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Episode-1457- Listener Calls for 10-21-14

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Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls t0 866-65-THINK

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on gardening in the shade, taxes, rechargeable batteries, virtual citizens, tree propagation, herbs, credit, propaganda 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 can you garden in the shade when you have too much of it
  • Can you opt out of Social Security, not really
  • A message to parents for kids and Halloween candy, let em go nuts once a year
  • Steve Harris on changes in the Enloop Batteries
  • Who would actually use “virtual citizen status” from nations like Estonia and Ecuador
  • Nick Ferguson on growing trees from seed vs. cuttings and rooting issues
  • Thoughts on horse chestnut and its toxicity, short answer don’t eat it
  • Thoughts on getting a land loan with dinged up credit
  • What is the difference between Ceylon Cinnamon and Cassia Cinnamon
  • Thoughts on amendments for soil being sheet mulched now for spring planting
  • The real problem with the “America is Number One” myth

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-1456- Sam Coffman on Herbal Medicines

Sam Coffman of TheHumanPath.com

Today we are joined by former special forces solider and wilderness survival trainer Sam Coffman of TheHumanPath.com to discuss survival training, permaculture, rebuilding after collapse and more.

The Human Path is an ecology-based, wilderness-survival and wilderness-living school offering a huge variety of outdoor, bushcraft classes (outdoor fitness, wilderness and primitive living skills, wilderness medicine, herbology, self defense, teamwork and leadership, primitive engineering, permaculture certification, aquaponics, green building and much more) in both the San Antonio and Austin areas of Texas.

Sam joins us today to discuss the role of herbal medicine in disaster scenarios and in everyday life.  Including his favorite herbs to work with, what we can learn from eastern and Native American cultures and growing your own medicines.

Join Me Today as we Discuss…

  • Why everyone should lean about herbal medicine
  • The role of herbal medicine in a disaster or collapse scenario
  • Why herbs should be used as direct pharmaceutical stand ins
  • Where growing your own medicine fits in with a prepper lifestyle
  • How you can learn about using herbs safely
  • The three top herbs you should learn about for disaster use
  • How herbs can make your life better on an everyday basis

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-1455- TSP Homestead Work and Plans for the Week

Please Note – I said today was 1456 on the air today and did the history segment for that year.  This is in fact 1455, tomorrow we will do the 1455 history segment and get things back to par.   I apologize for the error.

I figured you guys might enjoy a simple low key show after so many hot button issues Monday and Tuesday this week.  I have begun doing a lot of work as we head into winter and we have a major workshop on the way.  I though you might enjoy sort of a behind the scenes discussion about what we have to get done when I am not on the air or answering emails or making videos or starting companies.

Right now I am spiffing up the zone 1 forest garden.  Planing our design of the nursery and plant propagation systems and more.  The young birds are moving though the zone 4 food forest, I am assessing what died, planning the class schedule and more.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Working our zone one swales with a top coat and a seed mix
  • Some of the plants we have on deck for the work shop
    • Nero and Viking Aronia
    • Amber Autumn Olive
    • Pineapple Guava
    • Haku-botan and Favorite Pomegranate
    • Korean Bush Cherry
    • Lapins Cherry
    • Stella Cherry
  • My fall/spring veg seed mix
    • Turnip
    • Parsnip
    • Carrot
    • Lettuce
    • Beets
    • Radish
    • Daikon
    • Sorrel
    • Clover
    • Chard
    • Cutting Celery
    • Rooting Parsley
    • Pak Choi
    • Bok Choy
    • Mustard
    • Arugula
  • What we are cooking
    • Smoked Pork Shoulders
    • Hand Made Breakfast Sausage
    • Amazing Chicken Tex Mex Style
    • Corn and Black Bean Mexican Chicken Soup
    • Brisket
  • Thoughts about the future of TSP and TSP Events

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-1454- Listener Feedback for 10-28-14

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 the next election, politics, economics, automation, gmo crops 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

  • My predictions for the Senate Election in 2014, and what comes next
  • New GMO crops coming soon, get ready for a big spoon full of 24-D, yum
  • QE3 ends what it MIGHT mean for the elections and what it does mean long term
  • More automation coming to the service industry, I’ll tell you what no one else will
  • How to turn down a job offer strategically when you have more than one offer
  • An oil and gas boom is here, it is going to get bigger, what does it all mean

Bob Wells Plant of the WeekLI JUJUBE – Adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9.  This plant is also called the Chinese date. It is a round shaped fruit, reddish brown, dry and wrinkled, sweet and chewy (like dates) when fully ripe in early fall. Attractive, easy to grow tree: hardy, drought resistant, virtually pest and disease free. It is self-fertile, but if you want to boost production, plant a Lang Jujube along with it. Bob Wells Nursery specializes in anything edible: fruit trees, berry plants, nut trees, as well as the hard to find specialty trees. Find them at BobWellsNursery.com

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-1453- Challenging the Myths about Voting

My Vote in 2014 Is NONE of the ABOVE.

My Vote in 2014 Is!

I am really late today because I wrote an article that took a long time about not voting.  I wrote this not to convince you of anything only to challenge the myths around the concept.  What amazed me was how quick I got some really hateful comments by people who clearly didn’t even read the article.

How quickly people who choose to listen to and follow my work just out of hand dismissed what I had to say with programmed talking points while never actually hearing what was said.

So today I am going to examine this and I do hope people LISTEN to the substance vs. the title.  You see to me this is about liberty.  I always say, “know why you believe what you believe”, that is all I am saying here.

I think so many people are trying to control other people and tell them how and what to both do and think that people just can’t accept that such isn’t always the case.  It is even harder on a hot button issue like voting.  Anyone listening to this episode or reading my article is highly likely to assume that my goal is for them to follow my example and not vote.  Nothing could be further from the truth than that.

I am only asking you to examine why you believe what you believe and the validity of your own beliefs.  No one who fully understands that should respond with either anger or preprogrammed talking points.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why I wrote the article and what it says
  • Voting myths and talking points we should examine
    • People died for your right to vote so you should vote
    • Voting brought us great things like Social Security and the Civil Rights Act
    • But there are also important regional, local, etc. issues ballot initiatives, etc.
    • If you don’t vote you don’t get to bitch/complain
    • Not voting is unpatriotic or un-American
    • Not voting is admitting defeat
    • Your vote really matters, it counts
    • If you really cared then you’d run for office yourself
    • What if everyone didn’t vote
    • Voting for a third party sends those in power a message
    • The only way to protect your right to vote is by voting
    • If you don’t vote you are not offering up any solutions
    • You should vote so at least you can say you stood for/against something
    • Our system isn’t perfect but it is the best we can do
  • Why I think you should vote if you personally feel that it is the right thing to do
  • Why you have no right to be angry at those of us who don’t vote

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-1452- Listener Calls for 10-24-14

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Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls t0 866-65-THINK

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on permaculture, fodder, munching, life insurance, cover crops, home defense 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…

  • Getting previously conventionally landscaped land ready for permaculture
  • A listener reads a poem he wrote about TSP
  • More on troubleshooting the Dead Simple Fodder System
  • What to do with vegetable plants at the end of the season
  • Life insurance what to buy, what not to buy and why
  • A solution for those who have old style Jerry Can caps (screw on type)
  • Automate watering for containers or anything really
  • A listener calls in about some extremely productive laying quail
  • To swale if you have irrigation already installed
  • Thoughts on fungal vs. bacterial soils and silvopasture
  • More on “over penetration” in home defense situations
  • Juglone toxicity in pecans
  • GMO corn and deer and is wheat GMO or not

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-1451- Rapid Fire Q&A on Homesteading From Facebook

Check out the TSP Facebook Page

Check out the TSP Facebook Page

Late yesterday I did this post on facebook asking for any and all questions that are permaculture/homestead related.  The plan was to do a rapid fire q and a style show.

A this point I will say I will do my best, the post garnered over 150 comments in less than  12 hours time!  Some of the questions are easy, some are so complex as to require research and or a full show to cover them.  So I will pick and choose and do as many as I can do today.

If you haven’t liked the TSP Facebook Page this post is just one example of why you should.  I put out a lot of information and lots of just fun stuff for the TSP community on facebook.  Sometimes I leak information, and/or do a sale on facebook and twitter.  You just never know.

A lot of times when I put videos on YouTube I mention them on Facebook and Twitter long before they get posted to the TSP site.  Just like I did yesterday with my latest videos on the Red Pharaoh Chicken.

Due to the number of questions responded to I will not post them in the show notes, you can refer to the post on facebook if you want to say something directly to the person who asked the question or get a feel for how many questions were asked beyond my ability to respond to them.

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-1450- TSP Homestead Lessons and Planning – Fall 2014

Three Bee Hives - One of Many Additions to the Homestead in 2014

Three Bee Hives – One of Many Additions to the Homestead in 2014

This is a great time of the year to look back at 2014 and begin fall/winter planning as well.  2014 was a big and very active year at the TSP ranch.

It also saw the launch of PermaEthos, AgriTrue, the TSP Wiki, SchoolStupidity.com and now we will soon be releasing  GenForward.com.

While I will talk a little bit about those things today I really want to focus mostly on the on the ground homestead improvements and lessons.  We now have a very large flock of chickens and a pretty good sized group of ducks.  The exciting part is our ducks are now laying eggs and I am absolutely in love with fresh duck eggs.

I also broke down and installed some “conventional garden beds” but I have already decided on a intensive polyculture model for them.  I have completed my sorghum trials and selected a variety to attempt to naturalize on the homestead and more.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • The rise of the red pharaoh chicken
  • Ducks the gentle on the land birds still do some damage
  • The ducks also seem to lay enough and grow fast enough to be a good meat source
  • Geese these guys might all be legs up in an oven by years end, except for Buddy
  • Jute Mallow will self reseed in my climate, sowing is better though
  • The sorghum trials are in, Mennonite for the win, the contestants were
    • Black Amber – grows great, birds don’t love it though
    • Giant White African, huge yields but falls over
    • Tarahumara doesn’t self reseed as well as the others
    • Mennonite birds love it, compact, reseeds, coppices well for 2 crops
  • Plant propagation is like printing money
  • Don’t skimp on the “support trees” and get over the density concerns
  • Pop up green houses suck, time to build a real one
  • Wolf Berry is fricken tough as nails and easy to propagate
  • Dwarf Mulberry is awesome
  • My best trees and bushes to grow are
    • Apple
    • Peach
    • Plum
    • Mulberry
    • Jujube
    • Autumn Olive and Goumi
    • Elders in the right locations
  • Currants will grow in Texas in a “Goldy Locks spot”
  • If there are to be blueberries, they must be in a container
  • Some new things I am going to try
    • White clover as a ground cover
    • Sowing more vegetables in the food forest
    • Better irrigation systems
    • The beginnings of a full property “fedge” system
    • A controlled Red Pharaoh breeding program
    • Horse poop on contour (yes I am serious)
  • The biggest lesson, as soon as you find the “best way” you find a better way

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-1449- Seed Saving and Land Races with Justin Huhn

Learn more About Justin's Work at TheSeedKeepers.com

Learn more About Justin’s Work at TheSeedKeepers.com

Justin is an organic farmer & seed grower, and an impassioned gardening and seed-saving educator. He co-founded All Good Things Organic Seeds, a farm-based seed company in Ojai, CA.

Through the process of establishing an organic seed company, Justin became an expert in growing, harvesting, cleaning, and storing seeds of hundreds of different species. Now with his current project, The Seedkeepers, he is focused entirely on supporting and educating gardeners to grow more food and successfully save quality seed.

Justin is a long time TSP listener and community member and joins us today to discuss, the role of Hybrid seeds in a survival garden. Developing LandRaces and why every survivalist and homesteader should be doing it.  The importance of seed quality, starting with good seed, and why seeds you save yourself are the best.

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-1448- Listener Feedback for 10-20-14

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 Ebola, automation, politics, economics, precious metals, diet, anarchism 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

  • How long does Ebola stay contagious without a host
  • Things scarier than Ebola (some humor)
  • Chilies is moving forward with employee replacing automation
  • Michigan attempts to prevent free market sales of automobiles
  • Choosing who to buy silver and gold from
  • California rolls out mileage tax
  • Does being paleo mean you have OCD, yes says one researcher
  • GOP says Obamacare is here to stay
  • Estonia makes the virtual citizen concept a reality, what might it mean for virtual nations

Resources for today’s show…

This Monday’s Prepper Scenario

You’re on your way home and your car stalls out.  You are in the center lane at rush hour of a 4 lane one side of the highway.  Cars are rushing by, honking at you for being such a jerk as to have your car fail in their way.  How do you safely get yourself and your vehicle off the road.

Last Monday’s Prepper Scenario

A series of events has caused a food shortage. Food is available but many things are hard to come by and what is available is priced 2-3 times as high as current prices. A series of events has resulted in this. A bad crop year around the globe from multiple weather events and new pests/crop diseases. Compounding it has been an over reactive scare due to a potential Ebola pandemic, which has also damaged the economy. Prices are expected to remain high for at least a year. America is getting off easy in many third world nations food riots are now erupting. What do you during this period? How do you stretch your food budget? How much do you rely on your stored food? Of course the cost of animal feeds has at least doubled as well, so factor that into your plans.

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.

Join the MSB Today

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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.