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Episode-1339- 21 Things I Planted this Year and Why

Things Have Changed a LOT in a Year!

Things Have Changed a LOT in a Year! Click for a Full Sized Image.

The last few weeks have been a wirlwind of activity at the Spirko homestead.  We had a workshop where over 30 students planted about 200 or more trees and bushes.  But it didn’t stop there.  Since that time I have been busy as hell so I can take the next ten days off and soak my butt on the beach in Florida.

Before I jet out in the AM, I figured a quick little recap of some of the more unique things I planted this year and why I planted them might make for a fun and more lighthearted show then we have recently had.

The goals I have had for the TSP homestead are really two fold.  One of course is simply a diverse and heavily producing system.  To accomplish this I planted a lot of the usual suspects, peaches, pecans, pears, apples and plums for instance.  These plants are proven producers in my climate.  The other goal though was to have an average person come on site during peak season and be able to actually eat a half dozen in season items that they had never even heard of.

The reason is that really opens up peoples mind as to what is possible.  Some of this unusual stuff is really hardy for my climate and we know it will do.  Others are marginal and we are using select micro climates to try to establish them.

Join Me Today As I Tell You About These Plants…

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-1338- Listener Feedback for 4-21-14

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 scenarios, ebola, natural rights, real heirloom plants, Obamacare, satire, stupid people that don’t know they are stupid 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 – Working with other groups, post collapse
  • Ebola in Europe – No but it could happen – or did it?
  • How do we determine what rights are actually rights
  • Plants that have been in a family for over 100 years, restored after two decades
  • More indication that the GOP will be selling “improved Obamacare” by 2016
  • A new plot by AL-Quada – Sit back and watch the US Collapse
  • Oregon once again proves how stupid government can be
  • Oklahoma story on solar and wind that really is a non story
  • Proof from a 4 year old that calling stupid what it is, works

Resources for today’s show…

Today’s Conflicted Monday Scenario

Describe how you would approach other survival groups after the collapse.

Last Week’s 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-1337- Listener Calls for 4-18-14

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 missing the forest for the trees, gardening, food storage, fuel storage, composting, economics, prepper fiction, politics 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…

  • Stop the “we are not a democracy we are a republic” idiocy!
  • The effects of a late frost on asparagus
  • Freeze dried vs. dehydrated
  • Thoughts on heat pumps and geothermal with Steven Harris
  • Is there “long term life” in the stock market, so many misconceptions!
  • Tips on composting
  • Exactly how are republicans as bad as democrats
  • What to do with a traditional IRA at age
  • Thoughts on The Eagle Has Crashed (link to my interview with the author)
  • Okay, I will say something about Bundy ranch!
  • Storing gas for a generator in an apartment
  • What to do with a cell number that is no longer local to where you live
  • Why silver is the perfect small increment long term investment for your children

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-1336- Critical Thinking and Issue Analysis

Today I want to discuss the concept of critical thinking and how we are often led by those in power.  How many “issues” are presented to divide us yet they really shouldn’t.  Most if actually examined critically would result in people either realizing the issue doesn’t matter and nothing should be done, or in general agreeing on the solution.

Those in charge can’t have this, a people divided are easily led, in fact a divided people given their consent to being controlled, having liberty taken and are in general okay with the oppression of their fellow man.

Way back in September of 2009, I did episode 269, in it I came up with a series of questions called, “The Issues Test” today I am going to revisit those questions.  While I am sure today’s show will have some similarities to the original, I am willing to be a lot will be new and different.  It has been over 4.5 years since I did that original early TSP episode.

Along the way I have evolved my thinking.  In some ways I am far more the pessimist, in regard to political solutions and government anyway.  In others I am far more optimistic, in regard to human beings and individual solutions.  I guess that makes me a realist! Sometimes people really seem to dislike the realist! Whether mired in apathy, pessimism or illogical optimism, people seldom want their fantasies disrupted.

The Realist Is Often Disliked for Speaking the Truth!

The Realist Is Often Disliked for Speaking the Truth!

Today instead of disrupting your fantasies about the world I would prefer to discuss how you can do so for yourself.  There is a lot to be done in this world, one must accept reality and not be misled if one is to accomplish anything meaningful.

The first time I went though this list of questions it was mainly related to legislative actions.  This time I am taking a more universal approach.  I believe it can be applied to news stories, life decisions, business choices, you name it.

Today We Revisit the Issues Test…

  • Will it effect me? (me meaning us, the average American)
  • Does it increase or decrease the power of government?
  • Is it Constitutional?
  • Does it make people that agree on 95% of issues fight amongst themselves?
  • What is it going to cost us? What is our ROI on it?
  • Who is paying for it?  Who benefits the most financially?
  • Is my personal prejudice or bias influencing my judgment on this?
  • What happens if we take this action?
  • What happens if we don’t do anything?
  • Does it set up the future potential for government intrusion in more areas?
  • Do I really need to be “for” or “against” this issue?
  • If we only focused on issues that “passed the test” what would be left?
  • How would that effect the ability of our government to bullshit us?
  • If everyone did this, would we know “what we believe” and “why we believe it”?

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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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.

Our Expert Council is Made Up of…

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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.

Our Expert Council is Made Up of…

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