MSB Updates 1-10-17

I have made some updates to the MSB that I wanted everyone to be aware of.

First – The High Mowing Organic Seeds code had expired.  The new code is now in the MSB, and High Mowing is a great long term supporter.  This is the time of year to be ordering seeds for the coming season, so check out High Mowing and remember to get your MSB discount visit the Benefits Section of the MSB before you make your purchase.

Second – Chef Keith Snow has an awesome new course on cooking with your preps called Food Storage Feast.  It is 199 dollars and that is a good deal but I got him to do a HUGE discount of 70 dollars for MSB Members.  To get the discount just use the special link for Chef Keith in the benefits section of the MSB.  By the way Chef Keith will be on air tomorrow to talk about this new course so tune in.

Third – I got with Dave Duffy and his team at Back Woods Home and said, hey man, do you guys want to do a discount for MSB for your new Self Reliance Magazine?  His answer was you bet, so I now have that code in the benefits section of the MSB as well.  So check out Self-Reliance.com today and if you sign up you get a great discount as an MSB Member.

Fourth – Just a quick reminder that all the videos form the TSP Fall 2016 class are now uploaded to the Downloads Page of the MSB Website.  They are hosted on Vimeo with a password because they are for MSB only.  The pass word is provided with the links to them.  There is over 10 hours of high quality instruction in these videos from 20 different classes.

To join the MSB and get all of the great benefits just click here.

To log into your MSB account just click here.

Episode-1928- Do People Really Want Freedom

Most People Willing Put On Their Own Chains

The word freedom has almost been risen to holy status in our society.  You see people absolutely lose their minds if someone say burns a dime store flag that they personally paid for, because, “that flag symbolizes our freedom”, etc.

Our nation is touted as “the freest nation in the world” and anyone questioning the claim is shouted down and told nonsense like, “well then move to Somalia”.  I am sorry but a person point out discrepancies and concerns about liberty is not told to just move to Somalia in a society that actually loves freedom.

In the end I don’t think the question is so easy to answer.  On the surface, sure everyone yearns to be free, but do they really and how is freedom defined by those answering the question.  We will examine this today and more.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • First let us acknowledge the places where we do tend to have more freedom
    • Speech
    • The Right to Bare Arms
    • Ability to Build a Business
    • To Practice or Abstain from Religion
  • Now let us define freedom
    • What is pure freedom
    • How do most people actually internally define freedom
    • Understanding the conflict
  • What real freedom means
    • You have no right to anything rightfully acquired by another person
    • No one should ever take away anything from anyone against their will
    • You are solely responsible for your own needs
    • You have no right to interfere with others actions unless they harm another
    • So do you really want freedom?
  • Proof that most people do not want freedom
    • HOAs
    • Legislation of subjective morality
    • The most tyranny happens at low levels of government
    • Massive support for compulsory education
    • Over reaction to every tragedy
    • How people act when you say, “I am not going to vote”
    • Violent defense of the system they claim to hate
    • The absolute rejection of Ron Paul
  • Final thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

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Healing Solutions Peppermint Essential Oil – 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 Healing Solutions Peppermint Essential Oil.  I am a huge fan of essential oils for many uses and I personally consider peppermint the most versatile of them all.

I want to point out that I am not making any medical claims or saying that this stuff cures or treats any disease.  Happy now you G-men?  I just will tell you what I tend to use it for myself and what my results have been.

The two main things I use it for are occasional head aches, specifically stress related ones and sinus issues.  For instance right now I have some sort of a head cold and can barely breathe though my nose.  I just sniff the bottle and soon get some relief from the congestion.  I also take my finger and put it on the top and just moisten it with the oil,  quick wipe under my nose on each side and I get continued relief.

Often with head aches, especially when one is just starting if I take a few sniffs or this stuff it mitigates it or simply shuts it down before it even gets started.  Again peppermint is likely the most versatile essential oil there is, in fact here is an article with 25 great uses for peppermint essential oil you can check out.

If you are new to essential oils you may want to consider trying them out with an infuser, this is my favorite one of those, it is also an Amazon best seller.  I will be doing a full show on essential oils later this year but for now consider adding Healing Solutions Peppermint Essential Oil to your preps.

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. –  While this product brand is GREAT so are most true essential oils.  What is a true essential oil, it is undiluted pure oil from the source plant.  In general just by reading the ingredients you can verify that it is a pure oil.    I chose this brand because I had run out and this cold set in, and it was on free one day delivery,  after using it I can say it is as good as ny other quality oil I have used.

Great Interview with Vin Armani


Yesterday I did a live streaming interview on Facebook with Vin Armani, it was a great time with a really cool guy.  I really didn’t know anything about Vin when he contacted me for the show but it sounded like a good opportunity so I said sure.

During about the one hour I spent on the show I realized this is one of the guys on our side in a big way.  Deeply concerned with real environmentalism rather that political bullshit pandering.  Huge advocate of self sufficiency and self reliance and a real passion to help and inspire people to build their own businesses and futures.

I have already been invited back on Vin’s show and agreed to do so and extended him an invite if he would like to come on TSP and discuss his views on liberty, voluntarism and entrepreneurship.

Vin’s show is a new show but he now has about 12 weekly episodes under his belt.  They do a great job on the video side and the show is also available as an audio only podcast.

In any event Vin is definitely worth checking out and subscribing to.

P.S. – Just found out the interview is now on YouTube so I am embedding it here.

Episode-1927- Listener Feedback for 1-9-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your emails on automation, gardening, guns, building wealth, term limits, everyday disasters, minimalism, running events, vermicomposting 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…

  • Automation is hitting jobs in the solar industry too
  • Can the US ever have a “good relationship” with Russia
  • Thoughts on salt for snow and ice and how it effects your soil
  • Thoughts on the 6.5 grendel
  • Turning CO2 into baking soda, a free market solution
  • Thoughts on building wealth the smart way
  • A term limits amendment bill has been introduced and guess what’s in it
  • Prepping pays off in a “everyday” disaster for a TSP listener
  • Balancing prepping with minimalism
  • Thoughts on organizing TSP style events
  • Vermicomposting under quail cages

Resources for today’s show…

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Davidson’s Gunpowder Green Tea – 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 Davidson’s Gunpowder Green Tea.  As most of you know I drink a lot of herbal teas, so you may be wondering why I am featuring this item.

While I do occasionally make this tea stand alone as either hot or iced, I mainly use it to blend with my herbals.  I do this for two reasons.  One is that it adds great flavor and depth to many herbal teas.  The other is for a kick of caffeine into an otherwise caffeine free tea.

So what is up with the whole gunpowder thing?  Don’t worry there is nothing from Hodgdon in there and it doesn’t smell of cordite.  It is simply the shape and form of the teas.

Gunpowder tea is a form of Chinese tea in which each leaf has been rolled into a small round pellet. Its English name comes from its resemblance to grains of gunpowder. This rolling method of shaping tea is most often applied either to dried green tea (the most commonly encountered variety outside China) or oolong tea.

Gunpowder tea production dates back to the Tang Dynasty 618–907. It was first introduced to Taiwan in the 19th century. Gunpowder tea leaves are withered, steamed, rolled, and then dried.  Rolling renders the leaves less susceptible to physical damage and breakage and allows them to retain more of their flavor and aroma.

Here is a tea recipe I like to make with this tea…

The truth though is you can use it with just about any tea you fancy, also you don’t have to be held to my parts of each ingredients.  I recommend people make up very small amounts using say a teaspoon for your “parts” to find what works best for you.

Of course for loose teas you either want a good infuser or french press.  Either way I think you will be quite pleased if you give Davidson’s Gunpowder Green Tea a try.

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. – For some reason Amazon has lumped ALL Davidson’s tea reviews together, this renders the reviews on this item essentially useless.

TSP Directory Feature of the Week: The Wealthsteading Podcast

The Wealthsteading Podcast

This week’s featured member of the TSP Business Directory is Expert Councilmember and Podcaster John Pugliano. John wants you to manage your wealth by first managing your life. He is a proponent of preparedness and saving before you invest. What does that mean? To put it simply, the gains you would get from investing less than $50,000 are probably not worth the time and effort spent making an investment decision. Instead, you might consider saving that money in a safe place and focus on increasing your income. A gain of 10% on $5,000 is only $500. Is it worth the risk to invest such an amount? However, once you reach $50,000 it might make more sense to invest because a 10% gain yields $5,000. It’s all about risk versus reward. So, consider following John’s advise: EARN then SAVE and finally INVEST in that order.

TSP Directory Feature of the week: The Wealthsteading Podcast

Common Sense Analysis

If you’re looking for easy to understand, yet detailed analysis of current market conditions, tune into John’s podcast. You can listen on iTunes or your Android device. John usually publishes at least one podcast each week with timely topics related to investing and the overall economy. You won’t find any get-rich-quick schemes or outlandish strategies, just common sense analysis.


 

Wealth Management

Another service John offers to the TSP community is active portfolio management. If you visit Investable Wealth you can learn more about this service. Here’s what John has to say about his portfolio management:

We offer fee-only concierge advisory services. Clients work directly with the founder & portfolio manager, not a salesman. We sell NO products – no annuities, no insurance, no mutual funds, no hidden fees…nothing. We simply act as a fiduciary and manage our clients’ wealth as we do our own…with care & caution.

Some of his ideal clients are disciplined savers who are seeking growth beyond traditional bonds and dividend investments. John is completely transparent with his management fees and investment direction. If you’re interested in learning more about his recent strategies, you should check out his observations and commentary blog. He posts up to date information about recent trades and provides his general reasoning behind investment choices. John is an active member of the TSP community and a wealth of knowledge.

About the TSP Business Directory

The Wealthsteading Podcast and all the other outstanding businesses that joined the TSP Business Directory can be found here. The purpose of our directory is to allow the TSP community to exchange value for value within the community. You will find a diverse mix of small businesses on the directory. Categories range from guns and tactical gear to gardening or HAM radio equipment providers. Shop within the TSP community and support small business when you can. Be sure to provide an honest review on the directory when you do so. If you want to list your business for less than a dollar a month, go ahead and sign up today. It only takes about five minutes, and you get exposure to Jack’s growing audience. Premium listings get featured in one of these posts which gets blasted out to the TSP Facebook community as well. Listing in the directory is also great for your site’s ranking in the search engines. So, consider joining our growing list of TSP community businesses.

This post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a solicitation, offering advice or recommendation of any security. This website does not intend to provide investment, tax or legal advice.

 

Duck Chronicles Season Two – Episode 39 – Freezing Cold at Bath Time

So I woke up to 13 degree weather and frozen ground and frozen pipes.  Fortunately I was able to drain most of our pipes in advance and able to keep the hose bib on the house from freezing up so the ducks could have a morning bath.  With a wind chill of 6, they still don’t care about the cold at all.

Season Three will be coming early February with the largest group of ducklings we have ever brooded.  You can find the entire series at DuckChronicles.com

Episode-1926- Listener Calls for 1-6-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on technology, diesel trucks, hacking, farming, business, taxes, autism, hunting, guns 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…

  • Happy Birthday to Pa Prepper on zello
  • Considerations when buying an older diesel truck
  • On the hacking, who is to blame for the failure
  • The ins and outs of IRS form Schedule F
  • The difference between a partner and an investor
  • Another government revenue generation (theft) scam
  • A listener tells us about his daughters autism cure
  • Thoughts on coon hunting
  • The 40 S&W as a hunting round from a carbine

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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Utopia Kitchen Flour Sack Towels – 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 Utopia Kitchen Flour Sack Towels.  I am going to tell you that really any flour sack towel I have used has been fine, these are just the best price per towel I can find and they are on prime.

Lot’s of people like these because they are lint free and dry dishes nicely, etc.  Some people use them for embroidery.  I don’t really care about that with them, I use them rather than cheesecloth and think they make a much better alternative when making yogurt cheese.

Cheese cloth wears out fast and doesn’t really offer any advantages for this use, where as flour sack towels last a very long time, you just wash and dry them and use them over and over again.  I am a huge fan of getting good bacteria like lactobacillus into your diet in many different ways and none are more awesome than yogurt cheese.  In fact it may be the easiest and most delicous way to up  your probiotic game.

All you need to do to make basic yogurt cheese is take one of these towels and dump plain yogurt with “live and active cultures” into it, stir in a bit of salt, put it in a metal strainer over a bowl and wait 12 to 24 hours.  You will than have something akin to tangy cream cheese.  But I have never made it so bland.

While your yogurt is still very soft is the time to stir in herbs and seasonings.  Here are a few of my favorite things to add to it.

  • Fresh Basil and Fresh Garlic – this is the universal one everyone likes
  • Chopped Jalapenos and Garlic
  • Cracked Black Pepper, Rosemary and Thyme
  • Cracked Black Pepper and Almond Slivers
  • Lemon Zest and Chopped Walnuts

Honestly if you think it might taste good with cheese it will likely work.  How much, well as in most things I do it by eye, just remember you can always add more but can never take it out.  Here is a save if you ever over do anything, make a plane batch and blend it.

Also if you want your yogurt cheese a bit firmer, try this, take a large heavy can of something, put it on top of the towel and it will help expel a bit more of the whey.  Oh the whey that stuff is probiotic gold.  You can drink it and you will also find that your animals will like it too.

So if getting more probiotics into your diet is in your plans for 2017 give Utopia Kitchen Flour Sack Towels a shot.

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.