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Taking a Day Off

Sometimes You Just Got to Take a Day Off!

Sometimes You Just Got to Take a Day Off!

Guys and Gals, today is being termed a Jack’s Mental Health Day.  I have been putting in 12-14 hour days since the new year began.  Nick Ferguson and I worked though this weekend and I just need to plug in the smart charger and not use the machine for a day.

It is also iced in here, cold as hell, the birds need some extra care.  The plan is to see to them, then the wife and I are going to camp out on the floor in front of the TV with the dogs and cats and do absolutely nothing.  Hopefully it will be everything I have dreamed that it could be like Peter Gibbons above.

There will be an episode of The Duck Chronicles coming out soon, but after that, I am disappearing for a day.  I shall return to tomorrow for an ass kicking version of TSP, you have my word on it.

Rocket Mass Heaters 4-DVD Set from Paul Wheaton

paulstovesOver the years I have done lots of stuff with my buddy Paul Wheaton. He has been a huge supporter of TSP and is constantly doing innovative things to push permaculture further.

His latest project is a kickstarter for a new set of Rocket Mass Heater DVDs. I have seen his previous rocket mass heater DVDs, and let me tell you, these new ones look like a huge improvement. Much more information, better video quality, and the rewards for the kickstarter are pretty damn cool.

The four videos will be:

  • DVD 1: Cob Style – A cob style rocket mass heater is “the old reliable”. It is the most popular style of rocket mass heater and this video will show one being built in a log home, and one being built in a tipi.
  • DVD 2: Pebble Style – A pebble style rocket mass heater is the variant that Paul has done tons and tons of experiments with. The video will cover building three different kinds of pebble style rocket mass heaters.
  • DVD 3: Shippable Core  – Over the past few years, Paul has released a variety of information on how to make your own shippable cores, and now, in this video, he supplies the “how to” video for a variety of those techniques.
  • DVD 4: Innovator’s Event  – A few months ago, Paul hosted a rocket mass heater innovators event out at his land. This video will cover all of the quite revolutionary things they built there.

If you are new to rocket mass heaters, they may be THE cleanest, cheapest way to heat your home so getting this information out to world is pretty huge.

Click Here to Learn More and Watch the Trailer

Warm Up with a Great Sale Price on the MSB

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Join the MSB Today and Get 20 Dollars Off Your First Year with Discount Code cold

The MSB is a great value and this is a great time of year for spring homestead planning. So I decided to make the MSB an even bigger value for the next week.

Spring officially begins in just over a months time.  So indeed now is the time to plan.  To get you guy on board or back on board wit the MSB you can now get your first year of MSB for only 30 dollars. This sale is open to new members or members who’s prior membership has expired.

To get your first year of the MSB for only 30 dollars just use the discount code

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You can of course use the code to join by mail if you pay by cash, check or silver as well. Those paying by silver will get 14 vs. 12 months of membership per 2 ounces. Those that wish to pay with bitcoin should email me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com to make arrangements to get the discount.

You can Join the MSB at the Members Page

If you have been considering the MSB now is a great time to join! There are several benefits that are worth more than the entire first year cost alone. Such as…

  • A free LIFETIME Discount Membership to SafeCastle’s Discount club (value 49 dollars)
  • A free Premium Membership with Western Botanicals (value 50 dollars)

Remember Bob Wells Nursery was Added to the MSB Last Year

Planning that spring planting? Well spring is a great time to plant trees, bushes and many other perennials. Now all MSB Members get 10% off all purchases from Bob Wells Nursery. That means with this one benefit alone a 300 dollar tree order alone would pay for the entire first year at the discounted price.

And if you are getting that spring planting bug remember we have many other great discounts from companies like

Lastly the premium eBook Collection is worth over 150 dollars alone, it includes…

  • Planting Trees The Low Cost Easy Way (value $6.99 )
  • How to Build Top Bar Behives (value $6.99 )
  • Basics of Sprouting (value $6.95 )
  • Building an EPAK Kit (value $12.95 )
  • Getting Your Household in Order (value $6.95 )
  • Building a Traditional Clay Oven (value $18.00 )
  • Building Aquaponics Systems (value $18.00 )
  • Secrets of Ballistic Striking (value $11.95 )
  • The Glycation Factor (value $49.99 )
  • How to Build Your Own Residential Wind Turbine (value $14.99 )

As you can see I work very hard to insure there is a tremendous value to the MSB and I keep working to increase the value for my members. In the end it is also a way you can help support the show.

At 30 dollars for your first year that works out to only 12.5 cents an episode to support the show.

You can Join the MSB at the Members Page

P.S. – If you order using the mail in form, BE VERY SURE TO PRINT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS CLEARLY on the form it is the one piece of data we absolutely need to set up your membership and make sure you get your log in details.

Nick Ferguson and Jack Spirko to Host 4 Hours of Plant Propagation Bonus Q&A

Nick Ferguson’s Plant Propagation Course has been a huge success for PermaEthos.

The feed back has been exceptional and we are sure perhaps a few hundred back yard nurseries will spring up because of it this year.  This is yet another example of our real goals at PermaEthos, to empower as many people as possible to develop their own properties and business in consort with Permaculture ethics and design science.

Nick and I talked a lot about the production of this course and what we wanted it to do.  The main goals were simple.

  1. No fluff, the real necessary information to set up a full on production system for plant propagation with all major techniques, rooting, misting, grafting, etc.
  2. For it to be understandable where anyone could take that information and get the ball rolling.

Those goals were met but we had one more goal.  Under promise and over deliver.  To that end on the weekend of Feb 21-22 Nick and I will  host two conference calls of two hours each.  The calls will run from 11AM – 1PM central standard time.

Call in info will be sent to all students a day in advance.  Recordings of the call will then be added to the course for use by all students.

In addition Nick will be doing a walk though of my property with me, pruning some of my trees, collecting scion wood and some other cool stuff.  All of this will be video’d and uploaded to the course site as well.  This video will be largely unedited but it will be in full HD and be shot with professional gear.  It will also address issues for trees 1-2 years old planted on a true permaculture site.

Again all of this is bonus material and will be provided freely to all students both current and future for Nick Plant Propagation course.

On the call we will focus on developing niche markets, marketing your business, dealing with any and all propagation issues and just basically answer any and all questions you guys have.

If you have been considering taking the course you still have plenty of time to get enrolled and take your first pass though the videos before the coming call.  Students should begin to prepare now, write down questions as you plan your nursery, plan for your end goals, etc.  Personally I feel for those that want to set up a business of this kind these two calls alone if applied will be worth the entire cost of the course.

You can learn more about the course at The PermaEthos Basic Plant Propagation Course

As a final note we will also be using your feedback during this call to help us in developing the Advanced Plant Propagation Course which Nick will be developing in the future.

The Permaculture Chickens Kickstarter

Justin Rhodes who is a long time member of the TSP Community has a kickstarter initiative on raising your own back yard chickens the Permaculture way.

Tell you what guys he must be doing something right because he has backing from folks like, Pat Foreman, Jim Adkins and Joel Salatin.  I have personally backed his Kickstarter as well and wanted to let you guys know about it.

You can learn more and see the trailer at Justin’s Kickstarter Campaign.

Last Call – Special from MT Knives

genesisOnly a few days left to order! TSP Gear Shop has been working with MT Knives to bring you a special edition knife featuring the TSP Logo. This is an amazing opportunity for TSP listeners! Artisinal knife crafters MT Knives produce impeccable, custom-made blades. For a limited time, TSP listeners can purchase a MT Knife of their very own, customized with the TSP logo you love! MT Knives has a limited quantity of knives, made to suit the TSP listener.

We will only be taking orders for this special knife for the next few days. The Genesis, Gen 1 knife will then be etched with the MT Knives logo on one side, and the TSP logo on the other. Knives should be ready to ship in 4-6 weeks. Visit TSP Gear today to find out additional details and place your order. Remember MSB Members can take 10% Off, and all orders Ship for Free!


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Note from MT Knives owner Patrick Roehrman: “Due to such a high demand for custom knives, and wanting to provide as many people as possible with the best cutting performance that money can buy, I have put together a small, light weight, minimalist design that will give you the best cutting performance for a price all can afford. I chose to use a steel that is rather new and due to its high cost is not used very often by other knife makers. This is the same steel I use in many of my custom knives. If you want to experience an edge that will perform like nothing you have used before, at a fraction of the cost of a custom knife, or if you want something to hold you over while you wait for your custom knife, this is the knife for you! This knife is 100% American made, and its quality is not to be rivaled.”

Can Any Law Be “Mandatory” Without the Threat of Violence

A Law is Merely the Threat of Violence at the Point of a Gun.

A Law is Merely the Threat of Violence at the Point of a Gun.

Recently I have responded to those who say that vaccines should be mandatory with a simple statement.  That is that if you are for mandatory vaccines you are for enforcing the injecting of a drug into a person’s body against their wishes, via the threat of violence at the point of a gun.

When I said that I was told that I was “spreading fear and hysteria”  by “conjuring up images of armed thugs forcing people to be vaccinated”.

The truth is I am conjuring nothing…

Conjuring – Noun – The performance of tricks that are seemingly magical, typically involving sleight of hand.

There is no trickery in my statement.  Let us see if we can shelve vaccines for this discussion.  My contention is simply this, any law is only a law if it is backed up with force.  Those who do not submit to the law will be met with force, should those who are met with force resist further, the force will be escalated until compliance is achieved.

Anything short of that isn’t a LAW and it isn’t MANDATORY it is a recommendation.  A law means it will be enFORCED and enforcement requires FORCE.

It is also a fact that in the end, when people refuse to comply with any law, it is armed men who do the enforcing.  This isn’t always bad, if you murder someone, if you rape someone, if you try to kill someone, if you assault someone, frankly I want armed me to arrest you and see that you meet with justice.  I think 99% of people feel the same way about that.

So no matter what the law you want passed might be. if it either requires or prohibits any behavior we have the same dynamic at play.  Just like when a man in New York sold loose cigarettes and refused to comply with being arrested for such a non violent and insignificant act.  His refusal to comply was met with violence and said violence resulted in his death.

I for one do not believe the officer intended to kill that man.  Yet in the end multiple armed men tackled and restrained a man, using the threat of violence at the point of a gun because he broke well, a tax law.  People were shocked but guys and gals that is what a LAW means.  In the end if you fail to comply you are forced to comply and that is done by men with guns.

I am not suggesting you change your position on any law here or on any issue.  No at this time all I would like you to do is accept that when a person says, “X should be mandatory” or “there ought to be a law restricting Y”, what they are in fact saying is it also needs to be enforced by the State via the threat of violence at the point of a gun.

The lone exception would be laws repealing existing laws.  Such a decriminalizing marijuana or deregulation of say home grown or produced food products.   In such cases what is happening is the removal of the threat of violence.

In all other cases though any law or anything you deem “mandatory” is only a law and only mandatory if people will be forced to obey it.

Do you disagree?  If so tell me how we can have a law that means anything without enforcement?  Defend your position with logic, not by calling me names or asking me something stupid like if I have a degree in law.

Now if you are going to say that we can do this simply with fines, before you do let me simply ask you, what happens when I don’t pay the fine?  In the end if it is a law, and it has any meaning as such; failure to comply is met by armed men who force compliance.  Ask any honest law enforcement officer, he will tell you this is absolutely the truth.

All I am suggesting here is every time you think “there should be a law”, you consider what you are actually saying before you convince yourself it is a good idea.

Now again there are certain behaviors I myself would be willing to personally use violence to prevent.  I am also aware of the fact that if I pay someone to assault you, I am also guilty of the assault.  Most people also agree with this.  Using a proxy to carry out a behavior doesn’t absolve the party that instigated the behavior.

So when someone says there should be a law, my first question to myself is would I be willing to personally use the threat of violence to enforce this law.  It is only a fair question because if I support this law, I know my proxies will do so.  When I answer, yes I would, I also require myself to examine that position for quite a while, to be sure excessive emotions aren’t fueling the response.  Anger and fear of course being the two that most often lead to an irrational answer.

Again if anyone finds my position here to be fear mongering, inaccurate, etc.  Please defend the counter argument I would love to hear it.

On a final note, please stay out of the weeds in this discussion.  Notice I didn’t take a position here on any law, regulation or issue.  I have not said what I think should or should not be illegal.  I have simply stated what the words law and mandatory mean when they come from the State.

The Duck Chronicles Episode Thirteen – Questions, Answer and Ducks in Between

Watch Us Grow Up on Youtube!

Watch Us Grow Up on Youtube!

On the The Duck Chronicles Episode Thirteen – Questions, Answer and Ducks in Between it is Q and A Day today where I will try to answer as many of your questions as I can.

First up on the report card the ducks have continued to follow the pattern of heavy gains followed by more modest gains.

Yesterday they weighed in at 8.225 ounces based on a 20 duck average. Today they weighed 8.97 ounces based on the same 20 duck average for a modest gain of .745 ounces.

A total body weight gain of 9.06% over a 24 hour period.

Running weight gain is as follows

  • Day One Gain 29%
  • Day Two Gain 17%
  • Day Three Gain 30%
  • Day Four Gain 18%
  • Day Five Gain 28%
  • Day Six Gain 6%
  • Day Seven Gain 25%
  • Day Nine Gain 16%
  • Day Ten Gain 9.06%

At this point you can see the growth beginning to plateau.

I then turn to your questions and comments today. Please continue to post your questions and comments and I will try to get them into future episodes.

New MSB Updates 2-2-15

Geoff Lawton is one of my Greatest Teachers

MSB Members get 100 Dollars off of Geoff Lawton’s PDC

First many have been asking for the discount for Geoff Lawton’s PDC.  I try not to add his code to the MSB until right before he opens his course so I don’t end up with a dozen how do I order the PDC emails.  Anyway Geoff is opening his course either tomorrow or Saturday.

I am not sure it has usually been Friday but his email says February 7th.  That might be the 7th in Australia though.

In any event the discount code is now in the MSB, you can learn more about Geoff and get a ton of awesome free videos at GeoffLawton.com

The discount I negotiated for MSB member is 100 dollars which is two full years of MSB by itself.  Geoff is an amazing teacher and I am continuing to get discounts to his course for MSB members who want to avail themselves of his teaching.

While we are now technically in competition with Geoff with our courses at PermaEthos, I have decided that I will always support Geoff’s efforts as well, as he is my greatest teacher and mentor in the field of Permaculture.

MSB Members Get 50% off Luke Calahan's Guide to the Microgreen Business

MSB Members Get 50% off Luke Calahan’s Guide to the Microgreen Business

Next up is Luke Callahan’s Guide to the Micro Greens Business – Did you know that you could be up and running with a Permaculture style business in just a few weeks for perhaps a few hundred dollars invested.  That with some hustle that business could earn you a thousand dollars a week or more.

Luke Callahan did it, in fact he made 2,000 a week plus selling micro greens and it put it all into his eBook called, The Complete Guide to Growing and Selling Microgreens.  This really isn’t an eBook it is a complete and proven business plan, one that has already worked for Luke.  And how is this for a discount?  50% yep you can get his 64 dollar Guide for only 32 dollars.  To learn more go to http://localbusinessplans.com/microgreens/  to hear a full interview with Luke on the Permaculture Voices Podcast go to http://www.permaculturevoices.com/87 

Even if you are not interested in the eBook I really recommend you listen to Luke’s interview with Diego on the PermaCulture voices podcast.  The methods and business principles discussed are spot on.  Again you can find that podcast at http://www.permaculturevoices.com/87

As always to get the discount code just log in to your members area.  If you are not yet a member and would like to join the MSB you can do that here.

Special from MT Knives

genesisTSP Gear Shop has been working with MT Knives to bring you a special edition knife featuring the TSP Logo. This is an amazing opportunity for TSP listeners! Artisinal knife crafters MT Knives produce impeccable, custom-made blades. For a limited time, TSP listeners can purchase a MT Knife of their very own, customized with the TSP logo you love! MT Knives has a limited quantity of knives, made to suit the TSP listener.

For the next week we will be taking orders for this special knife. The Genesis, Gen 1 knife will then be etched with the MT Knives logo on one side, and the TSP logo on the other. Knives should be ready to ship in 4-6 weeks. Visit TSP Gear today to find out additional details and place your order. Remember MSB Members can take 10% Off, and all orders Ship for Free!


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Note from MT Knives owner Patrick Roehrman: “Due to such a high demand for custom knives, and wanting to provide as many people as possible with the best cutting performance that money can buy, I have put together a small, light weight, minimalist design that will give you the best cutting performance for a price all can afford. I chose to use a steel that is rather new and due to its high cost is not used very often by other knife makers. This is the same steel I use in many of my custom knives. If you want to experience an edge that will perform like nothing you have used before, at a fraction of the cost of a custom knife, or if you want something to hold you over while you wait for your custom knife, this is the knife for you! This knife is 100% American made, and its quality is not to be rivaled.”