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Reminder One Week Left to Vote on Junes Tuesday Shows

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Just a reminder there is only about a week left to vote on June’s Tuesday “Just Jack”, shows.  Get on over to the forum and vote, in this election your votes really do count. I have 8 topics to pick from set up on the form and the top four will be produced on June, 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Here are the topics listed in the order they are currently ranked at.

  1. Four Years of Flux – The Rapid Changes Between Now and 2020
  2. Your First Year on a New Homestead – Taking Actions without Regretting Them
  3. Eating like a king on an Below Average Income
  4. The 12 Planks of Modern Survivalism – A Revisit 8 Years After I First Created Them
  5. Building Resilient Children is a World of Wusses
  6. How to Get Started with Bitcoin – Setting Up Accounts, Sending, Receiving, etc.
  7. Aquaculture for Protein Production
  8. Selecting and Understanding Bullet Types for Hunting, Practice and Tactical Use

Remember that all voting is on the forum, I have turned off the comments on this post to be sure there is no confusion.

To Vote Click This Link

Special from MT Knives – Genesis II

genesisTSP Gear Shop has been working with MT Knives to bring you a special edition knife featuring the TSP Logo for only $99.00. 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 II 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. 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.”

Pocket Shot back in stock

pocket shot After a recent video went viral, there was a big spike in demand for The Pocket Shot Sling Shot. After being sold out everywhere, TSP Gear Shop finally has these back in stock. All back orders have been filled.

The Pocket Shot is the evolution of the slingshot. Their patented circular design allows users to load and shoot different projectiles at two to three times the rate of a regular slingshot. Perfect for hunters and recreational use as its tiny size allows you to keep it in your pocket, tackle box, or backpack while storing ammo in its watertight compartment. Up to 350 feet per second, the Pocket Shot is not a toy. Created and built in the USA, their team takes pride in the invention and hopes you enjoy it as much as we do.


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When the Pocket Shot is in use, it measures 5 inches long but the Pocket Shot measures only 2.3 inches by 1.3 inches when it is closed. Pocket Shot includes one standard pouch and one pro-pouch. The cap and rings are made of noryl resins. Strong and durable for your outdoor needs.

When you purchase now through TSP Gear Shop you get Free Shipping. MSB can take another 10% off their purchase.

Poll Posted for June’s Tuesday Shows

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Get on over to the forum and vote, in this election your votes really do count.  I have 8 topics to pick from set up on the form and the top four will be produced on June, 7, 14, 21 and 28.  This time here are your subjects to pick from,

  • Selecting and Understanding Bullet Types for Hunting, Practice and Tactical Use
  • Aquaculture for Protein Production
  • Your First Year on a New Homestead – Taking Actions without Regretting Them
  • Eating like a king on an Below Average Income
  • How to Get Started with Bitcoin – Setting Up Accounts, Sending, Receiving, etc.
  • Building Resilient Children is a World of Wusses
  • The 12 Planks of Modern Survivalism – A Revisit 8 Years After I First Created Them
  • Four Years of Flux – The Rapid Changes Between Now and 2020

Remember that all voting is on the forum, I have turned off the comments on this post to be sure there is no confusion.

To Vote Click This Link

Jam Packed Workshop with Darby Simpson in June

darbyOn June 10th & 11th Darby Simpson will be hosting a jam-packed workshop on his farm.

Students will learn all about raising their own pastured poultry, pork and rabbit as well as how to butcher these animals on the homestead and the tools required to do so efficiently.

While aimed at the homesteader, all of the methods covered can be scaled to production level easily.

Instructors include Darby Simpson, Greg Burns (Nature’s Image Farm), Patrick Roehrman (MT Knives) and others.

In addition to the 16 hours of instructional time, students will receive a spiral bound book with a copy of each presentation given and full of color photos to take notes in and to reference at home later.

All six meals (made fresh with local and organic ingredients) are also included along with drinks and snacks in the workshop fee.  And of course, the two day event will be capped off with a barter blanket session hosted by Rob Kaiser (Deliberate Living Systems).

No matter if you are a homesteader, wanting to homestead or considering a for-profit farming enterprise you will not want to miss this opportunity!

 You can learn more and sign up for a seat at the following link:
Meat Production & Butchering Workshop! | Darby Simpson

TSP Meetup Friday 13th at Nine Mile Farm

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Come Meet Fellow Listeners at Nine Mile Farm on Friday.

I was contacted by long term listener Karim who moved recently from Chicago to Austin as part of the walking to freedom movement.  He and quite a few others are going to the Self Reliance Expo in Irving on Friday and they wanted to have me come meet them for a drink.

I decided to instead host a TSP meet up for them and any and all other audience members.  We will just be hanging out at the farm, I will be providing beer and brats and sausages from the grill.  Officially the time is from 5-9 PM, and about 9 indeed to be clear we will be sending everyone home.

If you are coming just email me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Meetup in the subject line.  I will send you directions to the farm.  Again any and all listeners in the area are invited not just SRE attendees, just make sure to give me the head count so I know how many to expect.

Also please note we have plenty of duck eggs in stock if you want to pick some up at this event.

If You Have A Smart Phone These are the Best Charging Cables You Can Get

iphonecableAs a long time iPhone user I have always been frustrated by how quickly the expensive cables that come with them end up damaged.  Worse yet when you buy aftermarket cables they tend to not always work.

So I went on a quest to find a durable iPhone cable that just fricken worked and worked all the time.  What I settled on was this, ISelector Nylon Braided Lightning Charging Cable.  These things are tough!  How tough?  While I don’t recommend this, I took one and folded it half and whipped my desk with it 5 times, no damage, plugged it in and it worked.

They are quite affordable too at 25 bucks for a three pack.  About 8.30 a piece and given an Apple Lightening Cable no where near as durable sells for 19 dollars for one, they are now the only thing I use.

You can find them on Amazon at this link ISelector Nylon Braided Lightning Charging Cable

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androidcableBut what about you folks with Androids and other phones that use micro usb.  While they are not as costly as lightening cables given they are so universal, they do still tend to get damaged.  I also keep two of these in my charging station for friends and visitors, so I went out to find the best value to quality ratio I could find.

The key was I wanted a braided cable and aluminum connectors just like the iPhone cable I found.  And what I came up with is the iSeeker Nylon Braided Tangle-Free Micro USB Cable.

I will be totally honest I have not used these anywhere near as much as the ones for the iPhone because I don’t have a phone or primary device that uses them.  But based on their reviews and my inspection they are the best you can get for the price.  I mean seriously these are three bucks a piece in a bundle of three!

During disasters especially weather related ones communications and info gathering is often vital and smart phones are a key link for that.  For this reason I keep chargers and cables in all my vehicles, with my battery back up systems, in all my bags including my BOB and EDC bag.  I also keep the micro USB ones and a few other form factors like standard USB, because you never know what you may need, especially to help others.

When I stick cable into a bag and know I may not see it again for 6 months, I want to damn well know it is going to work when I need it.  If anyone knows of better cables, tell me and I will try them out.  For now these are my highest recommendations.

My Favorite LED Emergency Power Failure Light

Since I published my video using my Steven Harris design mobile battery bank during a recent power outage, I have been asked a lot about the LED Power Failure Light seen in it.

Here is the HD version of that video.

These are by far my favorite Power Failure Lights.

These are by far my favorite Power Failure Lights.

You see the light in the bath room off the hallway.

I have tried dozens of brands of these over the years, they are all useful while they last.  Generally at some point the over charge and stay on even when they should be off.

I have never been happy with any of them long term until I found these from Etekcity.

I have been running these now for over a year with no issues, they work and just keep on working.  The only down side is they take up an entire outlet.  I am going to change a few of my outlets to quads to deal with that, I like them that much.

They also have motion sensors so when you walk by them in the dark they turn on and go back off after no motion is detected for 30 seconds. This prevent stubbed toes in dark hallway, great for night bathroom trips too, with out lighting up the entire house.

They are plug and play, you don’t have to configure anything. You an pick them up and take them with you like a flashlight.

You can find them on Amazon they are called, Etekcity LED Night Light / Flashlight: Rechargeable Emergency Light 

 

French Press Mugs still available


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TSP Gear Shop ran the new batch of “A Revolution is Brewing” French Press Travel mugs. This will likely be the only batch for 2016. All pre-orders were filled a few weeks ago and they still have mugs left in stock.

These are the Double Shot 2.1 French Press Mugs by Planetary Designs. They also come with a second lid if you want to just use it as a regular travel mug.

  • Nearly indestructible handle
  • Caribiner friendly
  • Constructed of double-walled, 18/8 restaurant-grade stainless steel
  • BPA-free
  • Storage compartment in the base for additional ground coffee, keys etc.
  • 14 oz. capacity, 6 3/4″H.

To get in on these remaining mugs visit TSP Gear Shop today. MSB can take 10% off their entire order. Free Shipping in the US. Also be sure to check out the Special Deals section.

Get Your Limited Edition TSP Top Bar Hive While You Can

Get Your TSP Top Bar Limited Edition Hive Before they Sell Out

Get Your TSP Top Bar Limited Edition Hive Before they Sell Out

Okay guys now this is cool for all you beekeepers and soon to be beekeepers out there and just in time to still be able to get bees this year.

These are a top bar hive open source design modified to be a bit better by our own William “Peanut” Turner.  This version will only have 50 made, it is custom routed with the TSP logo and ants and will be individually serial numbed in the order received 1-50, I have unit 00.

I did make one mistake in the video saying you could choose your type of plywood.  Kevin Keagen and Peanut made a command decision to make these only in the higher quality CARB compliant 13 layer plywood.

The price on these is 344 including shipping in the US.  Yes shipping is included, no discount codes required, one price for the top notch version of this hive

To get this hive while you can go to http://elishasspring.com/shop/tsp-serial-number-top-bar-hive/

Here is a short video of my hive.  Please note that again I said you could choose your plywood but the guys decided to include the upgrade to CARB compliant 13 layer plywood on all of them.