want to know a little more about performance, read on to see what they have to say about retention and ride height:

Werkz tunes the holsters to have enough retention to hold a fully loaded pistol upside down with some movement.  Vigorous shaking upside down (obviously pistol must be unloaded) will allow the pistol to release. Holsters for nearly all models should allow the pistol to “snap” into place, which you should both feel and hear.

A sharp tug on the pistol should allow the pistol to release cleanly after overcoming the initial retention.  Werkz holsters do not use external retention mechanisms, and relies upon this natural retention in the Kydex.

If your holster needs more or less retention, please send it to us with a note indicating what you desire.  We will tune it and send it back no charge. If you insist on trying it yourself, we will not warranty the product.  We can tell when Kydex has lost its shape due to overheating, and will not replace the holster.  That said, if you insist, I’ll let you know the best way to do it.  Get a heat gun or hair dryer.

MAKE SURE THE PISTOL IS UNLOADED AND SAFE.  Set the heater on low so you don’t “burn” the Kydex which can result in offgassing of hazardous chemicals.  Heat slowly around the trigger guard area, including inside the trigger guard (i.e. where the trigger is).  Move the dryer / heat gun constantly to reduce the chance of overheating one specific area.

Once the Kydex reaches about 140 to 160 degrees, it still retains its shape but can start moving.  If you want more retention, pinch the front bar of the trigger guard, pressing also inside the trigger guard to dimple it in.  If you want less retention, pinch in front of the trigger guard (below the muzzle) and start pulling the pistol from the holster, and reinserting repeatedly.  One method causes more material to be “in the way” of the trigger guard front bar on draw, and the other method pushes some of that material out of the way.  If you didn’t get it right the first time, keep trying.  Remember, you just voided our warranty, so keep trying until you get it right.

You can adjust the ride height most of the time. If your holster has 5 eyelets on each side, which most full size pistols do, then you can unscrew the belt loop assemblies from both sides of the holster, reposition them in the next lower set of belt loops, and reinstall things.  If you have a compact pistol, you may only have 4 eyelets, but you will likely be able to turn the belt loops upside down to push the pistol up a little bit further on your body.  If you need to drop the pistol, contact Werkz to purchase drop belt loops, which will drop the pistol about 1/2″.

If you visit the FAQ page you can learn more about other adjustments that can be made to your holster. Overall, the craftsmanship and quality is very impressive. Check out their site and have a look for yourself. You can also find Werkz listed in the TSP Business Directory along with many great businesses owned by members of the TSP community.

 

TSP Spring 2017 – Fun And Skills Workshop Almost Sold Out

UPDATE – As of 2-1-17 at 11:00 4 seats remain for this class.  Two of which were added due to people willing to ride share, etc. reducing the vehicle count a bit.  If you want to come this year get your seats soon!

Well this time we made it a day without selling out, there are still about 10 seats left, so get them while you can.  This workshop is going to be amazing, with amazing people and some of the stuff is so awesome we can’t even tell you what it is in advance.

Remember what happens at the barter blanket, stays at the barter blanket and this time, that is getting expanded just a bit.  Plus do you know the meaning behind the secrete code of “Talk to the Squirrel” or are you on the private email list with some of the coolest people in the TSP community.  If not the only way to find out and get on the list is to come to a workshop.  It is a promise I have made to all students.

Cost to attend this work shop is 500 dollars total with a 100 dollar deposit to hold your seat and the balance isn’t due until you arrive on site.

To Sign Up and Join Us for Our Workshop running from March 22-24 with camping available form March 21-25 just click here. 

This time I am also doing a really cool contest, be ready to take a lot of pictures (not at the barter blanket) is all I will say about that for now.

What are we going to cover this time around, well I have 14 awesome instructors plus myself and we are going to provide 15 awesome workshops in 3 days time, get ready for a knowledge upload in a big way.  Here is what we are covering,

  • Knife Making – After this class you will know how to complete a kit knife even if you don’t do the hands on extra class.  Yep all of the sudden KnifeKits.com will be a more interesting website.  And Patrick Roehrman will teach those that upgrade his master craft.
  • Small Engine Maintenance – Chris Prater will be teaching this and he is always awesome and shows you how to do things for a dollar that others pay a hundred to acomplish.
  • Homestead Automation – Instructor Charlie Fairchild will show you how to easily automate your homestead and save hours and dollars.
  • Alcohol Infusions and Fermented Foods – Some guy named Spirko is going to show you how to make a 50 dollar bottle of liquor for 5 bucks and how to make healthy fermented foods to heal your body if you over indulge.
  • Sous Vide Cooking – Jake Robinson and that Spirko guy will show you how to make steaks and more that will blow away your friends and family.
  • Building an AR15 – How would you like to save a couple hundred bucks on your next AR?  It isn’t that hard the basics of building your own will be covered in only one hour flat.
  • Roasting Coffee – Nicole “Awesome Sauce” (that is what I call her) will show you not just how to roast your own coffee but how she doesn’t just save money, she makes money doing it. We call that function stacking.
  • The Trump Economic Impact – Love him or hate him Donald Trump is president and like it or not, he is “getting shit done”, what will the economic impact of his first 100 days be long term, John Pugliano will tell you what is coming.
  • Aquaponics – Do you think aquaponics is too complicated, or cost to much to do.  While we will be showing off my large installation, Richard Hasting will be showing you how anyone can set up aquaponics and produce more food in less space than you can imagine.
  • High Density Food Production – This is being done by my buddy David Seigler, in some years he and his wife produce up to 70% of their calories from their own land.  Oh by the way it is a suburban Fort Worth property.  And he will tell you how to offset your costs by selling things to Yuppies, things you would have never thought of.  Yea really!
  • Homesteading on a Budget and Cover Crop See Mixes – Nick Ferguson is a master of doing more with less, so as to make  homesteading profitable and he will also teach you to make your own seed mixes and save both the earth and your wallet in the process.
  • Solar Power – Karen Houston who has 30 years of experience as a master electrician will teach you how to make solar power work for you, both on and off grid.
  • Wood Working – In fact anarchist wood working!  What is that, it is building amazing stuff with nothing but hand tools.  Instructor Brad Fullbright will show you what it is all about.
  • Special Unadvertised Bonuses – If I told you what this was, I would ruin it wouldn’t I?

On top of all this there will be home made apple cider on draft, mead and beer tasting, some of the coolest people you will ever meet and frankly I don’t think you could eat the way we feed you over three days for half the cost of attendance.  If you leave here hungry you are either a vegan or well, you are a vegan!

So if you have always wanted to come to one of our workshops, come to this one, make the time and you won’t regret it.  The after hours time, the bonding with like minded individuals alone is worth it.

Our property is about 30 minutes from DFW Airport and many students ride share, etc. to get here, so even if you have to fly in, airfare is generally reasonable and you can just bring enough to camp, or get a hotel, food is not going to be a problem, I promise you.

To Sign Up and Join Us for Our Workshop running from March 22-24 with camping available form March 21-25 just click here. 

MT Knives Add On Class for the TSP Workshop

Patrick Roehrman will be doing an add on knife making class at the 2017 fall workshop.  Interested students will need to sign up with him directly, you can find full details here.

This is a great opportunity, Patrick will be helping 10 students complete a knife that would easily sell for more than 300 dollars and the price of the class is 300 dollars.  In essence you can choose to decide how you look at it, you are either buying the knife and getting the education for free, or buying the education and getting the knife free, either one is a pretty sweet deal.

The way this will work is, Patrick will be our first instructor with a 1 hour session for all on the general principles of making a knife, this will be best for people buying pre made blanks and handle materials.  Every student will be part of this but it won’t be hands on.

Then for 2 hours a day, plus likely some down time and sessions some don’t wish to attend he will help those who purchase the add on complete an awesome custom knife, one you can’t even buy from him.

Please note this is ONLY FOR STUDENTS OF THE SPRING WORKSHOP who have already secured a seat to it, please do not sign up for this if you are not a student or instructor at the TSP 2017 Fun and Skills Workshop.

To learn more and claim one of the ten spots
go to this link at the MT Knives website.

PS – Please understand that this add on is being 100% run by Patrick, other than purchasing some tools for my shop so students can use them I am not involved, any arrangements, special deals, questions on it need to go to him, not me.  I will have my hands full today making sure all of my students get their info packets, questions answered etc.