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PermaEthos Soils Course Now Open

PermaEthos and Mike Vertrees are happy to announce the Soil Restoration Course is now open for enrollment.

This course is more than a series of classes, it is in fact a year long consultancy program designed to help you create your very own Eden.  This means your graduation isn’t only an acknowledgment of passing a series of quizzes followed by a certificate you hang on your wall, but also the successful implementation of this program right in your very own backyard!

First year success is largely due to preparation the previous fall which is why we are beginning this class in the fall of 2015 to benefit the 2016 growing season.  We will begin with a quick start guide to get you immediately actionable information.  Then we continue to make sure you are prepared for seasonal actions all while filling in the gaps with information that will empower you to continue this process after the course has ended.

The Course is 1500 dollars but Founding Members get a great discount you can find in the PermaEthos Founders Forum.  Additionally MSB also get a great discount of 250 dollars.  That discount code is already in the MSB.  Let me add to that though, if you are a Founding Member, your discount as such is better so make sure to get use that code instead.

To Learn More and Sign Up For this Course Visit

 http://learn.permaethos.com/course/soil-restoration-design-course/

 

Harrison Bergeron – The Most Frightening Movie You Likely Have Never Heard Of

Harrison Bergeron is a Movie that is Far Too Accurate for Comfort, and Likely You Have Never Heard of It!

Harrison Bergeron is a Movie that is Far Too Accurate for Comfort, and Likely You Have Never Heard of It!

I mentioned this movie on the air yesterday but forgot to link to it in the show notes.  The movie is a version of the Kurt Vonnegut short story of the same name written in 1961.  The movie was made in 1995 and is loosely based on Vonnegut’s novel. The concept of this movie is after the “Second American Revolution” a decision was made to make everyone equal via “handicapping” the most common form is a band everyone must wear on their heads.  This band will limit your intelligence to the basic level.

A select group of people run the essential functions of society behind the scenes, these people are so intelligent the band doesn’t work on them.  In removing their bands they have freedom but must separate from society.

Here are some of the most chilling lines from the movie as we look at our future, remember this is from a 1960s novel adopted into a 1995 movie.

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John Klaxon – “Television, well, it is the thread that holds together the fabric of our society”.

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John Klaxon “Every time I listen to great music or watch a great film, I know society will never produce another one. 

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Harrison – “I know the [new] constitution says its the responsibility of government to render all people equal”

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John Klaxon [Speaking about Executions on Television] –  Oh majority of those are reruns, we don’t advertise the fact it would hurt the ratings, and we want people to watch, for the deterrent value.

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Harrison’s Teacher – I am going to recommend to your parents that they take you to see Dr. Eisenstock.  You know four years ago when I started teaching, my pupils had the second highest academic scores in the state.  I was very nearly fired, he altered me tremendously.

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And Possibly the most chilling exchange with the year 2018 changed to say 2028, only off by say 10 years. 

Teacher – “What do we call the period after the end of the cold war” –  Harrison –  “The Great Recession” – Teacher – “And what made this recession different from all recessions before itJeanie – “It never really ended, it just kept going“.

Teacher – “Why?” ..Class doesn’t know.. Teacher – “Harrison?”  –  Harrison – “Well in all previous recessions once the economy bottomed out and production increased, unemployment decreased.  Um, but in the great recession because of new and improved technologies, fewer and fewer workers were required in all sectors.  With so many people forced from their jobs, the traditional economic recovery was impossible.

Teacher – Exactly by the year 2018 only 15% of the population had jobs.  America was divided into two camps.  A highly skilled and prosperous elite and an unemployed destitute majority.  What happened next, Garth?”

Garth – “Well the people who didn’t have jobs were very unhappy.  And they started making trouble.  Like they bombed buildings and had riots and killed people and stuff. 

Teacher “Right and that was the beginning of what we now know as?” –  Class – “The Second American Revolution” 

Teacher – “Right and we’ll stop there for today”.

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Here is the Movie On YouTube along with a Direct Link to it.

The cast of this movie includes actors like Sean Austin (Rudy and Lord of the Rings), Howie Mandel, Christopher Plummer (National Treasure and A Beautiful Mind) and Emmanuelle Chriqui.  Now we are not talking Tom Cruise or Mel Gibson but these are not second tier B movie folks. These are well known talented actors with long credits lists.

This movie also won multiple Gemini Awards including Best Direction, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and Best Production Design or Art Direction.  Yet almost no one seems to have even seen it?

Want to buy it on DVD?  Well, isn’t available any more, you may find used versions, I was able to order a used copy today.  Want to download it on Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video, no shock it isn’t available.

It has been uploaded to Youtube and taken down several times.  Supposedly due to copy write but no one seems to care about selling it.  I can’t imagine Show Time that produced it is complaining.

What I think happened here is this movie hit too close to home, it is too accurate, it is one of those clever movies that slips by.  Then the industry realizes what they have done and it just fades away.  They don’t ban it, the just make sure it never pops up on TVs secondary market, no DVDs are produced, no download services offer it and it is never again referenced in future movies and TV Shows.

Some new versions have been made but they are weird, nonsensical and don’t convey any of the story of the 95 version.  Gee, I wonder why.  Replace it with something stupid and the original fades away.

Watch this movie and as you do remember that everything in movies and stories must be adapted symbolically to modern times.  With that in mind, as you watch consider…

  • The bands we have today, are not phyical but “information bands”, radio, TV, wifi.  Pop culture has dropped the intelligence of the average person while more information is available then ever.
  • The goal in schools in the movie is to make every student equal.  We call it common core today.  In fact the architects of common core have said it is intended to “remove the advantage” some children have due to things like stable families.
  • When people in this movie, specifically children are considered to “not fit in” they are sent to the doctor for help.
  • The name of the recession following the cold war that NEVER REALLY ENDS is called THE GREAT RECESSION, which was the name given to the recession of 2008, which I say hasn’t ended, again the movie was made in 1995.

Personally I feel this movie should be seen by every American, uploaded to every and any video site, etc.  Sure many have their bands adjusted way too high to comprehend it, but perhaps what we need are some modern day “head houses” to inspire a positive insurrection vs. the disastrous revolution predicted in this movie.

What is a head house you ask?  Watch the movie or tune into today’s podcast to find out.

Free Live Soil Restoration Webinar

PermaEthos and Mike Vertrees are hosting a special one hour webinar to discuss the Soil Restoration course and give you a free sneak peak of what the course will be like.

This is a free webinar for all those interested in what we have in store for the course. The webinar will be hosted on Google Hangouts tomorrow evening.

More Information Is Available at this Link on the PermaEthos Blog

Additionally the first lesson is now available for free for everyone.  It is at this link, http://learn.permaethos.com/course/soil-restoration-design-course/

This gives you a chance to actually experience a bit of Mike’s teaching.

The Nov. TSP Workshop Opens on Monday and Some Other Updates

tspmsblogoJust a heads up, on Monday morning at 10 am central time I will open up registrations for the Nov workshop, this workshop will run from Nov. 12-14 with camping open on property from Nov 11 – 15.

This second of only two workshops in 2015 will focus on quail, quail processing, sketchup design for homestead layout, microgreens and silvo pasture establishment for our duck flock.

Again this opens for MSB only on Monday the 31st.  If any seats remain by Wednesday they will be open to any and all, but history has shown that usually doesn’t happen.

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honeyprocessNext up Matthew at Mai Thai contacted me and let me know that they have once again gotten in a small amount of honey processed coffee, again just over 40 pounds.

Honey Processed Coffee doesn’t actually have any honey involved it its production.  It is just a unique way to process coffee.  A special roast where water bath stage is skipped which allows the coffee to take on a unique flavor. This coffee features a smooth and melow flavor and it is a low acidic coffee compared to conventional coffee.

Okay I don’t know what the water bath stage is, but let me tell you this.  I have become hooked on this stuff.  Fan freaking tastic!  Mellow, smooth and smokey.  Last time I posted about this stuff it sold out in a matter of about two hours.  I am well stocked up so you guys go get as much as you want.

Of course all MSB Members get 10% off everything at Mai Thai Coffee including the new Honey Processed and my other favorites Full City Roast and Butter Rum.  Of course anyone can buy this awesome coffee but only MSB Members get 10% off.

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colerisnerCole Risner will play at the October TSP and Nine Mile Farm Workshop.  A listener name Shane recommended Cole and I just find his sound to be fantastic.  We are hammering out details now with Cole but it looks like he will play Saturday night from 830-1030.

You can hear Cole play a few songs here on his site.

This is just one way I am trying to take the workshops to a new level for you guys.  Anyway check out Cole’s original music, he is really and I mean really good at what he does.  “The Grandfather Song”, is likely to put a tear in your eye.

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Paul Weaton’s Second annual Rocket Mass Heater Pyronauts Event

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Paul Wheaton just contacted me about his latest rocket mass heater shenanigans. He’s going to be hosting his second annual Rocket Mass Heater Pyronauts event out at his land this October. This means that six of the best rocket mass heater innovators in the world are going to be tinkering and scheming together, for an entire week.

That week specifically will be the “Innovator’s Event” with four days of complete innovation, and one day of observation. On observation day, anyone can come out for a bit and see what everyone has created. Each innovator will be assigned a few participants to help them with their respective designs and ideas.

The other part of the event is the “Tinkerer’s Circus”. This will be a three day event before the Innovator’s Week where participants can come and show off their previous designs and builds to the innovators. They will be scoping out potential Innovators to choose for next year’s event. Then, there will be further collaboration and creation within the last two days of that event as well.

If you want to experience every last bit of the rocket mass heater goodness, you can. There is a “Pyronaut’s Ticket” that gets you access to all of it plus some bonus days.   There are tons more details here: http://richsoil.com/rmh-innovators.jsp

If you have any questions, post in this thread or send an email to workshop@richsoil.com.

3 days left to order

genesisTSP Gear Shop has been working with MT Knives to bring you another run of the special edition knife featuring the TSP Logo. For a limited time, TSP listeners can purchase an MT Knife of their very own, customized with the TSP logo you love!

TSP Gear will continue taking orders for the next three 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. 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.”

Group Rate Info for Hotels for the Oct Workshop

For those of you attending the Oct workshop that would prefer a hotel to camping we have set up a group rate for you.  The hotel is the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites in Forth Worth on N.W. Loop 820.  This is only about a 15 minute drive each morning to our homestead.

The rate we have for you is 92 dollars a night.   This is about a 20 dollar a night savings.  We checked with three hotels and this is the best deal we could get you guys for the quality of the hotel in question.

We have a block of ten rooms and yes some are double beds so some of you can choose to share a room and rides if you wish.  To set that up all registered guests have access to the private email list for workshop attendees, so do that there.

To get the room call the hotel at 817-744-7755 and just tell them you want the group rate for your dates in question and that you are with “The Survival Podcast” and they will hook you up.

Note these rooms are NOT held forever and not pre booked.  You must book your own room on or before 9-2-15 to get this rate.  I decided to post this on the blog rather than email all who asked for group rate information, that will avoid any emails lost or what have you.

Here is the hotel’s website, http://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/fort-worth/lwwtx/hoteldetail

Many past guests have stated at this hotel and we have had no complaints yet.  If you do have any issues when you call with getting the rate ask to speak to Jennifer Camp who the property manager, we worked directly with her to get this done for you guys.

TSP and Nine Mile Farm Oct Event Sold Out

The TSP Oct Workshop just sold out.  If you want to be notified if we have any cancellations email jack at the survivalpodcast.com with “standby event list” in the subject line.  If any cancellations occur we will offer slots in the order received.

Remember registration for our Nov event will start soon.  I will announce the opening date of enrollment for the Nov. class next week.  For your planning the class will run from Nov. 11 – Nov. 15.

Sorry to anyone that wanted to come that didn’t get in this time around.  Again you can email me if you want to be on stand by as a fill in.

TSP and Nine Mile Farm Oct Workshop Almost Sold Out

Jack Teaching Food Forest Design in the fall of 2014.

Jack Teaching Food Forest Design in the fall of 2014.

UPDATE – Since this Posting This Event Has Sold Out.  If you want to be notified if we have any cancellations email jack at the survivalpodcast.com with “standby event list” in the subject line.  If any cancellations occur we will offer slots in the order received.  Remember registration for our Nov event will start soon.

Just a friendly reminder that this workshop is as always first come, first booked and when full it is full.  Yesterday we sold all but 5 spots but we do have 5 remaining for now.  –

If they don’t get sold today I will open them up to any and all on Wednesday morning.  For now they are being held for MSB members only.

This workshop will be one of the coolest we have ever done.  My goal is for people to leave and be on the drive or flight home simply thinking man am I tired, well fed but heck I have shit to get done.  I can’t wait to be home, take a nap and then get fricken started.  Trust me you will need a nap!  I always do.

We are going to help you grow large amounts of food in tiny spaces!  2500 dollars worth of produce a year being conservative from 36 square feet with minimal work, we will show you how to do it with wicking beds and how to never worry about soil quality in them, ever.  Oh and you can water them say once or twice a month, or automate it and just harvest.

Want to make a living we got that covered, Jon Dowie will show you how he runs his micro greens business.  In greens alone in his first year he already has weeks where he is selling over 600 dollars a week in greens.  You can start a business like this for under 1,000 dollars or just add it on to what you are doing now.  Don’t want a business, well how about growing food that sells for 10-50 dollars an ounce and enjoying it at your table daily?

Need help with money?  Investment adviser John Pugliano will tell you the true secrets of blue collar millionaires and how to manage your money so your money doesn’t manage you.  While we are on the subject of money, Jack will tell you exactly how he is making an income from duck eggs.  The simple things he and Dorothy have done to literally have eggs sold before they leave the ducks butt!

Not enough?  Okay then we throw in live music, food to die for, meeting people just like you, networking, relationship building and more.  Along with making biochar, making real fermented Mexican escabeche, making fresh real yogurt, yogurt cheese, dry canning, function stacking, plant propagation and managing honey bees for good measure.  And just for the hell of it we will show you how to build an automated rock solid greenhouse worth about 2,500 dollars for right under 1,000 dollars.   I mean because the rest just wasn’t enough already right?

There are a lot of events but we are pretty sure that nothing and no one competes at the level we put them on.  We jam you full of food and jam you full of education and new incredible friends at the same time, all while empowering you to build a solid income doing what you love.  So while we still have the spots grab yours now for a paradigm shifting experience and come on down to Nine Mile Farm to learn from and party with what I feel are the best people to be with on the planet.

More information on how to sing up is at this link.

Special from MT Knives

genesisTSP Gear Shop has been working with MT Knives to bring you another run of the 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.”