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You Guys Broke the PermaEthos Server

Okay here is the deal, when I set up the PermaEthos Blog I did so on a shared account on one of my HostGator.com accounts.  Apparently the show today has taken it the heck out!

Here is a direct link to the video promo for the PDC on YouTube.  We will move PermaEthos to our main dedicated server but we can’t do that today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLUv2gqIjsw

And just to make sure here is the video in an embed in this post.

Episode-1335- The PermaEthos Model 3.0

A View of the First PermaEthos Farm!

A View of the First PermaEthos Farm!

See the PermaEthos PDC Video Trailer Here!

Today we are going to talk about PermaEthos.  I have been on a break from “permaculture topics” and will continue that break though next week but today we have some really exciting things to discuss.

PermaEthos began as a dream, one simple libertarian community built on the ethics of Permaculture.  It was hoped to be a place where 100-160 families could live and work together for liberty and independence.

In our quest to leave government issues behind we ran into of course more government.  Despite having surveyed the community and identified over 2.5 million in potential revenues for the projects establishment, we could not get local governments to simply tell us what we could and could not do.  All wanted a “master plan” done by professional engineers in advance.

We shifted to a community farm model, we again looked to “investors” and while we did identify that a co-op model likely would work, we also found two wonderful community members who wanted to make a serious commitment to PermaEthos in the form of Charlie and Kevin of Elijah Springs Farm in West Virgina.  We are now only a few short weeks away from PermaEthos shifting from dream to reality.  Listen today to hear how you can help out.

Join Me Today to Hear…

  • PermaEthos is what we talked about yesterday, being the wolf!
  • The initial model, how it changed, why this is better
  • The flagship product, a Permaculture Design Course like none other
  • The opportunities
    • Founding Community Member
    • Tenant Farmer
    • Wwopfers
    • Element Partners (own a Fiefdom)
    • Farm Partnership
  • Our advisory council (confirmed members)
    • Geoff Lawton
    • Ben Falk
    • Darby Simpson
  • Our team
    • Jack Spirko
    • Josiah Wallingford
    • Charlie Mitchell
    • Kevin Keegan
    • Nicholas Ferguson
    • Jesse Tegtmier
    • Kelly Herrin
  • Our basic plan (phase one)
    • Establish the farm while teaching a PDC – Real World Education, not theory
    • Complete Wwopfs and Staff Housing Needs
    • Develop and set up a nursery, camping area, parking areas
    • Establish the first livestock (pork, poultry, lamb)
    • Establish annual crops and perennials into an alley crop model
    • Establish a local market for the sale of products
    • Plan and implement large scale earthworks (amazing stuff)
    • Provide ongoing video updates of progress (subscription model)
    • Develop stand alone educational products
    • Install element partner fiefdoms along the way
    • Head into 2015 and complete the implementation on the initial 18 acres
    • By 2015 have revenues from farm operation that return a profit plus fund salaries for tenants and farm stewards
    • Replicate on other farms (many small communities vs. one large one)
  • Some common questions and my current answers

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-1334- Of Wolves and Liberty

If a Wolf Can Change a River, You Can Change a Nation.

If a Wolf Can Change a River, You Can Change a Nation.

Recently I have pointed out a lot of things wrong with our nation.  From our own government spying on us, to the IRS taking money from the children of dead parent to the crumbling system we call public education.  I have also discussed the rigged political system and repeatedly said voting right now won’t fix anything.

I have explained how we are lied to, manipulated and controlled.  The most depressing thing I have had to tell you though is that at least, and I mean at least 9 out of 10 Americans are asleep, don’t care or think their side of the crime syndicate is the solution.  90% of Americans are either controlled by the system, don’t care about anything anyway or simply feel totally defeated and have accepted their sorry state of affairs.

A very fair email came in recently and said,

“Well if I can’t vote for change, if I can’t wake up the masses and if I can’t trust either side, what the hell can I do?  Oh and Jack, please don’t tell me to pant trees and get chickens.  For the record I already have, I see the value but clearly that isn’t enough.

What happens when they come take my chickens, bull doze my garden and raise my taxes to pay for doing so?  What happens when they take away the last of my natural rights?  I see the writing on the wall, and sadly I know you are right about the voting issue, so what do we do, what do I do?  How do we fight back?

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • It sounds overly simple but change yourself, it will change others – be the wolf
  • To win a fight first you must understand you are in a fight
  • To defeat your opponent use his own energy against him
  • To stack the deck, build an alliance of others to fight at your side
  • Wars are fought with both arms and information, information can be more powerful
  • Never seek a solution from one who caused the problem
  • Develop skills, knowledge and teach them to others
  • Never compromise your integrity, be true to who you are
  • Never call theft justice, never call captivity freedom and never equate safety to freedom
  • Remember wolves are not solitary they run in packs, build your pack

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-1333- Listener Feedback for 4-14-14

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on the Survival Podcast I take your comments, questions and thoughts on, survival scenario, permaculture, water catchment, politics, the NSA, the IRS, the education system  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

  • Conflicted Monday – My take on last week
  • Conflicted Monday – Skills for Children in a Survival Group
  • The PermaEthos PDC will be Open for Enrollment Soon
  • Thoughts on tarantulas in your garden
  • Finding a roof level on a hillside for gravity feed water storage
  • Is a constitutional convention imminent, would it even be a good idea
  • The NSA admits lying and wrong doing, no one really seems to care
  • The government now holds children responsible for their parents death
  • What we learn when a teach resigns and tells us the truth

Resources for today’s show…

The Conflicted Monday Scenario

The survival group you belong to has lots of children.  What are the three essential life skills that every child should know in today’s current society?  What are three other skills you would add to their education in a post apocalyptic world?

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-1332- Listener Calls for 4-11-14

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your Calls

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on real estate, education, radios, swales,  toxic plants, tactical kit, wood sheds, shotguns, ammo, bamboo, finance, vehicle preps  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…

  • Waterways on BOLs good or bad or some of both
  • The dumbest reason I have ever heard for the failure of our school systems
  • Putting a CB antenna in your attic
  • The structure and shape of swale berms and why it matters
  • Why black poly tanks for water tanks
  • Mountain laurel and other toxic plants
  • Thoughts on tactical kit for your firearms training
  • Advice on building a wood shed from Ben Falk
  • What color of shotgun for home defense, hunter brown or evil black
  • Does properly stored ammo have a shelf life
  • An urban legend about ammo primer shelf life that is total BULLSHIT!
  • Thoughts on bamboo for prepping, homesteading and controlling spread
  • Council member Jon Pugliano on high frequency trading and the BS around it
  • Brand new cars with no spare tire, yep, just wow!

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-1331- Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy on their New Survival Board Game

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy (Joe and Amy Alton) are great friends of the TSP community and personal friends of the Spirko family.  They have done some of the best work period in the medical prepping community.

Joe and Amy Alton are, by profession, a doctor and nurse practitioner who happen to be husband and wife. Lifelong board game enthusiasts, they are also specialists in disaster medical preparedness. As authors of the #1 Amazon bestseller in Survival Skills and Safety/First Aid “The Survival Medicine Handbook”, they have spoken in the U.S. and Europe on the topic of survival at numerous conferences and host a weekly podcast on all things survival on Blogtalk radio.

Their articles has been featured in leading survival magazines like Survival Quarterly, Survivalist, Self-Reliance Illustrated, and Backwoods Home, and their website at www.doomandbloom.net is one of the top survival websites on the internet. They are regular guests on radio and TV and have been featured in magazines from Mother Jones to Fortune. They have even been mentioned as “the real deal” in survival medicine in both non-fiction books (“The Simple Survival Smart Book” and “MAGS: The People Part of Prepping”) and apocalyptic fiction (“Expatriates” by James Wesley, Rawles).

Today they join us to discuss their new kickstarter for their new survival board game called, “Doom and Bloom Survival“.

NOTE SPECIAL OFFER FOR TSP FANS –  Pledge $351  for fans of Jack Spirko and The Survival Podcast: Receive a copy of the game and a SPECIAL limited edition Jack Spirko Character Card with art by Kurt Miller to add to YOUR game! PLUS, all applicable stretch goal rewards will be yours! Estimated delivery: Sep 2014 Ships within the US only.  Amy will also send you a discount code for 15% off items in their survival medical supply store.

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-1330- An Evaluation of Prepping for the New and Seasoned Alike

Be Prepared or You Could Wind Up, "In the Dog House"

Be Prepared or You Could Wind Up, “In the Dog House”

As I look forward to about a week of shows with “just Jack” (that will be next week, we do have an interview this week)  I am trying to do a bit of what my football coach always did, “stick with fundamentals”. Evaluation

I also want to do so in a way that won’t be overly remedial for those who have been at this prepping gig for a long time.

Today I want to discuss more “how to think” about prepping is more important in your planning and implementation than the “what” of prepping.   Any good prepping plan should begin with a risk analysis.  Any established plan should be tweaked from a starting point of a risk analysis.  Note the clear commonality!

Prepping isn’t a once and done affair, it is an ongoing way of living.  It is something that makes disasters often into simple inconveniences.  It also takes many things that would inconvenience others and simply eliminates them for a solid prepper.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • What are your primary risks
  • What is commonality of disaster
  • The inverse relationship between impact scale and probability
  • How you evaluate your weaknesses
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Energy
    • Security
    • Communications
    • Health and Sanitation
    • Financial/Economics
    • Recovery Risks
    • Transportation
  • Getting things off the ground
    • Just start with copy canning and a “deep pantry”
    • Store at least 50 gallons of water, it is too cheap not to
    • Make sure you have a place to go if your home is compromised
    • Make sure you can fix basic problems in your home
    • Have a black out kit, build a simple battery back up, get a generator
    • Store gas, rotate it, build your storage over time
    • Have portable heaters and fans
    • Know your neighbors
    • Practice situational awareness and OPSEC
    • Get firearms training, have a means of defense for everyone
    • Have well understood procedures for threats before they happen
    • Have a get out of the house and meet up plan
    • Every family member should have the info of every other family member
    • Have radios, consider two way radios as well
    • Have a way to deal with waste
    • Keep a good med kit
    • Keep extra maintenance meds
    • Take care of yourself
    • Exercise mentally and physically
    • Save money, get out of debt
    • Know your investments, practice real diversity
    • Have good insurances
    • Think about how you would cope with a
      • Minor loss
      • Major loss
      • Total loss
    • Keep vehicles maintained
    • Have a basic working knowledge of vehicles
    • Have simple extra parts on  hand and tools
    • Plan to take extra fuel with you
    • Have multiple routes planned and document for evac
  • In the end, this makes you more prepared than 99% of Americans
  • Remember the two most important things you can do in life are learn and teach

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-1329- Thoughts on Remote Land, BOLs, etc.

A Pre Fab Mini Cabin at a BOL

A Pre Fab Mini Cabin at a BOL

A few of you guys have asked for a few shows that get a bit away from the homesteading/permaculture stuff and a bit deeper into some of the other more typical “survival topics” we have covered before.  Today we do the first of a few shows I have planned to answer that need.

Today we discuss remote land/home ownership and the unique advantages and challenges it represents.  Far to many see a BOL solely as a place for when the shit has really hit the fan, like TEOTWAWKI level stuff.  The reality is a BOL serves a variety of functions.

In our case we haven’t had a BOL since 2011 when we moved to Arkansas to a place that had been serving as such for about 6 years at that time.  After a shot stint up there of about two years, it was clear my wife’s heart was in Texas.  We decided to sell the remote property and use the gains to improve our new homestead in Texas.

Once again now I find myself scouring places like LandsOfTexas.com, LandWatch.com and UnitedCountry.com looking for that perfect get away property.  This time my goals are a bit different, yours may be more like my first property, the one I am looking for now or something entirely different.  The purpose of today’s show is to help you find the right property for your needs.  Further to decide if having such a property is even right for you at all.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why would you want a remote property
    • Fall back location
    • Recreation
    • Investment
  • What I think makes a property desirable
    • Water
    • Access
    • Structure
    • Distance
    • Grid
    • Near a Small Town
    • Secure
    • Good Neighbors
    • No Restrictions
  • Questions to ask yourself
    • Are there other things I really should do first
    • Can I really afford it
    • How often will I really use it
    • What do I most want out of it
  • Thoughts on “Teaming Up”
    • It can work, everyone just needs to be clear going in
    • Look for people with common goals and values
    • Define use and define guests very clearly
    • Decide between common ownership and defined areas going in
    • I would likely only do this if all parties could pay cash going in
    • There are many advantages to teaming up
  • Final thoughts on BOLs

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.

Our Expert Council is Made Up of…

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Episode-1328- Listener Feedback for 4-7-14

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on the Survival Podcast I take your comments, questions and thoughts on, skills vs. strength, politics, date encryption, shifts in power, the educational system 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

  • Conflicted Monday – knowledge vs. strength
  • Bees are now on the homestead
  • Obamacare will be sold to you by Republicans as  having been “fixed”
  • To encrypt or not to encrypt – piss off the NSA or become a “target”
  • Television execs can now read the writing on the wall, an interesting observation
  • What student loans are actually used for, the depressing truth
  • You are in the game, but are you a player or a gaming piece

Resources for today’s show…

The Conflicted Monday Scenario

Do you think physical ability or knowledge will be more valuable to your group in a survival scenario?  Who would you rather team up with?  A 70-year old female who knows how to live off the grid but needs almost every form of phyical assistance, or a 28-year old man who only offers a strong back to your group?

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.

Our Expert Council is Made Up of…

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Episode-1327- Jen Mendez on Permaculture Based Childrens Education

Jen Mendez of PermieKids.com

Jen Mendez of PermieKids.com

Jen Mendez is a wife, mother, permaculture enthusiast and student, lifelong learner, urban homesteader, and professionally trained, successful educator gone rogue. Her experiences living and working around the world as an active duty military member led to an understanding  of the need for and the impact of education on the future of our world.

After her service, she completed a Masters in International Education with a focus on early childhood and elementary education and has been an educator ever since. Between her time as a classroom teacher and now as a homeschooling parent, she has fused her passion for educating and her enthusiasm for permaculture into an ethical, scientific design process to create a comprehensive, project-based inquiry education that empowers in learning and life.

The goal is to help children become active, solutions-based thinkers and do-ers. She has created an approach to education that the children, parents, grandparents, teachers, and other mentors can use to collaborate and design an education that meets the needs, goals, and passions of each individual children.

Moreover, she is using her knowledge and connections within the educational community to access, integrate, and re-configure resources that already exist so that, in the words of Bill Mollison (Permaculture Designers’ Manual, p.9), “It arranges what was already there in a different way, so that it works to conserve energy or to generate more energy than it consumes.” The idea is that as a community, we can use this commonsense, ethical design system and resources to create an education that empowers in learning and life.

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.

Our Expert Council is Made Up of…

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