Episode-1873- Listener Feedback for 9-19-16

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Today on the Survival Podcast I respond to your emails on artificial intelligence, the gas shortage, water aquifer contamination, technology, mental programming 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 fish stocking truck of death and a aquatic update
  • An architect says “his profession is dying” the killer is AI
  • An update from Nashville on the gas shortage and the Spirko/Harris prepper mentality
  • More on the gas shortage from a fuel truck driver
  • Million of gallons of radioactive waste flows into an aquifer but the law was followed so don’t worry
  • Recording police interactions with law enforcement with the ACLU app
  • How does mental programming actually work, how much is self induced

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Amazon Item of the Day for 9-19-16

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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 the Perfect Cook – Digital Instant Read Thermometer.  This isn’t a hard item to figure out but there is a big misconception about the most valuable thing it does for you.

Many people feel that a meat thermometer is so you don’t under cook meat.  I refer to these people as “the people who ruin meat and are not worthy of a cows sacrifice to create a steak”.

Now don’t get me wrong there are minimum temps different meats should be cooked to, but very few people would actually eat and under cooked piece of chicken.  The problem tehre is you take the poor bird out before it is done, cut into it and ruin that wonderful roasting you had going as now it must go back in cut open.

So yes, a meat thermometer can help you make sure meat is done, but that is its second greatest use.  Its higher use is to ensure meat is not over cooked.  And that is why you need one of these.  I have gotten pretty good at doing steaks by eye, no matter how, frying pan, broiler, gas grill, charcoal, you name it I can nail it by eye and touch.

Well that is until I am trying to make 4 steaks and they have been requested to be 1 rare, 2 medium rare and 1 medium well (which I call almost ruined).  With a thermometer you remove each steak at just the right time, every time.   What you want your steak “well done”, okay you will have to do it yourself, I don’t ruin meat.  Perhaps I can interest you in say a pot roast

Seriously though, every good cook should have a good instant read meat thermometer.   And the Perfect Cook – Digital Instant Read Thermometer is the best one I have found under 25 bucks, hell it is the best one I have found under 50 bucks but it is only 22 dollars.  There are two things you need in a tool like this, first speed and the second is accuracy.

This one gives you a reading within one degree of accuracy in about 5 seconds or less.  It will change the way you look at your grill because now you will know you can nail the internal temp you are looking for every time.  It will also please your guest and in spite of my humor above, even the ones that insist on a “well done steak” even if you and I never understand their thinking.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

PETV Presentation with Erika Block

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Episode 13 – Erika Block
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Local Orbit

Consumer demand is stimulating rapid change in the food system. Big food is losing market share to local food. Supply chains are in the early stages significant transformation, creating new opportunities for independent food producers.

Erika will discuss this shifting landscape, focusing on sales, marketing and distribution options for small farmers, as well as how to determine an appropriate scale and market focus based on both your personal and business goals – and how you can get there.

She’ll explore the benefits and challenges of both direct-to-consumer distribution models and food hub/aggregation models, with information about how producers can get involved with existing food hubs or launch their own.

She’ll also discuss the role of online platforms such as Local Orbit in the evolving food economy, and share Local Orbit’s vision to create the underlying supply chain infrastructure that supports local, collaborative and transparent food economies, with shared value for all participants.

Erika brings unique insight to this discussion, having worked with local food buyers, sellers and logistics providers across the country, with organizations that are growing, as well as organizations that are struggling or have failed. She has worked with more than 100 entrepreneurs in various stages of developing local food distribution businesses through Local Orbit’s Hub Camps localorbit.com/workshops. Erika also works with foodservice operators to integrate local food into high-volume procurement processes.

Meet Erika Block

Erika is the Founder and CEO of Local Orbit, the supply chain platform for people who are creating a new, connected food economy. Local Orbit enables institutions and restaurants to efficiently purchase from local farmers, food makers & aggregators, while maintaining complete supply chain transparency.

By enabling efficient, decentralized supply chains, Local Orbit saves money for foodservice buyers and enables them to meet customer demand for local, sustainably sourced food, while increasing market share for small and mid-size food producers.

Prior to Local Orbit, Erika co-founded and ran an entrepreneurial arts organization, producing cross-sector partnership events in the US, Great Britain and South Africa. She also co-created, directed and produced 15 plays. She led the renovation of a vacant building in Detroit into a theater, gallery and bar and worked with vendors to source local food for events.

Erika was inspired to create Local Orbit through a series of interviews she conducted for a project on the History of Eating.  She spent time with people in fields, barns, warehouses, processing facilities, delivery trucks, kitchens, offices, cafeterias and restaurants. She talked to policy makers, business owners, food writers and nutritionists.  And she identified the need for a platform that could support the new and evolving businesses and innovators who are transforming our food system.

She has also worked as a technology and business process consultant, focusing on strategic planning, collaboration, operational efficiency and communications strategy. Throughout her career, Erika has created collaborative environments that facilitate learning and action.

Erika is a graduate of University of Michigan, has an MFA from Columbia University, and studied Interactive Technology at NYU. She comes from a family of fruit peddlers, meat processors, restaurant owners and wholesalers. She is a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow. Other awards include Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40.

 

Episode-1872- Expert Council Q&A for 9-16-16

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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 home defense, swales in the clay, dehydrated food, investing vs speculation, gasoline storage, lifestyle 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

  • Preparedness for home invasion responsive – Bryan Black
  • Swales in clay soils – Geoff Lawton
  • Keeping dehydrated food dehydrated in humid climates – Gary Collins
  • Speculation vs investing – John Pugliano
  • All about gasoline octane and small engines – Steven Harris
  • A different way to approach the home school question – Jack

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Amazon Item of the Day for 9-16-16

zymoxEvery 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 Zymox Pet Spray with Hydrocortisone.  As  you may remember my buddy Charlie the Pitbull-Pointer had some issues with his back paws.  We are pretty sure that evil fire ants started the issue and caused him to chew both his paws pretty raw.

Well as I reported in another review we used a combination of comfrey ointment and bitter apple spray to deal with it.  It healed very well over all, but one spot high up on his back paw seemed fine one day then was bloody red the next.

Time to up the game.  So I applied Zymox Pet Spray with Hydrocortisone and in a single day the improvement was marked.  It must taste like crap so over spraying with bitter apple has not been necessary.  He has now been on it for 3 days and the sore is basically just a spot with hair missing now, it really isn’t a sore any longer.

Comfrey was able to do the job here but a dog is not a person and sometimes a pup can’t resist the urge to chew, even though bitter apple spray.  Then it is time for something with Hydrocortisone in it.  This spray also has a three enzyme blend of lactoperoxidose, lysozyme and lactoferrin that effectively destroys bacterial, viral and fungal microorganisms. These enzymes are derived from natural milk protein peroxidases according to the manufacturer.

If you check the reviews on Amazon you will find many dog and cat owners consider this stuff a God send.  That is why it sits with 4.5 out of 5 stars with over 400 reviews.  So this is another item that belongs in your “Dogie First Aid Kit” (aka DFAK) because it works so well.

The key with hot spots and the like is get them treated before they become chronic and spread.  I like to rely on herbals but as soon as he made the sore bloody it was either this or the “cone of shame” and I just didn’t want my buddy in the cone.

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-1871- Listener Calls for 9-15-16

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Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on dogs, law enforcement, live streaming video, civil asset forfeiture, women as preppers 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…

  • Work with Jack Weekend next Saturday
  • Thoughts on raw eggs in your dogs diet
  • A cop does the right thing and gets fired for not killing someone
  • The concept of civil asset forfeiture
  • Thoughts on live facebook streaming for filming police activity
  • A women weighs in that “women are tough too”

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Work With Jack Weekend for September 24th 2016

We are running a short one day workshop on Saturday the 24th of September from 11AM to 730PM.  In this workshop we will be doing the following.

  • Raising the back wall of the Aviary to about 9 feet to make more head room.
  • Putting in water and power to the green house
  • Tying in the new aquaponics systems
  • Having a lot of fun

I am allowing parents to bring children but setting the cut off age at 12.  I am also stating flatly that kids that come should want to come and be part of the event.  I do not want unsupervised kids running around the property chasing animals, breaking stuff etc.

To make this clear last time we had a group of kids here they took the floating ball that releases chlorine out of our pool and used it as a kick ball breaking it.  Several also stressed out our animals by chasing them.  Such activity will be met with an immediate dismissal from the farm.    We expect you to know your kids and what they can and can’t handle.

Cost of the workshop is 25 dollars, as always we are going to feed the hell out of you, we will have a great assortment of micro brew on hand.

For many of you who are local and could not attend the fall event for any reason this is a great chance to see the aquaponics system as it is put into full function and learn from our instructor (David) during the install.

To sign up complete the form below.  Please understand that your reservation is not complete until you complete payment which you will do after filling out the form.  If for any reason the form fails to display for you on this page you can directly access it here.

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Amazon Item of the Day for 9-15-16

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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 the Dewalt 20-Volt MAX Battery Adapter Kit.  As many of you know I am a huge fan of Dewalt Tools, I have quite a few I have owned for over a decade. Drills, Reciprocating Saws, Circular Saws, you name it, I have it and if I cut myself with one I might just bleed Dewalt yellow.

Like many I settled on the 18Volt line of tools many years ago and was very happy with them.  The batteries for these tools may have been old school NiCad but they were bullet proof and I often got 5 years of steady use before they went south.  Lately that has changed, the NiCads Dewalt is making today are just not what they used to be.

I guess this is a combination of wanting to move the installed base to the new 20Volt Lithiums, and simply that when a company, any company invests in a new line the old line is no longer a real priority.   But what is a guy like me with over half a dozen great tools to do?  Keep buying sub quality batteries?  Pawn all my shit for a fraction of its real value and buy new stuff?

Well, option three is what I went for.  Last week I was at Lowes and found the Dewalt 20-Volt MAX Battery Adapter Kit just sitting there looking at me.  That very day I had tossed another old school battery out.  So I thought what the hell and picked it up for 149.99.  My old tools are like new again, all the power is back!

The kit is a great solution it is not perfect but it is good.  If you read some of the lower rated reviews you will not that the main complaint is that if you leave the battery attached to the adapter it slowly drains the battery.  Okay, great as long as you know that it isn’t a big deal, when you are done remove the battery and fricken charge it, that is a best practice anyway and Lithiums have no memory so there is no reason not to.

The other is the balance and feel of your tools isn’t what you are used to.  The lithium is lighter but more powerful, the adapter makes the entire pack a bit longer than the old 18VDCs did.  It isn’t a big deal but you do notice it.

The other issue is going from tool to tool, you either need more adapters or you need to swap the battery when you go from say a drill to a saw.  If I really like it long term, I will buy a second adapter, perhaps a full kit because the charger, two batteries and adapter together are a great deal over a la carte.  Again this isn’t a big deal but I like to be honest about what I recommend, both the good and bad as very few things are perfect.

Here is the last problem, Dewalt got what it wanted from people like me.  I now have two 20Vdc Lithium Batteries and a charger, I will buy more, I know that now.  So what am I olgingly longly now like some school girl, other new Dewalt Tools of course.  Yea I have a drill but two is one and one is none and man this one is a beast!  Oh and have you seen the new Dewalt Cordless Nailer?  I have got to get one of those!

Yep over the next year Dewalt will get more of my money.  I was perfectly happy with my 10 plus year old tools but now I have the new light saber batteries and it opens up a whole new world of Big Yellow in my shop.  There are worse problems to have.

I thought long and hard about buying the adapter kit or just moving on to the new line.  The issue there is it isn’t a real solution unless I spend a LOT of money right away to replace everything.  Now my plan is simple, watch for special deals and sales and upgrade a piece at a time.  Move the older tools into the two is one and one is none mindset and get into the modern age of power.

If you have 18VDC Dewalt tools, consider the Dewalt 20-Volt MAX Battery Adapter Kit as it is one of the less financially painful ways to move forward and stay with Old Yellow.

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-1870- Loren Weisman on Online Marketing in a World Full of Vultures

unspecifiedBusiness Advisor, Speaker & Author Loren Weisman organizes, optimizes and implements individualized branding, marketing and content plans for start up and established businesses as well as individual clients and entrepreneurs.

Loren is the host of iHeartRadio’s “Wait What Really OK” as well as a managing partner and co-founder of Leveraging Smart Inc.

Loren joins us today to discuss surviving, understanding, sustaining and securing your marketing in a world full of vultures.   We will discuss the landscape of “life coaches”, brand individuality, the true size of “niche markets” and more.

We also talk about launch timing for your business, when to go fast and when to be patient.  Setting budgets, leveraging social media and being truly unique as a brand.

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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.

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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Amazon Item of the Day for 9-14-16

powerEvery 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 the Anker Astro E7 26800mAh Portable Charger.  I have tried a lot of back up power packs and this one is my current favorite.  This product has a great value to price ratio, coming in at 39.99 with free shipping on prime.  It currently has over 6400 reviews on Amazon with 4.5 stars overall.

Frankly, Anker is just a stellar company, they build high quality products and back them with a great 18 month warranty, though I have never had the need to use said warranty.  Next is the power capacity of this particular power pack, 26800mAhs is enough power to charge a

  • iPhone6 10 times
  • iPad Air 2 times
  • iPad Mini 3 times
  • Samsung S6 6.8 times

To put that in perspective I get an easy 24 hours of light use with my iPhone and it still has quite a bit of battery on it.  And if you are in a grid down you minimize use to critical needs, that means this should keep your coms up with your iPhone for a good two weeks.

To me your phone is your lifeline.  It brings you news, it lets you call for help, communicate with loved ones and more.  While I have a generator and several battery banks in my home I am not always in my home.  So I always keep one of these in my pack fully charged as a final back up on power needs.  I recommend you consider the Anker Astro E7 26800mAh Portable Charger for your own 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 on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.