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Episode-2133- Expert Council Q&A for 12-15-17

Today its Friday so it’s time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

Today the expert council answers questions on herbal medicine, cooking, radios, knife making, websites, law enforcement, investing, rocket mass heaters and more.

In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air.

I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but can’t always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between.

To get more information on our Expert Council visit our “Meet the Expert Council Page” to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise.

Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss

  • The uses for wild lettuce extract – Doc Bones
  • Getting pectin to do its thing when making jam – Erica Strauss
  • GMRS radio for back up comms – Tim Glance
  • Choosing the right steel for a knife – Patrick Roehrman
  • Finding the right word press theme – Nicole Sauce
  • Dealing with LEOs that escalate vs deescalate – Dan  Ohmann
  • Could we be looking at a major market correction – John Pugliano
  • More on rocket mass heaters – Paul Wheaton
  • Thoughts on accusations and the “court of public opinion” – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Websites of the Expert Council Members

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-2132- Listener Calls for 12-14-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on gardening, permaculture, aquaponics, getting started prepping, podcasting, deescalation of violence and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • Prepping garden beds for next season
  • Getting started as a new prepper without being overwhelmed
  • Ideas for kids permaculture projects over the winter
  • Setting up indoor aquaponics for about 250 dollars
  • Dealing with road rage
  • Thoughts on a local market podcast
  • Thought on how we should value our time

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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Episode-2131- Mike and Sue Laprise on Homeschooling and Family Dynamics

Michael grew up in a triple decker house in an urban environment in Massachusetts. The sixth of seven kids, he worked in his dad’s butcher shop / grocery store beginning when he was 13 years old (like all of his siblings).

After graduating from college Michael moved to Houston, Texas where he met Sue. Michael has worked in Banking, Oil & Gas, Industrial Distribution, Real Estate and Insurance. He loves flying, backpacking, mos, who was the youngest of seven children, was brought up with rural gardens, chickens and ponies from t things outdoors but mostly he loves spending time with his family.

Sue Malibou Lake to Oregon, learning from a “let’s try this” lifestyle. Sue has been a “professional” volunteer working in scouting, church and the home school community and loves the outdoors – her passion is helping people who want to be helped.

While they make an interesting couple what they share is a love of freedom, learning and strong families.  They join us today to discuss homeschooling, childhood education and family dynamics.

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-2130- Cryptocurrency – Understanding the Current State of Affairs

I have been getting tons of questions on Cryptocurrency and while I know some members of the audience sort of are tuning out on this subject, I ran a poll on our Facebook Group today and this won hands down.

Additionally I felt if I did this episode I could condense the subject to a single show for those not overly excited about it and let most other questions on crypto go to our new Expert Council member Ben Fitts of CryptoGulch.  I try hard to not let any one subject dominate the show and our subject matter.

This is one though I think you avoid at your own peril, even if you never invest a dime, this is something you need to understand.  Major shifts will come, there will be winners and losers, but crypto and blockchain are not going a way.  The governments and banks are not going to shut them down either, if they could do so they already would have done so.

This is the single biggest thing to happen to “money” in the life of any living human being.  And the government can say it isn’t money all they want, anything that is a medium of exchange is money.

I also obtained the majority of content for today’s show in a follow up post on the facebook group.  This group is not the TSP official business page, it is a private group you have to ask to join, no one can see what you post as a member unless they are also a member and posts are not sharable beyond the group.  We like it that way.  So if you are not a member this is a good reason to join, ability to influence show content.  You can find the group here, TSP Members Only Facebook Group.

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-2129- Listener Feedback for 12-11-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on meat grinders, futures trading, concealed carry, cooking, herbs, government schools and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • Thoughts on choosing a meat grinder and care and maintenance of it
  • Thoughts on bitcoin futures and how futures trading works
  • Thoughts on concealed carry reciprocity and what my alternative would be
  • More in the quest for perfect cast iron cookware
  • Thoughts on mint in a pasture
  • More proof that our public schools are more like prisons then ever before

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-2128- Expert Council Q&A for 12-8-17

Today its Friday so it’s time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

Today the expert council answers questions on block chain, farming, health care costs, diet, law enforcement encounters, energy, rabbits, butchering and more.

In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air.

I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but can’t always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between.

To get more information on our Expert Council visit our “Meet the Expert Council Page” to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise.

Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss

  • How can cryptocurrencies deal with block chain bloat – Brandon Todd
  • Choosing a walk in freezer – Darby Simpson
  • Taking on debt to deal with health costs – John Pugliano
  • Dealing with problems when eating red meat – Gary Collins
  • Dealing with LEOs asking to search your vehicle – Dan Ohmann
  • Integrating solar heating in a northern climate – Steven Harris
  • Building rabbit cages – Nick Ferguson
  • Honing your deer butchering skills – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Websites of the Expert Council Members

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-2127- Listener Calls for 12-7-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on real estate, reloading, cooking, silver, aquaculture, guns, outbuildings 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…

  • Should you get an agent when you sell your house
  • How long can you safely store gun powder
  • Making the decision on buying cast iron cookware
  • Can you do anything with a bacon press other than cook bacon
  • The smart way to sell or exchange silver
  • More on turning an old septic tank into an aquatic system
  • What is the barrel life of a typical 30-06
  • Building an out building

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-2126- Geoff Lawton on Permaculture’s Future

Geoff Lawton is a Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course in 1983. He holds a Diploma in Permaculture Education, Design, Implementation, System Establishment, Administration and Community Development. Both of these were awarded by the founder of Permaculture, Bill Mollison.

Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administrating and implementing, in 6 continents and close to 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organizations and multinational companies.

He has currently educated over 15,000 students in Permaculture worldwide. These include graduates of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course and courses focused on the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, animal, energy, structures, legal and economic systems.

Geoff has embraced the technology age. Not only is he the driving force behind the World Wide Permaculture Network (created in 2011), he also has an online training and education website named Geofflawton.com.

Geoff established Geofflawton.com in 2013 with the aim of educating as many people as possible in Permaculture and environmental sustainability. He has released Permaculture educational and inspirational films to his members regularly throughout each year and holds one Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course event per calendar year.

In 1996 he was accredited with the Permaculture Community Services Award by the Permaculture movement for services in Australia and around the world.

In October 1996 Bill Mollison, upon his retirement, asked Geoff to establish and direct a new Permaculture Research Institute of Australia (PRI Australia) on the 147-acre Tagari Farm. The Institute was a global networking centre for Permaculture projects. It is currently located at Zaytuna Farm at The Channon in Northern NSW, Australia. Geoff is the Managing Director.

The institute is a self funded non-profit company limited by guarantee. The institute has since founded PRI USA, PRI Jordan, PRI Sunshine Coast. Other Permaculture Research Institutes that have been launched or are in the process of being launched including: PRI Canada, PRI Chile, PRI Turkey, PRI Greece and PRI Afghanistan. PRI Australia won the Humanitarian Water & Food Award for 2010 for their initiative “Greening the Desert“.

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-2125- Getting Started with Herbalism

When I mentioned this show in passing a few weeks ago I figured it might have some interest, it turned out to have a LOT of interest so today we will take a dive into this subject.   Let’s start out with something that should be self evident.  Man has been using herbs safely for thousands of years, for as long as recorded history for that matter.

Now there have always been “doctors”, “shamans”, etc with specialized higher knowledge.  At times genuine and at times not so much.  The key is though while there have always been some with specialized knowledge relying on them was the exception rather than the rule.

Up until about 100 years ago every society from the early hunter gatherers up to the average American had knowledge of and used herbs in their daily life.

Why?  Simple really…

  • They work
  • They are generally safe
  • They are readily available
  • They cost little to nothing

And so it was until man created refined medications, shaped them into pills and capsules and put them in bottles on shelves in stores.  Don’t get me wrong there are a lot of medications I am grateful that we have access to, but that doesn’t mean herbs stopped working on humans.

My point is though that modern society has taught us to fear anything we do not fully understand and think only special people can be trusted with it.  Take teaching, do you really think it requires a 4 year university degree to teach first grade?  Of course you don’t.

Well guess what you don’t need to be a M.H. (master herbalist) to make up a salve for a scrape on your arm or a tea that helps you relax either.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • To start out, just what is herbalism anyway
  • Why should you develop knowledge in herbalism
  • Lets look at the culinary herb oregano and see what it can do
    • Anti Viral & Anti Fungal (carvacrol and thymol)
    • Eases Upset Stomach
    • Antiseptic
    • Antioxident
    • Reduces insect bite itch
    • More
  • So if oregano can do all of that why doesn’t anyone seem to know about it
  • My suggestions for becoming skilled and knowledgeable with herbs
    • Knowledge – 1 herb a week, 10 minutes a day 5 days a week, for one year
      • Day one what does it do
      • Day two in what forms should it be used
      • Day three where do you get it, how to grow it, etc
      • Day four and five – learn about two “unknowns”
    • Application – minimum two new applications a month, some to consider are
      • Start by adding fresh herbs to your cooking as often as possible
      • Make simple culinary herbal oils
      • Make an herbal salve (the oil has you half way there)
      • Use an essential oil diffuser
      • Use an essential oil with another oil
      • Make a tincture
      • Develop a tea or an “herbal water” (that’s an infusion btw)
      • Purchase an herbal product to complicated to make yourself
      • Make a decoction (its just a tea you boil for 10-15 minutes)
      • Find herbs that grow wild where you live
    • Why I really recommend The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook
    • Why you should consider starting to teach others right away
    • Final thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

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Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-2124- Listener Feedback for 12-4-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on crypto, economics, business, solar, guns, taxes, block chain tech, politics, education, firewood and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • What are some big opportunities in Crypto besides investing
  • Another hit piece that ignores real economics on Uber, Lyft, etc.
  • Thoughts on considering solar hot water systems
  • Finding the right lever gun for an all round big game rifle
  • How we are conditioned to taxes like cattle to a fence
  • Next on blockchains hit list, the education system
  • Thoughts on all the “sexual misconduct” charges, why the flood now
  • Best trees to plant as fire wood trees
  • More down sizing in the university system
  • What is happening right now on the Spirko homestead

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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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.