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Episode-2328- Expert Council Q&A for 11-16-18

Today its Friday so it’s time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

Today on The Survival Podcast, the expert council answers questions on wild fires, guns, buying a business, cold climate growing, kidney stones, blogging, personal development and more.

In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air.

I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but can’t always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between.

To get more information on our Expert Council visit our “Meet the Expert Council Page” to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise.

Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss…

  • An update on California’s fires – Nicole Sauce
  • The legal implications of “home made guns” – Dan Ohmann
  • Buying a business based on EBITDA – John Pugliano
  • Plants for truly cold, very cold climates – Ben Falk
  • Dealing with kidney stones and preventing them naturally – Doc Bones
  • When not to narrow focus niche with your blog – Nicole Sauce
  • How to go from introvert to extrovert – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Websites of the Expert Council Members

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-2327- Listener Calls for 11-15-18

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your phone calls on meat animals, office security, venison processing, government, voting, natives and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.

The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details.

Also please do your best to call from a quiet area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard.

While I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get as many of them on as I can.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • More on getting your family on board with “meat birds”
  • Follow up on fire danger in a high rise office building
  • How to get a good results grinding deer meat without excessive trimming
  • How government gets people to support a proposition with trickery
  • Once again the “wasted vote” argument shows up
  • What exactly is a “native American”, there is more than one way to see this

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-2326- Teri Page on Homesteading with Children

Teri Page is the blogger behind the popular homesteading website, Homestead Honey. Her homesteading adventures have taken her from Oregon.  Where she planted her first vegetables and fell in love with a dirt-covered lifestyle.

They then moved on to Missouri, where her family built an off the grid homestead from scratch and lived in a 350 square-foot tiny house without running water.  Eventually they moved to Vermont, where Teri now homesteads with her husband and two children.

Teri has chronicled her adventures at Homestead Honey, a blog that covers topics from Tiny House Living, to gardening, to fermented foods, general homesteading topics and more.  She joins us today to discuss “Homesteading with Kids” a topic she is passionate about and feels is truly important for the TSP community.

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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The Thermocube – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Farm Innovators Thermocube.  This little gadget is one of the most useful and slick little things you can get your hands on.  It is simply a two plug adapter, meaning you plug it into one outlet and you get two.  But inside is a mercury switch.  This makes it provide power only in a specific temperature range.

There are a lot of options with this device, the most useful to many homesteaders will turn on at 35 and off at 45.  This will keep say a green house on a heater from going below freezing for just one example.

These things also have options at the other end of the spectrum.  For instance on at 78 off at 70.  This could be useful for running say a fan in a chicken coop.  They way they are designed I am not saying they can’t fail, I just have not ever seen one do so.  They are designed with such simplicity there just are not many moving parts.

The temperature either causes the switch to be on or to be off, that is all, nothing more.

One little extra you may want to consider when using these is a Water-Tight Cord Lock.  To be clear this will not go over the Thermocube, you would plug that in at the outlet.  What this does is go over where your extension cord plugs into your device or where two extension cords are joined.  These are a great tool in their own right and I will review them stand alone on another day.

Another great little tip is consider using one of these slick little 1-foot extension cords if outlet space is an issue.

In any event the Farm Innovators Thermocube varies in price based on option and please note that some options are like for a 6 pack when making your buying decisions.  The on at 35 off at 45 is under 12 bucks and that is a great price given what it does.

When I had a small greenhouse one of these and a simple small electric heater was sufficient to get through the coldest nights with no losses.    Sure beats complex wiring, expensive thermostats, etc.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

Episode-2325- Listener Feedback for 11-13-18

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on vehicle preparedness, war history, content creation, revitalizing communities, kosher foods, online learning, aquaponics, green houses, cash purchases and more.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • I am a jerk once again – feedback from the road home after TSP18
  • A CME (coronal mass ejection) lesson that goes to to the Vietnam War in 1972
  • Balancing the length of content with the frequency of content
  • More on revitalizing small communities with a super cheap and simple method
  • My thoughts on kosher labeled foods
  • A school district replaces snow days with online learning, and what we learn from it
  • Of greenhouses and aquaponics
  • Thoughts on using phyical cash, the good, the bad, the impractical

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-2324- The Veterans Day Show for 11-12-13

Thank a Vet Today

Veteran’s Day landed on a Sunday today, so we are a day late.  But I will never let a year go by without this show.  So it is time yet again for our special Veteran’s Day edition of The Survival Podcast.

I have also removed any time based references so that this version can be timeless. There is no commercial content today as the entire show is dedicated to those that serve our nation.

You will notice more music in today’s show, hopefully no lawyers for Trace Atkins, Tim McGraw or Toby Keith will come after me for today’s show though I doubt it will be an issue. Additionally you will hear the song I co wrote with Gregg Yows, “What Have You Done“. You can get that entire so for free at Greg’s Website at www.revolutionrockandroll.com

So tune in today for the story of Veteran’s Day, stories about our troops and the real reasons you should never miss a chance to say thank you to a veteran.

 

Episode-94- TSP Rewind – 12 Herbs Every Modern Survivalist Should Grow

Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally Episode-1410- 12 Herbs Every Modern Survivalist Should Grow and was originally and was first published on August, 21st, 2014.

The following are the original show notes from that episode…

Lemon Balm Growing in My Food Forest Edge

Lemon Balm Growing in My Food Forest Edge

Okay you don’t want a garden, you don’t want the work I get that. You don’t want to do permaculture, food forestry, raise chickens, etc.

Well fine, but if you have even a tiny yard these are 18 plants you should consider growing. If nothing else you will cut less grass.

Now for everyone else this show is right up your alley too! These plants will blend right into what you are already doing, some may be growing as weeds already on your land!

The key is these 12 plants will provide you food, medicine, relaxation and beauty and require very little of you in return. I truly believe that ones quality of life can be improved just by growing and using fresh herbs.

Join me Today As I Discuss the Following 18 Herbs You Should be Growing

  1. Blackberry
  2. Elderberry
  3. Garlic
  4. Wolfberry
  5. Plantain
  6. Roman Chamomile
  7. Lemon Grass
  8. Parsley
  9. Basil
  10. Oregano
  11. Sorrel
  12. Burdock

The truth is I could go on an list 12 more off the top of my head but these 18 will do so much and ask so little of you that is why I chose them for today’s show.

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Episode-93- TSP Rewind – All About Comfrey the Miracle Plant

Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally and was originally Episode-1371- All About Comfrey the Miracle Plant and was first published on July, 19th, 2014.

The following are the original show notes from that episode…

Comfrey - A Proven Medicinal Herb, With a Undeserved Bad Reputation.

Comfrey – A Proven Medicinal Herb, With a Undeserved Bad Reputation.

Why do I call comfrey a miracle plant? Well if I said their was one plant that could help heal broken bones, speed wound healing, heal skin ulcers that nothing else could close, provide fertilizer, provide mulch, feed livestock and be as easy to grow as breaking off a piece of a root and sticking it in the dirt, what would you call it?

Comfrey does all of these things and frankly more. It also has a very undeserved bad reputation as being toxic if used internally. In fact some over zealous nanny state types even caution against using it externally.

I am not really sure if the misinformation about comfrey is simply tea cup protectionism run a muck or an outright slander campaign. And while I can’t advise you to use comfrey internally, because it is illegal for me to do so, what I will say is at times I do and I certainly am not dead or ill from doing so.

Even if you plan to never use comfrey internally it is still a plant every person should grow and be familiar with. Its uses are too many to ignore and further it is so easy to grow and propagate there is no reason not to.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • What exactly is comfrey
  • Why are we told comfrey is toxic
  • What is wrong with the research done to say it is toxic
  • What are the main comfrey types and what does Bocking mean?
  • How do you propagate comfrey
    • From seed (“wild comfrey” only)
    • From root cuttings, crowns, etc.
    • From tiny cuttings (make a lot fast)
    • Growing out cuttings in containers to multiply results fast
    • How I would propagate lots of roots fast if I wanted to
  • Uses for Comfrey
    • As fodder for cows, chickens, pigs, geese, etc. what you need to know
    • As fertilizer
      • Awesome NPK Ratio 1.8-0.5-5.3
      • A Dynamic Accumulator of Si, N, Mg, Ca, K & Fe
      • Making Liquid Fertilizer
      • Mulching
      • Leaf Boosting
    • For Medicinal Use
      • On wounds and ulcers
      • On bites and stings
      • On broken bones and sprains
      • On bruises
      • Internally (this is illegal)
      • Making oils and salves
  • Rules for successful comfrey patches
    • Keep it “clean, cut and fed”
    • Grass can and will choke out comfrey
    • You can graze it, best to do when you would have cut it
    • I prefer a distributed model but might do a propagation patch
  • Sources of Comfrey

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Episode-92- TSP Rewind – Brandon Sheard the Farmstead Meatsmith on Curing Meats

Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally and was originally Episode-1253- Brandon Sheard the Farmstead Meatsmith on Curing Meats and was first published on Nov. 21st, 2013.

The following are the original show notes from that episode…

Brandon Sheard came into traditional slaughter, butchery and curing right after finishing his graduate work in Renaissance English Literature. After marrying Lauren, he quit his job at Whole Foods in the supplement department and started work on a small, multi-species and pasture-based farm on Vashon Island.

After two years of working on the farm and managing the butcher shop, Brandon left and started Farmstead Meatsmith with Lauren. Largely self-taught in the art of traditional animal harvesting, Brandon and Lauren continue to provide the services of livestock processing and classes through Farmstead Meatsmith with a little help from 4 year-old Wallace, 2 year-old John Luke and 6 month-old Simon.

Their home and business is on Vashon Island, Washington and they join us today to discuss Fermented/Cured Meats.  I first heard of Brandon from our good friend and expert council member Paul Wheaton of Permies.com. Brandon comes with Paul’s highest recommendation.

Join Us Today As We Discuss…

  • What is curing? How does the traditional approach differ from the conventional approach?
  • How has Bacon been commodified
  • How does what you do on slaughter-day affect what you can do with meat when you cure it
  • How will cured meats influence your kitchen
  • How has modern practices of butchery influenced grass-fed beef in our country
  • Why is most grass-fed beef trimmed of its fat
  • What are some resources to help people regain a traditional approach?
  • What is charcuterie
  • How do you make a ham
  • What should you do with venison

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Episode-91- TSP Rewind – Reaching the Unreachable

Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally and was originally Episode-648- Reaching the Unreachable and was first published on April 21st, 2011 .

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Every day I get emails from people that say my ______ just doesn’t get it. I have tried explaining _____ and ______ and ______ and they still don’t think there is any reason to have a preparedness plan. What else can I say to reach them. Now it is easy to write off people, call them sheeple (as most are), etc until they are someone we love and care about. The problem though can be summed up in the quote, “a profit has no honor in his own country”.

Many of the people closest to you will be some of the last people to listen to you. Today’s show will hopefully speak on your behalf, it may be something you can provide to the “unreachable” or at least the moderately resistant. Unlike many in the “survival” niche I do not believe that you reach people with fear, gloom and doom but with empowerment. So while today’s show may be like preaching to the choir for a lot of the audience I think you will enjoy it as well. In the end I hope it also gives you a tool for reaching others.

A version with the housekeeping removed will be provided in the show notes as well. (Get it Here)

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Prepping is a normal activity
  • Not prepping is an abnormal activity (10,000 years proves it)
  • Food and water are our most fundamental needs
  • There are real threats to our on demand lifestyle
  • Prepping isn’t “running away” it is the exact opposite
  • Smart prepping has no downside
  • There is no real sacrifice required (long term)
  • The rewards are liberty and freedom
  • It will improve your physical health
  • It will improve your mental health
  • Getting started is very easy and cheap
  • It eventually becomes a lifestyle
  • It is NOT a political issue, prepping isn’t republican or democrat
  • Belief in conspiracy theories isn’t required or even useful
  • The primary rule is to do what YOU think is best

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.