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Some Updates from Jack

Travel Plans

First we have travel planned in June and we are going to be in need of a house sitter.  For this I would prefer someone from this community.  Total duration is about 11 days in June more specifics will be given to interested parties.

We have had folks do a “hand off” in the past, say one person do half the time and the other come spend one day with them to get briefed and do the other half.  We are paying 50 bucks a day for this and it is a lot like being on a free/paid vacation.  With the ducks gone there is may be 30 minutes of work a day and checking on the aquaponics system say twice a day.

There is no need to be here all day long and you can come and go as you please.  We do need the person to spend the nights here though as the old dog just doesn’t make it though the night any more with out needed a pee break.

In return you can hang out on our property, use our pool, our hot tub, internet, cable, etc.  In the past people who have done this have included home school families with their kids and we are fine with that.  Most people who have done this have really enjoyed it.  Interested parties should email me at jack @ thesurvivalpodcast dot com with TSPC House Sitter in the subject line.  Once I verify who you are more info and specific dates will be given.

Biltong for Breakfast

So we have really upped our game at  We brought in our friend Hatch and invested in better audio gear.  Since then we have released two new episodes and the quality is really great.

It sure ain’t your daddy’s cooking show, lots of fun and banter between David and I and some really simple but elevated food.

The two new episodes are, Jerk Bird Salad and Snack Peppers and Cow Flesh – Part 1 of 2.  I also put my famous Acorn Squash Soup into a slide show video.

On top it it all we started something fun called the “Foraged Mary” and you guys can participate in that one.  Every Thursday I put out David and my Wednesday evening foraged Mary, and we will feature and photos from fans in that post who participated in any given week and provided a photo.

Here are our three latest videos and consider subscribing to us in any of the various ways we have available.  Its all free of course.





A Call for Expert Council Questions

Do to travel next week to Tennessee Nicole Sauce’s awesome “Living Free in Tennessee” workshop there will be rewinds all week next week.  I will do an expert council show tomorrow but that will take me to dangerously low amounts of content even with a week off.

If you have always wanted to get a question into the experts, now is a great time, most of them have a clean slate (except for two on the pikers list, YOU KNOW who you are).  So check out the Meet the Expert Council Page to remind yourself of all the amazing people we have and get some questions sent in.  Remember to email them to jack at thesurvivalpodcast dot com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

Farewell to Alice the Cat

Yesterday we had to make the always tough decision to have our little cat Alice put to sleep.  She was quite old an had and incredibly good life life, dare I say a spoiled existence.  She was likely the sweetest cat we have or ever will know.  Got along great with the dogs and never met a stranger she didn’t want to sit with.

She was certainly a “special kitty” in other ways, crossed eyed, 90% deaf and not exactly the sharpest tool in the drawer.    Due to all this she had to live most of her life as an inside cat.  But in her old age unable to get over a fence she got quite a bit of outside time in her final weeks and seemed to really enjoy it.

I buried her in our special spot for past pets, she now lays along side Blackie and Ralph.  Farewell Alice you will be missed, but your litter pan won’t be.

Thank You

Here at the end of these updates I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you.  Today I walked around my property and did some pictures of my various aquaponics systems.  Even I am amazed at how things are going this year.  But this is just one of so many blessings that Dorothy and I have in our lives because of you guys.  To all of you who have supported me for the last almost 10 years on this insane journey, simply thank you, so very much.

~ Jack

Final Reminder – Last Day to Get MSB at 30 Bucks for Life

The MSB is and always has been a fantastic value, but in 2018 I have really grown the program so far adding ButcherBox, Ridge Wallet, OMG Leather, and Eden Brothers Seeds.

And trust me, while we had some challenges early this year in our home and with travel, etc. I ain’t done with 2018 yet.  In fact there are over 70 different companies you get discounts from in the MSB, they are all listed on the MSB Sign Up Page Here.

I hear from members all the time who tell me that the 50 bucks I charge is an incredible value because they get several hundred dollars in total discounts a year in return for it.

Well today that great deal is even better.  We have closed down the first quarter of 2018, time is marching on, this is the time for planting in much of the country or it soon will be.  Just in our seed partners and nursery discounts alone what you can save on planting this year, can easily cover the cost of MSB membership, but man, if you take this deal, getting your money back will be a lay up.

How is this folks, 30 bucks a year, and that DOES APPLY to renewals for life.

Yea you read that right, become a member this week and you get the MSB for 30 bucks and as long as you remain an active member that rate locks in for life.  And if for some reason your renewal fails, (it happens) as long as you contact me soon after that, I will make sure you get your lifetime rate back.

To get this discount just use the discount code tsp18 and select a 12 month term, this sale is for 12 month terms only.  To do so you can sign up online here and pay with any major credit card.

If you want to pay by crytpo currency, you can do that here, just adjust the payment accordingly when you are given an address to send crypto to.

If you want to pay by US Mail and cash, check, money order, etc you can use the mail in form here.  Just write the code on the form and we will honor the rate.

This sale is open to new members or those with expired accounts only.  As always this isn’t me being like Verizon or something, the system we use and payments solution just won’t let us do an early renewal, if we did that it would create double billing to your account.  I hope that makes sense.

In any event this is a great deal with a lifetime discount, so please consider signing up by credit card online, with crypto or by cash, check or silver today.



Get a Food Forest in a Box from Grant Shultz

We did this last year and it was a huge hit.  I have hooked up with Grant Shultz to get you this offer once again.  This is a smoking deal if you want to get a forest started this spring.  Here is the email from Grant on what is available.


1) TSP Food Forest Bundle  80 trees for $297  ($3.71/tree)
Fan favorite, have offered this for several years.
17 bundles available –


2) Chestnuts, Oaks & Apples  50 trees for $197

An assortment of seedling (full size) and semi-dwarfing rootstock apple trees, oaks bred for heavy acorn yields, and chestnut trees. The apple trees will produce unique fruit or can be grafted to a variety of your choice.

9 bundles available –


3) Chestnuts and Chinkapins 50 Trees for $197

Chinese Chestnut and Allegheny Chinkapin trees.  Early yields, perfect for silvopasture

15 Bundles Available


These are available first come first served and no code is needed, they are available to all of you not just MSB, when they are gone for the year they are gone for the year.   Grant expects to have everything shipped by April 21st.

Any and all questions should be sent directly to Grant at his email address which is versaland at as I am not Grant I can’t speak for him or make any commitments on his behalf so please don’t ask me product questions, because my answer is going to be, ask Grant.  Hope this helps some of you get your properties off to a great start in 2018.



Nine Mile Farm to be Featured in a Great Documentary

Guys and Gals last year Justin Rhodes approached me about supporting a kick starter to travel the entire country and document regenerative agricultural practices and permaculture in tons of different properties in every climate in our nation.

Of course I said yes, and I also agreed to have him come to our farm and document our operation.  You can see the video he did about that here.

Thing is he ended up with so much footage it was a challenge paring it down into a single documentary, but he did it and we made the cut.  So he reached out to me about letting you guys know about a free watch party for this documentary, here are the details from Justin himself.

Justin Rhodes here.

You know… the guy that traveled All of America last year to find and showcase the Greatest Farms.

I’m happy to say Jack’s profitable duck operation was so cool it will actually be featured in the documentary.

You can see Jack’s farm (and many others) in the documentary for free for a limited time, April 14th – 16th, HERE:

Watch the adventures of my Family:

  • Turn an old school bus into a fabulous home on wheels.
  • Close down their farm (including ALL their animals).
  • Explore the Greatest Farms in ALL 50 states (Alaska and Hawaii too 🙂
  • Meet regular folks who are doing extraordinary things.
  • Overcome several bus breakdowns
  • Uncover the unimaginable beauty of farms and natural landscapes
  • Laugh along with the unique humor from their children and their hosts.
  • Discover THE Greatest Farm in America (the answer might surprise you 😉
  • Premiere Planned to Begin APRIL 14th, 2018

Register to watch the Documentary for FREE (limited time):

No Show Today

I just completed a great interview and my issues continue.  While there were no problems I or the guest could hear during the interview ONLY the guest can be heard on the recording.

I am having Dorothy postpone all further interviews until such time that we come up with a new system of recording interviews.


One Simple Rule Our Schools will Never Teach Our Children

The one rule we should teach at the core of all ethics in our schools but never will is called the Non-Aggression Principle (or NAP).  The non-aggression principle is simply an ethical stance that asserts that aggression is inherently wrong. In this context, “aggression” is defined as initiating or threatening any forcible interference with an individual or individual’s property.

To put it simply I have no right to use force, violence or coercion on you to make you do what I want you to do or to take your rightful property.  My one true obligation to you as a fellow human being is to leave you alone to peacefully pursue happiness so long as you follow that same rule with myself and others.

I would like you to consider that if we taught that to our children we don’t really have to worry about so many issues others seem worried about constantly.

  • But what about gay kids?
    Answer- The NAP applies to all people.
  • But what about people of color?
    Answer- The NAP applies to all people.
  • But what about ____?
    Answer- The NAP applies to all people.

The NAP is the modern golden rule, JUST ONE RULE that if followed would eliminate every single crime (given that any real crime must have a victim) on the planet.

One simple rule that offers perfect and total respect to every person, no matter their color, gender, religion, etc. One simple rule that is at the core of most religions but yet remains universal to all of humanity. From the atheist to the devote theist anyone who is honest with themselves can understand the NAP is how we should treat each other.

One simple rule that allows people to form groups around any idea, theology, concept, etc. yet compels no one to join them or follow along.  Each man, women and child free to pursue their dreams, in their own way, with one and only one requirement, respect this in all other individuals.

Let’s look at dealing with a hot button issue in schools, bullying if we teach the NAP as the core of ethics in school.  Let’s say a teacher catches Johnny and Mike picking on Mark.  The entire corrective action is “Johnny you and Mike are violating Mark’s rights, stop it”.

You think that is an over simplification?  Children generally accept concrete reasons for things a hell of a lot better than something abstract.  Additionally there is power in any social situation, no one wants to be the bad guy, save for the small portion of society that are actual sociopaths.  When you have one sacred rule, “you do not interfere with the property and freedoms of anyone so long as they do the same” and that is taught as a core ethic, everything is abundantly clear to everyone.

So why won’t we teach this in our schools?  We can’t, because the entire institution that is the state and thereby the state run school system is, in and of itself, a constant violation of the NAP.

School itself is compulsory with parents threatened with jail time over truancy and worse.  School itself is paid for taxes that are taken against the will of those paying them, and the state will absolutely use force, violence and coercion to collect said taxes, etc.  Many times a child being bullied (having their right to the NAP violated) will want to change schools but can’t do so because of school district rules.  This is insane but it is the way we have allowed the system to be.

Some of you reading this right now are having the typical reaction and thinking, “but with out taxes how would we build roads and schools”, etc.  There are many answers to such questions, but we are NOT going to have to solve that problem any time soon.  So can I ask you to put these concerns on the shelf just for now, and get though the last bits here today, please?

I simply want to ask you, does the NAP on its own make sense to you?  Does it feel right that I do not have the right to use violence, force or coercion to compel you to make the choices I want you to or to take your property from you?  Great then let me ask you if you also agree with this statement, “all men (people) are created equal”?

Likely that statement is written into the core of your being, it is part of our Declaration of Independence isn’t it?  Democrats, republicans, libertarians, political atheists, etc. all tend to agree with this statement of fact.  And the reason is clear, it is a statement of fact, not opinion.  Equality here of course applying to rights, freedoms and the freedom to pursue happiness, not equality of ability in any particular area.

So if all men are created equal and I do not have the right to use violence, force or cohesion to compel you to make the choices I want you to or to take your property from you, who does?

What you are dealing with right now is some level of cognitive dissonance, looking back at that shelf where we put the “but how can we _____” issues.  Please let it go, just for today, it will still be there tomorrow, I promise you.    I do want to point out that the reason you feel this conflict at this point is due to the fact that in your heart you know that these are fundamental truths.

So what do you do now, accept the truth, speak the truth and teach it to others.  Above all we need to teach this one fundamental set of truths to our children.

Right now with the recent school shooting in Florida all political arguments seem focused on guns.  I however recently looked at this question differently, I simply asked, how many of our children of school age are choosing death over life.  Not just those that harm others but those that simply choose to end their own life.

What I am about to give you are facts with rounded off numbers to avoid arguments over exact numbers.  But again these numbers are facts, not opinions.

In the last ten years for all the claims that “children are being gunned down daily”, less that 220 people have died in school shootings.  This number includes adults and the shooters themselves.

In the same period of time, 54,000+ children chose to take their own lives.

Oh don’t you dare gloss over that number, it hurts, I know, but let it hit you like the hammer of reality it is, read it one more time and really take in in.

In the same period of time, 54,000+ children chose to take their own lives.

I keep hearing words like “political will”, “the time to take action”, “put armed guards in schools” and of course, “think of the children”.  Yet I wonder why no single politician, activist or member of the media has told you what I just did.  That while the death of a few hundred is tragic the death of 10s of thousands in the same period of time is more so.

Do you really think these two groups are unrelated?  Do you really think every school shooter is just an unbalanced sociopath who was sooner or later going to commit acts of murder no matter what anyone did?  Or is it more likely that in most instances these shooters chose a sick and twisted form of suicide by cop?  Given this recent shooting was one of the very few times we ended up with a mass shooter in custody, don’t you think saying these murders are also suicide by cop seems pretty accurate?

So knowing that 54,000 other students took their own lives, it is really shocking that say if you have 500 people pushed to the point of being willing to take their own lives, that one in 500 might try to take others with them, perhaps those they blame for their pain?

Now this is hard to face isn’t it?  Much easier to blame bad parents, video games, guns, drugs, anything but ourselves for these problems isn’t it?  As long as it is a thing, that is apart from us, we can be sad that so many died but we can be comfortable that it is someone else’s or something else’s fault.

Yet if we taught children the principle of non-aggression and enforced that one rule in our schools, how many of those tens of thousands of people might still be alive today?  The principle of non-aggression and the concept that all men are created equal are truths, I simply feel it is time for our nation to grow up and have a conversation about these inherent truths.

It won’t be easy, but the truth is never easy, it is however, always, dramatically simple.

USB Drives at Liberty Forum

If you are coming to Liberty Forum I wanted to let you know I will once again be selling USB Drives with a ton of great content on them.  Some of the including things are…

  • 8 Past Presentations and all presentations being done at Liberty Forum
  • Commercial Audios including 4 Awesome interviews with Geoff Lawton
  • My Business Series on 8 Forms of Capital
  • My audio series Food Forest Development
  • 8 educational PDFs on grafting, permaculture, etc.
  • 6 Awesome PDFs on aquaponics systems
  • All power point decks from the presentations
  • 40 hand selected podcasts on herbal medicine, money management and lifestyle design
  • A discount code to get my MSB Program for 25 dollars a year for life
  • A video that explains a complete business plan for a web business in 10 minutes flat

I will be selling these for 25 dollars at Liberty Forum, they may be purchased for cash or crypto, just see me or David Seigler to obtain one.  Note that the 25 dollars discount is a lifetime discount, meaning these drives pay for themselves in that alone.  The 16GB drives themselves are worth about 10 dollars making the real cost of the data they contain only about 15 bucks.

You can put all the data onto your computer and use the drive for other things, so it really is a good value.  I will have 100 of these drives available, typically at large venues they tend to sell out, so see me asap to get one if you want one.

MSB Lifetime Set Up Complete

Okay folks if you signed up for MSB yesterday as a lifetime member you should have a welcome mail by now.

I did have a few people who filled out a form but I didn’t have a paypal payment notification for.

Additionally check your spam folder if you signed up and didn’t get a welcome email.  In any event if you think you signed up and can’t find a welcome email just email me about it and we can get it sorted out.

Of specific note, with first names only to protect privacy these are all people who filled out the form but then did not complete payment.  If you see your name on this list and did complete payment just send me your confirmation and I will square you away.

I have forms but no payment confirmation from…

  • Mary
  • Arthur
  • Alex
  • Greg
  • Danny and
  • Tommy

Congrats to all that got in this time around, and again if you think you got missed in the set up and welcome emails, just email me and I will get you sorted out.

The Lines are Open and the Council Awaits Questions

Folks a quick announcement that at this point I am pretty much out of questions for call in shows and Expert Council Q&A.  This is your opportunity to get your questions and comments on the air.

For expert council questions, visit our Meet the Expert Council Page to see all the members of our amazing council.  Then send your question in an email to me at jack at with TSPC Expert in the subject line.  In the body of the email tell me who your question is for, ask your question in one to two sentences, the provide additional details for best chance of inclusion on the show.

To call a question in for a Thursday call in show just dial 866-65-THINK and leave your question for the show.  For best results call from a quiet area, make sure you have a few bars on your phone if using a mobile phone.  Ask your question or make your statement in one to two sentences first, then provide details.

Its been a long time since the question backlog has been empty, so get your questions in today and we will be happy to get them on the air for you in the coming weeks.

Lifetime Membership Sale Coming Monday the 29th

The last time I ran a Lifetime Membership sale was all the way back in Nov. 2015 and it sold out in about 6 minutes flat.  I don’t run Lifetime sales often, they are a special membership only sold in small amounts.

Well I did realize that it has been more than two years so it is time to open one up again.  I am doing this mostly the same as last time, the membership is 300 dollars, the sale will go live at 9:00 AM central standard time, Monday the 30th of January.   At that time 20 memberships will be up for grabs, first come, first served.

However you can get in early, as in now or any time after this time with one of four DISCOUNTED memberships.  The catch?  To get one of these four you have to email me and pay in cryptocurrency.  You can pay with 270 dollars of any cryptocurrency or 250 dollars in ARK.

You don’t have to worry about how long it may take to convert a currency because I will do this based on order of emails received.  To pay with ARK you will need an account where ARK can be purchased.  ARK trades on the bitcoin market at most major exchanges including Bittrex, Binance, Cryptopia, etc.

Again though I will take any major crypto on these four, Litecoin, Bitcoin, Ether, REP, BAT, etc.  I’m just offering a sweeter discount on ARK as I am currently building up my proof of stake earning there.

So there you go, if you have wanted to become a lifetime member, email me for instructions to pay in crypto or be ready to go on Monday at 9 AM central.

P.S. – Remember MSB Members don’t just get tons of discounts they also get first crack at all TSP Workshops and events.  These almost always sell out before being open to the general public, usually within a few hours.