Just Because it Comes From Alternative Media Doesn’t Make it Trustworthy

The following is my personal opinion, backed with links to various sources to back it up.  Please use your own judgement and do you own research in all such matters.  – Jack

My favorite yellow journalist Mike Adams of Natural News is at it again.  He has now apparently gone from misleading headlines with semi accurate reporting to full on bullshit.  What I am about to explain is exactly why I refuse to use Natural News as a source site, even when I find them to be accurate on a specific subject from time to time.

Mike has published a lot of misleading crap in the past like his article claiming that “Oregon Criminalized Permaculture“, which was actually over water rights.  In that case the land owner didn’t have rights to impound the water and KNEW SO when he bought the land because it was in a federal water shed.  Again he knew this when he bought it.  You guys know me, I feel it is your land so it is your water but when you buy land without water rights, well, you can’t just do as you please and not expect the man to come down on you.

If you follow the link to the story above you will see Mike’s subtitle for the story delved into even bigger bullshit.  At least though the article that followed while misleading was technically accurate.

Now though the so called “Health Ranger” has gone from simple sensational headlines and misleading images with basically accurate reporting about the actual issue to full on steaming bullshit.

Making the rounds right now is a new article titled

600 strains of an aerosolized thought control vaccine already tested on humans; deployed via air, food and water

When this was sent to me today by a listener who knew it was bullshit I decided to at least see if there were any facts behind it.  Again often when Adams reports on something the underlying components can be researched and vetted via other sources.  So I decided to give this a fair shake.  I went to the above linked article and on and on Mike goes about two things,

1.  A Video that is Supposed to be a Leaked Pentagon Video

2.  A Secrete Leaked Document

I hit play on the video and then opened this super secrete leaked document that you can see here while the video played in the background.  The document is titled simply “Quarterly Funvax Review”.  Seems to be quite official as a few names and places are redacted with a sharpie marker (we all know that is how government redacts a document right).

Anyway as I am listening to the guy in the video drone on about how this FunVax is a “fundamentalist vaccine” designed I shit you not to cure you overly religious types from your attachment to your faith and correct your wacky god gene (called V-Mat2).  Yep see they are going to spray this crap on you and cure you of your Jesus, Allah, God addiction.  The thing is I can’t help but notice this leaked document, ain’t quite so official looking.

Like many of you I have seen my share of leaked documents.  Also as a solider and later as a contractor working for a company that built things for the government I saw my share of official documents that were not leaked.  There are always symbols of authority, threats as to what happens if you do leak them, (better not or else type stuff), department names, etc.  Not this super secrete pentagon document, hell no, not a department, not a single confidential notice, nadda, nothing.  Looks like something I just typed up myself and printed on my home computer.

At this point I already know this is a scam so back to the video.  You can see the video here.  I rewound it to be sure in my distracted scanning of the document that I was hearing it right.  Yep according to this video you God people have a wacky gene and they have a virus to cure you of your nuttiness and they are going to spray it all over the place, likely in contrails from 747s flying your grandma to Seattle.  Though the main focus at this time is spraying the crazy Arab terrorists in the middle east.  You know peace though chem-trails type of thing.

Despite how stupid this sounds what really gets me is FunVax, really this super secrete pentagon thing isn’t called something cool like DUFUS359, no they call it FunVax.  But hey it has to be official it has a capital letter in the middle right?  So I muster the maximum capability of my googlefu (I guess Mike just isn’t as skilled a researcher as I am) and type dun dun dunnnn…., FunVax into goggle, making sure to use a capital F and V of course.  And I find this article debunking the entire thing a few years ago. Like as in from 2011!

Turns out those scary brain scans in the video that is supposed to be from 2005 are actually from an article in Neurology.com from 2010, (little problem with the time line there don’t ya think) and get this they are of a 43 year old METH ADDICT.  Yep, ya just can’t make shit like this up, or I guess in the case of Natural News, ya can.

Now look I have made mistakes myself in reporting some stuff in the past but I also fix them, admit them and don’t claim to be a journalist, just a podcaster.  I am sorry but I don’t think if you are doing an article on FunVax you don’t at least drop it into Google and check it out!  The article debunking it by the way is the FIRST result.

Now do I believe that our government would poison us, hell yes, in fact I believe they do.  Do I think they are doing any actual aerial spraying anywhere in the world, sure.  Hell we have admissions by government that they have done so.  But let me tell you, it isn’t being done with passenger planes taking your aunt Sue to Philadelphia and most of the pictures posted as so called proof, are nothing but contrails.  In any event when it comes to the real problems in the world sensationalist crap like this, doesn’t help those of us truly trying to inform others.

Additionally I want to close with two things.  The above gives me no pleasure.  I wish Adams would do the hard hitting, accurate and non sensationalized journalism I know he is capable of.  But I guess selling to the bottom level is too tempting.  I don’t regularly make a habit of writing articles like this and pointing out the outright bullshit by other members of alternative media, but here, it did need to be done.  Mike has been informed of the debunking in his comments and has not responded.  I expect those comments to be deleted soon, that does seem to be their M.O. after all.

The last thing is please vet stuff when it just sounds a bit too nutty.  95% of the memes about everyone from George Bush to Barack Obama I see on facebook never pass 30 seconds of googling to be found as fake.

While I have no love for our current president, the last one I saw on him was supposedly him along with Michelle at a black panther rally.  I did a reverse image search and it turned out to be a photo from the presidents own inauguration.  When I pointed this out to the commenters on the photo who were just going ape about how terrible it was, I was attacked and told it didn’t matter, Obama must still be a black panther, the picture says so.

The truth is we now live in a world where anyone can publish anything and make it look real.  That is great in a way, I believe we now know more of the truth than anytime in history. Yet please understand with all freedoms, powers and rights come corresponding responsibilities.  And the responsibility is not just with those of us who publish the information, it also lies with those of us who consume and distribute it.

 

 

Episode-1504- Geoff Lawton on New Ideas in Permaculture

Geoff Lawton - Permaculture Artist

Geoff Lawton – Permaculture Artist

It is always and extreme pleasure to have Geoff Lawton on the show.  Geoff is who I received my PDC certification from, he is also my biggest mentor.  It is my firm belief that like attracts like.  The common bond Geoff and I share isn’t really permaculture it is a fundamental desire to help others and to do so mostly by teaching.

Today I who am often the teacher becomes the student.  You will one particular time in today’s show during our discussion on duck management where I literally have to pull myself back into the interview.  Geoff simply drops an amazingly simple concept on me and my mind at once begins to design a new system of soil building, food production, microbe cultivation and duck management.

We also discuss many other permaculture concepts including Geoff’s coming PDC, his work in Africa, hacks to his chicken tractor on steroids system and a new concept he calls “plugins”.

Resources for today’s show…

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The Dog and Pony Show Continues

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Last night we had the “State of Disunion Address” as I call it.  I listened to our president hand out goody after metaphorical goody and use what dim whit news anchors called “eloquent language”.  Then a long, whining, ear pounding response from a supposed hog farmer turned senator claiming she wore bread bags on her feet as a child.

Mind you I was actually getting a bit of work done and drinking more than a bit of white wine while this crap played in the background.  It is my normal M.O. to simply skip this nonsense, but with what I do for a living occasionally I have to sort of, kind of pay attention.

Now the media and social media alike are abuzz with who won, etc.  People are fighting with each other to defend politicians who have never done a thing for them, never will and couldn’t be bothered to help them on the side of the road with a break down.

With this in mind I created the above graphic, feel free to share it and to learn more about the Party Dues System, just visit, DefiningTheMachine.com

PS if you wish to share this photo on Facebook, it is already posted to the TSP Facebook Page, you can find it here.

 

PermaEthos Plant Propagation Course Opens Friday

Just a quick heads up that the PermaEthos Plant Propagation course will open on Friday.  Those preregistered will get emails this week about how to get your discounts.

As a bit of a preview here is the intro for the course.  Tomorrow I will share a short free chapter with all of you on layering.  Until then, enjoy the intro.

Basic Propagation Intro from Nick on Vimeo.

Episode-1503- Of Yaks, Swine and Anarchism

Check out An-Yak.com

Check out An-Yak.com

Nick Hazelton is a 16yr old small time yak and hog farmer. He’s a philosophy enthusiast, and has his own podcast, and occasionally makes appearances on terrestrial radio. He’s a sophomore at a charter school in western Oregon.

Nick joins us today to discuss why young people should get involved in entrepreneurial adventures and learn on their own, outside of school. Self-education and self-employment in youth.  We also discuss the philosophy of anarchism along with how most people largely misunderstand it.

Resources for today’s show…

fig_lsu_purple_smallBob Wells Plant of the WeekL.S.U. PURPLE FIG – The LSU Purple fig is adaptable from zone 7 to zone 9. It is very reliable, prolific producer of early to late delicious figs. One of the best figs to come along for some time. Very acclimated to the fluctuating weather of the South.

Very sweet, does not require a pollinator and best to pick a few days after the fruit turns purple.

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

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Episode-1502- Listener Feedback for 1-19-15

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on the Survival Podcast I take your emails on prepper scenarios, economics, the horror of CPS, nutrition, supplements, critical thinking 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 Emails On

  • The Swiss unpeg from the Euro, what this might mean and what they are up to
  • 7 Home School children taken by CPS in Arkansas because of fathers supplement use
  • How much nutrition has our food lost, how much do we get back with a garden
  • Is there any advantage at this point in having a “land line” phone
  • What no one is saying about a coming pop of the student loan bubble
  • Is the American working still the most dependable, productive, etc.

Resources for today’s show…

This Monday’s Prepper Scenario

A major ice storm hits, everyone in your general area is highly restricted in movement.  You are okay due to your preps, the timeline is about 5-10 days without power, very limited transportation if any at all and no real ability to resupply.  How do you determine who to assist in your neighborhood/community and how do you use this as a teaching moment without berating them or going into “I told you so”.

Last Monday’s Prepper Scenario

We live in a world where those in power are constantly engaged in disinformation and distraction campaigns. At the same time there is a tremendous amount of good information and technological information available. How can we empower young people to be critical thinkers, so they can both learn from the new information that is out there and filter out the majority of useless, distracting, misleading or down right deceitful information?

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 you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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The Last Day of the GenForward IndieGoGo

Today is the last day of the GenForward IndieGoGo campaign.   I have made this video to ask you to consider supporting us in the final push, to thank those that have supported us and ask you one more question about what you might want to preserve for your children, grand children and future generations.

Episode-1501- Listener Calls for 1-16-15

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 chickens, bees, dehydration, plant propagation, permaculture, communications, technology, business, the prepper marketplace 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…

  • Last day for GenForward, we are so close!
  • What is up with chickens eating dog poop
  • Getting into bees and feral vs. purchased bees
  • Thoughts on dehydrators and dehydration for food storage
  • Propagation of elders, bilberry an goji from seed
  • Thought on observation before permaculture design and the “1-year rule”
  • Dealing with remotely owned land that you want to retire to some day
  • Thoughts on suburban backyard ducks
  • What percentage of Americans live a preparedness lifestyle
  • Using wild grapes as grafting stock for other cultivars
  • Steven Harris on “Software Defined Radio” (SDRs)
  • What a real time traffic app based on social media can teach us about anarchism
  • Can you use russian olive for a “root stock” well yea but not for much
  • Can you raise Muscovy ducks in a semi wild manner, yep, but

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.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Episode-1500- Home vs. Homestead

This is Only One Version of a Modern Homestead

This is Only One Version of a Modern Homestead

Today most feel the word homestead simply means a house with a garden, perhaps some chickens and a little workshop and a few fruit trees.  Many true homesteads do have those things and some don’t.  Today I will discuss something I first discussed on TSP back in get this, July of 2008 in Episode 20 of The Survival Podcast.  Yep back in the Jetta TDI Mobile Studio Days.

Homesteads today come in may shapes and forms.  Some are rural homesteads and some are urban homesteads.  Some are primarily agricultural endeavors and others are simply well planned homes not tied to overwhelming expenses.

Instead of teaching the value of homestead thinking today Americans are marketed to with a very different message.  The message today is clear, home ownership is the way forward.  It is the most important thing you can do for yourself and your family and any sacrifice is worth the cost.  We are not literally programed this way from grade school onward.

The reality is far too many Americans have homes today!  What?  How is that bad?  You will understand what I mean today as I explain what a home is vs. a homestead.  In some ways this can be explained as Robert Kyosiki puts it,

“Most Americans consider a house their single largest asset, the reality is it is usually their single largest liability”

Indeed this is sadly the case but that is only one way of looking at this issue.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • How the original homesteads were built and why they were built
  • How a CFO would look at your home if it was a “company asset”
  • How debt elimination is the best first strategy for your homestead and lifestyle design
  • The case for a garden
  • The case for perennial plantings
  • The case for a functional home based business
  • The case for the small home/tiny home movement
  • The case for the large home, or compound approach
  • Where alternative energy fits in, where it doesn’t
  • Why this is absolutely tied in with buying local/regional
  • How the internet has changed things even since the first time I discussed this subject
  • How a homestead is powerful but a community of them is more powerful
  • The story of the Urban Farming Guys – this is the power of a homestead!
  • Why the homestead is a path to liberty

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.

Two Questions You Can Answer to Help With GenForward

This will be one of the last major posts on TSP about GenForward.  As always when I launch a new endeavor and involve TSP I do so with the commitment not to turn TSP into an infomercial for it.

That said GenForward I feel is critical for many of the values we discuss on TSP and tomorrow is the last day of our Indiegogo campaign.  If you haven’t done so consider becoming our customer at a big discount to help fund our development.  Again the big news is we did develop the core of the platform and will have a beta out in the next few days.

We are now working on functional features and building the data base.  Even if you don’t wish to financially back us at this time you can still help with our core mission.  Just watch these two videos and post your answers to them.  It will help us build a data base for our members.  One that will spur them along in their efforts to create a living legacy for their families both today and tomorrow.