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Please Be Nice to Western Botanicals

As I said on yesterday’s show a butt hurt person contacted all my sponsors complaining about TSP.  Western Botanicals did reach out and ask about the situation.  Randy (one of the owners) and I had a good conversation about the situation.

My stance was, TSP was this way when you found us 8 years ago and we are not going to change.  They simply did a thoughtful investigation into what occurred and came to the conclusion that our partnership was more valuable than one person complaining.  They are great partners who have supported us and we have supported them for 8 years and I look forward to at least 8 more.

Now Randy told me one of you told them you’d not do business with them again over this, that is NOT helpful.  They are again a great partner who simply cared enough to reach out and investigate the situation.  Please be supportive of them, 8 year sponsorships tend to not exist in the world of podcasting though they seem very common here at TSP.

We deeply value our relationship with Western Botanicals and all our sponsors.  If I ask you guys ever to reach out and let any of them know that you value you them, please do so, but don’t use any sort of threatening language that is never helpful and frankly when people do that to me, I tell them to pound sand or worse.

Again Western Botanicals is a wonderful partner, they made a firm decision to stand with us as they always have.  For that we are grateful and remain their loyal partner.

Why North Korea will Denuclearize

While I am officially now on vacation I could not leave without going on record about this.  The T.V. keeps telling us that North Korea won’t give up its nukes, because they prevent regime change, etc.   I mean if “little rocket man” didn’t have his nukes we could just waltz in and topple him.  This is the view the media has been presenting for years.  The problem is, as usual with our media it is complete and total fake news.  Of course as Adolph Hitler said, “tell a lie loud enough and long enough and people will believe it”.

But let’s examine simple facts, the Korean War ended in a cease fire on July 27th, 1953.  North Korea tested its first claimed successful nuke on May 25th, 2009.  They did an earlier test in 2006 which even they admitted failed.   This means from 1953-2009 North Korea had exactly ZERO nuclear capability and yet the US never invaded them or effected any sort of regime change.

One reason of many is very simple, with zero nuclear weapons North Korea has enough conventional long range weapons turned on Seoul South Korea to literally level it in about 45 minutes.   Yes US air power, smart weapons and counter artillery could take a lot of it out but by then the damage would be done into the trillions of dollars and at the cost of 10s of thousands of lives, perhaps even hundreds of thousands of lives.   Additionally North Korea is aligned with China and they know we won’t risk war with China unless it is absolutely necessary.  This stand off kept the Kim regime in power for exactly 55 years, 9 months and 28 days without having any nuclear capability.

So shocking I know but the media is once again LYING to you in complete denial of the facts.  So this leads to an obvious question why would North Korea provoke the west by acquiring nuclear weapons in the first place?  We are told at a minimum it further protects them from US aggression.  But Asian nations including North Korea are always far more strategic.

So simply let me ask you, what does North Korea want?  They want what they have wanted since the death of Kim II-sung, normalized relations with the world.  The problem was before that, what did the world want in return?  Two things mainly!  One get rid of the prison camps.  Two stop pointing enough artillery at Seoul to level it.

Okay well either of those things really do threaten the regime.  North Korea can’t exist with out the camps, the regime would end up dragged into the streets and murdered Gaddifi style in a year at most once the threat of the camps was gone.  Leading to a refuge crisis and likely a new military dictatorship, also not friendly to the US.  History shows this to be how most dictators fall only to be replaced by a new dictator.  Also taking the guns off Seoul and standing down their posture could potentially open them to attack by the vastly superior forces of the US and its allies.  So both of those requests are no gos.

I also want to say I am not defending the horrible prison camps in North Korea but the truth is Kim Jong Un was born into this reality, he can’t just close them, he would be toppled by his own military, he wants to survive and stay in power like all tyrants.  He will do whatever makes that happen.  So why get nukes?

Simple, to have something you can use to cut a deal!  The nukes North Korea has are barely functional, they can’t launch a creditable attack on the US, despite what the TV says, and yes I do have confidential sources that back that up.  They could perhaps nuke Japan, etc.  This would result in the instant annihilation of North Korea with the “fire and fury” Trump threatened.  It doens’t give Kim what he wants.

So what does Kim Jong Un want, he wants his nation to be modernized, he wants his nation to have trade with the world.  So how do you get it.  You develop something you don’t really need that shocks the world, then you make a deal to give it up in return for what you actually want.  In other words the entire nuclear program was designed to get the US to negotiate with them for something they could afford to give up and still keep their power.   And that is why they will denuclearize, it was always the plan.

I know that sounds crazy but consider the alternative.  Imagine that North Korea had never developed nukes and wanted negotiations today.  What would they be asked to do?  Take the guns off Seoul and close the camps is the only answer there is.  Again they can’t do that, even if Kim wants to close the camps to stay in control it will have to be done in a series of reforms over time.  I am not saying that is moral or ethical, I am saying it is necessary for the regime to stay in power.

Next for the guns to come off Seoul will require North Korea feeling that the threat of US invasion is not really there anymore.  In denuclearizing they effectively neuter the rhetoric of the west.  In other words giving up those few, pathetic, sad, nukes that are truly useless in reality to them, strengthens their position.

They then still have their camps which they can scale back as people become happier with a new North Korea with more “stuff” and above all more food.  Even the most modest reforms will be praised by the west, especially South Korea, Japan and E.U. Nations.  They can then begin to redirect military assets while maintaining a very strong though less directly threatening military.  Each tiny bit they give from this point forward seriously weakens US ability to marshal other nations to oppose a new North Korea.

So there you go, North Korea will denuclearize and will change dramatically from at minimum an economic stand point and it is going to happen fast.  Kim knows Trump could lose reelection in just a few years and this opportunity could pass, the next guy likely won’t be a deal maker.  He also knows he can make this deal, cement his power and likely this deal will guarantee that he will be dealing with Trump until 2024 as it will cement Trump’s reelection.

My Prediction – By the end of 2018, the Korean War will officially end and North Korea will either be fully denuclearized or have 100% agreed to it and the process will be well into motion.  Frankly the North Korean nuclear program is a lot like Regan’s Star Wars Program.   There is something there but most of it doesn’t work, most of it will never work but it makes a hell of a negotiating tactic.  Doubt me if you wish but an actual logical analysis that stops assuming Kim is “insane” makes all of this most likely scenario.

Note – this article is a logical evaluation of the reality we are observing.  It is free from my personal political opinions.  It has nothing to do with support or opposition to Trump, just a logical and factual analysis.  The main stream media should give that a try sometime.

Taking the Day Off

I am not feeling well, don’t worry I am fine, just not up to getting a show done today.  TSP will return tomorrow.

Will You Be at TSPs 10 Year Anniversary Party – Aug. 11 2018

We will have a private bar, a personal wait staff and private room for our 10 year anniversary, will you be there?

It is hard to believe but it was been almost 10 years ago when on June 20th, 2008; I got into my car and did the horrible recording that ended up as Episode One of TSP.

That was the beginning of the only thing in my professional life I have done for 5 years in a row let alone 10.  The reason is simple, when I started doing this, I figured out, for the first time in my life I was really doing what I wanted to do, teaching and making a difference in the lives of people.   And doing so on my terms and on the terms of those I was speaking to.  A completely voluntary relationship.

In these 10 years I have had incredible successes and some true failures as well.  A journey worth taking is full of ups and downs, and this decade of TSP has been full of both.  But in the end you guys stuck with me.  One month into TSP I had about 25 listeners and set a goal to grow to 1,000 by the end of 08, we slammed that number times 2.5 and hit 2500.

Today I checked this month’s metrics and we averaged about 189,000 downloads a day over this month.  When I look at that and think of the life I have today I am so eternally grateful to you guys.

I am not a guy big on dates and such, but some of my friends and my wonderful wife pointed out that this is not about me, it is about TSP and the community and it should be celebrated.  They were right.  Sadly we are going to have to limit attendance to 50 people.  It won’t be a big multi day event but it should be a lot of fun.

We have chosen a private room at Meso Maya in downtown Fort Worth and the date will be August 11, 2018.  Doing it on the actual anniversary day is just not practical as I will be soaking my butt in the ocean on Sanibel Island that day.

There will be no charge and Dorothy and I will be covering food for everyone with a special assortment of 5 amazing appetizers.  The folks there say that should really be enough for everyone to eat but we will also have our own dedicated wait staff and bar tender for the entire event.   Drinks will be order your own, and I have personally trained them to make Spirko Margaritas.

The 11th is a Saturday night and we selected Down Town Fort Worth because there are many hotels in walking distance.  We plan to Uber there and possibly hit another bar (Bird Cafe has an amazing one) before heading home.

I will provide more details soon and we will have a way to reserve your spot set up soon as well.  It again won’t cost anything but will be reserve your spot in a first come first served manner.  Of course MSB will be given first dibs and a few close friends will get personal invites.

In any even stay tuned for more details and I will announce the time we will begin accepting reservations well in advance.  We felt 50 was a good number, it will be intimate enough that I can spend time with everyone, and it should be an amazingly good time.

As to the location, Dorothy and I found Meso Maya recently and we just love the place.  The service is amazing, the food is totally off the hook and the room we have is just perfect.  I hope to see many of you there.

ITS Tactical Added to the MSB

As many of you know Bryan and Kelly Black of ITS Tactical are personal friends of Dorothy and I.  Well about a week ago we had them over to our place for dinner and Bryan asked if I would be willing to do a discount for my members in his gear shop.  Of course I said yes.  So I got you guys 12% off all ITS Tactical Gear.

Bryan and his team have long been providing the best Trauma Kits and Medical Equipment you can source since 2009, along with our USA Made Nylon Gear, Lock Picking & Security Tools and Morale Patches that are sure to brighten your day!

Their skill-set related content is second to none and their products support the skills they advocate and discuss in the articles The ITS Website.

They’ve been manufacturing in the USA since their founding in 2009 and they do their best to ensure every product we carry is made in America and supports American-based businesses.

Visit store.itstactical.com to check out all they have to offer and the code to get 12% off every order is already in the Benefits Section of the MSB.

If you are not yet an MSB Member this is just another great discount added to the more than 70 we already provide to our members, so consider joining today.

Please Remember the Real Meaning of Memorial Day

Today We Honor the Fallen

Today We Honor the Fallen

There will be no episode of TSP today in recognition of Memorial Day. I do want to take a moment to remind everyone today of what Memorial Day is all about. Many well meaning people even get it wrong in a way. My inbox tends to fill up with “thanks for your service” emails around Memorial Day. I appreciate it, there is nothing wrong with thanking a vet today, yet it is not really the day to thank vets many seem to believe it to be.

It seems to me that many think Memorial Day is like Veterans Day Part Two, it isn’t.  Again no day is a bad day to thank a vet but if we become convinced that Memorial Day is about those of us that served and came back home, we miss the point.  Memorial Day is more somber, it is about those who fell in battle and never again got up, it is about those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, it bluntly is about those who died.

Today at some point just pause and think about that.  Think about the 4,400 of our US service members that have fallen in Iraq, the 2,300 in Afghanistan, the 47,000 in Vietnam, 33,000 in Korea, 291,000 in WWII, 53,000 in WWI or perhaps the 212,000 that fell on both sides in the War Between the States.

You don’t have to be for any war past or present to respect men and women who will give their lives for what they believe and fight the wars that politicians initiate.  There are days for just about everything now.  Days for bosses, secretaries, days for this and that and anything Hallmark can come up with.

What you won’t find in most greeting card stores is a Memorial Day Card, because those who would receive the card can’t open it, read it and feel good that someone cares.  All they can hope for is that someone remembers their sacrifice, perhaps a flower or a wreath on their graves (if they even have one) or a comrade who is now living with a zeal for life in their memory.

Memorial day my friends is to remember those who served and died.  Enjoy the day off if you have it, just try to remember the cost of this day. Some say you can’t count the cost, sadly you can and the numbers are very large. If you want to put it in perspective, just view the US Military Casualties of War Page on Wikipedia.

I will end with this though.  There are some that begrudge all the back yard BBQs, trips to the beech and flat out enjoying of a day off.  They seem to feel we should all wear sack cloths and put ashes on our faces today.  I disagree, in fact very much so.  While I truly feel our nation should stop interfering around the world in so many ways, I know the hearts of those who serve.  They believe in what they are defending.

And a family in a back yard, joyfully sharing each others company symbolizes that better than any statue, wall or memorial ever could.  It is okay to be happy today, those who fell would want you to, just take a simple moment in this day and recall their sacrifice.

Bacon, Trolls and an MSB Sale – Read fully to appreciate this!

We have an annoying shit pot stirrer at the TSP Facebook Forum (located here http://bit.ly/tspfbforum) by the name of Travis. He constantly posts crap in our group about veganism and socialism, clearly he doesn’t get the TSP Ethos, or he does and enjoys trolling.

His latest troll attempt is a meme that says the Non Aggression Principle (NAP) applies to cows, pigs, etc, you get it.

I was going to ban him, because he really adds nothing to the discussion.   

To be clear we do have other vegetarians and vegans that don’t constantly stir up shit, so that would not be anti vegan, it would be anti shit stirring troll. I have nothing against vegans until they attempt to shove their beliefs down your throat so banning him would be totally worth doing.

But I have a better idea, an idea I got from the AWESOME John Willis.

Here is the deal for the next week the MSB is on sale for 25 dollars a year and that locks in that price for renewals, the code to get this amazing deal in honor of Travis is “bacon”, yes yummy yummy bacon.

The catch is if you use the code you must swear on your honor to eat at least one pound of bacon in the following week in Travis’ honor. This pound of bacon must be in excess of the bacon you would have consumed anyway during the same period of time.

You must also promise to give a gift of bacon to a friend of your choice.  Any friend, any form of bacon but you must promise to spread the bacon addition.

This offer can only be used online if you are a new customer, or if you have an expired account because you can’t renew early online. However anyone can use the mail in form to renew early at any time and for as many years at one time as you wish.

Enjoy!

You can sign up or get the mail in form for a membership at this page.http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/members-brigade

P.S. – If due to religious beliefs you don’t eat pork, you may substitute the meat of your choice on the consumption and gift side of the coin.

Stop Behaving Like Idiots Over Boy Scouts of America Letting Girls In

I am going to ask you to do something people seem to have a hard time doing anymore.  That is to understand the facts about something controversial before forming an opinion on it.  While that seems like a reasonable position it has been relegated to obscurity in modern times.  Take for instance the current controversy about Boy Scouts of America letting girls into Boy Scouts.

Ever since Boy Scouts of America announced that they will allow girls to be part of scouts, the internet has been manic with criticisms.  The problem is most of this criticism is totally divorced from reality.  This often posted meme is a perfect example, I must have seen it 50 times in the last week…

Now this meme is stupid on its face, as it infers that if you let boys and girls do things together girls will always get pregnant.  We could continue this line of objection and point out how scouts teach morals, are far more supervised than most other activities boys and girls do together every day, etc. but we don’t even need to.

Why?

This meme is based on a total falsehood, the concept that boys and girls will even be engaged in activities together in scouting.  This at least as it relates to this “big change” it totally false.  To understand that please see this organizational chart below, then we can further discuss this like reasonable and logical people, at least that is my hope.

So let’s start off with something most people seem to not understand.  Those nice young men in their uniforms helping grandma across the street were not members of “Boy Scouts of America” (here after referred to as BSA) but rather “Boy Scouts”.  BSA is the main organization which manages all six scouting organizations under them.  As you can see this change doesn’t even affect four of these groups, those being Venturers, Explorers, Sea Scouts and STEM Scouts.  The first three are engaged in many outdoor activities and they are 100% coed and have been so for over half a century.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say that teen pregnancy in those groups is likely a lot lower than the national average.

However, the bigger issue here is under this new system in Scouts BSA (new name for Boy Scouts) and in Cub Scouts girls and boys won’t even be in the same groups.  They are remaining gender separated and for good reason.  That reason is one big purpose of Boy Scouts is to put young men around adult men and do good stuff together, hence modeling solid male behavior to create a new generation of good young men.

And while some sub groups are fully coed it is good that there be a place where men can be men.  It is also good that there be a place where young women can be young women for the same reasons.

So BSA has LISTENED to is market (primary the tens of thousands of volunteers that work their asses off for free as Scout Masters, etc.) and added an option for girls to pursue the Scouts model fully.  That is all, there is no more.   Again note the chart, for Cub Scouts there are single gender dens and for Scouts BSA single gender troops.

This debate has raged for a few years now and opponents often say, “why don’t the Girl Scouts fix their program”?  Well, I don’t know, you will have to ask them, the Girl Scouts organization isn’t part of this decision, they sure didn’t lobby for it.  This leads us to the next bit of confusion.

Many people seem to believe that this change is driven from outside scouts by a bunch of leftists morons like the ones in the above picture.  That say the government, a court decision, a lobbying group or something like that is behind it.  You know part of the vast progressive, liberal, commie conspiracy to deny any difference exists between the 21 or what ever made up number of genders they have now are.  This is nonsense, said folks are far more concerned about Stormy Daniels then the scouts.

To understand this change you need to understand the men and women that actually are the organization.  These people number in the 10s of thousands and they do all the work they do for free.  Because they love children, scouting and teaching young people how to become solid well rounded adults.  And this runs in many families.

Talk to many scout leaders and you will find they were a scout, their father was, etc.  These people generally have children and shocking as it may be some of them are girls.  Often these girls join “Girl Scouts” which again has NOTHING to do with BSA at all but they are bored.  Now a boy in this family is going for Eagle, and man folks that opens doors.  If you go to a job interview and competition is fierce and you are pretty much an equal to your competitor but you are an Eagle and the guy hiring you is an Eagle, you are likely to win out.  That is but one door.

The accomplishment of Eagle is a big achievement and it isn’t just the doors it opens, those doors open because a young person getting it done has proven something about who they are.  In simple terms, the program works.  Those that achieve Eagle become better people in doing so.  So little Debby naturally wants to know why her brother is doing all the cool stuff and has this great goal to work for and man Dad, Mom, Grandma, etc. are all so proud of him, the family is a scouting family and she wants to do it too.  Now she may do Explorers or Sea Scouts but she really wants to do Scouts.

Now her mom and dad have likely given thousand of hours of free labor to Scouts too and they want a program for her and THEY ARE WILLING TO SUPPORT AND RUN THAT PROGRAM.  Do you get it yet?

BSA is a private organization and they would be out of business tomorrow without all the men and women that do all the real work for free.  If those people were opposed to this, it would not be happening.  The reality is all these objections are coming mostly from people not involved in Scouts, most of them never even were say a Cub Scout as a kid.  To be blunt since they are not part of the organization, it really isn’t even their business.

They don’t have a effing clue as to all of these things, they are just upset by the most recent “outrage de la semaine” and with no comprehension of the facts at all, it just gets lumped in with more lunacy from the left.

In the end these people generally say something like, “why can’t girls just create their own organization”?  My response is why is that your business in the first place?  And regardless of what some other group does essentially that is what BSA has done here.  Basically what they have said is….

Okay we already have a great product, the people who run our organization for no money are willing, ready and able to run one for girls too, and they have told us they want to.  All we have to do is make a few changes that largely won’t affect current scouts and lets girls have their own troops, so since that is easy, since our customers and members want us to, let’s do that.

And even when you explain all this you still get sad and tired objections such as…

  • Its a slippery slope!
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    Sorry the slippery slope is a logical fallacy, specifically with zero supporting evidence of the slope.
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  • But why don’t the girl scouts get any flack for not letting boys in?
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    Sorry that isn’t relevant to this discussion.  These two things are not connected, at all.  Girl Scouts is a private organization they make their own decisions.  Last I checked no significant demand existed for Girl Scouts to create a program for boys.  Whereas, the market boy scouts serves and the labor force who provide free service wants a program for girls.

In the end this decision is the decision of a private organization, it was made by their board of directors driven by feedback from their members and their market.  They found what appears to be a very good solution, one that gives girls the opportunity they want without ham stringing boys in their own pursuit thereof.

Now actually I have some real problems with a lot of recent decisions by BSA, such as scouts not being able to play paint ball or shoot each other with water guns, etc.  I find this to be utter stupidity!  But I have also had enough discussions to know that the people in the field largely ignore such moronic directives and run their own troops their own way as much as possible anyway.

And in conclusion that is the final point here, unless the people that give their time, money and labor as volunteers will support this change, it won’t work.  It isn’t like cops are going to escort little Susan to Troop 144’s meeting and make the boys let her in, and some of you seem to act as if that is actually what is going on here.

No unpaid, under appreciated adults will have to provide the support for these new female troops and do so of their own free will.  If you have a problem with those people being eager to do so, well, you really have a problem in your own heart.

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P.S. – I am sure some of my regular listeners and readers are thinking, “why isn’t Jack taking his own advice and simply ignoring stuff that doesn’t effect the temperature of the water in his pool”.  To a degree you are right!  But not really.

Here is why, first due to my platform and reach, this issue is in my circle of influence.  While I am sure I will get a lot of flack here, I do know this will actually change a lot of opinions simply by showing the real facts vs. the mythology around the issue.

Next my job is chiefly an educational one, and one thing I am big on is the use of logic and reason.  The objections here being so divorced from logic and reason made this a unique teaching opportunity.  Usually hot button issues are ideological but here, many of the objections exist solely from lacking facts.

I think most reasonable people no mater their political leanings would be fine with this if they simply had the facts about it.

That said for those still upset about it, those asking why I would even bother here have a point, put it in your journal and get with me in about 8 weeks time.

Ask Me Anything Video Series – Next Up Food Forestry

Recently I did a video called “Ask Me Anything about Aquaponics” due to a lot of confusion, misinformation and some well, out right lies about aquaponics on our ReGen Ag Group at Facebook.  In spite of the reasons for doing it, 95% of the questions came from a very positive space and I really enjoyed doing it.

It has led me to want to do a series of “ask me anything” style videos.  Not all will be agriculture/permaculture based but the next one at least will be.  I am doing the next one on food forest systems.

Please note I am taking questions here and in two other locations.  These are the Facebook Regen Ag Page Post or the MeWe Regen Ag Group.

So ask away.  Now just like aquaponics I do not claim to be an expert here just someone with some real world experience.

I have built a pretty amazing 3/4 forest based system on what for all intents and purposes is a slab of limestone. Been involved with several other large and small installations. That said my personal niche is really small scale stuff, 1/10th to say 2-3 acres. I am happy to take questions about larger systems, but really I hope to gear this mostly toward helping folks transform the smaller parcels most of you have to work with.

Additionally if you have earthworks questions please only those specifically tied to food forestry for now. We may do an earth works one later, but I may ask Geoff Lawton to tag team that one with me if we do it.

So below ask me anything you ever wanted to know about establishing and managing food forest systems.

Also here is the first video in the series on Aquaponics to give you a feel for how these videos go.

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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 BiltongForBreakfast.com.  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.

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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