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Episode-2308- How Close is the Original US Government to an Anarchy

It isn’t a trick question, also note I didn’t way it was or even how close it was, I just asked the question.  The answer is a lot closer than you might imagine.  Today we are going to discuss the constitution, the original version and some things most people never learn about, therefore never understand about it.

Given my position as a voluntarist, people often wonder why I even care about the constitution.  I think by the time this episode is over the reasons will be clear.

In short though I view most of our elected officials as thieves, but thieves with a contract that they should at minimum adhere to.  The sad fact is most Americans have zero understanding of that contract, its genesis or their role in it.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why do I even care since if find the state illegitimate
  • Before we begin lets separate principle from politics of the day
  • Why I claim the federal government is not a party to the contract that is the constitution
  • Why the bill of rights should have never applied to the states individually
  • How incorporation of the bill of rights reduced federalism
  • Why the US is both a democracy and a republic and how little a republic means by itself
  • How the 17th amendment stripped state power and why it should be repealed
  • Why a convention of the states should be called, why it won’t be
  • In the end, so what, why does this matter if nothing is going to change

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Episode 2307- Listener Feedback for 10-8-18

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on politics, medical training, cover crops, aquaponics, business, water management, voting, planting trees, technology 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 Calls and Discuss…

  • Okay I will talk about Kavanaugh, but only as part of a history segment
  • More options for advanced medial training for civilians
  • A cover crop for Texas winter gardens
  • Of Dutch buckets and aquaponics
  • Another variation on the pond for aquaponics question
  • Another successful TSP inspired business
  • Getting the most out of a creek on your property
  • Another look at the no right to complain if you don’t vote argument
  • Planting trees from seed in the winter
  • What people losing their minds over the Presidential Alert test says about our nation
  • Slaying a myth about the Presidential Alert system started by John McAfee

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Episode 2306- Expert Council Q&A for 10-5-18

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 on The Survival Podcast, the expert council answers questions on working out, land development, medical training, trucks, winter prep, raising children with technology, corporate mergers 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…

  • Working out with a partner that doesn’t challenge you – Gary Collins
  • Dealing with scrap timber during land development – Geoff Lawton
  • Getting advanced medial training – Doc Bones
  • Choosing a used truck for your homestead – Charles Sanford
  • Getting trees ready for the winter – Ben Falk
  • Dealing with excessive “screen time” – Mike and Sue Laprise
  • What to expect when a company is acquired – Jack

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Websites of the Expert Council Members

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Episode-2305- Food Storage for those that Don’t Live On Carbs

Expert council member and long time TSP community member Chef Keith Snow joins us today to discuss food storage beyond rice, beans, potatoes and pasta.  Sure these staples are cheap and easy to store but if you cannot or don’t want top live on them what’s the alternative?

Many TSP folks who prep follow low carb or paleo diets and the rice and beans approach presents a problem for folks that want to store 1-3 months or more of food at any given time.

Recently due to some health issues Chef Keith tried a vegan approach to his diet, after only 5 months he realized it was not the solution he had hoped for.  He soon came back to a more meat and fat based diet.  In doing so he has examined food storage from that view point and joins us today to talk about what he has learned.

Chef Keith has been a professional chef in top restaurants and is classically trained in high end culinary arts.  He is also a down to earth guy that knows how to make a simple but awesome grilled burger.  He has now taken that background and married it to a more paleo lifestyle for preppers.  Keith joins us today to discuss his journey and results.

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Episode-2304- Brew Beer Like a Yeti with Jereme Zimmerman

Jereme Zimmerman is a writer and traditional brewing revivalist who lives in Berea, Kentucky with his wife Jenna, daughters Sadie and Maisie. He writes for various sustainability, homesteading and farming magazines, and travels nationwide to present on topics such as fermentation, natural and holistic home brewing, modern homesteading, and sustainable living.

He is an avid fermenter and researches extensively into traditional fermentation practices in order to revive lost food arts.

Zimmerman’s goal is to educate people on how to preserve food and drink using traditional, natural and healing techniques and ingredients. He is the author of Make Mead Like a Viking which we discussed in Episode 1813 of The Survival Podcast.

Jereme joins us today to discuss his new book, Brew Beer Like a Yeti where he continues the explorations he began in his first book, exploring the vast history and diversity of the world of brewing. In this book, he focuses on beer, ale, gruit, and the variations in flavoring, style and technique.

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Episode-2303- The Basics of Being Prepared for Most Things – Part Two

Note – A commercial free version of this episode and part one will both be released later this week for sharing.  I may also put them on Youtube for the same purpose.

We just had one hell of a hurricane in the Carolinas and the problems there are far from over. Storm season is still upon us and there will likely be at least one more major storm impact this year.

Next up, well winter is on the way, blizzards and ice storms are soon to follow. Next thing you know it will be spring, time for mudslides, tornadoes and other “fun stuff”. Then back to summer, forest fires, more storms and it just goes on.

If you think about it we don’t have a disaster season, we have seasons with disasters that are more common during them, and even that rule gets broken. You don’t think of winter and tornadoes but in 2015 in the three days following Christmas we had the December 2015 North American storm complex. In three days we had a total of 32 tornadoes confirmed, 60 people died and hundreds of homes were destroyed.

To be blunt, shit happens! And depending on the size of the shit, you are going to be your own first responder for hours, days or at times even weeks. As I say in Spirko’s 7th Law of Life. “Preparedness for hard times, is nothing more than being a responsible adult.

Today we continue with Part Two and focus on Logistics, Communications and Documentation.  Part one can be found here.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • If you haven’t listed to part one, do so before listening to this episode
  • Today we focus more on planning than on stuff, though there is some stuff
  • Logistics – the detailed coordination of a complex operation
    • Who is in charge – chain of command
    • What goes, what stays
    • Plans for bugging in and out – (people often do one due to a lack of plans for the other)
    • When protocols are implemented and what they are
      • Examples
        • Increased security
        • All hands on deck
        • Time to bug out
        • Power outage (winter vs. summer)
        • Pet needs
        • Critical Sytems
      • The keys
        • Practiced protocols work
        • Reviewed protocols are not scary
    • How shit works – can you do it under stress, write it down
  • Documentation
    • Costs almost nothing, yet is priceless
    • Evacuation routes and meeting places (Rule X3)
    • Contact info
      • Friends and Family
      • Service Providers
      • Lodging
      • Banks
    • Data packs should be printed and uniform
    • Also in soft copy
    • List of items to take with you if you bug out
    • For more listen to episode 1224
  • The Bug Out Bag
    • If you can walk you can carry one, everyone gets one
    • 3 Days of relative comfort, not a 3 day vacation in Mexico
    • It must live where you are or it is useless
  • Communications
    • Cell phones are your best tool for everything
    • Use Zello – set up a family channel or possibly a group channel
    • If you are a HAM great, if not, what I say about it won’t matter
    • Back up cell phone power, vehicle charges, etc
    • FM/AM radio, with batteries and ear piece
    • TV – at home definitely, on the road may be, have an antenna
  • No these two episodes are not everything, but they will lead you to everything you need

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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-2302- Listener Feedback for 10-1-18

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on international trade, sweet potatoes, methleglin meads, parenting, schools, business, food labels, business 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 Calls and Discuss…

  • Mexico and Canada just folded to Trump, here is what’s next
  • U.S. and Japan agree to Negotiate a Free Trade Agreement
  • How to overwinter sweet potatoes
  • Thoughts on herb infused meads (metheglin)
  • Thoughts on kids and responsible knife use
  • When you should and should not take money out of an 401K to start a business
  • How do I make buying decisions with food based on certifications, etc.
  • A tale of contrasts, CA’s new required woman law and AirBnB shares for hosts program

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-2301- Expert Council Q&A for 9-28-18

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 on The Survival Podcast, the expert council answers questions on mead, overseas travel, veterinary first aid, crypto currency, battery chargers, winter gardening, homestead design 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…

  • Making a Christmas Mead – Michael Jordan
  • Staying healthy when overseas – Gary Collins
  • Putting together a veterinary first aid kit for the homestead – Dr. Kelly
  • Why is Ethereum doing worse than BTC and other crypto right now – Ben Fitts
  • Why you are better off with a 3 stage charger then a trickle charger – Shawn Mills
  • Extending fall and winter gardening – Geoff Lawton
  • Planing a home and outbuildings on a new homestead – 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-2300- Shawn Mills on Solar Power

Shawn became intrigued with self-sufficiency around the 2008 financial crisis. Working in and around the power generation market for 18 years led him to increase his knowledge of renewable energy generation.

In 2012 he purchased an off grid home and he designed and installed his own off grid solar photovoltaic system. Shawn, his wife, and two daughters have lived off grid since 2012 in Middle Tennessee where they utilize solar pv, solar thermal, rainwater catchment, and other appropriate technologies to live a more self-sufficient and positive cash flow lifestyle.

In 2017 he started a consulting business, Hack my Solar, to help others identify and implement ways to increase their personal energy independence.  He joins us today to discuss when solar power makes sense and equally when it doesn’t.

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Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker – 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 is the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker.  I have talked about Sous Vide Cooking a lot on the show and this is my third cooker to purchase before settling on which to recommend.  One worked great until it crapped out in six months and a value model proved to be of little value for consistency.

There are three versions of the Anova to consider, they are,

The difference is you can control the Bluetooth and Nano versions with your smart phone when in bluetooth range.  But the WiFi one becomes a device on your network attached to an account (that is free) with Anova.  This means you can control your cooker from anywhere you have signal to your phone.  Like the parking lot at your office when you leave work.  More on why you may want this in the PS below.

Here is my thoughts on this though, when I buy anything I think about its disposal value.  If I need to sell or barter it, will the cost of the additional option make it more valuable at hat point, in this case for 10 extra bucks, I say yes it will.  So with no further thought I got the WiFi model.

The Anova on the other hand is what I always look for, it JUST WORKS, always works and also always works.  Sous Vide is a method of cooking that I describe as a dry poaching.  Poaching of course is holding a food item in a liquid until it is cooked to your liking.  This keeps foods moist and prevents over cooking.  It is also simmering in water when you get right to it, for some stuff that is fine.

There are a few primary differences with Sous Vide.  First it uses a precision cooker, meaning if you want 137 degrees you get exactly that, if you want 165, and you might, say for chicken, you get EXACTLY THAT.  Not 162, not 166, not 163, you get precisely the temperature you want.  Most poaching is a best effort process.  It also in general uses higher temps say 180 for instance for eggs.

Next Sous Vide is dry, well not exactly dry but the food doesn’t contact the heated liquid, it is instead held inside a food safe bag.  This can be done with a quality zip top bag but I prefer to use a vacuum sealed bag.  The meat or other item is seasoned as you choose, then cooked to the exact temp you want.  After that it is finished with a quick sear, about one minute per side or less.

For steak the results are a perfect cook to your preferred temp, we are talking end to end pink or red or what ever you want.  Not perfect in the center and darkening to the outside. We just did up some steaks with this tool in Episode 5 of Biltong For Breakfast.

There are other uses too though.  Like today I am thinking a new riff on jerk chicken.  Part out chicken and marinate in Walkerswood  Jerk Seasoning.  Vac seal and sous vide to 165.  At this point the chicken is perfectly cooked, no cool spots, not over cooked spots.  Now just crisp the skin on the grill and done, perfect.  How about fried chicken, imagine just being able to fry to a perfect golden brown and never worry about the chicken being “done”.

There are tons of things you can do with Sous Vide cooking, tune in today to learn some more and check out Episode Five – Dead Cow Flesh of Biltong for Breakfast to see this cooker in action.   Above all if you have been considering a Sous Vide cooker, I truly recommend the Anova for consistency, value and longevity.

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 on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – So why would you want to be able to control your cooker from miles away.  Imagine you want to come home and have steak for dinner.  Well in the morning you take your vac sealed steak and put it in a pot of cold water and fill it with ice. Your trusty Anova goes in to the pot too.

A one inch steak takes about an hour to cook but still mostly frozen it will take 90-120 minutes.  So as you get in your car, you push start.  When you get home say 45 minutes later, the steak has about 45 minutes to go.  You start your side dish and salad, open the bag when ready, sear and eat.  Oh and while you can run Sous Vide too long for a cut of meat, it will NEVER over cook because it can’t, 135 is 135 period.  More on this in today’s show.

P.S.S. – Okay despite what I have said about the WiFi, if you have always wanted to get in to Sous Vide, with the old units selling for under 65 bucks it is just stupid cheap.  I may pick one up just to have a second one on hand.  I mean really this same unit was selling for 119.99 not long ago, tons of the audience bought them and no one has yet complained.