Poll Posted for August’s Tuesday Shows

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I have added a few twists this time to the poll to make it more fun and more democratic. There have been some RAZOR thin margins of loss by a few topics so to make it interesting this time there are 10 choices for 5 shows but everyone gets 6 votes, as always the top 50% will make the cut.

And remember, YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR VOTE! You can do that right up until the day the poll closes. This means if you have voted for a clear loser but want a topic that is close over those that are winning you can come in at the end and switch over.

This should be fun, more fun that the 2016 Assclown Circus anyway!

Get on over to the forum and vote, in this election your votes really do count. I have 10 topics to pick from set up on the form and the top 50% will be produced on August 2nd, 8th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. This time here are your subjects to pick from,

  • Fun, Training and Family Time With Airsoft Guns
  • Understanding the Cutting Edge – Knives for All Uses
  • From Zero to 2900FSP – Hand Loading for the Newbie
  • Electric Canning for the Busy Family – Food Storage All Year Long
  • Selling Your House in Any Market Under Any Circumstances
  • The Weber Kettle Grill – Things You Never Knew it Could Do
  • Building a Business on Public Resources
  • How to Get Started with Bitcoin – Setting Up Accounts, Sending, Receiving, etc.
  • Growing Up In The Woods – My Story from the Florida Swamps to the PA Coal Region
  • The Future of PemaEthos – What Went Wrong, What Is Going Right

Remember that all voting is on the forum, I have turned off the comments on this post to be sure there is no confusion.

To Vote Click This Link

Taking Regenerative Agriculture Forward – My PV3 Presentation

In March I had the honor of giving the closing talk at Permaculture Voices 3.  Considering some of the people who presented at this event and the two prior ones, this was an incredible opportunity.  My goal was to present something universal in the Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture space.

You can see the entire talk below in video and if you want to get 9 other incredible talks, Deigo has them for sale here,  PV3 Broad Acre Video Package.

Episode-1828- Expert Council Q&A for 7-15-16

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Today is Friday so it is time for our ask 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 muscadines, military vehicles, cooking, pastured poultry, home schooling, aquaculture 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

  • Prepping your ground for muscadines – Nick Ferguson
  • What exactly is a Unimog – Tim Glance
  • Choosing good light weight cookware – Keith Snow
  • Keeping your grass at the right height for pastured poultry – Darby Simpson
  • Setting up a curriculum as a new home school family – Mike and Sue Laprise
  • The ins and outs of aquatic layered systems – Geoff Lawton

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Websites of the Expert Council Members

Bob Wells Plant of The Week Minnie Royal & Royal Lee Cherry

They are adaptable from zone 7 to zone 9.

If you live in the south and have always wanted to grow cherries, then these are the trees for you. You need to plant one of each for pollination. They only require 250 chill hours (below 45 degrees).

Minnie Royal is a medium-sized, firm and flavorful red cherry that is mainly used as a pollinizer for Royal Lee and is very productive.

The Royal Lee is a heart shape cherry that is an early-season favorite, prized for its high productivity and excellent flavor.

Bob Wells specializes in edible landscape, including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Fruit Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com

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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TSP Amazon Item of the Day for 7-15-16

drchrisEvery 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 Dr Christopher’s Complete Tissue and Bone Ointment.  While I have often made my own comfrey ointment by simply infusing olive oil with dried comfrey root and leaf, and then thickening it with bees wax, this particular formula really works well.

I feel it is the combination of other ingredients that make something great like comfrey salve, even better.  As many of you know I severely injured my knee so bad I was on crutches for a week, this spring.  There was severe straining to both my MCL and LCL to the point where I could not even bear weight on it.

Upon returning from my trip I began using this and in two days went from crutches to a cane, one more week and I put the cane away.  I wore a knee brace for another week, and by then was walking normal.  This stuff don’t just help you heal from injuries it also reduces pain.  And that is almost instant.

The other day my daughter-in-law was breaking out with a nasty rash due to post pregnancy hormones.  She was almost in tears as it was so uncomfortable.  I suggested that they apply a bit of this, to one area to test it.  The rash went away, almost at once, so they used it where ever she had the rash and 15 minutes later she was happy and content.

I am not saying this stuff treats or cures things, as the dot gov says I can’t say such a thing.  All I can tell you is our results have been fantastic.  And that the healing power of comfrey is well known and well documented, in fact its traditional folk medicine name is “bone knit”.

I have been recommending this highly on the air for a quite a few months at this point and have heard from dozens of you guys who have used it on abrasions, bruised ribs, twisted ankles, etc. with great results.  I really recommend that as a prepper you keep a jar or two of Dr Christopher’s Complete Tissue and Bone Ointment on hand all the time.  It is too valuable not to, and if you live in the south like I do it is only a matter of when not if you will have an encounter with fire ants.  Let me say nothing I have ever used on a fire ant bite, well bites it is never just one is it, works as fast or as good as this stuff.

I know a lot of you guys have used this stuff so let me know your results in the comments below.  Also most of the negative reviews on Amazon say that “it is hard”, I know I should not have to say this, but that is because it is made with WAX, put it somewhere a bit warm if it is hard to work with, it will soften right up.

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.

 

Episode-1827- Listener Calls for 7-14-16

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

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

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on guns, shooting, ballistics, careers, freedom 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…

  • Thoughts on privately selling a gun, should you even care
  • What would the consequences of full government healthcare be
  • Alternatives to an engineering degree
  • The relationship of muzzle velocity to barrel length
  • More on the Ruger 77/357 as an all around gun
  • A though on Independence Day vs. the 4th of July

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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TSP Amazon Item of the Day for 7-14-16

infuserEvery 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 Forlife Tea Infuser.  We tried a bunch of different ones and absolutely the best.  At around 18 bucks there are lower cost infusers for sure, but I have yet to find a better one.  Like many that drink loose teas I tried many of the “ball type” infusers, sorry but they are nothing but a pain in the ass to fill, a bigger pain in the ass to clean and they just don’t last a long time.  Not to mention for many herbal teas they just don’t have the capacity.

I also tried the tiny hanging baskets, back to small capacity, and pain in the ass to clean.  I also tried the snap mesh ones, again same story.  The day I got the Forlife Tea Infuser I took all the rest and put them into the donate to Goodwill Box.

This thing is heavy stainless steel with micro tiny holes.  It will last as long as you do unless you say drive over it with your car or something.  1200 plus reviews and 94% are 4 or 5 stars.  Here are the features I like most about it.

  1. High capacity
  2. Tiny mesh so you don’t have floaters
  3. Easy to clean, just swish it in water to get it perfect
  4. The lid keeps the seam in while it infuses
  5. Turn the lid upside down and it becomes a drip tray after infusion

Now honestly I use my French Press most days when I make tea in the morning, because I get two big cups per run.  And I and my wife drink several cups each in the AM.  But when I just want a single cup I still grab my Forlife Tea Infuser.  And today I am going to give away my recipe for our morning tea.

Until today this was a closely guarded secret as I was considering taking it commercial under the label of “Nine Mile Farms Tea”, but I decided to just make it well, open source.  You can make this for a fraction of the cost of tea in bags or pre blended and be sure 100% what is in it, and with one substitution you can make it caffeinated or decaf and it will tastes about the same.  I was drinking WAY too much coffee daily and this got me off of it like with no issues at all.

Jacks Morning Blend – Nine Mile Farms Tea

One day I ran out of Green Tea and used Blackberry Leaf, the taste was well, the same.  That is how I usually make it now.  The parts are by volume they are NOT BY WEIGHT.  I mix this up in a huge bowl so I have plenty for a month or so, and use a small glass to measure my parts.  If you want to make a smaller amount use a table spoon or reduce the 3-6 ratio down to 1-2.   Sweeten with your choice of sugar, honey or what I prefer, liquid stevia.

I brew it at two tablespoons per large cup.  Here is a secret though.  In a French Press, when you want to make a second run, just leave the old stuff in, and add one tablespoon to it, you can do this for about 4-5 runs, plenty for a day for two people.  In the Forlife Tea Infuser just add a slightly heaped teaspoon to your last run.

Even if you don’t get a Forlife Tea Infuser give  my tea a shot it will blow you away with how good it is, and while buying all the herbs if you don’t have them may seem expensive, compare it to buying pre made teas and the cost per serving is really low.  I just store mine in ball jars, and by the way a Canning Funnel is really helpful in getting the tea into those jars.  And REALLY mix it well before jarring it up.  And mix your jar often as you use it.  To help leave about an inch at the top of the jar when fill it.

I may give away some of my other tea blends in time, but this is my absolute best daily drinker, check out my video below to learn more.

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.

Episode-1826- Charles the Humble Mechanic on Monetizing YouTube and More

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Learn More at Humble Mechanic

Charles is a master certified VW technician, or mechanic if you prefer. He has been wrenching on Volkswagen for over a decade. He also runs the video channel Humble Mechanic. A show to help people better understand cars, help new technicians get into the field, and try to give an inside look into the automotive industry.

He joins us today to discuss earning part-time income with a blog and YouTube.

Charles really wants to share his story and help our audience find their own way. He started out not knowing ANYTHING about building a business, blogs, websites, youtube, wordpress, and so on. He simply started from scratch, learning as he went.

Charles is dead serious when he says,  “if I can do it, anyone can”.  In his own journey he has learned that you don’t have to have razor sharp business skills, you just have to work hard, be yourself, and really want to help your audience.

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.

Also remember we have an expert council that can answer you questions. If you have a question send it to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Epert in the subject line. Ask your question in one to two sentences so it is clear then provide any additional details. Make sure to tell me what council member the question is for. You Meet the Expert Council at this Link.

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TSP Amazon Item of the Day for 7-13-16

goalzEvery 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 Goal Zero Rockout Speaker.  I got mine originally from my friend Josiah Wallingford at a TSP event barter blanket about three years ago, I have no idea how long he had it but after years of use it is still running strong.

Here is the thing, I know that anything with a rechargeable battery, even a lithium ion one like this will eventually wear out but at 25 bucks with free shipping I don’t really care.  And I will be honest it is not the high fildiety amazing sound of my Bose Soundlink, but that one is 300 bucks and this little guy again just under 25.

Besides I am not taking my 300 dollar Bose to the sandy beech, or tossing it in my carry on bag, or hanging it off my day pack on a hike.  Make sense?  I have used this little speaker for so much.  Like in West Virginia we were watching youtube videos on a laptop and could not hear really well, plug this in and everyone could enjoy The Neature Walk!  Which was kinda neat!

Many phones (my Iphone 6s for instance) will fit inside it and that will make your phone very protected.  If your device doesn’t fit inside or if you don’t want it in there, just zip it up with the wire out the side.

On that, this speaker actually sounds better if you close it up when it is playing.  And stand it up on its edge, or hang it from something.   Please ignore the reviews by the morons saying to “mod it” by pulling the speakers out.  As you can see in my video below the sound is just great, if you use it the WAY IT IS MEANT TO BE USED.

Simply put for 25 bucks, I don’t know anything this versatile, this rugged, this flexible, that lasts this long on a single 2 hour charge.  So if you always want to have a good, reliable external speaker for any and all devices with a 3.5 mm plug, check out the Goal Zero Rockout Speaker and I think you will find it to be an incredible value.

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.

Here is a quick table top review of this great little speaker.

Episode-1825- Raising Resilient Children in a World Full of Wusses

adventureToday we discuss a subject near and dear to my heart, frankly the future of our nation and our world.  I hear all the time today how our kids are tea cup kids, how they are soft, easily offended and incapable or getting though adversity.

Oh dear friends if only it were that limited.  There are plenty of 20, 30 and even 40 year old people today that I can say the same about.  Yet I will admit that in my experience as an employer, that something clearly went very wrong between the 1980’s and the 1990’s.  There absolutely is a dramatic divide in the number of tea cups based on growing up in one of those two decades.

Translation if you were born after 1978 and are not a tea cup, go hug your parents around the neck right now and say thank you!

Today it has gone full on idiotic!  It is far more that participation trophies, not keeping score in game, “everybody wins” and a refusal to discipline.  Now we have young adults with safe spaces on college campuses at the very time they should have very belief challenged.  Instead they are being protected from “micro-aggressions”, and having their college level work graded on a “curve” to make sure anyone who even tries passes.

But today will not be a rant session, I will absolutely not focus on the problem, or what can be done about the current generation as a whole.  Instead I will stay inside your personal circle of influence, and focus on how to help your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc, grow up strong in a world full of wusses.

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  • How we got here, many people meant well, many did not
  • My 10 rules for raising resilient children
    • Let them fail
    • Challenge them
    • Give them a system, teach them to “work it”
    • Get their hands dirty
    • Praise them for failing in the right context
    • Encourage “next step thinking”
    • Incentivize self directed learning
    • Teach them to safely use “dangerous” things
    • Put them in charge at times
    • Teach them about self ownership
    • The Bonus Rule – Everyone is great at something, find that for yourself

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apricotBob Wells Plant of the WeekBlenheim Apricot – The Blenheim Apricot is highly adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9.

It is the most popular apricot in the United States. It’s considered to be the most flavorful, best tasting apricot in production. This medium to large, yellow skinned with orange blush apricot has superb flavor. The Blenheim Apricot Tree ripens late June to early July and is self-fruitful. Estimated chilling requirement is 400-500 hours.

Bob Wells specializes in edible landscape, including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Fruit Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com

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 that can answer you questions. If you have a question send it to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Epert in the subject line. Ask your question in one to two sentences so it is clear then provide any additional details. Make sure to tell me what council member the question is for. You Meet the Expert Council at this Link.

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TSP Amazon Item of the Day for 7-12-16

adapertEvery 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 Mad Bull Propane Adapter for Gas Blow Back Airsoft Guns. If you shoot and train with Gas Blow Back Airsoft guns (and you should) then you simply can not afford to NOT have one of these adapters. They pay for themselves so fast it is insane.

There are a lot of cheaper adapters but this one is what I always look for, maximum value to cost ratio. What good is a cheap plastic adapter that fails in a year or less, buy those over and over, or one of these and never need to buy one again.  Which of those options makes more sense to you?

Consider the following a one pound cylinder of propane at Walmart is about 6 bucks, I have seen twin packs for under 10 dollars all the time. You can get them anywhere and again it is about 5-6 dollars a pound.

Contrast this with “Green Gas”, at about 21 dollars a pound. That is a savings of 75%! Not to mention most of us must order it online and off line specialty stores often charge even more if you have one near you. But wait, propane is yucky stuff and “green gas” is all green and good for the earth right? NOPE! Green Gas is NOTHING but propane with silicone oil and odor modifiers in it, so it doesn’t smell like well, grill gas.

That is where these wonderful Mad Bull Propane Adapters come in. All you do is screw one onto the top of a 1 pound propane cylinder (due the cost of shipping get this at a local store). Spray a bit of silicon oil into the fitting for that purpose, charge your mags, fire away. Just a tiny bit of silicone is needed to ensure your gun operates well and functions properly.

In general I add a bit about every 4 pistol magazines. Below I included two youtube videos that show how this product works, its features and how to use it. I personally own two airsoft gas blow back pistols I train and shoot with. First is a WE Tech 1911 and the second a WE Tech Sig 228. These are very similar to my two primary carry guns.

Airsoft allows me to shoot as much as I want, in my own back yard, with a gun that 100% functions like what I carry and use for personal defense, I can do it for pennies a week by the way.

Let me ask you, how much range time do most of you really get? When you go to your range can your draw and fire? Can you double tap? Can you shoot and move? Can you engage multiple targets at multiple distances? Can you utilize cover and shoot from behind it? Can you set up scenarios?

If you answered yes to all of those AWESOME, and I used to as well, when I lived in rural Arkansas, my range was my back yard and I could do anything I felt like in the bounds of safety and sanity. Today when I go to a range I am impeded by costs, set hours, a distance to drive and rules (for obvious reasons) that make me answer the first question with not enough and the rest with no.

I was a fan of cheap spring single cock airsoft guns for a long time, I still am for training brand new shooters and for deliberate practice. For the price most are amazingly accurate and quite powerful. But they are a limited training tool that simply will not function like a real firearm.  But to get started shooting, man they are great.

CO2 fed versions get expensive fast, there is no self fill option with them. But get yourself a Mad Bull Propane Adapter and some .2 grain biodegradable airsoft pellets and the gun or guns of your choice, and you can shoot for very little money. These guns are also very accurate at any reasonable distance for true defensive hand gun training.

You can shoot and move, practice reloads, holster and un-holser, and above all have the time and money to do it often enough to stay sharp so those skills are honed if you ever need them.

Lastly the biggest reason, is, it is fun as hell to do! Finish dinner, want something to amuse yourself, set up some targets and practice for 20 minutes, listen to some music and chat with buddy while you do it to boot! Have a friend of relative on the fence about guns, what a safe fun way to teach them about them in you own backyard or even in a basement on a cold or rainy day.

I personally feel that airsoft is the most underutilized training tool among shooters today. It is not just something for kids to pay games with on the weekends. The training can be as tough or as fun as you want to make it. Think it is unrealistic for a 1911 single stack to hold 13 rounds, well, put 8 in your mags, and get training!

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.

Here are a couple of good Youtube Videos about today’s item of the day.