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Episode-2255- Expert Council for 7-20-18

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 the expert council answers questions on rockets ovens, redundant off grid systems, permaculture, chicken processing, business, home schooling, fixing public education 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…

  • Rocket ovens and morel mushrooms – Paul Wheaton
  • Redundant systems for a mobile tiny house – Gary Collins
  • How salt cedar can heal landscapes – Geoff Lawton
  • Setting up a mobile chicken butchering service – Darby Simpson
  • Home schooling in states with very restrictive laws – Mike & Sue Laprise
  • How could you actually implement merit pay and make schools better – 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-2254- Listener Calls for 7-19-18

jackspirkoToday I take your phone calls on education, sales, asset protection, poultry, road flares, gardening, tractors, security 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 teacher training and other job requirements
  • Can permaculture make you a better sales person or business manager
  • How to protect business assets
  • Dealing with parasitic diseases in quail or other poultry
  • Best practices with road flares and night time break downs
  • What is the “best” method of gardening
  • Picking a homestead tractor
  • Security for large acreage homestead properties

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-2253- Dillon Allen on Nuclear Power, Anarchism, Urban Prepping and More

 Dillon was born and raised outside Jackson, MS. He studied chemical, mechanical, and nuclear engineering as well as business and, due to a fortunate injury, ended up in the one place in the military where his questioning attitude was welcomed instead of court-martialed. His military service took him to Washington, DC and Central America, both of which were formative in his adult view on governments, freedom, and liberty.

He witnessed 9/11 first hand and how it changed his town as well as the blatant lies told by our most senior politicians about how we interact with foreign nations. He was lucky enough to return home to MS with his family where he is a senior leader in a major US utility, large enough that I’m giving the following disclaimer for him: The views Dillon expresses are his own and are not that of or endorsed by his company.

He’s been listening to the show since 2010 somewhere in the neighborhood of episode 500 and has been engaging as a member of the community as Angusbangus via the blog, forum, Permaethos, 5min with Jack, Walking to Freedom, & MT Knives.

He designed his own avatar that marries Calico Jack’s Jolly Roger and the rattlesnake from the Navy Jack. Some say “Don’t Tread on Me”. Dillon prefers to live by the motto “Tread if you Dare”.

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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Episode-2252- A New Understanding of Permaculture

I should probably call this podcast “an accurate understanding of permaculture” but “A New Understanding of Permaculture” has a better ring to it.   This show was in part inspired by a video by my good friend Curtis Stone called “What Permaculture Got Wrong“, while I love Curtis it could have been called “What Curtis Doesn’t Understand About Permaculture”.

Though that is in NO WAY a dig at Curtis.  His opinion is based on seeing what people call permaculture and how those same people define it.  I see a huge problem here and it comes down to conflating technique and tactics with overall strategy.

Permaculture is a strategy, more accurately…

Permaculture is an ethical design science used to create specific strategies for any given situation using appropriate methods and techniques for the purpose of specific goals.

Many have struggled to define permaculture over the years but I would hold that the above one may be the most accurate, simply because it separates strategy from techniques and tactics.  Permaculture is a systems thinking process, it is not simply a collection of techniques that are natural and safe ways to grow food.  Today we examine how that simple understanding allows Permaculture to actually live up to all that it promises.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • What does permaculture actually promise
  • What is permaculture at its core
    • The Prime Directive
    • The Three Ethics
  • How politics screws everything up
  • Understanding
    • Strategy
    • Method
    • Techniques
    • How the three lead to good design
  • How many critics get it right and wrong at the same time
  • What is really meant by appropriate technology
  • Some common methods and how they go wrong
    • Mulching
    • Swales
    • Hugulkulture
    • Rotational Grazing
    • Food Forestry
  • Some common myths about permaculture
    • There is no annual production in permaculture
    • There are no real pest/weed problems
    • Permaculture is only good for back yards
    • You can’t do mechanized harvest and do permaculture, etc.
  • Some of Permaculture’s biggest pitfalls
    • Obsession with a method
    • Unrealistic goals
    • Lack of experience (equating knowledge with skill)
    • Attachment to ideology
  • The keys to success
    • Start with realistic goals
    • Define the end game
    • Accept the following
      • Budgets (time and money)
      • Your ability
      • Market realities
      • Climate limitations
  • Why I feel Permaculture when understood is the best of all worlds

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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Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker – Item of the Day

Special Notice – I am bringing this one around today because due to Prime Day it is on sale STUPID CHEAP.  How stupid cheap you ask?  The WiFi and BlueTooth Version is only $108 and the BlueTooth Only Version is insanely cheap at only 79.99.   This is a Prime Day only sale, so get it today if it has been on your wish list.  In other words this top of the line cooker is selling today for less than many low end cheap ones.

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 Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker.  I have talked about Sous Vide Cooking a lot on the show and this is my third cooker to purchase before settling on which to recommend.  One worked great until it crapped out in six months and a value model proved to be of little value for consistency.

There are two versions of the Anova to consider, they are,

The difference is you can control the Bluetooth only version with your smart phone when in bluetooth range.  But the WiFi becomes a device on your network attached to an account (that is free) with Anova.  This means you can control your cooker from anywhere you have signal to your phone.  Like the parking lot at your office when you leave work.  More on why you may want this in the PS below.

Here is my thoughts on this though, when I buy anything I think about its disposal value.  If I need to sell or barter it, will the cost of the additional option make it more valuable at hat point, in this case for 10 extra bucks, I say yes it will.  So with no further thought I got the WiFi model.

The Anova on the other hand is what I always look for, it JUST WORKS, always works and also always works.  Sous Vide is a method of cooking that I describe as a dry poaching.  Poaching of course is holding a food item in a liquid until it is cooked to your liking.  This keeps foods moist and prevents over cooking.  It is also simmering in water when you get right to it, for some stuff that is fine.

There are a few primary differences with Sous Vide.  First it uses a precision cooker, meaning if you want 137 degrees you get exactly that, if you want 165, and you might, say for chicken, you get EXACTLY THAT.  Not 162, not 166, not 163, you get precisely the temperature you want.  Most poaching is a best effort process.  It also in general uses higher temps say 180 for instance for eggs.

Next Sous Vide is dry, well not exactly dry but the food doesn’t contact the heated liquid, it is instead held inside a food safe bag.  This can be done with a quality zip top bag but I prefer to use a vacuum sealed bag.  The meat or other item is seasoned as you choose, then cooked to the exact temp you want.  After that it is finished with a quick sear, about one minute per side or less.

For steak the results are a perfect cook to your preferred temp, we are talking end to end pink or red or what ever you want.  Not perfect in the center and darkening to the outside. We just did up some steaks with this tool in Episode 5 of Biltong For Breakfast.

There are other uses too though.  Like today I am thinking a new riff on jerk chicken.  Part out chicken and marinate in Walkerswood  Jerk Seasoning.  Vac seal and sous vide to 165.  At this point the chicken is perfectly cooked, no cool spots, not over cooked spots.  Now just crisp the skin on the grill and done, perfect.  How about fried chicken, imagine just being able to fry to a perfect golden brown and never worry about the chicken being “done”.

There are tons of things you can do with Sous Vide cooking, tune in today to learn some more and check out Episode Five – Dead Cow Flesh of Biltong for Breakfast to see this cooker in action.   Above all if you have been considering a Sous Vide cooker, I truly recommend the Anova for consistency, value and longevity.

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.

P.S. – So why would you want to be able to control your cooker from miles away.  Imagine you want to come home and have steak for dinner.  Well in the morning you take your vac sealed steak and put it in a pot of cold water and fill it with ice. Your trusty Anova goes in to the pot too.

A one inch steak takes about an hour to cook but still mostly frozen it will take 90-120 minutes.  So as you get in your car, you push start.  When you get home say 45 minutes later, the steak has about 45 minutes to go.  You start your side dish and salad, open the bag when ready, sear and eat.  Oh and while you can run Sous Vide too long for a cut of meat, it will NEVER over cook because it can’t, 135 is 135 period.  More on this in today’s show.

 

Episode-2251- Listener Feedback for 7-16-18

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on investing, global politics, aquaponics, teaching, email marketing, debt, real estate, automation 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…

  • Thoughts on “trick ways” to invest money
  • Why I think the US is the last nation that should complain about election interference
  • Of aquaponics and city water
  • Now teachers complain about having to work year round
  • What email program I use for TSP and why
  • My thoughts on paying off a mortgage and how it relates to tax law
  • Advice for the current first time home buyer
  • A new example of the “rise of the robots”

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-2250- Expert Council for 7-13-18

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 the expert council answers questions on crypto mining, poison ivy, diet, knife making, home schooling, cooking, the FBI 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…

  • With GPU prices down is now a good time to invest in mining – Ben Fitts
  • All about poison ivy sensitivity – Doc Bones
  • Losing weight when your exercise is impeded by an injury – Gary Collins
  • Making a knife with a blank vs forging your own – Patrick Roehrman
  • GED vs. home school diploma for home schoolers – Mike and Sue Laprise
  • Ideas for filling and easy breakfasts – Keith Snow
  • Why the right wing media needs to stop apologizing for the “rank and file” FBI – 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-2249- Listener Calls for 7-12-18

jackspirkoToday I take your phone calls on water filters, ants, poultry feed, tires, economics, grain, remote jobs 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…

  • Water filter suggestions for large amounts of rain catch water
  • Dealing with fire ants in container gardens and pots
  • Finding fish meal for custom feed blends for poultry
  • Thoughts on shredded tire mulch
  • Breaking down the numbers when leasing a vehicle
  • A follow up on last weeks feed grade grain question
  • Finding a remote job so you can travel

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-2248- Daniel Miller on the Texas Nationalist Movement

Daniel Miller is President of the Texas Nationalist Movement and has been an outspoken advocate for Texas independence since 1996. As the head of one of the largest and most influential political organizations in Texas, Miller has extensively researched and engaged the issue of self-determination, not just for Texas, but as part of a growing global trend.

He has been featured on every major news network and been interviewed by every major newspaper in Texas and around the world. A featured guest on FoxNews, CNN, CNBC, BBC News, RT-TV and many other news outlets, Miller has been a vocal proponent of a fundamental reexamination of the relationship between all states in the Federal union.

In 2011 he authored Line in the Sand, his first book, which addresses the roots of Texas Nationalism and the practical implications of national self-identity for Texans. Taken from years of experience, Line In The Sand, has become a primer in the fundamentals of Texas Nationalism.

Miller, a sixth generation Texan, was born and raised in Northeast Texas and currently resides in Southeast Texas with his wife, Cara. Both avid Texas Music fans, Daniel and Cara operate Radio Free Texas, one of the first online outlets for independent music created in Texas.

Resources for today’s show…

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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-2247- Bug Out Trailers with Spirko and Harris – Part 7

Today Steven Harris and I answer your questions on Bug Out Trailers.  This time discuss generators, sleeping in tents, building tent cities, dealing with insects, keeping temperatures down and cold food storage.

This is the third in a multi part series that began with Episode-2117- Steven Harris and Jack Spirko on Bug Out Trailers. As this is clearly going to become a multi episode series I have created the tag BOT Shows so that all of them can be found at one location.

The response to the first in the series was overwhelming, Steve compiled and sent me 14 pages of questions, I printed it out and it feels like a small book, and these are just questions and a few notes here and there. So we are going to run about 1 hour and 15 minutes on the interview and break it into pieces parts over the next few months.

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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Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.