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Episode-1545- Listener Feedback for 3-30-15

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on the Survival Podcast I take your emails on politics, silver, bitcoin, guns, critical thinking, voting, pools, herbicides 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 Emails On

  • A very important anti political message from Jack
  • Why I would say silver over bitcoin for saving at this point
  • A handgun for a first time hand gun owner
  • Thoughts on above ground pools
  • Who would you have voted for, Stalin or Hitler if they ran against one another
  • Is it ever appropriate to use a chemical herbicide

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-1544- Listener Calls for 3-27-15

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Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls to 866-65-THINK

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on ponds, fish, guerrilla gardening, fungus, amending soil, planting trees, buying a business 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…

  • How to stock a pond sustainably in Colorado
  •  Want, trees, spring is here, you are not ready to plan, what to do
  • Using oak leaves for mulch, a way to really get it going
  • Using rotting wood as a soil amendment
  • How to successfully guerrilla garden trees on unkempt land, brush piles are your friend!
  • How to plant perennials and still get short term yields
  • When does a pond need mechanical aeration, how do you provide it
  • How to buy a business if it is engaged in activity you want to change

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-1543- Matt Powers on Permaculture Based Youth Education

Permaculture Based Education an Idea Who's Time Has Come.

Permaculture Based Education an Idea Who’s Time Has Come.

Matt Powers was raised in New England ski racing, attended NYU and played in bands as a studio and touring musician for many years. Now he is a teacher, author, family guy, blogger & permaculturist living in the foothills of Central Valley California between Yosemite National Park and Fresno. He is focused on permaculture education, alternative schooling, intentional community building, farming, family, faith & music.

Matt teaches at a charter/public school, Minarets High School in O’Neils, CA, where all 10-12th graders have macbook laptops (less than 500 kids attend the school total). Almost everything is online save a few class sets of books like 1984 and Fahrenheit 451. It is a projects-based school that is student-centered and focused on choice.

He joins us today to discuss, Permaculture Youth Education (Pre-College) and how that can impact society for the better.  He is also the author of The Permaculture Student textbook series which is his take on why we need to have permaculture as the backbone of our education system.

Today we will be discussing his books and the need for there to be permaculture history, architecture and even coloring books. Discussing alternative schooling, the way the mind actually learns, how abstraction is bad for the mind, and how permaculture can fix it, even in a public school context (as long as it is non-compulsory public ed).

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-1542- Starting, Running and Managing a Business

So Get Busy Doing Shit  ~ Jack Spirko

So Get Busy Doing Shit ~ Jack Spirko

I often say that people should start a business as part of a self sufficiency plan.  The truth is the majority of what I know is available for free at JackSpirko.com (warning the language is far more adult there than at TSP).

In fact I have been asked many times to do more podcasts over there and I have refused.

The reason is simple, I have stated many times the day a person does everything I have already given there, has implemented it into their business and still wants more, I will do another episode.  So far, no one has done so.

The truth is I really believe that the most important part of building a business is just getting busy getting shit done.  Planning, talking, thinking, brain storming all have their place but up front, hustle is the key.

I have been wary of doing general business podcasts for a few reasons here, they are…

  • Many who want to hear about starting a business are more interested in intellectual masturbation than actually doing it, I have no interest in that!
  • I cringe at the thought of someone not pursuing an idea just because I don’t personally think it is a good idea.  There are plenty of successful businesses out there that I would have said were not a good idea before they existed.
  • I cringe even more at someone going after an idea just because I think it is a good idea.  Ideas are not businesses, at all, in anyway, shape or form.  The execution is the key, not the idea itself.
  • Most of you refuse to accept these two things, a tax attorney and a CPA.  Every time I bring up business it leads to tax and legal questions, to be blunt, I DON’T Fing KNOW WHAT YOUR INDIVIDUAL ISSUES ARE.  I can’t and won’t give this advice.  Stop asking!!!

The truth is what I think of your business doesn’t matter, what you do with it is what matters.  I try to stick to principles, concepts and methods over ideas because that makes them universal.

Join Me Today to Discuss...

  • There are rules to business, some of them are
    • Your market is more important than your desires
    • Passion is great, but passion in absence of substance equals stupidity
    • It is always more work than you thought it would be
    • No one will ever do it as good as you, EVER, EVER, EVER, got it?
    • Focusing on your competition is most often really stupid
    • No business can survive with out sales AND marketing
  • My thoughts on modern businesses
    • Part time first for MOST
    • If you go full time up front, don’t get comfortable
    • You will have one boss, and  he/she needs to be an asshole!
    • Nothing beats just telling people in the beginning
  • Thoughts on successful websites
    • Sites need to initiate a process
    • Sites need to make it clear how to do business with you
    • Sites should be “active”, brochures are dead!  Fing dead!  Do you get that?
    • A business is its customer base, an email list is a customer base
    • Your site is not designed to please people who won’t buy from you
  • In the end it comes down to abilities
    • MarketABILITY – the ability to tell your story
    • ReferABILITY – the ability for others to tell your story
    • ProfitABILITY – the ability to yield a surplus
    • RepeatABILITY – the ability to sell to a customer many times
    • AdaptABILITY – the ability to evolve and be sustained
    • ScaleABILITY – the ability to grow sufficiently
  • Simple basics
    • Have a core product/service
    • Get moving fast, long product development isn’t business
    • Listen to your customers (trends not individuals)
    • Excel never lies, you will lie to yourself, don’t
    • No marketing will every beat pure hustle in the beginning
    • Everything I say could be both right and wrong at the same time
  • Just do it, seek not my approval, seek the approval of paying customers

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-1541- Reclaiming Our Sovereign Food Rights

Only in the Mind of a Statist Does this Make Sense!

Only in the Mind of a Statist Does this Make Sense!

Today a call to arms, it is time to draw a line in the soil!

Today we live in a world where the majority of our food contains known toxic substances.  Slowly even the establishment is admitting this.  Such as the WHO finally admitting that RoundUp (the most popular herbicide in agriculture) likely causes cancer, WHO Admission Here.   Keep in mind anything with soy as an ingredient in the US that is not certified organic likely contains significant amounts of Roundup, as soy is mostly now a “round up ready” crop.

Several years ago in a US Federal Court in Wisconsin a Judge ruled that you have no fundamental right to determine what food goes into your body.  This same oath breaking traitorous judge then promptly quit his judgeship and was rewarded with a high paying position working for a Monsanto supporting law firm.

As all this has continued to get worse, small farmer after small farmer is attacked by busy body yuppies who want to anamorphize cattle and hogs and politicians writing rules for animal husbandry that don’t know a cows utter from a cows ass!

I could go on but at this point it is clear, when one of the biggest names in sustainable agriculture has to write a book called, “Everything I Want to do is Illegal“, the problem could not be more evident.  Today we continue a multi part series we began last week with our show on education on reclaiming our sovereign rights as men and women in a world of ever increasing tyranny.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • First do you believe you have a right to choose your own food if so
    • Act like it
    • Do it
    • Take control
  • Understanding the problem
    • One size fits all regulation
    • Federal interference on state level commerce
    • Stupid people in power, dumber people influencing it
    • Big food wants full control
    • Some people simply, think they’re helping but they’re not
  • The solution
    • Local politics
      • Create state and local coalitions
      • 10th amendment solutions
      • Local ordinance solutions
      • Make them fear loss of power, it all they understand
      • Find and exploit all loop holes
      • Shame and show the stupidity of assclowns in power
      • Phone and email bomb local media!
    • Action
      • Plant shit, grow shit, dare them to stop you
      • Feed your neighbors, give them a stake in it
      • Buy local and share local food/stories
      • Guerrilla garden, guerilla graft, etc.
      • Use weapons of mass creation (WMCs)
  • The reality we must accept
    • Those in power have targeted, food, water, shelter, energy, health and education
    • All must be taken back, none will be given back freely, ever
    • Food/water freedoms are the most fundamental of human rights
    • This is THE PLACE for peaceful civil disobedience on every level
    • Draw a line in the soil!

Resources for today’s show…

miracle-fruit1_1Bob Wells Plant of the WeekMiracle Fruit – has a unique glycol protein that inhibits taste buds’ perception of sour taste for half an hour up to a couple of hours. They can make lemons taste like lemon candy. The fruit can be used to enhance the flavor of grapefruit, strawberries, and lychees. The fruit also acts as an appetite stimulant for chemotherapy patients. The effects of the glycol protein, masks the metallic taste that food tends to get after chemo treatment. The plants are best grown in containers, and they can remain in a seven gallon pot indefinitely.

Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com – Bob Wells Nursery specializes in anything edible: Fruit trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Trees.

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-1540- Listener Feedback for 3-23-15

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on the Survival Podcast I take your emails on global warming, permaculture, homesteading, government, politics, the media 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 Emails On

  • Join me to have fun, drink beer and learn this Saturday (link)
  • AAR on this Weeks Work With Jack Weekend
  • Scum bags in New York attack small farm over frozen water
  • The reason you can’t ever expect to find, “the book” on permaculture
  • Get out of the plug and play mentality in Permaculture, or charge for it
  • Mandatory voting? What to do, turn off the fricken news again!
  • A Yelp for Teachers, hell how about a Yelp for all public servants

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-1539- Listener Calls 3-20-15

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Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls to 866-65-THINK

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on ducks, cover crops, food storage, erosion control, homesteading, generators, land purchases, investing 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…

  • When to move ducklings to regular feed and off chick starter
  • What is the best plant to integrate into lawns to make them more sustainable
  • Copy canning, when do you stop, how much is enough
  • Options for erosion control where swales are not an option
  • Steve Harris on the need or lack there of to ground portable generators
  • When do you own “too much land” how do you change that
  • How do you stake up blackberry with out getting “torn up”
  • How to prune back yard and small orchard style trees

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-1538- Matt McDougall of 50 Ducks in a Hot Tub

Visit 50DucksInAHotTub.com

Visit 50DucksInAHotTub.com

Matt McDougall of 50 Ducks in a Hot Tub joins us today to discuss humanely raising animals for food and sharing this educational experience online.  He does this in his words “for everyone that doesn’t even know yet they need to learn this valuable lesson, preparing for a nasty future on the face of this planet”.

Matt has faced many challenges in his life history and literally came to the decision to farm ducks and grow his own food because in his own words, “I knew if I didn’t start growing my own food my family and I weren’t going to be eating later that same year”.

Today he continues to learn and develop and share his system of self sufficiency based primary on ducks in a frigid part of Canada.  He joins us today to discuss just that, along with lessons learned, future plans and how others can emulate his efforts.

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-1537- Homestead Project Management

pmSo today due to an interview where the guest flaked out on me for the last time I am willing to tolerate I have to do a stand alone show.  For some inspiration I jumped on the TSP Zello Channel and the first topic was “homestead project management”.

What followed was about 45 minutes of people discussing pain points, how they get past them, where they get held up etc.  I think it is amazing that I can go to the Zello group and get such quick, interactive and relevant feedback to what the community wants to hear about next, along with concrete suggestions to make it happen.

If you have not yet gotten on Zello, give it a shot.  The TSP Zello Group is one amazing community.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • My basic order of priority
    • #1 Priority – something will die if I don’t get it done
    • #2 Priority – it will cost me a lot of money or time set back
    • #3 Priority – critical to long term success of the whole
    • #4 Priority – something we really want
    • #5 Priority – something that will be nice to have
    • #1A Priority – something the wife wants after tolerating too much of the above!
  • The biggest problems with effective project management
    • Underestimation of time/money required use the 1.5 factor
    • Poor priority – wants before needs
    • Failure to hire or ask for help
    • Other things that break and must be repaired
    • Fear that you will do it wrong or not good enough
    • Perfect being the enemy of the good
    • Failure to recognize and accept type one errors
  • Solving the issues and getting things done
    • Hire to your weaknesses
    • Hire for the easy but time consuming
    • Finish every project before starting the next (unless life/money will be lost)
    • Develop a project list, manage by priority – time – money (use Excel)
    • Schedule fun/date/rest time as well, you need it
    • Develop monastic patience along with military mission thinking
    • Accept limitations but adapt around them
    • Always temper the want need ratio to the needs

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-1536- Reclaiming Education in Modern Society

It is 2015 folks, how about we act like it?

It is 2015 folks, how about we act like it?

I say it all the time and I will do so again today, do not confuse education with school.  I also though want to do all I can once again to point out that criticism of our educational system is not “teacher bashing”.

If people could get over the false belief that “teachers are heroes”, perhaps we can make some progress on that?  It is difficult to have a logical conversation when people cling to illogical ideals.

That is what is truly needed at this juncture.  An honest look at the problems with modern education and an acceptance of what can and can’t be fixed.  An acceptance that teaching 6 year old children their ABCs is very noble, but it isn’t heroic.

It is a job and if it can be done better and more efficiently by other means, it should be considered and implemented where it works.  I want to come at it academically today, let us for the sake of arguement say the following is true…

  • The current educational system is an A+ for the needs of 10% of our students
  • It gets a B for the needs of 20%
  • It gets a C for the needs of another 20%
  • It gets a D to an F for the other 50%

Frankly GPAs nation wide alone sort of match this but that isn’t what I mean.   I was a “good student” on paper, graduated in the top 15% of my class, with a little real effort I would have been in the top 10 of students overall, easily, but I didn’t give a shit.  Nothing could have changed that in the current system.  I didn’t care because I knew 80% of what I was tested on would never apply to my life.

Now look you might say the average teenager can’t make that determination, but now as a quite successful person in my 40’s, time has proven that I was correct.   Less than 20% of what I learned in high school, is applicable to my current life and career.

So the above numbers are likely kind to the current system.  Plenty of A and B students are bored to tears in school.   Plenty are also bullied, picked on and ridiculed.  All this while eating state provided lunches that are little better than what prisoners get at Federal Prison.  And if you share your lunch with a fellow student that is hungry, you are punished!

I have to say that while I feel the educational system of the 1980s was flawed and largely a waste of my time, it has only gotten worse over the years.  Things that were encouraged when I was a kid like standing up to bullies, sharing food and helping others are now not only not encouraged they are actively punished.

This is not the fault of the teacher, teachers don’t write policies, hell they barely even write a lesson plan now.  Politicians now largely set policy and write curriculum.  They are themselves victims of the same system.  Want a raise in pay, go take another course in education, get your masters etc.  Seriously how much education does one need to effectively teach 2nd grade?

Not that second graders are not a challenge but that is a lot more of a social skill then an academic one.  The good news though to be blunt is solutions abound.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • First lets have an honest discussion about the nature of the problem
    • Schools are a one size fits all solution presented to 50 million children
    • Even if we hit a home run for 50%, we fail the other 50%
    • School doesn’t resemble “real life” at all, so lets be honest about that
    • School is now preparing children for jobs that no longer exist
    • Conformity never leads to innovation
    • Formulaic learning doesn’t create self directed learners
    • Teachers do not have control over what they teach
    • Teachers don’t have control over how fast or slow they advance
    • Teachers want parents teaching obedience, not academics
    • They system punishes both creative students and teachers
    • School is seen mostly as state provided day care
  • The solution?  Stop trying to repair 1880s technology!
    • Create cloud based learning
    • Emulate 1850s teacher, student teaching other students
    • Ignore all rules and only comply with laws when you have to
    • Do not engage in emotional arguments
    • Identify the real opportunities in the coming decades
    • Create inter-generational learning communities
    • Focus on actionable knowledge first
    • Allow individuals to select what they learn about “soft knowledge”
    • Stop feeding the beast
    • Create our own certifications and standards bodies
    • Do everything for a low of a price as possible
    • However recognize the truly talented teachers
    • Get on board, because the train is leaving with or without you
    • Accept that education is about learning, not teaching
    • Accept that almost every problem is solved by removing the state

Resources for today’s show…

gojiberryBob Wells Plant of the WeekPhoenix Tears Goji Berry – It is adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9.  Also known as Wolfberry Vine, these sweet and nutritious berries are eaten fresh, juiced or dried like raisins. The berries are a popular medicinal herb. Among the highest in protein and antioxidants, they have more carotene than carrots, and contain all the essential amino acids and many minerals.

Grow this attractive Chinese native on a trellis to more than 10′ tall or trim it as a bush and keep at 4-6′ tall. Light purple, bell shaped flowers bloom in May and continue throughout the summer. The third year and thereafter, flowers are followed by orange-red berries.

The plant is self-fertile, drought resistant, and likes a half to full day of sun and well-drained soil. It prefers warm summer days and cool nights prefers neutral or somewhat alkaline soil.

Our plants are grown from cuttings and a superior cultivar.  Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com – Bob Wells Nursery specializes in anything edible: Fruit trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Trees.

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