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Episode-2041- Jason Rahlek on Boating Safety

Seriously, You’re Doing it Wrong! Tune In To Learn How to do it Right.

Jason Rahlek was born and raised in the southern part of Mississippi. Jason enlisted in the Marine Corps at 17, making 3 deployments to Okinawa as well as the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Jason left the Corps in 2005 and went to work as a contractor at one of 1st Armies Mob Centers.

In 2006 he joined the Coast Guard as a mechanic. His first unit was a cutter which operated primarily in the Gulf of Mexico working counter narcotics and migrant operation,then deploying back to the Persian Gulf in support of the Navy.

After that Jason was assigned to a Buoy Tender covering most of the Gulf of Mexico. Then finally being assigned to a Small Boat Station working search and rescue(SAR) and recreational boating safety.

Jason joins us today to discuss boating safety, while he speaks with Coast Guard experience please note that he does not speak today on behalf of the Coast Guard but rather as a member of the TSP community.

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Episode-2040- Cooking With Jack – July 2017

Sweet Potato Ribbons and Sweet Potato Greens Accompany a Good Steak

Today it is time for a relaxed and fun show, we are going to talk about one of my favorite things in the world to discuss and do, cooking.  Cooking is a life skill that is frankly dying in America.

When I was in high school home economics was still a thing, mostly girls took it, or smart boys like I was who knew we would be surrounded by girls.  Something happened in my generation though, most of us knew how to cook but we seem to have failed in passing it on to the millennial generation.

One of my goals at TSP is restoring skills to people, from changing a tire, to setting a trap to cooking.  Cooking gives us so much if we embrace it.  Cooking is not just a way to make food taste good, is science and history and culture all in one wonderful thing.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • Yes this is a survival skill
    • You have to eat
    • Your health is important
    • You need money to go further that it does for most people
  • Some new stuff going on in the Spirko Kitchen
    • Such an awesome way to make tacos
    • Sweet Potato Green and Orange
    • Stir Fry Chicken (good for pork and shrimp as well)
    • Jack’s Asian Chile, Fish and Shrimp Soup
    • A “Roasted” Cucumber Salad – Sort Of
    • Chipotle Mayo that is stupid simple to make
    • Bad Ass Guacamole that Won’t Turn Black in one day
  • Yes I provided recipes but master techniques, flavor combinations and be fearless

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Episode-2039- Listener Feedback for 7-10-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on health care, LEOs, mead making, solar, prepping, long term food storage, business 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…

  • The truth about pending health care legalization
  • A LEO speaks openly of having double standards
  • Using coinbase as a website owner to accept payments in bitcoin
  • Reuse of yeast when making beers, meads, ciders, etc.
  • Are centralized power companies in a “death spiral”
  • Why I am not a huge fan of many commercial long-term food storage products
  • Do you really need a survival gas mask
  • A great way to be called a jerk and have it make your day
  • The job loss automation paradox, if robots take the jobs who buys the stuff
  • Turning a large poly water tank into an aquaculture system
  • Should you sell a domain name if someone wants to buy it
  • Could the death of retail spaces benefit creative entrepreneurs

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Century 24 Hour Mechanical Timer – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day Century 24 Hour Mechanical Timer.  Recently I purchased and installed a very high end aeration system for my small pond.  The compressor is in my duck house and 100′ of weighted air line is run down to the pond.   The compressor is a 1/4 horse power system and it really boils the water with wonderful oxygen.

Problem?  Well, you don’t want to run that thing 24/7 so a timer was a must.  Gets more complicated though.  See we run the electric fence off the power to the duck house, I have a mater switch on the pool deck right next to it.  This means when we are working with the ducks and letting them out during the day we just kill the power.

So now what we need to do is unplug the fence charger during the day and turn the power back on for the compressor, not to mention my new boats charger for the trolling motor!  So a normal timer is going to end up resetting every time you kill the power!  Enter the mechanical timer, set it to run 15 minutes every hour and you are good to go.  Frankly it does not matter what time it is set up that way, it just runs 15 minutes out of every 60.

This gives some good water agitation 6 hours a day but nicely spread out and reduces over heating risks to the compressor.

Okay so now the real problem, my buddy David pointed the above out to me this weekend, really obvious when you think about it but I HATE timers.  It amazes me how something that should be so simple is often so damn confusing and unreliable.  So I went on Amazon and found the Century 24 Hour Mechanical Timer. Wow, where has this thing been all my life?

Look when I say I hate timers let me be clear, my hatred of times is only over shadowed by my hatred of network printers.  (NOTE THAT LINK IS NOT WORKPLACE SAFE) Well, that has changed I love this timer, so simple there are two steps to using it and it is pretty fool proof and very easy to see how you have it set.

Step one each hour has 4 small pins you can push down, simply push down the pins for each 15 minutes you want the power to be on.  So say you wanted your time to run from 8AM to 10AM every morning and 7PM to 9PM every night.  Okay just push all the pins down for 8, 9 and 10AM and 7, 8 and 9PM.  Step two turn the dial so the arrow points to the current time.  That is it!

You then simply plug it in and plug the device you want to control with it, done.  In my case I pushed down one pin for every hour in a 24 hour period.  So my compressor runs 15 minutes per hour which again is 6 hours a day.  The pins are a bit small I used the tip of a pocket knife to depress them but it was very easy.

I love this timer and its simplicity so much I am trying to figure out what to automate with another one.  About the only complaint I read in reviews (from thinking humans anyway) was that it is a large device and it takes up so much space as to block the second outlet.

There is a simple solution to such things, I have covered it before and it applies to any large plugs, just get some of these one foot extension cords and it keeps all outlets open.  Or is my case I am using what Jon Dowie calls, “a fricken orange, three way, fricken Steven Harris fricken thing“.

Anyway I absolutely love the Century 24 Hour Mechanical Timer and think you will too. So check it out for any of your power automation needs.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – Check out this quick video of how I am using this product.

Episode-2038- Expert Council Q&A for 7-7-17

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 bitcoin, bees, livestock, solar power, cooking, marketing, media 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 concept of loans within bitcoin – Brandon Todd
  • How might an eclipse effect your bees – Michael Jordan
  • Solutions for watering paddocked cattle – Darby Simpson
  • Solar powered rabbit cooling, yea really – Steven Harris
  • Storing fats the right way – Erica Strauss
  • Powering up your marketing with wordpress – Nicole Sauce
  • Making lobster sauce – Chef Keith Snow
  • How crypto savagery will take over the news – Jack

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Episode-2037- Listener Calls for 7-6-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on military to civilian transitioning, laws, chickens, business, cryptocurrency, gardening 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…

  • Transitioning from military to civilian life
  • Thoughts on being fined for your own good (safety)
  • Clipping wings on chickens and other fowl
  • Selling a business, what to do to prepare for it
  • Thoughts on the coming bitcoin user activated soft fork and tax issues with crypto
  • Using comfrey tea as a foliar feed and soil drench

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Episode-2036- Sean O’Hanlon on Real Life Dystopia

Sean O’Hanlon, twenty-five years old from Maui, Hawaii. Eaglescout, an Associate graduate of Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico Tech and a custom knifemaker.

Up until recently also a live aboard sailor who called the Pacific ocean his home. For two years he and his girlfriend sustained a life off their vessel like a satellite off of the Islands of their upbringing.

Greater economic forces were and still are at play in the state of Hawaii, where housing prices are so competitive local people regularly spend upwards of $1000 per room/month and do not get paid very well.

Sean O’Hanlon has been a fan of TSP since he discovered it in 2011, and with it learned an awful lot about how to live a better life, and times were indeed tough.
Having never owned a boat before, let alone living on one, the couple had to learn everything from scratch. Soon after purchasing the boat they were hit with almost every difficulty the world could throw at them.

Engine failures, electrical shortages, perpetual lack of safe harbor, ripped sails, tropical storms, and even the dangerous waters of bureaucracy (Which is still suspect to be involved in the eventual shipwreck of their home).

They are now moving to a more rural location on a cheaper but underdeveloped Island to start again and build up their custom knife business. They are jump starting their project on Kickstarter.

Sean joins me today to discuss Living in a real life dystopia, being pressured to set off into the unknown, developing creativity and learning to constantly adapt.

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Episode-40- TSP Rewind – Permaculture Misconception vs. Reality

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-802- Permaculture Misconception vs. Reality and was originally published on December 13th, 2011.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

I keep quite a few things set up on Google New Alerts. That is where you run a search for a term on Google News and ask them to send you an email when ever a given word or phrase pops up in the news. So as you might imagine I do this for terms like “pandemic”, “economic collapse”, “natural disaster” and many others related to the preparedness industry.

The Forest is the Teacher, Not the End Goal

The Forest is the Teacher, Not the End Goal – Photo Credit to Axel-D via Flickr

I also have terms set up that are more on subjects connected to basic self sufficiency and homesteading. As you might imagine I include the term “permacuture”.

The other day that alert sent me a link to an article called, “Traditional Farming in the Rain Forest”, it led to an article that was a scathing retort on permaculture calling it basically useless.

The author gets almost every single part wrong. It wasn’t that we disagree mind you it was that his claims and assertions were simply 100% inaccurate. Despite this it has helped me to better understand many of the objections I hear about permaculture.

Today I plan to discuss them and try to answer some of these objections, hopefully with a now better understanding of what the objection is really all about.

Join me today as I discuss…

  • 1 Prime Directive + 3 Ethics = Permaculture
  • Common Objections to Permaculture (none of which are based on reality)
    • The Rain Forest can’t feed as many people per acre as a farm
    • If we don’t do anything and let nature take its course we will starve
    • We need annual crops too not just perennials
    • Permaculture only produces weird things no one eats
    • Permaculture is limited to forest gardening
    • All permaculture amounts to is good organic gardening
    • Permaculture is all about growing food and plants
    • We can’t have productivity with out fertilizer and irrigation
    • We have to till soil to plant modern crop

Resources for Today’s Show…

Episode-2035- Expert Council Q&A for 6-30-17

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 business, coffee, vehicles, plant propagation, ponds, cryptocurrency, cats 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

  • Building your own coffee roaster – Nicole Sauce
  • Buying vehicles online out of state – Steven Harris and Charles Sandville
  • Propagation of grape vines – Nick Ferguson
  • Cleaning up an established pond – Geoff Lawton
  • The ins an out of hardware wallets – Brandon Todd
  • Selecting, caring for and training the homestead cat – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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-2034- Listener Calls for 6-29-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on cryptocurrency, vaccines, land restoration, dogs, electric fencing, garden problems, vehicles, wicking beds, business and more.

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

The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details.

Also please do your best to call from a quiet area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard.

While I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get as many of them on as I can.

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

  • Spending crypto currency with a “debit card”
  • Why vaccine side effects are under reported – real world evidence
  • More on repair of damaged land – this time from storm damage
  • Why do some pros train dogs in German vs English
  • Dealing with weeds on your electric fence
  • Dealing with blight and cucumber mosaic virus
  • To lease or to buy a vehicle or is there a third option
  • All about my wicking beds
  • The difference between business owner and self employed

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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