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PermaEthos Ownership Change

For Immediate Release

Fort Worth, TX, April 1, 2017– Josiah Wallingford, one of the original founders of PermaEthos, LLC, has purchased the interests of the 4 other members and will move the company to Montana and continue the focus on sustainable agriculture and permaculture education.

Josiah has been the lead in establishing PETV, a weekly webinar featuring permaculture figures from around the world, and developing educational content for PermaEthos Learning Center.

“The original partners all think this is a great idea, as Josiah has shown the leadership and dedication to take PermaEthos to a new level,” said Jack Spirko. “We realized that as an investment, PermaEthos had limited potential for 5 partners—we just don’t have the time to dedicate to it.  Josiah lives and breathes permaculture, and he’s in a unique position to carry this dream forward.”

All of the PE founder’s benefits will remain intact, and anyone submitting the PDC coursework will still be graded and eligible for a Permaculture Design Certificate.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Josiah Wallingford at

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Personal Note from Jack Spirko – I will discuss this a bit more in depth in today’s podcast.  Just know this was a well thought out decision and in the best interest of the company and its customers.

TSP Directory Feature: CDS Tactical

Aftermarket Gun Parts and Accessories

This week, I’m reviewing another business from the Guns/Ammo/Tactical category of the TSP Business Directory. CDS Tactical Produces designs grips, wraps, cheek pads, and aftermarket parts for pistols, rifles, and shotguns. CDS stands for Convergent Design Solutions, and they are based out of Keene, NH. Their products are all made right here in the US. They offer grip wraps for a huge selection of rifles, pistols, and shotguns or you can cut your own grip wrap for a custom DIY project. Cheek pads for tactical rifles are fitted to your specific application, or you can purchase the material and cut it yourself as well.

Aftermarket parts and tactical accessories from CDS Tactical

Manufacturing Process

This is a high-quality product custom-fit to your specific application with machine precision. Check out this short video to watch the Accu-Cut grip wraps being made at CDS:


I found this video in their blog. If you go there, they have installation guides for most of their products. You can also find CDS products on Gunbroker or visit their retail location if you happen to be near Keene. If you’d like to reach out to CDS tactical, just send them an e-mail at or call (330) 822-8421. CDS stands behind their products with a full 1-year guarantee. You must register your purchase within five days. After that you can return your order with no questions asked and receive a replacement for just the cost of shipping. So, check out CDS and all the other tactical businesses listed on TSP.

TSP Directory

You’ll find CDS tactical and all the other businesses in Jack’s Directory by going to and searching through the listings. It’s a great place to find unique products you won’t get from a retail big-box store. If you don’t see something you’re looking for, start a business! We’d love to help you get started by marketing to the rest of the TSP audience. Basic listings start at less than $1 a month. Next weekend, I’ll be back to review Deliberate Defense. See you then.





Guns Holsters and Gear

TSP Business Directory Featured Member

Guns Holsters & Gear

Tax time is over (at least for me), so I am back with another featured business out of our community directory. This week we are taking a look at a business that specializes in reviews of guns and tactical gear. What I like about this business is that they do not accept manufacturer ads, so there is not a very big chance of review bias here. Richard puts together these reviews with the consumer in mind. They also write reviews for knives and tactical/survival gear as well.

Gun and Gear Reviews

“I’ll put it simply: my gun reviews are biased toward the consumer.  I aim to give you the best information possible so you can make an informed decision.  No gun manufacturer has paid us or compensated us in any way to publish reviews here, nor will I ever accept such money.”

News and Useful Information for Gun Owners

Outside of the regular reviews, the site also provides some really great information for gun owners absolutely free of charge. You can access the entire site without paying for any content. Get useful answers to questions like “Am I required to apply a serial number to a homemade firearm?” They even have book reviews and cover industry events like the 2017 Shot Show. So, if you’re looking for honest reviews and news on firearms, check out

Gun and tactical gear reviews

Check out Guns Holsters & Gear along with all the other business in the TSP Business Directory. We literally have businesses that specialize in everything from guns to gardening and everything in-between. Speaking of gardening, we’re really starting to get into Spring weather here in Alabama. Check out all the listings under Farming/Homesteading and Nursery/Seed Supply before you start planting your garden this year. You might find something new to try in your annual garden, or maybe get some rare perennials established to diversify your food preps.

About the Directory

The TSP Business Directory is a place for listeners to advertise their businesses to the rest of the TSP community. You can get setup for less than $10 a year and gain exposure to Jack’s growing audience. Premium listings get a ton of added marketing help like these featured posts and exposure to the TSP Facebook community. If you have a business, consider listing it with us to let the TSP nation know what you do and how you can add value with your product or service. I’ll be back in April with a featured post on CDS Tactical.

Limited Time Special Offer on the Plant Propagation Course

I have something special for you today! The PermaEthos Plant Propagation Course with Nick Ferguson is $200 off for a limited time!

Go learn more and sign up for the course now.

Normally the price is $349. From now until March 31st it is on sale for only $149. That is a HUGE savings on a very well done, skill building course.

The knowledge you will gain from this course far outweighs the normal price at $349 let alone for only $149.

When you sign up for this course you learn amazingly simple techniques for taking hundreds or thousands of cuttings of your favorite plants and turning them into new plants that you can either plant on your own land or sell for a nice profit.

Sign up for the course now.

If you haven’t watched the intro video yet here it is:

TSP Directory Feature: Net Step Inc.

Net Step Inc. – Web Design, Hosting, and Online Marketing

This week I’m back to feature another great business right out of the TSP community. Net Step Inc. is a peer of mine working in the Web Dev and Online Marketing space. Net Step is here to help empower fellow TSP listeners who own a business. They can help you create a custom WordPress or Joomla site, or manage a local SEO campaign to outrank your competition in Google.

Even if you’re not interested in SEO, you should seriously consider the value of a high quality website. I tell my clients all the time that your homepage is just like an introduction and a handshake. It’s your first impression on the web. It can be the difference between someone calling you or searching for a competitor. Does your website impart a sense of confidence and know-how? Or does it look like you’re a fly-by-night business that threw something together at the last minute?

I had this conversation myself a couple of weeks ago with a landscaping contractor. He had actually lost a sale due to an outdated website. It happens all the time. Improve your chances of closing business with a modern website design. You can reach out to Net Step Inc. to get your new site started by calling 360-631-0198.

Services Offered

Net Step Inc. offers the power of a custom website with the simplicity of a builder tool wrapped in hands-on customer support. They are in business to help you succeed by managing a long-term marketing strategy for your business. Here are some of the services available to help your business grow:

Web Development and Hosting from Net Step Inc.

  • Web Development
  • Logo Design
  • Web Hosting
  •  SEO
  • Pay-Per-Click
  • eCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Joomla
  • Service and Support


How to Get Started

If you’d like to start marketing your business on the web, reach out to Net Step Inc. You can view their listing in the TSP business Directory to find their contact info. Or you can order web development and hosting services directly on their site. Be sure to do business within the TSP community whenever possible. Support small businesses whenever you can. And remember that your online presence is often the first impression for a potential customer. Make it a great first impression with online marketing solutions from Net Step Inc.



TSP Directory Feature: Individual Insurrection

Individual Insurrection

This weekend I am going to share another great business right out of the TSP Business Directory. Individual Insurrection is designed to help you put Jack’s marketing principles into action so you can start running a successful business.

Individual Insurrection - A TSP-Focused Business Consulting Service.

Individual Insurrection – A TSP-Focused Business Consulting Service.

Anthony Veltri is the owner of Individual Insurrection and he was featured on TSP Episode 916. He helps you succeed in business with tested sales and marketing techniques. Do you plan to get an interview on TSP to launch your business? It might not be as easy as you think. You need to have a good sales framework in place on your website to manage all that traffic you will get from a successful TSP interview.

Connect To Your Audience | Make Sales

Anthony works with his clients to give them actionable steps from the 5 Minutes With Jack podcasts. Learn how to create compelling sales videos and target an audience. You can learn effective marketing through Anthony’s workbook or get personalized training and coaching through a 6-week course.

Anthony-Individual Insurrection - A TSP Business Consulting Service

Anthony-Individual Insurrection – A TSP Business Consulting Service

Reach out to Anthony for a free consultation to see of Individual Insurrection is a right fit for you. If you want to get an idea of the course material before committing, you can download this free PDF that helps you sell, engage, educate, and enroll your ideal customer. What I find really unique about his 6-week course is that you are going to be working directly with Anthony and other members of the TSP audience. So, you have several things in common with everyone else going through the course with you. You’re all TSP listeners who are starting or growing a business based on Jack’s marketing and sales principles.


Start Your Own Personal Insurrection

Being a business owner allows you the freedom to choose your own path. Jack talks a lot about the value of insurrectionary thinking versus revolutionary thinking. But how does that apply to business ownership? I’ll let Anthony explain:

How would things change for you and for your family if you could put Jack’s marketing and business principles into play with someone to guide you along the way and help you to connect the dots? When we have our own business, we take back power. We become more self-sufficient and self-reliant as citizens, neighbors, and individuals. In a revolution, power is revoked from one party and transferred to another, often times bypassing those who struggled for the revolution… but in an insurrection, the power is retained by those who endeavored to take it. Running your own business, no matter how small, is your individual insurrection.

In my own personal experience, I would compare switching jobs to an individual revolution. Sure power changes hands, but you’re just trading one boss for another. If you really want to experience a personal insurrection, you need to transfer power to yourself by starting a business. If you’re ready to take that step, start your personal insurrection with TSP specific business coaching. Check out Individual Insurrection and all the other great businesses in Jack’s directory. Next week I will be back to write about Net Step Inc.



TSP Directory Feature of the Week: Webology

Webology: Website Development and Online Marketing – Birmingham, AL

Today’s TSP Directory feature is my own business, Webology! I’ve held off on writing about my own business until now for a reason. Today, I am launching a special contest for members of TSP Nation. First, a little background. I have been doing web development and online marketing for a few years under the name Blake Development.

In September of last year, I finally quit my last job to build my own business full time. So, we rebranded as Webology SEO LLC this year. To celebrate, I am giving away either a free basic website, a logo or flyer design, or a month of on-page SEO work. The winner will get to pick, and it would be a great way to kickstart a new business with some free marketing.

The Details

If you want to know more about this contest, just visit my listing in the TSP Business Directory. Or go directly to the source and read my Free Website Giveaway page for all the details. Either way, you get all the info you need to enter. Basically, I am shamelessly asking for Facebook likes. I know, you can buy those. But I would much rather work for a member of the TSP Audience than give my hard earned dollars to Zuckerberg! So, visit my Facebook page, then like, share, and comment on the top post. The winner will be announced March 31st.

More About Webology

We’re a creative design and web development firm in Birmingham Alabama. We are a one-stop shop for all online marketing services. Our work includes everything from Agritrue to Appalachian Tactical Academy. Literally guns to gardening and everything in-between! We’re really good at technical on-page SEO marketing. In non-geek terms, that means we help rank your site in Google so you get inbound leads. We do a little bit of everything though. Here are just a few of the services we provide:

  • Web Development
  • Design and Logo Creation
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Social Marketing
  • Web Hosting
  • E-mail and Text Marketing
  • Banner Ad Retargeting
  • Cloud Software Development

Wait This Isn’t Fair!

Why do I get to promote a contest for my business! What about all the other outstanding business listed in the Directory? I’d like to do the same thing for everyone. So please send me your e-mails with your promotion ideas. I’m going down the list, and writing about every listing in the Bronze tier or above. Next week I will be writing about Individual Insurrection. So, if you scroll through the main list from there you can see where your business falls in the order. Get me your text or idea ASAP, and I will do my best to incorporate it into your feature post. You can e-mail if you want me to write about something going on at your business. Have a great week, and continue working to grow your own personal liberty and resiliency. Cheers!

Webology: Birmingham SEO and Web Development Company.

Webology: Birmingham SEO and Web Development Company.


Wheaton Laboratories PDC

I recently found out that my old friend Paul Wheaton is hosting and teaching a permaculture design course at his place in Montana, Wheaton laboratories in late May/early June.  Paul has been a friend of TSP since 2010 and has been answering questions since we started the expert council.

Well, now is your chance to do a complete permaculture design course and in this case, the emphasis is going to be on design!  This is going to be epic, folks.  This is not some holding hands and singing songs PDC.  The main instructor is Tim Barker (Paul assures me he will be teaching a big chunk of the course as well) who ran PDCs for Geoff Lawton, and if you don’t know who Geoff Lawton is, just stop right here, do a little reading, and then come back.

Register for the PDC and ATC here!

There will also be a bunch of guest instructors including:

  • Thomas J. Elpel
  • Helen Atthowe
  • Ernie and Erica Wisner
  • Jacqueline Freeman
  • Davin Hoyt

Paul talks about the PDC and all of the instructors on this episode of PETV’s Permaculture Smackdown with Josiah Wallingford.

Josiah (Joe) Wallingford informs me he will be attending as well and giving out PermaEthos PDC seats to whoever signs up for both the PDC and the ATC. You can contact him directly for more details on this

Group Hotel Info for the March Workshop

If you are coming to the fall workshop and want a hotel we have a group rate for you at the Holiday Inn Express at 3541 NW Loop 820, this is about a 10-15 minute drive tops from our place.

The rate is 87 dollars, there are 10 king rooms and 5 double queen rooms available.  The number to reserve your room is 817-744-7755.  Just call and reserve your room, tell them you want the group rate and you are with The Survival Podcast.  We have these rooms held at this rate until the 21st of this month.

If there is any confusion when you call our contact there is Jennifer Camp.

The Hotel Website is here,

Is America a Fascist State – If So Does that Have anything to do with Trump

Let me answer that question, with, yes it is, and no it doesn’t.  A friend recently posted on facebook the following,

FASCISM: An alliance between government and industry to fleece the citizens…..At least this is how I define it.

This is close but the key is to acomplish this fascists see the differences between the classes as advantageous and they feel the role of the State and the Corporatocracy is to mediate those differences and leverage them as mediators to the advantage of both the State and industry.  This is seen as neither laissez faire capitalism or full socialism, rather a “third way” that offers the advantages of both.  You know like a supposedly capitalist nation with hundreds of billions of dollars spent on “social services”, does this sound familiar?

In a fascist State, the State controls every major industry and human need, food, water, energy, medicine, housing, transportation, the media, communications, etc.  Would you please give me one of those without a multi billion dollar federal department and stacks of rules and regulations that fully control how they are managed, delivered and consumed in our society?

The truth is our nation has been a neo-fascist State for well over 100 years, but now because a guy with bad hair is POTUS all of the sudden people are aware of it?

How is neo-fascism different from classic fascism. In classic fascism, the state directs industry in neo-fascism industry directs the state.  That is the main change, but then it gets far more creative and frankly effective as a system of control.

Neo-fascism is also far more nuanced and effective at controlling people, you can only imprison and kill so many people before you run out of people.  Neo-fascism uses a false dichotomy (called a two party system) to convince its people they have a “choice” which they do not.  This enables all the other key aspects of fascism with the people blaming one another for their oppression.

This is very useful to the State which is the mechanism of said oppression and the Corporatocracy which is the source of it.  I mean you did know almost every bill that becomes law is actually written by lobbyist firms and handed to elected officials right?  Did they teach you that in political science?

Let’s examine my claim deeper by taking one aspect of fascism, that it is to be “fiercely nationalistic” to the point of extreme violence in defending nationalist ideology.  The neo-fascist knows it is more effective to first use the threat of violence rather than actual violence as it keeps good drones doing their work, what ever it may be.  So you create an environment where even if both sides of the false dichotomy hate each other, they are fiercely nationalistic and condemn anything seen as not so.  In effect you create an environment where the prisoners police each other and the guards only step in if things get “our of hand”.

I know you will point to idiots burning the flag in the street as proof the left is not fiercely nationalistic.  However those idiots are no more representative of the main stream left then the actual American Nazi Party is of the main stream right.  Doubt me, post something defending the right of a person to burn their own flag as free speech on facebook and threats will descend upon you from the left, the right, the center and even many who claim to be libertarians.

Say you won’t vote in an election (like I did here) and be prepared to be attacked, mocked, called names and threatened with violence by people from both sides of the dichotomy.  Why, America is fiercely nationalistic, that is why.  And the State has no need to enforce this, the people do it, they like to do it, they enjoy doing it.  Again democrat, republican, centrist, etc, in the end, most Americans are statists at heart, so in the end they will defend even with violence the State itself.  Can you see how much more effective this is than police or soldiers doing the enforcing?

Concentration camps?  No we don’t have those and neither did Mussolini and no one claims he was not fascist.  Hitler was a fascist but he doesn’t define fascism.  Well he should not define it, but you see, making it so, is great if you are running a neo-fascist state. Hence your people don’t recognize the fascist pattern controlling them.  They yell and scream that “we can’t be fascist, there are no swastikas, no gas chambers, no eugenics” (eugenics, um well we can save that for another time).

I would point out though that we do have a parallel in America today in our prison system to concentration camps.  Now I am no bleeding heart, there are people in that system who I think would be better served with a bullet in the head and a hole in the ground then living their entire lives paid for with the taxes of working men and women.  But there are also literally millions of men and women in our prison system for victimless crimes.  They have literally harmed no one, stolen nothing, impeded upon the freedom of no person.

These people work for companies that BUY THE PRISONS and hence BUY THE PRISONER’S LABOR IN THEM, to produce products and do work for pennies an hour.  Didn’t we used to call this slavery or at least indentured servitude?

And once they are released, even when we say “they have paid their debt to society” they are forever MARKED as bad, and can’t even get a decent job.  Keep in mind I am talking about people who were imprisoned for crimes with no actual victim here.

These people often end up in the prison system for life, marked as “bad” by the State because they can never get ahead in life, due to that mark.  And you know what, the people are the ones that enforce the mark, not the State.  Once again the people do it, they like to do it, they enjoy doing it, they feel they are good because they treat “bad people” poorly.

Yes the United States is a fascist State, more accurately a neo-fascist state and if you think that has anything to do with Donald Trump you have no idea at all about the real problem.  Further if you see this article as pro Trump in any way, at all, you have just proven every word of it as accurate.

Bluntly if you are upset about the power that Donald Trump has, or the power that Barack Obama had, or the power any elected official has, at any level, the problem is not the individual.  No the problem is the system that grants them so much power in the first place.

Final note, another hallmark of fascism is being comfortable with extreme power of the State as long as “your side” is in charge.  Well news flash, in a democratically elected republic, sooner or later, your side won’t be in charge.